Summertime Routine

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Hey hey everybody!

Yes, I am still here.  Summertime, summertime...you know.

It’s flying by! It’s been pretty jam-packed for me. And honestly, a bit chaotic at times with my kiddos home.  It’s all good, just a change to the regular routine. I know many of you can relate. I am fully embracing it all, enjoying time with friends, family, traveling, working and also trying to fit time in for ME!

I am savoring this sweet season here on the east coast. The summers are somewhat short, but oh so sweet.  How about you? What have you been up to this summer? I hope you are taking time for YOU as much as you can, even if it’s just a few deep breaths each day.

I am working on some new and exciting things that I am looking forward to sharing with you all in the fall.

Xo,

Meegan

Take Back Your Weekends

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Do you ever feel like there is no time for downtime? I hear this a lot. And for a long time, I felt the same way.

For many, a somewhat hectic week can roll right into an even more busy weekend.  Whether this is spent attending to household chores and or squeezing in as many activities as possible.

For many, the idea of having the weekend to rest, play and connect has become a thing of the past. Being constantly productive is the only way they know how to be.

I have been there, at times it is unavoidable. I get that.  With that said, it is important for us to remember that it is called a “weekEND” for a reason.  For me personally, I got into the habit of having a ginormous to-do list for our weekends. My husband would sometimes look at me like I was crazy. Sometimes it felt like the weekends were more full than the week! Trying to squeeze way too much into two days.

We all need rest and rejuvenation. Some may argue that or say they don’t have time.  Living life constantly in “doing” mode is not sustainable. The need to always be productive can really zap you of your energy.  Without that deep restorative time, we power through our jam-packed weekends, as I said before only to wake up Monday morning feeling tired and dissatisfied.

Can anyone relate?  Is that how you want to feel after your weekends?

I am guessing that your answer is no.

It’s time to take back your weekends.  Your body, mind and spirit need a break.

I hear it all the time. “I will take a break when I am done with xyz.” We rest when everything else is done. But are we ever really done with everything? Seriously, are we? If we don’t take creating this time and space for rest and play, we are never going to get it!

For some, this requires a little mindset shift.  It did for me. As I mentioned, I definitely fell into the trap of piling on all the things on the weekends.  Leaving little time for the important stuff. Time for self, play and connection with others. And not to mention that I want my kids to see the balance in it all.

If you are still with me,  you may be wondering saying, “that sounds great and all Meegan, but I work all week and the weekends are my only time to get other things done.” I get it.  However, with a little planning, you can start to take back your weekends.

Here are some things that worked for me:

Rethink and adjust 
Try tackling some of your chores during the week.  Spend a few nights doing the laundry, cleaning, paying the bills...spread them out over the week and however much you accomplish, stop after Friday.  This may create a little bit of anxiety for some of you. It will require adjusting your standards a bit. This was a tough one for me. But I stuck to it and I am truly OK with not having all the things checked off and I have learned to be OK with a little mess.

Prioritize nourishment
When I say nourishment.  I am not just speaking of food.  Spend time on you. Spend time on things that nourish YOU. Take care of you body through sleep, movement and healthy meals. Recharge through hobbies and other passions. Spend time with people who nourish you.

Find the things that fuel your mind, body and soul.  This is nourishment.

Carve out free time 
If there is spillover from the household or work and you must take care of it,  be sure to carve out some free time for yourself. Put it in your calendar, make an appointment with yourself.  Take your dog on a walk, go to an exercise class, go for a walk without your phone. The more you unplug during the weekend, the better you will feel on Monday.

Setting aside time to rest and recharge is essential for optimal health and well-being.  You just might find it might help you be more productive and creative too!

Are you feeling the need to take back your weekends?  Try one or all of the above and let me know how it goes.

Have a great weekend!

Xo
Meeg

How Do You Want to Feel?

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The other day I was out on the water testing out my new paddleboard. Just me on the water, taking it all in. The beauty of all that surrounded me.  It felt really, really good. I felt so grounded, present and at peace. That moment, those feelings...yes.  All of THIS.

