February. The month of Amore! Got me thinking about all the different types of love. Parental, spousal, friendship, sibling, pets, etc. But the more I think about it, the very key to life and enjoying it, is self love.Read More
let’s be the best people to our inner circle we can be, but don’t forget to be on the lookout for those people who may not be your forever people but could hold a very special place in your life/heart just the same.
I recently dropped off my daughter at college. I left her in her newly decorated dorm room filled with excitement mixed with a little bit of trepidation about what the next four years would bring. As I launched her off into the world I wanted to leave her with some poetic words of advice.
Here are two great examples of what I think are the best tips on how to live a full, healthy well balanced life. Let me know what you think!
Be aware and mindful, see those who are trying and applaud them . Be the reassuring helping hand to someone struggling to hang on. Speak up and use your voice to make someone’s day. Throw out compliments like confetti. Not hollow, insincere comments but heartfelt words of encouragement.Read More
My bike. She’s not young, in fact she’s old. By many cyclists in the know standards she’s probably years BEYOND being put on a shelf, or passed down to a kid just starting to ride, or used as “fix it” parts. But I love her. I love her just the way she is, with her peeling paint and war wounds where we have unfortunately got a little too cozy with the pavement.Read More
Whatever the position, whatever the expectations, you are always in the game, if you believe you’re in the game. You have the power. With self-belief and determination, you CAN change your path. You can turn things around. You can come back.Read More
Sometimes life is hard or complicated and we just don’t know why. We question ourselves and the value of continuing on with the job, the pursuit, the endeavor we once thought to be a good idea.Read More
there are times where you will find yourself with an opportunity to test yourself where the preparation, for whatever reason, was either not optimal or not done at all. Hmmmmm. This poses a problem. Do you face the challenge head on, throw your best effort you are capable of in that moment at it and hope for the best? Or do you give yourself a hall pass and look to the future to see what you’ve got when you have done the all important prep work?Read More
“Mind over matter.” “You’ll surprise yourself with what you can do.” “Pain is temporary.” Chances are you’ve heard these rallying cries before about halfway through that last circuit of burpees and jumping lunges. The little nuggets of motivation work, we say them to ourselves for a reason. But what do the pros—AKA the people who burpee all day, every day—tell themselves when they need a little extra push?
Here, 13 top trainers share the best piece of workout advice they’ve ever received. Let their wisdom fuel your workout fire today.Read More
Ha! I thought since it's St. Pats day AND I am a LEGIT Irish lassie....I would right about bars today!
Not the kind where you go have Guinness, the kind you eat when you are dyin on the vine, and you need a quick bit of something to stay upright.Read More
If I could pass along THE most valuable lessons in life to my kids one would have to be….Own your actions.
This is harder than it sounds and requires a fair amount of practice...and well, it needs to become a habit to be truly apart of your usual mode of operation.Read More
A good friend of mine just posted this on Facebook and I thought it was SO good I had to share it as well. Kind of reminds me of that book, "Everything I needed to know I learned in Kindergarten!Read More
Ever heard that old saying, “it’s just as easy to be kind as be mean”? I actually think it’s EASIER to be kind. When you're impatient, snappy or speak without thinking not only do you leave the recipient of your unpleasantness unhappy, it does the same to you. Being rude never ends well for anyone, anytime.Read More
Today I was thinking I would talk about my personal thoughts on style and appearance.
Let me start by saying, the number one rule is be comfortable in your look, whatever that is to you. This must be personal. No one else can make you feel at home in a style or product that just doesn’t feel like you.
Each of us have stress in our busy lives. We all handle said stress in our own way and feel it at varying levels. Given that we will have strain in our days, and that most of us strive to maintain a level of calm, I thought it would be useful to all of us to learn some time tested ways (from the Food Matters website) to minimize the impact on our nervous systems.Read More
Since it is Valentine’s day, and February is heart health month, I thought it fitting to do a few posts on different ways we can take care of our hearts. Both physically and emotionally. I will share some ideas that have worked for me as well as some scientific based truths. I would also love to hear some ways you go about striving to live with a happy heart.
To kick off the mini series, I would like to start with what I feel is the most important link to having a happy and healthy heart. Self love.
You are your best and most valuable asset. Regardless of how many people depend on you, putting your life vest on first is the best way to ensure that you are healthy, happy and emotionally strong enough to support others.
Nourishing yourself with wholesome foods, seeking to grow and push yourself a little outside your comfort zone, and allowing yourself time to check out, decompress, and just take a rest, will create the balance you need to….you guessed it THRIVE!
While many think that romantic love is the most important component to our emotional happiness, love for the self provides a base from which all else flows. This sense of fulfillment and nourishment are vital to our overall sense of peace.
When you start from a foundation of self respect and acceptance, you become a powerful positive force to all those around you. You radiate an inner peace and confidence that people can admire and emulate, creating a ripple effect in your world.
How do we establish and grow our love for the person in the mirror?
Here are a few quick ideas and suggestions to maintain your balance, and see yourself as the beautiful, strong, work of art that you were meant to be. I will be elaborating on these individually in the posts this coming week:
Fuel your body with nourishing food
Surround yourself with positive cheerleaders of your best self
Embrace some form of spirituality
Learn something new
Share your passions
Create Goals (one of my all time favorites)
Make time for fun
Let it go
So on this day where we are celebrating those we love, make sure that you are on the top of that list.
I did occasionally buy into the trend and power some of the super food down, just to make sure I wasn’t missing some wonderful adventure. But most of the time, I was just waiting until the kale phenom had past and a new miracle food was “in”.
But to my surprise the craze has yet to fade so I decided maybe there was something to this leafy lovely.Read More