Meditation Series: Part 1 - Meditation as Medication for Daily Stress

Uncategorized Mar 07, 2019

YOU HEAR ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME…

Do you meditate?

You should try to meditate!

Studies show meditation helps EVERYTHING… do it now!

You know you should at least give it a try.

BUT…

You are busy

You can’t sit still

You have too many thoughts running through your head

You are too stressed

You don’t have time

You don’t know how to do it

Will it really work for you?

The truth is, meditation IS extremely effective. It has been widely studied, and those who practice it regularly will tell you - it helps! However, the idea of meditation may seem “not your style.” You may have a visual of a yogi sitting cross legged (ummm your knees can’t handle that) “Om-ing” for an hour in silence. GAH!

Despite this visual, I’m here to tell you there’s another way - a way that will work for YOU. How do I know? Because if it’s something you truly want to do, you can find a way to create a meditation practice that fits...

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Cozy Dirty Chai Latte

Uncategorized Feb 22, 2019

 

Whenever I ease off coffee, I need to replace it with something equally cozy and delicious. I made this chai latte on a particularly snowy, dreary February day and it was ah-mazing! You can adjust the recipe as it fits your needs - use a caffeinated chai, skip the coffee, double down on maple syrup…whatever you like!

 

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Ingredients

10 oz hot water
1 chai tea bag (I used a caffeine-free rooibos chai from Numi)
2 tbsp coconut butter
1 tbsp collagen
1-2 tsp honey
1 oz brewed coffee

To Make

  1. Step tea bag in hot water for 5 minutes to extract maximum flavor.

  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to a blender.

  3. Pour in steeped tea and blend on high until frothy. ENJOY!

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Finding Alignment Post Travel

Uncategorized Feb 15, 2019

I JUST SPENT A WEEK AWAY FROM MY HOME

It was wonderful and FULL… It was also my second week away in four weeks. I love traveling, but I also LOVE being home. Oddly, the transition from being away to being home is challenging for me. It’s no secret that I often (a-hem… always) pick a fight with my husband when I get home. It’s not that I don’t want to be home, I do! It’s that transitions are challenging for me, and I need time to adjust.

The good thing is, I have a system to get myself on track after a trip and I’m here to share it with you. If you struggle to feel good, eat well and take care of yourself after a trip, this post is for you! We all fall off the deep end and travel can make it even more challenging to get back on track. If you follow the simple practices outlined in this post, you will ensure you feel great when you come home.

HERE’S WHAT THIS POST WILL COVER

  • How Travel Creates Imbalance In Your Body/Mind

  • How To...

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Secrets to Soft Winter Skin

Uncategorized Dec 12, 2018

ITCHY, DRY, CRACKED,SKIN… OUCH!

IF YOU LIVE IN A DRY OR COLD CLIMATE, WINTER SKIN IS THE WORST.

You go through gallons of moisturizer, only to start over every day. What are you supposed to do? If the lotion doesn’t work, what does? You can’t very well site in a tub all day. I mean you do have to work - if for no other reason than to pay for more lotion!

Lotion only gets you so far. First of all, if you aren’t using a safer or natural body moisturizer, you are likely loading yourself up with unhealthy chemicals and hormone disruptors. While this may seem insignificant, remember your skin is your biggest organ and absorbs 50-90% of what you apply to it (depending on the area of the body). Some chemicals in moisturizers even have a long term drying effect! Not OK.

If you truly want soft, moisturized skin all winter long, I’ve got you.

This Post Will Cover:

  1. The BEST way to exfoliate your skin

  2. The one KEY ingredient to soft skin all year

  3. A simple...

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Coming Home

Uncategorized Dec 07, 2018

Dark, quiet, alone. Sixty minutes in this “sensory deprivation” Float Tank may sound like torture to you. I spent 2 hours alone with nothing but my thoughts - no phone, book, music, or even people.

Just me, myself and I. Or rather, me, my thoughts and my inner voice.

Upon emerging from the experience, I felt discombobulated, out of sorts. What I came to realize though, was I was actually coming back together, back home to myself. I tried to remember the last time I was alone, truly. When was the last time I sat in silence for more that 20 minutes?

The Float Tank at “A New Spirit” Wellness center in Denver, CO

The Float Tank at “A New Spirit” Wellness center in Denver, CO

Even when “alone” I constantly find myself distracted: reading, listening to podcasts, posting on Instagram about how great it is to be “alone” or simply watching TV. I am always busying myself and engaged with SOMETHING external.

Can you relate?

Perhaps you actively avoid being alone. As I’ve described the...

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Bring Balance to Your Life and Transition to Fall with Less Stress, Worry and Anxiety

Uncategorized Sep 20, 2018

IT’S FALL!

