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I Drank The Kool Aid

Are you wondering why it took me so long or what my ah-ha moment was to starting my new adventure… well, let me tell you. It started with some Kool-Aid….

Ok, honestly, it all started with a little help from my girl, Rach. It was what she said and how she said it that sparked a fire… “Our words have power, but our actions shape our lives.” Rachel Hollis.

Since reading Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis, I have aspired to Live My Best Life! Life is too short and we are always so busy, but we should never be too busy for ourselves, our goals and to practice gratitude. I don’t know about you, but I feel that after investing time in myself, I’m a better mother, wife, friend, employee, and listener (just to name a few). Self care isn’t selfish and I want to set that example for my family, especially my children.

So what am I doing to Live My Best Life? Well, if you could see my calendar you would probably laugh. I have scheduled gym days, a few reminders: to drink at least 64 ounces of H2O daily, that I’m never too busy to walk a mile, and that I should probably limit myself to only ONE serving of candy per day. (If you know me, you know I LOVE CANDY, and usually have some hidden somewhere at home or in the office!) Rachel Hollis says, “never break a promise to yourself.” If it is on my calendar, that is my time that I promised myself, so I do anything to make sure I keep that promise.

Besides trying to follow my calendar, I also journal. Seriously though, you don’t know how beneficial it is until you try it. Before I graduated to the “Start Today Journal” – Hollis Co., I just used a simple notebook. I would jot down what I was thankful for, what my top three goals were and how I was going to achieve them, and anything that was stressing me out or made me feel excited and happy. You name it, I put it in my journal.

Once I started the “Start Today Journal” and worked through the exercises, I realized among the two pages of notes stating what I will be doing or where I saw myself in ten years, had lots to do with health, wellness, coaching and PASSION.

The thought of pursuing my passion has only been a dream, but now it’s a goal. I saw myself helping my family and others understand that they are never too busy to live well, define their goals and chase their dreams. As Rachel Hollis states, “A goal is a dream with its work boots on.”

I want to be the example- I want to lead by example, I want my children to chase their dreams, be brave and work to make their dreams a reality and I want the same for you.

So, if you would ask my husband, Tyler, I’m pretty sure he would tell you I drank the Kool-Aid and joined the Rachel Hollis cult… but there isn’t anything wrong with setting aside time for yourself, being a more grateful person, being happier, chasing dreams and setting goals. *To be fair, I do talk about Rachel a lot; what I’ve learned, what I’ve implemented and how it makes me feel. Plus, I’m also leaving him with a teething 15 month old baby and a rambunctious toddler while I head to Dallas for RISE Weekend.

So, with a Rachel Hollis: Kool-Aid boost, I’m pursing my passion and dreams, one goal at a time. Cheers (with Kool-Aid) to becoming a Certified Health and Wellness Coach!

Thank you, Rachel Hollis for lighting the fire.

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this is only the beginning…

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they are never weakness.”

— Brene Brown.

I have thought about pursuing my passion for health and wellness for years, my thoughts turned into talks and now I’m finally walking the talk. I am doing it! It’s time I make my dreams a reality…. I am going to become a certified Health and Wellness Coach!

Why you ask? Well the reason is simple. I love and enjoy helping others, especially when it comes to helping people live their best lives, reach their goals and be well.

I am new to this whole blogging thing, but what a better way to share my journey and experiences with you fine people?!

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This is Me

Wife, Mother, Goal Getter

GOAL ONE: BE AN EXCEPTIONAL WIFE

My husband, Tyler, and I have been married for five years. The saying, “time flies when you are having fun” speaks true. Of course, our marriage isn’t perfect, but what marriage is? We are in this journey together and so long as we have each other, we have everything we need. Our vows still hold true- I promise that I will walk with you hand in hand wherever our journey leads us. Living, Learning, Loving together forever.

GOAL TWO: BE AN EXCEPTIONAL MOTHER

Tyler and I have two beautiful children. Samuel, age three and Rowyn, age one. They bring us so much joy and showed me a new kind of love…. one that I honestly can’t even put into words. I LOVE BEING A MOM! I love watching them grow, learn and explore. I love watching them interact, play and plot together…. seriously, what one doesn’t think of the other will. (Just the other day Samuel laid on the floor so Rowyn could stand on top of him to climb up on to the couch!)

GOAL THREE: BECOME AN ESTABLISHED-CERTIFIED HEALTH AND WELLNESS COACH

I want to live my best life and one way I can do that is to help others reach their goals and live their best lives. I want to be a motivator, I want to make a positive impact, I want to make a lasting impression.

Just to quickly mention… Everyone is different, we all have our own dreams, our own goals and internal motivators. Sure we all want to live well, but what does wellness mean to you? I want to help others dig deep, find what motivates them, define their goals and chase their dreams.

WHY?

I want to set a good example for my children. I want to show them that no dream is too big or too small. I want to instill good habits, a value for health and wellness and courage.

The final tipping point was in January, when I became diagnosed with Acral Lentiginous Melanoma, on the bottom of my foot. I had to have a procedure to remove the rest of the cancer from my body which left me with a huge circular hole in the arch of my foot (2 inches in diameter and a quarter inch deep.)

I was unable to go to the gym, run or even walk for weeks. This was difficult, especially with two tiny humans and considering I have always been pretty active. (I have ran half marathons, participated in sprint triathlons and just recently a full marathon.) I was so bummed, but that’s when I realized there is more to health and wellness than just being physically active.

There are so many moving pieces in a person’s life that we simply cannot focus on just being physically fit. Sure, I can run 26.2 miles, but I still struggle with anxiety. I may walk a mile every day, but I still eat way to much candy.

I HAVE SEVEN OTHER GOALS, AND MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, I’LL SHARE THEM WITH YOU SOME DAY…

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