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Turn Inward When Navigating Through Change

Due to a busy summer, it’s been a little while since I’ve had a chance to sit down and write in my blog. I always have so many ideas I want to share with you guys, so I’m happy to take some time today to share my thoughts. Today’s blog post is about turning inward when navigating through change. Right now, many of us may be facing changes in our lives. We’re in the midst of a changing season, many of our kids have or are going back to school, many of us have family members who might be dealing with health issues and the economy is always changing, which can affect our jobs, businesses, real estate and financials. There are also many changes and obstacles we’re currently facing as

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Exercise Is So Much More Than Just Physical Activity

Exercise is one of those things that people either enjoy, feel indifferent towards or dislike. Regardless of which category you fall under, in my opinion, exercise is so much more than just physical activity. I’ve felt this way about exercise throughout my life because of the many benefits I’ve seen it provide for both myself as well as my students/clients. I hope my facial expression in this blog photo conveys the level of happiness, strength and hope I feel when I exercise. At a very scientific level, exercise releases endorphins, which are neurotransmitters within your brain that make you feel happy and elevate your mood. According to a February, 2016 article by the American Council on Exercise, while exercise does also temporarily increase the amounts of the stress hormone called

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Creating Summer Memories and Rituals

Summer is finally here! It’s my absolute favorite time of year as I love having a more relaxed work schedule, longer days, warm nights, planned and spontaneous vacations and trips with my family, fun summer camps for my kids and so much more. My husband, kids and I love to make summer bucket lists to make sure we get the most out of our summers and create lasting memories. Here are some of the items on our list for this year: * Go to the pool regularly at our health club we belong to called Bay Club * Take evening walks after dinner * Go on hikes in Rancho San Antonio Park * Go to Capitola, our favorite beach town in Northern California * Visit family in Southern California and

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College Dreams

Last week, I was back in my college town at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for an alumni board meeting at the Business School. Every time I’m back in town, I naturally reflect on my time there, what my hopes and dreams were back then, where I’ve been since graduating and where I go from here. Therefore, I wanted to write today about my college dreams and how they carry a special place in my heart and why we should all keep our college or young adult dreams alive in order to inspire, motivate and guide us throughout our lives. My college experience was everything I wanted it to be and more. Four of the greatest years of my life were my college years. This was a time in my life filled

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Why Are We So Overscheduled?

It seems being busy is the new black these days. Everyone is constantly talking about how busy they are and whether it’s considered a status symbol or a frustrating reality, I think we can all agree, being overscheduled isn’t exactly fun after a while, as it leaves most people feeling stressed out, tired and cranky. My family and I are definitely overscheduled and it’s something we’re constantly evaluating to determine what we can do to free up our time and leave some room for enjoyment and relaxation. However, I’ll be honest, with my husband working full-time in Corporate America, myself being an entrepreneur and running my own company, us having two active, elementary school-aged boys with lots of academic and sports activities and having friends, neighbors and family whom we enjoy

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What Does Family Mean to You?

Over the last two weeks, I’ve been on vacation with my family for spring break, attended a family wedding and had my aunt and uncle visit us from out of town. Therefore, the concept of family, especially as it relates to wellness, has been on my mind and is something I’ve been reflecting on a lot lately. Family can be defined as your family of origin, your family you create with your spouse or significant other, your extended family or relatives and/or dear friends of many years who have become like family. How do you define family for yourself and what does family mean to you? For me, family falls into all of the categories I mentioned above. They all play very important roles in my life, are people whom

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Be Your Authentic Self – No Excuses, Apologies or Regrets

In a world where there is so much pressure to achieve academically and professionally, be in great shape, look youthful, be the best spouse/significant other, be a perfect parent and raise perfect kids, cook amazing meals every day of the week, have a beautiful and spotless home and post pictures of your exotic vacations on Instagram, it’s no wonder why we can often feel less than up to par. However, today I want to encourage you to let go of those expectations, comparisons and insecurities and simply be your authentic self – no excuses, apologies or regrets. I know this is easier said than done and we all have our fears. Therefore, in an effort to truly be authentic, I’ll share with you all some of my insecurities I’ve had

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What’s in My Grocery Shopping Cart?

Whether you love it, hate it or are indifferent to it, grocery shopping is a fact of life for all of us. Therefore, I wanted to share some of my key tips and strategies for grocery shopping below to help you pick nutritious foods, while still enjoying some treats and get the most bang for your buck. Please keep in mind that individuals may have their own dietary restrictions, allergies and medical needs, so my tips are based on what works for my family and myself. That said, please consult with your doctor if you have any special considerations or questions. Okay, now that we’re all on the same page, are you ready? Here we go! FIND THE TIME: When I was working full-time in the high tech/digital media industry, the

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Connect With Your Community

A community can mean many things to many people. It can pertain to your neighborhood, your children’s school district of fellow parents, students, faculty and staff, your group of friends from high school, college or graduate school, your team or colleagues at work, your university alumni organization, your church or temple, your running group, your workout class or gym group, your sports teams, your parenting group or other personal or professional affiliations. Regardless of how you define it, for most people, the key benefit of having a community is having a sense of belonging and connection to others with similar interests, pursuits, values or life stages. I feel very fortunate to have many strong communities in my life (from many of the affiliations mentioned above), which have resulted in really deep

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Eleven Must-Have Health and Beauty Items for Your Workout Bag

Most of us have extremely busy lives these days and making exercise a priority requires organization and careful planning. Often times, fitting in a class at a studio or gym or going for a run might be in between, before or after appointments, work meetings, running errands or picking up your kids from school or other activities. Therefore, having some essential health and beauty products in your workout bag can make your life a lot easier. You may or may not have time to shower immediately after your workout, but even if you won’t be able to until later in the day or evening, having the following items can help you power on with the rest of your day and feel like a boss after you get that workout in.

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