[SCW – Guest Blog ] Mind Body Balance

Hey SCW Family… I hope this post is finding you all well….

Soaking up the Vitamin D & and the warmth of the summer sun!!!
As you all know I am in full transition…..taking in all of what life is inviting me to to experience….
Get ready….I will begin sharing my inspirations on this journey as I start to root down again.
With that said, I would like you to show case my friend and colleague Jill Gropper from Mind Body Balance….
I have been practicing grounding through Jill’s teachings as I begin to find balance and quiet among great movement.

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At Mind Body Balance we integrate the mindfulness approach to living in the present moment through our beautiful god given breath. It is in those mindful moments where we begin to tap into our greatest source of inspiration and guidance. This will allow us to connect to the space that is deeply within us, our true self. It is in that moment that we begin to allow our inner guidance or intuition help us answer the questions we ask ourselves on a daily basis… Through cultivating a daily Spiritual Practice, we begin to set our intention for the day and use prayer and meditation as tools that will help guide us to owning our true purpose. The magic and the miracles occur when you begin to take aligned action towards various goals you may have, in many aspects of your beautiful life.

My Business and Lifestyle model a SCW Lifestyle in a way that energizes me. I stay PRESENT in my day and focus on my Simple needs, Clean eating and my Whole life. Through my daily meditation, healthy boundaries and rituals I practice, I am able to maintain clarity and balance. This is how I stay energized enlightened and healthy in both my Mind and Body!

My favorite aspects of living SCW are first and foremost my meditation, I will start my day with SIMPLE prayer and meditation and I will set my intention for the day through this daily practice. I enjoy eating CLEAN, because when you LOVE YOUR BODY you want to take care of it and when we eat to nourish not only our beautiful bodies but the beautiful soul that resides deep within you, your choices become easier and more thoughtful and the food becomes your friend not your enemy, its those conscious moments of mindful eating that we start to enjoy eating CLEAN healthy food and the natural satiation and nourishment you receive from your soul, feeds you way beyond your actual tangible FOOD… Physical fitness is a huge component in my daily practice, either cardio, strength, yoga and or any other form of movement becomes crucial for that balance in both the mind and body, we must keep our chakras and channels healthy and clear to receive the healthy energy, oxygen and gudiance we wish to receive.

My work and daily life requires me to live SCW. I am a teacher. To Teach Is To Learn… Everyday I am always learning something new and exciting.

My clients teach me. I observe myself and I learn. My teachers inspire me with their knowledge and enlightened energy. The world is my classroom, we must all begin to live SCW and be awake to the possibilities that as we live this way, we are guiding others NOW and the next generation to live a healthier more conscious balanced life.

My path to spiritual enlightenment began a few years ago, when I was introduced to my first teacher Gabrielle Bernstein at a workshop in NYC. Her powerful energy, her light, her spirit, it was all so MAGICAL. She held space for me to join her in that small room, to let me be myself and to explore various choices I never knew I had.

To possibly look at life through a different lens, a shift in my perspective to what I thought was the only way to live…
The rest is an ongoing journey, I have found my own path and have become my own GURU. My teachers energy is all around me, as are so many other magical energies I choose on a daily basis, they all guide me back home to my heart, my soul, the real me, where safety inner peace and TRUE SELF LOVE resides…

To begin a life that is SCW I suggest you begin by connecting with yourself… Tap into your true self and ask for guidance, my teacher says when we are relying on our own strength we are living in FEAR! I understand that more clearly now. We must make the choice to reach out for support and guidance and when we begin to ask ourselves for guidance we open up a new path to freedom, we are not alone anymore, we have connected to our true power within… This is when the real MIRACLES begin to happen. You will be guided to the right support and community that is built on trust, love and faith. Community is the key, SCW is a community that Mind Body Balance is delighted to be a part of!

We must be of service in our most authentic way, the world needs more love and light.

Jill’s website is currently under construction. To contact her you can email her or by following her on Instagram.

[SCW Guest Blog] – freshpaige creative

My name is Meghan French. I’m a mama to three busy babes (ages 6, 2, and 7 months) and the owner of Fresh Paige, a graphic design & marketing company that works with fearless female entrepreneurs to create strategic brands that showcase the spirit of their businesses (and hearts).

1) How does your business model a SCW lifestyle?
Working with my clients who are health coaches, life coaches, relationship coaches and more has been nothing short of fabulous. I not only get to do what I love with design, but I have the pleasure of soaking up all of their knowledge and inspiration. The simple clean and whole lifestyle has seeped its way into the core of my life & business over the past 18+ months.

