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November 29, 2018

 "How full is your bucket?". Most of us have heard this saying, but let's take a moment to break it down. In today's society we tend to believe that to be successful we must live big and fast, but when we do this, we run our buckets low and in some cases completely dry! We are busy running from one place to another, checking our cell phones constantly, all while trying to keep everyone happy. We run on high constantly, leaving little time for awareness of our own personal health and wellness needs. When we do this, we have nothing left to give to those around us. This leads to less quality and meaning in our everyday interactions. 

So how do we slow down in this fast paced world long enough to let our buckets fill back up? By taking just a few minutes a day to stop and consider how we are doing and what small changes we can make to create a better environment for those that live with us, we can slowly fill our buckets back up. Consider things...

April 8, 2018

How do you check in on your family wellness? I talk to my students all the time about checking in on their own wellness, but what about the family as a whole? As with our own personal wellness, family wellness takes a little effort and a little practice. It's not rocket science, but it takes a little mindfulness. 

During this time of year, I am usually busy evaluating how the school year has gone so far and what we might be committing to next year. I am already looking at curriculum and any ideas for new creative classes that my daughter might be interested in. The gymnastics season is wrapping up in a few weeks & we are planning our summer. We just found out we will be staying put for another year, which also means a list of new things to accomplish in the home this year. If this sounds anything like you at all, it's likely you get caught up in the hustle and forget to do a real check in on your family wellness. 

Be mindful of family wellness this week and make the choice...

January 3, 2018

If there is something you want specifically addressed this year, please shoot me a note! I would be more than happy to add it to my calendar for 2018!

December 31, 2016

Happy New Year friends!! First, let's stop thinking about everything we need to do better and think about 3 awesome things that happened in 2016! Go ahead, take a second....what were they? Take a moment to be thankful for that!! 

Now, having a new year to give us a fresh start is pretty refreshing as well! Especially after all of the tempting traditional foods and treats that have crossed our paths over the holiday season and the busy schedule of events, shopping and crowds to go with it! As I probably mentioned last year, I am not really big on resolutions....but I am good with realistic goals! With that being said, I am sure most of us have considered a few ideas for this new year that will enhance our well being in 2017. Remember, if you need a little help making those goals a reality, that is where our coaching comes in handy! A little weekly reminder and accountability can go a long way! If you are not ready to take that step yet, consider writing down your overall goal and don't f...

April 15, 2016


What does your circle look like? Your circle of friends are kind of like the dynamics of your life. Some bring a positive vibe, some bring inspiration to be more physically fit, some are there to give tough love and some are there for YOU to inspire! 


This past month we had the pleasure of visiting with friends at the always fun, always beautiful "Flora-bama" coast! It's always fun getting caught up with friends, kicking back and enjoying life. One of our favorite things to do as a family is getaway with friends. This takes you out of your normal routine, it forces you to look at how others live and maybe pick up on some things you could change for the better yourself. 

Other than simply meeting up with friends, we were there to support our friend Ryan (a former marine), who was running a 1/2 marathon in support of wounded and fallen warriors (a cause near and dear) at the Flora-Bama's Beach Run-Walk for America's Warriors. Now, I am not a "runner", s...

March 16, 2016

This month I am visiting the beautiful deserts of Arizona. Strange that when I lived in Arizona I never fully took in the beauty of the place! So today I decided to integrate my work with the view of the desert over a coffee. As I walked up to what I had envisioned as quiet, relaxing coffee time, I realized the place was overrun with bikers! Not the Harley types, but the road biking types. They were all wearing matching biking shirts and most importantly, having an awesome time! I spoke with one of them that not only mentioned he does this twice a week, hikes two days a week and golfs once a week, but that this group was part of a 50 and over community! This is the epitome of what I coach! This is why I like coaching young people, because it is my hope that they will use what they have learned to engage in a long lasting healthy life journey! 


What are we doing to encourage a healthy life journey? Are the activities we are engaging in l...

February 6, 2016



Febuary 14th, Valentine's Day, is the day we let our significant others know how much we care about them through a big box of milk chocolates and maybe a fancy dinner out. I'm not going to say that doesn't sound great, but maybe we could fine tune it a bit, huh? 




Personally, this date has taken on a whole new meaning for me. On that day in 2011, I was planning to be rolled in for a new kidney the following morning. With a big surgery like that, I was under strict eating guidelines, which didn't include much other than clear fluids. I was forced to take a look at just how important the "Valentine's Chocolate & Fancy Dinner" really was. This year, let's enjoy our liquid diets for me! But let's also take some time to plan out our Valentine's Day and not get sidetracked by the mass marketing of Valentine's day at 6pm Febuary 14th. Let's make it mean something and let's make it good, let's consider now some healthy Valentine's treats. 


Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries


January 9, 2016


The "New Year's Resolution" seems to be losing it's kick. I admit I didn't make one this year. Maybe this is from years of watching people sign up for fitness memberships and watch them, predictably, drop out by the end of February. I think that we ought to take this time to contemplate where we are in life and what we can do to bring more health and happiness our way. People generally do better with a step by step approach to meeting their goals, as opposed to an "all or nothing" way of thinking. So, for a twist on the typical New Year's Resolution; consider tossing it and come up with a New Year Bucket List! Include healthy ventures that you want to focus on for a portion of the year, are new to you and eliminate monotony. I would suggest a quarterly or monthly bucket list that spans 1 year.


Since the summer I have really jumped into yoga again and although I love it, I think it is time to add some other acti...

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