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Nurse boss-a blog dedicated to nurses

Welcome to the 22nd installment of Nurse Boss. A blog series dedicated to nurses.

I was guided to create this series after a spark of creativity within my soul felt that it would help thousands of nurses.

My hope is that these interviews will ignite a spark in you or stir your inner landscape in a way that propels you to dream big and go after what it is that you desire in life and career.

A Nurse Boss is a nurse who has created a lifestyle that aligns their passion with their natural gifts and energy style in a way that helps others while also honoring their own body, mind, and soul. A Nurse Boss walks their talk and they are open to receive the abundance that is theirs.

A Nurse Boss is more than a role or job he/she has, it’s a certain energy, a vibe, a mindset.  A Nurse Boss has an uplifting energy and loves helping others, but not to the detriment of his/her own well-being.

Today’s Nurse Boss, Joyce Harrell has so much to share with you about life, career, and whole body healing. I love how she transformed her nursing burnout into a new nursing career that is bringing healing not only to herself, but thousands of others. My favorite part of her interview is her ABC’s of personal growth. 

Joyce Harrell, RN

1.What are you doing now? 

I work PRN as an Oncology Nurse while I’m building my business as a Wellness Coach. I share whole person wellness concepts through a program called the Wellness Inventory. In addition to being a wellness coach, I integrate aromatherapy and herbal support for my clients. I’m part owner in an on-site Wellness Center, and I also have an online business that mirrors my wellness center. Future plans are in the works to create CEU Aromatherapy and Herbal programs for nurses. I just returned from Europe where I completed an Aromatherapy Palliative Care program for health care providers. I’m going to be creating a holistic Palliative Care program locally, and also in the future train nurses here in the United States along the same path.

I also have a blog that is monetized. I write as an integrative wellness coach on stress management, mindset issues, and aromatherapy/herbal support. I also write some articles specifically for nurses on wellness.

2. Did you always have the desire to do what you are doing now or did someone or something create a spark in you that made you realize this was your calling?

I have studied and been interested in integrative health for over 30 years now. However, the wellness coaching part entered my life a few years after I experienced a severe burnout period in my nursing career 10 years ago. It wasn’t until I discovered the healing tools as I studied wellness coaching that my life experienced a shift. I realized at that time, I experienced the severe burnout because I wasn’t equipped with tools needed to navigate through my stress and overwhelm.

3. Why is nursing a great launchpad for nurses who want to create their own lifestyle doing what they love?

Nursing is such a healing art and science. You start with critical thinking skills, but those are enhanced with experience. You gain experience dealing with people (easy and difficult people). You learn how to prioritize tasks, and also how to lead and delegate. Holistic nursing is geared toward healing of mind, body, and spirit. As we learn to honor our own holistic framework, we are able to honor dreams and inner passions for creating a life we love.

4. What is the ultimate characteristic of a nurse boss? 

Confidence! Confidence in your ability to achieve your goals and dreams.  For me, I accomplish this with what I call my ABC’s of personal growth.  A) Authentic living. This is honoring our dreams, passions, desires, and purpose. Being authentic means to be true to who we are, even when opposition comes and it feels we are swimming upstream against popular thoughts. True pioneers were never among the masses. B) Boundaries.  Being able to set boundaries for our own peace, safety, healing, and path. There are many voices calling out to us to get us off course, and inviting us down paths that don’t resonate. Again being authentic and on point to our goals and dreams will allow us to say no when we want to say no, and to say yes to those experiences which are part of our journey.  Better is always the sidetrack for BEST. C) Creativity… Allowing our creative side to flow is essential to our health and success as a nurse boss. Often the left brain side (scientific) takes over and while we need this part to operate the business side of things, it’s imperative to set aside creative times for growth and new ideas. Creativity sessions are where I get my best ideas for my journey. This is where I dream, grow, and experience.

5. What was the biggest obstacle you’ve faced to get to where you are now? How were you able to overcome it? 

My biggest obstacle is actually me. Since I’ve started my journey I’ve participated in several mindset programs to shift my thinking from “I’m not good enough”, “who will want what I have to offer”, to “My experiences and passion attract those who need what I am offering”. It’s been very empowering for me personally to realize I offer what people need. I believe most people’s biggest obstacle is their own personal self and lack of confidence of being able to be successful doing something outside the norm. We nurse bosses are really pioneers.

