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Things I Learned in 2014

I know it’s not over yet, but I couldn’t help to reminisce and share 🙂

Less is more.
As in clothing. Only buy what you absolutely love and look’s great on you. Not that shirt that looks ok and you might wear once in the next two years. I’m all about the French ideals of the 10 piece wardrobe. I might not go that far, 10 pieces seems very unrealistic for me, but I’ve dramatically cut back.

Just start!
Worrying about what might happen is a complete waste of time. Just do it. Just start. Somehow make it work. Go to the blank canvas without expectations, without caring if things get messy and without worrying if the end result is ugly. Just start.

Drink the coffee.  So what if your friend’s yoga teacher’s holistic nutrition coach says coffee is bad for you. I give you permission to drink it, because it’s damn good and you like it. And you cannot imagine your morning without it. Only say no to coffee when you’re on a cleanse, the rest of the month go for it if you wanna!

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Speaking of coffee….Mornings can be delightful.
I’ve spent nearly my whole life dreading mornings. Now, I don’t mind them at all and in fact quite enjoy my little morning rituals.  I’ve even created a no-filler, to the point guide for everyone to find magical mornings.

Taking on new hobbies is confidence boosting. 
Like dancing.  
Learning to ballroom dance has had a tremendous impact on my life. I adore ballroom dance now and am looking forward to learning the art of the Argentine Tango in the future! I hope to spend the rest of my life dancing.

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No matter what you fear the outcome might be, if you aren’t voicing your feelings (1) no one will know and nothing will change (2) you’ll be doing more harm than good. Speak your truth.

I love the summer. My whole life I’ve spent in love with winter but this year I am finding the winter too harsh for my skin and bones.  I spent my summer weekends soaking up the salt air at the beach as much as my schedule allowed for it and I loved every second of it.

Treat everything like an experiment so you can never fail, you can only revise and re-try!

During my time in Nicaragua I really learned to waste less.  They didn’t have the means to buy a new chair the day theirs broke, they would fix it themselves. They didn’t have a trash truck coming to their house each week, they had to burn it. Everything was fixed, reused, repurposed or burned in the village we stayed in.

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Pursue what excites you. It seems silly and like DUH, but I don’t think I really got it until this year. The things that give me energy, make my heart beat faster, those are the things I need to be doing more of in my life.

It’s ok to say no to an event. If you don’t want to go to something, then don’t! Why suffer through it. Do what you want to do.

Finding your personal style is fun.  I’ve never been into fashion at all. I’m the type that will be 5 of the same shirt in different shades of black and grey. But this year, more so this month, I’ve been reading more about fashion and trying to find my own unique style. Perhaps it’s because I’m getting closer to 30 or perhaps it’s because I’m ready for a change but fashion is actually fun.

What did you learn this year?  Make a list and feel free to share! It can be enjoyable to go back through the year and reminisce some big aha moments.

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Your One Page Manifesto!

Do you know what a Manifesto is? manifesto

A Manifesto is a published declaration of your intentions.

It seems every big, hip or pretty awesome business has one. And I think you should too.

Still in the month of January, what a better opportunity to take our goals and intentions for the year and place them on a one page sheet to easily read and see throughout your day.

I have created a One Page Manifesto Booklet for you to use as a guide to create your very own.

Find some quiet time, sit down and really dig deep into what you want for your year and what inspires you. Once you have created your one page manifesto, place it in an area where you will see it throughout the day. Let this inspire you, allow you to grow and find passion in your day to day life.

This is meant to be shared, so please pass along to anyone you think may be interested!

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It’s time for a new year and better you!

I am feeling so motivated today. 

I woke up this morning with my body feeling sore. A good sore. You know the kind a day after a really amazing workout? The kind that reminds you of all the hard work you put in.

I love that kind of sore. I crave it. It is what keeps me motivated to keep up with my fitness routine. 

You see, I don’t work out to lose weight. I could honestly care less about what the number on the scale is.  What I care about is feeling healthy, confident and energized.  I’m so over the days of feeling sluggish and exhausted, all I want now is energy!

Today I am inviting you to feel the same. 

