This season is filled with busy. Extra busy. We thrive on it.

The hustle and bustle in the stores, the preparation for the time off of work and time with family. We run ourselves ragged and sometimes wouldn't even remember the holiday that flew by if it wasn't for the photos.

How are you?

"Oh Busy", you say. Me, too. We don't say "relaxed or happy" as if those responses aren't as worthy as being busy.

My friend, there is no luxury in busy. Busy is stressful and hard and exhausting. Yet, it's the thing we seem to be most proud of.

What does busy even mean and why is it the thing we strive for? I want to be cozy, and relaxed, and content, snuggling with my babies and leaving space in my mind for creativity and love. I want to be enjoying a night out with friends or my husband without the distraction of the, well, busy! This can be a complex thing to unwrap, so how about starting small. For this holiday season, let's make a commitment to planning and doing what we need to, but also letting go of something we don't.

These are the resources that help me to be more present in my life. I've found that just a little tool, nudge, or forethought into the day - not just ones that I read on facebook and dismiss, but the ones that I actually put into quiet action - is how I have found the elusive balance of love, family, life, work, and play.

First and foremost my own health. 

I'm going to add some of these delicious holiday recipes to my weekly dinner menu and order my groceries for pick up. I'm going to continue to do short meaningful exercise sessions in my basement simply because they work and make me feel good. When I do this little bit of practice everyday, I actually create energy. It doesn't mean I'm going to use the energy for more go go go, though. It means I'm going to use the energy to enjoy the rest as an indulgence.

Next, I always come back to this book each holiday season. 

It describes perfectly how I want to live my life most days. It gives me permission and reason to shut off busy. I've listened to it 3 times each holiday season and every single time it makes an impact.

I also use this journal/planner to organize and stay intentional about my days. 

It's different than just keeping a "busy" schedule, as it helps me create meaning towards my goals and gratitude each day. Especially at this time of year, I actually block out a large chunk of time to sit by the fire with a book. (Enter Code HHTEACHER for 15% off your first order!)

Last, I'm going to say no to a few things. 

I have a work gathering scheduled the same weekend as a musical and a wedding. I know that there will be another happy hour in January, so I can say no to the extra party and yes to a night with my kids. I also have decided that sometimes we say no to one of my old Christmas Dinner traditions and replace it with a quiet day at home. It means I don't see my extended family that day, but it means my little family of 4 gets to snuggle and create our own simpler traditions.

I also said goodbye to the evening and nightly news a long time ago. This seems to be a hot topic when I bring it up, but no news = 60 minutes a day of joy in a book or podcast or quiet instead of feeling bad for others that I often don't do anything about anyway. Want to say no to something easy, do this.

What's Next for you? 

I've given you an example of a teacher, mom, coach, wife, friend ditching the busy and choosing the life I actually want. How might YOU let go of busy this season and embrace these last present joyful moments of the decade?

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Barre Blend - BE Graceful, Strong & Gorgeous in 60 Days

OK - this is a tagline - but I honestly already think you are gorgeous. The key is that at the end of this YOU think you are gorgeous, too!

I am so excited about the release of our newest program- Barre Blend! This low impact workout will seriously change your body- if you want to chisel your waist, define your arms, lean out your legs, and lift and firm your booty (who doesn’t?!), you will love this program!


Can you believe these changes- in just 6 weeks?! Are you ready to start yours?

What is Barre Blend?

Watch the Video on it here!

This 6 week program has 40 full-body workouts that include high-rep, small-range movements and isometric holds, as well as compound, full-range exercises, targeted core work, and dynamic stretches. And every 30- to 40-minute workout includes light weight training and cardio intervals to keep your heart rate up so you can burn maximum calories and fat.

Barre Blend requires no dance or ballet experiences and is perfect for all fitness levels. Start by following the modifier or kick it up a notch with weights and bands. You won’t believe the amazing workout you get from a “low impact” workout.

And this program also focuses on strengthening your mind! This program comes with “I AM” daily motivation cards to help you cultivate a positive mindset every day.

Here is what is included:

-2 prep workouts to introduce you to the program

-40 unique workouts - there are 4 phases with 5 workouts in each. Elise ups the intensity every 2 weeks!

-5 Bonus workouts- these 10 minute workouts up the intensity and target specific body parts

-3 Recovery Workouts

- I AM Daily Motivation Cards- Elise pulls one of these cards before each workout and bases the workout on the card. You can use them yourself to stay motivated through the program- and even use them in your morning routine!

Who is Elise Joan?

You might remember Elise Joan, the creator of Barre Blend, from 3 Week Yoga Retreat! She is a former professional dancer and has taught exercise classes for over a decade. She loves to incorporate mind/body training (hence the I AM cards and daily affirmations!). She is known for her positive, joy filled teaching style and has appeared on Lifetime Television, ABC News, CBS News, and more! Her passion for this workout shines through- you are going to love her!

Important Dates:

November 25- Sample Workout Available!

December 3- (Coaches exclusive!) Barre Blend available for purchase with an exclusive peak at the first 10 workouts! 

December 16- Barre Blend available for purchase

January 3- Barre Blend Day 1!

*Between December 16 and January 3 we will be following a prep calendar to prepare for day 1!*

What equipment is required?

Light dumbbells are required- 1 - 5 pounds should be good for most people. These are very high rep exercises so low weight is perfect!

Loops and barre socks are optional!

What support will I have?

I will be hosting a test group right inside the monthly challenge groups to motivate and support all the women who join me! We'll create a little community and cheer each other on. It's just amazing and so effective!

Since this is a test group, it will be the first time anyone has done these workouts! I cannot wait to experience this program together and see everyone’s results!

What packages are there?

For New Customers:

For Existing BOD Members:

I always recommend the Deluxe packages- especially with a program like this where you will be SORE. Having Recover will help you function the next day- and allow you to give your next workout 100% And Energize- well I can’t live without it!

I also highly recommend the MEGA pack this time! It is a great way to get everything you need- plus you can even try out our newest Plant Based Beachbars! The Mega pack also includes a 3 Day Refresh, so you can start off on the right foot after the holidays! The Refresh is SO good!

My favorite add ons: 

If you don’t get the mega pack, these are my favorite products that will be on sale!

I am so excited to do this program with you! Make sure that you have filled out this form to be kept up to date! I will be sending out the sample workout as soon as it is available and an order form!

Ready for the Barre?

Friday, November 29, 2019

Teacher budget x 2 in the house!

Since Marshall and I are both teachers, we do our best to stick to a solid budget and be really intentional on how we spend our money.  (OK - truth - kinda intentional.  It's my fantasy life to actually SAVE money for big things. Actually, it's a big dream to just need an accountant - but I digress...  I have it all in my head for now. Baby steps.)

