Healthy Lifestyle

5 SIMPLE WAYS TO BOUNCE BACK AFTER AN INDULGENT WEEKEND

OH WISCONSIN! You always seem to do a number on me…I LOVE to come and visit you and have all the FUN, but gosh darn, I never really leave that normal. YES, I leave with a big ass smile, a nice tan, but my gut, well that is a WHOLE different story! Cheese curds, lots of fried food, pizza, beer…definitely not used to it and at 40 years old, it takes me a little bit longer to recover.

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How do I bounce back…A lot of sweating, but also nourishing. That is why I want to introduce y’all to my social media/pen pal friend Lauren, who is a Holistic Nutritionist, Published Author, and Recipe Developer. We have worked together in the social media world with the brands that we represent and then we connected on a personal level.

I love her approach to nutrition. Real Life. Real Food. No Bull Shit. We love to talk about gut health, nourishment, recipes, and just how we are working on living our best lives from the inside out. And she is definitely going to be making a regular appearance here, because I love her passion and knowledge. It is simple, straight to the point, and information that everyone can understand and follow. Okay, I am done blabbing…Take it away lady…

We’ve all been there. 

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For some it’s a vacation or travel that leaves us feeling bloated, puffy and “heavy.” 

For others, it’s an indulgent night out, or weekend(s). 

There are a lot of factors that can contribute to feeling “FLUFFY” and “BLAH”

For starters, the liver, our King of “detox” organ, is constantly working to process the everyday toxicity in our lives. So when we add to it’s workload, be it with alcohol, heated fats/oils, excess animal protein, processed foods, or all of the above, and couple it with less sleep, and lack of water… it’s a recipe for feeling BLAH!!! 

We are all different. EVERY body is different.

Some of our bodies are dealing with more stress on the regular, so it might not take a whole lot to throw you off your game… It might take a few more days to “get back” to normal than your BFF. 

But relax. 

It’s all going to be okay. 

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These 5 simple steps can help ANY body get their groove back quickly, and with very little effort. 

1. HEY WATER

Your intestines are a whopping 30 feet long. When you are not “going” #2 (and I mean like daily, and multiple times a day), and instead you are peeing out liquid, you are dehydrating waste in the body. 

Flying (elevation), drinking alcohol and coffee, exercise, sweating, the heat of summer, etc. can all cause us to lose liquid. 

When waste doesn’t leave in a timely manner, it can create a sticky situation backing you up, leaving you feeling bloated, and causing extra stress on the liver, and other vital organs. 

Drinking 16 ounces of room temperature water FIRST THING on an empty stomach in the morning can help to hydrate waste and get things moving. Do this DAILY. Before coffee. Before tea. Before green juice… Heck. Even before you brush your teeth…

Why room temperature?

Cold water constricts the intestines, so make sure it is warm, hot, or room temp. 

Ideally, you will want to drink ½ your body weight in ounces per day. Aiming for 32 ounces in the morning, prior to coffee, and other liquids is ideal. 

Easy. It’s water. 

2. Organic Green Tea.  

The body can release toxins and extra fluids through urination. Like coffee, tea containing caffeine can act as a diuretic, and cause more frequent urination (So it can help with fluid retention). Unlike coffee, however, which is not only more acidic in the body, but also irritating to the liver, green tea may also help to increase enzyme activity within the liver, protecting it, while also enhancing the body’s ability to naturally “detoxify” itself. One of the liver’s many responsibilities. 

Whether you are drinking tea OR coffee… PLEASE make sure it is organic. Both tea leaves and coffee beans are highly sprayed with pesticides. 

Pesticides = stress on the liver. 

Stress on the liver = sluggish metabolism, poor immune system, and likely poor mental health. 

3. A good probiotic.

I am sure you are catching on… there is a theme here and it’s called… Superior Digestion and Immune support. A high quality probiotic is essential for ideal digestion, and a clear mind. When your body is properly absorbing nutrients from your food and then getting RID of the waste… you’ve got an ideal situation. 

