2015 in a word // mindfulness

2015 in a word mindfulness

in one word, could you sum up your goal for 2015? what would it be? what overarching theme will you try to keep as a trending topic all year-long? i had mine even before i knew this was a thing. and by thing i mean picking a word for the year aka one little word, etc. and by thing i also mean a social media/ blog thing. it’s a thing. i first saw this on my new favorite social accounts to follow, Best Kept Self. (sidenote, these women are incredible and will both motivate, inspire and encourage you daily) each of the women of Best Kept Self tweeted their word of the year and asked followers what theirs would be. it took me no more than a second to know what mine would be. mindfulness.

mind·ful·ness // ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/ (noun)
1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

awareness, acknowledgement, acceptance… all of these things are things that i need to focus on. i’ve chatted briefly with you about my struggle with mental illness and how my anxiety and obsessive compulsive personality disorder often disrupt my day-to-day life. and the fight continues, and the journey towards overcoming it all has tons of bits and pieces to it. but, this, mindfulness. this is a key factor.

being present and living in the moment has become a difficult task for many of us with the glorious wonders of technology and so many other distractions toying for our attention. and i do mean glorious, because i have met some of the most fantastic people through blogging and social media. but there needs to be a balance. of our online and our offline. i feel so fortunate to have this incredible online world of people who i have connected with, but we must keep in touch with those who are right in front of us, and with reality.

2015 in a word mindfulness

but technology and distractions are only part of the reason why i struggle with being present. my mind is strong, very strong. and it would work to my benefit if i could harness all that strength to think about the things i would like to be focusing on. rarely am i experiencing the moment in which i am in. even in the best moments, i’m usually not all there. my mind and thoughts will wander and spin and circulate. about things that happened earlier that day, week, month or years ago. obsessing over a tiny detail that doesn’t really matter. or i’ll be trying to live in the next moment, worrying about the future, tomorrow, ten years from now, or the next hour.

a constant and perpetual state of being overwhelmed by thoughts.

the acceptance party is a slippery little sucker, too. that’s where my perfectionism rears its lovely head. things are supposed to happen the way they were supposed to happen. from our plans for the evening to plans for the wedding and everything in between. my rigidness to the way it was “supposed to” happen becomes paralyzing. to be able to accept myself, my feelings, my thoughts AND (here’s the kicker) move forward… that, that is the goal.

2015 in a word mindfulness

2015 has a lot of fancy things in store for me already. i’m lined up to present on ‘unleashing the power of social media’ twice (once in las vegas and once in san diego), we’re working on renovations to our home, making some major overhauls with my blog and personal brand, numerous trips for both work and fun, oh and you know just getting MARRIED. and i don’t want to miss a moment of any of it. i’ve already robbed myself of so many moments, enough is enough. on our wedding day i don’t want to be worried about a million little things that have nothing to do with the fact that i will be surrounded by my family and friends and starting my life with my best friend. it’s going to be the best day ever, and i want to be there. for every tear of happiness, every laugh, every sassy comment, every kiss and every dance move. i will be mindful and i will be present.

it’s certainly not going to be easy, but if what easy – well i guess then i would probably have done it already. but i am going to try. 2015, i got you.

how would you theme your 2015 in a word? share with me and let’s keep each other motivated! 2015 is our year. xo

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MAWC roundup [i’m chasing my dreams]

uff da! and wow! and that’s all i have to say about that…. just kidding, but seriously. i got from the Market America World Conference very late sunday or very early monday, whichever way you’d like to look at it. and i’m still trying to wrap my head around all of the amazingness that happened. all i can say is that it truly is one of those “you had to be there” experiences, because it is indescribable. sure, i could tell you all about the 25,000 people in the AA arena; about the celebrities i got to see; about the bomb{dot}com products we’ve come out with (intenseFX); about how legit our corporate team is at delivering all you could ask for and more; that we are ahead of the curve when it comes to the social shopping revolution; that we offer the best products in any category; about the epic dance parties; the stories that tug on your heartstrings; about how unbelievably amazing and wonderful my ma family/team is; about the partying, the learning, the joking, the laughing, the crying; about how flipping motivation it was… but you will not be even close to understanding what i mean with all of that. the feeling of being completely surrounded by thousands and thousands of entrepreneurs that are going after their dreams, that are the most powerful, positive, motivational people i have ever had the blessing/pleasure to meet. mind = blown. and if you really do want to learn more about this epic, dream catching, business… i would be MORE than happy to visit with you. and learn about how i can help you make your dreams come true. because as our president, founder and CEO, JR Ridinger says, “always dream big, because you will never be bigger than your dreams.”

