M.M. Thoughts: one of THOSE Days

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  Hey there! Good morning. Have you ever had one of those mornings you feel off? You know, wake up on the wrong side of the bed kind of days. Your head hurts, you feel like in order to move your body you have to move against the force of gravity, and even though you slept a good 7 hours you could probably do it all over again. Yep, thats me today, I’m having a day..and it’s only 10 am! It’s okay though you know…to have one of those days. Check it out, I plan ahead every week to get ready for what’s ahead. I’m one of those weird people who look forward to Mondays because it’s a day I get to talk to you and really feel productive in life. Today my body just had other plans.

We live in a world that thrives off hustle..go, go, GO mentality all day, everyday. It’s how we live in most parts of the world, especially here in the U.S. So when your body says stop, relax, and recover your mind says “No way Jose! we have work to get done, a house to clean, kids to pick up, deadlines to meet!” That way of thinking will get you into major trouble if you don’t listen to anything else but your head. When your body says rest, or if your hurting and your heart says cry….listen. I hope you not only listen, but act.

You and your body are the most complex essence on this Earth. No two are the same and man hasn’t found a way to recreate you in all your glory. Your body was made to speak to you when it needs something, as was your heart. Your mind is a very powerful tool too and when need be can override anything it wants, so learn the balance between your body, mind, and spirit. You will live a much happier and balanced life. Plus the people around you will thank you for staying in instead of being a raging..well, you know. :)

As for me, I was going to get a bunch of work done, instead I’m going to do that one task I need to get done today, read my new Anthony Robbins book to get some inspiration, and leave the cleaning and cooking for tomorrow. Rest, Relax, Recover. It’s more important than you know.

Carpe Diem


The ONE Thing You Shouldn’t Let Go Of

Friday morning I woke up and ate breakfast like I usually do then headed out the door to teach my first two classes of the day. After classes ended, instead of going straight home I did something I haven’t done in a long time..I went to my spot. My spot is perched on a rock overlooking a very peaceful and calm duck pond with big white water fountains and waterfalls flowing through it. I used to go here EVERY morning to sit and be still. I would let the silence take over me, feel the wind through my hair, talk to God, and clear my head. It was the perfect way to start my day.

After my spot I was so happy I went I decided to do something else I haven’t done in awhile, I went for a barefoot run on the beach followed by a dip in the ocean. Soft sand, cool salt water, sun beaming between the clouds, I was in heaven. I couldn’t believe I stopped doing that. This got me thinking:

Why do we stop doing the things that make us, US?

Here’s my theory. As humans, when aspects of our life change be it a career, a relationship,  or a big event; we get so wrapped up in whats going on and who we are with that we forget. We forget what makes us happy without anything else playing a part. We stop doing the little things in order to keep up with the big. I see this a lot with people in relationships, myself is included in this. You start your life with someone and you begin doing things as a couple and things the other person enjoys. Days and weeks pass with all new changes you get into new habits, new routes, new time sequences.

The issue with this is one day you are going to wake up to get ready, look in the mirror and not know who the person is looking back at you. It is important to form stable relationships and jobs; it is also important to keep your sense of identity. Be sure to still do things on your own and for yourself. The little things that make you YOU are in fact the big things. Love your career, your passions, your loved ones…but don’t forget to love yourself.

 

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To Hot Springs or Not? That is the Question.

The answer to that question is an obvious YES! The real question is where? When I think of Hot springs I envision one of two scenarios in my head. One is a luxurious place with palm trees and cabana boys fanning you down while you sip on a cocktail; the other is a hillbilly hole in the ground for people to get a free hot tub use with their cousins (catch my drift?) Fortunately, Glen Ivy Day Spa in Corona, Ca. has the first scenario.

