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A continuous falling and picking yourself back up



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Walking.

It seems so simple.

Once we’re adults, walking has pretty much become 2nd nature. (At least for me anyway.)

We can walk and do other activities, multi-tasking while walking.

Chewing bubble gum. Talking on our phones. Chatting with a friend.

Drinking tea. Holding a baby. Shopping. Eating.

We don’t take much time to think about just how simple, yet extraordinary the act of walking is.

Yet, there are many lessons to be learned from walking. After all, it is a continuous falling and picking yourself back up.

The truth is that we fall multiple times daily and we don’t even realize.

But we always manage to pick ourselves up, don’t we? It’s how we get ourselves from our current location to our destination. From point A to point B. From our now to our later.

It’s pretty fun to think of walking in that way. A continuous falling and getting back up. I feel like a super hero or something! Like my daily life is full of struggle, but I manage to get up. Keep going. Ending the day with a smile. (And a lap around the moon, or something. 🙂 )


The art of walking relates to life in so many ways.

We struggle. We’re overtaken with temptation. We get our hearts broken. We create our own pain and misery by allowing untrue & negative thoughts to make home in our minds. We get caught doing something we know we shouldn’t have.

But we’re strong. We don’t give up.

After all, giving up would just cause us more pain. Quitting causes us to become stagnant in life. To quit growing. To get rusty. Our physique softens. Our minds weaken. We’re not as sharp, not as quick.

So we get back up.

We pick ourselves up off of the floor. Wipe off the dirt. Shake the dust away.

And we become free.

Free to move, and run.

Free to soar above the earth and the trees, into the universe. Into the unknown.

Life then becomes more magical. More adventurous.

And that’s when we truly find ourselves.


But it all starts with the simple act of falling and getting back up. The simple act of walking.

When you go to walk today, gently remind yourself that today is a gift.

That today is magical.

And then find that magic. Find the magic in walking.

This is what true health is all about. To keep going. To keep motivation and inspiration at their all-time highs, so that we can make the most out of life.

So we can make a difference.

True health has no bounds. There are no rules.

Only guidelines.

And these guidelines are all personal. No 2 people are alike. What makes me feel great, may not be what makes you feel great.

There is no one-size-fits-all plan.

There is only you. And your body. And your mind. And your spirit. And your soul.

And YOU get to decide what feels right. What is the best for you.

You are the only one who answers to yourself, and what a beautiful thing!

So find what’s right for you. Help yourself. Get help and healing and inspiration from others who have been there before. Find your voice. And take note to what feels great, and what feels less than great.

Go now, my dear friend.

And find YOUR true health. ❤



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❤ Brittany

“Get vibrant. Love life. Keep growing. Become your best self.”

Another one bites the dust

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SO I told you I wasn’t perfect. And I’ve got last night to PROVE it.

Am I proud of this?

No.

Not in the slightest.

I mean, I surely didn’t feel all that great afterward, so I took at least one lesson from last night’s crazy love affair.

You know when something looks so beautiful, and amazing, and delicious that you could start drooling at the mere idea of having it?

Yeah. That was me.

Last night.

In the shadows.


Ugh. I’m a little embarrassed, honestly. A little disappointed in myself. But today is a new day.

So, back to last night.

I had a ridiculous and crazy love affair. I mean, so ridiculous.

And I just couldn’t stop myself.


I literally went crazy in a kitchen full of food I NEVER buy for my own home. In fact THIS STORY is the exact REASON I do not buy foods that tempt me so badly that I give in. All inhibitions out the window, folks!

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That’s right. You’re starting to see my point:

Chips! Chocolates! Freeze-dried fruits! MORE CHIPS!!

Crackers, and Clif Bars, and ooey-gooey snacky-snacks…all for me!

And I ate them. All.

And let me tell you — (it didn’t feel good.)

I mean, don’t get me wrong it was FUN but the after-shock it had on my body was not that awesome.


But you know what? I can’t beat myself up over it.

Why?

Because it’s pointless.

Because I learned something.

Because today is a new day.

Because..why waste my life worrying about things of the past? Why be mean to myself?

It is what it is, and I’ll do better next time.


So.

What to take from this story?

I hope you come away with

  • A little more patience. (With yourself.)
  • A little more self-love.
  • A little more compassion – honoring where you are in your journey. In life, in health, in love.

I hope you can start truly forgiving yourself. Quickly. (And often.)

I hope you realize that we all make mistakes. (Yes. Even me!)

We all have to learn somehow. And it’s perfectly okay to be right where we are right now. In this moment.

We are okay. In this moment.

All is well.


So here’s to my moment of becoming a junk-food junkie again! HOORAY!! It was fun.

BUT: Today is a brand new day. I’ve got my green smoothie and a huge jar of water right next to me while I type this. It’s time for my body to cleanse. Time to get back to where I left off.

I can do this! And you can too.

Start doing better for yourself right now. You won’t regret it.

With love and gratitude and sincere compassion for all of humanity,
I love you.

Stop beating yourself up. (Yes, you!)

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Let’s get real for a second here. You with me?

Great.

The fact of life is that we all make mistakes. Even though I hate to admit it sometimes, I make mistakes. And on a daily basis, at that!

