Fridays FAB 5: Finds!!!

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This week I have been focused on settling back in after a conference and vacation. It was time to iron out my schedule for the fall and get back to cooking and meal prepping.

 

While I love being able to take time off and get a way for a while, I definitely crave routine and having control over my schedule. This week I was able to try out a few new things and revisit some old.

 

Here are my Friday FAB 5 Finds:

 

iBand Sling

 

I received this in my BlogFest swag bag and at first I didn’t know what to make of it. I have plenty of small backpacks and a fanny pack (which I totally rock!) that I can take with me on hikes or to festivals. However, I do love compartments and this sling has a ton of them. So I decided to try it out on my hike this past Sunday.

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I loved it! It was comfortable, light and extremely functional. The only problem I had was remembering which compartment I put my belongings in. Not a big problem, just something this user needs to remember and get used to.

 

Valley View Trail


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Lately I have been hiking along the beach or somewhere inland along the peninsula but I decided to switch it up this week. I decided to venture to San Pedro Valley Park and check out the trails I used to hike on as a kid while growing up in Pacifica. I forgot how green and beautiful that park is and seeing a family of deer crossing your path early in the morning is a great way to start off your morning. This loop is very family friendly and has enough of an incline to get your heart rate up. It is also great for a quick run if you are into trail running.

 

Momentum Jewelry

 

I have been eyeing this company for quite some time but being the indecisive person that I am I had a hard time deciding on which wrap to purchase. I came across their booth at the expo hall while at IDEA World and the first one that popped out at me was this one….

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If you have been in my classes or trained with me you have heard me say “Dig Deep” many times. I believe in this phrase. We always have more in us than we initially believe. We can always push a little more, try a bit harder and go a little further. But you have to dig deep to find it and when you do you break down barriers. Now I just have to decide which one to get next!

 

miFitness Hub

This app was created by one of my clients husband and her brother. It is basically Instagram for fitness but more motivation and workouts opposed to selfies and butt shots. You earn points for posting pictures, videos and engaging with other members of the community and once you earn enough points you can redeem them for an Amazon gift card. They are still in the early stages and are in talks with getting more sponsorships but it is still a fun way to connect, learn new things and stay accountable to your workouts.

 

Encouraging Blend – Essential Oil

 

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I am becoming obsessed with essential oils. I now make my own cleaning products which are much cheaper and healthier. Use them on achy muscles, to help calm my anxiety and for a little pick me up!Waking up at 3:45 everyday isn’t always easy but I love this Encouraging Blend called Motivate which is a blend of mint and citrus oils. You can use topically when you have a stressful day or combine and inhale with some peppermint to give you an extra ‘kick’ when you need it!

 

Happy Friday! Feel free to comment below with your favorite finds of the week.

 

XO ~ Tiffany G.

Who Are You…

                             …to tell me what I can and cannot do.

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That was the message Olympian Amy Van Dyken delivered when she accepted her award for INSPIRATION this past week at the IDEA World Fitness Convention.

 

The former world record holder, and the most successful athlete at the 1996 Olympic games, joyfully shared with us the ups and downs she endured growing up in the sport of swimming. She spoke of the struggles she faced in the Olympics games along with the ones surrounding her life changing accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down.

 

She sat confidently on the stage, comfortable and at peace with all that life has thrown at her and had us laughing with her, rooting for her, and wanting her to become our new BFF. She is a remarkably smart, beautiful and strong woman.

 

As I listened to her speak, I thought a lot about the things I endured up to this point in my life which fail in comparison to Amy’s story. However, reminded me that I can accomplish anything as long as I BELIEVE IN ME!

 

I was told I was to tiny to play soccer. I DID IT ANYWAY

 

I was told I was not fast enough to play basketball in college. I MADE THE TEAM.

 

I was told I would not get much playing time in college. I BECAME THE STARTING POINT GUARD

 

I was told I should not go to Africa. I CLIMBED MT. KILIMANJARO

 

I was told that I didn’t have the business knowledge to start my own business. I DID AND BOUGHT A BOOT CAMP AND I AM LAUNCHING ANOTHER THE END OF SUMMER.

 

I was told that I could not make a living as a writer. I AM A PART OF MANY PARTNERSHIPS AND COMMUNITIES THAT DRIVE REVENUE.

 

I may be slow, not as fast as others, I don’t have a business degree and many people can write more eloquently than I currently can but I have what others don’t have.

 

A VISION FOR MYSELF.

 

I will not succumb to what others perceive me to be. I will work hard, hustle, network and form relationships that align with who I am and where I am going.

AND YOU SHOULD TOO.

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So next time someone tells you that you can’t, or shouldn’t do something, look at them and say…

 

“Who are you to tell me what I can and cannot do!”

 

Click here for Amy’s acceptance speech. 

