And he said age is just a number, just like any other
We can do whatever, do whatever you want -Troye Sivan
Happy Birthday to me! No age crisis this year, for once! Birthdays have always been fun and at the same time somewhat sad days for me. I like to celebrate but I have always felt that I have wasted another year of my life and I’m still not where I thought I would be at that point. Depressing thought. But not this year! Age is really just a number, it doesn’t have to define me at all. I can do whatever I want. I don’t have to obey some ”rules” of what a person should have done by the age of X that society and I have put on myself. The only thing that matters is that I’m having fun and doing the things that light up the sparkles in my heart! And age has nothing to do with that. ✨
Tanto en la práctica yoga como en la vida misma, para poder sostenerte en cualquier posición🙌🙌🙌🙌 La más difícil que esta sea, solo necesitas, tener la mirada al frente, el corazón abierto y creer firmemente en ti ❤️🙏 ......
#bakasana, o postura del cuervo, es una asana no tanto de fuerza, como de FE y CONFIANZA en TI mismo.
In yoga practice and in life itself, to be able to hold you in any position🙌🙌🙌🙌 The most difficult that it is, you just need to have your eyes straight ahead, your heart open and firmly believe in you ❤️🙏 .. ....
#bakasana, or posture of the crow, is an asana not so much of strength, as of FAITH and TRUST in your self
#beliveinyourself#belive#trusttheprocess#mindfulness#wecandohardthings#loveyourself#lovethislife # #selfcare#getinspired#meditacion
Your body knows what to do + is always striving for balance and health. I think your job is to support your body to do what it’s designed to do, + to constantly advocate for your truth in doing so. 🖤
My body did pregnancy + delivery so beautifully. It knew what to do, + I knew enough about my body to trust it to DO what it knew to do. 🖤
My first love was born at home, so peacefully that I didn’t know I was in labour for 99% of my six hour labour.
My twinsies were born at the hospital, + I spent 9 months convincing my OBGYN that I would not need pain meds for their delivery either. It worked: four hours + ZERO meds later, my youngest two loves came into my world. 🖤
When I took my first step on the cancer path, I was f***ing terrified. I didn’t know who to trust, who to believe, or who to turn to for help + advocacy. I felt like I had to resist the system, kicking + screaming, to get clear on what would work for ME, because I am more than the sum of my parts, bigger than a diagnosis or treatment. My identity goes beyond any one of my experiences, + each of my experiences is my own. 🖤
I remember while I was pregnant I picked one person to listen to (my God-sent midwife), + tuned everyone else who tried to weigh in. It was gorgeous: I made informed decisions that worked for all parts of what makes me me, + it served me + and my three BABIES brilliantly well. 🖤
In the peak of my cancer fears months ago, powerful memories of my birth stories “OMG my body knows what to do! My body knows how to heal! I know how to support it!” That was it: THAT was the turning point. That little shift in thinking was that most empowering shift of all - suddenly I was a part of this, + comfortable with the surrender to being in flow with it, without fear. I trust my team implicitly, + I follow every lead my body tells me about. 🖤
I even get excited for my treatment (just finished 5/8) because I know I’m giving my body what it NEEDS to take care of me. 🖤
Thank you for the ongoing support; what you see is what you get: this IS going well + so positively. It is what it: forward moving with grace + grit. I am well + good. 🖤
Be good this w/e. 🖤
Happy #friday and day 5!!! You know you have pushed hard in your workouts when you have bruises on your palms!!
At the end of today’s workout Shaun T said it was Friday and a day of celebration but not to undo all the hard work by adding all those high calorie foods and drinks. That is were most people fail!! And on Monday we just have to work to get back where we were on Friday. I have been guilty of this many times!!!
So as we go into the weekend hold on to all that effort and make good food choices!! And if you need someone to hold you accountable or get you started on a routine, let’s chat I love helping others!
This what I bring myself back to when I’m facing something hard - remembering that our Heavenly Father MEANT for there to be opposition in ALL things. That ALL experiences for me, my kids, & ALL people...to be for our GOOD. The joy & the sorrow...both are meant to be learned from. Accepting this has helped relieve some of my suffering. Resisting negative emotions leads them to be MORE INTENSE. Allowing them, having faith & gratitude even in spite of trials, responding instead of reacting...turning towards my Savior, seeking guidance, peace, comfort, & help in understanding WHAT I can learn from each experience...that helps it not be just in vain. It helps every single experience have purpose for my profit & learning - the positive and negative experiences all serves purposes that we will some day understand. ❤️ Sending all my love to those tonight who are thinking, “Why me? Why now? How could this happen?” I have a testimony that our Heavenly Father hears our prayers, His hand is in our lives. I’ve felt and seen it in my own life. His love is infinite for each of us - our worth is infinite. Nothing you or anyone can say or do could change that. ❤️ All experiences can be for our good! .
