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Fighting for Faith

Faith: confidence or trust in a person or thing; a belief that is not base on truth

It has really been in the last 5 years of my life where I have found what it means to truly have “FAITH.”  I’m not just referring to the religious faith (although this is what I live by daily) but also the idea and realism behind the term.  I see acts of faith carried out daily in my life, friends’ lives, and definitely my clients.  Actually, it’s more like lack of faith.  Clients come to me with great goals of making their life healthier, but when we discuss possibilities of how to achieve this, they grow grim.  Fear comes upon them because they start to listen to the voice that says they won’t be able to do it!  However, I have FAITH and truly believe, that there is something within each one of us (YES! You too!) that can do extraordinary things.

Take the Biggest Loser for example.  Those people achieve massive weight loss and then complete a marathon?!  Amazing….if you listen their commentaries throughout the show, it’s rare to here one of them say “I was always planning on running marathon someday.”  Most had not thought this up in a million years!

Every day I wake up and live by FAITH.  Working 2 jobs..actually 3 now with nannying…my schedule is nuts!  Its no 9a-5p position, but rather an act of faith that I will have enough clients to help meet my payments each month.  When I finally stop worrying about it and place all my faith in something greater than myself, I receive more clients and opportunities.  Just this week another trainer referred clients to me for some nutrition counseling.  Last week I had a random babysitting job when money felt tight.

In all of this, I challenge you to take a leap of faith.  Whether it be with trying a food you’ve never tried before, or signing up for a 5k, 1/2 marathon, or marathon even if you aren’t a runner…look for an opportunity to practice FAITH!  Believe in yourself when no one else will!  Be confident and tell yourself “I can do this. I can do this. I CAN do this!”

When it feels uncomfortable or seems a little scary, but there’s a piece of you that wants to try…just believe!  I have faith in myself, in others, and in working together to meet goals.  It takes some time to see results, but faith keeps me grounded and moving forward!

Eat mindfully! Be active! Live vibrantly!

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Daily inspiration

It has been a challenging, but wonderful few days. For the first time in 23 years I was not with any family member on Christmas Eve and Christmas day!!!! Although, we had planned on celebrating Christmas a little later this year as my brother was spending Christmas with his wife’s family, I still struggled with being away from family. However, I did have social events and work planned for the few days which kept me busy. Welcoming friends invited me to midnight mass for Christmas Eve and then for Christmas dinner on the 25th! I was able to truly rest on the full meaning of the season and how lucky I was to have people to celebrate with. Storms across the mid-west left my parents without any children home for Christmas Eve and prevented them from visiting grandparents. It was a different sort of holiday season, but I tell you, I think we all are able to recognize the value in the time we do have together.

I arrived in MN on the 26th and am so excited to be here for the week! I was able to spend a splendid 24 hours with my grandparents who are my biggest role models. I aspire to be like my grandma when I am 80 years old; she’s thoughtful, compassionate, healthy, and the MOST spiritually driven person I know. As I conversed with her about some of the struggles I am facing, she simply said, “Get on your knees and pray.” Honestly, I have never really thought about actually getting on my knees to pray!!! I’m constantly talking to God about my daily life, but actually kneeling before Him with the intent to give everything up to Him in prayer has never occurred to me. I think its about time I try!!! Prayer is powerful, refreshing, and relieving. The piece of advice my wise grandmother told me was to involve myself in activities I enjoy. You may be thinking…well, DUH! But she was’t saying to keep reading or painting or exercising. She meant get involved where other people are (i.e. join a choir, extracurricular league of some kind, help out with youth group, etc) There’s another goal for me in 2010! Get involved in something where I can meet people who enjoy the same things I do.

AHhh…now this are just a few of the inspirations I have learned in a mere 3 days!!! I tell ya…its amazing what you learn when you truly engage yourself in a conversation. Put that blackberry away, leave your cellphone in your car and look the person in the eye as you converse. This is called ACTIVE listening. When I truly absorb every word the other person is saying, I come away from a conversation with more knowledge than when I began. Here’s my goal for you as we approach 2010….be an ACTIVE listener in your every day conversations. Remove all distractions and place all attention on whom you are speaking with. Take a minute after the conversation and see what you have learned!

So here it is…an inspiration for you to ponder as you go about your days:
Center yourself in integrity of the Spirit
Place your worries, struggles, and joys to the power higher than yourself!!

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Listen and you shall find peace…

Hello hello!  Well, its been an interesting day I have to say.  Really nothing too eventful happened, except some FABULOUS conversations:)  It made me realize that if you just listen to what others say and soak in the words they speak, you may find peace in whatever life situation might be occurring.

