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Starting Slow

Starting Slow
Happy 2017! It feels exciting and yet a little scary to be at the beginning of a new year already. It feels like just the other day it was 2016...well because it was. Beginnings always bring with them a responsibility to do something great, which can be intimidating. 
I love to take a little break the first week of the year and really ground myself in the goals and changes I want to make during the year. It doesn't all have to get done Right Now. In fact, the rate of people who drop off from their resolutions and goals after the month of January is huge. So why don't we take it slow, and build a solid foundation. 
Let's take care of ourselves this week. During the holidays we did a lot of celebrating, eating, drinking etc. why not focus on health and feeling good this week.  How does that sound? Let me know how you plan on taking care of yourself this week.


With Love,


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Looking Forward

Looking Forward
Around this time of year, a lot of people like to talk about reflecting on the year that has passed, that’s not me. I want to put attention on the year to come. We must move forward and get laser focused on what we want to accomplish or else another year will pass us by and we’ll be wondering what happened to the goals we made last year.
I like the number three. I pick three healthy new habits I want to create in the new year and map out ways to make them a reality. I thought I would share my three goals with you in hopes that it will inspire you to share yours. It helps make me accountable when I tell other people, try it. Here we go:
  1. Spend the first 20 minutes of every morning, on reflection and stillness. We’re all busy and the day can get away from us, so quickly, if I don’t take that first 20 minutes in the am to focus on myself, I won’t get that time again. I have made it a priority for 2017 to get in my me-time every morning, before I even look at my phone.
  1. Eating foods that fight inflammation. This year I discovered I had a few spine issues and I know that what I eat makes a huge difference in my health. I’ve been educating myself on foods that fight inflammation and I plan on filling my belly with all sorts of goodness.
  1. Do one good deed a day. This will be the game changer. I fully believe that what you give is what you get. I know that doing random acts of kindness makes the receiver and the giver grateful. Paying it forward!
Happy New Year!
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Peace Begins with Me

Peace Begins with Me
Traveling can take a toll on us. It’s exciting to visit family this time of year but sometimes a change of scenery can throw us for a loop. We can start to slack in the rituals that keep us healthy and happy during the year. I have a few secrets I want to share with you this week that have helped me stay sane and healthy during the holidays or whenever you travel.

Keep your morning rituals. Morning is the best time to take a few moments, and set yourself up for the whole day. I find that if I just take 5-20 minutes in my room before I head out to greet my family or friends, I feel so much better. I will spend this time doing any of the following: stretches, yoga, mediating or listening to soft calming music that inspires me. This has become my favorite part of any day. (Side note: I don’t always have room to bring my yoga mat in my luggage so I will use a bath towel instead, works like a charm.)

Aromatherapy is a great and quick way to instantly put yourself in a better mood when away from the comforts of home. The science behind certain smells and how they react with our emotional bodies is amazing. I love to use oils like peppermint and clove to pick me up when I’m feeling sluggish or even to start the day with a bang.
I know cleaning up after yourself can sound like common sense, but I really feel like it’s important to go the extra mile when visiting family or friends. It will do wonders for the energy of the house and being gracious always looks good. Leave everything how you found, even better if you can. I think we all know how much work goes into having house guests, work on being so thoughtful that you receive an invite year after year.
Safe Travels,
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