New Year ! New You!

Always Be Bright Everyday and Don’t let anyone Dull your Sparkle

Hey Ladies!

Its a New Year and a New You! I hope you all had an amazing New Years! One thing that I love about starting the New Year is looking back and seeing how much fun I had that year and all the amazing memories I created. It makes me realize just how much I grew as a person, and all the goals and things I want to do for the new year. I actually start each year off with a beautiful journal and I set all my goals. Whether they are big or small, I set monthly goals and weekly goals and even daily goals. I feel when you set daily goals you can look back on the day and see if you achieved them. I think its easier to set daily goals. I reminded myself this year that I am starting each day off with “Priming” myself every morning. I think this is the perfect word. ( thank you Tony Robbins). I start my morning rituals by taking time every morning and doing my meditation, prayer and my daily affirmations. I get ready to start my day with my daily prayer and honestly it makes your day so much brighter. I feel I get so much more done. I wrote down all the things that I wanted to do, vacations I wanted to take, and a jumpstart kick on my health. I mean that is the most important right? Taking just 15 minutes every morning of “me time” is amazing. Starting the New year is also a great way to write down ways you want to get to know yourself better. it can be spending more time in nature, getting to more yoga classes, making new friends. It is up to us to know what we will allow and what we won’t allow. It can be no more cake or no more energy drainers as friends( yes I’ve been there). We are in charge of change. We are in charge of growth. Without change, there is NO growth. One thing I have learned along the way of the aging process is how much more wiser you become. You realize the importance of family, spending time with your loved ones more, eating healthier food, getting more exercise. No matter what your goals are, It’s a New Year, and It’s a fresh start to a New You! Every day should be peaceful and you should go out doing what you love and not letting anyone or anything dull your sparkle. Shine Bright Loves!

xo

Melissa

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My Three Best Tips for adding Years to your Life

We all know how important adding fitness in to our lives are. For me anyway, it helps me focus, makes my days better, and overall gives me more energy. If you are adding fitness into your daily schedules, kudos to you! As you know, getting some type of of physical fitness in every day will definitely help your body as it ages, but there are three tips that I live by, and I feel they are more important than exercise. These tips will add years to your life , and will definitely give you better quality.

Cook at home- cooking at home let’s you be in control of what goes in your mouth. Restaurants everywhere use so many types of fats and it really can add extra calories and wreak  havoc on your waistline and your health. They use so many preservatives to give their food taste. If you are dining out, request to know exactly how your food is cooked. I always ask about my orders. It’s your only right. If you aren’t a huge cook, play around a bit with new recipes and find what you love. There is nothing like a good bottle of wine and cooking in your kitchen with a little French music playing. 

Kill that stress away- who needs it right? We live once! Go out and do the things that kill that stress. Schedule a massage, go get your nails done, head out for a day of shopping with a friend. I think doesn’t necessarily have to be any of those. Simply grabbing a meditation or yoga class is divine. Stress management is important also as we age. Stress kills , and I’m talking long term. It puts stress on our minds , bodies, and spirits. Even turning the radio up full blast and dancing in your living room , being goofy is fun. My daughter and I do it all the time. 

Find joy in everyday. JOY is happiness , plain and simple. If you are talking a walk in the park, or buying the car in front Of you a Starbucks, brings joy.  Life is short, and joyous moments are what count. It’s the memories your making, and the times you will remember. 

These tips to me are what make your bodies, minds and spirits stay balanced, and if they are all in balance, then we reach the stage of optimal health. Take the time everyday to be thankful , and count the blessings in your life. Slow down a bit and enjoy the little things.

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