Tuesday, January 17, 2017

KEEP GOING






I know that there are some of you who feel left behind.

Like something hasn't clicked yet.

It feels like you're running in place.

Isn't that the pits? 

You're doing everything you possibly can, but it feels like you're just not moving forward. It feels like the world is zooming by, and you're stuck. Stuck in life, in business. You have a million dreams. So much you want to do and see. But as hard as you try, it's all out there, beyond your grasp. However far you run or leap or reach, you come up empty-handed. 

When will things change?

I know. I know these feelings, exactly. It's so discouraging and exhausting.  Not too terribly long ago, I was experiencing all of these feelings and emotions. Even though I knew, deep down, everything would be fine, I also felt trapped. Although I could see the light at the end of that ridiculous tunnel, it felt like I would never get there. Do you ever have those dreams where you're trying to run, but you're moving in slow motion instead? That's what it felt like. And when you're in those times of struggle and pain, you have moments when it feels like things will never, ever change. 

But, I want to tell you: things do change. I made it out of, what felt like a deep, dark, scary valley this last year. Though I still have a few more surgeries, I beat cancer. And made some big, intentional decisions. And my business is consistently growing. And super rad, exciting things are happening. And that stuck feeling is starting to fade away. So, listen to me when I say: don't give up. Please don't. Whatever it is that you're trying to do: jumping a scary hurdle in life, or making a dream a reality - keep going. You won't always feel this way. There will come a time when everything will align exactly how they're supposed to, you'll find your path, and all that hard work will pay off. Sometimes it happens in the blink of an eye, sometimes it's a slow and steady burn. But it'll happen. So keep creating, learning, and healing. Take small steps to achieve the life you want. They don't always need to be giant leaps. Small steps, and small actions, are just as important. 

Keep going.



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

WHAT WE EAT AND WHAT WE SHOULD EAT





Adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet, and the diet of your children, is one of the most common things I hear of. There is only so much room in our bellies and on our plates to get the daily nutrients we need to maintain a healthy body. Trying to help our kids bodies grow and develop in a healthy manner requires the amazing mineral, vitamins and nutrients found in real, from the earth produce. I can buy fruit juice with some veggies in it. Some pasta sauce that has a tiny bit of vegetables blended in. But how much are they really getting in their bodies?
So few Americans consume sufficient portions of produce, Juice Plus might be one of few appropriate alternatives for people who lack adequate fruits and vegetables in their diets. According to the CDC, only half of the total U.S. population consumed more than a cup of vegetables and one and a half cups of fruit daily, whereas the USDA suggests consuming double those amounts. The World Health Organization estimates that 6.7 million people worldwide have died due to lack daily consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Regularly eating fruits and vegetables has overwhelming benefits. It can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, types of cancer, and stroke. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, healthy portions of vegetables can enhance vision and gastrointestinal health. That’s where Juice Plus’s success comes in, 
Juice Plus isn’t intended to be a substitute for real meals. You would be very hungry if you ate the capsules instead of real food. Juice Plus simply bridges the gap between what we DO eat and what we SHOULD eat. It’s also for people who dislike the taste of fruits and vegetables and need to get their recommended dosage of nutrients. According to multiple studies and consumer reviews, people who take Juice Plus supplements get sick less and experience other physical benefits like improved skin or lowered cholesterol.

If you want to increase your key antioxidants, reduce oxidative stress, support a healthy immune system, skin and gums as well as protect your DNA – then you are need to try Juice Plus+  read more here

Juice Plus not just a vitamin. This is because Juice Plus+ provides whole food based nutrition. There are 20 fruits and vegetables in their convenient and tasty gummies (adults consume 4 gummies daily; children consume 2 gummies daily). Juice Plus+ uses real, actual fruits and vegetables and in their products. They begin with the highest quality, farm fresh produce grown by some of the best farmers in the world. Once a fruit or vegetable is picked, it begins to decrease in nutritional value. They solved the issue of reducing that valuable decrease time by locating juicing and drying facilities as close to their partner farms as possible. When there is not a facility close enough they use a process called Individual Quick Freezing, to ensure the freshness of every single vegetable and fruit used in their products. They constantly test their soil where the produce is grown to make sure it is in perfect condition of optimal health.


The Study provides Juice Plus+® Orchard Blend and Juice Plus+® Garden Blend FREE to your child between the ages of 4-18 or full-time undergraduate college student for up to four years, so long as you continue to take Juice Plus+®, too.

Juice Plus+ is the approved by the NSF and is the most thoroughly researched brand-name nutritional product on the market today.

There have been over 30 published clinic studies done to confirm the amazing benefits of Juice Plus+. Even the famous Dr Sears recommends children to take Juice Plus+. I was blown away by how many medical professionals are standing behind Juice Plus+, internal medicine, sports medicine, cardiology, biochemists, glaucoma specialists, pediatrics, dentistry, infectious diseases…the list goes on! To hear some of these medical professionals talk about Juice Plus+ click here.
 “let food be thy medicine.” – Hippocrates

Sunday, January 1, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR, DEAR FRIENDS



The new year always brings a certain hope, and I am holding on to that hope as tightly as I can. I believe in hope. And I believe in optimism. Even when it's the hardest in the world to do, having the smallest amount of optimism can change everything. I believe that there is always a Light at the end of the tunnel. You might not see it now, but it's there. I promise you. I believe that some years are tough. Real tough. But I believe that these tough years are for a reason. Reasons far beyond our comprehension. Reasons that we might never fully know or understand. Some years, you will feel stuck. Like your feet are made of cement. Like the world is zooming past you and you're way behind, not knowing which direction to choose and feeling beyond overwhelmed.

