Episode # 6 – The Power of Positivity With Melissa Camilleri

Recorded on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015.

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Show Notes

  • Melissa shares her journey from being a public school teacher in California to becoming the CEO of Compliment, Inc.
  • She didn’t ask, “Why can’t I help?” She asked, “How can I help?”
  • “The idea behind each of the gifts is that there’s a compliment that seeks to uplift or empower or promote positivity to the recipient and 5% of every purchase every school day gets set aside for the Compliment Scholarship Program so we can continue to support young women in the community in their educational efforts.” -Melissa
  • Melissa talks about her first scholarship recipient who is now a senior in college, studying to be a teacher.
  • “When I was coming up with the idea for it (Compliment, Inc.), I thought this could take the place of sending flowers or in addition to sending flowers. Just a nice gift that’s a surprise and a way to uplift and inspire and encourage someone.” -Melissa
  • “It’s like there’s these little messages of love that get to pass through our hands everyday in our design studio and we get to become a conduit for that love.” -Melissa
  • Melissa shares about the struggles in her life that led to the creation of her company. Including, a divorce and three deaths in the span of 90 days.
  • “This is something I really love to talk about more privately than I do publically, but I’m really glad that you asked it. I know this sounds dramatic, but Compliment rose out of the ashes of a really dark time. So, the things that I do to make sure my life is on a positive path are what you see from my company.” -Melissa
  • We chat about the power of implementing gratitude practices, forgiveness, and quiet time alone into your life.
  • “There’s so much to be grateful for all of the time. Surrounding yourself with positivity and making those pathways of gratitude are key.” -Melissa
  • “When you hold onto resentment and you can’t forgive, it’s like adding another rock to your backpack or something. It just keeps you so weighed down and every time that you can forgive a little something more, you feel lighter so your spirit can fly a little bit higher.” -Melissa
  • “The better I’m getting at forgiving, the less there is I need to forgive.” -Melissa
  • “When we get brave enough to be quiet, really powerful things happen.” -Melissa

Connect With Melissa

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Melissa Camilleri is the high-school teacher- turned-CEO of Compliment, Inc, a jewelry and gift company that seeks to uplift through kind words, positivity, and education. What started off originally as a fundraiser for Melissa’s students’ college tuitions, Compliment has grown to be a recognized brand with a huge heart for giving back. Since Day 1, proceeds from Compliment’s handmade products have been donated to the Compliment Scholarship Program. Melissa credits much of her brand’s success to her social media efforts, particularly on Instagram, which led her to create the 21 Day Instacourse, where she teaches other entrepreneurs how to create the same kind of massive growth on shoestring budget through the powers of social media.

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Annalicia Lynn is a writer, speaker, coach, podcaster, and founder of YogaAndPilatesOnline.com. She is a health & fitness contributor to CBS Minnesota News, Twin Cities Live, The Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, ELITE DAILY, GetHealthyU, and Cameron Diaz’s Body Book Blog. Through her Free 3-Day Gentle Jumpstart­, Yoga & Pilates Online Membership program, podcast, speaking, coaching, and writing, Annalicia helps women across the globe transcend the fears, doubts, and excuses blocking them from the fit, healthy lifestyles they desire. With 10+ years of teaching experience and a life’s journey of lessons to share, she guides others on their path to achieving the lives & bodies they’ve always wanted – on terms rooted in deep self-understanding and self-care.

 

 

Episode #5 – Awaken Your Creativity With Becca Piastrelli

Recorded on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015.

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Show Notes

  • Becca shares about being the “good girl” growing up and wanting desperately to excel and achieve.
  • “I climbed to the top of the ladder and I realized it was leaning up against the wrong wall.” -Becca
  • “I found myself in a corporate job feeling unfulfilled and uninspired. My health was horrific…horrible skin, horrible digestion, horrible energy levels…just really unhappy. What got me out of it was dabbling. When I say dabbling, I mean working with my hands.” -Becca
  • Becca didn’t grow up with artist parents and didn’t consider herself an artist, but she fell in love with creating things.
  • “Movement is a form of dabbling too.” -Becca
  • “You remember what your great-great-grandmothers once knew. There’s a wisdom you can tap back into when you work with your hands and move your body.” -Becca
  • “When I say working with your hands, I don’t care what you do as long as you’re following your intuition, your creative curiosity. The same creative curiosity that you know when you just want to make a recipe one night…that sort of spark of inspiration where you’re like, ‘I want to make cookies tonight!’” -Becca
  • “Almost all our issues could boil down to one word, disconnection.” -Annalicia
  • We discuss importance of getting outside and noticing what’s around you.
  • “Oh my gosh, nature is the coolest.” -Becca
  • “Drinking water. For real. That stuff’s really good for you!” -Becca
  • “Sometimes trying to live a healthier life can feel boring or restricting for some people. Boredom is a crime in this world. There’s so much out there, that’s totally free by the way, that you can enjoy. So if there’s ways you can make healthy living exciting and wondrous, then I’m all for it.“ -Becca
  • “This is why we love planning each other’s weddings and baby showers, because we like that creative side of us to come out.” -Beccca
  • “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown
  • I share about my art basket and why I used to throw away my crafty projects.
  • “I do not care what you make. I care that you make.” -Becca
  • Becca’s DIY Peppermint Mouthwash
  • Becca’s Soothing Cucumber Eye Gel
  • Becca challenges you to “purposefully wandering”, notice your surroundings, pick up five natural items, and make “nature art”!
  • I share about the fairy house my husband made when he was in graduate school in a Play Therapy class. Here’s a picture…

