The first place to start in creating abundance

6 months from now you can be in a completely different space in your life and business, mentally, financially and energetically.

 

The first step is to COMMIT. You don’t need to know the how yet. You just need to say YES to you and decide you are committing to doing what it takes to showing up, learning and taking action to create your desires.

Once you commit the HOW opens up. NOT before. We don’t see the HOW before we commit. That is backwards and like saying you want to go on a trip, but never commit to the investment of buying the ticket. You buy the ticket first- Then the plane takes you where you want to go. You can look at pictures all day long, and say you want to go there, but if you don’t actually commit and buy that ticket- you’re going nowhere. It stays a pipe dream.

So where are you stuck in your wellness practice? I see SO many coaches and practitioners with the LOVE for what they do, but they lack the skills for actually creating an abundant business. Abundance is more than just wealth. It’s also FREEDOM. Freedom of your time, choices and being able to focus on what matters to you most.

If you’re ready to say YES to a new way of building a thriving wellness practice with a heart centered high touch low tech way of SERVING instead of SELLING, then you’re in luck!

I’m teaching a NEW 6 month course called Abundance basics.

It’s a framework based on heart centered strategy, foundational systems and the abundant mindset to help you get out of your way and follow a SIMPLE way to attract, serve and create the impact that you love as wellness practitioner and the income you desire as a business owner.

In a way that feels in alignment with who you are, your business goals and based on generosity.

If you’re ready for consistent paychecks with your coaching or wellness clients, but you feel like you don’t know where to start, are trying random strategy that you’re not sure even works or how to put the pieces together- this is for you!

You get both 1:1 attention from me in SIX 90 minute sessions, plus 6 groups coaching calls and 12 90 minute trainings in both the inner game and outer game of building a thriving business.

Check it out here>>> Abundance Basics for Women Wellness Entrepreneurs 

And then:

Let’s hop on a FREE 20 minute curiosity call to see if this is for you. I ONLY have space for 10 women and 3 of the spots got taken yesterday.

To your success sister! 

From Frazzled to Freedom

Hey Beauty,

Chris here to let you know that even though you might be stressed to the max right now, there are still small, practical steps you can take to cope with that stress and stay healthy.

But first, why am I talking about stress?

Like it’s not enough to live with stress, now I’ve got to be talking about it too?!

Agh…. not fun…!!!

But the truth is that it sure is important to acknowledge stress so you can reduce it or cope with it a little better.

Think of it like aiming for a 1% improvement….you may not be able to change the stressors in your life, but if you can manage the impact on your body 1% better, then you’ll stay healthier and more able to handle the stress.

Worthwhile, yes?

Truth: what are some of the effects of stress on your body?

I used to pretend that stress is no big deal, so if you’re like me, then the two of us need to have a “Tough Love” moment and get real about how stress IS affecting our bodies….

  • Stress increases cortisol production associated with weight gain (especially in the belly), an inability to lose weight or gain muscle and premature aging
  • Stress decreases nutrient absorption due to decreased enzymatic production from the stomach, pancreas and liver and decreased bile flow from the gall bladder
  • Stress increases nutrient excretion such as urinary loss of calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, chromium, selenium and microminerals
  • Stress decreases gut flora populations by destroying healthy intestinal bacteria and can lead to immune problems, skin disorders, nutrient deficiencies, and digestive distress
  • Stress increases salt retention which can lead to high blood pressure
  • Stress decreases the thyroid hormone which can negatively affect your metabolism
  • Stress decreases sex hormones which leads to loss of libido and low energy

But you’re not reading this just to talk about problems, you’re reading to find solutions! So read on…

How can I reduce or cope better with stress?

Remember, since we can’t always control the stress in our lives, the goal is to reduce our experience of stress by even 1%.

