All It Takes Is One Conversation To Change Everything. Gratitude + Abundance Magnified

A little backstory about what triggered the thought for this post. I am currently reading book #3 of a 4 book series written by Rhonda Byrne. Of course I am reading them out of order (no surprise, that’s my style!!) which does not impact the flow of the books, the author explains.  The book reviews of the series itself are amazing in themselves with many sharing that these books have literally changed their life. As with anything though, use it or lose it — so the author emphasizes  it is crucial that the reader practices what they learn in their life immediately.   Book #3 is called, the Magic and is all about the insane power of gratitude and how to truly understand it, use it and experience it more than you could have ever imagined.

Gratitude + Abundance Magnified.

Today’s exercise (day #12)  asked me to think of three people in my life and thank them out loud for HOW they have affected the course of my life. To truly visualize that moment in time, speak it out loud and thank them. I closed my eyes, cleared my thoughts and focused on the thought to bring in the people who came to mind, first.

Within seconds, the man who’s name I  wish I knew so I could reach out and thank in person came to mind. While I don’t know his name, I took his advice straight to heart & put it into action, that’s how good it was.

Here’s a look into what he shared with me

fifteen (HOLY MOLY!!!) years ago and how that ONE conversation was so impressionable in my young adult life.

During my college years @ Kent State University in Kent, Ohio I worked alongside of being a full time student, like many do. I was truly so fortunate to have found a job that was considered on campus, paid well and I could walk to (nearly all 4.5 years from my freshman dorm & college house) that didn’t involve food or being a resident assistant. I considered being a RA long & hard, but I just couldn’t bring myself to having to put a stop to those early a.m. parties that I was the one guilty of being at! I would have wound up turning myself in because I couldn’t handle being a hypocrite! Just about as I was feeling the freshman frustration of adapting, juggling & stressing just a bit I came across a job posting for the KSU Phone Center….

I tried to ignore it. I realllllly did.  It continued to pop up all over the place – SO, I accepted the message staring point blank right at my face and I looked a little closer. I mean to a broke college kid, the hourly pay looked incredible.  I told myself it would only be for a semester or so, ha, ha -come to find out the joke was on me.  I officially became a student caller at the Kent State University Foundation Center raising money for KSU through alumni. Yep, a telemarketer in all of it’s glory.  Oi. I didn’t like the title (never been fond of titles), but I did like the hourly rate, bonuses & incentive program. The job taught me A LOT and I made some incredible life – long friends.  After my freshman year I applied for a position as a Phone Center Manager (yayyy, I didn’t have to call as much!), got the position and 4.5 years later I was still there, which leads me to my mystery man.

I was a December graduate and every now and then, us Supervisors would jump on the line to do a few calls,  lead by example and keep our experience relevant & relate-able.  This specific night, I spoke with an Alum who had three kids of his own, put them all through college and understood the importance of alumni support. I, personally was just on the brink of graduating and honestly was already feeling the fear of being unsure of where I was going, what I wanted to do in just a few short weeks and where I was going to live among many other things. As the man and I were building rapport, he asked me my plan — the dreaded question that weighed so heavily on me at the time. I believe I responded by telling him I wasn’t sure; but I was thinking about going somewhere for a little bit before I had to “commit” to the real world — which in itself is a whole other story, but I’ll save that for later! The man shared with me that there was only ONE requirement he had for all of his kids and that was for each to take a few months / weeks and travel before jumping into a full – time position, marriage, kids, life in general. He paid for it, that was his gift completely to them. He shared with me where all of his kids chose to go and a about each of their unique experiences. He really emphasized that NOW was the time he expressed to them to do it, because life happens no matter what and many times, really fast.

That night

after I thanked him for his generous contribution and ended the call, I decided 100% that this is exactly what I needed to do – travel. I committed, to myself. I found the place (a 14  – hour plane trip away) that felt right and I took out an additional, small student loan to help fund my decision. I put it together in few short weeks and traveled / worked for travel for six beautiful months in the gorgeous country of Australia.