By not hitting Caribou or Starbucks every day and bringing our lunch from home - we are able to spend the money on more significant experiences. But that still doesn't mean I want to spend tons of flexible income on our groceries.  I mean, let's face it. Groceries can be boring.  I just don't get excited to buy another bag of frozen chicken like I do a new pair of boots. So I try to figure out how  my family can eat REALLY well but not break the bank.

I'm not saying that we should eat on a college student budget. Endless Totino's party pizzas, 10 cent ramen, and good old kraft mac and cheese are not necessary (though if you can handle the sodium bomb - there is a special place in my heart for all three of these things...)

OK - Real talk here too. We spend SO much money on health insurance and saving for retirement. Why is it OK to "save money" at the grocery store by buying packaged food instead of splurging on the Honeycrisp apples or a solid steak? Eating those packaged foods do NOTHING for our health and nutrition. I mean - I'd like to ensure that I can enjoy the vacations I take in retirement pain-free. Investing in our day to day food and fitness is even more important in my opinion and eating well is something we ALL can do right now to feel strong and vibrant.

So in the last 3 years, I have learned so much through my own practice and coaching others to do this - I thought I'd share my top money saving tips for you today!

1. Plan.

I talk about this in my "Meal Prep is Not a Monster" Post. It doesn't need to be a big plan, but purchasing only things you don't have or avoiding waste in ingredients is a money saving must!

Planning also helps you eat out less. You aren't as tempted to stop for expensive non-nutritious fast food if you have a pound of chicken waiting to go in the oven! A lot of time, the problem with grabbing something quick isn't from not having anything to cook - it's not knowing what you are going to make when you get home.

2. Be honest

Really think about what you will and won't actually eat. Buying 3 bags of bagged salad for lunch is a great idea! Unless you only eat salad once or you don't eat the whole bag. Then you are just wasting great produce and tossing dollar bills down the drain. Portioning my food really helped me gauge how much I really need. So for example - 1 bagged salad is 3 lunches for me! And for goodness sake don't buy a whole cart of fruit either (unless you have teenagers) You can't eat it all before it goes bad! Trust me on this!

3. Use the sales - but not in excess.

I like to buy the one or 2 fruits that are on sale that week (see #2) and try to plan some meat choices around the sale prices as well. (Meat is often the most expensive item, so it's a good strategy to start with.)  It totally pays to grab a few extra containers of fresh meat when it's on clearance because you can put it in the freezer! Then in future weeks, you have it on hand to plan  out with.Watch for buying too much, though.  Things get lost in the freezer and pantry.  And just because a boxed product is on sale - if it wasn't on your plan - you don't need it!

4. Shop online -

Shopping online keeps me away from the physical bags of cookies and licorice.  I have a lot of willpower in my jammies drinking coffee in my chair after I've eaten a full breakfast.  Those little photos of treats are much easier to ignore than the crinkly bags on the endcap!

*And let's not even mention if you do your grocery shopping at Target! Sweaters and home goods and books, Oh MY! #targetrun*

You also can look at what you have on hand in the moment. Do I have enough bread for the week? I can look instead of buying another loaf "just in case"

Another thing I will do, is set my budget for the week for about $100. Then when I've put all of my things in the cart - I look to see if there is anything I actually don't need and delete.  Like the extra box of saltines when soup isn't on the list that week!

5. Invest in the really good stuff - 

You don't need organic expensive everything, but there are some things to keep in mind when making choices.  Check out the "Clean 15" and "Dirty Dozen" produce lists. Google them as they are often changing.  The FDA does a list based on farming practices and testing. This will tell you which items you might want to consider organic and which you can get the regular.

Frozen veggies rock! Frozen vegetables are often picked at peak and frozen so they actually are better than fresh during some seasons.  Save the money and the mold by picking up frozen bags! I like broccoli and cauliflower florets the best! So easy!

Supplements and vitamins are not all equal.  You might love an inexpensive protein shake or multivitamin, but do you know and trust that it's really full of ingredients you can be proud to put in your body? Are the vitamins going to be absorbed properly? Where were the ingredients sourced and are there hidden sugars? (Gummy vitamins anyone?) I personally invest a little extra to get my vitamin and protein all in one - but end up saving when I'm not purchasing all of the suppliments separately.  I also appreciate that I'm not taking more pills because I hate swallowing them! Unfortunately, our food just doesn't contain all the nutrition we really need so some form of supplementation is what most who understand their body does. Make sure it's not just the cheap generic without doing some research!

Friends, sometimes you gotta buy the good steak or portobello mushrooms if meat isn't your thing. Try to get it on sale, but when we say we want to lose weight happily - REALLY good ingredients make a happier food experience.

I hope this helped you figure out a way to save a few dollars this week! If you haven't downloaded my free Win the Week Guide - it has my favorite meal plan included to try right away!  If you HAVE downloaded it, are you in the Stronger with Joy Facebook Community? I posted another one in there this week that's perfect for fall! There is also a post for money saving tips from the group!

Win the Week Guide with my Favorite Meal Plan

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How I Eat Well on a Teacher Budget

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Ain't nobody busy like teacher busy, right?? Are you ready to get ALL my secrets in how I stay healthy and keep the 40 lbs I lost off.  How I transition from home to work and back with a focus on happiness and calm? I'm so so excited to share my practical tips with you in this short and easy to follow guide!

This guide is the perfect strategy for meeting the weightloss and energy goals we have. Over the last 3 years, I have helped countless busy educators and others on a budget stay consistent, reach their health goals, and in turn, their eyes are lighting up more when they see their kids each day.

Interested in learning more about what I do and how it can help you, too? My full coaching services will help you stay consistent, and my free win the week guide can help you take the same steps towards your health goals today.

Here's to a WINNING WEEK for you!

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Holy Moly. This one is going to be nuts. Like extra nuts. Like I think I'm nuts for thinking I should do it. Either the results are going to be SICK - or I'm going to be SICK. Not really sure on that one.

This is one of those once in a few year programs that is NOT for the masses. It's for people who want to level up and push themselves hard. Real hard. Insanity with Shaun T is STILL one of the most popular programs so I know that there are more people out there who can do this.

