Are You Creating the Life You Want?

GratitudeThe sun is lower in the sky and my neighborhood is filled with yellows, reds, and browns that come with the crisp cool air. The winds have picked back up and I can feel the season change in my core. 
Fall is time to begin to quiet down, sit still, reflect and learn. 
Every Fall I find myself doing more: reading, listening, drawing, journaling, being still, yoga, stretching, taking long warm baths with essential oils, learning, and looking for sunbeams to sit in. 
This Fall is different, though. 
I am celebrating my 6th year in practice with lots of action: launching a really cool invention into the retail world and writing a new book (#6!) that’s focused on gathering all the natural remedies I use in my own life and those that I’ve seen work with my clients time and again. (Watch for this publication by late Spring 2017!)
I’m also focusing on this idea of creativity that is constantly looming over me right now. I am thinking a lot about how every choice we make creates our reality, in all areas of our lives. I’ve been thinking about how this has played out in my own life so far, and how I continue to make choices today that will affect me tomorrow. 
That, in essence, I am always creating my future. We are all always creating our future. This is true in more ways that one. 

  • The food we choose to eat, becomes our body. 
  • The way we talk to ourselves, becomes our mindset. 
  • The news or media we choose to immerse in becomes our understanding.
  • Our actions become our results.

And so it goes that in order to change our daily experiences, we must CHOOSE to BEGIN to CREATE something different than what we are currently choosing to create. 

This is completely different for everyone. For me, it means next level thinking and actions. It means leaning further into my gifts and talents. It means trusting my path and journey more. 

What does this mean for you? 

What action to you need to choose to take? 

I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!

There’s much exciting news to talk about and I want to be sure to share:

Our super cool invention and long time project is officially launched! This has been such a fun learning process and we have much to celebrate already! We have made retail relationships and these are just the beginning! You can now find us on Amazon, Etsy, and soon Walmart.com! I’m currently working on local Colorado stores and will announce them as they happen. 

This is happening as a result of choice. I really had to look at and focus on choosing this path. In order to take action, I knew I would need to learn so many new things, commit to trying new things, and take action in ways I never have. I’m so happy I did this though, and I look forward to what great things it brings into our life. 

I hope you take time out to think about how your choices are moving you toward or away from the life you want to create. Remember every choice is just like picking up a paint brush and painting your future. 

Lots of health and happiness, 
Tammi – Head Positive Mom
www.headpositivemom.com

Can affirmations help you improve your life experience?

How do you feel when you look in a mirror?

Do you degrade yourself?

Criticize yourself?

Judge yourself?

How do you speak to yourself (using inside voice OR outside voice) when you look yourself in the eye?

How does this make you feel?

Small?

Ugly?

Fat?

Not good enough?

Not smart enough? 

Do you realize that your relationship with you affects EVERYTHING in your life.

It affects how you lead your children, how you relate with others, how you perform in your job/career. In short, it affects how you show up in your life. 

Your relationship with you =
your relationship with your world. 

It’s time to reinvent your relationship with you, isn’t it?

I am a solid believer in affirmations. Not because they are magic, no, on the contrary – they are not magic, but they DO open a doorway in your mind and heart and it’s a practice that can begin a shift in your life.
Because I have worked with so many women (hundreds) who find on their healing journey that true, lasting, sustainable, healing begins with learning to love themselves, I invented the I AM kit.
  This is a simple to use creative kit that you place on your mirror. (Where better to begin changing your relationship with YOU!) It’s removable, reusable, and comes with a dry erase marker so you can add to the decals that are provided.
 
My kits are NOW available on Amazon and coming on Walmart.com OR you can get yours straight from the source here: www.mirroredexpressions.com
 
I believe that affirmations can help you to get more clear, gain confidence, and begin to shift your energy to succeed at what you want to succeed at the most! 

 

All you need to start your practice today!

All you need to start your practice today!

 
 
 

The Benefits Of Creative Hobbies And 5 Ways To Grow Your Creativity

There are no limitations!by Rachel Payetta for MomPositive, LLC

Okay, it’s time for true confessions. About a year ago I was talking to a therapist about the benefits of creativity and what she recommends to her patients. Now, this gal is all about creativity. It is one of the main tools she uses to help her clients.

But I wasn’t 100 percent convinced. Don’t get me wrong—I do believe there is a place for creativity. For example, I love, love, love my vision wall! It makes me smile every time I look at it, and it helps keep me totally motivated to reach my goals.

I also absolutely love writing and would be over the moon if my novel was ever picked up by a literary agent or publisher. But the idea that something like coloring could be mentally and emotionally beneficial…? Well, I was a bit skeptical—no offense, Tammi! (Tammi says, “None taken Rachel, we are all learning.”)

As soon as I voiced my skepticism, the therapist’s eyes opened really wide and she said, “Oh, it’s extremely important…and there’s nothing at all childish about it either.” Apparently, she’d been the recipient of some criticism before.

What impressed me about this conversation was the therapist’s conviction. In fact, she had so much passion about what she was saying that I almost went out and bought a coloring book that day. But, skeptic that I am, I decided to do some research first.

Just how beneficial is creativity? Let me show you.

The Mental and Emotional Benefits of Creative Hobbies

One of the first articles I found when doing my research was called The Positive Benefits of Creativity on PositiveLivingNow.com. The opening of their article was absolutely priceless.

“Quick: Think of five things you could do with a new box of crayons.

(C’mon.  Play along.)

Got ‘em? 

