Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's Go Time!

I am so excited yet nervous at the same time because this weekend I start my yoga teacher training at Bodhi Yoga in Provo, Utah. If you want to get caught up on how I got here you can go back and check out my story.

One of my goals this year is to live a healthy lifestyle. For me that includes daily meditation or yoga practice. This will be essential as I go through my yoga teacher training so that I can practice what I am learning. I have had good days and bad days but I know building consistency will be key to me getting healthy and helping my body feel better.

I don't know what the next few months will hold as I take a deep dive into this training. I know I will gain a deeper understanding of yoga and what it can do for me and others but I am sure so much more will come from being a part of this training. I hope you'll keep checking back in to follow my journey. I'll be sure to share more after my first yoga teacher training sessions this weekend.

If you are interested in being a part of my yoga journey, I will be doing practice teaching where you can come practice yoga with me for free but in return I need you to complete some feedback so I can learn what works and what isn't working so I can grow as a teacher. If you are interested in being part of my practice teaching please complete this form and then I'll know to contact you when I'm ready to start scheduling my practice classes.

Wish me luck this weekend. I can't wait to meet the other people in the training class and get started with my yoga training.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Motovated Monday - Timing

I believe that part of becoming successful is working hard and doing your part so that when the right opportunities become available you are ready to receive them.

If you haven't yet figured out what it is you are meant to do with your life you may want to consider a coach or joining a group that can help you make the connections you need along the way. The graphic above is from a friend of mine who is a coach, author, and empowerment expert. She actually worked with me as an AmeriCorps VISTA when I was in Las Vegas and I am so excited to see she has taken her life in this direction. She was always someone who was driven and hard working and I can definitely see her doing this type of work. She is in Vegas but travels across the country to help the people she works with. You can join her online or in person if you're in a town where she's hosting a workshop.

I think finding the right coach or right group can be helpful to finding your direction in life so check out her website and see if Adande may be the right coach for you. If you're not ready to make the leap check her out on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Have you ever worked with a coach or networking group that helped you develop professionally or personally? Are there things you do yourself to help keep you motivated and on track to meet your goals? How do you make sure you're connecting with others in your community to make sure you can take the next step in your life?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

4 goals for 2015

We started the year with 4 Tips for Setting Your 2015 Goals. Hopefully by now you've taken some time to sit down and think about what will be important for you in 2015. Perhaps you wrote down a few goals or maybe you went all out and put together your goal poster. Either way, I'm hopeful you have something on paper and will be working towards your goals with me through 2015.

I always feel it's important to "walk the walk" and not just "talk the talk". These days with the wealth of information out there it's easy for someone to read up and decide they're an expert in any given topic. I want you to know that when I am talking about goal setting it's through years of work, evaluation, and trial and error that has led me to where I am at now. I personally think my system is still a work in progress but each time I find a way to refine it I know I am getting that much closer to a system that will work for me year after year.

As you can see in the first picture our goal poster is up. Since getting married Joe and I have been making a goal poster together. I used to have one of my own that would live in my office space but I never really looked at it so it wasn't that helpful. Finally after we realized we were both going to work towards things to improve ourselves and our lives we started making a shared goal poster. In our old home in Las Vegas it lived on the bathroom mirror. Here it lives on the wall between our bedroom closet and bathroom. It's the perfect place because it can be the last thing you see before you fall asleep and the first thing you see when you wake up.

After a long period of reflection I realized that 2015 is all about building a foundation. I felt like I have these great goals and dreams and I want them to be a reality now but I know that those people you see who seemingly achieve overnight success really worked hard year after year before their preparation met opportunity and BAM! Success!!! I decided that if I wanted to achieve my big crazy goals I needed to work hard to build a foundation for my future success. This year it's time to get back to basics and master some new things.

