Posts tagged with "self-care"

My Goals for Fall

Posted September 25, 2014 in Fall, goals, motivation and 7 more

When the seasons change, I like to take a little time to set some intentions for the new season. It's the perfect time to reevaluate the goals you've already set or even set some new goals.

At first, I was sad to see summer go. But I realized that fall is full of new opportunities, a chance to wear clothes I haven't seen in ages (cozy sweaters!) and a way to switch up my meals (hello, butternut squash soup, apple crisp and pumpkin everything!).

Here are my goals for fall...

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October Goals Review

Posted October 30, 2014 in goals, goal setting, yoga and 10 more

Earlier this month, I set some small goals for October that would help me get closer to my overall fall goals.

I used Brooke: Not on a Diet's format for goal setting and set daily, weekly and monthly goals with a reward if I achieved those goals. I think I did OK. I definitely didn't accomplish all of my goals, but having something to check off every day made me work harder to achieve the goals that I had set.

Here's how I did...

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Novemeber Goals

Posted November 4, 2014 in goals, November, Fall and 7 more

Last month, I set some goals for the month - something new I'm trying to help me reach my larger overall goals for fall

I got the idea from a blogger I met at FitBloggin. Brooke Not on a Diet creates daily, weekly and monthly goals each month and decides on a reward if she meets her goals. I totally love this idea because I often set lots of goals, get motivated, then lose steam and don't accomplish my goals.

I did OK, last month. See what I accomplished in October here.

I realized that I need to come up with a better reward. My reward was a Fabletics outfit, something that I would buy for myself even if I didn't earn it. So for this month, I came up with something that I normally wouldn't do for myself.

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November Goals Review + December Goals

Posted December 2, 2014 in goals, goal setting, Fall and 12 more

For the past few months, I've been setting daily, weekly and monthly goals to help me reach my bigger goals, and I've been sharing how I've been doing.

I hope you enjoy reading these posts. I always think it's interesting to see how people are working on themselves. I want to give you a glimpse into my successes and things I need to work on, but also inspire you to take time to set your own goals. I truly believe goal setting is key to becoming your best self!

Click here to find out how I did with my October goals.

November was better. I did well with two of my daily goals and a few of my weekly goals. My monthly goals...not so much.

Here's how I did...

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Self-Love February - Week 1 Challenge

Posted January 31, 2015 in self-care, love your body, healthy living and 2 more

Happy Saturday! I can't believe it's the last day of January. The month flew by!

How are you doing on your New Year's goals? Are you sticking with them? Or have you already forgotten about them?

Maybe this Self-Love February Challenge will help you get back on track.

In yesterday's post, I told you that February is all about learning to love yourself more. Each week, I will give you a challenge to help you create a more loving relationship with your body. Do the challenge for one week. This first one is Feb. 1-7.

I challenge you to practice self-care daily for one week!

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Self-Love February - My self-love story

Posted February 6, 2015 in self-love, self-care, February and 7 more

Last week, I shared my personal journey with body criticism and self-hate (Read about it here). I shared this with you because it's Self-Love February here on Sweet Success, and I wanted to show you how far I've come. You too can learn to love yourself just as you are!

Today I'm sharing how I learned to love my body and myself...

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Self-Love February - Week 2 Challenge

Posted February 7, 2015 in self love, self-care, meditation and 6 more

Happy Saturday! I hope you had a lovely week, and you are enjoying your weekend so far!

I challenged you to practice self-care every day for the past week as part of Self-Love February. How did you do? I admit, I was off and on. For example, Wednesday was non-stop until about 9 p.m. when I was finishing eating dinner. I crashed in front of the TV for about an hour and was off to bed. I could have used some breaks during the day to reenergize myself.

But for the most part, I took some time for myself every day. Last night, after a particularly moody day, I poured myself a glass of wine and rolled out my yoga mat. It was the perfect ending to not so hot day, and I was instantly in a better mood.

This coming week's challenge is a good one! I challenge you to meditate every day for one week!

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How to Treat Yo Self this Valentine's Day

Posted February 11, 2015 in Treat Yo Self, Valentine's Day, holidays and 5 more

Valentine's Day is just days away! Whether you're coupled up or single this year, I highly recommend using this day of love to love yourself!

With busy schedules, focus on work and family and taking care of everyone else, we don't always take the time to take care of ourselves. So why not use Valentine's Day as an excuse to give yourself a little love and care?

