Just do what makes you happy

I hope once this post reaches you, you’ve settled nicely into the beautiful fall weather; despite your location, I still feel that fall brings new excitement. Autumn has always been my favorite season.  Warm days, cool nights, leaves changing on the trees, Halloween, and my favorite holiday- Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving, at least in my family, still remains a very relaxed holiday for gathering of loved ones over a beautiful meal and fellowship.  There is still a feeling of true togetherness and actual thanks being given for just being.  It really makes me reflect on my life and realize that with all the hype of trending fads of how to live our lives, we need to take a moment to just be thankful for what we have, and continue to do what makes us happy.

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last few years, you’ve heard of the term “minimalism.”  There’s a great documentary out called, you guessed it, “Minimalism.”  Anyway, the concept is to keep what brings you joy, and be rid of the rest; mostly material things, but relationships  and habits can be applied here as well.  The act of giving away unnecessary items is so freeing.  However, the best feeling of all is knowing that when someone finds your treasure, it will bring them joy as well.  Freeing yourself from relationships with people or habits that are no longer serving you will open up new pathways for exploration.  Most of all, bringing joy to others lives is a feeling that goes unmatched.  And the universe will return your service, if you allow it.

So how does this relate to health, you ask?  There are so many “gurus” out there claiming to bring you health in unnatural forms.  So many different supplements that are just a waste of money and gimmicks that only want to profit off of your vulnerability.  There are suggestions to do forty minutes of morning meditation, followed by two hours of yoga, and don’t forget the intermittent fast, and the afternoon green juice, and then the after work gym pumping session, wrapped up with an evening sauna, all while a perfectly healthy meal is magically prepared for you while you’re accomplishing all of this!!!  The options are endless, and not for everyone.  Try out new things, but do so in moderation.  By all means, don’t take yourself too seriously.  Just thinking about accomplishing all of these things is stressful enough, not to mention actually physically completing anything.

Do what makes you happy and what works for your schedule, your body, and your sanity.  There are days when I know my body is telling me to just take it easy.  It has taken me a long time to actually listen to those voices telling me to slow down, but the outcomes are so beneficial.  At the end of the day, I have my routine and what works for me.  I know what workouts work best for my body, and what food nourishes me fully.  I know that forty minutes of meditation with two kids around is an incomprehensible goal.  What does make me happy is attempting a puzzle on the floor with my kids and seeing their glowing eyes when they finally find that piece that fits perfectly.   It’s also important to be able to start each day with intention and purpose so that you will feel fulfilled once those goals are accomplished.  I know that I’m not going to be perfect, but accomplishing the goals for which I’ve set forth will fill me with gratitude when they are fulfilled.  So take what fills you up, and leave the rest.

 

To optimal health,

Crunchy Mover

Remaining Authentic in an Inauthentic World

Authenticity is a dying art.  

A recollection

I remember sitting down in an office with two Spanish professors while I was studying abroad in Granda, Spain.  These people were immaculate.  The couple ran this little school that was focused toward American students, but taught completely in Spanish.  The curriculum was tough, and I felt so out of place.  I was one of ten students chosen from my University out of several hundred to attend this program.  I have absolutely no idea how I was one of the chosen ones.  I have a feeling looking back that it was partly because of my application essay and what I wanted to gain from the program.  It wasn’t just another academic achievement for me, it was about immersing myself in a  culture that was completely foreign to me; learning about people who have a different background than myself excites me.  It brings me hope, education, enlightenment and empowerment.

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Sitting is the new Smoking

And what to do instead

So I’m not sure if you’ve heard this new claim that sitting is the new smoking.  The pop-culture viewpoint comes to take stance after several studies were released linking prolonged sitting to higher rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer (cancer.org).  Also, one must take into consideration that rates of smoking have dropped significantly since the 1980’s and therefore, we must still attribute disease to something.  I’m not saying that this research is wrong, or that there isn’t a place for scare-tactics when it comes to health, however, many people are faced with situations that do not allow them to move quite as much as their counterparts.  So instead of pointing out the negative, focusing on what we can do instead may be a better tactic.  Continue reading to learn more about solutions that may bring more mindful movement to your day and aid in reduction of idle sitting time.

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