Daily Bliss – November 9, 2015

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.  Howard Thurman

Affirmation: I feel enthusiastic, energized, radiant, powerful, and joyful!

Nutrition:
* 7:30 bulletproof decaff coffee w/cacao powder/coconut milk/mct oil/stevia
* 10:00 power smoothie (homemade almond milk, steamed spinach, blueberries, maca, stevia leaf, collagen)
* 12:30 handful of plaintain chips (planned on a juice but the place was closed)
* 3:00 chicken dipped in primal kitchen mayo (love this stuff)
* 6:00 butternut squash soup with sauteed chard and ground beef topped with avocado + few bites of a persimmon

Movement: 5 minute walk at 6:15 w/ E to walk the doggie + 20 minute strength workout (pretty light but did get heart rate up) +10 minute walk + 10 minute walk + 10 minute family walk

Meditation: 20 minutes + 45 minute napitation and listened to this 4 minute Blissitation: Power Strength & Courage:


Book Love:
I recently finished these books:
The Loving Diet. This one’s about going beyond paleo into the heart of what ails you. I really loved it because it’s about choosing to love yourself and life no matter what your physical ailments are. Jessica, the author, focuses on the autoimmune protocol in her practice but she also brings a lovely heart centered approach to healing that I really dig.

Kale and Coffee. I’ve known about Kevin Gianni (The Renegade) for years. His book is all about his journey to finding health, happiness, and longevity. I enjoyed reading his story because I was pretty intense (like him) with the vegan (high raw) diet. I appreciated his honesty, courage and willingness to explore all avenues of health to see what works best for his body even when it challenged what he believed to be true.

Notes from a Blue Bike. It’s another memoir all about the the art of living intentionally in a chaotic world. Tsh is a wife and a mother to 3 kids. I love reading about how other mothers are creating their desired lives. It takes courage to create sacred boundaries in order to live the lives we most want. She’s a great writer and it was a fun to travel around the world through her eyes.

Body Goodness: I’ve been slowly getting off the bulletproof coffee. I liked the potential health and longevity theory but I didn’t notice any big benefits. And, I feel like a green smoothie/juice would probably be a better choice for me. Happy I tried it though.

Dr. Amen gave me some Serotonin Mood Support to help optimize my brain from what he saw on my brain scans mostly my limbic system being a bit overactive and signs of some trauma (from the last year with mold, our dog being killed and our best friend’s death). I think I notice a difference. I start my moon cycle in the next few days and I don’t feel the slight irritability + heightened emotional sensitivity that can come up for me at this time. Go serotonin boost! 🙂

Mind/Heart Goodness: I am inspired to simplify even more and to keep refining my essentials and rockin’ the simple habits that add the most power and joy to my daily life. I get *really* excited about a lot of habits and things I want to do and can tend to want to do them all (now!). 🙂

I’m bringing in my focus and only picking a few. This feels a bit challenging but I also know I will master more habits in the long run doing it this way. The question that is at the forefront of my mind is: What is most important now? What will have the greatest impact on my life today, next month, next year? What would it look/feel like if I did these habits every day? Simple wins and creating sustainable success!

Gratitude & Appreciation: I am grateful for the blue sky and clouds. They seem extraordinarily beautiful today as we walked and played outside. I am grateful for the abundance of yummy fruits and vegetables we have access to every week. I am grateful for books. Every day so much gratitude for books and the awesome people who wrote them! I am grateful for all the sweet little interactions we have with people around town. I am grateful for everyone who helped built the new park by our house. I am grateful for the Internet and all the amazing people I’ve met because of it, including my husband! I am grateful for the life and family we’ve created together.

Oh, and I won the day for my Brain & Body Optimization Game! Woot! Woot!

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The Rechargeables: Eat Move Sleep

We read the Rechargeables book indexat least once a day. It’s one of little E’s favorites. I love it because it reminds us how simple and important staying recharged is to living an optimized life.

If we, as a family, are eating right, moving and sleeping well we are setting ourselves up for a pretty awesome day!

Eat, Move & Sleep are vital for our family flow. We have such great routines that it’s easy to notice the impact on the whole when someone is off in one of these 3 areas. Life is so much smoother (and more fun) when our days are shaped around these basic principles.