Or as Tom Haverford would say, "Treat Yo Self."


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Self-Love February - Week 4 Challenge

Posted February 21, 2015 in Self-Love February, self-love, self-care and 3 more


I can't believe it's already the last week of February! This month flew by.

Last week, I challenged you to give yourself three compliments every day. I thought this was challenging! Especially one day when I was a bit down because I was comparing myself to others in a fitness class (yes, I do that too!). But as soon as I came up with three compliments, I instantly felt better.

This week's challenge will help you learn to listen to your body.

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Self-Love February Recap

Posted February 28, 2015 in Self-Love February, self love, self-care and 11 more

Today is the last day of Self-Love February. I hope you go into March feeling a little more love for yourself!

Creating content based on this theme was really important to me because there are so many women (and men) who spend too much time criticizing themselves, which leads to self-hate, which leads to not treating your body with care.

Each week this month, I challenged you to do something every day that would help you love yourself a little more. If you didn't participate or missed a week, do it in March (or April or May). Finding self-love is a journey and takes work!

Here's a recap of Self-Love February...

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Weekend Recap {March 27-29}

Posted March 30, 2015 in Weekend Recap, weekend, running and 11 more

How was your weekend? I had a wonderful three day weekend! I spent time with people I love, I ate delicious food, I ran a long long way and I spent a little bit of time pampering myself.

I took a little break from being productive this weekend for some much needed rest after a week of feeling run down. Read more in my Week of Workouts post.

Here's how the weekend went...

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New Year's Goals Halfway Check In

Posted June 4, 2015 in goals, 2015, new year and 8 more


Can you believe we're nearly halfway through the year?!?! 2015 is flying by!

The above photo is what I look like mid-2015, in case you were wondering.

At the beginning of the year, I always like to take some time to reflect on my life and set some goals for the year. I try to look back at my goals throughout the year to make sure I'm staying on track. I thought this halfway point would be a good time to share with you how I'm doing.

Read my original post - My Goals for 2015.

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Friday Faves {October, 2, 2015}

Posted October 2, 2015 in Friday Faves, The Power of Now, October and 8 more


Happy Friday!! And Happy October!!

I love this time of year. Pumpkin spice, boots, colorful tights, cozy sweaters, crunchy leaves, warm and hearty soups. Everything about it is just so comforting.

I stole the image above from Her View From Home (An amazing site for women written by women. I'm a writer for this site! Go like the FB page!). Leslie, who runs the site, said it perfectly, "This is it. This explains it." I agree.

Today I'm sharing some of my favorite things of the moment. Please share some of your favorites! I love to hear what you're into!

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Weekend Recap {Nov. 20-22, 2015} - Platte River State Park

Posted November 24, 2015 in cabin, outdoors, vacation and 6 more


The BF and I spent the weekend in a cabin at Platte River State Park.

I decided to use the weekend away as an excuse to take a phone/computer/internet/social media/blogging detox. It was much needed, and felt so good to disconnect.

We spent the weekend with our friends - Mark, Beth, Meggan, Kevin and Russanne. It was so much fun to laugh, play silly games, indulge in delicious food, relax, hike and enjoy some cocktails with everyone.

All of us take turns making meals, so we get to try new dishes, which is fun. We had some delicious food. I didn't eat the healthiest on this trip, mostly because I didn't bring healthy snacks like I usually do. I ended up eating way too many chips and crackers and too much cheese. I'm feeling it today! (I drank lemon water this morning, and ate lots of fruits and veggies to get back on track!)

Here are details from the weekend...

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12 Days of Self-Care Challenge

Posted December 8, 2015 in self-care, holidays, healthy living and 3 more


While there are so many things that make this time of year wonderful - holiday parties, twinkling lights, wrapping gifts, baking goodies - the holidays can also be a bit stressful.

Our calendars are full of shopping dates, holiday events and so much more. 

I'm definitely feeling a bit stressed this year as I'm already working on big projects for the new year. I know you'll all have big goals for 2016, and I'm working on some exciting things in my health coaching business! 

But that stress can make it challenging to enjoy all the little things that happen during the holidays. This is one of my biggest struggles…being present. I'm a list maker, a dreamer, a goal setter and a doer, so I'm constantly thinking about what's to come. However, I know I'm sometimes missing out on the now.

