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    Ready To Reinvent Yourself ?

     

    Ready to reinvent yourself ?

     

    I know I am!

    I’m totally itching for a kick in the butt and I’m ready to make the shift. I do so well with structure and when I have something to follow . Are you itching for a new and AMAZING workout program that not only helps you get fit and lose weight but ALSO shifts your mindset in a more positive awesome way?? Well you definitely do not want to miss out on Proving Grounds!

     

    First off, I love Christ Downing. He’s an amazing super trainer and he truly helped me in a crazy time of my life! His motivation in on a whole other level and I find him super humble yet real. I had the pleasure of working out with him in person and it was amazing. I love his motivation guys! Trust me when I say, you definitely want to experience this transformation!

     

    Click Below To Check Out Behind The Scenes Chris Downings Latest Fitness Program!!!

    What is the SHIFT SHOP?

    A breakthrough rapid-conditioning program that can help you get LEANER, FASTER, STRONGER—and lose up to 10 pounds—in
    minimal time. The SHIFT SHOP includes 10 cardio and strength workouts, 2 core and mobility workouts, 3 advanced workouts, a
    simple nutrition plan, and world-class training tools.

    What’s new with SHIFT SHOP?

    Now there’s a Prep Week to help you ease into the workouts and clean up your diet. You’ll do two 15-minute Quick Shift workouts to give
    you a taste of what’s ahead and score your starting performance with the new Proving Grounds workouts. And each week after, you’ll
    swap two regular routines with the Proving Grounds challenges to test your speed and strength, tracking your progress as you go with
    the Proving Grounds Scoresheets. Plus, the SHIFT SHOP Recipes Book.

     

    For more info, click HERE

    What are Workouts Like?

    SHIFT SHOP starts you off slow and alternates between cardio and strength workouts—then gradually increases the intensity
    week by week. You’ll have a chance to score your performance against the clock with a series of 1-minute challenges when you
    hit the Proving Grounds twice every week.

    The SHIFT SHOP is all about fast results. This all-inclusive resource outlines all the tools you need to get
    started, lays out fitness and nutritional tasks that will help you get the most out of Prep Week, and shows you which workout
    to do each day, helping you shift from the body you have to the body you want. This is your road map for success. A printed
    version is included in all SHIFT SHOP offers. Also available digitally on Beachbody On Demand.

    Your number one focus when you revisit the Proving Grounds is to beat last week’s score, so use these handy sheets to record
    your reps each time you go up against the clock. Available digitally on Beachbody On Demand.
    Agility Markers Chris’ secret weapon. You’ll develop agility and coordination as you navigate around the markers, reacting to his color “callouts.”

     

    What is the Shift Shop Meal Plan?

    Have you ever used the Portion Fix containers by Beachbody, like the ones used in 21 Day Fix? Shift Shop uses these same color-coded measurement containers, but adds it’s own little twist. Each week, as your workouts change, your meal plan will also change.

    Week 1 will feel similar to the meal plan you may have followed in other programs using Portion Fix containers, but with a more specific list of foods.

    Week 2 will ask you to cut down on starchy carbs, revving up protein and veggies.

    Week 3 takes it a step further and completely cuts out your yellow container (carbs), while increasing healthy fat and proteins with unlimited vegetables.

    Who is this program for?

    ANYONE! That’s the joy of this program. If you’re just getting back into fitness after falling off the bandwagon, this is a great program to get to back into the swing of things. If you’re just starting your fitness journey and need to lose weight, you’ll see tremendous results! And if you’ve already been working out regularly, you’ll take your fitness to the next level!

    This program isn’t geared specifically toward people looking to lose weight or looking to gain muscle. It involves BOTH cardio and strength to help you lose weight and feel stronger!

    Is Shift Shop a hard workout?

    The program is challenging, but it’s something that anyone can do! Each week amps the a little helping you gain the stamina and strength to keep up. Plus, for each workout there’s a modification. So if you’re struggling keeping up, switch over to the modification and you’ll be able to keep on going!

    What equipment will I need for Shift Shop?

    The Shift Shop markers
    A set of weights (the size is up to you and your strength)
    A good mat to add bit of cushion for certain workouts
    If you’re using Beachbody On Demand, the markers will be available to purchase separately through Team Beachbody. If you purchase a Challenge Pack they’ll be included in your order! Click here to check out the packages 

     

    If you want to do this with me, FILL OUT THIS FORM and I will be in contact! Lets do this together!

     

     

     

    This Stage Of Life

    This stage of life.
    
It’s hard, you guys.
    I’m talking right now to you moms who are around my age …. late 20’s to mid 30’s. You have kids. Likely two or three . Being a mom is the hardest job ever . Add in a child with sensory needs and a speech delay- some days are REALLY hard .
    They probably range in age from toddlers to 7 or 8 year-olds. (Give or take a few, on all of the above mentioned stats).
In this stage of life, you are dealing with exhaustion. Mental, physical, and emotional.
In this stage of life, you are dealing with tantrums and beautiful moments … With stomach viruses. You are juggling schedules, appointments, sports , and constantly going from point A to point B.
A million balls you are juggling, and you probably feel like you are dropping most of them sometimes right ? Then guilt tends to plague you because something is eating you up inside .
In this stage of life, you are dealing with guilt. Guilt over having a career, and not spending enough time with your kids, or guilt over staying home with your kids, and not doing enough to contribute financially. Yet everything you do IS for the kids. Guilt over being too harsh with your kids. Too lenient. Guilt that your house is clean, but your kids were ignored, or guilt that you enjoyed your children all day, and now your husband is coming home to filth. Guilt. Yep.
    