Here’s how you can do that, starting NOW:

  • Look at your calendar for the next 7 days. What’s one activity you’ve committed to that you can cancel?
  • Look at your to-do list. What’s one item you can delegate to someone else in the next 24 hours?
  • Consider your schedule today. Where can you fit in 20 minutes for yourself —where you’re not taking care of anyone else or being “productive”—so you can just relax and play and do something mindless?
  • Look at your calendar for tomorrow. Where can you fit in a 10-minute walk or Frisbee toss in your backyard? The fresh air and movement will help you cope waaay better with stress.
  • Before your next meal, try what I call the “5-5-7” breath. Inhale for a count of 5, hold your breath for a count of 5, then exhale for a count of 7. Repeat at least 3 times. This gives your body a chance to relax before your meal, which will increase your digestive capacity and help your body pull more nutrients from the food you’re eating.

What do I do now?

If you feel too stressed to relax, and you KNOW it’s affecting your health, your weight and your energy levels, then click here NOW to join the next From Frazzled to Freedom, Self-Care 401k. Remember, if you don’t change the way you are showing up in the world, nothing will change. and if we don’t get a handle on the stress, all the supplements, foods and water will not change the propensity to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, weight loss resistance, obesity, insulin resistance and more. Not to mention it sucks the joy out of life.

Are you ready to do something different to get different results? The choice is yours!

I’ve helped tons of clients solve this problem, and chances are very good that I can help you, too.

Shine on!

My $10,000 Lesson In Self Love

 

 Authenticity and Integrity have always been a heart centered way for me to walk my walk in truth. Today I am throwing in some vulnerability in an up close real way. Life is messy sometimes and I am bearing a piece of my soul and life that has gotten messy. 

This morning I had surgery to have an explant of my breast implants.

5 1/2 years ago, before I was working as a massage therapist and before I became a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and a Holistic Health Coach, I got breast implants.  

I got implants because I was feeling that to fit into the culture of beauty around me, my own breasts that had fed my children for so many years, were less than. They didn’t measure up to the world’s view of beauty and therefore I didn’t measure up to the worlds view of beauty in my own mind. I felt that If I had better breasts, I would love myself more, value myself more, and finally stop the critical mean girl in my mind. And guess what? That mean girl didn’t go away. She stayed despite having “better boobs” and she found other things to criticize and be dissatisfied within her. I had beautiful breasts but didn’t feel the way I thought I would. Isn’t that sometimes the case in life. We get something we want, only to find that the thing we wanted wasn’t fulfilling at all. It made me take a good hard look at the “elephant in the room” that many women see and feel but don’t talk about. This body hate that is perpetuated by the media and ourselves to be what the world says is beautiful. This outside view of beauty that I grew up with that says to be physically beautiful is to be valued. Beauty that is based on a body that is skinny, toned, firm, flat abs and the “right” number on the scale or jeans size. Crazy right! But true. I began to notice the mean girl showing up more and more in my mind. I clearly remember my husband saying to me one night “I am so sorry that your mind is so hard on itself!” And he was right. The transformation to LOVE my body and myself would NEVER come from changing the outside. It would only happen by changing my thoughts, and having compassion for the mean girl who wanted to be valued, loved and accepted as a beautiful woman. 

And so I began my own personal growth journey, to love the skin I am in.

No matter what my belly looks like, or the stretch marks from having birthed 3 amazing children, or the extra weight that creeped up over the years, or the lines around my eyes, or the silver in my hair or the double chin. What I REALLY wanted wasn’t “better boobs, or a better body,” What I wanted was to fully and truly love me; the whole amazing, messy, striving me. 

I went back to school to study nutritional therapy as a way to learn how food affects our emotions and our minds as well as our bodies, and transformational health coaching as a way to uncover the belief systems we hold that creates our view of the world.  A way to not only heal myself and uncover the belief systems that said I was “less than and needed to be more,” but to help inspire and empower other women to heal themselves too. To help us all see our value in terms of health in our body, minds, emotions and spirits. An inner power and value based on who we are, as we are, in ALL of our messiness. I learned first hand that measuring up physically to the worlds idea of beauty, does NOT create a healthy mind or healthy emotions or a joyful spirit. It actually fueled my inner mean girl. 

