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self care

Hello 2015

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Namaste Everyday goals (on and off the mat) written on the studio wall!

Namaste Everyday goals (on and off the mat) written on the studio wall!

Hello friends! I hope your Holidays were filled with good food, good company and good health! I am finally back into the swing of things over here and can't wait to start putting my plans for 2015 in action. I know resolutions are always a touchy subject, some people make them and then some people are vehemently against them. I like to think I'm somewhere in the middle. I like to start right into the New year with a few goals that I know I can complete or get started on in good time. Work, life, etc gets in the way so why not make some short term resolutions that are do-able and will ultimately have a lasting impact? Here are my goals for the beginning of 2015:

Complete the Namaste Everyday Challenge - My favorite Yoga studio is hosting a challenge where you practice yoga every day for the month of January. My goal with this challenge (besides completing it) is to establish a better yoga practice and continue to go a few times a week once the challenge is over.
Read  - This one is pretty self explanatory and I have no excuse considering I received some great books for Christmas (see below).
Travel  - So far my guy and I have a trip planned to Chicago in the spring and then have talked about the possibility of taking a longer trip in the fall.
Devote time to documenting my cooking + health adventures - I finally invested in a good camera! Now I can actually enjoy playing with my food as well as show off the healthy places that St. Louis has to offer.

As of lately

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Health Coaching involves helping and supporting clients make small changes to reach personal goals and create long lasting habits. I thought I would share some of the small changes I've made to my daily routine.

After doing a 3-day cleanse, I've started drinking smoothies for breakfast. Also, my boss was kind enough to order me a balance ball chair since I am at my desk most of the day which is helping my posture and fixes my bad habit of sitting on my legs. The biggest change I've made has been purchasing a fitbit. With the fitbit I was really able to see my lack of functional activity with having a desk job so I've started incorporating walks at lunch as well as logging my workouts.

Health is always a work in progress and the adventure along the way is more fun than any result! Here is what else I've been up to lately:

eating /// using up my CSA, canning, experimenting with sourdough bread and pizza dough, incorporating more daily smoothies and juices

reading /// Miracles Now, Spontaneous Happiness

watching /// The Time Traveller's guide to Elizabethan England, Vine of the Soul: Encounters with Ayahuasca

activity /// adding walks at lunch and tracking my every step with fitbit, using yoga blocks for neck and shoulder stretching, balance ball chair at work for better posture

working on /// a collaboration with other wellness instructors (Gather & Seed), new class lecture materials, building newsletter templates

out and about /// Foraging walk, Lucky's Market Grand Opening, SLAM outdoor films

Interested in learning what small changes you can make to improve your health and happiness? Contact me to set up a free Health Consultation!

 

Self Care Schedule (free printable)

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Recently, I listened to a talk by Jennifer Louden called "Create a Life You Love" in which she speaks about establishing minimum daily requirements for self care to keep centered and grounded. They aren't goals or have-to's but simply basic things that help keep us sane and that honor our true selves. I know it can be hard sometimes to image giving yourself time out of your busy day so I've come up with a weekly reminder for you to print out and keep on your fridge, at your desk, etc.

There are no rules for what you write down, just come up with three things to do for yourself everyday. My Self Care Schedule may include: walking my dog, drinking lots of water, having tea with a friend, going to Yoga. You can write the same three things everyday, or write down something completely different for each day of the week.

Just remember, these aren't have-to's, just gentle prompts to take some time for "you" everyday.

Click HERE to download the free printable.