In this stage of life, you are bombarded daily with a whole lot of decisions. Some of them life-changing, some of them not. None of them with clear cut answers. Do I vaccinate my kids? Do I not? Do I send them to public school? Charter school? Private ? Is this special needs system even good? Is this what’s best for him/her! ?
You don’t know the answers to ANYTHING, but you feel constant pressure to figure out EVERYTHING.
    This stage of life is less and less about watching your friends get married and have babies, and more and more about standing by and witnessing your friends struggle in their marriage, and even get divorced. It’s a stage where you’ve got to put in the time and the effort and the work and the energy to make sure your OWN marriage stays healthy. And that’s good, but it’s hard, too.
    At this point, you or someone you know has experienced infertility. Miscarriages. Loss of a child.
It’s a stage where you are buying houses, selling houses, remodeling houses, renting out your house , packing up houses.
    It’s a stage where your hormones are all out of whack. You even question whether you’re bipolar . You look at yourself and you’re like wow. I definitely look different I love my battle wounds. Shall you decide to have one more ? You realize time is ticking and time goes fast !
    
It’s a stage where you are struggling with identity. Is my entire identity “mommy”? Is there anything even left of me that isn’t about mothering? Is there something more glamorous I could have/should have done with my life? I LOOK like a mom now, don’t I? I totally do. ( as I STARE) at the mess I’ve been trying to get to for two days!
It’s a stage where you are on a constant quest for balance, and can never find it. You think you do , but you don’t . There’s no such thing as balance friends .
    It’s a stage of life where you are overloaded. Constantly. You are overloaded with questions. Your children never stop asking them. You are overloaded with touch. Someone is constantly wanting to be held, holding on to you, hanging on to you, touching you. You are overloaded with to-do’s. There is so much to do. It never ends. You are overloaded with worry. You are overloaded with THINGS. Your kids have way too many toys. You are overloaded with activities. You are overloaded with THOUGHTS (thoughts about how to not be so overloaded, perhaps?).
It’s hard.
So….what do you need to do to survive it all?
    
You need to ask for help.
    
You need to accept help when it’s given.
    You need GRACE.
    You need to not neglect your marriage.
    You need to put your kids down for bed early.
    You need to wake up EARLY to fill your cup FIRST!
    Sit outside with your husband, drink a glass of wine, and have a conversation when the kids are down.
    You need more girlfriend time .
    You need your mom or Dad.
    You need older friends, who have been there and done that. Who can reassure you that you AREN’T screwing it all up as badly as you think you are yet won’t judge u and tell you their way is best and act like they know it all.
    You need to not feel bad about doing the things that make you happy.
    
You need to lower your expectations….then probably lower them again. But deep down your raising your bar !
    You need to simplify. Simplify every single part of your life, as much as it can be simplified. Get rid of the negative and focus on positive .
You need to learn how to say “no”.
You need to practice grace .
    You need to pray. Girl, you need to pray.
    Finally, and maybe most importantly, you need to remember that…..
….this stage of life is beautiful, too. Like, really really beautiful. This is the stage of life where every single older person you ever meet tells you, “you’re going to miss this”. And you already know it’s true. It’s the stage where your kids love you more than they are EVER going to love you again, for the whole rest of your life. It’s the stage where they can fit their entire selves into your lap to snuggle…and they want to. It’s the stage where their biggest problems ARE tummy aches or big emotions they can yet express .
    
We’re not dealing with problems like broken hearts or addiction or bullying yet. It’s the stage where you are learning to love your spouse in an entirely different….harder…..better…. way.
The stage where you are learning together, being stretched together, shedding your selfishness together, and TRULY being made into “one”.
It’s the stage where you get to see Christmas, Halloween through your kids eyes, and it’s so much more fun and magical than it would be just through your own eyes.
It’s the stage of life filled with field trips, class parties, costumes, swim lessons, bubble baths, dance parties, and loose teeth. And those things are so fun. It’s the stage where you are young enough to have fun, and old enough to have obtained at least SOME wisdom.
    It’s SUCH a great stage.
But, man it’s hard.

    We All Have a Story

    By: Jaclyn

    I have to apologize…

    It’s been a while since I’ve shared a bit about myself and who the real Jaclyn is behind the workout clothes – so please allow me to introduce myself!

    Not only have I experienced a total mind and body transformation, one passion of mine is to help others experience their own, motivate and inspire, and help them to live healthy and fulfilling lives too.

    Like a lot of other women, I grew up being insecure and well aware of weight gain . I come from not knowing anyone on my dads side yet raised by sooo much love through my moms family . My mom would say “ You’re looking a little heavier Mija” (she didn’t mean it in a bad way. But I know that’s how my insecurities started )

    We would eat tortillas and rice/beans on the norm and even eat out often. I don’t hold any resentment on that because my mom is the most beautiful and strong woman I know. She sacrificed a lot to raise me on her own. It wasn’t until she was diagnosed with cancer that we seriously got serious about educating ourselves about nutrition. So much has changed since then.

