What gets you excited about life? What makes you wake up in the morning ready to start the day and keeps you fueled and motivated well into the evening? If you know what that something is then you are very blessed. Chase that dream with all you've got and never give up on what fuels your fire.
Maybe you don't know what your passion is. Maybe you are like me; you have lots of things you LIKE to do but nothing that really SETS YOUR SOUL ON FIRE. The best advice I can give you is to keep searching for that magic. Keep looking for the thing that gets you so pumped you cannot wait to tell your friends about it and work on it.
I have been trying to find my passion for awhile. I have lots of things I would consider hobbies that I enjoy doing, but nothing that really ignites a fire deep within me. However, all of that is starting to change. I think I have finally found IT. The thing that puts a smile on my face and doesn't even feel like work because I just enjoy it so much. The thing that has me so PUMPED that this shy girl is talking to other people about it.
So some back story... I dragged Jordan with me to go get a Zyto Scan a few months ago and since then my curiosity about oils is growing and growing. I have been using essential oils for about a year on and off in my diffuser and occasionally topically. But since getting my Zyto Scan I want to know more, and the more I learn the more excited I get! Seeing how many toxins we have in our home and taking the time to make some products myself (check out the essential oils section of the website.... more to come soon!!!) has given me an indescribable feeling. It's a mixture of joy and giddiness and fun and good vibes. I am loving making things myself and having DIY days with my friends and I WANT MORE! I think I have found my passion; and it's essential oils.
So if you aren't there yet and you are still searching; don't give up! Take new class and try new things. You never know when it might just sneak up on you!
Want to know more about oils? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who needs health? Who needs fitness? The answer is simple.
We all do!
Without your health you are weak, sick, and helpless. I don’t think anyone would CHOOSE to be weak, sick, and helpless, but by ignoring your health that’s exactly what you’re doing. You are actively letting yourself fall apart because of the lack of will, lack of discipline, and lack of resolve to better yourself for the future. When you continually CHOOSE to eat poorly, when you continually CHOOSE to be sedentary, when you continually CHOOSE to keep doing those bad habits that you know you shouldn’t be doing, you are CHOOSING to be sick. You are CHOOSING to be weak. You are CHOOSING to one day be helpless.
It’s easy not to worry about it today because today is easy. It’s easy to stand up, move around, and spend time with friends. One day though, that won’t be the case. One day you’ll wake up and your joints hurt. One day you wake up and getting off the couch or walking up a flight of stairs has you breathing like you ran a mile. One day you won’t be able to open that jar, carry those groceries, or walk without assistance. Do you want that?
If not, then start preventing it. Take action. CHOOSE to start today to better your health so you can maximize your life. CHOOSE to start today so you can enjoy all the experiences that lay ahead of you. CHOOSE today so you can live life to the fullest. CHOOSE today!
In Happiness & Health,
“Today I am thankful.”
I awoke today, thankful for another day and another opportunity to keep living my life.
I am thankful for my family and the support thy give me.
I am thankful for my past experiences that have shaped me into who I am today. I am thankful for the places I have traveled and been able to see. I am thankful for the present as I appreciate each day. I am thankful for the bright future that lays ahead of me as 2018 quickly approaches.
I am thankful for the gifts I’ve been given throughout my life from friends and family.
I am thankful.
Have you ever stopped to take in all the wonderful things around you? Really paused and took inventory of all the blessings you have?
Like the clean running water in your sink.
Or the soft fabric of the shirt you put on this morning.
The laughs from your kids as they play in the next room.
The silly sounds your dog makes as he lays dreaming in the floor.
The gentle soothing sound of your fireplace as it warms up the room.
The text your mom randomly sent telling you she loved you.
All of those things are so simple, and yet wonderful. Take a few minutes today to cherish those small moments or cozy conveniences and remember that even when you feel like you don't have enough, you have everything you need.
One of the most wonderful things in my life is waking up to his smile every day.
Next week is the busiest, most hectic time of the year at the gym. The time where everyone and their dog creates resolutions to lose weight, get in the best shape of their life, run a marathon, and eat the perfect diet.
Sounds pretty doable, right?
These visions of grandeur last two to four weeks in my experience within the fitness industry. People set too many (or unrealistic) goals, go forth without a plan or an accountability partner, and wake up sore after a couple workouts before deciding to quit. Then they take 11 months off and try again the following year.
Maybe we need to take a step back... Maybe we need to approach this resolution in a new way.
Choose ONE fitness related goal- make it so simple a caveman could do it. Write your goal down, find a partner who will keep you accountable, and then move forward. Don’t worry about having the perfect plan before you start. Get started, create momentum and consistency while figuring things out along your journey.
Instead of losing 30 pounds, aim for 1.
Instead of working out 5 days a week, shoot for 1.
Instead of eating Paleo every day of the week, start with 1.
Make it impossible to fail. We don’t want to be discouraged or be miserable in our pursuit for fitness. When that’s the case, we fail, we quit, and we never try again. When we succeed, we create positive energy and enthusiasm. We keep seeking that encouraging feeling of success, so we keep chasing our goal.
Success is a reward. It creates a positive feedback loop that our bodies love. Setting small goals enables us to access that reward system more often, which in turn keeps us coming back. If we keep coming back, we will certainly reach our goals.
That consistency creates a habit. That habit will be the key to achieving your resolution and dominating the New Year.