Such. A. Rough. Night. How is that my peaceful afternoon turned into crying and shouting and frustration and anxiety and confusion and a complete loss for solutions? As soon as one storm was calmed, within minutes another started. Mental illness is real and isn't just a stressed-out-mom-issue. It hits kids too, and they are so much more inept at knowing how to handle the emotions... and it's heartwrenching. I would write more but I'm too exhausted. I know I'm meant to be the mother in this family. I know it will all be ok... eventually. I know it will make us stronger to work through these weaknesses. I also know I'm not alone in feeling completely clueless or helpless at this parenting gig at times. So if anyone else tonight is in my same shoes, or old slippers, and you're calling it a night as you wipe away tears, sniffle, and scroll through your phone as you try to distract yourself, please remember how brave you are to keep showing up to this hard job of motherhood each day. Please be patient with yourself and God as He shapes you and your children through harsh trials and realities. Please let go of the pain of today as your head hits your pillow and think instead on the heavenly scenes that make the heartaches worth it. Those peaceful, perfect moments will come again.❤️ #motherhood#mommyhood#momlife#harddays#wecandohardthings
AUTOIMMUNE SISTER WARRIOR STORY // Marie is incredible. She is fit, she is strong and you will love how incredibly bright and energized she is.
MEET MARIE ♥️ My name is Marie and I live in Canada with my hubby and two kids. I am an online health and fitness coach, inspired by my lifetime of dealing with my own health issues.
Since I was a kid I had digestive issues. It took years for them to diagnose me with chronic pancreatitis (It’s hereditary and both of my kids ended up with it too!). Then when I was 27 I had a surgery to fix some of my damage and then never really felt great. 10 years later and I started to feel tired often, had brain fog and digestive symptoms. I thought I was lactose intolerant... but then tested positive for being a celiac. Then I went through the eating wheat to get the confirmed diagnosis with a biopsy. I am now recovering after the biopsy came back positive, but was happy to find out lactose isn't an issue for me.
Looking back it was probably the post operation infection, and the more than a month of antibiotics that caused me to have gut issues. I am so grateful for my work which has already taught me how to eat wheat free and stay healthy. Now I can teach others.
HEALING 💫 I currently work with my doctor, both anGI specialist and a naturopath to make sure I am healing my leaky gut. I eat very well, have supplements that support gut health and take precautions to avoid gluten.
STRUGGLE ✖️I am struggling a bit with anxiety around food whenever I have to go out to eat. I am working on asking questions and standing up for myself in social situations.
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Kind of smiling here but I really wanted to cry. Day 3 of my new workout program and it’s hard. Hard to move after already working 12 hours today, not to mention the three 12 hour days since Sunday and the one tomorrow. Hard to work out when your muscles are so sore from doing two workouts on your day off because you couldn’t start with the rest of the group. Hard because you’re sad that you’ve really let yourself go since July when you broke your foot. Hard because when you want to cry from the physical pain, tears want to flow from other emotions your pushing down inside.
There’s one thing I leaned from this huge at-home fitness community—we can do hard things. @autumncalabrese told me so, and @momma_sho and I proved it last winter.
So, I pulled up my big-girl pants and got over it. There are bigger mountains to climb.
10 years. Yep, I'm hoping on the trend.
What to say? 40 vs 50 🙄
The girl on the left morphed into the girl on the right once she gave herself permission to be HAPPY!
10 year ago, I had fear. That fear guided my every day choices. Change seemed impossible back then. It was scary and seemed daunting to say the least. Fear & avoidance kept me in an unhealthy and unhappy place.
Fast forward about 7 years. The words "I choose me" and " I AM worthy" popped into my head. Every day I would repeat those words. That was exactly what I needed. Little by little my life began to change. I needed to CHOOSE me. CHOOSE happy. I needed to KNOW I was worth it.
You see, you dont need to have everything. You simply NEED to CHOOSE YOU. That is all the momentum you need to get going.
It’s payday today and I can’t even explain to you how proud I am of myself!
Maybe that’s odd to say about myself but it’s true, I’m proud. To think I started this little side gig just to get the cost of this shake I really wanted to try covered and here I am making a noticeable difference for my family.
Its a big confidence boost for this stay at home mom! I really would love to help you do the same if it’s something that could make a difference for you or your family! Message me and you can be on your way to doing the same!
