Day 3: Bake something: if you're like me and you love working with your hands, baking is a form of self care that I use to release any stress I have. It's just therapeutic. You're probably looking at this thing like, 'What did you make?? What is that????' Well. . .I tried making pop tarts which . . .look really terrible, but taste very delicious. It took so much work, but was really fun. If you'd like to try these and make them look more beautiful follow @joshuaweissman to find the recipe through his youtube page and follow the video he's made for it. That's the recipe I used, they just came out a little terrifying lol Take Care ❤ #selfcare#cooking#baking#love#encouragement#takecareofyourself
Self care is...hot cocoa!
I haven’t felt great over the past couple of days so I’ve taken a much needed pause. This is super weird for me because normally I’d attempt to power through and only pause when my body completely crapped out. But, I’ve become a full believer in taking care of myself so I paused and have done a whole lot of nothing except watch movies, chat with friends, snuggle cats, savor hot cocoa, eat grilled cheeses, and drink as many topo chicos as I wanted.
Take care of yourselves friends! Hit pause when you need to and don’t apologize for doing so!
How do you react when you’re stressed and overwhelmed?
I get outside and walk. While I walk I listen to a podcast or audiobook. Today was one of my favorites, @burnbootcamp founder @morgan.a.kline.
Our thoughts and reactions dictate our realities...life is always going to throw us the unexpected, stressful, and chaos among all the amazing things that happen.
It is our job to not let the negative get in the way of our happiness and overshadow all the good, and for me the best way to see the good is to put on something positive, get some air, and move my body. This is one of the things I recommend to my clients...it’s simple, easy, and effective for so many reasons.
I’ve made a commitment to myself to get outside and walk every day through the end of 2019.
I walk for my health, physically and mentally, and I also walk because I CAN and every day we can move our bodies is a GIFT.💪🏻
What do you do to handle stress, and what are you grateful for on this rainy Tuesday?! 💗
It’s supposed to make you question yourself, leave you breathless, shaking and not able to do another rep.
The biggest, most life changing moments happen when you CHALLENGE yourself physically and mentally.
Sure, comfort zones are a safe, cozy place but nothing grows there ✌️ Let me just tell you something...the difference between successful people and those wondering why they aren’t getting anywhere is because the successful people aren’t afraid of doing the HARD shit necessary to change.
They aren’t afraid to jump out of the comfort zones and fail a few times because they know success isn’t linear.
And no matter what...they don’t quit. Even if they stumble. Even if they take steps back...they never give up on their goals and mission.
Now, let me ask you...are you willing to do the work to reach your goals? Or are you going to look at the hard and be afraid to tackle it? Will you let your mind get in the way?
Sorry if it feels like I’m calling you out but I’ve had so many people reach out to crush some goals but let their FEARS keep them from committing.
Never forget...that choice is always yours. If you stay where you are now or you get to where you dream of...it’s on you 👊
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Deep thoughts today.
I found this saying super contemplative, because I was thinking how sometimes our thinking gets the best of us. We didn’t think we’d be enduring chronic illness (physical or mental) or some kind of loss ... body parts, brain function, youthful-ish energy and activity or the loss of a dear loved one. As Christians, sometimes we wonder...How long have I been waiting for God’s Kingdom to come, also on the Earth not just heaven and trying to be patient despite these hardships or trials?
Well, it might be better to ask- what will help me to continue to wait for Gods time in the face of Any trial? (See 2Peter 3:9)
Mama! You don't need to "get your body back" because your body 👏 did 👏 not 👏 go 👏 anywhere! It has been right there the ENTIRE time, growing and nurturing life! Instead of worrying about "diets" and workouts first thing post-baby, instead consider --
1) How am I feeling? 🤔
2) Do I feel healthy? 🤔
3) Am I coping well in this season of motherhood? 🤔
Lo que es arriba es abajo, lo que es adentro es afuera, lo que es atrás es adelante.