Now notice how thinking of those five things made you feel. 

If you laughed at the silliness of your ideas, you’re feeling one of the positive benefits of creativity—and you didn’t have to write a single sentence or draw a single line.”

It just took reading that one section to realize that one of the main benefits of creativity is happiness. Whether we’re coloring with crayons or painting with oils—creativity brings us a level of happiness that few other projects can.

Besides this feeling of happiness, there are many other benefits. In an article on PsychologyToday.com, the following benefits of creative hobbies were listed.

  • They bring meaning into our life and give us a sense of pride.
  • They help us feel productive like we’re accomplishing something great.
  • Creative hobbies that are in tune with who we are on the deepest levels also help to heal old wounds and allow us to grow emotionally. For instance, writing down a hurtful experience from our past in the form of a story or a work of poetry is a way to get the hurt out and do something productive with it. People who have tried this exercise feel an overwhelming sense of emotion, generally followed by relief and the feeling that they’re starting to heal and let go.
  • These hobbies are a great way to exercise the brain and keep it young.
  • It can improve self-esteem and confidence.
  • It instills the truism that practice makes perfect…well, that practice brings about excellence. When that is introduced at a young age—whether through music lessons, dance practice, or another hobby—children will learn the value of working towards other things throughout their life, like homework or eventually building a business.
  • According to a Huffington Post article, the American Journal of Public Health published a review of over 100 studies about the benefits of creative activities on health. They found that creative endeavors decreased depression, reduced anxiety and stress, and helped people through the grieving process.

When it comes to the benefits of creative activities, this is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s easy to see why doctors, therapists and health coaches all encourage their patients and clients to pursue some sort of creative outlet.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who don’t get to experience those benefits because they feel like they don’t have a creative bone in their body. Is this really the case?

We’re All Creative in Some Way!

Let’s go back for a second to the article The Positive Benefits of Creativity. In it, the writer quoted TED talk speaker John Paul Caponigro who points out that the human race is, in fact, “a creative species”.

Think about that for a second…does any other species intrinsically feel the need to create?

Granted, there are YouTube videos of animals doing some artistic things, even of elephants painting with their trunks. But would an elephant ever experience the desire to search out an art supply store because he or she had decided to take up paining?

Humans, on the other hand, not only search out artistic mediums; they look for creative ways to do everyday things. Whether it’s solving a mathematical equation, figuring out the best way to market a product, or deciding what to serve for dinner—there is a level of creativity to nearly all that we do.

How exciting is learning that? This means that every single one of us has a propensity toward certain creative hobbies—in other words, we’re all creative!

But how do we know which creative hobbies to take up? How can we strengthen our creativity so that we can see the full benefit of implementing it in our lives?

Creative Hulkiness—4 Ways to Strengthen Your Creativity

It really doesn’t take much to become the Incredible Hulk of Creativity. But, first of all, it is important to remember that creative hobbies should be fun. Yes, we can have creative goals, but they should bring us joy, not stress.

With that in mind, here are 4 ways to strengthen and build your creativity.

  1. Discover Your Creative Personality Type

The PositiveLivingNow.com article went on to discuss creativity expert Dr. Lynne Levesque’s model of creative personalities. According to Dr. Levesque, we’re all creative, just in different ways.

Once we recognize which personality type we are then we’ll be better equipped to find creative activities that fit our needs and bring us immense. Click the link here to find out more about these creative types.

  1. Don’t Compare Yourself with Others

One of the worst things you can do is play the comparison game. It is a complete waste of time. We all have different talents and tastes. So, go with your gut and do what makes you feel awesome!

It’s also important to remember that we’re all at different levels. Comparing yourself to someone who has years of experience won’t bring joy. Instead of comparing, either turn off the negative voice and enjoy the process, or ask the person with experience for some helpful tips.

  1. Redefine What Failure Means to You

For many people, failure is a bad word and they avoid it like the plague. Having this attitude doesn’t take into consideration the fact that no one is perfect, plus it stifles personal growth.

Consider the 2016 Olympic athletes, or just about any athlete for that matter. They train from the time they’re little kids—and they train hard. After years of “perfecting” their abilities, there’s still the possibility of failure.

To achieve success, these athletes look at failure as an opportunity to improve. If they lose a race, they analyze what they need to do to get better. Failure actually builds within them more fire to get the job done.

The same can be said of creative hobbies. If you’re not achieving what you would like, or you mess up, or someone criticizes you, this is an opportunity for growth in two specific ways.

First, you can find out what you need to do to improve. Second, you can decide to take or leave any criticism you get. If you think you did a great job—that’s really the only thing that matters.

  1. Expand Your Horizons

Trying something outside of your normal realm of interest can lead to something very special. Let’s say you want to learn to play the piano. Will you simply choose to learn songs that you already like, or songs that are typically taught by music teachers (think: Mozart, Beethoven—all of the great classical pianists and composers)?

Of course, there is nothing wrong with doing this. After all, the hobby isn’t going to do you much good if you don’t enjoy it. However, choosing to expand your horizons will greatly benefit you. You could start by learning about jazz pianists of the 1920s, or learn how to play a boogie-woogie blues song or some popular Broadway melodies.

Or, let’s say your goal is to read more. Will you stick to your preferred genre? You could…or, you could try science fiction, fantasy, mystery, non-fiction, or another author within your favorite genre. The possibilities are endless.

When you expand your horizons, you will grow in knowledge, expand your skill-set and find new ways to express your creativity.

