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7 WAYS I AM SIMPLIFYING THINGS THIS WEEK wellness challenge

If I am being honest – and we are all friends here, so of course I am being honest – this end of winter/beginning of spring in between season always kind of gets me down. Call it the wacky weather or maybe because the skies tend to be more gray than blue, either way, I get bummed out. So, in an effort to simplify things, I am trying to make some small changes with big results. So…for this weeks challenge….

Here are several ways I am trying to simplify my life this week. Some of these might be up your alley, some maybe not so much, but I would love to hear your thoughts!

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1 – No more falling asleep with the TV on

I know, I know, it’s a bad habit, but some nights my mind is racing so much that the only thing that will help me go to sleep is watching mindless TV shows (Arrow, anyone?) But, as we all know, falling asleep to the TV doesn’t exactly provide the foundation for rest, now does it? This week, I am putting down the remote and picking up a good book.

2 – No more waking up & checking emails

Do you do this? It’s the first thing I do when I turn the alarm off at 5 a.m. It’s like clockwork. I turn off the alarm, refresh my email, check the news (depressing), and Instagram. Immediately I feel stressed and rushed and it’s no bueno. This week I am putting my phone on airplane mode and giving myself a little extra time in the morning to ease into things.

Airplane mode keeps all your notifications from coming through (i.e. no emails, calls, texts, Instagram notifications, and all the other nonsense you get notified about). Here is to hoping this small change makes a BIG difference.

3 – No more chips and salsa for dinner

Tell me I am not alone in the weeknight meal struggle. Sometimes it’s hard to whip up a meal after a long day, you know what I mean? And once the pizza guy knows your name, that relationship has to end ASAP.

For those of you who meal plan, I envy you. While it’s not hard, it is just a bit time-consuming which is always the hurdle. This week, my goal is to meal plan for three dinners, nothing crazy, just something basic and easy to work into being a fully functioning adult.

4 – No more double booking

Scheduling every moment of every day is exhausting and a fool-proof way to set your plans up for failure. Happy hours and catching up with friends are meant to be fun, not stressful. Try limiting your hangouts and catch-ups to two days or swapping the happy hour for a walk outside or spin class. This week I am opting for a fewer hangouts of higher quality – you in?

5 – No more stuffing & cramming

By no means am I a hoarder, but there are just certain things that I can’t seem to organize. Random match books, receipts, random screws, you know, normal things. And don’t even get me started about the chair. You know when clothes aren’t dirty enough for the hamper, but not clean enough for the hamper — it’s the chair. So between the chair, the random junk drawer, and the other corner piles, something has got to go. This week, it’s time to tackle the chair…

6 – No more elaborate morning routines

When I was in college I was all about the elaborate morning routine. I woke up, stretched, journaled, had some quiet time, made breakfast, showered AND blow dired my hair, plus probably singing to the plants and talking to the birds because that is how much freaking free time I had. Who the eff has that kind of time now? Not I, said the over scheduled fly, not I.

While I am still a huge proponent of a morning routine (we talked all about it here), mine looks way, way different. It is all about waking up 10 minutes early, leaving my phone on DND, meditating for a few minutes, and giving myself a little extra love – maybe some mornings that means actually make a breakfast, or taking time to do my hair, or hey, here’s a big one, trying to make that morning meeting on time.

This goes for evening routines too! 

7 – No more multiple outfit changes per morning

I am notorious for changing multiple times in a morning, are you that way? Even if I think I know what I want to wear, majority of the time I spend half the morning picking out shoes or switching a top – it’s a nightmare. Your decision making skills begin to decline once you’ve made a certain amount of decisions in a day (it takes a lot of energy to make decisions all day and your brain gets tired), so spending a lot of time and energy on choosing an outfit takes away strong decision-making skills from something else.

This week I am giving my brain a hand and selecting outfits ahead of time, that way I don’t have to worry about it!

