Want More Time Freedom?

Want More Time Freedom?

The above picture I took this past week at Woodard Bay, a favorite little local hike that I take regularly. I arrived at the water just as the sun was beginning to burn the fog away. I sat in awe of this beauty for quite a while. 

THESE are the things that I want time for in life. I wanted the time to linger in the moment that day, and I was able to. When I focus on being efficient in the daily "to-do's" I have much more time for these moments. If you read my newsletter last week, you know that this year I am working on developing a healthier relationship with time.

Today I want to share a favorite tool that can work wonders when it comes to being more efficient at work and the daily tasks in life so that you can create more time freedom for yourself to do the things that really bring joy for you!

Have you heard of Parkinson's Law? Wikipedia defines Parkinson's Law as:
 "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion"

What this means is that we take as much time is allowed to finish tasks. If we begin something with no end time in mind, it can take a hell of a lot longer to complete than if we do give ourselves an allotted time to complete. 

How can this be helpful? Well, take this blog post for instance. I could have sat down at my computer and spent a lot of time writing this post, picking out & plugging in the picture, proofing it, and posting it.. I like to write, so if I allowed myself, this could have taken me all afternoon. However, If I give myself a set time to complete it start to finish, I can do it, no problem. 

Giving yourself a specific set amount of time to finish things, keeps you on track with finishing tasks in a certain amount of time, allowing you more of your day to do other things! Time freedom! 

When I was in my early 20's and living in Minneapolis with a great roommate, we had this routine when it came time to clean the house. At that point in my life, we were much more concerned about having time to throw parties and going to see all the live music we could, that the house would reach the point where we could no longer ignore the dishes, and the messes, and how gross the neglected bathroom was becoming. We would wake up on a Saturday, fuel with some breakfast & coffee, and then we would give ourselves a certain amount of time to clean the house....an hour, 2 hours, 3 hours -  depending on how badly we let it get out of hand. We would crank some good fast music on the stereo, and start cleansing at opposite ends of the house working our way in. We would dance & clean furiously until the time was up. Was everything done perfectly in that time period? Nope. But it was done, it was fun doing it, and we now had the rest of our Saturday to do whatever we pleased. I had no idea how smart I was then! lol! 

There are so many things in life that we can apply this to, household tasks, work, errands, exercise, big projects & little projects. The more I use this tool, the easier it gets, the better I am at applying a correct amount of time, and the more time freedom I seem to have. 

This tool can also help people who tend to lean toward perfectionism. Do you want things perfect, or do you want them done? Trying to make things perfect can lead to spending way too much unnecessary time on projects that could instead be done so that you can get onto the things in life that are more important to you! 

Where in your life can you put this to use? How much more time freedom can you create for yourself by using utilizing this? 

 Let me know how it goes! 

Wishing you a beautiful rest of your week! 

My 2019 Focus

My 2019 Focus

Did you set some strong intentions for 2019?
Some goals? Aspirations?
A word of the year? A theme? 

I thought I would share with you a main focus of mine this year. We can learn a lot from each other.  I hope that by explaining my focus of the year for you here, that you will garner some nuggets of wisdom that will help you too! 

I usually love going out and celebrating on New Year's Eve, and this year, for a few reasons, I felt drawn to staying in that evening and doing the work of really setting my intentions for the new year. I had been brainstorming them for a while, and that evening I spent time writing them all down and plugging the appropriate actions into my planner. It felt really good. Somehow a bit more magical doing these, finishing up, and meditating around them as the clock brought us into 2019. 

I gave up on 'resolutions' years ago, but every year I DO set intentions, some goals, & focuses for the year, and every year I pick either a word or a phrase for the year. This year, I wanted the focus to be around building a healthier relationship with time. So, the phrase I chose for 2019 is "Making Time My Friend".

Why did I choose this? Well, I'm naturally kind of a busy-body. I have tendencies around making myself too busy & feeling too busy which makes it hard to really be in the moment, as well as hard to feel like I have enough time for the many things I enjoy and am not fitting into my days. Days & weeks seem to fly by sometimes.

I want to be able to slow down time a bit. 
I want to be able to be more present, rather than concerned about the next 5 things I'm doing. 
I want to be able to remain busy and active with the things I love in my life, while not feeling overwhelmed about them - truly enjoying them, and feeling like I have all the time in the world for them.
I want to feel good about the balance of how I spend my time at work, socially, alone, with hobbies, rest, etc. 

I'm ready to shift the scarcity mindset that I often indulge in around time to a full-time abundance mindset! 

So...this year, I am focusing on creating a healthier relationship with time. 

HOW? (Here's the juicy part that I'm guessing you can get some great benefit from!)

  • Here's the big one: Changing the language I use around time. Switching any scarcity language I am using to a language of abundance. How we talk about things, deeply affects how we feel about things. I'll stop myself from talking about being too busy. Rather than saying I don't have time for something, I'll say it's just not a priority right now. That's real. When people ask how I am, I will refrain from responding with "busy!". If I adopt more abundant time language, it will affect how I feel about my time. 

  • I will work to be more mindful and present in moments of my days, rather than rushing through some tasks and days. I'll work on this by deepening my meditation practice and setting the intention to do so daily. 

  • I will keep variety in the days of my life! Little things like taking a different route to the office, or stopping at a store I've been wanting to check out on the way home will help the days feel more memorable, and having more memorable days feels like I DO have more time to do the things that I enjoy in life. 

  • I will focus on getting the things done that are most important to me early in the day, ensuring that my priorities are taken care of so that I don't feel like I'm running out of time at the end of the day, and I'll feel more accomplished. 

  • I am making adjustments to my schedule to better suit my needs. 

  • I am planning appointments & sessions in a way caters to an efficient schedule for me, rather than automatically catering to what works better for others. 

  • I'm getting more organized with lists, and errands so that I'll do less running around. 

  • I'll leave more 'free time' in my schedule that is a specific time for me to do whatever I feel like doing.....leading to feeling more time freedom. 

  • I will let go of perfectionism when I'm leaning in that direction and allow myself to finish things in a timely manner, rather than spending too much time on wanting them to be perfect. 

  • I'll work in more focused blocks of time, eliminating distractions. This will lead to more things done in a shorter period of time, which will lead to more free time to do as I choose. 

  • I will start blocking out more time on my calendar for the things I feel like I haven't had time for. This is a way to make them a priority and reserve the time for them. (Ie: I just planned a short trip in March)

  • Whenever I find myself in a scarcity mindset around time, I'll use my mantra "time is my friend" and I'll take some time to meditate because taking time to meditate increases the amount of time I feel I have....every time. 

Any nuggets of wisdom in there for you? I sure hope so. This is something that I have been working on for a while, and I felt like it deserved a strong focus this year!

What are YOUR new year intentions? I'd love to hear from you!


A New Years Gift From Me To You!   💜💙💚

A New Years Gift From Me To You! 💜💙💚

Happy New Year!

Now that the holiday festivities have simmered down.....have you taken time to really honor the last year of your life, and clearly set intentions for the new year? 

I have a gift for you today to help you in doing just that! 

Honoring the last year of your life is important. Why? Because we often don't give ourselves credit for all we have accomplished, and sometimes it doesn't even feel like we have accomplished much in the last year unless we really check in with ourselves and review. It can be easy to have the hard times and the things that we didn't follow through with in the forefront of our mind, rather than celebrating all of the goodness! All that we have accomplished.

All that we are grateful for.

All that we have learned.

All the fun we've had.

Taking this time is energizing and helps to keep us motivated in moving forward!

Clearly setting intentions for the new year is important too. Why? Because setting weak, unclear intentions for the new year generally never sticks. Taking some time to really dive into what you want to change, shift, or accomplish and writing these things down in detail along with a plan will help you to keep on track! 

Now, back to the gift that I've created for you! Simply click on the link below to download your New Year 2019 Review and Manifesto! This journaling worksheet I've created will guide you through a thoughtful review of your last year, as well as setting your clear intentions for 2019 in a way that you will actually follow through! 