10 Days to a Better You

Forget about the scale. Forget about becoming a “new you”.  Let’s focus on becoming a better you. 

It is time to allow yourself to feel confident, energized and happy.

I invite you to join the 10 Days to a Better You program

A program focused on kick starting the new year with a sense of accomplishment.  We will spend these ten days focusing on daily exercises and clean eating to fit into your everyday life.  No detoxing or dieting here. Just pure, honest fitness, food and fun. Yes, fun! Because building confidence and energy is exciting!

Find out all the details for this 10 Day program here

Let’s start the new year with a bang. Take action today!

Know someone who could use some inspiration and energy? Forward this to them!

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5 Steps to End New Year’s Resolution Paranoia

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I love goal setting. I am totally obsessed with it. Which is why most people are shocked that I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. Well, so-to-speak I don’t. You see, I already know my big, bold, outrageous life goals and yes they change from time to time but they are always essentially the same. I use the New Year and my birthday as a time to check in, reevaluate and revise my big life goals. So while I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions I do give myself a New Year’s kick-in-the-butt goal setting check in.

When I think of New Year’s Resolution I think of unbroken promises and dreams.  It’s a little sad, my outlook but it is the truth.  We so rarely live up to the expectations we set for ourselves in the beginning of the year because we are not focused enough or our goals and visions change.  Next thing you know, a year has passed and there you are setting the same New Year’s Resolution as last year, determined that “this will be the year!”  I’m guilty of it and I know so many people who are guilty of it as well.  So I threw in the New Year’s Resolution towel.  Wasn’t my style, didn’t like the way it felt, ditched it like a bad boyfriend.

You see, we can make promises to ourselves all we want.  Promises are not going to do a darn thing without action, follow through, revisions and celebration.  I know because, like I said, I am a goal setting dork. It makes my heart beat fast and the corners of my mouth start to turn up.  We can certainly set one year goals but we need to have a bigger picture in mind.

Big, Bold Vision:  Know what you want deep down to your soul.  What makes you happy?  What makes you giggle with excitement?  What would you love to spend the rest of your life doing?  Set a big life goal. Huge. One that you might think is never going to be possible.   Then start to reel it in a little.  What are some things you could do in 5 years that would help you reach that big goal? What are some things you could do in 3 years to help you achieve your 5 year goals? 1 year? 6 months? 3 months? Today?
Action:  We can dream all we want but unless we put the pedal to the metal you won’t go anywhere.  Think of someone in your life who holds you accountable, someone who might not necessarily tell you what you want to hear.  Make them your designated “Make Shit Happen” BFF. Have them get in touch with you once or twice a month to make sure you are taking action and to see where you are with your goals.

Revise the Plan:  Failure happens; it is natural and totally a necessary part of any process.  If you happen to fail or fall off track, use this as a chance to revise your goals. If your goals are still the same, it most likely is the root of a deeper issue.  Call up your “Make Shit Happen” BFF and do a little strategy session.  Let go of what did not work. Revise it to what you think will.

Rest:  Burnout happens, even when we are working towards our passions.  Make sure you are taking ample rest and relaxation time.  It is ok to be selfish and shut out the world for a little bit.  Resting is an important way for us to be inspired and reignite that burning flame.  Take a bath, take a yoga class or cook yourself a really yummy meal.
Celebrate:  Every time you tackle a goal, be proud. Let your hair down and celebrate (maybe even with your “Make Shit Happen” BFF).  Know that your hard work is paying off and that you will reach your goals and you don’t need a darn New Year’s Resolution to do it!

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Goal Crushing Webinar

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Some of you might know I am a huge fan of goal setting.

I’m kind of a dork about it.

I am so excited to be offering a free Goal Crushing Webinar!  This is perfect to get ready for the New Year! We will cover five super important steps to crush your goals and make them attainable.  You will leave the webinar feeling confident, excited and passionate.

You can sign up HERE.  I will be emailing the webinar out on Wednesday, December 4th!  Again, totally free so spread the word and tell your friends to join.

This webinar is for you if you have dreams and goals you want to accomplish but need that extra kick-in-the-butt to get the ball rolling!