What about you? What changes have you made in your life to feel less stressed?


photography by Iron & Honey

CREATING GOOD VIBES in your space

I am a big believer in creating good energy in your home, because truthfully, it helps me stay balanced. My personality is a MASSIVE introverted extrovert, meaning, I love people, I love hanging out and doing things, but they don’t fill me up. I get filled up by being at home, reading books, gardening, or (no surprise here) taking a bath. So when my day is filled with extroverted activities, it is really important for me to come home to a space that is clean, quiet, and filled with good vibes.

Actively working to create a space with good vibes is something that is crucial to my mental health and a little habit that really helps my self care practice. For you, it might mean burning incense or using smudge sticks – both are awesome & if that works for you, don’t change – but for me, it is slightly more involved.

CREATING MOMENTS:

Doesn’t this sound like I am a cheesy mall photographer trying to upsell you on a package? I promise, it’s nothing as creepy as that…

For me, creating moments means having little spots around the house where I can instantly sit back and relax. Most of the time it involves trays. I don’t really know why, maybe it’s because my slightly type-A brain loves the organization and compartmentalizing aspect of trays…either way, trays are the trick to moments.

For example, I always have a tray sitting on my coffee table with a candle, matches, and some reading material. This allows me to sit down on the sofa, light the candle, grab a magazine, and relax without any prep work. My brain is tired from making decisions all day, so this is an easy, decision free way to just take a break from things for a bit.

Naturally, I get all the best trays in my house and candles in my house from Marshalls, because a) they are AMAZING and b) fantastically affordable. This little round guy is perfect for outdoor entertaining and the Peony Petal candle is my absolutle favorite. Every time I go to Marshalls I stock up on as many as they have. I have a whole shelf in my office dedicated to this candle…no joke. My husband thinks I am insane, but I like to think that our house smells like a magic English house in the country, so…worth it.

CREATE YOUR OWN MOMENT
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SOOTHING VISUALS

This could also be called “Manage Clutter Well” but soothing visuals made this tip sound more zen and important some how, so let’s roll with it. Okay, so what the F does “soothing visuals” mean? Well, young padawan, let me explain…

Your brain processing a million pieces of information a day and there are about a katrillion things vying for your attention at any given moment, so part of my good vibe practice is to create a space that is soothing, relaxing, and doesn’t need anything from me.

Again, I like color and organization so organizing my bookshelf by color is weirdly cathartic for my mind. Every morning when I spread out the various piles, paperwork, and nonsense I have to get through in a day, it is nice to have this colorful wall to look up at and space out on.

For you, that might mean sparse bookshelves, a gallery wall, a cabinet full of plants, it could be any or all of those things, but try setting it up in a room you are frequently in.

I also love filling my bookshelves with little trinkets from trips, items that make me smile, and all of the plants. Honestly, if I could live in a greenhouse I would be thrilled. Elated actually, but that is besides the point.

On a recent trip to my favorite store (cough cough Marshalls) I found those three blue and white Chinoiserie vases – aren’t they cool? They add some height and drama to the shelves without being loud or trendy. Plus, I can move them to my dining room table to spruce things up, or in various other places in the house when I get the itch to rearrange (which is daily, mind you). That big guy on the right was under $50, can you believe? Run, go get them, right now, GO, we will wait…

GO GINGER JAR CRAZY
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HYGGE

In case you need to brush up on your Danish terms, hygge is the latest word en vogue that means “to comfort” or “to console” and has become synonymous with a coziness. It was a huge word this year & everyone starting ditching the bar scene for a more self care friendly night in. Where we mad about it? No. Has it worked it’s way into our nightly routine? Absolutely.

Basically, I try to make my living room as comfortable as possible. We’ve got books stacked on almost every available surface (in a chic, no cluttered way of course), candles are always within an arms reach, and everything basically begs you to sit down, unplug, and recharge. Also, this is a phone free zone in our house. While our TV is hanging on the opposite wall, we try to leave our phones on the dining room table, so when we are in the living room, we spend time together. That could mean watching a movie, binge watching a show, or snuggling, reading, or just catching up on our days.

