First and foremost, Happy Memorial Day. I hope y'all have a beautiful day with your friends and family and remember what today means...remember those military members who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Remember them, today and always. At 3 p.m. this afternoon, please remember to take a moment of silence for those we've lost.
So my post this week is about how ROUGH last week was, and now, having written that ^^, I realize that I don't have much to complain about. However, I want to tell you my story because I think it may help some of y'all who may be going through the same thing.
My week started out relatively well; no real complaints. Same stuff, different day. Scott and I had already decided that we were going on a brunch date on Tuesday because we hadn't spent much time together the week before. We were excited to go out (we rarely ever do, LOL). And admittedly, I was tired before we went, but that's nothing new. Getting up at 4am to coach two classes, plus work out, generally makes me tired.
So we go to brunch (I won't name where, because what happened is ultimately not the restaurant's fault), and we are having a good time, eating, laughing, taking pictures (of course), and we head off on our merry way.
As soon as we leave, I tell Scott I don't feel very well...that I have a headache and I feel incredibly run down. We had to run a couple errands after brunch, so we do those and head home. As soon as we get home, I laid down on the couch (which isn't normal for me). I literally felt like I couldn't hold my head up. I slept for about an hour, but could've slept for the rest of the day, if I was able to! I was so drained and my head was pounding. NOTHING was working to take the pain away or to help energize me!
I go to bed Tuesday night, thinking I'll feel better in the morning. When the alarm went off at 4am on Wednesday, I knew I was in trouble. My head was still pounding and my body hurt everywhere. I mean, I'm used to being sore, but my joints hurt, especially in my shoulders. I powered through coaching three classes that morning, like I always do, and then met up with Scott for a meeting that afternoon in Portsmouth. He treated me to coffee, thankfully, to help get me through the afternoon. I even remember texting my sister in Germany that I was being run by caffeine that week!
By the time I got home from church and my day, it was 7 p.m. that night. Which is when I noticed something was wrong with Gizmo. So my brain is in a fog, my head is pounding, my body hurts, and my poor Gizmo is acting weird. I just wanted to sit down and cry. But I got my stuff done, got reassurance from Scott that nothing was wrong with Gizmo, and went to bed around 930 or so...and promptly passed out.
Thursday morning...4 am alarm. Oh boy. I don't know how I made it through coaching two classes because I was hurting. My whole body was sore, I could barely think straight, and I felt so incredibly drained. And yep, I still had a headache. So I head home after coaching (PS - it was my rest day), hoping to crawl back into bed for a couple hours, when I see that Gizmo is, once again, acting really strange. Finally, Scott sees it too. So instead of sleeping, we head off to the vet to get him checked out (he was my priority at that point).
Long story short with Gizmo, he somehow hurt his back and has been taking an anti-inflammatory since then and is 100% better. He's back to his normal, frolicking self! Of course, we have to watch him to ensure he doesn't hurt himself again or anymore, but I'm glad he's back to himself!
Anyhow - I passed out on our drive home from the vet and Total Wine (we needed a keg, LOL). And when we got home, I laid back down on the couch and promptly passed out for two hours. Even with Scott cooking and food prepping in the kitchen. And even when I got up, I still felt so run down and drained. I mean, I didn't want to move! I felt so incredibly strange. I was texting my mom about how exhausted I was and how it was completely out of the ordinary for me. I mean, I'm used to being tired, but not like that!
Needless to say, I powered through Thursday and into Friday. Friday was the first morning that I actually felt a little more normal, that I woke up without a headache. I was still sore, especially in my shoulders, but I just thought that was normal wear and tear from working out.
So...drop Chloe off at school and head to the gym. Boy, oh boy, was that the wrong idea. I had an asthma attack (again) during the last round of the workout and thought I was going to throw up everywhere. Again, just drained and weird feeling. I coached the next class, but was still just feeling blah, but not terrible...if that makes any sense.
Let me tell you...it wasn't until I was waiting to pick up the kids that afternoon that I realized what happened. Yes...it took from Tuesday to Friday for me to figure it out!
At brunch on Tuesday, I asked for a breakfast burrito but that I needed a gluten free wrap (I knew the restaurant offered one because it was like that for another item they had). Our waitress assured me it was gluten free. Well, when it came, I thought it looked NOT gluten free (there's usually a difference in the way wraps look). I didn't eat much of it, but had a few bites of it...I ate most of the inside with my fork, with a couple pieces of the wrap. I trusted that the waitress hadn't lied about the wrap being gluten free.
However, I didn't have or do anything else different other than the burrito. So I am 99% positive I was glutened. Let me tell you...there is a reason why I eat gluten free. Because I felt so incredibly terrible last week. The nonstop headache, the irritability and fatigue, the extreme soreness in my joints (especially my shoulders), and the brain fog...I couldn't think straight!
