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Choose What You Consume This Thanksgiving

Choose What You Consume This Thanksgiving

In Thanksgiving’s past, we talked about tips for not overeating and feeling bloated. This year we’re going deeper. Willpower only goes so far, and I found this to be more effective. You get to choose what you consume – food, conversations, thoughts, and social media posts. Choosing is power. You get to choose how you show up with your loved ones and for yourself. You’re responsible for the energy you bring into the space or the delicious food you’re eating. Here are a few examples of how this works. If you’re the cook and stressed about timing, the menu, or feel like you’re doing it all yourself – ask for help. Giving is complimented with receiving. By letting others help you, you’re giving them the same good vibes you feel from giving. Assume they WANT to help and receive that gift. Worrying about overeating? How can you flip this thought? Try “I’m going to enjoy every bite and savor the taste of this meal.” Worrying about overeating is like asking for it to happen. Feeling guilty about what you eat sends releases a rush of stress hormones to your body that compromises your digestion. Trust yourself. Slow down, take your time and enjoy. Check your expectations. Getting the family together is lovely, but it can come with different perspectives, personalities, and energies. Know your boundaries, kindly opt out of conversations that are triggering and go outside for fresh air when you need a break. Direct your energy toward the people that you know like to have fun, celebrate and laugh. Be that person. Limit social media and have a real conversation with your loved ones. Social media can bring you down a rabbit hole of comparisonitis. Remember people post the version of themselves they want others to see. Post a picture if you want to share, add a few comments about what you’re thankful for and get off your phone. Now it’s time to set an intention. What do you want to consume this Thanksgiving? In the Calm the Crazy Toolkit there is a practice for setting a daily intention. It only takes 5 minutes so you can do it in the morning on Thanksgiving. This way you can return back to your intention anytime you need a reminder throughout the day. Get the Calm the Crazy Toolkit HERE (it’s free) and try it...

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We are close to the unofficial start of the holiday season, Halloween. In today’s video, you get advice on how to bring what you want to your life. This is for those of you who promise this will be the time you follow through. Damn willpower. It could be a goal to eat more vegetables, do yoga 3 times per week, start meditating, talk kinder to yourself, clean your house, grow your business, go on a bucket list vacation, get rid of your debt, play more, or send your holiday cards. What makes your heart go YES, that is what I want. Not what you think you SHOULD do. If it’s a should it will be a lot harder to make it happen since your heart isn’t in it. Shoulds are external programming of what we think we need to feel happy, free, healthy or calm. Okay, what do you want? Now simplify it into steps. What is one little thing you can do today to move in that direction? I can’t wait to hear. Please share on with me and the community in the facebook group or email me to let me know. As always I’m here to support...

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The Benefits of Stopping Before You Begin

The Benefits of Stopping Before You Begin

There is a saying in yoga, “stop before you begin.” I also learned this from taking piano. I hated recitals. Stress causes me to forget things and make mistakes. My teacher reminded me to pause before I started playing. So, I tested her suggestion. The pause kept me from racing through the song and making mistakes. And recitals I started playing before I even sat down, well, let’s say they didn’t go as smoothly. Curious, how do you start your day? An alarm than a mad dash to get yourself and everyone else out of the door? You take your coffee to go, eat breakfast on the fly and go through the hustle of day on adrenaline or in a weird brain fog. How you energetically start the day sets the tone for the rest of the day. Try pausing first to connect with yourself. Take a few breaths and then ask, “How do I feel?” “What do I need?” “How can I take better care of myself today?” Test it out and see if it leaves you feeling calmer, less stressed and more joyful throughout the day. To help, check out THIS audio of the 6:3:6:3 breath I do anytime I need to pause and re-connect with myself. After you listen ask, “how do I feel, what do I need, how can I take better care of myself today?” Then act accordingly. This audio is part of my new Crazy to Sane Toolkit!  The CS Toolkit is free and includes simple yet effective practices for a calmer more joyful life. I’m putting the final touches on it and will be sharing the rest with you soon. Sign up to get the 6:3:6:3 breath and you’ll also be the first to know when the CS Toolkit is ready....

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3 Stress-Busting Techniques

3 Stress-Busting Techniques

I’m back from Alaska! Wow, nature is breathtaking, and it was a much-needed vacation. Motherhood has many blessings, and I’m head over heels for Vince, but over the past few weeks (okay months) I felt like I was swimming through mud that was getting thicker and thicker. The beautiful views, fresh air, and dear friends renewed my spirit. Jay had I hadn’t taken a vacation – or even a date night – since Vince was born! Stress was zapping our bandwidth to support each other with love, compassion, and kindness. How is stress affecting your life? I’d love to hear. We vowed to make time to connect and put things into perspective moving forward. And this doesn’t mean we’ll be vacationing all the time. It’s not healthy to be in a constant state of ‘fight or flight.’ Tapping into your parasympathetic nervous system – the ‘calm and restore’ state is vital for your well-being and your relationship with your loved ones. Here are three steps for reducing stress and increasing your bandwidth for love, compassion, and kindness: 6:3:6:3 Breath. Set a timer to do this breath 3 times a day for 2 weeks. It’s easy! Breath in for 6 counts, hold for 3 counts, then out for 6 counts, then hold for 3 counts. Repeat till your body softens, and your mind quiets – 2 to 3 minutes usually does the trick. Do less. Yes, do less. Make a list of all the things you don’t want to do anymore. Then, either delegate, delete or set a date on when you’ll stop doing it. We live in a world that doing more is valued and being busy is the norm, but it costs us our sanity and happiness. There is another way; I welcome you to the bright side. Pick one thing to delegate over the next week and post it in the Facebook Group. Join the Full Moon Circle July 27 at 7 PM ET (it’s free and virtual). We’ll explore keeping you exhausted, stressed and overwhelmed then I’ll share a powerful way to let that junk go so you can feel balanced and calm. Go HERE to reserve your spot and for more...

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I did my first FB LIVE

I did my first FB LIVE

Okay, technically it was my second but it was the first Facebook Live that went on my page since the others were in my private groups. Today is the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year. The energy of summer is vibrant, light, social and playful. In this video I share a short ritual to help ease into this season.Hop over to my FB page to watch and make sure to share in the comments your celebrations. I’m super stoked to be connecting with you again and in this way....

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