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Sometimes You Need to Fall Before You Can Fly

Posted December 9, 2015 in self-care, weight gain, weight loss and 6 more


Today's post is very personal. But I hope that sharing my journey will inspire, motivate and encourage you to begin putting yourself first for your own health and happiness. So here I go…

I have gained 10 pounds.

As you know from reading this blog, I eat healthy most of the time and indulge occasionally, and I workout most days of the week. So how did this happen?

Well, I am stressed, exhausted, overwhelmed and overworked. Tears are welling in my eyes as I type this. I'm so emotional about writing those words because over the past year I have been trying to do ALL the things, and I'm finally realizing that I can't. 

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12 Days of Self-Care {Halfway Recap}

Posted December 18, 2015 in self-care, 12 Days of Self-Care, healthy living and 3 more


We're already halfway through 12 Days of Self-Care! I hope you have been taking some time each day to practice a little self-care.

I have realized that I really needed this challenge this year! Last week, I wrote about my feelings of overwhelm and how my stress is impacting my health. Then this week, I crammed my schedule with way too many things. The stress manifested into a two-day headache and feeling incredibly run down. I will learn, I swear!

But this challenge has forced me to do at least one thing for myself each day that requires me to slow down and listen to my body, mind and spirit. I've been sharing my daily self-care practice on Facebook, so make sure you're following me there!

Here's how I've been caring for myself during the challenge...

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My Goals for 2016 {Peacefulness and Joy}

Posted January 1, 2016 in new year, goals, new year resolutions and 5 more


2015 was an amazing year full of exciting changes, taking risks, going on adventures, facing challenges, having success, failing, beautiful lessons and having fun. 

{Here's a look back at 2015}

I started a business! What?!?! I never imagined that I would become an entrepreneur. I'm still in the beginning stages of creating my business and, to be honest, I feel like I have no clue what I'm doing. My fears and insecurities about starting a business, and my increasingly busy schedule, had me feeling overwhelmingly stressed by the end of the year.

Luckily, I had two weeks off from my full-time job during the holidays (I work for a university). I decided to take some of that time off from blogging and working on my health coaching business as well. It was during this time of rejuvination that made me realize that I wanted to create something different in the new year.

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Weekend Recap {Jan. 8-10, 2016}

Posted January 11, 2016 in Weekend Recap, weekend, yoga and 8 more

Happy Monday!

I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed today because I didn't do ANY work over the weekend. I had a long to do list for some upcoming projects, and I didn't cross one thing off my list. 

I just felt a bit off this weekend. I didn't sleep well last week, and felt kind of moody, emotional and blah all weekend. I really should have accepted my need for rest and relaxation, rested and enjoyed it. But instead I stressed about what I should have been doing as I did other things that weren't work.

Today, I'm feeling a bit under the weather. This is what happens when you don't care for yourself! 

This week, I'll take things one at a time to try to reduce stress. I'll also make yoga and meditation a priority so I don't get too worked up about my to do list.

Here's a look at the food, fitness and other adventures from my weekend...

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4 Ways to Stay Healthy in the New Year

Posted January 18, 2016 in self-care, staying healthy, common cold and 5 more

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*This post was created for Amino. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Each January for the past few years, I have come down with a crazy terrible cold. The type of cold that has me laying on the couch wrapped up in blankets, keeping the Kleenex box nearby, coughing like a maniac and feeling like death is near.

With a packed schedule and tons of exciting projects to work on, I was determined to avoid my usual new year sickness. So I've been doing a few simple things to stay healthy!

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Learning to Love Yourself More

Posted February 1, 2016 in self-care, Self-Love February, self love and 2 more

"Love is the nourishment that we humans need to fulfill our greatness. As I learn to love myself more, I learn to love everyone more. Together we tenderly cultivate an ever more beautiful world."

Since February is a month that is all about love, I'm sharing ways that you can learn to love yourself more!

We're starting with self-care. Self-care is the ultimate form of love towards yourself. Because our lives are crazy busy, caring for ourselves isn't always a priority. But when we put everything else in our lives before caring for ourselves, we aren't able to give at our greatest capacity.

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Six Ways to Practice Self-Care on a Snow Day

Posted February 2, 2016 in self-care, snow day, yoga and 6 more

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Today is a snow day!!