Here it is: 2019 REVIEW & MANIFESTO

Simply download this PDF, print it out, curl up with something delicious to sip on, and give yourself an hour to work on it. This is some magical time to gift to yourself! 

Wishing you a beautiful new year, abundant in all that makes your heart sing! 


PS - Feeling like you could succeed in manifesting all you want in 2019 with some support, rather than going it alone? Drop me a line and schedule a complimentary session with me. You'll likely gain a lot of clarity, and it's your chance to decide if continuing some work with me might be a great fit for you!

One more thing - if you are a woman local to the Olympia area, check out this Group Coaching Experience coming up soon, as well as the New Year New You Day long workshop being offered in a few weeks!

I'm Sharing a Powerful Personal Story With You Today......

I'm Sharing a Powerful Personal Story With You Today......

I want to share a powerful personal story with you today. 

The first time I worked with a life coach, I was in a place in my life where I felt totally stuck in a hamster wheel. I had a decent job I was great at, a cozy home, hobbies, friends, a garden.....all kinds of things that I was grateful for. However....I was restless as all get out. I felt like I was being called for more. I didn't know what. I just knew that I ached for something different...something more.  I knew that I needed to focus on myself & what my dreams were. I was tired of just going through the motions and running in the same wheel. 

After 6 months of working with a great coach, I had grown personally in big ways. I had started living my life differently, and while I can't say I knew exactly what my path was, I knew for sure is that I was very much ready for some really big change, a big break in my norm, and I had mustered up the courage to do something drastic. 

A few months later. I was giving away most of my possessions, and packing up what I was keeping into a mini RV I had purchased. At the start of 2012, I hit the road in my beloved RV (named Tortuga), with best friend (my dog Maliika), and everything I needed to hustle a small side business of making and selling handcrafted jewelry. I gave myself 2 years to live more on a whim than I ever had, to grow, to travel, to experience life outside of the wheel I had been running in, and I had the faith that my little jewelry business would provide what I needed for the time being. Hitting the road like this is something I always wanted to do in my 20's and never had the courage to! My late 30's would have to do.

I traveled. I worked hard vending my jewelry at art festivals and markets. I played hard. I spent quiet time in the forests and deserts of the west. I spent quality time with people that I love all over the country. I learned to slow down. And the biggest lesson of all....I learned to have faith that the universe always has my back so long as I was following my heart.  I grew personally in ways that I could not have otherwise. 

When I was approaching 2 years, I knew it was time to figure out what was next. Spending this time living so differently, really allowed me a fresh perspective and more clarity than I'd had when I was back running in my familiar wheel. I heard a loud intuitive whisper that told me I needed to follow the path of becoming a coach myself. I always knew that I was meant to return to working with people in a meaningful way, and now I felt clear on how. 

Fast forward 2 more years, and I had completed my Transformational Life Coaching Certification, as well as my Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Certification, and I launched my business! 

Since then, the people I have worked with as clients have amazed me....over and over again.
They amaze me with their courage and vulnerability, their tenacity and commitment, their willingness to be open to the process, and dive into the life-changing personal work that they have been craving. 
And mostly, they amaze me as I get to witness them reinvent themselves and create a life that they are so much healthier & happier in. 

Nothing in this world fills my heart more than the work I do with my clients. Really...nothing. 

THIS is why I do what I do.

I do this work.....
Because it fills me up.
Because I know that I was meant to hold the container for people to do their work. 
Because I know that having the support of a coach is a life-changing thing myself. 
Because I know that the clients I work with transform their lives to a much more fulfilling version.
Because I love to dive deep with my clients. 
Because I love to hold my clients up on their journey.
Because I love to provide my clients with the tools and support they need to succeed in creating a life that feels really freaking good for them. 
Because nothing makes me happier than being witness to beautiful, whole-hearted, human transformation. 

We don't have to do this life thing alone. In fact, we weren't meant to. 

Most of us are lucky enough to have the support of friends and family, and having the support of a life coach is a different thing. It's about having a relationship with someone in your life whose sole purpose is to hold you up, to hold your vision and your dream with you, to explore what you really want with you, to navigate the path with you, and to stand by your side as you achieve it. It's all about you, and let me tell you that it's powerful. 

If you are ready to have a personally powerful year, It would be my honor to support you in doing so. 
If you have that itch for something more, I'm here for you. 



What's Your Word Of The Year For 2019?

What's Your Word Of The Year For 2019?

2019 is RIGHT around the corner! 

This brings to mind lots of things...a fresh start, new years resolutions, new goals, new plans, new intentions. 

One thing I've loved doing over the last number of years is picking a word of the year!
(Okay, some years it has been a phrase! This year it was "what lights me up?")

Picking one word for the year can bring clarity and focus to what it is that you want to create in your life!

How to pick a word? Take a little time to reflect: 

What would you most like to set intentions or goals around in the new year? 
What word encompasses the kind of year that you wish to have?
What is one word that could act as a guidepost for what you want?
How would you like to grow? 
What would you like to improve? 
What could you focus on that would positively affect all the areas of your life? 

I invite you to take some time to really envision what you would like to bring into your life in the new year. 
What's a word that encompasses this for you? 

Here are some suggestions for you: 

  • Abundance

  • Patience

  • Gratitude

  • Empower

  • Fun

  • Mindfulness

  • Determination

  • Growth

  • Compassion

  • Communication

  • Ease

  • Purify

  • Simplify

  • Strength

  • Confidence

  • Worthiness

  • Self-Love

  • Connection

  • Spirituality

  • Success

Once you pick your word, there are a few things that you can do to help you follow through with carrying the power of this word throughout the year: 

1) Write about it. Why did you choose that word? What does it mean for you? What will focusing on this word bring for you? How exactly can you implement focusing on this word during the year? (example: if your word is gratitude, one action step could be keeping a gratitude journal or writing daily gratitude on social media.)

2) Speak it out! Tell your close friends & family about the word of the year that you picked and why it's important to you. They can help hold you accountable in keeping your focus with it throughout the year! 

3) Place reminders in places that you will see them. Get out some markers & doodle or print the word out and place them in places like on your fridge, the bathroom mirror, your planner, etc. You can change the background on your phone screen or computer screen. Just be sure that you have some reminders to help hold your intention. 

I'm still working on picking my word for 2019, but I can tell you that I'm feeling extra good about the turn of the year for some reason...anyone else? I'll surely let you know when I pick mine :)

I would love to hear what word you have picked and why! 

Wishing you a beautiful holiday season and a happy new year! 


The ULTIMATE Holiday Gift!

The ULTIMATE Holiday Gift!

Are you feeling the extra-busyness of the season? 
Are you spending time finding just the right gifts for the people in your life?
Have a calendar full of extra events, shopping, parties, and get-togethers?

I wanted to take the opportunity today to send out a simple reminder.
We all know this, and it's something that I think is good to be reminded of this time of year.....

What is the ULTIMATE holiday gift?

The gift of your PRESENCE rather than your presents. 

Remember to be as present as possible in this busy season!

This month can go by in a blur if you allow it to...OR it can be a great time to really enjoy yourself, enjoy your family, enjoy your friends, enjoy all of the people around you and the spirit that this season can bring! I'm not talking about the hectic-paced, stress-inducing, shopping and junk food-focused spirit of the season...I'm talking about the quality time together, celebratory, pretty lights, tradition-filled, gifting spirit of the season! 

When you focus on being really present in the moments of this season, you'll find that it is an enormous gift to yourself, as well as everyone around you. 

Life almost always seems to be busy for most of us, so as we make extra time to gather together, breathe deeply, and bring yourself into the present moment as much as possible, really enjoying this quality time. 

Let go of trying to find the perfect gift for people, and focus on being fully PRESENT as the best gift of all. 

Some tips to help your efforts:  

1) Before entering a store, a holiday get-together, or having people over, take a moment to set a strong intention of being as present as you can. Just taking a few moments to set this intention quietly with yourself (or as a family!) can go a long way. 