It’s amazing and I totally suggest instituting a tech free zone of your house. Try it for a week and watch what happens. You’ll be amazed.

Part of making a room cozy is having places to rest your cup of tea, a book, or a candle and these stools (again from Marshalls, again in amazing blue and white) are beyond perfect. They are roughly 24″ tall, so the perfect height for a sofa or a chair, blend in nicely with almost any decorating style, and easily under $100. I loved them so much I bought two extra ones to use as our bedside tables – OBSESSED.

MAKE THAT ROOM COZY
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I DRANK COLLAGEN and heres what happened


If I was a betting gal, it would be easy money to say that you and everyone you know is taking about collagen. It’s the latest super supplement and it’s popping up on every heathy list imaginable – but what is it all about?

I wanted to see what all the hype was about, so naturally I dove right in, headfirst, and went gangbusters for a week. I ate, drank, gargled (jk, I didn’t do that), and breathed collagen (by only by accident because I sneezed while scooping some out….oops) and there are legit some amazing benefits…

Here is why everyone is loving collagen:

Great for your bones, joints, and muscles

Helps with digestion & is great for anyone with acid reflux, IBS, or leaky gut

Does wonders for your skin (goodbye wrinkles), teeth, nails, and hair

And, rumor has it, it supports a healthy nights sleep

After doing some research, I ordered Dr. Axe’s Multi-Collagen Protein and started adding two scoops to my morning smoothies. This particular mix is a high-quality blend of bovine, chicken, fish, and egg collagens, providing collagen Types I, II, III, V and X (hence, “multi” collagen).Types I and III are amazing for your skin, hair, and nails while Type II collagen, which  supports gut health, joint health and healthy immune system function.

This mix is great because it’s super high quality, easy to absorb, tasteless, and has absolutely no smell (which, to me, is a big win). Smoothies are a super easy way to work collagen in, but I have also mixed it in to my cup of tea in the evening, and lots of people use collagen in their recipes!

I’ve been drinking collagen for about two weeks now and I can tell that their is a difference in my skin, energy levels, and my hair feels more healthy. It’s so easy to work in to my morning routine and with noticeable results in such a short time, it’s definitely become a beloved part of my health regime.

What do you think? Would you try working collagen in to your routine?

IGNORE YOUR PHONE wellness challenge

Last week I met a girlfriend for lunch and as I sat there waiting for her, I couldn’t help but notice that someone at every table was on their phone. Everyone either had their phone face up on the table, in their lap, or they were endlessly scrolling away on it. Not just the majority of tables, but every single table had phones out, face up, ready to distract them from a fabulous lunch with someone they wanted to grab lunch with.

I watched as people felt the buzz of their phone, put down their silverware mid-conversation, and replied, scrolled, clicked, and ‘grammed. We are all guilty of this & I get it, it’s easy to multitask, but I had to wonder how, after being plugged in and available to everything/everyone all day, we are able to refill ourselves and…to a maybe larger question…how is it changing us? Is unplugging the new freedom?

You’ve read a million articles, heard a trillion podcasts, and I am sure have had several thousand conversations about digital detoxing, it’s benefits, it’s downfalls, and all the peaks and perils in between. And while I am a huge fan of putting boundaries on your tech use (no phones in the bedroom, shut your tv off by a certain time, etc.), I get that not everyone has that luxury, or that tech serves different uses for different people. But, here is what I want to challenge us to try this week…ignore your phone at meal time. That’s it.

Studies show that time away from technology

help improve posture and eye contact

improve short and long term memory

open up new perspectives

makes you seem more trustworthy

improves relationship quality and sense of closeness

makes people want to talk to you more

Don’t pull your phone out of your bag, or nestle it in your lap. Don’t allow yourself the temptation of looking at it every time you feel a buzz or a high pitched chime, turn it on silent. Hey, maybe go crazy and just leave it in another room while you eat at home. What could be the worst thing that happens?

This week, try thinking these three simple thoughts:

I put my phone on silent if I know I am going to be with other people in a social setting.

I leave my phone in my bag, rather than on the table, so it’s harder to access.

