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August 21, 2019

Back to School, Back to Basics

When we break it down, practicing healthy habits is rather elementary. It can also seem rather complicated. Since school is back in session, I figured

August 15, 2019

The All or None Syndrome

Ever experience Pause Button Mentality? Perhaps during the holidays, your birthday, after vacation, when work gets crazy, or kids go back to school? H

August 8, 2019

Lessons from Nature, and Grounding

We must be moving into fall, as school supplies are in the sale ads. Didn’t summer vacation just get rolling? As I look around, I see many of my lil

August 1, 2019

Creative, Easy, Grilling Ideas

Summer is for taking it easy, and that includes mealtime. Lately, Mr. Non-Compliant and I have been playing with food. Our latest game: How much can w

July 18, 2019

Happy National Ice Cream Month

The year was 1984. President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day. This ye

July 11, 2019

How to Bok Choy

Summer is adventure time. With the abundance of various fruits and vegetables available at grocery stores and farmers markets, there is no reason to b

July 4, 2019

Relax and Enjoy

Welcome to the dog days of summer and simple eating. Unlike winter, when those crock pot soups and stews hit the spot, we are now in the season of lig

June 27, 2019

Atomic Habits

My current summer (now that it’s official!) read is “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. I’m working on improving a few of mine—slowly—one at a

June 13, 2019

Ten of My Best Tips

Q. What to blog about when I have too many ideas flying around my brain and I simply am not able to choose? A. Tips that cover a variety of topics, wi

June 6, 2019

The Joys of June…and Strawberries

Along with June come some fun celebrations. Besides the new season of life celebrated by many graduates (and parents, now free of tuition payments), a

What Are You Grateful For?

I walked past a couple people recently and overheard a comment that went something like this: “There’s got to be more to life than getting old and dying.”

The comments that followed had to do with aches, pains, and total depletion of joy.

Whoa.

At that moment, I was overwhelmed with gratitude…and heartbreak. Gratitude that life, even in its darkest moments, is so worth living because of so much good.

Heartbreak that not everyone can tap into that place. Ever.

Where are you today? Is there even one thing you are grateful for that makes life worth living?   

I challenge you to find that “something.” Last week, I challenged you to make a commitment. Commit to feeling gratitude more often.

Here’s the deal. When we are grateful, lots of other crummy emotions and attitudes get out of the way—anger, sadness, impatience, anxiety, fear, and so on.

Try it. Right now—go ahead. Maybe you are having a day where NOTHING is going right. Or your boss is making you crazy. See what happens when you turn on the gratitude button.

You are breathing. You are YOU. You have a computer or cool phone, or you couldn’t read this. You can see. You are loved.

There, feel better? Even just a little? Our mind is the most powerful force that we can control. Use it in the best way possible.

Here’s another tip: Find the things that really light you up and that make your heart sing. Do those things. AND be grateful.  

When you figure out the path in life that is right for you, you’ll love soaking every minute out of everyday. I believe that this is a great recipe for improving your health. It is a foundational piece of the puzzle.

Since I love to write, I’m grateful that you’re reading this.

THANK YOU!

If you could use some help finding clarity around how to get your gratitude game on with more consistency, send me an email and we’ll set up a time to work on it together. (My treat, because this is something else that I love to do.) There IS more to life than getting old and dying.

Gratefully Yours,
Carol

“It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.” —Naomi Williams

What Are You Committed To?

Commitment: the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose.

Today, I’d like you to consider what you are committed to that is all about you. Yes, that’s right. It is YOUR time to focus on YOU.

No, this is not about being selfish or self-centered. This is about your commitment to being your best.

We do well when it comes to being present for our families, work, and service  organizations. What about your commitment to you?  

Have you honored your recent appointment with the gym? Are you getting your required amount of sleep? How many vegetables are you eating during a week?

Most of us KNOW what to do. We get busy, pre-occupied, stressed, and we fall into our customary and most comfortable habit—whatever that may be. It’s rarely the option for our highest good.

When we aren’t paying attention, we grab the chips, drink coffee all morning (or all day), munch on the M&M’s, and forget about eating anything green (except the green M&M’s).

When life gets challenging, we often fall into default mode. When our habits are not the best, neither are we.

My challenge to you this week: Decide what you are committed to and make it non-negotiable. You will do whatever it is NO MATTER WHAT.

