When I go to plan out the month ahead, one of the first things I do is check out Facebook.
I know this platform has it's MAJOR drawbacks (a different story for a different day) but I love it mostly for finding out what is going on in my city at any given time. I search through and click "Interested" or "Going" on any event that I'm intrigued by. When the time comes to book out my month, I review these events and plug the ones I'm interested in, into my Planner Pad.
What I found out this month was that there are AN EPIC TON of wellness events going on in Pittsburgh in August.
Check' em out!
Do you have any to add? Will I see you there? Let me know in the comments!
Just a quick note to guide you to the playlist I've been loving on this calm and rainy April morning.
Short and sweet this time around.
Happy Friday, my loves.
I hope you have a moment to seek out a sense of wonder.
For my comrades in arms and love:
Have you been GHOSTED? Take some Tylenol for the pain, and call me in the morning.
Turns out: "Social rejection activates the same pain pathways in the brain as physical pain"
See also: Laughter is the best medicine
GIRD YOUR LOINS!
It's that time again...
Mercury Retrograde Explained
Raise your vibration, shift your perspective, rewire your brain.
11 Affirmations á la Kris Carr
A Week of Vegan Meals for $15?!
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I've been craving introspection even more than usual, so I can't wait for my Journal Deck to arrive in September!
I want to live in this jumper
I just had the most delightful easy morning!
(Except for the part where Renly started barking at 5:45am...who needs a rooster when you have a puppy who has found his voice?)
I woke up, let Renly and Lilly out for their morning meeting with the sun and grass.
Prepared my coffee, exactly the way I like it.
Snuggled back into bed with my favorite mug in hand.
Lingered in bed for an extra 30 minutes, listened to an inspiring podcast, thought about the day ahead.
By the time it was time to get up and ready for work, I was content, alert, and a good attitude on and ready to go.
Of course none of this happened by accident
(except for the barky pup)
This morning was mindfully prepared and designed by yours truly.
My main goal in this lifetime is to make my life, and yours, easy. We spend so much time and energy and thought into making life more difficult (weather or not we're aware of it) and dwelling on the challenges, instead of creating changes and shifting our mindsets.
One of my methods is automation. It sounds kind of boring, I know. BUT! If I have a structure and system in place, I can set-it-and-forget-it and flow through my day with ease and joy.
Recipe for an Easeful Morning:
It's the freakin' weekend baby, I'm about to have me some fun...
Hi! I hope you are gearing up for a wonderful weekend. I'm looking forward to many trips through the park with Renly, sitting outside at twilight with some good tunes, ice cold rosé and a tasty cheese plate. Plus or minus some friendly faces. If minus...that means I don't have to share, so...
Here's a round up of wellness and lifestyle finds from around the web this week.
Do you listen to podcasts? My coach Emily listed her Top 7 Podcasts for Current + Aspiring Women Soul-preneurs
Becoming a "Legit" Person - #HealthCoachConfessions - I'm still working on that Leftovers one...
What do you do when you feel insecure about your belly? Whenever I do, I peruse through Cassandra Fox's instagram and fall in love with the pooch all over again. Seriously guys, the magic she makes with her abdomen is so impressive and sexy, you won't give your jiggle a second thought. Belly dancing FTW!
Are Vitamins the New Magic Bullet? - By Dr. Christiane Northrup
Forest Feast Gatherings - Possibly the most stunning vegetarian cookbook for entertaining that I have come across.
Sending ALL my love to you this weekend, I hope you find some sweetness, some humor, and some amazing food.
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First off: I would love your input!
Check out the bottom of this segment and COMMENT or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
If you want to stay in the loop about this and future events, get your cute butt on my e-mail list!
Here's a quick Monday Morning Visioning exercise for you, to kick off your week.
Stop what you're doing, and give it 5 minutes of stream of consciousness writing.
I Release, I Let Go:
I hope it allows you to dream big, cut back on that which no longer serves you, and provide you a horizon to aim for, that is in alignment with your deepest desires and in service of your greatest potential for fun.
Did anything come up that excites you? Surprises you? Let us know in the comments!
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,