First off: I would love your input!
Check out the bottom of this segment and COMMENT or e-mail email@example.com to send me your thoughts on BALANCE.
Balance has MANY meanings and connotations, and can evoke different feelings from different people, depending on the circumstances.
It can feel tense, like walking a tightrope - one misstep, one small breeze, one surprise sneeze and you’re toast!
It can feel satisfying - like when you’re on a see-saw and you and your friend find that sweet spot where you’re both at eye level with each other - also: Fleeting?
It can feel peaceful - like looking at your planner and seeing play interspersed with work
It can feel nourishing - like following your fancy-pants dinner of organic kale and poached salmon, you enjoy a scoop of chocolate peanut butter ice cream and a glass (or two!) of Prosecco.
Balance can be a tricky concept, because perfect balance can also lead to complacency and a stagnant environment.
:: Where’s the thrill on the tightrope if there’s no threat?
:: What fun is a see-saw without the ups and downs?
:: Without room for spontaneity, a perfectly planned week can feel rote and boring.
And, what do we do to prevent feeling too off-kilter with all of life’s surprises?
Over to you!
I will be leading a workshop in Pittsburgh in August (date TBD, so stay tuned!) encompassing the theme of BALANCE, and would love to support you through your individual challenges, concerns, and questions.
Let me know!
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We might live a certain way because we're *supposed* to, or because it's doctor's orders.
We might eat cleanly, sleep sufficiently, and move our bodies daily, but sometimes it's a trudge!
There's nothing to look forward to!
And that, ironically, doesn't make us feel *well*.
When we, as humans, don't feel well, we tend to make fewer and fewer positive choices.
Luckily, there are SO many ways in which we can nourish our bodies AND our spirits with JOY, FUN, and PLEASURE!
Unfortunately they often go forgotten in pursuit of more tangible goals...(like getting 10,000 steps logged on your fitbit, losing that last 10 lbs, or seeing how many cups of kale you can consume before landing yourself with a kidney stone.)
That's where the practices you'll learn, and the actions you'll take at Rise & Thrive // Nourish will come into play.
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This session of Rise & Thrive is a lighthearted dedication to the nourishment of our bodies, minds, and souls, with fun, pleasure, and celebration.
Together we will:
What do you think? Do YOU want to spend a Saturday afternoon nurturing
A beautiful month full of family, friends, good food, fun parties, hopefully lots of rest, and frequently: Presents!
I love watching these "What I Got for Christmas" videos on Youtube. It's usually a bunch of very clean looking beauty gurus talking about products and gadgets they've received over the holidays. In case you are as nosy as I am, and were wondering about what I got for Christmas, I'll provide you a quick list:
Dear sweet Saint Nicholas brought me a stomach bug. Realistically, it probably wasn't that jolly old elf to infect my insides, but the many tiny humans I interact with on a daily basis.
Luckily, I was already home with my family when it hit. Which means I had the built in support of family to help take care of my puppy, run to the store for supplies, make me warm beverages, and all together make sure I wasn't dying (even though that's how it felt at times).
It struck me that, as someone who lives on her own, who considers herself to be a strong and independent woman, I am WOEFULLY unprepared for the rare occasions when I do get sick. This experience served as a wakeup call as to what I need to have on hand, just in case I can't make it to the kitchen, let alone the store.
Here are the top things I recommend having in supply, just in case you get sick, and don't have family around for support.
If you happened to spend the night sweating with a fever, and with your body rejecting everything you've consumed in the past 12 hours, you are at risk for dehydration.
Once you're beyond the worst of it, you're going to want to replenish your body, and revive your blood sugar, but probably should take it easy on what you ingest for the next day or so. You also won't feel like cooking, so here are some quick and easy foods to put in your belly.
*Medicine and Supplements
*I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, this is simply a list of things that have helped me when I was ill.*
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I've added most of the items above to my Retail Therapy Amazon Store, so you can find them quickly, and easily, and take action today. Add them to your cart so you aren't left high and dry when the unexpected happens.
Let me know in the comments:
Is there anything you would add to this list?
This is mostly specific to stomach bugs, so if you'd like to see an edition dedicated to the illness of your choice ( Strep throat, head cold, hangover, allergies, PMS, ETC. ) let me know!
Wishing you a lovely and healthy week,
Hello beautiful human!
I hope you are enjoying a beautiful holiday season with some of your favorite people. Just wanted to drop you a line to say hello, and that I am so excited to announce some new offerings for you in 2017!
Rise & Thrive!