I look more open, trustworthy, and friendly without a phone in my hand.

photography by the fabulous Iron & Honey

sources Fast Company & Scientific American

TURMERIC IS THE NEW BLACK wellness challenge

Turmeric and ginger latte recipe via Lauren KelpI was at a swank little coffee shop in the West Loop the other day and saw “Golden Latte” on the menu, so naturally, I ordered it because it sounded weird and maybe magical and I have to say…I was very pleasantly surprised!

Little did I know that this fancy latte has a cult following. You’ve heard of matcha lattes, but have you heard of the latest wonder drink – turmeric lattes? From Sydney to San Fran, people are ditching their morning cups of joe for this healthy alternative and swearing by it’s many magical benefits.

What are the benefits you ask?

  • anti-inflammatory
  • potent antioxidant
  • boosts immunity and brain power
  • aids in muscle pain relief
  • helps with digestion
  • reduces cholesterol
  • lowers risk of diabetes
  • helps fight infection, depression, anxiety, and I am sure a bunch of other annoying ailments
  • PLUS it’s amazing for your skin and a great source of natural caffeine

Okay, so here is my health challenge for the week — I am going to swap out two of my weekly morning cups of coffee for turmeric lattes and see how it goes. Join me?

Ginger and Turmeric Lattee
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Soothing and delicious latte that is packed full of anti-inflammatory properties.
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup of almond milk
Instructions
  1. Combine turmeric, ginger, sugar, and coconut oil in a blender and wait to blend
  2. Heat almond milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until just simmering.
  3. Pour the hot almond milk into the blender and blitz everything until smooth and frothy.
  4. Serve, sip, & enjoy!

Turmeric and ginger latte recipe via Lauren Kelp

 

DEEP BREATHING TO MANAGE ANXIETY wellness challenge

Deep breathing for anxiety via Lauren Kelp

Maybe it is the season or the current state of affairs (can we just get one day without a CNN alert, puhhlease), but I have become increasingly more and more anxious. I have never considered myself someone who has anxiety but recently I find myself becoming stressed more easily and overwhelmed more quickly – which is gross and super not fun. So, this week I am trying to give myself a minute to take some deep breaths whenever I am feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Join me?

DEEP BREATHING FOR WHEN YOU ARE FEELING ANXIOUS

1. Close your eyes and take a deep inhale through your nose for five seconds

2. Exhale through your mouth for good five seconds

3. Now repeat and count to 10 (an inhale is “1” and exhale is “2” and so on)

4. If you need another go, count to 20 or until you feel more zen

I have started doing this when I get overwhelmed with work or in rush hour traffic (sans the closing eyes bit) and it has really helped take the edge of the situation. Do you find deep breathing to be helpful? Excited to be working towards a less anxious week with you!

Deep breathing for anxiety via Lauren Kelp

HAPPY CARROT SOUP or "how to stay healthy during the holidays"

Oooh, hiiii! We’re all friends here, so let’s get real for a second…are you starting to feel anxious about the holidays? It is still warm & fall-like in Chicago, so as of today, it doesn’t truly feel like the holiday season is upon us. But…sadly, my appetite isn’t getting the memo. I am seeing visions of sugar plum everything & all I want is those adorable sugar cookies decorated like snow flakes, and don’t even get me started on pumpkin spice macaroons….I mean, come on!

This year, I am trying (desperately) to reign myself in and not go overboard by eating all the carbs in sight. Don’t get me wrong, there will be plenty of indulging, but my goal is to make room for some healthier options at the table this year.

healthy thanksgiving soup via lauren kelpThis year, I am trying something new at our Thanksgiving table – soup! Traditionally, we have never served soup at our holiday table, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start now!