I would just relish in the fact that ‘I am perfect,’ but I’m not, So I’ll have to get over it. We all will. Because nobody’s perfect


So now that I’ve made it a well-known fact that we’re not perfect, why do we all seem to beat ourselves up when we make a mistake?

It makes no sense to me.

I am the world’s worst at this too!

If I blurt out something I ‘shouldn’t have,’ or do something out of character, I am the meanest person to myself. I believe that “I should have known better” and that “I should never do that thing ever again!”

Even if it were something as little as eating a bite of cake when I promised to lose 5 pounds before that one person’s wedding.

(I totally just made that up, but whatever. We’ll go with it. You still with me?)

So the point of my post is this: STOP BEATING YOURSELF UP SO MUCH.

I don’t care what happened.

Just let it go. Be free. Be gentle. And be kind (to yourself, especially!)

Life is not as serious as we make it out to be.


Find your joy.

Find your laughter.

Laugh at yourself, instead of criticize.

Love with your whole heart. Your entire being.

Live a more playful and joy-filled life.

(You’ll be happier and healthier for it too!)


Thank you so much for hanging out with me today. Thank you for showing up. Thank you for being you. A loving person, full of love and joy and potential and strength.

I love you.

With super-charged gratitude and a passion that sets my soul on fire,
❤ Brittany


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Until next time..

Give me a break, give me a break..

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—> “Life is too stressful.”

—> “Where’s the joy?”

—> “Why can’t I be perfect?”

—> “I’m a failure. Why do I keep failing?”

—> “I can never do this. I quit.”


Ever have thoughts like these?

Ever feel like this?

Well I think I may have one possible solution for you. (and me as well!)

And that solution is this:

GIVE YOURSELF A DAMN BREAK


There.

I said it!

Let your hair down.

Set aside some time (on your calendar even!) and just rest.

We all need rest.

And most likely, if you’re reading this right now, you’ve been too hard on yourself. (Beating yourself up, perhaps.)

Maybe you’re doing way too much. You’re overwhelmed.

You’ve been going, going, going. Non-stop.

You feel out of control.

And you know what?

It’s time to give yourself a break.

Think about something you want to do SO badly, but you never “have the time.”

    Maybe it’s:

  • Finally getting that pedicure.
  • Getting your hair styled.
  • Going for a massage.
  • Taking a bubble bath (wine, anyone?!)
  • Making time to shave them legs! (I know I put this off b/c of time crunch, but it feels so nice to be cleanly shaven. Don’t skip out anymore!)
  • Meditation.
  • Going for a walk, breathing in all the fresh morning air.

Whatever the case, make time for yourself. This is also called self-care

You may be a mommy, a wife, a busy student, or you might just work such crazy hours you feel you don’t even have enough time in the day for the ‘important tasks.’

Well I’m here to tell you that you’ll never have the time unless you make the time.

Create amazing time with yourself. Care for yourself.

You’ll feel better. You’ll feel happier. You’ll be more fun to be around.

Win the day.

Take a time-out.

Buy a treat. And eat it. Have it all to yourself. And no sharing! (This is your time.)

Take a breather. And stop taking life so seriously.

There’s beauty everywhere. Choose to see it today.

I love you forever and always,
❤ Brittany

True health starts within

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True health can be difficult to define. With so much information out there, and so many opinions, it’s easy to get lost in the chatter.

Here’s how I define health (right now, at least.)

I define true and vibrant health as balance.

Simple as that. True health, to me is being balanced mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

Eating a nutritious diet is important, but it’s not the only aspect to attaining a healthy lifestyle.

Feeding our bodies proper nutrition is important, but what we feed our mind is the basis of all health, (or so I think.)

The mind is where all decisions and actions begin.

In our thoughts.

Thoughts seem so innocent, don’t they?

They come and go. We believe the thoughts we want to and discard all the rest. We hold on to thoughts that no longer serve us.

But one thing I’ve come to learn over time is that thoughts are things. I didn’t grow up learning that. That the thoughts we think become our beliefs, that become our actions, that become our reality.

I didn’t know this until I became aware of what was going on within me. Within my mind. Being present and taking note of what’s happening on a deep, internal level.

I’ve come to realize that what I’m experiencing on the outside, is a direct reflection of what’s going on on the inside.

Chaos, love, hate, compassion, fear, peace, tranquility. All these feelings and emotions begin in my mind.

Thoughts I have believed (on purpose, or on accident) have becaome my reality.

So here are a few things that have been helpful (for me) in my effort to achieve real and lasting health:

    1. I’ve had to decide that I do not want to sabotage my health or my life anymore. (No more emotional eating.)

    2. I’ve had to become aware of my thoughts.

    3. I’ve had to recognize the direct influence my thoughts play in my emotional state, which affects the decisions I make in my health (and in my life.)

Only then can I create the life I want.


So my challenge to you (and myself!) is this:

Take note to what’s going on in your mind. What are your emotions telling you?

What do you need to let go of? What do you need to start believing?

Be present with yourself. And listen.

You might be surprised with what comes up for you.


Here’s to true health from the inside-out,
❤ Brittany

I love you. 🙂