What’s in your toolbox?

Colin in LotusI had this magical moment during a session the other day with a client. It was the kind of moment that brings excitement and giddiness and energy all at once. I was so inspired that I just had to share this idea that created the stir. As we were talking about resilience and combating the effects of negative stress, the discussion lead to how one could arm themselves to better deal with stressful situations. I’m going to go out on a limb and say we all experience stress – and we all experience more stress than we hope. The problem is that most stress is out of our control and that is the type of stress I want to focus on. Think weather, traffic, taxes…yah, you get it. All mostly–unless you do something pretty drastic–unavoidable.

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Take a different look at stress for a second. The common denominator is that it always HAPPENS TO US. Right? The stress happens and we react. What if we took a different approach and armed ourselves with tools to proactively combat the effects of stress. Wait, WHAT?!?! I know, I was excited too! It was my Oprah “AH HA” moment. (def: “a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension.” Yes, Oprah’s AH HA moment is now a phrase in the dictionary. I can’t make this stuff up! LOVE HER)

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Tools meanings, ways to build up your resilience so when stress happens, the effects are less and happen quicker with little impact. AND, you are better prepared when that stress makes us want to do unhealthy things and eat unhealthy things and drink unhealthy things and say unhealthy things.

How to Build Your Toolbox

Some ideas are meditation, breathing exercises, reading, writing or journaling, puzzles, coloring, taking a walk, pet or play with your dog, making tea, talking on the phone, hobbies, knitting…personalize your tools and practice them often. The more available your tools are the better the outcome in stressful situations.

Steeping with my Toolbox,

Megan

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My Miracle Morning

If you don’t see me doing my happy dance its probably because I didn’t wake up early to do My Miracle Morning. The older I get the more it becomes blatantly clear that I suck at multi tasking. I suck at being rushed. I suck at doing all the things all at once in the morning.  Thank goodness I saw a Facebook friend was co-hosting a Miracle Morning support group.

There had to be a more graceful way to sart the day. I felt like each day I had to hit ground running (literally, for a crying baby.) Some days I still do. Its all from the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod . HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Real quick, he breaks it down in a sweet little acronym: S.A.V.E.R.S.

SILENCE–  I love Gabrielle Bernstein for all things meditation, you can check out her beginers guide here. Headspace is a popular app also. Miracle-Morning

AFFIRMATION– This can be whatever you need at the moment. I even set my alarm to say “I choose what I see” in the afternoon just for a reality check.

VISUALIZATION– Remember your magazine collages you did? Pintrest is great for this! Or day dream. Or, full disclosure, one morning I just scrolled Insta. Counts, right???

EXERCISE– Right now I am working through The Journey Junkie’s Chakra Yoga Challenge and The Balanced Life Pilates Challenge. Both FREE!

Its pretty epic to watch the sun rise from your yoga mat.

094e4bbb9a937e3b0a4ecc02817f7b1eREADING– Almost finished with this book but I already have a list of whats next! I haven’t read, well, sense I had kids, LOL. Now I am adding books to my life again. Dying to get my hands on Brene Brown’s Into the Wilderness next. How many pages can you read in 10 minutes? That adds up!

SCRIBE– JOURNALING – I like to do a brain dump, or Ill write out my affirmations here. Bullet Journals… Danielle LaPort’s journal prompts are just soul stirring, so many options.

 

He says to wake up an hour early to spend 10 minutes on each section. But you can do it any which way you want. Or do them for just a minute a piece, or spend 30 minutes on one and 5 on another. IMO you will want to wake up even earlier to have more time just to yourself.

I look forward to mornings now, WHAT?!?!

This time gives me the opportunity to get clear on my day, bring life to ideas, drink hot tea, READ, and move my body. I love the energy of the morning. Its better for me and its better for my family.

The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams. ~Oprah

My Miracle Morning has a whole community. Its a little Raw Raw but I still recommend the book. You can sign up for a few free chapters/video/audio by clicking above.

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So there you have it! Anything to feel a little more like myself again.

Steeping my hot tea, Ahhh

Tori

***If this speaks to you and you want to try I would love to hear about it! Maybe we could get our own little support group going.

Progress is…

It is very apparent we live in a world full of information being thrown at us at every nanosecond. Most of it bounces off of us without knowing any difference but a lot of it is absorbed in some capacity. Chances are we don’t fully grasp the whole story or gain a full perspective of that information before we make a judgement or decision. Right or wrong, it is what it is.

