Tending to your inner child //
Growing up as an adoptee with no understanding of where I came from, who my biological family was, or how my story went pre-birth was incredibly challenging for me (click my stories to see the post talking more about this). It wasn’t until I became an adult that I fully understood the impact being abandoned and not knowing my full story had on me. Unpacking our own narratives takes a lot of patience, self-compassion, and work – it brings to light parts of ourselves we may have wanted distance from, parts we wanted to hide from, and parts we might have even felt ashamed of.
One of the beautiful parts of reckoning with my own story as an adult has been doing inner child work. As my own understanding of who I am has grown, I’ve been able to write to, dialogue with, and have compassion for the younger parts of me. Developing a relationship with our inner child sounds woo-woo and weird, but it is perhaps the most powerful healing work we can do as adults.
Inner child work might mean writing a letter to yourself at a tender or challenging age. It might mean recognizing the needs that didn’t get met, and finding ways to meet those needs now. It might mean working through the stories of your childhood and honoring the pain that was there. It might mean asking yourself what you wished you had heard, and saying it to yourself now. It might mean looking at photos of yourself as a child and imagining what it was like to be you back then. It might mean engaging in creativity, play, and intuitive movement to reconnect with your childlike self. Inner child work looks many different ways for all of us, but it can lead to profound connection with our relationship to ourselves.
What did you need as a child that you didn’t get? What experiences shaped you but didn’t get acknowledged? What memories stand out to you from your childhood, and how might you hold them with care now? What would you say to your childhood self if you could go back in time? What messages do you have for younger you? And, how might tending to your inner child shape your experiences of who you are right now – or of you are becoming? 🌟
Our new neighborhood has this cute little lending library. ❤️ 📚 Everyday I drive by it thinking, “I should add my book to that!” Well, I did it! Maybe it will help just one person take a positive step in their healing process. 🙏😊
✨Stillness is a beautiful and powerful thing.
✨Stillness guides you.
✨Stillness can change your life.
Don’t get me wrong.. I love crafting up my own rollers but the dōTERRA Touch® makes it so convenient and easy to take these basic top oils with you anywhere!
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What’s even better is you can buy them as single or the whole set!
This would make a perfect Christmas gift! Give the gift of Wellness! 🙌🏼💕
🌱 Did you know that the cold, dark winter weather can cause insomnia? Sunlight is needed to stimulate the production of melatonin - which regulates the timing and duration of sleep.
TIP: Place a small amount of lavender on a cloth and put it into or under your pillow. This will promote healthy sleep and a sense of relaxation + well being. #ThursdayPlantation #ThursdayPlantationCanada
It was over 10 years ago that I decided that I wanted to design a life where I lived and worked in Africa for half of the year. It began when I planted the seed through intention, when I said it out loud, when I began to prepare for a future that I was designing. It began with priming my mind with thoughts and feelings of living a purpose driven life. It began when I chose to let go of old stories of trauma. It began when I said yes to myself and harnessed my power. It began when I listened to the cadence of my heart.
We often never get to the place of ‘it began.....’ because of self inflicted limitations that are usually worries that might happen in the future. From this limited mindset, we begin to search for permission to grow, permission to try new things, permission to change careers, permission to leave toxic relationships.
It’s in these moments of choice. A choice to change our perspective, a choice in reprogramming our minds. A choice in allowing for all of the delights and grande manifestations - the magic, the miracles, be revealed and received.
#westory #designyourlife #preparedness #changeyourperspectivechangeyourlife #miracles
Razor???? Hardly know her!!
