#019 - Moving Your Body Toward Happiness

Were you on the move today? 
 
Finding the time in your busy schedule to move your body is hard! --and I'm not talking about running errands, cleaning, or chasing kids (even if you do rack up 10,000 steps while doing those and more!)
 
Just like Elle Woods said - "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy." She isn't wrong! (Legally Blonde)
 
Moving your body is a known stress reliever and a sure way to get your energy back. When your body is moving and being active, you become happier and have the energy to do more. You feel refreshed -- almost like after a really good workout. During the workout you may be thinking "ohhh why am I doing this to myself!?!?" but after the work out you feel SOOO good, accomplished, AND motivated.
 
Long story short, moving your body will help you be healthier and feel happier. Sounds like a win-win to me! 
 
Are you running out of ideas on how to be active? Don't worry -- I've got you...
Continue Reading...

#018 - One Key Ingredient For Habit Change

Uncategorized Apr 05, 2021

Have you ever created a goal but then stumbled along the way and found it hard to keep going? 
 
I've been there  -- more than once! It's so hard to pick yourself up and dust yourself off when giving up altogether is so much easier. While an easier option, it is definitely not the best. If you gave up as soon as things became difficult, tricky, or you felt embarrassed, then your life wouldn't change for the better. You wouldn't be making moves towards a happier, more rewarding life!
 
Perseverance, my friend. It is such an important part of pursuing your life goals.
 
Life will throw you curveballs, challenges, obstacles, and lemons. As the old saying goes, when life gives you lemons -- make lemonade! Pushing through those bumps in the road will not only make accomplishing your goals sooo much sweeter, but you'll feel a heck of a lot stronger and happier. I know this from my own experiences of falling down. Once I got myself back up, I pushed forward,...
Continue Reading...

#017- Intuitive Eating and Happiness: What's the Connection

Our bodies are SO good about telling us what it wants, but sometimes we aren't that great at listening. Alllllll month long we have been talking about really focusing on what our bodies are telling us and intuitive eating.

I'm going to let you in on a little secret: I actually don't like the term intuitive eating. My take is to be intentional, not intuitive because some people can’t trust their intuition. Listen to this week’s podcast to know why I don’t love all the steps, and how I put my own spin on these steps.

I want you to be more intentional and mindful about what you put into your body. The type of food we eat impacts our overall health -- both mentally AND physically. 

Did you know food was so powerful?

 

The goal here is nourishment for your body.  Here are 10 steps to get started:

  • Reject the diet mentality. Stop dieting.
  • Recognize your hunger.
  • Eat when your body tells you that you're hungry and stop eating when you are full.
  • Make peace with food.
  • Challenge the 'food...
Continue Reading...

#016 - Gut Health + Happiness: What's the Connection?

Gut what!?
 
Have you ever felt sluggish, without energy, or even have a stomach ache and you are not sure why? There is a reeeeally good chance your gut is trying to tell you something.
 
Your “gut” is everything in your digestive system, from your esophagus to your colon and intestines. The gut has been called by some researchers a “second brain." Your gut informs your body how it needs to feel. 
 
Not only does your gut send you signals when it doesn't like the food you're consuming, but there is also a connection between your gut and your mood and health overall (yes, I'm totally serious!). 
 
An unhappy gut is linked to:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress 
  • Chronic pain 
  • Brain dysfunction
  • Immune system dysregulation 
  • ...and even hormonal imbalances
It may be time to pay attention to what your gut is telling you! If you're feeling less than great, the food you are consuming may be a factor in...
Continue Reading...

#015 - Healthy, Happy Meals for Busy People

 

One problem that I have ran into hundreds of times is wanting to make a meal that is good for my body, but feeling like there is NO time in the day. I know I'm not alone in feeling this, in fact, I've helped countless clients get back into fixing meals (while maintaining a busy, busy schedule) with THREE ingredients or less!

Food is the power tool in your self love tool box that can go from making you feel blah and unenergized, to feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day!

We're busy people. Between work, to do lists, kids, and allllll of the other responsibilities that keep us on the go, who has time to stop and actually make a meal that is comforting AND enriches our body with all the good things?

Not only is it possible, but enriching your body with nutritious food is a nonnegotiable in self care! There are 8 Self Love Tools, and today we’re talking about the 8th one - Enrich Your Body with Food. Today I’m answering “How do I eat...

