February 27, 2017

Big news!

Man, I’ve been dreamin’.

And doin’. And hustlin’.

For about 6 weeks now. And I’ve been waiting for the moment I can start sharing what I’ve been working on. This, is just the beginning. There’s so much in store for BeWellWellness, but one step at a time.

(calm Laura, be CALM)

So let’s get to it…

Big Announcements Today!

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February 17, 2017

Friday Favorites

Good morning, Friday! Whoo hoo!

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this weekend and some things coming up, but yet also so thankful about recent events.

I’ve been rather quiet over here lately and there’s a reason why. Err, multiple reasons why. There is just so much going on… let me just get started…

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February 9, 2017

Banana & Cranberry Baked Breakfast Bites

A couple months ago my friend Rachel sent me a recipe that she uses to make breakfast “cookies,” especially for her kids on busy mornings. And we allll know the need and desire to have something as a grab-n-go while you are heading out the door- especially in the mornings.

Side note: There’s a few things you should know about me…

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February 5, 2017

“Let’s Get Real” Edition: Saturday Nights

Let’s get real, folks. Just come with me.

(PS- this is going to be a new series. Get ready to get real… on a variety of topics)

Let’s get to the chase… It is not uncommon to find me at home on a Saturday night by 9pm. Or 8pm. Or… ::silence::

#truth

And to this, I’m not ashamed. At all. I’m loud and proud of this boring, uneventful, not-very-exciting- type of preference. I have embraced this as a lifestyle over time.

Because I’ve found it’s not actually boring, uneventful, and not-very-exciting.

Why?

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January 30, 2017

Resource Guide: 10 Ways to Regain Your Health

Happy Monday. Can you even believe that it’s the end of January?! Where did the time go?

Lately we have been spending a lot more time outside- building a snowman or sledding, so we’ve been really trying to embrace all the snow we have outside. Our friends have a long sledding hill in their backyard which we all used used this weekend and it was fun and fast. Which, might I add, I forgot the workout you get when you go sledding! That uphill climb while hauling a sled and carrying a toddler- whew! But alas, we will have temps in the mid 40’s today (#heatwave!) so bye-bye snow.

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January 26, 2017

6 Ways to Avoid a Mental Rut

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Oh, those mental ruts. It’s human nature to have highs and lows, but we all know- it’s bouncing back up after being in a rut… and not living there- forever. It’s doing things on our own to help but also accessing the resource of professional counselors when needed.

While I’ve have my fair share of ruts, these are 5 ways to avoid a mental rut. But yet these ways can also help you climb out of a rut too.

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January 25, 2017

What’s Up, Wednesday?!

Despite all the sharing about health and wellness, here’s a post a little about what’s going on in my life…

Let’s get this started…

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January 23, 2017

Because 4AM and 0 degrees

Of the many, what are two things that most people typically avoid?

Let me tell you.

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January 17, 2017

Words and Action

Words are so beautiful- they can express love and life but also they can cut into wounds. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day of honor did not pass right over me. While words are great, actions (or the doing part) is better, right? Action > Words. Um, yes. But let’s not discount the role of words. Both words and actions have their role and both have an impact. Whether small or big. Impact nonetheless. While I read articles and reread quotes he said years and years ago, his actions and impact is still 100% relevant today. So…

Let’s dream and love AND DO. I want to share with you some of my favorite MLK Jr quotes today and why.

ONE

I can’t tell you how much this next quote resonates with me, especially within the last year. Resonates to my soul. Lately the majority of my wondering thoughts and ideas can be summed up in this quote-

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All.of.the.time I am dreaming, thinking, and imagining…

How can my gifts be used for the greater purpose? Because I always want to be challenging myself.

TWO

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We all have gifts and strengths. And we can use them in different ways to impact the world and those around us.

For example, BeWellWellness didn’t just pop out of nowhere. It has evolved. Over years. 6 years to be exact because while at times my direction, goal and purpose needed more clarity at times, I still just kept moving forward. Now that life has changed in the last year (moving, job, community, friends, everything), I’ve been reframing and praying about my {new} direction, goal and purpose which has evolved into things I never expected. But just keep moving forward.

Be willing to dream. To do the uncomfortable. To talk with people you don’t know. To have new people over for dinner who are outside of your inner circle. Try a new job, or a side job. Join a local group to meet new people. And when you do, listen to them.

THREE

One of my strengths is people. I love love love people. Learning about people, connecting with people, just being around people. #extrovert. That’s why I’m also so thankful that I get to teach at the University because I’m able to use my strengths of teaching, health, wellness, along with all my experiences to connect with people as we discuss, learn and discover. I get my energy from being around people. Yep, I’m that kind of person.

