Switch Things Up | Diet, Fitness & Self Care

It can be extremely important to change up your routines so you have variety in your life. It also prepares you for when CHANGE hits you, when life switches things up and everything starts to shift. If you can get yourself use to AND excited for change, you’ll have a stronger foundation for when change happens out of your control.

SO! Let’s talk about some new ideas for you, shall we?

NUMBER ONE: DIET

If you’re anything like me, you’ll eat the same meal/snack over and over again because you love it so much. The problem with this is your body may become temporarily intolerant to it. You may experience bloating & gas from over consumption of the same meal. Your body is always changing and evolving as well, so giving it variety helps it to thrive. If you’re looking for a new snack, try my Sunbutter Protein Balls ! They’re high in fiber, protein, healthy fats & taste delicious.

If you’re looking for a new hot drink for this Rainy Fall season, try an anti-inflammatory drink:
Golden Milk Latte:

NUMBER TWO: FITNESS

Change up your fitness routine, and if you don’t have one, get one! It’s so important for blood circulation, de-stressing, getting your heart rate up, connect your mind and body, healthy sleep & digestion, and so much more. Now here’s where you can switch things up.
If you go to the same yoga classes every week, or practice the same styles, try a NEW class. OR the same class but at another studio. Exposing yourself to different classes and different teachers can help you immensely in your personal practice, and adds a new experience to your minds awareness.
If you workout at the gym and are always lifting weights, maybe try a different routine, or add in some HIIT workouts, or start picking up walking or riding a bike.
If you only do cardio based HIIT plyometric type of workouts, maybe add in some weights for a boost of strength and challenge.
Whatever it is your doing, try something new. Take a boxing class, a pilates class, a new yoga class, join a fitness group at your gym, go swimming, start riding your bike, go on runs/walks/jogs, dance, jump on a trampoline, just get your body moving, and try something new.

NUMBER THREE: SELF CARE
Self care is one of your most IMPORTANT responsibilities as a human being. It is the most precious gift you could give yourself. Not only does it feel good, but it’s a huge act of self love and drastically reduces your stress. If you haven’t tried RESTORATIVE YOGA before, its amazing for de-stressing your body and mind. CLICK HERE to watch a restorative video I’ve put together for you.

Have you tried dry brushing before? It stimulates your skins cell, exfoliates your skin, gets blood circulating to the area you’re massaging, helps to drain your lymphatic system, and can reduce cellulite. Start with circular motions always moving in the direction of your heart. I start with my feet & Legs, my hands up my arms, my belly/back/butt, and gently on my chest. It’s great to do before you hop in the shower so you can clean yourself off afterwards.

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Add in a new essential oil into your self-care routine. Geranium, Lavender & Tea Tree are all really great for healing acne.
Start taking hot baths and stay in them for 20 minutes in silence, and notice your thoughts leaving your body.
Massage your body!! Take time to physically touch yourself! Your body will LOVE it, and you will feel more connected and grounded within yourself.
Unwind MORE. Take more time to be alone. You can read a new book, listen to a new podcast, create a new recipe, practice Yin Yoga. Take time to chill out, and really allow yourself to rest.

Hope you enjoyed the blog friends!
Leave a comment below and let me know what your diet/fitness/self care ____ are!

Love,
Sarah

Shedding Layers | How I Traumatized Myself To Heal

Hey guys!
Sooooooo, let’s talk about my hair.

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January 8th 2018

January 8th 2018

On January 8th of 2018 I cut my hair. My hair was the longest it had EVER been, and it’s ALL I ever wanted. I use to wear extensions in high school because I wanted long hair so much. I grew up believing your beauty is what made you. Looks & money were what mattered most about you, what validated you as a “worthy” woman.

I cut my hair in January because I was working at the Car Wash Mike & I owned, and it would get so tangled from wearing a hat all winter I just couldn’t take it anymore, so I cut it to manage the discomfort.

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That definitely wasn’t easy, I cried often, I missed my hair and felt weird without it. I couldn’t style it the way I liked and I felt more bare, more vulnerable. Vulnerability is something I didn’t know about most of my life. Other peoples vulnerability would annoy me and make me feel uncomfortable, and I can recognize now that that’s because I didn’t posses the ability to let my walls down, so poking at others (in my head) made the most sense.

I still defined my beauty by physical features; my hair, skin, the way my body was shaped. It was still never enough, I still didn’t know how to love myself or be kinder to myself or to feel gratitude for who I was.

So, on June 17th of 2018 I shaved my head. I was sick, not feeling my best, and did it spur in the moment. Mike shaved it for me (no I did not donate my hair-the idea didn’t come to mind. Don’t judge). If I were feeling my best, I’ll tell you what, I probably wouldn’t have shaved my head. But I didn’t know how to feel my best…so I was lost.

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The first few days were easy. I actually liked the change and the lightness. But that feeling faded Q U I C K L Y.
Every woman who I’ve ever seen shave their head (only via the internet) always talked about how freeing and liberating and enjoyable it is. That was NOT the case for me.

I straight up TRAUMATIZED myself. I spiraled even deeper into my depression. Wondering what the hell I just did!?!?!
What was happening to me?