How To Go About Setting Your Creative Goals—A Suggestion

Now that you know some of the benefits of getting creative, I bet you’re excited to set some creative goals. I know I am! Now, the purpose of setting creative goals is not to cause stress and add one more thing to your plate. The purpose is to bring some fun into your life.

However, without setting at least a couple of creative goals it can be really difficult to fit your hobbies into your life.

Believe me—I’ve been there! Creative goals are sometimes like my exercise goals…I don’t remember I have them until around 11pm and then it’s just too late to do anything about them at that point.

Having, and writing down, creative goals helps me to make room for them.

I typically start off with the big picture: what do I want to learn or accomplish, either this year or in the next few months? Once I figure that out, I break it up into smaller chunks that can be accomplished each day or week.

As an example: A few years ago I had the goal to start reading more books. I’d been an avid reader most of my life but over the past few years had gotten too busy to do any extracurricular reading. Recalling the joy, relaxation and sense of adventure reading brought to my life, I decided to set the goal of reading one book each month.

That was my big picture goal. I then divided that goal up by first deciding which 12 books I would read that year. Then, at the beginning of the month I would choose which one of those 12 I wanted to read and divide the number of pages up to determine how many pages to read each evening.

Every night, I snuggled into my bed a little earlier than I used to, got super cozy and then read my book. It was a wonderful way to end the day, and…I reached my goal for the year!

Looking at the big picture and seeing what you can fit into the day may work for you too. Or, if you choose to incorporate coloring or knitting into your life, be sure to put everything you need close to your bed, a comfy chair or the couch. This will help ensure that you’ll be comfortable, and be a good reminder to take some time to get creative.

Harnessing Your Personal Power of Creativity

You have a very powerful tool within your grasp. This tool is the innate gift of creativity. Try your best to set aside some time each day or, at the very least, each week to exercise your creative gift. Doing so will bring added happiness and meaning to your life, and will help reduce the stress and anxiety of your busy life.

 

 

How about you? What kind of benefits have you seen in your life from incorporating creative hobbies? What steps do you take to reach your creative goals and get those juices flowing? Let us know. Comment below or join the conversation on social media.

written by Tammi:

(I want to personally thank Rachel for her beautiful talent of writing and the incredible research she’s done on this topic that is so important to me!)

 

Resources:

http://www.positive-living-now.com/the-positive-benefits-of-creativity/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-creativity-cure/201205/creativity-happiness-and-your-own-two-hands

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-clear/make-more-art-the-health-benefits-of-creativity_b_8868802.html

 

 

8 steps for MomPositive Meal Planning & Prep

Taking out the time to plan and prepare yourself (and your fridge) for the coming week are both important parts of a healthful lifestyle. If you haven’t always done it, meal planning can feel tricky and expensive at first. For me, it took experimenting, paying close attention, and being persistent to identify tricks that make this a successful and satisfying part of my weekly routine. 

Let’s begin by saying that when you are meal planning, it’s important to consider your goals – your own and those of your family. Are you planning for weight loss? growing children? athletes? both men and women? Everyone’s needs are a little different and giving yourself some space for diversity in your meal plan can mean you are getting a greater variety of the nutrients everyone needs. 

Here are some simple rules of thumb to help you get more out of your meal planning efforts;

#1 – Everyone’s needs are a little different and giving yourself some space for diversity in your meal plan can mean you are getting a greater variety of the nutrients everyone needs. A fun way to do this is to try meals from around the world. These days you don’t need a recipe book from every culture – just Google it!l

#2 – Plan according to your ability and time for shopping. If you go once a week, plan to have your vegetables that spoil quickly, such as leafy greens and avocados, earlier in the week and those that last longer, like carrots and other roots, later in the week. This might mean salad tomorrow and sweet potatoes at the end of the week. 

#3 – Plan for leftovers – this is a great money saving trick. I will plan to cook on nights I’m not working with clients, and to have leftovers on nights that I am working. If you find your family polishes of your meals, simply double the recipe to get greater mileage out of your meals and time. (this falls under the cook once eat twice rule neatly.) 

#4 – Time is a huge factor for my clients and by choosing simpler meals, you can save a lot of time. I remember once buying a recipe book for meals that should have been ready in 20 minutes. There were a long list of ingredients that needed to be prepared for every single recipe – the preparation alone took 20 minutes, I still needed to cook it! I notice if I can just keep my recipes simple, like 5 ingredients or less, meals are completed in a flash!

#5 – Fresh is best, but frozen works too! There are weeks (many of them in my own life) where I simply run out of time. Don’t beat yourself up! It’s O.K.! I keep a variety of frozen vegetables and fish in my freezer for these days (and a good gluten free pizza from time to time) just for the occasion. Frozen vegetables are picked fresh and often flash frozen. This process preserves the nutrients and flavor better than canned vegetables. If fresh is not possible, frozen is a good next step. 

#6 – It’s better to go back than it is to throw it away. In the beginning, I would plan every meal. I bought so incredibly much food and still feel my stomach turn when I realize how much was wasted. I had to learn how much we actually consumed at each meal and how to make my food go further. Now, I shop for three to four dinners, eat leftovers, and bridge the gap with things like salads and fruit for lunch and greens and frozen fruit to make smoothies for breakfast. Add some oatmeal or granola and almond or coconut milk and we’re set. My overall grocery bill stays low this way and our waste is lower than ever. 

#7 – Don’t wash when you get them home, save it for pre-meal prep. By washing your veggies too early, the extra moisture may actually make way for mold to set in early. 

