For 28 years of my marriage with Todd, we have cycled through the same challenge.
He Said, She Said
75% of our communication, when it comes to decision making, disagreements, parenting decisions, talks about money, even how we Christmas shop, ended in arguments. They led to me shutting down. Todd feeling attacked or told what to do. Me feeling like a deer in headlights, like, “What just happened?”.
This struggle has been real for 28 years. Our inability to communicate effectively has left us both incredibly desperate and very lonely.
I think he should talk nicer, be mindful of his tone and facial expressions when he speaks to me. When I communicate with him, I’d really love it if he would have something to say back.
He thinks I over-react and make things a bigger deal than they are. He doesn’t like to be “told what to do” or “scripted” to talk to the kids.
When I communicate with him things that bother me, he stares back and asks me to get to the point. He communicates “matter of fact”, bottom line. Point A to point B.
Written here it may not sound like a big deal. But, of course, it goes much deeper than this.
Communication is Key to a Sustainable and Successful Relationship.
Would you agree?
According to recent relationship trends “People are increasingly more open to investing in mentors they trust, and will not shy away from investing in the love department of their lives in 2019. ” And, “To maintain a happy, strong relationship for the duration of a lifetime requires couples to continually adapt to one other. They are more inclined to work through relationship issues in order to adapt to their partner’s ongoing needs and changes.”
Both Todd and I believe in counseling and have made it part of our journey. We have seen a counselor on and off for our whole marriage and the source was always, we could not seem to communicate effectively no matter what we did or hard we seemed to try.
The Skill Set that Changed our Marriage
Recently, for my work as a Holistic Wellness Coach, I was introduced to a revolutionary skillset to increase my revenue by up to 300%, allow me to understand and serve my customers and partners better, and to save us both time.
Little did I know that this unique skill set would apply not only to my professional relationships and be a game changer but also be a game changer in my PERSONAL relationships as well.
It was like a light bulb finally turned on and it was all clear!
I really never thought we would move through this. I thought we would have to settle. I thought we would never be able to be as close as I wanted., to come to the line at the same time. I never thought I would say this, but Todd and I have never been more in love. It’s so awesome!
I now understand the specific set of “negotiation” or “come alongside” values that Todd communicates from are completely different than mine.
For 28 years I have basically been speaking a foreign language to him and he to me.
He has heard, “blah, blah, blah. What do you think?”
Or, “blah, blah blah, that’s why I think we should buy a new treadmill.”
Now when we have a discussion or negotiate or parent or present grievances or challenges come up, I filter it all first and remember to speak “Todd”
I kid you not, EVERYTHING is different. EVERYTHING has changed.
Just last night, we cycled to a quickly heated negotiation. Per the old ways, it came fast and I felt like it came out of nowhere. I thought for a second, omg, I can’t believe I just wrote about our bliss and here we are again.
The difference was I didn’t tell myself the old story. I KNEW we were different now. He KNEW we were different, No going back. No UNlearning what we have learned. We walked away before it was “too late”. Within the hour, my man apologized and we went to bed holding hands.
Todd and I are forever on this journey. Forever.
As my personal relationships have shifted and grown, so has my professional direction. I continue to coach wellness with a twist and focus on relationships. PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS.
I am a certified and licensed trainer for value-based sales. Training the essential soft skills with a revolutionary methodology….yep, the same one that has changed my marriage. I am beyond excited to offer a cutting edge system and tools to master effective communication to influence and serve effectively professionally that applies immediately to our personal relationships! #timesaver
This is a great article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbeslacouncil/2018/07/20/business-and-people-why-relationships-are-essential-for-a-successful-business/#2239791c74f2
Announcing a new and heartfelt collaboration with my friends at Love Powered Co.
I’m so excited to share with everyone my partnership with Anna Lozano and Lindy Sood of Love Powered Co.
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They believe that a better tomorrow is possible, but it starts with us today. Supporting Love Powered Co. means that you are doing something for yourself. Yet, at the same time being part of something bigger. You’re a part of a movement, powering a mindful generation.
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Affirmation. Connection. Repeat.
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Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine in the era of 370 BC believed that all diseases begin in the gut. How well are you treating your digestive system?
If you are like most of us, probably not so well. Learn to love your digestive system–it will love you back more than you know.
Our Second Brain
Researchers have discovered the Enteric Nervous System (ENS) located in (guess where?) our digestive system serves as our second brain. Your gut is not only the key to unlocking brain health, it’s also the key for total body health.
“Many physicians do not realize that at least 80% of your immune system resides in your digestive system.”
Have you registered for our crazy popular 28-day program? If not, you need to get a “move” on it. Program starts on January, 14!
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Two weeks ago, I co-hosted a segment on the Dr. Oz show with Dr. Oz. Yes, the real Dr. Oz!
I am honored to represent my product partner, USANA Health Sciences, along with Dr. Oz, to sponsor an essay contest awarding the winner a $10,000 scholarship.
