Archive of ‘Happy Living’ category

Celebrating A New Beginning At “The End”

This Wednesday marks my 33rd birthday (eeek! I feel like I just turned 30!) and to celebrate, my boyfriend and I headed to Montauk, otherwise known as “The End” because it is the easternmost point of Long Island. I was hesitant to go on a Saturday in July because our beautiful East End tends to get very busy with tourists and vacationers, but because I have been talking about want to get out to Montauk for so long now my boyfriend said eh, who cares about a little traffic? (I do. I care about the traffic. But we were very lucky that day! I guess everyone went to Fire Island.)

We started our day-long adventure at Hamptons Coffee Company in Water Mill, enjoying breakfast and (of course) coffee on  the beautiful back patio. My sriracha avocado toast was absolutely to die for, as was the bite of blueberry pancake I stole off my bf’s plate.

 

Breakfast at Hamptons Coffee Company

 

Brunching in the Hamptons

 

From there we drove another hour or so alllll the way to Montauk Point State Park. I was looking forward to it but guys, it blew me away. I haven’t seen such stunning scenery since my last trip to California. We spent almost three hours walking, climbing, taking pictures, and just sitting and taking it all in. We went up the 137-step lighthouse (and back down, my knees are still screaming me) for the panoramic view. We had a picnic lunch in the park. It was one of those overwhelmingly beautiful experiences I couldn’t believe I was enjoying in my own backyard.

 

Montauk Lighthouse

 

Breathtaking scenery

 

Next we headed into Montauk Village where we did some exploring and souvenir shopping before grabbing a smoothie at Happy Bowls and hitting the road again. Our last stop was dinner at Avino’s Italian Table in Bellport, where I went once before over a year ago and have been craving ever since. It was a truly perfect day.

 

“The End”

 

What are some of your favorite hometown gems? Leave them in the comments below! I could use ideas for my next getaway.

 

 

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The Only Advice You’ll Ever Need To Shake Off A Tough Day

It took a village today, you guys.

I’ve been feeling down and out for days. I tried journaling, I tried talking it out with a good friend. I tried not talking. I tried retail therapy, I tried yoga. I tried walking. I tried snuggling with my puppy. And you guys know, if snuggling with my Sammy doesn’t make me feel better, things are not good!

I’m telling you this because I think people should see both sides of their teachers, their mentors, or even just the people they follow on social media. As health coaches, we like to show the happy and healthy side of life. But who can really relate to someone who is always walking around like the picture of wellness?

I’m not saying I struggle, I absolutely don’t, but things aren’t always sunshine and daisies. I care too much what other people think, and it seems like someone is always mad at me. I’m really hard on myself. I’m a people pleaser and don’t always put myself first, though I really try to. I get taken advantage of. My hair never seems to do what I want it to. You know, important things like that.

I can keep going. I’m three days away from my final appointment in the very long root canal process (it would have been done already, but the lab sent a cap my dentist couldn’t use). Last week, I was rear-ended in rush hour traffic. No one was hurt, but I was blocking a lane of a very busy Long Island parkway for twelve of the longest minutes of my life while I waited for a police officer to help me (she was wonderful, by the way. Thank you again, if somehow you’re reading this.). Now I’m going through the delightful process of insurance, inspections, and repairs (which I’m only half complaining about, I actually have a very good insurance company. I just don’t want to deal with this.) I have an hour-plus drive each way to the office, every single day, in a very old car that’s not quite up to the job.

I’m going to stop my list here, to protect the privacy of the innocent (and the not-so-much) 😉 Just rest assured, it doesn’t end there.

So that’s my angst and it got me asking myself “Okay, if this were a client sitting in front of me telling me all of this, what would I say?” And it goes like this: I have SO MUCH IN MY LIFE to look forward to. I have date night with the love of my life tomorrow night. I have the love of my life, in my life. And we have the sweetest, cutest, happiest puppy together. (Seriously, if you ever need a pick-me-up head over to my Instagram.) I have a super fun night out planned with my friends next week. I just went food shopping, so I have a week of yummy lunches and dinners ahead. Rumor has it, my dentist appointment is going to be really quick this week. And my boyfriend already promised to have a big bowl of soup waiting for me when I get home. I get to drive around a snazzy new rental car for a week while I wait for mine to get repaired. See? Awesome stuff like that.

