Monday, August 21, 2017

The Magic of Solitude and Sacred Space

With the new moon beckoning today it is a time for fresh starts. It's also a time when we tend to go inside ourselves and crave some extra solitude and peace. I have been finding myself in this situation a lot this past week. My mom ended up in the hospital after an accident. She is fine now and doing much better but it was an anxiety filled week for me. And those are especially the times I feel the need to pull back and sit in solitude. The new moon is a time for me to reevaluate my priorities for the month and decide what I want to come into my life and what must go.



I spent the morning detoxing my inbox. All those 8,000 messages where not just cluttering my inbox, my phone, but also my mind. We have 50,000 things on our to do list and tend to think about what is next on our list of tasks before the first one is even finished. This can cause extreme anxiety or we can just freeze and decide we will give up and tackle this task next month. But, this is a great time to set some intentions for the month.

Solitude and creating sacred self-care always refreshes me and gives me fresh ideas for the month. Spending time in nature, or journaling, or meditation and prayer. Getting mani-pedis are relaxing but there is something more to self-care when it comes from  a sacred place. I've been spending my mornings in silence journaling, writing affirmations, and in meditation.



There is something majestic about spending my time this way. Sometimes the brain clutter happens with my to do list for the day and I am ready to jump to the next thing before the first task is even complete. But, if I focus the morning on source and envision all the gratitude for the day ahead it fills my cup up for the day.

I am on day 4 of my 21 day Sacred Journal and it is giving me so much to reflect about. I focus on my goals for the month, my intentions for the day, what I really desire for the day. How do I want to feel? Today I want to be of service and build my business from a joyful and heart-centered place. To be in giving mode. That fills my soul up with peace and joy. Today I intend to make space for solitude and sacred self-care. To set my intentions and goals for the month. Today or tonight is a great time to make your wishes and intentions for the month ahead.



This morning I got the oracle card for priorities. It was a great reminder to keep my intentions in my mind for the month and that in receiving sometimes we have to also let go. I started by letting go of all the emails in my inbox that I never check. Now I need to let go of the struggle of time.

I watched Super soul Sunday yesterday and Oprah was talking to Shauna niequist who wrote "Present over Perfect." I immediately started reading the book. Too often we lose touch with the really important things in our life. We lose touch of the beauty of solitude and the quiet. Or we just run away from solitude and quiet because dealing with our emotions is hard. Time and busyness can become a drug. A way to numb ourselves from our feelings and numb us from making the changes we really need to make.

These last few days I've been learning the art of being present. That doing what my heart is calling me to do is more important than a billion things on a to do list. Burning myself out is not going to be productive and help me in the long run. Even taking 5 minutes for yourself in the morning can completely change your day. So many people especially women don't even feel they can take 5 minutes for themselves. But, in the end it leads to burnout and sickness.

About a year in a half ago I was sick for 6 months straight. I felt like my body was failing me. It was one thing after another. I finally realized it was happening because I was burning myself out. I was not resting when I needed to be. I was so busy I was not sitting still. I was ignoring my emotions. My eating was not healthy. I was not working out or moving my body. I just kept going and going not even taking 5 minutes for myself. I had to learn to set boundaries and make myself a priority. I am still learning how to balance my schedule and take a break and take time for solitude when it is needed but when I do stop. Just to get in touch with my feelings it changes my whole day. When I take time to move my body it not only sweats out the toxins but it makes me feel accomplished. When I sit in silence and meditate and envision my future I feel happier and more fulfilled. When I write in my journal my dreams and goals and hopes come alive on the pages and I feel more creative and connected spiritually.

So today I am choosing to be more present. Make room for sacred self-care and solitude. And connect with amazing beautiful women who continue to inspire me. And set some kick-ass intentions and goals for the month.

What are your intentions for this coming up month? I would love to support you and hold space for your goals.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Overnight Oats!! Cause' that's how I roll!!

I kept hearing about overnight oats. Like Seriously for the past few months. But, I was actually really nervous about trying them out. So, I found a super simple recipe.

First, I used a mostly used peanut butter jar (because I'm seriously obsessed with peanut butter. It goes into me shakes and into my oatmeal. ) I try to use more natural and organic varieties.


I really like this Classic Creamy from Wild Friends. 

