personal development: self-improvement vs. self-criticism

Let’s talk about personal development. We all want to grow, improve ourselves and raise the standards for our lives – and those are admirable goals. I personally work hard to become a better version of myself each and everyday. However, there are two key points to keep in mind:

1. Make sure that whatever you are doing, you are doing it for YOU and not for the approval of others. If you’re constantly seeking the approval of others, you’re wasting your time and energy. People’s opinions of you should not and do not define your self-worth.

2. Don’t be so hard on yourself. We are all a work in progress, and when striving to better yourself and your life, it’s important to know the difference between self-improvement and self-criticism. Striving for more doesn’t mean you can’t be happy with who you are and where you are now.


Be careful with how you talk to yourself. Are you constantly putting yourself down with thoughts like “I’m stupid,” “I’m such a mess up,” or “I’m not good enough?” If so, STOP that negative talk in its tracks. Negative thoughts lead to a negative outlook on life and harsh self criticism leads to a low self-esteem.

Remind yourself that you are worthy, you are good enough, you are accepted and you are loved.


“You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.” ~ Song of Solomon 4:7

Be well,


healthy habit = healthy lifestyle

healthy lifestyleWe all have days where we lack motivation. We all have days that we don’t feel like working out. We all have days that we eat foods that aren’t the healthiest, or eat too much. You are human and these things happen. The goal is to not let a bad day turn into a bad week! It’s ok to skip the gym and rest instead, and it’s ok to eat pizza and ice cream once in a while. It’s all about balance. This is a lifestyle. If you made a less-healthy choice recently, make your NEXT choice a healthy one! Take the stairs instead of the elevator, have a salad for lunch, drink water instead of soda. Overtime your healthy habits will form a healthy lifestyle.

Be well,


how to set yourself up for success

Happy New Year!

The start of a new year inspires many to get a fresh start. We often times will come up with resolutions and goals that we’d like to achieve. When it comes to accomplishing goals, I’ve noticed that WHY you want to achieve a goal and HOW you set that goal can be more important than WHAT the goal actually is. Here are some tips that will set you up for success!


Focus on how you want to feel. Many people will set goals without acknowledging WHY they want to accomplish them. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, your desire may be to feel more confident. If your goal is to get a promotion at work, your desire may be to feel more financially secure. If your goal is to start a family or go on more dates, you’re likely craving love. Acknowledging the feeling that you’re after will help you clarify WHY you want to accomplish your goals. So, ask yourself, ‘How do I want to feel?’

Create connections. Now that you’ve decided how you’d like to feel, it’s time to brainstorm ideas on how you can achieve those feelings. If you’d like to feel creative, your intention could be to paint more. If you’d like to feel love, your intention could be to spend more quality time with loved ones. If you’d like to feel more adventurous, think of a few activities that will accomplish that for you. Get creative as you connect the feeling you desire with a way to attain it.

Set your intentions. Now it’s time to create specific goals that will drive you towards your desired feelings. Instead of simply saying, “I will paint more,” set your intention to create one new painting a month. Instead of, “I’ll do more activities,” write down specific activities like hiking, scuba diving or rock climbing and how often you’ll do them. The key here is to set intentions that are specific and have a timeline or deadline. Here are some examples:

*My desire is to feel more creative and I will accomplish that by taking an art class once a month.

*My desire is to be more adventurous and I will accomplish that by traveling to Europe this year.

*My desire is to experience more love in my life and I will accomplish that by having a weekly date night with my significant other.

Take action by creating new habits. Our day to day habits shape our lives and can if and when we will achieve our goals. Let’s say your desire is to feel stronger and you’ve decided that you will go to the gym three times a week in order to accomplish that goal; it’s important to create new habits that will support your intention. You can get in the habit of waking up early and going to the gym before work. You make it a habit to lay out your workout clothes the night before. You can make it a habit to update your playlist so you’ll always have good music to listen to at the gym. Your habits will either help or hurt your goals, so make sure you create ones that support your intentions.

Get support and accountability. January 1st, we are all motivated, January 15th, we are still going strong, but by February…..not so much. How can you keep that motivation all year long? Easy – get help from people who will support you and hold you accountable! Share your intentions with your friends, family and your health coach. Post your intentions on your Facebook page. Keep a list of your goals visible in your house as a reminder. Send the message out to the universe that you can and WILL accomplish what you’ve set out to achieve.

This year – this day – can be however you want it to be it. Focus on how you want to feel, create connections, set your intentions, take action, create new habits, get support and you’ll create a life you love!

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Be well,


the power of your thoughts

Don’t underestimate the power of your thoughts! There is a strong connection between mind and body, and also between the quality of your thoughts and the quality of your life.

Do not allow negative thoughts to take up room in your precious mind.

Happy thoughts = Happy Life

Be well,