The contest is called,
The Future of Nursing
All current nursing students are eligible to apply.
Hilariously, and so fitting for my life, nothing went quite as planned. Lucky for me, mom of 7, I’m used to it! After a surreal experience with hair and makeup experts () I was whisked away and there I was, in the hot seat next to Oz himself.
As I sat next to Oz while he read through the script and
they did light checks etc., I was thinking, “how did I get here?” I
never thought about cohosting a segment on the Dr. Oz show. Not ever.
Not even once. I thought, "Is it karma? Is the universe really listening? Thank you, universe!"
thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you
concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough”
I felt so grateful for the experience and so honored, as a former nurse, to be representing nurses.
Nurses are the unsung heroes of so many important times in our lives.
I’ve learned through great mentors, books, and wisdom:
Generously paid forward (spread good energy).
To be clear about the end result (set a clear intention)
Head in that general direction (allow things to manifest).
Be grateful when things manifest, don't overlook them when they do, & (most importantly) enjoy the ride!
I am thankful for
Being clear on where I want to go.
Having the opportunity to cohost with Dr. Oz
The honour of representing the amazing nurses of our future.
THE NURSING STUDENTS
Nursing students have a clear end result. They need to finish their
studies and graduate. The intention? To serve others with all they’ve
learned--this is clear.
The essay contest is an opportunity to win a scholarship. Only one nursing student will win but EVERY one of the contestants entering are worthy of it.
Just participating says alot about
Being confident & inspired.
Recognizing & allowing opportunities such as this contest to manifest.
Being grateful whatever the outcome may be.
Each contestant has to provide a video of themselves explaining why nursing is important. The stories shared in these videos will bring tears to your eyes. Each applicant telling why becoming a nurse is important to them. The future of nursing lies with men and women committing to getting the education needed to serve others in vulnerable times. All of us will need the care of a nurse some day. Whether it is for us or a parent or loved one. The future of nursing lies in ALL of the nursing students.
Not only in the passing meds but in caring for the whole person, mind, body, and spirit.
Best of luck to all the amazing students!
Please join me on the Oz show this Friday at 4:00 p.m. CT. See you on then!
There’s still time to enter! Deadline November 15th
Learning how different personalities work is is essential for successful relationships.
If there is one thing I know for sure, it is when things between Todd and I aren’t going great.
No matter how hard I try to manipulate the circumstances, the rest of my life becomes challenging including how I relate to my kids and in my work life. Nothing flows. Everything seems harder and feels less joyful.
“Learning how different personalities work is essential!”
Todd and I could not be more different in how we communicate. Boy has that been a source of frustration and misunderstanding!
Many years ago I was given a nugget of wisdom by an amazing woman and therapist named Carol. This beautiful nugget saved me from many years of disappointment.
Here it is:
THERE ARE NO “SUPPOSED TO BE’S”
Todd is not the prince that always knows what to say and how comes to my rescue and I am not the princess that, well … no where close.
No “supposed to be’s” meant that the expectations I projected onto my husband and he onto me, were a set up for failure and disappointment.
My relationship with my husband is the most important one of all. The opportunity that we manifested for us to grow in our understanding of how we communicate through my relationship/communication training, has been an eye opener. This new awareness filled us with a greater understanding of each other and cultivated more grace to give to one another.
As Todd and I enter into the 3rd quarter of our lives and of our marriage, here are five things we work toward with great intention:
Daily check in: For us it’s after we get into bed KIds are in bed or acting as if and we shut the door and take time to download and be good listeners. #intimacy
Weekly date nights: WE love our date night! We are simple folk. Usually dinner and a movie. Currently we are committed to spicing it up with each of taking one date night a mont to do something our of our comfort zone! Really crazy like, bowling! LOL! #spiceitup
Meditation: We are very mindful of the energy we bring to eachother. Practicing meditation is foundational for us. Sometimes we meditate together but most often its on our own time. Taking the time to remember who we are and be grateful for all that we have fills our cup so we are our best selves for each other and our family and in our work life. #rememberwhoyouare
Relationship checkups with our favorite family therapist. Having a great therapist on call for check-ins and check-ups is part of our tool kit. #backontrack
Speak to your spouse like you’re dating. This is my favorite and and the most important one, ever. “Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families and nations” P.W. #thinkbeforeyouspeak
For us, there have been many challenges and many successes, which I can’t wait to share with you in coming newsletters.
Until next time,
In gratitude and service,
What is Your Personality Type?
My understanding of this dynamic and my desire to experience the most out of this beautiful life led me to find a way to improve our relationship. And, gosh did I find something so precious, I couldn’t believe I didn’t discover it sooner.
I recently became licensed and certified to teach a revolutionary methodology that builds great relationships both personally and professionally! That’s how much I believe in this method.