Some ideas (this does not need to be crazy over-the-top huge):

*Schedule 2 workouts of your choice and make them happen

*Eat an extra serving of vegetables each day

*Go to bed 10-15 minutes earlier than you usually do every night

*Get a massage, do a deprivation float, or enjoy some other spa treatment

*Read a thought-provoking book 15 minutes a day    

Choose one thing. Commit to change and make it happen. You are strong. You are courageous. You are worth it.

Powerfully yours,
Carol

“The real value of setting goals is not the recognition or reward, it’s the person we become by finding the discipline, courage, and commitment to achieve them.” —Anonymous

Love, Snacks, and a Recipe for You

Last Sunday, Float Sixty Northwest Indiana held a “Fit February Love Yourself Wellness Event.” In attendance were a variety of local businesses all geared toward—you guessed it—wellness.

Let’s face it; there are numerous steps we can take to improve our health. How to begin?  

It’s in the title of the event: love yourself.

Whether you are dialed in to increasing exercise, feeling calmer, learning to cook, or drinking more water, it begins with caring for YOU.

On this Valentine’s Day, consider not only how you will show love and gratitude to the people in your life, consider how you will do the same for you.

One way is to eat snacks that taste good and enhance wellness. Snacking throughout the day can help sustain energy and even help you lose weight!

Snack suggestions:

*Hummus with raw vegetables

*Leftovers from dinner

*Hard boiled eggs

*Apple or pear with nut butter

*Mixed raw nuts with dried fruit and cacao (or cocoa) nibs    

I often make protein bars to keep on hand. These were a big hit at the wellness event! Even though they contain honey, the protein and nut butter help slow the rate at which sugar is absorbed by the body. I also cut them into small pieces, so that a couple of them do the trick when it’s snack time.

Chocolate Protein Bars

  • 2 Cups (or 16oz. jar) Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 Cups Organic Honey
  • 2 Cups Chocolate Vegan Protein Powder
  • 3 Cups Rice Krispies

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine peanut butter and honey. Heat for about 90 seconds until it stirs easily. Add protein powder and Rice Krispies and mix thoroughly (The mixture will be thick). Press into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Refrigerate for about 1 hour, or until solid enough to cut into bars. Store in refrigerator or freezer. These keep well for weeks in the freezer.

For variations on this recipe and more, check out: https://www.inkwellcoaching.com/recipes/?treats

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’m offering complimentary coaching sessions! Send me an email and we’ll set aside a time for YOU!

Much love,
Carol

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”—Charles M. Schulz

Birthday, Birth Month, Birth Year

Yes, friends, it is that time again. Another birthday is heading straight my way, and it’s a pretty big one. The BIG SIX-O.

It is my official duty to announce that I am now in full swing celebration of the BIRTH YEAR. For those of you who are new blog followers, a quick bit of history to get you up to speed.

For over a decade, it has been customary for me to celebrate the BIRTH MONTH. It has worked really well for me, except that February is always the shortest month. Even on a leap year.

In order to compensate, I have been celebrating 30 days before AND after my actual birth date, so as not to miss out on any fun—lunches with friends, presents, cake (gluten free) and ice cream, surprises, etc.     

I have decided that since I am blessed enough to still be here on this great planet earth, I’m going for the yearlong party.

I encourage you to join me, no matter where you are in the birthday cycle. Begin celebrating with me TODAY!

Are you living the life you daydream of? Do you have some awesome friends, family members, or a dog, that you enjoy time with on a regular basis?

Or are you living a life of “shoulds” and “somedays?”

My husband (Mr. Non-Compliant) and I are consciously choosing to do those activities we truly enjoy. And no, we are not retiring, at least not today.

He goes to his office and takes the dog. Some days the dog gets to stay with me. I roast far too many green beans for dinner, and he sneaks a HUGE bag of M&M’s home from the hardware store.

He likes chocolate syrup on his ice cream and I like mine plain. Some evenings we work late in our separate home offices and send each other emails. He’s taking a business class and I’m taking a few cooking classes.  

And sometimes we leave town on holiday.

The point is that everyday is an amazing gift. If you’re not playing the life game full out, it’s not too late to start.

SO, what will you do today to celebrate YOU?

Some ideas, if you need help:

*Get quiet and be still for 5 minutes (also known as meditating)

*Sing as loud as you can in the car and maybe roll down your window

*Make a lunch date with someone you’ve been meaning to and haven’t

*Sign up for a class or workshop that makes you happy

*Plan your next day off and do something that feels adventurous

If we don’t consciously live our lives, someone else will gladly do it for us.

Thanks for reading and allowing me to be part of your day.

Cheers to you,
Carol

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”–Voltaire