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Winter Wellness Warriors: 6 week virtual program to cultivate courageous health.

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Be courageously balanced, healthy and strong in mind, body and spirit this winter season.

Be a Winter Wellness Warrior.

WHEN: January 15-February 26

WHERE: online/wherever you are

COST: $57*

*Group rate. Need some one-on-one support from me? Ask about a Winter Wellness Upgrade when you sign up.

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What does 'winter wellness' mean?

It means hardiness during the roughest, coldest months.

It means eating well, getting consistent sleep and finding comfort from the shorter, darker days.

It means less stress. No fuss.

It means relaxation and a lot of comfortable blankets and warm, soothing drinks.

It means less colds, if any.

It means being in a state of balance, serenity and perspective.

The Tibetan word for warrior means, "one who cultivates courage". Well, it takes a lot of courage to go against the grain and actually use this season to rest, relax and slow down.

Most people will be all over the place, running themselves into the ground and bringing their health, joy and energy along for the ride. A Winter Wellness Warrior chooses differently.

Being a Winter Wellness Warrior means thriving at a time of year meant for introspection, hibernation and rejuvenation. It means cultivating the courage to care for yourself and be well.

It takes courage to cook for yourself, when take-out is easier...

It takes courage to set a bed time and stick to it. There are so many good shows on and so much to do...

It takes courage to slow down when you want to do more...

It takes courage to read books and be creative for pleasure...

It takes courage to look inside, reflect on what is and what has been, and strive for transformation in the coming year.

Not many people do this. 

You can be someone who does.

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You might be a Winter Wellness Warrior if you are:

  • craving a life change or shift
  • want to be your own personal Island of Health in a sea of sick, suffering souls
  • feeling run down and want more energy
  • ready for some down time but struggle to find or make it
  • seeking renewal and healing
  • committed to join and stick with something for 6 weeks
  • willing to find connection and inspiration within a group of like-minded people

What will you get?

I know you're smart. You know a lot. This program will add to what you DO know for a good refresher with a few more new things to inspire your path to cultivating courageous health and wellness of mind, body and spirit.

This program contains the best of what I've learned over the 15 years I've been in the 'health and wellness world'. I got sick exactly one day last year, one of the most stressful and intense years of my life. Imagine what's possible for you?

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                 a Healthy Habit PDF to chart your progress

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        regular reminders via email to sustain your courage

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           downloadable meditation/relaxation sessions

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   a virtual group of fun folks to stay accountable

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             tasty recipes to boost immunity and inner warmth

Ready to cultivate courageous health?

Click below and take your first courageous step.

COST: $57*

*Group rate. Need some one-on-one support from me? Ask about a Winter Wellness Upgrade when you sign up.

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Thriving vs. Surviving

Maya Angelou, writer, speaker and general all-around incredible person said: "Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant."

 

For most of my young life, I was merely surviving. I was not thriving. I would read these words, printed on a card I had and I would think, "yeah. That would be nice. Someday."

I had a lot of days where surviving was my best. It was all I could do, but I still did it, day after day.

When I experienced my first break-up at the age of 23, I was totally devastated. Totally. It was my first love, my first relationship, first sexual relationship and first domestic partner. It was the first time I had really loved someone with all my heart and my soul. When she left, I felt like I couldn't breathe. My guts went to shit. I cried and cried day after day.

But I still woke up every morning, swung my legs over the side of the bed and put my feet on the floor. I showered, got dressed, drove to work and was early every single morning. I don't think I ever took a day off. I was teaching eighth grade at the time and my students never suspected a thing. That went on for years. Years. I wasn't grieving the end of one relationship. I was grieving everything that relationship had opened up inside of me--stuff that had been buried down deep for years.

Last year was different. I was struggling with an experience that was just as difficult as the end of a relationship, if not more. I was grieving the end of something as I was living in it--my old self, my body, my identity, my name, my voice. This experience was really different from the past because I had that old experience to draw on. What had I learned from all that suffering and grief? What had I learned about myself? What had I learned about my own resiliency, tenacity and coping skills? What new skills and self-love tools had I now acquired? There were many days that I remembered Maya Angelou's words about thriving versus surviving.

I was determined to not just survive through my experience but to thrive in it.

So I made a plan.

I surrounded myself with tools to thrive, not just survive.

I know that's why I feel so amazing today, as I approach my year anniversary of deciding to physically transition to male. That anniversary is coming up in March. That was the month I decided to take intentional steps toward making a change that would alter my experience in this life forever. It was the month I decided to stop surviving and start thriving.

Before I made that decision, I was struggling. I felt hopeless, helpless and depressed.

I remember being so afraid to make a move but also feeling that deep down, this was not a way I wanted to feel for the rest of my life. I knew if I didn't make some big choices and take some big chances things wouldn't improve for the better. I saw myself reflected back to me in my clients: people on the edge of greatness and afraid to take the steps and make the moves they needed to make to change their lives. I wanted to walk my talk and I saw the big shift I was avoiding in my own life. So I decided I'd seek out whatever I needed to improve my situation--so I could move from surviving to thriving.

Some times, all we can do is survive. Our best is getting up, throwing our legs over the side of the bed and making it through another day.

But with the right tools, the right motivation and the right amount of self-love, self-determination and courage, we can move from surviving to thriving.

My tools were:

  • good, whole, healthy foods every single day

  • plenty of sugar and foods that didn't serve me (because perfection isn't realistic)

  • a consistent bedtime every night. At least 7 hours.

  • lots of water

  • good friends and mentors who are good listeners

  • my own health coach

  • a great specialized and experienced therapist

  • a deep spiritual practice that I nurtured every single day

  • exercise. Even when I didn't do it every day.

  • crying. Sometimes daily.

  • days off when I needed them

  • lots of movie-watching

Those are a just a few. This was my list.

This was how I moved from surviving to thriving.

 

Surviving was the least I could do. Thriving was a choice I made. 

And one I make from moment to moment each day.