Now. What I say in a few minutes may sound a wee bit silly… I get it. But here’s the thing, it helps ME and if it helps me then maybe it will help you, too. Need a little backstory of WHO I am?
Well, you can read more HERE or catch some bullet points:
mama bear to twin 8 year olds, the Gillies
emergency/critical care veterinarian by education
currently homeschooling our twins (second graders)
providing therapy to our little man daily
I’m giving you this recap of moi to let you know…. I get it! LIFE happens and if you are like me, there’s personal goals you have set for yourself but sometimes, you are tired. Sometimes, wee little ones are sick.
Sometimes, you are pulled in multiple directions that seem like YOU can not take a beat for yourself. I GET IT! And trust me, it’s the season I am currently in…...
This year, I set a goal for myself to start training as an endurance athlete which sounds crazy UNLESS you are also hooked on running countless hours in the middle of nowhere lost in your own thoughts... then you get it.
But what I'm LEARNING about this journey is how much endurance training has a LOT in common with being a digital CEO... such as:
"Every cell in your body is constantly listening to your thoughts." - Dr. Mark Hyman
I remember reading once that by relaxing your brain you actually HELP your body repair itself and create new healthy cells.
Which on the flip side means if we stay in a constant state of anxiety and stress, we are NOT helping our body heal... right?
With this past week, there were LOTS of times for me to FEEL anxious + stress.
However, HOW would that serve me? IF I choose to feel anxious and stressed this past week, who would benefit... would this be helpful or harmful to my body... to my energy... to my performance?
This week was one of the MOST relaxing weeks I had in a long time... and that was with added tasks on my plate PLUS still having to do mom-homeschooling life with 2 puppies.
HOW is this possible?!?
There were THREE things I focused on this week which was inspired from Dr. Hyman's own words...
When I started focusing on my MORNING routine, it was simply waking up to move my body + spend time in gratitude with God. It was a way for me to sorta "bookend" my day, crafting a morning and evening routine... in order to have some structure in a beautiful chaotic day filled with homeschooling twins while being the CEO of my business.
Over time, my morning routine has evolved and will most likely continue to evolve as I learn + implement and discover what works for ME + my body... in that particular season of my life. You feel me?
I'll share with you a glimpse of my morning routine; however, starting today — discover what would the most OPTIMAL morning routine look like for you + start implementing just 1% at a time.
Wow. Let's be real for a second, love. Growing up, I never learned about make-up... which is COMPLETELY odd considering I grew up in the South, right? However, my mom wasn't big into makeup so... it's not something I learned. Not saying that's bad or good... just my story.
Now. In full honesty, there are a few things I NORMALLY use such as:
And that's typically it....EXCEPT if you count chapstick. Does that count? Anywho. Now that we have a little one that's growing up curious about make-up and all things FANCY, I'm learning in my 30's about beauty products + teaching her as I go!
Most importantly, we are talking about how beauty, true beauty is all about KINDNESS... and feeling confident in your skin. we talk about how our unique features make us special... and how taking care of our skin starts from...
Working from home definitely has it's advantages, especially for any introverts out there - like myself. The at-home attire consisting of black leggings, graphic tees topped with a maxed out dry shampoo messy bun and hoodie. No-judgement trips to the bathroom and the close proximity to the refrigerator. Right?!?
However, there's also a downside to working from home which is... unlimited distractions! And if you are a mama who finds herself building her empire out home with littles, those distractions were just 10x. Kidding, they were 8500x.
So, to help you out, love whether you are a mama or not... here's my top hacks to working from home PLUS a sweet little bonus to take your performance up a notch!
1. OWN YOUR HOURS: You possibly heard this before "own your hours" however, what I mean exactly is OWN the hours with how you want to spend your time. This could be: being present with your...
In 7 years of running an online business while juggling life with twins, the morning routine has evolved over time. With this past year, I have seen EXPLOSIVE ENERGY and LASER FOCUS in my days.
I went from exhausted, 2pm latte drinking brain fog mom squeezing snippets of work throughout the day to energized, mentally focused and coaching for an 8- figure business all while homeschooling our twins, the Gillies and growing my own business.
Here's the beautiful part about this, the transformation didn't take more HUSTLE... sweet, right? However, it did take focusing on my habits... just 1% at a time.
This is what I'm here to help you with, but I should warn you this is not your grandmother's biohack-your-morning routine. In fact, this isn't about trying to do ALL the things ALL at once. Heck, no one can do ALL the things ALL the time. It's simply about doing your best, every single day. No matter WHAT the season you are in, love.
I break things down for you one step at a time in...
ONCE LONG AGO, I RAN 150 MILES ACROSS THE SAHARA
It started when a classmate in vet school was talking about a race she wanted to do... everyone was huddled around her saying she was crazy, when I piped up "I'll do it with you."
She took me up on the offer and a year later, I found myself with me 20kg backpack full of food/supplies + my Optimus prime squirt bottles on a bus driving deep into the desert to take us to the jeep which would bring us further INTO the desert.
I remember hearing the doctor on the bus inform everyone about insects/reptiles to be on the lookout for and her words, "the sting of the scorpion will kill you in 4 hours".
“It will take a helicopter 2 hours to find you and 2 hours more to bring you to the nearest hospital. So, don't get stung."
That's when a wee bit of fear crept up...
Not going to lie.
It wasn't until we got started with the race that all my fears washed away and I felt at peace... just me, the blaring sun, the endless sinking sand and my thoughts....
I HAVE HAD A SKIN CARE REGIMEN SINCE I WAS TWENTY... she said.
This was CRAZY to me, I didn't pick up a skin care routine until I turned thirty- ahem- five. And even then I am not consistent with the night time routine. The morning routine, however, I got down pat...
But this surprised my friend as she said oh so kindly I didn't have wrinkles. I honestly DO have wrinkles and think my friend needs to see an optometrist; however, I do feel like the reason WHY my skin acts like it does... has to do with my skin routine BUT also... other things!
I said it.
See, it also has to do with what I put INTO my body... the foods I do (and don't) consume. SO, I figured why not share some of my favorite foods + why... because WHY NOT, share?
Love. Dude. Homeslice.
One thing I absolutely LOVE to do is give gifts, it is probably my love-language and it’s something which I truly excel at; however, the hubster does not. Not hating on the man, he has numerous amazing talents… gift giving is not one of his strong suits. He knows, I know it and now SO do you!
And if gift-giving is not your strong suit then take a deep breath + know I got you! Here are some of my absolute FAVORITE biohacking tools and gadgets for the #CEOMom in your life. These tools are selected to help YOUR mom feel more energized, more focused and keep her living her best life.
Listed in NO particular order: