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5 Simple Ways to Go Green

This blog post was sponsored by Love Beauty and Planet, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Ever since moving into our new house we’ve been trying to find ways to go green. I had this big lofty idea that we’d go cold turkey and just be completely green, sustainable, and 100% eco-friendly. I quickly realized that transitioning into a more sustainable lifestyle wasn’t going to happen overnight. Just like approaching any exercise or diet change, an ‘all or nothing’ mindset can just lead to shortcomings when the expectations are set a little too high. What I discovered is that sustainable living is just like a yoga practice. You have to set the right intentions and take it day by day. 

Here are five small, easy, green choices we can make in our homes. 

Reducing water usage in the shower.

I’ve been using the new brand, Love Beauty & Planet and love how it’s made my hair feel. The conditioner has a fast-rinse technology that can help you save water and rinsing time in the shower. I do my part by going easy on the tap.  Since there are 3 ladies in my household this is extremely beneficial in cutting down water usage and costs. Another shower saver tip is to bring the plants in the shower when watering or when plants need humidity from misting. Yes, I’ve taken crazy plant lady to a whole new level. 

p.s. I’ve been using the purposeful hydration shampoo and conditioner – it’s infused with wild shea nut butter and ethically sourced Australian Sandalwood Oil – smells so good! 

5 Simple Ways to go Green

5 Simple Ways to go Green

Recycle and compost food scraps.

Use a trash can that has a built-in recycling bin which has helped us mindfully recycle in our home. We recently picked up a Simple Human dual compartment trashcan and it has been a game changer. Truthfully, we purchased it for aesthetics and functionality, but we had no idea the amount of trash we would be reducing because we’ve been more mindful of the things we recycle. On top of that, we've also been more mindful of composting food scraps and other compostable materials, which has helped reduce the trash. We recently picked up a little container that we place right next to our kitchen sink as a reminder to toss any food scraps into the compost. What we’ve seen is a major reduction in our trash by garbage pick-up and the recycling and compost/yard trimming bins are filled.  

Upcycle used jars and bottles.

In the past, we’ve normally recycled old jars of pasta sauce, but this year we’ve been making a more conscious effort in upcycling them and using them to store nuts or other pantry items. I love doing this because it’s like giving jars another purpose or value instead of them getting smashed up in recycling facilities. Another thing you can do is use them for propagating plants, which we did for a few of our plant babies here at home before we repotted them in their new pots. I can’t wait to do this with my Love Beauty and Planet bottles when we’re done using them because I can think of a few other ways I can upcycle the bottles. 

Ditch the plastic water bottles!

Use a reusable water bottle and carry it everywhere! If you ever catch me out and about you’ll know I carry around a S’well water bottle everywhere I go. Occasionally there’s even more than one sitting on my desk during my work day. A reusable water bottle not only helps the environment by reducing our usage of plastic, but it’s healthier too. Carrying a reusable water bottle can even help you save nearly $260 a year. 

I carry around a S’well water bottle everywhere I go as one of the ways I go green.

I carry around a S’well water bottle everywhere I go as one of the ways I go green.

Ride your bike instead of driving your car to work.

Since I work from home I can’t really ride my bike to work, but what I have done from time to time is swapped out my workouts for a bike ride which saves me time from getting into my car, driving to the gym, and even reduces my carbon footprint. If you’re walking distance from the store, try walking or biking instead of driving. 

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Going full green at once can be daunting, but if you take small baby steps you’ll quickly see it’s easier than you think. Which one of these will you try first? 

In 2018 my goal is to have harmony

In 2018 my goal is to have harmony

Accepting my body for where it is today and creating harmony in my beautiful messy life is my biggest goal of next year. Reconnecting with my creative side in the kitchen, eating more plant-based meals, and getting outside more are also on top of the list! I’m leaving 2017 extremely grateful for the truths it’s shown me and walking into 2018 feeling powerful beyond measure. 

Top 10 Tips on How to Slow Down

There's no surprise I'm the kind of woman who loves to be on the go. This past week I was in Portland with my barre3 fam and in San Diego to shoot a wedding with the hubs. For some people I know a life thats this busy and chaotic can seem very overwhelming and when people ask me "How do you do it all?" I have to remind them of the very important thing I learned at Institute for Integrative Nutrition which is perception of pressure. 

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TOP 10 TIPS

on how to slow da F&*K down

LIFE IS TOO SHORT

Some people, like myself, thrive in high pressure environments. It's one of my strengths and I utilize that strength often in life. Sometimes too often, and life begins teaching me to slow down through physical injuries, catching a cold, or by experiencing reactions such as breakouts, water retention, and my psoriasis flare ups due to increased levels of cortisol. 

In this digital age we have more tools at our disposal to help us become more productive and help us accomplish our tasks yet it leaves us feeling like our to-do lists are never ending. Life is too short and time flies way too quickly especially in today's world. 

Here are 10 exercises to help you slow down, enjoy life, and focus on the important things.

