How to Program Your Mind For Success

Recently, I realized something on my vision board had come true. It was this quote below:

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I had been thinking about how quickly my recent situation in life had changed, and I was wondering why, and how it had changed so rapidly. I began to realize many of my issues had started to solve themselves because of my thought patterns, and the conscious actions I was taking daily to program my mind toward successful thinking.

This technique is sort of like brain-washing but with a positive spin. You convince yourself of your own abilities, and re-program your mind away from self-doubt, fear, and worry.

Below I am sharing my tips for programming your mind for success.

Find a good podcast or inspirational mentor

In order to be successful, you have to think like a successful person. Successful people view the world and themselves in a different way. Because of this, we need to fill our minds with the thoughts and ideas of those who are living their lives in ways we would like to. Find people and ideas that inspire and encourage you, and listen to them daily. Some of my favorites are Mimi Ikonn, Jen Sincero, Gabrielle Bernstein, Oprah, and Tony Robbins.

Catch self doubt and recite the opposite out loud

This is a technique that I use, and it truly works to help stop negative thinking in its tracks. Each time a negative thought pops into your head, recite the opposite thought out loud. For example, “I’m going to be broke forever”, should be turned into something like “I am abundantly wealthy”. Saying the opposite out loud further emphasizes what you wish to believe, and makes it more real.

Take baby steps and celebrate small victories

Because taking steps toward success can be very scary, you have to celebrate each small step you take. Whether you want to start a business, lose weight, or move to a new city, just take the first step. Even if it’s just researching something online, it’s a step. Once you do take those first steps, celebrate it. No matter how small, it is a step in the right direction, and that small change will spur other changes.

Take care of yourself

Treating yourself well is a form of self love, and self love directly influences what you believe about yourself. Take one day per week to put away your phone, and do something you enjoy. Read, write, take a bath, go for a walk, or play music. Do something that makes you truly happy. Treating yourself well will translate into a greater sense of self-worth, and an increased understanding of all that you are truly capable of.

Push yourself out of your comfort zone

Usually whatever you’re most afraid to do is actually exactly what you should be doing. Push yourself to achieve your wildest dreams. You’ll be amazed at where you end up, and each victory will set a new standard for what you can achieve. Remember that it’s all relative. What seems big or impossible now, may not seem that way once it actually happens.

Stay away from negative people, things, news, etc

Keep yourself away from anything that doesn’t serve you. Of course, you don’t want to be naive but each person’s experience in life is unique, and you can’t always base your experience off of other people. Don’t give time or energy to those who squash your dreams, no matter how good their intentions are. Also, don’t read, listen to, or share articles or videos which preach the opposite of what you’re trying to think about. For example, don’t read articles that talk about how doomed the economy is, or how doomed your generation is. Don’t buy into these ideas. People will still get rich in a bad economy just like how people will go broke in a good one.

Realize and remember your power

We as humans have a unique gift and that is the ability to be consciously aware that we are alive. Use this to your advantage. Realize that we get this one shot (that we know of) and make your life exactly what you wish it to be. Your life can change so quickly, and we as humans have an amazing ability to realize that, and use it to conquer our fears, and shoot for our dreams. Act like a kid again, and use that amazing imagination of yours.

I hope this is enough Monday motivation to push you through this week. No matter what you’re struggling with, remember that everything is temporary, and your life can change in an instant.

Leave me a comment down below and let me know which tip is your favorite!

XO

How to Build Habits

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It’s time to talk about habits. The older I get, the more I realize how important they are. Habits need no motivation, they need no thought, they need no planning. They simply are what they are. They are the tasks we just do, because we always do them.

Habits shape our lives. What you do on a daily basis dictates what kind of life you’re living. If you eat pizza and cookies everyday, you may be at a weight you’re not comfortable with. If you come home from your 9-5 and sit on the couch watching Netflix, rather than working on that dream you always say you have, you may feel discouraged, or not understand why you spend day after day in your cubicle, daydreaming about the life you could have, or the person you could be.

But today is the day. Today is the day you get off your butt, and start forming new habits. Today is the day you do that thing you’ve been meaning to do. Today you begin to realize your true potential. Habits are the perfect way to do this.

Building habits can actually be easier than you think. These tips below will help you get into the swing of things, and get you ready to live the life you’ve always dreamed of.

Start small

If you never go to the gym, it may be hard to start a habit of going to the gym 5 days a week. Instead make a plan to go 1-3 times a week. Set an actual number, let’s say 2, and then figure out specific days you’ll do that. If you want to procrastinate less, set a timer for 10 minutes and complete a task with complete focus. Starting small will set you up for success in the long run by ensuring you’ll actually stick to these habits, rather than get overwhelmed by the long road ahead of you, or big task in front of you.