6. What does your current job allow you to do that traditional nursing did not?

In my role as a wellness coach I have the time to be supportive in empowering my client to tap into the answers which already lie within. I’m able to be more holistic and support whole person wellness. I find even as a nurse who still works some hours within a traditional nursing role, I implement some of my wellness coaching skills, but it’s not the same. There is not time allotted or emphasis truly given to be able to help my patients look at body mind and spirit. The emphasis of course in most traditional settings is on the physical (unless you are a mental health nurse).

7. For nurses who feel stuck in their careers what words of wisdom do you have to help inspire them to break out of their status quo?

Nurses who feel stuck in their current role should explore what it is they really want to do. Sometimes nurses accept roles they really aren’t happy in. So, look at my ABC’s.  Be Authentic when you are looking for a position, or when looking for something beyond the status quo. Don’t accept a role you know isn’t a fit. Set your boundaries, and learn to say yes only when you know it’s right. Then have creative sessions to explore what you really want from your life. It is more time? More money? What are interest or hobbies or passions you have outside of nursing? Is there a way to be creative and “marry” the two? Nursing and your passion? Think outside the box.  Look for a nurse mentor who is already doing what you want to do. Mentor with them.

8. What resources can you share for nurses wanting to explore creating their own gig that actually pays them?

I am a member of the National Nurses in Business. This is a great resource with many ideas and resources to start your own business.

Now for fun:

9. What book or publication is currently on your nightstand?

I wish I could say I had a mystery novel, or fun fiction on my nightstand. I don’t. I’ve always got 2-3 books going at one time. 

I’ve got Nurse Herbalist by Dr. Martha Libster.   

Complementary Therapy in End Of Life Care by Madeleine Kerkhof-Knapp Hayes.

And the latest copy of Beginnings from American Holistic Nurses Association.

10. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be

This is a fun one.  For a non-healthy food, I’d have to say Ice Cream. More specifically: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Gelato.  And for a Healthy food, I could eat an avocado every day for the rest of my life! Love them!

11. How can we get in touch with you? 

The best way to get in touch with me is through email. My email is [email protected].  You can also find my writings at http://www.joyceharrell.com

 

Thank you for your energy and taking the time to read Nurse Boss. Please share with us what you are doing to own your nursing acumen, creativity, and imagination.

If you want to join the Nurse Boss movement to up the vibe of the nursing collective, join us over on Facebook at Nurse Boss Tribe http://bit.ly/2aE9vkh

Keep shining your light,

XO,

Lisbeth

Nurse Boss

Nurse Boss-a blog series for nurses

Welcome to the 6th installment of Nurse Boss. A blog series dedicated to nurses.

I was guided to create this series after a spark of creativity within my soul felt that it would help thousands of nurses.

My hope is that these interviews will ignite a spark in you or stir your inner landscape in a way that propels you to dream big and go after what it is that you desire in life and career.

A Nurse Boss is a nurse who has created a lifestyle that aligns their passion with their natural gifts and energy style in a way that helps others while also honoring their own body, mind, and soul. A nurse boss walks their talk and they are open to receive the abundance that is theirs.  

I would like to introduce my sixth Nurse Boss, Donni Alvarenga. She is a nurse and certified health coach. You’ll never guess that we met on LinkedIN!! I love her story because it resonates with so many seeking a better way to live. She desired a change in herself, so she made it happen. Now, she is helping others do the same.

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  1. What are you doing now?

I now help people do what they never imagined possible, whether that means coming off of Diabetes medications, fitting into a wedding band that has not fit for 10 years, being able to make a living working from home, or generating enough income to quit a job one hates.  I run my own Wellness and Business Coaching practice.

  1. Did you always have the desire to do what you are doing now or did someone or something create a spark in you that made you realize this was your calling?

My experience as an oncology nurse helped me realize that helping people was not enough for me.  I did not want to help people simply survive.  I wanted to help people thrive.  It took me 13 years of nursing to finally figure out how to make a living while living out my calling.

  1. Why is nursing a great launchpad for nurses who want to create their own lifestyle doing what they love?

Nurses have so much value to offer the world!  Between their expertise in healthcare and their resourcefulness, nurses can build upon their skills to do anything they put their mind to.

