A Personal Journey

In Discovering a Lifestyle

That Works Best for You

Jason Wachob is the Founder and CEO of mindbodygreen.com. His site is dedicated to health and happiness. He wrote a book called Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a ResumeI like Jason’s approach on living life!

“A wellthy existence is one in which happiness is attainable, health is paramount,

and daily living is about abundance. It’s a life in which work is purposeful;

friendships are deep and plentiful; and there’s a daily sense of richness or overflowing joy.”~Jason Wachob

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The one question he asks is “What will make your life more wellthy?”. 

For me – A life of well being for my whole being. Creating my story . . . following my path to journey along . . . gaining experiences and making memories.

I think we are all curious beings to a degree! Why not explore more to experience what life has to offer to each and every one of us. Being open to the possibilities and opportunities and even change. Believing and loving as well as valuing and trusting yourself to make the choices you need to live a good life. Learning and developing by stretching the old comfort zone in trying new things. Opening your heart and mind to embrace life in all its messy beautifulness! 

That creates passion and the craving to do more of what you love!

  • Working hard and playing harder.
  • Laughing and living.
  • Exploring and adventuring.

That creates richness, depth and abundance!

  • Gratefulness and groundedness.
  • Appreciation and thankfulness.
  • Nourishing and nurturing your whole being.

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That creates meaning, purpose and fullness!

  • Finding your purpose and discovering a meaningful life.
  • Being active and motivating yourself.
  • Finding inspiration and sparking your creative being.

That creates a healthier and happier sense of self for your whole being! 

  • Breathing and connecting.
  • Releasing and letting go.
  • Forgiving and healing.

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(Photos by RSheridan)

 Your own personal journey that is unique as well as matters to you! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share.


A Natural Bond

With Nature

Do you have a natural bond with nature? Do you like to get out and into the Great Outdoors?

Yes and yes for me! That quality time with myself. That grounded feeling with my feet touching the terra firma. That connection to my whole being!

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I love to wander to wonder and let my body, heart and mind just be free! 

Nature is unique and magical! Nature provides inspiration and motivation. Nature is accessible and for the most part a free activity to enjoy. Nature makes you want to slow the pace down to enjoy your surroundings and tap into your senses! 

There are many ways to experience nature.

  • Gardening.
  • Going to the Farmers Market to explore, eat and wander as well as pick out fruits, veggies and/or flowers.
  • Going to a Pick Your Own Place for fruits and/or veggies (i.e. apples, berries, pumpkins, etc.).
  • Eco friendly activities (i.e. ziplining, paddle boarding, fishing, etc.).
  • Foraging (make sure you know what is edible and what is not – take a tour with an expert).
  • Journaling, creating and/or capturing your explorations and adventures.
  • Learning in general. Cooking and Creating. Gardening and Foraging. Fauna and flora. Endless possibilities!
  • Seeking out an adventure.
  • Sparking your curiosity to explore as well as using your senses to smell and even taste.
  • Walking, hiking, biking, etc. Hitting the nature trail or exploring nature and its natural beauty.

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Love to Hear How You Bond With Nature, Please Share!


Prosperity

Going for What You Need

Want and/or Crave

What does prosperity mean to you? 

For me it is about tapping into what I already have from within myself and tuning into what I need, want and/or crave! My inner guidance system that encompasses my whole being. My ability to attract that richness of abundance that works best for my whole being. My overall humanness in being true to who I am; believing, valuing, trusting!

Think about . . .

  • Listening to your whole being.
  • Paying attention and being aware.
  • Asking yourself great questions.
  • Utilizing your intuition and instinct.

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Being True and Loving

It comes from within your inner self! Trusting your inner wisdom and intelligence. Tuning and tapping into your senses and your physical sensations. What is your being trying to tell you!

  • Recognizing and learning to listen to your inner being and voice.
  • Communicating, interacting and connecting with your whole being.
  • Cultivating growth and gaining experiences.

How do you shift back to yourself and make time for yourself? 

It comes from practicing, personalizing, prioritizing, promoting . . .

  • Creating personal space and boundaries.
  • Using your time and energy effeciently and effectively.
  • Willing to be open to the opportunities.
  • Making those good choices and decisions that benefit and work best for you.
  • Setting goals and intentions.
  • Doing things differently to change and transform for the better.
  • Prioritizing health, wellness, wealth, and happiness.

