So much is shifting in my world these days, sometimes it feels like I can barely keep up.
My husband and I are getting ready to move (we are SO excited!), I’m travelling quite a bit for trainings and to host workshops, the nature of my coaching practice is shifting and evolving, and I’ve become much more active in my local community.
With the pace of life moving way faster than I’d like it to these days, I am increasingly conscious of the scripts I play in my head about being “busy”.
The greatest task I’m faced with– and maybe you also feel this too– is remaining IN the present moment, minute to minute, avoiding the drama-driven, anxiety provoking, mental loop that focuses on “I’m so busy” or “There’s so much to do”.
The “busy” script keeps us in a perpetual state of pushing and constantly doing, disconnecting us from our Truth. With all that noise, it’s hard to hear ourselves think, let alone know what we really need to truly thrive in a way that aligns with our values and desires (i.e. what’s *actually* important to us long-term).
When we’re in our heads all the time, we experience much greater levels of anxiety and we don’t pay attention to what our bodies need. We tell ourselves we must constantly be doing, when in fact, we may need a 10-minute time out, to step away from the project, or take a walk outside.
This “being present” is my work, and it is a full-time job. It’s challenging, yes, but not impossible. In fact, presence is truly just a breath away.
Simple things, when done with intention can help us stay present, shift out of anxiety, and feel more joyful almost instantly.
Some of my favorite ways to create greater presence moment to moment, include:
- Spending time with my girlfriends and Soul Family.
- Soul strolls.
- Mindfully cooking (see my latest creation below).
- A 10-minute power nap.
- Beautiful music.
How can you create a greater experience of the present moment for YOU?
A great recipe for the middle of the week, when things feel hectic and schedules don’t allow for much. You can prep the ingredients in advance if you desire, for even faster assembly.
If it’s just you, you can make enough to have leftovers throughout the week. If you’re cooking for two or more, let everyone choose ingredients from what’s available and assemble to their own liking.
The beautiful thing about this recipe is that you can customize to your desires- swap out kale for spinach or another favorite leafy green; use tempeh instead of chicken, add carrots, romaine lettuce, or additional veggies of your choice. I’ve included exactly what I used, but be creative and have fun with it!
You will need:
Protein of your choice:
½ to full chicken breast per person
1 lemon, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
Massage olive oil, lemon zest and salt and pepper onto chicken. Place on top of lemon slices on a covered baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.
onion and/or garlic, optional
1 bunch kale, torn into bite sized pieces
Heat olive oil in a pan, add onion and garlic and sauté for 5-7 minutes. Add kale and cook until wilted.
Coconut curry sauce:
1 can of full fat coconut milk
2-3 Tablespoons curry powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Add all ingredients to a medium sauce pan, whisk and heat through.
Raw, shredded cabbage (buy pre-cut to save time)
Sliced red bell pepper
Kimchi (or kraut)
Green Goddess dressing (pre-made)
Place cabbage in a bowl, top with sautéed greens. Add shredded chicken and curry sauce, to taste. Next, add red bell pepper, kimchi and parsley and drizzle with goddess dressing. Enjoy!
A lack of movement is scientifically linked to higher rates of depression, anxiety and lower self-confidence, not to mention weight gain and disease. And yet, many of us still struggle with maintaining a consistent movement practice.
In my opinion, movement should never be about forcing yourself to do something you hate. I believe the movement you choose should reflect how you want to show up in your life and how you want to feel every day. And finding something you love is essential.
If you focus on making your movement practice the most enjoyable experience you can– celebrating and appreciating what your body is capable of through movement—you are more likely to look forward to the experience and keep it up consistently.
Here are some of my favorite ways to stay consistent with movement:
Choose activities that require all your senses
Switch it up! If you always run, try walking. If you always take CrossFit, try yoga.
Find different types of movement to do throughout the week to avoid boredom
Consider your energy levels throughout the month and adjust your practice accordingly (i.e. During or before your period, intense activity works against your body’s natural rhythm.)
Truly listen to your body. Do what feels good, even if that means taking a mid-day nap… because rest is necessary too!
Are you at a turning point with your body?
Your old ways of managing your diet and exercise no longer work and you aren’t willing to starve or push yourself through extreme workouts to have the body you long for?
Sister, if you know what you ‘should be doing’ but just can’t seem to do it and desperately want to feel energized, beautiful and confident in a body you truly love, let’s chat.
You may have had trouble making changes in the past, and I want to show you that this time can be different – especially if you have someone to encourage you, support you, and show you what to do step-by-step.
The Body Love Breakthrough Session is a 60-minute one-on-one with me and in this session we will look at your biggest challenges, what could be stopping you from feeling truly at home in your body and my professional recommendations for the next steps on your journey. Together we’ll explore the support you really want and need to make the changes you’ve been craving.
Stephanie was the right person at the right time to lead me to MYSELF. Her extensive knowledge of the body, and how to nourish it is inspiring… and working together has enabled me to make lifelong changes (including losing 20+ lbs.). My insides are different. My eating habits are different. My coping mechanisms are different and I finally feel GOOD in my own skin.” -Dana B.