With the fast-paced lifestyle that many of us live, it's no wonder that many people tend to experience feelings of overwhelm from time to time. Below is a 3-Step process that will help remind you that calm is always within; regardless of the chaos that seems to surround us. Step 1: Whenever you start to feel a sense of overwhelm, move your attention to a peripheral body part (feet, elbow, knees). Step 2: Allow yourself to deeply feel that body part; and notice that the overwhelm emotions you're feeling don't exist there - it's a calm [...]
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Do you immediately start to tense up as you open the door to your office? Do you cringe when you see your "least favorite" coworker walking toward you? Do you feel irritable, exhausted and lack focus by the end of the day? Stress can play a large part in our lives, if we let [...]
Developing a growth mindset can be incredibly empowering, yet very telling of personal and professional deficiencies (which is a good thing). If you're looking to improve your level of self-awareness, understand more about the concept of a growth mindset, be willing to shift your perspective or your filter on life, and be inspired and empowered [...]
I’m a huge sports lover – particularly football! I love the athleticism of the sport, the passion you see in the player’s eyes after they make a great play, and the shear talent that’s displayed while making an incredible behind-the-back 60-yard up-side-down catch (ok, that may not have happened), but you know what I mean. [...]
BREAKFAST on the GO! Let’s face it, breakfast time can be hectic, stressful, and a source of anxiety for many parents. One of the most efficient ways to alleviate the stress of an unorganized breakfast routine is a little bit of pre-planning. Steel Cut Oats with Bananas and Pecans has become a go-to staple for [...]
This quinoa, brussel sprout, & walnut salad has become a lunch staple in our family. Not only is it simple to "whip" up, it's extremely healthy and full of robust flavors. If you're not a brussel sprout fan, don't worry... you'd barely know there were any in there. The citrus flavors combined with hints of [...]
If you're looking for a quick and healthy snack for you (or your little ones), look no further! These chocolate protein energy bites are the perfect snack -- packed with lots of protein and fiber! Not to mention, they're tasty too. INGREDIENTS: 1 Cup Dry Rolled Oats 2/3 Cup Coconut Flakes 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter [...]
Apple Donuts are a family favorite in our house -- particularly for our nearly 4 year-old daughter. With far fewer calories and fat than a traditional donut, Apple Donuts are packed full of fiber, protein and yes... a little chocolate sweetness as well. INGREDIENTS: One apple (washed) Peanut butter (or nut butter of choice) Chocolate [...]
It always amazes me that we ask 18-year olds to choose what career they want to pursue. I remember being 18 – so young, so impressionable, so unknowing of what opportunities were truly available to me. You see, I was raised in middle-class family. Both parents owned their own small businesses and we lived in [...]