My business is always readily available; in every room of my home I am only a step away from the laptop screen. Simple Clean and Whole stresses the importance of balance and rest – two challenging topics for workaholics who love what they do! (Raise your hand if you’re like me!) I have found so much more joy – not to mention creativity and productivity – in my business over the past several months once I got intentional about balance and rest. The laptop is only open the three days a week now while the kids are at daycare and school. How life-changing this has been! (And we even have clean laundry! Most weeks.) Also, collaborating with two other amazing designers has been one of my best moves yet. Asking for help and forming a team around you when you are growing is key!
I am not perfect, and sometimes there are busier times – but I feel I have come so far on this journey of listening and doing what I, and my business, needs to thrive.

2) What are your favorite aspects of living SCW?
What I love about Simple Clean and Whole is that it goes beyond nutrition into spiritual and emotional wellness. The philosophies of self-love, practicing gratitude daily, and trusting your intuition have been central to the growth of my business and personal life. Jen has even incredibly supportive of my decision to take this summer off from work to get “back to my basics” and nurture my young family – cooking nutritiously, moving our bodies, and enjoying the outdoors and each other. This is something I would have not dreamed of doing even just a year ago. But now I can confidently trust that I know what is best and have the courage to give myself what I need. (Self-love to the max!) Plus, I can now trust that timing is everything and I have a future full of less busy years while the kids are older to write and design to my hearts content! (At least thats what everyone tells me. Hehe.)

3) How does your current lifestyle fit into the SCW model?
Simple is strange. Simple is hard. Simple is counter-cultural. And simple is awesome.
In a world where more is more and bigger is better, it is so easy to get sucked up in the hustle & whirlwind that most profess to be normal life. I have found myself so enticed by Jen’s message of simplicity.

In the spirit of simple, this girl who used to “not have time” to cook, much less read labels of what I feed myself and my family, has become so much more aware of the importance of eating whole, clean foods. I may not be perfect (who is?), but awareness is the first step into transforming habits. I so enjoy easy SWC recipes and telling my husband all my newfound facts while grocery shopping & cooking.

The same girl who thought cooking was bothersome and owning 40 pairs of shoes was necessary is now much farther down this simplicity-loving path that feels so healthy and right. Recently, my family was house hunting and made a pretty drastic decision. We had sold our home because it was time to “upsize.” We had not one, but two offers on a big 4-bedroom DIY-decorator’s dream house (that’s me). (Oh, and clearly we were indecisive because of the first offer and then the offer again a week later). But something about it just wasn’t sitting right in my soul.
On paper it seemed perfect. And maybe it could have worked. But through taking the time to listen to my intuition and having conversations with my husband about what we really want out of life, we decided to totally change directions and invest in a rental property. We’ll live in half and rent the other half out. Apparently this has been one of my husbands dreams/goals for years but he never thought I’d go for it (because, where would all the shoes… and toys… and other necessities go?). For some reason, my soul was much more excited and content about this idea of downsizing. Instead of projects and a large mortgage, I saw more time with my kids and financial freedom. (And a garage sale in my future.)

So right now, in addition to moving and then hopefully resting & recharging, my simple clean and whole looks like savoring mamahood – and the humility, servanthood, and yes – cooking! – that comes with it. And of course, continuing to design fun brands with beautiful women – because I truly come alive helping bring their messages into the world.

4) What put you on this path?
For several years I have had an inkling that there is more – better – in store for me in this life. That I was equipped with certain skills and passions for a reason and could really make a difference in the world somehow. But where to begin to uncover it all? More than happiness or anything else we claim to be searching for, I think at the core of life we all desire to find and live out our purpose. That is where happiness, joy, peace, gratitude and freedom stem from on their most satisfying levels. Meeting Jen about 18 months ago, as well as working with other amazing women, helped me better identify my own path and gifts and gave me a glimpse into a different way of living. I couldn’t be more grateful for the brave, bold women who dream and do and encourage and support and teach so that we can all be spurred on to discover and live our own purposeful path. It’s truly an ever-evolving and wild ride, but deeply satisfying.

5) What advice would you have for someone starting the practice of living SCW through your eyes?
If you want to start your Simple Clean and Whole journey – I would say just start! Don’t worry about perfection. Let Jen guide you. Start listening to yourself – your body, your spirit. Everyone thrives at different paces. Find your own unique stride and balance! And keep reassessing and making the necessary changes as your season of life changes.

I wish I could send you to a magnificent website to connect with me, but since I spend more time on building other people’s brands and changing diapers than on my own site, I’ll leave you with my instagram account where I try to showcase beauty in the everyday and joy in the mundane. It has copious amounts of my children’s squeezable cheeks on it and poetry sometimes if I’m so inspired. So, if you’re into that, join me at @freshpaige.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my SCW journey!

Lots of Love, Meg