Hahaha ohhhh boy I just KNOW I’m about to get some haters for this 😂 but here’s the story:
I honestly never intended to grow my pit hair out. It literally just became a thing of laziness and I’m certain there are gals out there who know what I’m talking about! Like dang, shaving/waxing the hair on your body that’s “not supposed to be there” is a friggin hassle! But I never really thought about it as “bad” or “gross” until I had people giving me crap about it. They’d say things like “ew Maddy shave your armpits” or “put your arms down” or “that’s disgusting” I mean the list goes on! And at first I’m sitting there trying to think of all the reasons why I didn’t shave and the only one I could come up with was that I truly didn’t feel like it. But now after a few months, here are my honest, raw thoughts on the topic. Why the flip do we care about how others choose to express themselves? Do I really need to give you an explanation for why I do what I do? Are you seriously gonna give someone crap for doing something that you wouldn’t do? Like sorry I offended you for having hair on my body that’s SUPPOSED to be there? 😂 why can’t we just let others be???
Tossing the razor has actually allowed to me to develop more confidence in myself. It’s forced me to be uncomfortable in some situations, but it’s also reminded me that what’s in my heart is most important. And while I’ve received more negativity than support for this decision, it’s been a humbling journey.
So at the end of the day, just be yourself because no one can take that away from you no matter how hard they try. Do what makes you feel confident and what helps you grow. Shave your pits, don’t shave your pits, who cares! Do your thing and be kind. That’s all. Happy Thursday peeps 🤠💃✨
Hi loves just a little overview of some things we’re going to cover on this challenge:
•First 3 months we’re setting foundations, this means working on yourself, relationships and environment.
•Months 4-6 we’re focusing on healing your shadow self, this means healing the past, forgiving and letting go of anything that serves you no good.
•Months 7-9 we’re working on becoming your Goddess self, meaning you are going to learn to re program your mindset to one that easily brings all that you want to you, believing in yourself and re defining who you are on your own terms.
•Months 10-12 are all about gratitude, mindfulness and enjoying life.
Each month we will cover 4-5 different topics/areas to work with and each week will work on our Mind, Body & Soul.
When I say this is life changing... ❤️
Make sure to sign up so you can start this year right!!!
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I love this image (originally a Magritte painting) because to me, it captures what happens when you start looking at yourself as the divine, or as your inner being, sees you.
Where you might look at your reflection critically, your inner being sees only your light, your magnificence, your magic.
(I remember in the height of my eating disorder, looking at my shadow—my shadow!— and thinking it was too big)
To a large extent, we determine what we see in the mirror, because our mindset, our vibration, affects our vision.
So if you look to criticize, you will see a body worth criticizing. If you look with care, curiosity, love, wonder, appreciation, you will see a body that warrants all those things.
Don’t forget how incredibly wonderous all of us are as creations💖 #selflove #selflovequotes #selfacceptance #selfactualization #mirrorwork #acceptance #lovewhatis #abrahamhicks #radicalselfacceptance
#spiritualbadass #spiritualbodysquad #bopo #bodypositivity #healthateverysize #nondiet #ditchthediet #intuitiveeating #gowiththeflow #bodyimagewarrior #mindbodysoul #healingvibes #highvibes #loacoach #selfcare #bodyimage
Something exciting is coming tomorrow! 🙊🙈 If you want to be a part of this for the new year, you want to be a part of this! 😍 NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!! 🔥 A healthier you, a more disciplined you... a you that feels their best! 💁🏽♀️🕺🏽💛
Love The Journey❣️
I always used to be an all or nothing type person. If I went off my usual diet or missed a workout I would throw off the whole day and say tomorrow📆Posting a picture while in the process of getting back in shape was out of the question!🙈
✨If I have learned anything it is to accept and love every part of your journey whether that be fitness, cleaning up your diet, etc.
✨Be thankful you have the time to transform your body&mind in little ways. Don’t push or think to hard. The less you stress about it the easier it will be❣️
Calling all wellness coaches and aspiring wellness coaches!!!
Do you have a passion for helping those who struggle with food, body, and self-love?
Does the thought of serving others and guiding them along the path of healing and transformation spark a fire in your belly? 🙌🏻
Is it your dream to be an expert coach and run your own business, but you don't know where to start?! 🤷🏻♀️
(Or maybe you've already started, but you're struggling to sustain a thriving company and attract your ideal clients?)