9 8313 hours ago
Day 4-Powerful. I forgot to take a selfie when I finished, so I had to use a screen grab from the video I made when I finished this little 20 min extravaganza. 😂 Yeah, that expression pretty much sums up today. No sleep again (Thanks, Edz) but as hard as this workout was (check out my stories for the clip where I actually YELL OUT LOUD 😂), I felt giddy with endorphins when I finished. It was pretty awesome. I just can’t wait to get stronger. #pushinglimits#wecandohardthings
My baby girl wrote this to me on a day that I was feeling pretty overwhelmed with life. I was talking about lots of things with the best husband ever (he’s in school to become a psychologist just for me 😉😍... #freetherapy), and the girls were concerned about why my emotions were flowing out of my eyeballs. I kept reassuring them that I was okay, and that I was just stressed and tired, and that sometimes exhaustion takes over and you have to let it out. Sometimes it’s hard to look at the calendar full of stuff and not feel totally responsible for the success or failure of it all. Even when it’s good stuff. Especially when it’s good stuff. Sometimes life is intimidating and tasks seem daunting even when you can feel God‘s hand holding you up. Sometimes fear and clouds creep in and everything just feels big. It’s life. It’s a human condition. It gets better and the sun comes out again. And so she wrote me this. I’m her favorite mom 😍😍😍.
[PS- If you need some encouragement about where God has you and where you’re going, and how that relates to Moses and his dumb choices (because God talks to me through 2nd grade Bible curriculum because apparently that’s where my maturity level is...), check out my stories! 😊]
•2 YEARS AGO TODAY-1•17•17•
My heart has never felt so full of gratitude as we hit this HUGE Anniversary for our son Atticus. Today marks TWO YEARS from his last day of chemotherapy treatment for brain cancer. Two years, feels like yesterday as those emotions run so deep and so raw for us even still. I literally feel like I just caught my breath and came out of a terrible storm. I remember everything about this day down to every last detail. I remember the beeping machines, the dressing changes, the baths, the smell of alcohol mixed with creamed corn from his stem cell transplants- all mixed with hand sanitizer, I remember it ALL. And WE would do it all again for all that we have learned and how much our sweet family has grown. In many #childhoodcancer stories they don’t end like ours.... Atticus is an absolute miracle and we treasure him beyond words. So today we choose to celebrate him and all that he has overcome and conquered! We celebrate all that his tiny body has endured, his courage and his fight for life. We celebrate the many surgeons,Doctors and teams who played such a huge part in saving Atticus’ life. @seattlechildrens is simply THE BEST! So When I say we have the best friends in our lives it’s truly no lie, we REALLY DO! My dear friend Ashlin @ashlinaimee put this together for Atticus in honour of his big Anniversary day. Like literally I cried, her thoughtfulness and love never ceases to amaze me! Thanks for making our day so special and making Atticus feel so loved! My heart is truly bursting with JOY and gratitude. I’m so proud of our Atticus and I love him with all my heart and soul! Im
So grateful he’s here with us, a gift I will never take for granted. God is SO good! #atticusarmy#choroidplexuscarcinoma#braincancer#childhoodcancerawareness#cancerwarrior#cancerfighter#cancersurvivor#strongagainstcancer#seattlechildrens#hope#brave#courage#miracle#childhoodbraincancer#gwilliampartyof6#chemotherapy#myhero#realsuperhero#wecandohardthings#kickcancer#goatticus#atticusstrong#atticusarmy#faith#godissogood
There’s this funny thing that happens when you truly master your own energetic field.
Frankly, you can’t keep bullshitting yourself.
I hear and see so many people go around feeling stressed, frustrated and wondering why things still aren’t working out for them.
And hey - full transparency - I was one of those people not that long ago.
In a way, it’s easier. Safer to play small. To stick with what you know. To take some action... but never fully commit, so you can have the out of “oh, I didn’t really try, so I didn’t fail.” For the record, you can only fail by giving up.
But once you master your own energy, you stop being able to tell yourself those stories. To convince yourself that you’re powerless.
Because you know that everything you desire is within your reach.
I’ve been playing with this (and calling my own bullshit) in a few areas of my life lately. Both with the NYC subway schedule and my numbers on social media.
Now, deep down I don’t care about my Instagram numbers. But I want to have a massive impact, so it’s important to me to be able to share my gifts and insights as widely as possible. IG is a great way to do that.
As is my new podcast - have you listened yet?!? So I look at my numbers from time to time - and it is undeniable that when I’m out of alignment, in a funk, getting caught in an old dead/shame/trauma/victim story, everything drops.