Are we eating nutrient dense foods? Moving a lot? Getting outside? Resting and sleeping well? If the answers are YES we’re rockin’ it! I also like to add in some FullSizeRender-6gratitude, a positive mindset, play and laughter and we’re unstoppable! 🙂

Today in celebration of the eating well principle we made some juice. E’s at the age now where he can do it by himself (w/my supervision of course) which is pretty exciting. He *loves* to do it. Today we juiced outside because Daddy needed us to be quiet so he could record. Toddlers and quiet don’t usually go together.:)

<– Here FullSizeRender-7we are drinking our juice and getting recharged.

Ok…back to the Rechargeables book. The main characters – Poppy and Simon go on a bunch of adventures to figure out how to keep their charge up and stay in the green zone. By the end they realize it’s essential to eat right, move more, and sleep well for energy. Then, they decide to go and help everyone in the village get recharged.

Sidenote: In a lot of our books I change words and even some story lines. I actually really dig most of this one but still do add a few additions here and there.:)

Here’s a fun little recording we did about how to stay recharged while we were making juice:

(At the end Zeus, our dog got scared of the wind blowing so E was checking in to make sure he was ok.;)

We talk about Simon and Poppy a lot. They even accompany us on our walks, playing and making food in the kitchen. It’s such a brilliant way to help children understand how they can impact their health and energy (and a great reminder for us parents too). FullSizeRender-8

Emerson will say things like: I am getting my charge up when he eats or he’ll ask if something is brain food. Or, he’ll run and say: I am getting recharged. At bedtime we talk about how sleep helps us stay well resourced and recharged so we can have another great day tomorrow! 🙂

What are your favorite children’s books and ways to recharge with your family?

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Bliss Diary – September 22, 2015

There are particular types of seeds that remain dormant until they are broken open by a forest fire. Likewise, there is a seed within you that opens only by the fire of your readiness to transform. Challenges are the great awakeners, and when we welcome them we ignite the inner fire of transformation and invite a greater vision for our life to emerge from within us.” – Michael Bernard Beckwith

Nutrition:
* bulletproof coffee w/mct oil, coconut milk, ghee, stevia
* 16 oz green juice (w/ power greens) + 20 minutes later a big handful of flax crackers
* 32 oz green smoothie (romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, avocado)
* bowl of chard/kale and ground beef with a few bites of lemon/avocado/coconut milk ice cream

I have never been a coffee drinker. I really dig a lot of Dave Asprey’s work and I usually just skipped over the coffee part because I was breastfeeding (more on that below) and thought it would be a bad idea for my adrenals.  But, then I watched an interview with him and Alberto Villoldo and they were talking about how coffee activated the longevity gene. It was fascinating so I decided to try it. It’s been a week. I don’t notice much of a difference but willing to experiment. 

Movement:
* 15 minutes of rebounding + 30 burpees (watching Power Up Your Brain by my Hubby)
* 7 minute walk to library and 7 minute walk home

* ~30 minute Family stroll after dinner

Affirmation:
I’ve got this. Power up!!

Meditation:
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15 minutes
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75 minute napitation listening to the I am healthy blissitation (yay! for toddler naps;)

Body Goodness:
I am feeling good in my body. I’m a little bit sore from sprint (ok, a stride;) workout yesterday. I am also healing the last bit of a sinus infection which feels awesome. I will write a post on what I did to heal it naturally soon. I think doing the mold remediation in our kitchen and hello!, the last few months of change and transformation gave my immune system a run for her money. 🙂 But, feeling strong today. A new level of determination has arisen. Challenges are the great awakeners.

I also stopped breastfeeding after I had my seizures. They gave me an anti-convulsant (keppra) IV in the ER and I am currently on a low dose for 3 months to ensure I don’t have another one. I will begin tapering off soon. I was planning to stop nursing when E turned 3 and we’d been talking about it so it wasn’t that big of a transition. Yet, there was a sweet and tender sadness because I loved it so much. (tears!) But, it was also time for me to replenish my body, honor the seasons of change and the natural cycles of life.

Mind/Heart Goodness:
I had a dream last night about my college volleyball days. I was on the court playing a game and I was just off, totally not in my usual flow. I felt like a failure. I was walking off the court for a time-out and had a flash of the time my coach called me into his office and told me I was the spark plug of the team. I was the catalyst. I had a surge of energy and power and there was a feeling of yes, this is who I am.

When I opened my eyes this morning I smiled. I’ve got fire. A lot of it and a spark plug is an awesome way to describe it. Thanks to my Coach for seeing and reminding me that I am a catalyst 17 years ago. How I live my life influences everyone around me. I am choosing to embrace that part of me today, let her play and bring the fire back into my days. #bringit

I’m reading: I recently finished Unleash The Power of Your Female Brain by Daniel Amen. I loved it because I am all about optimizing the brain. I have a bunch of his books I intend on reading and I look forward to doing a SPECT scan at one of his clinics.

