Kimi’s 5-Bullet Aloha Friday

Hey there! Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you. Just want to take a moment to let you know how grateful I am for YOU. I hope you’ve been enjoying these Friday shares. Drop me a line if you have been and/or let me know if I can support you in any other way! OK, here we go! Another 5-bullet Aloha Friday round-up!

5 things I’m loving/excited about:

Have a wonderful weekend!

P.S. BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL! Want to learn how to use Trello to get organized and inspired for 2018? Sign up for an Overwhelmed to Inspired Big Vision Session and get TWO training sessions for the price of one!

Get inspired, organized, and focused with the app I use to organize EVERYTHING – Trello! In these spiritual + practical 75 minute sessions, we will take all of the ideas, thoughts, desires, dreams, and to-dos spinning in your head (and heart) and organize them into a digital platform that you can use each day to make real progress towards your Big Vision. Think of this as goal setting + dream boarding + task management. Limited sessions available. Find out more and book here.

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Kimi’s 5-Bullet Aloha Friday

Hey there! Droppin’ in your inbox with another 5-bullet Aloha Friday round-up!

5 things I’m loving/excited about:

  • Cool Training Opportunity – Ditch the “struggle” and learn to let life flow through you. My friend and Shift to Rise co-leader Tarah Long is leading a special course called Infinity Training that begins on Tuesday, November 21st, and will go for 6 consecutive weeks in Honolulu. Request of Appreciation is minimal – only $120! If you’re ready to learn how to live in Reality 3.0, this is for YOU! She has only a few spots remaining so email her today to get in on this super special opportunity: tarah@tarahcyel.com
  • My new favorite app   Overcast. I feel a bit like I’m cheating on Apple, but I’ve been so annoyed with my iPhone’s podcast app since the latest upgrade. I decided to switch over to this podcast player and I’m LOVING it! Much simpler to use and easier to binge listen to my favorite podcasts!
  • Pointless but joyful purchase – Holiday dog waste bags from Petco. Makes picking up poop just a little more festive.
  • What I’m STILL buzzzzzzing about – I know I mentioned our BLE Buzz membership last week, but I’m SOOOOO excited about it and enrollment is about to close on 11/15/17! Join us for weekly live training calls, a membership site full of recordings, exercises, & resources, and unlimited support from me, Pua, and a community of badass buzzers living their Best Life Ever! There is a 7 day free trial, but I have a gift for you! Use the code BUZZFREEMONTH and get a whole month free! See you in the Buzz! bestlifeever.buzz/blebuzz
  • NEW Service I’m offering – Overwhelmed to Inspired Big Vision Session! I’m so excited to announce a new coaching service I’m offering for a limited time! Get inspired, organized, and focused with the app I use to organize EVERYTHING – Trello! In this spiritual + practical 75 minute session, we will take all of the ideas, thoughts, desires, dreams, and to-dos spinning in your head (and heart) and organize them into a digital platform that you can use each day to make real progress towards your Big Vision. Think of this as goal setting + dream boarding + task management. Limited sessions available. Find out more and book here.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Reinvention

5-Bullet Aloha Friday

Happy Aloha Friday! At Best Life Ever, we’re constantly evolving and reinventing ourselves as a business (we just launched a new service, see bullet #1 below!) and it has us thinking a lot about REINVENTION. In fact, Pua and I just recorded a podcast episode all about this (releasing soon). Reinvention isn’t always about big dramatic change, it’s just a willingness to course-correct on your journey to your destination. It’s all about your ability to stay open to other ways to get to where you want to go. It’s about slowing down regularly and asking yourself if your current identity is serving you. Bullshit stories, limiting beliefs, and old ideas can grow on us like barnacles. Take a moment this weekend to look at your ship – do you need to course-correct, any barnacles slowing you down? Consider that life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about reinventing yourself, again and again and again.