AKA: You are getting the ENERGY (nourishment)  your body needs from your meals (in the form of vitamins, minerals, etc) and then it is taking out the trash. Trash wears you down, steals your energy, and can leave you feeling bloated, imbalanced, anxious and depressed. 

Probiotics help to strengthen your digestion and immune system so that an indulgent weekend, or trip, doesn’t set you back. It’s kind of like the ideal insurance policy. You go into each new scenario already covered… so your comeback is quicker, instead of being wiped out and having to start start from ground zero each time. 

4. Magnesium in the evening.

Whether you are stressed about feeling bloated, or just stressed in general… Magnesium is an alkalizing mineral that is absolutely essential for a calm mind, body, and ideal digestion. When we are stressed, (just like when we are cold), we tighten and constrict our muscles. The same thing happens with our intestines. Imagine that your intestines are like a garden hose. 

Now, in your mind, pinch it closed. 

Ah. 

See. 

Stops up the water flow, eh? We want to keep the flow open. Taking magnesium in the evening:

  • Calms your mind.

  • Naturally reduces anxiety.

  • Can improve sleep quality (which is necessary for any recovery). 

  • Gently and naturally relaxes your intestines so waste can move on through. 

  • Helps you react to stressors more gracefully.

If you find that your naturally wound up, suffer from insomnia, anxiety, depression, poor digestion-- you are probably magnesium deficient. 

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5. Keep meals SIMPLE. I know we all read about the latest superfood of the month, and then start adding it to all the things… hemp seeds here, and avocado there, and we then pile it high on a breakfast burrito, and expect it to become magically more nutritious... but that’s not how it works. 

Especially, when we are feeling BLAH-- We need to keep it simple to give the body a moment to recover. 

My challenge to you is to add, or replace, part of your meal with a side of leafy greens, or lightly steamed/ sauteed veggies at EVERY meal. It could be… garlicky broccoli, steamed spinach, or grilled zucchini with that egg burrito… or sauteed brussel sprouts and roasted cauliflower instead of fries with that steak… or heck! It could be as simple as enjoying a leafy green salad with avocado, lemon juice and sea salt before you head out and grab a slice of something. 

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Start with these simple tips. Practice them daily. 

You’ll bounce back quicker every time.

How do you bounce back after an indulgent weekend?

Are you ready for Lauren to be a regular in this space?

OH WHERE HAVE I BEEN

I have missed this space. I have missed writing and letting my feelings and thoughts flow onto the page. I cannot tell you how many times I have opened up this document and started to write a few sentences and then BOOM I am pulled in a different direction. It has been a long time AGAIN since I have taken the time to write here and just chit chat away. Work, life, and relationships take a priority these days and this space is last on the list. I want that to change...and it starts NOW!

What's Next?

You would think that working from home I would have so much extra time to do all the things and that is exactly the exact opposite. But I am tired of making excuses, so I am holding myself accountable to commit to this space, because there is something inspiring, powerful, and releasing for me, when I write it down. It opens up more space for me emotionally, because sometimes I am just better at putting my thoughts into words. Let’s just get started and start the conversation…

I’m A Sucker For Quotes - I LOVE LOVE LOVE a good quote. I use them all the time for my Instagram posts, share them in my Instagram stories, I have quote books all over my desk. When I read a good quote and it resonates with me, I soak in all the goodness and let it sit and use it where I see fit.

Simple and straight to the point, this one spoke to me. At 40 years old, I can fully admit that I am still learning, growing, and changing. It can be scary AF, but embracing the changes physically, emotionally, and professionally is empowering. I can be VERY stubborn when it comes to change, but this year and new decade has already taught me so much already and I am just going with the flow, instead of fighting it.

My relationships and my career are bursting at the seams with positive energy and I believe this has happened because of my willingness to change, to ask for help, to communicate better, and most importantly to believe in my TRUTH and my GOALS.

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Giving Myself A Break - I am tired…I have been working my ASS OFF this Summer. It has been intense and it just is not slowing down. I am grateful for this workload and my clients, but goodness gracious the crazy world of social media just never ever STOPS. Between work, my own personal training, figuring out what the heck is going to happen with this brand and space, and travel, it has been just non-stop. We leave tomorrow for a getaway up to Wisconsin to see Shannon’s family and friends and I desperately need to give myself a break. I need to step away from the computer, the phone, and just REST. I am ready to be on the water without my phone and not to worry about posting. My brain and body need a break and I am going to gratefully give it just that.

