Spring into Action

I’ve not written a blog for over 3 months – talk about needing to spring into action! The past few months have been filled with skiing, our engagement (yup, Mike popped the question!) family trips, hikes, snowshoeing, Colorado adventures, cooking, and beer. Lots and lots of beer.

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Spring has sprung and I’m ready to dedicate, activate, commit to a healthy intention and spring into action with a 21-day challenge. I find that dedicating 21 days to make a positive change resets my mindset and creates a positive flow of energy in the right direction. Need to jump start a good habit? Want to commit to a healthy goal but only have found excuses? Want to incorporate a daily practice but haven’t found the right time? Join me in this 21 day challenge to Spring into Action!

I’m kicking off my challenge tomorrow….no time like the present, right!? Below are the next few days laid out – feel free to comment with questions, suggestions and how you’re doing!

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Day 1 – Set an intention, goal, something you want to commit to for the next 21 days – write it down and find time to do it! My intention is to train for a season of hiking, by incorporating a daily yoga practice, weekly hikes in the foot hills of Colorado, and adding a daily circuit workout to weight train. My goal is to get stronger, lighter, more agile so I can have a summer full of healthy adventures!

Day 2 – Start Early. Whether it’s an exercise routine, a commitment to eat better, practicing yoga, or a meditation practice, try starting first thing in the morning, before you do anything else. Fix your mind around positive change and positive change shall follow you.

Day 3 – Close out the day. Ending your day with intention, with the mindset that you can accomplish all you set your mind to, should be how you end each day.

Day 4 – You’ve got a friend. Our friends are the family we choose for ourselves. Today, share your commitment with a friend, ask them to join you, support you, perhaps to make their own commitment.

Day 5 – Share the love. Whether you bring your husband to the gym with you or onto the yoga mat, leash your puppies and take them hiking, or cook a healthy meal with your kids, bring your loved ones into the mix. The network you surround yourself should strengthen you!

Day 6 – Step it up. Today, take your plan of action and kick it up! Add a mile onto your run or do a longer yoga class, try a new workout, add a morning and evening routine, or meal prep for the next few days. Whatever your intention or goal, crank it up today!

Day 7 – Keep it simple. I often get caught up in an elaborate, over-the-top plan to get where I want to go, so much so that I end up not ever starting or getting burned out quickly and abandoning ship. Today is about going back to the simplicity of your intention or goal, shaving it down to the roots. You do not need to overthink the steps to get you where you envision yourself. All you need is to take one step after the other.

That’s the first week – join me!

 

Be Positive

Positive“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

 Your thoughts are living things within you. They roll around in your brain, wash over your being and I believe they are catalysts for our actions. They become who you are.

When we focus our minds on positivity, we are drawing our own map that leads to a positive outcome. Our neurons are then prepped for positivity. Think about good and bad experiences you’ve had in your life. The bad ones tend to stand out. But, in training our brains to focus on the good, the positive, we’re getting them in shape for the positive long-run.

Begin your day, or perhaps end your day, focusing on the positive things that occurred, regardless of how small. The beautiful view you had driving into work. How there wasn’t a line in the grocery store. Your co-worker complimenting your campaign. Your ability to spend this time, even if it’s only 5 minutes, reflecting on the good in your life.

I truly believe we create our own reality and that starts with our thoughts. Waking up each morning, going to bed each night, with a blanket of positivity invites more of the same. Creating good thinking habits is just as important as keeping up with your physical habits. Our mental state plays an enormous role in our life, so making sure we’re working on keeping it positive should be a daily habit.

Find a place where you feel positive vibes, where you feel happy and light. Sit for 5 minutes and invite positivity into your day, your life.

What positive things are you focusing on? Share with me!!!! And follow me on Instagram for daily updates.

Happy Positivity!

Gratitude for Simplicity

I’m constantly on the hunt for inspiration. I want to be moved, pursue things that move me, head out into the great unknown for an awe-inspiring adventure! Who doesn’t!

But back in reality there is work to be done, chores to be complete, mundane tasks that you need to tackle for every day life. Why do we look at these things as draining? As sucks on our creativity, our passion, our drive to be inspiring?

I’ve been obsessed as of late with Rich Roll & his amazing podcast. If you’ve never heard of him, I encourage you to listen to one. He speaks passionately, but real-ly. He has accomplished incredible things, both physically and in his own life’s journey. He is a plant-based athlete, but that’s not all his show focuses on. He invites speakers of every walk of life: spiritual, athletic, creative, poetic, intellectual, plant-based, food revolutionists. Really, I can’t say enough and you just have to check him out.

He had WUDE on recently (check out his story) and he spoke of finding peace, gratitude, beauty in simplicity.

““If you don’t have the ability to celebrate what you have now, nothing you get—and I mean nothing; nothing material, nothing experiential, no amount information, no amount of experience, no amount of material possessions—is going to teach you how to celebrate.”

– WUDE

How true. How simple. How amazingly right.

Lookout Mountain
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Be here, now. Look around and notice the amazing things in front of you. Your beautiful garden or flower box. Notice the way the sun sets in your neck of the woods. Enjoy the simplicity of cooking a deliciously simple meal and enjoying it with someone you love. Appreciate your surroundings and the simplicity of taking a stroll through the woods. I headed to Lookout Mountain in Golden yesterday after work to relish in the gorgeousness that is Colorado.

Find gratitude in the simple things. You will be flooded with awe-inspiring moments if you can do so.

Happy Friday!