What Brings You Joy?

✨ Joy ✨⁠

⁠What are some little things that bring you joy?⁠

⁠This is a hard time of year for a lot of people, never mind all the stress that 2020 brought into our lives.⁠

⁠I don’t know what you’re going through right now & I don’t know how you’re feeling at this very moment, but I do know that stress is detrimental to our health, so we have to find ways to manage & live with it while we’re traversing the complicated parts of our life. Your happiness depends on it & so does your health. ⁠

⁠It may feel like there’s no way to escape the stressors that have been presented to you as of late & that may be true temporarily, but I’d like you to do this small little exercise for me as your trying to navigate your stressors. I want you to make a list of little things that bring you joy & then I want you to chip away at this list until you’ve checked everything off. Finding simple ways to inject happiness into your life can make a world of difference. Your feelings & emotions are valid & I know things are hard right now but this little exercise can help boost your mood and give you the energy you need to tackle life’s challenges. ⁠

⁠Every little joy on your list can be completely free. It can be done in your home away from other people. Or maybe it’s something you can do outside without interacting with others. Keep it simple, keep it small, keep it actionable, but make it personal to you & your unique needs. ⁠

⁠Here’s my list of little things that bring me joy ❤️⁠

🌱 Go for a long walk with Lily 🐶⁠
🌱 Meditate⁠
🌱 Read
🌱 Paint⁠
🌱 Make Christmas cookies & salt dough ornaments⁠
🌱 Watch Christmas movies⁠
🌱 Day trip/change of scenery
🌱 Game night with my boyfriend Neel
🌱 Finish my puzzle 🙄⁠
🌱 Write every day⁠
🌱 Connect with the people I love ❤️⁠

⁠I hope you’re well & I hope your struggles, whatever they might be, are coming to an end soon. I hope you can find simple ways to bring joy into your life when stress feels overwhelming & never-ending. Though these simple joys will not solve your problems hopefully they’ll make the journey a little easier.⁠

⁠Give it a try today 😘

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Hope

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” – Thich Nhat Hanh⁠

⁠I sent this to someone recently who’s been having a difficult time. They responded by saying, “hope isn’t going to change my situation.”⁠

⁠Here’s the thing about this quote & hope…⁠

⁠I can only speak from personal experience, as I’ve been through tough times in my life, at times even hitting the proverbial rock bottom, as I’m sure some if not all of you have as well. When I was without hope that things would get better things got real dark, real fast, and they definitely didn’t improve. ⁠

⁠I had to work very hard to make my life better, nothing happened without great effort and creating opportunities for myself. It’s not like I was sitting around all day full of hope and things just fell on my lap, but having hope that things could get better is what got me off my bum and back out into the world, creating opportunities for a better life.⁠

⁠In my experience, hopelessness causes more hopelessness, and without hope, we crumble.⁠

⁠Hope indeed can make hardships easier to bear. 2020 has been full of hardships but I am hopeful that we are finally going in the right direction, not without the need of hard work, dedication, and unity, but I truly believe change is in our sights. ⁠

⁠Sending hope your way today, happy Friday!

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VoyageLA/SHOUTOUT LA Feature – What role has risk played in your life & career?

Check out my interview with Voyage LA Magazine & SHOUTOUT LA, where we discuss how risk-taking played a role in starting & running my business. Thanks again, it’s always a pleasure collaborating with you ❤️

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2020 Stress Relief

2020 has tested me in ways I’ve never been tested before! How about you?⁠⠀

⁠Sometimes it can be hard to admit, as a wellness coach, that I too struggle with my thoughts & feelings. I’ve been challenged this year, I’m thankful for the challenge but’s it’s been a challenge nonetheless. ⁠⠀

⁠There isn’t enough space in this caption to tell you about all the things that have happened this year that ultimately changed who I am as a person. My guess is you’ve been through something similar, we all have. We’ve all been through so much, everyone, all over the world. Change is definitely coming but we still have a lot of work left to do. ⁠⠀

⁠That being said, I’d like to share 2 things that have helped me find relief from stress, anxiety & uncertainty the most this year. ⁠⠀

