Choose happiness

What are six things in your life that you are happy about right now? I was asked this question today during practice coaching session with one of my fellow IIN students. I know it’s probably easier thinking of six things that AREN’T going well. Are there things in my life that I’d like to be different? Hell, yes! I think I’m naturally more of a glass-half-empty kind of person. But I know mindset is everything.  The more I focus on the negative, the more I’ll draw negativity to me. When I think positive, I’m convinced good and amazing things will happen in my life.

So here are my six. What are yours?

  1. I’m in the best physical condition of my life.
  2. I’m listening to my body doing more workouts that I not only LOVE but make me feel amazing (see this and this).
  3. I’m enrolled in a life-changing school studying to become a holistic health coach (something I’m seriously passionate about).
  4. I’m actually taking action steps to reach my goals (rather than just thinking about it) for my life and for my health.
  5. My family and I just moved to a beautiful slice of heaven.
  6. My son is strong, healthy and smart – it must mean I’m doing something right as a mom.

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Liebster Award

Of course things work out this way: I write about finding oil cleansing, (my new holy grail of skin care) and I break out the next day. After a post about recovering from a post-sugar binge, I dream of donuts. Blog about the importance of green vegetables?  I find myself asking, “Did I eat ANYTHING green today?”

This week, I’m trying something different—the Liebster Award. This is an honor given by bloggers to bloggers to promote and highlight smaller, lesser known blogs (under 200 followers). It’s accepted with the intention of paying it forward, meaning each honoree shall nominate other small blogs.  The translation of the German word “liebster” is dearest, sweetheart or beloved.

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My nomination came from Nicole LaBonde over at Nicole Labonde – Mind/Body Journaling. While I’ve never met Nicole in person, we connect over Facebook. She’s another barre instructor, the creator of CABARRET, a combo of barre work and burlesque. I want to have Nicole visit the Pacific Northwest for teacher training and/or a master class. Nicole, you have been supportive and encouraging of my blog before it was a blog and I thank you for the nomination.

Here are the rules:

1. You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you.

2. You must pick 10 bloggers with a small following to be nominated for the award (other versions of the rules give you the range of 5-10).

3. You must create 10 questions for the nominees to answer on their blog.

4. Then link back to the person who nominated you.

5.  And then go to each new nominee’s blog and notify them of the nomination.

My questions from Nicole:

1. Why did you decide to start a blog?

It’s a long time coming. I enjoy writing (majored in Communications with an emphasis on professional writing) but after college, it wasn’t a big part of my jobs and I just stopped. I have a passion to learn and explore what it means to be holistically fit and make sense of the always changing, often contradictory information regarding exercise and nutrition. In January of this year, I set an intention to do hard things. Giving myself a deadline of my son’s third birthday, I finally started this blog in April.

2. What has been your biggest blogging milestone? ie: 100th post, comment from someone you respect, getting a bajillion retweets, etc.

My Food Changes Everything post received a comment from a person I don’t know and a pingback. Not exactly sure what that means yet, but it sounds cool.

3. Which blog post are you most proud of?

My first post: as I said it was a long time coming and I believe as a culture we are drugged with sugar on a consistent basis. Some people may call me a strict mom, but I want to set my son up successfully to make positive choices in his life—food and otherwise.

4. Sweet or salty?

Sweet!

5. Red or white?

Red. We’re talking wine, right? I guess it doesn’t matter since I have a three-year-old. I can’t do white ANYTHING.

6. What do you want MORE of in your life?

The first answer that popped into my head—abundance!

7. When and where was your last vacation?

February of 2014 to Minneapolis (yes, it was cold) to see my sister Mirabai Miller, in her first professional performance with the dance company Contempo Physical.  Yeah, she’s that awesome.

8. Favorite inspirational quote?

Lyrics from Changes by TuPac:

 “You gotta make a change. It’s time for us as a people to start making some changes, lets change the way we eat, lets change the way we live, and let’s change the way we treat each other. You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us, to do what we gotta do to survive.”

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9. Do you have a morning ritual? If so, can you share it (or part) with us?

Waking up early (sometimes 4am), boiling water for ginger lemon “tea” (trying to eliminate coffee/caffeine to see if I feel better without—I do, unfortunately), eating two or three hardboiled eggs (with the yolks, of course – the best and most nutritious part of the egg) and heading to the gym. If I get to sleep in to 6 or 7, I still get to do all of those things but also get a three-year-old ready for the day. I want to try some morning reflections, journaling or meditating, but at 4 a.m. ain’t nobody got time for that!

10. What is your superpower? ie: inspiring your students, taking amazing pictures, whipping up an organic gourmet meal in 30 minutes or less.

Baking treats (cookies especially). It’s a gift and a curse depending on how you look at it.

My nominees:

Most of the blogs I read don’t meet the Leibster requirements and even after web research, asking friends/family for suggestions and hitting up Facebook, I only have three completely deserving blogs to nominate. I don’t want to disrupt the laws of the blogiverse so, when I find other worthy bloggers, I will revise this post.

My Self Improvement Kick:  Jessie is my running buddy turned dear friend. Her blog chronicles an experiment in which she gives up a bad, annoying or unproductive habit one month at a time.

This One Healthy Life – Jasmine and I are from the same small town but only connected recently when we discovered we are both studying with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become certified health coaches. Her recent post answers many questions about what exactly a health coach does.

Pathways To Wellness – Katie Rablin is an amazing acupuncturist, holistic pelvic care practitioner and yogi. I’m hoping this nomination encourages her to blog more!

Jessie, Jasmine, Katie – here are you questions:

  1. Why did you start your blog?
  2. What’s your dream guest-blog gig?
  3. If you could have any talent, what would it be?
  4. What does your perfect day look like?
  5. Were you named after anyone? If so, who?
  6. What is your favorite smell?
  7. Kindle or book?
  8. What’s a normal breakfast for you?
  9. If you had to choose only one form of exercise for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  10. Go to the store or shop on the internet?

It’s time to spread that blog love, baby!