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Invest in Experiences

You’ve all heard this, life is short. We all spend waaaaaay too much time worrying about so many things that we miss the most important ones. Yes it is important to pay our bills, it is important to have a place to call home, cover our family’s needs, etc. but it is also important to LIVE and LIVE WELL. By living well I mean actually being fully present in the now, not looking at your phone every five seconds, invest your time in things tat will allow you to connect with others, connect with nature, and connect with your inner self. No, you don’t need a new phone every year and you definitely don’t need all of the latest gaming consoles as soon as they come out. It is nice once in a while, but things get broken, they lose value and the enjoyment for the object fades away; but the memories you make through experiences will stay with you forever. The end of the year is getting closer, take these last few months of 2019 to reflect on what really matters to you, create a bucket list of things you want to do or experience during the upcoming year, and go in to the new year with the purpose of checking as many of those items as possible. Whatever doesn’t happen next year, write it on the list for the following year, but keep that list somewhere you can see it, and next time you want to make a large purchase, remind yourself of those thing you could be checking off that list instead of buying that particular item.

Tell me about the best experience you’ve had this year so far and a bucket list item for the next year!

Stay true – Chantal

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Post-Vacation Blues

I hope you all are NOT laboring today! It’s a long weekend and it feels so good to have some extra time to relax.

I just got back from vacation to LA and Mexico.. and the post vacation blues are REAL! Even if you haven’t been out of town, a long weekend can still make it extra hard to get back to reality. Here are my tips to get back in the swing of things:

  • Make a list. I love to make my to do lists the night before.. then it’s out of my mind and on paper ready for the next day!
  • Schedule a workout. Book a class or write it in your calendar. If you schedule it like a meeting, you’ll be more motivated to go.
  • Meal prep! I love to start the week with breakfast and lunch made for the next few days. Prep some broccoli slaw salads and egg muffins ahead of time!
  • Self care is KEY. Put on a face mask, some self tanner, leave in conditioner.. and you’ll feel like a new woman!

What are your favorite things to do to beat the post-vacation blues?

XOXO, Kim

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Sleep Well Naturally!

Sleeping can be hard. Especially trying to adult, it’s so easy to stay up all night thinking about your next to do list or worrying about something that happened that day. And sometimes you just aren’t tired!

You’ve heard of a lot of natural remedies I’m sure.. chamomile tea, melatonin.. but those actually don’t work for me! Melatonin gives me restless legs and the tea gives me crazy nightmares! (At least I think they’re related)

Next time you can’t sleep, try some essential oils! A dab of lavender oil on your wrists at night or a spray of some calming oil like the one in the photo are live savers. The scent is crazy relaxing and will help you fall asleep in no time.

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Happiness Takes Work

Be happy! it sound so easy, so jolly and care free, but why is it so hard to feel happy sometimes? Because being happy takes work. Don’t get me wrong, I am not talking about working to buy the next thing you think will make you happy; it is not about material things. Things will not make you happy long term, they just satisfy an immediate want or need. I am talking about what it takes to feel whole, to feel at peace, to feel relaxed, to make you smile from the soul. Being happy starts from within you, it starts by you taking care of healing your soul, to love the amazing person you are, the capacity of love in your heart, the acceptance of those things you can’t change, and the drive and motivation to change those things you can change. Being happy is giving your loved ones the time they need to feel loved and cared for and do the same for you in return. It means building meaningful relationships, taking care of your body and your mind, exploring and nourishing your curious and adventurous side. Stop thinking about what you can get that will make you happy and start thinking on what you can do to work in your lasting happiness. Change your mindset and your daily actions, you’ll see the difference.

Here are some things you can do on a regular basis to work on your happiness:

  • Exercise – you’ve heard this one before and it is true. Even if you do a light workout to get those endorphins going, it helps.
  • Sleep enough – please try to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. Your body and your mind will thank you, plus you wake us in a better mood.
  • Go outside – even if you just go for a quick walk during your lunch, go out, see the natural light, breathe the fresh air and appreciate your surroundings.
  • Build a strong support system – surround yourself with people who truly care about you and you care about, people that will be there no matter what and that will push you up and encourage you.
  • Social gatherings- with family or friends. I know you want to go home, get in bed and binge-watch a show, but make sure to spend time with those you love.
  • Good deeds – volunteer to help others, it will give you a great sense of satisfaction and you’ll be doing something good for someone else.
  • Meditate – this will help you relax, quiet your mind,be aware of your breathing, and help your body and mind to connect.
  • Smile and or laugh – of course we are not always in the mood to do this,, but smiling or laughing generate more smiling and/or laughing from yourself and/or others. You can also brighten someone else’s day with this.
  • Find what you are passionate about and do it as a hobby.
  • Take time to appreciate what you do have material or not. Be grateful!

These are only some things to get you started, but it is all about acknowledging that everything takes work, accept it, work on it, and have a positive mindset. Everyone has dark days (some more than others), just make sure you see the light at the end of the tunnel and you walk towards it. If you struggle with this, it is okay to ask for help, bring a partner along in your journey to happiness and work together. You are not alone.

Stay true – Chantal

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Your Journey is as Unique as You Are

Have you ever found yourself comparing your life with the life of others around you? You are not alone! We’ve all seen the bigger house than, the better car than, the skinnier than, the better life than, the easier path than… you get the idea. No matter how well others may think we are doing, we always see what we are yet to accomplish and what we are missing, never fully enjoying our now and preventing us from being happy. Many people think that once they obtain what they don’t currently have, they’ll finally be happy. The reality is, once we reach what we see at that next level to accomplish, we immediately start seeking for the next thing we are missing… it never ends! Here are some things to keep in mind in order to look at our lives in a different way and BE HAPPY NOW.

Tomorrow is not for granted

We are fully aware of this, yet we treat people like they’ll be around forever.  In the span of four years I lost my uncle, my grandfather, my niece (a 12-year-old beautiful girl), my dad, and my grandmother. I was left feeling like I didn’t enjoy them enough, didn’t love them enough, and like I could have done more to have a better relationship with them. Those loses taught me that I need to enjoy my loved ones now, tell them I love them today, spend quality time with them on a day to day basis and not on a holiday basis, to appreciate them every single day and to love fully and intensely today.

Everyone struggles in different ways

That some struggles are not out for everyone to see, doesn’t mean that they are not happening. For instance, while some people are overwhelmed and financially tight raising a family, some others may be struggling with fertility issues and not being able to start a family. Some people struggle trying

to get a big promotion while others can’t find a job to sustain their family. Everyone goes through challenging times and every struggle is important. Therefore, it is important to not compare our lives with the lives of others; we don’t know what they are going through behind closed doors.

Have realistic goals and acknowledge your successes

It is great to have goals, want to improve and grow; however, make sure to set realistic goals. You can’t just say “I want to be a millionaire and set that as a goal”; that’s to broad and farfetched depending on where you are in life. It is better to set smaller short-term goals that keep updating as we achieve milestones and that go in line with a long-term goal. This way we can celebrate those smaller successes, measure our improvement and stay on track.

Make time to smell the roses

No matter how crazy life gets, make some time to have fun, take a breather, have me time, enjoy time with friends and family, or find a hobby. The point is to do something for pleasure, be fully present and enjoy it to the maximum.

This is your journey, make the best of it!

Stay true – Chantal

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All Natural Cleaner

Raise your hand if you’ve used a chemical cleaner in your kitchen! All of us..?

I’ve recently started using an all natural cleaner substitute which works JUST as well and makes your place smell squeaky clean. And it’s two ingredients.

Say hello to your new fave cleaner – lime and salt! You can use lemon too if you prefer. The acidity mixed with a coarse salt will clean your counters SO WELL. Just grate some salt onto a lime or lemon half, and scrub away. This also makes a great sink cleaner!

And when you’re done, put the lime down your garbage disposal! Your kitchen will smell amazing!

Easy peasy!

XOXO, Kim

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Walk It Off

Obstacles, frustrations and people getting in our nerves are part of life… unfortunately. We can’t control everything around us, we can’t control what other people do, but we can control the way we respond to all those things. We control if we react in a positive or negative way, if we allow things to affect us, and decide if we learn from those experiences and come out stronger. Sometimes it is hard to make decisions in the spur of the moment, find the right words in a heated argument (words you won’t regret), or think clearly when things seem to be falling apart; it is okay. It is perfectly fine for you to take yourself out of that situation, take a break, and contemplate your options. Here are some tips on what to do when things get difficult:

  • Go for a walk by yourself.
  • Don’t immediately think about the problem at hand. Appreciate your surroundings, look at the sky, the trees, hear the birds.
  • Breathe deeply, find your natural rhythm to get your heart rate to normal and calm down.
  • Do a recap of what’s going on and determine what factors are under your control and which you can’t do anything about. Be realistic.
  • Don’t worry about what you can’t change now… let it go.
  • Prioritize what you can change/fix and determine the root of the issues.
  • Tackle them one by one, not all at once.
  • Be open to input from helpful sources.

Taking a few minutes to WALK IT OFF and reassess the situation can really help you tackle things in a more positive and effective way. Remember that it doesn’t matter how many times you fall, but how many times you get up and continue fighting.

Tip: If you are having a heated personal argument, it is okay to sometimes choose to win the relationship vs winning the argument. It the heat of the moment is easy to hurt and attack just to win the argument no matter how silly of a thing it was. Take a step back before you can’t take back your words and your actions to determine if it’s worth it. Walking away from the issue at that moment may save the relationship from shattering.

What have you done in the past to properly handle a difficult situation?

Stay true – Chantal