Thursday, February 23, 2017


The world can be a negative place filled with unhealthy thoughts, behavior, relationships, and things that are toxic in our environment.

So often, when we think of the word “health,” we think of healthy eating, exercise, and fitness, sleep, staying hydrated and taking vitamins.

When you think of the word “health” – do you think of the following words?

·         USDA Organic
·         Non-GMO
·         No Transfat
·         No hormones
·         No sulfates, parabens, dyes, chemicals
·         Gluten-free
·         ALA Omega 3
·         Dairy-free
·         Fat-free
·         Soy-free
·         Salt-free
·         No animal testing
·         No preservatives
·         Zero sugar
·         High-fiber
·         No chlorine bleach
·         Recycled
·         Vegan
·         Whole grain
·         Pesticide-free
·         High protein
·         Low-carbs

Perhaps you think of a few of these words or maybe all of them – but chances are that when you think of the word health, everything is about disease prevention or health maintenance in relation to consuming food and drinks.  

Sometimes you may consider the toxins in plastics, cleaning products, lead-based toys and housewares, etc. 

However, how often do you think about your healthy life LINKS in your daily thoughts, behavior, and relationships when you think about HEALTH? 

How do you know when your thoughts are unhealthy?

How do you know when your behavior and relationships are unhealthy?

Did you know that thoughts, behavior, and relationships could cause disease and illness?

While you may be familiar with the behavior of drinking, smoking, drugs, and how they affect your health, you may think that is, all there is when it comes to the behavior of causing disease.

However, many illnesses can be brought on by daily dark thoughts and toxic relationships, which affect our actions and reaction via our cell system in the overall health of our well-being. 

Can this be changed?

We have the power to change our health for the better by creating awareness in how our health can improve with positive messages, thoughts, a supportive environment, reduced conflict and anger (which raises blood pressure and may cause eating or substance abuse disorders). 

Unhealthy links in our life can be changed and tweaked.

Healthy links can be escalated to counter balance illness.  

Have you ever heard of someone state, “We may have XYZ disease in our family, but I am NOT getting it.”  

Or maybe you have heard someone say that they are not getting the flu this year and they have mentally told themselves they are healthy and strong.

Have you ever seen someone look and feel better after breaking free from a toxic relationship and perhaps even lose weight, or look younger because they are not burdened with the negative energy? 

There is a LINK to your mental and emotional health with your physical well-being.
We can silence negative thinking. 

We can meditate our way into a state of peace, keeping calm to reduce anxiety and high blood pressure.

We can think positively about our body image, strength, and endurance.

We have the power to overcome ‘worst case scenario’ daily thinking and instead shift our mindset toward pro-active thinking in what we can do on a daily basis to improve finding moments within ourselves, each other and within our lives by appreciating moments of joy.

It is in finding this joy, we have the capacity to begin small changes in our habits, our thoughts, our behavior and improve upon our relationship with ourselves first, so that we can further improve upon our relationship with others and within our community.  We can create a supportive more positive arena where we all can thrive, grow, and become healthier in how we think, act, and respond/react. 

This action spurs on a ripple effect to our happiness, and it is in this happiness we can find the positive elements of life.  This ‘feeling’ we generate can have a positive effect on our health, stress levels, blood pressure, tension, anxiety and reduce our chances of creating illness and dis-ease within our own bodies.  

So take a moment to think about all of the positive things about yourself, your life, your journey and start making a list about the things that bring you joy, peace, happiness, good energy, and a healthier thought process.  Make a list of what that looks like and take action in creating this for yourself, daily.  

Putting this into practice will become a new habit, a healthy habit where you can embrace your healthiest links and change how you communicate with your mind, body, and soul. 


Sunday, February 5, 2017


Life is both simple and complicated, depending on any given day and where you are in your perspective in handling day-to-day events.

Sometimes all hell can be breaking loose, but you have the ability to laugh at yourself and be grateful for what is vs. what isn’t. 

Other times, you are tending to your daily grind on an auto-pilot mode unable to see the forest through the trees.

There are moments where you may feel like erasing your slate clean, starting over and beginning something new.  

But how do YOU define your REBOOT LINK?

What do you consider to be your way of recharging your life?

This is a complicated question to ask yourself if you don’t know the answer.

Sometimes, you have to tell yourself that it is okay to not have an answer, because you’re still upgrading your own personal software in your being to define that for yourself.