Rejuvinate

Lack of creativity. Poor concentration. Your brain is spinning but will not produce and viable insight or ideas.

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Have you ever experienced this?

 

For the past few weeks I have been struggling to focus. I have every once of intention to go out and create something in my business, for my blog or for my life but nothing has been calling out to me. I have an idea about one thing but then it fizzles. Something else fresh pops into my mind and slowly fades away.

 

It has been frustrating.

 

I even started reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Big Magic” for inspiration but only grew more frustrated and lost as she honestly and whole-heartedly shared her troubles and set backs around creativity. While gripping on to every word of this book and feeling a connection I found myself trying even harder which is exactly what NOT to do.

 

Frustrating!!!

 

Thankfully, today is Friday, and it is the start of the holiday weekend. I am going to sit here with my lemon and grapefruit self-infused water and finish this raw, beautiful and authentic book while enjoying the weekend.

 

Enjoy the weekend my friends! It’s time to rejuvenate.

x~Tiffany G.

Weekly Challenge: COMMIT!

Set a goal & COMMIT to it.

Being clear about your goal is critically important to be able to achieve something you WANT.

It’s important to take control of the direction of your life and to live your life ON PURPOSE, and not just let life “happen” to you.

If you don’t, you might wake up in 10 years and wonder how you got there!

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Your Challenge of the week is:

Define one of your goals and COMMIT to achieving it.

No matter how big or small your goal is, if it doesn’t CHALLENGE you, it doesn’t CHANGE you.

Here are a few things that are important to define when setting your new goal:

  1. They have to be S.M.A.R.T. Goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely.) and write it down.
  2. Write down WHY this goal is so important to you.  When things become challenging to you, your WHY will push you through these tougher periods.  If you don’t have a good enough WHY, then you need to choose another goal that is IMPORTANT to you.
  3. Create an action plan! List out EXACTLY what you are going to do in order to achieve you goal.  Are you going to work out 3 times a week at 6am?  Great- now block it off in your schedule Be as clear and as specific as you can.
  4. Imagine how you are going to FEEL once you have accomplished your goal.  Write it down.  (this is a really important step- so don’t skip it!)
  5. Share it with someone. A friend, family member, co-worker or whoever!  Have this person help you to be accountable for your actions.

Are you ready to get started?

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What goal that YOU are going to set for yourself this week? Leave a comment below and let me know how I can help you! 

Wishing you a Healthier Ever After!

x0 ~ Tiffany G.

FAB Friday is BACK!

I have been off the grid lately.

 

I have had a lot of personal things going on that I am unable to disclose right now and I needed some time away to FOCUS on ME.

 

But I am back! And I am excited for what this next chapter holds for me.

 

So despite all the chaos the past month I have am going back to my FAB Fridays and sharing all the things I love, discovered or can’t get enough of!

 

Good People

It may sound silly but when you are going through a tough time you learn really quick who it is that you can count on. Some dive right in there with you. Listen and lend a hand. Others judge and want to tell you what it is that YOU should be doing based on THEIR opinions. They are all talk and no action. And, there are the ones that run for the hills. I have learned the people that I need to focus more attention on and the ones that I should conserve energy around.

 

STRONG

I absolutely loved this new show on NBC. My mentor and friend Todd Durkin was one of the trainers this season and I connected with his first trainee Devon Cassidy’s story in so many ways. They were eliminated Week 3 but in Week 6, along with the other eliminated contestants, had an opportunity to come back to compete for a second chance on the show. Todd made it through and formed a new team with Brittany. Every week their backs were against the wall as they faced elimination. And every week they fought and persevered. They made it all they way to the finals but fell short. It was a hard fight and showed that when you are physically and mentally strong you can over come any obstacle. It definitely shifted my mindset and is making me refocus in my own training and life.

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Books

I have some amazingly talented friends! Two weeks ago my friends Dawn and Doug landed on the Amazon Best Seller List. This is Dawn’s First book and the second one for Doug.

 

Jack’s Journey USA

This is a great feel good story about a woman and her dog traveling across country, meeting new people, exploring new places and hosting classes educating people how to get outdoors and be active with their dogs. Jack’s personality is one of a kind and he is huge into water sports. If you are an animal lover or seeking adventure be sure to check out this book.

 

Faith, Family, Fitness

I just started this book but one thing I can tell you about Doug, he is full of wisdom and has stories to share. He is a genuine soul and through trial and error, like most of us, is sharing what is important in his life and WHY. I hope to finish this book over the weekend.

 

Water

Water equals tranquility for me. I grew up down the street from the beach and spent summers at our lake house. I often head to the beach to clear my mind of negativity and gather my thoughts. There I am able to RESET and just BE. Currently I am spending a lot of time at a home with a waterfall in the back yard. I sit by it and read, journal and I am there currently writing this blog post!

