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Friday Vibes 9.23.2016

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm crushing on this week. Make: I don't know about you but I am LOVING the recent resurrection of woven crafts and this DIY Rug is no exception. What a great project to work the right side of the brain, and the outcome is a wonderful way to designate a peaceful meditation space.  Move: This collection of body weight workouts are perfect for quick and effective activity with absolutely no equipment needed. Bookmark this link the next time you hit the road and you'll never be without some excellent options for movement. Munch: I have yet to try this, but my interest is definitely piqued by the concept of sweet potato toast. So many possibilities for toppings are swimming around in my head, especially when it comes to those more kiddo-friendly vittles like banana and almond butter.  Motivate: In every journey, there are peaks and valleys; just remember that the end of a valley is the beginning of a peak.  And with that, have a great weekend! I’m going to get out in nature with my littles and try to whip up a new faux-bread recipe as I prepare for the upcoming Fall Challenge. Can you believe it starts in under a week?! Eeek! I can't wait for some lifestyle and nutritional deep-cleaning.

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Friday Vibes 9.23.2016

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. He...

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Banishing burnout

Tips to refresh and regroup As a serial entrepreneur since the age of 16, I’ve gone through multiple ups and downs, both with my own emotions and, of course, along with the economy. When I am experiencing personal burnout, I have a few tricks to pull myself out of the burnout, to refresh and regroup. I go outside I am a huge believer in the restorative power of nature. If I am feeling burned out, it’s a sign to me that I need to reconnect with nature and the purity and goodness that the outdoors offer. This usually means a hike, paddleboarding, swimming or something that grounds me deeply into my surroundings. I spend time with friends Like many people, I have a close group of friends who are my "front row" (aka: the people that you would ask to sit up front if you were in a play or getting an award). I call upon them during times of burnout and stress to both verbally process through things, and also so they can remind me of better times that are coming. Often times, they are able to do this by reminding me of similar times in my past that I struggled and made it through. I write in a gratitude journal If I am feeling burned out and everything looks gray and bleak, writing in a daily gratitude journal helps to pull me out of my funk. I sleep more Often times, severe burnout is your body’s way of saying, "You’ve been running me on empty too long, and I’m just dang tired!" So, I will deliberately sleep more hours in a night for up to a month to give my body a rest and refresh. I get back to basics My general philosophy is to create habits that automate many of the best practices life has to offer. In times of stress, it’s easy to let the meditation go by the wayside or to let fast food creep in. If I’m burned out, I know it’s more important than ever to support my body with nutrient-rich foods, quiet time and deliberate practices to keep me going down the right path to recovery. Feeling burned out? Take care of yourself, then you'll be back on the path to your Best Day Ever.

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Banishing burnout

Tips to refresh and regroup As a serial entrepreneur since the age of 16, I’ve gone through multi...

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Straight Talk About Getting Fit: 6 Simple Truths You Need to Adopt

In my own quest to feel good every day – my energy level, fitting into my favorite jeans, facing the day’s challenges with inner calm – I’ve come to realize there are some hard truths about getting and staying fit. Coming to terms with these six truths has made it easier for me to make the right choices every day and get on with my life. When the going gets tough (who hasn’t been tempted by cookies in the break room), I hope you find these points help you, too. Simple matters: Food manifestos longer than a handful of bullet points are hard to follow. The same with any complex fitness plan. Keep it simple and your plan will be easier to stick to. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate: Our brains and bodies need water to function properly. Make it non-negotiable that you have water on hand wherever you go throughout the day. Movement is key: it doesn’t matter how you move or what you do, but your lymph system has no pump. It relies on movement to move lymph (a clear fluid that helps immune function) through the body. This sets the baseline for a healthier you. You cannot out-exercise a bad diet: Abs are made in the kitchen. One hour on the treadmill does not equal the cookie you just put in your mouth. The weight doesn’t just pop on the day after the cupcake: It takes a week+ to see the results of last week’s binge. And it takes a good six weeks of really clean eating for other people to see the results of those positive choices. (A good reason not to focus on the number on the scale.) No one can do it for you: As much as an accountability group can help keep you on track toward meeting your goals, in the end you must make the goal yourself and stick to it, no matter what. Stay strong – soon you'll be reaping the rewards of your good habits.

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Straight Talk About Getting Fit: 6 Simple Truths You Need to Adopt

In my own quest to feel good every day – my energy level, fitting into my favorite jeans, facing ...