6 Weeks of THE WORK is an extremely intense, training program created by one of the world’s top professional trainers and new Beachbody Super Trainer Amoila Cesar. This advanced-level training program is modeled after the training regimens Amoila creates for pro athletes and his celebrity clients. Over six intense weeks, he’ll take you through 36 unforgiving workouts to help you gain muscle, torch fat, and achieve results you’ve never experienced before. The program focuses on six training elements: strength, hypertrophy, endurance, power, agility, and mobility. His workouts are intense—your muscles will burn, your sweat will pour, and your stamina will be tested—but completing them all will help you gain muscle and torch fat in just six weeks. Don’t be surprised if Amoila and the cast drop a few f-bombs while they sweat it out. After all, these workouts are brutal, raw, and real. If that’s not your style, there are clean versions available on Beachbody On Demand.

This program is not for everyone so make sure you pass the Fit Test before you begin the program. If you want to achieve results, you gotta do THE WORK!
But if you are willing to try - Here are the details! 

Meet Amoila

Sample Workout

Save the Dates! 

9/30 - VIP Access available
10/7- 10/21 Coach Launch Facebook Group with Amoila
10/29 - Mini Coach test group.  (I still have to finish MM100 so can't start right away)
11/1 - Amoila is in MINNEAPOLIS!
11/18 - I will be leading a challenge group for anyone doing this to go through the end of the year.

Would LOVE to have a few brave souls do the full program starting October 1st to show the rest of us how it's done! Look over the details and fill out this form so I can get you started!

Cost & What's Included

If you do NOT have Beachbody on Demand

If you have a current BOD Subscription

6 Weeks of THE WORK

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

I'm so energetic and lively after the first week of school! - said No Teacher Ever. But every teacher does say, "I wish I had their energy!"

Everyone asks me all summer if I am excited to go back to school, and the answer is always YES! BUT! Yes, but I HATE the morning hustle and I miss my afternoon naps. I'm a girl that likes my sleep, and I'm not a natural morning person (though life dictates I do it anyway in this season). I actually also take a pretty icky medication for my brain condition that sucks the energy away. It's always a magical unicorn day when I forget to take those horrid pills the night before only to come back to the reality the following day when the side effects seem to multiply.

I used to spend the evenings binging Netflix and mindlessly scroll on Insta and Facebook following other teachers who just seem to be exuding energy all day! I mean, the bright colorful pictures and the TPT filled walls, the smiles for days and cheerful captions and posts.  And I was thinking that they must be new teachers and I could NEVER have that kind of energy. But 10 years in - almost 42 years old - I DO!

So when people ask me why I make healthier decisions - it ALWAYS comes back to energy.  Because that's what it takes to follow dreams and live our best days. I am so over wasting any more days not feeling good.

It took about a week of following my plans and programs to figure this out.  I was actually pretty astounded at the difference so fast. As I coach my challengers in my accountability group, I often drop these little nuggets into the daily posts.  When we start a program, we are often super tired and we think the exercise will drain our energy even more, but it's not the case at all! So here are some of my best - FREE for YOU! Because if I can help you follow your dreams, too, I will be happier.

My morning routine starts out just as I plan, dragging myself out of bed after hitting snooze at least once, stumbling downstairs to drink my lemon-y pre-workout mom crack unicorn juice, putting on the easiest workout clothes I have (usually from the day before), starting the warm-up before I'm even awake enough to talk myself out of it. I finally hit the grove and happy endorphins with about 10 minutes left.  That 30 minutes sets the tone for the entire day. All of a sudden, I am feeling my BEST - creative, confident, and productive. The earlier I can get myself up, the more sweet silent time I have before I have to start getting the kids ready. My alarm goes off again at 6:30 am and I head upstairs to get the kids and myself out the door on time.  The last 10 minutes are usually a frenzie and we are racing out of the house late as usual.

I still feel amazing and I make a cup of coffee in my office ready to greet the students and crush the day! Then at some point mid-morning, I crash.  I'm looking for a hit of chocolate or another coffee.  Something to spike my energy. And by the end of the afternoon I need another coffee just to make it through dinner and the "2nd job" of being a mom.

I love my work so much, but the energy struggle is STILL real. I have learned over the last few years that I actually have to be intentional about managing my energy and planning for those pitfalls. Most health decisions I make always come back to this.

Will this food/action contribute to or take away my energy and how do I respond?

Here's the lesson with the examples at the end!

1. Go to bed on time - and on a schedule. Friends, if you are scrolling social mindlessly - JUST GO TO BED! I try to go to bed at 9, but it usually ends up about 10 p.m. My day just starts better if I'm sleeping at 9, though.  Also "social jet lag" is when you drastically change your schedule on the weekends to make more room for fun.  Trying to get to bed about the same time each night even on weekends WILL impact your energy during the week.  I'm not saying don't have a fun night out, by any means, but just be sure you have your energy budget in mind when you say yes to one more dance.

2. Plan a morning ritual - whatever you want to do in the morning is up to you.  I recommend a self-care/love routine that includes exercise of some sort, mapping out your day, dreaming a bit, and personal development.  If you haven't seen MY morning routine - you can get it in detail here. This sets you up for a productive day. No matter what else goes to hell in a handbasket, you can be sure that everything starts clean and fresh with your routine the next day.

3. Eat a healthy breakfast - I was never a breakfast person, but your body really does need food in the morning.  A solid protein and fiber filled carb is energy inducing and brain food. Try making these sausage egg muffins ahead of time! I usually drink my daily shake! (Cafe latte with almond butter and extra coffee. YUM!) Pairing the carb with healthy fat and protein will help avoid the fast energy crash.

4. Mid-morning snack - PLAN for a dip in energy! Bring a piece of fruit and string cheese to keep you away from the chocolate drawer. Add your morning coffee with a splash of milk or cream if you really need it!

5. Lunch - Don't skip it!  If you are going to be eating at your desk or on the go, make an easy deli ham wrap with a whole wheat tortilla and laughing cow cheese.  Veggies and hummus also are pretty non-messy to keep your hands and laptop free of goo.

7. Mid-afternoon snack - plan for this, too! Mine is usually a Beachbar (the most amazing tasty balanced, clean protein bar ever #shamelessplug - seriously they are so good!) and 10 baby carrots.

8. Drink caffeine sparingly or not after a certain time. I also pair my afternoon snack with my mom crack unicorn juice (fruit punch for the afternoon) but I'm super careful not to drink it too late. The docs will tell us no more than 4 cups of coffee a day, and I'm still within this limit - even adding the caffeine from the natural tea in the drink. But drinking it too late will affect getting to sleep on time! And duh THAT is Step #1!!

9. Notice patterns and adjust! Do you have an energy crash at a weird time? Do you get up 100 times to go to the bathroom if you have a glass of wine at dinner like I do? Is there a habit in your day that you know is from being tired? Note those patterns and see how you can use nutrition, exercise and sleep to combat it.  Taking a quick walk around the school is always a good idea. (No running!) hee hee

Now for some solid examples that come up for me all the time:

1. Some #evildonutbringer brings the most AMAZING pastries from the local amazeballs bakery.  I ask myself - is this worth the energy crash and how am I feeling today? Sometimes the answer is yes, and sometimes it's no.

