Thursday, October 23, 2014

Throwback Thursday - A Piece of Me

I love when I go back and come across something on my blog where I talk about where life is at because it's so interesting to see where I was and where I am now. Today I came across an old post about A Piece of Me. It was a monthly challenge where you'd answer the same prompts each month and share a piece of yourself with your readers.

TBT to our engagement photo shoot in Vegas.

I tried to follow some of the links on the post but it looks like the original creator of this either moved or took down her blog. If anyone comes across the original creator if she's got something new going on let me know and I'd be glad to link back to credit her for creating this but as of now I guess you just get to see what I wrote. Today I'm going to answer the same prompts again for old times sake.

TBT to our wedding day.
This month...
I like the fall season. The cooler temps, colors of the leaves changing, and just enjoying this time between summer and winter. AH. Fall and spring are my jam. I would totally move to a place with perpetual spring/fall weather. Oh wait, that exists, in San Diego, and it's too expensive. HA HA HA!

I don't like our eating habits. I feel we can do so much better at eating healthy and whole foods. I really want to try and work out processed foods from our lives. I waiver back and forth on switching from coffee to tea but tea is just not the same. I don't know. Joe and I will be working on doing better with our eating habits so we'll see where this goes.

I want you to know that I seriously would live in yoga pants if I could. Honestly I'm just not the fashionable type to get all dolled up in cute dresses or pants suits. It takes way too much effort for me to feel like I look cute and honestly it's just not that important to me. I'm all about comfort and being able to do whatever I need to at anytime. Plus when working out means squeezing in a few yoga moves in between your 3 year old climbing on your back, it's yoga pants for the win.

I've planned to work with Joe on a budget so we can save for a house and a fun vacation next year. This year we didn't do much but we both feel we're finally getting to the place where we can buckle down and save some money to put towards a house. I also want us to save for a vacation because I feel it's good to have something to look forward to and it's always nice to take a break from the routine to do something new.

I want to say to someone special I love you! I've seen a lot of posts lately on FB where people have lost a loved one. Some suddenly and some from old age but still it's always a reminder that life is finite and that you can't leave things for another day because one day it will be too late. I want people who mean something to me to know that they are special and that I love having them in my life. It's always easier said than done but I want to get better at appreciating people and letting them know when they've done something to make my life better.

TBT to when Russell was just 6 months old.
Join on in if you'd like. Feel free to answer the five prompts and share a piece of you on your blog. If you do complete this please come back and leave me a link so I can see what you wrote too.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wellness Wednesday - Shop Small

For my job we always have to think ahead to the next big event that is coming up. At this point we're already geared up and sharing information with others about holiday volunteering. Yep, I get it, we're like the retailers already selling holiday stuff. HA HA HA! At least we're just promoting ways to help others and give back. I am always overwhelmed by the need that exists and then I am amazed by the generosity of others.

Since we're already talking about the holidays at work I've now started thinking about all the gifts I want to get others for Christmas, the cards I want to get printed with our cute family pictures, and the things I want to accomplish before the end of the year. I completely believe in the power of supporting local and small businesses when you can. There are so many amazing things being created out there by passionate people who want to share what they love with you.

For me wellness is a way of life. It's all about the actions you take on a daily basis and I feel that you can create balance for yourself by doing your part to support local, small, and home businesses. So, to help you find some awesome options I wanted to share a couple of my favorite creatives.

Kumiko's Origami Jewelry
Kumiko is here in Salt Lake City which is so exciting! If you're in UT you can support a small business owner as well as shop locally. I LOVE these earrings and the other cute pieces that came out for Halloween. So fun!

Mikay Love
I learned about Mikay Love through my favorite crochet blog All About Ami. When I saw this piece on Instagram I fell in love with the brilliant fall colors paired with that beautiful dark gunmetal gray. I feel I need these two pieces in my life.