I sometimes feel that in this space I repeat myself a lot and I probably do, because well sometimes we need to repeat ourselves to remind ourselves that we need to make changes to live better. RIGHT?! Oh hey there is that word CHANGE again…I will be the first to admit that some things I am willing to change and then others I have a hard time making a change…Work is one of them. But baby steps…I will eventually get there.

What's Next?

Upcoming Blog Posts - Lately, I have had all these topics that I have wanted to discuss here and maybe that time away was necessary, so that they come naturally, when I am ready to write. There is nothing worse than trying to force something. The time away has allowed my ideas to come forward, so over the next few months or weeks we can chat about: 

  • How to get your gut and body back after a FUN Summer weekend! My good friend Lauren, who is a Holistic Nutritionist, published author, and recipe developer, will be doing a guest post to share her tricks of the trade. 

  • What is it like working from home?

  • Workouts - Because it has been WAY TOO LONG and it’s time to have some fun with these again!

  • What Keeps Me In My Power? What Takes Me Out of My Power? While listening to Sarah’spodcast at the gym, this was a topic that definitely spoke to me and I thought it would be a fun, educational, inspiring, and get to know me kind of post!

And FOOD Of Course - I love eating and talking about food, but I am no foodie stylist or recipe creator. My meals are easy, simple, and what works for me and my lifestyle. Do y’all have any interest in seeing what I eat? What kind of food posts do you want more of? Tell me in the comments, as I would love to hear from you.

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And that is it my friends! I am out of here…It is time to disconnect. It is time to enjoy the time away. It is time to rest. See y’all sooner than you think…Enjoy the Summer weekend! xoxo

HOW I STAY MOTIVATED WHEN THINGS GET STICKY

I turned 40 today. At the beginning of the week, I was not feeling too good about this whole new decade, as this is not a small number. I had mixed emotions. I was sad that I was not going to be home to celebrate it. That Shannon was going to be away too. How the hell did 40 happen? What happens next? What should I be feeling? GAH...Like WTF! When I woke up on Thursday before heading to CA for Expo West with the NuttZo team, I had Shannon holding me while he was still asleep...I could hear Lucy snoring by the side of our bed...I changed my attitude. My life is pretty amazing!

I wanted to write something uplifting in this blog post, because well there is a lot going on and I get this question a lot, so thinking about what keeps me motivated when things are sticky was a friendly reminder to myself that I am so GRATEFUL and HAPPY for those around me, my health, my body, and that I am able to do what I do. It’s pretty freaking awesome.

And even when life does get sticky and I need a little extra motivation or push, this is what I like to do…

HOW I STAY MOTIVATED WHEN THINGS GET STICKY

SWEAT IT OUT - Are you really surprised by this answer? Y’all know how much my training means to me both physically and mentally, so it is no surprise that when things get sticky I gravitate towards intense workouts. I want to feel the sweat dripping off my body. I want to feel my muscles burning. I want to be challenged. I want to get my ass kicked. This is what I want and this is what works for me.

I have always been extremely motivated when it comes to training. Having been a competitive athlete most of my life, it comes naturally to me. The benefits of training make me a better person every day and it is why I make the time to do it on a daily basis. I am grateful for this body and what it can do and what I put it through. But when I am not feeling motivated, I am in a funk, or life is just throwing me some curveballs, I sometimes need a little extra push.

So who is able to do this for me? Sarah Frick owner of The Works! YES...this woman is a badass and I am so grateful to have her as a friend and a teacher. Every single time I step on that mat for her well-known class “THE WORKS” she brings it and I swear that since we got back from Tulum, she is bringing it all to that space. The combo of the meditation...the focusing on the breath...the plyometrics...the vinyasa flow...the process of learning to let that SHIT GO in those 60 minutes is a game changer. I love this studio, the community, and the challenges that it offers me. I have become a stronger person on and off the mat because of Sarah and because of the classes she offers.

