Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Springtime is the perfect time to spring clean. And I’m not just talking about your house or apartment. Every aspect of your life can undergo a “spring cleaning”. Make your life less cluttered, less toxic, and get rid of unhealthy foods and habits!

 

🌷Stress can have real long term negative affects on your life. Your long term health and emotional wellbeing can touch every corner of your life and future self. Take steps towards letting go of the stress you carry every day. Some ideas for stress relieving activities are:

 

🌷Purging can give you an amazing feeling of renewal and fresh start. Carefully decide what no longer serves a purpose or expresses who you are as a person. As a society we tend to collect. It starts with things of emotional importance, something left to you by a parent or grandparent. But then it leads into attaching ourselves to belongings, things we “may need” at a later time. And that’s fine to some degree but when we only have so many square feet to store our life in, it doesn’t allow for personal growth. The person you are going to be tomorrow or next week. You may not surf today, but if you have a desire to surf and you have no room for the board, guess what? You won’t surf, you’ll put it off.  So clear out space and allow yourself to grow and breathe! Start here: Closet Purging . And move on to the rest of the your home!

  • Closets
  • Cabinets
  • Jewelry Box
  • Garage
  • Storage Bins and Spaces
  • Products You Use

 

🌷Treat yourself to some self love and self acceptance. Spring is a great time to renew your spirit and your focus. To start new things, allow new ideas to form, etc…  When we take a moment to pamper ourselves we come back to the world refreshed and able to give more of ourselves in a positive light. So treat yourself to some time spent just on renew your own spirit and give yourself the time to recharge. Treat yourself to;

 

🌷Re-establish your life goals. Goals, dreams and ambitions can change over time as you as a person develop and change. Write down what’s important to you that you want to accomplish. Both with your work life and your home life. What skills do you want to brush up on or learn?  Witting them down will make you gain a better focus. You can create a dream or vision board online or at home. But re-evaluate what you want in life and where you want to go in your future!

🌷Not only is it time to clear away things that clutter your home, your mind and your life but it’s also a fabulous time to start new projects and new healthy habits. Doing new things helps us to grow as people and helps us to see the world from different perspectives. You can meet new friends and maybe even broaden a path your on or discover new paths you may want to travel. It’s a great time to try something you have a fear about, like swimming or parasailing.

🌷Then of course there is actual spring cleaning, here’s a checklist to get you rolling

🌷This is the time to clear away all that no longer serves you or doesn’t serve you well. The time you spend spring cleaning life will be rewarding and you may just discover new things about yourself along the way!

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Blog Share – How To Be A Positive Thinker

 

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I stumbled across the blog, Discovering Your Happiness who had written part 1 about How To Be A Positive Thinker. I think working on self improvement is huge, not just for myself or selfish reasoning but because of what I put out into the world and how my vibe affects the world around me.

I used to be nothing but a negative thinker. My glass was always half empty. But that’s exactly the point, my glass was staying always half empty. And of course I always blamed that on outside factors and never looked within.

I’ve been working on that though. And actually my blog is part of that ongoing personal positivity project. So I love coming across other blogs that are putting out something that can bring focus to changing my perceptions and focus towards good energy.  So I’m participating because small steps like this can brighten my horizons and create a more positive spin on life 😌

  • Write down three things that went well & explain why they went well.
  1. My last run – because I’ve been putting the training and conditioning on my legs.
  2. Playing cornhole for the first time – because I stepped out of my fear of doing new things in front of others and just did it!
  3. Putting on a shirt I bought that never fit because it was too tight – because I’ve been working on better nutrition, found a good program and am being consistent with it (no more DIets are ever needed), and have lost 8 pounds!

 

  • Write down three things that didn’t go well & explain why they didn’t go well.
  1. Making dinner last night – because I was tired and unprepared
  2. The last yoga balance poses I was trying to do – I just can’t get it
  3. Trying to re-arrange the office – ahhhh nothing fits the way I want it to!

 

  • Write down three things you are grateful for.
  1. My hubby
  2. My kitties
  3. Good health

 

  • Read back over what you wrote, sometimes what seems  super-dramatic in your mind will suddenly seem much more minor when you actually read it out. Was it really worth all that negativity?
  1. Dinner ended up not all that bad. I was just grumpy tired. My hubby ate it all up and enjoyed it and so did I.
  2. The balance poses I will eventually get. I weak legs that are getting stronger and as I practice more and gain leg and core strength, I WILL get them!
  3. The office is too small for all our stuff. It’s not the end of the world. I could get rid of stuff, or just find ways to make the room “feel” bigger 😀

 

Thanks for the good read and personal development exercise Discovering Your Happiness!