Let’s rewind and start from the beginning of  my day.  I had a nice, slow, relaxing morning!  After 5 days of no caffeine, I made myself the most glorious cup of caffeinated coffee:) Caribou Coffee Mahogany beans, ground and brewed in a French press.  I tell you, it is the way to have coffee!  Sipped on that cup while I had some quiet time.  Reflecting, listening, and assessing where my faith stands.  It was humbling and well-needed.

My tummy started rumbling, so breakfast (or should I say brunch) was up next!  First, I sauteed some diced onions, then set aside.  Placed and Eziekel muffin with slices of mozzarella and swiss cheese under the broiler.  In the meantime scrambled an egg + egg white with tomato and the onions.  In the end, an open-faced delictable egg sandwich!  1/2 a grapefruit on the side!  Scrumptious, my friends…truly.  Took about 15 min to complete.

Yes, I do drink my coffee with a straw sometimes!  I have a friend that does it this way too. When asked why, she replied “It helps to not stain your teeth.”  🙂 Whether that’s true or not…its kind of fun!

All in all, this kept me satisfied for a long time!

I headed off to try and finish my Christmas shopping.  It turned out to be a failure, but that’s ok.  I did meet up with 2 different friends and had GREAT conversations.  Both spoke wise words into my life.  It brought a sense of peace to my inner soul and helped me to realize I was preventing myself from living fully.  We all tend to get caught up in one thing or another.  Sometimes through others we are hit smack in the face with what we need!  In a good way, of course.

Advice to you….take time to engage in meaningful conversations regularly!  If you become fully present when with another, I bet you will learn so much more and walk away with new insight.  Also, take time for yourself!  Whether 5 minutes or 60 minutes or a whole day, it is important for us to be refreshed from within.  Recharging and allowing yourself to truly rest will enable you to accomplish the work you are called to daily! Seek that spiritual part of your life whatever it may be and ye shall find peace from within.

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Life after college

Well, hello fellow blooggers, readers, or whoever happens to come across this blog.  I really never thought I would jump on the blogging bandwagon, but now that I’m here, I’m GLAD!  Its been a crazy ride this last year….finishing a dietetic internship, moving across country, starting 2 VERY part-time jobs at the same time, reconnecting with friends, and become a “real” adult!  Although that may sound overwhelming, I have to tell you that it has been some of the greatest months of my life.  What I’ve learned about myself, the professional world, and living life after college are so beneficial now and for future.

To all those starting this stage in your life, here a few things that helped me:

1. Breathe!  Yes…take 5 deep breathes when feeling overwhelmed. It’s amazing how much it relaxes you in that moment.

2. Make lists.  I’m the queen of lists!  Even if it’s something you know you are going to do for the day (i.e. brush your teeth, get dressed, eat, etc) It feels great to cross it off when you’re done!  This advice was given by my brother and I’m telling you…it feels AMAZING!

3. Get outside!  Rain, snow, sun, or clouds….the fresh air does wonders for our mental state:)

4. Eat well.  Fuel your body with healthy foods that give you energy and are satisfying.

5. Be active!  Getting your heart rate up whether through a brisk walk, jogging, or taking a local fitness class, will help you feeling refreshed to tackle daily challenges.  Even if its 20 minutes around the block….move that body you were given.

6. Schedule quiet time!  Whether you believe in God or another higher power or nothing at all, it is important to allow ourselves to be completely in silence.  I can’t tell you how many times I just sat in my bedroom, dining room, or in the park and removed thoughts from my head. It felt so peaceful.

7. Coffee dates!  Ok…if you don’t like coffee, don’t call it that…what I mean is schedule dates with friends or people who are enjoyable.  A good laugh, cry, or discussion with another human being helps our mind get away from what might be daunting.

8. Embrace new opportunities!  You may not like your first job, your new roommate, or managing bills.  Try to look at it as a chance to learn something new!  There were days and still are days where I am extremely discouraged at a situation, but then I take a step back and see the progress I’ve made in the last 6 months.  Wow….I didn’t know the pain of searching for individual health insurance…but guess what? now I do and I’m thankful for the experience.

9. Try something you’ve never done before!  It forces you to step outside your comfort zone.  I bet you’ll meet some pretty cool people or at least have some good stories to tell.

10. HAVE FUN!  Enjoy this time in your life. It only comes once and I am a firm believer in experiencing all you can while your young.

Keep in mind those are all suggestions from the bottom of heart.  Take ’em or leave ’em!

Until next time…have a fabulous day!

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