The Steppie
Finally if you know me, you know I love pandas. I totally want to get this cute "Panda Bums" racerback tank from The Steppie. She creates cute clothes and accessories and I seriously want it all. HA HA HA!

Now, get out there and shop local! Support a small business and make a difference in the lives of the people who are busting their butts to do what they love. It's totally worth it and it shows you took the time to find a unique gift for someone.

What are your favorite local businesses? Share links to the places you love to shop in the comments so we can all find something new.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Motovated Monday - Kid President

This Motovated Monday is all about Kid President. I love this guy and if you haven't watched A Pep Talk from Kid President I've included it below. Even if you've seen it again, watch it. It's worth it because you were made to be awesome!

People who make the world better for other people are some of the best people. ~ Kid President

If A Pep Talk isn't enough, check out his other great and inspirational videos.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Family Friday - Fun

Today I wanted to share some fun things that happened over the past week with my family.

For Jared's birthday he picked Jasmine China Bistro & Sushi Bar. Apparently we've gone there before though I really couldn't remember until we were leaving when I realized it did seem familiar. Normally Jared picks somewhere like a steakhouse so I was intrigued to have something else for lunch. My Mom and I ordered bento boxes, my Dad got a plate of sushi rolls, and Jared got a Chinese noodle dish. Overall we got a ton of food for our money and it was a good time together.

After eating out for Jared's birthday we went and did some yard work to prep for winter. My Mom has been working with us to clear the backyard and get things ready for snowy and wet weather. You can't leave everything until spring or else you end up with a yucky mess to deal with when the snow melts. Really it's been Joe doing a ton of work with my Mom but Russell is a good little helper. He got his awesome little gloves for his birthday from a friend of mine and he is definitely getting use out of them. He wears them while helping to throw away stuff and it's just so cute.

On Sunday we go over for fun in the sun and dinner with the family. I love this weekly tradition because it's nice to see everyone all together and my Mom always makes yummy food. This weekend we had some yummy stuffed shells and enjoyed some more of the nice fall weather. I had to snap a few pictures of Joe and I together because I realized we don't have a ton of photos of us together. Most of the time we're taking pictures of Russell so we took a couple of selfies just for fun.

The leaves have started changing colors and we know that means it will be time to do some serious raking soon. We decided to rake a small pile of leaves for Russell to enjoy and he just loved it. He had fun collecting the leaves in his little bucket and throwing them all over the grass. I realized if you want a good workout just rake leaves with a 3 year old. We raked the same leaves over and over but really we were ok with it since we knew we were just having fun with Russell.

The other thing that's fun is seeing Russell's excitement for the holidays. He's been saying "ha-ween" over and over lately. He was totally excited to see the Halloween decorations that Mom put out at her house. I get more interested in the holidays with Russell  because he enjoys all the fun and decor so I know as he gets older we'll do more to make the holidays really magical for him.

Have you done anything interesting together as a family over the past week or so? Do you have any fun family plans for the holidays? Share what you're up to in the comments!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Ready for Winter

Ok, I get the title is a little deceiving in that it could imply I am ready for winter. I don't know if I am really ready but I figure bring it on. Honestly I think I'd like a few more weeks of fall and moderate temperatures but there are a few things I do like about winter.

1. Russell is so cute all bundled up in the winter. Throwback to Russell's first snow and you'll see what I mean. Kids in warm winter gear are just adorable.

2. I love sweaters and warm winter coats. I also like warm winter crafting. Bring on the knitting and crochet time!!!

3. I love that anytime is a good time for coffee or hot chocolate. Throw in soups and stews and I'm totally there.

4. Fun times with friends and family. Joe and I have a tradition where every December we pick a fun "date night" and try to invite other couples and friends to join us for a fun night out doing something holiday related and enjoying a nice meal. If you'd like to join and you're in UT let me know and I'll make sure you get the invite.

5. The holidays!!! Halloween! Thanksgiving! Christmas! I love all the lights, the decorations, and all the yummy goodies and meals. Sign me up for this action! I also LOVE giving and receiving Christmas cards. Seriously send me one and I'll send you one back.