#8 – Use a simple vinegar spray to help remove bacteria and pesticide (3 parts water, 1 part apple cider vinegar) just before cooking. 

Following these simple steps will save effort and money! 

Have your own tips? I’d love to hear about them, be sure and comment below!

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Toss it Tuesday – Declutter as a personal care routine

mother sonIn general, we, as a society accumulate stuff like never before in our civilized history. We gather clothing, books, music, technology, paper, home decor, projects we intend to do, cookware we intend to use, and gifts we receive that we may feel guilt about releasing. 

As this stuff accumulates, we begin to run out of places to keep it and it may begin to pile up. Piles form on counters, desks, in closets, basements, and garages. For some, it does not stop and we see these people battling their emotional attachments to stuff on shows like Hoarders. 

So what’s the big deal?

According to WebMD, by allowing ourselves to over accumulate stuff, we tend to feel a sense of overwhelm, confusion, and lack of clarity. We feel disorganized, lost, and all of this emotion can lead to feeling unproductive. There are connections between clutter and weight gain and depression and anxiety. 

There is also an energetic component of having too much stuff that may be sabotaging our efforts for creating what we want to create in our lives. When we have so much that we are struggling to manage it, we are sending the message to the Universe “please don’t bring more, I simply don’t know what to do with it all”. (Enter screeching brakes sound here) Yep. Think about that for a minute!

Our homes are our sacred space, if we work outside of our home, this is our retreat from the world – our sanctuary.  Yet, so many women I know share that upon entering their home each day instead of a sense of relief, their tension actually increases because it feels like there is so much to do. 

I know this feeling well. While I have fantasies of simple living, my family and I are often charmed by “the next big thing” only to find it will soon land on a countertop or on top of our yet to be unpacked stuff in the basement.

Because I know this about us, I have developed a ritual I call “toss it Tuesday”. 

What’s that look like? 

Every Tuesday I take a brown paper grocery bag and gather all the items I can donate that will fit into it. Clothes, books, and other items I no longer use and take this bag (or two) to the local donation drop off or charity organization.

Not all of it gets donated – anything that is over worn or that I can say has been used a little too much does actually get tossed. I recycle what I can and rid us of the rest. 

Every time I honor this ritual in my home, I feel empowered, lighter, and more clear. 

Being really conscious about this process has led me to be more intentional in my purchases, asking myself not what I want for the moment, but what I really need and will use. I’ve realized the weight of stuff, and that’s not what I want in my life.

I also know that by honoring my toss it Tuesday ritual, I am making room for what I want to come into my life.

Now, my home consistently has more space for abundance, love, light, and laughter. 

The hard lessons from my dog, Tink

I’m always looking for the gift in every moment. I know that even when things are hard, there’s usually a lesson involved. If I can be open to learning it, my perspective and ability to act in any situation is shifted.

Lessons from Tink

Lessons from Tink

About six months ago, our little dog, Tink, began to change. Originally, these changes weren’t drastic, so we weren’t too worried. Over time though, they began to pile up and eventually led to a huge lesson in both nutrition and the state of “the system”. 

In the beginning, Tink became a little lethargic, laying around more than normal, seemingly not really interested in playing much. Over a month, this turned into what seemed like moping. She seemed depressed and as if she just didn’t want to do anything. After about a week of this seeming depression, I decided to take her into see her veterinarian. 

Our vet pulled blood, urine, ran x-rays, and poked and prodded our little girl only to find her healthy in all visible ways. 

I was incredibly relieved and hoped these odd symptoms would disappear in a short time, we returned home. 

Over the next few weeks, she seemed to improve. Some days were better than others, which led me to begin to think maybe we needed to change her food. See, I had gotten a little lazy when we moved and slacked on getting optimal food for all of us, Tink was no exception. As Spring came around in our house, I began to clean up all sources of food in our home, but I had not yet thought of the animals. 

When I arrived at the grocers, I realized the ingredients were to small for me to read with my contacts in and I did not have my little reading glasses with me. I grabbed what seemed like the shortest list and looking at the label, trusted the claims. 

This food was given to Tink at her next meal. 

That night, Tink “seized”. It was about one in the morning, we woke to her yelping as if something had a hold of her and was hurting her. Her body was rigid, and her head was thrown straight backward. It scared her, seemed painful, and was incredibly frightening for us. 

Immediately, we took her to the vet. Since all of the blood work and physical work-over was so recent, he choose to not do additional tests. He said there were so many things that caused seizures that it was probably just going to be a part of her life. I asked him about food, and shared that I’d changed it that day, even seeking recommendations for the best, and he only shrugged his shoulders expressing that there’s no way to know if that was a part of it. He suggested if the seizures continued that I should bring her back and put her on medication. 

(Sound familiar? In my own healing journey, and in the journey of so many of my clients and students I’ve led through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition experienced a similar story.)

In the mean time, the “seizures” continued. Nightly. Some nights – twice.

That’s when my Health Coach self kicked in. I began to investigate and identify my options. 

My first response is always food. Once I was able to read the label, one ingredient in particular stood out to me. That was carageenan. I know that this particular additive can cause troubles for some, so it raised a red flag for me and I found myself back at the store seeking a better alternative. To my dismay, I found many of the foods touted “all natural” also used this thickener. I picked up one that did not. 

By this point, my poor Tink was also in digestive dismay. Dogs typically do not do well with food changes. The changes were catching up to her and began to refuse to eat on her own. 