I saw this happy little orange soup bopping around the internet & decided to give it a spin and I am so glad I did. It is a perfect alternative for butternut squash soup, if you are looking to find a less heavy option but still want to keep that killer taste. With a hint of ginger, turmeric, thyme, and crispy apple, it’s a sure thing! Don’t believe me? See for yourself!

healthy thanksgiving soup via lauren kelp

HAPPY CARROT SOUP
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Serves: 4 bowls
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of water
  • ½ white onion, chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium-sized carrots, chopped
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1.5 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ cup unsweetened Silk Almond Milk
  • ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Heat your water on medium/high heat in a soup pot.
  2. Once hot, sauté the onions and garlic until light brown. Add in the carrots, apple and ginger & cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add in the butternut squash, sea salt, turmeric, thyme, cinnamon and pepper next & mix well. Cook another 5 minutes.
  4. Pour in the vegetable broth and Unsweetened Silk Almond milk. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cover. Simmer for about 20 minutes, or until all vegetables are soft.
  5. Turn off heat and stir in the fresh lemon juice and maple syrup.
  6. Pour it in your blender & pureé the soup until smooth and creamy. Add in salt, pepper, & spices to taste.
  7. et Voila!

healthy thanksgiving soup via lauren kelpSo, what do you think? Easier than you thought – right?! Hey, girl, I mean it when I say, we are all about thoughtful living. No one wants to spend the whole day in the kitchen, so here’s to the recipes that are delicious, healthy, and get you spending as much time with family and friends as possible!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

SAVORY ROSEMARY NUT MIX

Holiday time is coming, which means ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT IS BAKED GOODS! Delicious pies for Thanksgiving, cookie parties with friends, and all of the fabulous chocolate desserts for Christmas. It seems everywhere I go these days, there are adorable little holiday treats calling my name. And, how do you say ‘no’ to a pumpkin spice macaroon?!

This year, I am buckling down and trying to be a better holiday eater…and by that I mean, not eating everything in sight. So, thanks to my new resolve, I have been munching on healthy snacks – like this insane savory rosemary nut mix – to help lure me away from visions of sugar plum everything.

savory nut mix snack via lauren kelpBest part? This nut mix is insanely delicious! Beyond simple to whip up, perfect for a healthy snack to grab & go, or set out at your next party…and don’t even get me started about how good this mix is on a cheese board – INSANELY GOOD!! So, what do you say, give it a quick peruse & let me know what you think! Trust me, you’ll be hooked!

SAVORY NUT MIX
 
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 2 ½ Cups of Mixed Raw Nuts (pecans, walnuts, peanuts, cashews, macadamia, almonds)
  • 2 TBS Unsalted Butter
  • 2 heaping TBS Fresh Rosemary – finely chopped
  • 1 TBS Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • ¼ tsp Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp Pure Maple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.
  2. Place the nuts in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add the brown sugar, cumin, cayenne, salt and black pepper. Set aside.
  3. In a medium sized sauté pan, over medium low heat, melt the butter. Stir in the rosemary and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in maple syrup. Add the nuts to the sauté pan, stir and toss to completely coat.
  5. Transfer the seasoned nuts to the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Bake until nuts are toasted and light golden in color, about 10-15 minutes, tossing once half way through baking. Allow the nuts to cool on the pan for 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl or a container with a tight fitting lid.

savory nut mix snack via lauren kelpLooking for another fun way to be mindful this holiday season? Erica from Everything Erica is sharing how to repurpose all your holiday leftovers at the Macy’s on State Street in Chicago this Thursday (Nov.17) at noon! Interested? Learn more here!

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WHAT IS REIKI?

learning about reiki and holistic health via lauren kelp


Friends! Courtney here. Have y’all heard of Reiki? It’s basically a modality that is used to find inner peace, restore balance, and create comfort – something many of us strive for – am I right? We’ve tapped into it here in the studio and got a chance to interview the wonderful and inspirational Tori Washington, a local yoga master and Reiki guru. Since we’re all about exploring new art forms and methods for taking the pressure off, we’re excited to be able to share Tori’s thoughts, feelings, and intimate insight into this organic approach to health and wellness!reiki and holistic health via lauren kelp

WHAT IS REIKI?

Traditionally, Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation, and healing. This life energy is administered by light touch of the hands and promotes healing for the whole body so that includes our mind, our emotions, our physical body and our spirit.

