All posts tagged: monday

Motivation Monday: Long Weekend Prep

This is a busy week, probably for you as well because of the holiday weekend coming up. I LIVE for long weekends and I think a lot of it has to do with the productivity that comes with preparing for one less workday. No one wants a mess when they come back from a long weekend and having the carefree attitude to enjoy time with friends and family gives you extra incentive to tie up loose ends and walk away feeling less stressed. That being said, I want to keep this post short and simple so you can get on your merry way to do whatever you need to do to get after it this week. Thinking of all the warm weather clothing (and perhaps even bathing suits) we will be rocking this weekend, I wanted to include some posts relevant to getting us fit and ready. Today I am including a quick arm workout that you can do anywhere. Whether you are traveling for Memorial Day or crunched for time at home, this routine …

Motivation Monday: Mind Cleansing

Happy Monday everyone and happy fresh start to the week! I have to say this past weekend got me REALLY inspired and I can’t wait to continue to share all the great things with you. I love this platform for so many reasons but I’m also getting into Instagram and particularly Instagram stories because of the interaction. I love the fact that I can connect with you instantly and it brings us closer on this journey, so fun! One of the things I came across I found in a magazine I was reading, they were discussing mind cleansing. It’s something they have been implementing for quite some time in England (props to England for always being ahead of the health and wellness trend!). There are actual resort style retreats set up across the countryside of England that cater to mind cleansing and are spreading in popularity. I love to travel, and my favorite way is with my husband who is as equally down to walk the entire city we are visiting looking for local fare, …

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 …

Motivation Monday: 4 Simple Ways To Get After Monday

Happy Monday everyone! I have made a point to make my Mondays more enjoyable because lets be honest they are hard to look forward to. Monday signifies that the weekend is over, work begins, and special moments that are held for the weekend are seven days away. Mondays don’t have to be so dismal and there are many things we can do to make them something we no longer dread or endure but dare I say look forward to? I broke it down into four simple ways I have made my Mondays more pleasurable and hope you can find some simple strategies or tips to use in your own week to help you find a way to make them productive and easier to take 😉 4 Simple Ways To Get After Monday Prep-this one may be obvious and is usually reserved for Sundays but can be a complete time saver and one that sets the tone of your week. Choose a day (any day!) to set aside 1 to 2 hours for meal prep, choosing …

Motivation Monday: The Happiness Project

There have been moments in my life where something was said or I read the perfect thing at the time I needed to. One of these moments for me was when I stumbled upon the book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I was searching for a new book to bring on a flight and this just happened to be highlighted on the bestseller list that year. I was intrigued by the title and even more so by the reviews. I never really thought about happiness in this way and began to question everything in my life. Maybe that sounds a bit dramatic but it honestly struck a chord with me, and even more so when I began to devour it. I immediately called my mom to discuss it and began to make an effort to live in a deliberate, happy way. “The days are long but the years are short”. This is a quote Gretchen references when explaining why she began the “happiness project”. Gretchen’s journey was a bit extreme and she was able to …

Motivation Monday: Family Therapy

This past weekend I spent back east with my side of the family. We celebrated, relaxed, got caught up, entertained. It was a whirlwind of people coming from all over to celebrate Easter and also times when we were able to go on walks by the water and revel in the tranquility. I didn’t know how much I needed a long weekend with my family until I got here. I was obviously missing them crazy amounts, but sometimes we get used to our busy lives and forget just how incomplete they really are if parts are missing. Sometimes we just need a change of pace, different scenery and to be around those that have zero judgement and unconditional love. That is what I felt this entire weekend and was in pure relaxation mode. We started in New York City where we met up with a dear friend (who is practically family) and got to indulge in an amazing dinner and stay at the most beautiful hotel that was recently renovated. If find yourself in NYC I …

Motivation Monday: The Pilates Method

Happy Monday friends! I thought it would be interesting to incorporate some posts about influential people in the health and wellness industry and possibly some interviews as well. What better Motivation Monday material than that? Since I am knee-deep in Pilates right now and studying the concept and history extensively, I have become borderline obsessed with the journey of Joseph Pilates and to say his story has motivated me is an understatement. Whenever I find myself complaining about the hours I am having to put in for this teacher training program or working my 9-5 during the week, I stop and think about how lucky I am to have the opportunity to enrich my life in this way AND to not have any health or physical limitations. It is easy to get wrapped up in ourselves and look at what we don’t have instead of all we do. Most of us have running water, a roof over our heads, air in our lungs, and food in our bellies. This should be enough to wake up …