Rise & Thrive is a series of workshop retreats for you to kickstart your personal growth, and receive the tools and knowledge you desire to maintain inspiration, affirm commitment and devotion to the life you've always longed to experience.
The first and most activating step in growth is to know what you want from this life, your health - and why. We’ll use our time together as a group to explore what health, wellbeing, and self-care means to you, and what commitment to your vision can make possible in your life.
If you feel like you've been living the past few days, months, years...on autopilot and are ready to shift, this is for you.
If you’re anything like me, that word scares the pants off of you...and not in the fun way.
Luckily, when what you're committing to is yourself, and to the experience you always desired to live, it doesn’t have to be so scary.
"Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans" -John Lennon
Sure, you have goals, milestones, and achievements (cough::resolutions::cough) that you're working towards, but when the journey towards these moments incorporates things you already enjoy doing, and when you're participating in your life in ways that feel amazing; it makes your life that much more rich, more beautiful to behold, and will extend the joy and satisfaction of those moments you've worked so hard to attain.
Creating bliss through your process: THAT's how commitment becomes sexy, not scary.
Together, we will discover where in our lives we are living mindlessly and on autopilot without devotion, and what parts of our lives are waiting patiently on the back-burner, waiting to be stirred by you.
We will examine how we can activate our drive and devotion, and where in our lives we can become mindful, intentional, set personal goals, and uncover opportunities to create the life you love.
Join us in the first of a 4 part workshop series in 2017!
New Year’s Day will have come and gone...
Maybe you journaled some resolutions. Perhaps you’re freaked out because you feel like you should have, but didn’t, and now 2017 is just going to be like any other year. Maybe the whole thing leaves you feeling overwhelmed and disenchanted, but you know you still want this year to be different.
We begin by taking inventory of our current state, decoding our desires, simplifying the noise, and honing in on our body’s own wisdom to gain a clear, specific, and uplifting picture of what we want the experience of our lives to be. Rooting into our intentions in preparation for massive growth and evolution.
It's SO much easier to get where you're going if you can clearly visualize the destination. So, we root down and seal our intentions into a physical form. We get our hands dirty by creating a visual representation of your beautiful life in the form of a Visioning Luminaria. Place a candle in the center, light up your intention, and let your future glow.
The Holiday Eating (and drinking) Season is OFFICIALLY upon us!
I'm still recovering from the election, and from turning 29, just in time for hectic holiday family shenanigans.
It's no secret that this season is prime time for focused self-care. The traveling, the shopping, the planning, the cooking, the socializing...It's all wonderful fun, but if you get too caught up in it, you are at risk for physical and emotional burnout.
Take the time for yourself to get your head on straight, treat your body right, and make sure you feel amazing, all season long.
Are you ready?
Here are some resources to help you get prepared for what's to come.
I've been loving leaf on Youtube.
Watching their videos is both soothing and inspiring for my braincells.
Movin' and Groovin'
Dance it out with The Fitness Marshall
Yoga for Digestion
...don't forget your digestive enzymes!
LOVED this commercial for Lane Bryant
5 Simple Ways to Prep Skin for the Holidays
15 Ways to Thrive During the Holidays
Nothing official here, but I DO challenge you to drink one or two more glasses of water each day this week, than you normally do.
You already know all the benefits to your health, as they're listed in practically every health article on the internet.
You can even make a drinking game out of it:
Every time *that* uncle says something awful at Thanksgiving, or if mom does something really mom-like (like wanting to look in your ears) or when your brother's kid has a melt-down...
Take a sip!
Cheers and I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving.
All my love,
Greetings and salutations!
Sometimes things don't work out as planned, and this weekend is one of those times. I was supposed to be hosting some family members I haven't seen in a while, but due to some emergent circumstances, it won't pan out. Disappointment is a frequent visitor in everybody's life, and I know that even though it doesn't feel like there are any winners in this situation, what is happening is for the best. After a suffient amount of sulking, I've found the next best remedy is to find and/or create opportunities get excited about.
Luckily, there's MUCH to look forward to this week.
Sometimes you need to let it all out. Songs That Will Make You Cry
3 Seconds to Joy: Basal Ganglia FTW!
Eat your veggies, kids.
Movin' and Groovin'
Hula Hooping: Not just for the circus anymore
10 minute yoga to de-stress
What do you like about yourself?
Beauty Skin and Gut Summit - November 10-19
Chopra Center 4 Part Meditation for Beginners Series
I absolutely LOVE this time of year. As a November baby, I'm absolutely TEAM FALL.
Some people need to go south to Florida for the winter, but I need to go north for the summer...like Maine, or Canada.
