Love 101 – Optimize Your Relationship

Want to optimize your relationship? My hubby, Brian, and I created a class with 10 of our favorite Big Ideas on how to do that –starting with a definition of love then looking at the difference between falling in vs. standing in love and then some nuts and bolts Ideas on how to rock it!

Here’s an intro video for our Love 101 class! 🙂 You can get access to the Class + Workbook + Meditation in our $10.00 a month membership: https://brianjohnson.me/love

Sending love,

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Nurturing Your Soul – Interview with Renee Trudeau

This is an interview with the lovely Renee Trudeau. She is an internationally-recognizedRenee Headshot coach and consultant, speaker and author. She’s also the founder of Renée Trudeau & Associates and sister company, award-winning Career Strategists.

Her coaching team has helped professionals and entrepreneurs create passion-filled careers and come into greater work/life alignment through integrating who they are with what they do.

We explore these topics in this interview:
   *  Why self-care is a spiritual practice
   *  How to connect to your Wise Self for guidance
   *  Why energy management is more important than time management
   *  The importance of creating a support network
   *  How we can create more joy and get more done by slowing down

It’s been a process to give myself permission to do what helps my mind, body and spirit thrive. I’ve noticed that in order for me to feel deeply nourished I need a lot of self-care.

A practice that I’m adding to my morning wake up routine is doing a quick body scan and then asking these 3 questions:

  1. How do I feel?
  2. What’s the biggest thing I need today?
  3. What’s the biggest thing I want today?

How can you give yourself the self-care you need? What do you most need right now in your life to flourish? What are some practices that help you connect to your Highest Self?

I actually have an eye mask on while typing this and I will be taking a nap (while my son’s napping) as soon as I post this. Yay, for naps! 🙂Photo on 7-2-15 at 12.40 PM #3

Big Love,

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Bliss Diary – July 1, 2015

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. — Marcel Prous

Intention/Affirmation: I honor all the dimensions of my essence. I celebrate all of my passions and interests.

Nutrition:
morning delight
green goddess salad w/chicken
kombucha
raw organic dark cacao while making dinner
super greeeen soup (bunch of greens lightly cooked w/ bone broth all blended up into a creamy nutrient dense deliciousness)

It was 2 pm, I was at the park and it was 90+ degrees and…I got a kombucha. Yes, I said I wasn’t going drink them anymore. The thing I learned…my willpower was low and I wasn’t prepared. How do I prepare better for tomorrow? I will make a lemonade in the morning so that I have a refreshing drink in the fridge if I feel the urge again. #letsdothis

Movement:
* 20 minute toddler paced walk
* 5 minute rebounding
* 15 minute walk to the park + 15 minute walk home from the park
* 15 minute on a myofascial release ball

Meditation: 15 minutes + 20 minute guided meditation

3 minute Meditation/Prayer:

Mind/Heart/Spirit Goodness: I was feeling into my essence today…who I am and what lights me up. I laughed as I thought I’m like bio-hacker meets  divine priestess meets domestic goddess meets simple optimal living queen. I used to think those didn’t all go together. I had to pick one. I realized I don’t need to put myself in a box. There is no container that fits who I am. Different aspects of who I am express themselves at different times and on different days.

Reminds me of this quote by Walt Whitman:

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.

Yes, I contain multitudes. I am practicing honoring all aspects of me. I do it the way I do it. I follow my passion and I share what I’m inspired to share. No comparison needed. We all rock our Goddess lives in our own flava! There is no right or wrong way. I’m gettin’ jiggy with my inner priestess + domestic goddess + biohacker + rockin’ optimal living queen.

Magical Mommy Moment: Today my son decided he wanted to go to the potty and wear underwear. I have drastically changed my approach to toilet training and I think of it more as toilet learning (got this from RIE).

When my son was born I was totally committed to doing Elimination Communication. I was ALL about it for the first 6 months of his life. I even interviewed Ingrid Bauer on her book: Diaper Free! Then, I found RIE and learned a different approach and it resonated with me a bit more than EC (especially in the modern world).

Now, I’m in the camp of trusting he will learn in his own timing. This is a big part of everything I do as a mother. Observing, Waiting, Reflecting, Trusting and Letting him learn and unfold at his own pace. It has been AMAZING!

Back to my mommy moment. He took off his diaper then peed in the potty and then, put his underwear and shorts back on all by himself. He did this over and over for about 30 minutes. Brian and I just observed and reflected what we saw him doing.

It made me smile for a few reasons. One, that I’ve given him the spaciousness and autonomy to learn things at his own pace. Two, to watch him so intentionally and gracefully learn everything he does. And, three, because he is becoming a little boy. It really is the simple things. I just sat in awe watching this sweet little person figure how how this whole potty process worked.  #simplejoys

Gratitude & Appreciation: I am grateful for our beautiful home. I am grateful we can walk to so many awesome parks/places. I am grateful for the abundance of nutrient dense foods in our fridge. I am grateful for coconut products. I am grateful for my functional doctor. I am grateful for RIE and all the books I’ve read on parenting. I am grateful for our midwife and all the midwives that support children being born naturally. Truly blessed.

Final thoughts for the day…I am so ready for bed. I’m off to listen to some Alison Armstrong with my hubby, shower, read and hopefully be in bed by 8 pm! #YES!

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