Write it down and create a schedule

I always say, my planner is my best friend. Writing down habits will set the intention for them, and create a greater chance that they’ll become realized. If there are many new habits you want to form such as getting fit, starting a business, and using technology less, write them down and set aside specific days when you’ll work on those habits. For example, Wednesdays and Saturdays will be gym days, while Tuesdays and Thursdays I’ll work on my business after work, and Sundays I’ll go technology free from 9am-1pm.

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Find a friend

This one can be tricky. Many habits need to be intrinsically motivated, meaning you want to do it, not that someone is telling you to do it. However, finding a gym buddy or a business partner can be incredibly helpful and will also keep you motivated. It’s helpful to have someone to create habits with, as long as your motivation comes from within and it’s something you truly want.

When you slip get back on track 

We all mess up because we’re human. You can’t be perfect all the time. The great thing about habits is that they, unlike motivation, require much less thought. When life throws you a curve ball and you can’t do what you would normally do, try to get back into your routine as soon as possible to prevent yourself from losing the habits you worked so hard to build.

Act as if

A great way to build a habit, is to act as if. If you want to build the habits of a fit person, act as if you already are fit. What does a fit person eat? How much do they sleep? How much water do they drink? These are all habits to consider. It will be much easier to walk past the muffins in your morning meeting once you trick yourself into becoming the person you strive to be.

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Know your weaknesses

Think back to past failures, and figure out where you fall short. When do you usually quit? What are your weak spots? Once you become aware of these, you can then prevent them from happening while you’re trying to build habits. For example, if you want to go to bed earlier and you know Sunday night is your weak spot because you stay up way too late, start your bedtime routine an hour or two earlier.

Remember, they say it takes 21 days to build a habit. That means 3 weeks is all you need to begin to transform from the person you are now, to the person you know you can be. Become all you’re capable of this year. As you make small changes, you’ll feel so accomplished, and that sense of accomplishment will propel you to achieve even more. These small changes will turn into habits, and those habits will change your life over time.

I hope you all have an amazing Monday. Be sure to leave me a comment down below and let me know what new habits you are currently trying to form. I would love to hear from you!

XO

Friday Favorites

 

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Friday favorites are back!

I so enjoy writing these posts and they always seem well received, so I’m bringing these babies back. Here are some of my favorite things this week. Be sure to leave me a comment down below and let me know what things you’re loving this week.

Going to the gym

I am not a gym girl so I am shocked to say this, but I have really been enjoying the gym. Like many people I faced my fears and strange gym anxiety, and joined at the end of December. My little sister Casey (who is a beast in the gym) has been working out with me and kicking my butt. I love the rush of endorphins, the detox I get from sweating, and of course getting sore afterwards, and knowing I worked hard at something. I created a set gym schedule of Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday which makes it easier to stick to. I’m already seeing small changes in my body, and I’m excited to see progress in the future.

The Law of Attraction

I read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne back in college but kind of forgot about the concept. “The Secret” is actually the law of attraction. Kind of a woo woo topic so I won’t get too into it, but basically what you focus on, you attract. If you put good out, that’s what you get back. Even if you don’t believe in the actual “law” there are a lot of great concepts you can implement into your life like gratitude, positive thinking, and visualization in order to make your dreams a reality.

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The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles

Fun fact: I don’t read fiction anymore. All of the books I read are self-help type books, or books on how to be successful. This is my current read, or should I say “listen” since I listen to the audio book on my way into work. This book also relates to the law of attraction in that it talks a lot about visualization, and the importance of gratitude. A really important concept I took from the book is to not come from a place of competition when realizing your dreams. If you want to start a blog, you’re not taking from another bloggers success. There is enough success and money to go around without taking from others or feeling like you’re being taken from.

Salt Baths

This year I have been focusing a lot on detoxing my body. When I had blood work done, I was told my liver was slightly sluggish and was recommended to start focusing on detoxing. Working out is a great way to do this, as well as drinking more water and taking hot baths with Epsom salts. Epsom salts are very easy to find and help ease muscle aches, pull toxins out of the body, and help you to relax. The hot water and steam also helps to rid the body of toxins. Plus its freezing here so a nice warm bath really helps me to warm up.

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Walnut Chicken Piccata 

This is a recipe I found on Pinterest and UGH it is so delicious. The chicken is pretty easy to make and the recipe came out exactly as it said it would. I served mine over zucchini noodles as shown in the picture. Healthy and delicious! Since I cook for myself I had enough portions to last me the week.

