I am a giver. One of the things I’m most guilty for giving up to others is my time. Over the years, others have abused it. And I am not even mad about it. 👧🏻 You’re never too old to learn lessons and one of my recent lessons taught me to be more careful with where I put my energy. Late last year, I stumbled upon hospice care by accident. I am embarrassed to admit that I didn’t even know what “hospice” was. As a volunteer, I thought I would be going into the office to do office things; file, make copies , draft documents , etc. My volunteer coordinator approached me and told me she thought I would be great with hospice patients. Never would I think that “bravery” even existed in my vocabulary much less a word used to describe me. And let me tell you, it takes a lot of bravery , time, and a lot of heart to care for hospice patients. ❤️ I am on my 3rd patient now and never have I found anything more rewarding and more deserving of my time than to be with my patients. I don’t do early mornings, I don’t do strangers homes, and definitely I don’t do “death”. But for my patients, I will do whatever it takes to help make their next journey a most comfortable one. Some days I don’t do anything but bring a book and read, some days I prepare a meal for them, and some days we get ourselves into “adventures” that I’ll always treasure. Instead of giving up my time for those that don’t deserve it, I have found a place where my time means everything. #hospice#volunteer#timeisprecious#inspire#giveyourtimewisely#primaryfood#healthcoach#dontmindmyhair#itsearly#forme#badgeofhonor#tribe
Part of the health journey is including exercises you love. For me, that is working out once a week with my personal trainer @getfit.with.mere , a brisk walk outside, and @pvolve workouts. In between, I also incorporate mindful meditation when I can and with @headspace , it makes it so much easier
As I’ve gotten older, I am less comfortable in a two-piece, but here goes!!! First picture was 2016, working out nearly everyday w/ a personal trainer , counting macros , and gained 10 lbs! Second picture was summer 2018; working out once a week, not counting calories because I knew I was nourishing myself with good foods, and just stressing less about my weight. Every single trainer (before Chimere) tried to push cardio and weights on me & I knew that it wasn’t for me. Listening to your own needs and having someone there to support those needs is major!
Like with food , what works for one might not work for the other. Choose what works for you , listen to your body, and you’ll get the results you’re looking for. #exercise#healthjourney#healthcoach#adrenalfatigue#burnout#choosewhatyoulove#healthcoach#weightloss#transformation#autoimmunedisease#lessismore#hashimotos#hypothyroidism
If I was doing what everyone expected of me, I would probably sitting right now at this moment in a 9-5 job hating every single minute of it. I’ve always lived my life according to others expectations ; get an MBA, get married, have kids, be a good wife, work and make money. Now, at 39; instead of having a load of children like what others expect, I have 1. Instead of a high paying executive job-I have a handful of clients, I am a hospice volunteer, and a moderator for Stop The Thyroid Madness (an online community of patients who need help with their thyroid issues). Instead of making loads of money; I am happy taking care of my family, helping my clients lead healthier lives, volunteering with patients as they continue into that next journey of life, and content being a philanthropist for orphaned children. I never imagined that this is where I would be at 39, but this is exactly where God intended for me to be. This is me, the person who defied everyone’s expectations and set out to find that fire within 🔥. #findyourpassion#unleashthebeast#passion#money#career#healthcoach#findyourpassion#innergoddess#wellness#lifecoach
There's something you should know about me...I'm an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person). It's estimated that 15-20% of the population is HSP. There’s a really good odd that either you yourself or someone close to you is also an HSP. 💫 HSPs typically display these four traits: - Depth of processing
- easily Overstimulated
- Emotional responsiveness/empathy
- sensitive to Subtle stimuli
The acronym is DOES.
Sensory stimulus is LIKE WHOA for me: sounds, smells, tastes, lights, textures...I experience these differently and strong stimuli can be absolutely overwhelming for me. Once, I had a panic attack during church because the sounds and people milling around was just too much for me. The feeling of a piece of hair stuck on me can make me insane.
I notice EVERYTHING. If someone moves an item in a room, even a little, I will know. That may sound like fun at first, but it's not. It's more info that my brain 🧠 needs to process.
And above all, I am extremely sensitive to other people's energy ✨. We all are as social creatures. But in HSPs, this is amplified. If I walk into a place or encounter someone with bad vibes, it throws me off if I'm not careful. I can be empathetic to a fault, putting others energies and feelings before my own, soaking it all up, hoping I can help and fix things.
Lately, I've flaked on several events because I realized I took on way too much and I wasn't setting strong enough boundaries. I have to be very mindful of how much I take on. I need a lot of alone/quiet time every day and prefer to be at home so that I can decompress.
This trait makes it extremely challenging as you might imagine but ultimately I embrace it and consider it a gift I can give to others in my health coaching career. #introvertNOT#notextrovert#hsp#primaryfood#thisisme#embraceit
Thank you for all the responses about my last post! I received messages through DMs and the comments were so lovely!! 😘
There were a few that weren’t so nice but that’s the risk of putting yourself out on social media. The point I wanted to drive through is that you can be an ambitious , educated and a hardworking woman who can also embrace her body, feminine looks , and beauty..because girls sharing lingerie shots are “cheap or asking for attention.” 😇 How about we share every side, every aspect , and embrace every part of ourselves? Our mindset, body, intelligence and drive. ✨I feel a sense of sadness for those who are talking about me. They’ll never know how awesome I am and how much of a gift I truly am to myself and to others. So here’s a throwback shot to when I’m actually in my natural element. Either way, beauty shines from within. ❤️#dontjudgeabookbyitscover#selflove#selfcare#womenempoweringwomen#chooselovenothate#healthcoach#mindbodyconnection
Appreciation time ❤️ My friend said something so genuinely true and I keep reminding myself of this. “If someone, regardless of friend, family or partner really cares, they can’t stand the thought of you being hurt and they can’t help but want to be there for you, walk the road with you and be in your life. People who don't want to stay and support you, don't deserve to be there in the first place." Honestly, friends like her are the reason why I am so very happy and grateful every day and why I am so ambitiously working towards my goals. Because with friends like these supporting me, I know that with every small failure or hurdle, they are there to build me up, make me laugh, fix my crown and remind me that I want to become the creator of my own luck and purpose in life. I am just taking a moment to express how much I appreciate the loved ones in my life @marujadventure ❤️. #friends#thankyou#appreciation#healthcoach#myfriendsarebetterthanyours