Happy May 1st

For all the grandma’s, mom’s and awesome aunties.

A gift for all the Moms

I created an e-course called Balanced Beauty and here’s the details…

In 60 minutes it’ll show you how to create a FOOD, FITNESS, FUN & SELF-CARE PLAN that will benefit your body throughout the year. [It’s automatically sent to you because you joined my newsletter.]

  1. Informative slides with me guiding you through the process.
  2. Download and use the PDF printable along with the tutorial.
  3. You can pause, rewind and replay the session at your convenience.
  4. Invite someone to participate with you https://ctt.ec/S92aB
  5. Find out which emoji best describes your food, fitness and fun mood.

A Mother’s Day Blessing

I wanted to do something special for all the women who nurture. So I’m sending this blessing out into the world-wide-web and I hope you feel the Aloha, love.

Ceremony of the Soul

I usually spend winter solstice reflecting and once the New Years bell rings I’m refocusing. I’ll ask myself…

  • What do I want to create?
  • What do I want to be known for?
  • How do I want to SHOW UP in this new year?
  • How will I improve?
  • Why is this important to me?

December in the PNW is a combination of chill and rain, lots of rain. I’ve grown accustomed to the clouds and learned to stick to my plans regardless of the liquid sunshine. On this particular day the sun made it through. Which is perfect because every year during winter solstice we join the Nisqually Tribe to welcome the change. [Scroll down and watch part of the ceremony.]

It’s a two day celebration called Winter Moon and the McCloud Ohana have been the caretakers of this ceremony for many years.

Solstice

A time just before great change, for example summer solstice is the longest day in the northern hemisphere signifying abundance, harvest and beauty. Meanwhile winter solstice is the catalyst to regeneration, self-reflection and rejuvenation. It’s also the shortest day of the year.

Our inner being understands solstice and change which is why we look at the new year as a chance to regenerate and start over. We’re wired to do this.

During this time the Elders share their wisdom and we reflect on their words.

Success

Good things come to those who pay attention to their inner voice. If you remove the distractions, blinking lights and phone chimes to focus on…

What do you desire in the new year?

What do you need to make it happen?

When will you start?

Mack and Joyce McCloud have been hosting this for generations and taught their children to carry on. The two pictures above are the two of them.

Healthy body comes from a healthy mind.

Start by taking time to nurture and listen to the cravings of your soul. Then make a food and fitness plan for the coming year. Don’t spend a dime on workout equipment or nutritional products until you answer the questions I posted above.

After everything is done the children hang god’s eyes in the trees to decorate them for the new year.

Commit to a plan once you’ve

  1. Completed a self-reflection session. (Basically answer the questions above.)
  2. Designate time towards intentional movement.
  3. Assign someone to be your accountability partner.

Above all keep your word! Do not break the promise you make to yourself. Whatever you choose to do in the near future be consistent to show-up for yourself, even when the going gets tough and you want to give up.

Generational

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou to all of you beautiful MANA Wahine out there! Just keep moving.

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Beautiful Mind – Day 29

  
 
We’ve almost competed the 30 Day BEAUTIFUL MIND challenge. As you reflect on Day-3 think about one person who can benefit from these post. Share with them about your beautiful mind  transformation and invite them to try it out. You can start them off on DAY 1 and encourage them. 

Experience has taught me that both permanent & positive change happens when our thoughts reflect our potential. (Thoughts become things.) The sooner you share your journey you switch from learner to teacher and your new mindset becomes a healthy habit.

Foodie Fit: for Sunday’s meal prep idea. This includes a shopping list & all the recipes for each dish. You can substitute or swap out any of theses.

Thoughts become things.

Dance Fit: Beto not only created the dance style that would become Zumba but he also sings 🙂 

True friends don’t let their friends think ugly.

Beautiful Thoughts + Beautiful Conversations = Beautiful Mind

  

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Beautiful Mind – Day 28

  
I’m pretty sure most of us are reading this post on a mobile device and perhaps you have an app that can help you plan things out. However, grab an old fashion planner or calendar and schedule your whole-listic self care days. You’ll need three different colors for workout, self care fun then choose a consistent hour. Highlight that day & hour on your planner.

Example:

  • Workout Green = Monday, Wednesday & Friday @ 5:00pm Zumba
  • Self-Care Yellow = Thursday @ 5:00pm Massage or Spa
  • Fun Blue = Sunday @ 12:00pm Out with the Ohana (family)

There’s a kinesthetic feeling when writing down your plan. You’re taking an idea from the invisible (imagination) to the physical (written). That’s a powerful connection.

Foodie Fit: someday I hope to try this… 

Dance Fit: super high energy with Zumba’s Kass Martin

Practice self 💛 love.

  

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Beautiful Mind – Day 25, 26, 27

    
Desire is just the start but we all need motivation outside of our circle of friends. (Why?) Because a persons feelings for you can often cloud sound advice. Most times our friends don’t want to offend us since they have to live with us but a coach or mentor has nothing to loose. So what’s the difference between a mentor, coach & program?

Mentor is a wise advisor who can choose to take you under their wings in which case you become their protégé. They’ll mold and shape you into their version of a mini-me and you benefit from their years of experience, connections & unlimited wisdom. The downside is that you become their footstool for awhile but the upside is that you usually don’t have to pay for their assistance.

Coach is a person who will train you and provide motivation to get you to perform at your best. Often you will create such a strong bond that the choices you make will be based off your feelings of not letting them down.  You trust them and in return they will help you reach your goal. The downside is that you have to pay for their professional teaching and better coaches have a higher rate. The upside is their consistency and passion that drives us to the finish line.

