“Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify!” Henry David Thoreau
Does anything teach us this better than children?
Tonight at a birthday party for my sweet little niece turning 2, absolutely adorable in her tutu, I couldn’t help notice the kids playing with the present packaging and sliding down the stairs on their bellies 😂Their little imaginations and joy in the simple things is so inspiring.
My life doesn’t seem simply right now. Strangely, we own two houses- one is demoed and we are daily making big decisions about every detail in the home, the other one we have to keep spotless for any moment we might have a showing. One child in school at a co-op (parent helpers) and other child is 3... (need I say more 😂). Husband running his own business and me working late nights at a job with on call hours. Yea, not simple.
But I can still choose to combat the chaos. I can still choose to shut out the chatter that pulls me down instead of restoring and building me up. I can still choose to take time and invest into my wellbeing so I can be present and engaged for everyone, and everything, else in my life.
For me this journey to balance includes my fit community that I show up to daily, even when life feels chaotic. It’s finding cracks in the day to fit in a workout. It’s grabbing a superfood as I run out the door instead of pulling through a drive through. Because all these small little actions are like dropping pennies in a piggy bank. They add up to something of value. And if I can’t always simplify, I can trade out choices that don’t fill me for choices that do.
Are you in a phase of life where you can step back and simplify? Or are you like me and life is just full, and you’re trying to navigate the chaos and find balance and calm in the midst of it all?
In this #noexcusesnovember I challenge you to find one way to simplify or shut out the chatter, so you can step back from the noise and step into self care. Because you matter. And you’re worth it.
Currently we don’t have electricity to half the house, duct work has been largely removed so it can be rerouted, and walls/ceiling in the main living space is out. Framing is coming along nicely for our vaulted ceiling and I think we finally decided a route to go for the finished look.
Thanks to everyone who voted in my stories and offered feedback! The clear winner was a more traditional look with drywall ceiling and wrapped beams. And I can totally see it, that look is so clean and timeless!
Butttt.... we aren’t very traditional folks and tend to take a lot of risks when it comes to design. So we are planning to go the route of wood planking on the ceiling- a light wood with a crystal clear finish and white beams.
This process of not just looking at pretty pictures on Pinterest but having to make final decisions for our forever home has been fun, but also makes you really refine your style. I’ve learned my style for our dream home is an eclectic Scandinavian modern mountain/lake house chic 😂 if that’s a thing, which I’m saying it is. We use to say “modern farmhouse” but even within that look there is so much range, so we’ve had to narrow it so that decisions we make stay in line with that and we end up with *hopefully* a cohesive look.
But I can’t even ramble on about this without expressing the IMMENSE gratitude I have for my family and friends who are making this all possible. My dad (a professional and highly skilled carpenter) has dedicated so much of his time and expertise to this project (he told us we “had to” vault the ceiling when he first saw the house 😂). My incredibly talented and hard working hubby who has worked countless late nights at the house already. All my brothers have volunteered their time. Friends have come over for demo. My dads skilled tradesmen buddies have volunteered time, given advice and we have trusted people to hire out for the parts we can’t do. My mama has watched kids, helped me feed and keep the boys hydrated 😉 and been such a support.
Keep following along for more remodeling adventures on our second home! Making our #fixerupper on the edge of the #cuyahogavalleynationalpark our dream forever home!
Power cleaning the house again before a showing! Between crafts with kids, swinging by the construction site (aka our new home 😂), feeding my kids 5948472 times (man they eat non-stop!), and cleaning- it’s been BUSY! How is it only noon?! But I’ve also been checking in with my fit club gals and chatting with girls I’d looooove to join my tribe 💕 Because this community is better with YOU in it!
I know holidays can be stressful and wrought with temptations. I want to strip back to the basics of fitness and nutrition and help get you amazing results so you can show up to family gatherings feeling like the queen that you are. Confident, healthy, glowing from the inside out.
Plus, I am a girl who loves a deal & don’t want you to miss out on the limited time savings happening this month!! So while the weekends can be busy, message me and let’s pencil in some time to chat and get you all set up to have a healthy, fit and fabulous holiday season!
What you’ll get:
- workouts to fit in around your busy schedule
- nutrition plan that will TEACH you how to enjoy the parties and grandma’s cookies and STILL get results with clean balanced nutrition
- superfoods that give you vitamins, minerals, pre/probiotics, adaptogens, antioxidants, protein, fiber and somehow the nutrition of 6 salads tastes like a milkshake (it must be magic!! ...or just rigorously developed using the most powerful plant based ingredients from around the world with a commitment to fair trade, sustainability and quality)
- and FOREVER access to my fit club community!
I have BIG things planned for our community launching January 2019. Get in this month with the discount so you are all set up for those #newyearsgoals 🙌
Who is IN?! Drop your favorite #saturdayvibes emoji below or message me so we can chat! 😘 Happy Saturday lovelies!