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  • Becca talks about how to have an intentional and meaningful holiday.
  • “Trust your creative curiosities and see where they take you.” -Becca
  • “No one’s perfect at being creative.” -Becca

Connect With Becca

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Natural Beauty Course // The Dabblist Collective // A Handmade Holiday // Instagram // Facebook

Becca Piastrelli is the woman behind The Dabblist. She believes in the practice of working with your hands to get back to your creative, wise self.  When you honor that primal desire to take raw ingredients and turn them into something beautiful, you experience a greater connection and engagement with yourself and the world around you.

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Annalicia Lynn is a writer, speaker, coach, podcaster, and founder of YogaAndPilatesOnline.com. She is a health & fitness contributor to CBS Minnesota News, Twin Cities Live, The Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, ELITE DAILY, GetHealthyU, and Cameron Diaz’s Body Book Blog. Through her Free 3-Day Gentle Jumpstart­, Yoga & Pilates Online Membership program, podcast, speaking, coaching, and writing, Annalicia helps women across the globe transcend the fears, doubts, and excuses blocking them from the fit, healthy lifestyles they desire. With 10+ years of teaching experience and a life’s journey of lessons to share, she guides others on their path to achieving the lives & bodies they’ve always wanted – on terms rooted in deep self-understanding and self-care.

 

 

Episode #4 – Mindful Leadership With Kristi Kremers

Recorded on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015.

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Show Notes

  • Kristi shares her journey from growing up in a small farming town in Minnesota to moving to Australia, where she lived aboriginal tribes and got her undergraduate degree, and beyond.
  • “I really want to be someone who doesn’t just say live your dreams, but is also living mine.” -Kristi
  • “We never have it all figured out.” -Kristi
  • She shares why she writes her children’s books and the importance of story and engagement.
  • Kristi offers a great mindfulness practice for kids and adults alike that she calls, “The Strawberry Meditation”.
  • “This whole busy thing is kind of part of your imagination and what our culture is really hyped up on. You can take a couple extra minutes to enjoy whatever it is you’re eating and that makes such a difference in your digestive process because we actually have digestive enzymes that start in the mouth that break down the food. So the more you chew, the more you readily digest that food. So it’s really good for you body and more pleasurable.” -Kristi
  • Kristi encourages you to enjoy where you are now.
  • “The great thing about life is we constantly get to recalibrate and adjust.” -Kristi
  • We talk about the beautiful blend of discipline and tapping into your intuition. We agree that the danger of discipline is when we decide our worthiness comes from what we do instead of who we are.
  • We talk about how we’re not machines, we’re humans. And, along the same lines, how collectively we’ve shifted from industrial age to the relational age.
  • “There’s something in leadership studies that we say a lot, ‘Relationships before tasks.’ What that means in a lot of leadership literature is that relationships are the currency of power.” -Kristi
  • A book Kristi loves: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo
  • “I really believe as within, is outside.” -Kristi
  • “Take aspects from your past and integrate them into your life now.” -Kristi
  • We discuss the importance of rituals and traditions.
  • “Laughter is one of the fastest ways to create rapport.” -Kristi
  • Kristi shares how we’re on the edge of shifting to a completely new leadership paradigm.
  • “We all have a song within us and the most important role of a teacher is to help their students tap into what that is.” -Kristi

Connect With Kristi

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Website // Facebook

Kristi Kremers is an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher, academic researcher, best-selling author and founder of Lead to Love. Lead to Love publishes books for children and the young at heart on leadership and mindfulness. Her work has been featured in Elephant Journal, Yoga Journal, iTunes, and of course, Amazon.com.