2. My sisters ask me to do a fun all day sister day on a fall Saturday afternoon. When I look at my calendar, I notice if there are commitments over the entire weekend, not just the day we are thinking about.  If I already have a big Sunday planned, I will choose a different Saturday. I know that I need one weekend day to prepare my energy for the week.

3. I really want to sleep in, but I know that getting up to do my workout in the basement will keep me focused and happy all morning.  When I sleep in, I feel groggy and crabby because those crazy endorphins didn't have a chance to release. (Excercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, happy people don't kill their husbands... remember that line?)

4. I reallllllly want that energy boost of an evening cup of coffee, but the most powerful thing I can do for energy is actually get a good night's sleep. So I'll go through a foggier evening, and hit the pillow on time.

I am blessed enough to live with a fellow teacher who gets it. There's no tired like teacher tired. But I do chat with my friends who have partners outside of education that just don't understand.  I mean, all we do is play with kids all day, right? We aren't sitting in cubes slaving over spreadsheets and so we can't possibly be so tired.  Ha!

Hope this helps!!

I also save some energy by planning ahead for the week - if you don't already have it, grab my Win the Week Guide here!

I Wish I had Their Energy!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

As I sit here in my bed on a cloudy Saturday morning, my 3-year-old son is laying next to me and watching Cars 2 for the millionth time. He specifically wanted to be in here and he insisted I stayed in here with him.  He has a sippy cup of fresh milk and I'm sipping on my lemon-y pre-workout because I thought I was heading to the basement right away to do my scheduled core workout.  Every 30 seconds or so, he is talking in a baby voice and snuggling deeper into the blankets saying sweet variations of "Mommy, I love you. I'm your little nugget." or "Mommy, I love eyeballs." (I mean #heis3) Just when I think we are settled and I can actually write this, the 7-year-old daughter comes in with her pillow and a show change request. Now in the span of this paragraph, we are enjoying the math missions on Umizoomi. #momlife. They missed me. I am happy.

After a summer of spending just about every day together, this was the first week they were back in daycare while Marshall and I headed back to work for the fall. It's been another familiar transition we have done for the last 11 years, it is different every single year. I would say that this was my favorite summer so far. The first summer with no diapers felt so freeing! We really could just leave the house to go somewhere and skip a nap if necessary. Thankfully, though naps each day were also a priority. But now as we head back into the school routine, I'm really glad the rhythm of the morning also came back easily.

Everything at work is new for me.  New people, new building, new kids, new processes, new guidelines (though not nearly as many rules as my previous district for some reason). All of those NEW learning takes so much extra time and though.  Even the simplest tasks like sending an email or printing a document for the first time takes hours.  This is the case for every new job. We don't have any habits built yet.  No previous learning to draw from that makes the day run smoothly.  We crave routine even when we don't think we do.

There were SEVERAL times this last week that as I was completing my workout or another part of my morning routine, I actually had the conscious thought of how happy I am that I have this stable routine at home that can ground me for the day.  I'm not waking up frantic and I can complete 6 important self-care steps without really thinking about them. That felt comforting in ways I haven't felt before.  When everything else was chaos in my mind - this hour of the day was calm.  I never in a million years would have thought I would want to get up before my family and to be honest - I'm STILL NOT a morning person. However, my life right now just doesn't allow for burning the midnight oil and stumbling through my morning like I want to. It took some practice and discipline, but the way I feel as I enter my day is transformed. And I was more grateful for this as the rest of my life was new than I realized.

I'm also realizing that I CAN NOT wait for students to enter my NEW library next week. Even though the space is different and the kids are new - my routine for them is going to be mostly the same as what I have done for years. The clarity in which I see this is inspiring. I can't wait to share soon how it's going!

So as you enter your own classrooms on for the first time on Tuesday - or you have been there for weeks, I hope you have some comfort in parts of your routine.  If you need some tips for a morning routine, you can check out my Freebies! I'll be cheering for you!!

A Win the Week Guide that will give you a simple way to use a weekend to plan your week.

A Rise and Recharge ritual mini-course to really dig into why and how to create your own simple morning routine.

The Old Routine Elevates the New Routine

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Hooray for the 🎡 MN State Fair! (Or any fair, carnival, zoo that has amazing treats you love!) We LOVE our food on a stick, and here are some tips to keep your body working at its best so you can have the most fun possible without feeling icky!

🏋️‍♀️Start your day with a workout. 🔥 if you do your full workout, but mad props if you do a short 10 minute abs or strength before you go. It will keep your mind in the health game for the day and boost your energy to get going! Remember your Fitbit to count those steps! Can you double your usual step goal?

🥚Eat a protein and veggie packed breakfast! A veggie omelet made with a dash of olive oil or your daily superfoods shake will get that body moving and fill you with some nourishment to start the day. Obviously with a side of coffee. ☕️

💧Bring your water bottle! Bottled water at the fair is expensive, but there are drinking fountains to fill 'er up. Keeping yourself well hydrated will keep the rich food you will eat movin' on through. Water also helps with energy! Try to fill it up at least 2 times if you are there all day. (Also note where the restrooms are 😉)

❤️Plan to eat what you LOVE. No one thinks you should go to the fair and skip your favorite once a year foods! But if you stick to what you love for the most part, you will enjoy each bite without guilt. My downright favorite is the deep fried Snickers Bar. There have been years I have gone to the fair just for the evening and have only eaten that. If you eat some of those fav things first, you will be less tempted to binge on other things just because they are there.

👯 Share! Do you need the whole thing of cheese curds? NO! When you share, you enjoy together AND eat 1/2 the portion plus save money so you can share something else, too. Win-win!

💰 Get over the "value" of getting the bigger size. If you are with 8 people, totally get the giant bucket of fries and share it. But if you look at the prices and think "but it's only $ more for the big size" - get the smaller size. Save the $ from that upgrade for a different treat and keep it out of your belly. 😉

🍿Skip the stuff you can get at home. Popcorn? Soda? Those things are better at the movies, anyway.

