Just Tell Me What to Do!

Yeah, I knew…

  • I knew that I was supposed to eat well. 
  • I knew that I was supposed to drink enough water. 
  • I knew that I was supposed to rest.  
  • I knew that I was supposed to make time for play & self care. 

But even though I knew all of these things it was like being caught in a whirlwind of “supposed to’s.” I had all the information but what I really needed was for somebody to just tell me what to do! 

I was so caught up in the chaos of all of the “shoulds,” that I couldn’t do any of them at all. And I paid for it. In every area of my life…

What changed for me? I reached out for help

This wasn’t easy for me, I’ve always been very very independent. I’m still very very independent. But I got to a point where I simply couldn’t keep spinning my wheels any longer. I was feeling like I was totally missing out not only on my life with my kids, but my life in general.

What did I do? 

I found some experts to help me. And let me tell you, at that time I barely had enough money to pay my bills, but I knew that I couldn’t go on the way things were any longer so I started stashing away a little bit every week until I had enough to pay someone to help me.  It actually didn’t take very long at all. Mostly I did away with conveniences that I had gotten used to, you know, take out coffee, a dinner out every other weekend, new shoes just because, that sort of thing.

The counsellor I saw then was part of a community program and was free of charge to me at that time. My naturopath, I did have to pay for, but she set me on a solid path of what to do and I followed her instructions just like that.  My friend and mentor in the yoga community helped connect me with a teacher training program that I could #1. afford and #2. take part in while still working to support my two children. I got resourceful about how I could make these things happen because it mattered so much! 

When I look back on it now, it seems so clear to me that I was stuck on that hamster wheel of too much information and not enough action for far too long. 

  • I needed someone to tell me what to do. 
  • I needed accountability. 
  • I needed someone who knew what I was going through and had real-life solutions that I could work into my day-to-day routine.

And that’s what I do to help other moms who are struggling the way I used to struggle.

That’s why I became a coach and yoga teacher. 

Maybe you feel like I did? You kind of know what you need to do, but you just don’t seem to be able to do it… 

I totally get it and there’s lots you can try for sure, but its my experience that being hyper independent can sometimes get in the way of making the lasting changes you need to turn your life around in the way you really want. If you’ve got someone you can share with, who won’t try to discourage you from making those changes to help improve things reach out to them! Or try to connect with people IRL or online who have similar goals and are committed to taking action. But if you feel like you need someone now and don’t know where to go…

I’m here to help! I created The Real Life Reset System to help moms ditch their daily exhaustion so they can level up their energy, find their focus, and make the most of their Mom Life!

You don’t need to keep struggling like this.

If you’re done with feeling tired and overwhelmed and frazzled… give me a shout!  Book your free Mom Life Clarity Call here and let’s figure out your best next steps, whether that’s working with me in some way, or something else entirely.

Always from the heart,

Jennifer

PS – if you’re looking for a supportive community of moms who are making positive changes to improve their overall health & wellbeing (and we have some laughs too!) please check out my free FB group here:  Level Up Your Mom Life

Mixed Feelings for Mother’s Day

Let me begin by saying that being a mom is without a doubt the best experience of my life. And that I am constantly in awe of how much so many moms are able to handle not only while raising their children but also throughout the rest of their lives.

But, like some other holidays we celebrate in our society, Mother’s Day brings up many conflicting feelings and thoughts for me. This doesn’t mean that I don’t think mothers should be celebrated, it simply stirs up a lot of “stuff” for me and I feel like maybe I’m not the only one.

Continue reading “Mixed Feelings for Mother’s Day”

Is Your Mindset Messing You Up?

The Momma Stress Mess: How It Messes With Your Health

 

We all have some level of stress, right? (Every mom everywhere puts her hand up… lol!)

 

It may be temporary (acute), or long-term (chronic).

 

Acute stress usually won’t mess with your health too much. It is your body’s natural reaction to circumstances, and can even be life-saving.

 

Then, when the “threat” (a.k.a. “stressor”) is gone, the reaction subsides, and all is well.

 

It’s the chronic stress that’s a problem. You see, your body has specific stress reactions. Continue reading “Is Your Mindset Messing You Up?”

Momma, Feed Your Brain!

