10 Simple Ways to Boost Productivity

I’ll be the first to admit I procrastinate from time to time. It’s something that has plagued me my entire life. However, I’ve managed to find ways of being productive despite my natural urge to delay.

Like most adults, I can’t afford to fall behind. Because of this, I found ways to get things done even when my heart isn’t in it.

1. Stay off social media.
Social media is a black hole that sucks away large chunks of time and productivity. I logout of all my social media profiles when I need to get work done. I don’t have to worry about notifications distracting me or inticing me to have a peek at what’s happening on the interwebs. Plus, logging in feels like work, so I won’t put forth the unnecessary effort. If you just don’t have the will power to log off, there are apps that help block time wasting activities and keep you on task and productive.

2. Make a list.
I live by my to-do list. I rely on it to get me through my days. If it doesn’t make the list, it doesn’t happen. Figure out what you need to do and put it on the list. Don’t go crazy. If the list is too long, you will get discouraged before you begin. Only list important tasks.

3. Break down your list into simple tasks.
Remember the to-do list I mentioned in #2? Break that list up into bite size pieces. This gives you a natural path to follow. You get to check things off your list as you go. Who doesn’t love that feeling?

4. Delegate.
I always struggled with delegating activities to others. I felt like if I wanted it done right, I had to do it myself. Then I realized that was my ego and understood if I wanted it done at all, I needed help. Don’t be afraid to pass along tasks that others can and should do for you.

5. Do the hard stuff first.
Rip the bandaid off and jump right in. Finish that task you’re dreading first, so you don’t spend your day avoiding it. Anxiety kills motivation and causes procrastination. Get it done and keep it moving.

6. Stop waiting for the perfect time.
People love to tell you they will get something done as soon the conditions are right. Usually, this is fear talking. The right time is now. Do it while you can. Don’t let fear be your guide. It’s a liar.

7. Change your environment.
Sitting in bed with your laptop while streaming Netflix in the background is not the best working environment. Don’t ask me how I know. Make sure your workspace is the right space. You will know it when you find it. Find that place that gets you into work mode and commit to operating out of that space.

8. Reset.
Take a break. After you check a few things off your list, take time to clear your head. Your brain will thank you. It’s amazing what 5 minutes of downtime can do for your mind. When you return to your to-do list, you will have the energy and clarity you need to finish your day.

9. Talk about what you want to accomplish.
Your word is your bond. Tell people about your goals and they will hold you to them. You will get things done to avoid the awkward conversation about why you didn’t follow through with your plans.

10. Visualize.
This should actually be number one. Take time to visualize exactly what you want to accomplish. Picture yourself completing everything on your to-do list. Use your visualizations as a map to guide you through your day. Let your thoughts become your actions.

*Write down the tips that resonate with you and refer to them often.

Lunar Lotus Yoga x Bloom & Give

IMG_20150830_133719I’m happy to announce I’m an ambassador for Bloom & Give!

Bloom & Give is an apparel company that sells beautiful handmade goods. They also have a passion for yoga. 50 percent of their proceeds from sales go towards educating girls. Giving back is very important to me. I’m always finding different ways to volunteer and help the less fortunate. Being an ambassador allows me to do that in a new way.

I’m grateful for the peace, love, and joy I’ve found through yoga. I love connecting with a company that ingrains those elements into each piece they sell. Not only do they create products, they make a difference. Every time you make a purchase, that money goes to girls in need. You’re helping make a better life for someone just by shopping!

I’ll keep you up to date on what’s new at Bloom & Give. Check in often for special offers and other updates!

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My Journey to Happiness – Part 2

I‘m about 60 days in on my Happiness Planner and I have to say my life is transforming right before my eyes. 30 days ago, my life had already improved. I found excitement in small accomplishments. I kept my environment clean and organized and had an almost endless supply of creativity. Those may seem like miniscule things, but remember depression had me trapped in a steel cage. Overcoming mental roadblocks was a huge accomplishment.

At day #58 and I was surprised by the opportunities coming my way. It’s funny how life works. We think of goals and dreams in such a static way; we tend to forget that life is about the flow of the journey.

