The Art of Releasing, NYE-Style

Release THIS before setting your NYE Resolutions! 

New Year’s Eve is always an interesting time for many. We often look at our past year with scrutiny, sometimes with awe, and look forward to this blank page as an opportunity to FINALLY live the life we’ve been hoping we would for years.
 
We see this blank page as the one chance we have to make those changes, to actually be that person. And while this can be an incredible sense of reflection and peace, it can also be incredibly frustrating.
 
How many times have you set New Years Resolutions only to fail them by the 2nd week in January? Or sign up for a new class or membership only to ignore it after the 5th day?
 
Human Beings are not designed to simply say once, “I want this” and then receive it. You need to create an entire lifestyle that supports these desires and needs that you have. You need to surround yourself with support and encouragement for those days when you’re bound to want to give up and give in. And most importantly you need to understand WHY you want to achieve these goals! Without this knowledge of WHY, you might as well leave the resolutions behind.
 
As I was pondering about New Years this year, after such an emotionally bizarre Christmas Holiday, I was thinking of each of you and what this new year may bring to you. I considered what each of you may be seeking in life, what currently feels a bit unsatisfying or stagnant and maybe what it is that you’re hoping to receive more of. While only you know the answers to these questions, I still wanted to create some space for you to be acknowledged and appreciated 😉
 
In my moments of thinking of you, I came up with this request.
 
This new years eve, instead of focusing all your intention on what you want MORE OF, can we first take a moment to consider what you’re hoping to RELEASE!?
 
It’s a bit of unique concept for some of you I know, but trust me – it’s one worth trying!
 
When you consider your life and simply think of all the beauty and fitness and food and fun that you want to achieve in the coming year – you are subconsciously working to manifest all of these things.
 
But when you have not done any clearing and releasing work; the work that allows you to release old patterns and habits, you are actually just slapping new shiny paper on top of an old used notepad. There isn’t actually any space to invite in these new experiences – you simply are covering up that which you don’t want with images and thoughts of what you do.
 
So in order to truly prepare your body, your mind and your subconscious mind for the true power of manifesting the life of your dreams, let us first begin with the Art of Releasing.
 

New Year – New Release

Ask yourself this;
 
On this eve of 2016, I am ready to release _______________.
 
Perhaps it’s your desperate need to be included in every social activity, or maybe your incessant judgement of your weight. Maybe you’re ready to release the rude and sometimes hurtful comments you make to your partner when you’re hungry. Perhaps it’s the way you allow others to dictate your schedule instead of honouring your personal goals & needs. Or maybe it’s simply the act of always DOING.
 
Whatever it is that you are ready to release, it will come to you when you give it the space.
 
I really really want you to take this exercise seriously and follow through with your releasing act. So please honour yourself and take a moment to become quiet in your body and your mind and ask yourself;
 
On this eve of 2016, I am ready to release ______________.
 
Much love and gratitude to each of you this Holiday Season!

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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Higher Vibrations – Awaken Your Spirituality

Niki & DeannaHigher Vibrations, a LIVE 4-part open conversation series, was birthed when fellow Holistic Health Coach Niki Wells and I realized that our ease of conversation around Holistic Health may be exactly what is needed to motivate YOU to make healthy changes today. We want you to have the tools and resources that you require to live your best life right here, right now. Our goal with these conversations is to inspire change in you, connect you to a Holistic Health network and expand your personal health awareness. We will be discussing all things health, wellness, spirituality and self-care in each open conversation.

Each session will be hosted LIVE and is accessible from anywhere in the world. We encourage you to listen in and join us through the chat box; let us know what questions you have and where your health has been lacking lately. Each session will have a general topic, but is always open to flow wherever it needs to go. Can’t make it live? Send us your questions ahead of time

Our first conversation was fabulous. We chatted about what Spirituality means to each of us, how it found us and what practical tools we use daily to stay connected. If you’re seeking some spiritual awareness and motivation, take some time today to relax and tune in. 

Register for our next conversation: Higher Vibrations: Fluidity, Intentional Movement & Exercise
Friday, Sept 23rd, 2016 at 9am PST/12pm EST