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MOMPRENEUR'S HACKS FOR GOOD NIGHT SLEEP

You probably have heard that a kick-sass morning routine is what you need to WIN YOUR DAY! Heck, it’s something I tell the women in our FREE COMMUNITYbut here’s a fun factoid for you.

Yes. Rising + shining (even dimly) early in the morning and crossing things off your list will help you reach that goal… lose weight, publish that book, be a homeschooling teaching ninja… whatever goal you set for yourself. But the thing NO ONE talks about is the importance of an EVENING ROUTINE.

 

I know. I know… you just rolled your eyes at me. Amber wants me to have a MORNING routine AND an EVENING routine. This lady is completely bunkers.

Well, the latter is definitely debatable… the truth is I’m not the first one to come up with this concept. Think I read about it in Darren Hardy’s book, Compound Effect long ago…. he calls it “bookending your days”.

GENIUS.

Here’s the thing though, love. By me simply...

Feed Your Mind… with Books

my hubster has this amazing ability to spit out truth bombs when you least expect it. or want it.

and the other day, we were talking about the goals we set for the upcoming month when insert his truth bomb.

THROWBACK TO WHEN I LIVED IN THE WEST INDIES.

“love. if you want to serve others, you need to stay up on your material. consider reading a new book every few weeks to staying in the ‘know’”
— the hubster

{ boom }

right?

and he is so true. however, being a working relief veterinarian with twin 5yr olds who we currently homeschool (see the keyword: currently) and provide daily physical therapy + run a brain + gut health business from home... WHEN am I suppose to find time to read?

hmm...

and then it hit me.

if it's important to me. I will find the time and by finding time meant giving up on my Netflix series binge watching which currently is Eureka (yes, you can judge me a wee bit).

anywho.
you should also know, I hold a "GO BIG or...

My Birthday Eve Tradition

On the eve of my birthday which happens to be in November, I have this tradition which I've been doing since our twins were born. 

It's quite simple.  I take a beat to write down every. single. thing. that's in my heart to accomplish over the course of the upcoming year.  These things can sound completely silly or extremely terrifying.  Some may focus on business, family life, the hubster, relationships with friends, be vet-related, overall health/wellness, green-living, learning a new skill... or anything and everything in between.  

Once I have this listed written down, I map out the next year to do at least ONE a month or ONE a week (if it’s a new tradition I hope catches on in our family!). 

Sounds terrifying, doesn't it?   Maybe, but it doesn't have to be... the cure for fear is action. 

One thing on my list for my 37th trip around the sun... is to wear red lipstick.  

Another thing on the list is running...

Taking Time To Celebrate The Small Stuff Helps Motivation

One thing we sometimes forget to do when mapping out a HUGE goal we have whether that's a health/fitness goal, weight loss goal, business venture, family goal, etc.... is CELEBRATE the wins along the way.

Celebrating ALL the wins is something I learned which helped me tremendously on my health journey. simply celebrating small successes.  For instance, with every 5 pounds, I would treat myself to something...

  • a full body massage

  • a new facial mask I have been eyeing

  • an avocado t-shirt

  • a pair of @JCrew shorts to show off my hard work

  • a night to binge watch my favorite tv series (don't judge, it's currently Castle)

Here’s the kicker though, I did this ONLY with my health journey or with the kids goals… but NOT with my business.  What?!?

That’s completely bonkers, right?

With every goal I set for myself with my digital entrepreneurial business, I would break a HUGE goal down into bite size bits.

Then when I crossed off one of the smaller...

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (Low Carb Style)

one of my absolute favorite things to do is to wake up early on Saturday morning and attend a local farmer’s market. I have absolutely NO idea why exactly… it’s not like we visited lots of farmer’s markets growing up. actually, I think my first ever farmer’s market was when I living down in the West Indies.

I remember one of my friends invited me to the local market down in the metropolis of Basseterre on the island of St. Kitts. it was a small market filled with local finds, fresh fish displayed on the side walk and goat heads hanging. I was in AWE!!! and I loved every minute of it. gathering fresh coconut bread and produce I haven’t even tried before let alone known what they were… hello, bread fruit! that’s delicious.

anywho. when I moved back state-side with the hubster, one of the traditions we created was to attend local markets on the weekend… and being in Raleigh, NC I got SPOILED! they have freaking phenomenal...

