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How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

I’m all about Instagram these days. And for the most part I use it as a tool to inspire myself.  But lately I’ve been noticing the inspiration shifting to comparison.

I’ll be looking at a picture of someone hiking and think, why am I not hiking. Or why can’t I deadlift that weight yet. Or why don’t my legs look like that yet. Or why is my business not as popular as hers yet.

It makes me sick even just typing that because I’m so not a jealous, comparing type of person. But let’s get real. Social Media causes a shift in your mental state that momentarily gives you the notion of dissatisfaction in your life which instantly causes you to compare yourself to others in thinking that their life is way better than yours. Whew.

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Here are 4 ways to stop comparing yourself to others:

  1. Everyone’s start is different: You can’t compare your year 1 to someone else’s year 8. Trust your course and keep at it.
  2. Put the phone down: The moment you notice yourself going there, put your phone down and change your scenery. Go outside, feel the dirt with your hands, breathe in the fresh air. Re-energize yourself.
  3. Move: Negative energy tends to stay with you until you literally move it out of you. Take a yoga class, go for a run, lift a barbell. Move the stagnant energy out of you.
  4. Remind yourself: Take a moment to look over your goals, remind yourself why you are doing what you do.

Lots of Love,

Brittany

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Face Your Fears Like a Kid

fullsizerenderLike many of you are familiar with, this week was the start of a new school year. I was lucky enough to be able to get my 6 year old niece ready for her first day of 2nd grade.  Like all new beginnings, she was nervous.

She normally isn’t the nervous type; she’ll walk up to any kid and ask to play, she’ll dance ballet and tap in front of a hundred people and she’ll even tell adults to face their fears and congratulate them when they do. So it was weird to see her nervous about starting school.

Secretly, I was watching her and learning from her. I noticed these three main steps and even used them this week when I was faced with a situation that I was extremely nervous about.

Step One: Zone Out.  She knew the bus came at 8:00, so for the downtime we had in the morning she didn’t want to talk to me or do anything except zone out.  She watched tv and kept her mind off of what she was nervous about.

Step Two: Tell your peers you are nervous.  We walked to the bus stop and shortly after saying hi to the friends she knew, she giggled and told them she was nervous.  I’m pretty sure they all sighed with relief knowing that they were all nervous and in it together.

Step Three: Go for it. When the bus came, she didn’t even say goodbye to me, she just ran right up to the opened doors.  No delaying the inevitable, she just went for it and didn’t look back (until of course I called her name to take her picture).

She taught me that sometimes we need to take things back to nature. Back to when we were a kid and did things the way we felt like they needed to be done and not the way society has taught us.

Get back to your inner child and do what feels natural to you.

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Borderline Stalker Obsession

When I try a new activity, I become borderline stalkerishly obsessive about it.

I just can’t help it.

It started at a very young age of 4, the first time I ever sat on a horse. That led into a lifelong love filled with lessons and competitions.  Then asking my parents for art supplies. Then surfing lessons. Then of course I desperately needed to learn how to snowboard. You get the picture.  I tried everything as a kid, and I’m so grateful my parents allowed me to do so.

Coming to adulthood, things did not change.

After my first trapeze lesson, I went home and researched how to join the circus. Yes, really.

After my first ballroom dance lesson, I went home and researched how to become a dance teacher.

I’m sure you know what happened after my first yoga class.

And last night I took my first Mysore class. Something I’ve been wanted to do for years but have been pretty nervous to try it.  Mysore follows the Ashtanga Yoga sequence but the teacher gives you a series of asanas to do and you don’t progress to the next series until they tell you to do so. You are also moving at your own pace, not like a normal yoga class where you all follow the sequence together as a class.

It was amazing and I’m buzzing from it today even still.

