Do One Thing a Day That Scares You

As the quote goes by the lovely Eleanor Roosevelt, “Do one thing a day that scares you.”

When was the last time you followed this?

ImageWell for me it was this morning at 8am. Bikram Yoga. I had bought a Groupon for 20 classes, thinking I was going to be head over heels for it and be this rock star yogi person. Well I went to my first class back in August and never returned. Truthfully I just think I was not mentally ready for it.

For all of you not familiar to Bikram, its quite different from regular yoga. For one you are performing a sequence of 26 postures in a 105°F room for 90 minutes. Did I forget to mention there is also 40% humidity? So needless to say after my first class I was not hit with the urge to go back instantly the next day. Then as it usually happens life got in the way, and before I knew it, it was now 2014 and my classes were about to expire. I have gone from doing Bikram once every 6 months to now everyday for the next two weeks. I do have to admit something though… I love it! Months ago when I went, I thought I needed a friend to go with me. (So at least I knew there was another crazy person out there willing to go into the heat!) However, now that I was faced with the challenge to use up all my classes in time, I had to go alone. Now I am not one that needs a friend to go to the grocery store or leave my house in general, but for Bikram I definitely felt I needed that extra Imagesupport.

With that in mind I would like to ask you a question. Where are you feeling supported in your life and where are you not? If you are not feeling supported in an area that you would like, how can you change this?

For me Bikram was one of those things. While I would have loved support on it, it was really something I needed to do on my own. I now look forward to the heat. It is my hour and a half to let my mind go and simply just be in the present. It is an amazing mental and physical exercise that leaves my mind at ease and my muscles and joints feeling great! I tend to have really inflamed joints from old sports injuries (although I am rethinking that these days and attribute 90% to my diet over the years. Specifically gluten.) and the heat and deep stretching has really helped them so far! I leave there drenched in sweat, feelings of accomplishment and most importantly revived and able to tackle whatever the day throws at me.

In the comments below, share something you would love to accomplish in the next week that may be ever so slightly outside your comfort zone. It is amazing the possibilities that arrive when you simply open up the door and invite them in.

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The week is young, go out and conquer it!

-S

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It’s 2014… lets take the leap already!

Every year we say we are going to do this and going to do that and the majority of the time we don’t. I invite you to take the leap (figuratively speaking) and leave your fears behind you in the plane. Image

Now if your not the type of person that wants to jump out of a plane like myself, believe me I know most people would not jump out a perfectly good plane, but do something that scares you and gives you that wonderful butterfly feeling in your gut. This could include asking for that promotion at work, taking a spontaneous vacation, singing loudly somewhere other than your shower. Whatever it is for you, I encourage you to feel the fear and do it anyway.

Your life is here to live for you and you only. Too much of the time, myself included, we let others opinions on what is the “right” thing to do get in the way of what is truly right for us. The best thing I Imageknow to do in these situations is to get another perspective. Do your best to remove yourself from the situation and get a birds eye view of everything that is going on. That is such a beautiful way to see the whole picture and get clarity on what your next best move is for YOU.

Take a look at what has possibly held you back in the past and ask yourself if it is still holding you back today. If it still presents itself, is this something that you can change or let go of? When we let go of fear, doubt, or whatever it is holding you back and we just act first, well this is where we can truly surprise ourselves of what magnificent things we are capable of.

Last but not least I would like to leave you with this to think on.ImageFollow your arrow and you will never be steered wrong.

-S

New Year, New You

This morning at 4:30am I started a journey with my three best friends to the most watched city in the US on December 31st, New ImageYork City. Though our eyes were sleepy, we were more than eager to reach our destination. I mean honestly what better way to ring in the New Year than with your favorite people in the Big Apple. I am currently writing to you all from my best friend’s apartment in the Lower East Side, defrosting from the chilly stroll across the city. I have been to the city before, but not during this time. I have to say there is a definitely a different feel in the brisk air today with the anticipation of the ball drop tonight. The count down to midnight is on and before we know it, the New Year and new resolutions will be here. Have you set yours yet? If not don’t worry because that is not what this post is about!

