{Breathe} How To Heal: Loosen Your Grip and Love From Within

My healing process has shined a glaringly bright light on the many emotions I experience each day. Two that seemed to show up quite regularly (and still can), are fear and criticism.  I was white knuckled and extremely hard on myself, especially when it came to my desire to heal faster. I thought if I controlled every little thing, including my emotions, that I could will anything undesirable away. This would make my whole body tense, like my grip on life was literally so tight I couldn’t breathe. I was drowning in fear but the thing is, I couldn’t will or reason any of it away. I could not steer the ship no matter how tight I held on. It just made the whole journey harder. The breakthrough moment came when I decided to let go. It’s cliche, but it’s everything. I threw up my hands, exhaled and surrendered to the ride. Then I made the choice to truly love myself which I now realize was something I had never done. Continue reading “{Breathe} How To Heal: Loosen Your Grip and Love From Within”

{Breathe} Mindful Monday: Everything is Going Your Way

Mindful Monday | Everything is Going Your WayWe are what we think. Our reality is a snapshot of the things that we choose to see and believe. We can choose to float in the light or drown in the darkness. It’s truly a choice you see. I went to sleep a few nights ago with the intention to choose the light the next day–ALL DAY, No matter what was thrown my way. It’s an experiment of sorts as I wanted to see how often I tended to dip into a negative place. Want to join me?  Continue reading “{Breathe} Mindful Monday: Everything is Going Your Way”

{Thrive} Tired of Dieting? Try This.

When is the last time you truly tasted your food? Seriously. Think on that one for a minute. A hazy memory of the first bite of your last meal doesn’t qualify. There is very little enjoyment in that. Have you ever considered why you choose to eat a certain food? While there are many answers to this question, the number one reason tends to be taste. Yet, we rarely taste our food! Our fast paced lives have caused many of us to disengage and this includes our eating experiences. Fortunately, we can always make the choice to be present. We can bring the joy back to our tables and we can start right now; here’s how.  Continue reading “{Thrive} Tired of Dieting? Try This.”

Mindful Monday: How to Heal by Embracing Our Brokenness

How to Heal by Embracing Our BrokennessI turned 38 yesterday and my greatest gift was one that I gave to myself. It’s the opportunity to continue to re-write my story. To un-knot my chains. It’s a rebirth of sorts. One that I aim to offer myself daily with compassion and love. A surrender to my brokenness that is coupled with gratitude. Gratitude for each day which offers me the chance to gently pick up the pieces and, one by one, put them back together in a more authentic and loving way. You see, three years ago, on my 35th birthday, my body gave me a wake-up call. An array of random symptoms that included stomach troubles, nephropathy, migraines, joint pain, vision issues and all around fatigue. This led me on a difficult year long journey that ended with a diagnosis of Chronic Lyme a few days before my 36th birthday. I spent that year frenetically jumping from doctor to doctor, trying EVERYTHING I could to beat this disease. Trying to will it away with determination. Then, the stress of it all along with the high-dose antibiotic protocol I had been on for a year, landed me in the emergency room the eve of my 37th birthday. Sadly, I said hello to my 37th year in a hospital gown feeling helpless and broken. It was defeating to say the least. I hit rock bottom. But, the good thing about being that broken is that the only way out is up. I was ready to surrender to my brokenness and to give myself the chance to rebuild. Continue reading “Mindful Monday: How to Heal by Embracing Our Brokenness”

{Thrive} My Top 5 Intentions for the New Year

my-top-5-intentions-for-the-new-yearI haven’t set a New Year’s resolution in years because I’ve learned that overwhelming myself with a lofty goal simply doesn’t feel productive. I’ve got enough on my plate. Don’t we all? Plus, I am constantly resetting throughout the year. Enough of the drama around this one day. It’s only a day. There are many. Instead, I use the New Year as a touch point for reflection and I approach this with as little stress as possible. The start of the new year is a great time to re-group and take note of the things that are going well, the lessons you have learned along the way and its a good time to assess the areas in which you may like to focus your intentions. I try to avoid terminology like “improve”, “change” or “failure” because these types of words do not lend themselves to compassionate, positive progress. We are all doing the best that we can and that is enough. You are enough. I am enough. And within this space of self-acceptance we can still offer ourselves the opportunity to grow in a loving way. Here are my top five intentions for the New Year. Some are carry-overs from last year as I am still working on them. I may be for years to come and that is okay. Any progress is positive as perfection will never exist. Set backs are reality so expect them and compassionately continue along your path.   Continue reading “{Thrive} My Top 5 Intentions for the New Year”

{Breathe} Mindful Monday: How Gratitude Can Curb Weight Gain

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It’s the perfect time of year to embrace the joy of living and eating. Yes, eating can and should be joyful, no matter the time of year. And yet, we count calories and sips of eggnog, and torture ourselves with a guilt-laden combination of weigh-ins and self-loathing. There is nothing joyous about it.

To find the joy, shift your intentions away from weight-loss and the number on scale and focus on nourishing your body instead. When you strive to create a nourishing plate of food, you naturally crowd out less-nourishing foods without feeling deprived. You’ll feel quite empowered. Positive intentions create positive results.

 

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