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Creating and Cultivating

How do you define success?

It comes from you and the love your have for yourself.

  • Self love and self care.
  •  Self compassion and self forgiveness.
  • Self belief, value and trust.

By defining success in your own terms and the perspective you have on how you approach your own success! Find yourself identifying what matters to you that makes you a healthier and happier being. Find yourself focusing on what you do have. Creating what you need to be successful!

By acknowledging what scares you and still taking action! Especially amongst fear, doubt and mistakes. While having the guts and faith to embrace it and do it. Sure it may be easier to hide and avoid, but think about what you may be missing out on in not trying at all!

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Stretching and Awakening

By stretching yourself and the expectations and limits you set for yourself! In stretching you learn to deal and cope as well as adapt and change. In taking control and making choices you create your space, boundaries and freedoms. You focus on the here and now!

By creating more of what you want and less of what you do not! If you do not know than figure it out by going within yourself and into your heart. Open your mind to learning new skills and developing new strengths. You may even awaken talents and gifts that have been dormant!

By being with your greatest someones and hanging with the people that get you! That building and giving and receiving. That encouragement and care. That love and support!

On a final note you do not get what you do not ask for! Ask for what you need, want and/or crave, especially from yourself. Practice communicating with yourself and then sharing with the others in your life on the whats. Be clear and in tune with your whole being on your asks! 

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Opening Yourself Up (Photos by RSheridan)

Remember to Show Up, Step Up and Share You With Your Whole Being & Really Connect With Your Inner Sense of Self Being! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share.


Tuning Inward

To Your Whole Being

When you make the time to go within yourself where does your focus go?

  • What speaks to you? The mind, body or spirit?
  • Does the left-side or right-side of the brain or both sides kick in?
  • Are you one part or a sum of all parts with your whole being?

The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body. The right side of the brain controls the left side of the body. The left side of the brain helps us perform tasks that have to do with logic whereas the right side of the brain taps into the creative side.

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Left Side vs. Right Side

I know for me when I am questioning I usually engage the left side of my brain to think logical. I tend to look at the micro and get stuck in the details. However, I am discovering a fun approach by engaging the right side of my brain to engage my creative side. I need to focus in on the macro at times and really see the big picture.

How does one engage the right side of their brain? By thinking outside the box and coloring outside the lines. Journaling, coloring, doodling, etc. There is something about taking a creative approach to decision making, problem solving, finding opportunities, etc.!

Being . . .

It is about being with less doing and engaging the whole being! Nuturing and cultivating all aspects of your being. Nourishing and motivating all aspects of your being. Tuning and tapping into your needs for your whole being!

“We are all already winners of the overdoing award. We need to start winning the over-being award.”~Michael Taylor

Let’s face it we could be busy doing all day long and sometimes all that doing feels like an act of getting nothing done!

  • Think about using your energies efficently to be effective.
  • Think about being more to catch your breath and come up for some much needed air.
  • Think about your health and happiness.
  • Think about creating a space for yourself to be one with your whole being.
  • Think about making time to relax and rest.

Really think about how you want to spend your time and energies in living your life each and every day!

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Creating . . . Reflecting . . . Being . . .

Prioritizing . . .

Ask Yourself . . .

  • What is your 1st priority when you start your day?
  • What is the 1 thing you want to DO today?
  • What is the 1 thing you want to BE today?
  • Do you make the time at the end of the day to release and let go?

Do you wish to wake naturally by the light of the day versus the alarm clock. What would your “utopian” morning be like? Relaxing, exercising, meditating, reading, etc. Talk about starting the day with a mindful and present mind set! 

Do you wish that when your head hits the pillow at night you are fast asleep. Do you detox from technology before going to bed? Creating that space to relax and then rest for the night. Imagine the reboot to reenergize yourself in a more natural way then loading up on caffeine and sugar to start the day. 

Try starting and ending your day with a little creativity! Think about how you are filling your mind. Think about how you are filling your heart. Think about how you are using your energy, especially the creative, to charge up and release throughout the day!

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Drawing a Line in the Sand (Photos by RSheridan)

How Are You Stimulating and Activating Your Whole Being Today? What Are You Putting FIRST? Love to Hear, Please Share!