Are you ready for fall/winter? Do you like these seasons or even have them where you're at? I think the only thing holding me back from really loving winter is the fact I have a long commute that is made miserable by winter snow and rain. If I didn't have the commute I think I could really learn to love winter. :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wellness Wednesday - Getting Focused

Up until a couple weeks ago life was super hectic. Preparing for our biggest volunteer day of service is no laughing matter. There are so many components, and being the perfectionist that I am, I tend to get a little more than nervous that I'm going to forget something big. Luckily for all involved it seems like things went well and I'm finally getting to the point where I feel I can move on with things.

Even Panda wants to help me study yoga.
Since then I've been working to get ready for my Yoga Teacher Training that starts in January. I am beyond excited about this for many reasons. During this journey I plan to document some of my reflections and thoughts about this experience on my blog. Part of my reason for doing this is because I want a record for myself and for Russell, should he choose to look at it one day. The other reason for doing this is to meet one of the requirements for my teacher certification. Honestly, I would have done this anyway so I feel this will be fun.

I chose Bodhi Yoga because I could see exactly what I was going to get for my investment.
Today I wanted to start with some intentions. It will be interesting to see if any of my intentions change at the completion of my training but for now here we go! Why I want to teach...

I love that even if I never taught from this experience I would have tools to support my personal life.
What is your intention for this training?
First I wanted to do this training for me. I wanted to do something that was meaningful to me that I knew would help improve my life. In improving me I know that it will help me be a better wife, mother, and friend. I am a huge proponent of lifelong learning because in learning new things I feel I can be better prepared for wherever life takes me.

For me, this training provides an opportunity to educate myself in a practice that I can use through my entire life. I know that in building a strong personal practice it will not only give me the physical strength and flexibility that will help my body stay healthy but it will give me the mental strength and flexibility to deal with all of life's ups and downs.

What is your intention for your personal practice?
I want my personal practice to be a space where I can look inward and learn to take care of myself. I want to better listen to my body to understand what it needs so I can do my part to live a healthy and balanced life. I hope that my personal practice will help me be more calm and accepting of both myself and others. I hope that I will learn to be open to myself and in turn be more open to others. I hope that my practice will help me to love myself just as I am so I can better love others that come into my life.

What is your intention for instructing yoga?
I have always wanted to do something that would help others. I have explored many different options and never found something that seemed right for me. When I rediscovered yoga I realized it was something I felt I could do for the rest of my life and be totally happy. I felt there were so many options of how I could use the practice to provide a living for my family but more than that I could truly help others. I have felt so much peace and happiness through yoga that I want to help bring that feeling to others.

What is your intention for understanding yoga?
I personally feel we need balance in all things. For me diving deeper into understanding the history of yoga and how a yoga practice can better support my health and well being is a solid balance to all the available types of western medicine I have access to. I want to learn more about holistic health and wellness options so I can make informed decisions about how to take care of my body.

I also want to better understand yoga because it's such a long standing tradition and I feel that things that are so timeless may have a lot we can learn from. I'm never ok with doing things just because it's how it's always been done but with something like yoga that people have been using for thousands of years to heal and bring peace I feel it's worth knowing more about.

What is your intention for yourself?
I hope that this training provides opportunities for growth and expansion. I hope that I can learn things that will help me and help others. I also hope that through this journey I can look inward and discover my highest self. I hope that this experience will take me down a path of creating my own business where I can help others and provide for my family while doing something I love and believe in.