Then the irony and serendipity of life occurred. Just when I had these “better boobs” paid off, I found out that I needed to get them removed. My body did NOT want them. The body is amazing at healing itself, and it decided that these implants needed to be walled off and encapsulated. Stage 3 encapsulation is what they call it. I did have the option of having them replaced, but decided against it for several reasons. First, I was having problems in other areas of my body that I didn’t even know could be attributed to breast implants. My eyesight had started getting much worse; I started having a hard time remembering conversations; my muscles began to hurt and began causing lack of mobility in my shoulders, so much so that it was affecting my workouts and my job as a massage therapist. I need my shoulders and mobility. In looking back over the timeline, all of this dysfunction started to happen AFTER I had the implants put in. A friend of mine here in Charlotte, had gone through her own issues with her implants and recommended that I do some research into breast implant sickness. In doing that research I was shocked to see a familiarity in many of my symptoms. Breast Implant sickness is a real thing and I never knew.

But more importantly, I decided against replacing my implants because I am in a different place in my own mind and journey of loving myself and loving the skin I am in. ALL OF ME. Soft saggy boobs, mama belly and all. I have the opportunity to really walk my walk. To be real and authentic and stand in my truth to accept and heal those parts that I rejected earlier in life.  

 This is my $10,000 lesson. $7,000 to get implants put in, and $3,000 to get them taken out. A $10,000 transformation in body and mind. 

I am grateful for this gift that God has woven into my life, to look at myself with compassion and to lean into love. To become empowered and radiant in the knowledge that I am loved and valued. To take my discovery and healing and use it as a way to encourage and inspire other women who struggle right along with me with this culture of needing to be too thin, but never quite good enough. This mentality is the “elephant in the room.”  We feel it and strive to overcome it, but rarely admit it.

I am a healer. Of myself and others in redefining our relationship with our bodies. The mentality that keeps us hating our bodies needs to change. The “diet” mentality that keeps women striving to be thinner to find their value is a billion dollar industry and feeds off our insecurities. It’s an illusion and I know it well. I have lived in it for too many years. 

My purpose and passion has always been one of nourishing others. Whether that comes in the form of education in eating real whole foods so that we can live healthy energetic lives, or cooking classes to put the power of what we put into our bodies back into our own hands, through stress management, self care, massage therapy, or helping woman live from a sense of fullness rather than depletion in our “too fast, keep going” world. This personal challenge of mine is fuel for that purpose. To encourage women from a place of knowing what it feels like when the mean girl voice shows up. And to choose a different voice to listen to.

Today begins my first day of healing in my body, but healing will continue in my mind, my emotions, my spirit and draw me closer to loving myself more fully each day. I know many women are thinking some of the same things, but are afraid to say them out loud. It needs to be said. To be spoken. Because in owning our stories, our trials, our gifts, we become transformed and the process allows transformation to create a ripple to effect others. I hope to be one of those ripples. 

 

 

 

 

 

What is a Health Coach?

What is a Health coach and why do I need one anyway? Have you ever asked yourself this question? 

Have you ever tried to make a change and then fell back into old habits? Whether it’s trying to eat healthier, lose weight, clear clutter and get organized or create a new exercise plan; without sustainable habit changes and support we inevitably revert to the behaviors that didn’t serve us. It’s not about “willpower.” You are not weak. You just have not yet learned how to set up the circumstances for inevitable success in an easy way that fits into the context of your life so that you don’t feel like you are pushing a boulder uphill.

The simple act of changing one little thing with intention, is more powerful and sustainable than trying extreme diets, hard core exercise programs or obsessing about everything you put on your plate. The “GO BIG or GO HOME” philosophy is an attitude to fail. You see, big doors swing on small hinges. By consistently implementing small changes that align with what you want to achieve  you can bypass your brain’s fight-or-flight wiring system to such a degree as to create a sea of change and a ripple effect of global proportions! Real, sustainable changes that last, not loosing those 20 pounds by starving and depriving yourself only to slip back into the old habits and gain back the 20 pounds and then some. 98% of diets fail! That’s HUGE. So let’s look at what the 2% does to create changes that last.

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