Program is a Do-It-Yourself or DIY type of self motivated session. It’s often cheaper (or free) and can consist of worksheets, specific blogpost, monthly challenges, journal entries, app or private web pages for accountability. There’s little to no conversation unless you initiate a discussion. The downside is that you can feel alone in the process but the upside is that you might not want someone up in your business and you want to take your time.

You get what you pay for.

How to choose? Time is money, you’re paying for their time and attention. The difference is similar to private school vs public school and the outcome depends on your participation. (Private school classrooms aren’t as crowded yet public schools are often over-crowded.) Another comparison is personal trainer vs fitness app where both are helping you stick to your plan but the greatest difference is the accountability. It really is based off of how much attention do you want and are you willing to pay for it. 

  • Write down your big goal.
  • Research options according to price point.
  • Choose one that fits your budget, lifestyle & goal setting.
  • Enroll and get started.

Use your gut or intuition when choosing a mentor, coach or program. 

When is it too much? If the trainer is making you feel uncomfortable or incompetent then pull the plug. If you’re putting in all the effort and are lacking results. If they constantly are adding new fees or additional charges and you feel like their ATM. If you notice a characteristic that offends you. (Always looking at your… earlobes. Lol)  Reconsider this transaction and find a better fit for you.

Foodie Fit: I LIKE 💜 making sushi & kawaii bento boxes for my Ohana (family) this is one of the people I subscribe to. (Japanese have amazing way of making lunch fun.)

Dance Fit: Gina (Grant) Wonder is a Zumba fave 💚

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Beautiful Mind – Day 17, 18, 19

  
Originally I planned to have these three prompts delivered on separate days but that didn’t flow right. Since one thought is the momentum into the next. Do your best to complete it in one sitting or all together. 

Be the change that you wish to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi 

I would prefer Be the change that you WANT to see in your life. If we all start small & within ourselves what an amazing world we will (eventually) create. When you look at the word “world” it may seem overwhelming but when you think about “my life” that feels doable.

You can’t change anyone’s habits, personalities or life-style but you can change yours. I’ve noticed that people who take responsibility for their current situations are able to be the change they desire to see. 

Foodie Fit: did you say cucumber?

Dance Fit: this is old school but still a fave.

  

Beautiful Mind – Day 16

  
Connect yourself to the end result. What will it feel like? How will you celebrate your accomplishments? When you attach yourself to the emotion behind the work you will build intrinsic motivation. There’s nothing more powerful. Throughout the BEAUTIFUL MIND challenge you will find hints of deep seeded prompts to get your mind into a healthy place. To connect you to your WHY and reaffirm your intuition. Basically to believe in yourself. Self doubt has zero value so it’s time for you to collect coins of positive thoughts. 

Let’s say that every positive thought is a gold coin and each gut-feeling (intuition) you follow is another gold coin. Yet negative thoughts or excuses will cost you a coin each. How much do you have in your vault for today?  Think about it, BEAUTIFUL MINDS deposit daily and are very careful to guard their treasure because they know it’s possible to squander or have coins stolen. That’s why it’s so important to connect to the intrinsic value of your WHY.

Foodie Fit: one of my favorite culinary shows.

Dance Fit: guarantee to boost your cardio.

  
Note: we’re more then half way through this 30 Day challenge so stay connected and share your aha moments, you’d be surprised how it can help another. Like, share & subscribe. PEACE Be the Journey.

Beautiful Mind – Day 14

  
An affirmation is a sentence that you repeat to yourself on a regular basis which is usually made up of positive goals or ideas. The best type of affirmation is one that you create for yourself but creating one can be a little tricky. Why? Because you need to keep it simple and inspired by an emotional feeling or desire. Here are my tips …

  • Write down what you want. Example: loose 40lbs.
  • Think of one word that represents that want or desire. Example: Toned.
  • Then connect with a feeling and write that word. Example: Estatic.
  • Now build your sentence using I will, I am, I have or I believe for your affirmation. Example: I am so estatic about my toned body. I have a toned body that makes me estatic. 
  • Finally write, design or type your sentences onto somethings you’ll see often so you can say it often.

Foodie Fit: Meal prep stuff to get your mind in gear for the next challenge BEAUTIFUL BODY


Dance Fit: Jessica’s pretty awesome and you have to try this one

Design the life you want through the words you use. 

  
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Beautiful Mind – Day 13

  
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Thoughts become things” hundreds of times but how true is it? As it turns out it’s quite true and as you journey through these 30-Days of the BEAUTIFUL MIND challenge I hope you are benefiting. My goal for every reader is to become the healthiest & happiest, one day at a time. It is a journey but you don’t have to travel alone.

Foodie Fit: this recipe is so fresh.  

Dance Fit: shout-out to Aotearoa (NZ) dance crews  

What you believe to be true grew from a thought that was once new. ~Ho’omalamalama 

 

Beautiful Mind – Day 12

  
Today’s post makes me chuckle because I know this subject oh so well. I’ve procrastinated until things became overdone, past-due, late fees, sold out and outdated. Somewhere in my thinking pattern was a really good reason to procrastinate projects, goals and ideas. More often I found myself putting things off because I was afraid. Then I heard my pastor mention:

Do it afraid!

That was a single piece of inspiration to motivate me to do it in the midst of my fear. Wow can we say, “Breakthrough!” The bottom line is that you have to identify the WHY. Why do you put things off?

  
I’m sure that when the designers of Seattle’s Pikes Place Market started putting brick upon brick that they had no clue they would be building iconic structures. Today it’s well established and proposing expansion. 

Everything great comes from small beginnings. So don’t procrastinate another minute.

Foodie Fit: What better chef to share then Seattle’s own Mario Batali (although he’s cooking in NY, Lol)

Dance Fit: This sweet motivation dances like it’s just her and the music. 

Today’s a great day to start doing something beneficial for your body. Don’t procrastinate just dance.