🌶Find healthy foods! The fair has so many amazing options that will actually fill your body with goodness. I remember eating an amaze balls with Cuban wrap in the food building a few years ago. Ask for an ear of corn without the butter, maybe. Try to find some protein and veggie options that aren't fried in order to balance out all of those carbs. Your body will thank you both in the energy it provides and for how you "process" that food later. 💩

🍪Leave it at the fair! Life is all about balance and enjoying your favorite treats and food celebrations without guilt! It's how we handle vacations, holidays, and special events, but it means GETTING RIGHT BACK on the clean eating, balanced, plan the VERY NEXT MEAL (or day in this case 😉) Those Sweet Martha's cookies are never even close to as good the next day. Stick to the cone of them and enjoy each one while they are HOT!

🤸‍♀️When you get home, do a 10 minute yoga stretch and drink a big glass of water. Your body worked hard for you as you walked around and enjoyed all of those experiences including the food.

📱Do you have any healthy foods you found at the fair that you can share? I'd love to see them! Pop them in the Stronger with Joy Facebook Community or comments of the IG post!!
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Tips for the Fair

Friday, August 23, 2019

There is literally no reason to be afraid of meal prep. But we so are! We cringe at the idea of spending a beautiful Sunday afternoon prepping for the week - even when we know it makes the week go so much more smoothly! Truth - I hate it too. But you know what I hate more? That "Ugh what am I going to make for dinner tonight?" question in the car on the way home that prompts a trip to the store or restaurant when I really just want to go home. So here are my hacks for a planned week without the Sunday blues.

I like to make a plan over coffee on Saturday morning. I sit down with my schedule and a piece of paper. Sometimes I use a fancy template, a full-blown meal plan and shopping list like I provide to my challengers in our private group OR I'll chicken scratch a quick plan and shopping list to take to the store/use for my online order.

The key is to just take a bit to plan what you are going to eat. This will allow you to only buy the groceries you need and to plan meals that use the same ingredients. Like shredded chicken tacos and pulled chicken sandwiches in the same week.

Leftovers are Life

When you are doing your meal planning - plan to make a double batch of dinner. Buy enough ingredients to make it - then pack up a couple of servings for you (and a partner if they loved it, too!) to enjoy at lunch later that week. Toss one in a freezer if you have a lot extra for an extra busy week.

Bonus Hack #1- keep a running list on your fridge to write down what you put in the freezer and cross it off when you eat it. Also label the containers with what it is and the date to avoid the mystery lunch. (cute notepad optional)

Bonus Hack #2 - Buy a bag of mixed greens and keep a bottle of salad dressing at work.  You can pack the small salad to go with lunch! #veggiesmost

Work Once - Eat Twice! 

Whenever you get around to making a sandwich, grabbing an apple, and some cheese & baby carrots for a simple brown bag lunch - just pack 2 lunches! It takes just a minute or 2 more to pack 2 lunches, and it saves you so much time the next day! One of the biggest indicators of successful people is to plan ahead like this to maximize time.  Boom - you are successful AF!

Bonus Hack #3 - Pack Smoothie Bags. I learned this little stand up the baggie trick when I go to a popular meal-prep kitchen here in the Twin Cities.  It's magic!  Just like making 2 lunches, I set up a little assembly line of these cool green holders and baggies. Then, as I'm making my first shake for the week, I fill the bags with the same ingredients and pop them in the freezer. I do 4 ice cubes, a banana broken up into pieces, a handful of spinach, a tsp of almond butter, and a scoop of cafe latte Shakeology. Boom boom down the line. Then pop those baggies in the freezer! Each morning, I simply pull out a baggie - break it up by throwing it to the floor (actually gentler than banging it since I don't want to break the baggie) and pour it into my ninja cup.  I add my liquid. Almond milk, coffee & water - and blend.  Makes the hectic mornings just a little less hectic! And I don't have to wash 5 almond butter spoons that week!

Keep it simple! 

Don't forget that adults can eat "Lunchables" too! Pretty sure we just call them Bento Boxes now. It's cooler! Lunch doesn't have to be elaborate - just nourishing so we have the energy for the "after recess" crazy! A serving of seed crackers, a laughing cow cheese or thinly sliced of your fav, slices of cucumber, and 6 pieces of deli meat. Makes a super simple lunch at your desk! Add a giant glass of water and ants on a log or carrots and nut butter - yes carrots, trust me on this!

Bonus Hack #4 - Use a mini crockpot. I love to bring a can of the YES! Campbell's soup and extra cut up veggies from my fridge (carrots, celery, green beans, peas - I like a mix!) I put the veggies in the mini crock pot and add the soup.  Plug it in - and hot lunch is served! Extra win is no waiting in line at the staff lounge microwave!

What are you doing while you are cooking dinner? 

What do you do when you are cooking dinner? Do you usually scroll social media, watch the news, or something else that doesn't feel productive? I know we often look forward to that "down time" but cooking dinner isn't really relaxation anyway.  We can't really unplug and unwind when we have the sauteeing on our mind. Put that precious time to work! I used to workout during this time - I'd get my food in the oven and then run to my basement to do my 30-minute sweat sesh (and stir during the breaks! - The stair climbs back to the kitchen were always harder on leg day!) But now that I do that in the morning, here is what I like to do during dinner that makes me feel productive when I sit down to actually relax when the dishes are all done.

First- I like to cook future dinners, put some chicken in the big crockpot to put on salads or sandwiches, or cut up those fruits and veggies, pack lunches, or actually cook 2 different dinners! If I'm making porkchops and potatoes on the stove, I can easily do that sausage and peppers sheet meal at the same time to heat up for dinner the next day.

Other things I do if the cooking is handled, I'll read a book, check-in with my private accountability group, create new t-shirt designs on my Cricut app or write a blog post like this! My point is that we have pockets of time to fit in some really cool things while our dinner is cooking!

Bonus Hack #5 - This feels overwhelming during dinner prep? Listen to an audiobook or podcast and sip on a cool glass of sparkling water.  We are often dehydrated and it will give us some extra energy! The audiobook will also give your mind and body a chance to relax and another tip of successful people is that they are ALWAYS learning!

I hope this has been helpful - especially as we are heading back to school!  Make sure to hop over to the Stronger with Joy Facebook Community and post your favorite meal prep ideas and share what you are doing!

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Meal Prep is Not a Monster!

Friday, August 16, 2019

I got these directions from!

It's from the Happier and Happier in Hollywood podcast group - the Onward project if you want a printed version - click here to download it!

