“Spring” Into New Beginnings

“Spring” Into New Beginnings

Spring is finally here and it’s shown in many forms.  The weather is shifting, animals are awakening, the farmers are planting their crops and nature is blooming.  Spring brings so much beauty and joy in many forms.

While in yoga the other day, I connected with several ladies and our discussion shifted to the concept of spring and change.  This year, I keep hearing that so many are resisting change and feeling stuck.  Naturally, our bodies want to change as we leave winter and come into spring.  Yes, we often times get stuck in old habits, fear the unknown and resist this growth.  After leaving class, it made me think more in-depth about this concept.

It’s important to remember that change ultimately begins with us.  We are the main person who can shift our own lives. Change is inevitable but how we show up, the choices we make and our perceptions all play an important role.  As we make choices for change and reflect on who we’ve been and who we want to become, it’s important to do so with self-compassion.  There are a variety of feelings that may come with change, leaving the old and growing into the new.  If you’ve made choices that didn’t serve you well, don’t beat yourself up.  Ask yourself what you can take away from it and how you can grow from it.

Looking at life from a holistic perspective, think about where change can be made in your nutrition, movement, relationships, career (and finances) and spirituality.  Think about areas that may need improvement and implement a plan that works for you.  Consider some habits that may be holding you back.  Reflect on when they began, outcomes that have come from them and what improvements can be made to change them.

Below are some tips that may help as you transition into the spring season.

Nutrition

As we move from winter into spring, our plate will change. In the winter season, we eat hot, heavier root based meals.  We crate hearty stews and soups.  As spring approaches, our body craves lighter, refreshing meals.  Spring focuses on liver health, detoxification and it’s important to add in foods and tools that support the liver.  Some of my favorites are beets, fresh herbs (great for detoxification), carrots and avocados.  Eating with the seasons is very beneficial and it’s much easier to do this time of year with the farmers’ markets.

Relationships

It’s important to reflect on your personal and professional relationships. Unhealthy and toxic relationships play a huge part in our health and goals.  Focus on gratitude, forgiveness and implementing boundaries as needed.  Looking to grow your personal relationship?  What new activities and experiences can you create with others?  The warmer weather provides opportunities for outdoor events and activities.  There is a bounty of possibilities for simple pleasures.  Think about the things that bring you joy and who you want to experience them with.

Your Space

If you find your work and home space to be cluttered, chaotic and overwhelming, this may be a good place to make changes.  “Spring cleaning” can help with de-cluttering space, bring an opportunity for new things, minimize stress and overwhelm and help us feel lighter and leaner.  Spring is a good time to donate things that no longer serve us or things we don’t use.  It’s a good time for deep cleaning.  Open the windows to release old air and bring in freshness.

Movement

Healthy movement is so beneficial to the body and mind. Spring is a good time to get outside and move. Consider the activities that you enjoy.  Movement can be anything from hiking, biking, signing up for a race or trying a new yoga class.  With longer days and lighter evenings, spring offers an opportunity for walks after dinner and quality time with family and friends.

Self Care

As you experience change and implement new things, it’s important to be mindful of your experiences, what you’re thinking and implement compassion and care.  Making time for self-care daily is important for the body and mind.  Self-care doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive.  It can be anything from a relaxing Epsom salt, reading a book, cooking a healthy meal and implementing breathing techniques and tools for alleviating stress.

When we look at the different holistic areas as I mentioned above, we can see how they often go hand in hand.  Taking a hike with your partner brings joy, creates quality time and includes movement and exercise.  Pack a healthy picnic and you’re adding in healthy nutrition.

This is just one example of creating healthy habits, fueling things that nourish your life and help with change.

Begin this new season by focusing on the key areas of your life.  Allow opportunities for change and growth while embracing the uncertainty.  Focus more on love (of yourself and others) over fear and the ego.  Discover new habits for growth, happiness, gratitude, joy, and nourishment.

Let’s get Spring Cleaning!

Today’s author: Kim Wilson is a retired police officer with a huge passion for helping others and working in the community. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHC) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Towson University. For more information on Kim and how she is empowering women to live the nourished life, please visit her website.

