Kimi’s 5-Bullet Aloha Friday (Last One of 2017!)

Happy December! New month and almost the end of another year. With all the holiday happenings, Best Life Ever business shifts and growth we’ve been focused on, our Shift to Rise retreat, and #allthethings, I have really been feeling the need to get centered.

Listening to this calling, I declared today, “Get Yo’ Shit Together Friday” and did a total brain dump (using Trello of course!) and a deep calendar review.

When I start feeling overwhelmed and my ego starts in with that old limiting belief, “I don’t have enough time”, instead of hustling HARDER like I used to, I now work on SLOWING DOWN. I create white space by clearing my calendar (that meant saying NO to a few things today), turning off notifications, and then I ask myself some simple questions like:

  • What’s REALLY bothering me?
  • What is most urgent/important?
  • How can I make my life easier?
  • How can I get ahead/hook up my future self (HUMFS)?
  • What does my spirit need most right now?
  • How can I create more ease, joy, fun, and FREEDOM in my life?
  • And probably the most important question – What can I say NO to?

Your ego will try to tell you that you don’t have time to slow down, but your spirit will speak to you when you do, and life will become much more clear.

Less hustle, more alignment. 

One of the things I’m cutting back on for the rest of this year is certain forms of tech and communication, which is why this will be my last post until sometime in new year! I’lll be dropping back in once the dust settles after the holidays, but you can always follow me on Instagram, our Best Life Ever Tribe on FB and our BLE IG, etc.

OK, so here we go – our last 5-bullet Aloha Friday round-up of 2017!

5 things I’m loving/excited about:

Have a wonderful holiday season! I encourage you to create some time to slow down and ask yourself some quality questions that will improve your quality of life and bring you some well-deserved peace and joy as we move into 2018! Cheers and GINORMOUS hugs!

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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!

The Insanity Loop: 3 Steps to Getting Unstuck

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Have you ever been stuck in a cycle of wanting to change something, trying to change, not being able to change, thinking there is something wrong with you, trying harder to change, getting mad that you can’t, trying again, getting frustrated, beating yourself up for your lack of willpower, and then trying again only to continue to “fail”? Maybe you talk about how you haven’t been able to do something no matter how hard you try, but this time you’ll just try harder in the hopes that something will be different this time around. I’ve been talking to a lot of people about this phenomenon lately and have been wrestling with this myself, frankly. This is what I call, “The Insanity Loop”, based on Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The fact is that we often needlessly drive ourselves insane by using all of our energy to work HARDER instead of SMARTER.At Egan’s Training Center, we are always being reminded in jiu jitsu training, that the focus is on using your individual strengths, correct positioning, and leverage. This is especially important if your opponent is bigger or stronger than you. Instead of trying desperately, again and again, to outpower someone, a simple shift in position and mindset can save you tons of energy and create the opportunity to use their force to your advantage.

If you find yourself stuck in The Insanity Loop, expending lots of energy trying to outpower (or out-willpower) something you are up against, here are 3 steps you can use to help break the cycle and get unstuck:

1 – Know Yourself. The first step is coming to terms with you who are and what your strengths and weaknesses are. Take some time to really examine the chronic issues, habits, or behaviors that are getting in the way of your success. The key here is do this without judgement. Do you hit your snooze button 50 times every morning? Righteous! Do you find it impossible to say no to red wine/hot bread/chocolate chip cookies? Yum! That’s just who you are, baby. Do you love writing blog posts, but don’t schedule time for it and then scramble to get them done? Yup, that’s me! It’s all good. The first step is awareness and acceptance. Write down on a piece of paper what you want and then what you do to sabotage yourself. Then have a good laugh about it. We all have our shit and that’s what makes us special and awesome. And keep in mind, who we are and what we want is always changing and evolving, so finding the time to do this type of self-reflection on a regular basis is part of living a life by design.

2 – Hack Your Environment and Shift Your Position. The bottom line is that it is a heck of a lot easier to change our environment or our positioning than it is to change our personality or behaviors. Take a look at that piece of paper again and think of ways that you can “hack your environment” to support your goals. If you snooze your alarm clock so many times you constantly miss your morning workouts, instead of beating yourself for being unable to get up, move your alarm clock across the room so you have to get up and turn it off. Or get a dog that wakes you up because he has to pee or a cat that slaps your face every morning with a furry paw because she’s hungry. Or perhaps you can “shift your position” to work with who you are, and not against it, by switching to afternoon workouts. Remember, when nothing goes right, go left.

We can also use technology to hack our environment and create external reminders and pressure to help us shift. Whatever it is that you are trying to achieve, put reminders on your phone to get to the gym, or log your food, or call your mom. Use a tool like Resnooze to send email reminders to your inbox, hire someone on Fiverr for $5 to call you everyday for a month to ask you if you are staying on track. We have endless tools at our fingertips – use them to make it impossible to forget what you are trying to achieve.

3 – Put Accountability to Work. Accountability is our best friend when breaking out of The Insanity Loop and creating new habits. Accountability can come in many forms, but the main idea is to share with one person, or many, about what you are trying to achieve so that it matters in some way whether you do it or not. You can tell your best friend, your family, share it on Facebook, join a community of like-minded individuals, make a bet with someone, create a mastermind group, etc. The whole point is that more than likely, you have been trying to change in a bubble with no real external consequences. Use accountability to up the ante and the more it scares you the better! If being held accountable for something makes your palms sweat and gives you those little nervous butterflies in your stomach, that means your dreams are big and the stakes are high and that is a recipe for success!