A year and a half ago, I came across a movement I knew was going to change my life. I’m super excited to announce & share The Body Image Movement with you.
I read all about Taryn and her amazing story. I knew immediately I needed more of this message in my life. I wanted to be part of spreading this message to as many beautiful humans as possible!
I know now what I came to this planet to shout from the mountain tops! I’m on this planet to empower you with body confidence, self-love, and worthiness.
I am super honored to be a Global ambassador for the Body Image Movement BIM. BIM allows me to partner with so many amazing women, men and children. And now, we can all take a journey to Embrace.
Please watch the Embrace official movie trailer.
“EMBRACE is a social impact documentary that explores the issue of body image. The project has been supported by nearly 9000 Kickstarter pledgers who responded to a fundraising trailer I released in 2014, which has now had over 25 million internet views.” ~Taryn Brumfitt
I’ve been blessed to speak and teach workshops on body positivity. We cover how to begin to love the body you live in. These gatherings offer opportunities to view Taryn Brumfitt’s (BIM founder) brave & life-changing documentary, Embrace.
What is the Body Image Movement?
Founded by Taryn Brumfitt, BIM's goal is to end the global body-hating epidemic. BIM's values and teaching inspires us to change the way we feel about ourselves and how we treat our bodies.
Embrace everyBODY. Create global change.
Inspire women to change the way we feel about ourselves and value our bodies.
Redefine and rewrite the ideals of health.
Combat toxic media messaging in our society.
Celebrate body diversity in shape, size, ethnicity and ability.
Empower diversity of choice – everyone has the right to a positive body image and express themselves how they choose to.
Educate our global community and provide tools to combat negative body image.
We say no to…
Society and advertisers preying on women’s insecurities
Excessive Photoshopping of body images in the media
Being programmed into accepting unrealistic body images
The notion that weight determines your health
Women being treated as sexual objects and the objectification of women
And we say yes to…
Body diversity and revelling in the beauty of the human form
Celebrating the journey our bodies have been on
Growing old, and acknowledging the privilege to do so
Focusing on things that are important, rather than comparing ourselves to others
One of the things I’m most proud from my USANA Health Sciences partnership, is my monthly donation to the True Health Foundation (THF).
I’ve been with USANA for 23 years. During this time I’ve watched the THF and the Children’s Hunger Fund feed millions of families. I’ve watched them come to the aid of suffering countries all over the world.
There’s so much suffering in the world. Sometimes it can seem overwhelming–leaving us feeling helpless.
“What can I possibly do to make a difference?”
Aligning with the THF, I know for sure I am making a difference. I hope you take a moment today to see what a difference just $1 can make.
If you’re interested in:
Learning how you can help the THF.
Joining the THF on one of their many missions and service trips.
So far, I have avoided getting a cold or the flu and thankfully, Todd and the kids have stayed healthy too.
Everyone I know is worried about getting the flu right now. The first thing I recommend is take an honest look at your current stress level. Most of us know that stress is unhealthy, but not everyone realizes how super hard stress is on your immune system!
Now more than ever, we need to de-stress our lives and give our immune system all the help we can provide.
Did You Know?
70% of our immune system is in the walls of our gut.
Here are my Top 5 Ways to avoid the Flu
Stay away from sugar. Before meal blood sugars are 70-99. It’s estimated that a blood sugar level of 120 reduces your immune system by up to 75%!
High quality supplementation and probiotic. Supplementing our healthy diet is so important for an optimal immune system. 70% of our immune system is in the walls of our gut.
Meditation is how I begin my day. Quiet time alone focused on your breathing can boost your immune system. Meditation can be practiced anywhere, for any amount of time. One type of meditation commonly used as a stress management technique is called Transcendental Meditation. It’s simple to do. It’s recommended that you practice for 20 minutes, two times a day. You sit with your eyes closed and repeat a mantra of your choice.
Exercise/ Move your body daily. Having a daily exercise routine is a great way to master your stress management. Regular exercise will help you feel better by releasing endorphins and help you maintain overall health.
Sleep 7-9 hours. I feel best with 7 and 1/2 hours. You’ll think twice about cheating yourself out of sleep after reading this. 5 Rreasons Why Your Body Needs More Sleep.
At the end of each day, it’s important to thoroughly remove any makeup or impurities from your skin
before cleansing. This gentle, go-to formula effectively dissolves even the toughest long-wear or
waterproof makeup while moisturizing your skin and preparing it for the next step in your regimen.
As a reminder the Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover will only be sold individual at launch. It will not be bundled in the regimen pack. Make sure your add this one to your cart.
I’m so excited for you to try Celavive!! Don’t forget to let me know which system you think your skin will BEST respond 🙂
About once a month my body says to me, “Angie, it’s time for a RESET.” This a good thing for a couple of reasons:
My natural biorhythm is working perfectly. Gotta love that!
A 5-day cleanse makes me feel incredibly renewed on several levels.
