Thoughts for Your Resolutions

These quotes made me re-think the way we pursue some common resolutions.

  1. Get Happy. “Happiness is just an expression of your true nature. You do not need to look for it or fight for it, it is simply found in the deep acceptance of yourself. Everything that makes you happy can be a gateway to the light, to the opening of your divine essence. It gives wings to your creativity and shows you your abilities and talents. This will increase your faith in yourself and in life. If you follow the path of joy, it will naturally take you to the unfolding of your highest potential.” Lon Milo Duquette

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2. Make a Difference. “For some, it is hard to believe how decluttering your home or finally having a long-awaited conversation of honesty with someone you know has anything to do with resolving the global issues at hand. And yet, when understanding life from an energetic perspective, we recognize the most direct way to shift a collective reality is by raising the vibration of choices made on a personal level. As 2016 honors a year of inspired action, it opens up a brand new portal of infinite possibility. With the opening of this new portal, your most powerful choices that invite peace, harmony, health, balance, and well-being into your life can finally manifest tangible results in your outside world.” Matt Khan

3. Take Care of Yourself. “When your opinion of yourself goes up then you’ll stop trying to get so much validation and attention from other people. You become less needy and find an inner stability even when your world might be negative or uncertain at times.
The increasing self-esteem and self-love also makes you feel more deserving of good things in life and so you’ll self-sabotage less and go after what you deep down want with more motivation and focus than ever before.”

 

Love No Matter What

“I love myself no matter what, I love myself no matter what, I love myself no matter what.” It is a mantra I repeat over and over and over again in my head, especially when I don’t believe it. When I don’t want to love myself because I have done something wrong, or stupid, or worse. As I was making my self-love mist, amongst the lavender, rose petals, and vanilla, I began to think about it more, about what self-love really means, looks like, and feels like. Because I really need it now, we all really need it always. And then, because it is the technological age, I asked google for some help and it lead me to the quote I share with you today.Self-Love 2

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody if I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “MATURITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know “THAT IS LIFE”!” -Charles Chaplin

Thank you google, thank you Mr.Chaplin.

You Will Wish You Had Started Today

“A year from now you may wish you had started today” –Karen Lamb

 Spring is a time for planting seeds. It is the time to begin advancing your dreams. Make the personal changes you have been thinking about. Move your ideas productively and creatively forward. What else can you do right now to get the things you see in your future? Dig into the soil of your fertile mind. Keep planting. Remember that what you plant now, you will get to harvest later. Plant things you truly want. If you plant nothing new, you will harvest nothing new.

"Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can." Arthur Ashe

“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” Arthur Ashe

GET STARTED! IT IS TIME TO LEAVE PROCRASTINATION STATION!

Start saving today, book that ticket now, write the first page of your book tonight, apply for that job, clean out the spare bedroom, throw out your ex’s stuff, exercise while reading this, say hi to your crush, learn how to read music on YouTube so you can learn how to play your musical instrument, repair your car and your relationships. Plant perennials in the garden of your life. You, your dreams, and your life will grow. 

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain

The Seeds You Plant in Your Mind

“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”  James Allen

The idea of the mind as a garden has always resonated with me. Just as we weed our gardens we must do the same for our minds. We must weed out the negative thoughts, prune away the things that are not serving us, and plant and nourish what we want to see bloom in our lives. 

Sunflowers in the Sky!

Sunflowers in the Sky!

“Think for a moment of a tomato plant. A healthy plant can have more than a hundred tomatoes on it. In order to get this tomato plant with all these tomatoes on it, we need to start with a small dried seed. That seed doesn’t look like a tomato plant. It sure doesn’t taste like a tomato plant. If you didn’t know for sure, you would not even believe it could be a tomato plant. However, let’s say you plant this seed in fertile soil, and you water it and let the sun shine on it.