Hey you guys….

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Down On The Boardwalk

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Beautiful but busy day! Headed down to the boardwalk for a quick run with the hubby in between the other plans and responsibilities we had to take care of today 💙 It gets so busy down at the boardwalk during tourist season, which is nearly here. So we decided to get in a beach run. It was already bustling with early vacationers and spring breakers. I admit I love the energy vibe down here during tourist season, but my other half, not so much lol.

 

 

 

 

A quick tip for anyone wanting to head to Virginia Beach for a vacation? The months of March, April, and October are usually less crowded and the hotels are at lower rates. But be warned, March & April the ocean may still be a bit chilly. October though you still have warm waters! Just no sign of lifeguards. Today though people were in the water! Swimmers, surfers and kids playing around. It was kinda awesome!

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The hubby did his thing and I did mine. We run at different paces and I do the whole run/walk/run so we went separate ways once we were there. But it was absolutely beautiful! Temps hit the 80’s, sunny with a nice cool breeze, perfect run weather!

 

 

 

 

 

17861843_10213001635735429_3508897361492808106_n (1)My legs are starting to gain strength and I’m pretty happy with the day. I’m not even worried about running right now. It’s all about building endurance and strengthening my legs. And of course conditioning these lungs of mine. Four packs of cigarettes a day does some serious damage. Quit NOW, if you smoke. That damage just increases as time goes by. So happy I quit and never going back.

Days like today make me so thankful I quit smoking. Breathing the fresh air, smoke free is profoundly different. And smelling the ocean breeze, yeah that’s good stuff!

 

 

Wise words from Kara Groucher

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“Well, here we stand.

On the starting line nonetheless. Maybe you’re facing your first 5k. Maybe it’s a ten. Maybe a half, or a marathon, or an ultra. Maybe you’re even running Boston.

Waiting on that starting line, you’re beginning to feel it. The anticipation, the doubt, the excitement, the energy. The definitiveness of what’s behind. The uncertainty of what’s ahead.

It hasn’t been easy. There have been workouts that tanked. Weeks with missed mileage. Tired legs. Hard sessions. The daily dance of life vs. the plan.

But there have been great moments too. The decision to race. The dedication to train. Miles where you felt like you could run forever. Even the bravery of this morning, where you put on your singlet, fought the crowds, and met your fate at the starting line.

And now it’s here. It is time. No more countdowns. No more workouts to nail. No more wondering, “Am I fit enough? Strong enough? Prepared for what’s ahead?”

This is what you have been waiting for. No doubt you are nervous, but know that you are ready. You earned this opportunity. And you were born to fly.

So, take a deep breath, look around you, and soak it all in. Relish where you are. Realize how far you’ve come.

You are ready. You are powerful. And you belong.

Now, go get it.

Head Up, Wings Out. ”

Kara Groucher

My Arbonne Daily Skincare

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I wanted to share my skin care routine with all of you! I have recently become an Arbonne Consultant because I LOVE the products! Just to give you a little background on my skin because it has had a mind of it’s own throughout my 20’s! I actually had pretty good skin in high school and college with occasional breakouts, but nothing too serious. But over the years my skin has become dryer and dryer and damage from smoking for so many years has take it’s toll. 
And along with being a couch potato who ate bags of candy in one sitting and 2 liters of soda pop at least a couple times a week and the rest of the week was processed garbage; I was in bad shape. Four packs a day, eating badly and really just not caring for myself made me prematurely age, body and quality of my skin. I began working out and eventually race walking and training my fairly dead legs to learn what running even felt like. I also dug deep into learning about nutrition and clean eating. I suffered from wheat belly syndrome and realized that my shape was the exact shape doctors put out warnings about things like diabetes, stroke and a whole slew of other things.
But I did start getting it together. I was exercising, eating healthier and healthier the more I learned and I quit smoking!!! I quit, but not after the years of damage done to my skin. And then I was introduced to Arbonne and RE9. I feel like I found the fountain of youth!  The photos below show a 20 year progression from looking ill to reclaiming vibrancy and health. I am thankful for finding RE9 and the entire skincare collection from Arbonne. It has changed my life!
✔️Clean Eating  ✔️Exercise  ✔️Quality Skincare  ✔️Good Nutrition  ✔️Sunscreen
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 💚My Arbonne Bag 💚
Some may think this is a whole lot. But when you consider we only have one skin to live in for the rest of our lives, you have to take care of the skin you’re in! And a little goes a long way! 
 
