Finding Your Flow

I have a good friend that always rolls her eyes at me when she asks me “How are you?”

I always respond, “Good. Just going with the flow.”

However, there are many times when the flow is more like swimming against a very strong current. It is in those times I attempt to recognize that I need to take a step back and evaluate what is and not working in my life.

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I truly believe that sometimes we need to let go of things to create space for new fresh and positive experiences. It is when we begin to make that space that more good is welcomed into our lives.

The best way to gauge  if you are beginning to swim against the current or moving forward down the stream with all of your ducks in a row.  Is by closing your eyes taking a few breaths, finding a place of neutral, in your mind, then think of one word that would best describe your situation is it love? Money? Success? Abundance?

Now from your place of neutral imagine simply floating which direction are you beginning to move do you need a flotation device to keep you a float or are you floating with ease down the lazy river.

It is a reflective way to check in with yourself to see how you can streamline your goals, desires, and dreams to move in one positive direction working together. If we can begin to recognize our alignment from that neutral position then we can act quicker in streamlining it when we begin to fight the current.

The more negativity we hold onto the harder it is to stay a float moving in one direction. If we can find a way to release that mind-set by learning to maintain a neutrality towards our goals we are more apt to achieve them with a combination of effort and joy.

 

Give Yourself the List of Love

A little love goes a long way and the best gift you give to yourself is to take simple steps to nourish your mind, body, and spirit. The more you begin to make time to replenish your spirit the more you begin to build the confidence and self-esteem to tap into your fullest potential.

I understand it’s hard to make time for yourself each day when you wear so many hats from the parental duties, the work that comes home with you,  on top of that  you are probably the chef, and cleaner. It is at the end of the night that you can be exhausted from the grocery duties, people pleasing, and in the end not enough time for you.

What if you created a list of ten simple things that you could do in a week to nourish your soul and rejuvenate your spirit?  It doesn’t have to be something as luxurious as a day at the spa but just simple and affordable ways that will make your week better.

My list is simple:

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It is when you begin to nourish the core that is you that you feel more inspired to conquer your day, make better choices towards your health, and have that necessary stress release throughout your busy week. It’s the little things that can brighten the day and you deserve to enjoy those small special moments just for you.

What would your list look like?

Reflecting on Your Week

One of the greatest factors in reaching our goals is visualizing and taking the necessary steps to achieve them. It maybe getting on the road to good health, planning for your first marathon, or just learning the basics to healthy cooking.  All of these are attainable goals and with consistent effort you will be on the right track to reaching them.

Your well-being is one of the most important when it comes to your overall health, your goals, and raising the bar for what you want to do next in your life. One of the best ways to stay on track and evaluate the direction that you are heading in reaching towards your goals is checking in with yourself.

Take a few minutes every Sunday to journal about your week. It is a nice way to stay focused on all the good in your life and what you can strive to do better. Here is a list of simple questions to help you evaluate your week and write about in your own journal.

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Opening a journal and writing can be one of the greatest ways to get to know yourself better, maintain focus on your goals, and help you to make the small changes necessary to improve your life. Pick up a pen, grab your notebook, and write! I look forward to hearing about your progress and how writing in a weekly journal has been working for you.

How Do You Spend Your Time?

Your time is the most important contributing factor when it comes to your career, family, wealth, and health. It is how you set your schedule for the day in which will determine how you obtain all of your goals and tackle your to-do list.  But time is also built around fostering relationships and following your passion. If we have no time or squander it then we sometimes feel as if we our failing ourselves and our relationships.

The problem is in the golden age of technology and social media we can easily lose track of time. We get caught in the cyclical vortex of  work emails, texts, Facebook, and Netflix.  It is before long that evening run that you wanted to accomplish for the day has been thrown out the window.

In our culture the act of being busy is expected of us but what if we slowed down from the  dirty dishes, the emails, and the texts in the evening. We began to make more time for the people in our lives, our health goals, or just to create an hour to follow our own passions.  How would that look and feel for you? Can you envision it?

Just take a minute to evaluate your time throughout the day.  Is your schedule working for you? What small change can you do to make it better?

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I  know from experience that bad habits do not break overnight. They take time to change and shift into something better. So what if we made one small change to our schedule for a month. How would it improve your quality of life? Your health? Your creativity? The Quality of Relationships?

As I run out of time on writing this post I challenge myself and others to take a minute to reflect on our priorities. Let’s figure out how to change our schedules from the importance of being busy or the time suck of technology to reboot our calendars and make one small change for something in our lives that truly matters.

The Espresso Special

This is my favorite recipe for when my energy is feeling low and I need a kick-start for the rest of my day. I call it the Espresso Special it is  a little coffee love with a blend of healthy sweetness to keep you breezing throughout the day.

 

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I hope you can savor a  refreshing sip or two before running back into your day.

Tips for a Merry Active Holiday Season

As we enter the final week leading up to the holiday season we focus on everything from the gifts, the turkey, and keeping grandma away from spiking the punch bowl. We are thrown together with our families more than usual and if you live in a winter city prone to snowy cold weather it is enough to drive most people stir crazy.

The good food, too much booze, the same conversations, family feuds, and children running a muck throughout the house can be enough for the truest of patient saints to lose their halo. Many of us dream of a bartender serving endless martinis day and night just to survive the holiday season.

As much as we love our families they are also the same people who can drive us crazy. A simple way to break from this rut is to change it up. Get outside and play!

Yes! It’s cold! Yes! Snow is on the ground! 

Put on your hats. Put on your mitts. Put on your snow suits. Put on your Winter boots.

It doesn’t have to be a fashion show. You do not have to look like a Sears catalog model or the cutest snow bunny.  All you have to do is bundle up and have fun. It is one of the most inexpensive ways for you to enjoy your family  this holiday season and reap the benefits of going outside.

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Simple and effective ways to inhale the fresh winter air as you raise your heart level  with the added bonus of a huge smile to your face. Take a few hours to break from the electronics, the phones, and the he said she said of the holiday season. Just taking the time to get outside is a great way to reconnect with our loved ones without the holiday drama and put the spirit back into the holiday’s.

Make Your Well Being a Priority for 2017

Almost every year people sit down with their list of New Years Resolutions with high optimism for change and a brighter future. A typical list usually focuses on losing weight, making more money, fostering new relationships, and living the dream of travelling the world.

However, the problem with these lists is they are already set-up for failure because there is no list set-up to focus on how to achieve these specific goals. We creates lists that highlight our achievements but we fail to make the important lists that step us in the right direction to achieving our goals whether it be losing ten pounds or creating a higher stream of wealth.

The number one thing that should be on your list  for 2017 is making your well-being your number one priority. It is by creating a healthy routine for yourself that sets you up to achieve your goals and dreams.  Imagine a  healthier version of  yourself  when you  have more energy, more time, and unwavering tenacity to reach further for your goals. You begin to set yourself up for new possibilities and achievements.

Here are three simple ways to make your well-being the number one priority for 2017.

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A simple and effective way to begin your New Year by giving yourself the gift of good health, energy, and rest.  Wishing you the best this holiday season!