10 years ago. Girl walks into a bar with her bestie. Girls are bored and pretend to be a foreign exchange student from Santa Rosa (an imaginary country “off the coast of Brazil”) and the other (me) her host family. Girls sit down next to boys who have been working all day at the local marina and are dirty. Girl sits next to a boy in khaki pants, white shirt and bandana covering long semi-greasy hair bleached by the sun, a sign of a man who works hard.
And today that girl comes home to that boy, who has been slow cooking carnitas for hours, in a seasoning blend he not only made but is also mostly comprised of herbs/peppers he grew. He bought the girl lettuce wraps because he knew she’d prefer them to tortillas. He topped it with a salsa he also “just whipped up” from food he grew, and topped with cilantro.
They then hopped over to the new house where he worked with girl’s father, as if the two were old friends, planning for the project that they were dedicating their weekend to. All while girl and boys two children laughed and played.
10 years ago. A girl who was bored and a boy who was relaxing after a hard days work made history. Our little bit of history. My heart bursts with gratitude at this moment that is better than any fancy date. Because this moment is our lives. It’s real. It’s ours. And I thank God above for entrusting these people to me.
Praying for many more decades of beautifully simple moments just like this. 💕
Pictures can make things look much more glamorous than real life. The truth is, sometimes this is what at home workouts look like with kids. And for some, this might not look too appealing 😂 Which is OKAY👌
But what I’ve learned:
- I can workout 6-7 days a week because workouts are convenient around my time and availability. With hundreds and hundreds of workouts from 10-60 minutes, I can always find something to fit my schedule.
- This is a workout routine that fits my budget. If you have time and can afford classes & memberships, this isn’t a slam against you- that’s fantastic and I’m just happy we are all being active! But that’s not where I’m at in my life right now.
- My daughter works out with me almost every day, even if for just part of the time
Number 3 is the most valuable to me. She does moves and talks about being fast & strong. She is learning that being active is FUN and not torture or a chore- truly we should be GRATEFUL that we’re ABLE to do this! She’s seeing that it should be a regular part of our day- because we love our bodies, not because we hate them or are trying to make them fit some image.
In this visual, social media, snapshot life we live in- I know my daughter will have to have a strong sense of self and confidence to fight off those negative voices and the culture that tells us we aren’t good enough. If I want her to know how to take care of herself and VALUE herself, I have to demonstrate what that looks like.
And this is what I never expected at home workouts to teach me. 👆
I truly believe, inside of you, is a version of yourself that is just waiting to be unleashed. A transformation isn’t a desire to become someone else. It’s a desire to become the best version of ourselves. To tune out the chatter of the world and what they think we should be, and to TUNE IN to ourselves and what we were MADE to be.
After 2 kids, a stressful professional life and everything that goes into your spouse starting his own business- I felt burnt out, I was uncomfortable in my skin, nothing fit and it made me angry. While I’ve lost about 25lb (including all those muscle gainzzz 💪 where my #strongnotskinny girls at 🙌)- but when I see this picture, it means so much more to me than that.
I’m not a new person. I’m still me. But I’m a better version. I’ve learned and grown. I’ve been challenged and refused to quit even when I had small failures. It’s been a process of shedding off the old habits & beliefs and building a lifestyle that helps me manage the chaos of my life (cuz the stress sure didn’t go anywhere!) Nothing external changed in my life since the picture on the left- in fact my life is definitely MORE busy and I have MORE excuses to let self care go. All the more reason I am so grateful I started when I did, so I could learn these habits and have them in my toolbox for when things cranked it up a notch.
What about you?
Look, I know change is hard. But the person on the left had her own baggage and version of hard. It’s not easy feeling like you don’t have energy & nothing fits. I’d much rather choose the hard of a 25 minute workout in my own home around my schedule that cranks my endorphins and revs my metabolism. I’d much rather choose the hard of learning new ways of meal planning that teach my kids how to take care of themselves and nourish their bodies. I’d much rather choose the hard of making time for personal development to transform my mind for a more positive and productive life.
So, when we are ready to set aside the excuses and make a decision- powerful things can happen. Join me for my No Excuses November and let me give you the tools to make a change. Ready? Drop a comment or DM and let’s chat 💕
Such a busy weekend of home renovations, being called into work on multiple cases, fighting off a nasty cold, and mommin’ with a husband out of town.
And I chuckled to myself today, because truly, I feel like I’m in the middle of a season of life right now that is sooo C R A Z Y and I have basically every excuse in the book at my disposal, for why self care and my health should go on the back burner. And the old me would have taken those excuses and enjoyed using them (until later when I felt burnt out and frazzled, and none of my clothes fit, which definitely doesn’t help ones stress level). But what about those excuses that we all have? Why should they dictate how we feel and live our life everyday? Why should forces outside of myself set the internal “thermostat”, so to say, of how I choose to operate?
I choose to say- they don’t. And I declare a No Excuses November.
Do you want to revolt against the excuses holding you back? Ready to declare that YOU matter and are worth taking time for? I say, let’s do it!
Plusssss, my workout library, nutrition plan and accountability group is on sale... which n e v e r happens. Sooo if that was on your list of excuses, scratch that bad boy off!