I am so, so grateful for that man. The man who’s name I am not sure of, but I KNOW he was placed into my life at exactly the right time to be the messenger for exactly what I needed to hear. If I had not had that conversation and been open to it, who knows if or how long it would have taken me to leap and truly appreciate the wonderful world of travel. I know for a fact, every decision I made after that would look much different than it does now if I had not had that conversation.

My question to you is: who in your life has truly impacted your path? How would your life look if you didn’t make THAT specific decision or have THAT specific conversation? The next time you make a choice, will it be slightly different?

The mind blowing  thing is

that often, when we take the time to look back we can identify how truly one choice leads to another and we can absolutely design the life we desire based on our choices & an open mind.

On the gorgeous Emerald Coast of Miramer Beach, FL – A Winter Escape

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a beautiful day and make sure to create more magic in your life!

 

XX

Renee

New Year’s Resolutions Are SO Boring, Though!!

It’s the last week of 2017

dun, dun, dunnnn…. so what does that mean? Stressful, a wash, a week of over indulging, travel & family, over planning, it can be a variety of things and feelings, that is for sure.

I know for me personally, the last week of the year tends to be a big week for reflection about the year we are closing in on and what I want to create in the New Year. Sometimes it’s a specific focus like relationship goals, fitness desires, family plans or career leaps, but more times than not it is a mash – up of sorts with a fresh outlook and approach to starting the new chapter of the new year.

The question is HOW do we keep it fresh & fun and not get overwhelmed with the closing out of a year? I have the PERFECT solution for you that I discovered through a little trial, failure & getting at it again until it legit felt GOOD!  I share the good stuff below….

New Year’s Resolutions Are So Boring, Though…

The thought of writing out line after line of New Year’s Resolutions actually makes me crinkle my nose, a bit nauseous  and grumpy all while creating this icky feeling of resistance in my gut.  Sounds awful, right?? I know I am not alone here. I have always viewed it as a giant to do list that ends up being something I count the days until I BROKE the resolution that I had just declared only days before.  Don’t get me wrong I whole – heartily tried the whole resolution thing for years –  I would spend time writing it out all pretty with all those words in neat handwriting, even colored pens, read it, smile  and then bury it somewhere I ended up never looking at it (although I had every intention to do so). Every single year. Talk about self – sabotage! To only come across it a few years later , sigh, have a little laugh and think about how I should have tried harder or just plain saved that time and done something more productive than writing out lines of neatly written rules I hated to even think about not let alone stick to. Straight up made me feel gross.  Ugh,  clearly not my thing.

A Fresh Approach….

 

Think back to when you were a kid in school and the art teacher’s project was to create a collage. She would ask everyone to bring in magazines and they’d be lumped right in the middle of the pod of desks, alongside with some glue sticks, construction paper and scissors. The task would be to cut out whatever appealed to your eye and stick it on the paper. Then, you’d be left with this beautiful creation of things that were all you, that appealed to you and made you feel good. The colors, places, words, textures, it was all you. No two kid’s collages looked alike.

This is the exact SAME process for the VISION BOARD! The actual word – vision board or dream board is just the grown up version of a kid’s art collage.  Gahhh, the creative, visionary side of me gets all excited about this and it is SO fun to do! So much better than writing out line after line of New Year’s Resolutions, just saying!

The best part is that there are zero rules or boundaries, here. Pour yourself a glass of vino, put on some background music and just have fun!

Here’s a few ideas to help get those creative energies flowing….

Choose a cork board and pin up things that you want in 2018, your goals, desires and dreams so big they make you laugh, trust me, if they don’t make you laugh, they need to be bigger! Keep it super simple and go the poster board & glue stick route.  Stickers & sharpies make great decorating besties!  More of a digital girl – perfect! Canva is a great FREE app to use to upload images, photos, backgrounds to create a digital collage then you can easily use it as your desktop or phone background, print it out, hang it up. The idea is not to bury your dreams, goals & vision for 2018 (ahhem, like I did with all those words as mentioned above) it is to see it daily, all of the time — feel the excitement in your heart & mind every time you catch a glimpse of it. Get that daily dose of what YOU want in your best day, life, year & keep reminding yourself.  Clip out words, a few favorite motivational phrases, travel destinations, your dream home, dream vacation, $$ you want in your bank account, charities you would love to donate to, the gorgeous gown you want to wear, that killer pair of heels that you’ve had your eye on, the toned arms you know you would rock in a tank top, the family vacation your family has talked about for years, the new car you want (NOT the one you think you can afford, but the one you REALLY want), the wedding of your dreams or man for that matter!