ARE YOGA & REIKI SIMILAR?

We are physical bodies, but more than anything, we are energy. Reiki is translated to mean “universal life force energy.”  There are many translations for yoga – one being “yoke,  join, or concentrate” – so yes, Reiki and yoga can work together.  Blended they are powerful. We often start with the physical (a yoga practice) and from there, for many, the journey begins.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HOLISTIC HEALTH?

I saw a Holistic Therapist when I was younger and she changed my life.  In many ways, she saved my life.  I battled with anxiety and eating disorders as a teenager into my early 20’s. My relationship with food was really distorted and the way I treated my body stemmed from a lot of deep-rooted pain.  She was the one person who didn’t try to prescribe me any medication.  She was the only person who reminded me that I have the ability to tap inside and heal myself.  I had to connect with the pain in order to transform it and it’s hard work.  Instead of running from it, I had to get to know it. I quickly realized that this is a never-ending journey and it’s an honor that I get to show up every day and do the best that I can.  It’s part of our life’s work.  So holistic health to me, shifts the conversation from “how do I fix this?” to “how can I heal?”  It’s accepting that the answer will change many times throughout your life.

learning about reiki and holistic health via lauren kelp

WHAT ARE SOME MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT REIKI?

So many! I’ve heard people chalk it up to magic, some people think it’s dangerous.  That is from a lack of knowledge and understanding. Reiki has electrical and magnetic qualities that can be measured. There are now logical tests that can account for this type of energetic healing or therapy.

IS REIKI BECOMING MORE POPULAR?

One thing I know for sure is that people are looking for more.  There’s a level of dissatisfaction with our current system of medicine.  On an instinctive level, people know that there is something more to draw from.  At the root of every physical pain is an energetic blockage, a story, something that they are holding onto and need to let go of or transform.  It starts deep within.  So as a whole, I feel a tremendous shift occurring. People are looking in the mirror and realizing that they are not just a physical body. They can feel it. When you notice that, you’re much more open to different forms of healing because now it’s not just about healing the physical. We are much more complex than that.  We are much more powerful than that.  I see the future of Reiki enhancing the way we approach medicine.  It will give birth to a new way of healing – one that is more effective, less expensive, and draws on our own personal power.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY SO FAR?

I will say that right now in my life, for the first time, I feel that I’m on the right path with this. It hasn’t been something that I have always had a handle on. My fiancé always makes fun of me because if ANYTHING comes up on my skin or I have a weird feeling in my stomach, I immediately jump on WebMD and look up all the various ways I could be potentially dying.  It’s ridiculous! And ultimately, it’s a crutch.  So I have made a HUGE commitment to myself to come back to that place of remembrance – I am on a healing journey and it’s going to look different every day.  So I’m simplifying everything. I’m healing my relationship with food which I now view as medicine. I’m trusting the intelligence of my own body and I’m learning so much.  Stay tuned, I’m definitely along for the ride on this one!

learning about reiki and holistic health via lauren kelp

WHY IS REIKI SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR LIFE? 

Sitting down and closing my eyes for the sole purpose of healing by tuning into someone’s energy is the most infinitely loving thing I can do as a human on this earth.  It is the link between my heart and someone else’s – it’s love and recognizing we are all made up of it.  It’s acknowledging that we are all connected and in this together. It’s rebuilding your personal power to heal not only yourself, but the relationships in your life because of it. Practicing energy healing…  I don’t really know how else to describe it… there are no words for how important it is to me. But it’s the link.  It’s the link to everything that I am.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE HOW OTHERS FEEL AFTER EXPERIENCING REIKI AFTER ONE SESSION?

 AWAKENED.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM PRACTICING? 

