This Time Will be Different

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How many times have you told yourself, this time will be different? You embark on a New Year, on a new diet, new exercise program, new anything and say “This time will be different!”

However, how many times is it actually different? How many times do you ditch said new program? How often you revert back to your old habits? Do you have dusty exercise equipment or a vegetable juicer that you just never use?

Habits are powerful allies and we put each one in place, consciously or unconsciously for exquisite reasons. So often our reason for not transforming an old habit into a better habit relates to loneliness, lack of joy, or lack of true inspiration. We join a gym, yet we feel uncomfortable and self-conscious when we go. Or it doesn’t feel personal enough. Or the juicer we bought takes so much time to use and what a pain to clean, right!? Isn’t it so much nicer to grab a beer and sit on the couch and watch intelligent TV or get lost on the internet, researching great ideas or being inspired by others? Or for so many woman I know, adrenal fatigue and an over burdened digestive system has made it, well honestly, difficult to add anything new to a routine that is barely working.

This post is not about beating you up or calling you out for not following through on a new program, but is to gently and lovingly encourage you to look at why your self-help habit didn’t stick. The biggest indicators in making lasting change is in having a community that supports your change, or better yet, does it with you together- think support group, exercise class, private trainers or coaches, or friends who are stretching themselves in similar ways at the same time.

I also want you to know that I am here for you and together we can make this time be different. We can lovingly create goals and put transformative habits into place. We can address the systems around your overall health, support, beliefs, and habits that aren’t helping.  The Spring Glow Detox starts in just two weeks. This group program is such a wonderful and affordable approach to creating lasting change, making this time be different.

 

Super Food *Super Delish* Granola Balls

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I can’t stop making this yummy bites of goodness lately! Kids love them, husbands love them, and I love them too. And, they are so easy to create magic. So grab a bowl and set your oven to 350 degrees.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1/2 cup almond butter

1/2 honey or other healthy sweetener

2 cups oats

1/2 cup coconut flour or almond flour

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Mix and match the following ingredients:

Chocolate chips, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, chopped nuts, goji berries, bee pollen, flax seeds, get creative! I use 2-3 tablespoons of about 3 of these, and probably more chocolate chips!

1. Whisk together chia seeds in water in large bowl

2. Continue to whisk oil, nut butter, and sweetener. Notice the chia seeds expanding and binding the ingredients together.

3. Stir in oats, flour, salt, and additional superfood goodies and chocolate.*

4. Spoon balls onto cookie sheet and bake for about 25-35 minutes until balls are golden in color.

*Your batter should be slightly wet and shiny. If it is too dry the balls will crumble when you eat them.

Enjoy!

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The Art of Stopping

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I admit it, I used to be addicted to productivity. Six months or so ago, I quit my secure and (mostly) enjoyable job in grant management. I always felt good about playing a big game in the educational arena. I was responsible for big decisions, big dollars, and a big hearted staff. I got a lot done, and a lot got done around me.

Regardless of my pride around this work, I decided that I had an even bigger calling around holistic health and inspired living. I can’t say that leaving my job was entirely rational, however my mind, heart, and body all said it was time to take the big leap and create a soul centered health coaching business.

Would you be surprised if I told you I panicked when I left my job? Don’t get me wrong, I had many parts of my business going that were already successful. On paper, it seemed natural that my business would grow and flourish, especially now that I was free to fully pursue it.

I worked really “hard” over the next few months. And I didn’t get much done. Truth was, I really had no clue how to put it all together. My business went from a fun extra source of revenue and inspiration, to feeding my family and paying my mortgage. More than overwhelmed, I often felt paralyzed by fear and anxiety. I did my best to put a big smile on my face and do the famous “fake it ’til you make it” dance.

Then in the dead of winter, something happened. I simply could not put the same effort forward. Every blog post I had hoped to write, remained unwritten. Every marketing effort I thought I should make for my next program remained unrealized. I simply did not have the wherewithal any longer to keep pushing myself forward.