2) To bring yourself fully present at any moment, take a few deep breaths. Focus on following that breathe as you deeply inhale and slowly exhale. Just this can do wonders. Want to get really present? Take another moment to bring your attention to each of your 5 senses, 1 at a time. Your sense of touch, taste, smell, hearing, & vision. How do the clothes feel on your skin? What can you taste? What do you smell? What can you hear? What can you see?
You can do this in just a minute or two and totally shift your level of presence in the moment.

3) At get-togethers that you are hosting, with your family, or somewhere that you have some influence on speaking up about it, make an agreement to put phones and devices away! (at least for meals or  a portion of the day) You could even go so far as to have a basket out to have everyone put their phones in for part of the day? At a minimum, vow to keep yours put away so that you are present. People may take notice, and follow suit! The best teachers teach by example you know! 

4) At your get-togethers: Play games, cook and clean up as a team, tell stories! Start conversations that really create connection such as what was everyone's favorite part of 2018? What is everyone most grateful for in 2018? What is everyone's new year resolutions or goals?

5) LET GO of wanting things to be perfect. It's a busy season. There are bound to be things that don't go quite as planned:  Gift projects that don't get finished, your recipe not turning out how you wanted it to, inclement weather creating travel difficulties, a family drama that creates some level of uncomfortable-ness....I could go on. It's just life. This is not the season to strive for perfection. (no season is, but especially this one) when things happen, be like a duck is with water, and let it roll off your back. 

6) When you are out and about in your community, driving, running errands, shopping, and what not....make an effort to be present and grateful in the moments so that you are not spending your time sitting in the extra traffic feeling frustrated. When you are out shopping, slow down just a bit, and be present with the people around you. Think of how much sweetness you could bring to the day of your community retail workers by being patient, present and conversational? (these people work their ass off during the season and deal with a lot of people all day that aren't always pleasant.) 

Keeping a focus on this can dramatically shift how much you and those around you really enjoy the holidays. Being mindful and present is a habit and one that can catch on quickly with a little focus. 

Wishing you a beautiful, fun, and fulfilling holiday season! 


cookie cutters are for cookies. Not your life.

cookie cutters are for cookies. Not your life.

Cookie cutters are for cookies. Not your life. 

There's a growing trend in the personal growth realm that I seem to be pondering a lot lately. The trend I speak of is what I call cookie cutter programs. Whether it's diet, personal growth, business growth, fitness, etc. 

You are a human - not a cookie. (News flash! lol!) We are not all the same. We have different body chemistry, different past experiences, different emotional states, different belief systems, different mental states, different operating systems....we are all originals, and we are operating from our own way of being. What works for one person might not work for you. One persons nourishing food could be another person's poison. One persons path to healing may not be the right path for the next. One persons method of organization and productivity might make the next feel scattered. One persons operating system may not be compatible for the next. 

If you are reading this, I'm guessing you are someone that is interested in personal growth, wellness, and continually growing as a person in life. As you peruse books, websites, & online programs how often do you take in very specific 'cookie cutter' systems or ways of doing things?

It's wonderful how much access we have to so many different theories, programs, & personal growth information! It's a huge blessing. I share a lot of this kind of info myself in newsletters & blog posts.

The message I want to get across today is that it still is up to you to figure out what works for YOU personally. Take in all the info. Read the diet plan. Take the course. Read the book... AND - know that exactly what has worked for one person may not work the same way for you. As you are on your own personal journey, allow all of this information to be filtered by you. Try things out. Retain the things that work for you, and let go of the things that don't. Tweak the program. Understand that finding your own way is the only way that will really truly serve you the best. 

As I work with private clients, I sometimes find myself working with someone that wants me to tell them what to do. They want me to give them the road map, when I I don't have the roadmap to their life. I only have the map to mine. What I do in my work with clients is help them to create their own map. That includes suggestions, support, tools, and guidance, but in the end, my clients need to discover what the best path is for them, and when they do - wow - it's beautiful to witness! 

When I facilitate workshops on various topics (handling stress, self care, clean eating, time management, etc) my aim is always to present a lot of ideas & tools. Not every idea or tool is going to resonate with every participant, and I know this. I also know that at the workshops end, each person leaves with at least a few things that really resonate with them, that may work for their life, that works with how they personally operate, and that they can go home and explore implementing to see how they work for them. THAT is what I'm going for!

I know that you are not made from a cookie cutter. I know that you are a unique human different from every other human on the planet. My goal is to always supply useful information, tips, tools, and food for thought. What you do with it, is up to you. Disregard what doesn't resonate or doesn't work for you & your life, and hold onto what does. The more you explore personal growth & wellness in this way, the more you really get to know yourself, and the more you grow & create the life that feels just right for you. No one else can tell you exactly how you 'should' be doing life accurately. You are in charge of that! So I encourage you to explore & have fun with finding your own way. THIS is truly personal growth. 

Design a life for yourself that you love to live, on your own terms. 

Be your own guru. 

With love, 


How to get the most benefit from your gratitude practice

How to get the most benefit from your gratitude practice

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I choose to honor this day by focusing on the name: Thanks-Giving. 

Today I want to talk with you about having a gratitude practice, the benefits of it, and creating a practice that actually produces the best of those benefits for you! 

The benefits of gratitude can be huge. It can support you socially in creating deeper & healthier relationships.  It can improve your immune system, sleep, and overall health. It can decrease stress & worry.  It can be personally growth giving in ways like improving self esteem & becoming more of an optimist. It can improve your emotional state - creating a happier, more resilient way of being.  It can even improve how you operate in your career. 

Over all - practicing gratitude can effectively increase your joy! Your over all level of happiness rises, which obviously effects all areas of your life positively. 

I want to tell you a quick story. Some years ago I was going through a rough patch in life. It was suggested to me to start a gratitude journal and write in it daily as a means to help pick me up. So I did. Once or twice a day I wrote down at least 3 things I was grateful for. About 30 days into the practice, I realized that most days I was just going through the motions. I was getting it done, just to get it done. I would search for things i was grateful for to write down, but I wasn't really creating the space to feel them. I knew that just writing a list wasn't really working well for me, so I switched it up. I took time each day to sit in gratitude. I took moments to meditate on it and 'feel it' rather than write it. This worked for me - and I started feeling the positive effects much more than when I was writing a list. It boosted how I felt daily, and it helped me to keep a positive attitude through a trying time. 

Why do I share this story? 
Well - The title today is how to get the MOST out of your gratitude practice. While many articles will suggest a specific practice that they think works best, what I want to suggest to you today, is to find your own way. What works best for one person, may not be the best solution for the next. You are unique, and only you can know what will be most effective for you. Regularly practicing gratitude does have amazing effects for everyone, and I encourage you to find the way that is most effective for you! 

Below is a list of suggestions for bringing a practice of gratitude into your life. There are many different ways to explore. I encourage you to explore. Start with a way that you feel drawn to. Be self-aware as you explore & something isn't feeling effective for you, try something else. Personal growth is really about personal exploration. One person's recipe for happiness is different from the rest. Find your own! 

Suggestions in practicing gratitude: 

1) The most commonly recommended - Journal. Write several things daily that you are grateful for. If daily feels too routine, maybe a weekly journaling session feels better. Stumped on what to write about? focus on different areas of your life weekly. What are you grateful for in your relationships? Your health? Your career? Your social life? 

2) Express gratitude to others. This one is huge. Contact people that have had a positive impact on your life, and tell them how grateful you are for their part in your life. Call them. Write a letter. Have a visit. Send a card with a thoughtful gift. This can be one of the most powerful practices. 

3) Bookend your days with gratitude. Before you get out of bed in the morning, lay there and think of several things that you are grateful for, and do the same at night as you fall asleep. This starts and ends your day on a positive, grateful note. If you have kids, this could be a great thing to practice with them. If you have a partner, this could also be a wonderful thing to speak out to each other as you start & end your days. 