As I mentioned, I am walking the walk so here are my 4 big goals for the year:
  1. Learn more - yep, I always have a goal that is mostly focused around reading more books. This year I've expanded it to include taking classes or attending webinars because I feel it will be smart for me to start networking with the people who are going to help me fulfill my dreams. I also feel in some subjects I have done a lot of reading and it's time to start putting that knowledge into practice.
  2. Live a healthy lifestyle - to make it simple, I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I try my hardest to stay positive and not complain but honestly most days I feel like crap. Whether it's feeling bloated after a meal or my hands hurting and peeling from eczema I feel like everyday is a battle to not feel like crap. This year I want to start making the little changes that will hopefully add up to not feeling bad every day over time. 
  3. Cultivate creativity - when I think back to the happiest times of my life it was when I was being creative. I've played the piano since I was three. I loved to dance in high school. I have always taken various cooking and crafting classes and loved them. Even my favorite memories from growing up include doing crafts with my mom. Now I love all the crafty things I can do and I want to expand my creativity. I want to try new things and remind myself that sometimes it's ok to not have to be logical and to just have fun.
  4. Start building a billion dollar brand - honestly, I thought about not sharing this one here. I felt like it was one of those goals most people would laugh at or think wow she's seriously delusional. I get it, my blog isn't the best looking or most sophisticated. I don't have a product that's making millions and I am not connected to the rich and famous. But... I feel you have to start somewhere and if I focus on doing the things that will make my business billion dollar fabulous then one day, just maybe, it will actually become that. Can you imagine? Every billion dollar business started as an idea so why can't my idea eventually get there to? 

There are two additional goals that are on our poster that are shared goals. Our biggest being to save money to buy a home this year and the second is to take time to have a monthly date/family day. I feel having goals as a couple gives you something to work towards together. It also helps you both to have an understanding of what is mutually important to the both of you or what is important for the family. I believe writing those mutually shared goals down helps avoid the confusion about what is/is not a priority so you both know where the money needs to go.

So that's it for me! It's time for you to share your goals with the world. I'm excited to have shared my goals with you and I hope you'll come back to check in on my progress and get tips on achieving your goals throughout this year. 

Have you created a goal poster or written your goals down for the year? If you're feeling bold share one or all of your goals in the comments below. You can also tag #motovated and @motovatedwellness if you share a photo of your goal poster on your social media. I would love to see what you're working on this year so we can keep each other accountable!

Friday, January 23, 2015

3 Types of Parents I Discovered at the Discovery Gateway

This past weekend we went downtown with my parents and checked out the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum. My dad got some free passes for the family so we figured why not see if it was something Russell would enjoy. When we got there Russell wanted to run in and start exploring which was a good sign.

Russell did check out the area with the balls that you could send through different tubes but he really just wanted to dump the balls on the floor so that didn't last long. We moved on to the construction area with the trucks and big blocks and he really liked being there. Most of the kids were scrambling to play with the crane they had but Russell was happy playing with the smaller toy trucks in the corner.

The other thing Russell really liked was the large xylophone type thing that you could make noise with. He of course had to have two sticks and could have happily stood there playing for quite some time. At that point I was wishing they had a bench in that corner and we could have let Russell make noise for hours.

Russell eventually found the play house area where he quickly went and explored the kitchen. He loves helping us in the kitchen so it was no surprise he wanted to play with the pots and pans and explore the fridge. The picture above was taken just as he put the veggie into the pot and put the lid on it. Super cute!

He also liked being in the little grocery store area because he could find all the fruits and veggies he can name but there were tons of kids in that area so I didn't take many photos. I was trying to hang out with Russell more than take photos but I do like to have a few pictures from our adventures because Russell likes to look at them too.

Finally a trip anywhere isn't complete without checking out the wares in the gift shop. Russell of course wanted every truck and train in sight but settled on playing with this tiny piano while Grandma went through the checkout line. I love that he enjoys music as much as I do and maybe as he gets a little older I'll teach him to play.