    I’ve always felt like I never really fit in with others. I’ve always been different. I was desperate to fit in to the right clothes and to look a certain way that I tried many things. I was obsessed with a number and caught up in the comparison mindset. After high school, I tried many different pills and even found myself struggling with addiction. I started coping with my problems in life by AVOIDING them through unhealthy habits. It’s not something I’m proud of. But this turned in to an addiction.

    …. but then I got married and had children and instead of being proud of my body, I was ashamed. It’s sad. I struggled with a lot of anxiety after my second and that was because I was trying to find my way back again. I totally lost myself and felt like I could never just “catch up” I could feel myself going back in to a negative state and knew I needed a healthy change in my life. I was depressed and didn’t even realize that I was the one holding myself back. I was the only one that could make that change MYSELF.

    THIS. This was my tipping point where I had to take a long hard look in the mirror and make a choice. I could either go down the road of this unhealthy mindset & continue to harm my mind and body or I could do some research & find something that is truly sustainable, healthy, and enjoyable.

    My family deserved better & I know I did too, so I did the research. I found something that works – something that’s not a scam or a pill or a diet. It’s a LIFESTYLE. One that comes with the accountability of other women who have loved on me like I’ve known them my entire life. One that has taught me how to love myself and to respect my body. One that has helped me to grow from always hiding who I truly was to being more authentic and unapologetically me! No, it hasn’t been all rainbows and unicorns, but I can say without a shadow of a doubt that it saved me!

    Never in a million years did I see myself doing this, but it has shown me opportunities I never knew existed and has shown me that I can be the strong woman I always knew I could be!

    No matter what your story, I hope this can give you hope that you too can live the life you’ve been waiting for. We only get one, so now is your time to shine honey!

    If you’re at all interested in knowing more about how you can make these changes too, drop a 👋 below and I’ll share some more info.

    A Piece Of Me

    Growing up , It was always “ You have to go to college and get your degree “.

    Well truth is , I did go to college . I hated it .

    My heart wasn’t there . I left half way. I Felt really guilty about it too. I eventually went back for further business education because I’ve always been business minded .

    But growing up , it was “ I have to set the example and be what society expects me to be so that I can get a good secure job and save for retirement “ pphfff I’m sorry , but NOTHING is secure these days .

    Deep down, I knew I was meant to be creative , passionate , and hard working and I’ve always been open – minded about taking CHANCES. I’ve worked for myself since 21 years old and deep down I felt insecure about the fact that I never continued to pursue my college degree . I’ve had moments where I doubted myself or my abilities and fell in to a depression because I felt lost and realized I wanted to be more flexible and make my schedule work AROUND my family .

    I come from a family of strong females who’ve become successful in their own way. I was raised around a family with strong values and a strong work ethic. That’s literally who I am.

    It wasn’t until I started to have kids that I realized I was meant for more . I’m meant to leave a legacy for them . I’m meant to create something amazing so that they can know that their mommy followed her dreams and passions and was successful whether that’s opening up my own salon, creating a community with an amazing movement , and meeting and helping people from all over the country . Whatever God has planned for us will be but I will never stop pursuing the things I love and neither should you!

    I don’t ever want my kids to think that they HAVE to go do something because society expects them to or that they will never be successful doing something they love ! I will support them 

    After having Elijah, I felt like I lost a whole part of me . Isn’t it funny how our seasons change ? That passion and fire was lost . I felt fake when I would go to the salon and always put a smile on my face either way .

    I literally went to work and just went through the motions of life . I was exhausted all the time and always caught up with just trying to make sure I felt like I was contributing enough, being that Mom on top of therapies , and managing my clients at the salon. I ended up cutting back my days to be home more yet woke up and just went right back to the same non stop routine . I was burnt out and had NO balance . I was unfulfilled because I never made time to pour MY cup.

    When the opportunity to get healthier and embrace a journey of self discovery came my way, I jumped on it . I had nothing to lose but inches . I knew that things would eventually get better IF I got better mentally .Cannot get other user media. API shut down by Instagram. Sorry. Display only your media.

    I honestly chose my faith over fear and knew that God had a plan for us. After going through this huge transformation mentally , physically, spiritually, I suddenly had this huge amount of fire in me . I was tested in so many ways to only come out stronger than ever .

    I’ve always known that sometimes things happen and we have to find the GOOD in as many situations as we can instead of complain and feel sorry for ourselves . It’s ok to be sad , angry , depressed , Scary … but it’s even better to get back up and believe in yourself a little more and more each day! All of that takes work . Daily too.

    I quickly realized that what I found was changing my life . It’s ok to have multiple passions and pursue all that you love . It’s ok to be a working mom who barely has time for grace sometimes . Its ok to be imperfect. Embrace that shit . It’s ok to be you and if someone has a problem with all that, then they’re just NOT your people .

    I believe everyone should be part of my wellness community . Why? Because you will all of a sudden start to discover yourself , you open up the lid to even MORE of your potential, and you start to wake up in such a good mood! It really makes a difference when you surround yourself with others who are striving to be better versions of themselves too. The way we make others feel tells A LOT about us and I want to be that person who makes others feel good too. I want to surround myself with those people too! 