I get it, we live in a world full of confusing information, especially related to our health. One day coffee is good for us and the next it’s bad. You hear you can live longer if you eat eggs but not too many because…you know…cholesterol (gasp!). And the list goes on…

Can I tell you a secret? I love when my clients come to me at a point when they are fully confused BECAUSE it means they are preparing to make a BIG change! I love what I do because I help give a different perspective and help re-frame thoughts. One of my favorite responses is: “I’ve never thought of it that way”. Music to my ears. Here’s my suggestion as we navigate through the perils of our world…

Do the best you can with as much information as you have

It’s not perfect…but with this mindset it can at least move you forward and forward movement is progress. Yes, progress. We are all a work-in-progress and that is a beautiful thing.

Steeping in Progress,

Megan

Lighting Me Up

I am totally one of those people who probably looked in your shower. I love looking in your makeup bag…and peaking in your fridge. One of my favorite parts of doing the High Vibin’ series is finding out what is inspiring, what is useful, or just what people are enjoying at the moment. Here is some of what has been lighting me up!

Podcasts:

  • Truth+Dare:  A podcast dedicated to female empowerment through living our truth and daring to change. Join in the conversation and tune in! These girls are the real deal. Each Wednesday I look forward to their topics and insights.
  • The mindbodygreen Podcast: I have had to remove myself from their mailing list not once but twice because I get lost down the rabbit hole of this one. When they recently started there own podcast I knew I would love it.

Yoga: I have recently discovered a newfound desire to up my yoga game, or start one.  I was never one who really enjoyed yoga, but that has curiously changed recently.

  • Sunflower Yoga Therapy: “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” Biz is, hands down, my favorite yoga instructor in the MKE area. Turns out I enjoy a slow meditative flow with guidance to the hows and whys. So full of knowledge, she is truly a little beam of light! It’s a gift whenever I am able to make a class, which is not too common these days. So excited I bit the bullet and signed up for my first ever yoga retreat next month up in Door County. Never thought I would say that!
  • The Journey Junkie: Facebook for the win with this suggestion.  I realized in all my years of practicing yoga, I never really learned the basics. Would kinda just look around the room to see if I was doing it right!  Turns out I wasn’t. I am following along a 30 day Facebook Challenge that thankfully gets beyond the usual poses. Fun in little 5-8 minute flows.

Carrot Bomb: I can’t have a list of my favorite things without mentioning my girl

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Daucus is Latin for carrot!

Loulou. I have written before about her, and her bone broths here. Keep an eye out ’cause this lady is realizing her dreams by launching her ‘farm to truck’ food truck “The Raucous Daucus” any day now! Think the best sourdough you have ever had dipped in her gut healing, soul satisfying, bone broth based soups, amazing grilled cheeses… ALMOST making me look forward to the colder weather. She is a secret no more! I’m actually sipping her Turmeric Ginger broth as I write.

 

Rx Bars: Just a little something that has made my life a little easier, my new go-to protein bar. Not only for me but my little guy too! They make a kid size Rx Kids option that has come in handy more times than once when we are out and about or when I am slammed with clients. My husband even commented on how satisfying they are. Good thing I joined their email list – they send out some worthwhile deals and email-only releases!

The Moon: Now, this is something that I have been dabbling in for awhile now. I remember a few years ago I went in for a Reiki session and the lady said I should set out a glass of water that night because there was a new moon and drink what she called “moon water.” I almost laughed my way out of the room. IMG-0006

Well, jokes on me. Not only for harmonizing hormones, but for intention setting. I gotta say, somehow connecting with the moon makes me feel, well, more connected. In flow with nature if you will.  If balancing your hormones sounds interesting check out ‘seed cycling’. My hope is to have my cycle sync with the moon cycle once it comes back from having my second baby. (I can see my sister rolling her eyes at the one, lol.)  If goal/intention setting is your thing I really enjoy following the Lunar Yoga program that Yoga with Kassandra offers and  Lunar Abundance. This deserves its own post-I will write more soon!

ReFocus+ReCharge: Hello! Last but definitely not least is my partner in crime here at Steeped, Megan’s online Facebook Group. Where we figure out where we abandoned ourselves, where we found ourselves, but most importantly how the heck to get on with it!  I highly recommend jumping into the next one. Megan has created such a great little space to open up and be vulnerable.

Maybe one of my things should be Facebook Groups!

 

Steeping in the full moon tonight,

Tori