I can’t believe what has happened in just under 60 days. First, out of the blue, I received an email from a company wanting a yoga teacher for corporate clients. I was excited about the opportunity. I was skeptical but felt this opportunity came my way for a reason. I interviewed with the company and got the job. They hired me on the spot! Yoga is something I have been passionate about for a long time. To have your passion acknowledged is incredible!

Soon after accepting the yoga position, I received an invitation to perform. If you don’t know, I’m also a singer and song writer. I’m still a bit insecure about my abilities, so it’s hard for me to perform in front of friends, let alone strangers. Then I realized you have to step outside of your comfort zone to make your dreams come true. To my surprise, I felt peace and comfort in my performance and look forward to doing it again.

After roughly two months of using The Happiness Planner, I still maintain an organized environment and make daily goals. I’m learning one of the keys to life is recognizing how it’s a journey; on a journey, you always discover new things and have new desires. When I find myself caught in a cycle of fear, I think of the greatest quote I’ve ever heard:

“And the day came, when the risk to remain tight in a bud, was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

Anais Nin

It reminds me that fearing and avoiding growth and success is more damaging than fear of failure and remaining the same. As long as I stay the same, I will remain where I am and as I am.

Be Good.
Do Good.
Feel Good.

5 Minute Meditation to Get You Through Your Workday

We all know the stress that comes with going to work. Even if you love your job and your coworkers, there moments when you are pushed to your limits. Instead of losing your cool, take a few minutes to find the peace you need to get through your day.

Meditation: Breathing in Peace
Time: 3-5mins

1. Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight and upright with your legs relaxed.
2. Close your eyes. Focus on your breath.
3. Inhale and think “breathe in peace.”
4. Hold your breath for a moment.
5. Exhale and think “breathe out peace.”
6. Continue this pattern of breathing while allowing peace to permeate your body.
7. Now focus on feeling peace in your heart.
8. Finally, let your mind find peace.

Monday Motivation: Be a Dreamer

When I was a kid, one of my favorite movies was Pinocchio. I loved seeing the story of a wooden boy who dared to dream. Sure, he went through some ups and downs but he never forgot his one true dream. Even when things looked bleak, he kept on believing that one day he’d be a real boy. I mean he was up against it, sold into puppet slavery, turned into a donkey and even swallowed by a whale. It took a tiny insect and the magnetic power of his wooden heart for his dream to finally come true. The beauty is, it DID!

As an adult, I often think about old Pinocchio, and how he never gave up on his dream. It’s only at this point in my life that I truly understand the concept of dreaming. Not dreaming in the sense of loose consciousness, but the actualization of true desire. You hear celebrities say being an actor, dancer, or musician was their dream. To relate, you must really understand the true yearning and desire to be, see, or have something you’ve always wanted. You must also know that you are worthy, and that no one has to give you permission to dream.

The mentality of defeat and failure is what often keeps us from believing we can have what we want. With the rise of manifesting concepts like The Secret, Law of Attraction, Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, and Clear Consciousness, the blue print to having what you want seems attainable. Unfortunately, many of us lack the motivation, or even the desire to go for what we want. We feel the agony of defeat before we even try.

To live the life you dream of, know what you want. Discover what you desire and fill your life with things that bring you joy. Remember the excitement you felt as a kid the night before Christmas? You could barely sleep because the excitement was both agonizing and exhilarating. That’s the feeling you want to invoke when you discover what your dreams are. Once you recognize that “thing” or those “things” that make you feel good, do more! Let each day be a new discovery of “The Night Before Christmas.”

Be Good. Do Good. Feel Good.

My Journey to Happiness – Part 1


I’ve lived with depression for most of my life. It kicked into overdrive afterthe death of one of my dearest friends. My life went from coming together to completely falling apart in a matter of months. Shortly after my loss, I caught the flu from my mom while caring for her. I lost my car due to financial distress, and my income was basically non-existent. I felt like I was in a vortex of darkness and was slipping deeper and deeper each day. My thoughts were erratic and sometimes suicidal.
I was at the end of my rope and ready to try anything! I decided to try therapy. I needed to reclaim my sanity, my peace, and my life. After a few sessions, I started to feel a little more connected to life. I still felt disconnected from, myself, my goals, and my ability to dream.

