Weekend mindset from our November book of the month “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. ✍🏼 ⠀
YOU decide your mindset for the tasks at hand this weekend. What perspective will you choose? 👀
This morning I had an epiphany... I’ve been going through an identity crisis with my health and wellness journey along with my wellness biz and quite frankly it just left me quiet the last few weeks.
What does my wellness journey really look like? How do I want to help people through their fitness journey? Who am I portraying myself as on this fitness journey? The questions kept running through my head until this morning!
HEALTH AND WELLNESS IS ALL ABOUT BALANCE! Something I’m finally coming to terms with. There is a time and a place for everything. A time and a place to be strict with your diet. A time and a place to indulge and enjoy yourself. And a time and a place to stay on track! THIS IS WHAT MY WELLNESS JOURNEY LOOKS LIKE!
My first 15lbs were strict. Following a meal plan closely, working out religiously and not letting myself have too many treats. My last 5lbs have been BALANCE..keeping myself on track. Yes it may have taken a little bit longer and that’s OKAY! I still weigh myself every morning and use the scale as information! If I’m not happy with it then I better change what I’m doing! Working out is finally something I’ve made a non-negotiable in my life. Nutrition is where I eb and flow. Choices are most often healthy but on occasion they aren’t!
Understanding how you want to approach your health and wellness journey is so incredibly important! If you want to shed weight like crazy and prep for a competition your journey is going to be strict! If you know you want to lose weight but are happy with keeping it slow and steady then you’ll be focusing on BALANCE!
There is a journey out there for everyone! It may even be a combination of what I just described.. similar to how mine was. The most important thing is you make the decision to start and take it at your own pace!
Are you ready to make the plunge and find BALANCE in your health and wellness journey where there is a time and a place for everything?! A time for fun and a time for getting down to business?! I’m ready to bring you on that journey with me! Tag three of your friends that you want to join you! We are about to make $h*t happen 🙌🏼
I refuse to be seen only for my scars, I want to be seen for fighting past it and just being myself. I know it’s brutal and completely hideous but this is my truth.. today I woke up and decided to be done with hiding, today I decided to own and accept what I did.... so today I’m deciding to just be okay and to accept happiness instead of destroying myself. #mentalhealthawareness#choosinghappiness
And this is as good as it’s gonna get today 🤷🏻♀️ - All the dry shampoo
- Ran out the door with no purse and no lipstick - Threw on a plaid shirt over my sports bra. •
Happy Thursday! 🤣✅👏🏼 #workingmommylife
That’s what it’s all about, right? Simple changes, small victories. If we try to change too much at once-we often set ourselves up for failure, so what are some easy, quick, silly-to-not-do changes we can implement to make our day-to-day run a little bit (or a lotta bit) smoother? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Follow my Story today for some tips on how oils can be the simple change you need to start living a happier more fulfilling life. And follow Sam (the expert who designed the story (@thejohnsonsjourney) for even more inspiration! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
While I was working out this morning, I asked myself, “What motivates you the most?” I’m not sure why I asked myself this in the first place, but the answer came to me so quickly that I had to share. It’s as simple as this:
What motivates me is that I have the choice to be healthy. I find it so unfair that we live in a world where not everyone has that choice, and maybe one day I won’t either. But right now, while that choice is still mine to make, you can bet your butt I’ll be having more good days than bad and always doing my best to live a healthy, happy life. Just a little something for you to think about as you start your day 💛
This mini leg circuit had my legs on fire when I left the gym! 🔥
Weighted Walking lunges x8 each leg
Wall Balls x10
Ball Slams x10
Weighted Step-ups x 8 each leg
Complete 4 rounds total; 60-90 sec rest in between each round.
“Choose your path in life, don’t let anyone choose it for you.” – Toni Payne👏
Last week I had the pleasure and privilege to meet weather presenter Jill Peeters (@jillpeeterswx). 🙏She showed me at VTM (@vtm.be / @medialaan.official) and explained to me the science behind weather forecasting. ☀️🌤⛅️🌥☁️🌦🌧⛈🌩🌨 I really learned a lot!😁👍
After obtaining a degree in geography she started with a PhD. However, after a while she arrived at a crossroad and needed to make a choice. 🤔Would she continue on the path of her PhD or would she dare take the other road, following her life long dream of becoming a weather presenter. I guess it’s quite obvious which road she took.💪
For every path you choose, there is one you must abandon. But it’s so important to follow your dreams at every crossroad you face. It’s an opportunity to chance your life for the better. It takes courage though to let your heart lead the way and it’s definitely not easy. But in the end, conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself. So you can better walk alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction. If you are not excited about it, it’s not the right path. So dare to choose the road that you want, rather than the one that you are expected to take.👍
In the end, last week was a great reminder of all the awesome things you can do with a science degree and that science communication can take many different forms. Leaving the tenure track rat race to go do something you love is never a failure. It takes courage. Don't listen to others and go do what makes you happy…
[IMAGE: Martijn together with weather presenter Jill Peeters]
Let’s talk personal growth for a second.