 Soothing Facial Cleanser 
I will never use another cleanser ever again! A gentle daily cleanser that deep cleans without stripping your face of natural oils.2014-discover-arbonne-featuring-re9-advanced-14-638
 
Regenerating Toner 
Balance for your skin! A step often overlooked but its an important one because toning closes the pores. Use one made with witch hazel (not alcohol) to soothe skin and zap blackheads. I love my Arbonne toner because its a mist and can directly spray on my face – I don’t lose any precious product in the cotton ball!
Step 2
 
Intensive Renewal Serum 
This serum is like your daily dose of vitamins on your skin!
Helps to hold in moisture and lessen appearance of fine lines. Choose a serum that is not only full of antioxidants, vitamin but also peptides for younger, radiant and smooth.
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Corrective Eye Creme 
Perfection! Smooths the fine lines, bags under your eyes and crows feet. Use your ring finger and dab cream under eye (on that top part of cheek bone) and just under the eyebrow bone. its the weakest finger and your eye area is very delicate skin!
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Neck Cream 
Preventative measures ladies!!
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Night Repair Creme 
I love the way this cream makes my face feel.
I definitely don’t have dry skin with this product! As you sleep your skin cells will renew and you will wake up with soft, velvety skin!
 
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My face has a healthy glow after I put this on! Never go a day without.  Sunscreen built right in to keep my skin protected through the day!
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What I’ll be adding soon!
Firming Body Cream
Amazing results!
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Lifting And Contouring Eye Cream
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 Genius
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Key tips: For best results use products from the same line because they are meant to work together. Always use upward motion when putting on products – you want to work against gravity! And don’t forget your neck.

Why Running To Zen?

1I’m not much different than many of you. Things like running and working out aren’t easy for me. So my road has always been hard. And out of the gate I always think I should be at the finish line before I’ve even started the race. Nutrition has been a learning curve experience for me. Once again, learning the hard way. If at first you don’t succeed try try again?

“What if I Fall? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?”

So through years of starting something and getting mad at myself for not being “good enough” or good enough, fast enough and then quitting. And after years of experimenting with DIEts and just gaining weight again. And after trying to begin things for all the wrong reasons. You come full circle and learn your lessons and learn them well.

Examples?? Lets take a walk back through my time machine…

“What if I Fall?”

I joined team RWB with my husband (who is a runner and I had never run a day in my life) because we were looking for hobbies we could do together. We’re both trying to lead healthier lifestyles so running sounded like a great idea. Added benefit is that Team RWB also does a whole lot of volunteer work in the community. Well long story short, I went out and tried to run from day one, to keep up with people who were running under 16 minute miles. I couldn’t do it. My legs were like dead weights. The muscles in my legs were aged wayyyyy beyond my years. I should have just said to everyone, hey I can only walk and I should have stuck to that and built strength. But oh no pride and embarrasment set in and instead I just avoided everything, even walking. Even strength training. Why? Because I wanted to be at the finish line before I even started the race. Back in time now to current day. I’m now doing things the right way. Sure I can’t run with the super fast. But you know what I found out? I walk as fast, or faster than some run! I’m now still just a beginner and I’m solid with that. I am using Jeff Galloways run/walk/run training (http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/run-walk/) and I’m learning and training these legs of mine!

We can blame the whole world if we want. Our Mother, past friendships, past boyfriends, or things that happened to us in our past. But the bottom line is we have to decide to overcome those excuses and see that excuses are just that, excuses. We get in our own way. I was in my own way. I was sabotaging myself.

I don’t envy people because I truly look up to people who can run a 9 minute mile and am happy for all who can rock a bikini with confidence. But I’ve always had a problem with comparison. It causes me embarrassment and anger towards myself. And I let that affect my own self confidence and my own sense of self worth. You can see how this can affect everything from socializing to business. But I am facing this demon now and I am finding that self love I should have known when I was just a kid.

Loving myself for who I am, where I am now. It’s always been so hard for me to just be ok with “me”. Instead of looking at all the good that’s in me, any accomplishments I’ve made, or skills I do master, I focus on what I can’t do, what’s I’m not good enough at. Never good enough. Yeah I’m just now working on the things that I’ve suffered with since I was just a kid.

Once upon a time ago I only saw the first part of this quote ““What if I Fall?”. I’ve learned so much over the last 5 years and it’s truly been life changing. So many of us need to face the things our child self never did in order to lead happier healthier lives. Now I’m happy to say I’m try to keep my eye focused only on the second part of that quote.

“Oh, but my darling what if you fly?”

And this is where I am, finally finding my Zen. Running To Zen isn’t jsut about running. It’s about finding my zen (balance, happiness, joy) in every aspect of life. And if I can, through inspiration, recommendation, or support, I want to help you on your journey to finding yours ღ