Although you don’t have cabana boys following you around with banana leaves, you will have your choice of numerous different types of pools and spas to relax in, a cafe that has both healthy and delicious items on the menu, a full bar, and treatments that make this place a destination you won’t want to miss. Just walking through this place you forget the fact you are in a desert and get transported to an exotic island. I have been a few times now and I have several pros and cons to the place. Here is my take:

Cons: 

  • It’s in the middle of the desert so it takes a drive from a lot of places unless you live in Corona.
  • Pricey. If you go during peek season it is more expensive and mostly everything costs extra once you are in.

Pros:

  • It is perfect spot to go with a group of your girlfriends, your significant other, your mom, or even just yourself. My favorite person to go with is my long time boyfriend. It serves as a special day for us.
  • Relaxation. It is the perfect place if you need a day to relax and let the load off your shoulders. Nothing goes at fast pace so you are able to take your time and enjoy being..well, just being!
  • The Grotto and mud pools are a must. If you’re going to do both, They say to do the mud bath first because the mud exfoliates your skin while the grotto puts all the moisture back into it. They also both take great photos for memories
  • Mineral baths. Mineral baths have a weird smell to them but they are great for achy muscles, just don’t wear your jewelry in them. I wore my silver ring and toe ring in them and they turned them brown for awhile! It eventually goes back but it looked weird for awhile.
  • Their bar cocktails are amazing. They are all delicious and have an exotic feel to it. If you are not feeling fruity however they also serve a selection of beers and wines.
  • The staff are very friendly and know they are there to make your stay pleasant.

All in all, if you don’t mind the drive and can afford the entry fee plus a little more, I would say this place is defiantly a must. I make it a point to go at least annually to re-energize and recharge my batteries. If you are looking for places to go in SoCal besides the traditional Disneyland and beach, Glen Ivy is your place!

 

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M.M. Coffee: Who’s Your Mentor?

Good morning and happy Monday everyone!

Sorry I’m late getting this to you, I had the brilliant idea of going somewhere else to do my Monday work and the first two places I went didn’t have wifi! who doesn’t have wifi anymore?! anyway, different subject, to get on with what I’ll be having you think about today….

As many of you know I am beginning my fitness model program this month with the first main day being today. I was doing a pre-phase to help ease myself off sugar. (which I failed miserably at by the way) I decided there was no way I could do this beast on my own so I set out and found a coach. She has been in the industry for nine years and as soon as I met her I knew she was going to be my coach. I received my first instructions yesterday and oh man, she has me counting ounces and gave me my exact grocery list. Not only that but she gave me my workouts for the next month.

Now, I have been an athlete all my life and a trainer for over four years…I’ve never had this big of a disciplined nutrition and fitness program before. Ever. So when I say this is going to be a tough beast, as I’m eating broccoli with a TBSP of coconut oil this morning and two whole eggs, I’ve already thought about caving. Hence the reason I have a coach.

My coach is having me check-in every night via email and weekly check-ins via phone. If I didn’t have Sharon as a coach, I’d be doing the pre phase the whole time and still eating sugar on the weekends. Coaches are ESSENTIAL in life. Notice I said LIFE and not fitness modeling. Coaches and mentors help you with the hard stuff, the staying on track stuff. If you have a goal or a dream it is crucial to success you get someone to guide you; someone who has already done what you want to do. They have an inside intellect in what you need to do and as they say “Iron sharpens iron.”

Coaches and mentors ask you the questions to make you think outside the box. They don’t tell you what to think, they just ask the right questions to get you thinking. I currently have four mentors/coaches for different aspects of my life and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t have them to lean on, having them push me and my barriers.

So I ask you today: Who are your mentors and coaches in life? Do you have any? If you don’t, I would highly suggest finding one, or two, or five. Heck, they don’t even have to know they’re your mentor! I consider Robin Sharma my inspiration mentor and I’ve never met the guy! I read all his books and get his weekly emails. Those alone help inspire me to think outside the box. You see, getting a mentor is simply allowing someone you look up to to feed your mind with the good stuff and get you thinking, then push you to act on your life goals.

 

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Carpe Diem

 

 

 


Happiness: The Never Ending Journey

I used to think if I had the body I dreamed of or that shiny new sports car with the million dollars to match I would be happy. I also thought if I had prince charming to rescue me on his white horse my life would be complete. If all this happened then I would be happy.