Si algo está faltando en mi vida ahora, si no me siento como me gustaría sentirme, si la alegría, la plenitud, la gratitud, el amor, la felicidad, el gozo, la paz no tocan mis días en altas dosis y alta intensidad, debemos volver a la raíz, a prestar atención con amor observar, para ayudar a sanar.
Así sanando nuestras raíces, nuestra infancia, nuestras creencias, nuestros programas, nuestro dolor encapsulado, solo así voy a sentir la plenitud que tanto estoy buscando en todas partes.
No somos muy diferentes a la naturaleza, somos parte de ella, somos ella misma, nuestras raíces es nuestra esencia, dejemos de dar vueltas como gallina sin cabeza por la vida, persiguiendo sueños de plástico, un mejor carro, más dinero, más status, más likes, más fama, más "belleza", todo absolutamente todo ya está dentro de ti, hay que ir adentro a la raíz a encontrarnos 💛
Platicando con mi esposo le mencioné esta frase que brinco y resonó en mi. No podemos seguir persiguiendo allá afuera lo que ya tenemos dentro.
Cuidate, ámate, nútrete, pero sobre todo sana. .
AE recomendado: inner child 1 gota en pecho y 4 en difusor por las noches 🙏 Por: @sirikaur_lifecoach
Your girl here is no stranger to back and hip problems, ever since I was pregnant with my oldest 6 years (oh gosh, 6 years ago already😭), I developed some pretty crazy hip problems that put me out of work for 2 weeks and about 1 1/2 weeks with my second daughter and I've had to go in for adjustments ever since. I'm to the point where I can usually catch it early enough, get adjusted, and I'm on my merry way. This time around was a little different, I didn't catch it soon enough and am out of commission in the workout world for a bit.
BUT there is a silver lining here. I am still going to work and able to do things I wasn't the first few times this happend. Why? I strongly believe it's because I have spent the last year plus some really taking care of my body with movement and fueling it as best as I can. Take care of yourself, your body will thank you one day.
Words by @yung_pueblo .
Or trust the way you see your life, your future, your past, your partner, your relationship.
This is emotional mastery. Emotional strength has NOTHING to do with not feeling. It has zero to do with not experiencing the vicissitudes of emotion. Instead, it’s understanding that how you feel will directly impact how you see. Then with that understanding first, you can then begin to take responsibility. I’m not addressing mental illness here so please refrain from commenting on that. What I am referring to is starting to become more responsible for the way you see yourself and your life. To be able to separate what is the truth vs your mood. To exercise, talk to someone, eat, sleep and hydrate when you can’t shake the mood.
I’m talking about when you feel like nothing is going your way and your sense of worth is low, consider your body. Consider if it needs to move. Consider your activities. Consider if you need to have more fun. Consider that your thoughts can be contaminated by your physical state as much as Vice versa.
We cannot trust any story when our mood is down.
You don’t have to judge your mood, but don’t judge yourself when you’re in a mood. Start there.
PLEASE READ: These are my meds. 20mg of fluoxetine—the generic brand for Prozac. And I’m not ashamed. In fact, I’m proud that I asked for help. From reconciling with my father to his death shortly thereafter (Before he transitioned, he told me he loved me for the first time ever in life!) There’s the unexpected success of writing children’s books. Helping Nalah plan and prepare for college. A Marie Kondo consultant who excitedly told me that a client wanted assistance in making her home more ‘Afrominimalist.’ And of course, there’s so much more. This year has been a lot. And yes, many of these things are blessings. But sometimes we need help with those too. This is not the first time I’ve relied on therapy and Rx meds, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Friends, please get the help you need so you can live a full, abundant life. And please don’t think you only need support to get through the “bad times.” There is no shame in needing help managing your blessings. Or anything else. Love, Me ♥️
A FEW RESOURCES: (1) @therapyforblackgirls—a great place to start; (2) @marielbuque—mental health practitioner; and (3) Dr. Carmen of @optimallifeacupuncture—for acupuncture and holistic alternative medicine like tea pills ♥️