  1. What is the ultimate characteristic of a nurse boss?

A nurse boss lives life around what matters most to them.  They first know what is most important, and they know how to finance their life in a way where their schedule is dictated by what is most important to them, and not by a paycheck or other boss.

  1. What was the biggest obstacle you’ve faced to get to where you are now? How were you able to overcome it?

The biggest obstacle was my own mind.  My thoughts kept getting in the way.  I always thought I never wanted to run my own business because I wanted job security and benefits.  How did I overcome my own thoughts? By reading books and connecting with people that have what I want, I was able to change the way I thought.  My perspective shifted.  After my husband has been laid off twice, I learned there is no job security in trusting my career to someone else.  I find more security in my ability to do whatever it takes to provide for my family than I do in trusting someone else to do whatever it takes to protect my position and ability to provide for my family.  I also realized that the benefits of owning my own time far outweigh any benefits an employer could offer me.    

  1. What does your current  job allow you to do that traditional nursing did not?

Help people get healthy.  As an oncology nurse at the bedside, I was expected to help people get healthy ENOUGH to get them out of the hospital.  As an outpatient oncology nurse, I was expected to keep patients healthy ENOUGH so they would not be admitted to the hospital.  Healthy “enough” was never healthy enough for me.  I had heard and read that was possible for chronic diseases to be reversed through lifestyle, however in 13 years of nursing experience, I had never seen it in real life.   Within 2 weeks as a health coach, I had my first client have her Diabetes medications reduced.  In addition to seeing people come off of blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol medications every month now, I also get to hear stories of how people are thriving now.  I have one client that lost 165 lb and was able to go caving in Iceland.  She said that she would never have fit in the caves had she not lost the weight.  Stories like that validate my passion for helping people thrive, not just survive.    

  1. For nurses who feel stuck in their careers what words of wisdom do you have to help inspire them to break out of their status quo.

There IS a reality that is different from the one you see.  You might feel stuck because you don’t see any alternatives.  That’s because you are inside a box and you can’t see beyond the ledge.  Find people that are living outside the box, people that are living the life you want and ask them if they see a different perspective.  If you can’t meet those people, read their books.  Become intentional about surrounding yourself with people and thoughts that see possibilities and not obstacles.  Feed your mind with what you want and avoid those that belittle what you want.

  1. What resources can you share nurses wanting to explore creating their own gig that actually pays them?

Me.  I am passionate about empowering nurses to find more flexibility, purpose, and balance in what they do for a living.  I am not interested in “inspiring.”  I am passionate about EMPOWERING nurses with the tools they need to make it happen.  All of those qualities (flexibility, purpose, and balance) are fueled by the ability to finance their life.  Money, and income, is a basic necessity.  Without that, most people do not find flexibility, purpose, and balance.  I offer free business coaching services to those that use the tools I recommend.  The audience I can help include:  nurses that are interested in utilizing their nursing skills working from home, that have a passion for wellness, or that have an entrepreneurial mind but not sure how to build a business that can generate the kind of income to meet all their needs.

Now for fun:

  1. What book or publication is currently on your nightstand?

Strategic Acceleration by Tony Jeary

  1. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

If I could eat one food and never worry about the health or weight consequences, it would be Mango Key Lime pie.

  1. How can we get in touch with you?

LinkedIn: Donni Alvarenga

Twitter

Donni’s Blog

FaceBook

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 321-285-6643

 

 

 

 

Nurse Boss-a blog series for nurses

Welcome to the 2nd installment of Nurse Boss. A blog series dedicated to nurses.

I was guided to create this series after a spark of creativity within my soul felt that it would help thousands of nurses.

My hope is that these interviews will ignite a spark in you or stir your inner landscape in a way that propels you to dream big and go after what it is that you desire in life and career.

A Nurse Boss is a nurse who has created a lifestyle that aligns their passion with their natural gifts and energy style in a way that helps others while also honoring their own body, mind, and soul. A Nurse Boss walks their talk and they are open to receive the abundance that is theirs.

Allow me to introduce Lydia Romero-Johnson. Lydia is an amazing woman, whom I befriended in business school, aka “B school.” B school is Marie Forleo’s online school for entrepreneurs who want to learn how to take their businesses online. Check Marie out here:  Marie Lydia is a nurse and has an entrepreneurial spirit. Our connection was sealed with that and we became fast friends. I am delighted to share her real life experience, vulnerability and awesome with you.

