Vision Board: My 5 Tips To Build Your Own

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Goal digging, goal setting, chasing dreams….the possibilities for you are endless. You might have spent time earlier this month plotting out goals for 2017. Big wishes and hopes built upon a 12 month calendar year. You might even be nodding right now. I am big on setting goals and forecasting success for myself. I beleive you can decide to tackle a goal or a change whenever you are so moved, not just during the celebration of the New Year. Today is as good a time as any.  Besides, isn’t resolutions just a fancy word for goal?

cc2bde0990db531c0ebef023857c7677This past New Years Eve I turned down my party invites and stayed home to lay out…or slay out my vision board. Since 2016 brought me to my knees…and frankly to the floor…I figured I would break the cycle and start the flip of the calendar off on the right foot. I knew I would have the time in 2017 to put towards getting me closer to the place I wanted to be both personally and professionally. I also knew I needed to start from scratch. Start at the beginning, by rebuilding a foundation and remembering my own roots. I popped a bottle of Veuve, gathered up my favorite fitness and beauty magazines and began cutting and creating. I started by placing 2017 in the center of the board and navigated my way around it.  Steadily growing, expanding, and forming my network of dreams. I built my board differently than before. Typically I used pictures to represent individual victories I hoped to win. This year I started with words, phrases, and even some numbers. I worked from the outside in, just as I plan to do with myself. Phrases and words manifested. Ideas like travel, financial stability, new business ventures took shape.

 

My board is prominently showcased in my home office. I gaze up at it daily as I pound away at my computer keys. Weekly it acquires more inspiration…a champagne cork as a reminder to schedule more time for fun, a name tag from an event to represent business networking, a sticky note with my track workout splits on it to remind me to keep working on my fitness. All important elements of the board as a whole.

Want to get started building your own vision board?

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Here are my 5 tips to get you closer to crafting the life you want and living out the dreams you deserve.

1. Just start. No rules, this is your free space to create your own masterful mess.

2. Observe what words you are drawn towards and see if you can identify why.

3. Represent all aspects of live. Include family, business, faith, and even fitness if that is important to you.

4. Display in a place you will see and appreciate it daily.

5. Celebrate your wins, they will come and each one deserves to be noted and honored.

For more on dream building and staying true to your roots, check out the WELL Workshop I am participating in this week. To schedule a personal goal digging session with me for business or fitness, email me at thefitpetite@gmail.com

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Benefits Of Drinking Lemon Water

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Regular water consumption is something many of us struggle with. 50-100 ounces a day reaps big benefits, but after days on end can loose it’s luster. I love sipping on infused water, lemon water specifically. Not only is it a tasty refresher first thing in the morning, it packs an amped up power punch on many levels and it a nice break from plain old H2O. Check out the top reasons I keep a fresh pitcher on my kitchen counter.

***Currently sipping lemon water with basil leaves. 

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Rest Is The New Hustle

No matter what the reason for our fatigue…kids…jobs…up late watching that Netflix series… and of course stress… we tend to overlook it and think it is somewhat normal for our busy lives. That may be true, but that doesn’t negate the fact we need to honor that feeling and take time to give the body what it needs and craves, rest. Being tired might be a sign of something more serious, but often it just means we’ve hustled ourselves right into a nap.

This topic made me curious and lead me to do a little research. It is recommended that adults get 6-8 hours nightly of uninterrupted sleep. Get real! Is this realistic for most people? No matter how early I tuck in, or what essential oils I seem to diffuse…I still have difficulty turning off that brain and slowing down. Having even more questions, I turned to my favorite pack of people…my girlfriends… to talk offer my research findings and get some insight on  the topic of sleep and being tired. A couple of themes came through.

1. Women seem to be the ones who suffer from fatigue the most. 

2. It appears that there is a stigma around the phrase “I’m so tired” 

3. We as women, feel guilty when we take the time out to regroup, re-boot, or refuel with rest. 

4. Coffee is heavily used! 

It is difficult for most of us to take a rest day from exercise, let alone a rest period from life. We feel that exercise, hitting it hard, and getting our sweat dripping daily means we are being healthy.

Sometimes the most healthy thing we can for our bodies and spirits is to simply do nothing at all. Friday’s have traditionally been a rest day for me for years. A day of no exercise. It is the one day a week where there are no expectations other than healing. A day like this should be built into any training cycle. A day for the muscles to repair themselves, for the mind to take a break.

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This particular Friday I think I finally understood and developed a new appreciation for what that meant. A refuel. A pause. A part of the program. Permission to stop!

