{Breathe} How to Find Gratitude in the Things That Feel Hard

Journal This: How Can You Bring Gratitude to the Things That Feel Hard? 

Twice today, I was in discussion about gratitude but we weren’t talking about sunshine or flowers or a roof over our head. We were bringing gratitude to the moments in our lives that have brought us to our knees because these are the moments that have cleared the path to truly show us the way. Continue reading “{Breathe} How to Find Gratitude in the Things That Feel Hard”

{Thrive} Mindful Monday: Daring Greatly

“What would you be glad you did–even if you failed?” Brené Brown

So, a pretty big thing happened a week or so ago. I had the opportunity to do a cooking segment on Good Morning America. Yeah, it was a big deal. The opportunity stirred up a number of emotions that, while normal, were pretty uncomfortable in the moment. Let’s be honest. I was crazy nervous. There was this battle of epic proportions happening in my head and fortunately, after years of practice… the strong, confident voice was the loudest. I was literally telling myself to “dare greatly” as the camera man counted down the seconds to the segment. I share this with all of you because most of us can relate. We have heard those sparring voices in our head. You know, the one that says “I am enough” which is quickly shot down by that jerky voice that tells us we are not worthy. Continue reading “{Thrive} Mindful Monday: Daring Greatly”

{Breathe} Mindful Monday: Savor the Ordinary Moments

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Last week I shared the importance of hitting pause from time to time. Really, we should make this a regular practice. When we pause we are more present in the moment, but the exercise does not stop there. Once we pause we also need to savor. Savor the beauty of that moment even if it is fairly mundane. Life becomes wildly beautiful and meaningful when you are able to appreciate otherwise “normal” moments for all the loveliness that exists in them. For this week’s intention, pick a rather mundane moment that occurs regularly in your life and pause to find the beauty in it. Pause to feel gratitude. I am feeling excited just thinking about this! Continue reading “{Breathe} Mindful Monday: Savor the Ordinary Moments”

{Thrive} Setting Intentions for Health & Self Love

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“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” – Buddha

When I first graduated from graduate school and became a dietitian I was armed and motivated to teach people how to count calories, diet and omit foods from their diet. I learned, quite quickly that this approach simply exacerbated negative emotions and self-talk. Though my own journey and my work with clients I have found that the foundation of a healthy lifestyle is less about your food choices and more about self-love. Continue reading “{Thrive} Setting Intentions for Health & Self Love”