⁠✨ Be quiet, silent & alone as often as you need to in order to make sense of the craziness around you. There’s so much pressure to share all of our moments EVERYWHERE; Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, friends, family, etc., the list is never-ending. Kindly say no when you need time to yourself & do it without judgment of yourself or expectations from the world around you. I grow the most when I get quiet & then I come back to my world & the people in it a much better version of myself. ⁠⠀

⁠✨ Do the most simple thing you could ever possibly do, because you’re doing it right now… BREATHE, but do it with intention & concentration. The easiest thing you can do when you’re being tested like you’ve never been tested before is to come back to your breath. It almost seems too simple, right? Well, that’s because it is, you’re breathing right now, it’s a healing tool that’s accessible to you 24/7 & 365 days a year.⁠⠀

⁠Try it right now…⁠⠀

⁠😌 Take a great big inhale through your nose as you count to 4 – 1, 2, 3, 4⁠⠀

😙 Now let it all go as you exhale through the mouth, counting to 4 – 1, 2, 3, 4⁠⠀

😌 Inhale through your nose – 1, 2, 3, 4⁠⠀

😙 Exhale through the mouth – 1, 2, 3, 4⁠⠀

⁠Do this as many times as you need to. Do this until you feel your heartbeat slow down. Do this until you feel your body relax. Do this until you feel calm & collected & come back to it anytime you need to ❤️⁠⠀

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My Hope For You

It’s Friday & life’s been a real doozy, for almost everyone I know, so I don’t want to talk about anything heavy today. I don’t want to add to the noise. It’s already too loud, too sad, too stressful, too cluttered. I don’t want to give advice, just for this one day.  ⁠

⁠Just for today, all I have to say is I hope you have a great day. I hope you have a great weekend. I hope whatever your carrying isn’t too heavy. I hope you find some release, even if it’s only from one thing that’s been grinding you down. I hope someone or something makes you smile and brightens up your day. I hope you catch a break. I hope something wonderful happens to you. I hope you get good news. I hope you find some healing from something that’s been bringing you pain. I hope you spend time doing something you love with someone you love and I hope that, even if it’s just for a moment, you’re able to let everything else go.⁠

⁠I hope you’re well, and I care about you, even if I don’t know you – Sending love ❤️⁠

⁠Happy Friday!

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Listen To Your Body

How often do you get quiet enough to truly listen to the signs your body is sending you? 

A great example is eating something that upsets your stomach over & over & over again…guilty 👋🏽 The upset tummy is the message!!! That’s just one example, but our bodies send us thousands, millions of messages all the time…begging us to slow down, eat, get more sleep, exercise, eat better, manage our stress levels, etc.

I learned a very hard lesson when I got diagnosed with Lupus. Your body will go to great lengths to get your attention if you won’t listen to all the little cues along the way. 

I had SO many issues before I finally fell flat on my face with a chronic disease that currently has no cure. I wish I knew then what I know now…

On Tuesday I posted about carving out just 3 minutes per day to focus on your physical and/or mental health, this is how I began my journey to remission. Not joking! 

I would set a timer to go off every day & for 3 minutes I would get quiet enough to reflect on how I was feeling that day & what I thought I needed more and/or less of. My 3 minutes started with journaling. Do not underestimate this technique, it was my daily journals that revealed a pattern in my symptoms & that documented pattern lead my doctor to the tests that ultimately determined that Lupus was causing 90% of my health issues.

Once diagnosed I bought 75 books on autoimmune diseases & got to work 🤪 To this day I still set a timer to go off every day but I spend more time focusing on my physical/mental health now. I started by bumping it up to 10-15 minutes, then 20-30, some days I’m even able to squeeze in a solid 60 min. The more important thing was that I was creating a healthy daily habit filled with all sorts of modalities that were making me better. 

Some days 3 minutes is truly all you’ll have, some days you’ll get a solid 60 minutes & that’s awesome, but what truly matters is that you dedicate time to take care of YOURSELF, every day! 

It took me 3 years to put myself into remission…but I AM IN REMISSION! How cool is that! It took time & dedication but I did it & so can you! 

Take care of yourself, today, tomorrow & every day!

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