Change your words, change your life


Being able to look in the mirror daily and repeat, I am beautiful, I am worthy, I am love”, is one of the most powerful things you can do for yourself.

As a young kid I never did this. I actually laughed when my mom told me to do it. I would instantly get annoyed and pissed at her, for suggesting I do such a ridiculous thing. But as I got older, I realized that everything we say, think and repeat, becomes our reality. So why not change our realities by speaking differently. Why not create a better relationship with our self by changing our thoughts? And why not change our negative beliefs to create a life of happiness, love and joy?

Stepping away from old thoughts and beliefs can be challenging, but the sooner you begin, the sooner you will start to reprogram your thought patterns and your life.

1. Positive affirmations: a written or oral statement that confirms something is true. I AM LOVE. I AM SAFE. I AM HEALTHY. I AM ABUNDANCE. I AM BEAUTIFUL. I have these statements written on paper and have them hanging all over my house: in the bathroom, on my refrigerator, in my bedroom. YES, everywhere! The point is to have them in a place that you will read them, not only once, but 20 times a day. The more you read them, the more your mind will begin to believe it and that’s when change occurs. 

“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen”.

2. Deep breaths daily. I highly encourage you to find a few minutes (preferably right when you get out of bed in the morning) to sit silently and just breathe. Deep breathing calms the mind, relaxes the body, helps reduce stress etc. In doing this we are able to step away from the ego based thinking (we are not enough, we are not beautiful) and move into a more heart centered thinking.

3. Write it out. What do you want? What do you want to change? What do you wish your life looked like? The universe has something beautiful to offer everyone, so start asking for what you want, (rather than talk about what you don’t want). You are the creator of your life- dream big!

4. Create a time and space just for you. Whether this is daily, three times a week or once a week. Setting aside time to take care of your needs is vital in creating a more peaceful life. This can be time to: take a walk, attend a yoga or exercise class, read a book etc. Whatever you do, do something you WANT to do, something that brings you joy.

As we begin to implement these simple tools daily, we will start to see small, yet miraculous shifts in our day-to-day lives.

And remember "your life is a reflection of your thoughts. If you change your thinking you change your life". 


The Re-birth Of My Wellness


It was around 3 months postpartum; my hair started to fall out, the glow had faded and my extra happy hormones were waving goodbye as they slowly departed. My glorious 9-month journey of bliss had come to an end and I didn’t like the way I started to feel.

Transitioning into motherhood was by far one of the hardest jobs I HAVE (not for everyone) ever experienced; the term emotional roller coaster was an understatement. I found myself trying to hold onto my pre-baby life: friends, routines and old habits. Something inside of me didn’t want to let go, but I knew for my emotional wellbeing- I had to.

I learned early on that I was going to have to find my tribe; women who would understand, empathize and ones that I could laugh + cry with. It was also imperative that I found ways to support myself: emotionally, mentally and physically.

Support started to come to me in various ways:

Foods: I never realized food had such an impact on hormones, but I quickly found out (through my own research) which ones would benefit me, and started incorporating them into my diet daily!

Healthy Fats:
Coconut oil
Olive oil
Nuts/ Seeds – almonds, hemp, flax

Protein- Organic
Quinoa (Sprouted)
Lentils (Sprouted)
Wild Caught Salmon

Dark leafy greens – brussel sprouts, kale, spinach, broccoli, asparagus
Bright colored veggies: carrots, beets, cabbage, root vegetables – sweet potato, squash, turnip (all in season!)
I love this recipe for breakfast and this is a good one for dinner!

Another big piece for ME was eliminating sugar (yes even natural sugar- honey, maple syrup, bananas etc.). It wasn’t agreeing with my body and I didn’t like the way it made me feel. I had experienced mood and emotional changes, anxiety, itchy skin, lack of energy and I always had the need for more and more sugar once I started eating it. Another post about sugar coming later!

Acupuncture: One of my favorite forms of relaxation! I did this pre pregnancy, during and after, which helped me de-stress, bring my body back into balance, move stuck energy and much more. Read more here on acupuncture!

Yoga: One of the best ways for me to quiet the mind, tune in and connect with myself. I did this pre, post and during my pregnancy, as well. Yoga is good for so many aspects of life: mind, body and spirit. 

Another piece of my postpartum journey has been to utilize my support system. I connected with a therapist who also does reiki and other alternative therapies. I not only have a PCP, but I also see a functional medicine doctor as well. I have been blessed with amazing family, friends and mama friends with whom I connect with daily. 

Becoming a mom was one of the greatest gifts I could have ever asked for. The deep connection, unconditional love and new experiences daily always keep me smiling. A blessing for sure to have the opportunity to re-birth my own wellness. A chance to heal, yet again on a different level. A chance to listen to my body a little closer. And a chance to feel whole again!


-Erin F.


