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Move Through Your Trauma…Literally!!

I've learned that we can take our most painful moments and use them as a source of empowerment as opposed to weights that hold us down. Health and fitness


There are so many reasons that people choose to make health and fitness a defining factor in their lives. Each and every person has their own story for starting, and their own reasons for continuing. The common thread that unites us all though is that health and fitness in some ways propels us toward being a higher version of ourselves.

Almost three years ago I suffered the loss of my father. He became sick unexpectedly and then after a very strong fight, he passed away two months later. Absolutely nothing in my life prepared me for this moment. I was quite honestly devastated and paralyzed with grief; the guilt, anger, and sadness almost too much to bear. The days following found me laying in my bed, oscillating between sobbing, staring blankly at the ceiling, and sleeping. The chasm in my heart felt an ocean wide and I wasn’t sure how I was ever going to fill that space again. Other than being present for my son, nothing else mattered enough for me to even try.

After approximately two months of this, I managed to listen to a voice inside telling me that I needed to get up and move. If nothing else, I could head down to the gym and then go right back to sleep. I begrudgingly pulled myself out of bed, put on some workout clothes, got myself out of my home and through the doors of the gym. I’m pretty sure that process took a record breaking hour to accomplish. I managed to make myself move, doing some weights and some cardio. Exhausted, I trudged back up to my home and straight into my bed. It wasn’t much, but I had left my bed and done something for me. I fell asleep with a small sense of accomplishment in my heart.

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Not enough sleep??? 3 ways to feel energized all day anyway!

Do you ever wonder if there are ways to stay energized after those long nights when you don’t get enough sleep?


I don’t know about you, but I love to sleep.

I long ago learned that I am a much happier, relaxed, and motivated person when I have had the proper amount of rest. The thing is though, life happens and well, I can’t always get the amount of sleep my body really requires for me to be at my peak performance.

There was once a time when I let this ruin my day, expecting that I would not be productive and would most likely be in a bad mood.

I would drink extra amounts of caffeine and drag myself through my day kicking and screaming.

Not fun for me and certainly not fun for the people around me!

Sound familiar??

Well, I got tired of having days like these and decided that losing a night or two of sleep did not have to result in such dramatic consequences.

I began researching and experimenting with my own body and found ways to keep my energy up, even after those long restless nights.

And now, I am super excited that I get to share them with you!!

With Love and Joy,