to my MA family: from the bottom of my heart i thank each and every one of you for an unforgettable time in Miami; i am thankful and blessed to know you and have you as a part of my life. i believe in you and cannot wait to be there as your accomplish your dreams. watch out world; we are coming. i love you guys! xoxo

here are some of my favorite moments:

rise and shine at the airport

mike and i had a 4 hour layover in detroit; doing some zzz’s and reading

night 1: hard rock cafe

of course, i can never miss a chance to bust some zumba moves

part of the team waiting for the doors to open!

we rocked that AA arena

brooke and i learned wine does NOT belong in the freezer…


good lookin’ team ready to yacht it up:)

karly and me

steve and mike rockin’ the duck face

and the dance party begins…

fist pumpin’

givin’ brooke some lovin’

me and my best friends mom <3

last night: nikki beach

donna, brooke and me before leaving

why iRun

“I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.” – Jesse Owens

within the past month or so my view of running have shifted dramatically. i’ve never been a “runner” or anything of the like. i ran in soccer and for a short period of time i was in track, for God knows why, because i hated it. i was a sprinter but on days when we had to go on long runs, a girlfriend and i would cut out once we got by the mall and eat nacho taco salads. oops. not for me. it wasn’t my idea of a good time. throughout the years i have enjoyed walking for exercise. and my walks are power walks. i walk with purpose and conviction. ain’t no stoppin’ this girl. you just gotta keep up!

moving to the uptown area has been amazing for many reasons, the first of which is the activeness of the area. this town is booming with walkers/runners/people on a mission; we were even on the list of the top 10 most walkable cities. woot woot minneapolis. in uptown specifically we are in extremely close proximity to 3 lakes: harriet, calhoun and of the isles. they each have their own charm and beauty. my current lake of choice is lake of the isles. reasons for this:

  1. not as busy as the others
  2. loopiness; calhoun and harriet are more circly in nature. i like the twist and turns
  3. technically the closest to our place
after we got settled in i tried to make it a priority to walk every afternoon after work. it feels good to be active and work out my stress. one day i was worried that my iTouch would die and i really just wanted to get a walk in. so i decided, “hey, how bout i try running?” so i did. and it was great. i felt a little sore the next day and i loved it. and so started my routine and new enjoyment. about 3 times per week i “run” the lake. i’m no marathon runner yet but i do alright. i’m still getting into great shape so i mix up walk/run. walk one song, run another. today was a step up on the ladder where i walked a song then ran 2. woah! the other evening on my run i had a bit of a revelation and realized many things. i connected a lot of aspects of running with life. (deep i know- but i’ll keep it as light as i can) its true though and it really made sense for me.
  • to begin you have to make the decision to try: i wasn’t sure that afternoon that i decided to run how it would go over. but i decided to give it a go. if you don’t give something a shot you will never know. whats the worst that could happen? i could have looked like an out-of-shape idiot. think i could have made it through that.
  • you have to work at it: if i had ran that one afternoon, and then never ran again for a couple weeks and tried again i would probably be frustrated that it wasn’t super easy. one run does not a runner make. if you want to really be good at something you have to commit to it and make a real honest effort.
  • its all about your attitude: some days i am tired from a long day at work and the thought of running in the heat doesn’t necessarily get me jazzed. but i want to keep in shape and some days will be harder than others. but if i make the choice to suck it up and lace up my shoes and head out the door with a positive mindset, but the time i get home i will be in a better mood AND proud of myself for doing something i didn’t necessarily care to do. as a sidenote: smiling while running has been proven to help make the experience seem easier – try it!
  • you can’t compare yourself to everyone else: while its great to use the uber in shape peeps of the uptown area as motivation to get this butt out and about i cannot get frustrated when they lap me one (or two, yes its happened) times. i’m not on there level and that’s ok. comparing yourself to everyone around you and getting mad that you are not exactly where they are is a useless path. you are you.
  • there will be annoying people in your path: these people should realize that they cannot take up the entire path. its rude and unfair to the people around you. GET OUT THE WAY! take matters in to your own hands, find a way around them and move on.
  • if you look good – you’ll feel good:  when i feel good about how i look i feel a higher sense of confidence. when my working out routine started i splurged a little on some new way cute workout clothes. it makes me excited to get dressed to go work out and helps me feel good while doing it. BAM!
  • it’s all about Y-O-U!: for a control freak like this girl, there are many positives to running because it is an individualist sport. you get to empower yourself. go at your own pace, on your own path, whatever you want to do. i can spend sometime with me. just me and my hip-hop. every step that pounds the pavement the strength builds. one step closer the the finish line. just when i think i have to stop i can scrounge up all that’s in me and push myself forward. and when you finish or make any little achievement you can feel proud of yourself. because you did it.

that’s why iRun. because iLoveit. it was great to realize why it is i love it because it only builds the passion i have for it. what is it that you love? why do you do it? think about it…