For almost twenty years I have been running a small business of some sort...from teaching Pilates and yoga at gyms and in people's homes to career coaching, wellness consulting and owning a yoga studio.
In each new venture, I brought a ton of energy and inspiration but often lacked the strategic know-how as well as the mindset to grow the way I desired.
As a result, this is how I felt or spent my time:
You know the saying...."If you can envision it, you can achieve it." Well I love this saying but in my experience envisioning my future self living out my dreams and goals is kinda hard. Can you relate?
Take this exercise, from the Brave New Year Retreat, as an example:
Imagine that you magically traveled to the future, one year from now. Consider how this future version of yourself lives everyday life. From the moment you wake up until the moment your head hits the pillow, what does a typical day look like for you, 1 year from now?
Oooohhh this is such a good question but HARD to answer!!
There is so much power in imagining your future self as it helps you figure out what steps you need to take to make it happen.......but sometimes that future vision feels foggy or vague or unattainable.
Why does this happen? Why does it feel so hard to envision your future self?
Your brain does not initially...
For the last several months I have spent every other Sunday afternoon meeting with a circle of amazing women. We share openly and vulnerably about what's stirring in our lives, how we are feeling and what we are needing. There is much laughter, tears, deep listening, heartfelt sharing and a whole lot of love.
I have learned so much from these women including how to intuitively paint, how to make healing herb tinctures, how to share hard things and let the tears come, how to let go and have fun, and how to show up for each other during hard times.
One of the BIGGEST things I have taken away from this circle is that who we surround ourselves with MATTERS.
It’s just a fact of life that some people hold us back, while others propel us forward.
You can’t hang out with negative people and expect to have a positive life, right?!
And I'm sure you've experienced that being close to winners, kind people, talented people, experts, healers and masters...
The pandemic is exhausting. It's emotionally draining and overwhelming. So right now the most important thing you can do for your sanity and well-being is to come back to the basics.
During tough times, like the one we're in, focus on healthy foundations — like sleep, exercise and eating well — to build your resilience and broaden your capacity to tolerate stressful moments.
But don't force it.
Rather than making yourself commit to a specific practice that you think you should be doing, ask yourself what would make you feel better (ie. relaxed, revived, whole, in control).
We are all feeling the stress of this pandemic, so remember that your self-care is a gift that you are not only giving to yourself, but also to family, friends, partners and colleagues, since taking time to care for yourself has a calming - "We're all going to be okay" - effect on those around you.
Here are some simple...
I love really good questions...l actually keep a folder of them because a good question will make you pause, take you off autopilot, and reveal what you really think and feel. And this is when it gets good - like when you realize something for the first time, have an ah-ha, or are inspired by an idea!
Good questions keep you engaged with yourself and encourage you to think, feel and live deeply.
If you want to get to know yourself better, gain clarity on your intentions for 2022, or just feel heard (by YOU) then commit to answering one powerful question a day.
Sit down with your journal first thing in the morning or the last thing in the evening and let the words flow....
Here are your powerful questions:
New Year’s is my favorite time of year! I love that it represents both an ending and a beginning. For years and years, I have marked this time of year with reflection on the past year and visioning for the new year. Over the years, I have made this visioning process fuller and more complete….by creating goals that mean something to me and mapping them out for the year.
I LOVE doing this work! It has helped me tremendously in clarifying what I want and just simply being more purposeful with my time. I want to fill each year with bucket list items, and dreams, and goals and the things that fill me up. Why not, right?! We have this one precious and wild life…so let’s make the most of it!!!
I have found that the most effective way to do that is to use the transition into the new year as an inspiration to get intentional and purposeful.
So I’m going to share 3 ways you can bring in the new year with intention and action. If you want more in-depth...
Today I am sharing with you allllllll my predictions for 2022 self-care.
These predictions come from watching, listening, and paying close attention to what is gaining traction, where there is need, and what will propel us forward.
I’ll compile the list here, but I’m going SUPER in depth on them over on my YouTube channel (we’re gonna NERD out on it).
Without delay, here are my 2022 Self-Care Predictions.
Today we are going to be talking about what self-care is and what it isn’t.
"Self-care" has become a buzz word in recent years, but what is it, really?
When asked the question: “Do you take care of yourself?” most of us will answer “yes” — we’d even think, “What kind of question is this? Of course, I care about myself.”
When asked, “In what ways do you take care of yourself?” — well, that’s where the tricky part begins.
So that’s what we are digging into today.
We are going to discuss:
Let's begin with true self-care. True self care means that you are taking care of your whole self in a way that works for YOU.
When you are taking care of yourself mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually then you are able to be your best...
The holidays are fun buuuuuuuut.......they are also kinda crazy-making....all the planning, cooking, socializing, and shopping not to mention that you are doing all that on top of your daily load of working, taking care of children, walking the dog, watering the plants, taking care of finances, and attending to relationships....phew, it's a lot!
It gets me so stressed out so this year I decided I didn't want to "do it all" this holiday season. I wanted simple and easy.
At the beginning of December we sat down as a family and talked about the things we wanted to do during this season that really mattered to us. From there we wrote out a list of Holiday Intentions that included things like:
We also decided to go minimal with gifts - just stocking stuffers for my husband and I, and a few gifts...
How was your Thanksgiving? What came up for you?
For me, Thanksgiving is a loaded time. Loaded with emotions, memories, expectations, and trying with every cell in my body to accept the nowadays version of Thanksgiving. When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday. It was a time when I gathered with my Arizona family to play in a Turkey Bowl (flag football game), sit around a big table to eat, talk and laugh with my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, and to make gingerbread houses. What I enjoyed most was all the festive energy, laughter, and time spent with my family.
Once I moved out of state and then across the country it became harder and harder to make it home for Thanksgiving. Over the last few years, I have felt anger, sadness, and disappointment that the Thanksgiving of my childhood is no longer. I feel like I have been grieving a loss. And because of that I have found it incredibly...
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This is the beginning of something truly wonderful.
I am so glad you are here.