Episode 37: Presence


Photo via Lululemon’s Give Presence campaign

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having an excellent week so far. Today on the podcast we’re discussing presence, something both Laura and I have been thinking a lot about lately. You can listen to the show by streaming it online here or by subscribing to us on iTunes here!

Staying present in the moment is one of those things I think I’ll be struggling with my whole life, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great challenge to try and tackle! As Laura put it, “It’s a mountain with no top”. Isn’t that a beautiful idea?

That being said, there are still some resources that have been helpful to us along our journey to finding more presence in our lives and we talked about them on the show:

  • We both absolutely loved the Lululemon Give Presence campaign. You can watch their wonderful video and find some more great quotes about presence here.
  • Baron Baptiste says you are either now here or nowhere. Read more about this powerful idea here.
  • Marie Forleo is one of our spiritual mentors in life and career and her thoughts on presence are always so juicy. We loved this one about planning vs. worrying, and this one about fast-tracking the life you want.
  • There will probably never be a time when we don’t need to dot b (stop and breathe).
  • Leaving the church of self-improvement: an interesting perspective from Danielle Laporte.

How about you? Do you struggle with staying present, whether it’s in small ways like everyday conversations or in bigger ones like your current career? We’d love to hear what you think of the episode here in the comments below, or find us on Twitter or Instagram.

Thanks for listening!


#QOTW: The Right to Our Labour

Steven Pressfield | Turning Pro

I read Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield during the last few precious days of the winter holiday. Trying to push my return to the real world out of my mind, I devoured this book. I dogeared pages and highlighted them with the lightest marker I could find, imagining what life would look like if I turned pro:

What would life look like if I lived the life I’m afraid to live?

I chose this quote for our new Quote of the Week (QOTW) feature because it spoke to me, not as an artist, but as a new yoga teacher and also as a podcaster.

I love being a practitioner and teacher of yoga. I love being a co-creator of important content I can stand behind on Guinea Pigging Green. But I also understand the temptation to equate my success and my contentment with how many people come to my class, how many people share our newest episode.

We spoke about Turning Pro in last week’s episode, and I know this won’t be the last time I mention it on the blog.

The truth is, I am equally excited as I am petrified at the thought of living for my labour, and not just the fruits of my labour. One day…

— Laura


To download and explore our growing list of favourite quotes, visit our QOTW page.

Episode 36: Our Intentions and Goals for 2015

Welcome back to Guinea Pigging Green, and welcome to 2015!

Did everyone have a fantastic holiday?

It’s a new year and naturally that comes with a new episode on intentions over here at GPG. You can listen to our episode right here, or download the whole lot on iTunes

Without giving away too much, I’d like to leave you with a list of our shownotes:

  • Learn more about Steph’s word for 2015 on her blog
  • Check out the book I read over the holidays and can’t stop quoting in this episode
  • Big things happen one day at a time: here are the progress trackers from Elise Joy that Steph will be using all year
  • Spoiler: Steph and I talk about books a lot. Here are 33 Thoughts on Reading we love.
  • Enjoy Steph’s 24 before 24 list.

And finally, check out Steph’s banging video from her time in Boracay! Can you say jealous?

Let us know your intentions, goals, and words for 2015! We’d love to hear from you.