Things that Bring Me Joy

Lately I have been doing a lot of cleaning, purging and organizing mostly of my kids clothes, toys, kids items but also for the whole house. With the change of seasons, I’m digging out those cozy duds, the fuzzy sweaters and the soft socks. My kids are at an age where they are always growing, like you blink and they grew-type growing. I am constantly trying to keep up with them and make every effort NOT to send them to school with high waters or exposed bellies – not necessarily always successful, not gonna lie. With the purging, I’ve come to really appreciate certain things. Maybe a fog has been lifted and I can now focus on what truly matters for me. With that, I want to share a few things that bring me joy.fullsizerender

I really enjoy reading but can’t always find the time to do a deep dive into a page turner so I have been listening to audio books. Mostly while I drive or exercise or right before bed are the times I “plug in”. I have had many, many headphones over the years, trying to find the “right fit”. My ear canal is oddly small so the traditional earbuds don’t fit in and stay. I recently found some headphones that stay in place, when I’m walking, jumping or running. We recently got our Powerbeats when we upgraded our new iPhones a few months back. The sound is awesome! They charge through USB and the best part of all….they are wireless.

As I was going thfullsizerenderrough the Whole30 challenge last month, I sipped kombucha in the evenings – it was my night cap. I found a ‘booch with a few different flavors that was brewed without sugar and super tasty. If you aren’t familiar with ‘booch – it’s it a naturally fermented probiotic beverage. It can aid and improve in digestion, provide mental clarity and mood stability, increased energy, and reduces joint pain. The brand I get, GT’s, as I mentioned is not brewed with sugar – the flavor is somewhat effervescent and tangy but has a smooth and sweet finish. If you haven’t tried kombucha yet, I highly recommend it.

fullsizerenderLast but not least is something I use EVERY day, my favorite facial cleanser. It’s from a local company called Ajara. Thinking back, I have used this specific product for over four years! The cleanser is so silky with small bits of coconut. I leaves my skin nourished and energized and extra clean without the use of harsh chemicals.

These are a few places where I find some JOY!

Steeping in the Joy,

Megan

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MKE Adventure Girls High Vibin #4

There is something very impressive to be said for when someone has a dream and makes it reality. Kinda what is means to be ‘High Vibin’ if you ask me! That is just what the founder of MKE Adventure Girls , Sam did. To be honest, I stalked this group online for months before actually going to a meet-up. As Sam explains, I want to do things I just don’t always have people to do them with. Not that my friends are homebodies but these days our schedules are always filling up with obligations that may not always be, shall we say, ‘soul nurturing.’

Let’s just read what the group is about:

‘WE ARE A GROUP OF LIKE-MINDED WOMEN WHO BLAZE OUR OWN TRAIL, CONFIDENTLY AND STYLISHLY. WE STRIVE TO LIVE HEALTHY LIVES, GET OUTSIDE EVERY CHANCE WE GET, AND MOTIVATE OUR FELLOW ADVENTURE GIRLS. WE WORK TO CREATE LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN JUST GETTING STARTED IN THEIR OUTDOOR JOURNEYS AND HELP THEM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, ALL THE WHILE ENJOYING OUR BEAUTIFUL CITY.’

Who doesn’t want that???

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Kayaking through downtown. Im in there! (I think you can spot my top knot form a mile away….)

So without further adieu I give you Sam, the big hearted, lady boss who founded the group.
1. Tell us about the journey of creating this group.

Milwaukee Adventure Girls started as an idea one winter day in 2015 when I wanted to break out my new snowshoes that I had gotten for Christmas. Realizing that I didn’t want to go alone, I started thinking about who out of my friends owned snowshoes. I quickly realized that none of my friends did and I had no one to go snowshoeing with. That is how Milwaukee Adventure Girls was born! I thought that there should be some kind of resource, whether it be a website or Facebook group or whatever, where girls could connect on shared interests and get together outside. It has since blossomed into an awesome community of women who bond over their love of the outdoors!

2.What is lighting you up at the moment?

Right now I’m really excited to travel the US. I have always really wanted to explore other countries, but recently decided I should try to see more of the US first. My boyfriend and I have set a goal to visit one National park a year. This past year was Yosemite National Park, and now we are saving and planning out our next adventure, which we hope is Glacier National Park next year.