Doing a bit of research for safe options for anti-inflammatory foods for dogs, I chose to add in a smidge of coconut oil with a light dash of turmeric which she licked up happily, but I knew I needed to do more. 

 One way that I’m particularly blessed is through my connections, and among many recommendations, a dear friend suggested a few holistic animal therapies and animal chiropractic in my area. I hadn’t realized these options existed and acted upon these suggestions immediately. 

The first appointment I made was with an amazing and highly educated woman who offered a bioscan for Tink. This is a way of testing the body’s frequency to gather information and to change how the body responds to information it gathers. (That was worse than layman’s terms, but it gives you the idea. I’ll share her website with greater details in a bit). Tink responded to this hour long treatment quite well. The results included a laundry list of foods that would cause inflammation in my little girl and a recommendation to visit the chiropractor next. 

As I waited for Tink’s chiropractic appointment to arrive, I was on the hunt for pre-made dog foods that fit the list I was given that were generally safe for my tiny pup. She was found sensitive to chicken, turkey, beef, and pork, all grains, many vegetables like sweet potato and corn. (yes…I know. ugh.) This made my search for food really interesting and I ended up cooking for her. 

When it was finally time for her to see the chiropractor, whose website I also share below, we learned that her little back, jaw, and neck were really inflamed and out of place. The chiropractor actually pinpointed that Tink had dental work done and because her mouth is so tiny, they probably don’t have tools for animals her size. Unfortunately, this meant that the treatments were probably really awful for her and caused injury to her little jaw, neck, and head. I was floored. Yes. We had tooth work done on her twice in the fall because she had to have them cleaned, then she also needed to have a broken tooth fixed. 

Do you know that moment when everything seems to come together? It’s as if the library of facts lines up for the first time and your world slows down so you can read between the lines? That’s what happened. All of a sudden, it all made sense. 

Understanding the body the way I’ve come made me realize how this stacked up against my tiny dog, and how the journey would need to be toward her healing. 

When we eat food that causes inflammation in our body, it can exacerbate injury. I see this a lot with allergies and ailments.

One way to support the body’s natural healing process is to include foods that promote healing and reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a normal reaction in our body – our body’s way of managing injury. When every day occurrences cause inflammation, our body becomes overly inflamed and this can actually become a problem in itself. If the first response is to address the inflammation (and the causes thereof) you can make way for the body to begin to heal itself – by itself. (Insert bells of knowing here)

After my little dogs first visit to her chiropractor, everything has changed. The combination of the bio-scan and the adjustment, food changes, coconut oil and turmeric, and awareness that she has injury, my little girl is healing. We have a journey ahead, as more often than not, the body’s healing process takes time and my job is just to support it in every way I can. 

The lessons here for me were: 

  1. Food first. I know this more than most, but like so many, when life was hectic and stressful, I put this away. We all suffered this last year because of my lack of focus on food. We are all in a better place because I’ve put this back on the front burner. 
  2. Always get a second opinion. If I had just gone with what I was told, Tink would now be on a medication that not only does she not need but that has a list of side effects of it’s own. I’m so happy I trusted my gut to seek out the root cause before I made any decisions like that. 
  3. I am an advocate for all my littles as well as myself – It’s not always easy – but it’s important to not be afraid to follow your gut and to do what you think is right. 
  4. The animal food industry is a reflection of our food industry. Read past the front labels (bring my reading glasses to the store) and look for foods that are made from real food or cook for your animals. 
  5. Seek out options before you need them. I was really blessed by my friend’s suggestion, but I wouldn’t have known these people were out there if it weren’t for her. Please seek out the holistic options in your area before there’s an emergency so you know where you can go where there is one. 

As promised I’m going to share my sources. If you are in Colorado, I highly recommend both of these beautiful services:

BioScan for animals: Sue Troglio – www.unleashedenergyllc.com

Chiropractic for animals – you need a vet referral to set an appointment, view website for your form. Harper’s Ridge – Dr. Andi Harper – http://www.harpersridge.com/

I’d love to hear your experiences with your fur babies! Share in the comments below!

Surround Yourself With What You Love

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It’s a deep breath, realize how blessed I am sort of day. 
It’s been a long many months to get where we are in this moment. Planning, working long hours at the computer, investing a lot of money, and praying. Praying that it’s right and sometimes laying awake wondering if it’s not. 

Every journey worth taking involves risk. Yes. 

Sometimes when the worry begins to cover the light – you have to step back and gather yourself. 

It’s okay to do this. 

For me, this means unplugging, and re-energizing by surrounding myself with what lights me up and brings me peace. 

  • Family
  • Furry creatures
  • Butterflies
  • Scrapbooking
  • Sunshine
  • Walks
  • Fresh air
  • Nature
  • A good book 
  • A long bath dressed with Himalayan Sea Salt and Lavender Essential Oil
  • People who get me

Moving through changes of any sort can bring a sense of uneasiness – and if you are taking action toward the dreams and visions you have made on your vision board, you are probably creating change in your life. 

AWESOME POSSUM!

That’s how you get where you want to go! 

When you feel heavy, foggy, tired, uninspired – give it a rest. Not permanently, just for a few days. Pull away, fill your bucket, so you can come back to it with everything you’ve got! 

So, today, on the other side of pushing through a huge project, I get to celebrate what has been accomplished – but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have made it this far had I not taken my moments of self-love

What are you working toward right now? Better health? New career? Climbing higher mountains? 