Top 10 Tips to Slow Down

  1. TAKE THE TIME TO PRIORITIZE DAILY OBJECTIVES. By focusing on the most important tasks to get done, we eliminate the stress of trying to accomplish everything at once.
  2. CUT PERSONAL INTERNET USE IN HALF. Technology has become a major element in most of our lives. Social networking, email, and web surfing hinder our ability to focus by throwing hundreds of ideas at us. Reduce your Internet use by 50% and use that time to explore new hobbies, exercise, or meditate.
  3. ENJOY NATURE. Take a 5-10 minute break to step outside and breathe fresh air. Disconnect from the rest of the world and admire the beauty of nature.
  4. EAT SLOWER. A lot of us speed through meals, missing the chance to appreciate our food’s textures and flavors. Start to chew slower and fully experience the smell, taste, and texture of your food.
  5. CONNECT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. We all want to spend quality time with close friends and family, but how often do we get to truly listen and connect? Put away the cell phones and steer clear of noisy environments. Connect on a deeper level.
  6. MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF. When did you last spend valuable time with yourself? Take a night to find a new book, watch a favorite movie, try yoga, meditate, or cook a new recipe.
  7. GIVE YOURSELF MORE TIME. Some of us like to stick to a tight schedule and plan all our daily events. Next time you’re jotting down new tasks in your planner, factor in a few extra minutes when estimating how long things will take. This will help you not rush through daily tasks.
  8. TAKE THE SCENIC ROUTE. Next time you’re driving somewhere, take the scenic route. Driving through open fields, mountains, or in view of a city skyline can be very relaxing.
  9. SIT FOR A MOMENT WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED WHEN YOU START YOUR COMPUTER. Even just a few moments of meditation can set the tone for the rest of your day. Try to empty your mind and take deep breaths before jumping into your tasks.
  10. REMEMBER YOUR GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS. Each morning when you wake up, take a few moments to think about your life goals and aspirations. Recall the milestones you’ve already reached in your life, and your drive to achieve new ones. Try doing this for five minutes before getting out of bed to start your day.

When life get's too chaotic, what are the things you do to hit that pause button?

How Positive Thinking Can Help Your Fitness Goals

Positive thinking plays a direct role in your fitness goals. Each thought we create manifests an energy flow internally as well as externally. If you think “well...I’m never going to get to my goals.” Then the energy that you expend will actually turn out to be negative and every action or choice that you make will turn out to become a negative force that works against your fitness goals.

Your subconscious mind is extremely powerful. In fact some say that it’s more powerful that your conscious mind. The subconscious mind does not differentiate itself from visualizations and reality. Do you ever have dreams that you that feel real and you wake up almost questioning if what happened actually happened? This is because your subconscious mind is not governed by time or space. You’re probably wondering...how does this all play into your health and fitness? Well picture this: you wake up discouraged to get started on a workout, actually you wake up with the single thought that the workout is going to suck. You’ve planted the seed in your mind that the workout is going to suck therefore your body will begin to react to your thoughts that the workout will be tough, a pain to endure, and you will probably lack the motivation to really put the best effort forward. Have you ever had one of these days? I know I have! Now flip the negative thought into a positive one and imagine those days when you’ve been fueled by so much motivation you felt like a speeding train and unstoppable. That is what you need to manifest in your daily thoughts in order to see the greatest impact in your fitness journey.

Setting yourself up for positive thinking is truly dependent on how you live your life and how you incorporate positive thinking to your everyday life. It’s about being in tune and aware of yourself and your surroundings. Some days I lace up my Teva Arrowood sneakerboots and go for a hike in my local county park. The Arrowood boot is waterproof and incredibly light because of "because of Teva's FloatLite™ technology, so they are perfect for the fall weather that’s getting my favorite park muddier in these colder seasons. The change of scenario always sets my mind in a better mood and ready to tackle the week.

But if you can’t do that, one of the most impactful ways I’ve been able to get myself out of a funky mood when I wake up is to meditate and say some simple affirmations as I sit quietly with my thoughts. When I meditate I like to picture myself enjoying the warmth of the sun and traveling somewhere warm, close to the water, where the skies are as blue as the ocean, like Santorini.

I start with these 5 simple ones:

  1. I am beautiful and strong.
  2. I have the power to live my greatest potential.
  3. I fully embrace and trust the journey I am on, both struggles and accomplishments.
  4. I create the life I want to live.
  5. I deserve to be healthy and happy.
Teva Flatform Retro in Sangria currently on  SALE .

Teva Flatform Retro in Sangria currently on SALE.

What are some of the things you do to infuse more positive thinking? I’d love to know what’s helped you push yourself just a little closer to your goals both in your health and fitness and your life!

Teva provided me with compensation in exchange for this sponsored blog post. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

A note to my 25 year old self

A note to my 25 year old self

When you take a step back to look at the big picture you’ll realize that everything in life is truly connected. The way that you approach your personal life, business, and even your fitness will have similar manners. And sometimes the greatest thing you’ll learn is to let go of expectations of what should be and learn to embrace what can be and what will be.

My advice to my 25 year old self: Our jobs is to search for our own voice and vision. Don’t worry about trying to please others because while you are in the messy middle of your figuring this all out, you will disappoint people. The sooner you come to terms with that, the sooner you can find your voice. You will always be working on discovering who you are meant to be and that is OK. Life will change and experiences will mold you, as they should.