So far this year it feels a bit like life is throwing #allthethings at me. Nothing like last year, way more manageable, but still a lot. And honestly, this month I'm about a week behind with work.
In spite of that, I listened to my body and my energy and stepped away from my laptop for the whole weekend. It was HARD and I won't lie, I've had many anxious moments about the size of my to-do list. But this morning I logged back in and smashed out 3.5 hours of work without twitching. And that my friends is the power of true down time - rather than pushing through and trying to slog it out, which ultimately is far less productive.
We can't always log off or take holidays when we need to, but there are big and tiny ways to tune in to where your energy's at and give yourself what you need ❤ (Image via @unsplash)
This week I'm in Vegas for WPPI, the annual wedding photographer conference I attend each year, and I'm super super excited to be learning #allthethings I need to learn to continue to grow, to serve my couples, to reach my goals, and to be the best that I can be for my clients!!! I LOVE to learn! Absolutely love it!!!
But of course, when I take a trip (even if it's specifically for learning) I still love to make time to go on an adventure! So yesterday one of my biz besties, @johannakitzman, and I went hiking out at Red Rock Canyon!!!! It was so much fun hiking and photographing there! An incredible way to start off the week!!! ________________________________
If you need me this week, feel free to send me an email or DM and I'll get back to you as soon as I can! In the meantime, feel free to head on over to my Insta Stories to see this weeks adventure while I'm here!
“Our wounds add texture, and that texture adds beauty. Your wounds reveal depth, texture and beauty, and spectacularly so, they also reveal light. There is a brilliant, pure, radiant, timeless light that might never have been revealed any other way, pouring out from those wounds illuminating and warming everything around you.“ - a wise friend :) #texture#light#pocketsoflight#climbing#bouldering#colorado#allthethings#30hereicome
I am loving this book because it encouraged me to give the #ketogenicdiet a try. Is this diet a fad or is there actually some merit? Follow along while I try to figure just that out... I figure after being sick for seven months, I can’t go wrong with trying and seeing how I feel. Head on over to the blog to hear more about why I’m trying it + how I prepped for it today. #newblogpost . Thanks @livingwithlandyn and @ketokarma for the inspo. LINK IN BIO! 👆🏼👆🏼
Can Sundays be official indulge days 🙈?? I am craving some sweets... and then some chips... and sweet potato.... I assure you, I am not preggers, but trying to loose weight for the wedding with weight lifting has me a bit hungry 😬😬 🏋🏻♀️ .
What do you usually crave, sweets or savory foods?
Good thing I got my batch cooking finished earlier because I have a boatload of reading to finish up Module 1 in my Nutritional Therapy training. I had all week to finish, but chose to watch the Olympics instead. 🇺🇸 Go USA! Now back to reading......
I was told yesterday👉🏼”Seems like you've been on quite the journey of self discovery” and it’s brought to light the very feelings I’ve had these past few months. My answer: yes, yes I have/am.
A bit of why👉🏼being diagnosed with a terminal cancer at age 24 throws an entirely different life path at one’s feet, so I skipped the post-college, adulting, growing process and I was thrust into contemplating the meaning of life and my purpose, which most people do post-retirement and in their later life. So, now, a decade and a half later, as I’ve gotten healthier and stable in my career, I’m returning to the life-stages I skipped while I fought for my life, and I’m reliving younger years not only at an older age, but from a later-in-life perspective: exploring what kind of woman I am and want to be, what kind of man/men I want to enjoy, reliving some activities that 20-something’s do while bringing my hard-won perspective on health, wholeness, and looking at the bigger picture to it all. At the same time, I’m facing trauma’s, doubts, and fears... the life-stage I’m revisiting is about separating myself from my family, society’s boxes, religious doctrine, and becoming me: a woman. With my older age and near-death experiences, I especially, don’t care to play by the rules, or about making other people comfortable, and it’s both exciting, and scary (I deeply care about people and want lots in my life).
There’s no other place I’d prefer to be, than right here, right now, enjoying each breath and moment, and WOW, how different it is from so many others around me.... what a trip. 🤙🏼
Some days I look at my to-do list and I feel completely overwhelmed. Some days I wonder whether I’ll ever be able to achieve what I’m dreaming of, I doubt myself, and I worry whether I have what it takes. 🤷🏼♀️
But then there are those little moments, let’s call them unicorn moments, when I receive an email or a message from one of my clients or students, sharing one of their recent wins or milestones with me. 🦄 •
It’s those moments that make everything worth it, that eradicate my fears and doubts, putting my inner imposter back in his place. To me, knowing that I’ve made a positive impact on someone else’s life is the greatest feeling in the world. 💕
So just in case you’re cringing a little, thinking about #allthethings you need to get done this week, remember: you’ve got this! Here’s to changing lives and making this world a better place - one unicorn moment at a time. 🙌🏼
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