The smell of the leaves, the crispness in the air, dreary rainstorms. the tone of new beginnings...I love it all.
However, though I adore the concept, Halloween has never been my strong suit. I'm a chronic procrastinator and never wind up thinking of a decent costume
(like that time in college I ate a pudding cup on the way to a mixer [like a grown-up], and kept the spoon so my costume could be "A Creeper. Wanna spoon?")
This weekend, I'm enjoying some fun walks with Renly, visiting all the fun decorated houses, spooky movies, and a little bit of witchy wonder, perhaps a spell or two...
...Perhaps the one from Practical Magic so I can bring a certain Walking Dead character back to life...
dite perdant te maledico
Have a FUN weekend!
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When I try to cut down on carbs...
Mama Gena: Taking Back the Word
Tunes for you: Darling Magazine's Rise to the Occasion
From Courtney Sage: High Priestess
Operation Body Love - Starts November 1st!
Hal Elrod - miracle morning 30 day challenge - WARNING - This one is a game changer
Have you ever been so inspired by something that you can't help but spew everything about it all over everyone who crosses your path? Recently, for me, it's Hal Elrod's Miracle Morning.
I first heard about him on Elizabeth Dialto's podcast: Untame The Wild Soul Woman.
I recently traveled down to Maryland for a weekend, approximately a 5-6 hour drive, so I downloaded the audiobook.
This stuff is life-changing.
(and I don't use that phrase lightly.)
Initially, I was a little iffy about it. The readers voice, plus the material made it sound super cheesy at first listen, but, I stuck with it, because, hey, I have 5 hours to go, so why not give it a chance?
The book begins with Hal's background, detailing in gruesome specificity two major life catastrophes:
One physical, when he was hit head on by a drunk driver; and the other financial, during the 2008 recession.
He tells the stories of how he was able to rebound himself from rockbottom, not once, but TWICE.
I believe I said "whoa" out loud.
Utilizing the top personal growth strategies of the highest performing individuals in the world, he combines them in a method he calls the Life S.A.V.E.R.S.
These are all things we know about: Meditation, affirmation, visualization, exercise, reading, and journaling. These are things we all know about, but for some reason don't do. What sold me on this method is the fact that it's bite-sized. You can do as much or as little of each as you want. All it takes is waking up just a little bit earlier, where the worst case scenario is you get closer to your dream life.
I'm only a few days into it, and am doing MUCH less than recommended(baby steps), but I'm already seeing and feeling the results.
On the first day, I invented a new word.
On the second, a book idea arrived.
Today, I simply enjoyed a beautiful and leisurely morning snuggling with the puppy, journaling, and listening to a podcast. I proceeded throughout the day with ALL of the inspiration and energy.
Like I said at the beginning, I've been spewing this gold all over the place. If you want to check it out for yourself, you can purchase it in the Retail Therapy section of my website, or at Halelrod.com
Sign up for his 30 Day Transformation Challenge and you'll get a collection of bonuses that are perfect for getting you started, AND for diving deeper into the work itself.
Let me know how it goes!
Hope you enjoy.
All my love,
What are you up to this weekend?
I'm looking forward to an annual Seafood Extravaganza hosted by the family of my wonderful friend, and massage therapist Emily of E3MT
I received a massage from her this past Wednesday and it was possibly the BEST I've ever received. I met Emily in massage school, so she's been working on me for about 5 years. There was something extra blissful and magical this time. I HIGHLY recommend you go see her if you're in the Pittsburgh area.
SO MUCH JUICY STUFF THIS WEEK!
The theme of Body Image/Body Love/ Self Love has been very present in my little world.
On Monday, I joined a group of ladies in a viewing of Embrace. A documentary by Taryn Brumfitt of The Body Image Movement and this viral before/after photo.
Stay tuned for an upcoming review!
Mama Gena of Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts released her new book: Pussy. A Reclamation.
I love her because she flips the script on how we as women, view our bodies and our power (her work is pivotal for the men-folk too!)
I use many of the strategies in School of Womanly Arts in my life with great results in my relationships, my work, and the way I feel in and about my body.
Check out her interview with Marie Forleo!
If you purchase the book by MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY, she has some amazing thank you gifts you can redeem on her website.
You can purchase it on my Retail Therapy Amazon Store, along with some other recommended reading.
Estée Lalonde (Essiebutton) is on a very similar health shift to what I'm exploring, and I can't wait to see how she creates her own "Personal Best"
That's all for now. Sending TONS of Body Love your way.
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