**Tip: Use a symbol or image that only you know what it represents if that makes you more comfortable putting it out there.

Get at it — truly, every desire is absolutely worth stating out loud that you want it., claim it, own it, it. is. yours. There is SO much power in putting out into the universe exactly what you want.

Then, you know what is the BEST feeling?  The butterflies you feel when you look back at the year’s previous vision board and realize what has been accomplished, what was once a dream is now a reality.  The only guideline for the vision board project is to just do it, without thinking about the “how” everything is possible, if it feels good and you’re having fun then you are winning!

Here’s a pic of one of mine from 2017. It is nothing fancy and mind you I travel in a suitcase 10 out of 12 months of the year and live in bus, so size does matter! 😉 I chose to make a digital copy and a poster version so I could tape it to the back of my bathroom door and see it every day ( I was “home”), or toss it in my suitcase for easy traveling.

Cheers to YOU, 2018 and to creating your best year yet all while having loads of fun along the way! Thank you for stopping by & reading.

XX

Much Love ~ Renee

Naked Confidence

We’ve heard it, read it and from time to time many of us experience what true and utter confidence feels like.  Like you can literally DO anything, right? Totally unstoppable. Don’t give a second thought to what anyone else thinks (in the most loving way of course), in your zone and nothing is going to stop you, you won’t let it.  And then, poof, maybe one day something happens out of your control and throws you unsteady, wavering, on the edge just barely able to talk yourself into getting dressed in the morning not let alone put in any effort. Or, maybe you are on the roller coaster ride — you know, one morning you wake up owning the day and while this happens quite often, but still have a few days a week or a month you just don’t feel it.

So how exactly do you recover? How do you just snap back into that amazing feeling and place? How can it be here one day and feel like it is gone the next? Truthfully, it is ALWAYS there, it is up to you (me included) to recognize it, even on the most shittiest of days when anything and everything feels like it is being turned upside down. HANG IN THERE. Trust that you WILL bounce back and be freaking better than ever. How you react during those moments are telling and lay the groundwork for growth, expansion & personal evolvement (ha, is that a word?! SP is telling me no!), but you know what I am saying.

Naked Confidence.

No, I don’t mean standing naked in front of the mirror or streaking across your backyard (or RV Park / Hotel in my case) – strip away the expensive handbags, sunglasses, uber photo filters that erase every laugh line and slims the face just perfectly, forget the size “mini – me” pants size obsession, thigh gap goal and no root days, ever. I mean really, take the pressure off! I am talking about naked confidence, WHO and WHAT you feel at your your core. Inside, out without all of the flashy stuff. Truuust me when I say I like fun, new & sometimes expensive items, a sexy lipstick and a great hair day, but take it all away and what do you have? That’s my point. Once that is paid attention to, worked on (yes, exactly like a muscle) and developed more & more from the inside out — those days, those days you are like where the hell did my confidence go become fewer & fewer in-between as you rock that inner, naked confidence regardless.

I totally get it, it can be really hard to love yourself in a world that is filter crazy, photo shopped and told through carefully posed photos on social media. We are all guilty from time to time, but come back, always come back to YOU and work that inner confidence muscle that gets stronger if you spend some time with it.

You.

You are doing just fine.

You are EXACTLY where you need to be at this moment.

You have so much to give, just being you.

You are worthy of every single thing that you receive and more.

You ARE truly doing amazing.

Think it.

Say it.

Believe it.

Let go of being so hard on yourself. Love the imperfections, the silly mishaps, the freaking roller coaster of life and laugh it off. That’s what makes you, you.

Breathe.

Celebrate YOU.

You have everything you NEED, right inside of YOU. Go ahead, give it a little attention and notice what happens. 😉

XX

~ Renee

 

 

Realizations and a really, really remarkable”before” picture

Do you ever have those conversations with friends when all of a sudden, WHAM….something just crazy triggers in your mind and you are like, “Why didn’t I realize that before?!” Maybe it’s the fact that we are so present over other times and the thoughts are able to come pouring in, or perhaps it is just the right time. Recently, I was chatting with some friends and answering questions about what I do and WHY I was hit with so many realizations and I had to share one of them, right here.

