Are You Teaching Your Child/Children Well?

toughloveThis post may come across as a bit of tough love. But please here me when I say, I share because I care!

As I was planning this post, a song came to mind that has been on repeat in my head. Maybe you’ll recognize it. Maybe even sing it in your head, or feel free to just belt it out! 🙂

“I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride to make it easier. Let the children’s laughter, remind us how we used to be.”

You know that one, right?! Whitney Houston.

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Personal Development Suggestions

Today’s post is short and sweet but VALUE PACKED if you heed the advice given and TAKE ACTION learning and applying it to your life!!

The subject of personal development has come up on numerous occasions, and for good reason; it’s very important to me because it has changed the course of my life for the better.

I often wonder why in the world I let it take YEARS of suggesting for me to get started – and I’ll ask you the same if you’ve been putting off making personal development a part of your lifestyle and self-disciplines! WHY NOT GET STARTED TODAY?  Continue reading “Personal Development Suggestions”

Social Media Life vs. Real Life

Hello again, y’all! I hope whoever had a three-day weekend thoroughly enjoyed the extra time off.

This week, I’ve been thinking about a theme that keeps coming up over and over again in my life. You probably know it well too: It’s that oh so painful comparison of where we are in life versus where someone else is. #kwim Continue reading “Social Media Life vs. Real Life”

How to Face Your Fears

You know that old saying that there are only two things that are certain in life, death and taxes? Well, I think we could probably add onto that by saying that fear and anxiety are probably also things we’ll almost certainly deal with. If any of you follow me on Facebook, you probably have seen that I’ve slowly but surely been working my way toward mastering a handstand. My goal is to also be able to do a handstand pushup as well (#whynot?), but I think that’s going to take a little more time. Haha! I know we all have our own fears from little things like spiders (AAAACK!) to flying in an airplane (white-knuckle-fliers, I know you’re out there!) to big life fears like the great  unknown of death. In my pursuit of personal growth and fitness, I’ve come to realize that you can employ the same approach to overcoming your fears as you do to getting physically fit. Now, I’m no psychologist or psychiatrist, so these are clearly my own humble thoughts about this, but I’d love to know if you’ve taken a similar approach or have found your own way of overcoming your own fears. Continue reading “How to Face Your Fears”

Long Term Weight Loss Goals vs. Crash diets

One of my good girlfriends — like many of us — oscillates between being super on top of her game (a la P90X and Insanity) and being 20 pounds overweight. It’s painful to watch her cycle through her moments of feeling like a failure when they inevitably come. Over the years, I’ve tried to reassure her along the way and remind her that she can get back on top of it, just as she’s done many times before.

She’s currently coming out of one of her low times after having packed on some pounds in a stressful period of her life. What’s amazing, though, is that something seems to have clicked for her this time because instead of trying to get back into tip top shape in one month’s time, she has decided to commit to upping her fitness level over a full year.

I practically whooped with joy when she calmly told me that she decided to make that change (instead of crash dieting and punishing her body with grueling workouts over a short period of time). When we talked about what inspired the change in her approach, she admitted that a huge part of it was from seeing me and a number of our friends slowly but surely change our lives and fitness levels over many, many months and years. Continue reading “Long Term Weight Loss Goals vs. Crash diets”

3 Reasons Not To Skip Breakfast

We’ve all had those mornings: You wake up late and fly out the front door while zipping your pants and then it’s 2 o’clock and you wonder why you have a pounding headache and a distinct urge to slam the door on the day and go back to bed.

On those kinds of days, it’s no wonder we forget to eat. Even on the days that have a calmer start, though, I know many of us tend to skip breakfast since our hunger hasn’t caught up with us yet, or simply because we don’t know what to eat.

This meal is SO easy to skip, but it’s also the worst possible meal for you to skip in the first place. Seriously. Study after study has shown this. So, here are 3 reasons NOT to skip breakfast, and my super duper no excuses simple deluxe solutions! Continue reading “3 Reasons Not To Skip Breakfast”

Happy Fourth of July – Let Freedom Ring!

Five years ago my days were filled with punching in at the 8-5, hours upon hours of sitcoms and reality TV shows, spending money I didn’t have creating a massive mountain of debt making me a SLAVE! So today, as I sit on my couch, in my pajamas, debt-free, scrolling my Facebook feed seeing all the beautiful 4th of July posts, I have a whole new appreciation for FREEDOM!

I am so thankful to be ABLE to live an active life! I’m so thankful that because of an amazing opportunity I was ABLE to build a business that gives me TIME FREEDOM and allows me to be PRESENT in my boys’ lives! I’m so thankful that I am ABLE to worship freely without worry that I will be killed for my beliefs! I’m so thankful that I am ABLE to fill my mind with positive, life changing information that I can use to make a DIFFERENCE in my life and the lives of others!!

Freedom truly is a GIFT and I have wasted too much time taking it for granted! Am I alone in that?

As you enjoy this Independence Day, I encourage you to ponder this: How are you using your gift of freedom?

I’d love to hear from you, leave a comment and share some of the freedoms you’re thankful for!!

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Meditation: 5 Reasons It’s Good For You

I want to preface today’s post with a confession. I have been closed-minded to meditation in the past because of my own personal pre-conceived ideas and notions about what it is. However, after studying the benefits and how-to’s of meditation, I now see how it can not only be greatly beneficial but is a NECESSARY practice in this fast-paced world.

Meditation can hold different meaning for each individual while the practice is the same – much like yoga. In the next 2 blog posts I’m going to answer the question about what it is, share the benefits of practicing it and then share some how-to’s and tips for incorporating it into your life.

So I encourage you to put aside everything you’ve thought, read, heard, whatever about meditation and just follow me for the next couple blog posts. Can you do that?

“Suppose you read about a pill that you could take once a day to reduce anxiety and increase your contentment. Would you take it? Suppose further that the pill has a great variety of side effects, all of them good: increased self-esteem, empathy, and trust; it even improves memory. Suppose, finally, that the pill is all natural and costs nothing. Now would you take it? The pill exists. It is meditation. ” ~ Jonathan Haidt

That quote in and of itself is a pretty amazing reason to give meditation a shot, is it not?

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Top 3 Ways To Feel Your Best

One of my favorite “side effects” from working out regularly is generally feeling pretty darn good overall.

I mean, who doesn’t want to feel strong, look better naked (or in a swimsuit), and have better health and less wobbly areas overall?

There are a ton of factors that play into our sense of well-being, so this week, I thought I’d send a little inspiration your way for how to feel your best! Continue reading “Top 3 Ways To Feel Your Best”