I posted something on Instagram last week that started a conversation about how we want to feel, and the importance of paying attention to how we are feeling.

Feeling good I would say is an important ingredient to achieving true health.  When I say true health, that encompasses mind, body and spirit. How we feel in our mind, body and spirit has a direct impact on our wellbeing.

A while back I did some work with an amazing coach, Ash Cebulka, you should check her out. www.ashcebulka.com. She opened me up... period. But she opened me up to the idea of identifying how we want to feel in our lives, our work, our relationships, all areas of our lives and the important role that it plays. Truly, I had never given it much thought.

Let me tell you, it was a game changer. Identifying how I wanted to feel in all areas of my life and taking steps to bring this into my life made such an impact on me. I experienced the benefits and rewards of doing this and I bring this concept into the work I do today.

In many ways, I use my feelings as my internal compass.  Does it feel good? Yes? Proceed. No? See ya, I’m out! When I am connected to how I want to feel, I am in alignment. There is a flow to life. I feel GOOD. When I lose that connection, no surprise...I feel off.

This was the list I made 4 years ago. And it holds true today.

I want to feel:

Present
Grounded
Confident
Abundant (in all areas of my life)
Connected
Vibrant
Grateful
Fully ME

How do you want to feel, my friends?

Are you paying attention to how you want to feel?

My invitation to you is to make a list of how YOU want to feel. Not how you think you “should” feel, but from a place that you would truly love to operate from more than not.  Keep this list close, physically and mentally. Refer to it often, until you feel that it has just become part of your routine to check in.

Be honest and get real about how you want to feel in your life. All areas of your life.

When we focus on how we want to feel and figure out how to feel good, we start to create the right environment for our mind, body and soul to thrive.

Now go and give it a try.  It will not only benefit you but everyone around you.

Much love,

Meegan

The Body Achieves...

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A little over four years ago was the beginning of a transformational time in my life. And an important part of the story.  Our stories are what shape us into who we are. How we decide to tell and share that story is the question.

I have shared a lot of about my journey with Lyme.  Sharing my story has helped me heal on many levels and it is beautiful and rewarding feeling to know that it has helped others on their journeys as well.

My healing journey was a long one, and in many ways, I am still on it.  As with any challenging experience in life, mine opened me up to massive growth, learning and healing.

My experience opened me up to exploring the mind-body connection. This was a fairly new concept to me. I soon realized this was going to play a big part in my healing.

In the beginning, my diagnosis was all consuming.  It quickly led to me creating stories in my head about all the what if’s, what the future was going to hold, was my life going to change forever.  All the unknowns were at times suffocating. They were some of the scariest and darkest moments of my life. These thoughts were quick to invade my mind and they would soon consume my whole thinking.

It became very clear to me after some time that plain and simple, worry, creates chaos.  I did not know if these thoughts would actually come to be. What I can tell you is the more I allowed myself to entertain these thoughts, the more I lingered in this pool of worry, the more desperate and depressed I became.  There came a time when I decided that I was not going to let this disease define me. I have written about this before. What I have not shared much about is the spiritual side of my journey.

I dove into teachings by Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Abraham Hicks, Gabrielle Bernstein, and others.  A spiritual deep dive if you will. I didn’t share this with many people, as it was all new to me, a little weird at first and honestly, I didn’t know how they would respond, would they get it?  It didn’t take long before I was hooked. This was what really opened me up to exploring the mind-body connection. Consuming this content, going inward, learning the ways that I could actively contribute to my healing, learning that I could become my own healer and more importantly, believing it.

I slowly started shifting my thinking, my thoughts.  I started seeing myself well in my mind and my body. I saw myself thriving, even during the times, I felt my worst.  I saw myself skiing down the mountain with my kids again. I saw myself on my yoga mat. I saw myself healing. I saw it and I believed it.

The more I saw it and felt it, the more my body would respond.  The better my thoughts were, the constant worry started to disappear. The mind is a powerful thing.  There is a lot to be said for the saying “the body achieves what the mind believes.”

This had such a profound impact on me and my healing that it is a big part of the work I do with my clients today.

It is important for you to know that this does not just apply to those living with a chronic condition. This can be used with any challenge you are faced with in your life.

For those in the face of a challenge or perhaps you are feeling stuck in your life, or in your in your health. Please remember this...

Always have hope.  Always believe in yourself. Always believe there is an answer. Always know you aren’t in this alone.

I invite you to start exploring teachers, books, coaches that you are curious about and drawn to.  Open your mind to what is possible for you. Tap into that beautiful mind of yours and let it help you. It is one of our most powerful assets.

Meegan

Benefits of Infrared Saunas

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Let’s talk infrared saunas.  I have been getting some questions, so I figured this was a great place to share.

I was first introduced to them when my doctor recommended I start incorporating regular visits as part of my treatment. I needed another way to help my body detox.

Sweating is one of the body’s healthiest and most effective ways to eliminate toxins.  It is an essential element in detoxification.

They are different from a regular sauna in the way that with a traditional sauna you have to heat it to a very high temperature. Whereas infrared saunas heat your body while the air stays cool. This is huge for those like me, that can be sensitive to heat.

The infrared light penetrates deeper, the heat pulls out the toxins under the skin and exfoliates them through the skin, which is amazing for detoxifying and even weight loss.  All of this allows for your cells to eliminate toxins better. The heat from the infrared sauna helps you detox seven times faster than traditional saunas.

Studies have shown that the use of infrared saunas can help many chronic conditions such as arthritis, Lyme, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and so on. They have also proved to be very helpful for those recovering from addiction or depression.

It didn’t take long before my weekly visits to the sauna became something I looked forward to.  A quiet place for me to relax. Sometime meditate, sometimes listen to a podcast or book on audible, or just kick back in silence.  It was a place of healing.

Here are some of the benefits I noticed when using an infrared sauna.

Pain Relief
Regular visits to the sauna really helped with the pain I was experiencing in my joints, bones and muscles.

The heat penetrates the joints, muscles and tissues; increasing circulation, and generating more oxygen flow to the areas of the body that need it.  The heat flushes out the lactic acid, helping muscles loosen, relieving stiff muscles as well as reducing soreness, minor aches and muscle spasms.

Healthy Skin
My skin suffered greatly when I was going through my Lyme treatment. Consistent visits to the sauna helped a lot. And now that I am on the other side, when I sweat it out on a regular basis, I notice the difference. I always feel as though I have had a kickass facial and I am glowing from within.

Immunity
Another way to boost and support my immune system.  The increase in body temperature from the sauna helps enhances your white cell blood function, helping your body fight infections and boosting your overall lymphatic function.

Relaxation
As I mentioned, the sauna quickly became one of my favorite places to relax. A place where I could get my zen on!  A quiet place all to myself all while detoxing my body. Can’t beat that!

There are many more benefits to using infrared saunas that I haven’t shared here.  All in all, the benefits are incredible!

It is important to remember to drink plenty of water before and after you sweat it out.  And pay attention to the cues your body gives you. Our bodies are smart cookies. The use of an infrared sauna can provide major health benefits.  

I hope that the information I have shared here was helpful and informative. And for those of you that have not tried it yet, maybe this has peaked your curiosity and you are ready to get your sweat on!

Meegan

Self-Care Basics

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Self-care has been all the buzz for a little bit of time now.  I think we all know that self-care is more than just a trip to the spa.  It’s about taking care of yourself from the inside out and tending to our needs on a regular basis. More than just on occasion.  We often tend to overcomplicate things. Imagine that!  Since self-care has been all the talk. There is so much information out there about how we should or should not practice self-care. Am I right?  Do you find yourself a bit confused at times and perhaps trying to craft these elaborate self-care routines?