Could it be that 2014 is finally your year? Every year at this time we are bombarded with the promise of a new year and a blank slate. We all set at least 10 new years resolutions because, lets face it, one’s just not good enough and we love the “go big or go home” frame of thinking. Much to all our aspirations that we set out with and the great year deal membership that we just bought for the gym up the street, it’s week two of the new year and that new you you’ve imagined is looking further and further away. It’s not that we didn’t really want to reach all of our goals, but our lives are still equally as busy as they were in 2013 as they will be when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st. If only that clock was magical and when it struck midnight could build in even just three more hours into each day to allow more time to work on the dreams that you have for yourself. Most of the time we all know what we have to be doing in order to reach our ideal life, but don’t know quite where to start. In most cases we set out to climb Mount Everest without ever setting the small goals in between to reach the “grand finale” goal.

ImagePart of my job as a health coach includes creating awareness about yourself and implementing simple behaviors over time to get you lasting results. In short, we work together to identify the Mount Everest in your life and then find the small steps in between to get you there. The last thing I ever want is to reach a goal and see it slowly fade away because I didn’t create new behaviors that I would continually do for the rest of my life. Or possibly even worse would be to set a goal for myself, but then not plan a map to get there, and inevitably fail in the end leaving me feeling defeated. These are simple things that can be avoided 99.9% of the time when you start with the right approach.

 So since at this time of year you are being overrun with new diets, workout equipment, weight loss “all natural” supplements, the list goes on that all hold the pledge that in 2014 you will be the best you with their help, I’d like to offer something different to you. Instead of rattling off some resolutions off the top of your head, take some time to reflect. Get away from the hustle and bustle of life for a small period of time, at least 20 minutes to an hour. Depending on your geography or personal preference it could include sitting outside in a park, by a fireplace with a hot cup of tea, a coffee shop, or wherever you are able to think and reflect best.

*What do you want? The sky is the limit, but be specific.Image

*If you could achieve this, what would that do for you? Think of the emotions you might feel or how your life would be different when you accomplish this.

*What has gotten in the way of you reaching your goals in the past?

*What are some of your strengths?

*What are some of your weaknesses?

*Where could you use more support in your life?

*At what point in your life did you feel your best? What was going on for you during this time?

*What is something that you have always wanted to do, but made excuses as to why it was never the right time yet?

*What did 2013 teach you?

These are just a couple questions to get your mind thinking. What if instead of the typical new years resolutions, it was to repair a relationship that has gone astray? Maybe it’s to take that trip you’ve always day dreamed of at work, to sing more and louder (I swear my car performance should be nominated for a Grammy), or dance more. New Year’s resolutions in my opinion should be all about adding more joy into your life, because nowadays no matter where you look there are stressors waiting to attack you. Plus it is easy to make excuses to keep working more and more and put off play “just for now.” However, with this mentality it is rare that the playtime actually ever comes.

PLAY NOW & WORK NOW.

It is all about balance, not one extreme or the other.

Let this New Year bless you with more health and happiness than you know what to do with!

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-S

Help Me, Help You

Help Me, Help You

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-S

It’s Bio Time!

First up… Samantha.

I am a very health conscious twenty year old that is interested in seeing how different things react with my body. The coolest, ever ongoing, experiment someone can do is the one with their own body. Everyday I take into account the amount of sleep I have had, water, what foods, positive or negative thoughts, exercise, etc, and see what happens when I change those variables. I have been to more doctors in my few short years here than I would like, but what I have found is that while they were all extremely intelligent beings there was no way they could know my body as well as I do. This ultimately has led me on my quest to see what works and doesn’t work.. for me. Hopefully some of the things I try sparks your curiosity, but more importantly can in some form or fashion benefit you too!

Career Objective: Chiropractor

Current job(s): doTERRA Essential Oils, Lululemon Educator

FWTS (Favorite way to sweat): anything outside; partial to gymnastics, interval training… also can’t deny my ever growing love for yoga!

Hobbies: Photography, cooking, friends and traveling

8 week goal: To love my body and all its imperfections through changing my thought processes

2013 goal: Live in the moment

Favorite way to relax: dance party and a bottle of red with my friends, or hiking

One thing 2012 taught me: authenticity

Go to breakfast in a jam: Fresh juice or smoothie.. quick and easy clean up included and can also go with you

Current book: Man’s Greatest Gift to Man… Chiropractic

Music obsession: Its always changing

Health problem(s): joint inflammation

Leave us a comment with your answers to these questions! We would love to get to know everyone and hear some fun facts!

Later this week you will finally get your introduction to Loren and Sogoal. Two very powerful women I am so blessed to call my friends!

-S

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