If you are having a hard time getting motivated physically here are a few ways to stay accountable:

  • Reach out to one of your friends, who you consider a workout buddy and tell them you need some help to get back into your routine;

  • Sign up for a race! I love to do this, especially when I am in a rut. It helps me stay on track with my training. It gives me a goal to look forward to and I love having a schedule that tells me what to do each day. I always print it out the old school way and tape it to the fridge and cross each day off with a marker. Daily goals to a bigger GOAL!

  • Try a new class! There are so many different kind of fitness classes to take these days, so find what works for YOU. What makes you feel good? What challenges you? Plus, it is also a way to just be more social and be around like-minded people and to try new things in your city. Best part about all of these classes is that someone is always offering a deal, so grab it while you can.

HOW I STAY MOTIVATED WHEN THINGS GET STICKY

LEAN ON SHANNON AND MY FRIENDS - This is something that has taken me awhile to do! I used to keep shit in and try to fix it on my own, but having started dating Shannon almost two years and finally falling in love with a place that I can call home, I have opened myself up to much more. And by opening myself up, I have allowed myself to lean on him and my friends for help when things get a little sticky in my world.

Shannon gets me! We have this special bond that reminds me of the one I had with my father. We can spend hours together and just kind of know what the other is thinking. We don’t need to be talking non-stop to each other and I love this. It works. He knows when I am in a funk and he’s there for me. He keeps me laughing. He asks me what I need. He holds me. He also just gives it to me in black and white. I have a tendency to overthink things and let my emotions get in the way, so his no bull shit mentality motivates me to keep going.

When I lean on my girlfriends, it is different, but that is what friends are for and why I am so grateful for them. The friends who listen to your non-stop texts that are paragraphs long. The friends that check in on your daily. The friends who want to take you out and just make sure you let loose and enjoy life. I know that I repeat myself, but this year has taught me a lot and it’s only March. I have let go of a lot of SHIT (yes...this word is coming up a lot). I have surrounded myself with a group of friends who inspire me, challenge me, and help me when I need help. Having only been in Charleston for almost one year, I can say that the group I am with is pretty amazing! And I cannot forget my pen-pal friends who I have met through social media too. It’s one of my favorite things about the kookie social media world and who it has allowed me to connect with…a lot of badass women.

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PRACTICE SELF-CARE - Self-Care is also a BIG thing for me this year. You have to take care of YOU inside and out. YOU are the one in charge of it all and when you aren’t taking care of yourself, how can you take care of others. It seems like a simple thing, but it is something that so many of us neglect. Self-Care can be little or big things...It is something that is going to make YOU happy and make YOU feel good about yourself.

How do I practice SELF-CARE:

  • Nothing is better than a manicure/pedicure...Am I right?

  • Flowers...I always like to have at least two bouquets from TJ’s in my condo. They make me happy and I’ve also added a lot more plants and succulents too.

  • FOOD - Yes food is self-care...Treat yourself to something delicious, just because you haven’t done it in a while. My go-to is always pizza or a big ass steak and fries...and don’t forget the wine!

  • Travel - I have taken some big trips this year. The Bahamas for a basketball tournament. A girls trip to Wine Country. A yoga retreat to Tulum, Mexico, and there are probably some others later down the road, but why not?!?! Life is short. I work hard. I want to have fun, explore, travel, and get away once in a while. And I am grateful that I can do that!

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I am truly blessed, so here’s to 40 and to another year of who knows what, but I do know that at this moment, I am happy, I am in love, I am motivated and will stay motivated even when life does get a little sticky. Because, sometimes we need sticky. Sticky is hard and messy at times, but it can also be a motivator to help us work harder, face our fears, try new things, and also remind us of how grateful we are. xoxo

How do YOU stay motivated when things get sticky?

How do YOU practice self-care?






SAVE YOURSELF FROM YOURSELF - Chilly Cow

This post is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chilly Cow®. The opinions and text are all mine.