Winter Storm Kayla has hit Nebraska, and the city is shut down. 

There will be no playing in the fluffy snow during this snow fall. There are nearly 50 mph winds, so it's not a picturesque snow storm.

So far, I have slept in, drank coffee, browsed Instagram and ate avocado toast topped with eggs, turmeric, pink Himilayan salt and red pepper flakes. I'm taking things really slow today! Since I have an unexpected day off from work, I'm going to use the snow day to care for myself a bit.

On my snow day agenda: yoga/Pilates, reading, catching up on magazines, an at-home pedicure, wine, eating healthy comfort foods and organizing my home office.

Today is the perfect day to take some time for yourself. If you've already devised a long to do list, set it aside for at least an hour and take some time to care for you!

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4 Tips for Dealing with Overwhelm

Posted July 20, 2016 in stress, stress management, dealing with overwhelm and 4 more

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As I drove to work today, I had this overwhelmingly intense tension in my chest and throat. 

I kept replaying my to-do lists (yes, lists) over and over again in my mind, thinking about the disarray (and let's be honest, dirtiness) of my house and my schedule, which had me going non-stop until 9 p.m.

I wanted to turn my car around, drive home and climb back under my sheets. 

These feelings of overwhelming stress are actually somewhat new to me. For just over a year, I've been working full-time, running my health coaching business, blogging, teaching fitness classes, selling a nutrition line and more recently I've been doing yoga teacher training. All this sprinkled in with volunteering for a few organizations, creating a new group for entrepreneurs in my community and preparing to teach a college course in the fall.

While I practice self-care daily to manage my stress and create a bit of balance in my life, I occasionally have a mini meltdown. When I do, these are the steps that I take to take back control and find some calmness...

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Get Holistically Hot! {book review}

Posted August 8, 2016 in Your Holistically Hot Transformation, weight loss, healthy living and 5 more

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*I received an early copy of Marissa Vicario's book, Your Holistically Hot Transformation, in return for a book review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I was really excited to read Marissa Vicario's book, Your Holistically Hot Transformation: Embrace a Healthier Lifestyle Free of Dieting, Confusion and Self-Judgment, because she is an integrative health and nutrition coach who graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (like me!). 

In Your Holistically Hot Transformation, Marissa shares her own journey to wellness and how she made getting healthy, fit and balanced (Hot) less intimidating and attainable. 

I totally connected to her approach to wellness...looking at how every area of your life fits together to make the whole.

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Yoga Teacher Training - Weekend 5

Posted September 12, 2016 in yoga teacher training, yoga, yogi and 3 more

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I woke up this morning and thought it was Saturday….it's Monday. I have a feeling it's going to be a long week.

I'm totally exhausted after being in yoga teacher training over the weekend. I plan to take it easy the next couple of days - keeping my workouts light and not scheduling too many health coaching consultations or client sessions. 

Here's a recap of my yoga weekend….

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More being, less doing

Posted September 30, 2016 in self-care, healthy living, overwhelm and 3 more

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"I am a human being, not a human doing. Don't equate your self-worth with how well you do things in life. You aren't what you do. If you are what you do, then when you don't...you aren't." - Wayne Dyer

On Wednesday, I woke up at 5 a.m. to go to a fitness class. Then I went to work until 5 p.m., taught a fitness class, had back to back health coaching sessions, and then I met up with an acquaintance who was in town for work. Finally, at 10 p.m. I arrived home. 

I hadn't eaten dinner, hadn't had a moment to check in with myself all day. I went to bed feeling exhausted.

Thursday morning I woke up feeling sick. Headache, nausea, body aches, chills. I felt awful all day, and I'm still feeling sick today.

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Grief and Being Easy on Ourselves

Posted October 21, 2016 in grief, loss, self-care and 3 more

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I've been slow to share this news because it's been too difficult to write about. My throat is tight and the tears are welling up as I write this. The BF and I had to say goodbye to our dog, Coda, last week.

Saying goodbye has been harder than I could have imagined. The BF and I quickly realized how intertwined Coda was to every part of our daily routine and how much joy he brought to our lives. 

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What I Learned in Yoga Teacher Training

Posted November 7, 2016 in yoga teacher training, yoga, yogi and 6 more

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I finished my last weekend of yoga teacher training! 

Going through the 200-hour yoga teacher certification program may have been one of the best decisions I've ever made. The experience was so much more than I ever expected. 

