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Birthday Love.

Happy Birthday seems like a small sentiment for such an enormous heart. A bold and generous heart with 42 years of life experiences.

I have not known Ned the longest, but I know him today. And he lives today like he lives each day – with gratitude and love and smiles and laughter. He is strong and passionate, sensitive and genuine, kind and compassionate. He knows what is important in life and has patience and grit and authenticity in each moment.

I am beyond grateful that in all of time and space and humanity, our paths crossed. Grateful that we have shared adventures, that we see the small things as big things, that we choose love in each moment. I am grateful for every experience along his way that has made him such an inspiration to me and everyone who knows him.

Happy Birthday, Ned. All the love in all the ways. Today. This moment of love and life. You. ❤️

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Surfing in Flow.

“Say thank you before you get in the ocean. Say thank you while you surf. Say thank you when you get out. This makes surfing (and most things) better.” From All Our Waves are Water – Jaimal Yogis

Salt water cures everything…. Gratitude and Love for the ocean, where we can be present and playful and in flow. 🌊🔥❤️

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A Practice of Being Love.

Practice. Yoga. Meditation. Breathing. Being.

I always had a ‘to do list’. Until I realized. I realized that more important was a ‘to BE list”. That contentment lies in the balance of our need to DO and our inherent capacity to BE. That sometimes you need to drop the striving to get somewhere in order to BE Love, to BE Gratitude, to BE Passion.

I always had a story of fear. Until I realized. I realized that having fear and showing up to life anyway = bravery. That being Love is bigger than being fear.

I always tried to manage life; to feel safe and in control. Until I realized. I realized the freedom in saying, “bring it, Life… whatever you’ve got for me, I can take it. And I’ll use it all”. That the only things I can control are my effort, my attitude, and my responses. Everything else is not up to me.

I always tried to be perfect. Until I realized. I realized growth comes out of failure, and striving for an unattainable mirage is a sure way to not live in flow of the present moment. I realized that compassion is born out of knowing my darkness well enough to sit in the dark with others; that our shared humanity is recognizing the light and dark and shining together in this connection.

I always pushed myself harder in order to push down emotions. Until I realized. I realized that experiencing emotions is the vulnerability that renders the world meaningful; that trusting myself to feel what I feel allows me to connect deeper and love harder and shine brighter.

I am far, far, far from perfect at these things, and that is why it is my Practice. I can choose to Love my way through it. No matter what I am going through, Love is here. I can see love and BE love.

Be love through your fear. Be love through your heartache. Be love through your best moments. Be love through your frustration. Be love in letting go and in holding on. Be love in feeling all the emotions, in vulnerability, in connection, in authenticity, in trusting your path.

Practice. BE.

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High Expectations.

Expectations, disappointment, goals, hard work, dreams, plans, success, risk, failure, vision, discipline, flow… these are words that came up in a Jess-Ned- over wine conversation last night. Hashing out the discrepancy between “Expectation is the root of all heartache” and “Success demands disciplined planning and high expectations of yourself”

Thoughts were still massaging my brain during my morning swim. Here is what my 3500 yards between two walls gave me…. For as long as I can remember, I have had high expectations; have been driven, disciplined, and striving; planning, setting goals, working hard, achieving. But, this left me always running… toward or from something. I didn’t want to surrender to stillness or calm. Even as I practiced yoga, I didn’t want the calm, the exhales, the flow, to guide me. I wanted what I thought was discipline and intensity. Because, to me, discipline meant success, and intensity kept me running so stillness couldn’t reveal buried pain.

Then I learned that flow is being present, and THAT is more intense than any intensity I had known. Stillness takes more discipline, more patience.

Then I had a moment. Ned was there. Surfing at sunrise, we jumped off our boards and floated. Together. The white water enveloped us, the waves took us in, fish literally jumped out of the water surrounding us, the rising sun beamed sparkles on the water. I told him, “this could be the best moment of my life”.

“No”, he said, “it can’t be.” But he didn’t know. He didn’t know the moment I labeled “best” one early morning surfing; that I felt a sensation and a presence that had been absent in my life to that point. Maybe glimpses of it, but never a complete contentment, an absence of expectation, a patience, an experience of not needing anything else in that moment; not running from stillness, not trying to get somewhere else. Just the full dimension of being here. Now. Living this moment.

So, where do we land in the vortex of planning and goal-setting and over-achieving and experiencing stillness for contentment in a moment? All I know is I continue to practice life with passion and intensity in each moment.

Because, each moment IS your life. ❤️

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“You will decide how much of yourself you will bring to each moment. You will decide how much your heart is going to open… How faithful and fearless you will be in each moment… You will ultimately decide how much of your soul shines into this world…” #mattkahn

I get to decide. I choose. How do I want to show up? Shining my light. If I want passion, I have to BE Passion. If I want love, I have to BE Love.

It isn’t WHAT I do, it’s how I’m BEING. Ultimately, we all have the same time, whether it is one more breath, or a hundred more years; the only thing we each have is right now. This moment is not life waiting to happen, words waiting to be spoken, regrets waiting to evaporate, aliveness waiting to be felt, enlightenment waiting to be gained. No. Nothing is waiting. This is it. This moment is life. So, I choose to show up, to risk my heart, to be Passion, to be Love.

And to know that it is a practice; that I am vulnerable and human; and if I fall, I will keep shining. But I am not waiting. I’m choosing to be Love.

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