So this is my intention right now. I'm excited to be on this journey and can't wait to share more about what I learn with you. I'd love to know what is your intention for yourself at this time. It doesn't matter where your journey is taking you but it does help to know where you want to go or why you're doing something so feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. If you want to learn more about my training check out the Bodhi Yoga Teacher Training. I think there are still a couple spots available if you want to join me on this journey.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Motovated Monday - A Butterfly

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly... ~ proverb

Are you in a place where you're about to become a butterfly? Don't give up. Perhaps you're only moments away from something that will completely change your life.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Family Friday - Fun Facts

As I was thinking about what to write in this post I came across an old post about 25 Random Things about me. I actually like doing posts like that because it's interesting, at least to me, to go back and see what I was thinking or what was important to me at that time in my life. It's fun to see some things come to fruition and what things I was so sure of that just didn't work out or that I changed my mind on. If you have a blog I totally recommend doing a post about you because it will be awesome to look back and see what you wrote about today.

You don't need a magnifying glass to look within and share some goodness with the world.
With that being said today I wanted to share 5 fun facts about me and my family at this point in our lives.

If you need some awesome family photos contact my friend and photographer Amy. She will not disappoint.
1. I have realized in looking back at my 25 Random Things post I have had long term issues with figuring out who I am and what I want to be. In the time since that post I have realized my passion is in holistic health and wellness as a path to help others who are struggling or in pain. I feel that my journey through yoga, essential oils, and all the other holistic therapies that are available I can find ways to help people be at peace with themselves so they can find their passions and live an abundant and blissful life.

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you, where there were only walls. ~ Joseph Campbell
2. I think it's funny that in my 25 Things post I talked about hoping we'd have a cute kid. Well, if you have met Russell you've got to admit he's a pretty cute kid. I of course am biased and think he's completely and totally adorable but overall I do think he is a good looking little fella. I love watching him grow and learn new things. I do have deep fears that I'm not being a good mom to him (he should be potty trained, he doesn't have a huge vocabulary yet, we don't spend enough time on learning activities, etc.) so I try to balance time to learn and time to play. I also try to remind myself that most children grow up and learn the things they need to know and that I can't compare my son to other peoples kids. It's easy to look at another kid his age and see how advanced they are and think I'm somehow failing Russell but honestly some kids have older siblings and/or far more exposure to other kids where they learn by example. Russell does go to preschool but he doesn't have older siblings to learn from so I know he may be slower than some kids and that's ok. He's happy and healthy and that's what means the most to me.

Look at this happy guy! He loves doing his train puzzle on the Kindle.
3. I'm still a self help junkie and I still love to read. If you're on Goodreads be sure to stop by and friend me. I went through a big phase reading books about business, management, organization/efficiency, and successful businesses which was amazing and I learned a lot. I'm now in a kick to read more about happiness, achieving goals, wellness, health, and yoga so if you have any recommendations in these topics I'd love to hear what you've loved. I do listen to a lot of books on CD because it's easy to listen to books during my commute. I typically have a book or two I'm reading on paper and then a book in my car for my commute. So far I'm pretty close to achieving my goal to read 24 books this year and I know I'll make it soon.

One of my 2014 goals was to read 24 books. I'm almost there!!!
4. The other thing I'm really into right now is creative/crafty things. I whipped up a simple cozy for my phone to keep it safe in my purse until we could get our cases. I also have a crochet blanket that's a work in progress. I want to do more painting as time and finances permit. I find being creative is something I've put on the back burner for too long. Being creative is a huge part of me and my life and some of my best childhood memories are from being creative. I'm no longer willing to put creativity on the back burner because I know it means so much to me as a person. I want to eventually learn some basic graphic design so I can create my own things for my blog and my business. I also have seen some cool classes on Skillshare about hand lettering which sounds really appealing to me.

This really only took me a few hours on a few days to put together. No pattern, just for fun.
5. Joe has decided to work our dōTERRA business as a means to help others and to help our family. He substitute teaches on a part time basis and helps to watch Russell when he's not with my Mom. During his spare time he's working on learning more about essential oils and the business side of dōTERRA. I think it's wonderful that he's decided to give this a try and see how it works for him. Many home based businesses are women-centered, which is great, but this is a business both of us can work together! Honestly, I would never have seen him playing a huge part in something like Mary Kay but with dōTERRA it opens doors for him to support others in a way that's meaningful and potentially powerful. That being said if you or someone you know is interested in natural options for health and wellness please let me know. I want to keep Joe busy and help him learn how to work a business like this. You can send us referrals in the comments below or connect us with anyone who's interested through our Facebook page.