[LIFE HACK]: Schedule Your Week + Bookend Your Days For Success!

 

It may sound a wee bit, like, duh... schedule your life. And you may not even do it or you may only schedule a few things, thinking "I'll just remember ___ (insert mundane task) ___."

However, if we are being real here - if it's not scheduled, it is 86% likely to get missed by miss. So, I schedule it.

 

BREAKDOWN TO MAPPING OUT YOUR SCHEDULE

Well. I simply take 20 minutes to look at my calendar for the next six days and write out my, well, "ta das" as I call them. The reason I call them "ta-da" is because it's a miracle when I get them all crossed off the list... I'll actually say, TA DA!!!!!

Plus, who doesn't like to cross things off their list? It's strangely satisfying, am I right?

 

MY TIP:  Schedule your life + what you value... you don't want to miss anything!

 

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.”— Stephen Covey

 

QUESTION:  What you are scheduling for...

[HACKS] Road Trip Health Hacks To Help You Stay On Track With Your Goals

Friend.

First thing is first.  It took me a long time to be able to breathe + write this. Because we relocated (once again) from the deep South to the Pacific Northwest.

Relocating isn’t something that’s new to the hubster + I; however, this travel was a wee bit different.  For a few reasons:

1.  Instead of moving DIRECTLY to our new location which is Washington, we had a three week transition period in Idaho for the hubster’s work.  This was odd.  Packing boxes for our new home in Washington… for our three week stay in Idaho… and a 3-day road trip.

When the movers arrived, they didn’t really understand the boxes labeled WASHINGTON and IDAHO. So ALL the boxes were packed in the moving truck (even though I was planning on taking the boxes labeled IDAHO with us in our vehicles).

It was a MESS.  And at the time of writing this blog post, I’m still recouping as the movers have YET to deliver our...

[HACK] Focusing On More Gratitude... and Less Attitude

Take a beat to unplug from social media... the tele... what have you + spend a few moments in silence.  Reflecting on the day... and the good which came to be.

Did you grab groceries... bump into an old friend... get a letter in the mail which made you smile... stumbled upon a hilarious quote... wore two socks without holes in the toes... progressed in your handstand project... able to spend a few minutes coloring with your littles... got told "I love you"...

some thing GOOD happened... no matter how big or small

Trust me, I have had some pretty shy-tee days with a lot of roadblocks and mountains to climb... but the point is to shift your focus to the good... see the good.  There's something there.

Which brings me to this HEALTH HACK: End the day with gratitude!


Now. Remember... 
You are sitting in silence. Focusing on the good at the end of the day. You will want to write them down in a journal... not on the back of a receipt, but get an actual...

Popeye was on to Something... Eating Leafy Greens!

In the book, “The Better Brain Solution” it mentions eating a cup of green leafy vegetables every day will make you (on average) 11 years physiologically younger than someone who doesn’t!


{ did you hear that... someone just shut the front door }


Some leafy greens include: spinach, kale, brussels, swiss chard, etc.  Now, I like to sneak spinach/kale into smoothies... toss them into scrambled eggs... serve as a big sass salad with a droopy egg on top. DELICIOUS!!!

Anywho. 
Leafy greens are loaded with fiber. vitamin K. folate. potassium. antioxidants. anti-inflammatory props and so much more.

How do you sneak leafy greens into YOUR plate? Need ideas, love.  Just ask belowor drop me an email...

NOTE:  one of my superpowers is getting my kids to eat veggies (the other superpower is speaking pig Latin fluently.) ightra?!?

Which brings me to this HEALTH HACK: Aim for at least 1 cup of leafy greens a day!

In case you need...

How Making Your Bed Helps Your Productivity

In a 2014 commencement speech at University of Texas at Austin, Admiral McRaven said:


“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.
By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”

Anywho.  This brings me to the HEALTH HACK: Make Your Bed Each Morning

Powerful words, love. The simple task of making your bed first thing in the morning also has been linked to increased productivity, lowering one's stress level and improving one's mood as well as better quality of sleep.


It's a small task. Why not try... for a week to see how making your bed FIRST thing in the morning helps you! You in?  If you want to watch the video... here you go!

 

MY TIPS:

  • Reduce the throw pillows to maybe...
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