Something we can easily forget is that keeping things simple is most always the best course to take. Taking it back to the basics, my friends.  The practice of self-care does not have to be some overwhelming somewhat unachievable thing. We just need to simplify things a bit. And as with so many things we do in life, consistency is key.  Whether you are just starting out or maybe you have got it down but want to take things up a notch. Wherever you are, I am sharing with you some ways to simplify self-care.

1. Bring it back to the basics
Instead of making self-care an elaborate and overwhelming practice that takes up to three hours at a time, keep it super simple.  Start with your most basic needs.

Now some of you may think after reading that, “well, I don’t know what my basic needs are.” This is where paying attention to what your mind, body and soul need most.  If you keep those elements of your life in check, the practice of self-care won’t seem so daunting. And it should never feel like a chore.

2. Shift your mindset
How do you currently view/think about self-care?  How important is your overall health and wellness to you?  Wellness is about making healthy choices that improve our physical and mental state.  Self-care is a vehicle that helps us achieve that.

Self-care is about taking care of yourself.  Showing up for yourself. Finding things to help us in staying balanced and healthy. Physically, mentally and emotionally.

If we start to look at self-care as wellness and wellness as self-care, it might change how we view things.

As I mentioned earlier, self-care is all the buzz right now and for good reason.  It is important to try and not get caught in the swirl of ‘all the things’ and find out what we actually need, not what other people tell us we need.

This may take a little experimenting to find what works for you. Just remember do what feels good to you.  Don’t overthink it.

3. Make note
When things get busy it is easy to forget about self-care. It is often one of the first things to fall off.   But this is when we need it most. It can make such a difference in our lives.

Weaving in a little self-care throughout the day can really have an impact on our mood and how you react to things, especially during stressful times.

Making note, either mentally or keeping track in a journal or on your calendar is a great way to see how self-care affects you. Make a mental note or write down the day, what you did and how you felt afterward. I personally like to get things out of my mind and onto paper so I can go back and check things out rather than trying to keep it all straight upstairs.

After doing this for a little bit, you will begin to see that self-care really does have a positive impact on not only you and your mood, but your relationships and your work.

4. Just begin
Everyone’s routine will look different.  What I enjoy doing for self-care may be an absolute turn off for you.  For those that are new, you may that you are spending an awful lot of time searching for things to do.  I get it, but you may also find that you spend so much time searching that you never get to the actual act.

What are you drawn to?  What feels good? What do you enjoy doing?  It really could be as simple as taking a break from what you are doing. Stopping everything and just sitting for five minutes. Whatever it is, it is important to listen to your needs and practice in a way that feels right for you.

Above all, it is important to remember to listen to our bodies and attend to our needs.  Sprinkling self-care practices in throughout your week will help you take care of you.

What are some of your favorite ways to practice self-care?

Take good care of you,

Meegan

A little spring cleaning for your mind

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Spring has sprung!  Even if you live in the Northeast like I do, as the picture depicts,(which is a slight exaggeration) even though it doesn’t feel like it, springtime is upon us!

Spring is often seen as a time of renewal.

I often find that many spend time on clearing their physical clutter, get their spaces cleaned and organized. Give their bodies a little reset.  One thing that is often forgotten is the act of decluttering our mind. And that is where SO much stuff can build up. When we free up some headspace, we are able to feel calmer, think more clearly and stay focused.

Mental clutter.  It’s a thing. I know it well.  How about you? Holding too much in that beautiful brain of yours can sometimes lead to overwhelm and we want to nip that in the bud as soon as possible.

Taking care of our mind is just as important as the things we do for our bodies and our physical spaces.  It can oftentimes get overlooked.

If you are diving into your spring cleaning mode, don’t leave that precious little mind of yours out.  I should also mention that this doesn’t just apply to this time of year. But since everyone is buzzing about all things Spring, I figured why not.

Here are some ways to declutter your mind.

1. Priorities. What are they?
Reduce your mental fatigue by getting clear on what’s important to you.  Maybe it’s family, friends, work. All of the above. Maybe it is finding time for you.  SELF-CARE. I know you hear and see this word everywhere now. It’s because it’s that important.  

Whatever your priorities are, use them to help you make decisions. This will help eliminate the mental clutter that comes from deciding what to focus on.

2. If it’s not a hell yes, then it’s a hell no!
I have talked about this before in a previous piece I wrote a while back.  This may seem like a harsh way to make decisions, but let’s be serious.  How many things do you say yes to that you don’t want to do? And how long do you spend agonizing and trying to make decisions?  This all leads to mental clutter.

Tap into your intuition.  Try listening to whether it is telling you if something is a yes or no.  Really tap in and listen. And then go with that.

3. Be mindful of the information you take in.
We all spend a lot of time online.  We end up consuming a ton of new information on a daily basis.  Some good, some not so good. The unnecessary stuff ends up cluttering our brains with nonsense. Unimportant details. Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to learn new things, it’s also important to put those things to good use. What I mean by that is to avoid letting it clutter up your brain, tell someone about it, write about it, whatever you feel moved to do. Don’t just let it sit.

4. Find a home for your ideas.
It’s only natural that that beautiful mind of yours is swirling with ideas, thoughts and dreams!  However, there are times when the downloads keep on comin’ and these things end up overwhelming you more than helping you which in some cases can leave you ending up feeling a bit stuck. Or even worse, you end up forgetting some of the amazing ideas you had in the first place.  So how can you hold onto these little goodies and still make room in that beautiful mind of yours?

Find a home for them.  

If you are techy and love all things digital, you can store them in the Notes section in your phone, an app called Evernote, Google Drive. Or if you are old school, keep a notebook or journal dedicated to your thoughts and ideas. Put them all in one place, that way you will always know where to find them. That way the next time an idea pops into your head, save it to your dedicated place right away.  

This is something I am still working on for myself.  I haven’t locked it down yet. I will say it makes things a lot easier when I can just go to my one place, instead of spending time going through the ‘files’ in my mind!

5.  Let go.
Give your brain a little space.  The ideas and thoughts come quick and thus the clutter builds rather quickly. Try making some time in your schedule to do a little brain dump.  Simply just start writing down all the ideas and thoughts floating around in your head. Write down whatever comes to mind. There doesn’t have to be any structure or organization to this process.  Just let it flow and let it go. I often do this at the end of my day, for me it helps me unwind, relax and allows me to enjoy my evening much more.

I hope these tips have helped you and inspired you to try some or all of them out to help free up some space in your head.

After all, your mind is a BRILLIANT and not to mention powerful space and it deserves a little breathing room!

Practicing What I Preach

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How’s it going, friends?

I have not sent anything out to you in the past few weeks as I was deep into ‘practicing what I preach.’  I was definitely feeling the need to go in, create more space for myself and give myself some extra TLC. It was needed.  And let me tell you, it is still a struggle for me at times. It is sometimes hard for me to not want or feel I need to do all the things for everyone in my personal life and in my business. There is a reason I teach what I do, they are the things I most need to learn.  And yes, I am still learning. It’s a continual process. When I get caught up in this (the good thing is, I don’t linger in this place for all that long now), it means I am not taking enough time for myself. Which in turn leaves me feeling like crap and kind of pissed off. That is not how I want to be feeling day in and day out, how about you?

This is a big reason why nothing has landed in your inbox in a few weeks. Did you miss me?! ;)  I didn’t want to just throw something together and hit send for the sake of making sure there was a blog from me each week.  My intention is to share content with you from a very real and authentic place.

Which is what I am doing with you today, sharing where I am at, what I have been going through and maybe some of you reading this can relate.  Just know, it’s ok, it’s ok to not do all the things, it’s ok to mess up, it’s ok to take time for yourself...guilt free.

IT’S OK.

I am going to leave you with this quote by one of my favorites, Yung Pueblo.

“pause your life if you need to,
care for yourself lovingly,
do not ignore your rest,
slow down so you can take a deep breath”

Much love,
Meeg