About a month ago, my best friend casually says, “I have something for you.” She went on to say, “I bought if for myself, but I’m pretty happy. I think it was really meant for you.” I thought to myself, “Goodness! Is my unhappiness that obvious?” I reluctantly agreed to accept the mysterious gift. The gift I received was The Happiness Planner. Next to friendship, it has been one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received.

The pink cover glistened with gold lettering “The Happiness Planner”. Before even opening the book, just the thought of its possibilities excited me! I remember taking a deep breath, and thinking, “I have a lot of work cut out for me, but I’m ready.” At first glance, I was a little intimidated by the probing questionnaires. Questions like, “What makes you happy?” and “What makes you unhappy?” are things I never really thought about. You spend your life saying you want to be happy, but rarely ask yourself what makes you happy. After about a week of deep self-reflection, I felt like I was meeting myself for the first time. I had 100 days of self-discovery ahead of me, full of unlimited possibilities.

In the Happiness Planner, each week presents an opportunity to live with intention. Every day is a new chance to choose what inspires you and set goals accordingly. The applications of the book allowed me to become the organized person I always knew I was. I’m no longer trapped in the messy prison death grip depression had on me. In just a little over a month, I’ve maintained a clean environment, become prompt and aware of time. Also, I have never been so creative in my life.

I’m excited to see what the next 70 days have in store.

Work Your Abs in 4 Easy Steps


1. Start in a bundle, holding you knees close to your chest. Take a few deep breaths (3-5) as you roll left to right (this is a great massage for the back). Next, begin to rock back and forth, inhale as you rock back, exhale as you rock forward. (3-5 breaths)

2. During the last few breaths begin to use your abs to stop your momentum as you rock forward to a modified boat pose. Continue inhaling as you rock back and exhaling as you rock forward making sure to use your abs to stabilize your boat pose. Be sure to keep your back straight, pulling your shoulders down while drawing your shoulder blades in towards your spine. You may stay here and skip to #3 and go on to #4.

3. If you are feeling strong you can try rocking back and rocking forward into full boat pose. As you exhale into boat pose engage your core to pull your navel in towards your spine. (This will work your abs even more!)

4. From either modified boat or the full expression take an inhale, as you exhale use your core to lower both your legs and torso just about 3 inches from the ground. (remember to pull your navel in towards your spine) On the next inhale come back to boat pose.

Try this short sequence for about 5-10 minutes and your abs are sure to thank you.

7 Ways to Stay Healthy at Summer Cookouts


It’s officially cookout season! Here are 7 ways to stay healthy and happy all summer long.

1. Don’t overindulge.

We tend to go a little overboard when we make our plates at cookouts. With so many delicious options to choose from, making healthy choices can be challenging. Balance is key to enjoying food without heartache and indigestion. Throw some grilled veggies on your plate with that  burger or hot dog. Eat sweets in moderation.

2. Keep cold food cold and hot food hot.

Food safety a common concern in the summer. It’s important to store to food at the proper temperature to avoid food-borne illness. Keep cold foods, especially those containing mayonnaise, chilled below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot foods should maintain a temperature above 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Bring healthy offerings.

Do everyone a favor a bring something healthy to eat. Bring vegetables for the grill or fresh fruit. A low fat dessert like Jello is also a good choice.

4. Stay hydrated.

Most of us don’t know when we are dehydrated until it’s too late. Drink plenty of water while you’re outdoors. This is especially important for young children and the elderly. Avoid drinks that contain sugar and caffeine as they will increase the risk of dehydration.

5. Go easy on the alcohol.

It’s all fun and games until somebody gets drunk. Don’t be that person. Drink responsibly.

6. Use sunblock.

Not only is sunburn literally a pain, but too much sun exposure is bad for your health. Wear hats and use sunblock as directed. Take advantage of shaded areas to minimized direct sun exposure.

7. Unplug.

Enjoy being in the company of friends and family. Summer is all about making memories. Put your phone away and have a great time!