    For more INFO on joining our free wellness community, CLICK HERE

    Fit For Fall

    Hey friends! I don’t know about you, but I sure know that summer bodies are built in the fall! Fall is the perfect time to tackle a healthy routine to feel great, work on better habits, get in shape, and boost your confidence before the holidays!

    This flexible lifestyle change is a solution for my fellow busy people ! Let’s get Fit For Fall. We will be using  the next four weeks to stretch ourselves in new ways and get even stronger! Find out more info on what our Wellness Groups are all about here .

    Before we know it , the holidays will be here and we will regret not working on a healthier version of ourselves! Don’t put your goals off . Feel your best and look your best. Most importantly, lets work on loving ourselves from the inside and out because that’s truly what matters most! 

    In just 30 days, we’re going to teach you how to stop the self sabotage without deprivation, have positive self talk , love yourself more, and encourage positive and good healthy habits. 

    If you’re feeling ready and want to make this the healthiest rest of the year, fill out the form and I will reach out to you .

    Life Lately

    I’m back!

     

    The last few months have been a little crazy. We’ve had so much fun getting out with the kids this summer. But truth is, I have no idea where June and July went. I can’t believe how fast the year is flying by. You with me ?

    With the kids being off from school, our usual routine was thrown off. We had an amazing summer together and I try to always remember to give myself some grace in the midst of the chaos. We even had some relatives visit from out of state which was nice.

    I’ve decided to turn my blog in to a documentary of our lives with a sprinkle of lifestyle and motherhood tips. It’s therapeutic for me. Things have been pretty tough this month and I can feel myself coming out of the funk I’ve been in . On a good note, I have been introduced with such amazing opportunities that continue to show me I’m doing exactly what I’ve been called to do in my life. We also just celebrated our 8th wedding Anniversary after being together for 17 years! We’ve been through so much together and I’m so grateful for it all. We’ve both grown so much since being little teens and our marriage is beautiful . We’re both busy with personal goals and projects all while trying to make time for ourselves. He is a keeper .

    First off, do you ever look at your kids and just ask yourself ” Where the heck is time going ? “

    I can’t believe how fast my daughter is growing. She just started second grade . I look at her and I’m in awe with the little girl she is becoming. It seems like everything has been an argument lately and she sure enjoys making sure I understand that she is a big girl now. I just adore her and want to encourage her to be herself and speak her truth . This summer we took a break from Girl Scouts aside from having their Brownie Bridging Ceremony and camping at the zoo. Volunteering to be her Troop Leader has been an amazing experience .

    I told myself that I would figure it out along the way because this is something that Ava and I can do together. Every now and then that mom guilt sets in and I think that I need to give my daughter more attention in the midst of this new extra needs journey with my son .  Our new Troop  season starts in October and I’m heading in to this new season positive and optimistic because I have one year under my belt. I’m learning as I go and this is such an amazing opportunity for our girls. I plan on delegating more with the parents , being more organized with my meetings, and creating some awesome memories with the girls!  I’ve told myself that being busy is a privilege . Being busy is good as long as you stop to smell the roses and learn to give yourself some grace along the way .

    My son just started preschool. He is 4 years old and this will be his second year of school. Its been a while since I’ve shared much about our journey in here . I guess you can say I’ve been a tad paralyzed with fear and the constant reminder that everyone sure has an opinion with how they think children should be raised or their way is the right way. The reality is that my reality is hard sometimes. One thing that was really bothering me was that anytime I shared anything , I felt like people or even my husband would say ” Why are you sharing that?” or ” Well… it doesn’t look like anything is wrong with your son ” Then I would feel like I was opening up myself to opinions that I just did not feel like hearing. I’ve come to realize that I’m not alone and some other parents have bigger problems . So if you can relate at all with my journey, please be sure to connect with me!

    Truth is that there is nothing wrong with my son. He has an ability is how I like to see it . One thing I find super frustrating is how long it takes to just get some answers . Not just that, but I hate that children have to be labeled to get some help . My goal is to be the best mom I can be for my kids and to put my family first before anything. Elijah’s diagnosis at three years old was a speech and language impairment and a developmental delay. That is when a lot of doors to new resources opened up for us. For the longest time, my husband and I were so financially drained with co-pays, opinions, evaluations, check ups, and worries. We have found that we are his voice and we have to do whats best for him . Not just that, but those diagnosis’ mean nothing. We treat him normal except we’re learning more and more about how important it is to be patient and more understanding to his behaviors. 

    I’m blessed in the sense that I’ve been able to get my son some intervention since we was two years old. For the longest time, he was receiving early intervention, occupational therapy, speech, and physical therapy. We later added behavioral therapy too. I found an incredible therapy based preschool that is perfect for him and we discontinued therapy. Our local school district did not make it easy to get him qualified to get there and the whole process was long-  But worth it .

    My anxiety has been through the roof lately because I’ve been over- thinking and playing scenarios in my head about the transition from preschool to kinder. Then I start asking myself if this district is even right for him. The biggest hurdle are the tantrums and the behavioral and sensory issues he tends to have at times. I go back and forth about seeking ABA Therapy for him . I was hesitant about whether or not I should seek such an aggressive therapy for all of us . The worst part was  that I finally decided to go for it because I do not want him to think that its ok to act the way he does when he doesnt get him way at times. He is such a smart cookie and super receptive. He understands everything you say . His attention span is super short at times, he has been having many accidents with potty training when he’s been potty trained for almost a year now , and he can get pretty defiant quick. It takes some work to calm him down. He gets loud, whiny, and will zone out when he gets over – stimulated. His vocabulary has increased and I hear him trying to say new words and sounds. He is constantly improving at his own pace and I just have to meet him where he is at.