4) Take moments each day to "feel" gratitude rather than writing it or speaking it. It can be helpful to create a cue for yourself until you develop the habit. Perhaps a favorite rock in your pocket could be a gratitude rock. Whenever you feel it in your pocket, you are cued to take a moment to 'feel' grateful for whatever is happening in that moment. a piece of jewelry like a ring, bracelet, or pendant can work the same way. You'll be surprised how quickly you can create a habit from this practice that happens naturally. 

5) Discuss gratitude with a close friend or partner. Maybe you know someone that is also wanting to create a gratitude practice? Discussing what you are grateful for together can be really effective. Speaking things out can make them feel clear and really sink in. 

6) Create a "gratitude Jar". (This can be a fun project to do with kids as well). Decorate a jar or even a small box of some kind, and daily, weekly, or whenever you feel like it, write down things you are grateful for on little pieces of paper and add them to the jar. When you are feeling low, or like you need a boost, get out the gratitude jar and read them. 

7) Gratitude meditation. Make gratitude part of a daily meditation practice. Think of the things in life that make you feel comfortable & safe. Think of the people you love and send them love & gratitude in your practice. Think of the things that bring you joy. 

8) Take a gratitude walk. (this is a favorite of mine) Take a walk and dedicate the first 10-20 minutes to finding things to feel grateful for around you. Treat it like a walking meditation. Take in the beauty around you & find gratitude in the natural world. Find gratitude in the ability to move your body. The more you practice this, the more things will come to you. 

9) Make a gratitude collage. Feeling artistic? This can be a great exercise, creative outlet, and something that you can hang in a place in your home that you will see often. Maybe it hangs next to your bed, where it's the first thing you see everyday. 

10) Watch this video and take a cue from this girl. OMG - this is hands down one of my very favorite viral online videos of all time. THIS little human has her gratitude practice mastered. Take one minute to watch this - I promise of will put a smile on your face! 

Do you have other practices that help you to foster a feeling of gratitude? What works well for you? I'd love to hear from you. 

Wishing you a beautiful day of Thanks-Giving with your loved ones!
Thank YOU for reading and being a part of my journey :) 


turning what's broken into something valuable

turning what's broken into something valuable

Let's reevaluate 'broken' today huh? Perspective can be everything.
Let's explore a different perspective than we usually take on things that feel 'broken' in life. 

I had session recently with a client where they referred to something in their life as 'broken'. 

When I heard these words, I Instantly saw the image above in my mind. The image above is the Japanese art of Kintsugi, and I think that it's an amazing metaphor to work with when it comes to things that feel broken in life. 

Kintsugi is a Japanese art form of repairing broken pottery with a lacquer made with gold, silver, or platinum. 

The philosophy of Kintsugi is beautiful. (yes this art form has it's own philosophy!). In Kintsugi, the breaks and the repair is honored as part of the history of the piece of pottery. Rather than decreasing the value of this object, (as we often do with anything broken) it's actually seen as much more valuable & beautiful, for there is not another piece of pottery in the world with these exact same breaks & repairs. The history & story of the piece is unique, and the mended cracks viewed as beautiful. 

Kintsugi teaches us the beauty of scars.

Kinsugi celebrates the damage, because through the damage, beauty happened in the fixing that wouldn't be there without the breaks. 

Kintsugi embraces the imperfect.

Kintsugi does not hide the breaks, but rather highlights them. The breaks add uniqueness, character, and precious metal making the vessel more prized, more valuable. 

When things feel broken in life, it's easy to feel despair. We can have a tendency to be hard on ourselves, angry at others, feel like a victim in life. 

The philosophy of this art form can teach us so much in this area. When a piece of pottery breaks, it maybe shocking. It may crash to the floor. For a period of time the broken pieces might not make much sense. It maybe confusing to put them back together. The vessel may not be functional for a period of time. It may not be able to serve in the way that it did before it was broken. And when the art of Kintsugi is introduced to the broken pottery, and the pieces are fuse back together with precious metal, the vessel is again functional in all of the ways it was before. It looks different. It's more beautiful. it's more unique. It's more valuable. It has a story. The cracks are not hidden, but they are treasured, for they tell a story. They add a history that has value. 

Apply the above to life. Maybe something feels broken right now. Maybe there is something that you are working on - fusing the cracks back together. None of us are immune to feeling broken in life in one way or another. Breaks in life happen to all of us. When it does, remember the image of the art of Kintsugi in your mind. Know that when you assemble the pieces back together, that your experience is not something to hide, but something to be treasured, and celebrated. Your life experiences are part of your story, part of your journey. They are part of who you are. We change through our brokenness. and when we apply self love to our healing, we always come out of it more beautiful, more wise, more precious in ways that we can't always imagine at the time of the breaking. 

Wishing for all of your cracks to be filled with gold, and your vessel to be strong, and beautiful.


It's time to start thinking about this!

It's time to start thinking about this!

welcome to November! Yes, it's November already! Crazy right? 

As we approach the end of 2018, do you know what kind of magical, amazing things you want to create for yourself in the new year? 

It's time to start thinking about it!

Intentions are important. Without intentions we tend to wander aimlessly. Living a life with intentions means that we are focusing on what is most important to us instead of the aimless wandering, and you know that that means? A life that feels good, fulfilling, authentic, & joyful! 

I had a birthday this week! I tend to treat my birthday like my personal new year. I take time every birthday to really take stock of what has happened in life in the last year for me, how I've grown, what I've learned, etc. I use it as a time to check in with myself, AND I set intentions. After I have really evaluated my past year, I take some time to think about what I want the next year to look like. Since my birthday falls in November, I usually use this time to begin to set goals & intentions for the actual upcoming new year! And let me tell you....I'm feeling excited about the new year! How about you? Are you thinking about it yet? 

I'd encourage you to take some time to think about what you want 2019 to look like for you. Now is the time to do so! Starting to think about this now means that you are giving yourself time to really get clear on what is most important to you. When you are clear on what's most important, and create a plan, you are much more likely to follow through. Getting clear now allows you time to set yourself up for success!

Maybe you are not the "New Years Resolution" type of person? I'm not either. Why? Because so often a 'New Years Resolution' is something we say we are going to do every day starting in the new year, or something we are never going to do again starting in the new year.....just making a statement & promise like this usually is not successful in the long run.

What IS successful? 

Getting clear on what is most important to you! What would make the biggest difference in your life? What really needs to change? What do you really want? 

Once you are clear, plan a course of action, and think about what you need to succeed! For example - do you want to start eating healthier so you feel better?  Just saying you will do it is not enough. Goals to travel big in the new year? Some planning needs to happen. Setting yourself up for success means thinking about what you need to get ready and to follow through!

Thinking about having some accountability around your new year goals & intentions is important as well. We tend to follow through when we have accountability support outside of ourselves! 

So this is your prompt to start daydreaming about 2019! What is it that you want to change, create, or manifest for yourself in the next year of this wonderful life? I'm guessing that you are not craving aimless wondering.....so start getting clear. Start setting intentions. Start setting yourself up to follow through & intentionally create the life that you love to live! 


PS - Want some support? My biggest passion in life truly is my work. There's nothing that fills me more than supporting my clients in creating lives that they love to live. We need to be intentional designers of our life if we want to create this, and there's no reason that you need to do it alone. Creating change is SO much easier with some help. Finding clarity on what is most important to focus on is the first step. Just drop me a line to schedule a complimentary session! I'd love to offer you some of my time to support you in getting crystal clear on what you really want to accomplish, change, or transform in life in the next year, and a plan to follow through! 

A Dozen Of My Favorite Things!

A Dozen Of My Favorite Things!

Happy Halloween!

I prefer treats over tricks, so I've got a treat for you today! 

I'll be honest....I've never really paid attention to ' Oprah's favorite things' list that she puts out every year, but I saw something online about it the other day, and I thought....hmmm.....I've got favorite things to share too! And I think that they're pretty damn good things :) 

I could list a hundred I'm sure, but below is a solid dozen for you. 

All of the things on this list support me in living a cleaner, greener, healthier, & personal growth focused life.
I'm sure there are some gems in here for you! 