When the first little tiny shoot comes up, you don’t stomp on it and say, “That’s not a tomato plant.” Rather, you look at it and say, “Oh boy! Here it comes,” and you watch it grow with delight. In time, if you continue to water it and give it lots of sunshine and pull away any weeds, you might have a tomato plant with more than a hundred luscious tomatoes.

It all begins with that one tiny seed.

It is the same with creating a new experience for yourself. The soil you plant in is your subconscious mind. The seed is the new affirmation. The whole new experience is in this tiny seed. You water it with affirmations. You let the sunshine of positive thoughts beam on it. You weed the garden by pulling out the negative thoughts that come up. And when you first see the tiniest little evidence, you don’t stomp on it and say, “That’s not enough!” Instead, you look at this first breakthrough and exclaim with glee, “Oh boy! Here it comes! It’s working!”

Then you watch it grow and see how your thoughts create your desire.” Louise Hay

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12 Notes on Health that Will Surprise You

Have you ever been in a room with over a thousand happy, inspired people?

It feels like flying. It is expansive. It is empowering. 

I am so thankful that I was invited to attend the  IIN event live over the weekend. I think anytime you have the opportunity to surround yourself with smiling, smart, supportive, high-reaching people who intend and are making a positive impact on the world you should jump at the chance, in whatever capacity you can, leaving every and any excuse behind. Actually, I think you should make sure these are the types of people you surround yourself with constantly. Community, as it was reconfirmed over the weekend, plays a huge role in health and happiness and we all deserve to be surrounded by people that lift us up to our highest potential.

Marie Forleo on priorities, success, love, and vision

Marie Forleo on priorities, success, love, and vision

Speaker after speaker doled out information. How do sleep, sugar, soil, happiness, loneliness, fear, purpose, stress, success, relationships, and of course, nutrition, impact health? Their advice was full of wisdom, facts, and soul. Nothing compares with being there in person, but here are just a few gems I took away from this weekend:

1.”The truth is that what we eat is a dialogue about who we believe we are to ourselves and to the world.” Pete Evans

2.”No amount of kale is going to counteract chronic stress.” Lissa Rankin, MD

3.”The most shocking thing is that you don’t learn anything about nutrition in medical school.” Dr.Oz

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4.”Sugar is 8x more addictive than cocaine …overconsumption is linked to CVD, type 2 DM, stroke, dementia, and cancer” Dr. Mark Hyman

5.”No clinical trials on diet soda show benefit for weight loss.” Dr. Oz

6.”Telling the truth and doing what you love is the best antidepressant.” Mastin Kipp

7.”Food is medicine or poison, its your choice.” Pete Evans

8.”Let go of something to sleep instead of taking something…Sleeping pills increase risk of cancer more than smoking.” Dr.Rubin Naiman discussing the importance of sleep and its link with nutrition.

9.”How much and the quality of your sleep will affect nearly every aspect of your daily life: immunity, stress management, weight, aging, risk of disease, hormones and more.” Keri Glassman.

10. “Time is your most precious non-reliable resource.” Marie Forleo

11.”Whats good for the planet is good for us. . .Don’t put anything on your body, in your house, on your car…that you wouldn’t eat, because eventually you will” Daphne Miller, MD talking about the impact of soil on health.

12.”Relationship is the most important stone (foundation). A life filled with love and support can overcome a lot of things.” Lisa Rankin, MD

Lissa Rankin talks about the impact of loneliness

Lissa Rankin talks about the impact of loneliness

“How would you behave if you were the best in the world at what you do?” Marie Forleo

This is a small sample of all that was said and was this past weekend. If you have any interest in health, happiness, or pursuing a passionate life I highly recommend joining the movement that is IIN.

Did any of the above surprise you? What step can you  be inspired to take today to live your happiest, healthiest life?

Empower yourself and become your own health advocate and maybe even a health advocate for others. Join me and others at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition!