In addition to being an Event Manager by trade and on the road about 10 months out of the year, I am also a Consultant with Rodan + Fields.

I was NOT looking for an opportunity by any means when I found Rodan + Fields, I was looking for a possible solution, that’s it.

I had just gotten off of the phone with my Momma who was wrapping up with her 36th radiation treatment and she was and IS doing amazing. She never, ever complained about a thing and was going to hop on a plane right after her last treatment to celebrate her granddaughter’s first birthday. She did mention to me that she could really tell where on her skin all of the treatment was focused and while she was trying many things, there was still a redness and sensitive area that was visible and just not improving at ALL with anything she tried. I hung up the phone and I thought to myself, surely after all this woman has gone through I can find something to help with this concern. So, I went to Google and started searching.  I then remembered seeing a B & A on my sister’s friends FB page. I reached out to her, asked what it was and for some info. Then, naturally, I proceeded to do my own research, because that’s what I do! ?

I wanted to find out who these Rodan + Fields people were… Well, yes, they certainly checked out and quite impressively I may add. I discovered they were the Drs. Who created Proactiv and so much more. At that point, I knew what I was sending my Mom was from a trusted and credible source, not some fake company with jenky cream. I sent it to her and asked that she use it while in AZ.

As many of us know, life is busy and gets even busier when visiting family, so we really didn’t get to catch up full on until about 2 weeks later.

She called me, was standing in the shower with a towel wrapped around her and said, “I cannot even tell where the treatment area was. All of the redness & irritation is gone.”  My heart swelled with happiness and my eyes with tears. All I wanted to do was take away one less thing for her to worry about after all she had been through – and it worked. ❣️ Then, I started thinking….what if I could connect people with these products to do the same thing for them?! I mean, why should anyone have to go through more than they need to when solutions exist, right? In all honesty I am a 99 potential solution girl, not 99 problems. ?

At that exact moment, for the first time in my life I was struggling with Cystic Acne. Utterly embarrassed, I kept thinking I had no idea where it came from and had no idea why, but clearly looking back now, I was in complete denial of what was happening in my life.

I was in the midst of figuring out what went wrong with LASIK eye surgery in not one, but BOTH eyes permanently damaging my corneas, my Momma was rocking through battling breast cancer, but I wanted to be there to help her as much as possible AND for the first time in my life I walked away from a project that was NOT what I thought it was going be and put me in a really bad spot, jeopardizing what I believed in. As a Freelancer, that also means consciously walking away from a paycheck, without another solid contract – but for me, choosing integrity was the right choice. Alllll while trying to remain calm as Crohn’s Disease thrives on stress!!!  Ha, and I was wondering WHY my face was a wreck!

Eyiyi….I had been dealing with this for a solid 8 months at this point.

So, I ordered the line for acne and let me be really clear here (no pun intended;-)), it was not overnight, but over time the Cystic acne became less, it felt less painful, started to clear up, the redness began to diminish and even a little glow in my complexion started to come out. Soon, I wasn’t subconscious about wearing a pony tail or messy bun any longer and before I knew it, I was Cystic – acne free all with no drugs, no prescriptions…just skincare that was made to work with each product creating real results. I was floored. Now, reality check here, I was never ever the girl with gorgeous porcelain skin, I was way too much of a sun goddess ☀️ — but wow oh wow have I ever improved my skin to literally have the best skin of my life, no messy foundation all in my mid – 30’s and here on out! I can’t even imagine what it would look like now if I didn’t try….or 20 years from now.

? So, as I am talking with my friends this weekend I realized I am so, so grateful for being open to trying something new and finding the patience to persevere that lead to not only a solution, but a beautiful restoration of confidence and a desire to help others. I have always held myself to the standard that if I don’t love something, I won’t do it, I won’t back it (hence the quitting reference up above) and I sure as hell won’t be connected to it, that is a promise I intend to keep in all things life. ❣️

Truly, if you are curious about what R + F can do for you, and that is as simple as just being great skin care, (you don’t need any major concerns) that improves the health and future condition of your skin without wasting money on stuff that just doesn’t work, we should chat. Please do reach out. I would love to listen and see how I can help. ?