1. The Minimalist Baker. 
This Is hands down my very favorite food blogger. All of her recipes are plant based, and use minimal ingredients that are mostly quality whole foods,. Most meals are ready in about 30 minutes. She makes healthy eating easy, fun, & delicious. I share a LOT of her recipes in newsletters & social media. 

2. Imperfect Produce
I've been using this food delivery service every other week for a few months now, and I love it. They work directly with farmers and sell both overstock produce as well as 'ugly' produce that simply doesn't meet the cosmetic standards of grocery stores, and often goes to waste, even though it's just as tasty and nutritious as 'pretty produce'.  I feel good about doing my part in saving some of this ugly produce from the dumpster. Wasting good food sucks! You can order a box of organic veggies for about 30% less than in the store, You get to pick what's in your box, and they deliver right to your door. Click on the link below to get $10 off your first box:

3. Green chef
Mostly for fun, I've tried a handful of the meal kit delivery services, and I love green chef. Why? Mostly because almost all of their ingredients are organic (something very important to me)  costing only pennies more than the others I've tried with non-organic ingredients. The recipes are creative & delicious. For someone wanting to learn to cook healthier with whole food ingredients, this can be a great thing. For someone like me that loves to cook, it's a fun way to try new recipes I wouldn't otherwise. It's also a super easy way to grab a bag of ingredients, and head to a friends house to prepare a meal together, OR something I'll utilize when I head to a cabin on the beach for a weekend so that I don't have to do the complicated food shopping & packing that usually goes with such a trip for me!
Click on this link to get $25 off your first order: http://greenchef.com/invite/xmzwbb

Home & Body Products: 

4. EWG Product App
When you are wanting to live a cleaner & greener life, it's hard to know what to shop for! We can't always believe products packages that boast to be green, healthy, toxin free, natural, or any other statements. It's good to remember that these statements really have a lot more to do with marketing than with actual ingredients. It's up to us to really know what's in our food, home products, & body products. That's why I LOVE this app from the environmental working group. You can scan products, review the rating, and then make the best choice possible with ease! Download here: https://www.ewg.org/apps/

5. Beauty Counter
Do you have any idea how many toxins are in the skin care products and make-up that you use? You likely don't want to know. If you are ready to switch over to a line that you know is clean, healthy for you & your skin, as well as healthy for the environment, then this is a great line. (the EWG recommends this line as one of the cleaner ones, and they have done their homework!) I'm also really happy with everything I've ordered. The quality is fabulous, and I'm surprised how long they last! 

6. H2O at home
When it comes to home cleaning products, H2O @ home has my highest praise! I've only just begun to collect their line of house cleaning products, and I love them all. Many of them allow me to do a thorough job cleaning with only water! Everything is extremely environmentally friendly - clean for you, your family, & the planet. Bonus - the items I've acquired so far actually make cleaning a lot easier! They also carry clean personal body products. My lovely friend, Nancy is an advisor, and would be happy to answer any questions for you, educate you on the products, and even do an in home demo if you are local to the surrounding Olympia area! 
Phone: (360)259-5518
Email: ncbroach@gmail.com
Website in the link above.

Personal Growth/Lifestyle: 

7. Inquiry Cards
I LOVE this deck. It's a beautiful deck of cards with personal inquiry questions on them. I use them when I work with clients privately, in groups, and in workshops. I use them at home by pulling a card for the day, or by pulling cards around a topic in life that I'm struggling with or trying to make a decision around. They can be a great way to have intentional conversations around the dinner table, gathering with friends, or as a way to get acquainted & build rapport in a group. Self inquiry is always a great thing. My deck has been used and used to much delight!

8. Insight Timer
This is a meditation app that is fabulous! Thousands of guided meditations for free, as well as a meditation timer with calming sounds. I use this app almost daily. There's now talks available on the app as well as courses you can purchase. 

9. Passion Planner
I LOVE this planner. I received my planner for 2019 recently, and it's the 4th year in a row that I'm using one. It guides you through setting goals for the year & dispersing the steps to meeting those goals throughout the months. There's monthly check ins, and so much more. If you are looking for a planner to not just keep your schedule, but to guide your year to accomplishing all that you want to, this planner is for you. 


10. Vivobarefoot Shoes
I really don't like wearing clunky shoes...I have sprained my ankles to many times to wear any kind of heels &  I hate how hiking boots make me feel like I've got blocks strapped to my feet. I'm a minimalist when it comes to shoes...I love to feel as barefoot as possible. I feel like I move more naturally, keep posture better, and feel a lot less clumsy. After getting some vibram barefoot shoes, I was sold on the barefoot sole style of shoe. (Not the 5-finger ones. I was never into having my toes separated!) Vivobarefoot sells great quality shoes with barefoot soles allowing you to feel as barefooted as possible, even in hiking boots, or thermal winter boots. I got a pair of their hiking boots recently, and I feel like I'm frolicking in the forest with them, without the weight & clunk of regular hiking shoes. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these shoes. I've never had a pair of hiking shoes that I feel like I can dance in! And this is a good thing, because I like to dance on the trail sometimes :) 

11. Pact  - Fair Trade Organic Cotton Clothing
I hate how disposable clothing is these days. Also how much of it is made of plastic! Plastic that we are wearing against our skin, and is ending up in our water ways from washing, and filling our landfills. I won't even get into supporting sweat shops in purchases, but I needed to at least mention it. I like to feel good about the source when I'm purchasing new clothing. I also want it to last, rather than show a lot of wear after a few washes. Pact is a fabulous company offering fair trade organic cotton clothing made in small batches. It's quality stuff that you can wash & dry over & over without showing any wear, and it's soft & comfortable as all get out! Their prices are great for the quality of the clothing they sell, and they have good sales. All of my 'basics' are slowing coming from this company....underwear, socks, tanks, bralettes, tights, t-shirts, etc. Click this link to get 20% off your first purchase: http://fbuy.me/kIN89

12. The beach (as pictured above) Just go to the beach. It's so good for you!

Don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions about any of these, and I'd love to hear about your favorites too! What are your favorite products that help you live a healthy , clean, green, & happy life? 

Cheers to an amazing week! 


a very important key to personal growth

a very important key to personal growth

What's one of the most effective personal growth tools? 


Do you journal? Maybe you have in the past? Or maybe it's something that you just never got into?

Maybe when you think of journaling, you have an image in your head of a teenager laying in bed, belly down, feet kicked up in the air, and writing with a glitter pen in a little book that has a lock & key? Ha! If so, know that it's so much more than that! ( I used to be one of those girls by the way!)

I firmly believe it's one of the most effective personal growth tools you can utilize. 

Its free, it takes little time to do, and the benefits are wonderful. 

It's like having a great conversation, only the conversation is  all to yourself, without the outside influence of others,

What are some of the benefits of journaling? 

  • It's a way to check in with yourself. 

  • Self exploration. 

  • It can help alleviate depression, anxiety, & stress. It can help alleviate stress & anxiety by taking the time to think things out, find clarity, identify causes of issues, and help to you come to conclusions on how you really feel or how to best handle a situation. 

  • It can be great for sparking creativity.

  • It can be a fabulous tool for personal check ins & self analysis around any area of life - work, health, relationships, etc. 

  • It allows you a place to describe experiences you've had & to process them. 

  • It gives you a way to hold memories of important happenings in your life. 

  • Journaling helps you to clarify your thoughts & feelings. 

  • It helps you to get to know yourself better, building a stronger relationship with yourself. 

  • Regular journaling can help you to solve problems more effectively and more easily settle disagreements with people in your life.

  • It's really some of the cheapest (okay-free) therapy you can get if you dedicate yourself to it. 

How to journal? 

  • Journaling does not need to follow any kind of particular structure, unless you create one that works well for you of course, then maybe it does! 

  • Always keep your journal private - for your eyes only. This really allows you to easily let go and allow what wants to come out, come out, as you have created a safe space for yourself to do so.

