December 28, 2016

High Spirits

Soooo we’ve talked about the importance of taking care of our body by monitoring our nutrition and staying consistent with our fitness. We’ve discussed our minds and how crucial it is to support ourselves for our own well-being. Now there’s one last subject that completes our Balance Triangle and that is “Spirit”. There are so many ways to make sure the spirit side of our triangle is filled and satisfied.

For me, personally, I like to read uplifting quotes every morning that fill my heart with happiness. There is an account on Instagram called, @spiritualsoul. They have beautiful empowering quotes that revolve around karma and love. When I’ve run out of quotes and need something a little more, I like to read religious books to remind me of my beliefs and keep me on my continued spiritual path. I am also a firm believer in positive energy. I believe that what you put out into the universe can affect you and can definitely affect others surrounding you. Yoga is a great way to channel and find the source to that energy. Meditation is heavily used in Yoga and there is something so spiritual about breathing and clearing your mind. I’ve found that taking the time to appreciate my surroundings has been very healing. When I’m in California, I love to take long walks on the beach. When I’m in Utah, I try to take advantage of the amazing mountains by going on a hike. When I’m in New York, spending a couple hours admiring Central Park helps me separate from the chaos around the city. I read recently that being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress. Something that always makes my soul happy is doing acts of charity. I have had the wonderful opportunity these past few years with Dancing With the Stars to visit Primary Children’s Hospitals around the country. I cannot even begin to describe to you how much I love seeing their beautiful faces. These cutest kids have some of the most pure and magical hearts and every time I have to leave, I am without a doubt SO much more at peace with myself and hungry to do more acts of service.

 

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Service doesn’t always have to be something big like this. It can be as simple as saying, “Hi” to someone who looks like they need a friend, sharing your food with somebody who could use it more than you, calling a family member you’ve lost contact with, donating money to a charity foundation, etc. Service and charity go hand in hand and I think they are a huge contributor in feeding our spirits. If you are religious or not, I think its important to know what you believe in and stand firm in it. If that means going to a service on Sunday, do it! If that means doing charity work, do it! If that means spreading light with your positive energy, do it! Know what you stand for and let your spirit thrive in it!

 

 

Something that ALWAYS makes my spirit full is spending holidays with my family! I am so grateful that I was able to fly home for Christmas in between our tour schedule and see my favorite people ever. I came back for tour at an ultimate “high on life” type of feeling. I want to hear the very best part of your Christmas this year. Mine was spending time with my nephew, Gavin. I am seriously obsessed with him! Love you guys!

 

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21 thoughts on “High Spirits

  1. Mine was being able to spend time with family in two different states. 🙂 I also love gathering stuff to donate to those less fortunate. 🙂
    Another quotes account on instagram is @powerofpositivity and Peta Murgatroyd follows it. It”s filled with positive, empowering quotes. 🙂

  2. My high was definitely going to see my grandparents, which we do every Christmas, but my grandpa and I talked a lot more this time and I loved it!

  3. Hey Jen,
    I’ve been following @spiritualsoul for a few weeks now after noticing how inspirational and wonderful these quotes are after seeing you liking some of these quotes on my feed. So thank you for that.
    For me, one of the things that really feeds my spirit and brings me joy, is spending time with my nieces and nephews, they’re literally my world. I’m their favorite Aunt for a reason haha. But seriously, when my day is gloomy or if i feel like i need something to lift me up, i take them to the park or to the ice cream shop, and that definitely makes my whole day. Their happiness is mine. I feel you on that side.
    For Christmas, we don’t celebrate it, but I can relate to it by the Religious holidays we have, the best part of my holidays this year was spending time with my family, and seeing relatives i haven’t seen in a quite long time.
    One of the things I’m doing this year in New Year’s is going on an adventure outside of the country and challenging myself 😍 It’s called “Surprise New Year’s Trip” so this is definitely something i’ll remember, and something to kick off my new year’s with. Sooooo excited!! Can’t wait to tell you all about it!

