Early Mornings Make Me Happy

That first sip of hot coffee, a cuddly blanket with a warm kitty curled up at my feet.  Add in my current reading material, and THAT is the perfect way to start my day.  Once I have a few moments of easing into the day in that manner, I am ready to do some yoga or pilates, work on a personal project and get ready with plenty of time to spare. How I love a great start to the day. Getting up early to enable such a perfect morning routine is a struggle for me, but the days I am successful are ALWAYS better days.  I’m more productive, less stressed and just plain enjoy life more. And since enjoying life and creating a healthier and happier life is exactly what I promote here, I thought I’d share one of my favorite resources to help you create a better start to YOUR day: I’ve taken the online course myself and gleaned quite a bit of useful information.  This time around, Crystal is doing a live version – for extra motivation.  The class starts April 9th and registration ends then, so if you think you need a little push in improving YOUR mornings, sign up soon!  I’ll be participating and I’d love to have you join me!  Go check it out HERE. What makes up the perfect morning for you?  I’d love for you to share in the comments!...
Kick Start Your Life

Kick Start Your Life

How has it felt making small changes each week for the last month?  Good I hope! Just in case you’ve missed a week, I’m including a quick summary for you: Week 1:  Kick off – Have Fun Week 2:  Kick off your Exercise Week 3:  Kick off your Eating Week 4:  Kick off your Home This process is quite similar to what I do in my signature program “Make the Most of Every Day.”  The biggest difference is that I tailor the program to YOU.  Working together, we concentrate on your goals, desires and dreams. We also look for the little things that will make each and every day better and figure out how to implement them in your life – whatever it looks like right now. This program is a great starting point to creating a life you love and it’s a fantastic way to test having a life or health coach and discovering if it’s the missing link to reaching your dreams. If you are curious and want to learn more, click over HERE and check out all the details.  I’d love to work with you and help you create a happier, healthier life!...

Healthier Eating in ONE Step!

Looking for an easy healthy fix?  One simple step that will automatically make you healthier? Add a fruit and vegetable to every meal. Doing this one small thing will automatically increase your produce intake to at least six servings a day.  You’ll eat less unhealthy foods if you fill up with healthy and low-calorie fruits and vegetables.  If you mix up which fruits and veggies you enjoy with each meal, you’re also likely to hit your appropriate amounts of daily vitamins and minerals. How easy is this?  If you took my challenge last week, even on your busiest days you can just pull out your bowls of prepared fruits and vegetables or create a quick and healthy salad with your already prepared greens and dressing.  So no excuses of “I don’t have enough time” are allowed here. This is also something you can make fun for the whole family.  Create a challenge for your kids to see who can hit their servings for each meal.  Let them pick out a new fruit and veggie each week from the grocery – often kids are more likely to try something they have chosen themselves. This week I challenge you to try it for a week and see how you feel.  Don’t overthink it, just make sure to include at least one fruit and one vegetable every time you have a meal.  I’d love to hear in the comments how this made you feel, so please share! Looking for more ways to improve your health (and by default your family’s health)?  Let’s talk – I love to help busy working moms create a healthier and...
4 MORE Ways to Increase Your Energy

4 MORE Ways to Increase Your Energy

In my last post I shared some food choices to help you increase your energy.  Today I’m going to delve into some additional energy adding lifestyle changes: Sleep.  If you’ve ever been short on sleep, you KNOW how badly this affects your energy levels.  Even getting enough “hours” won’t help if they are interrupted (new baby, stress, etc.) hours.  A full seven to eight hours of sleep most nights is crucial to feeling energetic.  If I start having issues getting up in the morning, or am dragging by evening, sleep is always the first area I look at for improvement.  If you want some tips on getting a better night sleep, check out this Huffington Post article and this blog post. Physical Exercise.  I know when you are feeling tired, the last thing you want to do is exercise.  However, that old adage is true – frequent exercise increases your energy levels.  If heading to the gym just seems like too much, next time you are feeling worn out, head outside your front door for a brisk twenty minute walk.  Do this five or six times a week and your energy levels will begin to rise! Stress.  Stress is a real energy killer.  The constant cycle of your brain racing, increase heart rate, tight shoulders and back.  All of these side effects from stress can really wear you out.  If stress is an issue for you, it’s something you need to begin reducing today.  There are dozens of ways to reduce stress, and I recommend finding four or five that consistently work for you – it might mean some experimentation,...

Where did my energy go?

Are you feeling it too?  Lack of energy and motivation to tackle your days? This is something I hear ALL.THE.TIME from my clients, friends and even casual acquaintances. I’m sure you hear it (or say it!) also.  That “I’m so tired.  I just don’t have enough energy anymore.” Instead of complaining about it, or fueling yourself with “fake” energy from excessive sugar and caffeine, why not attack the cause and make some healthy, natural changes to increase your energy levels? This month, I’ll delve into why we lack energy, and how we can increase our daily energy levels.  If you are feeling sluggish, I encourage you to follow along each week and try out some of the ideas to see if you can end the month feeling energized and ready to tackle each day with enthusiasm. This short series will cover the common causes of lack of energy and how to overcome them.  We’ll look at what we eat, how we take care of (or don’t take care of) our physical and emotional needs, and how to get that spark back. To kick things off, what ARE the common causes of lack of energy? lack of sleep poor diet artificial stimulants lack of excitement dread or boredom draining relationships Recognize any of these in your life?  I’d say most people encounter most if not all of these issues at various points in their life.  But just because we are experiencing it, doesn’t mean we have to accept it as the status quo.  Often we can do something about it and increase our energy at the same time. So, if...
Let’s SLOW DOWN & Simplify in October

Let’s SLOW DOWN & Simplify in October

As promised, I want to give you time to check out the next month’s books at the library or order them from the bookstore.  So, here’s a little taste of what I’ll be working on/ reviewing in October: So I’ve had this book for a few years now and have “started” it several times but I just don’t follow through.  Which is crazy since many of the chapters delve into EXACTLY what I work on with my clients (the cobbler’s son and all I guess).  Hopefully the accountability of blogging about it will keep me on track this month.  I can’t promise I’ll manage the weekends so this might bleed into November a little bit.  I try very hard to keep my weekends family oriented, so I typically don’t do anything work-related. Another good book that I’ve owned and “tried” to follow a few times in the past year or so.  Once again, I’m hoping accountability will motivate me to complete the entire 30 days.  Some of these tasks are longer (for example, it’s going to take me much longer than 30 minutes to go through my photos ~ chapter 25), so I know this will take me more than the stated 30 days.  However, I will commit to getting through all of it a few chapters a week.  I’ll announce on my Facebook page each Monday which chapters I plan on tackling in case you want to follow along – then we can re-cap on Fridays. In addition, since I just read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing last month (look for...

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