  • As you write, let it flow out, not worrying about spelling, grammar, or punctuation . Just write!

  • Unsure of what to write about? Take a few minutes to close your eyes, check in with yourself & ask yourself some personal inquiry questions. Ask yourself what's most beneficial to write about today? What's up with you today? 

  • If you don't already journal regularly & want to give it a chance to see how you benefit from it, give it a little time. Dedicate yourself to journaling daily for a period of time. You don't need to start with a lot. Even jotting your thoughts down for just 5-10 minutes a day can be helpful . 

If you feel stumped on how to start, or what to write, here are some cues you can use. 

  • Write down 3 things that you are the most grateful for in your day. 

  • Write the following for the day: Something you are proud of, something or someone you forgive, and something you are grateful for. 

  • Write to yourself as if you are giving advice to a friend. 

  • Write a letter to someone that you don't plan to send, simply to express yourself & find clarity in how you feel.

  • Ask yourself one of the following self inquiry questions: 

    • What if I wasn't afraid? 

    • What lessons did I learn today?

    • Am I happy with how I spent my time today? How could I do better? 

    •  What am I ready for?

    • What brought me joy today?

    • What felt like a struggle today, and how can I best support myself here?

    • What needs attention in my life?

    • What is my body trying to tell me?

    • What are my strengths?

If you journal regularly, you already know all of the above, and maybe you could add to the list of benefits? If you are not, are hesitant or plain reluctant to it, I encourage you to give it a try for a period of time. Give it a solid shot, and see how it feels after a while, If you decide it's not the best practice for you, then at least you tried something new, and likely learned something from the experience. It's always good to try new things & explore new avenues of growth!

Wishing you a fabulous rest of your week!


What Needs To Change?

What Needs To Change?

Every once in a while, I feel drawn to pulling a card from my favorite deck for my weekly writing. It's one of those weeks. The deck that I pull these cards from is called "Inquiry Cards". Each card asks a personal inquiry question, and a beautiful mandala-like images on each. They are wonderful for personal inquiry. I use them personally, in client sessions, and in workshops quite often. 

On to the inquiry question for the week! 

What needs to change? 

Take a moment, close your eyes, & sit with this question.
What comes to mind for you? 

We tend to spend a lot of time considering what we want, things that we want to be different in life, experiences we want to have, dreams we want to pursue, heath goals, etc. THIS is wonderful work. We need to have clarity in what we want to move forward and create our lives. 

AND sometimes, once we find that clarity the question we need to ask ourselves is the one above.
What needs to change? 

If we want life to look different, feel different, if we want to achieve health goals, travel goals, career goals, create the relationships we want, and do all of the things  we are daydreaming about, it's likely that there's stuff we need to change in order to make those things possible. 


I want to improve my health, have more energy, be more fit, or lose weight:
What needs to change? 
You may need to change how you eat.
You may need to learn how to eat differently.
You may need to give some things up that you indulge in.
You may need to make time in your schedule to exercise. 
You may need to give some less important things up to create this time. 
You might need to find some accountability support.

I want to travel more: 
What needs to change?
You may need to change your habits of procrastination, and work on being a planner. 
You may need to budget and address where you are spending your money on things that are less important to you, prioritizing travel.

I want to create more  healthy friendships. 
What needs to change?
You may need to push yourself outside of your comfort zone to attend activities where you can form bonds with people that have similar interests as you. 
You may need to evaluate your current friendships and let go of ones that are not healthy, allowing more energy to feed relationships that are.

I want to feel better about myself. 
What needs to change?
You may need to work on changing habits of self criticism. 
You may need to focus on and do some personal work around self love.  
You may need to make time for the things in life that cause you to feel good, and let go of things that don't. 

I want to lessen the stress in my life. 
What needs to change?
You may need to dedicate yourself to adopting habits that help alleviate stress. 
You may need to learn new coping mechanisms. 
You may need to consider changing jobs. 
You may need to consider the relationships in your life, and give less energy to the ones that include drama and stress. 

I could go on & on....but you get the picture. In order for transformation, growth, & newness in life, things need to change. So, what are you wanting to bring into your life right now? And what needs to change to allow those things in? 

I Invite you to sit with this question over the next few days.
See what answers your inner knowing comes up with. 

If you feel like you could use some support in finding this clarity, creating a plan, or following through, reach out to me. I'd be honored to support you! 

Wishing you a beautiful week! 


Your Happiness Challenge For The Week!

Your Happiness Challenge For The Week!

I want to challenge you this week to focus on one simple thing that can really help to boost happiness levels. Read on....

The picture above....it's a common scene, yes?
Our devices keep us connected in a lot of wonderful ways, AND it can be way too much, way to addictive, and also leave us unconnected to the people around us. 

I've really been paying attention lately when I am out & about how often people are on their phones. Every spare minute...while at the bus stop, in line at the grocery store, walking down the street, or waiting to order coffee. It seems like every spare minute between things, it's become habit to have phone in hand, scrolling, texting, perusing. 

We all know this is an addiction. We literally get a hit of dopamine (one of those happy chemicals our brain releases for us) when we pick up our phone and discover a new text, a new comment, a new message. Facebook, twitter, instagram all provide these hits of dopamine as we scroll that we have come to rely on. 

Another side to this that I've REALLY been pondering lately....especially when we are out & about in our communities, is that most people are rarely interacting with the people around them. I'm not just talking about the friends that you see having dinner together while both on their phones, but the cashier at the grocery store, the person next to you in line, the person waiting with you at the bus stop, the people walking by you on the street.  When I pay attention & watch, I see people so distracted with phones & in their own little world while often not even acknowledging the people around them. I see people go through the line at the grocery store all of the time, barely acknowledging the person helping them. 

Sound familiar? I'm guilty of it too. And it's something I'm working on. We need connection as humans. It brings us joy. Being acknowledged & interacting in person is important. Lack of connection can lead to depression, feelings of isolation, and addictions. 

Here's my challenge to you for this week....put your phone away. Make a point to pay attention to those around you and interact! Not only will this bring you joy, but it will be bringing others joy as well. For the next week, make a solid intention to keep your phone tucked away more often, and take opportunities to connect with others, even in the smallest of ways. Perhaps this will feel so good that you want to make it a full time habit!

Having dinner with friends? Leave your phone tucked away. Be fully present in the conversation. 

Out grocery shopping, or grabbing a coffee? Put your phone away. Make small talk with strangers. Hand out random compliments to people. Engage with your cashier or barista. Ask them how their day is going. Acknowledge them & wish them a fun day! 

When you see someone less fortunate outside of the grocery store with a sign, buy some extra food to share with them along with a smile. 

When you are walking down the street, make it a point to smile & say hello to people. 

Make a conscious effort to spread joy, smiles, and love wherever you go. And you know what? Doing these things gives you a hit of dopamine too. You'll feel more connected, happier, and enjoy the everyday errands & activities so much more. 

There's a lot of hard stuff going on in the world and our country right now. People are struggling and divided in so many ways. One of the little things we can do is be conscious about spreading smiles wherever we go. Connect in positive ways. The little ways such as smiling at people on the street, handing out sincere compliments to strangers, and truly listening to your friends & family over dinner can make an enormous difference for all of us. 

It really is about the little things throughout our day. Making some adjustments in how we carry ourself through the mundane tasks of life like grocery shopping can make such a big difference in how we feel, and in how the people around us feels.....with very little effort, simply by connecting. 

Wishing you a beautiful week full of smiles & genuine connections,



Please Stop "Shoulding" On Yourself!

Please Stop "Shoulding" On Yourself!

Words have power. We know this. There are a lot of words that we are conscious about not using in certain circumstances, words that we are well aware are hurtful, and there are some words that we use by habit without the awareness of what kind of impact they can have. Today I'm going to talk about one of those words. 

I'm talking about the word "SHOULD". 
How many times a day do you think you use this word?

The word should expresses obligation or expectation, often in a negative way when criticizing someone's actions or lack there of (including your own). It's a word that has a lot n common with guilt & shame, and the inability to make decisions. 