If so...I've got you. No, seriously. Coomme hurrrr!
Here's the deal - we are launching the next term of our Coach Certification program on January 8th. 🎉🎈
And we are getting filled AF!
(With like, the most incredible, heart-centered, passionate change makers everrrr!)
Here's the gist of the program:
We'll train your in our signature coaching process that helps people heal their relationship to food and body...
And we'll teach you how to start and run a successful coaching practice...
Like we legit share with you everything we did (and learned) in building a 7-figure business in less than 4 years.
So, if you wanna work with me and get your bum in the food & body coaching niche, click the #linkinbio
and read allll about the epicness of our program. 💜
We all know the physical benefits of exercising.. but there's so much more to it than trying to just lose weight; look skinny, have abs, build strong arms or strong legs, ect.. there's mental and emotional benefits as well ⤵️
-- •Through exercise we learn discipline. •Through exercise we learn to overcome adversity. •Through exercise we learn to practice patience. •Through exercise we build belief in ourselves. •Overtime that belief turns into confidence. •Through exercise we decrease our stress levels. •Through exercise we discover our capabilities and potential. --
▶️ I am so thankful for the fitness journey I've been on. It's had it's ups and downs, struggles, stress and lazy moments, but training is my passion. Without exercise, I can honestly say I would not be the person I am today.
It's a therapy that has served me time and time again and that is why It is my passion to help others feel the same way.
#thankful #grateful #blessed #fitness #training #therapy #crossfit #resilience #passion #growth #fitnessmotivation #fitnessjourney #thankfulthursday #exercise #mindbodysoul
• 🌿Clear to Cultivate 💐•
My aunt went home last week after 101 days in various medical facilities following an outpatient procedure gone terribly wrong. A relatively healthy, happy, successful woman with a zest for living suddenly found her life dramatically and drastically changed forever. There was and remains uncertainty, lack of clarity and feelings of loss and brokenness.
I've been deeply convicted. We could get into the why's and how's of individual circumstances, but no one is exempt from the fact that "life be life-ing." Where the rubber meets the road, however, is deciding how we deal with said circumstances. Do we actively participate in life, or do we relegate ourselves to being mere bystanders? 101 days...
On January 7, 2019, I'm taking the driver's seat and inviting all who will to join me. Life will continue to life. And that's ok. But where I have choice, I want to make it count. I am naming this commitment - "101 Days of Mindfulness :: Intentional Living for Elevated Consciousness, Mental / Emotional Clarity and Accomplishing Goals." ™
To set the stage for this lofty, yet highly doable project, I am doing some prep work. This week, I am cleaning and clearing out everything that doesn't serve purpose in my life. Physical and emotional room is essential to cultivate real, meaningful change.
The palo santo bouquet above is a beautiful tool and representation of clearing out for new beginnings. Little L enjoys running around the house with her's when she needs to reset (we live in the edge 😬). It's a great ritual that provides tangibility to our heart's desire.
Onnit Women’s Program January 2019
What is it? 8 week small group training program designed to empower you and boost your performance inside and outside of the gym!
This program will not only help you feel and look better, but will also teach you how to perform like a badass, build awareness around durability and longevity, and is ultimately inviting you to be a part of a community of women who work together and encourage each other.
This is an example of just one of the many workouts:
1 mile run or 100 Cals on bike
A) Backsquat 5x10
B) Push Press 4x15
C) 3 Rounds (Dual KB)-
10 push press
10 reverse lunges
10 bent over rows
Rest 1 min
D) 10x :30/:30 SkiErg
In the video above I am demonstrating a few reps each of the KB Complex. Try out this workout and let us know what you think! If you’re interested in joining the @onnit
Women’s Program please contact myself, @juannit_247
Follow my page for more tips on how to optimize your lifestyle & cultivate happiness with movement, meditation, nutrition, nature, connection & daily habits - Coach @natalie_higby
#health #gymmotivation #strongwomen #womenempowerment #kettlebellworkout #lifting #fitness #mindbodysoul #onnit #getonnit
The relationship between food and mood is complex, as science is! .