This was our first time at the museum and overall I think it was ok. It wasn't too packed even though it was Saturday afternoon which was nice so Russell could explore. By the time we left I had decided that all the parents fell into one of three categories:
  1. The parents who were putting together a PHOTO DOCUMENTARY of every second of their child's time here using their camera, iPad, and iPhone. (No really, some people had multiple devices.) These parents were clearly in charge of making sure your kid didn't get in the way of their perfectly set up shot. Or they just didn't care if they were in your way because they were too busy taking pictures.
  2. The parents who were clearly using this space for a BRAIN BREAK. They were too busy looking at their phone or talking to their friends to notice their kid was running over other children with the play car they stole from the 3 years and under area. (Yeah, this seriously happened and no parents were in sight to stop it. Luckily the kid got bored and rolled on with no injuries to the kid he ran over but still...) I totally get the need for some adult conversation but please at least keep one eye on your kid so they don't terrorize the other children or destroy the museum.
  3. The parents who were desperate for a cup of COFFEE, a NAP or a glass of WINE (maybe all three) but realized this place isn't for adults and that it was about the fact their kid(s) was(were) having fun and that was ok. These parents were not glued to taking a million pictures and they were overall very courteous and aware of their children's behavior and taking turns with the other kids. To these parents I thank you for keeping a little bit of sanity going in an otherwise chaotic place.
Yeah, we fell into category 3. By the end I was ready for more coffee, a nap, and a giant bottle of hand sanitizer. I know, some germs are necessary to build up an immunity, but by the time we left here I felt pretty gross and was ready to be done. I even overheard some other parents comment that all the kids were having a blast and the parents were standing by yawning. It was the truth.

Honestly I give mad props to the poor folks who work there. Imagine your house after all the kid cousins/neighbors/friends come over and destroy everything. Now multiple that times 100, with enough toys to fill a big box toy store, and clean it up over and over again for HOURS every day... Yeah, that's probably what it's like working there. You have got to seriously love kids and be so patient because there is no reasoning with a kid bent on world museum destruction...

I give this place a thumbs up if your kid has a healthy immune system, doesn't mind loud noises and crowds, or you really just need to wear your kid out. There is a ton to do and even Russell enjoyed his time here. Go in knowing this place is about the kids so it's not that interesting for adults. I prefer NHMU or Thanksgiving Point since there are activities for Russell but there are still interesting things I can look at and learn from while I'm there. Plus those places require you to have some control over your children while you're there. Discovery Gateway to me was a place where some parents just let go and let their kids do whatever they want. Which for me is just a little too much chaos. Overall, if you can go for free or at a discounted price it's worth checking out. I was glad my parents had a free pass for us to get in and try it and maybe we'll go back one day.

What are your favorite places to take your kids? Do you enjoy places where your kids can run wild or do you prefer a more focused learning environment? I feel there's a time and a place for both but definitely prefer the more adult and kid friendly options. Share your favorite pics for places to take the kids, especially in winter time. :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tea Time

I love local loose leaf teas when I have the time to indulge in something special but lately I have been trying to drink more tea in the afternoons instead of having another cup of coffee. I know the caffeine in coffee can impact sleep and I know it's better to drink more water or tea instead.

I have enjoyed the Echinacea Immune Support tea from Yogi Tea and we recently branched out to try the Bedtime tea. YUM! It's wonderful and I am hoping it will help me sleep. I think the other thing I love about Yogi tea is the little quotes and positive thoughts on the tea tags. Sometimes a happy message can be the thing that pulls you through a long afternoon of meetings. I just wanted to share some of my recent words of wisdom from tea time.

What is your favorite type of tea? Do you have favorite brand or a local favorite shop where you can have a perfect cup of tea? Share your favorite brands or flavors and why you love it. I'm always looking to try a new tea and add variety to my tea collection.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Motovated Monday - Affirmation

Have you set goals for the New Year? If so, this affirmation is for you! Even if you didn't there is no bad time to look at where you are and where you want to be and set some goals or intentions to get you there. Let's find success together in 2015!

Proctor Gallagher Institute