Why Wellness is a Daily Job

“My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” (from Forrest Gump) And to further that quote… “You get what you settle for.” (from Thelma and Louise) Because… “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” (from Lord of…

Writing for Wellness

Living in a technologically-driven society and joining the movement for sustainability (i.e. paper and waste reduction, energy efficiency, renewable resources, and biodegradable, recyclable, eco-friendly products), it’s a wonder I even write anymore. I cringe at the thought of wasted and unrecycled paper. If we are going to cut down our trees – the Oxygen source,…

The Relationship between Wellness and Joy

Question: In this moment, how do you feel? . . . . Why do you feel what you feel? . . . . Again, how does that make you feel? . . . . The purpose of those questions are to connect you to your emotional body (so please make sure you answered them). Emotions…

Mindfulness and Meditation

There are plenty of times when I want to give up. Give up exercising, give up eating well, give up loving, give up helping, give up smiling. It is in those moments where I feel like giving up that I realize there is nothing to give up except perfection. I can exhale with relief. All…

Cravings

What’s your most frequent craving? Mine is chocolate. I find the more I try to avoid chocolate, the more I want it. If I wait too long to indulge in the craving, I end up consuming more than I am content with. After overindulging, I get on myself about the indulgence and vow to let…

On Going to Therapy

If you think you might need therapy, maybe you should go. The thought might cross your mind, but you may not take action. Sometimes, however, other people (besides friends and family) can be the lens you need in order to get the support you need or to make lasting changes in your life. Going to…

The Ins and Outs of Weight Management

Disclaimer- this post is about weight management specifically after weight loss. This does not serve as a replacement for medical and nutritional advice from your doctor. Generally, people know the recipe for weight loss: 1. Consume more fruits and vegetables Trade the junk food for lower calorie and nutrient-packed fruits and vegetables of your choice….

How to Begin a Yoga Practice

The first thing one learns in Yoga is that it’s all about breathing. To begin your Yoga practice, please pay attention to your breath. You are not looking for anything in particular. Once you have learned to breathe, there are numerous outlets for learning the asanas (poses) of Yoga: DVDs Books Online videos In-person sessions…

Tips for Getting (and Staying) Organized

Getting organized is all about systems. By system I mean the process in which one decides where to put or how to do things. Depending on what’s being organized, different systems are needed. One might need a labeling system, storage system, cleaning system, and/or a rotation system. In this post, I share tips for adding…

Measuring Personal Growth

Growth is… Different for each person. For me, growth is slowing down enough to enjoy the smaller, more peaceful moments each day. It’s learning to be more present with those around me. It’s stopping to take in my surroundings. It’s being able to appreciate what I’ve accomplished thus far and all that I have yet…