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How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything

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“How you do anything is how you do everything,” a quote with no confirmed origins, but sources think it first came from a Zen buddhist. Despite not knowing its source, it’s a quote that nonetheless has impacted many lives greatly. I first encountered this quote while being led in a yoga practice and found its sentiments wonderfully true.

Hey beautiful soul, I’m Emmy, certified yoga teacher and photographer here at Celebrate Again, on a mission to help you live a lifestyle full of celebrating daily as well as during big life moments such as elopements or anniversaries. 

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How you do anything is how you do everything? Is that true for you?

I’ll be honest, I used to rush through 90% of everything I do.

Sometimes because I’m so excited, I move too quickly. But honestly, on a more deep-rooted level, I also struggle with feeling like I’m enough. 

Rushing To Be Enough

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Maybe you can relate? 

Recently in my work as an anniversary photographer, I’ve noticed that I keep making the same artistic mistakes because… big surprise: I’m going too fast. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love bringing energy of movement to my work, but I need to go slower.

There is this amazing saying I hear often in yoga, “How you do anything is how you do everything” 

 

Choosing Presence Over Accomplishment

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You see, I battle chronic illnesses, ones that sometimes physically stop me from doing much of anything. It’s forced me to literally slow down. But in doing so, I’ve found this gift of not rushing, of taking the time to be fully present and enjoy the little things in life.

As I’ve been transitioning from this mindset of ableism (thinking that my performance equals my value), I’ve come to take things in a little slower.

Don’t get me wrong, old habits die hard, and old rhythms are even harder to shed. But I’ve found that on this other side of doing anything more intentionally and more slowly, experience can be that much more savory.

What about you? Is there a moment today that you can choose presence over accomplishment? Can you even celebrate yourself?

Meditation: Seal Presence In Your Body

Here at Celebrate Again, I believe life is best lived, so I want to leave you not only with this idea but also a tool to practice it.

So, will you join me in this replay of a brief Livestream I did about this very topic? I’ll lead you right now through a meditation. (Feel free to skip to 6:25 to jump straight into the presence over accomplishment 5 minute meditation).

I’d love to know how you feel after? Drop a comment below letting me know!

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Hey, I’m Emmy, certified yoga instructor and Oregon couples photographer behind Celebrate Again. Here you’ll find ways to live the Celebrate Again lifestyle.

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