Doing Nothing

Breaking the Routine of Go, Go, Go

You can call it a slack, a slump, a rut, etc. We all have experienced one and maybe are even in one now. Have you ever thought that it is your body’s way of slowing you down before you just crash! When your body gives you that kind of signal you may want to listen to it.

You go within yourself to introspect and reflect! It can be a bit self centered, however; you are able to center yourself when you make the time to take care of your whole being and its needs. It comes full circle though. When you do for you then you can do for others! That always feels good.

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I usually start to clue in when the simple things seem hard to do! Especially those things I know I am good at doing. I am not focusing and I am making mistakes. I am not motivated or energized. I am not communicating and at time just reacting. I am doing things half way or if completed my efforts were sub par. I am not operating at my optimal level!

Do you struggle in keeping the distruptions and distractions to a minimum? I know I do. Do you find your to do list never ending along with your e-mail inbox? Yes and yes. Think in terms of – What’s the one thing I can do today? Then tackle it!

We just need to reboot to start fresh again! Reprioritize all those plates up in the air by delegating or doing away with a few. Reenergize by taking time for yourself as well as spending some much needed quality time with your greatest someones. Reflect on what truly matters and what makes you a healthy and happy being!

That is why making time for yourself is important! The act of doing nothing or at least embracing some down time is needed is key. You give back to yourself in nuturing and nourishing your whole being by becoming aware of your needs. You put yourself back in control again!

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My Top 3

  • Escaping to the Great Outdoors To Reconnect and Wander
  • Letting My Big Kid Out To Play, Laugh and Have FUN
  • Celebrating By Treating Myself

I find myself and reconnect to my whole being in escaping to the Great Outdoors! Especially with my camera in hand. I love to wander and enjoy a slower pace! 

Sometimes you need to turn down the noise in your world to hear yourself and your needs! To tap into your senses and intuition. To reflect and release as well as to let go and forgive. To being true and truly honest with who you are. To dream and desire as well as hope and believe in the opportunties out there waiting for you to grab hold!

Have FUN! There is no better mood booster than having a good laugh. I enjoy letting my big kid out to play too!

Remember to Celebrate! Especially by treating yourself. You get reenergized as well as inspired and motivated. You are deserving and it is rewarding too!

Find your sense of adventure to get your adrenline pumping again! Find your sense of wanderment and get lost for a while! 

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(Photos by RSheridan)

 What Are You Doing Today? Love to Hear, Please Share!


Making Progress

In Practicing

Do you remember the first time you tried to go down the slide, take off on the swing or ride a bike? You needed a little push and the encouragement to take off on your own, right. Do you remember being fearless or a little fearful? Maybe you were a bit of both.

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Well I needed that push recently to set a project for myself. To take action and start to make it happen. To give back to yourself to experience life’s opportunties. To give back to yourself to experience that richness of abundance by being passionate and sharing your gifts and talents! 

I am now starting on that project and it is a mix of emotions, feelings and thoughts at times. Where does that fear and insecurity come from. It is from embarking on change!

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Making Time

I am learning as I age that time is truly a precious gift! I am making time for myself. I am not saying it is easy to do, but it is doable if you make it a priority. Especially in doing more of what you love!

Slowing Down

Make time to stop and breathe . . . Make time to pause and slow the pace down . . . Make time to connect through communication and interaction . . .

  • To be mindful. To live in the present.
  • To learn and develop. To experience growth and gain life experiences.
  • To come from a place of love to follow your heart as well as your intuition.
  • To be true to yourself by valuing, believing and trusting in yourself.
  • To pursue your dreams by going after what you desire and crave.
  • To release your sense of adventure and take some risks.
  • To make mistakes and fail in order to grab greatness and success.

To slow down and soak it in! 

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Each and Every Day Is A Gift To Treasure and Cherish! Be Open to the Opportunities. Conquer Today – Go All In! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share.


Your Worth It!

Self Worth

There is a difference between being selfish and having self worth!

“It’s Not Selfish To Love Yourself,

Take Care of Yourself,

and To Make Your Happiness a Priority.

It’s Necessary.”~Mandy Hale

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Practicing

  • Communicating and interacting with your self.
  • Connecting and loving your self.
  • Being kind and compassionate to your self.
  • Being caring and nurturing to your self.
  • Tuning and tapping in to your emotions, feelings and thoughts.
  • Transitioning and transforming yourself by embracing, changing and accepting yourself.