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  1. What are you doing now?

I am working as an RN in an outpatient psychiatric day hospital. It’s called a PHP, partial hospitalization program. I support patients with various psychiatric diagnoses. I educate them about their diagnosis and teach them positive and healthy ways of coping with it by implementing everyday stress management techniques.

I have started my own health coaching business, Lydia Romero Johnson, LLC. I provide support and coaching for women struggling with chronic health issues. Through our work together, women remember that it is okay to thrive, not just survive or get by in life.

  1. Did you always have the desire to do what you are doing now or did someone or something create a spark in you that made you realize this was your calling?

I knew I always wanted to help people, but I didn’t know in what way. I had a lot of family members, including myself, with health issues, which eventually drew me into nursing. I did have a lot of doubt about this decision. I didn’t think I could pull it off, as I knew it would be a huge responsibility. It took me a long time to really commit to this career decision, but once I did, I loved it. It felt natural to me!

I didn’t know what specialty I wanted to go into, but I knew I wanted to do something that would allow me to connect to the whole well-being of the person. I started working in the local health department, and found that wasn’t the right fit. I tried being a neonatal intensive care nurse, but that wasn’t a good fit either. The nights and rotations were not conducive to my desire for a balanced work and family life. I saw a position at an out-patient psychiatric hospital and remembered how much I enjoyed my psych rotation in nursing school.

I always felt that it was important for people to talk about their thoughts, feelings, and emotional state. I noticed a lot of people tend to avoid these topics! Anyway, as soon as I started working there, I felt like it was the right environment. I have been there for five and a half years. It’s great to see the progress of the patients who come in feeling hopeless and depressed and then leave with hope and the skills needed to cope with their symptoms and function in their daily lives. It feels great to make such a huge impact on these patients and I work with a great team.

In regards to my health coaching business, I knew that I needed to share what I’ve learned on my journey to health. I greatly improved my health and that motivated me to learn more. The spark was lit!!  I wanted to be able teach others how they can help themselves heal. That’s why I started my education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a certified health coach. Promoting a holistic approach to health and life is important to me.

        3.Why is nursing a great launchpad for nurses who want to create their own        lifestyle doing what they love?

Nursing has so many specialties, which gives you many options. If you want to work with patients in mental health, run groups, and give support and teach coping skills, you can do that. If you want to work in a hospital and assist in surgery, you can do that. If you want to do outreach in the community, reduce risk for infection, teach, or promote health in schools, you can do that too. There are so many options and a wide range of shifts that you can find the right fit for your lifestyle. You can also start your own business!! That’s some cool stuff. I didn’t always think it was possible, but now I know that it is.

  1. What is the ultimate characteristic of a nurse boss?

A nurse boss has to have confidence, because if you don’t have confidence you’ll be spending every day with a lot of doubt, which can hinder your career and also impact those around you. Confidence is a tool that allows you to move forward, to see your potential and the potential of those around you.

  1. What was the biggest obstacle you’ve faced to get to where you are now? How were you able to overcome it.

I have struggled with confidence. It is a huge responsibility to care for people, and I had a lot of doubt that I could do that, and I didn’t know how I could become a nurse. My dad had a 9th grade education and my mom graduated high school, and being a nurse meant going to college. That scared me. I remember thinking, “really, can I do that?” I had this asking permission stage where I kept questioning my ability. At the time I was working in retail and I was at a point where I had nothing to gain in the job and there was nothing left to give, and something kept speaking to me, telling me I had to try nursing. I had to tell myself it was going to be scary, but in order to grow and to get to the next level of where I wanted to be in life I knew I had to try it. So, I used that desire to push past my discomfort and in the process I gained confidence.  Again, with nursing, there are so many options, and with these options I embraced the holistic lifestyle that enabled me to be more confident.

  1. What does your current job allow you to do that traditional nursing did not?

For me, traditional nursing which involved twelve hour shifts was near impossible. Doing a twelve hour shift and getting off work just as my kids were heading to school or rushing from work so I wouldn’t miss my kid’s birthday party didn’t fit with my lifestyle. I also had to be mindful of my health struggles, and my current job allows me a better work-home life balance. I always felt I had a high emotional intelligence and that I was very empathic. My current job allows me to use those skills to help my patients. I am able to connect with the patients and support them in what is a vulnerable, scary, dark time in their lives. The average stay for a patient is about two weeks, which allows me to see their improvement. I love that! Between doing that and working on my business, it allows me to support the whole person: mind and body and spirit.