But I also believe that these years will shape you, and will make you more grateful than ever for the beautiful and simple things in life.


Even though these years can break you down... try not to lose sight of your dreams. Dreams are important. They matter.


I'm going into this new year with only one expectation. Scratch that. Anticipation is a better word. I'm anticipating this one thing...


I hope 2017 is an exciting and extraordinary adventure. Whatever that means. That's all I want.

And I wish that for you, too. I hope you have a truly extraordinary 2017. I'm so glad you're part of my life. Thank you for being here. You mean so much to me.

Happy New Year, dear friends. Be safe! xo.





Friday, December 30, 2016

GIVE THEM WONDER


We packed away the final ornament and as soon as I turned my back, I heard the attic door slam and my heart deflated a little.

The older I get, the more faded the details from my past – the depth of time between now and then slowly dissolving details that were once clear. Like classmates’ names, birthday parties, the expansive layout of our ranch-style home in Oak Forrest. But there are memories that still stand solid – so precious, they have withstood the test of time, molded with the same magic and awe that accompanied them many years ago.

I remember every Christmas.

There weren't lists of meaningful family traditions per se, but I remember feeling like I was lit from within at Christmastime. I felt extra tucked-in. Safe. Warm. It was the best of everything.

Being a parent myself, I realize just how much work it must have been for my dad – hiding gifts, touring the neighborhood lights, visiting family, picking out a fresh cut tree and keeping it watered, and the deliberate effort of creating what he wanted me to feel -- special. He didn’t bake, decorate gingerbread men, or doll me up for professional photos with Santa. But still, it was special – not just for him, but for me. And that’s ink on the pages of both of our stories.

There’s a reason I remember childhood Christmases so vividly and hold a candle to them as well. Those storybook memories hold the broken ones together – like the year my mother died, when we lost every penny we had to theft, or the times things didn’t make much sense – but they carved deep grooves in my character. They etched the great worth of family, friends, and good health into my soul.

December continues to open the wardrobe door to a magical other world. The very essence of childhood – a sense of wonder, imagination, the innocent belief in possibility, creativity – so many of the things that gradually wane with age are always at their prime this time of year.

I want my kids to somehow experience that intangible feeling that something special is underway. I'm both desperate for it and I hate it. I fight the shine even as I fork over money for new stuff – toys, toys toys, and a fancy vacuum system with its own remote control.

I tell myself we'll lounge around and eat like kings, or maybe like the judges on Master Chef. I categorize a three-columned grocery list and burn a three-wick candle. I bake things. I buy a new puzzle. I build gingerbread houses with a 2- and 5-year old and pretend it's not frustrating at all.

I am writing their books. And while they might not remember the designer painted walls of their nursery or the framed art that hangs across from the crib, I am doing everything possible to ensure they’ll remember the magic and wonder of traditions that draw us closer – a time of year that finishes the common stitches of our everyday memories with fine handiwork and colorful thread that won’t be forgotten.

We are the author of their storybook, moms and dads, writing memories and elements of their character every day. Make it meaningful. Give them wonder. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

DEFY GRAVITY


What a ride it has been! Within days, the new year will come and in review of 2016, my experience has been filled with new faces, strangers turned into friends, facing fears, personal challenges, overcoming mountains...literally and figuratively, exploration, long working hours and simple living.For all the moments of pure exhaustion, physically, creatively and emotionally, there are more moments of accomplishment, adventure and pure fun.

My theme going into the next year is "defy gravity"...overcome the weight of everything that brings us down. Whether that be our circumstances, other individuals, our personal flaws and challenges, we can lighten that load through understanding, acceptance, forgiveness and a whole lotta faith. Our hearts may break and trust may be severed, but the true test is how we handle each situation and overcome them. One thing I have quickly learned from arriving at this crossroads was truly dealing with the extra weight in my little heart that I have carried with me. It may have hindered some healing and made facing some personal or professional fears and challenges more difficult. As fast-paced as life can be, it actually has slowed down my mind enough to recognize the areas I have neglected in past years and give me some moments of clarity.

To do list:
forgive
explore new territory
give work my best effort
not just meet, but connect with new friends
heal
live a healthier lifestyle - spirit, mind and body
treat myself
go beyond the surface
be the best version of myself
reflect
overcome mountains
get a stronger mind and body
have fun
drink less coffee
put smiles on faces
lend a helping hand
open my heart
keep my mind open
do what I love and love what I do
learn
grow
eat more apples
have more adventures
get rid of the extra weight (figuratively and probably literally, too)
be myself
love myself
love others
challenge myself
accept others
and defy gravity.



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