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Empowered ways to start your day…. – Friday 5

Hey Beautiful Soul!

Often the way we start our days sets the tone for the rest of the day. I am of the belief though that you can get a little reset or begin again anytime of the day. But it sure is awesome when we can with intention set the tone for that day!

Here are 5 ways to start your day with Empowerment and Intention:

  1. Move your body, maybe you only have 5 minutes to do a walk, some stretches, yoga or dance… 5 minutes is better than no minutes and you have started the day empowered and showing up for yourself.
  2. Dive into your spiritual practice, whatever it is for you. Creating, writing, praying, meditating, reading etc…
  3. Set your intentions for the day, how do you want to show up?
  4. Check in with yourself before you check in with your to dos. How are you feeling, what’s tugging at you?
  5. Eat/drink something that really nourishes you.

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered

Heather

Be Present Prompts- Friday 5

Hello, Beautiful Soul!

The world can be so noisy, even good noise can feel overwhelming. It’s easy to future trip and to feel scattered. The best way to step out of that space and into the space where we are is to be present with where we are now (physically and mentally)

Here are 5 prompts to help you do just that…

  1. Tune into your senses: What do you hear, smell, feel, see, taste right now?
  2. Stop! Take a deep belly breath. (*bonus for putting your hand on your heart)
  3. Look whoever you are talking/listening to in the eyes. Not at your phone, not all around you constantly at them.
  4. Ask yourself, what do I need right now?
  5. Single task whenever you can. (this one is for sure the one I need to work on the most!) I don’t mean walking and talking (although that would be a fine place to practice this!) We literally and figuratively have so many tabs open at a time where we are just going back and forth instead of taking in/dealing with one thing then onto the next.

How do you stay present?

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered

Heather

Inspiring Links- Friday 5

Hey Inspiring Souls! For this week’s Friday 5 I have some inspiring links for you. What’s been inspiring you lately?

  1. 35 Surprising  uses for Essential Oil
  2. Sunday night habits of successful people 
  3. How to make friends as an adult
  4. 10 Signs of caregiver stress 
  5. Creative Exercise (Flora Bowley)

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered

Heather

Support Your Change(s)- Friday 5

 

Hey, Beautiful Soul!

We have all been there.  Saying yes, I commit to this change in (the way we eat, write, move our bodies, interact etc… ) only to get past the first maybe few weeks of that and feel like it’s just too overwhelming. I see it over and over with clients, with family and with myself. We expect the fact that we declared it (and often unintentionally sort of half-heartedly not knowing what it would really hold) to then feel overwhelmed, defeated and over it. What we often don’t realize is that we have not really set ourselves up for success, we haven’t really put in the support system(s) we need to make said changes longer lasting and less overwhelming. This isn’t to say that sort of relearning, undoing what is often for many of us years of being, doing, eating a certain way will be filled with total ease… but we can support ourselves by putting some things into place that will support us in those shifts.

  1. Remember your why. Why do you want to make this change? To feel better, be healthier, to have more peaceful interactions, to…. (the list could be endless there are so many types of changes/shifts that we journey towards.  Once you remember your why, put a reminder someplace. It can be totally cryptic to others if you want it to be. An image, word, phrase, shape whatever!
  2. Learn from what has been difficult. So now you know what doesn’t work, what’s been a struggle. Sometimes it’s easier to find a solution by looking at what doesn’t or hasn’t worked then trying to anticipate potential issues. So you might write down here what hasn’t worked… the opposite or solution would be…
  3. Allow space to feel what you feel. Just don’t get stuck there. Nothing wrong with feeling frustrated, sad, angry. However allowing ourselves to get stuck there in the process towards these changes only serves our fear and defeat. (this one is the hardest for me, I am a fixer so I want to get it figured out and move on!)
  4. Set yourself up for success. For example, if I wanted to eat healthier adding in or cutting out certain things (because of a health diagnosis or just to feel better, more energetic etc.) surrounding myself with those very things I vow to avoid is not really helping myself any, it’s setting myself up for failure. I get that we can’t be surrounded by only those things that will not tempt us all the time. But those areas you do have control over such things is what I am suggesting you focus on! This same concept applies to many other areas
  5. Put good support systems and people in place. While this is your journey, nobody said you had to go that alone or without some really supportive tools and people! Is there a vent buddy, accountability buddy you can find? What about a coach or professional (in the field of your change you are wanting to make), what about a book, magazines or articles with helpful, supportive info. Another great tool is to use your phone with reminders through your day. Remind you of your why, to get up and move, to check your total…. for the day. Entering in appointments for rest, self-care, goal tasks, connection whatever in your calendar (digital or paper) is also a great way to support yourself through change. You can go low tech too with post it’s! Put up reminders on your computer, mirror, near where you sit, on something you pick up throughout the day.