But to just look:

If you have an iPhone or iPad: 

1. On your home screen, find the purple Apple Podcasts icon
2. Tap it to open the Apple Podcasts app
3. To find the podcast you want, tap the “Search” magnifying glass in the lower right corner
4. In the Search Bar, type in the show’s name
5. When the logo for the show appears, tap on it
6. You’ll go to the page for the show. Hit the “Subscribe” button
7. To start listening right away, tap on any episode

If you have an Android phone: 

1. On your home screen, find the Google Podcasts icon
2. Tap it to open the Google Podcasts app
3. To find the podcast you want, tap the “Search” magnifying glass in the upper left corner
4. In the Search Bar, type in the show’s name
5. When the logo for the show appears, tap on it
6. You’ll go to the page for the show. Hit the “Subscribe” button
7. To start listening right away, tap on any episode

If you have a smart speaker: 

On Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Tap: Say, “Alexa, play _____ podcast.”
On Google Home: Say, “O.K., Google, play ____ podcast.’”

How to Download a Podcast

Monday, August 12, 2019

Woooooow! YES! This is sooooo good for all teachers to listen to! This definitely is a go-to when I am feeling like I'm tired or I need a recommendation for someone who is just burning out.

The Burned in Teacher

This woman is a FORCE! I went to her conference in Minneapolis, too! She uses her platform to lift women up (MEN too if you listen to the RISE together podcast with her husband Dave!)

They also have a robust facebook show called Start Today that airs every morning for a little pick me up while you are getting ready for work! Ditch the negative news and jump on to this instead to be HAPPY and inspired before you begin your day!


Moms of littles - working or stay at home, this was my first podcast crush! The women offer a sane perspective and expectation on parenting in our current world of expectation and comparison.  I also love reading their blog when I'm struggling with anything in my house.  Instead of turning to a glass of wine, sparkling water and this podcast always make me feel better. I'm not a bath girl, but I know that would help, too!

Coffee + Crumbs

Meredith is just so real! I actually know her from Instagram and she interviewed ME for this podcast! Anytime I need to just keep it fun and real and feel KNOWN in the classroom - this is the listen on my way to or from work.

The Transformed Teacher

My go to for all over inspiration and MAX OUT!  Ed is so passionate about making sure we are healthy in mind, soul, and body.  He interviews the most inspiring people!! This is a #1 recommnedation!

The Ed Mylett Show

I'm loving this podcast right now!  It's centered around life-coaching, but there is so much girl-power inspiration to apply to any area of your work or home life.  Best part about podcasts is that they are free! Try this one and you might love it!

Your Kick Ass Life

Swimsuits don't lie! They show every ripple, curve, bubble... all of it. And while we love this season of freedom from our work at school, for a lot of us it's not really a "break." Our own kids are home, too. In my case, the husband (also a teacher) is off and everyday for 2.5 months feels like the weekend.  I like to lounge at home with lazy mornings of cartoons (while I write and serve my bootcamp challengers) and coffee, and he likes to take adventures to the rec center pool every day. It's exhausting and I find myself craving the routine that "Monday morning" brings. But we are also finding a balance that feels a bit easier as our kids get older. This is the first summer without diapers so praise hands!

Now that we are about halfway through the summer, I thought I'd list some ideas for you to help survive the rest! If you are struggling to find a healthy balance or even just a sane one, maybe some of these that I share in my summer survival guide bootcamp this month will help you, too.

Healthy Vacation Hacks

If I continue to follow a healthy lifestyle while on vaca, I find myself able to have the energy and vitality to have more fun! Making health the priority doesn't need to take a lot of time, but it pays off in the fun factor so it's worth it!

The quick and dirty - stick to a routine - drink LOTS of water especially between alcohol and indulgent meals - get enough sleep - do a quick workout before the family gets up or in 10 minutes of downtime - and bring a probiotic! (Our systems are usually tossed out of whack and this will help keep you regular. I always make sure I have a Vanilla Shakeology packet and instant coffee handy to shake up for a nutritious mid-day coffee pick me up AND a dose of those good bacteria!)

Summer Patio Recipes

I love me a good Ceasar! Here's an amazing recipe to try! Add grilled chicken, steak, or shrimp for a perfect summer 2B Mindset dinner!

And need a tasty cocktail, too? If you love a Moscow Mule, try this! Pretty and fancy is my go-to! I even made a t-shirt that says "Always order Champagne."

My favorite Restaurant Tip

Eat extra veggies!

For years, I've been telling people to make good choices at restaurants... you know eat a lighter dinner if you want to drink allll the drinks, or skip the bun if you want the fries.  But lately, I've been trying a new theory of "crowd out and clean out"

Vegetables are good for us.  Our body wants them and they help move food through our body AND fill us with nutrition! It's a win-win for restaurants for sure!! So I order extra veggies and eat them first!

Obviously, a salad with a lighter dressing on the side is a good idea and a simple way to fill your belly before the fries come, but what about adding a side of roasted Brussels or steamed broccoli to the meal? I sometimes want the beer, bun, AND fries but when I add the veggies first, here's what happens:

I often find myself feeling full faster and don't need to finish the plate of fries. (WIN!)
I know that the veggies gave me nutrition the white starchy bun did not (Win!)
My body doesn't hate all of the grease because it's counteracted with roughage (WIN!)
I am full and satisfied and my body still feels good! (WIN!)

Now, this works best when you are only eating out about once a week :) More than that, and the calories will creep up too fast. But I don't want you to feel like you need to be deprived at a restaurant!

Love yourself first

I actually woke up this morning in a pretty bad mood. I didn't want to get out of bed and I certainly didn't want to workout or do some tasks I don't love. I'm feeling behind on my goals, and the negative spiral of thoughts prompted me to hit the snooze. 6 times. Now, this is a luxury in the summer, but during the school year, It would derail the whole day.

However, I KNEW that once I did get up and do my morning ritual, which includes finding things I'm grateful for, exercise that pushes me so I feel like a total BadAss (even when I half-ass!), and reading some personal development to remind me that self love is work, but it's worth it.

As you are looking in the mirror and the tape is looping through "I hate my belly" Try actually calling it out and doing something different.  This is what worked for me!

1. Finding something on my body I DID like and looking at that instead - for me it's my arms and hands.
2. Remembering that NO ONE looks at my body the way I do.  They just see me and my personality is what's first. (and hopefully my outfit! ;) )
3. Actually feeling like I'm making progress to change it. Just knowing that I ate well the day before or did a workout gives me hope that it will actually change.

Don't wish for it - work for it!


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Surviving Summer in a Swimsuit

Sunday, July 28, 2019

"You never rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems" - James Clear, Atomic Habits.

So let's either work on the systems BEFORE we find a program or choose a program we think we can create systems around.

When I break it down, the most universal principle that I conquered in achieving my weight loss results was consistency. This is also the thing that people tell me they struggle the most with - so I thought we would break this one down.