This weekend I read Rising Strong by Brene Brown. Amazing! I love her. It was  an especially nourishing read with my current process. “The irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more whole or more acceptable, but our wholeness – even our wholeheartedness- actually depends on the integration of all of our experiences, including the falls.”

Now, I am reading SuperBetter by Jane McGonigal. It’s backed by a lot of research on how playing games can make you a happier, stronger and braver. I find her research fascinating on video games but I don’t play them and we don’t even have a TV. What I’m really interested in is making life more gameful. One of my top strengths is playfulness and I love to see the evidence showing that play is a smart thing to do. 🙂

Gratitude + Appreciation: I am grateful for our beautiful town. I love where we live. I am grateful my son takes naps so that I can take them too. I am grateful for my amazing husband and all of his support and hard work. I am grateful for my Mom, she is my best friend. I am grateful for all the amazing books I read on a regularly basis. I am grateful for my challenges and my choice to see them as growth opportunities. I am grateful for all the passionate and brilliant people out there doing incredible work to inspire and help others. #thankyou

I am feeling determined, inspired and content.

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P.S. My husband has a new podcast called Optimize. You can check it out HERE! There has been over 400,000 downloads in the last few weeks which is pretty amazing!! 🙂

Bliss Diary – July 14, 2015

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. — Helen Keller

Intention/Affirmation: Do the little things. Don’t procrastinate. Do it now, with a smile of gratitude.

Nutrition:
7:00 longevity tea w/ coconut milk, mct oil, collagen, peppermint oil, cacao butter, stevia
9:30 3 sweet potato/egg muffins w/turmeric coconut butter
1:00 green goddess salad
3:15 16+ green juice + kevita
5:30 kelp noodles w/ basil pasta sauce, kale, collards, and ground beef

Movement:
* 40 minute “creative” track workout – meaning I went with E + our dog so it made for a lot of variety
* 15+ minute walk to park
* 15+ minute walk back home from park

Meditation: 15 minutes + 20 minute guided meditation

Cleaning Habit: The habit I am building this week is to keep the kitchen clean throughout the day. So when we sat down for dinner the only thing left to clean will be the dinner dishes. I want to wake up with a clean kitchen every day.

I succeeded today. I also experienced more flow and ease cooking dinner with a clean kitchen. Brian told me that it’s been scientific proven that clean spaces increases willpower. More of that please. 🙂

Book Love: I finished The Danish Way of Parenting: A Guide To Raising The Happiest Kids in the World. It’s written by an American writer and cultural trainer and a Licensed Narrative Therapist. I loved it, it felt very RIE. It goes through the acronym P.A.R.E.N.T. which stands for play, authenticity, reframing, empathy, no ultimatums, togetherness. We all want to do the best for our children/family and this book has a lot of really awesome and important information for parents.

Denmark has been voted as having the happiest people in the world by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) for almost every single year consecutive year since 1973…

America, on the other hand, the country with “the pursuit of happiness” built into its very own Declaration of Independence isn’t even in the top 10. It’s barely in the top 20, closer to number 17 after Mexico. Despite having an entire field of psychology devoted to happiness and an endless sea of self-help books instructing us on how to acquire this elusive emotion, we aren’t really that happy. Why is that? And, moreover, why are the Danes so content?

The Danes are happier because they do things differently than a lot of the traditional parenting advice out there. Conscious parenting can be challenging because we are creating new neural pathways by choosing to do something other than the way we were raised.  “Most people just repeat their own patterns. You are doing something much bigger and harder by making a change.” It takes intention, wisdom, commitment and love to raise happy, healthy and resilient children.

Sometimes we forget that parenting, like love, is a verb. It takes effort and work to yield positive returns. There is an incredible amount of self-awareness involved in being a good parent. It requires us to look at what we do when we are tired and stressed and stretched to our limits. These actions are called our default settings. Our default settings are the actions and reactions we have when we are too tired to choose a better way.