And now for 5 things I’ve been enjoying and pondering:

  • What I’m SUPER excited about – Our new online course building services! At BLE we’re now joyously helping businesses create online courses and membership sites. Know anyone who has video content they’d like to turn into a course or membership site? Email me!
  • What I read this week and loved – This article from Marc and Angel: “40 Hard Things You Need to Hear”
  • My new favorite place to eatUproll Cafe! #obsessed
  • Video I found helpful this week – Smart Social review of the teen app “tbh” (my daughter wanted to download it, but after watching this my answer was nope)
  • Best FB group ever – http://bit.ly/bletribe

If you’re looking for support as you refresh and reinvent yourself, reach out! I currently have just 1 spot available for one-on-one coaching. My clients are fun, high-performers looking for deep accountability and support to reach their goals! If this is you or someone you know, reach out! 🙂

P.S. Shift to Rise! Early bird rates for our Shift to Rise retreat are open until the end of November & room reservations are first come, first served! If you feel even a little pull to find out more, apply today! Your application is an invitation to a conversation with us. It is neither a commitment to attend nor does it guarantee you a spot at our event. It’s an opportunity for us to get to know you and hear more about your goals, as well as a chance for you to ask us any questions you have about the retreat. We’re so excited!

Ask Yourself This Question to Bring More Mindfulness to Your Time + Energy

Kimi’s 5-Bullet Friday

Happy Aloha Friday! It’s been another full week of stretching, learning new tech tools, growing our business, and coaching clients. With a very full schedule, I’ve been extra mindful to stop and ask myself one of my favorite questions for managing my time + energy: “Is this a good use of my time?” This simple question is a powerful hack for snapping yourself out of Facebook rabbit holes, silly low-level tasks, and those ego-driven moments of trying to figure something out on your own when you could just ask someone who knows (hello, tech support). Give it a try! As you go about your daily tasks, set a timer to periodically ask yourself, “is this a good use of my time?” The answer may be YES, it may be NO, but the real power is not in the answer, but rather the habit you’re creating of bringing mindfulness to how you’re spending your precious time and energy!

And now for 5 things I’ve been enjoying and pondering:

  • What I’ve been talking a lot about lately – Weekly Planning. This is one of the most impactful habits I have and something we recommend to all of our clients. Weekly planning is so powerful and it’s a great tool not just for individuals, but for partners, teams, and families. Check out our podcast episode about this!
  • What I’ve added to my wellness routine – Awaken.yoga. Online yoga + meditation classes created by my friend Shannon and 2 other awesome yogis. I’m obsessed! Great routines to start your day, to restore mid-day, or to add to your evening routine. Embody your body and tune in to your highest self!
  • Quote I’m pondering – “If we don’t change what isn’t working in our lives, we will continually have the same day over and over again.” – Daily Om
  • Podcast I’m loving  Kwik Brain. I love this podcast from Jim Kwik!!! Bite site brain hacks for busy people who want to learn faster and achieve more. So good!
  • What I’ve been eating – Super easy quinoa chili. I made a version of this with kidney beans instead and just cooked it on the stove. Super simple, delicious, and great for cozy nights and the leftovers are great for lunches. Top it with organic sour cream, avocado, fresh herbs, and tortilla chips! Yum!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend. I currently have just 1 spot available for one-on-one coaching. I’m holding space for the PERFECT client: a fun, high-performer ready for deep accountability and support to reach their goals. Someone ready to master productivity, time + energy management so that they can serve at the highest level. Someone ready to take things to the next level physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in this last quarter of 2017.

If this is you or someone you know, let’s talk!

P.S. Shift to Rise! Early bird rates for our Shift to Rise retreat are open until the end of November & room reservations are first come, first served! If you feel even a little pull to find out more, apply today! Your application is an invitation to a conversation with us. It is neither a commitment to attend nor does it guarantee you a spot at our event. It’s an opportunity for us to get to know you and hear more about your goals, as well as a chance for you to ask us any questions you have about the retreat. We’re so excited!

Hot Better Poppin’!

Kimi and Pua

Just a quick update for y’all! Our podcast “Hot Better Pop Radio” (formerly known as The Secret Sauce Podcast, is now live! We release a new episode every Tuesday morning and we (me and the super amazeballs Pua Pakele&Cabot) are having a freakin’ blast!!!!!!! Seriously, words can’t begin to describe what it feels like for us to go from just an idea to a real life podcast! We are learning so much as we go/grow and keep pinching ourselves everyday – can it really be this fun, joyous, and magical?! The answer is YES!