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Jazz Vibes

I always prefer to work while I have music playing and this is my new favorite Spotify playlist for that. It’s jazz with a sort of cool, urban vibe and it provides just the right type of music I need to feel inspired and get things done. It makes me want to take my laptop to a little coffee shop.

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Well, that’s all for me. Keep a look out for new posts as I am going to start posting twice a week every Monday and Thursday/Friday.

Hope you all have an amazing Friday. And remember that you don’t need to wait until the weekend to start enjoying your life. Enjoy today and everyday.

XO

 

How to Beat the Winter Blues

 

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I love living in a place where we experience all 4 seasons. Although, I dislike the bitter chill of the cold, and getting up out of my warm bed in the morning to scrape ice and snow off my car, I genuinely like winter. Winter forces us to relax and slow down. Snow storms keep us trapped inside, force us to let go off obligations, and just relax. It is a time to give our bodies and minds a break. But for some the winter can greatly affect our happiness. Although I don’t suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder), I know people who do, and I have seen the effects of lack of sunshine, and fresh air on all of us. By the end of winter, I’m usually over it and that’s when I start to feel that cabin fever or the need to escape. Sometimes it feels like winter is never going to end!

Over the years I have learned how to embrace winter and how to feel just as happy in this season as I do in others. I hope my tips help you to have a healthier and happier winter season.

Appreciate and accept winter for what it is and what it gives us

Recently I had a conversation with my Grandma and she told me “your life is your mindset”. Isn’t she the cutest? She is so right! Much of our life is dictated by our state of mind. Shifting your perspective on winter can greatly help you appreciate it more. Yes, your toes are cold, and it gets dark at 4:30 but we get to use warm blankets and wear cute boots. Be grateful for what this season is giving you.

Make a winter bucket list

I have done previous posts in the past about how I try to make bucket lists for each season. In college, I started doing this in the winter time and a lot of the winter blues I was experiencing went away. Don’t be afraid to act like a kid again. Go snow tubing or skiing, have a movie night with friends and drink wine, take hot baths on a Sunday night and pamper yourself. Bake cookies! Do whatever it is that will make you feel warm inside. Winter is the perfect time to connect with people you haven’t seen in awhile.

Get things done

Do you ever have to get something important done but you just can’t because the weather is just too beautiful outside to be stuck in the house? Well winter is the perfect time to get those things done. Whether it’s a project around the house or a new business venture, winter is a great time to get focused and begin. With nothing to distract you, and a great excuse to stay inside, why not get going on a task that requires being isolated?

Take Vitamin D

I can’t stress this one enough especially if you live in the Northern US or Canada. We do not get nearly enough sunlight in the winter and lower Vitamin D levels can greatly affect our health. I started taking a D supplement last year when I began working in an office that had been converted from a warehouse. Lack of windows= lack of sunlight. I noticed my mood improve and my anxiety greatly diminished. It can also help to make you feel less fatigued among other benefits.

Get a happy lamp

I recently bought this Happy Lamp for my sister for Secret Santa and it’s perfect for anyone fighting the winter blues. This lamp provides light therapy which can improve mood, make you feel happier and help you to sleep better by resetting your circadian rhythm. It’s perfect for placing on your desk at work.

Take a vacation

Last but certainly not least is to escape the winter for a little while. Nothing makes me feel more relaxed and refreshed than an island trip in the middle of winter. You’ll also have something to look forward to which will keep you going through the winter months. My top two destinations are Turks and Caicos, and the Maldives.

I want you to remember to embrace life. Embrace snow, embrace winter! And most importantly get help if you need it. My tips above will definitely help but if winter makes you feel very low and you start to experience real feelings of depression do not be afraid to speak to a professional.

Please leave me comments or questions down below. I would love to connect more with my readers.

XO

How to Make a Healthier Hot Cocoa

 

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The other night I was finishing up a healthy meal I had made when something hit me. I wanted hot chocolate. My pesky little sweet tooth was sneaking up on me again and I was debating driving down the street to the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru. I decided to give myself 10 minutes and drink a bottle a water before I would make my decision. After some time passed I realized I didn’t want to start 2018 off by making choices based off of “feelings”. If I want to be healthy in 2018, I should make choices a healthy person would make. So I whipped up a little creation that I thought I would share. It’s healthy, delicious and it will warm you up on these cold winter nights.