 If you recall in previous posts, I designated January as the month of rebuilding my fitness foundation, to create sustainable habits, and to get my footing. I have done just that.  The past two weeks I have tip toed my way back into a 5/6 day workout week and physically my body is responding well. Yoga, running, and cross training: with all the extra activity, the reminder of rest is still present.  I still struggle with nighttime sleep, due to many of the reasons mentioned above. After a tough Thursday night run, my mind and especially my legs were tired Friday morning. Taking what I have learned the past few weeks, I consciously took a moment to pause and really listen to what my body was saying. It said stay. It said rest. I settled in to my bed with the today show and that ever so delicious second cup of coffee. Friday I spent my morning working…in bed…with coffee. A little prospecting, a little emailing, a little writing, and of course browsing my favorite social media channels.

 Because I have rested, it is time to be tested! I am ready to move. Ready to be challenged. January is half over and after weeks of my own season of rest, I am beginning to feel more and more like myself day by day. Holidays are gone, snow is melted, and healthy eating and structure are making it’s way back into sight. My weekly Neighborhood Harvest delivery re-starts tomorrow alongside the beginning of a 6 week cross training cycle, both designed to drop me right onto the Shamrock starting line.

The next couple months will be full of trials. Weeks of hard work sprinkled in with days of rest.

Snuggle in folks! With a little siesta time, you will be back to your beloved sweat filled life tomorrow. A day of rest is simply a symbol, a reminder for what we all need on a regular basis.

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Bon Appetit: Freezer Meals

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If you know me or read this blog on a regular basis, then you know I don’t really follow recipes. They are more like suggestions to me..or ideas of what ingredients would go well together. Most of my weekly meals are crafted by tossing a bit of this, a dash of that, and plenty of taste testing in between. I find it more creative and more organic in how it makes it’s way to my plate.

With plenty of snow days on tap this past weekend, I found myself tearing up my kitchen from pantry to freezer and everything in between. As my January calendar steadily becomes more full, I am beginning to dabble with freezing some of my favorite recipes as a time saver at meal time. Something about the snow turned me into a domestic queen in my own space for one. I cleaned everything in sight, including tubs, toilets, and cabinets. I saved several different freezable options onto my Fit Petite Eats Pinterest board and had time to try a few of them out, see below. I took the opportunity to freeze big batches and even some single servings… appropriate for fit petite eating! Grab some gallon size freezer bags and prepare to take meal prep to a new level. Enjoy cooking and crafting your way through your own kitchen. Bon appetit…petite!

Spicy White Turkey Chili

Parsley Pesto

Perfectly Portioned Ground Turkey

Breakfast Sandwich

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Stop Waiting, Start Creating

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It’s a snow day in Virginia Beach. Officially it is a blizzard warning. That means that our city completely shuts down. It is Saturday and what would have normally been a morning spent running along the North End of the beach with my running team has me cozied up on my couch instead. My favorite pj’s on, my computer, endless coffee, and even a fire.

After a slight sleep in, I spent the first few moments of the day in bed with a homemade lavendar honey latte (thanks Pinterest) and my daily mediation books. I couldn’t help but take notice to the theme of rest that each book provided. I followed the written word and prepared to nestle in to a favorite chair with a book. Before taking my seat I nervously and carefully tossed a fire log into my fireplace and let it get to work. As I read, I began journaling as I often do. As the words came off the page, it became clear how much of a breakthrough I had just moments before.

The thought of extreme weather like a snow day always brings excitement. It also brings a little nervousness for this single girl. I am pretty fearless when it comes to most things, but when it comes to prepping the house and vehicles for days on end brings a certain unknown aspect of what is to come. Earlier this week I brazenly picked up a few of those self starter fire logs. Thinking “I can do this” to myself. It seems like such a simple thing, but the thought of being solely responsible for burning down my condo complex scared the you know what out of me. I couldn’t help but think that a fire for one seemed silly or wasteful.

Being one who stares a challenge head on I figured now was the time to conquer my fear of building my first single girl fire. The fire simply is symbol for any challenge you may be facing or waiting to tackle.

Why haven’t I built a fire before? Was I subconsciously waiting for someone else to build me my fire? This analogy plays well into the life of a single gal. I couldn’t help but think this same state of waiting paralyzes others as well.

Are you stuck in a state of waiting?

When my kids are grown I will _____.

When my marriage is perfect I will _____.  

When I loose the weight weight I will _____. 

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 Spend some time thinking about creating your own place.

What does it look like? A fitness goal you want to accomplish. 

What does it taste like? A new recipe you want to try. 

What does it feel like? A warm beachside vacation.

Break a barrier and build your own fire! Stop waiting, start creating. It might get messy at times, but it is worth it and you are worthy.

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