I realized something

... and it's made me appreciate today more than ever.

Too long, didn’t read…

This week I realized just how fast we all tend to rush through life - always rushing, always distracted and always planning. As much as it isn’t our decision to do so, right now is a great time SLOW DOWN. You’d be amazed what you discover in this stillness.

Sloooooooow down.

I’m just as frustrated and anxious as the next guy/gal right now.

Come on! I have places to be! Things to do! People to meet!

I get it. This sucks. This uncertainty is the last thing we all want right now.

This was supposed to be our year! This was it! We had momentum. We were figuring things out. And then BOOM! COVID decided to drop in.

*deep breath*

But with all this madness, social distancing and quarantining, I’ve realized something. I’ve noticed a certain blessing in disguise, a silver lining - that frankly makes all this worth it.

I’ve realized the difference between how I’m used to living and what happens when I slow down.

In hindsight, I’ve been living my life basically at running speed. I’ve been trying to keep up with everything and everyone. I’m rushed, exhausted by routine, a to-do list a mile long and the next best thing.

I rarely take even a minute to catch my breathe, much less let my heart and soul take a much needed breather as well.

But this forced stillness we are all now experiencing is a reminder that life truly is not meant to be lived that way.

The world is always in motion, it is always rushed. But we don’t have to be.

We can be surrounded by chaos and uncertainty and we can still embrace stillness.

We can slow down.

*another deep breath*

It’s in these moments of stillness that we can let our hearts rest and I know that sounds cheesy but you really do learn some fundamental truths about yourself and your purpose when you do this.

In these moments I am reminded how fast we tend to rush through life. I realize that we’re meant to slow down. I realize that constantly rushing and living in an exhausted and chaotic mind and body leads you nowhere. It leads you in circles. And you only break free of that cycle when you slow down and learn to appreciate the plenty that is available to you when you are still.

As much as we’ve been pretty much coerced into slowing down right now, I’m grateful for the opportunity.

I’m grateful to appreciate a kinder, gentler time where I am still.

  • Where I choose to be at ease with what I have.

  • Where I choose to focus on now rather than a future plan.

  • Where I drink my coffee slowly rather than chugging it.

  • Where I work out in my apartment and don’t worry about the next available bench or the bangin’ mirror selfie I usually take.

  • Where I call a friend not because I have social FOMO but because I genuinely care about him/her.

  • Where self-care doesn’t mean a spa visit and a big restaurant tab, it means an entire day in sweats watching my favorite shows.

  • Where I sit on my apartment floor and eat because I can.

  • Where I find peace in stillness. Where I slow down and realize the clarity that comes from not rushing.

I hope you join me in embracing this stillness right now.

Let’s go.

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Now is also a great time to be honest!

I joked in this week’s New Mindset, Who Dis podcast that wearing socks with sandals is my love language. As much as I say that as a joke… I mean it! Owning my preference for rocking socks with sandals is honest.

And I think it’s time we be honest. It’s time we make that our love language. It should be what you look for in someone else, it should be something you push yourself to be and it should be something you’re proud of being. Honest.

  • If I like you, I’m going to tell you!

  • I’ll laugh if it’s funny. I’ll cry if it’s sad. I’ll overreact if it means a lot to me.

  • If I’m passionate about something, I’ll talk about it.

  • If I have a question, I’ll ask it.

I’ll say what’s in my heart and ask the questions that are in my head.

That is honesty and it goes a long long long way. Don’t miss out on depth, on feeling close and real with genuine connection.

Be too much to handle. Be too loud, too passionate, too emotional, too sensitive.

That is real honesty and I position it as a love language because I think it’s what you should look for in someone else and I think it should be how you show your love for someone and yourself.

But I don’t think you need to wait until you’ve found someone and you’re months in and finally feeling the vulnerability you know you have to be honest.

Why wait? Why not live your life in the fast lane?! Why not live in your life with 24/7 honesty?

It seriously sets you free and attracts the same kind of people into your life.

Proclaim your passion. Ask your questions. Clarify intent. Wear socks with sandals.


Dance party!

Have you checked out The Meditation Mixtapes yet? Dance music + meditations.

It might be just what you need to snap out of your social distancing funk.

You can listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Enjoy :)


My name is Case.

I believe in the power of perspective.

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