The Wholistic Woman Community

The Wholistic Woman Community

Women who are busy with family, homes, careers, and outside commitments can benefit from a community in many ways.  Like-minded women collaboratively help one another and offer support as they deal with similar stresses, commitments, thoughts, goals, and challenges.

At times, many of us have been tempted to put more value on the number of friends we have, the number of social media accounts we belong to, and the number of people who follow us.  Wanting more than just a numbers game, though, we move to a different perspective.  We recognize the importance of having connections that are genuine, authentic and in alignment with our values.

People connect with and join groups for a variety of reasons.  Some women join communities to gain support, motivation, and drive (both personally and professionally).  Others may look for a social outlet to offset a life that is filled with taking care of the home and family.  Some women may be looking for a group that helps them to find personal improvement and a broader dimension to life.  There are a variety of reasons to join groups but when you find one that aligns with you, it’s a pretty incredible experience.

That was my experience when I went to my first Wholistic Woman Retreat.  I was introduced to the community by a friend who was a regular attendee and advocate for the group.  I remember going with an open mind even though I was unsure what to expect.  I was excited, and also a little nervous.  I really enjoyed the program because it allowed me to meet new women, connect with others, learn about the group and have a good understanding of the group’s mission and message.

One of the most memorable moments of the night was when I met one of the founding coaches.  She welcomed me in a way that made me feel as if I was already part of the group! I found that I resonated with the entire community and enjoyed hearing the other women share their stories.  I had an overwhelming sense of calm and connection which was in sharp contrast to the nervousness that I began the evening with. I even felt safe enough to share some of my own experiences with the group. In doing so I noticed that I was able to be vulnerable without judgment or feelings of shame.  It was an incredibly empowering experience; one that left me wanting to come back the following month.  Now I am grateful to be both a member and a partner coach with the Wholistic Coaching Coalition.  That’s how much of an impact the group has had on my life, as well as in the lives of many other women. In this community, I often hear women share similar experiences, thoughts, and observations as I have had.

Being a partner coach and a member of this amazing community, I have seen myself and others grow not only personally but professionally too.  The coaches and community provide tools, support, education, opportunities for growth and personal development in a variety of ways.  I love what Wholistic Woman provides in my life, the lives of others and how much they give to the community.  No matter where you are in your life, the Wholistic Woman community provides a welcoming space for all.

Where some groups may separate social, spiritual, business, and personal aspect of life, the Wholistic approach shows how these elements can flow easily with one another. Each part adds a new dimension and sense of unity.  When we get together at our monthly evening retreats, we share stories and observations related to the topic. We discuss a variety of strategies, thoughts, ideas, and experiences to help us evolve and be our best.

This community can help you grow personally, expand your business, reach your goals, connect you with new friends, discover new interests and exercise your creativity.

I believe that we all have within us what we need to be “whole.”  What makes the experience of growing towards wholeness even better is to have friends to share the journey with.

To learn more about the Wholistic Woman Community’s coaching events, visit www.wholisticwomanretreats.com.

You’re invited to meet the women of this wonderfully supportive community at our next evening retreat, Be Connected, on Feb. 27. Click here for details. 

Today’s author: Kim Wilson is a retired police officer with a huge passion for helping others and working in the community. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHC) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Towson University. For more information on Kim and how she is empowering women to live the nourished life, please visit her website.

Releasing Anchors to Help You Soar

Releasing Anchors to Help You Soar

Do you want to soar in the New Year? As we say hello to a New Year, it’s a great time to release anchors and things that may be holding us back.  It’s a time to reflect upon the things we learned in the past year and the ways we grew.  A time to set new intentions and goals.  A time to forgive and leave some things in the past.  It’s a time to see what habits helped us and which ones did not serve us well.  It’s a time for cleansing, growth, and creation.

While on a business trip over the summer, one of my mentors referenced the concept of anchors and wings.  This stuck with me for a while and it’s something I’ve incorporated into my every day. Something I am focusing on more as we move into a New Year.  It’s the concept of those things that weigh us down and the ones that help us rise and soar.

Where in your life do you see anchors?  They can come in many forms.  It may be a toxic relationship or a bad habit that you haven’t let go of yet.  Maybe it’s the clutter or noise that comes into your personal space or your mindset.  It may be time wasted or time not spent well.  Holding onto those moments where someone hurt you or past failures may be another example.