3. How do you Steep in Wellness?

I “Steep in Wellness” by living a very balanced life, and applying the 80/20 principal. This means doing something active as many days of the week as I can, trying to stay mindful and present, eating as many leafy greens as I can, getting at the very least 8 hours of sleep a night, but at the same time living in the moment by staying up late with friends around a campfire, enjoying that third glass of wine and eating my favorite burger from Kopp’s. I really believe that balance is key to a happy and healthy life. I also Steep in Wellness by getting outside as much as I can, especially during the Fall as it is my favorite time of year. My favorite way to sneak in cardio is with a long hike in the Kettle Moraine. It doesn’t even feel like working out!

4. How do you nourish yourself?

I nourish myself by cooking my own food 90% of the time. I love cooking and very rarely go out to eat. When I do, I try really hard to make the best healthy decisions that I can. But, at the same time, it’s important to have that balance, to have my favorite craft beers and

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no fair weather divas here!

local cheese, and most definitely a pizza from time to time. (Balistreri’s if I want to get super specific) Right now I’m in the middle of my second round of Whole30, where I’ve given up grains, alcohol, sugar, dairy and legumes for 30 days straight. I have made it a goal of mine to complete one twice a year. I think it’s a really great re-set and really helps me get back on track once completed. It’s super helpful for just making those healthier choices more often and picking up better habits.

 

 

5. Today I am grateful for…

Today I’m grateful for this weather! Fall is in full-swing and I couldn’t be more excited to enjoy every single day of it.

6. What is your morning routine/breakfast?

I try to get to the gym every morning. I like to get a quick 45 minute workout in, and go back home before leaving for work. I make a very large pot of coffee, dry brush, shower off, make a healthy breakfast which is usually always 2 scrambled eggs with spinach, and slowly get ready for the day. I end up waking up about 3 hours before I actually have to get to work. It really helps me start my day on a positive note, and encourages me to make healthier choices throughout the day. If I don’t go to the gym before work, I’m enjoying a big mug of coffee in bed and easing into the day with a book or Instagram. We all deserve those mornings.
Pretty great huh? We all DO deserve those mornings. I love the idea of twice a year really focusing on eating clean, a morning sweat shesh, and exploring our own great backyard. (And scrolling Instagram…its the balance!)

They even have T-shirts,  I loved rockin my tank this summer.

Check them out on Facebook and Instagram. They JUST had their last fall hike this past weekend in Devil’s Lake. Stay tuned, I am sure they will be posting new meet-ups soon!

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Steeping in Wellness,

Tori

 

Podcast-spiration

Sometimes you get in grooves, or slumps, and don’t even know it til someone shows you something new.  SERIAL opened the podcast door for me. From there I have found a few I enjoy and thought I would share.  If you’re listening to something that lights you up, comment and let us all know! Without further adieu, these keep me inspired, open minded, or just entertained. (In no particular order)

 

Beauty Inside Out with Kimberly Snyder

“Discover your true beauty and joy! Kimberly Snyder, CN, celebrated nutritionist andnull2 New York Times bestselling author of The Beauty Detox Power, The Beauty Detox Foods and The Beauty Detox Solution, delves deep into all things beauty, health and wellness-related. Kimberly believes that “Outer beauty is a reflection of inner health”, and shares her knowledge, philosophies and personal experiences on a variety of topics, including on health, beauty, nutrition, yoga, spirituality and fitness. Lively discussions and interviews are infused with helpful tips and takeaways. From interviews with today’s top health, wellness and spirituality pioneers, authors, Ayurvedic and western doctors, artists and entrepreneurs to yoginis, spiritualists, and world-class vegan athletes, Beauty Inside Out is as informative as it is inspirational. Kimberly’s mission is clear: to educate, inspire and empower YOU to become your most beautiful self from the inside out.”

 

The Inspired Table with Jordana Levin

null1“Jordanna Levin, creator of The Inspired Table, is a holistic lifestyle coach whose focus is to heal people’s ‘complicated’ relationship with food and live more mindfully. She believes life should constantly inspire and nourish you, so she created this podcast series as your go to inspirational tool. Through her coaching programs, cooking workshops, inspiring speaking gigs and popular food blog she’s rewriting decades worth of misleading messaging and creating a new movement of mindful and inspired living. Join her as she interviews the soul-centred folk who inspire her in the hope that some of that inspiration will rub off on you.”

 

The Tim Ferriss Show

“Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour null3Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him “the world’s best human guinea pig,” and The New York Times calls him “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.” In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.”