I get a lot of questions about doing a 5-day reset. The most popular question is, “Does this reset thing really help me manage my weight?”
Diets don’t work; lifestyle changes do
I’ll be straight-up with you, it’s not about losing weight. I hear a lot of gasps right after I say this. But, it’s true. A reset is exactly what the name implies–it’s a RESET. We are resetting our bodies back to a healthy baseline so we can jump-start our healthy habits. And of course we all know that healthy habits lead to a healthy lifestyle.
Strategies about creating habits and forming certain intentions are not tricks, but once we form them, they are more likely to kick in automatically right when we need them.
~Jean Fain, LICSW, MSW, is a Harvard Medical School
This is why resets works. Resets are lifestyle changes not diets. Diets don’t work. Lifestyle changes do work. This is what the science says. We all know this, but most of keep trying dieting and continue to set ourselves up for failure.
Diets do not work. The scientific evidence is clear as can be that cutting calories simply doesn’t lead to long-term weight loss or health gains.
We suspect most dieters have realized this by now too. And yet, here they are again, setting the same weight loss goal this year that they set last year.”
~Traci Mann Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesota
Humans are generally lazy. A nicer way of phrasing this is that in general we are so efficient that we tend to follow the path of least resistance! 😉
This desire for taking the easy approach is a blessing in disguise. When it comes to lifestyle diet changes, this is thee golden rule.
Stock up on foods that are known to be healthier for you and known to help manage weight!
Conversely, remove all the foods that you know are bad for you and contribute to excessive weight gain. Bottom line is give yourself easy access to the good stuff. Make it harder to be able to get your hands on the not-so-good stuff.
On December twentieth, 2017, I decided to be mindfully unmindful.
Mindfully choosing to eat, in particular, cherry Hershey kisses, every night for a week. I also engaged in a lot, of processed foods. Cheese and crackers, homemade bread, a few cookies, lots of popcorn, beer, and pizza.
I have often said that I am a big believer in 80/20 rule. I really do enjoy living a very healthy lifestyle 80% of the time or more.
I also love, one of my favorite things, movie popcorn with a large fountain pop! It’s true! I look forward to movie night with my husband twice a month, and that’s my favorite thing! Most of the time we go and get a burger before the movie. My burger would be without the bun, and I always get sweet potato fries but you get the picture. #noregrets 🤗
So the results of my conscious crappy eating include, all of the following:
5 unwanted pounds.
Many nights sleeping with my head on two or three pills, almost sitting up, because of the heartburn.
Lack of motivation and focus
According registered dietitian Aglaee Jacob, “Regular binges increase risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, some types of cancers, gallbladder disease, headaches, joint pain and menstrual problems for women.
Binges can also affect you psychologically by causing feelings of failure, guilt and shame, depression and even suicidal thoughts.”
The Good News
I’m not exactly sure of the deep-seated reasons I chose to allow myself this re-tox. However what I do know is the contrast between how I feel eating dead processed foods and eating food my body craves for health, energy, focus, and motivation to be my highest self.
It only took two days, and I was already feeling relief!
I can’t believe it!…Yes, I can!
I totally KNOW this and TEACH this.
It really was a strange gift to experience the reality of how destructive “dead food” can be👎🏼
Eating well and taking care of yourself
It’s not about how you look anymore
Yes, I like how I look much better when I’m taking care myself–that seems natural to me. But now, it’s about having the energy and vitality to feel my best!
To walk the talk! To feel strong and confident with a clear mind.
To take responsibility for the energy I bring to each day.
To have the physical ability to play with my children and perform at my highest levels in my highest purpose!
Did You Know?
Habitually overeating damages the mechanisms in the stomach that tell your brain that you are full. And, drinking cold water while eating exacerbates the problem!
The core values of my 28 Day Be Healthy Be Beautiful Program and Lifestyle Journey
The core values of the Body Image Movement (BIM) — I’m honored to be an ambassador for BIM
How food healed my husband Todd at Sanoviv
Some of the major benefits of meditation and how simple it is to start a meditation practice
The key take away is, “Make time for you!” Please watch.
More about Taryn Brumfitt the founder of BIM
When Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013 it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. EMBRACE follows Taryn’s crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.
At home in Adelaide, Australia, Taryn Brumfitt is a wife and mother of three. But internationally, she is a highly recognised body image activist whose powerful message has reached over 100 million people worldwide via traditional and social media. After receiving more than 7000 emails and messages from people all over the world, Taryn realised that there was a global body-hating epidemic and felt compelled to find answers.
Here’s Taryn’s photo that went viral.
Want to make a difference? Please share this story. Here’s the direct link to the photo. https://angiegraywellness.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/BIM_EMB01-300×300.jpg
Slow down, you’re eating too fast. Distracted, hurried eating may add pounds and take away pleasure. –Harvard Medical
According to Harvard Medical, “A small yet growing body of research suggests that a slower, more thoughtful way of eating could help with weight problems and maybe steer some people away from processed food and other less-healthful choices.”