You’ll be hearing from me again soon, either here or on HotBetterPop.com or both, but until then, follow your intuition, follow your heart, and follow your joy…it will never lead you astray. Your dreams are never too big. Get out there and make shit happen (Hot Better Pop is here to help – reach out!). You are supported, you are loved, and you are limitless.

Subscribe to Hot Better Pop Radio on iTunes! 

Fun photo by KelliBullockPhotography.com

Create Your Holiday "Reset Plan"

We all have those mornings (especially during the holidays) when we wake up feeling less than amazing. Perhaps you had one too many drinks or stayed up too late or ate way more sugar/carbs/junk than you had planned. Maybe it’s been a streak of days like this, holiday parties, work events, and you’ve just fallen completely off the wagon.

First of all, know that you are human and that even professional athletes, movie stars, super models, health gurus, and that seemingly perfect health-nut/gym-rat have times that they overindulge and miss their workouts. When we anticipate and understand that there will be times that we get off-track from our health goals and we create a reliable “Reset Plan” for ourselves, we can spend less time beating ourselves up and more time getting back in alignment with our goals. Plus it gives us permission to actually enjoy those times that we do indulge because we have full confidence in our ability to get back on track. 

Before the Holiday Season is in full effect, take 30 to 60 minutes to write down your “Reset Plan” so that you are prepared and empowered for anything that comes your way. Knowing how to reset your body and knowing that every moment is an opportunity to put your Reset Plan into effect is one of the foundational keys to maintaining your wellness. I recommend creating a 3-day to 4-week plan of action that you can activate when you find yourself off-track. This is not an “I’ve been bad, I’m never eating carbs/drinking/cheating again, this is the new me forever plan”. This is a short, reliable list of tools in your toolkit to get you reenergized, refocused, and back on track. 

Make a commitment to be kinder to yourself and reduce the anxiety that comes from all-or-nothing thinking.  There is no “good” or “bad” behavior, there is simply behavior that is in alignment with our goals and values or not in alignment with our goals and values. Use some of your planning time to get clear about what your goals and values, because the clearer you are about what you want, the easier it is to make choices that support your vision for yourself.

Everyone’s Reset Plan looks different. Part of becoming a health warrior is learning what works for you and what feels good for your body, mind, and spirit. As you define and design your Reset Plan, here are 50 ideas that may inspire you or become a part of your toolkit: 

  1. Sit quietly for 20 minutes and ask your body what it needs…be sure to write down any messages you receive!
  2. Go for a walk or a run in the fresh air
  3. Try a new fitness class – if you’re in Hawaii, come try one of our fat-burning muscle building HIIT classes at Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp where I teach Bootcamp classes! The perfect 30 minute sweaty, fun reset! 
  4. Wear a heart rate monitor and up the intensity of your workouts
  5. Schedule a week of workouts in your calendar
  6. Take a yoga class
  7. Dance! Find or create a mood-boosting, energizing playlist. Here’s a Spotify “Reset Mix” for you! 
  8. Go trampolining! It helps with lymph circulation and detoxification. Plus it’s fun! 
  9. Do some kickboxing – punching and kicking is a great way to reset your body and release stress!
  10. Start every morning with 20 jumping jacks, 20 burpees, and 20 push-ups
  11. Journal, do some health visioning and goal setting for the week/month/year
  12. Reach out for support from a health/fitness/life coach
  13. Start your day with a tall glass of lemon water and drink tons of water all day long
  14. Eat fresh vegetables at every meal
  15. Cut out sugar
  16. Cut out processed foods
  17. Cut out gluten
  18. Cut out soda
  19. Cut out caffeine (wean yourself off to avoid the headaches)
  20. Cut out alcohol
  21. Cut back on dining out
  22. Make a nourishing soup full of fresh veggies
  23. Have a big salad everyday
  24. Finish eating 2-3 hours before you go to bed
  25. Increase your protein at breakfast and lunch and lighten up your evening meals, try a simple soup or green smoothie for dinner
  26. Log your meals in a journal or using an app like Fitness Pal
  27. Increase your lean protein, reduce your carbs
  28. Clean out your fridge and cupboards and dump all the junk
  29. Figure out your “kryptonite” (soda, candy, cookies) and commit to saying “no” to it for a week. 
  30. Make a bet with a coworker to see who can make it longer resisting the office baked goods/candy bowl
  31. Find a safe, reliable, short-term, nutrient-dense reset program that you trust. I love Purium’s 10-day Transformation and 10-Day Athelete’s cleanse, Chris Kresser’s Paleo Code 30 Day Reset and Alejandro Junger’s Clean Program because they all focus on eliminating allergens and processed food and include protein/amino acids unlike many other liquid fast or “detox” plans
  32. Write out 100 reasons eating clean and working out will benefit you
  33. Switch from coffee to green tea
  34. Plan your meals
  35. Hire a healthy chef for a month (I am blessed to utilize the services of my friend Fortuna, The Kitchen Goddess!)
  36. Get a weekly raw meal service like Licious Dishes
  37. Dry brush your whole body, take a cold/hot shower, then and slather yourself with coconut oil
  38. Go to a Korean spa and have them slough off the old you. Ew. 
  39. Get a massage
  40. Get acupuncture
  41. Make your bed everyday
  42. Take a nap, schedule it on your calendar if you have to
  43. Get an extra hour or two of sleep
  44. Deep clean your house (turn it into a workout by listening to music/dancing as you work)
  45. Meditate for 10 minutes everyday
  46. Go to the bookstore and browse the fitness/nutrition books or magazines for inspiration
  47. Take the focus off of yourself…call a friend who could use some extra love and support, do some volunteer work, help a family member/neighbor/co-worker. 
  48. Make a commitment on Lift.do and sign up for a Lift Coach to help you stay committed. 
  49. Find a “Reset Buddy” for accountability and fun. Create your plan together and then promise each other to put it into effect together when you need it! 
  50. Love and forgive yourself. Write out a list of 100 ways your recent choices benefited or served you. Reset your body and spirit with love and kindness. You and your body are exactly where you are meant to be, experiencing exactly what you are meant to, at exactly the right time. Your reset is a treat, not a punishment…enjoy the balance in your life and embrace the natural ebb and flow of your personal health journey.  