  1. For nurses who feel stuck in their careers what words of wisdom do you have to help inspire them to break out of their status quo?

My words of wisdom are that you always have options. It may not always feel like it, but you do. Sometimes it takes going completely outside of your comfort zone to live your dreams, but you are worth it!

  1. What resources can you share to nurses wanting to explore creating their own gig that actually pays them?

B-School created by Marie Forleo was a great resource for me. It is a community of mostly women, with a few men who are looking to make their own way.  Whether you are an artist, writer, massage therapist, or a nurse, B-School helps those who are trying to use those knowledge based skills. They support you and help guide you through how you can package your assets and share it with the world. If offers lots of support, guidance, and heart-centered networking. B-School is where you learn to create a business and life that you love.

My other recommendation is the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). Their training provides a holistic approach for health and wellness. Primary Food is a big part of their teachings. The Primary Food concept is not just about the food you eat, but your relationships, career, spirituality, and work-life balance. They do a great job of educating how to teach clients that aspect, which you don’t necessarily get in nursing. Many doctors and nurses have attended IIN to help expand their knowledge of preventative care through using a holistic approach.

Now for fun!

  1. What book or publication is currently on your nightstand?

I have been using Audible lately. It makes it easier for me to read while I’m getting my business up and running. I’m currently listening to The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and Leveraging the Universe and Engaging the Magic by Mike Dooley. I recommend them all!

    10. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be? It would have to be oatmeal. I know some people say, oatmeal?, but yes oatmeal, with walnuts and raisins, a dash of cinnamon, and a splash of almond milk. Yum!

   11. How can we get in touch with you? I would love for you to connect with me! Please visit www.lydiaromerojohnson.com

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Laughter and Yoga

Laughter is the best medicine. It reduces stress, transports you to the present moment, and helps strengthen your abs. Laughter is inherent in the daily experience of children and seems to lessen with age and responsibility.

This is a picture of me as a young girl laughing away as I often did when being entertained by others.

I love the benefits that I receive when I enjoy a good belly laugh and I love the way I feel mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually during and after I practice yoga.

When you combine the two, what happens is nothing short of majestic.  Laughter + Yoga= BIG F-U-N.

Here are my favorite reasons to practice laughter yoga and yoga:

  • it boosts your “feel good” endorphins
  • it’s free
  • it feels good
  • it increases your vibration, which equates to better health
  • it relieves stress, tension, anxiety, and reduces blood pressure

I want to invite you into my Nurse Healing Lounge for a hilarious dose of laughter yoga. It will only take about twelve minutes and the payoff is huge, if you participate.

Go ahead, go all in, what have you got to lose?

In this episode, Giggle with us here Sarah Routman, of Serious Giggles guides us through some simple, yet profound laughter yoga exercises to help my friend Liz and me get our giggle on.

Please enjoy, share, and repeat.

Please share your favorite part about this exercise. I personally love the smile “push ups”!

What can you do  now to start laughing more often?

For more laughter yoga, check out Sarah’s amazing work at:   Sarah’s website

In laughter and gratitude,

Lisbeth

 

The Top 3 Mistakes that Keep us Stressed and Unwell

As a culture, we live so habitually. We go from one day to the next without much INTENTION or AWARENESS about what is happening moment to moment. As a result, we lose so much of the opportunity to NOTICE the nuances which could be anything from joy to a signal from our body that something is not right. For many of us, what this looks like over time is a total disconnect between mind and body. We are whole by nature, so when we live in a way that honors “all parts of us”, we are much more likely to thrive in health and happiness. I chose three categories to demonstrate how we sabotage our own health which keeps us stuck in chronic stress and in poor health.