Compassion in the Classroom

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Just the other day I was with my daughter at the grocery store. I overheard two young mothers chatting about back to school: teachers, classroom assignments and the excitement of getting back into a fall routine.

As I stood in the produce isle deciding on which veggies to throw in my cart, one of the mothers said, "I was hoping Jackie wasn't in Sara's class this year; she's not very nice to the other kids."

It was all too clear. That kid, the one that was disruptive, had melt downs, and probably needed redirection from the teacher, more often than not. The one the who screamed when something didn't go their way and the who laid on the floor instead of in their chair. It was that kid and I was that kids teacher. 

I was there to support them. Not only through the melt downs, but first day of school anxieties. The day where all summer routines were thrown out the window, just in time to adapt to a new schedule, possibly new classmates, and a new teacher too. 

That kid, who possibly hadn't learned yet how to manage their anger, excitement, anxieties etc. To be honest, that kid yearns to play with your child, but doesn't know how to express that or better yet, approach them.

You see, all kids learn, grow and mature at different rates, and unfortunately it may take some a bit longer. But that's okay, she'll get there, I assure you that. And lastly, that kid possibly didn't get an I love you before she got on the bus to embark on her new journey or even breakfast for that matter. 

So, next time your son or daughter is in class with that kid, teach your child to have compassion because everyone in this world, children and adults alike, are doing the best they can and sometimes that looks different to me and you.

A Mom's Reflections

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After having my daughter, I reached out to some of my fellow mom friends. I asked them: Was I compassionate enough? Was I there for you? Did I offer you support?

At such a vulnerable time, all at once, you are joyous, overtired, isolated and excited to be a mom. You realize your assumptions about your "already mom friends" were misguided and non-sympathetic. Transitioning into your new phase of life is HARD. You're leaving behind the old you, for a new nametag and uniform. Your responsibilities are endless and some days- you don't know if you're coming or going.

I could have never prepared myself for this stage (even if I tried) and wouldn't change it if I could. Some days I feel lost and others I feel quite amazing. I have a beautiful baby girl who is the best thing that has ever happened to me. She has taught me to love unconditionally, ask for help when needed, to be present and to always be grateful, even when it's a struggle.

So, as I reflect on 365 days of motherhood, I leave you with this: Know that everyone is doing their best and yes, your best may look different than mine. Know that what works for some may not work for all and have compassion for one another- it’s the best we can offer. 

Free Yourself

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I honestly haven't been on my mat in a couple of weeks and it seriously feels like an eternity. Things have been busy lately: traveling on the weekends, appointments and mommy-hood. I find myself rather scattered (mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually) when my practice has been put on the back burner.

Well, yoga the other day began in supported fish pose-a heart opener. Our teacher talked about slowing down our breath, our movements and allowing ourselves to be in the moment..fully. I could have this reminder once a week and need it time and time again. Why is it so hard to slow down and be fully present ? Well that's the way the world is around us. We are always on the go and yes at a very fast pace. So, when we actually start to down shift, listen to our breath and connect, is when our truth comes out (for me at least).

Sitting in chair pose and breathing deeply is when something big happened-I was spoken to:
"I want to be free". I knew exactly what that meant and that was the first time I've heard my inner voice speak those words to me. I no longer wanted the ego to win with words of self sabotage. I wanted to give myself unconditional love like I do my daughter. I wanted to give myself credit for all that I do and know that I am successful. I wanted the inner dialogue of nonsense to stop and to just be free. In that moment emotions began to sore through my body, tears streamed down my face and I let it happen. I knew it was another layer peeling back and I embraced it. Often times we push these feelings down, because it's easier. We don't like to admit our flaws or our weaknesses. We like to stand tall, confident and paint a picture of perfection but nothing is perfect, no one is perfect.

Yoga for me is a place of truth. A time to connect and a space for healing. It connects my mind with my body and taps into who I really am. If we allowed ourselves one hour a day to be fully present imagine what could happen? What barriers could be broken down? What we could learn?

May the Breath Be With You

"Each breath is like a little rebirth, a renaissance that can only be celebrated if we recognize that it's happening" -Cristen Rodgers

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In our everyday lives we breathe to live or live to breathe; we do this effortlessly, without even trying. Yet, in times of sorrow, frustration, fear and sadness we forget about our breath; it may become stagnant or completely lost all together.

The other day in my yoga class the teacher prompted us by saying, “let the breath be your guide”. In that very moment I came to the realization that we all have the ability to change our thinking, our realities, life and emotions with one simple tool- our breath. As we utilize deep inhalations and exhalations it brings us back to our center, grounding us and realigning oneself.

Every time I step onto my mat I lose myself in the breath and there are no worries, no thoughts to be had. And it’s in those precious moments of solitude that everything falls simply right back into place…a place of peace, a place of love.