I’d love to hear from you! What are is your personal Reset Plan? How do you get yourself back in alignment with your health goals? 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Here in Hawaii, the shift from season to season is certainly less noticeable than in other places in the world. However, around this time each year, something changes in the air and it simply begins to feel like the holidays. While we don’t have the obvious cues of leaves changing color or significant drops in temperature, we have other signals that trigger those warm fuzzy feelings of the season. Suddenly we realize we haven’t been complaining as much about the heat, the grocery stores start smelling like cinnamon pine cones, and the crisp darker mornings get us thinking about whatever excites us about this special time of year. This year, I’m excited about busting out boots (finally!), visiting family over the Thanksgiving weekend, spending quality time with loved ones, checking out the Honolulu Christmas lights, getting a big Christmas tree (that our cats will surely destroy), teaching some killer holiday workouts at Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp, baking seasonal (healthy) treats, and laying a solid foundation for a kickass 2015! 

As soon as November hit and I felt a tiny bit of crispness in the air, I picked up some organic canned pumpkin from Whole Foods and created my new favorite healthy seasonal treat – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies! They tested well with my kids, which is always a plus. They are vegan, gluten-free, high in protein, and low in sugar. You can eat ‘um as is or they are healthy enough to eat as kind of a portable cereal/oatmeal. Simply pour any kind of unsweetened milk (cold or hot) over them and enjoy! Cookies for breakfast? Oh yeah! Happy holidays! 

Makes about 24 small cookies 

1-1/2 cups gluten-free oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp Himalayan or sea salt
3 tsp organic cinnamon
2 Tbsp organic ground flax
1 serving or scoop stevia-sweetened vanilla protein powder (I used a sample of Skinny Gut vanilla that I had, pretty tasty!)
3 Tbsp organic pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup (I just used a handful) organic dried sour cherries or cranberries
1/3 cup (or more) Lily’s stevia sweetened dark chocolate baking chips or other chocolate chips
1/2 can organic canned pumpkin
3 tbsp organic salted cashew butter or other nut butter

Mix everything together, except the pumpkin and the cashew butter, in a big mixing bowl. Once the dry ingredients are mixed, add in the pumpkin and nut butter to moisten the dough. Form into little balls (about a tsp of dough per cookie) and place on a cookie sheet greased with coconut oil. Cook 8-10 minutes at 350 F.