Once I realized it, I immediately started taking an essential oil supplement called Zendocrine to help detox it out of my system. I finally started to feel normal again, and was even able to work out on Saturday without feeling like I wanted to die. And my shoulder soreness has eased up SO MUCH.
I'll tell you...it is amazing the impact of food on our bodies. The food you eat can either hurt or help you...and gluten, for me, is obviously NOT helpful. Whew. I'm so glad to have finally realized it and starting detoxing it out of my system. My poor husband got the brunt of my irritability, pain, and fatigue... sorry, babe!
With that said, I am definitely going to be so much more careful about what I'm eating, especially at restaurants, because last week was miserable and I'd like to avoid going through that again!
We have to learn to listen to our bodies when they have reactions like that. So often, we think it's normal or that we've just overdone it. But feeling that way...feeling that run down and exhausted and in pain ISN'T NORMAL!! And we have to pay attention to it!
I hope my experience last week has helped you somehow; maybe you've experienced similar symptoms and didn't know what caused them. I'm happy to chat and see if we can narrow down what you are sensitive to! Because I know feeling like that is no fun at all!
I hope you all had a beautiful weekend, are enjoying your Memorial Day, and have an amazing week!
With love and wellness,
In church yesterday, the message we received was powerful. It brought many of us to tears, including the boys. So yes, it wasn't just me (aka, the cry baby)!
But the message was about HOPE. What does that mean to you? Where is your hope? Where does it lie?
Without hope, we have nothing. It leaves us with nothing to look forward to, nothing to wish for, nothing to hope for! And it isn't just related to church; it relates to everything in our lives.
In the message, it related to being the HOPE for others and being the voice for leading others to church and to Christ.
But what about outside of church? What hope are you bringing to others? What hope are you leaving for others? What hope do you have for yourself?
Hope gives us something to look forward to. Hope gives us a reason to continue moving forward. Hope leads us to achievement.
I have so many stories of hope in my life, from finding God again to quitting my government job and doing my own thing. Without hope, I don't know where I would be.
Let's be real. Without hope, I would still be floundering around, trying to figure out my purpose in life, where I was supposed to be, searching for someone to love and for someone to love me.
With hope, I met a beautiful woman who gave me the courage to go back to church. Yes, I needed the courage. I was scared that I'd been away too long, that I wasn't worthy of going back. I had hope and I found exactly what I was looking for. What I needed. I hate to even think where I would be without that hope and without being led back to a life with Christ.
The same can be said for my business endeavors. Everyone...yes, everyone...thought I was bat crap crazy for leaving my government job. Even my husband. But I had hope and the beginning stages of confidence that I was doing exactly what I was meant to do. It was 100% terrifying and I had no idea what was going to happen. But I had hope and faith that amazing things were going to happen in my life. And PS - they have!!
Can you imagine where I would have ended up without that hope? I would have continued moving forward, without a plan, without a purpose. And my life would have passed me by without anything significant or magnificent happening.
So my HOPE is that you find your HOPE! In whatever it is you want in life, in business, in your personal life, that you find the HOPE you are looking for. Move forward with hope and confidence that you will achieve your wildest dreams!
That hope will lead you to making forward progress, to taking the necessary steps to get you where you want to be! Without hope, you will stay exactly where you are, no forward progress, no HOPE of anything actually happening. And why, please tell me why, that would be a good place to stay?
I'm here to tell you that I HOPE you heed my message, that you trust in your HOPES and dreams, that you find your confidence along your journey and let it lead you to greatness.
I had no idea where my journey was going to take me, but I trusted, hoped, and had confidence that I would end up exactly where I was meant to be. And I don't know if I'm exactly where I am meant to be yet, but I know that I am 100% headed there. I wouldn't trade any of it for where I was, even a year ago.
I hope you have an amazing FULL OF HOPE week! And if there's any way that I can help you, please don't hesitate to reach out! I'd love to help you along your journey!!
With love and wellness,
My life did not turn out the way that I planned.
Ha! As if I could have planned any of it anyways.
Let's restart by saying my life did not turn out the way I thought it would. And I'm 100% okay with that.
I was thinking about this last week as I was driving to the gym to coach the kids' class. Me...coaching a kids class. Who would have thought?
My big "plan" was to be a career investigator for the government. Married by 26 with two kids by 30. I mean...perfect, right?!
I don't know what I was thinking!!
Let's just say by 30, marriage wasn't even remotely on the table. And babies? Nope! Just my god kids. And I was unhappy and felt lost. My confidence was pretty much at its lowest point ever.
I thought I was a failure for not following my plan perfectly. Yes, a failure.
But here's the thing that took me entirely too long to realize. My plan was a joke. God already had my whole life planned out. And all I was doing was fighting Him, every step of the way.
Because here I am, 5 years later. 5 short years. I'm married to the love of my life. I have 3 beautiful children (don't be alarmed...I didn't pop them out, one after the other. They are blessings from Scott's previous marriages). I no longer work for the government, thankfully. I am a business owner and a crossfit coach, doing two of the things I am most passionate about!