Mindful eatingis one of the core components in my 28-day Be Healthy Be Beautiful program. Let me know if you want in!
As you all know I was honored to travel to Baja, MX last week to Sanoviv Medical Institute to host a Health and Education Retreat for six days.
But, like all of us when we try something new, I had some doubts and concerns. “Will I be able to let go, will my kids be okay, and will I be ready for my upcoming keynote presentation?” were just some of the things on my mind.
It Was Amazing
It was my first time going to Sanoviv. I heard so many great things about it, but experiencing it myself, with my husband and friends, exceeded all expectations! Here is just a shortlist of what was provided to make our retreat a truly healing experience:
100% organic clothing.
Delicious, organic, and gluten free meals.
Group yoga, meditation, breathing, and relaxation classes.
Facial, reflexology, and Swedish massage spa therapies.
Stress and microscopic blood assessments.
100% chemical free grounds.
Our Take-Aways (Todd & mine)
I was able to RELAX. Let it go and TRUST. PRACTICE what I TEACH. I came home so renewed and so full of gratitude for my life and my health!
My husband Todd lives a pretty healthy life but kind of waived off the VERY REAL significance of DIET when it came to its relationship to PAIN.
With his work, his pre-Sanoviv diet, nutrition, and lifestyle kept his pain at about a 3 on a scale of 1-10. Some days worse or better depending on the job.
Nights were the worst. His arms would fall asleep. Not the tingly falling asleep but a painful fall asleep accompanied by pain that would wake him up at night.
After two days at Sanoviv, he was pain-FREE. YES. Pain-FREE!!!
The MORAL of the story is FOOD MATTERS. TOXINS MATTER. SLEEP AND WATER, MATTER.
I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO JOIN US THIS SPRING
for our next Sanoviv Health and Education Retreat!
I recently returned home from attending the 25th International Convention of my amazing product partner, USANA Health Sciences!
There are so many announcements such as openings in 4 new countries and ground-breaking technology in skin care just to name a few!
Just three years ago I made a major life shift to become a full-time holistic wellness coach. Now, with USANA as my vehicle to live out my passion, I lead an amazing team of women from all over the world who teach me and inspire me to be the best me every day!
USANA products are a major part of coaching others toward self-worth and value, mind body and spirit.
My partnership with USANA has created great opportunities.
I am honored today to share with you that I have been chosen to be an ambassador for the future of skincare, USANA’s Celavive!
I absolutely LOVE the tagline USANA chose for Celavive,
“Go Beyond What You See.”
What a beautiful message, yes?A message which I have the opportunity to share with others every day, over coffee or on a stage in front of thousands…
YOU are worthy.
YOU are valued and valuable.
YOU are BEAUTIFUL 💕
Over the next few months, I will be keeping you in-the-know! I will be sharing information and educational material on this breakthrough Science and aging beautifully!
You will definitely want to follow closely as an opportunity is coming soon to get your hands on these amazing products!
I can’t believe the difference I have seen in my skin in less than three weeks!!!
Celavive will be available world-wide in early 2018.
But, coming in mid-October to early November. there will be a short window of opportunity to place your Celavive order.
Get on my pre-order list now so that you can get your Celavive products once they’re available!
Vacation days, just like regular everyday life days, will be what I allow them to be. What I decide them to be, intentionally.
I am so grateful for my husband.
My husband works harder than anyone I’ve ever known but when it comes to vacation; he knows 100% how to relax and unplug.
He is so good for me.
He is my Bob Marley reminding me, “Don’t worry about a thing, ’cause every little thing gonna be all right.” ~Bob Marley
I feel better already! Time to let it flow and watch and receive as the Universe shows up!
As God reveals to me how much I am loved and softly reminds me every day to
To love the life I live and LIVE the life I love!
Have a quick listen to this audio recording of living in the moment.
I was recently interviewed by Paula Vail
Paula is a fantastic host and producer of the Women’s Broadcast Network, Wellness/Self Help TV show, Choices: Finding Your Joy and the Internet radio show and I Heart Radio Podcast, “Why Am I So Happy.” Paula was also most recently chosen as “Wellness Coach of the Year.”
You can find more info about her on her website here or check out her show here.
Not to worry. There’s good news. You can sign up for my individual 35-day program any time. This is perfect for those of us who need a little more flexibility. This might be perfect for you. Read more or register now.
Knowing that you can either do nothing, stay the same, or change can set you FREE!
About three years ago, someone I respect, told me that if I was feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, or if I felt like I wanted to quit, then just QUIT.
At 47-years old I started my coaching business after 18 years of being a stay-at-home mom. Out of our seven children, three were still being home-schooled, and basically, five of the seven were still living at home.
My husband Todd is an entrepreneur and runs a successful flooring business.