Then one day it occurred to me… If I did have the million dollars, would I still want the sports car? If Prince charming did come marching in…then what? what about the next 40 years being with him? So I got the body…how does my heart feel?

If you learn nothing else today, learn this. Happiness is not a destination, it is a state of mind. It’s a place inside you where you can go when the world is stormy. Whether you’re with your soul mate, driving that car, or homeless on the street; you are still with YOU the rest of your life. Regardless of what other people think or say about you, you have a journey to walk out, you have a life to live. That life reflects how you feel and see yourself inside. Make sure to find happiness within yourself while you travel, or life is going to be a bumpy road.

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*Carpe Diem*


Monday Morning: Are You Authentic?

It’s a little gloomy here in Southern California this morning which oddly enough is my favorite type of weather for writing and reflection. If it’s sunny out you feel like you are missing out on something great, the calm grey clouds allows me to sit and reflect with comfort. Reflection always brings up a very simple yet profound question. One that, surprisingly, a lot of people tend to steer clear of. I ask you today to ask yourself one simple question and to really dig deep on it, answer it truthfully.

Are you living your most authentic life? 

Authentic in the dictionary means “not false or copied; genuine; real” so what I’m asking you is are you living a life that is true to you? Do you feel fulfilled and passionate about your work, relationships, where you live? These are all things that relate to your well being. Your well being relates to how you influence the world. Even if you are doing what you love it is always good to go back, reflect on where you are today, and evaluate where you are going. It’s a great way to stay on target and make sure you are headed in the right direction.

CHALLENGE: I challenge you to sit still today and reflect on your life… all aspects of it.

  • How do you relate to your current positions in life? 
  • What relationships are hurting you? Which are uplifting you?
  • Are there pieces of your life missing? If so, how are you going to fix it?
  • Are you passionate about what you are doing in work? Does it give you purpose?
  • How are you contributing to the world?

If you know there are missing pieces or you are unhappy with certain parts of your life and need further assistance, I recommend a book from an inspirational mentor of mine. The authors name is Robin Sharma. All of his books are phenomenal really but one in particular for you to read is The Secret Letters from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. This book is a great read for anyone, especially if you’re feeling a little lost.

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Hats Off to You

As I walked into my local Starbucks this morning I immediately noticed the line almost out the door and the three baristas behind the counter. From experience I know this means they are slammed and maybe even a little behind on their chores due to the flux of customers arriving. While in line I noticed a basket of dried fruit that had fallen earlier and without any hesitation I picked it up and fixed it neatly onto the table above.  Once I received my ice coffee and moved to the condiment counter I noticed there were no napkins and the space was messy. I went to go fill the napkin holders (they always keep extras in the cabinet beneath it) when a new barista came out to fill it herself. After she filled the napkins I cleaned off the counter of the drip coffee and spilled spices, fixed the holders so they looked neat, and faced the labels forward for everyone to see clearly.

Why did I do this? I have not worked for Starbucks for over 7 years. It was not my job to clean the condiment station or fix the basket of fruit. The reason however, is because I feel a connection with the company. Even though I no longer work for them I still feel a pride in the brand and have respect for them as a whole. I have worked for many companies in my life and Starbucks was one of my favorite corporations to work for. They gave employees perks (even the part-timers) and always gave us benefits like tips, free pounds of coffee, and stocks. I believe in their brand and so keep it in me to take care of Starbucks just like Starbucks took care of me.

When building a business or building your life it is important to realize the affect you will have on the world around you and how they will react to you. Some big name companies have it right. You gain respect from the bottom up, not the other way around. Disney is another company that holds this true. The CEO of disney, from Walt Disney himself to now, still walks around the park and picks up trash. 

Everyone has a part, no one is too good for any job. Whether its saying hi to a random stranger or picking up trash at a park, we all have an influence, we all make a difference. Keep this in mind next time you are being impatient in line or see a piece of trash on the sidewalk outside.


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