The Gut-Brain Connection: How To Feed Your Brain

If there was ever a call for “digestive health,” this is it!

gut brain.pngYes, it’s true. Your gut is considered your “second brain.”

There is no denying it anymore.

And because of the new scientific discoveries about the vagus nerve, the enteric nervous system, and the amazing influence your gut microbes can have, it’s no wonder what you eat feeds not only your body but can directly affect your brain. Continue reading “Momma, Feed Your Brain!”

Take A Moment…

Let yourself feel how you feel. Don’t let it consume you, but allow yourself to process what’s going on. After awhile, hopefully, you can gain some insight into the experience.

Yesterday was a very difficult day for me. Something unexpected happened with a work project that is near & dear to my heart & in the moment I was completely blindsided by the development (although in retrospect I should’ve seen the signs).

The person who is my my sounding board, my creativity cohort, & my biggest supporter is out of town, so I felt very alone & lost. My kids did their best to help me, but what had to happen was feeling all the feelings. It was exhausting & there were about a dozen things I really wanted to get accomplished, but instead I spent the day working through my thoughts & emotions as best I could. I ate comfort food (yes… it was potatoes! Lol!), I cried, I slept, I organized stuff-whatever I needed to do in that moment.

Today, I’m still fragile, but I’m up & about and working on one of my other favourite work projects.

Life is not always smooth sailing, we do the best we can. And if that means having a day where we hide at home so we can process our challenges then so be it. No judgement. Be gentle with yourselves.

We’re in this together. ✨💛✨

Free to Create a Life I Love (a story of self-preservation)

Have you ever heard the story about how if you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will jump right out (literally saving its own skin); but if you place a frog in a pot of water then very slowly turn the heat up over time, it will boil alive…  Ick, but wow, right?

That was me.  I was the frog in the pot. Until 7 years ago anyway, and it was only because my Momma Bear instincts got activated that I was able to see my situation for what it was and jump out before it was too late. Continue reading “Free to Create a Life I Love (a story of self-preservation)”

To Cook, or Not to Cook. That is the question…

Raw vs. Cooked – Which Contains More Vitamins and Minerals?

 

Let’s finally put an end to the debate of raw vs. cooked.

 

Of course, in the grand scheme of a well-balanced, nutrient-dense, varied, whole foods diet, the cooked vs. raw debate isn’t that critical for most people.

 

Where this can become a consideration is for vitamin and mineral deficiencies (or “insufficiencies”). These may be due to digestion or absorption issues, or avoidance of certain foods (due to allergies, intolerances, or choice).

 

And I’ll tell you that the answer isn’t as simple as “raw is always better” or “cooked is always better.”  Continue reading “To Cook, or Not to Cook. That is the question…”

Do You Need a Dairy Do-over???

Dairy Intolerance (Lactose, Casein, and Whey)

 

Having a food intolerance is not fun. It can cause abdominal pain, discomfort, and nausea. It also causes embarrassing symptoms like flatulence and diarrhea. Other symptoms linked to food intolerances include muscle or joint pain, headaches, exhaustion, and even skin symptoms like rashes and eczema.

 

Dairy is just one of those foods that many people seem to be intolerant of. Continue reading “Do You Need a Dairy Do-over???”

Hard-wired for Health

Why am I so WIRED today?  Well, it wasn’t from too much coffee. It definitely wasn’t from energy drinks (NEVER!!!!). It wasn’t even from a rush of adrenaline…  It was in fact, literally being wired-up to check my heart health!

This wasn’t the topic I was going to write about this week, but after I left my doctor’s office today I was thinking about how often I’ve seen posts & articles about how women often miss the signs of serious health issues.  I’m not gonna lie… I’ve pulled the old “oh, I’m sure it’s nothing,” or “it will pass,” routine more than once in my lifetime. Continue reading “Hard-wired for Health”

A Calorie is a Calorie… wait, what???

Common Weight Loss Myths …   XX   Busted   XX

 

Weight loss advice is so common (and contentious) now. There are competing opinions everywhere. And let me be the first to say that what works for one person may or may not work for another person. As I often share with my clients/students “we are all made from the same stuff, but we are all put together differently.”

 

I say, forget about “who’s right” and let’s focus on “what’s right.” Because what gets results is what I’m focusing on in this post. Continue reading “A Calorie is a Calorie… wait, what???”

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