Our new dōTERRA products we bought at this years Convention.
Tell me about you either in the comments or by sharing your fun facts on your blog. If you post something like this leave your link in the comments so I can stop by.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Hawaii

Ok, today's TBT is all about going back to our honeymoon! One of my darling friends asked me if this month was our wedding anniversary and I realized why she would think that. We actually got married in March but because Joe was in school we waited to go on our honeymoon until he was done. We ended up going on a 7 day cruise around the Hawaiian islands as well as an additional 7 days on Waikiki. It was such a magical time and so much fun! Some of my favorite vacation memories are from my times in Hawaii (both growing up and on our honeymoon).

Our Hawaii Honeymoon

I can honestly say Hawaii is my favorite place. I love it for all the reasons most tourists would mention but also because my family is there. We have had such good times eating, having fun on the beach, or just hanging out at my relatives homes. It's beautiful and fun and I would absolutely go back anytime I have the opportunity to.

Do you have a favorite vacation spot? If money were no object and you had no limits where would you visit? If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Are you planning on making your dream vacation a reality? I know I'm always looking to go back to Hawaii and I feel it's time to start saving so I can get back there again with Russell and Joe.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Wellness Wednesday - Tune In

I feel that the more you move into your strengths and your true self the more you can attract things that compliment what you're doing. I have found as I pursue my goals around getting healthy and working on my yoga certification I keep seeing things that could compliment what I'm doing which is exciting. I have come to the point in my life where I know I can't over extend myself so I want to share the two things I found in case I'm meant to pass them on to someone else. Both opportunities are things I will do at some point in the future but for now maybe someone reading this will take advantage and learn something new.

Life isn't about avoiding risks. It's about making calculations and going all in with the things you love.
In the most recent Bodhi Yoga newsletter there's an awesome offer to take the 7 Chakras Mind & Body course for a nice discount. I've always been interested in learning more about alternative therapies and ways of connecting to your body/mind/soul and I've heard about chakras before so seeing this training was available was interesting to me. I am the kind of person I just love learning for the sake of learning and if I can learn something that can potentially benefit me or those I love is even better. Lately I've been focused on learning about being happy, finding balance, and improving my life which has been nice. Prior to that most of my study was around business and management but I got to a point where I felt I needed a break. Seriously if you've ever wanted to know more about the chakras you should check this out. Below is what the program is all about.
The aim of this training is to move you past your introductory Chakra learning, into a comprehensive understanding of where these chakra spirals meet each other, within your own personal chakra imprint. Advancing your understanding with a simple, yet enlightened approach will teach you, not just what your chakras are, and what they do; you’ll learn how they can work TOGETHER in YOU as ONE ACTIVATED UNDULATING STREAM OF BODY/MIND INTELLIGENCE, that literally creates your life experience.
7 Chakras Mind & Body
The second thing I found that was interesting is a new course my dear friend Christina has put together. I've been working with her off and on for years since living in Vegas and she has always been such a positive influence in my life. She's now put together the Intuition Mastery program where you can dig deep and tap into your intuition. Christina has always been a positive example of following your passions to create a life you can love and prosper in.
I love that both of these programs can be done anywhere in the world. They're online so if you have access to the internet these programs could be something you can try and do yourself. I don't get any sort of kickback or benefit from promoting these programs but I do love the two people offering them so I just wanted to share these amazing opportunities in case this may be what someone is looking for at this point in their life. If you do decide to enroll let me know! I'm excited to see what comes of these great programs.