I went through yoga teacher training through Avani Yoga Studio in Hastings with Evolve to Harmony Yoga in Omaha. My teachers, Carole Westerman, Suzanne Wright and Elizabeth Israel, were absolutely amazing. I feel really lucky to have learned from them and the other teachers at Avani. 

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Your Happy Healthy Holidays Guide

Posted November 14, 2016 in Happy Healthy Holidays Guide, healthy holidays, self-care and 5 more

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The holiday season is here! 

This time of year is supposed to be the happiest time of year, but it can end up being a stressful time that leads to overeating and feelings of guilt (which can lead to more overeating). 

I know what it's like to begin a new year having gained weight over the holidays, feeling guilty about all of my indulgences and feeling bummed and overwhelmed about needing to lose those extra holiday pounds. 

The most effective way to stay on track during the holidays is to have specific goals and accountability. Which is why I created this Happy Healthy Holidays Guide and Accountability Program for you.

Having someone to stay accountable to is everything! 

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The Ultimate Self-Care Holiday Gift Guide

Posted December 6, 2016 in self-care, the Ultimate Self-Care Holiday Gift Guide, Holiday Gift Guide and 5 more

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*This post contains affiliate links. When you click and purchase, I earn a small commission. Thanks so much for supporting Sweet Success!

Most of us don't take the time to care for ourselves. We rush from one thing to the next, and self-care becomes the last thing on our list of priorities. But when we're not taking care of ourselves, we can't give to others fully. 

Encourage your mom, grandma, sisters, aunts, cousins, girlfriends, co-workers, neighbors and others to create a self-care practice with these cozy and relaxing gifts. 

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New Year's Recap

Posted January 3, 2017 in New Year's Eve, new year, setting intentions and 9 more

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed celebrating the end of 2016 and welcoming the new year. 

My New Year's weekend was pretty low key, which was nice. We spent New Year's Eve with friends enjoying good food and champagne, and playing games. The rest of the weekend was slow moving and relaxing. 

Here's a recap of my weekend...

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My Word for 2017 - Intention

Posted January 5, 2017 in new year goals, intentions, creating an intentional life and 8 more

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I've always loved setting goals in the New Year. It just seems like the perfect time for new beginnings and an ideal time to check in with yourself to see if your actions are aligned with your vision for your future.

I usually take some time at the end of the year to review the past year and write some goals for the new year. But this year, I found myself coming back to this process over and over again. 

I journaled my accomplishments in 2016, my favorite memories, my worries for the coming year, release statements, what I want to manifest in 2017, how I want to feel and more. 

I realized that I was spending so much time creating a clear vision for the year because I felt like I was treading water during 2016. I overcommitted and over-scheduled myself, and found myself doing things without a clear idea of what I wanted to get out of the experience.  

I spent so much time focused on being productive and getting through my to do list, but I never manifested what I desired and I ended up feeling stressed and burned out by the end of the year. 

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Weekend Recap {Jan. 13-15, 2017}

Posted January 16, 2017 in Weekend Recap , yoga, dairy free cooking and 8 more

Today is my favorite kind of Monday...I slept in (I got nine hours of sleep last night!), I'm still in my pajamas, I'm under a fuzzy blanket and I'm sipping coffee. I had today off from MLK Day, but a lot of the city is shut down because of an ice storm.

We were anticipating the ice storm, so we didn't make any plans for the weekend. It ended up being the most relaxing weekend that I can remember.

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How to be an activist and practice self-care

Posted February 3, 2017 in self-care, activism, politics and 4 more

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How has it only been two weeks since the inauguration? The amount of stress that I've carried has made it feel so much longer!

Just like you, I've been navigating how to keep up with political news while maintaining my own sanity. It's been a challenge and, I admit, the first week wasn't pretty. 

After the Women's March, I was feeling super hopeful and positive, then news came out about a Nebraska fraternity who had yelled absolutely horrific things at women during the march. I read the comments on the news story, and got so fired up by the awful comments. Then for some reason, I watched the documentary "The Hunting Ground," which sent me on a stress spiral. 

This was a major wake up call for me. I knew that I couldn't spend the next four years on this level. I want to be able to be involved and know what's happening in the world, but I'm not willing to sacrifice my own well-being. So I immediately began asking my online community what they had been doing to de-stress and implementing some self-care strategies.