If you want to help to reach others who need a solution, feel free to show some love and share, comment, love and tag on this post. ?? Together, we are better. ?

Discover your customized regimen for your skin by answering just a few questions – and be sure to include your email address so I can send you a thank – you mini facial! Solution Tool – Click Here

Keep on being AWESOME!!

XX

~ Renee

Choose Your Own Adventure ~ Chattanooga, Tennessee

The sweet south always has something magnificent to offer from southern home cooking to the friendliest hospitality around. A visit to the beautiful state of Tennessee always delivers in charm, beauty and makes you feel right at home! Today, I am highlighting Chattanooga, TN with a few local favorites and touristy must – see’s!

Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge – believe it or not, this walking bridge located in downtown Chattanooga is the world’s longest walking bridge. It connects DT Chattanooga to the trendy North Shore and gives stunning views of the city. After you have worked up an appetite strolling the shops of the North Shore, enjoy a local favorite handcrafted ice cream cone from Clumpies Ice Cream in Cooldige Park!

 

Pictured: The Tennessee Aquarium

The infamous, Ruby Falls! If you are anywhere near the south, you have probably seen the signs for miles & miles. Take it from a girl who is cautious about overly advertised attractions — this one is SO worth it and the cave is pretty awesome. Check the website for package deals for Rock City & the Incline. We ran out of time that day, but Rock City looked really cool and will be on the list next time around. I would suggest at least 2 hours minimum for Rock City and be prepared to walk!

SPOILER ALERT!!!

Falls are pictured below, but does not do them justice in any way, a total must see in person!

Ruby Falls

Point Park – is a 10  acre memorial park that offers stunning views of Lookout Memorial Battlefield, Chattanooga & the winding Tennessee River. There is also a museum on – site that we missed by a few minutes. This park is so worth a stop and picnic lunch! I believe that there is a small park fee of $5 upon entrance. We ended up visiting Point Park instead of Rock City the day we were exploring because we were running out of daylight hours. Either choice is a win – win!

Point Park Overlook

The Tennessee Riverwalk is an awesome way to get a little exercise and enjoy the beauty that Tennessee truly has to offer. Parking & bike rentals are located along the entire 13 mile paved path. The path will wind you alongside the river, past parks, the exquisite Hunter Art Museum, and right into downtown Chattanooga. An excellent way to enjoy the afternoon.

The Smokey Mountains On the Riverwalk

 

Choose Your Own Adventure!

Good Eats

Looking for where to sit down and enjoy some good food? Here’s a few suggestions:

FIVE Chattanooga – relaxed & fun bar / restaurant with a full menu and a patio overlooking Renaissance Park. Super cool spot, loads of parking & the very friendly staff! Serves Brunch, too! Check the website for weekly specials. & Happy Hour.

Top Food Picks: Baked Avocado, Deviled Eggs & Fish Tacos

Flying Squirrel Bar – Southern food with a twist! Offering craft beer, cocktails & an open air atmosphere. The upstairs is great for big groups. Sunday brunch.

Top Food PIcks: House Cut Fries Loaded w Garlic, Cuban Tacos & Squash Risotto

Flying Squirrel – Date Night

Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar – Relaxed, comfortable dining (inside or outside on a covered patio) offering a gorgeous view right on the  Tennessee Riverwalk, a 13 – mile paved riverside path that runs parallel with the Tennessee River.  The Boathouse prepares many entrees in the wood fired grill.  Check the website for daily specials

Top Food & Drink PIcks: Steamed Clams, Calamari & the Lawton Rita is AMAZING!!!

Champy’s Chicken – Known for what else than their southern fried chicken and all of the delicious southern sides to serve up a true meal from the south. A relaxed atmosphere with a fun vibe! Check the website for two locations in Chattanooga.

Top Food Pick: ANYTHING chicken, of course!

Depending on your group and the vibe of the day, Chattanooga truly is a “choose your own adventure” type of city! There is so much more to share & offer, but that should give you a pretty good start!