Keep in mind, what ‘used to work for you’ – may not work anymore.

That coffee break or walk in the park may not be exciting to look forward to anymore, simply because you have outgrown that particular reboot button.

Don’t believe it?
Think again.

As a child, rebooting from school stress might have been as simple as playing a game or sport.

As a teen, rebooting from stress might have been as simple as hanging out at the mall with your friends.

As a college student, rebooting might have meant partying with your friends and socializing while hiking.

As an adult overloaded with more responsibilities, those old methods of rebooting may not necessarily work for you to the degree they once did.  

Problem-solving when it comes to stress may be a bit more complex now, leaving you with your old default reboot techniques producing less than desirable results when you choose decompress.

So why is that coffee break and walk in the park not working? 

Today, your brain is more fragmented and chaotic processing so much information. 
It is not all your fault.  Our brains are re-wired with technology, social networks, emails, mobile devices and with so much happening in the ‘real world’ news, politics, economy and within our communities, shutting off may not be as easy as it used to be.

Therefore, rebooting ourselves may not seem like it is enough.  This may be why that coffee break or walk in the park is merely a blip on your everyday radar and has become less satisfying.  If you are taking that coffee break surrounded by others talking about business, you can never really get away from work.  If you are walking in the park with earbuds in your ears, there is no silence or true solitude to ‘think.’ 

If you happen to work in an industry which requires you to be around people all of the time, chances are outside socializing and being ‘on’ to hear about everyone else’s problems and drama isn’t going to give you a break to reboot, even if they are your nearest and dearest.
Rebooting yourself and your space is tricky in adult life.  Obligations and responsibilities are different from the time when you were a child.  

As a child, it was easier for you to go play outside or quietly color in your coloring book without interruptions, stress or worry about what you were missing.  You were more ‘in the moment’ doing what you needed to do without being preoccupied with other long laundry lists of things ‘to do’ with reminders in your calendar.  It was easier to put your fingers in your ears and sing “la-la-la-la-la” to tune out negative noise.

Today, we are thrown into a pool of noise around us no matter where we are, even if we are merely commuting to work or school, noise is around us before we even get to the destination we are intending to get to, where there will be more noise.  This is why it is hard to ‘be present.’

However, while meditation is recommended – not everyone can shut off their brains during meditation to get the quiet time they need in order to decompress, reboot and refresh their minds.  We are not all wired the same way.

Take note of your quiet time as you get it in pieces and acknowledge what works best for YOU. Some people find peace and quiet in the most mundane tasks, because they don’t have to think about anything.  

Silly as it may sound, folding laundry or fixing a broken object, petting your dog or cat, re-potting a plant or washing dishes by hand may provide the ‘check out’ time you need to reboot because you are not concentrating on anything else but the task at hand (literally). You are doing something you’ve mentally programmed yourself to execute, however, the ‘mental noise’ is set aside in order for you to concentrate on what is in front of you.

Many may find peace in this type of reboot replacement if yoga, meditation, Zen walks and other methods have fallen short.   Yeah, this doesn't work for everyone.

Sometimes all you need to do to reboot is right in front of you, but you just may not have examined a daily task this way before because you’ve categorized or compartmentalized it as a chore.  Remember ... this is how you were 'programmed' as a kid - you were shown what 'chores' are and you processed that idea as 'work' that you did not want to do.

But what if you decided your chores were not a pain in the neck and instead these chores were your sanctuary and peace away from other noise in your life?  What then? 

Is it possible to see your once labeled 'chore' as a respite away from chaos, drama, stress, and noise?  

Is it possible that washing your (car, clothes, dog, windows, etc.) could be like washing away the residue and toxicity of draining energy, dirt and grime from your day? 

The answer may surprise you!

If we redefine that ‘chore’ as a necessary obligation and tweak that LINK to become something beneficial for our psyche, we just may find more peace and space to reboot ourselves like a vacation from noise just when we need it most, without disrupting any routine within our day.   

It is here we will no longer use the excuse “I don’t have time” to take a break, because we can find a way to take breaks within something we already do by redefining it as a place to do so.

You can discover peace and quiet just about anywhere if you choose to change how you LOOK for the place to find this quiet refuge.

However, sometimes it isn't just about LOOKING... it is about listening for the silence in what could be considered an unexpected and unconventional golden moment to refuel, refortify and reboot!