Then it happened, I got really unproductive. Gasp. I didn’t get much of anything done. If you asked me how I spent my time, I couldn’t really tell you. For the first time, maybe ever, I just slowed down. Whatever commitments I had already, clients and classes, I did just those. I began to shift and simply savor what was on my calendar. I stopped putting so much effort into trying to move forward. I stopped trying to prove to myself that I was capable.

I cried frequently. I let go. I mulched. I grew new eyes for myself. I got inspired.

I’m so glad I stopped being productive for a season. I didn’t know how much I needed a break from the cult of “getting shit done.” I took a break from being a boss, from being in charge. I stopped being that woman who does it all. I took a much needed rest. I became so much more gentle with myself.

Prior to my break, I saw myself with the eyes of no matter how good I did, it wasn’t enough.  This is a habit that I vow to NOT take into my new work or my new being. I now consciously honor every effort I make. I also look for my effort to be matched- from the universe, from others. This is a new habit for me. And yes, it is vulnerable. Cracking the whip, on myself or others, is no longer attractive. Collaboration is my new desired currency.

Now I’m back to the land of productivity. Yes, I still enjoy tackling challenging projects and stretching myself to create and build. But something has changed inside me. Clarity, confidence, and positivity have taken residence in my mindset. I’m so much less afraid. And I am so much better at receiving help and feedback.

My a-ha, simply put: productivity is not the end-all-be-all. It is so much sweeter when balanced by good long stretches to the surrender of doing less. It is also sweeter when it is shared.

So, yes, I’m back with new resolve, which is to simple “be here with you,” sharing ideas, insights, and inspirations about foods, habits, and tools that lift our health and mindset. If you don’t hear from me from time to time, it probably means I’m doing less or simply tending to another part of my life. There is an art to knowing when to simply stop. There is also an art in receiving help and sharing the journey with others.

I’d love to hear from you. When was the last time you slowed down? What happened? Did you lose out? What did you gain?

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Esquisite Hot Chocolate

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I must give my sweet friend Ardeth props for this recipe, who turned me onto the Earl Grey addition to this yummy, healthy hot chocolate.

  • 1 bag earl grey, I use Stash double bergamot
  • 6 oz water
  • 6 oz almond milk
  • heaping tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons favorite healthy sugar- I use coconut sugar
  • pinch of sea salt
  • dash of pure vanilla

1. Using a small pot, boil water with earl grey bag. Discard the bag.

2. Add almond milk until mixture is piping hot.

3. Whisk in the rest of the ingredients until blended.

4. Taste and adjust sweetness if needed.

This hot cocoa is perfect when you need a little pick-me-up in the late afternoon or a sweet after dinner. I also love to drink this hot cocoa when doing an elimination diet.

Enjoy my friend!

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Oh So Simple Curry

 

simplecurryThis dish is simply exactly what you need when you have just a few things in your fridge and some coconut milk in your pantry. I always recommend keeping both green and red curry paste in your fridge- these spicy pastes keep forever and are just awesome for flavoring simple dishes. I just discovered the goodness of this dish the other night when I got home from a long trip and my husband was ready for me to start cooking again. I whipped it up in about 20 minutes flat, and cooked a pot of white rice at the same time, for a really simple satisfying dinner.

Another benefit of this dish was how much it calmed my anxiety. I was through the roof tired and anxious when I made it and after eating it, I felt so calm and clear. I love the power of nutrition and oils.

Ingredients:

1 zucchini

1 carrot

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon garam masala

1/2 to 1 teaspoon green curry (red would be fine!)