    Now I know it sounds like I’m complaining here, but this is my normal. This is what I’ve been dealing with and as Elijah’s mom, I only want whats best for him.  So after finally calling to get approved for this therapy, ofcourse my PPO won’t cover it . So I tried with our secondary insurance for him and found out they would only cover him if he has a diagnosis of Autism. This is when reality sank in for me recently. There is a possibility that my child could be on the spectrum. Now I’ve been waiting for answers for the longest time but his pediatrician and director of his school both say sure he has delays that are similar, but he does not meet that box. I personally am not ready to have another psychologist evaluate my child. I would like to give it more time because Im already doing everything I need to do to get him the help he needs. We have a consultation next month for genetic testing and that alone is a lot to think about right now .

    So in a nutshell, my thoughts and emotions have been all over the place. Answers will come and either way, it doesn’t matter to me if my child gets another diagnosis . A diagnosis does not define your child and only gets them more help. But sometimes I do feel like children are over diagnosed the second a medical professional evaluates them . That’s my personal opinion.  But truth is, as his mom, I know him better than anyone. I know I sound like an in denial parent, but I’m just speaking from the heart here. This is all so new for me. He is a normal 4 year old little guy who loves nerf guns, playdoh, and tools. He loves people. He is social, friendly, compassionate, and outgoing. He even looks you in the eyes.  I feel like sometimes they just want to put a label on your child in order to open up some additional resources for them. These thoughts I have are really hard for me to explain . But time, faith, prayer , and patience is what we have. I’m so thankful for his incredible team of teachers/ therapists who take the time to talk to me and and offer comfort and tips. We have to trust the process because everyone is unique and different.

    Aside from heading to the salon on my work days, my workouts and my coaching business have been an amazing outlet for me. I’ve taken a step back in the sense where I’m focusing on family and marriage before anything. My wellness is the biggest priority right now and my wellness groups mean the world to me . I love waking up to my amazing rock stars striving to be better versions of themselves and making themselves a priority too. I’m blessed with this incredible gift of helping others live healthier and more fulfilling lives too. Beachbody has changed my life for the better. I do not know where I would be if I didn’t have these incredible workouts and nutrition guidance. The old me would be eating everything in plain site and probably at an unhealthy weight. My wellness journey and coaching business is a way for me to give back and feel good at the same time. Thank goodness my husband and I are on the same page and stronger than ever. If we weren’t, I think I would literally be broken . I’m so blessed .

     

    They say when you’re feeling down, the best thing to do is to turn it around and use that energy to help others.

     

    Sometimes we have to remember that life can get pretty messy . That’s just how it is. Our mess is what others might be praying for. I tend to keep myself super busy and I’m learning to let go and just slow down .

     

    We have so much to be thankful for and I’m looking forward to our family vacation coming up!

     

    XO,

    Jaclyn

     

     

    8 Self-Care Tips For The Busy Moms

    Self- care isn’t just something you do; it’s the way you think. It’s a way of life.

    I’ve learned so much about myself these last few years. I was running on empty and my nerves were beginning to show it. Stress was rising , I had a short fuse with my husband , and I’m embarrassed to admit that I was at my whits end. From endless therapy sessions for my son , juggling my own mom guilt with my daughter , medical visits that led me to no answers, debt piling high, and lack of clarity had me feeling like I was losing myself. It isn’t easy being a career driven woman and managing everything else if you’re not practicing self -care.

    My motivation was gone and I felt a loss of passion for what I did . I make people feel beautiful. I am blessed to live a life of purpose and feel so passionate about what I do for a living . But for those couple of years, I felt off. I felt fake. I was struggling with my own case of postpartum.  It was hard to set my personal feelings and energy aside and translate in to something positive for the people around me .

    Along the way I’ve learned to practice self – care. Motherhood is full of endless demands, rewards, sacrifices , sleepless nights, countless unscheduled interruptions and many  gifts to experience.  I also discovered that in order to be a great mom , you must feel great about both yourself and your life .

    I know what you’re thinking….

    Your’e raising babies, running a household, working a full-time job, and managing to keep your marriage alive . Trust me, I get it . It almost seems like  we can barely use the bathroom in peace before we see little fingers under the door or hear ” Mommm . Mommm” It always feels like there’s never enough time in the day right ? Not to mention, time is passing so quickly and its hard to keep up sometimes.

    But let me tell you something. Self -Care can be a way of life for you . Putting your best self forward requires intentional choices.  Its not selfish at all . Its actually completely necessary to pour into yourself so that you can pour into others. What good is it to show up beat down and on empty? You deserve to wake up and live your life with intention. Sure it’s never perfect. But those little actions you make turn into habits. It’s a lot easier to add habits than erase them . If I can find time for self care, anyone can. It’s time to put self -care on your to-do list . You can find time to feel healthy , look great, and live a joyful life, all while juggling a family and a career .