Although all the troops were on board to support my new journey, no one really knew what to expect, including me.
The kids were used to having me “at the ready” and honestly so was Todd. I was juggling all the new parts of having a business and growing a team all the while doing my best to maintain all the same mom responsibilities.
There were a lot of break-downs along the way.
I’m happy to share with you that in 3 years:
I have grown an International business,
become a leader within my community and company,
and increased our income.
What manifested in these 3 years were the most amazing things and experiences in our life. But, all this wasn’t possible
WITHOUT HELP! ☺️
I had a mentor.
I had a coach that I sought out. My coach was:
Already successful and a person who I aligned with.
Someone I respected and whom I felt was “real” and would share from their heart.
Who was passionate about living life to its fullest and creating a life they loved.
Not to worry. There’s good news. You can sign up for my individual 35-day program any time. This is perfect for those of us who need a little more flexibility. This might be perfect for you. Read more or register now.
I get the opportunity to choose how my day will go.
I get to work alongside women and men who want to create life on their own terms. Women who have decided to figure out what lights them up and together we work out a plan of action to deliberately and intentionally do what they love.
Take 15 minutes every morning to breathe–to meditate.
Contemplate on what do you hope for?
Think about what do you want?
Ever have negative emotions? Of course, we all do. But, I’ll bet that most of use don’t know how to handle or cope with these negative emotions. I.e. we are doing it all wrong. Set aside some time to watch this video. It’s a different way and a healthier way to check-in with your negative thoughts.
This didn’t look quite as pretty as the picture but actually that mango looks a bit like melted cheese?
Listen people, I do not love to venture off the beaten path when it comes to what I eat. I know what I like and that’s usually what I eat every day.
So, this new #30dayraw (you should do it with me), has really opened me up to food and how fun it is!
That might sound funny coming from a Holistic Wellness Coach who talks about food? But, with 7 kids it’s not easy to be super creative and get something that everyone likes. This is especially challenging with a picky husband. 🙄
So for now I’m making my own meals and hoping they’ll be open to trying them. This taco recipe is amaze balls, and EASY 😅
A little too salty so I’ll tweak it for next time but it lasted me for 2 supper meals! 🙌🏻Super good! 😋and PS, all the new recipes I’m making fit right into my amazing SexyFit program!
Happy Father’s Day to all my friends that are dads, all of the husbands, and to the men who love and care for the children that aren’t even their “own.” 😊
My husband, Todd adopted our eldest child when we got married when she was just five years-old.
This was the beginning of an unbelievable grace-filled family journey that would read more like a novel than a newsletter. Numerous beautiful experiences in our life have molded us into the amazing individuals and parents (and children) that we are today.
I love my husband of 26-years, more today than than ever before; I love him for many reasons.
Despite our sometimes polar opposite parenting styles, and more often than not, feeling like I am the only parent in the house–he loves our children fiercely.
The number one biggest and most important gift he has embodied for our children is his love for me.
“The greatest gift a father can give his children is to love their mother” ~A.G.U.
Really, my friends, Todd is a superdad. NOT a perfect dad–a real dad. He is doing his best to BE his best. ☺️ Cheers to all the daddys doing their best and to all the dads who have left this physical place.
There is so much love for you here. Wishing you the best Father’s Day ever, ~xo
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Training by Brion Armstrong
Brion is a manager of USANA field development. This weekend, we were extremely blessed to have Brion visit and share his invaluable knowledge. Thank you, Brion for being so amazing at everything you do! Thank you USANA, for sending him to us!
Start with your Why
Please download my first infographic. This infographic explains why leading experts say, “Start with your why!” You also get a sneak peek of what I cover during my coaching sessions.
Get Your Mind, Body, and Soul in sync and feeling incredible alllll Summer long
Monday, July 17th, 2017 – Sunday, August 20th, 2017
Register by July 4th to get your goodies in time and to begin your prep week!
All participants will receive their login details on Saturday, July 8th to start with goal setting, pantry clearing and Prep Week Content. The full 35-Day Program starts with a Cleanse on Monday, July 17th!
Space is limited, so mark your calendars and register now!
This weekend I had the honor of presenting at a health and fitness fest.
Before I began to teach–as we waited for the event to begin, I introduced myself to a group of ladies at the table. I like to meet the audience to ask what they hope to learn or hear more about.
They thought for a moment and one lady simply said,
“How do we fit it all in?”
This is an age old question.
The same lady proceeded to tell me the schedule of her daily events and how by the end of the day she was pooped. With all our responsibilities, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time.
This, my sisters, is NOT true and NOT true.
WE decide what things or people or tasks we prioritize.
WE decide what things or people or tasks we give our time to.
Just Do It
Our choices reflect our priorities. So, the simple answer to, “How do I fit it all in?”
START with fitting YOU in…. FIRST thing in the morning. YOU.