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The Best Apps for Meditation

Posted February 28, 2017 in meditation, health coaching, self-care and 4 more

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During my health coaching workshops, I always bring up meditation. 

Whether I'm talking about kicking sugar cravings, eating for energy or women's health, my talks always move away from food and toward self-care and eventually to meditation. 

Meditation usually comes up when I discuss primary foods - relationships, career, physical activity and spirituality. I love talking about primary foods (the foods we eat are secondary foods) because everything is connected. 

If we're miserable in our job, we feel stressed and anxious, which may make it difficult to sleep. Not getting enough sleep will make it harder to choose healthy foods and have the motivation to workout. Not eating well or working out decreases self-esteem and could make you moody. Moodiness will impact relationships, which will cause more stress. 

Meditation can help us reduce stress and anxiety, get more in touch with ourselves, increase self-acceptance and self-esteem, improve our mood, increase relaxation, make us more optimistic and make us healthier. Meditation can be a great first step in increasing self-awareness to begin to make healthy changes. 

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In Pursuit of Happiness

Posted April 26, 2017 in happiness, in pursuit of happiness, self-care and 5 more

Happiness isn't something that just happens to us. We must create our own happiness. 

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I always thought that once I was skinny I would be happy. Or once I graduated from college and got a real job I would be happy. Or once I got a better job I would be happy. Or when I got a boyfriend I would be happy. Or when I was finally out of debt I would be happy. 

Does this sound familiar? We often assume that there's something physical or tangible that will create a lifetime of happiness. Or when we reach a certain level of success, we'll be happy.

I'm not sure when I realized that grasping at things outside of myself would never make me happy, but that shift in my mindset changed everything.

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Losing Your Identity as a Runner

Posted May 5, 2017 in running, runner, half-marathon training and 6 more

When you've been a long distance runner for nearly a decade and then you stop running, are you still a runner? 

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All week photos of me running the Lincoln Half-Marathon have been popping up in my Facebook memories. 

The race is Sunday, and it's the first time since 2009 that I'm not running. 

The photos bring back a lot of good (and bad) memories from half-marathon training and race day. But the photos have also made me feel a little lost. 

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Embrace Your Body Challenge

Posted June 5, 2017 in Embrace Your Body Challenge, love your body, self-care and 3 more

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This time of year can bring up a lot of negative feelings about our bodies. 

Now that the weather is warmer and you're baring more skin, you may find yourself noticing your perceived flaws and getting down on yourself. Or maybe you're comparing yourself to others and feeling like your body isn't good enough.

I've been there. Feeling like my body wasn't skinny/toned/beautiful enough held me back from living a full life.

I spent years going on restrictive diets and working out because I was desperate to change my body. But when I finally lost weight, I still hated my body.

I began to embrace my body by doing small things every day. By taking time for myself and becoming more connected to myself. Nothing drastic, no intense workouts and no food deprivation. 

Which is why I created a free program and private community to motivate you as you create a happy and healthy life, and body that you love. 

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Summer Body Goals

Posted June 7, 2017 in summer body goals, body positivity, self-love and 5 more

Imagine if we obsessed about the things we loved about our bodies instead of the things we hate. Make your summer body goal to love yourself more!

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What if your summer body goals included loving your body more, thinking kinder thoughts about your body and speaking kinder words about your body?

Those goals feel a lot different than lose 10 pounds, get a flat stomach and get rid of cellulite.

I've spent summer after summer with the second set of goals, and they always left me feeling totally miserable. I spent too much time comparing myself to others, wishing my body was different and avoiding all activities that involved swimwear or shorts. 

It's totally OK if you'd like to lose a some weight or get stronger. But what if you began your journey by learning to love your body?

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Two Things I Do Even When I'm Crazy Busy and Overwhelmed

Posted June 15, 2017 in overwhelm, self-care, meditation and 5 more

When life gets busy or you overbook yourself, avoid burn out by using these two simple tips. 

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I admit, I overbooked myself this month. 

This isn't something that's new to me. If you've been reading this blog for awhile, then you know that I tend to overcommit. 

My tendency to over schedule myself usually leads to me feeling overwhelmed and stressed, and eventually totally burned out. 

While I've overbooked myself once again, I'm doing two things differently that are helping me manage my stress. 

If you're an ambitious, worker bee like me, then this is for you!

