"it is our actions that define us"
We are given opportunities many times in our life to lift our eyes open and take notice to the choices we've made or have not made. These are the times I call game changers. When you are able to step up to the challenge and be the person you are meant to be. It's the unknown fork in the road that becomes apparently clear.
They are the moments, experiences, conversations, opportunities, tests, etc. G-d's tests or the universe giving you a sign. These are all gifts for you to see and act on exactly how you feel.
How you choose to react can set your future path. All credibility is either established or removed from that day forward. It is living our truth! No one to judge but ourselves. No one to be more mindful of than ourselves, our inner voice, our consciousness, our truth.
It is in that very moment when we have to recognize "here it is", and the time is now. As it is happening, we must sharpen ourselves, become our best selves, and pause in the emotion truth to honor ourselves and filter through the multiple choices we can take as our next step. It is also the power of equanimity. The ability to take note of our natural responsive state of mind before choosing to taking any action.
The power of choice is within us all, the gift of having game changing moments in our lives are those that help us define who we are, we we want to be, and the life we truly want to live without needing to negotiate ourselves.
Are you paying attention to those game changers in your life? Can you remember the last one and how it all happened? Did you notice how you responded vs how you reacted? What served you well? What would you have done differently and do you notice any patterns you'd like to reinforce or break?
"Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you." - Aldous Huxley
Move forward, own and embrace the positive changes towards a life of abundance.
Closing the door behind us is hard, but without doing so we are trapped by our past and unable to move forward in life.
It's time to own your right to live in bliss and not look back even if it means having to shake people out of your life that no longer serve you or your effort towards those positive changes. Our past educates us and does not define us. Those who truly love you will want you to be happy. Make your regrets your lessons toward victory and they will no longer feel like regrets.
"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear". - Buddha
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Its shouldn't be hard to get a healthy start, so here are some small changes that can go a long way. Here are 6-tips to help you get your healthy journey started. Pick one a week, try one at a time, or all at once. No matter what...you have already started cause you are readin this!
1- Stay hydrated...carry a water bottle with you and keep one in your car. Keeping yourself hydrated is key! If water isn't your thing, grab one of your kids juice box for yourself!
2- Food shopping quickly- stay at the perimeter of the store and try to eliminate the isles. Most of what you'll need are on the outside of the isles. Most of the processed and foods with preservatives are in the isles. Take the test and try to avoid the isles next time and see what you end up with and how much time you saved too. I do however recommend always having some frozen vegetables for those times when you need to make a quick meal and run out or just don't have time to prepare the fresh veggies. My staple frozen veggies of choice are broccoli, peas, snow peas, spinach, butter nut squash, string beans.
3- You get a snack pack too - if you are making lunches for your children make an extra for yourself. This will prevent you from making unhealthy meal choices throughout your day. Apples, carrots, celery sticks, peanut butter and jelly, turkey, yogurts, dried fruit, healthy cereals, trail mixes, bananas, mushrooms, strawberries, blueberries, cucumbers...all easy quick throw in the bag options. I also like mini luna bars and chobani yogurt tubes. Shop with these ideas in mind. They may just be the trick to give you some time to prepare a healthier choice then grab a quick fix cause you are just to hungry to wait.
4- Sneakers - if your sneakers are 6 months or older and have been put to good use (twice a week or more) then it is time for a new pair. Each foot is different and your natural shape and step pattern can be fitted for the right sneaker. Find a local sneaker store and ask them to fit you for a running or cross training sneaker. Also remember that comfortable workout gear can change your experience and so investing in a good pair of sneakers is a factor to eliminating injury and enhancing your experience. Same with a good bra. Those tatas need support too!
5- Proper stroller form - get your posture in alignment. You want to keep your elbows bent and at your side with your shoulders back and down, your chest out and you looking at the horizon. Many push with their arms and their back hunched over which is a sign of a weaker core. You need to engage your core muscles when pushing a stroller. Try pushing with two fingers and youll be using your core with minimal effort. This takes practice so start working at it.
6- Lighten the load - try using a smaller bag and leave the extras in the car. We all started with the heavy diaper bag & so when shopping for a new bag, go small and compartment oriented. Make it functional and as light as you can. Always leave the emergency bag in the car. Peace of mind always helps!
Motherhood is tough, but mothers are tougher!
Nothing is Impossible!