Then I took some instant oatmeal (because that's how I roll!! ) And cooked those up. 
I then added a half a scoop of Vanilla Vegan Shakeology. (My go to for superfoods) (You can also use yogurt for protein) 
Then I added in some frozen strawberries 🍓 (I love my strawberries. But, any frozen fruit works.) 
mix up and let sit in Fridge overnight. In the morning or when you eat it add some cashew milk. (I'm sure almond milk works too) 
grab a spoon and enjoy 😊




I also made a shakeology bowl. I kept seeing this one as well and wanted to try it. 



                                                      Vegan chocolate Shakeology 
                     cashew Milk (To thicken. Add in slowly. Can also add ice and half a banana to thicken) 
                                                        1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter
                                                                       Agave
                                                                    Blueberries

*Please note these are not my original recipes. They have been adapted from Healthy Diva.  






Thursday, June 22, 2017

You are WORTHY...Dream BIGGER


Three years ago I was standing outside my house where I was about to get evicted from. It was one of the most depressing hardest moments of my life. I was having the worst depression and anxiety I had ever had. I was the heaviest weight I had ever been and it just kept crawling up. I was in a downward spiral and at that point I wasn't sure I would ever see the light again. I spent so much time trying to find something outside of myself to make me happy. With Food, TV, relationships, Shopping,  anything that made me happy. These things did but only temporarily. The things I was really searching for I had no clue about. I knew I needed to make a change but I had no idea where to start. I had always had some sort of spiritual practice but I would never stick with it. But, I didn't know what my path was. And for a few months at my worst I even questioned having a spiritual practice because I doubted there even was a higher power or God.


A Few months before This I had read" Miracles Now" from Gabrielle Bernstein. I needed a miracle and I now know that everything happens for a reason. It sent me on the path of discovering Kundalini Yoga. Little did I know how life transforming this practice would become for me and for the first time in a long time I would finally feel connected to God again. But, I wasn't in a full time practice. With all the stress in my life it was hard for me to see the benefit in taking care of myself. For years I struggled with putting others people's needs before my own. People came before my health, my fitness, my passions, and my dreams. I always put myself on the backburner. I love helping people and that is still a passion of mine. But, I've learned over the years that "you can't serve from an empty vessel." 

Then two years ago I found my passion for health and fitness. I started doing 21 day Fix and Piyo. But, I was trying to go alone. I'm one of those people that hates to ask for help. So, once again I ended up putting myself on the backburner and I literally kept getting sick. I was sick for about 6 months straight. Every Month it was something new or something would return. My body was calling out to me trying to tell me something was severely wrong in my life. There was a reason I was unhappy, anxious, stressed out, and sick all the time. 

The best decision I ever made was when I decided to start taking care of myself and making myself a priority. Yes some days it can be a struggle and I need to remember to set boundaries. Some things are obligations but somethings are not. I started listening to my body. I started feeding my soul with meditation, affirmations, journaling, and personal development. I started feeding my body with superfoods, healthy eating that actually nourish my body (and now I actually crave) , and working out. I don't work out to punish myself I work out to take care of myself.

The best day of my life was the day I decided that I AM worthy of taking care of myself. I AM worthy of being healthy. I AM worthy of being happy. 



ANDGuess What....? So are you! You are totally and completely WORTHY You are WORTHY of being healthy, you are WORTHY of being happy, you are WORTHY of having your dreams come true. 
Dream BIGGER 



In January I had a complete radical mindset shift. And I signed up for a challenge group. I knew I couldn't do it alone. I have an amazing coach who has helped me every step of the journey. I've seen her life transform and I see my life transforming. That's when I decided this was something I wanted to do to help other people. I don't want to see people stuck like I was. I'm not sure if I would have stuck with it (especially on the hard days) if it wasn't for having support. Since January I have lost 15 pounds and 25 inches. 






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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Miracle Morning


You might be asking yourself what is a miracle morning? I never knew what a miracle morning was either but I did practice a version of the miracle morning before I even had a name for it. Some also call is a Sadhana or daily spiritual practice. Usually and preferably done in the morning. There is a reason why so many religions talk about having a daily and morning spiritual practice. It sets the tone for the day and like Hal Elrod says "You can get more done in a morning then some people get done in a week." It can seem overwhelming at first especially if you don't know where to start. But, that's why I love The Miracle Morning because it breaks it down for you and gives you a starting place.

The S.A.V.E.R.S as Hal Elrod calls them are 6 daily practices. How and when you practice them might be different than mine. But, I will share with you what and when I do my S.A.V.E.R.S.

First the S.A.V.E.R.S stand for Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise,  Reading, and Scribing.

