The Transforming You Blog is where I share mind, body & soul nourishment tips on how we as women can live a healthy, vibrant & confident life.
Gratitude can truly change everything.
In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently correlated with greater happiness. It helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
Being the month each year Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, it's the perfect time to become more aware of what you are truly grateful year.
For most people, a lot of changes have occurred the last few years and times have been challenging. You begin to realize how life's value comes from having intimate relationships, vibrant health and from contributing your gifts in service to others.
Going on roadtrips are an adventure! You are excited about who you are with and where you are going (well, hopefully you are :). They also can be a lot more economical way to travel.
It can feel challenging enough at times to stick with your health rituals and practices when you are at home, let alone when you are transporting yourself into new environments, schedules, and spending a lot of time in a car.
So I wanted to share a few tips that helped us to stay healthy (and happier!) while on the road:
So, what if I told you that you really don't have to exercise 60-90 minutes a day, but less than 20 minutes a day?
I know what you are thinking, "But Kari, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) tells us that RESEARCH has shown that we are supposed to exercise cardiovascularly 60-90 minutes a day most days of the week to maintain a healthy weight and for a healthy heart."
On my quest to create nourishing meals that support natural healing in the digestive system, I created the most amazing smoothie this morning and I just had to share it with you! It's low in sugar and filled with warming spices, perfect for a cool fall morning.
Heal Your Tummy Smoothie
You know, time away from your significant other is really healthy for each of you and for your relationship. Distance really does make the heart grow fonder. It's easy to fall into comfortable patterns in a relationship and time apart really spices things up!
Intimate relationships of all forms (partner, friends, and family) are what make the world go round and truly worth living - even when they can drive you crazy (know you drive them crazy too), your emotional baggage comes up, and they push any buttons you have - they are a HUGE opportunity for healing and growth. Love is a powerful healing force. When we have healthy, intimate relationships we experience more energy, joy and vibrant physical, mental and emotional health. Space and time away can really gift you with that perspective.
So I decided to put together the Top 10 List of Things to Do When Your "Love" (a.k.a. partner) Is Away:
“Caught between calm and chaos, she holds her head high and continues on. Newly found strength, courage and grace confidently guide her.”
Been caught off your center lately?
I know I have. Which, is why I am inspired to share with you what helps me when I am thrown off my center.
Things have been rocky on this planet of ours.
It’s like we are all be shaken literally to wake up, open our eyes and respond to ourselves and each other in a new way.
"When everything changes, change everything" – Neale Donald Walsh
I have been noticing this inner tug of war within me lately…..cling tight to what I know….move with the changes & experience new growth……cling tight to what I know…..move with the changes & experience new growth. Transformation is taking form within me and I can feel it deeply and it's scary and exciting all at the same time!
I had a dream the other night about grizzly bears and spent most of my dream trying to avoid them, because I was frightened of them. I looked up the spiritual meaning of bears and this is what I found from a shamanic perspective:
Bears - symbols of strength, protector, introspection, transformation and knowledge
(There is a small cinnamon color black bear under this tree enjoying his deer lunch)
This last week, I embarked on a 6-day solo water retreat.
This woman needed to change things up and go on her own adventure (while her hubby was having his own adventure in another country!).
And sometimes a woman just needs to take a step back and re-evalute herself and her life and do a check in on how she's doing.
So I wanted to share with you some highlights and some of the juicy details. I share this to inspire and encourage you on your own self-discovery journey.
One of the biggest things that I have been missing about living in the land of 10,000 lakes is being around water (there was a pond in our backyard that I gazed at every day).
Upgrading Your Nervous System