There are many different foods and nutrients that can improve how you feel, just like you have many different moods that affect what you feel like eating.
I’ve developed a checklist of food and behavioural strategies to get you thinking about maximising your dietary intake for mood. Access the checklist via http://wp.me/p6LHEX-uu.
Does Your Food Make You Happy?
ENERGY FLOWS WHERE ATTENTION GOES 〰️
How often do you actually stop and become aware if you are spending your energy wisely. Are you investing in things that make you happy or feed your ego? ✨
Do you spend time proving yourself to others → dwelling on mistakes & should haves →. worrying about worst-case scenarios that will never happen → trying to control things out of your control → running away from your fears and discomfort or complaining about things that are not good enough = equals wasting your energy on worthless battles ✨
Your energy is your most valuable resource so surely it’s worth choosing wisely what you invest it in. ✨
Things that add value → make you feel good and move you towards happiness. Seizing every opportunity to grow and become the best version of yourself → discovering what lights you up → chasing what makes your heart race → focusing on actions that honour your worthiness → finding peace within → investing your energy in love that lifts you and others around you up ↑
Your energy is everything!
What’s one thing you will choose to focus it on today?
Vitality, strength, mindfulness. A few ingredients for a balanced day.
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🗣 LANGUAGE & CONVERSATION “Have courageous conversations with difficult people
People who do not see the world the same way that you see the world
Language was the first form of virtual reality
Language is literally a symbolic representation of the physical world and through this device we change the physical world
Conversations stop violence
Conversations start countries
They build bridges
Conversations are the last tool humans use before they pick up the guns”
TED talk @ted
The Whole Foods version of probiotics is fermented vegetables. May we tend our inner garden of microbes with a diversity of plant-based foods to cultivate a vivacious ecosystem of healthy bacteria.
I joke that I’m a legend @soulcycle
because I’ve been around since studio and instructor training group 1. But thanks to my @linkedin
profile anniversary reminder, it was 9 years ago today I started working behind the desk at W 72nd. Don’t tell anyone but I’m pretty sure I was riding during each of my shifts 😇. To be fair I was practicing for when I’d tell Julie Rice I wanted to be an instructor. Can anyone guess my audition song??? Spoiler Alert: it was the Black-Eyed Peas, “Pump it” 🤣😂Anyway. After my evening shift I’d lock up the studio at night, put on a headset, and teach to an empty room of bikes for hours. Since the first studio was so small you could hear everything that was happening in the room from the front desk. During my shifts while “working” the desk I studied what the real legends were teaching in the room. From the tone of their voice, anatomical cues, flow of music, to how they interacted with each rider. I was a top secret fly on the wall soaking up as much knowledge as I could. I knew after my first class I was meant to be on the podium. I knew I wanted to give people what I found in my first ride with Sue. A feeling of worthiness and belonging. It’s now been 9 years of riding bikes that go nowhere, but with some basic math the total distance adds up to about 3 rotations around the earth 😱. Who knew one beat drop and towel whip would lead to 100000 + rides with a bicoastal tribe of athletes for almost a decade? I mean whattt? Each ride has left me with more love for my body, community and life. Just sitting here thinkin about this crazy journey, how tired my legs are 🤪and how much gratitude I have for my riders for believing and trusting in me.
Come and explore our beautiful new premises and garden at 643 Forth Rd, Forth!
Walk through our beautiful treatment rooms, amble through the garden which is in full bloom, chat to our receptionists and therapists to discover how we can help you and just soak in the space.
All welcome! Tonight - Friday 14th, 6-8pm✨
Your body hears everything your mind says. Stay positive.
Healthy food, movement, self love and a positive mindset. That's what to aim for to build a sustainable healthy lifestyle. And it's just the starting point 🤸♀️