I truly believe you possess within yourself the ability to be amazing and realize your potential. I can dream big for you until you believe it yourself. I can give you the tools and pour into you with daily accountability. BUT it’s up to YOU to WANT it for yourself. You have to decide. I can’t do that part for you (or else we’d all be riding the positivity train working on transforming our mind and our lives- for R E A L!) If you’re ready, or want more info- comment below or send me a message and declare for yourself “NO EXCUSES!” For our No Excuses November group!
You got this 🙌
The perfect fall moment after nearly a week of rain. Perfect for stretching and cooling down 🍁
During a move (over head press) the trainer called us to push away our insecurities, push away those barriers, and that moment really spoke to me. The physically representation during the move helped me mentally visualize pushing away barriers in my mind.
Because the reality is- this journey is AS MUCH mental, if not more. We cannot make a positive change in our life if we aren’t willing to challenge those belief systems that make us so afraid of change in the first place.
Maybe you’ve tried before and fizzled out, or started/stopped, started/stopped and are sick of disappointing yourself. Maybe you just don’t know where to start or how to possibly fit it into your schedule that already seems so full. Or your mind is swirling so fast with limiting beliefs you don’t even know which excuse to pull out to tell yourself that I’m not speaking to YOU RIGHT NOW.
But I’m here to tell you- Hi, my name is Aliza, and I’m speaking to you ☺️ Because if you WANT MORE from your life, if you want something different than you have right now, then you have to DO something different than you’re doing right now.
It might be scary. It will require work. But it’s not complicated. And there is a proven system to get you where you want to go.
I will have 2 groups opening up this month: one fitness and nutrition, one nutrition only. I want to meet you where you are at and support you on YOUR journey. My fitness & nutrition group kicks off prep week MONDAY. So let’s get started. Drop a comment or send a DM and let’s chat.
Let’s do this thang 🙌
Sunday’s are for grocery shopping 🥗
This haul is all from @ohiocityfarm except the apples that we picked ourselves yesterday.
The number one tip for getting high quality produce, isn’t in a label. Of course, when in doubt or lacking options- buy organic. But organic only tells you what’s NOT in your food (no harmful chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics). It doesn’t tell you what the farmers commitment to quality has meant for their approach to the best quality soil (ie the best quality food). Did you know the nutritional value of all carrots are not the same, for example? Soil depletion will rob your food of the vitamins and minerals you need, and you likely can’t tell from looking at it. So a farmer’s philosophy to growing and improving their soil matters big time- not just for the nutritional value, but you’ll taste the difference too 😋
So the number one tip to high quality produce? Know your farmer. And if your farmer isn’t your husband 😉 know your farm. What are their practices?
Also, ensure high quality food by buying local and what’s in season. The less time between the farm and your plate, the less likely nutrients have been depleted.
And lastly, one of my favorite reasons for buying local farm fresh food- the diversity! Large scale growers pick the single variety that will stay fresh the longest and hold up until it travels through trucks and warehouses to get to you. Local farmers can offer a wide array of genetic variety to lengthen the growing season and add more color and diversity to your plate!
But unfortunately not everyone has easy access to local farm fresh food- and for you I suggest to consider growing your own! Local peeps can schedule a consultation with my husband for tips and plans as well 🙌
Happy snacking everyone!
The past 36 hours have been an emotional roller coaster.
I don’t talk about work much here. It’s an incredibly important part of my life, and I don’t intentionally hide it, but mostly I don’t know how to talk about it. Because many days my car ride home is spent in silence, trying to give it to God, trying to lay it at his feet. And then I come home and take off the Nurse Practitioner Hat and put on the hat of Mom, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Friend... and all the other roles we play. Having that separation has been one of my coping mechanisms. How I’ve managed resiliency to work with kids in foster care for 5 years.
Honestly this is a big part of my wellness story. I often say how I was burnt out. And that is alluding to the story without telling the story. But working hours well into and through the night, that I can identify a scar from an extension cord verses a belt verses a cigarette, that I know how to safety plan with a suicidal child... that these are everyday parts of my job. I was burnt out. And I wasn’t taking care of myself. Any nurses, caregivers, teachers, social workers relate?
I needed to take care of myself. And this journey and community has been a vital part of my story.
But days are still hard. Yesterday was horrendous, heart shattering, let me just cry in a corner kind of day.
All I wanted this weekend was to spend time with the kids. To go apple picking and get pumpkins. We went, but emotionally I was depleted. Yet God was there, in my children, showing me the way.
My son put a song on repeat, “Overwhelmed”, that reminds me of the awesomeness of our God. He then prayed for us at dinner, specifically giving thanks for his life and for Jesus. Then he asked to read his bible before bed and we randomly opened to Psalm 92- a song of praise to the greatness of God who triumphs over evil. Through my son, I was called 3 times today to worship in the midst of my sorrow. To remember, the evilness that abuses children, robs them of their innocence and cuts their life short is no match to the greatness of our God.
So this is my story. Can you join me in praying for our vulnerable children?