What do you need to do in order to keep going? 

Your Vision Board: 3 Reasons Why You Need One

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Albert Einstein

Written by: Guest Blogger Rachel Payetta

Creativity can and should touch every aspect of our lives. One of the best ways to harness creativity in a highly productive way is with a creative vision board project. Back when I was coaching, my favorite client sessions were those that happened at the beginning of the year, or whenever someone decided to finally make some big changes in their life.

This was exciting to me because in order to accomplish anything in life we need to set goals and I happen to be a very goal oriented person. Some of my earliest memories involve goals, like reading a book in a day, swimming the whole length of the community pool underwater with one breath, or writing a bi-lingual short story for my 8th grade English final when the only language I spoke was English.

Over the years, I would strive to achieve my goals in one of two ways: I would just go for it or I would write a To Do list of all the steps I needed to take to achieve success. When I was going to school to become a coach, though, I found a new way to reach goals: the vision board.

3 Reasons Why You Need to Make a Vision Board This Year

The vision board is exciting because it’s a fun, entertaining and creative project. Stephan Spencer, writer for Huntington.com, says that making a vision board is like creating a role model, it is a way to remind yourself of “the person you want to become.” How does it accomplish this? There are three ways in particular.

  1. Inspiration – A vision board is an incredible source of inspiration. Your goals are always there, right in front of you. To make it more inspiring, you can add quotes that you love or pictures of inspirational figures throughout history that you admire and respect. In essence, every time you see your vision board you will think: “If they can do it, so can I!”
  2. Motivation – Do you need an extra push to help you reach your goals? A vision board can do just that. By determining what you want your life to look like in the near future, you give your brain the opportunity to decide what steps need to be taken to achieve your goals. For example, is your goal to be more creative in general? If so, by adding a picture to your vision board of an artist who you admire or a piece of art that inspires you to be creative reminds you of the need to take steps toward your creativity, like taking a sculpting class or getting your paints and brushes out and start painting regularly. A vision board isn’t simply something to look at and dream about “how awesome it would be if…” No, the vision board gets you motivated to start taking the necessary steps.
  3. Accountability – Whether your goals are health, romantic, financial, creative or otherwise, you’ll be more apt to take action if you’re constantly being reminded of them. It’s so much easier to do something that takes you one step closer to your goals if you have a visual reminder of exactly what you want to achieve. However, without that reminder, it’s just as easy to do things that hold you back. For instance, let’s say your goal is to get fit. It’s really easy to find ways to avoid working out, but if you have your “Get Fit” vision board in front of you it’s going to make it much easier to put in that workout DVD or head to the gym.

Science Backs the Idea of Vision Boards                     

Some people think vision boards are a bunch of woo-woo nonsense. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Scientific studies have been done and they show that there is merit to the vision board.

According to SelfGrowth.com, there is a part of our brain called the reticular activating system, or RAS. This part of the brain is responsible for filtering through all of the stimuli we receive each day. It is also “a receiver for information tagged as important.” The brain receives a ton of information each day and doesn’t distinguish between what’s real and what’s not. All it knows is what you deem important, what you want to focus on. By creating a vision board you are giving your brain important tagged information.

This doesn’t happen just one time either. It happens every time you look at the vision board. Here is why: when you create your vision board you are finding pictures that inspire you, that make you feel something – happy, excited, and motivated. This gets the ball rolling. Then, each time you look at your board you see those pictures that make you feel those things all over again. Your brain recognizes this and “tags” the visual stimuli as important.

In his Huffington.com article, Stephen Spencer noted a study done by the Dominican University of California. This study showed that people were 22% more likely to achieve their goals if they wrote them down, and those who reviewed their goals regularly were 33% more likely to reach their goals. What better way to “write down your goals” and review them with regularity than with a creative vision board project?

Have Fun Creating a Vision Board

So the next question is: how do you create a vision board? First of all, let me say this: please make this a fun project. There is nothing worse than getting excited about a creative project and then putting so much pressure on yourself that you take the fun out of it. You need to have fun creating your board. That is how your brain knows this is important to you. When you feel excited, your brain will tag the visual stimuli as important, and that’s when you’re more likely to reach your goals.

Next, you will need to figure out what kind of vision board you want to create. I’ve tried a number: the virtual vision board (take a screen cap of things on the internet with an iPad or iPhone and creating a virtual collage), using picture frames (it’s a nice, neat, yet still artistic option), and making a collage. You can use poster board, tape and pictures from magazines. Or, you can use cork boards and pins. The internet is also a great source for pictures and inspirational quotes. Just type into Google what you want to find and click on Images, scroll through to find the ones that speak to you and then hit print.

Your creative vision board project doesn’t have to take a long time. Once you pick your pictures it is really quick and easy to put together. The fun, creative part that you should relish is finding the pictures and quotes that are just right. Take an afternoon and get creative, or spend fifteen minutes here and there working on it when you need a break from your daily life.

Again, the most important thing to remember is to have fun. Get inspired and let your creative juices flow. And don’t forget to let us know about your inspiration by commenting below.

Bonus: Rachel’s Vision Board Story

The idea of a vision board was always exciting to me because it was a way to be creative and reach my goals. I had a problem, though. I didn’t consider myself very artistic. The last collage I made for an art class was a major disappointment. To me, most vision boards looked like fancy collages and I was discouraged because I just knew I would disappoint myself again.