Ah, so many takeaways – my heart bursts just thinking about it. I almost never refer to it as Reiki and always use the words ‘energy healing’ because as my practice has evolved, I definitely incorporate some of the traditional practices, but I’ve also blended in my own unique rituals.  So energy healing is how I describe it.

learning about reiki and holistic health via lauren kelp

 

Tori will be hosting several “Yoga Outdoors” events through her studio Yoga Six – Lincoln Park this summer. (She always offers energy healing in her classes!) She’s also co-hosting a yoga retreat with Angie Starz right outside Cuba’s colorful capital, Havana, in April 2017!  


courtney button*Disclaimer:  Neither Tori nor Laurenkelp.com is discrediting western medicine and the amazing work that doctors do. Tori is speaking strictly from personal experiences and we are happy to share them with y’all!

WHAT IS A LIFESTYLE COACH?

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 8.18.35 AMHowdy! Have you heard people talking about Lifestyle Coaching? It’s kind of like a Life Coach (but different) and also kind of like a Business Coach (but also different). Luckily, we happen to have a Lifestyle Coach on the LK team & she allowed us to ask all the questions you’ve been wondering. So, meet your new best friend, Natalie Canizares! 

Dying to know what the eff a Lifestyle Coach is & why you really might love one? Read on!


WHAT IS A LIFESTYLE COACH?

A Lifestyle Coach is someone who partners with you to help you achieve your goals by dismantling limiting beliefs and unhelpful patterns while also holding you accountable and cheering you on. It’s almost like having your own personal cheerleader in the arena of your well being, who isn’t afraid to tell you how it is.

I personally focus a lot on balance as a coach because I feel it’s so key to maintaining long-term success. Balance to me looks like being able to indulge without feeling like you’ve completely ruined your life! It’s not about being perfect, it’s about knowing how to come back to your center whenever you feel off.

 

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WORK WITH A LIFESTYLE COACH?

People work with me because they want to:

  • Lose weight
  • Increase their energy
  • Manage stress
  • Ditch dieting
  • Stop counting calories
  • Feel better in their skin
  • Gain confidence
  • Feel mentally clear
  • Start a yoga practice
  • Sleep better
  • Improve complexion
  • Improve digestion
  • And the list continues…

Essentially coaching is meant to help you get from where you are to where you want to be as quickly and efficiently as possible.

 

WHO WORKS WITH A LIFESTYLE COACH?

Coaching is great for someone who is ready to commit to change but isn’t sure how to really make that happen for themselves.

HOW DOES LIFESTYLE COACHING WORK?

Logistically speaking I work with clients virtually and via telephone so I’m able to help women all around the world from the comfort of their own homes.

The way I work with clients is 50% mindset 50% practical tools. This is a big reason why people see results, pretty much right away, because we don’t just talk about what’s going on for you and what you can improve, we create actionable steps you can take immediately. So after every session you walk away with clear things to work on. Each week builds upon the last week and brings you closer and closer to your goal. With the ultimate goal being that these new healthy habits become integrated into your life so much so that they become second nature.

One aspect of my coaching that can be really helpful is learning how to eat for your body specifically. There is so much contradicting nutrition information out there and it can be extremely confusing to try to understand what you should and shouldn’t eat. I help people cut through the fluff and learn how to eat in a way that really works for them. No two bodies are completely identical and sometimes the smallest tweak in your diet can make a huge difference in the way you look and more importantly in the way you feel.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LIFESTYLE COACH & A NUTRITIONIST? 

From my understanding nutritionists and dietitians mostly focus on food and meal planning. While I absolutely help people improve their diets that’s only one piece of the puzzle. Aside from diet I also teach breath work (to alleviate stress and balance the body), meditation, personalized yoga classes, and other self-care practices.

 

WHY DID YOU BECOME A COACH?

After years of struggling with body image issues and imbalanced health I became passionate about nutrition and lifestyle and how I could improve these things for myself. My path led me to working with a Life Coach, which is when I realized I too could help other women find balance in their bodies and lives. As soon as I realized this I enrolled in school and started my business, and that was almost three years ago!

 

So, what do you think? To help empower you to feel like the beautiful, amazing, bad asses that they are, Natalie is offering free 30 minute strategy sessions! Click here & get ready to kick that goals ass!


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