ACAI Bowls & Starting Fresh

Finally, got a morning to myself in almost 6 months where I wasn’t rushing to get kids out, scrambling to get to the studio or to the beach to teach class or train an early client, while my season of chaos has slowed a little… after months of 60-70 hour work weeks, its catch up time on doctors appointments, car repairs, meetings, errands galore, and the house. That is a whole monster to tackle in itself! Can I get an Amen??

So I’ve finally decided to refocus and spend some time re-evaluating time, life, what is most important, what the future could hold, and what my dreams and aspirations are going forward from today. This is not easy coming from a type A, perfectionist, workaholic, and guilt driven woman with three small children!

Small changes lead to big results is what I tell my clients all the time. So I’m taking my own advice for once! So my small change was going back to basics and finding the few things that make me feel whole and inspired again. It all started with an ACAI bowl (and waiting till the kiddos were off to school.) ūüôā

I sat down with my new ACAI recipe and made a list of things to do for myself today that would jump-start inspiration and feel accomplished for the day. (yes I did have a small to do list-but I made sure to make sure it was small and quick to accomplish!)

Do you need a restart, a self-care day, and refocusing jumping off point? We all need days where we can quiet the mind, spark creativity, recharge the soul, and all it takes is a little time in the kitchen for a recipe, a matcha latte and a blank notebook, dusting off the guitar that stares at you everyday in the corner, or cleaning out your drawers so you can actually put your clothes away. Here’s to your little pop of inspiration to live today a little better and of course my new ACAI Bowl recipe to make you feel even better! Here’s to free time, powerful antioxidants, and a healthy boost of goodness.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of frozen ACAI (Sambazon is the best) or 2 Tbsp of powdered
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp local honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Ice if needed

Toppings:

  • 1/2 Mango-chopped
  • 1 Tbsp dried cherries
  • 1 tsp Cacao Nibs
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Chips

Directions:

  1. In a blender or Vitamix add ACAI, milk, honey and cinnamon, and ice if needed and blend.
  2. Pour into a bowl. Add toppings. Grab your spoon and dig in!
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New Day, New Beginnings!

Well it’s official! Today starts a new year and usually a new beginning. With the new year, you get a clean slate, a do-over, a fresh, blank piece of paper to start over. We use the new year as a jumping off point. But why only wait for the new year, any time of year is the perfect time to start anew or begin again. Pick today to start over, re-evaluate, to look forward, plan, organize, and refocus on everything from our health and what we eat, to goals and dreams, to finances and future investments.

Isn’t any day the perfect time to put yourself first? Most of us tend to put everyone else first especially after the exhausting holidays. Now we can nurture ourselves, make resolutions and hope to achieve and stick to most of them. So starting today, my challenge to you is to really take sometime for yourself and find what you really want for yourself, your family, your future, and your new beginning. Write them down somewhere you can see them on a daily basis. Make yourself accountable for what you truly want from your life. It’s harder to ignore them when they’re in your face everyday. It can be as simple as reading more or as tough as losing 50 pounds and staying healthy. Resolutions, goals, and dreams aren’t meant to be easy or we’d achieve them everyday but if you really want something go for it! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain from this day forward. Just remember to make it fun and don’t rush to the biggest goal to start. Have some small ones that you know you can achieve and work your way up.

I use a vision board. I put everything on it that I love, moves me, or motivates me. I put pictures, words, quotes, inspirational pieces, ideas, and thoughts on mine. I even have things that will probably never happen in my life time-but it’s good to dream big also, it makes us work harder. It pushes me a little more especially when I’m frustrated and on the verge of moving on to other things. And it sits right in front of my writing space everyday, all day so I can’t escape it. So, if you’re looking for something new this year to try. Grab a cork board and put everything on it that speaks to you! I wish you the best of luck, all the love, health,¬†and prosperity¬†for this upcoming 2013 year. I hope it brings you everything you’re hoping to find!

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Today is the Day!

2014-09-16 05.53.30Well… Today is it!

I’ve decided to start my own mini Pilates adventure and start “Pilates on the Beach” here in Ocean City, Maryland. A minor hiccup with losing my inital place¬†to hold classes made me back pedal for a day or so but it opened the door to even more opportunities! So things happen for a reason right?

I’m so excited to start my new little journey! And it’s one more reason to look forward to summer. I decided to make 2012 the year of new possibilites¬†and to go for everything I’ve ever wanted.and dreamed of. I’ve spent alot of time worrying about what other people think of me and way too much time trying to make everyone else¬†happy. It’s only taken me 30+ years and two¬†little ones to figure out that life’s too short and you have to embrace the day and your own life. You may never get the opportunity again¬†and then all you’re¬†left with is regret. We all have way too many of those for a lifetime as it is.

So, I’m off to take on the world, with my family and closest friends there to support me. There’s no looking back, only looking¬†into the future. There are endless¬†possibilities if we can only get past the initial fear of failing. But as the old saying goes “you can’t fail unless you try.” I’m following my heart and my inner most passions, it’s going to be a crazy and unforgettable ride… I can’t wait!

“Find your heart and then you will find your way.” Carlos Barrios