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ITS OKAY TO WANT TO BE HAPPY //

Let’s face it, it has become a societal norm to complain about basically everything in life in order to fit in. We complain about our jobs, our coworkers, our weight, our partners, our income, our lack of holidays…even how they got out latte wrong yet AGAIN at the coffee shop.

I used to think that I was supposed to be “unhappy” in order to fit in and be seemingly “happy”…and so I would try. I got the regular job, I spent all my money, I tried living pay cheque to pay cheque, racking up debt…but none of it made me happy. I tried to fit in by having the right clothes, going to all the cool events, doing all the things that would allow me to “fit in” with society….and yet all I was doing was complaining…with people. Is this what happiness is?

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The fact is….

IT’S OKAY TO BE HAPPY!

IT’S OKAY TO BE HEALTHY!

IT’S OKAY TO BE IN LOVE WITH YOUR LIFE!!

There are a select few of us that are aware of this backwards culture we’ve created and it’s time we let the rest of society in on this little secret. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE UNHAPPY TO FIT IN. You simply need to be yourself. And if being yourself means quitting your job and trying a new one for the 10th time, or bringing your healthy vegan homemade meals to the office party, or quitting drinking for 6 months even though you’re to “addicted”, or choosing to spend Friday nights at home in your pj’s with Netflix and your cat….THAT’S OKAY! If these things make you happy, then why are you putting other people’s acceptance and approval above your own happiness?

Why are you allowing yourself to be affected by their judgements…or sometimes not even judgements, simply your belief that they MAY silently be judging you. Have some faith in humanity, have some faith in your community and have some faith in yourself.

You are an amazing human being who has as much wisdom inside your body as the Dali Lama. You are cut from the same cloth as Mother Teresa. You are capable of healing the world in any and every way that you can imagine…IF you believe in yourself.

So please, stop making choices based on the approval of others.

Stop putting other people’s acceptance in front of your own health & happiness needs.

Stop allowing yourself to be a slave to our backwards societal norms.

I’ve done it, so can you!

But the secret is, I didn’t do it alone. I had a community of support. Not the societal community that I had when I first acknowledged this desire to change…it was the community I created for myself.

I hired a Health Coach to get my food, my mood and my mindset on track.

I enlisted my partner to be my support, to call me out when I was dipping back into my old ways and to stand by me as I tried new things.

I journaled, daily, exploring my thoughts and feelings around these shifts and changes. 

I invited in new friends, women that I already knew, but had never seen in this new, open, accepting and Holistic way. I began seeing them as my strength, my support and my mirrors. They showed me ways that I could heal and grow, and celebrated with me as I did.

And what do I have to show for it now?

I am HAPPY.
I am HEALTHY.
I have a stable, steady & healthy weight.
I exercise for the joy of it, not to agonize over how my body looks.
I eat foods that feel good in my body, and don’t fret over when I don’t.
I make time for people in my life that lift me up, and limit my time with those that bring me down.
I have quiet time, alone, just for me, and it feels GOOD!
I’ve become supported by my staff team – bringing me sushi for my birthday instead of a cake.
I spend more time outdoors and I feel no guilt around it.
I go to yoga multiple times a week and schedule it into my work days.
I spend money on myself for things that feed my soul; natural skin care, holistic health foods, life coaches, online mindset programs, gifts for every occasion, clothes that I feel sexy in
I see each challenge that comes my way as an opportunity to grow.
I read, I meditate, I laugh, I play, I eat, I sleep, I work, I create, I chat, I make love, I rest, I feel GOOD.

So, if you were to ask me how you could get yourself to this place of content and peace inside of you, I would reply with two steps:

  1. Hire someone to support you, hold you accountable, be your mirror and evoke your inner wisdom (click here for more on this)
  2. Practice being okay with wanting to be happy
In Health, Happiness & Pure Vitality,

Top 5 Ways To Stay Healthy During A Season Change

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As the cooler weather comes and we get closer and closer to “hibernation mode” it’s important to create healthy habits that will create a comfortable and satisfying transition between the seasons. I’ve been hearing a lot of people talking about the desire to stop snacking on all the chips and wine and start exercising more and choosing healthy foods. Here are my top 5 tips to keep your groove while transitioning into hoodies, jeans and boots!