Sure, things aren’t always great. And YES, we can experience days on ended trying to find the bright side again. But guys, it’s there. It’s there. Find those little miracle pockets in your day, and let them guide you out of the darkness. And if you really, really can’t find one, create one. Call up a friend. Check out Groupon for something fun to do at a discounted price. And feel better soon. Life is too short to let it get you down for too long 😉

 

 

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💗 Goal setting exercises to help you narrow down what you REALLY want
💗 Weekly check-ins to hold you accountable to your goals
💗 My favorite recipes and meal prep tips
💗 Meditations and journaling prompts to both you relax and empower you
💗 Product reviews – there are SO many wellness products/programs out there! I’ll always give my honest opinion
💗 Wellness tips I don’t share ANYWHERE else
💗 And loads of encouragement!

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3.. 2.. 1.. Can We Try This Again?

Raise your hand if January hasn’t brought quite the clean-eating, gym-going, socializing, productive new year you were planning on! Can we call this one a practice month and start 2017 again?
I noticed about a week ago that I was prefacing quite a few messages to my health coaching clients with “So, I had a setback today…” and it started January first. I was raring to go from day one of the new year but unfortunately my plan was not meant to be and I took it pretty hard. Instead of strategizing and moving the plan forward I was reflecting on EVERYTHING that I’ve been doing over the last few months and ended up doing a lot of soul-searching instead. That pattern kind of repeated itself as the month went on. And then, as a nice cap on the month, I’ve been sick and more or less immobilized for the last week. There’s nothing worse, as a creative entrepreneur with a mind that is always on, than being stuck in bed with an aching body when your brain is still going at full speed and you just want to jump up and do work.

Anyway, my “I had a setback” stories always came with a moral, and those morals wrap up January with a nice neat little bow as I power through into another new month, another fresh start. Here is what I learned (countdown-style, you know, because of the New Year’s re-do):

3. Surround yourself only with people who lift you up, never who try to bring you down. Life is about change and growth, and sometimes there will be people who can’t or won’t accept it. Unfortunately, there will even be some who take it personally. Protect your energy, be sweet, and hope that those people will always be there but understand and accept if they decide to move on.

2. Let rejection fuel your hustle. This is not new information; in fact, rejection is pretty much my hustle’s #1 source of fuel. But it’s an important lesson, nonetheless. Turn those lemons into some seriously rad lemonade.

1. Don’t let anyone make you feel like one of the many. You are the only you there is. You’re the only one who can share your story and your knowledge in a way that is uniquely YOU. There are, what, seven billion people in the world? There’s room for all of us to do our thing. If anyone tries to make you feel unspecial, as hard as it is, they’re not worth your time. Keep it moving, you special thing, you.

Aaaand, happy new year!

         

          

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Falling Behind The New Year’s Resolution Wagon? This One’s For You.

It seems like everyone in the world is New Year’s resolution-obsessed right now, right? I admit, I am too – I love any excuse for a “fresh start”, though for me it’s more like a reason to up my game. New year, new you? More like new year, same me but BETTER.

In the days leading up to 2017, my peers in the wellness world were hard at work setting goals and inspiring others to do the same. I found myself a little stuck, almost forcing myself to set my goals. Not because I fell out of love with doing it, but like everyone else my energy and inspiration comes in waves and the creative juice and future-imagining just wasn’t flowing. The calendar said it was time to get pen to planner, but my brain said not just yet.

I did eventually get some ideas written down but it still didn’t feel quite right, then the ball dropped and even still I was not quite in “GO” mode. I imagined the three day holiday weekend would be super productive and truthfully, to directly quote what I told my clients on January 2nd, my first surge of empowerment of 2017 and my first setback were immediately back-to-back. Which led to my first good cry of 2017, and my first real low.

It took a few days but I have finally bounced back, found my flow again, and gotten excited about the New Year. I think the main benefit of my.. shall we call them, skip days?, is that I should also be a little behind the pack in dropping my resolutions 😉 So when the rest of the world is back to normal on January 20th, I should still have a little juice left in me (just kidding! And seriously, if this is you, check out my Huffington Post article on making a resolution you will definitely keep).

The moral of the story is if you’re feeling uninspired, sometimes you just have to go with the flow and give yourself a break. You will eventually cycle back, the energy will return, and if you have to hop on the very back of the wagon or even catch the next train, so be it. Remember, you don’t need a new year to get a fresh start. All you need is a Monday. And chances are, you’re not far from one.           

                        

           

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