I like to do my Exercise first thing in the morning. It gets my blood pumping and get's me ready for the day. Plus, then I don't have an excuse to not do it later when I might be tired or if something comes up. I like cardio and my yoga practice. I've been practicing Kundalini yoga for about 4 years now.



Then I like to Scribe or also called Journaling. I started doing Morning Pages about a year ago. After reading The Artist's Way. Now morning pages are apart of my daily practice. I notice a difference when I do them and when I don't. Morning pages are three pages of writing. You write whatever comes to your mind in the morning. Julia Cameron recommends doing them before meditation. She recommends as soon as you get up but for me I like to do them after my workout. I feel like if I meditate (or go into silence) Without journaling I take all those unwanted thoughts with me into my silent time. Unwanted thoughts are anxious thoughts, worry thoughts, ect.. So, I like to get it out on the page before doing my meditation. 







Then I go into my silent time. For me this includes prayer and meditation. I've been practicing Kundalini Yoga which includes A kriya for physical movement and meditation. I usually meditate to the Kundalini Yoga chants. It is easier for me to meditate with a mantra versus sitting in silence. And then I read from Illuminata: A Return to prayer: By Marianne Williamson. As well as study A Course in Miracles.






Then for Affirmations I read from You can Heal Your life By Louise Hay. Sometimes I will read the affirmations out loud and other times I will write them down in my journal.


Then for Visualisation I have two vision boards. I plan on creating a third. I will look at my vision boards and envision my goals. I usually spend 5-10 minutes doing this. 

For the last part Reading I always do some personal development. which is either reading a book or listening to an audiobook. I will do this anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on how much time I have that day. 

I know it seems like a lot but most of these things can be done in 5-15 minutes depending on how much time you have available. Even spending 5 minutes jumping on a trampoline can be enough to wake you up and get your blood pumping and energy up. These do not need to be long and strenuous activities. 

Tony Robbins would run in the morning while listening to personal development and repeating his affirmations as he was running. So depending on time they can be combined as well. Sometimes when I meditate if I am short on time I will do my visualization as well. 

The order is not a major factor either. Some people prefer to workout first others will prefer to do it last. I like to experiment and see what works best for me. 



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Monday, May 1, 2017

Oola For Women: Find Balance in an unbalanced world by Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl


Review:
Oola for Women: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World 
By Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl


I had recently heard about Oola from a Facebook group I am in. I don't believe in coincidences. So, I had just looked up Oola and all about the #Oolalife before I had a chance to review this book. When I got the opportunity to do so I jumped at it. I've been struggling with balance and juggling everything lately as so many women do. Mothers, career women, single gals, married women. It can be so hard to balance career, friends, our boyfriends/husbands/spouses, family, finances, and fitness. Some days it seems like we will never get anything done with a mile long to do list. So, when this book fell into my lap I knew it was just what I had been looking for. I mean who doesn't want more Oola. 

There are 7 areas of Oola:
Fitness
Finance
Family
Field
Faith
Friends
Fun

As I was reading the stories from different women I laughed and I cried. I could relate to so many stories in the book. They all touched my heart in some shape, way, or form. We all have different lives yet we all have so many parallels as well. And the biggest struggle is with balance. 

The chapter that touched me the most was the chapter on Oola Blocker Fear. If you've been reading my blog you know I suffer from anxiety. It's been apart of my life for so long and I feel like it's held me back from so many things in my life. Fear is my biggest Oola blocker. I let it stop me for so many years. And still do at times. I suffered with bad anxiety through most of my 20's. Some of these Oola's have helped. Fitness and Faith the most. As well as Family and Friends. 

The last section of the book is figuring out what you want to focus on and what Oolas you are out of balance with. I see the ones I've been doing well in and the ones that need some help. Then you can create goals around these different Oola areas. There are quizzes in the last section that help you figure this out and can help you narrow down your goals. 

This book is something I will be reading again and again. The stories touched me and I love that it gives you tools to put Oola into practice. 

Oola Life Here I Come! 




Oola for women is officially released May 2nd 
You can find out more here Oolalife

You can pre-order and buy the book upon release here Oola for Women

*I did receive this book for free to review. I was not compensated for writing this review and I am not affiliated with Oola Life. This is my honest opinion of the book. 


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Turkey Bacon Egg Cups

Turkey Bacon Egg Cups 


 I kept seeing these egg cups and I'm always looking for a delicious and healthy snack or breakfast that I can grab quickly. I had turkey bacon on hand so I decided to make some wrapped in turkey bacon. 
 They are pretty easy and taste yummy. 