Still, I read over and over about the benefits of vision boards. I mean, even Oprah is a big proponent of the vision board process. So when it came to helping my clients achieve their goals, the vision board was one of my first recommendations. Did I feel a little bit hypocritical? Definitely; however, when my clients made their vision boards and saw success it eased my conscience a little bit.

Periodically, I would consider doing my own vision board. I found a few different ways that actually worked for me and were pretty fun. They also didn’t look too bad. Instead of focusing so much on a fancy collage, I got creative in my own way.

First, I took some screenshots with my iPad. Anytime I found an inspiring picture or quote online that made me feel happy, calm, centered, energized or inspired I would take a screen cap. Then I made a digital collage on my iPad. This worked great…as long as I was on my iPad.

Next, I decided I needed to see certain pictures on a more regular basis. So I bought a picture frame that had about eight different-sized photo compartments. It had a pretty design and went really well with the décor in my office. I put in pictures of people who inspire me and things I want to accomplish. I even put my business card in there next to a picture of a literary agent to remind me that one of my biggest goals is to publish my novel.

That seemed to do the trick for a while, but recently I felt the need to go big. In my office was a blank wall, which just happened to be the wall that faces my desk. Upon reflection, it makes sense why I would find myself feeling uninspired and stuck. I was looking at a blank wall. Energetically, I imagine myself running into a wall and not making progress. Something needed to change.

I had 4 small cork boards and decided to use them to create my 2016 vision board. I covered them with pretty wrapping paper. On two of them, I pinned pictures of people or scenes that inspire me to be the person I want to be: creative, bold, courageous, joyful, and someone who is living their dream life. On the other two, I put up some of my 2016 goals. I embellished with fun little stickers and even pieces of jewelry that make me happy.

In addition, I added some accountability calendars. I have one for my business, one for my creative writing and another for other goals. Each day that I take a step toward my goals I get to put a sticker on my calendar. It takes me back to my elementary school days when a gold star on my homework gave me the biggest sense of accomplishment.

What has been the result of my 2016 vision board? First, I’m able to accomplish more. Being able to end my work day by putting a sticker on my accountability calendar makes me super happy. Second, if I lose my motivation or focus, I have my goals right in front of me. I get to see the progress I’m making, as well as the end goal. And seeing pictures of people who have achieved their goals makes me determined to never give up!

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 A note from Tammi:

I’ve created vision boards for years, taking special care to get clear on what makes me feel great. I’ve cut and glued, hung and dreamed, over and over again, year after year. At years’ end, I find more often than not that I have come a long way toward, if not accomplished, most of the goals I set each year. I find the practice exciting, creative, and a ritual I look forward to sitting with at the calendar end of every year. However, you sure don’t need to be at the end of a year to work on your vision board. Nope. 

Life is happening right now, so if you aren’t where you want to be, get cuttin’!

 

Resources:

  1. Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-rider/the-scientific-reason-why_b_6392274.html
  2. Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephan-spencer/amp-up-your-resolutions-w_b_4596954.html
  3. Self-Growth.com: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/How_to_Use_a_Vision_Board_to_Activate_the_Law_of_Attraction.html

 

Why Scrapbooking?

Today, my world was really quiet. It felt deeply calm, and for a moment…I caught myself feeling a little bored. 

Most of my days are madness, in fact, my entire adult life has been madness – this moment of calm felt stolen, and I felt guilty for feeling this way. 

The peace will end on Sunday, as my full clientele, students, and spring homeschool schedule completely explode on Monday. I am trying to be present and to enjoy the quiet, calm, openness while I have it. 

Often in these little moments, I catch myself asking what I thought I would be doing when I was working from home. That’s where I usually get inspiration from to do something fun. As, six years ago, when I was spending most of my life behind a desk pushing papers and punching numbers, I dreamed of this time. This very moment. The moment when I could become a total couch potato and eat bonbons. But…alas, that is completely against my nature. So, in this  moment, I recall that I would day-dream about scrapbooking. All day. Day in and day out… I would organize, cut, paste, and decorate the wonderful memories of my life. 

I can only imagine what you are thinking. Something along the lines of – Tammi – you have gone completely bonkers!

But today, I made my way up the stairs, determined to pull out that album I’ve not even touched for two years, print a few photos, find complimentary paper and begin to work on this legacy of love again. 

As I waited for my pictures from our half day jaunt to Estes Park to print, I sifted through the pages that chart the happiest and most full times of my life. I hovered over images of my son just four short years ago – looking like a baby yet. Remembering the sweetness of that day – first birthday party with friends. Turn the page. 

First barbershop hair cut. 

Turn the page. 

First Taekwondo State tournament. 

My heart feels both sweetness and a dull loss from realizing so much time passing – seemingly lost in vapor. 

Turn the page. 

Images of my daughter and son, being silly together, those last few hours before she left for the Navy. 

Again, my heart feels heavy. I miss her being here every day. 

Turn the page. 

Our old house (ugh, there’s tears!), the chickens, cows, sweet cats, and loving devoted dogs. The vast plains, even pictures of tornados. 

Moment after moment unfolds simultaneously in front of me and in my memory. So many times of wonder, love, happiness, pure joy, excitement, and discovery. 

I remember, in 1990, when this scrapbooking obsession began, there was a piece of me that knew this hobby is one that will be forever loved. This hobby may be the only legacy I leave my family, but it will mean so much more than money, homes, land, or treasure ever could. 

So today, after a two-year-long break, I begin again. 

It’s in these pages that I can see my life again – no matter my age – I can for a moment grasp memories so clear it’s like the gift of living them again. Oh, and what a gift that is!

