Goals, Health and Wellness, Joy, Pursuing your dreams

May Newsletter – Big Life Changes!

Hello all – I  have a few BIG updates for you today. 

First off, I am OFFICIALLY 35-years-old! I turned 35 on April 26th and it was an amazing day. I spent the morning hiking Camel’s Hump! Through the 14-20 MPH winds, 30-degree temperatures, rocks covered in ice and a lot of fear, doubt, uncertainty and self-coaching, I made it to the top. Never in my life have I hiked alone but what better day to do it than on my birthday! I felt empowered, thrilled, and grateful when I made it to the top. Sometimes I want to push through the journey without even recognizing the beauty in it just to get to the destination, but this hike wasn’t about standing on top of that mountain, it was about the grit, determination and self-coaching it took to get me there. Our strength is built in our journey. Needless to say, I am so ready for this next year of my life; every step, every trip, every fall and everything in-between. You’re mine, 35!

Which brings me to my next big announcement: two months ago, I stopped working at Home Health and Hospice to pursue my business FULL TIME. That’s right, I am officially 100% an entrepreneur pursuing this dream of mine. I have kept it pretty “hush hush” because I’ve wanted to avoid any additional perceived pressure and because of the fear of failure. However, I see how this could also limit my capacity for growth. I also see that this dream not becoming what I want it to be, isn’t a failure; a failure is never giving it the attention it deserves. So as I pursue this dream, as I stumble, as I thrive, as I fall – just know that although you may see me fall, you will always see me get back up. 

My ask for you is this: if you are someone or know of someone that is looking for support as they pursue their health and wellness, will you give them my information? If you know someone wanting support when it comes to movement, nutrition, behavioral health or stress management, I can help them. If you know someone struggling with stress, overwhelm, exhaustion, or anxiety, I can help them. My mission with this dream of mine is: to help guide people on a journey towards healing. We are our own medicine and our own remedy, but sometimes it just takes someone to light the path for us. That’s what I’m here to do. 

I’m pumped for this year. I’m ecstatic with the decisions, expansion and development I’ve experienced lately and there’s SO much more to come. 

Check out my website for a quick refresher on the different services I offer and keep it in mind when someone is expressing dissatisfaction with their current level of health – I’m their gal! 🙂

Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Joy, Mindfulness, Mindset, Perspective

Seeing All the Good

I’m sure it’s easy for you to identify the bad, the unfortunate, the sad, the heartache, the stress and the anxiety that this year has stirred up. I’m sure it’s easy for you to sit in that space of negativity, because when it comes down to it, this year has been hard, really freakin’ hard. We all have faced our individual challenges and with that being said, the feelings we have felt are universal.

What I want to challenge you to do today, is to step out of the ease of identifying the bad and the hard and to look at the beauty and magical moments that have happened this year. There may not be many, but there are some. If you can hold tightly onto these magical moments as we approach 2021, maybe, at some point you can look back at this year and only remember the beautiful, magical moments that you had. 

As part of my morning practice, I write… every single day. As part of my monthly practice, I do a monthly recap on all the good things that came from the previous month, one challenge and then the things I want to accomplish in the next month. This practice has offered me grounding in the fact that although we were locked down, the numbers are rising, and people are dying, in my home, in my world so many special moments happened and are still happening. 

These are some of the good moments that came out of this year for me:

  • My date with Ella in January to ECHO and Al’s French Fries as some 1:1 time before I went back to work after maternity leave.
  • Hot cocoa dates with my loves – with ALL the whipped cream.
  • Dates with a bestie to watch the Bachelorette before we both returned to work after maternity leave.
  • Alex starting a new job!
  • Before the pandemic hit, I was able to travel alone to Toronto for an amazing, life-changing conference.
  • Sewing Mr. Fuzz, we made a teddy bear!
  • SO many movie nights, always with a sweet treat.
  • Virtual conferences and education!
  • Reconnecting with loved ones.
  • Identifying and using my voice – SO much self-discovery this year. 
  • Wine nights via FaceTime with a few of my besties!
  • Local trip to a Lake House with friends for some amazing days, laughs and needed connection and fun!
  • Our adventure with chickens – holy smokes – if you haven’t seen my instagram stories about these chickens – it’s pretty funny… check it out!
  • Golfing adventure!
  • All the bonfires, s’mores and, as Ella says “s’marshs’mellows”
  • The smell of fresh cut grass and flowers – especially the lilacs as they start to bloom
  • Pool “parties” with family and friends.
  • Ella learning “One Hand in my Pocket” and singing it most days on our car rides (don’t worry, I silenced the one swear word ;-))
  • A ride with my dad in his power wagon that he fixed up.
  • Ice cream dates with family.
  • Camping … always camping. Lake George adventures with my loves!
  • Boating with my parents.
  • My Sunday morning walks with a bestie. 
  • Sleeping in and not being so strict on my wake up time.
  • Yahtzee nights with my love. 
  • Friday afternoon bike rides with a bestie.
  • Anniversary dinner and hiking Camel’s Hump the next morning with mimosas at the top to celebrate 5 years of marriage.
  • All the arts and crafts, playdoh playing, swingset swinging, learning to bike ride and do the doggy paddle.
  • Watching Adalyn take her first steps.
  • French vanilla coffee.
  • Weekend breakfast dates with my parents.
  • Quite mornings on the porch with my journal and the birds while the rest of the family slept.
  • Country running – the birds, the ever-changing scenery and just me and the dirt road. 
  • Podcasts – thank GOD for podcasts!
  • Ella hiking up snack mountain! What a trooper! 

