{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”

{Nourish} The Perfect Holiday Turkey

a-perfectWith only two days until Thanksgiving you still have time to learn a few tips that will help you cook up a killer turkey. I know that I said the side dishes were my favorite part of Thanksgiving but I can’t resist roasting a turkey. Sure, you can toss it into the oven with some salt and pepper and it will taste just fine but a little extra effort can make a difference in the flavor department. From the type of turkey you choose to a quick brine or robust seasoning blend, here are five tricks to help you roast the best turkey ever. Continue reading “{Nourish} The Perfect Holiday Turkey”

{Breathe} Mindful Monday: A Month of Self Love. Self-Care

Mindful Monday: Self-Care 101 by KatieCavutoRDIt is really easy to fall into the trap of caring for everyone BUT yourself! My struggle with Lyme for the past two years has been a blessing in the fact that it has forced me to prioritize my health and my needs. I hear this often from my clients–it takes an illness to stop them in their tracks…open their eyes…and change their habits! That being said, self-care is a powerful tool that we all can use to prevent illness. Why not avoid getting to the point of illness! Part of my journey towards self-love was learning to care for myself in a meaningful way. This can mean many different things but here are a few ideas to get you started! Continue reading “{Breathe} Mindful Monday: A Month of Self Love. Self-Care”

{Monthly Morsels}: December Edition

Things you should know december @katiecavutoRDYep, with only a few days left in January I am getting around to December’s “Monthly Morsels” post. Does anyone else feel like the days seem to fly by this time of year? The madness of the holidays has finally calmed down but with that comes the beginning of the year rush to get things going and that has created a brand new kind of busy! I keep reminding myself to hit pause and to breathe and to stay grounded as these tools are the most useful during chaotic times. We always have time for one, juicy breath and man does it feel good…as good December’s morsels? I think so!  Continue reading “{Monthly Morsels}: December Edition”

{Breathe} Mindful Monday: Be Real, Not Perfect

Mindful Monday: Learn how to stress lessDear Stress, Let’s break up. It’s not me…it’s you. With only a few days left until Christmas, it is safe to say that many of us are feeling the stress of the holidays. Honestly, about a week ago I had this moment of total fatigue. The spirit of the holiday was no where to be found and instead, I found myself drowning in my responsibilities and the expectations to “get it all done”. While I was able to wrangle my emotions and refocus my energy it was not without effort. My solution? I needed to change my expectations…especially those that I place on myself.  Continue reading “{Breathe} Mindful Monday: Be Real, Not Perfect”

{Mindful Monday} Finding a Sense of Calm During the Chaos of The Holidays

MMThere was a time in my life that went like this: whenever I was asked, “How are you?”, my automatic answer was “So busy”. If you are new to this blog then I’ll fill you in on the fact that this overwhelming sense of continuous chaos is what ultimately forced me to slow down, reassess and do a few things differently…more mindfully.  As we enter into the craze of the holidays this is the perfect time to revisit the idea of being “busy”. Honestly, it is hard not to be over-scheduled and stressed out this time of year. But, that does not mean that you have to fall victim to the chaos. There are plenty of ways to find calm and that is the purpose of today’s Mindful Monday post! Continue reading “{Mindful Monday} Finding a Sense of Calm During the Chaos of The Holidays”