Choosing a better way is an investment. How we show up daily impacts our experience with our children. It isn’t going to be all sunshine and rainbows, but there can be soooo much more ease, grace and joy when we focus on play, authenticity, reframing, empathy, no ultimatums, togetherness. So, instead of the terrible two’s it’s the terrific twos and the so-called “three is more terrible than twos” turns into the “three is more amazing than twos.”:)

Body Goodness: Today starts the completion phase of my menstrual cycle which is perfectly timed with my intentions to clean, organize and declutter. I’m having fun syncing my life with my cycle. I’m not sure how this works when you’re pregnant but for now I’m diggin’ it.

I am noticing a difference in my energy. I’ve been working with my adrenals and sub-clinical hypothyroidism with my TSH being at 2.7 (6 months ago). I just did another test 2 weeks ago so I’m looking forward to seeing what my numbers are now. My hunch is my thyroid hasn’t been optimal for awhile and after pregnancy, birth and extended breastfeeding it can get even more out of balance.

I’ve been working with Alan Christianson on this, he’s a Naturopath. He likes the TSH to be around .9 – 2.0, which is pretty standard for functional medicine. Conventional medicine doesn’t do much unless your over 10. I just started taking bio-identical hormones to decrease my TSH number. I am taking these temporarily and will taper off them once my numbers get back into balance. I don’t think I would’ve been open to this if I didn’t read in The Better Baby Book that Lana Asprey took bio-identical hormones after the birth of their first child. I respect Dave Asprey’s research, knowledge and passion. And, from what I’ve researched thyroid health is vital for having another healthy and awesome pregnancy in the future.

Proud Parent Moments: As I’ve said in my other post, I am doing more of “let him learn on his own time” potty learning. E has been really into wearing his “underwear,” he can put them on all by himself (yes, it’s the little things). He said he needed to go poop and asked B to go with him to the toilet. He did and then called me so I could see it. He did this 2 more times today. You know you’re a parent when you genuinely get excited about your child going to the bathroom (haha). So awesome!!

Mind/Heart/Spirit Goodness: I’ve felt such gratitude for my little companion. It gets easier and easier and more and more fun. He is learning so much and becoming so autonomous. I was thinking about our plan for schooling, which is…we don’t plan to put him in school. I researched about school years before I was even pregnant. I knew that I wanted to do a more natural homeschooling/unschooling learning style for our children. We like to call it optimal learning. 🙂

Since becoming a mother my naive bubble around time has been busted. I’ve wondered how the heck I am going to do it, especially adding another child to our family. I attended public school so this is something totally new to and I am learning as I go. But, today I saw it and felt glimpses of how we can make it work and have it be fun.

Gratitude & Appreciation: I am grateful for the two walks. I am grateful for the local track. I really enjoy going there. I am grateful my son went in the potty 3 times today. Woohooo! I am grateful my husband helped keep the kitchen clean today. Go Team Johnson! I am grateful for books! 🙂 #thankyou

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Bliss Dairy – June 30, 2015

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. — Albert Einstein

Affirmation/Intention: I am love, joy and divine light. I choose to be conscious about the energy I bring to every situation. It all matters and makes a difference. Bring it! 🙂

Nutrition:
morning delight
kombucha + green juice 16 oz
big green goddess salad w/salmon
coconut/collagen/mct oil smoothie

I’m upgrading my diet more. I’m going to take out kombucha. It has a bit of sugar and I know there are benefits with the probiotics but I feel it creates a bit of a craving and it’s not necessary for my goals. I am also increasing nutrient density with more greens/vegetables. And…thinking about taking out cacao for 30 days too – altho not ready for that one yet. ;).

Movement:
* 16:40 minutes of tabata –> lunges, kettlebell swings 26 lbs, plank/mountain climbers, squats/deadlift to row w/26 lb kettlebelMed
* 10 minutes VibraTrim
* 10 minutes yin yoga + pigeon pose before bed

Meditation:  15 minutes + 15 minute guided meditation

Mind/Heart/Spirit Goodness:
I have been doing “The Work” more with my thoughts. I love the simplicity of Byron Katie’s work. I did a workshop with her once and loved the grace, ease and joy with which she supported people in transformation. I intend on doing another one next month.

It’s amazing how much we believe what we think. Every time I ask: “Is it true?” I expand and see that there are multiple perspectives, emotions, feelings and stories that could be true as well. A spaciousness ensues and I don’t feel such a strong hold on whatever thought was gripping my attention. It’s all a story. Love this quote by Katie:

“A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It’s not our thoughts, but our attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering. Attaching to a thought means believing that it’s true, without inquiring. A belief is a thought that we’ve been attaching to, often for years.”