I absolutely love my life. But I certainly didn't envision it looking the way it does. And I certainly didn't think I would take the path I took to get here.
I'll be the first to tell you though, I am so happy for the journey I was on, the trials and tribulations I went through, because it has led me to a beautiful life. Full of love and happiness and confidence.
I have finally grown into exactly who I am meant to be. I have found my passion and drive and determination and couldn't imagine doing anything other than what I'm doing.
It's freeing to let go of others' opinions and to live my life exactly as I want to, instead of how I thought I was "supposed" to.
I've been on a journey, that's for sure. But I am blessed and I love it. And I'm so excited to see what my life will look like over the next year!
Have a beautiful week!
With love and wellness,
Consistency. Is. Key.
I know you've heard that before. You know why? Because it's true.
There's something to be said for being consistent and working hard for something you want and/or need. Here's the sad truth though. Most people GIVE UP because they don't like the work they have to put in or because they don't see the results fast enough.
Think about that. It's true for diets, jobs, school work, working out, ANYTHING!!
We are a society that loves the quick fix!!
What do we want? SUCCESS
When do we want it? NOW
How do we want to get it? I HAVE NO IDEA (as they're scratching their head in wonder)
Okay, okay. So that may be a little exaggeration, but it's true for the most part.
Most people don't want to put in the hard work or the effort or the TIME to get their results! And when they blink and they don't have results, they QUIT!!
It's why most people think direct sales is a complete sham and waste of time. Because time and time again, they see people quitting after not having made any money. And let's be real, there are some companies where it's harder to make money than others, or it's just not a good compensation plan. But for the vast majority, it's because people don't realize THEY ACTUALLY HAVE TO WORK!!
Yes, people! Direct sales is STILL A JOB! It isn't something you sign on to and immediately make money because VOILA, you're a consultant!
Is it possible to kick butt and take names immediately? Absolutely! But you have to put the work in to make that happen!
I know, I know! It's totally shocking! In order to make money, you actually have to work! WHAT?!
Don't get me wrong. I 100% love my job! I love sharing the amazing products and the amazing company I work for. But I do have to work.
Do I run myself into the ground every day? Nope.
Can I fit this into my already busy schedule? Yep.
Do I get out of it what I put into it? You bet!
I know that consistency and hard work will get me where I want to be. This business has already changed me and my family's lives. And I know that it will continue to do just that!
Even better, this business has changed some of my friends' and families' lives too! That's one of the most amazing parts of this job! I get to share it with others and watch how their lives are transformed too!
I wish I could sugar coat it for you and tell you all you have to do is sit back and watch your dollars grow...believe me, I wish it were that simple!
But with some consistency, hard work, and simply talking about the products and business, you can be 100% successful in any direct sales business! I am a walking advertisement for my products! It really is that easy!
It's the easiest hard work you'll ever do!
Have a beautifully awesome week!
With love and wellness,
So while I love this quote (and yes, it is true), sometimes we truly do bite off more than we can chew. This comes in the form of saying YES more than we say NO and over-taxing ourselves and our schedules.
I, for one, am guilty of this. I did it last week, as a matter of fact.
In church yesterday, we were thinking of good things that happened last week and I had to sit and think about what I even did last week. I know I was busy, because the week is literally a blur. But for the life of me, I couldn't remember what I did. I would have to look at my calendar to be able to piece-meal it together. All I know is that I had very little down time and ran from one thing to another All. Week. Long.
And that, my friends, is pretty darn sad.
We shouldn't be living our lives in this form of hyper-speed, where everything is sort of a blur. Where we can't remember what we did yesterday, let alone last week.
And sadly, my weekend wasn't much better. It started at 6am Saturday morning and was non-stop until about 9 p.m. Sunday night, when I was finally able to shower and relax with my husband, before we had to get in bed (his 415 wake up calls are rough for both of us).
And what's worse is that I often get the reminder that I need to slow down in the form of being completely run down and/or getting sick. It pains me to admit that, but it's true.
Luckily, I have been boosting my immunity and getting enough sleep (somehow), so I think I may miss the sick boat. But I am definitely run down and sore and completely and utterly exhausted.
So this week, I am going to take a step back and give myself the grace to not fill my schedule completely full. To not run from one meeting to the next, simply because I have the time. And to take some much needed down time, whether it's in the form of a hot bath or reading a good book or just having coffee out back in the morning before the day starts.
Here's to taking back control of my schedule and biting off more than I chew...in a good way! I don't have to be running around like a maniac to be successful!
How about you? How do you bite off more than you can chew (and then run yourself into the ground)? I'd love to hear more about it in the comments, as well as ways that you combat it!
I hope you have an awesome week! And take some much needed down time for YOU too!
With love and wellness,