Unlock the magic.

Magic

The holiday season is over and winter stretches out in front of us for what seems like forever. Life feels kind of dull and it’s difficult to get motivated or raise enthusiasm for much of anything. But this is actually a great time to explore the magic in your life! Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

The challenge is to find your “wow” – to find the magic or the miracle in everyday life. Try starting here…

It can take time to unlock the magic. Adults create layers of cushioning between the everyday magic of life and the routine of day to day life. My challenge to you this month is to try to remove some of those layers and find some magic.

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Get your sparkle on!

Holiday Sparkle

Holiday time can bring out the best – and the worst – in people. Don’t let the stress and hub-bub dull your attitude. Try these things to keep your sparkle on!

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Is there an Olympian in you?

2016 Olympics

The Olympics are inspiring. They start slow and within just a few hours I am hooked – it’s the competition, the human grit, the challenge, the cheering for the home team. Watching the athletes makes me realize how amazing the human body is and what it can endure…to say nothing of the human spirit. Everything plays out in the Olympics – emotional drama, physical success and physical pain, elation and devastation, individual success and teamwork. What really stands out is the incredible determination, planning, goal setting, and confidence the competitors have; they believe they can do it! I believe we all have the potential to be an Olympian in our own world. Those characteristics are there; we just need to dig deep and find them.

This week I felt healthier just watching the Games…and, after Kristin Armstrong won her 3rd Gold Medal, I almost went out and bought a new bike! I have a renewed interest in my physical health from my nutrition to my activity level. In what ways do the Summer Olympics inspire you and your family to be more healthy?

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Reflections

Reflections

Another year gone by. Some of us are happy; some can’t wait to hail in 2016. No matter where you sit with 2015, it is worth reflecting on what has been. Here are some questions to ponder as you close out the year…

  • What happened in 2015 that you will remember for the rest of your life?
  • What are you most proud of accomplishing?
  • What do you wish you had done more of … or less of?
  • What was the biggest risk you took?
  • What was the smartest decision you made?
  • What was the most unexpected joy or obstacle?
  • What was the nicest thing someone did for you?
  • What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
  • What would you change about 2015, if you could?
  • What was the biggest personal change you made?
  • How has your wellness journey changed?
  • Who or what had the biggest impact on your life?
  • How are you different this year than last?
  • What are the top three fun or exciting events you participated in?
  • What do you need to let go of?
  • Pick three words that describe 2015 for you
  • Ask your significant other to choose three words that he/she thinks describes your year … discuss!
  • For what are you most grateful?

Share your favorite question(s) you like to reflect upon at the end of the year.

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Use your “app-ti-tude”

App-ti-tude

Dedication, desire, motivation, reward – things you need to make any fitness app work. I know that. But part of me is waiting for an app that “knows” what I have eaten, records it for me, flashes an update on my eye glasses every hour, and physically alerts me with a nudge or a pinch when I stray outside the plan. Probably not gonna happen. In the meantime…here are some fitness apps to try in 2014 (my current fave is Lose It!).

Do you have a favorite fitness app that works for you?

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Healthy Holiday Gifts

Healthy Gift

The Holiday Season is upon us! Looking for some “healthy” gift ideas? Take a look at this list…

  • Air popper and popcorn
  • Basket of whole grains
  • Tea pot, juicer, or smoothie maker
  • Seeds for next spring’s garden
  • Walking DVD
  • Reflective clothing/flashing lights for after-hour walks
  • New leash for the dog (get the connection?)
  • Pedometer, hand warmers, hat, gloves, scarf
  • Hand weights, yoga mat
  • Subscription to a healthy magazine/website
  • Health related book: herbs, gardening, clean eating, stretching
  • Meditation CD, soothing sound machine
  • Massage or aromatherapy candle
  • Insulated water bottle (BPA free!)
  • Natural lip balm

Read more on How to Choose Healthy Holiday Gifts. Don’t forget your furry family – check out Healthy Pets Holiday Gift Guide.

What’s your favorite healthy holiday gift to give or receive?

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