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Have a great weekend!

 

~ Tiffany G.

Back Against The Wall

Have you ever felt like your back was against the wall? Powerless? Stuck? You felt defeated, helpless and just wanted to slide down the wall, have a seat and throw you hands up in the air and just say “Fine! You win.”

 

I have had many of these moments over the past two and a half years. Many days I feel like I am bipolar. I am walking around on cloud nine until suddenly reality slaps me in the face, knocks me down and it’s a challenge to get to my feet. I sink into a funk and struggle to find my way out until the fighting soul inside me eventually takes over and gather myself to get to my feet, push off the wall and forge forward.

 

Through all of my self-work over the years I have become aware that when I begin to loose hope, it is because I have disconnected with my sense of purpose and values.

 

This morning I clicked on one of those Facebook game/apps/might steal all your information things….You know those apps that pop up on your newsfeed! 🙂 This particular one was designed to tell you your personal quote.

 

Well, the quote I received could no have been more perfect.

 

You have already been through a lot in life, but it has made you who you are today! These experiences are leading the way for your and have made your personality incredibly strong. You don’t let anything get in your way, which is why others can always count on your support! We’re so glad you’re here! Share your story with your friends so they too can tell the world what they have learned in life!

 

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WOW!

 

In Daymond Johns book, The Power of Broke, he says “There’s great value in being true to yourself, and that it helps to have your back against the wall…when you are flat-out determined to get where you’re going no matter what…well, then you’ve got a running start. “

 

You see, the vast majority of people today are standing still. If there is no challenge there is no progress. So if you can shift your attitude and focus when sh*t hits the fan to motivation and the drive to succeed, then you will come out victorious in the end.

 

Sometimes it takes having you back against the wall to thrust you forward to the place you deserve to be.

 

Stay positive and push off!

 

 

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Caregiving: The Ups, Downs and the In between (Part 1)

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I am a caregiver. I am a daughter and only child of a 75-year-old man who is battling Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death that ranks in the top 10 diseases in the United States which cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

In 2014, family members provided almost 18 billion hours of unpaid care to their loved ones.  While there are plenty of resources out there to help you ease the tension when one has to revoke driving privileges from their loved one or how prepare your home to provide a safe environment, there is very little emphasis placed on the relationship shift that happens due to this ugly disease.

All of a sudden the relationship you once had with that loved one is gone forever. You may experience a glimpse of it here or there that leave you hopeful but soon you come back to reality as you realize your relationship with your loved one and this disease cannot be fixed. There is no work that can be done to improve it, you have to learn to develop a new relationship and that takes time. Being a caregiver, you do not have a lot of spare time to work on new things.

Caregivers themselves experience an emotional rollercoaster. There is anger, resentment and loneliness.  There is a grief that accompanies the loss of shared stories, experiences and activities. There is also anxiety. Who will care for your needs while you are aiding for someone else?  What is tomorrow going to be like?

webmail.motivated-fitness-21For me, all of a sudden the man that raised me had no idea who I was. He now refers to me as his brother.  One day I brought out a family photo album to bring back old memories and I told him I am his daughter. He became extremely agitated and began calling me a liar and saying I was “F’ing crazy.” And for those with experience with people with Alzheimer’s, once they are fixed on a subject they don’t let it go. I was heartbroken. I had always been daddy’s little girl. We used to fish together, go boating, play catch and take our dog out for walks. We would have game nights and dance to 50’s Dance Party when it was on TV.  Eventually I was able to distract him and move on to another subject. And now those memories are moments that I share only with myself.

I won’t discount who my father is. He is still a wonderful man, jovial most of the time, who walks around urging everyone to keep smiling. But on bad days, when things are out of routine, when he tries to do something himself or remember something, he gets frustrated. Those are bad days.  It breaks my heart. And I am the one who is there day in and day out to experience it.

This new limit in our ability to communicate deeply is the greatest loss in our father-daughter relationship. Simple conversations are now unnecessarily complex.

Almost everything I read advises caregivers not to get upset. But every day, dealing with loss after loss whether they misplaced your toothbrush, grabbed your car keys or took apart a project you are working on, we are encouraged to keep our cool so we don’t upset them. This can make a caregiver unravel.

Until recently I felt disruption with in me. After caring for my mom who lost her battle with cancer and going right into caring for my father, I felt a huge void in my life. I had difficulty remembering things, I didn’t know if I was coming or going, I was stressed, I had trouble concentrating, and I averaged less than two hours of sleep at night. My work suffered. My relationships suffered.  I felt alone and misunderstood.

webmail.motivated-fitness-31I do realize I am more fortunate than most. I have been able to write for two different ALZ support organizations. I can share my experiences, lessons learned and emotions with others so they can also not feel so alone. I  developed a friendship and working relationship with the author of Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s. I began to attract clients who have been through a similar situation. We have formed a safe community to openly talk about issues.