1/2 cup or water or broth

1 can coconut milk

1 tablespoon or more soy or tamari sauce

1-3 drops doTERRA ginger oil (optional)

1-3 drops doTERRA lemongrass oil (optional)

1. Sautee veggies (feel free to use whatever is in your fridge!) with coconut oil for about 5-10 mins.

2. Add curry, garam masala, and broth and boil for about another 5 mins, until veggies are soft.

3. Add coconut milk and soy sauce and bring to boil, then turn off.

4. Add essential oils when the curry stops boiling for maximum therapeutic benefit. Consider one drop mild flavor and 3 drops very strong. * Ginger oil will help with digestion and also give your nervous system a boost and lemongrass oil will support lymphatic drainage, circulation, and much more. Please remember to only ingest Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils.

5. Enjoy with white rice, brown rice, cauliflower rice, quinoa or your other favorite grain. We ate edamame with this dish as well- for color and more protein. Yum!

 

 

Snot-Be-Gone

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This simple recipe is great for when your head is full of snot and you need to get out the door and teach a class, or be with people.

I do want to warn you that the cinnamon oil is quite hot and may leave your face looking extra rosy like Sneezy Dwarf. That said, this recipe works wonders. It will dry up the snot and let you feel functional for about an hour or two.

If you have really sensitive skin, I would dilute it even more.

Lg__yYJBMqghUuvwipud6DdHkUjHffHG6LFwhoWmwzI=w501-h675-noJust for fun, I thought I would show you my bright red cheeks from using this spicy remedy.

I recommend pre-mixing a little glass vial for multiple uses because if you need it, you will likely need it for a couple days. I do, however, tend to mix little batches in my hand. Rub the oil right into your cheek bones, careful to not get any near your eyes.

I do not recommend this one for little kiddos. For them, I recommend sticking to diluted Breathe oil, perhaps in a bath or diffused while they sleep.

Love & Fear

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Good morning lovees~ So this is me, first thing up in the morning, sitting on the balcony of our hotel room where we are staying in Puerto Vallarta. Today’s post is on a topic near and dear to my heart, which centers on the emotional work it takes to make a major life change. Going into the unknown is a scary thing, even if it is a work/pleasure trip to somewhere super awesome.

You should of seen us on our way down here. I wish I had taken a photo. You would have seen a wild and short tempered looking husband, defiant and entitled looking son, and a pouty princess with my daughter. We are normally pretty nice and calm people, however at the onset of this trip, our frazzled and overtired sides were abundant. During a pit stop at Burgerville (don’t judge~!), when we were seemly at our worst, I had a huge a-ha. It was at the point when I found myself pulling my son aside for a stern talking to, after he refused to eat his specially ordered hamburger, offended by the ketchup, that I realized all four of us were on the crazy with fear and fatigue. We have never taken a trip like this and we had no norms for how we operate as a traveling family unit.

During my guilt infused lecture to my son, while looking down at him and trying to make him feel like crap for acting entitled, especially since we were headed to touristy location where the locals lived with much less than us, I realized I was really just heaping a pile of crap on him because I too was scared. In that moment I was scared that he would embarrass me. I was scared that this trip we have worked so hard for would go badly. I was scared that this great life I have been courageously pursuing was going to fail.

So the lightbulb came on and I could see clearly again. We headed back to the table to the frustrated dad and the milkshake covered pouty princess and you know what I did? I laughed and I fell in love with all of us, once again. I laughed as my son continued to act badly and I laughed as we ate our messy junk food dinner. I apologized to my son for being freaky with him and let go of the worry of how we looked and were acting.

I was once given a life lesson from one of my teachers, which is that all choices are made from LOVE or from FEAR. At every moment we can look at what we are doing, and the choices we are making, and determine their root cause- am I motivated by love or fear? At the restaurant I could see that we were in all in a state of fatigue and fear. And when I recognized what was going on, I could make a decision to change my state. So, I started to act from love. I loved us as we were and let go of my fear of our failure.  And do you know what happened when I changed my state? You guessed it, everyone started acting different and for the better.

Did this post resonate with you sweet cheeks? Comment and let me know how you have seen the power acting out of love instead of fear.

 

With love,

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