Drink That H2O
I know, I know…we’ve all heard it, we all know it. But honestly, whether you have a sit down all day kind of job, or a running your butt off in the bush kind of job, getting enough water allows your body to run optimally, regardless of the temperature outside. Being hydrated allows your digestive system to work like a well oiled machine, breaking down all the delicious (and sometimes overly delicious) food you give it every day. And if you’re the type to have to refrain yourself from wearing three scarves to work because you’re always cold…drink hot water. With a lemon, without a lemon…whatever you like. It honestly is delightful!

Move Your Body in the Evening
When the evening darkness sets in, it’s very important to see this as an opportunity to get moving, rather than an excuse to become a couch sloth. Yes, I know sometimes all we want is to Netflix and chill…but your body will not be happy with that much sedentary time. So instead of curling up with your latest show addiction as soon as dinner is done, make it a point to go for a brisk evening walk at least twice per week. Bundle up the family, put a leash and a light on the dog and go for a neighbourhood stroll. Your conversations will begin to flow, dinner will digest better, you’ll sleep better at night and that couch will be just as tempting when you get back inside.

Greens, Greens, Greens
Just because the summer salads have disappeared doesn’t mean the greens need to too. Ensuring your body is getting adequate vitamins and minerals from green veggies is essential to fighting off that stubborn winter cold. Did you know that kale offers 120mg of vitamin C? That’s more than what you need in a day! It can be a warm kale and beet salad, blended greens in a smoothie, steamed veggies from a frozen bag, whatever you have to do to get those greens into your body. Click here for Dr. Axe’s 34 Green Smoothie Recipes.

Kick The Caffeine
Okay, okay, before you curse me and click away from this post…hear me out. Do you ever notice that your body is dependent on that cup of coffee or tea first thing in the morning to feel even remotely human…or not foggy headed. Or when 2/3/4pm hits, are you desperate for chocolate, coffee, or sugar of some kind to perk you up? I just want you to know this isn’t normal…or necessary! By kicking the caffeine dependency, or at least reducing it, you allow your digestive system to work properly, allowing more of your food to be absorbed as nutrients, rather than stored as fat. Soooo, when you grab a delicious latte, ask for a decaf. When it’s tea time at home, grab a decaf or herbal. And when you’re feeling low energy and need a pick me up, reach for vitamin B, raw cacao, spirulina, chlorella, fruits & veg and of course, water!!

Stretch It Out 
When the weather changes we tend to change our daily movement patterns. If you’re heading into winter, you are likely spending so much more time on your booty, watching Netflix, playing games or getting cozy and reading. To ensure your blood flow & energetic centers are staying balanced, take time to stretch your entire body every day. Stand up between Netflix episodes and do a few forward folds, slowly & calmly. After a few chapters, get up and reach those arms up above your head. Bring your knees to your chest while standing and challenge your balance, even just for a moment. Stretching will keep you feeling limber, fluid and functional all winter long!

If you’re feeling ready to take these final 2+ months by storm and ring in the new year in complete Health – come join me with my Accelerated Soul Purpose Program and spend the next 6 weeks reactivating your Holistic Health!

In Health, Happiness & Pure Vitality,

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Start Eating Healthy Today

Sometimes nutrition can seem complicated and overwhelming.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Start here by learning 3 simple steps you can take to start eating healthier and feeling better today.

Watch the video below 

 

Curious about how to implement these steps?
Book your Health History Consultation with me and we can outline exactly how this will work for you,
as well a find out what internal issues may be standing in the way of you achieving your health goals.

Until then, happy eating 🙂

Yours in Health, Happiness and Pure Vitality,

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