More than trying new things I love the way it makes me feel, the whole cycle. The nervousness, the anticipation, the not knowing what will happen and then doing it and feeling completely charged afterwards.  Riding the wave of emotions and ending on a high.  Because I’m always nervous in the beginning to try it. Always. Sometimes I’m even physically shaking with nerves (i.e. ballroom dance).  But the feeling when it’s all done, completely surpasses the nerves in the beginning.

I can’t imagine my life without having tried these things. And while I don’t snowboard or trapeze or even horseback ride routinely anymore, they are still a part of me, have taught me something and will come and go with the passing of time throughout the rest of my life.

So I ask of you to find something new that makes you excited but completely nervous to try. Then despite your nerves, do it.

Ride the wave. You’ll never ever regret it.

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My very young self at a riding competition.
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8 Ways to Live the Simple Life

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  1. Go somewhere and don’t tell anyone. Ever. We live in a society where we take pictures of our food, every experience we have and post it instantly online. I’m guilty! But when was the last time you experienced something truly for and by yourself? Put the phone in your glove compartment, drive somewhere adventurous, get curious and explore. And don’t tell the world about it. I want to live my life; not record it.” Jackie Onassis
  2. Limit tv. Read, play with your children/nieces/nephews, paint, make an elaborate meal, learn, explore. Find something else to do besides the tv.
  3. Speaking of reading. Hide your kindle and get the real deal paper and ink. Let the pages fold, rip and crease, grab a pen and make notes in the blank spaces, let it live and let it be raw. That is what reading is all about.
  4. Respect boredom. Everyone is always so dang busy and declares it like it’s a badge of honor. Busy is a trap. Busy is not honorable. Busy means you lack knowing what is and is not important. Clear your calendar for a day and do nothing. Get bored. Get really, bored. And see what comes up. I bet, almost without a doubt, it will spark creativity and inspiration like you’ve never experienced before.
  5. Do one thing at a time. Multitasking is so 2015. If you’re working on something, turn everything else off and just do that one thing for 15 minutes. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done.
  6. Stop buying plastic. Fo’ real. And if you walk by trash outside, pick it up. Be kind to the world.
  7. Look up at the stars as often as you can. It will put everything right into perspective.
  8. In all ways possible, choose outdoors.
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What Your Smoothies Are Missing

I go through various stages of loving and not loving smoothies. But when I’m in love, I’m nearly stalker-ish about them.

  1. They are super quick and easy to make
  2. You can jam pack them with foods that aren’t that tasty on their own
  3. The variety of flavors you can go with are endless

I could go one, but I’m sure you already know how great they can be.

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Chances are your smoothies consist of some sort of dark leafy greens, fruit, protein powder, and maybe some veggies.  That’s pretty much the standard.

But allow me to introduce you to the magical world of powders.  Each one of these are packed with their own almost supernatural properties that will take your smoothies to a whole other level.

Maca Root Powder:

Let me be real with you here.  This is the number one powder you need to be including in your smoothie, especially for all the women out there.  Maca root helps to increase libido, improve memory function, increase energy and endurance, boosts immune system, helps with depression, menstrual and menopause symptoms, female hormone imbalance and a whole laundry list of more.

Spirulina Powder:

A good spirulina powder is mostly made up of 50% or more protein. It’s a great source of iron, essential amino acids, has amazing anti-inflammatory properties and can help ease PMS symptoms.  It is also known to remove toxins from the blood, increase immune system and aids in the fat burning process during exercise.

Psyllium Husk:

Let’s just go there.  This is a fiber, aka laxative. It soaks up the water in your gut making it easier to go to the bathroom, without producing flatulence.  Psyllium also helps with cholesterol levels, overall heart health and blood sugar levels as well as keeping you feeling fuller for longer.

You can find these in most foods stores like Wegman’s or Whole Foods.  I also love these companies you can order from online. Essential Living Foods makes great powder blends, I just got this one a few days ago and love it. Sun Potion is another great company that sells the powders themselves or as blends.  The key here is to make sure you purchase high quality powders for the most added benefits to your smoothies.