Everything else will feel so much easier. I promise.
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SexyFit Be Healthy Be Beautiful Launch
Coming soon this month – stay tuned!
The SexyFit Program is just simply, my lifestyle.
I have lived this lifestyle and loved it for over 13 years. At 50 years old I have never felt better or more grateful for the choices I have implemented. I can’t think of too many things more important than health. ~xo
Practice Self-Love, sign up for my Individual program.
It’s self-paced and you can start anytime that you can fit it into your busy schedule.
Register anytime – you choose which Monday you start. Allow one week minimum (two weeks is better so we don’t have to split shipments) after you register to allow for shipping of your 7 Day MySmartStart, nutritionals, smoothies and bars. You’ll get your login details within 3 days of registering and have access to the Prep Week content and goodies.
On May 4th, 2017 my two eldest daughters and I went to the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico. We spent six days experiencing beautiful tropical weather, beaches, rainforest hikes, bodysurfing, great food, and snapping tons of selfies!
This was the first time I had ever been anywhere with just the two eldest of our seven children.
We all did great staying off our phones during the trip–making just the nightly calls to check-in at home (me to Todd and the three kids still at home, and Shannon and Abby to their families ❤️).
THEY LOVE ME
On the way home, we had time to post all our pics of all the mother-daughter amazingness!!
Maybe you saw them?
Jumping in the air at the beach?
Laughing at the cliffs?
At the seaside farm to plate restaurants?
Baking (with sunscreen!) in the sun?
On our back-road mountain climbing car rides to the rainforest?
Sounds amazing, yes? Truth be told, it WAS amazing!!!
MY MOTHER’S DAY MIRACLE
One year ago, I would never have in a million years thought that my girls would have ever considered traveling out of the country with ME would be appealing. I know in their hearts it would have been a HOPE but most likely they would have never entertained it.
A LOT HAS CHANGED IN A YEAR
This trip was actually Shannon’s (our eldest) idea. She asked ME! I said YES! Then we asked Abby, and when she was a go, it was a done deal.
These two women, my daughters, have grown up with me.
I was pregnant with Shannon as a senior in high school and had Abby at 23. Growing up they had decisions made for them, by me, that were not easy to navigate at times. They loved me. They did not LIKE me. It was more like tolerated me 🙂 That was until this last year.
WHAT WE DIDN’T POST
The not so pretty part of mother-daughter love.
Is it because they are like me in ways, and don’t want to be?
Is it because they still feel the pain of those decisions that were made for them growing up?
Is it that I really AM annoying and over the top and pushy and bossy and too happy and not enough?
ALL THE ABOVE IS TRUE….at times.
They love me and like me (most of the time ), and they are my BEST friends.
I can’t even believe I get to say that!!!
So that’s it, my mama bear friends.
KEEP UP THE GOOD AND IMPORTANT WORK
Keep learning to love yourself and remembering how amazing you are.
Keep reminding yourself how worthy YOU are.
Tell your daughter EVERY DAY how worthy SHE IS.
Teach them to love themselves, by example.
You will get through the not so fun times.
They love you.
Be real, be honest, be wrong.
Teach them to breathe fire.
They are watching.
YOU ARE A KICK ASS MAMA THAT IS CHANGING THE WORLD!
Having a business AND OR a healthy lifestyle that is SUSTAINABLE is key to its success.
Since I started full time 3 years ago, as a Holistic Wellness Coach, I have learned so much!
At the top of that list of lessons learned is Keep IT SIMPLE.
Furthermore, I am so much more of my best me when I CHOOSE ME FIRST.
It is so true that, putting on your own O2 mask first, is KEY to the value you bring to yourself and to those you love and care about….like these amazing humans in the picture taken just this last weekend on Mother’s Day 😊
For me, making my self-care a priority first thing in the morning; this makes everything else FLOW.
Hot lemon water, first thing
Coffee (1 cup, black )
Morning meditation (THIS IS A NON-NEGOTIOABLE — more on this below)
Morning workout (yoga or my favorite workout DVD)
NOW BRING ON THE DAY!
I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOUR MORNING ROUTINE IS!
I am writing today to give you an EXCLUSIVE opportunity to be one-of-10 healthy aware individuals. I’d like you to join me at Sanoviv Medical Institute for an INCREDIBLE HEALTH AND EDUCATION EXPERIENCE.
I hope I will see you there. 😌
Sanoviv Health and Education Retreat // Sanoviv Medical and Education Retreat
The Health and Educational Retreat will go 5 days, from October 7-12th, 2017. Price for 5 nights is $1,797.00 per person (shared room) or $1997.00 (single room). Normally, this retreat costs $3,800.00. Download the flyer below.
Add an additional day on October 13th, for the Medical Educational Retreat. Price for 6 nights is $4997.00. Download the flyer below.
Both are exceptional savings of almost $1,000.00.
