life tips

17 Fierce Healthy Choices for 2017

  1. Remove the word “terrible” from your vocabulary. Our words are so powerful. Choose them carefully. We tend to attract what we speak.
  2. Make a decision without constantly questioning whether you made the right choice.
  3. Handle your financial biz. Get organized about your bills and finances. You can’t expect to increase your bank account without clearing out your baggage aka debt.
  4. Go on a date with someone who is not your type if you’re single. If you’re coupled, take your boo on an eccentric date. One rule: there are no rules.
  5. Shake up your style a bit. If you’re normally all black everything, add some bold colors to your wardrobe. If you usually go for funky patterns then try a more streamlined look. See how you feel.
  6. Try meditating. Trust me when I say meditating can be for everyone. I used to sit in silence and get anxious because I couldn’t stay still without overanalyzing which kind of defeated the purpose. You can do guided meditations, listen to soothing music or repeat a soothing word to keep you focused. The point of meditation is to get in tune with your intuition. All of those questions you want answers to. You already have them. You have to be open to listening. Check out this post for more meditation tips.
  7. Strengthen your communication skills. Communication is the key to stronger relationships. You can read books, watch videos, practice with a friend, take a class. Writing your feelings down can give you clarity on communicating what you want another person to hear. It also allows you the time to come up with a good delivery. Speak your truth with courage and kindness.
  8. Express gratitude everyday. Yes, every single day. We spend so much time thinking about where we need to be in life that we forget to give thanks for where are now. Your experiences are shaping you. Even when things don’t seem the greatest, pay attention because there is a lesson to learn. I am soo grateful for the people in my life and the fact that regardless of how many times I struggle I am sent so many blessings to help me.
  9. Give someone the benefit of the doubt. You never truly know what someone is going through. If someone rubbed you the wrong way, maybe they are struggling with something which can cause anyone to act funky. And then sometimes people are just plain rude. Either way, try not to jump to conclusions.
  10. Take 5 minutes every night to tidy up before going to sleep. It may seem small but this task alone makes you feel productive and more at ease.
  11. Take a friend on a date for absolutely no reason but to celebrate them.
  12. Check in with yourself daily. We can get caught up in the crazy of our lives that we just go through the motions. We are not robots so it’s important to take a minute and catch up with our feelings. Ask yourself how you are doing and if there is anything that needs to be acknowledged before moving forward.
  13. Forgive. Have you heard that saying that forgiveness is more for you than the other person? Well, it’s for all parties involved. We walk around with so much guilt, shame and anger. It becomes like a ton of bricks. One day you won’t be able to go anywhere because you’ve blocked yourself in negative emotion. It’s time to let someone off the hook, even if that someone is you.
  14. Protect yourself. Be very selective of the people you allow in your space. We have all learned the hard way. Trust is important but that doesn’t mean everyone deserves yours.
  15. Cook more! It’s cheaper, healthier and you actually know what’s going into your body.
  16. Set realistic goals. I am not saying to minimize your dreams. Just the opposite. Think big and do bigger. Set yourself up for success by setting smaller attainable goals which will inspire you to keep going.
  17. Get honest with yourself. That thing you’ve been avoiding to think or speak about…it’s time.
life tips, Self reflection

17 ways to make 2017 YOUR year

  1. Join a group. Community is the foundation of any success. Unity. Support. If you want this year to be grand, find your people. The people who want to build a better life for themselves. The people who get you.
  2. Give your closet a makeover. It’s time for a life revamp and that starts with the things you choose to cloth yourself with daily.
  3. Take yourself on a date. Before you can pour into others, you have to make sure you are taken care of.  Moments spent alone doing what you love gives you time to replenish and restore so you can return to the world kicking ass. 
  4. Cook dinner for your family. Every family has it’s ahem quirks. Find out more about where you came from. Express gratitude to those who have been part of your journey from the jump.
  5. Stop saying yes to invitations that make you cringe. You don’t have time to waste energy where it is not needed. 
  6. Volunteer. Helping others is beneficial for you and the person you help. Get out there. Someone needs you.
  7. Tell the truth to every single person you encounter for one whole day. Sounds a lot easier than it is. Try it. It’s liberating. And remember courage and kindness. It is all in your delivery.
  8. Start a new project. That thing you’ve been wanting to try…NOW is the time. If not now, when?
  9. Write your future self a love letter. Victoria Beckham wrote her teen self a letter which sparked this idea. Express how you feel in this very moment about your life journey so far.
  10. Keep a journal. Even if you aren’t a writer, I urge you to keep a recording of your moments. I am not talking about a “dear diary, this and that happened…” type of thing unless that is what you’re into. I have approached journal writing differently in the last few years. I write down aha moments I’ve had and words that came to mind during times of struggle. This did 2 things for me: reminded me that everything is temporary and a solution is right around the corner. And the second thing is the importance of gratitude. Being thankful for everything, the good, the bad and the craze will change your life because it is all apart of your journey. 
  11. Feed your mind, body, spirit with positivity. Listen to this. Look at my Pinterest board for some fierce motivation. For empowering reads, check this Amazon list I created for you. Watch this video. It’s my love letter to your for this year.
  12. Dance in your room naked. Yuppp. It’s time to get comfortable with what you’re working with. Please close your window shades. No need to broadcast your greatness in that moment.
  13. Take a class to learn something new. Learning new things will lead to growth in all areas of your life. 
  14. Make peace with your with your past. There is no way you can make this your year if you keep revisiting past hurt, regrets and distractions. Move forward boo. There is a beautiful path ahead of you and you will never see it if you keep looking down. 
  15. Go to sleep an hour earlier. Life is so much easier when you aren’t cranky.
  16. Take a chance. Reality is this life is too short and there is no time like the present to being passionate about everything that makes your heart smile.
  17. Think about who you want to be. Forget lists of things you want to accomplish. Think about the person you want to be and what actions you can take to be that person. Not who you think you should be. Who you already are inside. You just have to remove the blocks in place. 

This is YOUR year. Put yourself out there. Look silly. Be you.