And, I know, these pages will be here long after I am gone, and since I am so grateful for every day I have on this amazing Earth, I hope to log many, many, more. For in this moment, this day, I realize the gift. 

I wanted to share this moment of realization with you – do you scrapbook? 

Last week, I was speaking with someone about memories. Sometimes our minds are tricky. When we begin to feel down about a circumstance, event, or relationship, our mind will highlight every stress, wrong – doing, and negative event about it and good times seem to fade away, lost in some dark hole. 

Do you know what I mean? 

It’s when we have given ourselves the tools to look back that we gain clarity. How do you track your life? Do you journal? Do you take photos and organize them somehow? Do you write your story down for others or yourself? 

What about your life would you like to start to collect and save so you can remember them tomorrow, next week, or years into the future? 

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Until next time, you know where you can find me…..

Creativity Explained—What It Is, Why It’s Important and Who Possesses It

Written for MomPositive by Rachel Payetta

“A lot of people forget how important it is to be creative. We get caught up in getting ahead and in day-to-day minutiae. But creativity is a fundamental mode of expression.” Tabitha Coffey

Some of our fondest childhood memories revolve around creative moments. We may recall using our imagination regularly to create new worlds, become a hero, or build an awesome piece of art or architecture out of everyday household items. One of the greatest joys in life is having the opportunity to watch our own children (or in my case, my friend’s children) enjoy similar creative and imaginative moments.

Creativity – Is It Just For Children?
But what about us? I’m sure you’ll agree – adults don’t focus very much on creativity. Most feel that they simply don’t have the time to pursue creative endeavors. There is way too much to take care of in a single day! Besides time constraints, there are many who feel that creativity is strictly for children and Art majors. It’s not important enough for grownups. Such thinking is completely incorrect!

It’s easy to see how Tammi feels about creativity – it’s immensely important to her. She’s created some pretty fabulous coloring books after all! Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore. Not only have I personally incorporated coloring into my life, so have many of my friends and I’ve even heard of therapists recommending it to their patients.
Recently, Tammi shared with me that her #1 focus for the next 12 months (at least) is going to be creativity. Not only will she be working on upping the creativity within her own life, she wants to help others understand its importance and help them incorporate more of it into their own lives.

Creativity Explained—Part I: What It Is, Why It’s Important
When thinking about this topic, I wanted to first get an idea of the most basic meaning of creativity. According to the dictionary, being creative involves using the imagination and coming up with original ideas, “especially in the production of an artistic work.”
California State University, Northridge describes it as a way to solve problems, communicate and entertain others. So not only can it be used as a form of artistic expression, it’s actually useful in nearly every aspect of life. Simply figuring out how to make a budget or reconfiguring your daily schedule when something unexpected happens takes some creativity.

What about the benefits? They include:
• Stress reduction
• Feelings of happiness and contentment
• Relaxation and rejuvenation
• It helps with clearing the mind of negative and overwhelming clutter
• And let’s face it – it’s super fun and makes life way more enjoyable

There are more benefits and we’ll discuss them further in a future post, but just this list should be enough to tame the critics. Being creative is beneficial and should be incorporated by everyone.

Creativity Explained—Part II: Who Possesses It?
Going back to the dictionary, some synonyms include innovation, inventiveness, individuality, and originality. I have to say – the synonyms give way more depth to what being creative encompasses.
When you think of artists—painters, sculptors, writers, actors and musicians—the synonyms fit. But are these the only people who possess creativity? Definitely not! We all have it to some degree.
Even the most left-brain thinker has a creative side. While scientists and inventors at first seem diametrically different from those we typically consider artistic, in reality they are just as creative as painters and musicians. Can you think of a few scientists or inventors who have been described as innovative, inventive and original? Just the mention of these words brings to mind Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Nicola Tesla.
It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do for a living, or whether you’re a left-brain or right-brain thinker. We’re all creative in some way. Thinking we don’t possess creativity is, according to Forbes.com, a roadblock to harnessing our own creative abilities. The key is figuring out what it means to be creative in our own life.
Getting In Touch With Your Creative Side
Because creativity is so incredibly important, we’re going to be focusing the next few blog posts on this topic. We’ll primarily be showing you how you can ignite your creative side in a variety of fun, satisfying and thoroughly rejuvenating ways.
In the meantime, we highly recommend you make it a goal to try to be creative for at least a few minutes per day. You know how seriously you take a prescription from your doctor? Well, this is a prescription from your health coach, the Head Positive Mom. Try coloring, dancing, singing, writing, gardening, designing, cooking, sewing – anything that calls out to you.
We’d love to hear how you do, too! Leave a comment below or on Tammi’s Facebook page. We can’t wait to read about your lovely moments of creativity and the benefits you noticed from them. Until the next time – stay positive and keep creating!

creativity is an opening. An invitation to soften and invite your higher self to the table for discussion. It can be an allowing, a release, an expression. Join me in this journey to be MomPositively Creative!

Creativity is an opening. An invitation to soften and invite your higher self to the table for discussion. It can be an allowing, a release, an expression. Join me in this journey to be MomPositively Creative!

Resources:
1. Recommendation: Link back to your own blog “Coloring It All The Way”
2. California State University, Northridge: https://www.csun.edu/~vcpsy00h/creativity/define.htm
3. Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucekasanoff/2014/05/15/why-people-think-they-are-not-creative/#2715e4857a0b48d602582a88