Basically practicing each and every day to progress your whole being!

Personalizing

Think for a moment how you personalize yourself and your space! Do you project that personalization from within to your outer world? Does it promote you and your self worth, especially in what you value and what matters to you? By making the time for your whole being you value yourself and you can and will continue to build a solid foundation to live your life! 

  • What are you dreaming about?
  • What are you desiring?
  • What are you creating?
  • What are you deserving of?

Everything you do for you adds to your worth and how you value your whole being! Learning, experiencing growth and gaining life experiences. Doing what you are passionate about and love to do. Being open to the possibilities and receiving them. That creates a life of abundance!

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Promoting

Get to know who you are and love yourself wholly! Nourishing and nurturing. Loving and caring. Communicating, interacting and connecting. You become your own inspirer and motivator as well as encourager and supporter! 

You learn to promote your worth and value from within yourself! Being aware of your behaviors and habits. Being mindful of your attitude and ego. Really value your worth of self!

  • Checking in with yourself and your needs.
  • Really asking yourself what you want and desire.
  • Being mindful of how you want to be treated.
  • Creating those boundaries to value your space.
  • Coming from a place of love to put your fears on the down low.
  • Finding the inspiration, motivation and passion in living your life.

You can . . . You will . . . You do for you!

Another side of promoting is to be around the people that get you! Someone you can share with. Someone that encourages and supports. Someone that is receiving and giving. Be there for each other no matter what!

I picture that team huddle in my head to get pumped up, inspired and motived to get out there and give it my all! It is empowering and gives me a boost of strength. It is creating that community of support. It is expanding in stretching your comfort zone to try new things and to gain new experiences!

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(Photos by RSheridan)

 What Are You Doing To Add Value To Your Worthy Self? Love to Hear, Please Share!


Resilience

Self Building

Accepting who you are helps you build the foundation to learn, grow and gain experiences!

  • To expand yourself versus keeping yourself small.
  • Doing what is best for you versus perfection and what is right.
  • To making mistakes and having failures and learning from those experiences.
  • To celebrating the successes and the milestones.

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A key piece in being a resilient being is to value who you are as well as believe and trust in yourself! That self acceptance and self respect. That self love and self forgiveness. Being there for YOU!

Think about building yourself up versus breaking yourself down to develop, improve and be the best you can be.

  • Being your biggest encourager, motivator and cheerleader.
  • Discovering more about who you are and how you tick.
  • Looking into the expectations you have and the standards you set for yourself.
  • Creating space to experience development and growth.
  • Being more resilient and developing your coping skills toolkit.
  • Changing . . . weaknesses to strengths . . . learning lessons into life experiences, etc.

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Learning good self talk to inspire and motivate as well as encourage and cheer yourself on! Think about how you criticize, judge and interrograte yourself, especially those things that have become habits. Make good changes that work best for your whole being! Remember to do a self check of your whole being, including your current mood, ego and attitude. Become more loving, caring and kind in your self talk!

Learning to create space and set boundaries for yourself in order to show self value and self worth in how you want to be treated! You start tuning into your whole being in listening to it and knowing what it needs. You start to come from a place of love instead of fear. You start to know what matters to you and what is most important in living your life fully!

Learning to bounce back is a great life skill to practice, learn and develop! It can be a building process as well as a freeing process. You find better ways to communicate, interact and connect to your whole being. You go after what you need and what works best for you!

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(Photos by RSheridan)

 How Do You Strengthen Your Resilience? How Do You Build Up Your Whole Being? Love to Hear, Please Share.


Tapping Into Your Inner Energies

To Tune Out Fatigue and Brain Fog

There is nothing better than making time for yourself to practice self healing when your whole being is running on empty!

My Top 5

  • Stretching (i.e. neck rolls, shoulder shrugs, etc.).
  • Breathing.
  • Taking a break.
  • Having someone or something to look forward to.
  • Rewarding yourself.

Stretching and Breathing

For me the best energy booster to wake up my whole being is too stretch! It clears out the brain fog too, especially if I have been sitting too much and/or are on technology overload. I feel the blood flow circulating again. It is like a restart and a reboot all wrapped into one through stretching!