We encourage more and more people to come for the medical retreat because it gives them full exposure to what we have to offer at Sanoviv. If you want to be preventive, this is a great program to find out if anything challenging is going on with your health. You would stay one extra day ,and depart on a Friday.
There are ONLY 8 spots left. THESE SPOTS WILL GO FAST!
Please send me the filled-in registration form with your payment information. The deadline for your commitment and deposit of $500, is Friday, May 5th.
This is first come…you know the rest 🙂 I wish I had room for ALL OF YOU!!
Please email or text (319 269-8710) me any questions I can help you with 🙂
The invitation will be extended to the rest of my team Saturday, April 29th.
Sanoviv Medical Institute is a state-of-the-art, fully-licensed hospital and health resort that offers a unique blend of conventional, alternative, and integrative programs to help maintain your good health and to treat a wide range of diseases. Our beautiful 10-acre facility is located in Rosarito, Mexico on the Baja coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Our approach is hand tailored to suit your biochemical individuality, using a customized protocol made just for you. Whether you are coming for a Healthy Get-Away or Intensive Cancer treatments, from the moment you are picked up by our courteous professional drivers to your goodbye hugs at the end of your program, you become part of our family. Experience the extraordinary results of a completely integrated team of medical doctors, dentists, psychologists, chiropractors, nutritionists, fitness experts and spa therapists that will assess and treat your health issues. Our toxin free facility, delicious organic meals, comfortable cotton clothing, luxurious ocean-view rooms, and relaxing environment will aid in building your health up from the cellular level.
Imagine the time you will have at the Sanoviv Institute.
Awareness and Prevention of Depression and Suicide hosted by Angie Gray
For many of us, the struggle of depression and the pain of suicide, either personally or as a support person, is a very personal experience. Hear from courageous men and women who will share their personal journey.
What do Alexander Graham Bell, the Wright brothers, Eleanor Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, Toni Morrison, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Billie Jean King, and Dr. Myron Wentz have in common?
There are NO quitters in this bunch.
22 years ago I agreed to partner with Dr. Myron Wentz and USANA Health Sciences. I have a story to share, a vision to see through, and I am loving the journey!
Dr. Wentz had a long term vision. He enticed me to partner with him on that vision through his willingness to share his story. A man sharing his story and his vision to free the world of degenerative disease.
I AM SO GRATEFUL
to have partnered with Dr. Wentz and with his hope and intention of bringing great value to the world and to serving humankind.
USANA has been my vehicle to experience things I would never have imagined.
To build relationships with beautiful human beings and to help them tell THEIR story. To serve others through all that I have learned from USANA. To create new financial freedoms, experience wellness in all forms and to help others around the world to do the same.
Through USANA, I get to be part of a global vision that is making a positive difference in the lives of people I know, and those I will never know.
If you (or someone you know) align with the above and want to know more about how this amazing partnership with USANA has expanded abundance in my life, my families and a tribe of like-minded humans globally, I would LOVE to connect 💕
I felt stuck for a week, and yesterday I had a breakthrough
I am shifting in my business and it FEELS DIFFERENT.
For 2 weeks it felt, not so good. Sluggish.
What if no one does anything? If I switch my focus and follow the well-being, I know that leads me, but will I reach my goals?
For all of these questions I already had the answers, but the SHIFT can really rattle a girl for a minute!
Growth feels different and sometimes it feels bittersweet. It is necessary as I CHOOSE to move forward but the FEELING, because it is new, can feel uncomfortable. So riding it out is a CHOICE.
I choose to ride it out, because, from experience, I know that I am SHIFTING and getting ready for the next level of ME. The feeling of “pressure” isn’t a bad thing. A diamond doesn’t get to be a diamond, without some pressure.
The breakthrough happened, and the FEELING is SO GOOD.
I CHOOSE TO TRUST MY JOURNEY! It NEVER lets me down! Whoop! Whoop!
Let me know if YOU know, what I’m talking about in the comments box below??
Please listen to one of my 3 favorite mentors, Marie Forleo. Marie is the role model who I believe I will be sitting with one day!
On August 25, 2016, USANA announced their newest ground breaking innovation, USANA InCelligence Technology™. InCelligence™ unlocks the natural intelligence of your cells. Human cells have a natural intelligence (or InCelligence) that uses information from plant-derived biomolecules found in our foods. InCelligence technology enables your cells’ resilience allowing your body to keep up with life’s ever-changing demands and challenges.
They watch everything we do – the good stuff and the bad. They learn even when we don’t realize we’re teaching. This is why it is so important to lead by example. We need to be the people we hope our children grow up to be. I’m not saying you have to be perfect. Let them see you make mistakes, so you can show them how you take responsibility for your actions and solve problems. Show them how to be kind by helping someone in need. Make time for what matters in life by putting your family first and prioritizing activities that make your soul happy. And, make sure your children see you taking care of yourself – both mentally and physically….
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