    Us mom’s have a mile high to do list right ? Almost all mothers struggle with feelings of guilt when they take away any time from their children . It’s so often I hear my clients tell me they often put themselves at the bottom of the list. Some don’t even make the list at all .

    Here Are My Top Self-Care Tips  

    1. Be Intentional With How You Start Your Day . This changes everything . This was so hard for me at first. But just like I mentioned above, little changes and effort daily compound into something greater . The more you practice being intentional with your day, the more clarity and focused you feel . I practice something called The Miracle Morning routine. These principles were taken from Hal Elrod who studied the top successful people and how they start their day . Its a book that truly changed the way I feel about how I choose to wake up and start my day!
    2. Give Yourself A Timeout. This is one of my favorite things to do when my anxiety rolls high. I get out my notebook and literally brain dump everything on my mind. Sometimes my brain doesn’t stop and I need to organize my thoughts. Braindump means you write everything on your mind. You create a list of everything you need to do and you prioritize that list in order . You create an action plan and you will also have to be ok with not everything being able to get done. That’s just life. Prioritize what needs to be done today and what you don’t get to can easily be pushed to tomorrow. The minute we start realizing that we can’t control everything is when things start to become so much easier.  You’re doing the best you can . Stay connected to yourself . Meditate.  Do something that brings you joy.
    3. Deep Breaths. This is what I consider to be practicing mindfulness. I do not always get to it but wow does it make a huge difference . If you have any essential oils, even better. I love lavender. Inhale and take deep breaths. Take the kind of breaths that are deep and refreshing . I often find myself doing this in my car or before I start my day. A lot of times we hold on to stress and anxiety. Remember, we can’t control everything and a lot of things happen out of our control. What we can control is how we choose to show up and be present in the moment .
    4. Exercise. This is my favorite way to start my day . Sometimes it happens later in the day. Sometimes it doesn’t get to happen. But when it does, I feel unstoppable and focused. Working out only brings happy endorphins and energy . I think that most people tend to tie working out into something so difficult. It doesn’t need to be a full hour or something you despise. The goal is to feel empowered and proud of yourself. The goal is to get stronger and to take it one day at a time. I workout out daily to Beachbody On Demand and I follow various 30 minute workouts. I love that I never get bored and I can take it with me anywhere.  I also check in with my accountability group and have found that this has been such an incredible experience as far as reaching my personal health and wellness goals .I also have so much more clarity and focus throughout the day . It makes me feel more alive and a lot more happier and patient . Just move. Go for a walk or do something that seems fun to you . It makes all  the difference. Most people will say they don’t have time. We all have 25-30 minutes. Sacrifice your favorite tv show if you have to. It’s worth it . You have nothing to lose but inches . Get your kids involved . You’re only implementing healthier habits. I have an ongoing support group here full of tips and motivation.
    5. Feed Your Body Well. Good food fuels your body, so make sure you eat and drink high quality ingredients. We put our kids and husband’s first. Its good for our kids to see us practicing self-care because we’re modeling healthy behavior. I’m not saying you need to go balls to the wall . I let my kids be kids and I still feed my husband his favorite foods . I’m talking about making small changes daily. The kind of changes that make you feel good . I started working with an amazing nutritionist who has shown me how to have a healthier relationship with food . Some simple ideas to make healthy eating a habit ? Go vegetarian once a week . Shop at your local farmers market for organic produce and let the kids enjoy it . Plant your own vegetables. Cook from scratch more  and avoid the drive- thru . Drink water and cut out soda . Make your breakfast a consistent healthy breakfast. Take some time to plan what you’re going to keep in your fridge for the week so you can make quick, healthy, easy meals. I learned a lot of ideas and quick healthy solutions through the nutritionist I’m working with here. Her coaching has shown me that it’s about taking baby steps and truly learning to love healthy food .
    6. Personal Development. As a mom , it’s easy to lose yourself in the day-to-day routines of family life. I feel like I’m in the car a lot and the cleaning and cooking never ends . Between laundry and cleaning I love to apply audio in my ears. It’s made all the difference in my mindset . What you choose to feed your mind is a direct reflection of how you think . For a list of some suggestions, message me. I also love podcasts. You can find me feeding my mind with business and personal development daily. I make the time. I do not always have the time but I find it so enjoyable to listen to while driving, cleaning , or putting myself together for the day. Fifteen minutes is all it takes. The more you do it , the more you love it .
    7. Saying No . This has to be the biggest lesson I’m currently learning about .  Sometimes the things on your to-do list are just not as critical as you think. I’ve learned that my needs come before the pile of laundry that needs to be folded. Through losing loved ones suddenly and seeing my mom battle cancer, I had a huge epiphany. We can’t do it all .  The cleaning never ends . Sometimes I go a week or two before actually putting away the loads that were washed.  That’s just the life of the CEO mom . Hire help . I just hired help and boy does it feel amazing. I hired a housekeeper and my own virtual assistant. When it comes to building my empire or cleaning, I choose building my business. When it comes to cleaning or doing something fun with my kids, I choose my kids. On occasion, I make cleaning mandatory for the day because it feels so therapeutic. But hiring help once a pay period totally helps . If you’re building a business like me, you have to invest to get more too . Say NO to the things that do not bring you joy. This one is the difficult one for me because I’m a go- getter and I want to stretch my rope. I’m the woman who signed up to be Girl Scout Troop Leader all while building two businesses. Sometimes you just have to take a step back and truly analyze who and what you’re letting into your life. Protect your energy . Hang out with the people who will lift you and motivate you to be better and do better. Stay away from the energy suckers.
    8. Keep Connected. Friendships are so important. I still have my same small circle of friends from school. We do not always get to hang like we used to, but we stay connected . Isolation can quickly creep in which is not where God wants us to be . Make sure you are purposeful with who you give your time to . I struggle in this area greatly ladies and it’s something I constantly need to remind myself about.

