Finding The Hero in You!
I read an amazing chapter in this book I'm reading called "You are Enough" by Panache Desai. Many of you know I have been working on branding and building a community about "Finding the HERO" in you and working with amazing people who are doing the same thing. I am working with like-minded people to keep positivity, growth and movement in your life. Everyone has special gifts that can make a beautiful impact in the world. It's finding out what your gifts are and making them shine. But, it takes steps to get there.
This chapter on acceptance is incredible. It takes you on a journey of how to handle the way you personally react to things and turn them into acceptance. For instance, if you get easily frustrated when someone chews their food with their mouth open or hits the keys too hard on their computer while you are trying to focus on something else and explode or get moody, there is a way to change that. There are so many ways to change that and acceptance is one of them.
First you have to allow yourself to feel whatever emotion that is bubbling up. Accept that the feeling is there and breathe through it. Now, depending on badly you want to change, this can change your reactive nature over night or it may take some time and a little work to use this simple method.
If you want to explore this more I am available to talk one on one via video chat at ALOHA SUNSET SESSIONS.
Food Anxiety! Anxiety is tough enough as it is, but adding food to it really stinks. I wanted to share what my food anxiety is like for me because I find whenever I bring it up to friends or on different sets where I have to let catering know what my food allergies are it often is a conversation starter and people ask me a ton of questions. Believe me I am no expert. I am just crazy conscious about my own body and how my insides work. Not well apparently.
This all started when I was a kid or since I can remember anyway. I would eat food and get a tummy ache. You know, typical kid food, pizza, grilled cheese, french fries, etc. My poor parents always had to stop at a rest stop or somewhere after we went out for food. Long driving vacations were the worst for me. Anyway, I'm sure you get the point.
As I got older, I just got more and more nervous. I thought I was going to get a tummy ache after every meal. Finally, I got some tests taken in my mid 20's and found out I did have some sort of bug in my intestine from traveling abroad. They gave me some antibiotics and "Fred", that's what I named the bug" finally went away. Still, no luck. I would still get a stomach ache 20-30 minutes after eating. I used to think it was a combination of foods. Like, I can't mix bacon with salad dressing or cheese with anything pretty much.
Finally, I started a process of elimination. I cut out any foods with Gluten in it. I was still, however, getting sick, but not all the time. I finally had a gluten free meal at Disneyland once. It was fish and it sat in this delicious butter sauce. After we left the restaurant, just like clockwork, I was sick again.
So now, I have been dairy free for 3 years and gluten free for 4 years. Amazing right? Wrong. After some time had passed I was still getting sick. I'm like "HOW"? So, I went back to process of elimination again. I thought about what was triggering me. I figured it out. It saddens me to say, coffee. Coffee is the culprit. It makes my body inflamed all day. I'm bloated and swollen and it stinks. Ladies, how much do we love to be bloated? ARG! It's just uncomfortable. I cut out coffee. Blah.
My body has appreciated it so much. You would be surprised how food will also make your skin react. I was getting dry blotchy spots on my face, skin irritations on my body. Since I cut out these three things, I am a happy women. I still once in awhile will leave the house and put it in my head that I am going to get a stomach ache. I literally manifest a stomach ache. It's crazy. It's like my body is so used to aching, I have to retrain it. Well, that's a whole other blog too.
If you have any of these food fears, try a process of elimination and see what happens. Obviously, if things worsen, please consult your doctor for I am not one.
Also, if you want to connect and chat more on this subject, you can always book an Aloha Sunset Session.
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Keeping Yourself Motivated
Journal, journal, journal. It isn't what you think. A place where you write your most intimate thoughts and hope nobody else reads it. Oh no, my journal is about motivating myself everyday and creating a check list for me. It's about fulfilling my day with things that are important or matter to me. And when I've checked off my list I feel amazing. When I'm done with that list at the end of the day, I plan my list for the next day. Then...I enjoy my evening with my family. Here is an example of my list that I physically write (because that works for me) in pencil, so if something changes I can erase it and replace it.
Example Journal Page
6:00am Rise and Shine
6:30am Work Out
7:30am Feed Everyone (Child, Rabbits, Dogs, Fish, My Guy)
9:00am Get Izzy set for online school
10:00am Zoom Meeting
11:00am Work on website
12:00am Mommy/daughter walk
1:30pm Izzy back to school work
3:00pm Production call
4:00pm Return emails
5:pm Dog walk
Enjoying life is hard to do at the moment. There is always a way to change it. So what motivates you to get up and be happy and feel fulfilled. It's up to you.
Why I started my "Everything From A to Z Podcast".
Ever since I was a little girl I felt in my heart that I wanted to do something in my life that would make a difference. When I was little, I would rescue every stray animal I came across and named them before my mother could say no, you can't keep it. Well, my mother has a soft spot for animals and that helped a lot.
My journey continued on as an adult volunteering for numerous non-profit organizations and then eventually starting my own, ARROW-HEART Adventure Camps.
Not long ago my friend and colleague approached me about starting a podcast. I blurted out "Yes" clearly, with no hesitation. Although I grew up as an introvert, I have slowly found my voice and the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I want to thank Sonia Blangiardo for thinking of me in such a wonderful light and encouraging me to walk on this path.
Now, together with our partner Bob Wall, we have developed a new community to guide people to other non-profit organizations that are doing undeniable work during this unpredictable time. Our project is called Daytime Cares. This website is designed to give people the opportunity to help others during this pandemic. To donate to organizations that mean something to them or possibly find an organization that can help those in need. We are in constant development and growth and will continue to do so over time. Our slogan, "Shining The Spotlight Forward".