Is there something you've been interested in learning about but haven't taken the next step? Is there a type of program you wish existed but haven't found? I'm a huge proponent of lifelong learning no matter what it is you decide to study. If you can't afford to take a class check out your local library to see if there are books, CD's, or DVD's that can teach you what you're hoping to learn.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Motovated Monday - Be Yourself

By being yourself, you put something beautiful into the world that was not there before. 
~ Edwin Elliot

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Wellness Wednesday - dōTERRA Convention

I am so excited to share some pictures from the dōTERRA Convention. I have to admit going in I was actually pretty skeptical about the whole thing. I've been to conferences for work as well as Mary Kay and I figured it would just be another ra-ra, keep drinking the cool-aid, and spend more money kind of an ordeal. Luckily, I found I was totally wrong and it ended up being a really good time.

Nothing like 18,000 people gathered in downtown SLC!
We started out with a general opening session that took place in the Energy Solutions Arena. If you're not from UT that is the arena where the Utah Jazz basketball team plays. It's got huge capacity and is often used for concerts and other huge events. We packed the house with folks who are all interested in natural holistic options to take care of their health and well being. I was most impressed that this conference was filled with people from all walks of life. Young, old, male, female, very corporate business types, and of course a few very hippie looking people you would imagine would be into essential oils.

Going to conferences = learning about and getting the newest products before anyone else!
During the opening session they announced the new products that are coming out this year. I was amazed that some of what came out were things I thought they were lacking. One was a "greens" product because I see so many other network marketing businesses with that type of product and I felt even with our Trim Shake options in chocolate and vanilla a greens product would round out what we offered. I also thought not having a sample option for the toothpaste was pretty crappy because there's no good way to sample from your own personal tube of toothpaste and now they have awesome sample packets that look good and will be safe to share.

Loving the Veráge all-natural skin care line. It's amazing!
The other thing I felt they were lacking was an all-natural skin care line. They have great skin care options right now but I felt some of the people I'd talked to were looking for truly all-natural products. I have tried the Veráge products for a couple of days now and I can say I am very impressed. I have crazy combination skin where my skin tends to be super dry in areas and oily in others and I can have smooth, soft, and moisturized skin without slathering on a ton of product which is really impressive.

So excited for an all-natural first-aid ointment!
The other cool product they announced is an all-natural first-aid ointment. It's like that other brand of first-aid ointment we all know of and probably have in our homes right now but it's all-natural AND has the benefits of essential oils. I'm excited to see how this works even though I don't really want to get hurt to try it. HA HA HA!

dōTERRA products are grown around the world
Finally, the other thing that really impressed me was hearing about what dōTERRA is doing around the world to support the people who farm and extract our essential oils. Doing things like paying more for high quality product, building pipelines for water, or helping farmers form co-ops so they can work together to be successful dōTERRA is helping to change lives for not just those who sell the products but also for those who help create the products.

I'm sure some of you have recently heard about some dōTERRA and Young Living people claiming crazy things like essential oils cure Ebola or that they can cure cancer. Honestly I am not about to discount someones personal experience if they used essential oils and found themselves free of cancer but I'm also not about to tell you to scrap your chemo treatments and start downing oils like it's going out of style. If you're ever wondering, Joe and I believe in and use the essential oils to supplement our health care and to reduce the toxins we're bringing into our home. We do NOT ever want to represent that essential oils can take the place of your prescription drugs or other treatment plans unless you are working with your medical professional and they feel it's a good option for you. 

Seriously, I hope that people will still be open to using essential oils because I feel there are so many benefits the oils can provide to help balance your life even if there are a few crazy people out there trying to claim some outrageous things. I have found the biggest benefit from the oils in supporting my well being (stress reduction, helping me sleep, etc.) and in helping to keep me healthy (curbing symptoms when I am first getting sick, shortening how long I am sick, managing symptoms from being sick, etc.). Could you argue the oils had nothing to do with these things, sure. Maybe it's all placebo and simply in my head but I feel they do help me and I do like them. If you'd like to try something from dōTERRA just leave me a comment and let me know. I am happy to send samples anywhere so you can try for yourself and see what you think.