I’ll tell you. I was doing everything I could to surrender, to let go of what I was holding on to. And that was caring more about what others thought about me, than what I thought about myself. I didn’t know how to love myself when I had “my perfect body” and “perfect long hair”. I prayed every day for a solution, to feel happy, to enjoy life, to like myself, to feel vulnerable and soft..and nothing changed, nothing worked. So, I shaved it off.

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I never thought I would have to experience my hair growing from scratch. I never wanted short hair, never liked short hair, and always wanted it long. It’s been an interesting journey of trying to accept the change I forced upon myself. Mike was a big help and a HUGE support through the whole process. He thought I was even MORE beautiful after I shaved it, he said he could see ME more. Which was the whole goal…to stop hiding.

I am so grateful for such a loving supportive husband. I’ve had many woman come up to me and say they wish they could shave their heads too, but they’re husband/partner/boyfriend would not approve. So, for my sweetheart, I am eternally thankful.

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It’s been just over 4 months now of growing my hair out, and it’s taken me about 3 months to get over the fact that I did it. I’m a slow shifter when it comes to drastic change, it freaks me the hell out and I can’t seem to accept it until a few months pass by.
BUT!!!
I’m finally entering into the realm I wanted. I’m finally appreciating who I am for who I am, and letting myself BE my true self. I didn’t know how to do that when I had “all the things”, but I had to learn, once I let it all go.

I can honestly say, I wake up and feel more energized, I feel more alive and more excited for a new day! I wake up excited for my life, and am more grateful than I’ve ever been. I love my job SO much, I love my work schedule SO much, I love my husband, my animals, my family, our vehicles, our house and EVERYTHING in it! I never knew how to feel this, I never knew how to find contentment in my own mind and freedom from negative outlooks.
I’m finally feeling happy, finally loving my body, finally loving ME.

And I have myself to thank for that. My bravery to FORCE the change upon myself, instead of staying stagnant and living a life for others.

I hope this message inspires you to take action in your life. It may be hard, but i’m here with/for you. Change things up, do something different, help yourself grow. It’s worth it, it’s worth the hardship and the leap. Just try, I believe in you.

Namaste,
I see you.

Get Ready To Be Ready

Have you ever thought about helping yourself to get use to change but implementing it yourself first? Before life WHIPS you up in its tornado of change?

Well friends, I’ve been living by a new Moto and it’s been getting me out of my comfort zone.
That Moto, or mantra, is:

DO SOMETHING SCARY EVERY SINGLE DAY (DSSESD)

When I say scary, I mean intimidating, out of your norm, unfamiliar, or something you hold yourself back from for whatever reason. The things you’re used to doing are so familiar and comfortable and predictable (to an extent). It’s not often we CHOOSE new things. Some of us are better at it than others. BUT, how often do you do the “scary” things that provoke emotion?

Here are a few examples of my personal experience with facing my struggles (which prepares me for change):

  1. I fear letting out my voice, especially when singing. Recently Mike and I practiced Ashtanga Yoga. This is a yoga that begins class with an OM, a chant, and another OM. I fear letting out my voice, singing and being heard. I almost shied away from the opportunity to let it out because I was nervous, but I remembered my DSSESD and LET IT OUT. I sang, I OM’ed and chanted! And it was so worth it, and not even as intimidating as I thought it would be.

  2. I fear GETTING UPSIDE DOWN - especially doing ACRO with another person!
    So, I’ve slowly been implementing some Acro Yoga into our experience. It’s definitely scary, and I truly do feel fear, but when I TRY I end up laughing hysterically and having so much fun.

  3. Creating content like VIDEOS. Oh boy thats a whole other step into the world of vulnerability. Seriously though, I am truly welcoming you into my personal life and that can be a bit intimidating. BUT I’m doing it anyway, and even though there are bumps along the road and it feels awkward sometimes and weird, I enjoy it and want to get better at it. Everyone stumbles in the beginning of trying something new, but it becomes fun once you start to learn!

  4. SEX. Yes, sex. Sexuality in general has always intimidated me. I’ve felt very disconnected from my feminine side, and fear moving my hips. So..that’s another goal. Is to get over the fearful energy I cary inside my body, and try to loosen up.


I’ve come to realize that the things I’m fearful of, are actually what are the MOST fun for me! So the more I can start to push myself towards those intimidating things, the more I will grow, and the more fun I will have! Did you know that if you hold back from changing and growing, the blockage will manifest as something unwanted and unpleasant? For me, that’s acne and digestive issues. Strange, right?

So make a list of the things that freak you out, or maybe a list of the things you wish you could do but are too fearful to do them. If you’re feeling brave enough, let me know in the comments below what they are! I’d love to talk to you about it!

Then, start to tackle one at a time. Maybe spend a week, a month or however long focusing on ONE of those things. Try moving towards it as much as you can, and see what comes from it! What have you got to loose? I say, ditch the fear and look UP towards your goals.

Get Ready To Be Ready.
When you do this, your dreams are closer and closer to making their way into your life. So get ready! Lets say your like me, and you’re starting a YOUTUBE channel and are visualizing it growing REALLY big. How can you get ready for that crazy shift? Well, you can learn how to create videos. Learn how to make thumbnails. Learn about youtubes policies. Read how to monetize and make money. Learn how to watermark your videos. Prepare your about me section. Create a brand/logo. BE PREPARED FOR THE CHANGE!!

You can do it! I know you can.
If I can, YOU CAN.

much love,
xo sarah