For years I've been working to eradicate this word from my vocabulary. It's a word that I have been accustomed to using without a thought for most of my life. I still catch myself using it, and whenever i do, I take the opportunity to correct myself and rephrase. 

Why is the word 'should' on my 'do not use' list? In essence it's a shame based word, and I think that we could all use a lot less shame in this world, both self imposed, imposed on others, and from others. 

Think about how & when you use the word should.........
I should have handled that differently. 
I should have tried harder. 
I should have gone to a yoga class today. 
I shouldn't have said that. 
I shouldn't have eaten that brownie. 
I should have exercised. 

Think about how & when you use the word should to talk to others, or when others talk to you.....
You should have done this instead.
You should see a therapist.
You should come to my party.
You should read this book. 
You should do ...(whatever)....

How are any of those statements helpful? They're not. They ALL have a tone of guilt, shame, or obligation to them. When talking to yourself, you are essentially saying you did something wrong. When talking to someone else, you are telling them that they did something wrong, or you know better what they should be doing with their life, and/or imposing a feeling of guilt or obligation.  

So, when you catch yourself using the word should, ask yourself what you really mean? 
Is there obligation, expectation, guilt or shame attached to it? 

THEN rephrase. 

"I should go to a yoga class today"
Could be changed from a guilty feeling, shaming statement to a clear decision that you own.
"I'm going to a yoga class today"
"I'm not going to a yoga class today."

"I should have handled that differently"
Could be changed from a shaming statement to a wisdom statement.
"Next time a situation arrises like this, I'll know how to handle it differently."

"You should come to my party tonight."
Could be changed from a statement of obligation to a warm invitation. 
"I'm having a party tonight, and I'd love to have you there if you don't have plans."

"I should really go to the party I was invited to tonight."
Could be changed from a a guilty, obligation statement to one of self empowerment: 
"I have other priorities for myself tonight, so I'm not going to make it, and I'm okay with that." 

"You should read this book."
Could be changed from a 'I know what's good for you' statement to a 'sharing of knowledge statement'.
"I loved this book, and gained so much from it, maybe you would too."

"You should go see a therapist"
Could be changed from a demeaning 'You need some help to get your shit together' statement to a helpful & supportive statement.
"Have you ever considered seeing a therapist?"

Don't those corrections feel SO much better?!?!

So, here is my challenge to you for the week: Pay attention. Bring awareness to how often you hear yourself say this word. When you hear it come out of your mouth, ask yourself what you really mean by it, then rephrase in a way that feels more positive.

Words have power. Take that power & use it for the positive!

Let's all stop "shoulding" on ourselves & the people around us!!!  :) 

Wishing you a lovely rest of your week! 


Take A Cue From The Trees

Take A Cue From The Trees

Honoring the seasons as they arrive is a wonderful way to keep life in balance. There's a lot we can learn and ways that we can grow personally, simply by attuning ourselves to the rhythms of nature. 

Would you like to honor the arrival of autumn? Read on.......

The autumn equinox happened this past week.
Fall is officially here.
The daylight hours and dark night hours are in perfect balance.
How balanced is life feeling for you?

Autumn is harvest season. A time of abundance.
It's a time to reap the rewards of the summer season.
It's a time of preservation & preparation for winter. 
It's a time for nesting back into our homes, and finding comfort in sweaters & hot tea.

Embracing the abundance of the harvest season, enjoying the amazing produce of the season, making soups, and sipping tea comes easily to me. I love fall. I embrace it with ease.

What doesn't always come with ease is letting go, as the trees so easily do with their leaves..
Letting go of the things that don't serve us. 
Letting go of the things that keep us feeling unbalanced. 
Letting go of judgements, and grudges. 
Letting go of 'stuff' to declutter our lives. 
Letting go of expectations. 
Letting go of habits that hinder our growth & happiness. 

We can take a cue from the trees right now. 
They do not struggle or question letting go of their leaves. 
They let go with ease. 
They have the wisdom to know that it's time to let go, and begin to venture inward for the season.
They know that after the upcoming darker nights, spring will eventually emerge and new growth will happen. 
And they know that new growth doesn't happen unless they let go in the fall. 

I think that journaling is a wonderful avenue for self exploration & personal growth. If you would like to embrace & honor autumn arriving, I'd like to share some questions for you to journal on, or maybe discuss with a close friend or partner. 

  • Where does my life feel out of balance right now? And what steps can I take to create more balance there? 

  • What can I let go of this fall that is not serving me? How can I 'do' that letting go?

  • What judgement am I holding towards myself or someone else that I can let go of?

  • What expectations can I let go of? 

  • What are habits can I let go of that are hindering my growth & happiness?

  • What steps can I take to declutter my life & my home to create a more calming, simplistic space? What is the 'stuff' that I can let go if? 

Wishing you a beautiful, joyous, & cozy autumn, 



Improve Your Health & Energy With ONE Easy Tip!

Improve Your Health & Energy With ONE Easy Tip!

Do you want to improve your health? Your energy?
How healthy do you eat?

I've said it many times before, and I'll say it again. We are what we eat. If we are not fueling our bodies well, we can't expect to feel well, or our bodies to perform well. 

I talk to a lot of people that know they need to eat healthier, but they simply don't know how. Society has trained us very well to live on convenience foods. If you have never cooked/prepared healthy meals with whole foods, you simply don't know how, and it's something that you need to learn. I get it. THAT can feel overwhelming. Besides the overwhelming amount of information out there now on what we should eat, what's healthy, what's not, and all of the latest diet fads that continually confuse people. 

I'm a big believer in author Micheal Pollan's advice: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
It really is this simple. In order to eat healthy food, and mostly plants, you need to know how to prepare food outside of convenience foods, because most convenience foods are a far cry from plant based. 

There's a common misbelief that cooking from scratch is complicated and time consuming. It doesn't need to be, and it gets a lot easier the more you learn. 

I talk to a lot of people that did not grow up knowing how to cook healthy meals out of whole food ingredients, and learning to do otherwise feels so out of reach, so different than what they are used to. Where do you start? How do you make this shift? 

I want to share a different perspective with you today, as well as 1 easy tip, that if you follow could change how you eat, and in turn improve your health for the long run! 

What's my tip? 
Choose 1 New Healthy Recipe Every Week To Prepare. 

Simple right? We really don't need to make things as complicated as we do. Going 'all in' on a new diet or eating trend, or shifting how you eat all at once can feel overwhelming, and usually ends up being something that you don't actually stick to, right? 

If you dedicate yourself to exploring how to prepare just one new recipe a week (this is not a big commitment) and actually stick to that, how you cook and how you eat will gradually change, and the change is much more likely to stick since you are making it gradually. 

Think about anything else in life that you might want to learn. If you are learning a new language, you learn a few words at a time, and how to compose them into a sentence. if you want to learn to play an instrument, you take short lessons, and you practice until the sounds you are getting out of the instrument are something that is pleasing to the ears. You don't expect to be able to pick up an instrument and know how to play it right away, so cut yourself some slack in the area of preparing healthy foods! You need to practice. You need to figure out what combinations of foods go well together, what you like, and how you like it prepared.

Like learning anything else in life, you learn from practicing and from making mistakes. We can actually learn the most from our mistakes. 

The advice I'm sharing with you today is directly from my own experience. I grew up eating a lot of convenience foods. As I learned more about how what I eat affects everything about how I feel, I knew that I needed to learn to eat better. If I wanted to eat better, I needed to learn to prepare my own food from whole ingredients. It felt a bit overwhelming. Where do I start? I did exactly what I am suggesting you do. Every week, I picked a new recipe that I thought sounded good, and that was relatively easy to prepare. As I got into it more, I would try more than one recipe a week. Before I knew it, I had a plethora of dishes that I knew how to make, from scratch, with healthy whole food ingredients. Not only did I have these recipes under my belt, but I gained a sense of confidence in the kitchen. I knew what I liked, and how to prepare it. Through my mistakes, I learned what I didn't like, and how not to prepare things. I still try out new recipes, but now, more often than not, I walk into my kitchen and create whatever I feel like from scratch, from what I have in the kitchen, from my own experience, and let me tell you that comes in handy!