 

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Free 3-Day Gentle Jumpstart (An Easy Way to Start Exercising More Consistently) // Yoga & Pilates Online Membership // Instagram // Facebook

Annalicia Lynn is a writer, speaker, coach, podcaster, and founder of YogaAndPilatesOnline.com. She is a health & fitness contributor to CBS Minnesota News, Twin Cities Live, The Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, ELITE DAILY, GetHealthyU, and Cameron Diaz’s Body Book Blog. Through her Free 3-Day Gentle Jumpstart­, Yoga & Pilates Online Membership program, podcast, speaking, coaching, and writing, Annalicia helps women across the globe transcend the fears, doubts, and excuses blocking them from the fit, healthy lifestyles they desire. With 10+ years of teaching experience and a life’s journey of lessons to share, she guides others on their path to achieving the lives & bodies they’ve always wanted – on terms rooted in deep self-understanding and self-care.

 

 

Episode #3 – How to Deal With Cravings + a Loving Approach to Weight Loss With Heather Rampolla

Recorded on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015.

Contains some *explicit* language.

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Show Notes

  • Heather shares how her struggles with food started early in life. When her parents were going through a divorce, she would often eat to numb out her pain and confusion.
  • She used to be in a constant struggle with her weight and tried a bunch of different diets until her husband helped her fall in love with eating fresh foods.
  • “I’m really excited to share the freedom that comes from tuning into ourselves and tuning into our bodies. We put all this pressure on ourselves that it’s about dieting and eating healthy, but a lot of us who are eating healthy are still struggling with body shame and emotional eating.” -Heather
  • “We tend to view weight loss as a form of punishment. Like we totally screwed up and now we have to fix it. So we rely on restriction and willpower and I totally disagree with that.” -Heather
  • “I’ve discovered when we have certain emotions and certain triggers in our lives it often turns us to a particular kind of food.” -Heather
  • “Our bodies are very wise and are constantly seeking what our desires are for ourselves.” -Heather
  • Heather talks about why the idea that we need to kick cravings to the curb makes her angry.
  • “Cravings are not the problem, they’re the solution.” -Joshua Rosenthal
  • “We have cravings for a reason. They’re a message, they’re a symptom of something else going on and sometimes that’s emotional and sometimes that’s biological, but they really are these powerful messages and if we keep ignoring them, the underlying issue never gets addressed. But when you do address the underlying issue, suddenly you can make massive changes because you’re not just masking the craving all the time.” -Annalicia
  • Heather answers the question, “What’s so vital about women feeling vital?”
  • We chat about the important of honoring our desires.
  • “The biggest thing we’re afraid to do as ladies is to be still. I know that was the case for me.” -Heather
  • “Food should be pleasurable. Weight loss should be pleasurable.” -Heather
  • Heather talks about the importance of reflecting on who you were as a little girl.
  • She shares her advice on what to do when you’re stuck in the cycle of knowing what you should do, but not doing it.
  • “If it was simply just about the knowledge we’d all be where we’d want to be, but the truth is that food is more than just the know-how. It’s about the emotion. Food is emotional and we are emotional beings.” -Heather
  • Heather shares great tips for emotional eaters who do a lot of self-sabotaging.
  • We chat a bit about “upper limiting” and Gay Hendrick’s book, “The Big Leap”.

Connect With Heather

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Heather Rampolla is an Emotional Eating Coach + host of Fresh Eats Radio. She hosts seasonal detoxes and is the creator of “A Loving Approach To Weight Loss.” As an author, podcaster, speaker, and coach, she helps ladies  struggling with weight, cravings, + body image to deeply feel beautiful + confident.

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Free 3-Day Gentle Jumpstart (An Easy Way to Start Exercising More Consistently) // Yoga & Pilates Online Membership // Instagram // Facebook

Annalicia Lynn is a writer, speaker, coach, podcaster, and founder of YogaAndPilatesOnline.com. She is a health & fitness contributor to CBS Minnesota News, Twin Cities Live, The Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, ELITE DAILY, GetHealthyU, and Cameron Diaz’s Body Book Blog. Through her Free 3-Day Gentle Jumpstart­, Yoga & Pilates Online Membership program, podcast, speaking, coaching, and writing, Annalicia helps women across the globe transcend the fears, doubts, and excuses blocking them from the fit, healthy lifestyles they desire. With 10+ years of teaching experience and a life’s journey of lessons to share, she guides others on their path to achieving the lives & bodies they’ve always wanted – on terms rooted in deep self-understanding and self-care.

 

 

Episode #2 – Reclaim Your Hormonal Health With Nicole Jardim

Recorded on Thursday, August 27th, 2015.

Contains adult conversation and some *explicit* language.

