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I remember  the feeling like it was yesterday. My husband and I, wide-eyed newlyweds with a spirit for adventure, checked our bags and triple-checked our paperwork. In a short time, we would be taxiing the runway at O’Hare, headed over the Atlantic on our honeymoon where we would immerse ourselves in the local culture by road-tripping through Germany, France, Italy, and Switzerland.

What began as a trip destined for romance and wanderlust turned into my first taste of complete freedom and total relaxation. Somewhere between the coast of Italy and the mountains of Germany, I sank into the passenger seat and realized that this was the first time – ever – in my adult life where I gave myself permission to be fully present. No itinerary to blast through. No diet to adhere to. No devices to mindlessly scroll through. I threw rigid expectations and hyper-vigilant habits to the wind in favor of embracing an entirely foreign new pace of life, if only for these next two weeks.

This trip was the first time I’d ever seen such lush backdrops and scenic drives, but it was also the first time I’d witnessed myself in my own element. I was experiencing my true self for the first time, stripped of the need to push, power through, and prove something; to do more; to reach and strive for that elusive image of ‘better’ I had promised myself was waiting for me. Like the locals we met through our travels, I began developing intentional habits that re-routed me back to what I had lost in the hot pursuit of what I told myself I needed to be all along. I began savoring my food, indulging when it felt right. I found myself breathing more deeply, slowing down the never-ending wheel of anxious thought patterns that kept me feeling frantic back home. Counterintuitively, everything that I had resisted stateside was everything I needed to realize my true potential for being, not doing.

What felt like freedom was actually an escape from my own expectations, my first real exhale, and the first steps towards evangelizing the same liberation I experienced overseas.

I bet you know exactly what it feels like to chase and be chased by “perfect”. It’s motivating and soul-crushing all at once, a strict form of piety that keeps you feeling hungry, scarce, and small. If you just cross one more thing off your list, add one more bullet to your resume, or say ‘no’ to one more indulgence, you’ll finally reach blissful alignment, expansion, enlightenment. When the feeling never follows? You deem yourself defective somehow, and set new goals to aim higher than before, determined to achieve what’s just out of reach. It’s cyclical and it’s damaging to our minds, our bodies, and our relationships.

Now, more than ever, women are dominating the field at home and at work. While we’re finding ourselves in new positions of power…we’re also making ourselves less of a priority. We close the sale, but we forget to eat breakfast. We stay up all night to meet deadlines, but shrug off our own need to sleep. After all, what is success if it isn’t earned running ourselves ragged?

You can find a path to success that doesn’t take a toll on your health and happiness along the way. I’ve done it myself. I can show you how, too.

Since the trip-that-changed-everything, I’ve returned home determined to help women escape the feelings of perfection, anxiety, and obsessive thinking that I knew too well. As a Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC) and life coach, I teach sustainable strategies for investing in rest, healing, and long-term health, guiding women towards the balance between success and self-care – and helping them protect that balance no matter how unpredictable or chaotic life may get.

Let caring for yourself be a choice, not a chore.

Learning how to give yourself what you need, when you need it, knowing exactly why you need it is easier than you think. My FREE guide is packed with expert tools, tips, and resources to help you become more self-aware...so you can define your own version of self-care.

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Perfectly balanced is an impossible expectation.✨It’s unattainable and yet we all feel like we must reach it in order to have a peaceful, meaningful and happy life.🙆🏻‍♀️BUT the thing about balance is that it’s not an end goal, it’s a way of living. It’s a practice that constantly teaches us how to prioritize and reminds us to keep what’s important to our happiness sacred. Let’s chat...what does being happily balanced mean to you?
You, my friend, are making an impact on this world. So rather than dimming your light and downplaying your accomplishments, why don't you take a little credit for all you have done and are continuing to do?
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Tell me one amazing thing you’ve done this week in a comment below so that I can celebrate with you!
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Shine bright, powerful woman. You’re worthy of having your accomplishments fully seen and fully celebrated.
Are you filling yourself up with goodness and caring for your health in a way that aligns with your values and goals? How we choose to nourish ourselves impacts our mind, body, and spirit. This week take a mental note of how your diet is supporting your life and let it lovingly guide you towards uncovering your deeper needs. ♥︎Drew
I didn’t plan on taking a social siesta for more than a few days (obviously I still posted some stories) but it just kind of happened that way.
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If we’re being honest here, I’ve been craving more realness and truth. Less perfectly curated facades and noise.
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Not to sound dramatic but I needed space to salvage my spirit and make room for growth.
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The timing couldn’t have been better. Right before our road trip to Charleston and right after a few weighty decisions that forced me to ask myself some difficult questions.
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So I tried (keyword: tried) to immerse myself and stay present during our trip. Using the down time to sit with my thoughts. Holy shit, that’s hard to do.
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I’ve been noticing some internal shifts surface along with how I want to show up in this space of mine and in your sacred space as well. So I asked...
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“How can I stay truthful to who I am as a human and what I believe to be important while still curating a beautiful brand, inspiring others and aligning it all with my values and business?”
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This question seemed super complicated until it unraveled into something very simple....a question I would probably ask my client going through the same thing...”How can you let it be easy?”
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I’m back.
Unplugging a bit this week (don’t worry I’ll still be on stories) from social. My husband and I are embarking on a road trip to Charleston. First stop is Lexington, Kentucky and the bourbon trail. We’ll be staying overnight in a contemporary museum because....art. To be honest, I’ve been struggling a bit on how I want to show up in this online space of mine and for my friends, readers, clients, potential clients. I am not sure what this shift looks like yet but I will keep you all posted and till then you can follow along in my stories.✌🏼
We need to stop giving the word “busy” so much acclamation and start to re-introduce a new word to sum up our lives and our days. Because, girlfriend, busy doesn’t acknowledge all the goodness you have going on. I find myself using this word way too often🤦‍♀️and after I do it I feel even more disconnected and stressed. So this week, let’s take a mini challenge together and remove this word from our vocabulary. And if you need some help, here are some other words to use: eventful, active, full, vibrant.💫Leave an emoji if you’ll join me!🙅‍♀️