We’re all self-isolating due to COVID-19, and you might have wondered how to make the best coffee at home. Confession: I used to be addicted to caffeine. I’m talking six cups of coffee a day in order to function. I’ve since switched to decaf to avoid taxing my adrenal glands, preferring to get energy naturally. I still love the taste, though, and have become an expert in how to make the best coffee.
I used to feel like I spent half my life trying to lose weight and I struggled with making consistent, healthy lifestyle habits. I remember thinking, there’s got to be more to life than dieting, paying bills and cleaning the house.
And of course there is. Your success depends on implementing small habits that consistently (albeit slowly) add up to major changes in your health. Just like one brownie won’t make you gain 100 pounds, one healthy meal won’t change your life either.
Consistency is king.
Life is busy and winter is cold, dark and gloomy, so you may be looking to find easy tips for more energy. Well, you’re in the right place! While I believe that the change of seasons does a body good, I can’t pretend that I don’t struggle with feeling sluggish during the winter months when sunshine is at a premium.
You often hear about the benefits of waking up early, but I’ll be the first to tell you that early mornings wake-up calls are the worst. I’m in a comfortable bed cuddling with my boys, so why on earth would I want to leave before I absolutely have to? Well, lots of reasons, actually. There are so many benefits of waking up early and I’m not exaggerating when I say that starting the habit will improve your life and health. Really.
It can tempting to put things off until tomorrow (or some other arbitrary date in the future that will probably never happen) when you have x, y or z. You’ll take more pictures with your family when you lose weight, you’ll write your book when inspiration strikes, you’ll eat better when you have more time, you’ll go on a date with your spouse when your kids grow up…The list of excuses is endless and my best advice is: don’t wait to start. For further reinforcement, you can read my past Motivation Monday post entitled “start now” (are you noticing a theme here?).
For a long time, I was one of those people who said, “it’s just stress” and dismissed it without any regard. I make a conscious effort to focus on learning about diet and nutrition, exercise science, and disease prevention, but for a long time, I only focused on my physical body. I hadn’t yet realized that my thoughts matter. Continue reading “Motivation Monday: thoughts matter”
My first Motivation Monday feature went live on Instagram today asking the question, why not start now? Are you following me and my hashtag #authoropwrites? Head on over and click that button, friends. I’ll be going live soon with some BIG NEWS and I don’t want you to miss it. Subscribers will also get a love note from me in their box before anyone else finds out.
The holiday season can be a magical time filled with experiences that create lasting memories. However, it can also be a time filled with unnecessary stress due to the number of demands on our time, loneliness, and the gloomy weather (depending on where you reside). Read on to learn how to beat the holiday blues! Continue reading “How to beat the holiday blues”
I’ve been a worrier since I was old enough to have conscious thought. Probably, I worried while I was in the womb. I don’t say this with pride – stress is incredibly damaging to our health and overall well-being and you will never catch me saying it’s “just stress” to anyone. I’ve had “how to stop worrying” at the top of my personal development list for years and I have come a long way through working out, meditation and self-care. Continue reading “How to stop worrying”
What are the pros and cons of having a dog? First of all, I don’t believe that you can own a dog. I believe that you bring a dog into your family and that you are responsible to act as that dog’s guardian for his or her entire life.
I can’t imagine my life without a dog, but I’m also not going to pretend that guardianship is all rainbows and butterflies. Like anything else that’s worthwhile in life, there will be challenges and setbacks that you will need to overcome. Continue reading “Pros and cons of having a dog”