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How To Maintain Motivation

It’s Monday.

You’re pumped with energy and ready for the week. You got everything together this weekend, making sure you had healthy food in the house, meals all prepped, and that the gym membership that you’ve been paying for (and not going to) for months was still active.

Motivation is just flowing through your veins as you go through the day, excited that surely, this will be the last time you ever have to start over.

Monday through Wednesday are great! You snuck a few m&m’s on Wednesday but that’s nothing compared to the king size bag you used to scarf down every day. That’s all in your past now.

But then, on Thursday, that cute coworker tells you that they’re all going out for happy hour after work and you should come.

Anxiety hits.

You brought your meal prep, but you’ve been working so hard all week and you really want to be social. In fact, it would be bad business not to go and one night out with coworkers couldn’t be that bad. You’ll just have one drink and jump right back to your diet tomorrow.

You go out and somehow, one margarita turns to three. Soon you’re splitting nachos and wondering if anyone is down to order another plate for the table.

The next morning, you wake up with a hangover and bloat.

You’d be happy to start over today, but you didn’t pack your lunch last night and all you can think about now is how good a cup of coffee and a piece of lemon cake from Starbucks would be. You’ll get a salad for lunch.

But then lunch comes around and the office ordered pizza to celebrate that it’s Friday. You think about your bank account and opt for the free lunch and gossip with your coworkers about last night’s escapades.

By the time you get home, you’re exhausted and opt to order Chinese food. It’s the weekend now and you’re absolutely beat. For sure, on Monday, you’ll start over one more time.

If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. In fact, this is the cycle most of us live in.

We start a new diet or exercise routine with gusto but soon, as external situations pop up, we lose motivation and fall off track.

Really, all we needed was to know was how to stay motivated, but instead, we let our goals fall to the wayside and put it off, just for one more weekend.

Enough is enough.

If you have goals that you want to hit, making the decision to hit them is the first step.

Second step is understanding why that goal is so important to you. What will dieting bring you? Weight loss to fit into your old jeans? Better health so you can heal your chronic illness? A calmer and more focused mind so you can excel at work? Whatever the end goal is, get clear on it and keep that image in your mind.

The third step is to surround yourself with motivation. According to Zig Ziglar “Motivation doesn’t last, but neither does bathing. That’s why we suggest it daily.” Fill up your social media feeds with pages that remind you of your mission, keep notes around your bedroom and office to keep you focused, bring yourself back to the reason for your goal as often as humanly possible.

By doing this every single day (multiple times a day) you are filling your brain with that motivation. Truth is, it’s in the action of constantly bringing it back to your attention that will keep you motivated, not the actual motivation itself.

Motivation is yours in abundance if you keep your mind on the goal. Position yourself for success and it’s yours for the taking!

9 Things To Know If You're Newly Diagnosed

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Getting a diagnosis can change your life.

Suddenly, your life revolves around symptoms, medications, and doctors appointments. You feel scared, tired, and overwhelmed all at the same time with no clear exit.

Life as you know it changes completely.

Nine years ago, I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis and since then, nothing has been the same.

I’ve seen the dark side of this illness, but I’ve also discovered ways to find the light, and that’s what I want to share with anyone who’s struggling.

That’s why I made this infographic with my 9 things to know if you’re newly diagnosed. If you have anything to add or comments on how these tips helped you, please comment below and share with anyone reading!

With love & light,

Carolyn Rachel

Understanding Mindfulness (A Guide For Beginners)

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Mindfulness is a buzz word right now.

You hear it everywhere and you know it’s good for you, but there’s not much follow up on how to get started or why it’s important.

Essentially, theres a lack of mindfulness around the term mindfulness and we’re just gonna change that right now.

Mindfulness is AMAZING. Studies say it has effects that benefits our health in many different ways, including chronic illness managementanxiety, and even enhanced cognition, just to name a few!

It can help us heal, stabilize, and propel forward into a life we love and it’s simple, effective, and completely free to use.

So why isn’t everyone using it?

