relax, relate, release.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 0 , 1 kiss!

Relax. You deserve it, it's good for you, and it takes less time than you think. You don't need a spa weekend or a retreat. Meditation. A few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety. Chances are, your ever-growing to-do list doesn’t include one very important task: Relax. But managing stress is key to staying healthy. Think you don’t have time to unwind? Each of these stress-relieving tips can get you from OMG to OM in less than 15 minutes. 1. Meditate A few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety. “Research suggests that daily meditation may alter the brain’s neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress,” says psychologist Robbie Maller Hartman, PhD, a Chicago health and wellness coach. The process can be simple. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on reciting — out loud or silently — a positive ...

confessions.

Friday, July 11, 2014 8 , 7 kisses!

  Hi. My name is Chanel and I am a recovering asshole. I'm 126 days clean! I am/was an asshole/bitch/mean/combustible woman and for the past year I've been diligently working on myself. Some people are taking it as if I act like I'm "holier than thou", when I'm not. I'm just a work in progress. There comes a time in your life, at any age, that you realize you are NOT happy with yourself and how you're perceived. You say you're happy but your actions speak otherwise. Recognize/heal your personal issues & you will see what true happiness is. Me being the "class clown" is authentic but also my facade. I masked my pain through jokes, and healed myself by making others laugh. When the truth was, all I really wanted was someone to make ME laugh. Make ME happy. It wasn't until this year that I've truly learned how to make myself happy. I was forced into ...

gym selfies.

Thursday, July 10, 2014 0 , , 3 kisses!

Gym selfie: Yep, we all do it. We check ourselves out when no one is looking and sometimes we get caught doing it. When we make progress, we want to show everyone. It’s like saying “Check me out! How many likes will this get me?” When your trainer gets mad at you for taking a selfie, and you're mad that he photobombed you. We all love to take a good selfie of what we are currently doing, but snapping pictures of your body in a bikini or a sports bra/shorts helps you access your fitness physique. There is nothing wrong with taking selfie’s to check your progress. When I put the hard work in my training and nutrition, guess what? I am showing off my hard work. Plain and simple. It’s not a brag. It is a look at my hard work and results. It’s a “I can’t believe I am ...

how to lose her.

Thursday, July 10, 2014 0 , 6 kisses!

This is how you lose her.¹ You lose her when you forget to remember the little things that mean the world to her: the sincerity in a stranger’s voice during a trip to the grocery, the delight of finding something lost or forgotten like a sticker from when she was five, the selflessness of a child giving a part of his meal to another, the scent of new books in the store, the surprise short but honest notes she tucks in her journal and others you could only see if you look closely. You must remember when she forgets. You lose her when you don’t notice that she notices everything about you: your use of the proper punctuation that tells her continuation rather than finality, your silence when you’re about to ask a question but you think anything you’re about to say to her would be silly, your mindless humming when it is ...

low expectations, high hopes.

Monday, June 23, 2014 0 , , 3 kisses!

Keep your expectations low and your hopes high.... Read More @ GymGlow.com This is a more concrete way of saying, “be open-minded,” a perspective you can take with you every time you are afraid of being disappointed. Some people use the word “hope” as a verb, in a narrow focus toward one thing, when they really mean “expect.” This can cause a lot of trouble. Saying, for example, “I really hope s/he comes around and sees my point of view on this issue” channels the “hope” in only the direction of this very important goal. If the goal is not met, the heaviness of the disappointment will depend directly on the heaviness of the “hope” – which becomes, in reality, an expectation. Expectations are the biggest source of disappointment out there! I am a walking abuser of having too many expectations of people (which I am aggressively working on). Think about it: ...