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Show Notes

  • Nicole shares her personal health and hormonal struggles.
  • “Once I got on the pill, I quote-on-quote regulated my period, but really what was happening was I just stopping ovulation and then that kicked off another hormonal imbalance. So, I almost went from having too many hormones to have too little hormones and that caused a lot of health issues.” -Nicole
  • Her personal struggles became the catalyst for the work she does today. She’s passionate about being open to many different modalities to help heal the root cause of women’s health issues.
  • Nicole’s training is extensive…

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  • “Hormones basically run our entire bodies. They’re responsible for like 98% of things that happen in a woman’s body.” – Nicole
  • Nicole’s goal with all women she impacts with her work is to increase their intuition and sense of empowerment. She’s not interested in masking symptoms. Instead, she helps women get to the root level of what’s going on.
  • “It’s really about being your own advocate and then using whatever modality feels best to you.” -Annalicia
  • “If we don’t pay attention to that inner wisdom for long periods of time it becomes a smaller voice. But, when we don’t listen to our gut we always end up regretting it and I think that’s important to remember when it comes to our health.” -Nicole
  • Nicole says that most women think they have a really unique problem, but for the most part, the underlying cause of all unique problems can be linked back to just a few hormones. She discusses these hormones and how diet and lifestyle affect them.
  • She shares a lot about the supplements worth taking to improve your hormonal health.
  • Nicole offers a lot of comfort, assuring that multiple symptoms doesn’t usually mean hundreds of things are going wrong in your body. Instead, multiple symptoms are often pointing at only a few, root-level things that need to be addressed. She says it doesn’t have to take a ton of time or hard work either.
  • “Miracles can happen in a really short space of time and with kind of minimal effort. It doesn’t have to be this life-changing, dramatic thing. I can actually be small doable changes. ” -Nicole
  • Nicole says your period is like your monthly report card.
  • She offers some amazing tips to get healthy, glowing skin. She also shares great advice on natural ways to boost your fertility.
  • “At the end of the day, your fertility is all about where your hormonal levels are at.” -Nicole
  • We talk about stress and how it affects your health and hormones.
  • “Our bodies are exactly the same as they were 10,000 years ago, genetically speaking, and everything has changed on our planet in the last 30 years. It’s bizarre. We’re literally running from that sabre tooth tiger 90% of the time vs. 10% of the time like our ancestors were and our bodies don’t know the difference between running from that tiger and being stuck in traffic or having a really awful conversation with our boss. Our bodies perceive that stress exactly the same.” -Nicole
  • “When you connect back with your body and how your hormones are supposed to function, it’s the most amazing thing. You literally start to feel like yourself again.” -Nicole
  • Nicole says problematic symptoms are simply your body asking you to do something differently.
  • “You are the queen of your health and the designer of your life.” -Nicole

Books & Resources Mentioned

Connect With Nicole

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Free Fix Your Period Quick-Start Kit // Know Your Flow Facebook Group // Instagram // Facebook

Nicole Jardim is a Young Women’s Hormonal Health Coach and creator of Fix Your Period, a series of programs that empower women to reclaim their hormonal health in a fun and sassy way. She has helped thousands of women from all around the world who are struggling with PCOS, infertility, amenorrhea, PMS and much more. Rather than treating problems or symptoms, Nicole treats women by addressing the root cause of what’s really going on in their bodies and minds. She passionately believes that the fundamentals to healing any hormonal imbalance lie in an approach that addresses the unique physiology of every woman. This is essential to reclaiming and maintaining feminine vitality at any age.

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Free 3-Day Gentle Jumpstart (An Easy Way to Start Exercising More Consistently) // Yoga & Pilates Online Membership // Instagram // Facebook

Annalicia Lynn is a writer, speaker, coach, podcaster, and founder of YogaAndPilatesOnline.com. She is a health & fitness contributor to CBS Minnesota News, Twin Cities Live, The Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, ELITE DAILY, GetHealthyU, and Cameron Diaz’s Body Book Blog. Through her Free 3-Day Gentle Jumpstart­, Yoga & Pilates Online Membership program, podcast, speaking, coaching, and writing, Annalicia helps women across the globe transcend the fears, doubts, and excuses blocking them from the fit, healthy lifestyles they desire. With 10+ years of teaching experience and a life’s journey of lessons to share, she guides others on their path to achieving the lives & bodies they’ve always wanted – on terms rooted in deep self-understanding and self-care.

 

 

Episode #1 – Self-Love & Holistic Living With Alexis Meads

Recorded on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015.