Thanks so much for stopping by and if you do explore this wonderful part of Tennessee, I would love to hear all about it!

` XX

Renee

The ONE Skincare Product that Everyone Needs

If you are familiar with the word, serum, you probably already know that is the powerhouse in your skincare arsenal. If dullness, wrinkles, fine lines or uneven skin tone top your list for personal skin care concerns, a serum packed with antioxidants & peptides is exactly what you need to look for. While it is the most potent skincare product in our regimens, it is also the one we tend to invest in the most. One of the unique things I recently learned is that oxygen actually affects the efficacy of serum. I discovered that every time the bottle is opened and the squeezy thing comes out or with every pump, oxygen actually makes all of those powerful ingredients that much less effective. So, essentially, it is literally like money spent, money wasted and our skin is missing OUT! Who knew?! That is exactly why if you have ever received a mini-facial from me and used the Night Renewing Serum, you may have noticed it comes in these beautiful little pearl – like microsponges. But why? Why does this specific nightly dose of serum come in a cute little, spongy, blue pearl? When you twist the top off, you actually apply the entire contents to your face (neck & chest, too!) Given that each pearl holds enough serum for one full application, there is ZERO chance of the product being compromised by oxygen, meaning all of that yummy retinol stays in tact. The other cool thing that makes this already powerful serum even MORE effective is that the retinol is time released overnight for a whopping 12 hours!  Due to the scientifically time released capsule, the retinol changes from liquid form to powder form in 45 seconds. This process makes the retinol react as if it were .15% dosage of retinol (double the actual retinol in it, gahhhh!!! Essentially more bang for your buck and more action for your skin!). Additionally, the skin is treated over a number of hours for HUGE results, making it much more powerful.  The other cool perk is you know exactly how much to apply, taking all of the guesswork out! Boo – yah!

Benefits of Using a Serum (The following applies specifically to the serum in a blue microsponge)

  • Intense anti-wrinkle treatment
  • Peptides signal collagen production reducing the appearance of lines.
  • Retinol renews skin, improves skin texture, minimizes the appearance of pores and visibly brightens the skin.
  • Time released microsponge technology for longer results and works allll night long to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pores for firmer, younger looking skin
  • Please know that a serum does NOT replace the benefits of a fantastic night moisturizer

Who knew there was actually a way to make your serum that much MORE powerful making you look that much more radiant!

If you would like more info on the above little pearl that packs an anti-aging punch, just comment below or reach out personally and I will be happy to answer all of your questions!

 

 

 

Virtual Capes

If you could choose ONE, just ONE Super Hero to be for a day, who would it be and why? Try not to over think this, just jot down who pops into your head at first thought.

— For me, it was Wonder Woman, followed by Batman.  They’re both bad – ass, look out for the well-being of others are incredibly strong  and the one thing that really motivates & fuels me is that they  don’t ever give up and they SHOW UP because they know that people NEED them and they don’t want to let people down.

Not exactly Wonder Woman, but the absolute closest I ever came to flying!

Next up:

What is at least one superpower you have? And, don’t skip this one, you DO have a superpower, actually, most likely more than one. This is not the time to be humble. Maybe your superpower is that you are an incredible listener, super organized, hilarious or maybe you’re full of a beautiful energy. Whatever it is, it is YOURS’ no one elses’. Because, you see even if it is similar, they can’t do it just like you can.

–For me, I have a never-ending will of steel (some may call this stubborn) and I also happen to be extremely compassionate. Putting myself into the shoes of others comes very naturally to me.

Ok, now, make a quick visual & mental note – How are you sitting, standing, reading this blog post at this EXACT moment? What is your current body posture? Are you huddled over your computer, standing straight up or maybe sitting on a balance ball right now? How would you describe your body posture most of the day?

I promise this will make sense….

What if I told you that you could possibly change the outcome of a situation with a power pose?  Sounds too simple, right? That’s just it. As humans, we try to overcomplicate so many things when the basic, small shifts can lead to a much more desirable and positive outcome.  But wait, what exactly is a power pose? Think about the way your favorite super hero stands. Upright, chest sightly outward, arms on hips or even up in the air, opening up a little bit more. Those are all examples of a power pose.  Try it, stand up straight, take a deep breathe, close your eyes, exhale out and envision for about a minute exactly what you would like to happen.

