• Storytelling

    Time to Relax

    I used to think that sitting down to Netflix and eating whatever I wanted was relaxing. I’d come home after a long day, feeling stressed out and look forward to the escape. Funny thing though… I wasn’t refreshed. It was great blocking everything else out and spending the evening without having to make a decision. But before I went to bed, I actually felt more exhausted. The morning was not too far away, and I didn’t want to start it all over again. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to live. I just didn’t want to get up and do my schedule. I’d get up right before I had to…

  • Emotional Health

    How to Create Motivation

    Do you feel unmotivated? I used to push away the idea that I could do something new or start a new schedule because I was so afraid to fail. I wasn’t able to keep motivation in the past, so I didn’t know how to keep it up for my future.  I thought only ‘special people’ could do it. I didn’t think I was one of them.  If this resonates with you:  It’s NOT true. Stop beating yourself up. You are good enough – now. Everything you want to achieve is absolutely possible. It doesn’t have to be a huge goal. It could be getting out of the hole of negative…

  • Emotional Health

    A Valuable Relationship

    What would you say is the most valuable human relationship you can have? Parents, spouse, mentor, ……insert here. Have you ever thought about yourself? Most of us don’t. We feel better when close friends pump us up, or when we get positive feedback from others whether it’s work or socially. When that doesn’t happen, we start feeling low, and it sets us in a spin of negative emotion. We start to question are value, if we’re good at anything, or what our purpose is (even if we really know we have a purpose). The good news is we can learn to improve the relationship with ourselves, and it doesn’t take…

  • Health & Weight Loss

    What We Gain

    Of course, I had to do a play on words for this because I love a good pun. I was thinking a lot about why I constantly was on a lose-regain cycle of weight loss over the years. I did a quick calculation. The difference between my highest weight and my lowest weight was 40 pounds, but I’ve lost 110 pounds total! How is that possible? LOL I lost weight, felt really good, gained it back. Over and over….and over. It wasn’t my body. It wasn’t the food. It was my mind. I would be so absorbed in the ‘project’ of losing weight that it kept me distracted enough from…

  • Emotional Health

    You Are Stronger

    There are so many people in my life that I admire. There are many reasons why. 🙂 Some of the people I love the most have been through some really hard stuff. A combination of things that you wouldn’t even think possible. There’s not a lot I think of as ‘not possible’ anymore. As I listen to so many beautiful ladies’ stories, I hear them share how those things have made them weak. Whether it’s financial, loss of loved ones, sickness, misunderstanding,…the list goes on, they feel as though they are broken now. Not as good as they used to be. De-valued somehow. It’s different for everyone, but a similar…

  • Emotional Health

    Comparison isn’t fun…

    Comparing ourselves to others doesn’t work as a motivating force. It actually ends up doing the opposite. Comparison generally works two ways: They’re better than me. (I’m not good enough.) I’m better than them. (Looking for something to flaw). In either case, this feels terrible. Let’s break these down a bit, and then we’ll find one positive area comparison can be empowering. They’re better than me. When we look at someone and they have something we don’t, has done something we haven’t, or seems to have more confidence than us, we look at it as a whipping stick for our own value. Isn’t that wild? This usually shows itself in…

  • Emotional Health

    Pain is human right now

    If you deal with chronic pain, you know what I’m talking about. It’s hard to explain how this type of pain effects you. I got to a point some time ago when I decided to look at my pain as my ‘suitcase.’ I carry it around. It’s heavy. I can’t seem to offload it. It’s just on the journey with me (I guess a suitcase is useful on a journey?). There is a regular level of pain that just comes with me all day, every day. Nothing I can do about it as of now. Out of nowhere, it will intensify. It’s hard not to be annoyed, frustrated, scared through…

  • Health & Weight Loss

    I thought I wasn’t good enough.

    I lost weight and gained it back so many times that I lost count. Every time I started I was genuine and really was ‘all-in’ for results. The amount of time that I lasted varied, but inevitably, I’d get overwhelmed, disappointed in myself, frustrated with the process, or some combination of those things and then quit. I’d be embarrassed. The thought of starting again was way in the back of my mind, but it wasn’t going to happen for a while. Then the cycle would start again. I’d be embarrassed to start again though. I’d wonder what everyone was thinking and if they were judging whether I was capable of…

  • Emotional Health

    Hindsight as a Teacher, not a Bully

    ‘Hindsight is 20/20.’ This is usually my ‘oh, well’ response to the unchangeable. It seems obvious looking back and knowing what the ‘right’ thing to do would’ve been. Why does it seem so clear now? Who knows. That topic is for another conversation. Today I want to share the value of hindsight. It’s easy to beat ourselves up for thinking a decision we made was not the best. It’s sooo easy to beat ourselves up, right? In fact, do you ever find it difficult to criticize yourself? Mmm, no. Right on schedule, there it is: I’m not good enough. Classic ‘me’ move. I can’t believe I did that. And the…

  • Health & Weight Loss

    My Plant Based Journey

    Well I decided to try something different. I want to see how my body feels if I started moving towards a plant based way of eating. There are a couple documentaries that recently sparked my interest. The benefits of a plant based diet have been chatted about for a long time, but lately, I’ve had more interest in it for health. I’ve ready several books including The China Study which was mind-boggling (and hilarious and times). I actually enjoyed reading it even though it was a ‘research study.’ I’m curious to see how a plant based diet effects my inflammation and if eating that way helps me with my runs.…