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Recently I received an email from a student I had in class. The class was over and grades were submitted long ago. This student will actually be graduating in three months and is not currently enrolled in any of my classes this semester (this is the student’s last semester).

However this unexpected email was very complimentary in a variety of ways and it certainly warmed my heart hearing all these great things. Did I expect it? Oh no, no no. While I share this story- it has nothing to do about me, and everything to do about her. Hang with me.

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It’s not often a student will go out of their way to email a teacher or instructor with written thankfulness. (Dear student, if you have done this before with no ulterior motive- you are way ahead of the game on life). If a student has something to say, by far the majority of the time written comments just go on the final course evaluation, which is anonymous (and fine), and that’s it.

The point is that this student email, while simple and unexpected, resonated with me. It came as another specific reminder for me to take that extra effort and say or do something for someone- whether through words or action, big or small, every day.

The funny thing is that this student has no idea how her simple email has impacted and rejuvenated my “extra efforts” each day, whether by words or action.

I immediately wanted to pay it forward. That feeling, the warmness in my heart, my smile, the thankfulness. The love. So while I do like to send notes/small letters to others in the mail (because hello! letters in the mail is becoming quite “unique” and less common), I instead sent a couple text messages (hello! I’m a mom with small children and a failing memory to remember to do it later). Just 1 minute later and I was done. Simple but heartfelt and honest. Everyday I’ve been doing something different- inviting new friends over for dinner, offering to watch a friend’s kids so they can have a couples dinner, etc. We can all do small things in great ways.

So here is my challenge to you- right this second by either words of action, pay forward “the thankfulness feeling.” It’s your turn. It could be by text, verbally, a written email, a note in a lunch box or briefcase, a post it in your mailbox for your USPS deliverer, social media (fb, IG, twitter, snap- private or public)- whatever! And I challenge you to reach out to someone beyond your typical “inner circle.” Just say or do something for someone else. Spread the love. #thethankfulnessfeeling 

I’m very thankful for you.

Thanks for stopping by today. 🙂

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If you get an interesting story or feedback after paying forward “the thankfulness feeling,” let me know. I would love to hear about it- and maybe I’ll even share it here on the site (with your permission, of course). You can email me at bewellfithappy@gmail.com.

 

January 16, 2017

Almond Banana Overnight Oats

Hello Monday!

I’m thankful there are no classes today because thank you MLK Jr.! We thank you for being courageous, being a light of love in the world, and choosing to be brave. It’s another reminder for us to be love and see love, because there really is so much love around us.

Let’s get to a few random things first-

This morning there is ice everywhere outside here in the midwest. Thankfully we went grocery shopping yesterday because we were lacking many essential ingredients to create or eat anything. (Note: this was a family grocery trip, which we all know can be eventful with multiple opinions, potential of losing people, and random conversations. We only backtracked through the store once, so I call that a success) We’ll be staying inside today. So if you need to go outside- well, just see if you can stay inside.

Also yesterday the kids had swim lessons and then we watched those two crazy games of football. I mean, we mainly watched the Cowboys game because there just wasn’t enough energy or oxygen to fully invest in another game in the same way. We wore our Cowboys shirts in support and we had hope until the very end. The very end. Oy vey.

So today starts a new day.

An Almond Banana Overnight Oats day!

If you follow me on instagram, you saw that I posted a picture of it this week. While overnight oats are obviously designed for breakfast, I personally have taken a liking to them for lunch as well. Why? Well lunch time is when I’m usually multitasking way too much and when this is available, it’s one less thing to think about. It’s already prepared, it’s healthy and it can be portable.

The origins of this recipe came from the kids cooking class at our local Hy-Vee. (Note: this is not a sponsored post). The class was excellent and I will share more about that soon too (things to look forward to this week!)

However the original recipe has been modified. Here’s what I did.

Almond Overnight Oats

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of almond milk (I used unsweetened)

2 1/2 teaspoons of chia seeds (I used the dark seeds)

1 teaspoon flax seeds

2 Tablespoons of almond butter

1 Tablespoon of maple syrup

1/2 cup of rolled oats

*Sliced bananas and sliced almonds for topping

Process:

Mix milk, chia seeds, flax seeds, and almond butter together. It doesn’t have to be full mixed, because it’ll be hard to do. Then add maple syrup and oats. Fully submerge oats in milk.

Seal container with an air tight lid and store in frig for at least 6 hours.

When ready to serve, stir and combine ingredients. Add sliced bananas and almonds on top before eating.

Delicious! Enjoy!

 

Note: This is what I’m eating for breakfast this morning. I was so excited to share this with you this morning that I prepped some last night.

See you here tomorrow!

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