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Show Notes

  • Alexis talks about what Ayurveda is (hint: the healing science of life) and why she moved to a farm in Hawaii to get her hands dirty.
  • She shares how her vision has taken her on a windy road, becoming a waitress after earning her master’s degree at Harvard. On that note, here’s the diagram I referred to…

 

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  • “Sometimes you have to take what feels like a step backwards at the time to, ultimately, move forward.” -Alexis
  • Alexis talks about the importance of staying hydrated, sleeping well, and having a bedtime routine.
  • “It’s the smallest things that can make the biggest difference.” -Alexis
  • She shares about the power of simplicity and clearing out the clutter in all areas of your life. Plus, she talks about the importance of viewing your life through a holistic lens.
  • Alexis and I chat about the difference between self-love and self-discipline.
  • “If you’re exhausted skip yoga and watch Netflix.” -Alexis
  • “I think there’s a balance between doing the things you know are going to make you feel good and letting yourself off the hook once and awhile and realizing that you’re okay as you are.” -Alexis
  • Alexis talks about the beautiful way she says grace/offers gratitude before a meal.
  • “You always have the opportunity to step back, observe your life and ask yourself, ‘Do I feel fulfilled?’ If not, what maybe do you need to cut out? What do you need to incorporate?” – Alexis
  • Alexis explains affirmations and offers a great statement to bridge the gap between wanting to believe an affirmation and actually believing.
  • Her and I chat about the power of self-talk.
  • “The reality is our self-talk determines the choices that we make and if we’re constantly talking about ourselves in a very negative, destructive way, we simply can’t make empowering choices.” -Annalicia
  • Alexis chats about how she helps women who feel stuck in relationships.
  • “Relationships are our best mirror.” -Alexis

Connect With Alexis

Alexis Meads of AlexisMeads.com

Free Crazy Wild Recipe Guide // Crazy Wild Love Academy // Facebook // Instagram

Alexis Meads is a Life Coach, Relationship Guide and Writer. Alexis received her M.A. at Harvard University and went on to create AlexisMeads.com and the Crazy Wild Love Academy. Crazy Wild Love is a movement to: live well, love well and be well. When she’s not working with private clients or delivering online programs, Alexis can be found cuddling with her two dogs, traveling with her husband or cooking up a storm (with a glass of wine in hand).

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Free 3-Day Gentle Jumpstart (An Easy Way to Start Exercising More Consistently) // Yoga & Pilates Online Membership // Instagram // Facebook

Annalicia Lynn is a writer, speaker, coach, podcaster, and founder of YogaAndPilatesOnline.com. She is a health & fitness contributor to CBS Minnesota News, Twin Cities Live, The Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, ELITE DAILY, GetHealthyU, and Cameron Diaz’s Body Book Blog. Through her Free 3-Day Gentle Jumpstart­, Yoga & Pilates Online Membership program, podcast, speaking, coaching, and writing, Annalicia helps women across the globe transcend the fears, doubts, and excuses blocking them from the fit, healthy lifestyles they desire. With 10+ years of teaching experience and a life’s journey of lessons to share, she guides others on their path to achieving the lives & bodies they’ve always wanted – on terms rooted in deep self-understanding and self-care.

 

 

Two Surprising Things You Need To Know About Stress

I used to be a major perfectionist and an all-out worry wart. I was often consumed by anxiety, but was good at hiding it.

Can you relate?

You slap a smile on your face at a meeting, but you’re actually thinking about…

  • The embarrassing thing you said the last time you were with these people.
  • Your overwhelming to-do list.
  • The extra weight you’ve gained. (You wonder, “Will they notice?”)
  • Fears about your health.
  • Fears about your finances.
  • Fears about your future.
  • Fears about your child’s future, health, and finances.
  • Fears about your parents’ futures, health, and finances.
  • Fears about your friends’ futures, health, and finances.

…I think you get the point. Stressful thoughts have the potential to be never-ending and downright scary.

Nowadays, people often tell me, “Annalicia, you’re so good at going with the flow.”

The reality is, stress still surfaces in my life…a lot. But, it doesn’t stick around very long anymore. Why? I’ve figured out ways to take charge of my stress instead of letting it constantly have control over me.

Two surprising things I’ve realized? Stress has a purpose and responding to stress effectively is a skill that anyone can learn.

If you want to be a good piano player, you have to hone the skill, right? Practice is required. Often a good teacher and solid resources are needed too.

Isn’t it interesting that that’s all obvious to most people when it comes to learning how to play the piano, but we don’t realize the same things (practice and support) are needed when it comes to dealing with stress? For some silly reason, we don’t see that as a skill that can be learned. And so, this important skill goes “unhoned”, shall we say, by most people. As a result, the suffering continues.

Why not hone the I-can-take-charge-of-my-stress skill and stop the suffering?! Are you with me?

It all starts with understanding what stress is and why it shows up.

Stress is a messenger that’s trying to keep you safe.

Imagine you’re on a hike in the jungle and you hear rustling in the bushes. You feel anxious. The obvious message is, “Hey, there might be a predator on the loose. Get ready to fight or flee.”

But, what’s the message when you’re stressed in your cushy office or comfortable home? Your perception of what’s happening is that you’re unsafe or something you value is being threatened.

The key word here is perception.

Your body doesn’t respond to situations, it responds to your perception of situations.

