Make It Happen, Captain

“Such a simple concept, yet so true: that which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.” ― Garth Stein

This quote really speaks to me as I think about all the things I wish to make happen and manifest in 2015. We are really in control of fates, the captains of our souls. We have the amazing power to become happier, healthier, abundant, write a book, paint a masterpiece, go to school, and more. We just don’t realize this awesome opportunity at times. We need a little shove. A little coaxing if you will.

What intentions will you manifest this year? How will you make sh*t happen and really give yourself the push to break through your comfort zone and grow? 2015 is your year. Your blank slate. Grab that paint brush and create your masterpiece.

Tune into my latest vlog about Manifesting your Intentions in 2015.

“Dare to dream! If you did not have the capability to make your wildest wishes come true, your mind would not have the capacity to conjure such ideas in the first place. There is no limitation on what you can potentially achieve, except for the limitation you choose to impose on your own imagination. What you believe to be possible will always come to pass – to the extent that you deem it possible. It really is as simple as that.” ― Anthon St. Maarten


Finding Solid Ground

Finding a balance seems to be the challenge at the start of any new year. It seems that the New Year comes with new ideas, goals and sometimes a swarm of things to do. I’m finding myself caught at the fork in the road, where finding a balance meets complete insanity. I have these moments where I feel completely overwhelmed and forget to find my feet and ground myself. My mom always says to me, “Feel your feet. Find your rooting and get solid.” At times I just look at her and think, “do you know how hard that is?”

Finding a strong foundation and maintaining it is such a challenge.  When we are constantly moving about, running from one task to the next, rooting and centering yourself seems to come last on the to-do list. We are only in the second week of the new year and I feel like a chicken without a head. I am adamant about planning, organizing and scheduling, so that I make time for everything that is important. But sometimes my to-do lists and scheduling has me feeling overwhelmed. Overwhelmed is not a good feeling for me. I start to feel emotionally unstable and all over the place. That’s when I hear my mom say to find my ground, my center and root myself deep to the earth.

Allowing yourself to continuously float without grounding only seems to lead to illness, sickness or unhealthy habits. Before my potential mental breakdown, I am making a conscious effort to care for myself. Yes, the to-do lists must be checked off and the schedule is hard to steer away from. But, finding time for yourself to establish balance is non-negotiable. Say it with me now: self-care is NON-NEGOTIABLE. I am NOT an OPTION. I MUST take care of ME.  You should never be too busy to stop and reassess and get yourself grounded.  Now of course this is MUCH easier said than done. I am making a promise to myself that I will not get to a point of insanity (though, tears and a few nibbles of dark chocolate for comfort are OKAY).

This year, I will find my rooting and become solid.

Pardon My Slack: A Mini Update

Wow I can’t believe it’s December already! It seems as thought November flew right on by bringing and taking Thanksgiving away ever so quickly. The past few weeks have been hectic but pleasant. The joyfulness of the season and the culinary delights have kept me, well, delightful (for the most part).

The day after Thanksgiving my favorite fitness instructor, whom I have taken classes (Zumba, Pilates, Total Body Conditioning, etc.) with for nearly 3 years took another job and left me. Needless to say, I felt and still feel abandoned, maybe a little depressed. I found that my instructor motivated me to stay fit and active and kept me sane. But the moment she told me she was leaving (which I could feel coming) I could feel myself shrivel. NOOOO! Now what am I supposed to do? This past week I didn’t want to go to the actual gym. I decided to work out at home this week, which for me isn’t the same. I truly enjoy those workouts with a group and an instructor I can trust to push me to get results.

I realized that my instructor leaving actually has pushed me even more to want to get my Zumba certification. I even bought the Zumba Exhiliarate DVDs with toning sticks, which has been on my wish list FOREVER! I am pushing myself to quit making excuses. Excuses don’t get us anywhere but at the same time, I am allowing myself to rest. Lately I have felt super tired and those extra hours of sleep have really done me justice.

I am really looking forward to keeping fit for Christmas and the rest of the year. Lets face it, I’m just a tad bit of a sucker with the compliments regarding my toned and slim vegan body. Did I mention I’m on Month 3 of veganism? Even the biggest cheese lover can go vegan (if that’s something you’re willing to try!).

Well ladies and gents, that is all for now.
Peace, love and no beef (or cheese),


P.S. By the way did I mention I recently was accepted as a Sweat Pink ambassador? This community of amazingly strong and motivated women will keep me motivated as I recover from my favorite fitness instructor abandonment.

P.P.S. I’d love to hear from you lovely readers! What are you doing to keep yourself fit, motivated and healthy this holiday season?