{Breathe} Mindful Monday: Practicing Patience

practicing patience I am used to getting things done. You know, I set my mind on something…I pour every ounce of myself into it…I get it done. The thing is, I am learning that this doesn’t always work. My Lyme, it has another plan for me. I can’t will it away. No matter how hard I try and believe me, I have tried. I have to trust the journey.  I have to surrender. I have to embrace who I am…right now…and abandon my desire to be anything more than this. I have to be patient. Patience…it’s hard! Continue reading “{Breathe} Mindful Monday: Practicing Patience”

{Thrive} Mindful Monday: Positive Intentions for the New Year

31 Positive Intentions for the New Year

Forget about that unreasonable, obligatory resolution and instead, commit to creating meaningful intentions that will serve you throughout the year. Thoughtfully setting intentions is a great way to stay present, achieve your goals and foster gratitude while you’re at it. Healthy habits can feel overwhelming when you have lofty expectations. Keep them simple. Maybe you commit to one intention a day– or one a month? You could even choose one for the entire year?! This exercise is more about reflecting and finding something that speaks to you. There is no right or wrong. There is forceful thinking or failure! Continue reading “{Thrive} Mindful Monday: Positive Intentions for the New Year”

{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”

{Breathe} Mindful Monday: Surrender Box

surrender box

At the end of the year I plan to excitedly dive my hands into the bounty of our gratitude jar– we started it this past New Years Day in an effort to keep our focus on the many moments, big and small, that bless our lives each day.  Our notes of gratitude have acted as a year long reminder of the joys in our lives. I continue to love this concept and we will most likely continue the tradition in 2016 but, this got me thinking about other ways one could utilize this idea and after a little research I found what I was looking for. Surrender. Continue reading “{Breathe} Mindful Monday: Surrender Box”

{Thrive} Mindful Monday: Why You Should Cry More Often. Seriously.

1b072bcd78d2b255b377f92897a86390I’ll be honest. I cry a lot. I always have. Sure, I’ve been labeled as “overly emotional”, but as I get older I have begun to truly appreciate this part of me. Life can be crazy–and that is not necessarily a bad thing. When you really think about it–life is truly a ride–an emotional roller coaster and at times it can feel like we forgot to buckle in. I like to use the roller coaster comparison because when you are riding a roller coaster you have two options. You can clench up, freak out and try to control the ride or you can let go, surrender and trust the experience. Whether you choose option A or option B–the ride is the same but your experience will be very, very different. With that being said–let’s talk about crying. Many of us have been taught that crying is shameful. That is it a sign of weakness. To say I disagree is an understatement. Crying, for me, is like a superhero power–it allows me the ability to let go. Think about it–have you ever felt worse after a good cry? Continue reading “{Thrive} Mindful Monday: Why You Should Cry More Often. Seriously.”