This past fall, I had the honor of listening to a TED Talk by Amy Cuddy who shares the effect of a “power posing” and how simply changing your body language can truly impact the end result. She also got really vulnerable in her talk and shared how she pushed through re-gaining her once lost identity when she felt utterly and completely out of answers.  This is worth your time, I promise you! Watch Here

Make it a beautiful day and don’t forget your virtual cape on the way out of the door !

 

 

Tuesday Treats!!!

I am always on the hunt for quick, yummy & nutritious snacks! This past weekend, we were  introduced to a simple, delicious and fast snack idea that is packed with healthy benefits (and the kids and / or hubby will never know it!! Shout out to Health Coach, Crystal Jarvie over at Healthstyles4You for the intro!

Swap out the butter on popcorn for coconut oil + Himalayan salt = pure deliciousness!!

Popcorn

Butter is an awesome treat every now and then and I am totally all for it —  there truly are way worse snack choices out there. But, switching it up a bit saves some calories and provides some amazing healthy benefits. A little something every day goes a looong way!!

Himalayan Salt

Himalayan-salt

A few benefits

  • Contains the 84 trace minerals
  • Effective for detox – helps to push toxins OUT, especially those heavy metals
  • Promotes healthy sleep patterns
  • Improves circulation
  • Reduces the signs of aging
  • Promotes a healthy pH balance

The above benefits are all from various different uses of Himalayan salt, which is the purest form of salt we can choose to digest. Here’s a great link to the how’s and effects: Surprising Benefits of Himalayan Salt

Coconut Oil

Coconut-and-Coconut-Oil

A few benefits

  • Reduces Inflammation & Arthritis
  • Improves Energy & Endurance
  • Improves Digestion
  • Balance out Candida or Fungal Sources that can cause many skin conditions
  • Helps with Weight Loss
  • Prevents Heart Disease & High Blood Pressure

Just as with Himalayan salt, there are different uses of Coconut Oil to create the above listed results. Check out the list here 20 Coconut Oil Benefit

Who knew popcorn & a movie could be so healthy & delicious!!

Chow down!

Much love,

Renee

 

 

Forever Sunsets…

My Pops text me this pic of a sunset just a few days ago. This was the sunset he was looking at  – clearly they live on a beautiful lake!! At the time, it was a busy day (aren’t they all?!) so I looked at it, was wowed for a minute and then went back to what had me so preoccupied in the first place.  I believe I probably commented a one – word response back along the lines of “wow” or “awesome.”

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Fast forward a few days…

I quit something today. I quit a project that I had taken on after many attempts at resolution, after letting it consume almost all waking hours for five months straight, after doing all of the protocol bullshit steps I knew I was “supposed to do” when challenges arise. Let me be clear, I don’t like to quit things, ever. If it means I suffer for the sake of not quitting something, then, by all means, I will put myself through agony. Just being honest. Sometimes I am too stubborn for my own good. A fine line that could be described as determined but soon crosses into stubborn. Okay, back to the picture – I came across the picture again and paused this time and you know what came over me? Joy, peacefulness, comfort, happiness, tranquility & the best part —  knowing that I can think of SO many sunsets, similar to that one that I have been able to share with my Dad, my Mom, my loved ones because I took the time. Because I truly made the choice to be there. Because I made other choices in my life to put me in those kind of moments.

I am proud that I have found the freaking strength to make the tough decisions in life. Are they easy, never. Have I always had this strength. No. (I can think of three distinct choices I made NOT to be somewhere and I should have, to this day) Do I know it at the time, helllll no. If only. But, am I getting better at identifying the fact that pride does not always have to win over happiness. You bet.

I am NOT saying go out and start quitting stuff just for the sake of quitting. But, what I am saying is when you put your heart & soul into something and it doesn’t give back, it is time to start looking at other options. Life is too precious, moments are soon memories and we make choices all day long. Start making the choice that makes you proud, energized & excited to create new memories every single day.

Start creating your own forever sunsets…

With love,

Renee