Make Space for Awesomeness

Letting go is truly an art, isn’t it? I mean, as humans we get so attached to things, people and ideas. Usually we do this in order to fill some sort of a void within ourselves/our lives. When we don’t feel fulfilled, we tend to do that thing (you know what I’m talking about – the first thing that came to your mind) that might bring us pleasure in the short-term, but never really uplifts us in the way we had hoped. And eventually it stops working and that’s the indication that it’s time for a change. So letting go is about consciously arranging our lives so that we can appreciate it more and feel great.

My first hard lesson in letting go was nearly 10 years ago when I quit drinking for the first time. At the time, I honestly couldn’t fathom the idea of letting go of something that was such a part of my lifestyle. But the truth is that my behavior was leading me further and further down a deep dark emotional hole. I had no choice but to surrender and take a chance on the unknown. It seemed so scary to let go, but my life improved dramatically from doing so. Looking back, I thank God that I had that tough lesson. It paved the way for future courageous acts.

Courage, the ability to do something that frightens one. Letting go sometimes takes a tremendous amount of the stuff. Since that #1 frightening experience in my life of getting sober, I’ve faced so much more fear, from heartbreak to public speaking. These occurrences can feel incredibly uncomfortable in the midst of them, but every time I’ve walked through the fire, I’ve come out feeling free.

As I grow, I notice myself taking more risks than ever before. I recently let go of a part-time job that was draining my energy. It wasn’t a terrible place, it just didn’t feel aligned with who I am. It just didn’t feel good. So even though this job offered me some financial security, it got to the point that it stopped working for me on an energetic level. I had to take a leap of faith and let it go. My attitude is that the Universe has always had my back, even in the toughest of times, so why would it stop now? I’m looking forward to seeing what opportunities pop up now that I have more time and my energy is more positive.

I think it’s a good idea to look at our lives and often ask:

What can I let go of?

What isn’t serving my highest and best?

Whether it’s an addiction, that closet full of junk, the negative person who brings you down, or the way you speak to your own self, what is it that you can clear away in order to create more space for new and awesome people, things, and opportunities to come into your life?

It might seem daunting to clear the clutter, but think of it this way – our lives are happening NOW, not yesterday and not tomorrow (yet). So how is it that you want to feel today? Do you want to keep doing that thing, going to that place, or hanging around that someone who weighs heavily on your spirit? Or do you want to feel lighter, inspired and energized? You have the power to make the choice!

I’m always here to support you.

Love,

Michelle

How to Identify High-Energy Foods for Your Body

I hope your year is off to a fantastic start! So far, I feel like 2015 is going to be a wild ride. I’ve been participating in a 30 Day Challenge at my fitness center, enrolling new clients in my coaching programs, and working on many behind-the-scenes projects to lovingly support you throughout the year.

There are so many self-love-and-care tools that I want to share with you this year, but today I want to talk a bit about my favorite health topic – food. Why is eating healthy important? Well, I know you know this stuff, but basically the more energy you have, the better you will feel, and the more motivated you’ll be to take care of yourself.

When we feel tired or lack energy, we start making poor choices. On the other hand, when we feel uplifted and positive, we are able to make more conscious choices for ourselves in every area of life.  We simply choose foods that nourish us, give us the most energy, contribute to our highest vibe and naturally crowd out the ones that don’t.

In order to help you identify the foods that will give you the most energy, take a couple of moments to answer these q’s:

1) What foods rob you of energy? Or which foods might you enjoy eating, but then tend to make you feel sluggish or irritable after you eat them?

2) How do you feel when you eat that food? What is the emotion associated with that?

3) Is that in alignment with how you want to feel? (Usually the answer is NO)!

4) So then which foods give you energy?

5) How do you feel when you eat those foods consistently?

6) Is that in alignment with how you want to feel? (Head nods).

You obviously know what’s best for you! Now I know this isn’t rocket science, but sometimes we forget and tend to default to consuming the food (or beverage) that doesn’t serve our body or our life. Usually this is done with an intention to de-stress or self-soothe, which isn’t necessarily bad, but perhaps we can learn to make more conscious choices.

The tip here is simply to focus on adding in more of what is in alignment with how you want to feel. The not-so-good-for-you stuff will naturally crowd out. This is how we start nurturing a healthy relationship to our bodies and food. We train ourselves to feel pulled towards supportive habits versus self-destructive ones. Do this consistently and you’ll be vibrating at a higher frequency!

Did you learn anything from this exercise? Feel free to add a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

Love,

Michelle