I will NEVER turn down the chance to write about dessert...Would YOU? I was thrilled when I recently discovered Chilly Cow® half pints and bars for their new campaign Save Yourself From Yourself. Guess which flavor I went for?!?!? The peanut butter one of course!!! There are plenty of delicious flavors to choose from...Brown Butter Salted Caramel, Chocolate Brownie Batter, and Mint Dark Chocolate Chip, BUT, as soon as I saw the Sweet Cream Peanut Butter...SOLD!

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Before we dive into my full review of this product, let’s talk about my relationship with sweet treats. I LOVE sweets and I definitely treat myself to them, but not on a regular basis. Why? One: It is not a lifestyle choice that works for me. I have many friends who have something sweet every night. That works for them, which is great. Two: My body does not handle regular sweet treats well. It messes up my sleep pattern and can sometimes upset my stomach, so I am careful with how much I consume. Three: I truly do not crave sweets regularly, so I am not going to force something. There are many times after dinner that Shannon has ice cream or cookies, but I choose not to join in the sweet party, because I honestly just do not want it.

With ALL of that being said, when I do get those sweet cravings, I GO FOR IT! I listen to my body. I give it what wants, when it wants it. I no longer deny it of the foods that it craves, whatever they may be. Sometimes it is all the greens. Sometimes it is all the wine, cheese, and bread. And sometimes it is delicious dessert, because who can say NO to creamy goodness?!?!? Life is about balance. Life is about having fun. Life is about making mistakes and learning from them. In the end, when it comes to food, workouts, and life, do YOU. Do what makes YOU happy…RIGHT? So now that I am done preaching, let us talk about Chilly Cow lower calories Ice Cream!

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What do you need to know about Chilly Cow?

  • These Half Pints are jam-packed with protein! The Sweet Cream Peanut Butter Half Pint has 13g;

  • 55% fewer calories than regular ice cream;

  • 60% less sugar than regular ice cream;

  • 70% less fat than regular ice cream;

  • It is made with ultra-filtered milk…What does that exactly mean anyway? I had no clue either, so I looked it up. Ultra-filtered is milk that is run through a very fine filter for the purpose of removing some sugar and water from the milk and concentrating the remaining protein.

  • Find it in your local Publix store between 2/2/19 and 2/15/19, and you can to save $2 on any variety of Chilly Cow product at your local Publix ! Hurry up and STOCK UP! Click HERE for savings?

  • They are DELICIOUS! Can we talk about the flavors again? Check them all out HERE and then tell me which one you will grab first!

How did I ENJOY my Chilly Cow?

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With ALL the toppings of course! Don’t get me wrong, they are delicious without the toppings, but when it comes to treating myself to sweets, I like to GO BIG sometimes. More peanut butter on top? YES PLEASE! Homemade granola for some extra crunch? YES PLEASE! The beauty of dessert is that you can never really go wrong with any toppings. Since I do not have any candy in my condo, peanut butter and granola are a “better-for-you” option, but also a really delicious one. I am getting all my macros…WINNING!

Overall, I honestly, really enjoyed Chilly Cow! I approve of the ingredients, the flavor, and the message of their campaign - Save Yourself From Yourself! High-fives to a company that FINALLY has nailed it with a lighter-ice cream that actually tastes good.

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What is YOUR favorite ice cream flavor?

What is YOUR favorite ice cream topping?

GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION

At the end of Sarah’s practice yesterday morning downtown at The Works, I was sitting on my mat coming down from the high of the intense movements, loving the amount of sweat that came out of my body, and then taking that precious time to focus on my breathing, before I stepped outside and had to tackle my day. I say it OVER and OVER again, but that place on my mat is sacred to me. It is my therapy. It is MY SPACE to sweat, to challenge myself physically and emotionally, to cry (yes, I have cried many times on my mat), to become inspired, and to create.

It was after I walked out of the studio and thanked Sarah for kicking my ass, I fogged up my car from the sweat and heat that was coming out of my body, I was still high from her words of wisdom, that this blog post idea went off like fireworks in my brain. Giving yourself permission to do things is a BIG thing and it is a BIG one for me.

