I remember when I was back in corporate America, this voice would dig at me. It would say, "There are so many problems in the world that need your skills. You've got drive, savings and have been privileged in so many ways. Go put all of this to better use. Go do some good that will help people live better lives."
You're at a pivotal moment. You've realized something is missing from your current job, you can't pinpoint it, so you have an internal debate.
Do you jump ship immediately because the "hitting snooze 10 times each morning because you dread going to work" routine is not how you want to live?
Do you strategize an escape plan while you plow through the discomfort?
Do you accept that this is what work is supposed to feel like? It's inevitable, isn't it? This must be why people call work, work? In other words, do you stick with status quo?
You might be wondering why Austin Powers' bathroom scene is relevant to this week's blog post? A, because I'm in a silly mood, and B, because we're talking about bosses and clients, aka, the people we work for. And let's face it, if there's a mismatch in values or personality on the team, blood can BOIL, and you end up feeling like Austin.
But what's cool is that we have more control over how we react to these circumstances than we think we do...
I retired from corporate America two whole years ago and have been coaching for over a year! WOAH?!?! It's been an incredible journey of growth and cool experiences, but the thing I'm most proud of is this...
Do you get a little run down after a holiday weekend? Emotionally, physically, mentally drained? From a combination of stress and eating different foods, I know I feel depleted... Exercise and eating my greens help me replenish energy, but so does reconnecting with myself and doing nice things for other people. So...
Emiliya Zhivotovskaya inspired me to do an “acts of kindness” challenge! Emiliya is an awesome woman I met this summer at Camp GLP - she’s a positive psychology expert, founder of the Flourishing Center in NYC and has channeled her story of past struggles into many different constructive actions to help others.
She did a “32 acts of kindness before her 32nd birthday challenge,” so I’ve decided to challenge myself to complete "16 acts of kindness before the end of 2016."
3.5 days, 16 acts of kindness.
Woot Woot! For those looking to do a little 2016 gratitude reflection, creating a list like this is a great way to do it (even if you don't plan on doing all the things). Here’s my plan:
- Hand-write personalized New Year’s letters to 8 special friends about a 2016 memory we shared together, and why I’m grateful for them (write Wednesday, deliver by Saturday)
- Prepare hostess presents for the 3 fabulous ladies throwing my roaring 20s NYE party (prep on Friday, deliver Saturday night)
- Give Walter, the Streetwise man outside Treasure Island (who’s SO sweet to my pup) a note and a Starbucks card (write on Weds/deliver on Friday)
- Thank you notes to WeWork staff who make my office an extra special place to work (write on Weds/deliver on Thursday)
- Write a “you matter” letter and on leave it on someone’s windshield (put in a zip lock bag b/c of rain and put it there on Wednesday)
- Make New Year’s energy bites for my 8 of my neighbors and Peter, our on-demand always helpful, maintenance man (prep on Friday, deliver on Saturday)
- Gratitude Facebook posts to a few people who have made my year extra special (send on NYE)
- Carry dog treats with me for the rest of the year, for doggies I meet at WeWork or on walks (take the extra pack I have above my fridge)
- Donate clothes to salvation army (drop off Friday at Laura's building)
- 16 free hugs in River North on my lunch break on Thursday (I’ll be holding a sign - eek a little nervous about this one)
- Submit my donation for the mental health benefit (Wednesday)
- Write notes to 4 incredible yoga instructors who have created space for me to slow down, reflect, grow and connect with my mind and body. (give to them in class on Friday, Saturday and Monday, and email one of them because she's out of the country for awhile!)
- Send a handwritten note to my coach - he's super awesome. (Wednesday)
- Send a note to a woman I find really inspiring and thank her for what she does (Wednesday)
- Send a note to 2 mentors I haven't talked to in awhile - they've both been incredibly generous and wonderful people I want to keep in touch with (Wednesday)
- Take 2 hours to brainstorm what I want 2017 to be focused on personally and professionally - it's important for us to be kind to ourselves too. Making space for vision is key! (Friday) :)
Happy almost 2017 - I hope this inspires you to reflect on 2016 and give thanks for all of the positive things in your life.