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It’s Time to Bring It! Fitness/Nutrition Accountability Groups Challenge You to Live & Feel Your Best

I’ve written about accountability in the context of a Mastermind group, but accountability groups can not only help you create a thriving business but also a energetic, healthy lifestyle. A fitness/nutrition accountability group can take your health and wellness to a new, vibrant level. Accountability groups of all kinds hold your feet to the fire when it comes to achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself. By announcing those goals to a group (who shares their goals as well), you’ll find it a LOT harder to get out of actually accomplishing those goals. I’ve been leading fitness and nutrition accountability and cheerleading groups since 2011. They are always some variation of 10-20 women, with an email check-in system as well as some sort of app-based check in to keep us accountable. The food philosophy (vegan, Paleo, Whole30, Mediterranean) is less important than the bigger picture of lifestyle goals we take on during the challenge. These usually involve getting enough water, sleep and movement, plus developing some other beneficial habits such as taking fish oil supplements daily or keeping a gratitude practice. The group aspect actually makes it fun, too. You’ll get support, creative new ideas toward accomplishing your goals, and you’ll probably share a lot of laughs along the way. Practically speaking, I’ve found that in leading these groups there is strength in numbers, but not too many numbers: having a smaller, more intimate group of 20 or less makes the experience more meaningful. In this sized group enough people are in the mix that someone always says “me too!” when a question or challenge arises but there aren’t enough people to hide if group members are slipping off their commitment to health. Accountability matters. We all let ourselves down in small ways, every day (we run the yellow light, we text on the freeway, we hit the snooze button, we tell a while lie, we don’t floss our teeth, we snap at our kids, we skip the gym). When we have to also let other people down, for whatever reason, we are less likely to do so. The group mentality is hugely helpful for creating new health habits. In doing these challenges over the years, I’ve learned that health habits are not just about what you put in your mouth. It’s about sleep. It’s about meditation. It’s about community. It’s about being gentle with yourself. It’s about showing gratitude. It’s not just about the kale and broccoli (though bonus points for eating those, too). In the end, I do the fitness and nutrition challenges because good health is the baseline upon which a great life is built. It’s not about getting skinny. It’s about getting strong on the inside and the outside. That’s why all of my challenges have lifestyle components in them that challenge the group to try something new, reach out to a friend, show appreciation and find stillness. Because it’s not about the insistent, judgmental scale or about fitting into size 29 jeans; it’s about feeling good every day you wake up and being thankful for what you do have. Ready to challenge yourself? I'll be leading my next fitness/nutrition accountability group starting Sept. 28, 2016. If you're ready to be make some truly positive changes in your lifestyle, join me here.

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It’s Time to Bring It! Fitness/Nutrition Accountability Groups Challenge You to Live & Feel Your Best

I’ve written about accountability in the context of a Mastermind group, but accountability groups...

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Ready for amazing results in your business and personal life? It’s time to Mastermind!

It’s been almost 10 years since I became part of a mastermind group, and what an amazing 10 years has it been for me both professionally and personally! For example, in November 2014 we all agreed to do 21 days of meditation. We were accountable to each other about doing our daily meditation. In 2015, I took that habit into the year and meditated daily for the ENTIRE year. I wouldn't have adopted what's turned out to be a really valuable lifestyle practice with the accountability of my Mastermind Group. If you’re not familiar with the concept of a mastermind group, it dates back to the original personal development guru Napoleon Hill’s 1937 book “Think and Grow Rich.” He wrote that the Mastermind Principle brings together two or more people to work toward a purpose, and thereby create “a third, invisible intangible force.” That force is the mastermind, and two heads – or three or four or five – are definitely better than one! My mastermind group is a collection of women business owners, so naturally our focus starts with business, but it’s really become a way to practice excellence in all facets of our life. We meet monthly to discuss a book we’ve all read and share how we’ve met our business and personal goals since we last met. This accountability is key to our process – knowing we have to report back to the group on our progress means we’re actively striving for our goals! Our mastermind group focuses on our successes, rather than challenges we may be having in our businesses, but the collection of ladies is a great resource when a challenge arises. I know I can pick up the phone if I need to bounce an idea off of any one of them. Gather your own mastermind Ready to start your own mastermind group? Excellent! Here are the nuts and bolts to getting going: Have a focus. Is this group for growing a current business, starting a business or achieving other personal goals? Set criteria. Based on your focus, set criteria for group membership. For instance, if the group is for seasoned business owners, you might require each member to have owned their business for at least two or three years. Gather your group. Look around and find members who will be a good fit for the group based on their goals and personality. Set a schedule. Determine how often you will meet and the structure of your meeting. Set the tone. As a group, agree upon the “spirit” of the meetings. Aim for qualities such as judgment free, proactive and accountable. Pick a leader. Every good meeting needs someone at the helm. The leader can rotate every six or 12 months so that no one person gets burned out. Be disciplined. Masterminding is a daily/weekly/monthly practice that takes work, effort, energy and discipline. When you put in the time, you'll reap its rewards. Once you’ve got your group and set the ground rules, it’s time to let your mastermind shine. BONUS: Top Mastermind Reads My mastermind group reads a book each month. Here's a list of what we've read so far in 2016: The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It The Motivation Manifesto #Ask Gary Vee: One Entrepreneur's Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness Widow Cliquot Super Genes: Unlock the Astonishing Power of Your DNA for Optimum Health and Well-Being Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School The Burn: Why Your Scale is Stuck and What to Eat About It The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep and Sex Drive; Lose Weight; Feel Focused, Vital, and Energized Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol Resource Links: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=think+and+grow+rich&x=0&y=0

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Ready for amazing results in your business and personal life? It’s time to Mastermind!

It’s been almost 10 years since I became part of a mastermind group, and what an amazing 10 years...

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