What are we believing? Are these beliefs serving us? How can we inquire so that we can better show up as our authentic selves?

Here are the 4 questions to ask when you notice suffering:

  1. Is it true? (Yes or no. If no, move to 3.)
  2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true? (Yes or no.)
  3. How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
  4. Who would you be without the thought?

Book Goodness: This weekend I read Moods of Motherhood.  The biggest takeaway I got is that motherhood is important work and so is my creativity. It also inspired me to celebrate my journey from maiden to mother.

I think she does an honest job of sharing some personal challenges that new mothers go through. It’s paradigm shift…a heroine’s journey, there is no doubt about that. It’s also an amazing area to do “The Work” and notice my beliefs, inquire and be willing to shift.

One of my favorite passages is “Nobody Told Me”.

You look at me bewildered, eyes gray with exhaustion. Milk-spattered, baggy clothes, hair awry. “Nobody told me…” you begin. You look at me, urging me to explain myself. How could I have kept this, all of this, a secret from you? Surely it was my duty to prepare you. “Nobody told me how much it would hurt, how exhausted I would feel, how much love I have in my heart that I think I will burst, how overwhelming it all is…” her eyes begin to well with the enormity of her new knowing.

All I can do is smile. To hold her. “We tried,” I say softly. Stroking her tousled hair. And, I think to myself. It is not so much that we did not tell you, as you could not hear. Until you have your own child, held in your heart, your ears are blocked, your eyes are blind to the reality of motherhood: its pains and its glories. Once you have been there, stood in the body of motherhood, then you can hold hands with every woman who has ever mothered. You know her joys and pains. You are her.

When I became a mother I found myself saying: “why didn’t anyone tell me it was going to be like this?” I suppose some tried but I couldn’t hear. I couldn’t even begin to imagine until I held my son in my arms and birthed myself as a mother. Now, I know and I am a more fuller expression of all aspects of the Divine Goddess.

Gratitude & Appreciation: I am grateful for Lissa and her awesome energy and colonic. I am grateful that my hubby got me a green juice today. Some women love flowers I ❤ green juice. 😉 I am grateful for the herbs and supplements. It’s astonishing how many people’s creative vision and inspiration impacts my daily life. Every moment my life is enhanced by someone’s creativity and vision. From my fork, to my food, to this keyboard, to the sidewalk to my green juice, to our home. I am continuously blessed. Always.

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Bliss Diary – June 26, 2015

I am guided throughout this day in making the right choices. Divine intelligence continuously guides me in the realization of my goals. I am safe. — Louise Hay

Affirmation/Intention: Trust in the good. Live as if I am guided. Look for the magic everywhere. 🙂

Nutrition:
morning delight
16 oz green juice
2 minute wraps — salmon + mayo mix it all together and add to a nori sheet and roll it up and eat. I had 5 + also 2 big carrots
ginger kombucha + tried a new chocolate: raw pacari chocolate w/ coconut crystals
cabbage rolls with cauliflower rice and ground beef + olives + fresh coconut water and meat (I tried to do something fancier for our friday night dinner. hehe)

Movement:
45 minute toddler cruise – I did some chi gong and stretching while he explored + also did a 5 minute 30 lb toddler carry, 😉
5 minute rebounding
20 minute errand walk pushing stroller
15 toddler paced walk

Meditation: 15 minutes + 30 napitation

If I could only eat 5 foods for a a month I would eat… greens (all kinds), coconut (products), salmon, cacao, and avocados with a splash of lemon, stevia and sea salt. 🙂

Magical + Miraculous Moments: My son opening the blinds and then softly waking me up at 5:10 am. Heart smiles. ❤ Doing chi gong outside in the morning sun while my son was playing with the weeds and sticks at the park. ❤ My son asking to listen to Beckwith’s TranscenDance. YES! It’s one of my favorite albums! ❤ Seeing the hubby light up with excitement about getting his new recording studio set up in his office. ❤ Napping…one my favorite delights. ❤

Today I am reading…Red Moon Understanding and using the creative, sexual and spiritual gifts of the menstrual cycle by Miranda Gray.

Appreciation of the Good, Great & Beautiful: I am grateful for Dave Asprey for introducing me to potential mold issues. I am grateful for the people who are testing samples from under our kitchen sink for mold. I am grateful for the ability to walk all around our town so easily. I am grateful for air conditioning. I am grateful for my Mama. I am grateful for FaceTime. It’s amazing that we can video chat with the people we love. I am grateful for bedtime stories.

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