These are just a few of some very special moments that this year has brought me. Reading through these and writing them down leaves me with a feeling of satisfaction, happiness, peace and calm. There can still be so much good and so much magic during such an unsettling time. 

What are some of the magical moments you’ve had this year? Write them down. Put them somewhere as a daily reminder that although this year has been challenging, it has also been beautiful. 

I hope that you consider doing this practice. Sending you a big virtual hug.

Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Joy, Mindset, Thanksgiving

Optimizing your Health on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. My favorite aspects of the day have always been the Macy Day Parade, the smell of lunch in the oven and enjoying the delicious food while surrounded by the people I love. Although it is my most cherished holiday, it can also be a time of indulgence to a level of discomfort. Here are my top five recommendations to stay on track before, during and after the Thanksgiving meal to optimize your health and maintain your comfort throughout the entire day:

  • Eat breakfast! So many people think, “oh, I’ll save all my calories for the big meal.” This could be your biggest mistake. Eat a well-balanced breakfast so when it’s time to enjoy the Thanksgiving meal, you are not ravenous. When we are overwhelmingly hungry, our blood sugar dips which leads to those intense desires to eat sugar, simple carbohydrates and/or to eat more than our body really needs. Start your day off, as you always do, with a well-balanced breakfast that sets you up for success.
  • Drink water! If you are enjoying some libations or not, make sure you’re enjoying water, as well. Consuming water helps us with digestion, circulation, and transportation of nutrients among many other things. Water may not be that exciting, but it’s vital for our health.
  • Lean back! During the actual meal, be mindful of the pace that you are eating. Take two bites and then put your fork down and sit/lean back. This will create awareness, presence and mindfulness around your body’s cues towards satiety.
  • Get outside! Thanksgiving is about being with family, right? Why not have a little fun! Get outside and play with the kids! Don’t have kids to play with? Propose a fun activity for the adults outside: quick game of kickball, capture the flag or good ol’ football!
  • Hold off on the h’ordouves and save room for the Thanksgiving meal. Enjoy a few nibbles if the desire is there, but otherwise stay busy visiting with family while you wait for the meal. This is a great reason why eating breakfast is crucial. 

Out of all of the above, most importantly – enjoy the holiday. This year has had some exceptionally challenging moments; take this day to enjoy the blessings that this year has brought. And remember, your efforts this year towards your health and wellness will not be completely derailed if you decide to enjoy the h’ordeuvers or have a glass (or two) of wine.

Cheers to your health and happiness. 

Joy, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Mindset

Joy List

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Do you know what brings you joy? Do you have a list of these things? A list that you can reference at any time when you need a little pick me up? A list of things guarenteed to bring a smile to your face or some warmth to your soul?

We all could use a little more joy in our life. I encourage you this week to create a list, (yes, write it down) of all the things that bring you joy; big and small. Put the list in a place where you can reference it at any time. Here are a few things that are on my joy list:

  • My record player
  • Grandma’s chair
  • Soft lighting
  • Hot cups of coffee
  • A glorious glass of wine
  • The sound of birds
  • A good book
  • Easy runs with the family
  • The end of a challenging run
  • Genuine laughter
  • Alex snuggling with me
  • Hot showers
  • Coloring
  • The smell of lilacs
  • Sunrises
  • Family dance parties
  • Singing at the top of my lungs
  • Sitting by a bonfire
  • Hearing Ella say, “I love you, Mama.”
  • Kisses from Adalyn
  • Date nights
  • Snowboarding
  • Skydiving
  • Client success
  • Helping others

Some things are not attainable right now, however most of them are. I encourage you to make your own list and choose one when you need a little joy in your life. You deserve to be happy and you deserve joy, even during a pandemic.