All posts tagged: life

Motivation Monday: The Power of Music

Happy Monday everyone! The start of the week is a great opportunity to set some goals and add an intention to set the tone for your week. I was feeling a little overwhelmed on Saturday morning thinking of all the errands, homework, research, laundry, etc. I was trying to accomplish before I was due to my Pilates studio lesson. I knew I would be in class for 5 hours so I was trying to make the morning as productive as possible. I noticed my anxiousness and in result tried to slow down and see what I could do to prioritize what needed to be done first. I sat down, made a list beginning with the tasks that were time sensitive. Once everything was on paper, I began to feel a little better. Next I made myself a nutritional breakfast knowing the day I had ahead and all the energy I needed to power me through the day. Lastly, I turned on our speaker in the kitchen and BLASTED my favorite playlist. Before long my list …

Wellness Wednesday: Everyone Does It, So Lets Talk About It

Today’s post can be viewed as a little TMI for some, but I’ve had enough friends ask my opinion on the subject to feel it’s a topic many can relate to. What’s the healthiest, most effective form of hair removal? Am I an expert? Not really. But I do have years of experience trying different methods and feel this familiarity has me well-read on the topic enough to give an educated opinion. I will try to keep it simple, even though this can be a complex topic with many points of view. I’ve listed the top ways of hair removal below and my pros and cons for each so you can decide what’s best for you. Hair removal cream: Pros-inexpensive, can be done at home, straightforward concept, minimum pain Cons-inconsistent, can cause rashes or skin irritations (if directions are not followed carefully), a lot of keep-up, precision is difficult to achieve Tweezing: Pros-gets the entire hair follicle (if done properly) so hair grows back slower, can be precise, inexpensive, can be done at home Cons-time, …

Motivation Monday: Set Yourself Up To Fail

We need to get comfortable with the idea of failing in order to achieve something that is extraordinary or worthwhile. Most of the great pioneers of our time were not told they were doing something practical or were sure to succeed. In reality, they were met with apprehension and criticism (think the Wright brothers, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, etc). In order to succeed at something of that magnitude, something others haven’t accomplished yet, you need to get into the mindset of setting yourself up to potentially fail. I have taken a few risks, some have paid off, some not so much. It has taken me almost a decade to even realize this was happening and even longer to learn to appreciate the journey. Risk #1-Moving to the west coast for a job transfer (life changing, win!) Risk #2-Starting a cupcake business in an overinflated market with no experience whatsoever (let’s call this an important lose) Even the risks we take that don’t pan out can be viewed as a win and it is up to us to …

Motivation Monday: SELF less CARE

I’m not sure where along the way it became perceived as selfish, but the mere thought of doing something for yourself seems hard to justify. Why is that? I wrote an earlier post on balance and how important it is for your overall health. In fact, the whole mantra of MSF is all about the connection between mind, body, and spirit for health. Not just taking care of your physical well being but your spiritual and mental health because it all connects…neglect one and the rest suffers. I view self care as not only selfless, but something that is necessary and we must make time for. You can think of it this way, when you’re in an airplane what is one of the first things the flight attendant goes over? Make sure you place your safety mask on yourself before others because you’re no help if you’re passed out. Something similar happens if we neglect our own self care. We become useless to others if we are overtired, sick or run down. Just like a yard …

Motivation Monday: Facing Your Fears

This past week I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and take into account where I am and where I’d like to be. I think this is so important to do from time to time, no matter where you’re at in your career/life, how old you are, etc. Even if you believe you’re ‘satisfied’, doing a temperature check once in awhile is never a bad thing. I wish I could remember the source to site it here, but I remember listening to a podcast a while back and during the interview someone referenced music and how the simple act of listening to music (that brings you joy) your mood is lifted and you are more likely to do great things. So I invite you to turn up that volume, take note of what you want for yourself and GO AFTER IT. It will not get any easier by wishing it to happen or having a goal that you’re not doing anything to get closer to. Take that first step, no matter how difficult it …

Motivation Monday: Cheers to 30 Years

It’s going to be tough to keep this short and sweet because this past weekend was spectacular…and to give it the credit it deserves will be tough to wrap up in a few paragraphs (but I will try to keep it simple!). Since Mondays are all about spirit on MSF and feeding that spirit with motivation, inspiration and drive for overall wellness, I thought this past weekend I spent celebrating turning 30 with some of my favorite humans is very fitting. There is nothing more fulfilling than being around those that build you up, create a positive atmosphere and love you unconditionally. I don’t think there was a moment this weekend where anyone in the house felt judged, out of place or uncomfortable. When you have friends and family that do this for you, hold on to them and don’t take it for granted. If you aren’t in a place in your life where you feel you need support, or don’t have a particular part of you that needs uplifting or encouragement, S P R …

Motivation Monday: The Water Effect

I’ve been fortunate enough to live by the water my whole life. I grew up on the East coast, moved to Hawaii during college and then settled on the West coast for the past seven years. I couldn’t imagine not being close to the water because it’s something I’ve become accustomed to and almost a necessity now. I’ve read about how the water has a calming affect to our psyche and my Dad has always said there’s something about watching the tide roll in that resets our equilibrium. While I take whatever my Dad tells me to heart (he’s so very wise 🙂 ) and this made sense to me, I wanted to see if there was more to this notion. Water covers more than 70% of the Earth’s surface, our bodies are made up of 65% water, and it is something we need to survive even over food. There’s no wonder water is intriguing to us and may have just as much to do with the health of us psychologically as it does physically. Most …