Like any muscle in the body, your brain grows stronger as you use it. That’s the concept of the mental gym which suggests you treat a “brain workout” as seriously as you would a workout at the gym. That means employing the same intensity, discipline and the same process of stepping outside your comfort zone to get results. Two practical ways you can do this is to intentionally put good stuff in and to intentionally practice being quiet.
Let's flashback to November 2015. I was 8 months pregnant. I knew my husband was leaving for a year in two months. I'd accepted my fate, in my mind, with a sort of honorable stoicism. Imagine my surprise when I was in church for a sermon called "Surviving vs. Thriving." The remember the graphic from … Continue reading Lean into the hard
Put Your Big Girl Panties on will give you applicable questions, exercises, and advice from someone just like you. It will feel like a conversation at a coffee shop, filled with knowing glances and giggles. It will give you a safe space to feel the things you’re feeling while also coaching you ever closer to a better version of you. You see, one thing is absolutely 100% true. No one else is going to come along and magically save you. You are the hero of your own story. You are the one that is going to make your best life possible. You are going to show up for yourself, you are going to solve your own problems. And you’re going to feel really confident and satisfied when you do. You’re going to save yourself. Let’s go.
Yes, that urge for cupcakes, for chips, for pizza is STRONG. Resisting it seems impossible. The good news & the bad news is that there are reasons. So, when you see the donut dopamine floods your brain. Dopamine is the hormone released when you anticipate a reward. You anticipate the sweet, sugary, soft goodness of that donut. The tricky thing with dopamine is that it's stupid. Well, it's not smart at least. It thinks the reward is sustenance since that's what your brain is programmed for. So, in dopamine's mind, that donut is full of life-sustaining calories that taste way too good to be true. But you know better, don't you? You know that as soon as you eat one (or two) donuts you probably don't feel very rewarded at all.
Self care is often proselytized about as bubble baths and manicures. Those definitions work to a certain extent. Really, though, self care is taking care of yourself. The deep work of self care is taking care of yourself by doing the things that you fight resistance about. Between you and any goal or ideal version … Continue reading Real Self Care
Just like your home, your schedule might be in need of some deep cleaning. You might have somethings that are growing cobwebs or collecting dust. You might have some things that need to be thrown out in the trash. There might even be something exciting you can add in like a fresh bouquet of flowers. Either … Continue reading Spring cleaning your schedule
Happy Friday! I hope you crushed it this week! And even if you didn't, I know you can find at least one victory that you can be proud of! I want to talk to you about the goals and resolutions you set for yourself this year. Each person reading this is at a different point … Continue reading It’s going to take time.
Yesterday I was listening to Storybrand by Donald Miller while doing some tedious spreadsheet work for business. A quote he mentioned was so good it stopped me in my tracks and I wrote in my open planner next to my laptop. “When a person can't find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.” -Viktor Frankl Isn't … Continue reading Are you distracting yourself with pleasure?
In his latest sermon series on habits, Pastor Craig Groeschel talks about flossing (as in oral hygiene, not dancing). According to him, it’s the main discipline he set into place years ago that has had the biggest domino effect on other disciplines in his life. In the beginning, it gave him the confidence that he … Continue reading One Habit To Rule Them All
Hello All! I want to give you a free tool to help you plan to have a FABULOUSLY FIT week! It's my Sunday Planning sheet that focuses on your fitness journey. Get the printable Sunday Planner here! First, celebrate your wins!! Noticing where you won is important for many reasons. You need to encourage yourself … Continue reading Sunday planning for FITNESS!