Remember to focus on your breath when stretching! Breath in . . . breath out . . . Inhale up . . . exhale down. Breathing through tension is key for release! Sometime being vocal helps too, like sighing, chanting, moaning, etc. Make sure you have a private space to be vocal though! 

A good majority of us carry the weight on our shoulders and the stress and tension in our necks! You have to practice releasing that in order to find calm and peace as well as to relax and rest.

Get the energy flowing again! Connect with your breath. Release and let go of the stress and tension. Really focus in on relaxing and healing your whole body!

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Taking a Break

Remember to take breaks throughout the day! Everyone needs a chance to reset and reboot. Everyone deserves a breather; basically come up for some much needed air! 

What is your favorite way to take a much deserved break from the action?

Really tune into what your body needs, wants and craves and remember to give it not just think about it! Give yourself something to look forward to. Reward yourself in your achievements and accomplishments. Remember to celebrate YOU and your goals, milestones, learning lessons, successes, etc.!

It keeps you fresh and focused!

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Looking Forward To . . .

Remember to give yourself someone or something to look forward to! It is inspiring and motivating. It helps you power through!

Really tap into your dreams and desires! It gives you something to think about that really moves you. It helps move you forward too. Especially in going after what you really want!

Think about what makes you light up! What makes you smile as well as just makes your day. What makes you want to play and have fun. What makes you laugh and feel like a kid again!

Do more of that (playing, laughing, having fun, etc.) and especially do more of what you LOVE! 

ALWAYS have someone or something to look forward to!

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Rewarding Yourself

A very important reminder is to reward yourself! You can do something free or treat yourself a bit. When you do for you then give back to your whole being by making time to do something nice and kind for yourself!

I think back to grade school and waiting to see what sticker my teacher placed on my homework! It was motivating and up lifting. It was an expression of a job well done! 

You EARNED It & DESERVE It!

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(Photos by RSheridan)

How Are You Tapping Into Your Inner Energies? Love to Hear, Please Share!


Generosity

Being Kind

I recently read an article by Susan Verde on 3 Simple Ways to Raise Generous Children. It got me thinking that as adult am I still a generous and kind being. Between juggling, multitasking and stressing I am sure I am less than human some days. We all have a lot on our mind and a list that seems never ending day in and day out!

 Susan’s 3 Simple Ways
  1. Start Small.
  2. Take a Mindful Approach.
  3. Catch Them in the Act.

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Small & Simple

When I think start small I think simple too. 

  • Holding a door.
  • Lending a hand.
  • Giving a greeting or a compliment.
  • Treating people how you like to be treated.
  • Making someone’s day.

Being kind is a great place to start in setting the tone to have a good day! To really make a difference in being genuine and generous. Saying hello, sharing a smile, expressing a compliment, holding a door open, etc. Those random acts of kindness! I know it makes my day.

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Mindful & Present

How do you approach being generous and being kind with a loving heart and generous spirit?

  • How do you feel in that present moment?
  • How do you feel when you are on either the giving or receiving side?
  • How do you communicate, interact and connect?
  • How do you keep the judgements, perceptions and expectations in check?

When I think taking a mindful approach I think about being mindful of the experience too.

My trick when the going gets me down is to remember to smile and/or even laugh! It helps me get back on track to having a good day. It reminds me to slow the pace down and just breathe. It makes me take time out for myself and my whole being!

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Action

When I think about the act of being generous and being kind I think about . . .
  • Are we walking the talk?
  • Are we instilling that within ourselves and sharing that with others?
  • Are we generous, kind and compassionate beings at the very essence of it all?

A thank you. Providing praise. Recognizing some one for helping out, being kind, a job well done, etc. It makes a difference and can have an impact on the person you approach as well as yourself!

Coming from a place of love . . . to know that I am loving and loved, to know what I need and want, to be grateful and thankful, to be supportive to myself as well as others! I am practicing coming from a place of love every day. To listen, to belief and to trust in myself. To value myself by making the decisions and choices that are best for me. To follow my heart and do more of what I love! 

Ask Yourself . . .

  • How do we open up to what we need let alone knowing what others need?
  • How do we love and support ourselves as well as give that back to others?
  • How do we show gratitude in what we do have?
  • How do we shift that mindset and change the perspective on a daily basis?

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Love to Hear From You, Please Share Your Thoughts!


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