  • So you have a goal and you start looking for a program. 
  • You find one and you start it.  
  • You are all happy and excited and you go ALL IN ... for a few days. 
  • Then you have to go into school early (or stay late) for a meeting, or a friend calls and wants to get dinner, or you are just too tired to find a recipe to cook something healthy.  
  • Something gets in the way and you say - well, I can't today - I'll do it tomorrow. 
  • And then tomorrow comes and goes and you kind of forgot. 
  • And now you are "off the wagon."

Sound familiar? Well, how about instead of starting with the goal - we start with the system! And I don't mean which workout or meal plan to actually follow - I mean how do we RESTRUCTURE your day so interruptions are minimal and the focus on your health becomes a priority? This, my friends, is how you battle consistency!

Here are 5 quick tips that have worked for me!

1. Keep it simple!

We all know that we can look recipes up on Pinterest, and find workouts in magazines, but how much time do we spend LOOKING for those things instead of doing them! Good intentions don't get results. ACTIONS get results. This doesn't need to cost a lot of money, but if you are like me, sometimes a little financial investment in my time is worth it! (Other examples I enjoy, grocery delivery, and templates from Teachers pay Teachers) It also puts a little skin in the game.  When I use my dollar as a commitment, I don't want to waste it and I am more likely to actually follow through with my choice!

Some examples of programs that tell you what to do for a small investment, Weight Watchers, the Whole 30, Obviously my Beachbody programs, etc. Larger investments are private nutrition appointments and personal trainers.  But with all of these ideas, you simply show up and do what's next on the list. Pick something that gives you a workout calendar and meal plan and it will be less likely that you won't complete the task. Also, pick something that you can see yourself fitting into your day EVERYDAY! Don't pick the 2-hour workout commitment (including gym drive time) if you are already strapped for time!

2. Batch

This is one that seems so obvious, but a lot of people don't do it.  You know that whole "double batch of cookies" thing... yeah make a double batch of dinner so you have leftovers for lunch the next day! Cook once, eat 2 or 3 times.  Before putting your groceries away, cut up and store all of the produce! It saves so much time and you are more likely to eat it if it's ready! I like to even cut up my onions and peppers for a recipe later that week. You don't have to prep an extensive meal plan.  Sometimes that's really hard for people to wrap their heads around and for me, it's also hard to fit it in on a busy Sunday with my family.

My favorite is when I just use my old restaurant hack and make a whole pan of chicken to cut up and use in all kinds of meals that week or brown 3 lbs of ground turkey/beef to make spaghetti, sloppy joes, and a casserole in 1/2 the time on the busy weeknight.  You can also freeze the meat for another week!  This time-saving preparation also helps you know what you are having for dinner quickly so it helps you to avoid the trap of picking up dinner on the way home.  Seriously, time, money, and sanity-saving all in one swoop!

3. A little planning goes a LONG way

For real - schedule your new healthy habits in! And put it at a time that you won't get interrupted and no one but you can derail you. THIS is just one reason why I believe that morning is the way to go.  No one else is demanding my attention, no unexpected changes to the day that requires me to adjust (because we all know that skipping is so much easier!) And I'm not having "decision fatigue." The ONLY obstacle I need to conquer is getting out of bed on time to get it done! My workouts are under 30 minutes so instead of checking the news or scrolling my phone before jumping in the shower, I put on some shoes, the workout clothes I wore the day before, and I press play.  I do a few other life-changing simple things in the morning after that (Join my Rise and Recharge Ritual series to get the details!) and then I get on with the morning.  By the time I get to work, I have already accomplished the hardest part of my day.  I feel powerful and energetic.

But if mornings really aren't your thing, try to schedule a workout on the backside of another habit or routine you already have. This is called habit stacking.  So for example, you go straight to the gym from work EVERY DAY! Or maybe the husband puts the dishes away after dinner and you go for a run. I used to put dinner in the oven and workout during those 30 minutes. It CAN be done.  But plan for it, schedule it and don't back out on your appointment.  Also - don't stress about it for the other 24.5 hours of the day.  You got this! You NEVER regret doing the workout. EVER.

4. Focus on your self-care! Get enough sleep.

You know how we just KNOW when our students come to school and they didn't get enough sleep? They are wired or tired or cranky or spacey? WE are like that too, friends! We might be caffeinated because #coffeeislife but we are so much more likely to be focused on our goals of eating well and working out when we are rested.  This could be a whole separate blog post! Adding a workout and healthy meal plan doesn't mean getting less sleep! Waking up early in the morning doesn't mean cutting it from your sleep budget! I like to crawl into bed at 9-9:30 p.m. so when the 5 am alarm goes off, I know I'm ready (though it's hard to pull the covers off every day!) Sleep is actually written in one of the nutrition plans for a workout program I did last year. YES. It's that important.

OOh - Fun fact! "Sleeping in" on the weekends is like changing time zones.  Consistent schedules through the weekend make for a more seamless week.  it's not always possible with late-night events, but something to keep in mind!

5. Find a community that makes your new routine "normal"

Your mind will unconsciously automatically go to the task that is the least amount of work. EVERYTIME. This is NOT being lazy! It's being HUMAN! What differentiates those who do the workouts and eat well from the rest of the world is that these people made it a habit that they don't even think about anymore.  That happens over time.  It also is a LOT easier to stick with if you surround yourself with people who are following the same routine. Why? First, it's motivating! You see them do it, and you are more likely to do it yourself.  Second - it makes it NORMAL. For example, you go out to eat with these people, and it isn't even a question to have a salad. Of course, it's first on the menu! They don't make you feel weird for asking for light oil and also support the chocolate cake! They plan events around an early bedtime, and they cheer you on when the workout is hard. And my favorite is that they expect you to be doing these new habits, too so it makes it a lot harder to skip! And a lot more fun to string a streak together.

There you have it! My top 5 ways to crush consistency and see results faster!

You will find that if you focus ONLY on the consistency, the plan just kind of falls into place after a while! A lot of time is wasted in between starting and stopping.  When you string workouts and eating well for many days in a row, you also gain confidence!

Now, don't worry, a decadent hamburger or night out with dessert will NOT derail you.  Just don't make it 2 in a row!  One treat or missed workout is LIFE! 2+ and it becomes the NEW habit (yes that fast!) to the old ways.

I just know that if you follow these tips and put consistency as your number 1 goal, you will see the results you are looking for!  After you master this, where else can you be consistent in your life?

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How to Crush Consistency and See Results Faster

Thursday, July 18, 2019

YAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!! I love love love this program soooo much! Join me as it launches this month!

I can't say enough good things about this! But here's a little video with the details that explains WAY better than I can!   Morning Meltdown 100 What is it?

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What is Morning Meltdown 100™?