I'm super pumped to announce my next upcoming digital workshop, Love Your Body, Live Your Life! How to Lose 10 lbs in 8 Weeks on Thursday, January 5th at 1PM CST.
The goal of the workshop is to give you a step-by-step strategy to lose weight, love your body and say goodbye forever to not only the excess pounds, but also the fear of the weight coming back (aka peace of mind). No additional willpower or motivation required - you have everything (and more than) it takes!
Here's what you're going to learn:
- How to lose 10 lbs in 8 weeks, continue to lose (effortlessly) and keep the weight off (without deprivation).
- Gain clarity on what is sabotaging your weight loss efforts, so that you say goodbye to the exhausting, guilt-inducing thoughts of food and exercise that take up your brainpower all day.
- How losing weight will boost your energy and confidence so you can start doing the things you've been putting off (whether it's dating, wearing a certain bathing suit or your skinny jeans, taking a career leap or starting a new hobby).
Sound like fun? I have been working hard with my clients, researching, writing, and experimenting (all while having a social life too:)). I am super excited to share my strategy and insights with you!
Just click this link to register for the workshop. From there, you'll have to sign in. You'll get a reminder about the workshop before we go live, but add it to your calendar just in case.
Thanks and can't wait to see you there!
P.S. I'll be answering all of your questions at the end of the webinar, so you'll definitely want to show up live to this if you can. If you can't make it, there will be a replay - but you still have to register on this page to get access to it.
Freezing today? I am... Yesterday, I stayed inside prepping for my potluck holiday party at WeWork. We needed something yummy and warm to enjoy (it was 1 degree outside)!!! This super easy vegan recipe can be made on the stove or crockpot (I chose the crockpot this time because it made it easy to keep warm/serve at a party), only has 8 ingredients and is a flavorful, protein packed alternative to a meat based chili. Use the recipe below for mason jars or throw it all in a pot and let it cook while you listen to some holiday tunes and wrap presents.
8 Ingredient Winter Vegan Chili
- 2/3 cup brown or green lentils
- 1/2 cup barley
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup water
- 4 cups vegetable broth (low sodium)
1. In a 1/2 pint-sized mason jar, layer 1/2 of the lentils, 1/2 the barley, 1/2 of the lentils. Top with the spices.
2. To make the soup: combine contents of jar with the tomatoes, vegetable broth and water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 1 - 1 1/2 hours, until the lentils and barley are soft. (Crockpot Alternative: heat all ingredients in crockpot on high for 6 hours). Salt and pepper to taste.
Happy Holidays! Baby... it is COLD outside! All I want are warm, comfort foods and for my cozy down comforter to follow me wherever I go!
This is a busy time of year for a lot of us... Let's make living healthy a bit easier this holiday season. I've jam packed this post with time savers, recipes to help you eat well, tips to keep the stress in check and overall empower you to feel your best this holiday season.
Sending you tons of love (and warmth)!!!!
Save Time: One Healthy Recipe - 3 ideas!
Warm up with my 8 Ingredient Winter Vegan Chili!
- Gifts: Be a thoughtful friend and pack ingredients as gifts in mason jars. Dress it up with these cute snowflake ribbons and place it in a brown paper gift bag (these are nice because you can use them year round and make them festive with different ribbons).
- Lunch/Dinner: Throw ingredients in a crockpot for an easy weeknight dinner or lunch at the office.
- Dinner in a month or next week: Double the recipe so you can freeze the extras and have easy, healthy go-to meals during those busy weeks when there just isn't time to cook! These storage containers are my fave.
Eat Well: Party Apps
These 3 easy, super cute nutritious and delicious recipes will be a big hit at your holiday party and keep you from eating too many sweets!
Stress Check: Free App
Keep your stress in check by taking a break with one of my favorite meditation apps. Do this twice/day for at least 5 minutes and you'll notice yourself feeling more centered, productive, mindful, and lower stress. If you love this, consider purchasing a HeadSpace subscription to take it to the next level.