All of this has given me the strength, tools, and resources to make sure that my dad is getting the best care. I now feel empowered to care for my father even though it is not easy nor fair.

This disease is ugly. I thought cancer was bad, and believe me I still hate cancer, but watching someone be physically alive and healthy with no recollection of the life they lived for the past forty years is dreadful. I will continue to share my story and experiences to bring more awareness to the disease, to help caretakers get through this process.

Stay tuned caregivers…WE GOT THIS!

 

 

 

 

Do Your Thing :)

I am a day late on my Wellness Wednesday blog post so this if going to be Thoughts on Thursday.

 

Well we are officially a full week into the start of the new year and I am beyond ecstatic of all the good things to come. I could have probably saved this for my Fab Friday recap but along with all the opportunities arising I have also been met with some challenges too.

 

But it is all about mindset. The energy you project is the energy you attract. And your reactions to situations or words are your responsibility. It belongs to no one else but you!

 

I set an intention the beginning of December to be more mindful and express more gratitude towards all things in life. As an entrepreneur you are pulled in many different directions and it is easy to lose sight of what is really important. You are constantly creating, dreaming, writing, programing, and systemizing blah, blah, blah… And lets be honest, most of that is not much fun.

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Building off of the momentum from December I decided to focus on overall wellness. To be more patient, less defensive, have more faith and going into each day knowing I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. And for the record, if you feel like you have to prove something to someone…move on. If being authentically you, flaws and all, isn’t enough for them to believe in you they are not worth your time or energy.

 

Knowing I have nothing to prove has been the toughest challenge in my life thus far. I do believe trust comes with time but the more I tried to prove myself to someone, the more I wanted to earn their respect, the more I stumbled and failed. And the worse I felt about myself.

 

I have received many opportunities this week for growth. There are writing opportunities, ambassador programs, leadership events and partnerships that sought me out because I have been honest and open and have authentically shared my story.

 

I have also had people express doubt or question my abilities. There is always room for improvement but this is where I am today. Tomorrow I will strive to be one percent better and same thing the day after that. But right now, today, I am who and where I am supposed to be. Last week I may have struggled with the comments and conversations of this week. But through daily practice I don’t have to prove anything to anyone.

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Health and wellness habits are best-implemented one at a time. In December I became more gracious, January is about healthy living with food and mindset and I am not sure my intention for February but I will continue to take this year one day at a time. One month at a time.

It’s Time to EVOLVE

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For the past month I have been trying to come up with the perfect blog. I wanted to share everything I learned this past year and how those experiences have shaped me. I can’t tell you how many times I have started writing and stopped. Not because I was stuck, but something just didn’t feel right as the words appeared across the page.

No doubt 2015 was learning year. My theme for the year was FIRE. Initially meaning I was to take more chances, quit over thinking things, go with my gut and light a FIRE in those around me. While that didn’t happen exactly as I envisioned it was definitely a year of growth and lessons. Despite second-guessing myself, over-thinking and many things, allowing certain problems or situations to carry over into areas of my life they did not belong, I still accomplished a lot. And there are so many valuable lessons that I plan on sharing in the coming year.

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Moving into the New Year my theme is Evolve. I am focusing on embracing the process, growth and expansion into unknown and uncomfortable territories as I embark on new endeavors. I want to push beyond some of my self doubting beliefs and put myself out there more constantly and authentically. I want to broaden my reach and impact more people through FREE webinars, products and self developed online health and well-being programs.

 

I have a lot of goals and expect a lot more growth in 2016. I am oping you will join me on this journey. If there are any struggles you may have, topics you would like me to cover and/or support you need I would LOVE to serve those needs.

 

 

I am nothing without my audience and I am grateful for all of the support I have received from you over the years. Please comment below or head over to my facebook page with anything you would like to see more of in 2016.

 

Wishing you success and good health in 2016!

Do Yourself This ONE Favor…

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Yes PLEASE!!! Health is not a number on a scale or what size you wear. It’s not about hopping on the latest
fitness trend or diet fad. Health is about being strong in mind, body and soul which all stems
from daily healthy habits.

When adopting a healthy life, don’t consider it as a reduction, instead think of it as an addition. What can you ADD to your life that will enhance your health and well being? What daily habits can you incorporate that will improve the health of your loved ones? Think of all those little eyes watching you. How can you ADD more value to their quality of life.

This January I will be hosting a FREE webinar to teach you some simple tools to incorporate healthy habits and what to do when you struggle with the old habits. Change isn’t easy but is the only constant thing in life. Together we will address roadblocks, mindset and define our ideal state of being.

If you are interested in making lasting changes please click here.