Are You Feeling Anxious, Busy, Unsettled? Do You Feel Uneasy About Fall? Is Your Sleep Interrupted?

The Fall leaves in Vail

The Fall leaves in Vail

This season represents so much. For some, there is a sense of sadness. You see the days get shorter, the temperatures drop, the fun and freedom starts to slip away. School starts back up and we are drawn (or forced) back into a routine.

For others, it’s easy to glorify fall. Cozy sweaters, more down time, reading a book by the fire. Pumpkins! Foliage! Crisp mornings and evenings with glorious light during the day. And of course, cooler temperatures. (Can you tell which side of the fence I am on?)

Regardless of if you love fall or see it as a gateway to winter, we all experience certain shifts in our bodies and minds during this time of year.

In this post I will cover the basic symptoms of this transition, and how to recognize and alleviate them. I will focus on helping you from an Ayurvedic perspective and offer many tools...

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What if Everything was OK?

Uncategorized Aug 24, 2018

HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED YOU SUDDENLY DON’T ENJOY SOMETHING THAT YOU USED TO?

What Did You Make That Mean? How Did You Feel?

For example, one day you don’t feel like going to the workout class that you ALWAYS go to. Your body says no. What do you do?

Do you push through or do you listen to your body? How do you know the right answer?

Do you doubt your body? “If I go I will feel better.” Maybe for one day or one class, you give in. Do you feel guilty about that or empowered? But what happens if you don’t feel like going at all anymore? What do you do? Do you still give in or do you sit in guilt and frustration?

DO YOU SEE WHERE THIS IS GOING?

I used a workout class as an example, but this applies to literally everything in life! The food you eat, the exercise you do, the way you spend your time, your relationships, where you live, what you do, WHO YOU ARE. 

It’s Cyclical. Life Is Cyclical.

From our breath, to the sunrise and...

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San Diego Recap + Recommendations

Uncategorized Jun 17, 2018

Oh, San Diego! What A Wonderful Place You Are. 

 After the race! I have my shirt on "I don't do Marathons, I do a Marathon runner."
 

John and I spent four lovely days in San Diego. As many of you know, John is an avid runner, and just ran the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon. His goal was to beat the Boston Marathon qualifying time, and he did! Hooray! He ran 26.2 miles in 3:02:40. I am so proud of him. Right before he crossed the finish line, I welled up with emotion. He’s been training (and I’ve helped a little!) for the past 3 months, and it was really exciting to witness him beat his personal goal.

Ok, proud wifey moment aside, we also had an amazing time in San Diego. I know this city well, but it had been over a year since I had visited. We decided to extend the trip for 2 full days after the race to relax and explore. This post covers a bit about the city, where we ate, and some very interesting “adventures” that were thrown our way. 

Ready? I’m breaking this out by day. Included is where we...

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Digital Detox: Take Control Over Your Digital Life

Uncategorized May 24, 2018

LET'S TALK TECH

Me taking a photo of myself and Mia while working on my computer (and then posting to Instagram... hello devices!

Specifically how and when we use our devices, and all of the distractions and notifications we get every day.

  • Does the idea of leaving the house without your phone stress you out?

  • Do you receive notifications on multiple platforms every time you get an email, text, phone call, calendar alert?

  • When was the last time you actually turned your devices off?

  • Do you constantly look for notifications, and then feel empty after you get one

  • Are you offended when someone doesn’t respond to you immediately?

If you are anything like me, your answers look like this:

  • Yes

  • Absolutely

  • Uhhh…

  • Yep

  • Errr sometimes

 

Me taking a photo of myself and Mia while working on my computer (and then posting to instagram... hello devices!

 

How To Navigate This Post

This post covers a lot. I discuss some of the ramifications of tech, how we are in a constant state of distraction, how to discover your tech triggers, and how to go about doing a...

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How to ALIGN Your Spring Cleaning with Your Needs

Uncategorized May 17, 2018

HAVE YOU FELT THE URGE TO CLEAN UP AND CLEAR OUT? SPRING WEATHER NATURALLY ENCOURAGES US TO LIGHTEN UP.

This post covers some of my favorite, unconventional (duh), ways to spring clean! Winter is all about layers, hunkering down, slow, deep movement and weight. In all the good ways! I love winter. 

Come spring, we often feel weighed down and ready to shed some layers. You see, if you are full of stuff (thoughts, stuffed drawers, old crap you don’t love), then you are telling the Universe that there is no space for the things you want (and don't yet have).

So, the first step to creating and attracting all of the good is to create space for it.

This post goes over simple ways to clean up your life, declutter and start a new season with a fresh mindset. I broke them down by category. I recommend doing at least on thing per category for the best benefits.

  • Digital Clean Up
  • Household Organization
  • Personal Life

Scroll to the category that you are most drawn...

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