I had an incredible experience this weekend without even planning it. Isn’t it so funny how the universe gives you exactly what you need when you least expect it?
In the next few weeks I will be moving from my home in Summit, New Jersey and settling into our new lifestyle living between New York and Colorado. (Most of my clients work with me through Skype, FaceTime or online group programs, so no matter where I am I can take you with me! I will certainly miss my locals, though!)
Talk about change, transition, and shifting. I got it all.
Experts say that whatever you preach/teach is what you will experience. Not only do you teach on these experiences, they will fall on your lap even if you don’t want them or haven’t planned them. For me, I have been teaching so much on life shifts & vulnerability – about bravely stepping into the unknown, embracing uncertainty, and seeing life as being an open-ended journey. Like the abyss… scary stuff! It truly takes vulnerability to access courage and compassion that comes with life shifts.
So, this weekend I walked into the unknown: a new home, a new space, a new town.
What I realized then that I had not foreseen was that I was beginning to go deeper and deeper into my teachings – in my own life.
It was time for me to do my own inner work of being vulnerable in a situation that jolts my belly and sends my intuition into doubt & fear (with my monkey mind on red alert.) Yes, I still have those moments! These are the moments that could either turn into a catastrophic hurricane (tossing you around and beating you down,) or a chance to turn inwards and grow.
While the old patterns and habits are knocking at my door, I have a choice. (Yup, we all have choices!) I can spin out of control and feed the hurricane with manmade wind – OR I can root down into my authentic belief system. Now, remember, the Simple Clean and Whole belief system was not always my system. My system used to be defined by anxiety.
The practice of living Simple Clean and Whole is not just about nutrition. It is a lifestyle practice. Part of the practice is always looking within, being gracious and loving and curious with myself.
I ask these 5 questions to bring me back to balance & moderation:
- What foods nourish me, even though I only want to ingest comfort food? (For me that would be sugar!)
- What kind of movement do I need to clear my head, when all I want to do is hibernate?
- What kind of people do I want to surround myself with, when all I want to do is hijack others to complain with me?
- What tools have I cultivated that help to ground me, when all I want to do is revert to my old negative ways?
- What truly makes me feel good? (Not just temporarily.)
For the next several blog posts I will be featuring women and men who also keep intentionally bringing themselves back to the Simple Clean and Whole lifestyle when all of life’s obstacles (like unknowns, new changes, and hurricanes!) keep getting thrown their way!
These individuals have touched my life in many ways and I can’t wait to share their stories with you. We are all in this together, and no one is exempt from finding their own way!
This summer, I will be digging deep into my new digs… making my house a home! I will also be working on the extended all-new online SHIFT program, AND…
Stay tuned for Simple Clean and Whole’s 7 day Farmers Market Cleanse in mid-July!!
Until then, let your vulnerability lead you to practice courage and compassion.
Stay tuned for my first guest next week, Meghan French. She is the unbelievable brand and web designer who I have been honored to share my vision with.
Cheers to being vulnerable!