I love this one. The interviews are long, but the people are interesting. Tim is pretty interesting himself. The stories these people tell of the lives they lead makes you want to live out your own dreams.

 

Science VS

null5“There are a lot of fads, blogs and strong opinions, but then there’s SCIENCE. Science Vs is the new show from Gimlet Media that finds out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between. We do the hard work of sifting through all the science so you don’t have to. This season we’ll be tackling organic food, fracking, gun control, the G spot, and more.”

Super interesting, great topics, and again, another fun accent.

 

 

 

TED Radio Hour with Guy Raz

“The TED Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, freshnull4 approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Based on Talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme – such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections. The TED Radio Hour is hosted by Guy Raz, and is a co-production of NPR & TED. Follow the show @TEDRadioHour.”

 

TEDTalks (audio)- Ideas Worth Spreading

“TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. On this feed, you’ll find TEDTalks video to inspire, intrigue and stir the imagination from some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers, speaking from the stage at TED conferences, TEDx events and partner events around the world. This podcast is also available in high-def video and audio-only formats.”

These ones are generally shorter, like 10-15 minutes.

 

Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald

MY GUILTY PLEASURE- don’t listen with kids in the car…lots of F-bombs 🙂

null“Heather loves juicy scoops, topics and guests and that is just what she’ll be delving into each week on her podcast. Much like the very missed Chelsea Lately, that Heather wrote and appeared on since it’s inception, Heather will tackle the juiciest and most controversial topics that are in the Zeitgeist. Heather will not hold back on her opinion on anything or anyone and when talking to guests ranging anywhere from actors, to comics to reality stars, Heather will ask the questions you were always wondering about yourself.”

 

 

There is my list! There have been others, but these one are my weekly go-to’s. I hope you check ’em out and let me know…if you like ’em. Or tell me about another!  I just get bored with radio sometimes. Maybe I’m in a music slump. If you have music suggestions too, I would love it!
Happy Listening-Happy Steeping,

Tori

What it’s All About

The other day, I was driving home with my kids in tow. Every day is different dependent mostly on the moods of the kids. It’s a tough time of day for all of us so keeping the environment joyful and lightening the mood is my main objective. I usual try for a sing-a-long, BINGO is a favorite – a rousing game of “Eye Spy” – another favorite or just talking about the plan for the afternoon but this trip was a little different. As my 4-year-old grows day by day, so does his inquisitive manner. Always asking those dreamy, autumn-1655915_960_720thoughtful questions expecting nothing short than a perfectly thought-out answer. I am always very careful with my responses – nothing too generalized, an opportunity to teach, nothing too advanced, apathetic to his understanding.

“Mom”, I heard from the backseat as I always do, sometimes for a reason – most times to just say the word. I swear, if I had a dollar for every time I heard my name…. Any who, “Mom” he says – “What do you do when you are at work?”. Wow, very impressed. When I heard this question, I immediately started my auto-reply response and then I thought for a moment, hmmm – that response isn’t going to make sense for him and I am going to lose him and his attention (which for any 4-year-old is literally seconds). It’s difficult getting his attention and keeping it but I really wanted to ensure he knew what I did everyday that I spent away from him. I paused for a nanosecond to carefully form my words and this is what came out: “I help people become happier and healthier”. I looked up into the rear view mirror to monitor his response, and for a moment in time, he thought.

I love making positive impacts on my children, like any other parent, especially when they notice and reference me doing something healthy for myself. Although this conversation was brief and potentially not very impactful to him, it made me really happy. It also gave me a good reason to reflect on what I do, and why I do it. I love what I do and I love to talk about it – really! And although I’m not a very “talky” person, I could talk about my job…A LOT!

I understand that Health Coaching leaves-1698874_960_720is something that everyone isn’t necessarily familiar with. The complexity and diversity of coaching lies in the individual, each session is different, each person is different. We are all working toward something unique and health coaching is just that…unique. An explanation of “what” coaching is is brief but the “why” means so much more.

Because it may be something that isn’t as familiar as say a trip to the grocery store or a visit to the dentist, we are inviting everyone who is interested to learn more to schedule a complimentary introductory session. In this session, you will learn about us and we will learn about you, we will talk about the process of coaching and what to expect in the journey of working together. The introductory sessions can be scheduled on the phone or, if you are in the Milwaukee Area in person. If you are interested in health coaching and what it could do for you, feel free to reach out via email SteepedInWellness@gmail.com or via Facebook. We would love to hear from you!

Steeped In Wellness,

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