Doesn’t matter if the picture is great. If the caption is incredible, valuable or moving.
Doesn’t matter what the content is... if the energy behind it isn’t right.
This goes for everything in life - not just Instagram posts.
Say it with me: everything I desire is within my reach. I am meant to live a miraculous life. My desires are divine.
1 6215 hours ago
I have talked to a lot of people lately about accountability..... about how to start something and stick with it🤘🏼 You know what keeps me the most accountable?? You know what helps me stick to committing to myself and my health and wellbeing??🤷🏼♀️ Being a health and fitness coach. It keeps me going even on those hard days when I want to give up. How can I expect the ladies I am supporting to do hard things if I don’t show up and do those hard things?
I am so thankful that I jumped into this opportunity when I did. It has been the ultimate accountability that I have needed🙏🏼❤️ #day4done#stronger#accountabilityworks
Love seeing our boys in the kitchen because cooking was never on my list of favorite things to do - like EVER - and I certainly didn’t have much patience as a teacher! 🤦♀️🍎📚
I remember as a little girl standing on a stool next to my Grandma Shelby and how much I enjoyed helping her cook for our family! She was SO good at it too! Maybe I enjoyed her company as much or more than the cooking, but either way, I treasure those memories! Praying our boys have a few of those with me! 💙💕💙
Although I’ve gotten compliments from my family for biscuits and sausage gravy, pull-aparts and roast, I don’t feel like I ever accomplished adding a “cup” of love to the recipes like she did - it just isn’t my thing! Now if it’s cutting grass, taking care of our animals or building something, I’m all over it because I love working and being outside! 👩🌾🌹🐔
Long story short - we have been through some rough times together, but I’m so thankful that our family journey has also included really special times - all helpful in shaping two well-rounded men who we’re blessed to call our sons! 😊🙏💙
1 4317 hours ago
Today was a rollercoaster of emotions in our workout
It started out with a dance party because duh!
Then things got serious. I faced a lot of frustration and it all came out when I hit the light bulb and ended up doing the rest of the workout in the dark 😳
Then to breakthrough (watch to the end with sound on :-)).
I’m reminding my ladies all the time that this is a mindset game. Yes the workouts aren’t easy but more than that, the mindset to keep going when things get tough is what carries us through.
Day 4/42 DONE 😍
When your husband finally decides to workout and is starting day 1 of #transform20, you most definitely workout with him! I’ve been waiting for this day!!! I did day 1 and day 4 and it kicked my ass!! But it was worth it!! My oldest even worked out with us for a bit ❤️
8 3618 hours ago
✨you just might surprise yourself with how wildly capable you are
3 4618 hours ago
It may look like I’m back in college here preparing for an exam, but I’m not.. this is the daily of a special needs mom. Researching, meetings, numerous phone calls all to get our kiddos the best of the best they need. Today is all about restarting therapies, because now that’s she is no longer a Baby she moves to a different “umbrella” in the therapy world. Lots of work to do on my end, but that’s my job as her mama and I wouldn’t trade being her mama for anything else in this world 🥰. #lifeofadsmom#downsyndrome#specialneedsmom#wecandohardthings#anythingformygirl
2 1218 hours ago
I use “green choice” sticks when I see preschoolers make green choices. Once they get three sticks they get a gum ball! It’s an easy, quick motivation. My Green choice plan focuses on positive behaviors using art and positive reinforcement...
But Day 4 T:20 is Done ✅
I am Proud as hell of that.
Morning routine was totally destroyed.. I Lost my Motivation.. I drank EXTRA Unicorn Juice🦄 ...internet is OFF.. had to use itty bitty phone.. baby Spilled GRAPE Juice- THE Worst- paused... cleaned the carpet. Went back 1 minute and hopped back in..
Rose threw a fit .. cried throughout my last 2 minutes and transformers.. I wanted to Cry from the frustration 😩
I did Not Quit.. I struggled HARD today.
Time to check in with my challenge group gals and have an AWESOME FREAKING DAY NOW. ❤️🤗 #itsnoteasy#wecandohardthings#pushthrough#cryifneeded#youareworthit#girlmom#babies#destroy
0 1719 hours ago
What makes you feel powerful? Have you ever sat down and really thought about it?
Today’s workout was named Powerful, so after I finished it and sat on the floor sucking wind I thought about it for a few. Powerful to me means a lot of things, but I can tell you I feel the most powerful when I feel totally spent after a workout and that moment hits you when you think “wow, look at what my body just did!”
