Wednesday, November 4, 2020


Give yourself permission to take time to breathe, 
to live life, to give,
to love, to reflect,
to be present 
And to...just BE.

i'm thinking you may have heard this story.
but here it goes again.
(yup...it's long)
a couple of years back.
i had a severe anxiety attack.
to the point that i had myself convinced.
i couldn't breathe.
i couldn't sleep.
spent the day wondering what was wrong with me.
this went on for a week or so.
i ended up in ER because i couldn't face.
the thought of one more night.
"not breathing."
i had myself worked up.
my blood pressure was through the roof. 
i had the gamut of tests run.
nothing wrong or out of the ordinary.
the ER wanted me to follow up with my Dr.
and to get a stress test.
in speaking to the nurse,
who was taking my vitals 
and information before the Dr.,
she completely understood what i was saying.
enter the Dr.
he doesn't feel i need a stress test.
i'm just hyperventilating.
and i need to breathe into my hands.
OMG.
i then go to my GYN.
who doesn't try to find my underlying problem.
hormones?
menopause?
he writes a script for an anti-depressant.
and writes it for the highest dose possible.
i take it.
for a month.
at the end of the day...
i'm breathing.
but i am, NOW, more "depressed" than ever.
to the point.
i don't care if i get out of bed.
i am here to say.
it didn't work for me.
and if anti-depressants works for you.
hallelujah.
you do you!!
i am genuinely happy for you.
i stopped taking them.

enter into my life.
an opportunity.
to take a course to become.
a certified breathing trainer.
(insert happy dance)
along with my beliefs from,
being a certified occupational therapy assist,
i went into this course
believing in the notion
that your body wants to heal itself.
if given the right tools. 
BREATH
is now my tool.
9 out of 10 people don't breathe correctly.
around the age of five.
life starts to get in the way.
we stop using our belly breath.
we switch it to our upper body.
we are guarded.
we take short, shallow breaths.
just to get by to the next breath.
the next "stressor" life throws at us.
then we become stuck.

we all have this thing.
called the vagus nerve.
it runs from your brain.
down into your gut.
the vagus nerve picks up cues.
on how you are breathing.
it will put you into a state of
sympathetic (stress response) or
parasympathetic (rest-relax-renew)
the biggest cues for the vagus nerve?
how you are breathing!!!
You can breathe yourself into the stress response
with shallow, fast, upper chest breaths.
or breathe your way into relaxation with deep, slow,
belly breaths.
NOW, more than ever.
we need to BREATHE.

if you know me.
i like it simple.
it IS that simple.
let's BREATHE.
...just BE.






 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

...loving, joyful and free.
















Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, 
before you understood the meaning of any word,
 before opinions took over your mind. 
The real you is loving, joyful, and free. 
The real you is just like a flower, 
just like the wind,
 just like the ocean,
 just like the sun.
 Don Miguel Ruiz
this is what has been happening.
since january.
life is beautiful.
the babies are healthy and happy.
this grammy.
{and momma's}
heart is full. 
thanks for stopping by.
i'm thinking.
i should be back more.
just BE.
robin.

Friday, January 4, 2019

...just BE. Blessed...

Auntie with Robby and Uncle with Rhys

having a place to go is 
HOME

having someone to love is
FAMILY

having both is a 
BLESSING

these beauties.
are two weeks old already.
and "what was life like without them?"
just BE.
robin.


Friday, December 28, 2018

...just BE. babies...








In that moment,
 our eyes met &I remember thinking 
This is what it is like to be struck by lightning,
 knowing I would never be untouched by you again.
~Storypeople

so this is where i was last week.
lightning struck twice.
Rhys George Cooper
and
Kailee Robyn.
He came first.
and then she came.
on my birthday.
what an amazing week in the life.
of grammy.
just BE.
robin.



Friday, December 14, 2018

...just BE. baby love...


There are people who believe we stand alone, 
whole & complete & perhaps that’s true,
 but all I know is there are parts of me 
that would not be if they had not come alive with you.
~storypeople

this is sarah at 39 weeks.
she has now surpassed 40.
41 will be Sunday.
if he doesn't decide to meet us this weekend.
he will meet us on 12.20.18.
the day before my birthday.
r.g.c.f.
i so look forward to meeting you.
just BE.
grammy robin.

i hope you will join me.
today and every friday.
join me in this space to.
just BE.
shake off the ugly.
bask in the moments.
breathe in the truth.
and beauty.
that is there.
if you just look.

thanks for joining me.
invite your friends...
let's make the movement to
just BE.





Friday, December 7, 2018

...just BE. Inez...


I will carry her with me to the end of my days,
 remembering all the moments she taught me to trust my own heart to be alive.
~storypeople

Inez Christine Johnson Byers.
whisper their name.
i remember.
just BE.
robin.


i hope you will join me.
today and every friday.
join me in this space to.
just BE.
shake off the ugly.
bask in the moments.
breathe in the truth.
and beauty.
that is there.
if you just look.

thanks for joining me.
invite your friends...
let's make the movement to
just BE.

Friday, November 30, 2018

...just BE. filled with light...



We wanted to do something this season that was filled with light for us all & it turns out the easiest way to start is just saying we love you & we’re glad you’re here....
~Storypeople

it certainly is an easy thing.
"i love you."
"i'm glad you're here..."
just BE.
robin.

i hope you will join me.
today and every friday.
join me in this space to.
just BE.
shake off the ugly.
bask in the moments.
breathe in the truth.
and beauty.
that is there.
if you just look.

thanks for joining me.
invite your friends...
let's make the movement to
just BE.

Friday, November 23, 2018

...just BE. family...





Learn how to exhale,
 the inhale will take care of itself.
 ~Carla Melucci Ardito

F.
A.
M.
I.
L.
Y.
just BE.
robin.

i hope you will join me.
today and every friday.
join me in this space to.
just BE.
shake off the ugly.
bask in the moments.
breathe in the truth.
and beauty.
that is there.
if you just look.

thanks for joining me.
invite your friends...
let's make the movement to
just BE.


Friday, November 16, 2018

...just BE...



Focusing on the act of breathing clears the mind
 of all daily distractions and clears our energy
 enabling us to better connect with the Spirit within.
 ~Author Unknown

winter has crept into my world.
which lead to decorating for this lovely season.
we are coming into.
just BE.
robin.

i hope you will join me.
today and every friday.
join me in this space to.
just BE.
shake off the ugly.
bask in the moments.
breathe in the truth.
and beauty.
that is there.
if you just look.

thanks for joining me.
invite your friends...
let's make the movement to
just BE.


Friday, November 9, 2018

...just BE. little boys...




Little boys...
Popsicle kisses
and big bear hugs,
Little red wagons and jars
full of bugs,
grass stains,
football games,
lots of toys,
oh the joys. 

grandson...
eta.
december ninth.
life is good.
just BE.
robin.
i hope you will join me.
today and every friday.
join me in this space to.
just BE.
shake off the ugly.
bask in the moments.
breathe in the truth.
and beauty.
that is there.
if you just look.

thanks for joining me.
invite your friends...
let's make the movement to
just BE.