If you dedicated yourself to trying just one new recipe a week, by the end of a year, you would have 52 healthy dishes that you knew how to make, and you will have learned a lot in the process. 

Maybe you ARE eating pretty well but you would like to take things up a notch? This is still great advice for you. I'm still learning too, and I love it. Just a few years ago I started making all of my own salad dressings from scratch. This is something that always felt easier to purchase at the store. Now that I make my own, and I know how easy it is, and how much tastier they are, (also much cheaper to make on my own!) You won't find me spending the extra money on store bought versions with extra questionable ingredients in. Why would I? 

When you are preparing your own food, you know exactly what's in it, and that is key. You don't always know what ingredients are in convenience foods. I also need to make the point that food you make for yourself & your friends or family is infused with love, and THAT makes a huge difference too. 

Where can you find healthy, easy recipes to learn from? I'll leave a couple of great resources below for you. Also, if you receive my newsletter weekly, you know that I post 1 healthy recipe a week. I do this for YOU! If you enjoy the recipes I post, then let me do the  leg work for you, and try the recipe that's included in my newsletters weekly :) If you are not signed up, you can do so here: homepage

Wishing you health, energy, and nourishing food on your plate,


My favorite food blogger for some time now: 

And here is a plethora of healthy food bloggers with amazing recipes: 

It Doesn't Need To Feel SO Hard!

It Doesn't Need To Feel SO Hard!

What are you holding onto far too tightly? So tightly that it is causing you stress, anxiety, or an inability to be in the present moment? 

Something you are hoping will happen, or you are trying to make happen? 
Something that you wanted to happen, but didn't?
An unrealistic list of things that you feel like you need to do? 
A grudge against someone? A grudge against yourself for messing something up? 
A relationship that didn't work out? 
Expectations of people that they will likely never fill?
Expectations of yourself that are too much?

This list could go on forever. There are lots of things that we tend to hold onto far too tightly. Things that we attach ourselves to. Things that we can't control. 

That last sentence is really what this is about.....things that we can't control. 
Why do we hold onto things so very tightly that we really don't have control over?
Why do we stress over them?
Obsess over them?
And allow them to keep us in the past, in the future, or anywhere else other than the one place we have.....the present moment. 

Yes, I believe we should go for what we want. 
Yes, I believe that action is important. 
And I believe that sometimes we need to just let go of trying so hard, and allow the flow of life to happen.
In the end, trying to force things can be counter productive..

What I write is always inspired by what is going on for me in life, or it's inspired by the clients that I work with and other people close to me. Sometimes both. Today is no different. Letting go and allowing has been a topic in several conversations I've had recently, and the other day I had a crystal clear moment of reminding myself to let go. As soon as I did, what I needed came right to me....with ease. 

It was a reminder for me.
A reminder that when I hold on too tightly, I'm not allowing the flow.
The flow is something that I always want to allow into my life.
As soon as I let go of what I was working so hard on, trying to make happen, stressing about, holding onto.....exactly what I needed flowed right in. 
I don't always need to try so hard. 
I don't need to hold on so tight. 
I don't need to stress myself out over things that I can not control, and allow them to steal the very precious present moment from me.

So, what comes to mind for you as you read this? Is there something that you are holding onto far too tightly? Something that you are trying too hard, or trying to force in life? Something that you really can't control, but it's stressing you out? 

Let go. Allow. Trust that you have done what you can, and trust that what is meant to happen will. 

It's so much easier than stressfully holding on too tightly. 

Wishing you a week filled with ease, 


my favorite defense against cold & flu season

my favorite defense against cold & flu season

It's that time of year. The weather is beginning to change, kids are back in school (they are little germ factories you know!), and cold & flu germs are in the air! How do you protect yourself? 
I want to share my favorite defense against cold & flu season with you today! 

Admittedly, I was inspired to write this today because I just returned from traveling to my home state of Minnesota and am currently recovering from the first nasty cold that I have had in years. Why? Because I did not travel with my trusted ally. 

There are a lot of things that we can do to stay healthy this time of year. Keeping hydrated, probiotics, supplements, tinctures, teas, getting enough sleep, eating well, etc. There is ONE thing that is always in my pantry (and that I usually always travel with!) that has done really well at keeping me healthy when cold & flu season hits.

This one thing is what I start taking as soon as cold & flu season arrives, when I spend time with people that are sick, when I know that I have come in contact with cold germs, or if I have the feeling that my body is fighting something off....you know, that first tinge of a sore throat, run down energy, or a sniffle. 

It's referred to as master tonic, or fire cider. There can be some slight differences in ingredients here, but the basis is the same, and it's a powerful anti-cold, anti-flu, anti-bacterial, anti- fungal, and anti-viral fighter! It was actually used in the past to fight the plague! 

This is something that you can make on your own very easily (although you need to let it sit for 2-4 weeks before it is done), you can order it online, or you are likely to find it at your local natural food coop or store. 

The basic ingredients are: live (with the mother) apple cider vinegar, onions, garlic, horseradish root, ginger root, and hot peppers. There are variations of this recipe adding honey (to cut the spice and added immune system benefits), turmeric, citrus, etc. 

When I take little shots of this tonic a few times a day, I simply don't get sick. Even when I'm directly exposed to cold & flu germs. After this last trip of not traveling with mine, it is not a mistake that I will likely make again! Regardless of the season, there is something to breathing in the recycled air on airplanes that feels like a risk! 

Yes, this is a spicy tonic. For those of you that don't handle spice well, adding some honey can help. It's also delicious in tomato or vegetable juice. (it tastes like a bloody mary! Of course - leave out the vodka - we are working to help our immune system, not sabotage it!)

There are many recipes you can find online, and here I'll share an easy basic one with you:
Master Tonic Recipe

Here is a source to order it online if you are not into making your own:
Fire Tonic on Amazon

And since many of you are local to my area in Olympia, you can find Master Tonic at the Local Food Coop! 

Wishing you a healthy & vibrant September! 


An Easy Way To Cultivate More Happiness In Your Life!

An Easy Way To Cultivate More Happiness In Your Life!

We all know that practicing gratitude is something that has amazing benefits in keeping a positive mindset, and maintaining a level of happiness in life that feels really good. Today I want to share a different spin on a gratitude practice with enormous benefits.

If you take in articles or books in the area of personal development & happiness, it's likely that you have read about how beneficial practicing gratitude can be. It can increase your level of happiness in life in a big way.  Maybe you have read about gratitude journaling or participated in a 'gratitude challenge' where you journal about what you are grateful for daily for a certain period of time. You've likely seen many people choose to do these kind of things publicly on social media as well. 

When gratitude becomes a habit, it increases your happiness level simply because it becomes your habit to focus on the good!

This video I want to share with you today is something that came across some time ago, and it's always stuck with me. It shows that taking your gratitude practice a step further by actually expressing gratitude to the people in your life, can increase your happiness level in a big way! It also spreads the happiness to the people that you reach out to. 

Take a few minutes to watch this!

What Makes You Happy? An Experiment in Gratitude, by Soul Pancake

What can you do with this information? Express some gratitude to the people in your life that you are grateful for. The people that have stood by your side, supported you, encouraged you, influenced you in big ways....the people that have made a difference in your life somehow. Perhaps it's being intentional about making some phone calls, writing some emails, or just getting into the habit of telling people how much you appreciate them in the moment. Perhaps making a commitment to contacting one person per week for a period of time to tell them what you appreciate about them? Can you imagine how good it would feel to contact one person per week expressing your gratitude to them for the rest of the year? Your happiness level may bursting at the seems by the end of the year! 

I'd love to hear about how you might choose to intentionally practice this! 

Wishing you a very happy rest of your week! 


PS- If you haven't watched other 'Soul Pancake' videos, I suggest you do! They are always uplifting :)