The Tradition of Christmas is giving gifts and creating a list of what you want. Do you know what you want in life? What goals do you want to achieve? What do you want in a career? A partner? Make a list of the "gifts" you want in life; a job you look forward to, healthier diet, more consistent volunteer schedule, to pay off your student loans, etc. Share the list with a friend or family member that will hold you accountable. Then you need to come up with some action steps. How will you find your dream job? What do you need to do to make sure you are the best candidate? If you want to pay off loans create a budget. By knowing what you want, having a person who knows your goals who will check in with you, and creating an action plan of steps, you will be more likely to succeed. This time next year you might have accomplished some, or all, of that list. The best gift you can give yourself at Christmas is to make your "gift" list your reality.
While walking the dogs I was listening to a podcast between Tony Robbins and James Altucher. There was one particular segment that inspired me. It was Tony's concept of "RPM." Now this concept could be applied to a any area of life you're looking to improve, but with today being Friday I thought it could be a great post regarding improving our fitness. First, let's break down what RPM stands for in this conversation.
To dive little depper into the words:
Results= What do you want? What is the goal?
Purpose= Why do we what this? Why is it important?
Map= How do we achieve it? What is the plan we'll execute?
Immediately we can translate this into improving our health and fitness. I think almost anyone could tell themselves, or others, what it is they want to improve about their physical well-being. Many people want to lose weight, eat healthier, run a 5k, become stronger, etc. Think for a minute right now what your goal is for improving your fitness. Write it down.
Next ask yourself, "Why?". Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you want to be able to complete a 5k or a marathon? Write all your why's out. The ones that come to you immediately along with the ones that come with a few moments of reflection. After writing them down, review them.
FInally, we get to the Map. This is the how. This is typically the hardest part, but once we have a clear vision on what we want and why we want it, it becomes easier because our drive, desire, and hunger will fuel us through the process. Take some time to write out how you can reach your goal. Start with realistic expectations, and then delve deeper into those expectations to create a specific game plan.
From here it's all about reviewing and executing. Constantly revisit your goals and why you want to achieve them in order to keep your fire burning. Execute you game plan in order to keep getting one step closer to accomplishing your goals.
With all the wonderful holidays this time of year, it's common practice for us to send cards to friends and family, take a moment to let others know we are thankful for them, and even exchange gifts to show our appreciation and gratitude.
I would ask you though, once the New Year rolls around, do not stop letting your loved ones know how much they mean to you. Whether it's a week after Christmas, a beautiful spring afternoon, or a miserably hot summer day, why not always let those closest to you know how meaningful they are? How much of an impact could you make on someone's life, and how much more joy could you bring into your own, if you routinely sent thank you cards, e-mails, or texts to let those you care about know how important they are.
Try this little challenge along side your Gratitude Practice for 30 days and see how many folks you can make smile. Each day decide on one person you'd like to thank. It can be someone you just had a great conversation with, a coworker who helped you out at work recently, or a friend you haven't spoken to in 10 years. Write this person a thank you note in some manner. If you have their address, a surprise letter in the mail can really bring a smile to someone's face. If not, just keep it simple with a text, e-mail, or phone call.
At first, you might get some odd looks or questions asking if everything is okay, but once they realize you're just letting them know they are special to you, you'll make their day.
We each have so much to be thankful for. We are all so blessed and lucky to be where we are today. I think when you change your outlook from recognizing and focusing on the negative aspects of your life to relishing and appreciating the positive experiences there is an undeniable shift in your demeanor and quality of life.
We all have bad luck, tough situations, and upsetting circumstances that we could get lost in. I've lost multiple close friends dating back to high school, in college, and even last month. My father is in a battle for his life against brain cancer. As many folks do these days, I graduated college with a significant amount of debt. All of these things could send someone into a downward spiral if they get consumed and lost in the sorrow, negativity, and sadness.
But I refuse to do that. I hope that each of you reading this refuses to as well. Instead of letting sadness, anger, and frustration control me, I focus on the happiness, joy, and love that are abundant in my life. I reminisce on the meaningful and fun moments I experienced with my friends that are no longer with me. I think back on the life lessons my father taught me along with all the traveling he did to watch my sporting events. I came up with a plan to eliminate my college debt (and it's now gone!). I CHOOSE to focus on the positive, and so should you.
Every morning (and most evenings) I reflect on what I'm grateful for. This practice truly has an impact on my days. The optimism and gratitude this brings is overwhelming. It's life-changing. I can't recommend it more. It's so simple, so inspirational that I implore each of you to try it.
Set a goal for 30 days straight where you take just a couple minutes each day to write out 3 (or more) things you are grateful for. It can be as simple as you wish. My list this morning:
If you are in need of a quick workout involving equipment you can find in your home right now, I’ve got the workout for you. It’s known as “The 7-Minute Workout”. There’s been research performed, articles written, and apps designed, all for this HIIT calisthenics workout with an array of exercises that will effectively jack up your heart, break a sweat, and create a more fit body. The premise is simple:
-Rotate through 12 Exercises
-30 Seconds of Work
-10 Seconds of Rest
If you are short on time or just beginning your journey into exercise, one round of this circuit could be enough. If you are more experienced or have more time, shoot for 2-3 rounds of this. The exercises are pictured below
We are Amber and Jordan Kirbey. We are excited to share our experiences and ideas with you!