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LETTING GO OF PERFECTION

September 13, 2017
Honest Health

There is something you should know about me. I’m a planner…a colour coding enthusiasts and check list fiend. My brain thinks in a default setting of getting stuff done. It is a core characteristic of who I am. Don’t even get me started on pro’s and con’s lists….*swoon*

 

I need to continually remind myself to relax and embrace the flow of life. Things will not always go to plan now matter how organized and well intentioned I am.

 

One way that this really shows up is in my physical health. I’ve struggled with body image and my relationship with food since high school. I have gone through long stretches of time where I am very regimented and strict and other times where I couldn’t remember the last time I did something healthy for myself.

 

This past year and a bit have taught me a lot about myself and letting go of the unrealistic, strict and sometimes unkind standards that I was holding myself to. Life has become a lot more enjoyable by giving myself permission to be imperfect.

 

Now how, you may ask do I reconcile the A-type, list loving personality with the new laid back, permission giving approach to life? Well…it’s not been the most glamorous transition. Mainly I repeat to myself these two very simple thoughts:

 

1- “Be kind to yourself (or body, or personality etc), she gets you from A to B.”

2- Perfection is not obtainable but excellence is.

 

How does implementing those two thoughts look? It can be as simple as catching a negative thought spiral; stopping and saying a positive thing about myself or what I’ve done. It could also be activated when I notice I’m comparing myself to other people and their seemingly perfect life. In those moments I remind myself that I’m seeing a beautifully curated moment of their life. I try to quickly follow up those thoughts of comparison by saying something that I like or admire about them to keep myself from getting bitter or jealous. I want to always champion people on and genuinely celebrate their success or accomplishments.

 

I hope today’s musing has been helpful for someone out there. We are all just doing our best and by simply giving yourself permission to be a work in progress is a great first step to a more balanced heart and mind.

 

Did you see how I snuck a list in there? #CantStopWontStop

 

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DRY BRUSHING

May 18, 2016
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I’ve picked up a new habit this year… at first I was hesitant, but I’m now a convert to the world of dry brushing.

What, you ask, is dry brushing? Well, it’s an ancient treatment of rubbing a dry bristle brush over your skin in circular motions to help exfoliate/slough off dry, dead skin. Continue Reading

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May 16, 2016
Gluten Free Week 1 Brekky

It’s official. I have to break up with gluten on a full time basis. After doing one full week of eating gluten free, I had a slice of rye toast on Sunday to see if I’d notice a difference. I really wasn’t expecting any reaction after only a week, but within 5 mins of eating that slice of toast, I knew. Continue Reading

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GLUTEN ISSUES?

April 25, 2016
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Gluten. What a fickle friend she is! These days, everyone and their dog is having issues in varying degrees with it. In my family alone, three people are officially diagnosed with it. Continue Reading

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NIGHTLY ROUTINE

April 18, 2016
Hammersmith Sunset

When it comes to my nighttime routine, I am fiercely loyal to it. This was not always the case, but after struggling and living with random bouts of insomnia that can last for months at a time, you can understand why I am so protective of my sleepy-time.

For myself, consistency is key. I find that if I deviate too far from the norm, I may tip the delicate scales that is a good night’s sleep. Continue Reading

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RISING STRONG

April 6, 2016
Bray coastline in Ireland.

I have a slight obsession with listening to audio books. It all began 2 years ago when I was going through a season of insomnia (huzzah!).

Amy Poehler had just released her book Yes Please, and I needed something to distract my wandering mind to help it shut off at the end of the day. It was just what the doctor ordered! I’d fall asleep with a smile on my face and a giggle in my heart. Continue Reading