"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...
This week was a full one, with windstorms, gymnastics meets, a closedarmy fort, medical appointments and a motorcycle accident that was quite the life lesson for many. I won't go over all of the details, but will focus on events that created wellness lessons.
Spending time with family and friends is always something to be encouraged, whether I am working with my students or in our own homeschool. We can easily get caught up in the grind and forget to add time with a friend to our calendar. Keep in mind, this does not just benefit us. Our friends and family need it just as much as we do, and sometimes more! This past weekend, we headed down to the Shamrock Invitational gymnastics meet in Virginia Beach. We didn't need to be there until late Saturday evening, but we had friends that would be competing all weekend. Friends from our own gym and friends from other gyms. So instead of focusing solely on our own events, we got up ea...
Alright, so maybe this change in environment is a little over the top, but I am certainly moving through my day with gratitude and mindfulness! I spent a few meditative minutes just being mindful of the palm trees and the beautiful church bells that played while I was relaxing by the pool.
Have you ever heard that you should take a different route to work or school on occasion? A simple change in our environment or our everyday routine can invigorate our mind and excite our senses! Research suggests that these small environmental changes can increase brain activity and possibly even increase neurogenesis!
Here are a few SIMPLE ideas to change up our environment and invigorate our mind!
Walk or bike to work
Move your furniture around
Meet up with new friends
Choose a different study/work spot (maybe try studying or working outdoors)
Travel to a new spot OR travel to a favorite old spot and find something new
Whether the change in environment is big or small, consider diving into something ne...
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...
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As we all know, it is so important to get moving every day! We have our favorite activities, but sometimes the mind just needs something new. With spring trying to show it's face lately, it's time to get out the frisbee! This is an inexpensive, fun activity that gets us outside, communicating with others, running, jumping and having some fun! So find a park, beach or soccer field, pack some healthy picnic foods, get out the frisbee and head to the park!
Want something a bit more advanced? Try Ultimate Frisbee! There are leagues popping up all over! So, check out your area and find a group that suits your personality. It's a great physical and social activity! You will most likely need some cleats and you may want to invest in an ultimate frisbee. However, it is likely a more seasoned ultimate player will already have the frisbee to use during meet ups. So get out the frisbee and get moving!
Alright Florida friends, do you remember the ice cream cones that were mixed with some sort of amazing orange slushy deal at a particular theme park when you were a kid? I'm not sure what it was called, but it was right outside of the singing bird thing! You know what I mean. Anyhow, I have still not gotten over the occasion craving for that treat! I have also been working with kids lately and have been playing around with some fun ideas for them. So when I opened up my fridge tonight and saw that one lonely orange, well....you know what I had to do.
1 large orange
1/2 cup coconut cream
1 T honey
1 t vanilla extract
6-8 pcs of ice
Throw all ingredients into the blender until smooth.
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 food....no 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.