Again, there’s a lack of awareness of what mindfulness really is, so let’s start there.

What is mindfulness?

According to dictionary.com, there are two different (but similar) definitions for mindfulness:

“mind·ful·ness — ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/ — noun

  1. The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. “their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”

2. A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”

So basically, it’s a conscious decision to bring your attention to the present moment.

And it makes sense that we experience so many benefits from mindfulness because the activities that bring us to the present are what we seek the most…

Think about it. What makes you focus on the present?

For most of us, it’s activities like painting, playing an instrument, going to a festival, dancing, swimming, spending time in nature, heck, even putting on make up!

The things we love to do the most have a direct line to a mindful mind… you just have to be aware that you’re being mindful so you can get the full benefits of it.

If you like the idea but don’t know where to begin, don’t fret — this is the fun part!

Mindfulness comes from training yourself to be present. Meditation is the advanced version of this, but that’s a too much to start.

Pick an activity that you know you have to do daily. Maybe that’s doing the dishes or taking a walk. As you do it, make the intention beforehand to be present as much as possible during the activity. Notice the sights, smells, and sounds around you. Notice how you feel physically.

If your thoughts start to travel to anything else, don’t get mad… this is all practice (and you’re not in competition with anyone else!)

Just bring your attention back to the present. Doing that over and over again (yes, your thoughts will travel A LOT, it’s totally normal in the beginning) will strengthen your control over your brain, lower stress levels, and allow you to experience your life (instead of a perception of your life).

Mindfulness can benefit you in so many different ways and has ZERO negative side effects. You can choose to do it any time, you don’t need to carry anything, and no one can ever take it away from you.

It’s your power, and if you choose to use it, it may just change your life into exactly what you’ve always dreamed it to be. All you have to do is be mindful of your mindfulness and you can’t lose…

So the real question now is, when are you getting started?!

Why It's So Important To Find Your Tribe

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It’s Friday night.

You went to work, worked out, and now you’re at home while your friends are all out partying.

You could have gone with them. They invited you, after all, but the thought of spending another Friday night at the bar suddenly seems like a waste of time.

It’s not that you don’t want to be social, you just don’t fit into “the scene” anymore. Suddenly, those late nights of alcohol induced dancing and screaming small talk with strangers over the DJ have felt more exhausting than anything else.

Plus, recovering the next day is getting old FAST.

That’s part of growing up, and it’s a good thing, but it also means it’s time to find your tribe.

At your core, you are just energy. It can be manipulated and transferred, but we don’t think about our energy and how it relates to your life.

What you spend your time doing and who you’re doing it with have a HUGE impact on the life you create. Your energy takes on the energy of your actions and, even if your current friends are good people, it’s important to notice if they’re moving forward with you.

“You become like the five people you spend the most time with. Choose carefully.”                 — Jim Rohn

Finding your tribe means meeting other people who think like you. It’s a group that you belong to that’s filled with like minded connections that energize and inspire you.

So, why is it SO important to connect with these people?

When you’re growing, mentally, physically, and emotionally, you start to crave connections with people who will support you through those changes.

People who understand what you’re going through and are on a similar path.

People who just get it.

It’s important to connect with your tribe because, when you find those people, you start shifting your energy into the person you want to become.

The crave for change means you’re ready to take a step towards the life you want to live and anything that prevents you from that starts to feel like a waste.

Finding your tribe positions you for success. It puts you in the space to connect with people and opportunities that can help you level up to the health, happiness, and success you desire.

“Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.”                                                                                    — Karl Marx

When your Friday nights are filled with activites that feel fun, productive, and soul fulfilling, your energy changes. You don’t hesitate to talk about ideas that feel exciting or get teased for self care that you need to pay attention to.

You are free to be the person you are because you’ve surrounded yourself with people who will love, respect, and probably admire you for it!

You don’t have to cut out old friends, but if you’re feeling stuck, consider making time for new people, new adventures, and new opportunities.

Your tribe awaits. Are you ready to shift your energy?