    Do you have any Self- Care tips that work for you ? Please share below.

    Go Get It

    The only thing standing in your way is YOU. We end up being our biggest road blocks and don’t even realize it sometimes .

    So today is the day…. rebuild relationships, rebuild financial stability, become the parent you want to be, and most importantly, become a better you! Now GO GET IT!

    I face my fears every single day and much of what I have achieved has not been done in the absence of fear . I will continue to do things when I’m scared.

    When you face your fears, they aren’t as big in reality life as they are in our minds .

    Living With A Grateful Heart

    This last weekend was amazing. I had the best experience going on vacation with my husband and had some time to really catch up on my thoughts and talk the future with my husband.

    For one, I haven’t had time to really blog as much much as I’d like. Between my new role as a Girl Scout Leader and juggling both of my businesses, there hasn’t been time for much.  On top of that, being a mom and wife is a full time job of its own. I am so incredibly blessed . I’ve realized that I just need to write. I need to write my heart out and share the good, bad, and the ugly. It helps with clarity and knowing it can inspire or relate to someone is just so incredible .

    I’m living in this season where I’m truly learning so much about what I can and cannot handle.  For one, I do a lot . Why? I don’t know. I’m such an over-achiever , I know. I like to consider myself extremely self driven and motivated to chase after what I want.  I love doing it all.  Everything I do , I do with love and I lead with my heart . When things get tough, I fall and get back up. I try to not stress too much about the month or weeks ahead. Instead, I like to be optimistic and take things one day at a time or else my anxiety will rise.

    Our trip to Cancun was amazing. It meant everything to bring my husband to this trip. For one, we deserve our time together. My marriage is a priority.  Seems like both of us are just trying to achieve our goals and provide for the babies. I do not want time to pass and wonder why my marriage fell apart. I want to live in the moment with my husband and have him enjoy the fruits of my labor too. He is my number one. None of anything I do would run smoothly if it weren’t for his support. I seriously hit the jackpot with him . Him being on this trip really helped him see why i work my tail off.

    The hubby and I had a blast. Seeing him smile and tell me how proud he was of me really meant so much . I work hard. I work really hard to work on myself and help others. This was my first all – expense paid trip earned for just doing what I love by helping others get started on their health and fitness journey! It was amazing! The company I work with really spoiled the heck out of us . You see, our lives are changing. I am not who I was last year and I’ve learned that its ok to have several passions.  Our kids are growing, we are growing, and being able to experience time and financial freedom is a huge priority to me .

    I’ve also learned through my entrepreneurial mindset that I should never focus on just one stream of income. I have learned that nothing in life is ever guaranteed. You have to find out what it is you love and go for it all while remaining humbled and finding a good balance between business and family.

    There was a time I completely lost myself though. I thought I had it all together and figured out. I thought I had this mom job under control. Then I experienced some trauma while pregnant with my second. My mom was diagnosed with cancer. It had nothing to do with me . But my mom is my everything. I’m an only child. She IS my person . Then my son was born with some unexpected health issues and was not able to come over for 5 weeks . That NICU ride was a roller coaster followed by visits with specialists and restless nights. My world changed. I changed. Life and stress became so overwhelming to me yet it became all about the littlest of things. So much of what used to matter did not matter anymore .

    All I wanted was to feel good and have an outlet aside from this new relationship I was trying to have with the Lord. Work became just work . My thyroid was out of wack. I was a mess.  I was tired all the time and at one point I decided to draw the line in the sand. No more. After experiencing my postpartum depression , I realized that I was in charge and I needed to do something.

    I’ve learned that God only puts things in our lives that he knows we can handle. Sometimes we don’t know why. But there is a lesson in everything. I feel my lesson to this day was to learn to have faith, let go, and let God do his work .I am a control freak. Learning that I am not in control has done wonders for me.  Before this whole experience, I questioned the difference between religion and faith so much. I did not feel a close relationship to God until I truly needed him. That’s sad right? So common though . I have become so much closer to God and my faith is stronger than ever. I do not practice any type of religion yet I’m super spiritual in many ways.

    God sent me my babies to make me a better person. I am so blessed to be a mom period. I really had no idea how religious the name Elijah was until after I had him. Elijah was a prophet in the bible who was sent to people to help them believe in God. Wow. Not a coincidence at all right ?

    God sent me this incredible opportunity to serve others in ways I love to not only help myself but to help others who are struggling too . I struggled physically by being stuck in the yo- yo diet cycle. I abused my body by eating my emotions and eating all the wrong all while self sabotaging myself. I went through extremes to try to make my body look the way I thought it should look. I went through a phase where I even experimented with substances to help me cope with certain difficulties. Along the way I’ve learned that we all go through trials where we use substances to cope with life without not even realizing it . I struggled financially as my husband and I had some unexpected struggles on top of co pays and medical visits. Being a hairdresser meant that If I didn’t work , I didn’t get paid. Being with my kids mattered more than money. Emotionally, I was a hot mess. The worst part was realizing that I was taking it out on the closest ones I love by lashing out on them and shutting down .