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I GIVE a lot and sometimes I forget to GIVE to myself. And what happens when you forget to give to yourself? Things start to fall apart. You have to GIVE to YOU. They can be little things or BIG things. Whatever floats your boat. This past weekend I had a full day of #SelfCareSaturday and one of my girlfriends asked if she could join in next time. I am thinking that this needs to be a thing...right?

Ever since we have kicked off 2019 and I have had an new attitude for what lies ahead. It is a hell of a lot of good energy, better decisions, working and training smarter, taking more chances, and GIVING MYSELF PERMISSION to do only the shit that serves ME. Here are a few of the ways that I am doing just that and it is making a HUGE difference personally and professionally.

Give yourself permission to…

To let go of all the rules…A couple of weeks ago, I had my annual girls trip with my fabulous friend Brooke, who owns Statements Boutique in Madison, NJ. We went ALL OUT. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we both needed a break. We needed to catch up on life and to just have fun and did we ever. I let all the rules GO…I got out of my routine...I wasn’t eating peanut butter every morning or watching what I was putting in my body daily...I wasn’t doing my normal intense workouts. It felt AMAZING. We actually only worked out 2 days and the last 2 days we were like HELL NO and it was awesome. More time to eat and visit the wineries...no brainer!

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We did it up at the Vintage House...We ate at some of the top restaurants...We ate ALL the crunchy bread, cheese platters, pasta, but the WINE. We visited some of the most beautiful wineries...the big ones...the small ones. It was like Disneyland for adults. I was happy. It was just what I needed to just be. I came back home exhausted, but my heart and belly were full and I was happy. No regrets and I can’t wait to do it all over again next year!

To slow down or go really hard...When I came back from my girls trip, I was tired, slightly hungover from the wine and food, and I knew I just had to get back on track. And I did. I went hard all week. I sweat it all OUT. It was intense and at the time it felt great. I was motivated, focused, and just ready to do it. I tackled my work the same way. The time away helped me gain some perspective on what I want, my goals for my clients and myself. I was going HARD and full speed ahead. And at that moment it worked and worked for me.

This week was a totally different story. I slowed the F down, because I was tired. I was sore. I needed to to reel it in and come back to a healthy balance. I cut back on my workouts and I tried to disconnect earlier. The colder temperatures kept me inside, so Lucy’s afternoon walks didn’t happen. Dogs need a break too...right? One night I said F it again and got into bed at 8:00 PM. I listened to my body and it felt really good.

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Some weeks we need intensity and other weeks we don’t. It is not possible to go 110% all the time. I have tried and I have fallen down hard from that. We need rest. We need the peace and quiet. And then other times we can go balls to the wall. It is so important to listen to your body. You have to give it what it needs emotionally, physically, and nutritionally.

To make mini goals instead of big goals…I am not a fan of BIG GOALS. For me personally, I feel that they set me up for a failure. I begin to realize that I may have gone too big. I start to procrastinate. I start to make excuses and it honestly starts to stress me out. I don’t have time for that shit. Instead, I like to come up with “mini-goals”. These are goals that I set for myself on a weekly basis. Sometimes I even email them to a friend, to hold me accountable. They are simple, mini, and truly serve ME.

Mini-Goals for me include:

  • Treating myself to a mani/pedi

  • Buying a small gift for the condo

  • FLOWERS...always flowers!

  • Enjoying a sweet treat that I haven’t had in a while!

To just do YOU...One of my mantras for this year is to JUST DO ME and not give AF as to what others think, say, or do! I have been saying this for a while and I haven’t followed through, so heck yeah I am calling myself on my own bullshit, but that was in the past. There was a major shift that happened at the end of 2018. I was done with 2018. It was time to make a choice and I did.

It is happening this year, because I have made changes. I have made changes to surround myself with a tribe that serves me. I am taking more chances and living a fuller life. I am putting myself in front of the camera more and showing ME. I am doing ME and heck yeah it is scary, but I am happier. I feel more confident. I feel more full. I feel inspired and motivated and SO READY. The energy is crazy and contagious and with turning 40 so close, there is no better time to just do ME!

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What is one mini-goal that you set for yourself weekly/monthly/yearly?

Have you given yourself permission to be the best version of you?