Yesterday I turned 25, and while I had the most amazing day, turning 25 really pushed me more into a goal setting mindset. How can half of my 20s be over ? I have been really down for quite a long time now to be honest. I have happy moments but I cannot honestly say that I am truly happy. I’ve made some changes for the better but I can always do more. I’ve focused more on making others happy, whether that is family, friends, work relationships etc, rather than making ME happy. I’ve put other people as a priority over myself, questioning “if I do this, what will they think”. As much as I believe making other people happy is a great quality to have, I need to focus more on me. I need to hustle and buckle down on the things that I REALLY WANT. So here I am, writing them out. It’s okay not to be okay, to not have everything worked out, but I hope that by doing this I’m getting back on the right track. What do you guys do when you go through sad spurts/times of unmotivation to get back on track ? .
Who run the world? •
For me, it’s my boys 😍😍😍
A lot of people don’t know this but for months Diego and I were convinced that we would be having a girl with our first pregnancy. We had a name picked out (which I can’t even remember now) and everything. We were 100% surprised at our gender reveal party because clearly we were mistaken. So I’m glad that we had planned a game for our friends and family to pick their favorite boy and girl names.
One of my closest friends that I’ve known since elementary school picked the name Caleb. It was one that we could both agree on and after the fact, remembered the story of Caleb in the Bible.
Caleb was just 1 of many soldiers that got a glimpse into the Promised Land that God had promised His people He would hand to them. All the other soldiers were terrified by what they saw — the giant sized giants and certain defeat.
But Caleb had a brave buddy — Caleb & Joshua went back with a different demeanor. They went back with excitement, not fear; they went back with confidence, not cowardly trembling because their focus was not on the giants but on the God that was their strength.
Now I cry every time I hear a preacher tell that story because from the day we picked the name Caleb, we always knew if he had a brother his name would be Joshua. 💕
Their names are defined as brave and courageous and that’s exactly who they are. Run after your dreams, Babies. The power within you will always be greater than the power in the world 💪🏼🙏🏼 #my2boys
I partially wanted to share this picture because it's so so beautiful. The other part is I want to share a quote that I heard on a podcast.
So yesterday I was listening to a podcast. During the podcast, they talked about some of the best advice that they had gotten over the course of their life. One thing that I pulled away was a beautiful piece of advice which said "Don't try to calm the storm. Calm yourself, the storm will pass." This is something that stuck with me because I usually find myself focusing on how I'm going to fix my problems. But now I'm going to try to work on looking at the positive of the situation and seeing how I can make the best learning experience. ♡
I hope That you all have a wonderfully amazing day and that there is reason to smile ☺
Finding peace, love, gratitude and everything else that is positive in the world today inside our minds and hearts - that is the way forward. We can all choose that.
P.S.: There is rain, sleep deprivation, bugs, isolation, tears, cries, fights, mistakes, fears, stress, promises, the past...the list goes on. It's not peach perfect here and we don't walk on clouds. But...we are choosing to see and feel the ♡. I am.
Have a good day everyone :-) #mylifewithtwins#travellingwithtwins#familymoments#gratitude#choosinghappiness
#durgapuja2018#navratri2018#navratri 🔱 #letpeaceprevail#suicideprevention#awareness#suicidepreventionmonth#beawarrior 🆗
🛎🛎🛎🛎🛎 I know its festive season and we are supposed to talk about cheerful things but yes being united and not in a divisive way.
Many people struggle to stay alive and according to #worldhealthorganization , nearly 800,000 people commit suicide every year. But can we stop 🛑 all serious discussions and try to be a positive catalyst. Here’re my simple tips-
🔸Create a happy circle- a cohort formed by people who look at brighter side of life.
🔸 If Life challenges you, challenge life back. Yes, you heard it right- challenge life back coz you are stronger than the situation ⚜️ 🔶 There are renowned dancers with artificial legs, makeup bloggers who are victims of acid attacks, fitness instructors with physical ailments, authors with learning disabilities, transgenders working hard to lead a respectable life, lonely beings keeping themselves engaged to such a level that depression cannot conquer them. Their lives can be so inspiring to each of us🔆✅ absorb #positivevibes Read about #stephenhawking#marleemartin#steviewonder#marlarunyan#bethanyhamilton#nickvuijic 🔸Turn a deaf ear to all the criticism.
Yes, we all are constantly judged based on appearance, financial stability, skills, marital status and what not. Just IGNORE.
🔸With those who try to pull you down, wish them healing. They will mature with time.
🔸Yes, strong people cry as well. 🔸Yes, physical and mental abuse are unbearable yet stand up for your ownself.
🔸Open up, fakeness is more prevalent. It will make us feel light.
There will be moments when one does not have a job, relation, kids, loved ones around, a fully functional body, this is all temporary.
#survive Focus on the good, enrich your skills and lets be a #welcomingchange today ✅✅✅
— Drop a line if you would like to share your story——
— In this case-study, I will be sharing 3 stories amongst my close circle and how one healed and changed lives ——
What do you do when life‘s storms hit? The same thing you do when any storm hits… Especially when the storm hits in Arizona for an outdoor mini family reunion!
you make a decision that it is going to be fun no matter what. You change your attitude. You adjust your focus. You decide to make some memories.
how do you handle your life‘s storms?
P.S. sorry to subject you to my singing voice! 😜
I think I’m going to enjoy this island hopping lifestyle just fine 🏝🌊 ☀️🐠💚
Utila, Honduras 🇭🇳 was an amazing first stop, with clear blue waters, beautiful coral and fish! It will be hard to top, but looking forward to see the beautiful Corn Islands next week, after a few days of volcano hiking In Leon. -
Time for the next adventure to begin, see you in the AM Nicaragua 🇳🇮