So, if you’re in your cushy office worrying about a work deadline or in your comfy home worrying about your children, your body responds the same way it would if you were hiking in a jungle with a predator on the loose…it goes into fight-or-flight mode.

Your body doesn’t know that what you’re worried about can’t be physically fought off. It doesn’t understand you can’t actually run away from what’s making you feel threatened.

Instead, it starts pumping blood to your extremities, away from your internal organs, so you can run if you need to…or fight, if that’s necessary. Of course, those two options are not antidotes to the stressors that most of us experience in our modern world.

As a result, our bodies stay stuck in fight-or-flight mode, instead of rest-and-digest, and that has real physical and emotional consequences. Have you noticed?

In order to shift your relationship with stress from being ruled by it to being the ruler of it, you must not only understand what it is (a message), but you must also have tangible tactics and tools you can rely on to soothe yourself out of fight-or-flight and into rest-and-digest mode.

Here are two, powerful resources full of my top stress-busting tools and tactics…

9 Stress Management Secrets Ever Busy Woman Should Know

How to Take Charge of Your Stress

I’d love to hear from you! What stress management techniques have you found work wonders in your life? Which ones are you excited to try? Share in the comments below.

xx!

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The Cute Card That Made Me Laugh, Then Rant

I saw this greeting card at a local co-op awhile back.

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I laughed out loud. I couldn’t help it. I pretty much live in yoga attire. :)

It bubbled up some real feelings, though…honest questions and things that felt important for me to consider.

I ranted in my journal.

Here’s an excerpt of that rant, it’s how I actually feel about the cute card that made me laugh at the co-op…

What other people think about me eating a scone is really none of my business.

Who cares whether or not they think I deserve it? If I truly feel good about eating it, there’s no need to justify anything to anyone.

I don’t like the thought of having to earn or deserve my food.

To me, it implies that I had to struggle, struggle, struggle doing some form of exercise I hate to ‘”deserve” the “sinfully” delicious thing in front of me now.

That feels like it sucks all the fun out of life and food and movement.

Let’s cut the ties between food and worthiness. Are you with me?

While we’re at it, let’s cut the ties between:

  • Food and weight
  • Exercise and weight
  • Weight and worthiness.

Our relationships with food and exercise don’t need to center around the scale. That’s a choice.

What if they were centered around fun and feeling a certain way, instead of looking a certain way?

Part of my definition of “healthy” is not being “healthy” all the time.

I eat pizza, drink too much wine and coffee, and skip my workouts sometimes.

Things like this used to freak me out. I strived to always hide my imperfections and felt ashamed when I couldn’t. When I’d miss workouts, I’d be scared I would gain 10 pounds overnight. (For real. Silly.)

Now, I’ve simply made the decision to be kinder to myself. To expect and embrace imperfection. To be flexible and in the flow with life. To give myself the benefit of the doubt and a break. To trust that I’ll get “back on track”.

And, to know that oftentimes being “off track” is part of being “on track”. Liberation.

Here’s what I’m trying to say…

Be kind to yourself.

Give yourself permission to “be bad” every now and again. Choose scones over salads sometimes…and enjoy them. You’ll certainly be happier and probably healthier and more fit, in the long run.

I’d love to hear from you! What feelings and thoughts bubbled up when you read the card? What about when you read my rant? Do you agree?

Share in the comments below!

xx!

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Get Lost On Purpose (Funny Story About My G-Ma + My Guest Appearance On A Special Podcast!)

My sweet, sweet Grandma Betty passed away a little over a year ago.

Without fail, all interactions with my grandma ended with a hug and the gift of a chocolate treat.

Not just any chocolate treat, mind you. Always a dark chocolate with almond Dove Promise…the purple ones.

She loved making other people’s lives sweeter. Taste buds were definitely an avenue she utilized, but she also had a desire to inspire. I think that’s why she really loved giving the Dove Promises away. Because, each wrapper offered uplifting words to live by.

Last week, my grandparent’s home was sold. A few days before the closing, my family got together at their place, one last time…to reminisce, cry a little, and laugh a lot.

What did we have for dessert? Dove Promises, of course.

The uplifting words on my wrapper read, “Get lost on purpose.”

This felt like a wink from my g-ma.

Why?

Last week I was a guest on Jeff Sandquist’s Intentionally Wandering podcast.

He always says, “Not everyone who wanders is lost.”

Jeff advocates for meandering and sees value in giving yourself and other people space to explore.

Supporting people’s explorations and new endeavors was definitely something my grandma was good at!

In fact, she was incredibly supportive of my dreams and aspirations.

She was my cheerleader as I was building, launching, and tweaking my Yoga & Pilates Online Membership program…even though she had no idea what I was actually doing. (The internet totally baffled her and never became a part of her life.)