    Beachbody came into my life when I needed it the most. I’ve learned that I matter. It is not selfish to learn to love yourself and treat yourself well. Our sanity and mindset mean everything. At first I wanted to lose 50 lbs and along the journey, I’ve learned that I really just needed a healthy and sustainable life change. I learned that I didn’t have to forget about me. I reinvented myself. I am not perfect and that’t what I love about being a lifestyle coach. Becoming a coach has helped me stay accountable in many ways. I found structure in not just my life, but in my days. I have been able to improve our marriage, communicate and understand my husband better,  work on my mindset, teach my family healthier habits, and meet some incredible people. It’s so much more than just a fitness journey. Its about living a healthier and fulfilling life all while dreaming big and going after what you want. You should never be told your dreams are too big. You should never feel guilty for chasing that one thing that sets your soul on fire.

    I am passionate about health and fitness because feeling healthy makes me feel whole. Being healthy makes me have more energy and continue striving to be a better version of myself than I was yesterday . It is my platform to meet other people and offer them a solution . Through my journey as a mom with thyroid nodules and a goiter at only 31, I’ve learned that I should never take my health and mindset for granted. Life is beautiful . Its about quality. If you don’t feel good, it shows. I want to have energy for my kids. I want to keep up with them and be around for as long as I can. Not just that, I want to teach them these incredible and sustainable habits that they can grow up with. Its not about perfection. Its about finding a healthy balance and eating for fuel . Its about LIVING and being present in the moment all while showing yourself some grace.

    Becoming a lifestyle coach has added to my passion for helping others. I get to do what I love for a living. Coaching gives me a sense of purpose. I want to show my kids that its ok to be an entrepreneur and chase your dreams. You do not need to go out there and do what society expects of you . It’s ok to do what you love and make sacrifices to get you to where you want to go . Hard work pays off and I want my kids to grow up knowing that.  I love living the no boss life. The dreams are big yet the hustle is sold seperatly. I want my kids to always remember that their mommy was there to take them to school, pick them up, and always have the resources to create memories and experiences to do things together as a family.

    This trip to Cancun was a HUGE eye opener for not just me , but for my husband! SO much is possible when you work hard and believe in yourself. My mission is to help woman crush their fears and chase their dreams all while creating a sustainable and healthier lifestyle change. My mission is to inspire other extra needs moms who have struggled with self doubt and show them that change is possible. Perfection is a joke. Its ok to fall and have a pity party for a few minutes. But with struggle comes strength .

    Becoming a coach has allowed me to connect with other extra needs mom’s and help them feel good too . I’ve found that being part of an amazing community has been key to feeling like my head isn’t going to fall off. The support has been incredible. Without Beachbody, I wouldn’t be in the shape I am in today nor would I be able to find a way to earn an income doing something that fulfills my passion and purpose . I am blessed.

     

     

    A Busy Woman’s Guide

     

    Are you a busy working woman who feels like she’s always strapped for time?

    Are you someone who is always on the go juggling work, the kids, marriage , and everything else in between?

    As woman , were often running a million miles a minute trying to attend to everyone else’s needs. We have to take care of the kids , figure out how to keep the house clean, cook and squeeze in some workouts too! It’s defintely not easy right ?!

    I’m here to support you and provide some tips to make it all flow a lot easier !

    Our family has experimented with different meals and we’ve found some winners that are now in our weekly menu! My goal is to provide some tips and tricks to help YOU stay on track with a busy lifestyle

    I hope to teach you about the principles of eating clean and inspire you to make some healthier changes too!

    Does this sound like something you need ?

    My body has been stretched over 200lbs twice . Between both being a mom , wife, and business over… I know how busy life can get .

    With both my babies I developed road maps. I was so self conscious about it . I’ve always been positive on the outside but the negative self talk took over . I’ve always had my weight issues and it contributed from bloating , emotional eating , thyroid issues , stress…. everything was part of it. I didn’t know what I know now . I found a way to cope with life. I found an outlet . I’ve learned it’s not about the body. It’s about the mind .

    Growing up I suffered from extreme eczema. My skin would open up, scar, and that’s that.

    For the first time in my life I feel empowered, strong, and capable of anything I set my heart to. I want nothing more than for my daughter to feel that way too .

    I’ve been seeing so much Mom shaming out there this week. It doesn’t make me a better mom to be a “fit mom” or a “ Pinterest mom “ All i know is that I’m a better mom because I wake up happier than I’ve ever been and I have some exciting news! Join my Busy Woman’s Guide To A Healthier Lifestyle here for some daily inspiration and tips .  I like to consider my myself a “fit/ish “ mom who has found a decent balance . These last two years I’ve grown so much and I’m a lot more patient, kind, and my stamina rocks! I’m not sluggish like I used to be . I know what foods make me feel amazing . I like shopping for clothes now and I have more energy for the little’s and my husband. I’m a lot  more intentional with my days and I love sharing it with others !

    Fill out the application and I will be in contact with you! So excited!!