May 30, 2017

My Breakfasts Lately

I am a breakfast eater. I’ve always liked breakfast. And actually if I’m being honest, there are times I have 2 breakfasts- morning and mid-morning. I always think it’s interesting to learn about the inner-workings of someone’s schedule, day, lifestyle, etc, and food is one of those areas so I thought I would share with you my breakfasts as of late. Because I don’t know about you, but I am a creature of habit so usually my phases consist of a few things on repeat, minus the occasional surprise here and there.

But I also want to hear from you!

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May 26, 2017

How to Find Your Courage and Avoid Complacency

Courage and complacency are meaningful words but they are quite opposites of each other, and it’s key to distinguish the difference because we want to encourage one (courage) over the other (complacency), obviously. When I think of courage, I think of being brave and strong (even if I don’t feel strong). Courage is strength and powerful. It’s also uncomfortable.

On the other hand when I think of complacency, I think of the opposite of courageous. I think of no movement or progression towards bigger things. I think little emotion or interest, lazy and no extra effort.  The Cambridge Dictionary defines complacency as “a feeling of calm satisfaction with your own abilities or situation that prevents you from trying harder.”

Without big dreams we risk not fulfilling and using our God given gifts to serve others and the world around us.

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May 25, 2017

Wellness Series: 3 Tips to Eating Well

Welcome to a NEW! Wellness Series for Living Well! Today I’m focusing on Eating Well. In a series of posts within the next week, I will be sharing with you my view a living well which will range from all over the wellness wheel and continuum including eating, movement, stress, relationships, and even occupational wellness… with my own perspective included.

Overall my view of wellness is very well rounded, flexible, and rather holistic but not extreme- meaning I always try to first find and explore natural methods of living well or lifestyle changes to live better but I’m not completely against Western medicine.

Of the first of many posts in this series, we are starting with Eating Well.

First let me give you a few disclaimers:

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May 17, 2017

Summer Survival Eating Tips

HELLO summer! Even though we’re outside in the sunshine, going on vacations, and enjoying BBQ’s with friends, we can still eat healthy during the summer months.

Today is a guest post from my friend, Shannon! In the last year, Shannon & I have collaborated together on wellness events, speaking events, and just connecting really well. Since moving to South Dakota, Shannon has been a great friend and I’m so thankful for her.

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May 14, 2017

Love & Thankfulness on Mother’s Day: Another Perspective

Yes, I feel like Mother’s Day is a day of thankfulness, gratitude and love. A day to reflect on the beauty of a mother’s love and the appreciation of that relationship. A huge thank you and praise to God for the gift of my mother but also my role as a mother.

However today I’m talking about another approach or perspective… because it’s the part of living well and thinking of others beyond the traditional ‘my mom’ approach.

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May 9, 2017

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins

Before I share this kid-approved (and quickly devoured) recipe, which ::disclaimer:: has a mix of healthy goodness but also sugar- there’s a balance- you’ve been warned, I want to share a big thank you to The Bakers for hosting me online last night!

Our live facebook interview was so fun and even though I usually feel comfortable public speaking in front of a live audience and doing live facebook/IG videos solo, this was my first live interview on facebook with other people! Online. I enjoy public speaking and even though I’ve done many presentations in front of large groups before (like hundreds of people), I still always get butterflies. Every time. So last night I got those butterflies too (even though I was only talking to two people, hello INTERNET)… but afterwards I was so happy that I did it! It’s that feeling of trying something new with courage, when you could’ve easily skipped the opportunity. So I’m thankful for The Bakers- I had a lot of fun!

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April 30, 2017

I’m Not Really a Shopper: 3 Ways I Shop for Clothes

If someone were to describe me, it’s not likely they would describe me as a frequent shopper. Even though I like clothes and I think they’re fun, I believe they can boost your confidence (think: an interview, a date, new body shape, a special occasion, etc etc), it’s not usually one of the traits that would take first priority to describe me.

One reason is because I don’t shop for clothes often (more on that below) and two, the actual stores that are physically around me and my community are limited (which has been rather helpful for the bank account).

There are a few things that describe me as a clothes shopper:



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April 28, 2017

My Friday Favorites

Hello Friday! I’m so thrilled you are here! ANDDD…. today is the last day of classes! Next week is finals week and then the semester is over. Whoa.

This weekend the weather here in the upper Midwest is going to be in the 50’s but no rain, so we’re going to likely spend a little time outside and just bundle up. I’m wondering if maybe there are some good movies at the cinema to take my kids this weekend? Any recommendations?

Anyways, today I’m sharing a variety of favorites on this Friday today.

So let’s get started…

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April 27, 2017

“Let’s Get Real” Edition: Navigating Friendships After Moving

It’s another getting real post here, where I share an aspect of wellness with a personal slant. This time, it’s emotional wellness and how I have navigated friendships after a big move, almost 1,000 miles away- by still staying connected to my friends (and missing them) while also making new friends. Frankly, I will always miss my (now) far-away friends wherever I live. I think about them all the time. You may be able to relate in a similar capacity or just relate to the feelings of missing someone. Nonetheless, you know- it’s that achy feeling that you just want to hug them and laugh with them until your belly hurts with crying tears running down your face.

Isn’t that the best? I love a good belly laugh. Or really, just sit and be with them. I don’t really care.

First let me give you a brief backstory. I’ve lived in 3 states:

  • NY (in various places as a young child)- 18 years
  • OH (in a lot of places)- 13 years
  • SD (already a couple places within our community)- 1.5 years

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April 24, 2017

Mindfulness and Meditation: 3 Tips for You

Months ago I was asked if I would present locally in the Mindfulness and Meditation Series and yesterday was my day! I teach stress management techniques nearly every day to students and I practice different things on my own nearly every day too (and sometimes when people are around and they don’t even realize I’m doing it)! And what I have found is the more I invest (do, learn, practice) in mindfulness and/or relaxing, the more I find I need them…and the more I need practice. Like- all.the.time. While Mindfulness is becoming such a trendy word, it just means being present- in whatever you do. It can be when you’re eating, being with your kids, meditation or any relaxing practice, or driving! Ha! #buttrue. Really just being mindful in the moment.

So here are three easy tips I want to share with you to help you relax more during your day…

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