I remember when I started this journey five + years ago and how I struggled with the most basic squat....how I couldn’t do one single push up or burpee....now here I am able to do those and doing them with proper form and explosive energy. Sure there are some moves I’m struggling with when it comes to this new program, but I know someday I will crush them.
Powerful to me doesn’t mean knocking out twenty tuck jumps in a row. Powerful means knowing I haven’t given up and have given my best even when the end result looked light years away. To me, getting stronger and being a better person every day is the most powerful thing I can do.
You are powerful.
Don’t you forget it.
Sidenote: leopard print also makes me feel like a powerful jungle warrior so I’m happy I wore my fave leopard leggings today.
3 4019 hours ago
Well it’s been a weird few days. As healthy as I try to be, once a year the dang germs take me down. I’ve been sick for the past five days. I’m feeling a lot better now but man it was rough. I don’t know what I would have done without my wellness stash which brought me so much relief. I had Raven and Ravitsara diffusing constantly to help clear my nose so I could breath better. A homemade peppermint roll on to relieve my pounding head. A couple immune system support roll ons that I made. Rose ointment on my nose which was rubbed raw from all the Kleenex. And elderberry zinc lozenges. 🙌 It’s terrible being sick (with five kids!) but I’m thankful it wasn’t worse than it was.
Today is the first day in more than three years that this little lady hasn’t had a onesie on under her clothes.
She doesn’t quite know how to feel about her new gear. Mama doesn’t either, if she’s being totally honest. Changing up literally everything about a central line security protocol that we’ve perfected over the last three years is a little (more than a little) anxiety producing.
But we’re going to rock this! (And Mama is going to triple check everything every five minutes...) #GracieGirl#GracieStrong#wecandohardthings#centralline
0 3019 hours ago
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2 1421 hours ago
Top Ten Reasons I Love What I Do:
1. I have the ability to help women all over the country and even the world reach their health and fitness goals through my online fit community and bootcamps.
2. I am able to work on my own health and fitness goals at the same time as I am helping my clients.
3. I am able to work from home where there is no dress ( #whatpants) and be with my dogs.
4. My company is constantly providing solutions for EVERYONE, and I love that I can find a plan or system for anyone who comes to me looking to make a lifestyle change.
5. I get to travel for free, and this wanderlust loves adventures and seeing the world.
6. I get to surround myself with the most incredible group of women I have ever met….all from different backgrounds, fitness levels, education levels, parts of the country, upbringings….it is so crazy how different we all are yet how similar we are in the fact we all just want to inspire others.
7. I can be 100% who I am without any judgment, same goes for every member of my squad.
8. I am able to teach people about living a life of balance, which is incredibly important to this donut loving-gimme all the tacos on Taco Tuesday-pizza is life chick.
9. When I tell my leaders we are doing a photo shoot with donuts involved, no one thinks anything of it #hellomypeople.
10. There’s always room for YOU to join me with this opportunity…..it is something ANYONE can do and is the best way to truly jump start your own health and fitness journey.
Donuts made custom by my favorites at @brewnuts !
Third day of scans for this guy in a week and his fake smiling isn’t fooling anyone. I had never heard the term “scan anxiety” until Nixon was diagnosed with cancer. It is now fully lodged into my vocabulary and life and I could probably put it down as one of my characteristics. 🤦🏻♀️ Kids with cancer get scans regularly to monitor how their cancer is doing. Sometimes I wish they did a weekly scan, so I knew what was going on inside Nixon. One scan your child could show that they are NED, no evidence of disease, and a scan a couple months later could show their little bodies full of tumors. Recently there was a discussion among some cancer moms about how we handle scan anxiety. Some eat, some clean or declutter their house, some take time the day before to relax and prepare for the stress of the scans. I have always thought of scan anxiety of pertaining to parents. Mainly because Nixon hasn’t shown much emotion about it, other than the time he is away from his brothers. But this week has been different. He wasn’t thrilled about going to have his MRI for the second time. Which I completely don’t blame him. It is long, he can’t move and boring. Nixon had to have his port accessed which is usually easy but this time he hated it. He cried that it was hurting so we had to have it de-accessed and re-accessed this morning. He is usually happy to be with Jett but today they cried and fought. It finally hit me that he was having his own scan anxiety. For a mom I worry about what the scans will show, but for a kid I forgot how scary, and exhausting this is for them too. It breaks my heart to watch him have to do things that kids shouldn’t have to do. I hate this cancer. I hate what it has done and continues to do to my son. I reminded him of our game plan: get in, get done what needs to be done, and go home and have fun. This boy is so much braver and stronger than he shows. He truly is my hero! #Nixonstrong#fightfornixon#wecandohardthings