Continue Reading...

#014 - Food + Mood: What's the Connection?

Hey friend!
 
Let’s all say “Hellllooooo March!” 
 
I am SO excited for a new month with a new topic and all the new possibilities!
This month we’re talking FOOD! (I am definitely a foodie!) -- but, on a more serious note, do you know how food affects your body as a whole? I am talking mentally, emotionally, AND physically!
 
Food is powerful and the more we understand how food affects our body, the more we can use it to live happier AND healthier!
 
I want to be VERY, VERY clear -- we are NOT talking about dieting. So no worries -- no diet plan, nooo scale, and no feeling like YOU are your size. My friend, you are way more than a number!
 
So, I just said that food is powerful --  DID YOU KNOW...According to the World Health Organization, a poor diet is a major factor contributing to depression, which is the top driver of disability in American?
 
Enriching your body with nourishing foods is a...
Continue Reading...

#013 - How and Where to Find Good, Inner Core Friends

Want to know what it's like to join a bike club and where you're the only one who has a beach cruiser complete with a basket and a bell? (I don't know, I never got that far. Find out why...)

Close inner core friendships are the shiznit of life. When you have a few good compadres, the world just seems to click.  But how do we meet these people?

On today's podcast, I'm answering the question: Where and How can I meet good A-friends?! 

Children easily make friends on the playground or at school. At school dances groups of friends take over the dance floor -- but what about adults? With our busy schedules, jobs, and kids and that to-do list that never ends, where do we find inner-core friends we can feel close with?

I've got answers!

Friendships can be made at aaaaany age. It’s all about figuring out where to meet new people who share your interests.

Remember, it isn’t about who you’ve known the longest. It’s about who walked into your life, said...

Continue Reading...

#012 - Should My Spouse Be One of My Core Friends?

Who do you feel safe with?
 
Who helps you feel like you matter?
 
Is this your partner? If not, let's talk...
 
Your inner core consists of the people who you chose to be in your life who know the real you, who you confide in, and who you share a connection with.
 
More than 60% of lonely people are married. Surprising isn’t it?!
 
When married couples no longer share their deepest feelings, thoughts, and desires one or both people feel disconnected and lonely, even in the same room with the person they are married to.
 
Yikes.
 
Feeling this way causes the flame to fizzle out. Your relationship starts to feel meaningless. When relationships get to this point, it can feel like emotional disconnection
 
When you think about your inner core, do you include your spouse in that group of people?
 
Here is why you should:
  • When you feel safe and secure with his or her significant other, it's like wearing a...
Continue Reading...

#011 - The A,B,Cs of Friendships

Have you ever been with a group of friends you enjoy being with, but you still felt lonely and disconnected?
 
I've been there too! You're at a social gathering and you just feel withdrawn -- almost like you're faking happy.
 
Over 40% of us will feel aches of loneliness and isolation at one point in our lives or another. Unfortunately, despite how common these feelings are, not many people are really 100% aware of how they impact our lives AND the lives around us.
 
Not only does loneliness, isolation, and feeling disconnected bring us down, but it can alter your mood and affect the way you treat the people you love the most.
 
On today's episode, we're talking about the 3 types of friends. They're all important, and they all should bring joy to your life:
  • You're feeling happy
  • You're feeling sad
  • You have something to celebrate
  • You need support
  • You're feeling stuck
Listen to today's episode to get the scoop!

Join the conversation at The...
Continue Reading...

#010 - Inner Core Friends: Why They're the Shiznet of Life

Major Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders. Over 17.3 million people are diagnosed each year.

What you may not know is that depression is also often confused with loneliness. And, loneliness is often confused with depression.

Have you felt lonely or depressed? Did you know how to decipher the two?

We’ve all felt lonely in our lives, but chronic loneliness can lead to some serious mental health issues. 

Loneliness can feel isolating. 

However, loneliness comes to a halt when we build social connections.

There are three main reasons people need people. Besides the increase of mental health and wellness, loading up on love from your inner core helps you:

  1. Feel like you belong
  2. Feel supported, and
  3. Feel a sense of purpose.

I talk about all three of these on this week’s Jen and Friend’s Lovecast.

Once you’ve listened, hop on over to join the conversation in the Facebook Community. 

Join the conversation at The Happiness...
Continue Reading...
1 2
Close