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered

Heather

Budget Friendly Weekend Ideas- Friday 5

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Hey, Beautiful Souls!

You don’t need to have a big plan or a big budget to find some joy and fun in your weekend. Here are 5 ideas that are budget friendly that

  1. Rent a movie, get some microwave popcorn and curl up and just soak it in. I often am multi-tasking when watching TV or a Movie at home, allow yourself to be fully in it and forget about the To do list for a bit!  Total Cost @ $7
  2. Go explore the library. Just allow yourself to wander and see what “jumps out at you” bring some snacks and explore for the afternoon. (find books on something you have always wanted to learn, a dream destination etc… ) bring a notebook and write down ideas as you are sure to get some inspiration sparked there! Total Cost $0
  3. Go out for Tea and sweets. It doesn’t always have to be for a meal. Set aside $10 and go get a sweet and a tea (or coffee or….) and just enjoy someone’s company, your company, people watching, a good book.
  4. Go on a photo hunt around your neighborhood. Grab your camera (or camera phone as many of use that primarily/only) and go seek out beauty, pattern, color, inspiration, shapes in your everyday surroundings.  Cost $0
  5. Grab $10 or another amount that feels doable to you. Go to the craft store, grocery store or dollar store and find supplies/ingredients to create something new!

What are some of your favorite budget-friendly things to do on the weekend?

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered

Heather

Soul Nourishing Videos- Friday 5

Hey, Beautiful Souls!

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I wanted to share 5 videos that I find soul-nourishing that I have come across on YouTube.

  1. This one from Melody Ross on the Cool Whip Diet (essentially the way we take things in that do not really fill us)
  2. I deeply love this song and video
  3. This video on what wearable technology you would invent to change the world! (what would your response be?!)
  4. I was struck by a few really powerful to ponder points in this video
  5. This lovely souls advice on making decisions easier 

What videos are you finding soul nourishing these days?

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered

Heather

Weekend Nourishment-Friday 5

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Hey, Inspiring Soul!

  1. Read something fun, inspiring, thought provoking. For many of us reading is something that we want to do more of, yet find ourselves not doing because life gets busy and we get distracted.
  2. Unplug. Get the phone, tablet or computer out of your own face! Step away for an intentional amount of time (a day, half a day, few hours…)
  3. Go outside. If you can get yourself in nature even if for a few minutes! With so much tempting us to stay in (especially in the winter) it’s easy to only go outside to get to the car and back! Go outside with some inention.. Take a deep breath, notice the beauty around you.
  4. Create something.. Explore your inner artist, play, experiment! (I love Creativebug.com for this a new to me site is also Skillshare.com) I also have a few courses that are free right now (for another 5 days as of the time of this posting) 
  5. Carve out a corner of cozy for yourself. Put a cozy throw, grab some candles, put up a few bits that inspire you. This doesn’t have to be a big space or a window seat (my dream!) Work with what you got! (Tip: Sometimes we have the space that is being taken up by something else that we never use but don’t think of shifting it… I encourage you to look at your space through that lens this weekend if you don’t feel like you have  room)

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered

Heather