As I looked out the window, I noticed a doe laying down in the grass. What struck me as odd was that it was 1:00pm. Ordinarily, I would see deer around dusk, but I had never seen one laying down in the afternoon.
In the past, I might have walked away and never put another thought to it, and went back to my busy life and my never ending to-do lists.
But today, I paused.
I reflected on why this momma might be resting in the middle of the day. I got curious. Was she simply tired? I stood there long enough that I decided to see if she would stay there while I quickly grabbed my phone. As you can see, I was able to take a photo without disturbing her at all.
Occasionally, we would look at each other and then she would look away. I could tell that she was focused. There was so much peace in that moment. Deeper than just smelling the roses. I felt her energy and my guess is that she was nesting and getting ready to birth. It is spring after all!
We all have parts of our body that we don’t particularly like.
I remember when I was a little girl I taped my ears back because I didn’t want them to stick out like my dad’s (sorry dad!) When I was eight, I distinctly recall an adult telling me that I was going to be pretty when I grew up.
So guess what? At that moment, I formed a belief that I wasn’t pretty, and when I got older I would be pretty. So, I couldn’t wait to grow up! But the problem was that no matter how much I aged, I never had that feeling. I would look back at pictures and think, "Wow I was pretty then!" But I still never felt that way in the present moment. As I aged, I would only see flaws and regret not appreciating my youth.
The truth is, I struggled with body shame and low self-esteem for many years. I was confident and determined on the outside, yet insecure on the inside. This caused me to dive into self-help books, striving for achievement and success to find...
Can I tell you about the time menopause fatigue almost got the best of me?
A few years ago, I was completely overwhelmed. For most of my life, I was known as the "perky" one, with plenty of positive energy to give to the world. I was a high-powered entrepreneur working in health and wellness, and got into a comfortable rhythm of treating my body right to reap the benefits of having great energy during the day.
However, as soon as I hit perimenopause, everything changed. I kept trying to fake the superwoman demeanor, when really, all I wanted to do was crawl back into bed. Starbucks became my afternoon pick-me-up, whereas before, I never drank a second cup of coffee.
My life started to feel incredibly busy, but not very productive, let alone fulfilled. I felt tired all evening, but when it was time to go to bed, I'd get a burst of energy and couldn’t sleep.
The next morning, after hitting the...
Whether you’re single or in a relationship, February 14th can be a great reminder to slow down and give ourselves more compassion, love, and even a little sexiness.
If you're single like me, then it can be a day that constantly reminds you that you are not in a relationship. If you're reducing your sugar intake, then chocolate is everywhere–– mocking you in the face. Perhaps you just lost a loved one and everywhere you turn, you are reminded of your loss. Or maybe you’re in a romantic relationship and you have the pressure of finding the perfect gift or date, or the disappointment when it doesn't turn out as planned.
Whatever your circumstance, it’s easy to let social media, commercials, and shopping malls make you feel inferior. While you may feel alone with these feelings, there are many others in the same situation as you.
So, how do you enjoy Valentines without boycotting it or allowing it to make you feel less-than? I invite...
“It's a holiday weekend–– next week I'm going to start losing the weight...”
“I think I might try out that diet my friend told me about...”
“I'm feeling super bloated lately, I think I need to go on a cleanse again...”
“Maybe I will call that weight loss company that sends out the packaged food…”
Is this you?
Are the words “diet” and “weight loss” in your head, on repeat?
Do you look at some foods as GOOD or BAD?
Do you promise yourself when you look in the mirror that tomorrow will be the day?
And what usually happens? Well, tomorrow never really shows up. So here is the good news for you – forget tomorrow; TODAY is your day!
Whether you have a birthday, holiday, or special occasion THE TRUTH IS—THERE WILL NEVER BE A PERFECT DAY TO START.
But, what if you didn’t HAVE to be PERFECT? What if you could hit the RESET button every day you choose?
All over the world, women struggle with their weight.
Years pass by and as those unwanted extra pounds continue to pile on, and you ask yourself— will anything ever work for me?
You try the latest diets, detox teas, exercise routines… Some of them worked, some of them didn't— but at the end of the day, nothing lasted forever and you're still not happy with your weight.
Have you ever considered that the secret to losing weight – permanently – is within you?
Now I am NOT suggesting that you beat yourself up even more than you already have. In fact, what I'm calling for— is exactly the opposite.
Let me explain— because I know this sounds simplistic, and perhaps a little "woo-woo."
By learning how to truly love yourself (which is no small feat, btw), you unlock your hidden potential not only to lose weight permanently but embrace the life of your dreams.
What? How? Really?
Because when we are in a state of self-compassion, we...
Did you know that you can balance hormones naturally with food? This can help reduce uncomfortable symptoms of perimenopause & menopause while building your bones, collagen, and other essential nutrients that help you feel better as you move into a new season in life. In the blog post below, I’m going to show you exactly how to balance hormones naturally through yummy, wholesome food.
The truth is, perimenopause and menopause can be uncomfortable, scary and downright annoying. Especially when it’s happening to your body, and seems to come out of nowhere. You hear other women complain about not sleeping, having hot flashes, uncontrollable cravings, feeling bloated and crazy mood swings, and you think you have avoided the dreaded menopause because you feel fine!
And then you start to notice that you’re no longer sleeping very well, you snap at your kids more often, you feel tired at all the wrong...
So you just committed to a brand new goal. Congratulations! Now, how do you stay FOCUSED until you achieve it?
Whether it’s a healthy diet, exercise or new routine, I encourage you to FIRST spend a moment celebrating your big move and positive intentions.
Making any kind of REAL change in our lives is no small feat.
So after you’ve thoroughly patted yourself on the back, its time to create a game plan for overcoming all the obstacles you’re probably going to face.
Because you know what the truth is?
“The more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That’s why we feel so much Resistance. If it meant nothing to us, there’d be no Resistance.”
In other words,...
As women, many of us are subconsciously holding ourselves back from success because of the language we use— with ourselves, and with others. Below are 3 shifts we can consciously make in our speech to be empowered and more able to command anything we desire.
Do you feel misalignment between your worth and your reality?
Do you have a pile of empowerment books next to your bed, but can’t seem to “own your voice” in front of your boss, at an important meeting, or at a cocktail party?
It could be because you’re not valuing your words.
The words that come out of your mouth have a great deal of power over the way that others perceive you – and how you perceive yourself.
Words can empower OR disempower you.
They can build you up, providing energy and inspiring others. Or they can drag you down, draining your energy and making you seem insecure and untrustworthy.
We develop our speech patterns so early on that a lot of...
The older we get, the more difficult it can be to lose weight naturally. Our metabolism can slow down, our less-than-healthy habits can become ingrained, and our hormonal imbalances can trigger intense cravings, stress, and emotional eating.
Whether you’re looking to lose those stubborn 10 to 20 pounds or to lose a significant amount of weight, the success of your weight loss journey greatly depends on how you prepare for it.
In my years as a weight loss coach, I’ve discovered that, contrary to popular belief, losing weight is not just about food choices and exercising.
For real, long-lasting results when it comes to weight loss, women over 40 need to change their lives in every way. It is not only about what you eat – it’s also about how you think and how you feel.
Every journey starts with the first step.
If you are ready to truly change your life for the better and finally release that extra weight that’s been holding you...