Interview with the Bathtub Prophet

Jessica Burks of Bathtub Prophet and Melissa E. Kirk of Modern Mindfulness

Jessica Burks of Bathtub Prophet and Melissa E. Kirk of Modern Mindfulness

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Jessica Burks, creator of the Bathtub Prophet. Jessica helps her clients unlock and discover their purpose. She gets many of her insights in her bathtub, which I think is genius…an amazing combination of self-care, femininity, and tapping into your creativity. It was an honor to be interviewed for her series, which focuses on individuals who followed their dreams and lived to tell about it! I was happy to share with her my journey with discovering my purpose as a life coach, the greatest lessons I learned along the way (via David Letterman Top 10 style), and some of the exciting things I have coming up.

It was an amazing opportunity and I am so appreciative to be able to share my story. Please support Jessica’s website and check out the featured article! I also would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below about the article!

Nature is a Heart Tune-up

Nature is the best eye candy..wouldn’t you agree?

Sunset at the Valley

Sunset at the Valley

I had an amazing start to the week. My partner in crime, Sammy Davis and I went out to the woods and scouted out the location for our upcoming retreat this fall in the beautiful area of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. What a breath of fresh air the day was! We walked the trails, sat in the woods, admired the creek, and listened to the birds chirping. Then that evening, I taught a yoga class outside at Garnet Valley. I taught in an open field and what an experience! No music was necessary, myself and all the participants tuned into the stillness and peacefulness the location brought to us. At the end of the class, I was so moved by the beauty of the experience, as I stared up into the sky for our final relaxation.

My view at yoga

My view at yoga

Nature has a way of serving us beyond our conscious mind. It taps into our senses of visual, auditory, and kinestetic, which can awaken our creativity, joy, and inner peace. Just by sitting in the beautiful field, breathing in the air, and becoming curious of what was around me, shifted my busy mind into one that was more calm, collected, and serving. But even more exciting was afterwards, when I felt recharged, more creative, and motivated. The experience of being in nature shifted my focus and emotional state to one that served me much better than when I first started.

I write about this as a simple reminder that our surroundings can play a huge role in creating our most vibrant, exhilarating, and profound experiences. As a writer, I encounter writer’s block quite frequently…it’s the absolute worst. I get stuck in my head and in that moment, I know that I need to shake things up. The best pieces that I write come from my heart, and as much as I make an effort to live there everyday, sometimes I need a little “push” from an external source to get me to that place of truth. That is where nature comes into play. A quick ten minute walk in the woods or sitting outside on the deck can be a powerful way to create more mindfulness and invigorate the soul.

Sitting by the creek

Sitting by the creek

So how can you use nature to tap into your heart space and ignite your fire within? Here are 5 easy ways to get started:

1. Take a walk. Put on your sneakers and go exploring. Try going without your headset, listening and appreciating everything around you.

2. Sit under a tree. Place your back against the trunk and you will begin to feel as grounded as the roots of the tree itself.

3. Dig in the dirt. Get some seeds and start planing a garden. You will feel like a kid again by getting dirty!

4. Capture the scenery. Use social media to your advantage and take pictures of flowers, animals, and the nature around you for you to look back out when you need some inspiration.

5. Breathe. When you are outside, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Wait for gratitude.

How will you utilize nature as a tool to inspire, re-energize, and re-focus? Please share your stories in the comments below!

Have a beautiful week! Go outside and get involved with nature!!

Until next time, stay mindful, stay present.

Love, Melissa xoxo

Self-protection From Yourself

I slept in til 11:30am today and it was fabulous!

I can’t remember the last time I slept that late. This week has been crazy busy, go, go, go! It actually was supposed to be a “down” week, but that was not the case. I just wrapped up my Warrior weekend full of adrenaline pumping activities like fire eating, brick breaking, and zip lining, along with Mastery seminars focusing on important life areas, including relationships, health, money, and spirituality. It was an amazing four days of self-discovery, which I will be sharing more about in the near future, and at the conclusion of it, I was mentally invigorated and physically tired! I had hoped this week to catch up on sleep, but that wasn’t the case. My week was jam packed with coaching and massage clients, being interviewed for a podcast, planning an amazing mindfulness retreat, and working on content for my book promotion. Plus I scheduled some “fun time” to catch up with friends who I haven’t seen in awhile. So much fun and I am super grateful for all the opportunities and experiences this week, but needless to say, I took advantage of a lazy Saturday morning in.

From Left to Right: Best of Delaware Party this week with friends, a typical day's worth of bags full of provisions for the day of clients and activities, on the road having fun changing lives!

From Left to Right: Best of Delaware Party this week with friends, a typical day’s worth of bags full of provisions for the day of clients and activities, on the road having fun changing lives!

The overachiever in each of us often times does not take time to listen to their body or trust their intuition that something is off. It isn’t until we have a full blown melt down that we realize we have been pushing ourselves way too hard. I am all about challenging myself to the next level, but I am learning how to respect my body and create boundaries for myself, to essentially protect myself from myself. This is why I might turn down the invitation to go out, the extracurricular project, or delay the writing process (which is why this week’s post is 2 days late!). When you need a break, you need a break, and to my knowledge there is no award out there for pushing yourself so hard to the point of exhaustion. Above everything else, honor your body.

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It’s all about self-protection. Just as you learn skills to protect yourself physically from attackers, learning skills to protect yourself from burnout and meltdowns is so valuable. So today I would like to share with you 3 tips on How to Protect Yourself From Yourself:

1. Do it because you love it, not because you have to.
We all get sucked into obligations, whether we are people pleasers, feel like we “should” be doing something, or just too tired to say no. When you choose to do something, do it because you love it. Do it because it is aligned with who you are as an individual. This will eliminate some of the other activities that play the role of distractions or are just not necessary to who you are.

2. Emotions drive the bus.
Our emotional states are everything. If you are depressed or anxious, the results you are going to get are going to reflect this. If you are feeling run down, overworked, and beat up, how are you going to serve others to your highest level of capacity? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news’s not going to happen. Emotions drive the bus. Fill up the bus with fuel that emotes confidence, gratitude, hopefulness, and joyfulness and that is going to take you to those respective destinations.

3. Trust yourself.
Trust the way your body feels. Trust that inner voice. We all have the ability to make the best decisions for ourselves and often we ignore our instincts or second guess ourselves. Trust your gut reaction when taking on new projects as the absolute truth; you know exactly what you need.

How often do you protect yourself from yourself? What are the areas you need to break out your ninja skills to protect yourself? Please share your stories in the comments below!

I plan to take the rest of the weekend with no agendas or to do lists and am absolutely ok with that. I hope you will do the same! Have a great weekend and until next time, stay mindful and stay present.