You may want to consider doing these exercises and brainstorming with a friend, or friends, someone who can help you get creative and think of out-of-the-box solutions to your challenges since it is often difficult for us to see clearly when we’re stuck in the muck of insanity. I’d love to hear all about the creative ways that you break out of The Insanity Loop! Please share in the comments and inspire others.

If you’re looking for another way to get unstuck when it comes to health, fitness, and nutrition, please join me this Saturday, August 16th, for my “Healthy Body, Happy Life” class. This is the last one of this series that I will be teaching at Happiness U this year, so if you’ve been thinking about it, I hope you can join us for this final class. I love teaching this class and have so much to share! Please register to reserve your spot. 

 

Extraordinary July Challenge

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling a little out of sorts lately. I’m gonna go ahead and blame Mercury Retrograde which has taken up most of this past month, June 7th to July 2nd to be exact. Needless to say, it’s been a sort of frustrating, and mildly uncomfortable, month with communication and schedule challenges, kids getting sick, misunderstandings, and a general feeling of malaise around our house. It’s also been a reflective month, however, and I feel like all the frustration, discomfort, and THINKING was necessary to get clarity on what I want and what I need. Just like soon-to-be butterflies HAVE to struggle inside their chrysalises in order to build up enough strength in their wings to fly, we NEED periods of constriction and reflection to help us expand to new levels of awesomeness.

I am definitely ready to expand in July and am feeling pumped to make the most of these lovely summer days, since I already feel the more hectic Fall/Winter seasons looming in the not-so-distant future. In order to milk this month for all it’s worth and get out of the rut I have been in this past month, I’m challenging myself to do one thing new, different, and/or out-of-the-ordinary, everyday in July. This might be something I’ve always wanted to do, something I’ve never thought of doing, or something I used to do and love, but, for whatever reason, have stopped doing. I’m going to double the impact by pairing this with a daily gratitude practice to retrain my brain to see all the extraordinary blessings I have to be thankful for, since this past month I have definitely gotten in the habit of zero-ing in on what’s NOT working in my life.

Want to join me for this #ExtraordinaryJuly Challenge? Get a fresh new journal or notebook and keep it with you all month. Everyday, write down:

  1. One new or different thing that you do each day as well as ideas for other new things you can try this month (and beyond). These could be big (jumping out of a plane) or small (shopped at a new grocery store).
  2. Three things you are grateful for each day. Make them as specific as possible: that delicious cup of coffee, your puppy’s breath, your paycheck that helped you pay those bills, those bills for the service or product you got and could pay for, that feeling after a workout, your friend who texted you that funny thing just because…you get the idea.
Here’s a list of 31 new and different things I’m thinking of doing this month…what are you going to do to make your July EXTRAORDINARY? (share in the comments below):
  1. Visit a Farmer’s Market
  2. Clean up and jazz up my patio
  3. Have a patio party
  4. Visit a local juice bar (I want to visit Impressed)
  5. Visit a raw food restaurant (I want to go to Greens & Vines)
  6. Go to Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp Beach Bootcamp 
  7. Run a new route
  8. Have a sunset picnic
  9. Visit the zoo
  10. Visit a bookstore
  11. Get a haircut
  12. Get my nails done
  13. Take my cats to get their nails trimmed
  14. Try Ethiopian food
  15. Make ice cream with the kids
  16. Go to a Bon Dance with my girlfriends
  17. Go to the movies
  18. Get a bike
  19. Watch some fireworks
  20. Have a living room dance party
  21. Do some yoga
  22. Go surfing
  23. Drive to the other side of the island
  24. Get shave ice (I want to visit Uncle’s Clay’s House of Pure Aloha)
  25. Spend a day “cofficing” in a new coffee shop
  26. Find a summer concert or outdoor movie
  27. Go technology-and-work-free for one whole day
  28. Do some Christmas shopping way ahead of time for a change
  29. Draw
  30. Get fresh flowers for the house
  31. Read through my Extraordinary July notebook and make some plans for an Awesome August

If you’re looking for something new and different to add to your list, please join me on July 12th for my Healthy Body, Happy Life class at Happiness U!

My Current Top 5 Go-To Nutrition and Fitness Resources

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I find it absolutely thrilling that there is so much information out there about nutrition and fitness. I am so inspired by the access of information that we have and the amazing wealth of knowledge that is being shared so freely by wellness organizations, fitness professionals, nutrition experts, and bloggers, with a passion for helping others live healthier, happier lives! That being said, contradictory advice, misrepresented or unverified data, sneaky marketing, and general information overload can make navigating the web for nutrition and fitness information overwhelming, confusing, and exhausting.
Some of our Bootcampers asked me recently what my go-to resources are for solid information, so here are my current top 5 favorite nutrition and fitness sites that I visit pretty much everyday. There are so many other bloggers/people/sites that I follow, but many of those leads have come from one of these resources. Of course, my top 5 changes as I discover new things, but I find these 5 sites to be a nice balance of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of wellness and they give me a good foundation of information and inspiration.
  1. Greatist
  2. Mind Body Green
  3. Precision Nutrition
  4. Ben Greenfield Fitness
  5. Food Babe
Sometimes we come across resources by chance, but often the best leads come from friends since they are pre-filtered! What are your top 5 go-to websites for nutrition and health info? Please share in the comments below!