  1. I used a mini muffin baking pan. Sprayed with nonstick spray.
  2. Then used 1 piece of turkey bacon per "cup." 
  3. Mixed 8 eggs, 1/4 cheddar cheese, and added some mushrooms.




  The mixture is for 12 but I did have enough mixture to make a few more. Pour mixture into cups. I used a tablespoon to measure.

 Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until the bacon is cooked and a fork/knife comes out clean.

 Then store in the refrigerator. They will last about a week.  Or you can freeze as well if you want them to last even longer.












*Original Recipe from http://www.fatgirltrappedinaskinnybody.com/2011/04/bacon-egg-cups/












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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Self Care is not Selfish





In January as the New Year rolled around and my 30th birthday was a month away I knew a change was calling me. I listened to Eckhart Tolle speak it was a clip from Super Soul Sunday. Eckhart said something to the effect of " You don't want to get to your goal and end up neglecting your health and relationships. You need to live now the way you want to live when you reach your goal." It struck a cord in me. I realized I was neglecting the things that mattered the most to me. And I didn't want to reach one goal only to be lacking in other areas of my life. I needed to live in the present the way I wanted to live in the future.

Too many times we say we will do something tomorrow, in a week, in a month, or in a year. We say when we have more time, when  we have more energy, or more money. And then the months and years roll by and we realize we still have the same life and are in the same situation we had a few years back.

A biggie for me to take control of was my health. But, first I had to check my mindset. I knew I had tried and failed at things I said I was going to do in the past. But, not this time! I had a deep burning desire in me for change. To change my mindset, change my body, and to make sure I spend time in silence and do things to feed my soul and make myself happy too.

Giving is great. I love giving and helping people. But when we neglect ourselves it only leads to burnout and then we can not help others the way we have been called to. I had experienced this so many times in my life. I realized watching tv every night and not being active was not helping me or anyone else. If I wanted to help others it had to start with loving myself.

It started in my mind first. I started getting back to my personal development. Something I realized I had been missing. I put it to the wayside as I was trying to reach my goals. But, I realized this was key to me reaching my goals. I needed to have a mindset that no matter what I would keep going on. Life loves to throw curveballs. Second I got back to my spiritual practices. This is something I crave. But,  I would lose my passion for silence and spending time with God.

Then in January something magical happened. Exactly what I needed came to me. This is not unusual once you start working on your mind and spending time in silence. Synchronicity is seriously  magical. And pretty cool if I say so myself. (insert unicorn emoji)

So, I found a program that I decided I would take up. I started working out 6 days a week. It was a struggle at first. And a lot harder than I Thought. But, I pushed through because I had my mind set right. I knew I had failed before and I was not going to fail again no matter what. This was not just about losing weight this was about getting healthy and changing my life. So, I pushed through. The nutrition was a little harder for me at first.

I still was struggling with my previous all or nothing mindset. But, this time I decided I would not deprive myself of foods I really wanted. So, I allow myself to once or twice a week have a "happy" meal. This completely changed my nutrition mindset. You know that saying "you always want what you can't have." It really freed up my mind from thinking "I'll never have that again so I want to quit so I can have that." Real nutrition is about occasionally have a treat meal so you don't feel deprived and you can keep going without beating yourself up. Even if you do fall off for a few days get back up.









By February my 30th birthday rolled around. And I had lost 4 pounds and 14 inches. My zest for life returned. I actually look forward to getting up in the morning now to workout. I feel like it sets my day up on the right foot.






In February I cleaned up my eating even more. I was even trying some awesome new recipes. (I'll be posting those in the future. So stay tuned for those.) I always enjoyed cooking and kind of let it fall to the wayside. It's amazing how making a couple changes can drastically put you on the right path again. By March I had lost even more weight and inches. And I noticed an even bigger change in my mental attitude.


I'm down 11 inches and 10 pounds this month for a total of 12 pounds and 25 inches lost. It's more than just a physical transformation it's also a mental transformation. I remember being so worried and obsessed with the future. I knew I was not making myself a priority. And I knew I needed to get healthy and start making myself a priority again. I don't want to look back and say I didn't have time to get healthy or I didn't have time to spend with God or I didn't have time or energy to become everything I want to be. It's truly about balance and living the present moment the way you want to live in the future. 

"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”

~Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now













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