Morning Meltdown 100 is a high-energy, fast-paced, and fierce fitness program designed to be completed first thing in the morning. Commit to 100 workouts, and Beachbody® Super Trainer Jericho McMatthews will get you fired up to build strength and melt away fat. These are high-intensity cardio and resistance-training workouts that will blast your total body, while a live DJ keeps the energy high so you’re motivated to burn off the pounds. The goal: complete 100 workouts and unlock the best version of you.

What makes it unique?

This is the first Beachbody program designed to be done in the morning. When you wake up and commit to giving Jericho everything you’ve got, you’ll go into the rest of your day energized, refreshed, and ready to take on the world. This is an intermediate-to-advanced program that features 100 workouts broken into 5 phases of 20 workouts each. In each phase, you’ll do a 10-workout cycle of 20- to 30-minute workouts, and then heat up the intensity and repeat those 10 with added 100-second challenges—all designed to give you a solid rotation of cardio, resistance, and mind/body training. However you want to complete your 100 workouts is really up to you. Jericho has included recovery days along the way to give your body some TLC, so if you miss a day or want to plan for a day off you can stack that day’s workout with the next. The program outlines exactly how to do that. The most important takeaway is that you make a commitment to every single morning workout. Morning Meltdown 100 also features music mixed live by DJ Jesse Blake, who ramps the beats to speed up moves, adding intensity and excitement. It’ll make your workout feel like a party and give you the motivation you need to keep going. At the core of the program is the Be 100 Book, a beautifully designed, interactive, daily motivational tool and tracker that will help you unlock your potential and guide your commitment as you melt off the fat. START EVERY DAY STRONG.

Who is Jericho McMatthews?

Morning Meltdown 100 creator and Beachbody Super Trainer Jericho McMatthews holds multiple personal training certifications, including National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the American Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and has over a decade of experience in the fitness industry. She’s also the co-creator of CORE DE FORCE®, the Beachbody fitness program built around her love of martial arts. Prior to collaborating with Beachbody, Jericho spent 8 years traveling the globe training LES MILLS™ instructors at some of the world’s biggest fitness events.

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Morning Meltdown 100

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad OnesAtomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Drop the mic and order this book right now!!!!!!

If you are struggling with being consistent with ANYTHING AT ALL! (Losing weight, saving money, cleaning, exercising, being more productive) YOU NEED THIS!!!!

James Clear just explains habits in the most practical and simple way possible - but with so much information that's soooooo interesting! A lot of it has sffirmed my own healthy habits and given me a bteer language to help others with them in my coaching and teaching.

I loved the Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, but this one builds on it, add the focus on TINY habits over time, and also addressed the emotional part of changing!

This will be a go to and first recommendation for ALL of my challengers and coaches on my team. Simple, Powerful, and Easy to listen to/read!

And the teacher in me LOVES the bulleted summaries at the end of each chapter! YES!

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Atomic Habits

This is my favorite planner/journal for my Rise and Recharge Ritual.

It's different than a "calendar" per se that we think of when remembering doctors appointments or play dates - for that, I use google calendar and share it with my husband so we know our commitments.

It's also different than a plain journal that I would always start and never finish more than a page or 2. I don't really like writing like that - but I love just the little bit of reflection this prompts!!

This is for day to day wrapping your head around your tasks for the day.  Sort of like a calendar, planner, journal, to-do list, and gratitude journal all in one.  There is space to set goals and plan ahead, look simply at where you are spending time, and writing down important reminders.

The process that they teach is really easy and the books are inexpensive, portable, and sturdy. I use this method and book daily and I encourage you to try it too!

I believe in it so much, that I applied to be an ambassador for them! So here's a special code to get a discount on your first book!

Click HERE to Order one! 

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Happy Journaling!

The Best Self Planner

This workshop is based on my work over the last several years as a health and wellness coach and a teacher in a high needs school. I watched my overweight self get frustrated and tired with my own energy and health and that became evident in my library with my students. I struggled to manage the behavior in the large space and I became frustrated and knew I was getting burnt out. I yelled a lot, went home exhausted and just didn't understand why I was failing so hard. And I was kind of mad that no one could help. I was the one that needed to figure it out. But I couldn't and didn't do it on my own.

I dug deep into the practices of health, fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, habits, and teacher burnout. It has made me SOOOOO passionate to help others feel as great as I do now!! There is so much information out there that it can be overwhelming, so I've taken the best and created my own ritual every morning. This ritual has actually CREATED time in my day for the most important things and I've been doing this most days now for years, I've finally laid out a 5 day workshop that guides you through the exact steps to RISE and RECHARGE your busy life.  

I've developed this course with the intention of helping YOU!!!
  • "I love life and my work, but also feels like I am drowning and not doing ANYTHING well or to my potential." 
  • "I know what I need to do to improve my health, wellness, productivity, attitude - i just need to actually do it."
  • "I just don't have the time during the school year to be consistent with anything. Frantic is a way of being, but I WANT to feel calm"
  • "I start strong, but my I stop being motivated before I see results." (weightloss, classroom management... any new thing!)
  • "How do YOU do it ALL, Holly?" (PS - I don't do it ALL , BUT but I do a LOT because of this!)
The workshop is a series of short videos that will be emailed to you over the course of 5 days and a 20 page workbook that will teach you the customizable ritual that starts my day. There is also an invitation to join the FREE Facebook community where others are doing this work -  as connection is actually a step in the ritual!  Most importantly, you will see how this ritual doesn't just keep you consistent on weightloss goals as originally intended, but it actually RECHARGES your soul to be happier, positive, more productive, and a better mom, wife, teacher , YOU to serve and live with love. 

This ritual is best done in the morning as the very first thing you do each day.  If mornings simply are un-doable, you have a newborn, or you work a rotating shift, you CAN do this ritual anytime of day! The goal is to make it work for you and be intentional about doing it. Each step has time saving hacks included to help!

If you could use a kickstart in order to practice this ritual NOW as we are enjoying the summer, sign up for the workshop! I'm just thrilled to help you RISE and RECHARGE!!

Rise and Recharge Ritual - FREE Workshop!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

If you are anything like our family we live for grilling all summer long! As a 2 teacher household, we feel like we load the dishwasher ALL day long! But grilling is quick & easy & helps keep the mess out of the kitchen!

So I want to share a chance hang out with me for the week and grab tips on how to stay healthy all summer long! Plus a chance to win some prizes!

Bonus for signing up now: A delicious 7 DAY MEAL PLAN with you! Includes breakfast, lunch & dinner plus some super yummy treats & cocktails!

Enter your email here for the Recipe PDF and the link to join the group!

Posts will start dropping on Friday the 14th!  Can't wait to see you!!

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019