Healthier Hot Cocoa

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (can use nut milk of your choice)

1 heaping tablespoon of cocoa powder

3 Tbsps of Agave (or healthy sweetener of your choice)

1 tsp vanilla extract

dash of cinnamon

I start by adding the milk to the pot and heating it on a medium heat. Then I just add the other ingredients and whisk.  *Side note: I like things SWEET so I would recommend starting with one tablespoon of agave and adding more to taste*

This hot cocoa was so rich and it gave me the satisfaction I was craving. I hope it does that for you too! If you try it, please let me know down below.

I hope you’re all having  a wonderful day 🙂

XO

 

How to ACTUALLY Conquer 2018

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A new year can be filled with champagne, sparklers and new beginnings. It can also be filled with a lot of pressure. Pressure to do more, be more, and make real, lasting changes in your life. Everywhere you look there are articles, blog posts, and videos on how to make this year better than the last. And while I love a fresh start, it can be overwhelming to try to figure out what you actually should be doing to create a better future for yourself. Because of this I’ve taken all that information and broke it down into 3 easy, realistic steps below.

Create goals YOU want to accomplish

Never create goals for the benefit of someone else or because you’re concerned about what people will think of you. When deciding on your intentions this year ask yourself, “Is this something I actually want or do I want this because I think other people will admire me for it? Am I willing to put in the work and sacrifice for this? Why do I want this?”. These questions will help you figure out your why and create goals you can actually stick to because they’re authentic to you.

Build habits that will propel you forward

Unfortunately, we cannot rely solely on motivation to get us where we want to go in life. In order to create change, we must create habits. A great way to do this is to look over your goals, create strategies and then implement those plans into your schedule. If you want to get healthier this year, decide on a meal prep day or schedule when you’ll go to the gym. Don’t hesitate. Take action and create habits. After awhile you won’t even have to try or think about maintaining your good habits.

Build confidence

Once you have created authentic, meaningful goals, and created habits to achieve them you’ll start to notice a shift in confidence. Belief in yourself suddenly becomes less of a challenge and more of a positive after-effect of your hard work. As you achieve more you become more convinced you can continue to achieve. Makes sense, right?

 

2017 was one of the hardest years of my life but I have learned so much and have become a stronger person because of it. I’m going to be following my own advice in 2018 by following my tips above. Always remember that a new year does not mean that everything will be perfect or that you can’t make mistakes. Every year comes with ups and downs but how we react to these situations is what makes all the difference. I hope 2018 is filled with laughs and love, and I hope all your dreams come true.

Happy New Year my loves! Cheers to 2018!

XO

 

5 Paleo Recipes To Add To Your Holiday Menu

It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year and ohhhh boy, the treats are flowin.

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I absolutely LOVE Christmas and I absolutely LOVE treats so this time of year can be challenging for me. Making paleo recipes allows me to feel satisfied and feel like I’m treating myself, while still staying on track with my health and wellness goals. Below I’m sharing my 5 favorite paleo recipes which you can add to your holiday menu. All of these recipes would be great to serve to your guests, or to bring to a party. Enjoy!

Cranberry Turkey Poppers // These look so delicious and combine all the best food from the holidays. I love making poppers because they’re easy and delicious. Plus, there are so many different combinations you can make. These would be perfect to serve or bring as an appetizer and if you have leftovers they’re perfect to bring to work.

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Spinach and Artichoke Twice Baked Potatoes // I love spinach and artichoke anything so I was so excited to see this combination with potatoes (because who doesn’t love potatoes???). Staying dairy free means finding substitutes for creamy recipes that don’t taste like dirt and this one is a winner. I’m going to be bringing this dish to Christmas Eve at my cousin’s house and I think it’s going to be a hit.

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Brussel Sprouts // This recipe is my go-to during the week. Eating veggies is important to say the least and it becomes much, much easier to eat them when bacon gets thrown into the mix. I think this would make such a great side for any meal, especially during the holidays.

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Spinach and Artichoke Dip // This dip is DELICIOUS and can easily be made in a food processor. I made this recipe on Thanksgiving and my sister has asked me to make it every day since. The cashews really lend the texture that’s needed for a creamy dip while the marinated artichokes lend so much flavor. You would never guess that it doesn’t contain any dairy.

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Magic Cookie Bars // Need I say more? Magic cookie bars always remind me of the holidays. Desserts like this one are so delicious but can make you feel weighed down and heavy. This is a great, healthier alternative to the conventional type. All the flavor, none of the tummy aches.

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I hope you’re all enjoying this magical time of the year with family and friends. If you happen to try one of these recipes please let me know down below. What are you bringing or serving this holiday season? I would love to know.

Happy Holidays!

XO