With Thanksgiving only a few days away, I wanted to talk about the importance of gratitude within ourselves, for ourselves.
I am someone who tends hold in my emotions. Be it anger, sadness, anxiousness, or excitement, I allow my feelings to build up so high, that any small issue can suddenly set me off into a tizzy.
My mother always yells at me, in her North End Boston accent, “Your gonna give yourself an ulcer!”
But let’s be honest, we’ve all been there.
Racing mind, stomach cramps, irritability.. and I’m confident that you can agree on the heavy weight it places not only on our shoulders, but on our minds and hearts as well.
All you need is to take that first step in order to start a journey to where you are meant to be.
I’ve always been into yoga, more for the fitness benefits than spiritual. However, I’ve recently felt a shift within myself that wanted to tackle any uncomfortable thoughts or feelings that I had been buried deep inside. I wanted to control my breath, silence my mind, feel every intuition. Have a clear head.
And that is exactly what I have been doing.
When I had read Gabrielle Bernstein’s “ Add More ~ing To Your Life” and “Spirit Junkie”, I knew that I had found what I was looking for in terms of guidance. She is completely down to earth, realistic and personable. She tells it like it is through her own experiences, and answers every question before you have a chance to ask it.
I am currently in the middle of her 40 day course from “May Cause Miracles”, and my meditation, yoga, and prayer practices have never been better.
Yoga is no longer just a way to stretch. It is now also a way to listen to my body, hear my thoughts, and reconnect with myself in a beautiful way through breath. Starting and ending each day in my meditation space has become something that I look forward to, and I find myself praying for guidance and answers much more frequently than I have in the past. The answers now are so much clearer.
This is my “me” time. A time where I can go to a quiet place and sit without any interruption. A time to just…be.
We all live such hectic, rushed lives, and we do not take the time to breathe. We focus so much on the negative and miss out on all of the other amazing miracles that surround us each and every day. We choose not to see, or be aware of these miracles, and it leaves us in a tense state of mind with only stress flowing through our veins
It’s time to stop and reconnect. “Choose love instead of fear”. Listen to what your body and mind are telling you.
Be kind to yourself. Be thankful for your blessings. Breathe life in.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Do you hear it?
The sound of cocktail parties, decadent desserts, fruit and nut baskets and the “it’s too cold outside to workout” excuses that are coming our way very soon!
That’s why this post is necessary right NOW. Go into the holiday season with a plan to stay on track, or at least, not go over board when surrounded by temptation.
Here are 5 tips to help you stress less as we enter into the land of chocolates, ribbon candy, and creamy martinis.
Tip # 1 Keep your schedule consistent.
If you workout 5 days a week, continue to do so. Keep attending that spin class, getting up for your morning run, and making healthy choices as you would any other time of year. If a party gets in the way of your evening workout, try and schedule it in the morning instead. Find the time to fit in both!
If you do attend an evening party, sign up for a fitness class for the next morning. This will keep you aware of anything that may hinder your early wake up call.
Tip # 2 Come prepared
Whenever I attend a party or small gathering, I always bring a bottle of my favorite wine or a healthy food option.Think vegetable platter with cucumber & Greek yogurt dip, a big salad with beans and quinoa, or even a healthy dessert. This way, I’ll know that there is at least one healthy “go-to” snack that I can choose from.
It also helps to have a small meal before hand. Attending a party on a empty stomach can lead to over eating and not making the best food choices. Be prepared.
Tip # 3 Keep each other accountable and create a challenge!
It always helps to have a friend give you that extra push when you can’t seem to find the motivation to workout. Plan one a night week to meet up with friends for a walk or fitness class. Make it a priority.
Also, create a challenge/goal amongst yourselves that must be met by January 1st. Be ahead of the “New Year’s Resolution” crowd, and be each others cheerleader!
Tip # 4 Hang up your prize.
Take yourself to the mall and buy a killer new dress that fits you NOW. This is your Holiday dress and looks amazing on you! Remember it when you feel like you’re about to go overboard on that snickers cheesecake. You want to look your best at the next party!
Tip # 5. Count you cocktails
Create a drink limit for yourself and stick to it. If your limit is 3, stop there. This will help you nurse each drink, and avoid extra empty calories..or a hangover. Speaking of, always have a glass of water after each drink to help keep your body hydrated.
Best Cocktail Choices: Champagne, Wine, Wine Spritzers (with club soda), or Clear alcohol with club soda and a lime/lemon.
The Holiday season is about family and friends coming together for celebrations.
Keep your schedule consistent, make the best choices in all situations, be prepared, and remember that this time of the year is short lived. Enjoy every moment of it.
Start my mornings with a cup of Yerba Mate Green Tea,saving my small cup of (protein) coffee for a mid day pick me up.
Eat at least one RAW meal a day.
Dressed up as a Puppet for Halloween
Enjoy red wine in place of white, served chilled with frozen strawberry ice cubes.
Used leftover Reese’s cups and ripe bananas to make Reese’s PB Cup Cookies and Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread.
Purchased Allegiant, book #3 of the Divergent Series…
Bought another Buddha friend…
And LOVE the new flavor, Double Chocolate Chunk, Questbar!
Dark Nails and Pumpkin Coffee
“Hard Boiled Eggs”. Baked in the oven at 325 for 30 minutes. Perfect every time.
Steel Cut Oats, Egg Whites, Blueberries and Cinnamon.
Interval Spin Class playlist. Lots of HIIT, sweat and power!
Chai Tea by the lake
Pinot Grigio by the fire pit.
Michael Buble in Concert! He is amazing <3
I remember when 28 seemed so far away.
“By the time I’m 28, I will be living on a sunny beach in California with my husband, kids, and energetic dog who loves to run with me along the pier. OH! and I definitely need to be on a season of The Real World!”- 14 year old me
It was a nice thought. A cliché thought. A daydream of how I pictured my life would turn out.
Yet, as I sit here on my 28th birthday, I realize that my life is not the California dream that I once wanted.
I was born in Boston. I belong in Boston.
My view is not of a beach, but of a small town filled with commuters, butcher shops, and boutiques.
This view can be seen from the porch of a house that I own. (not bought by being cast member of The Real World)
I do not run along a pier, but rather the rim of a lake where I know I will I see a familiar face with each visit to it’s pavement.
I do not have children, yet, and I am enjoying my freedom.
I am engaged to one of the best people I’ve ever met. An incredible guy who reminds me, daily, of the person that I am…especially on the days when I forget.
The search for our puppy is currently in the works.
My family is more than I could have ever asked for. I couldn’t imagine living across the country, communicating with them only by phone and Skype.
Work doesn’t feel like work when you love what you do..and I love what I do.
Being accepted is no longer a concern of mine. Funny how that fades as we grow. I’d much rather leave a lasting impression.
I can walk, I can run, I can breathe.
With each passing year, I am introduced to another part of myself that I’ve never known.
It’s a privilege to meet myself.
It’s a privilege to add another year to my life.
Welcome to 28.
…Not yet 30