    Love you,
    Abeer (@flawless.jennaj)

  4. My high was spending time with my family also and it was amazing you see Jenna I have a sister that is a hospice patent this might be our last Christmas together I thank God everyday for blessing her with another day so I take nothing and know one for granted thank you for your blogs they really help me i’m learning a lot yes I like taking long walks when I can taking in the beautiful scenery l love the scenery in Utah this time of year thanks for sharing and your little nephew is adorable you are so giving with your time and most of the time that’s all that needed to let someone knows you care again thank you

      1. Thank you Vicky she pass Dec 29 very peaceful I’m really miss her but I know she want me to be strong take care of my self and live my life again thank you so much for careing😊💖

  5. I didn’t think there would be many “highs” this Christmas since it’s the first one our family has celebrated without our Dad present. My father is in a nursing home and suffers from dementia, my mom, his wife of 51 years, couldn’t get into the Christmas spirit, not even for her grandkids. I went to see my Dad with no expectations, he’s usually asleep when I’m there which is fine, seeing him peaceful is enough…but to my surprise he woke up, the staff dressed him in a red flannel shirt and sat him at the table with us so that we could have lunch together! I know the father I love is still in there somewhere, it’s difficult to remember that when he can’t really speak and doesn’t know who I am. So my “high” was sitting across the table from my father, next to the Christmas tree, helping him eat his pumpkin pie and for a brief moment when I was leaving, getting the biggest hug and kiss from him and being called “sweetie”. I’m tearing up writing this now, but it meant SO much to me. Now in a few days I get to see you and the other DWTS dancers perform in Clearwater, I”m taking my daughter and we are REALLY excited! I’m hoping to round out this incredibly stressful year feeling entertained and rejuvenated! Come on 2017! Thank you for this blog, I love reading it and the positivity you convey is contagious! Thank you Thank you! Happy New Year!

  6. The highlight of my Christmas was being able to spend it with my parents and daughter in my parents new dream home. It didn’t hurt that my daughter was driven to (happy) tears over her surprise gift of the phone that she has been begging for for years. Glad yours was just as wonderful. Glad to hear that you are finding yourself and teaching us all your ways. Keep up the blog, I love it!

  7. Gosh amidst the chaos mine is having family come for Mexico and stay with us until the New Year arrives. The opportunity of all of us having big belly laughter makes my soul happy!

  8. My grandma has Alzheimer’s and sometimes we can’t get her to open her eyes, talk or hug us… she missed thanksgiving due to this disease.. but on Christmas. Alzheimer’s lost and we won!!!!! 🙂 she was awake and excited to come over. Had some cookies and was excited to open gifts! It was the best part of my Holiday this year. She used to watch Dancing with The Stars but has lost her passion for watching television shows… but that show brought her joy ❤️

  9. Mine was being able to finally be in the position to give to my community. I donated toys and money to the MD anderson hospital in Texas. I can only imagine how much that meant to the children and their families. (: Glad you had a good Christmas Jenna !

  10. Mine was being able to spend these holiday with my whole family! For the first time we were all together in the same city and it was magical to share those moments and smiles with them!!

  11. My high was spending time with my family and friends while not having the stress of school in my way! I also loved going to a Christmas Day service at my church! It was beautiful and it was just what I needed during the holidays! Also another thing that boosted my spirit was packing shoe boxes for an organization called Samaritans Purse. It helps kids in other parts of the world to get a Christmas gift just like we do when there families can’t afford presents.

  12. What books do you read??? I’d love some suggestions! Thanks for doing this blog! I love your honesty and how practical everything is! Can’t wait to read more! Blessing to you and yours! 😘😊

  13. Thank you for sharing about how you manage to keep balance in your life. You are such an inspiration! My high this Christmas was spending time with all of my family. We even took a huge family photo since everyone actually made it for the holidays this year. I love to read your blog and I can’t wait to see you on tour in Windsor:)

  14. My favourite part about my Christmas was getting to see all my cousins and my grandparents get is all matching shirts and it’s the funniest thing ever😂❤

  15. I love your blogs! thank you for sharing your heart with us all! you have a ton of people who love you, that you might never meet. I have a random question? not sure if you get a chance to read your comments, but what kind of curling iron/wand do you use to curl your hair? your so beautiful inside and out!

  16. My favorite thing about the holidays this year was being able to go out to eat with my husband on Christmas day, at our favorite restaurant. This time last year, he had suffered a heart attack which lead to triple bypass surgery. He was very sick and it was touch and go for a while. He’s come a very long way. This past year has taught me that everyday is truly a gift for which we should be ever grateful and thankful. Tell your loved ones just how much they mean to you.

  17. Going home to CT was amazing for me. I had a rough few months at work (I work in a high school) and going home was just what I needed. I got to spend a ton of time with my family and a few friends. I got to see my grandma and my aunt who is battling chronic Lyme Disease. So just being there with everyone and doing our amazing Christmas traditions was my high.

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