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Summer Love Your Body Program: 30 Days to Feeling Gorgeous, Confident and Nourished Inside and Out

Posted June 22, 2017 in Love Your Body Program, body positive, body confidence and 6 more

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When was the last time you went into summer loving and appreciating your body?

Has your lack of confidence held you back from truly enjoying the warm weather months?

Have you ever put on a swimsuit without picking apart everything you hate about your body?

Make this the summer that you let go of self-criticism, learn to nourish your body, and feel confident and beautiful!

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How to Break Free from Dieting for Good and Love Your Body More

Posted July 4, 2017 in Summer Body Love Program, body positivity, self-care and 2 more

Loving your body more and living the life you truly want is within reach, and there's no diet, meal plan or fitness routine required!

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Every spring, I used to write out my weight loss goals for summer. I'd figure out how many pounds I needed to lose each week to reach my goal.

The number I chose, always seemed to have a magical power attached to it. I imagined that once I reached that number on the scale, that I would be happy and confident, and that I would finally be able to begin living my life. 

I would spend the entire spring starting my diet over every Monday, repeating a cycle of strict eating, binge eating, shame and guilt, more binge eating, back to the diet. 

Obviously, I never met my weight loss goal, and I began each summer feeling self-conscious about my body and like a total failure for not having the willpower to get skinny. I also continued to put my true desires on hold because I hadn't reached that magical number on the scale yet. 

But then something changed...I began taking care of myself and living more fully. I stopped waiting for my body to be perfect to live the life I wanted to live, and I began to love my body more. 

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Weekend Recap {July 7-9, 2017}

Posted July 10, 2017 in Weekend Recap, yoga, meal planning and 6 more

Another summer weekend has come and gone. After having two long weekends, it was sad to have a regular old two day weekend.

However, I'm home from work today. 

I'm not sure if everything is just a coincidence and unrelated or if everything is connected, but I have a cluster of painful and itchy bug bites on my neck, I have an intense pain from my jaw to my shoulder, I have a terrible headache and my throat is sore. 

It all started last Wednesday, so after six days of being in pain I'm exhausted. I also started to go down a spiral worrying about having a bacterial infection, meningitis or some other awful illness.

Luckily, I don't have anything on my schedule today. So I'm currently watching Dawson's Creek from the beginning (I haven't watched it since high school!) and I'm staying in my pajamas all day. 

I wasn't feeling well all weekend, so I spent a fair amount of time relaxing. But I also pushed through my pain for a date night and a trip to the lake for some beach time.

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Creating White Space

Posted July 14, 2017 in creating white space, self-care, relaxing and 4 more

How often do you have nothing on your schedule? Creating white space can help you stress less, stay healthy and be more inspired.

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This week has been incredibly challenging.

After about a week of not feeling well, I finally went to the doctor and learned that I have shingles.

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. If you had chicken pox as a child, the virus is dormant in your body. The virus can resurface as a rash and is often brought on by the perfect combination of stress and a weakened immune system.

I've been going nonstop for the past couple of years working full-time, building my health coaching business, teaching fitness classes, going through yoga teacher training, B-School and Nutrition School, and more. I've never taken time for retraction or white space.

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Weekend Recap {July 14-16, 2017}

Posted July 18, 2017 in Weekend Recap, self-care, shingles and 6 more

After almost two weeks of being in a lot of pain because of shingles, I went into the weekend ready to rest and recuperate. 

The fiancé and I didn't have any plans, which was exactly the kind of weekend I needed. We ended up going on a few low-key adventures, spending time in the kitchen and watching Netflix, of course.

Here's a recap of the weekend...

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How Self-Care Can Help You Succeed in Work, Love and Life

Posted September 7, 2017 in self-care, stress management, success and 4 more

This simple shift could help you go from overwhelmed to knowing you're on the right track to achieving your goals. 

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Over the past couple of weeks I've been putting a lot of pressure on myself to be productive. I've been creating rigidity in my days, scheduling out the work I need to do each hour of the day, to accomplish more. 

Yet, I still felt like I wasn't doing enough. I wasn't getting all the things on my to do list done and panic was settling in.

I've always been a list maker and someone who preferred to stay busy, but over the past few years I've also become someone who is a striver, a goal setter and a doer. Often to the point of getting burned out, overwhelmed and stressed. 

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