She was sick during that time and at every one of her medical appointments, with each new nurse or doctor we met, she’d say, “This is my granddaughter, Annalicia, and she’s starting a computer business.”

Without fail, they’d look at me curiously and say something like, “So, you’re going to sell computers?”

I’d wink and say, “I’m starting an online business.”

And, my grandma would say, “Yep, she’s starting a computer business!”

Her faith in me, without understanding any of the details, is one thing that kept me plugging away on days I wasn’t sure I could figure it out or make it work.

She honored my curiosity and desire to grow, even though she didn’t understand the specifics. What a gift!

It’s the gift Jeff is offering through his inspiring work as well. Which is why I was honored to be a part of it.

Click here or below to check out episode 42 of Jeff’s podcast…I’m his guest!

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We chat a lot about what I’ve learned through my “intentionally wandering” journey and I share this poem that I wrote…

To the one who’s curious, be curious
To the one who desires more from life, keep wanting
When life feels messy, own it
Mess is the mark of a maverick…
One who thinks beyond
One who creates beyond
One who becomes beyond that which has been before
The mess, the swirl of uncertainty, the dust of disappointment, the tornado of ideas
All natural as better becomes
Space to be messy, permission to not know
Granted, always
Life signs off every time with an exclamation point, a heart above the “i”, and a smiley face to seal the deal
“I need to wander,” you say to life
Life says, “Yes!”
“I need to meander. I need some space.”
“Yes, yes, you do,” Life responds
Never does Life withhold permission to explore or be free
And so, freedom, becomes a journey of unlocking the bondage in our own hearts and minds
Where to start?
Meander a little
Wander a lot
Daydream, definitely daydream
Do more with less
And, in the midst of your current mess, laugh
Go ahead…get the giggles
-Annalicia Lynn

…in preparation for my conversation with him.

If you find our chat helpful, Jeff and I would so appreciate you sharing with others. Share the poem with a friend, post the link of Facebook…whatever feels right! We love the idea of more people feeling supported on their crazy, wild, creative paths. :)

And, we certainly appreciate your support!

xx!

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101 Ways To Feel Better About Your Recent Weight Gain

Have you ever wondered why two people, experiencing the same thing, can have completely different responses? One might use a situation as a reason to be angry. The other uses the same situation as a catalyst for massive, positive impact.

Why? How?

It’s because your life is not about what’s happening to you, but the story you’re telling yourself about what’s happening to you.

Your thoughts about yourself are powerful. They dictate how you feel. And when you feel gross or guilty, it’s extremely hard to initiate and sustain healthy changes.

The next time you’re feeling less-than stellar, see if you can figure out the less-than-stellar story you’re telling yourself. Then, tell a better-feeling story.

An example:

You recently gained some weight.

Here’s your less-than-stellar story: I look so gross. None of my clothes fit. Why can’t I figure this weight-thing out? I’m not even datable anymore. Who would want to go out with me? I hope no one tags me in that photo on Facebook.

Here are 101 things you can think instead, to begin creating a better-feeling story:

  1. I like the thought that my weight has nothing to do with my worth…or my beauty.
  2. I like the thought of dating someone who believes that too.
  3. I guess this is a good reason to call a girlfriend and plan a fun shopping day.
  4. I know my body is adaptable.
  5. I don’t have to live with this extra weight forever, if I don’t want to.
  6. I didn’t gain it because I was “bad”. I’ve just had different priorities lately.
  7. I know a few baby steps I could take to start feeling healthier today.
  8. I think I’ll start by drinking a glass of water right now.
  9. This really isn’t that big of a deal.
  10. I still really like my smile and my hair.
  11. I bet I can find some new, cute clothes I feel more comfortable in.
  12. Making peace with this weight gain doesn’t mean I have to live with the extra weight forever. It just means I don’t want to beat myself up in the process of becoming healthier.
  13. I’m done beating myself up. It hasn’t got me where I wanted to go in the past. Why would it now?
  14. It feels better to be kind and soothing.
  15. I want to have fun and feel good on my health journey.
  16. I bet I’ll be better able to sustain my results if I’m having fun on the journey.
  17. I’m actually kind of looking forward to this!
  18. I’m ready for a change!
  19. I’m ready to make taking care of myself a priority.
  20. Nothing’s gone wrong here.
  21. The extra weight just got my attention. It reminded me that my health is important to me.
  22. It feels good to get clearer on my priorities.
  23. I like the thought of being an example of self-love.
  24. I want to show young girls that empowerment and confidence have nothing to do with weight.
  25. I want to show young girls that I can be at ease with my body.
  26. Change is a natural part of life.
  27. I don’t need to battle it.
  28. I want to show young girls that they don’t have to constantly be scared of these changes.
  29. I want to show young girls that how they feel and who they are isn’t dictated by a number on a scale.
  30. When I think if it that way, it seems silly that I would put so much emphasis on a number.
  31. This is a good reminder that I have a lot to offer, regardless of my weight.
  32. I commit to kindness towards myself.
  33. Maybe I’ll inspired a few other women to be more kind to themselves.
  34. Think of how the world could change if more women were kind to themselves.
  35. We would all have so much more energy to direct towards positive things!
  36. It’s exciting to think of the possibilities available to me now, with this mindset shift.
  37. Plus, I’ve heard that it’s easier for my body to let go of extra pounds when I’m happy and relaxed.
  38. What would be the benefit of working myself up over this and throwing my body into stressed-out mode?
  39. I know I’m doing the best I can.
  40. I don’t need to justify this to anyone. (Plus, the person that’s hardest on me is usually…me.)
  41. I’m going to take a few deep breaths. I always feel better when I do that.
  42. I think I’ll feel better if I carve out a little time for a walk tonight.
  43. I like that I’m focusing on simply feeling better now.
  44. It feels better to focus on how I feel vs. all the numbers I was tracking before.
  45. Something tells me if I make feeling better my focus, extra weight will drop off naturally.
  46. I know how I want to feel: vital, radiant, alive, and beautiful.
  47. I don’t have to wait to drop the weight to feel that way.
  48. I bet I quick walk or dance party in my kitchen could help me feel more vital.
  49. Trying something new might help me feel more alive.
  50. Maybe I’ll search for a fun, healthy recipe to try tonight.
  51. Yoga or Pilates would probably feel great. Maybe I’ll give them a try!
  52. Maybe this is a good reason to start or join a challenge.
  53. I like the thought of getting support.
  54. There’s no need for me to do this all alone.
  55. Other people understand how I feel.
  56. I’m not alone.
  57. I can ask for help if I need it.
  58. I can start small.
  59. Small changes make a big difference.
  60. Small changes, like a short walk or a quick stretch, can make me feel better right away.
  61. I give myself permission to make my health journey about feeling better.
  62. There’s leverage in feeling good.
  63. When I feel good, I want to continue the things that make me feel good.
  64. When I feel good, I build momentum towards what I want.
  65. When I feel good, I’m better able to sustain my efforts and their results.
  66. Maybe I’ll buy a stability ball. That seems kind of fun.
  67. I think I’ll call a friend to go on a hike this weekend. That would be nice.
  68. I’m going to reach out to that girl on Facebook who’s always posting pictures of her healthy meals. Maybe she would be willing to share some recipes with me.
  69. Maybe one day I’ll be the girl that people reach out to for healthy recipes.
  70. If I start taking a few healthy, baby steps today, I wonder what could change for me a month from now.
  71. How would my life be different a year from now?
  72. How would my life transform five years from now?
  73. Wouldn’t it be nice if I got into such a routine with healthy food and movement that it became a habit?
  74. Wouldn’t it be fun if I actually looked forward to exercise?
  75. It’ll be exciting to see how my body responses to these changes!
  76. I’m really looking forward to feeling more comfortable in my body.
  77. I’m really looking forward to letting go of the battle with my body. I’d rather be friends instead.
  78. I think this conversation with myself is helping.
  79. I already feel like I appreciate my body more than I did a few minutes ago.
  80. I think my body is always doing the very best it can to keep me healthy.
  81. It’s pretty amazing how adaptable it is.
  82. It’s pretty amazing how adaptable I am.
  83. I’m proud of myself for being willing to see this differently.
  84. This mindset shift feels powerful.
  85. Who knew that a little kindness towards myself could be so transformative?
  86. I can see how guilting myself into action or trying to motivate myself through harsh words never really worked. I feel more inspired now.
  87. The ‘no pain, no gain’ attitude is starting to feel ‘off’ to me.
  88. This is beginning to feel more true: ‘no fun, not super motivated to go on a run’.
  89. And, ‘no joy, probably not eating much bok choy’.
  90. Finally, ‘no self-love, not much to be proud of.’
  91. I think this is all easier than I was making it out to be.
  92. I’m ready to be less condemning and more curious.
  93. I’m ready to be less judgmental and more compassionate.
  94. I’m ready to be less serious and have more fun with this.
  95. I’m ready to be less strict and more inspired.
  96. I’m ready to stop making my body the enemy and to start to befriend.
  97. I’m ready to be kind.
  98. I’m ready to be an example for young girls who need me.
  99. I’m ready to make feeling better my primary goal.
  100. With my priorities in order, I trust the shedding of unwanted pounds will happen naturally, as a secondary benefit.
  101. What a relief!

What a relief, indeed! :)

xx!

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