8 Insiprational Quotes to Live By

We all need reminders once in a while about what is really important in life, that we are capable of more, and that everything is better with love and gratitude. Here are some of my favorite quotes from some of my favorite mentors:

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Why Can’t You Have IT?

“The only thing I have to release in order to get what I want is my story about why I can’t have it.”

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 I have told people what I wanted and immediatly given them the reasons why I can’t have it.

“I want to __________(move, quit, do this thing, take this class, buy that, contact this person, try a new thing) but I can’t because…”

The excuses are endless: money, fears, skill level, your passion, the government, guilt, taxes, family, work…

It is frustrating for me to think back on how many times I have done this in my life. Excuses are fears and  self-doubt talking. Any excuse is self-limiting. Let them go, they aren’t serving you. There are a million reasons why certain things shouldn’t have been able to happen in my life and they happened anyway. Don’t let your story get in your way.

Nothing can change if we are too busy holding on to our stories of why we can’t. Watch the way you speak to friends and family over the next week, catch yourself when you cling to an “I can’t because story.” Try stating what you want, followed by “..and I am excited and open for the opportunities that will allow it.”

YOU WILL AND YOU CAN FIGURE OUT A WAY TO MAKE YOUR IT HAPPEN

It is Okay to be Scared

“It’s okay to be scared,”

He said it to me while we were hiking on an off beaten over grown, wet steep trail with his new puppy. My foot had just slipped off a rock. His offhand, yet supportive comment seeped in and I felt released. It was okay to be scared, we were going to do it anyway, but it was okay to have feelings about it. There was something extremely powerful in the permission he was giving me. I am sure he does not even remember saying it.

There is a lot of shame around fear. There is so much to be afraid of….failure, not being enough, rejection, pubic speaking, heights, monsters…Whatever you are doing, wherever you are in life, it is okay to be scared, especially when you’re slipping. None of us can predict the way this or that may unfold or what furry thing really waits for us under the bed, so there really isn’t reason to be ashamed. We aren’t alone. When you give yourself permission, the fear begins to fade, and movement can begin.

The whole point isn’t not to be afraid. I don’t know how to tell someone to do that. It is okay if you can’t “just get over it.”  However, I encourage you to move through it.  Don’t let fear paralyze you or hold you back. Surround yourself with encouraging, supportive people. Seek out a coach, a trainer, or an instructor in an area you would like to move through. Whether your fear exists around your current job, your health, relationships, a skill you have always meant to learn, or another area in your life move your thoughts and actions around the subject in a positive direction. Stay with the forward momentum. Many times, the other side of scary isn’t so bad after all… most often the other side of scary holds growth, success, and accomplishment.

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. ”

― Anthony Robbins

Laugh Without a Punch-Line

Playing with Addison, my three-year old niece, I am reminded again at how easy it can be to have fun, laugh, and be in the moment. She ran to me from the slide, giggling hysterically. Everything was fascinating: the swings, the bouncy zebra, the merry-go-round… She ran around, eyes wide with awe, even though it wasn’t her first time to the park. Every single thing on the playground caused hysterical laughter and happiness, even without a punch-line. She didn’t criticize the playground for not being big enough or look for its faults. She loved it without expectations. Later, when she found out I could make new play-dough for her from flour she had the equivalent reaction to that of an adult winning the Mega-Millions Lottery. She is still my best teacher.

Numbers vary, but studies have approximated that children laugh about 400 times day compared to adults’ 5-12 times a day. What happens to us? Do we just become jaded?

 Is it life beating us up? Or is it ourselves? When we begin to have thoughts of not being enough, our accomplishments and the little pleasures in life are never enough either.

Just for today, try to see everything with younger eyes. Find excitement and humor in all that you can. I walked down the sidewalk and little pink petals floated all around me, it was like the spring was snowing flowers. Notice all the wonderful things going on around you, love it, and laugh…hysterically. Like a three-year old, look for only the good, the awe-inspiring, and the magic that surrounds us everyday.