Watch out friends I am ENERGIZED and I am ready to rock n' roll! I am not sure if it is Mercury Retrograde, the Full Moon, the beautiful weather, but the ideas have been flowing. I have been writing them down in my journal, my planner, and on post-it notes, so I don't forget them. I am ready to share...inspire...and take my writing and my personal journey to the next level with all of you. So this is what you will start reading about moving forward:

Inspiring Women...I have met many beautiful, inspiring, and passionate women on social media and it is time that I share their stories with all of you! They are entrepreneurs, foodies, teachers, influencers, and friends. These are women whose stories have resonated with me on both a personal and professional level. They work hard. They are fearless. They #dreamBIG. Even though I have not met a lot of these women in person, I communicate with them on a weekly basis. They are my virtual support system. And I hope that you will find them as inspiring as I do!

My OH So Single Life...I am excited to start writing about being single and why I am single and what my dating past was like! Dating is FREAKING hard these days. It is frustrating, comical, and totally confusing. It is time to put the Carrie Bradshaw hat on and share my stories along with some of my girlfriend's stories because we can honestly not make some of this stuff up! Just like many other topics in my life, I am ready to share the good and the bad with you on my past relationships, because I KNOW that I am not the only one who has gone through them. This space is a place where we support each other. We inspire each other. We GROW together! 

Letting Go Of My Past..It feels good to let go of the past! This is a slow process for me, because as you know letting go of old stuff takes time and it is one of the reasons why I hired a Life Coach because I needed help. My past can hold me back, from truly being able to move forward with personal and professional  It is HARD as shit to let go! I am letting go of people, old habits, and rules that no longer serve me. I will not be taken advantage of. I will not be treated poorly or be used. I will not take on jobs that do not resonate with me. Do you know how amazing it feels to say these things out loud? AMAZING!

Letting Go Of My Past

Eye Opening Experiences...There were a few incidents this summer and even ones from years ago that were definitely a slap in the face for me. They are going to be hard for me to talk about, but that is okay because I have learned from them. They are only making me a better person, so even though they were hard to recognize and admit too, they are helping me grow! I want to share these, so others can learn and know that life is not perfect. We make mistakes. We learn from our mistakes. We move FORWARD from them! 

Nantucket Island

How I am Working On Being The Best Version of ME...Working on yourself is also hard! No one said life was easy. I have acknowledged and said it out loud as to what I need to work on. I am owning my shit. I am reading. I am leaning on friends. I am talking to my Life Coach. I am doing all the right things and moving in the right direction to be the BEST version of ME so that I can help others and inspire others to find their true authentic self! 

Food...Because admit it, we all like to look at what other people are eating! As you know, I like food and I am really good at eating it! Food makes me happy. It keeps me fueled for my training and for my busy schedule. Food is fun and food is DELICIOUS! So food is going to be making a comeback because I like sharing and creating my creations with all you. 

Breakfast of Champions

What topic are you most excited to read about?

How are YOU currently feeling?

Slowing Down and Practicing Self-Care

I am doing a lot of things this week, that I NEVER thought I would or could do! With the transition into Spring, I have noticed that my body was physically exhausted. I felt sore after almost every workout; dreading my workouts; tired all the time. My mind and thoughts could not slow down. My belly was feeling bloated...I was too focused on the food, but at the same time not even really enjoying it. I was not even looking forward to my cup of coffee or my heaping spoonful of nut butter...WHAT??? I had hit a wall, but also had come to a BIG realization. I needed to SLOW DOWN! The infamous Lindsay Cotter has been telling me this for months, but just like everything else in life, sometimes we need to realize that ourselves. 

Slowing Down and Practicing Self-Care

In the past, I would have just pushed through these issues, but I am older, wiser, and more in tuned with my body and listening to what it needs. I also truly believe that things happen for a reason. I started texting my Life Coach that I needed to rest. I needed to detox. I was craving a break and wanted something to make me feel better...refreshed...energized...healthier and stronger. She told me to listen to her latest podcast on "Gratitude and Manifestation". After those 60 minutes, I knew what I needed to do. I needed to SLOW DOWN...To detox emotionally, physically, mentally...To get rid of the drama...To notice old patterns and habits that do not serve me...To acknowledge that when pressure shows up it is a gift! 

So when my good friend had mentioned that she and her husband were going to start their Spring Cleanse this week, I was intrigued. Very intrigued...So intrigued that I decided I was in! I cannot believe I agreed to do this because for years I have always said I will never to a cleanse...blah...blah...blah. Never say never...

This blog post is not about what the cleanse entails, it is about why I chose to do this...How I FELT during the cleanse and how I FELT after a week of fully detoxifying. If you want to learn more about the one I followed, you can go here.

I am not going to lie...It is hard! 

  • No coffee in the morning (I was drinking 2-3 cups) The first day I had headaches...Ouch! But each day gets better and easier and I have noticed that I have great energy when I awake!
  • I am tired (especially in the early evening) and the grey, cold, and rainy days are not helping the situation at ALL! The waves of tiredness come and go, but I am okay with that, because I am resting and healing.
  • Spoonfuls of ghee every morning...interesting, but I understand why! Thank you, Farm To Gold for supplying me with yours. 
  • My body has been forced to slow down and it feels so good. My physical activity only involves gentle yoga at Dharma Yoga Nantucket and easy walks with Lucy. It has been relaxing to not worry about what form of torture I was going to endure at the gym. Yes, that was how I was viewing my workouts. So this feels SO GOOD!
  • The food I eat is BORING, but I know it is serving a purpose. Thank goodness for all the Cinnamon, Turmeric, and Cumin from Simply Organic Foods!  BUT, I can already feel a change. I am not thinking about food like I used to. My cravings and taste buds are changing. I am eating to eat because it is fuel. It is simple. It is necessary. I can feel the changes in my gut, and it is good!
  • I am focusing on other things besides my workouts and food! I am taking better care of me. Resting, nourishing, listening, and yes slowing down! 
  • By letting my body rest, it is under less stress. I am not waking at 5:30 AM...On Wednesday I slept until 7:15 AM and it felt AWESOME! 

I am glad that I am not doing this alone, that I have my friends support to bitch and moan when necessary and to eat our boring meals together. But in all honesty, this cleanse is doing what it is supposed to do and it is WHY I chose to do it. Yes, I have my moments of doubt and wonder why the hell I agreed to this...But everything serves a purpose and I know that this one is serving ME!

Slowing Down And Practicing Self Care

I am excited to share with you how I felt after this is done...Whether it was truly worth it...What were the negative and positives. I wanted to put together other posts this week, but I just did not have the energy to write about food and working out. So this is what has been going on this week and only a few more days left. It is going to be an interesting journey! XOXO

How are you practicing self-care this week?

Have you ever done a cleanse?