When we think of nature, think of the reasons why birds are able to spread their wings and fly.  They are able to gracefully soar because they are light and don’t have things weighing them down.  Imagine if you could soar in 2019 with less weight on your back (or in your mind).

As you reflect on where you have come, where you are and where you want to go, think of changes and adjustments that may help you soar higher.

1. PERSPECTIVE

The things we think about often manifest into reality.  How would you view your perspective on life?  Do you find yourself being sucked into drama and negativity?  Do you choose to look at life with gratitude and joy?  The outcome of the two can deliver completely different results.  In 2018, my “one word” was JOY.  It helped me to view things from a different perspective throughout the year.  I also started each day with gratitude and wrote down things I was grateful for, who I would reach out to, how I wanted to serve and better show up in the world.  I recommend looking at how you receive things and what changes you can make to better serve you each day.

2. TIME

We all have the same hours in the day.  This is something we have heard many times and it’s true!  So, how are you spending your time?  Do you feel like you’re using it wisely?  Do you think there are adjustments that can be made to help you soar more?  Are you filling your time with things that are weighing you down?  Things that help you to find happiness, passion, fulfill your dreams and goals and also help you grow.

3. PAST

The past often runs into our present for many reasons.  This may be due to past choices that did not serve us well.  This may be a past relationship that hurt or someone you were with who wronged you.  Whatever it may be, forgiving, learning and moving forward will help you soar.  How we feel about people or experiences of our past can make for heavy anchors.  So many things happen for reasons and ones we sometimes don’t see.  As you move into 2019, what from your past can you let go of, forgive or consider as a lesson and tool to help you soar?

Looking for a resource to help you with the mind/body connection of healing?  This book may help: The Healing Code

4. RELATIONSHIPS

This is a big one and something that often can weigh us down.  Consider the people in your life right now.  Do you surround yourself with those who support you, encourage you to soar, help you to show up as the best version of yourself?  This is a big one that I learned in 2018.  I spent the past year cultivating healthy relationships, surrounding myself with GIANTS, created boundaries and said goodbye to things that were not serving me well.  Depending on your situation and relationship, making adjustments may be hard or easy.  Figure out what works for you.  If it’s not serving you well, maybe it’s time to say goodbye or at least create a healthy boundary.

5. LIFESTYLE

Our lifestyle plays a big part in how much we soar and show up.  I look at life and the wellness wheel from a holistic perspective.  Considering relationships, spirituality, career, movement and exercise, nutrition and nourishment.  Looking at your wellness wheel, what seems off-balanced?  Which category (or categories) can you nurture more to better serve you?  What bad habits and choices are a part of your world that may serve you better to let go of?

 6. HABITS

The start of a New Year is a great time to reflect on your habits.  Good and bad, we all have habits that are holding us back, weighing on our mind, creating unhealthy energy and don’t serve us well.  This could be anything from keeping clutter, hitting your snooze button many times, eating for unhealthy reasons, spending too much time on social media and more.  I encourage you to reflect on the habits in your life.  What can you let go of and which ones may serve you better?

7. FEAR

I want to focus on this topic because it’s something that affects so many and holds people back.  Fear is important for survival.  We have a fear of falling or being hurt.  Yet, fear holds us back and keeps us complacent for many reasons.  We fear failure, success, what people think and more.  Do you feel like you’re living to your potential?  Does fear hold you back from doing so?  Where can you discover ways to grow, be courageous and take chances?  This isn’t referring to being dangerous to the extent of hurting or harming yourself and others.  This is about living outside of your comfort zone, taking chances, learning and growing!

Looking for some additional motivation and mindset shifting?  I’ve always loved the videos on Motivation Grid

So, what changes can be made?  What bad habits and toxicity can be eliminated or distanced?  What better things can be replaced to help us soar and succeed? Change is uncomfortable and not always easy.  Yet, sometimes change is exactly what we need to flourish, grow, become a better version of ourselves and SOAR.

Where do you feel the need to make a change?  I welcome you to comment below or share in a private message.  If you feel like you need additional support or accountability, I welcome you to contact me.