Health and Wellness

A New Chapter

I have for a long time been very interested in food and health. I began cooking on a regular basis for myself after my now husband and I moved in together 14 years ago. Since then, I’ve read and listened to blogs, books, articles and podcasts. I’ve thought about going to school to be a chef. I started a food blog for a short time. I’ve tried many different diets and methods to improve my health. In the past few months my family and I have started eating 80% plant-based. I’ve had more energy and have felt healthier than I ever have before. Because I want to help others feel well, I’ve finally made the decision to work towards my certification in holistic nutrition. I’m currently studying with AFPA to become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. This new chapter excites me more than anything I’ve ever started or even thought about starting. I feel like I’ve finally found my calling. I’m excited to learn and read more everyday. I’m excited to improve my health and the health of my family. I’m excited to share my knowledge with others and help them be well. And I’m most excited to be finally doing something that makes me happy and sparks joy inside of me. This is all part of my Journey to Find Joy. I have become more aware of who I am since starting this blog. I have become more aware of myself, my body, my emotions, and most importantly my mind.

Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale

Cheers to the next chapter!

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Daily Dose of…

I’ve shared fears and dreams so far but one thing I want to share is how I’m doing small things every day on my journey to find joy. I really do believe that one small step in the right direction makes all the difference. Improving small things each day adds up to big results. Take for example a weight loss journey. One of my favorite quotes that I like to live by is “One burger won’t make you fat, just like one salad won’t make you thin.” It is repetition and consistency that will provide results good or bad. And this goes for all aspects of your life. The habits and routine you establish make a huge difference in the every day. One meditation doesn’t make you spiritual, one glass of water doesn’t make you healthier, one dream doesn’t mean it will come true. You must do things every day to work towards the changes you want to see in your life. Here are a couple things I’ve been trying to incorporate into my daily routine, and so far it has been making a huge difference in my mood and my purpose. I need my daily dose of…

  1. Morning meditation. Most mornings are hectic trying to get the kiddos out the door, so when I get to work and park, I do {at least} a 5 minute meditation in my car. It literally takes 5 minutes but it has been greatly improving my mood in the morning. Going from the madness of getting 2 kids off to daycare and the madness of work, it provides just a small window of calm and helps me recenter myself and feel in control. I highly suggest doing this if you can spare 5 minutes.
  2. Workouts. Obviously a huge mood booster, working out in some capacity every day just makes the biggest difference, not only for your body but your mind! At this season of my life with 2 small kiddos, the best time I can find to do this is after they are both in bed around 7:30 but it really puts a nice little nightcap to my day. It lets me focus on myself and my body and it really makes me feel so good to get it in before I go to sleep.
  3. Daily walks in nature. Getting outside is so important for my mental health. This is a hard task when the weather isn’t nice but if I have to, I’ll walk inside on the treadmill at work. I usually do my daily walk at work on my lunch break and then eat lunch at my desk.
  4. Drink more water and tea. Honestly, this one is still a work in progress but I’m trying to drink more water and tea during the day. So good for your body.
  5. Planning. This is a hard one for most people, but I’m a planner by nature so this one comes fairly easy to me but I still have to work on it. I plan a lot of things at work and for my family but one thing I don’t do is plan for myself. I need to focus on planning what my future looks like. To accomplish my dreams, to eat healthy, to find time to meditate and workout. Writing things down is the easiest way to do this. I love to make lists and schedules. However it looks for you, I do suggest writing things down. For some reason it makes all the difference!

Everyone is different and maybe your list looks a little different, and that’s okay! What does your daily dose look like? Please share in the comments below! I’d love to know what works for you!

About Me

Fear of What

Part of me is afraid of the unknown. And the other part of me is so excited by it.

By nature, I have always been shy and introverted. I have really tried to avoid things. Failure, success, conflict, etc…But as I get older (I just celebrated my 36th birthday), I’m starting to ask myself why am I afraid? Fear of what and why? Who really cares what people think about anything I do or say or feel or act. I think that’s why they say with age comes wisdom. You realize your fears are only things you’ve created in your own head for no real reason.

Jim Carrey says it best “…Now, fear is going to be a player in your life but you get to decide how much. You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about the pathway to the future. All there will ever be is what’s happening here and the decisions we make in this moment which are based in either love or fear. So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it. Please. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”

I think I’ve let my fear be bigger than my love. I’ve settled for things, especially in my working life. There is no time like the present and the decisions I make today will lead to the future I desire and dream of. I’m learning to grow so that I can do what I love and follow my heart. I’m putting it out in the universe. My desire in my heart is to help people be well. It is a goal that I hope to one day bring to life. In the meantime, I’m going to continue to grow in my journey to find joy in the everyday.

About Me

Just Start

I was listening to a podcast. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. It’s called the Rise Podcast by Rachel Hollis. She’s a top motivational speaker, New York Times bestseller, and has one of the top podcasts. One of the episodes really hit me hard. It was all about procrastinating and I am the queen of it. I realized that the reason I don’t try things is honestly, fear of failure. I make all the excuses in the book. I was trying to think of why I’m so afraid of failure. And to be honest I think it all started when I was young, when most issues and fears begin. I can’t pinpoint a specific incident, but more like a bunch of incidents that have snowballed into me not doing things because I’m scared. Scared of what other people think, due to the fact I was made fun of and bullied for things like my looks. Now that I have kids of my own, I don’t want them to grow up to be scared of failure and the best way to do that is for me to model it. After listening to my girl Rachel, I decided I’m not letting fear or anything else hold me back. My dream is not to work in a corporate job anymore. I’ve been doing it for too long and feel like it is draining my creativity and my happiness levels. I work in sales support and have done so for over 10 years. What I do like about it is helping people. I have a passion to help others but I want to start helping others find their joy, whether it’s through health, fitness, motherhood, meditation, humor, or inspiration. But first I have to work on finding mine. It is a journey. A journey to find joy. In all the things…everyday. If I learned one thing from Rachel Hollis, it is just to start. So here’s me starting something new without fear of failure, because I will not fear the unknown any longer. I don’t know where this journey to find joy will bring me but I know it will bring me to discovering new things, trying my hardest to live a joyful life, and hopefully meeting a lot of new people along the way!

Any one else starting a new journey?