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
Lookout Mountain

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!

 

3 Steps to Take Control of Your Own Health

Nope, it’s not always genetic. You are in charge of you own health. Period.

I’m currently enrolled in the Nutritional Therapy Institute in Denver. The program relies heavily on the science behind the food we eat, what it’s doing to our cells, how it’s interacting within our blood stream, organs, intestines and how our environment and lifestyle choices greatly determines the state of our overall health.

My day job involves marketing to healthcare organizations, physicians and care managers, IPA’s (Independent Physician Associations). My company provides interoperability and practice management solutions, all in the name of better patient outcomes.

How in the hell do the two relate to one another? So much it’s scary!

50% of the healthcare costs are going to 5% of the patient population. In other words, the chronically ill are costing billions, while rising healthcare costs are felt across the board.

YIKES! But, what the heck can we DO about it?!

Start taking control of Your Own Health! It’s that simple. Just take control of it it, starting right now. Not sure how?

3 steps to Take Control of Your Own Health

1. Start making healthier food choices. Sounds SOOOO easy, but I know it’s not. Convenience, taste, time, availability all come into play here. Start small – incorporating one piece of fruit into your day, one vegetable. Cut out one soda per day. Work up to it, as opposed to just banning all of the bad cold turkey. Start small & start now (here’s a YouTube video from my Happy Kitchen talking a bit about this).

Colfax 1/2 Marathon!
Colfax 1/2 Marathon!

2. Start moving. Again, sounds SUPER easy to do, but all of the factors listed above (especially time) rear their ugly heads. Don’t overwhelm yourself with crazy, lofty goals you won’t accomplish. I’m going to run 10 miles 3 times a week! Well, if you barely run 2 now, that seems cray! (Above is me running my first 1/2 a marathon….that took me 16 weeks to train for! It was hard!) Start with a 10 minute walk everyday and build up to a mile. Give yourself realistic goals you can meet and feel good about. With our sedentary lives, it’s so important to start incorporating movement into every day. And lots of it!

3. Stop making excuses. It won’t happen over night, but the more you find excuses to not take charge of your health, not make healthier decisions, the worse your well-being will be. Don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad day or miss a workout. Just make sure you don’t make that the norm. Every day you start new, make the most out of it!

Healthy is a lifestyle….live it well! Have questions? Feel free to reach out or comment.

Happy Health!