  1. Time Vampires: Time is really the only constant for all. We each have twenty four hours in a day. Most of us wish for more time. People who are not living INTENTIONALLY tend to fall into one of two camps, the “auto-pilots” and the “multitaskers”. The auto-pilots are checked out and not much registers with them or gets their attention. The multitaskers assume since they are doing multiple things simultaneously, that they are super efficient. Studies show that the opposite is true. When we multitask and frequently get interrupted, we become less efficient. Regardless of which camp you fall into, neither approach is very fulfilling and keeps the body in chronic stress mode which will eventually catch up with you in the form of (dis)ease.
  2. The Sleep Robbers: Sleep has become so un-essential to our day to day existence. It’s this attitude of, “if I can sleep for a few hours, great, otherwise….no big deal”! Actually sleep is a BIG deal and crucial to great health. Here’s why, when we get good deep sleep and actually go through the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep, when we are actively dreaming, the brain has time to assimilate all of the information it has gathered throughout the day. It’s like emptying the basket as it were. When this doesn’t happen, things get backed up and can cause premature aging. It can also lead to trouble with memory.  The other function of good restful sleep is hormone regulation. Without good sleep, the  hormones responsible for regulating appetite (gherlin) and satiety (feeling satisfied) (leptin) become dysregulated. You may wake up after a very short night’s sleep and feel more hungry than usual, but no matter what you eat, you never feel satisfied.
  3. Nutritional Nightmares: Have you heard that stressed is desserts spelled backwards?! When humans are stressed, we tend to reach for quick and convenient foods. Unfortunately, this typically means foods that are loaded with fat, salt, and added sugar. The human body was not built to be able to properly digest these foods. Think of the caveman foods! The actual process of trying to digest convenience foods puts the body into stress mode, when we were already stressed to start with. That’s where the chronic nature of stress rears it’s ugly head. Being well certainly requires eating the right types of food, full of healthy vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. However, just as important to our nutritional habits are not what we eat, but HOW we eat. The “road warrior” diet, eating in the car is stressful in and of itself. Mindless eating, eating while simultaneously texting, emailing, talking on the phone, and surfing social media is no environment for receiving the potential benefits of the fuel we are feeding our bodies. I believe eating is a sacred event and each time we eat is an opportunity to heal the body. As families, the dinner table is more like a hotel buffet with a revolving door. Everyone is eating different foods at different times and there is minimal community or sharing time with one another discussing the events of the day over a home cooked meal prepared with love.

Now that I have stressed you out, let me share some tips that have helped my family and me be more mindful and intentional about our health and daily habits:  

  1. Time Vampires: Spend five minutes before you get out of bed to focus on the positive and how you plan to spend your energy during the day. Cluster similar tasks together and do them at set times during your day (emails/phone calls), (laundry/dishes) and (exercise/errands). Document for three days how you spend every hour of your day (you will be surprised how much precious time social media surfing can use). Plan out a weekly dinner menu on Sundays and purchase the groceries and prep as much stuff ahead of time as you are able, so you have a few containers of healthy snacks ready to go in the fridge for lunches and school that are washed, cut, and ready to grab. Get your family involved in the process; especially your kids. They can learn about the importance of healthy food at home and will feel more vested in the outcome if they are helping prepare things.
  2. Sleep Robbers: Start preparing your body for sleep way before “lights out” time. Explore sleep hygiene rituals that signal to your mind and body that a time of rest is soon approaching, such as: drinking a cup of warm decaf tea, gentle stretching or restorative yoga, meditation or prayer, light a candle and journal your gratitude, read a relaxing book, take a warm bath with epsom salts and lavender oil, listen to soothing music, read to your child, and consider cutting out caffeine and screen time two hours before sleep.
  3. Nutritional Nightmares: Begin each morning with a glass of warm water with fresh squeezed organic lemon juice (this stimulates your gut and promotes healthy digestion), experiment with green smoothies for breakfast, eat one meal a day for your immune system (think foods that are the colors of the rainbow-green veggies help reduce inflammation in the body because they are alkaline and healing), and eat at least one mindful meal a day (sit down to eat, feet on the floor, offer up some gratitude for your meal, explore each bite as if it were your first time eating this food, do nothing else other than eat, and notice how you feel before, during, and after your meal.

I hope this has sparked your curiosity and given you a few ideas to be more AWARE, MINDFUL, and INTENTIONAL, so that you may start to explore your daily habits, not from a place of judgement, but self-compassion and kindness.

Please share which of these three areas resonates with you and why.

Peace,

Lisbeth