CELEBRATE THE EARTH IN 10 SIMPLE WAYS

CELEBRATE THE EARTH IN 10 SIMPLE WAYS

I like a fun festival just as much as the next person, but I don’t like all of the trash that is created from them, including Earth Day celebrations, so I tend to stay away from most of them. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to celebrate Earth Day by doing just that, celebrating the Earth? It doesn’t have to include thousands of people, vendors, music, or any of that. It can be simple, joyful, and a way to connect us to that which sustains us, the Earth. In the end, without it, we’re in a world of hurt. 

 

Here are just a few ways that you can celebrate Earth Day that cost little to nothing, have either no impact or a positive impact on the environment, and provide a perfect example for others.

 

Take a walk. 

We live in the mountains, so we love to go for hikes, explore the waterfalls, or just spend time down by the creek. But if you live on the coast, go and dip your toes in the ocean. Live in the desert? Go and check out the spring blooms out there. The stark contrast between the desert and the flowers is pretty amazing. Some animal shelters will even let you “check out” a dog to take for a walk! How much fun would that be?!

 

Visit your local farmer’s market.

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to create a feast of locally grown, organic, non-GMO & harvested food? You’ll support your local economy, get to know your farmers, and eat a delicious seasonal meal. 

 

Start your garden.

If you live in warmer climates then you might be lucky enough to have already started your garden. For those that live in colder climates, it might be time to transplant your seedlings into their new garden home. You might be able to find some good plant starts at your local farmers market if you don’t have the space or ability to start seeds indoors. Growing your own food and getting your hands dirty connects you to what nourishes you, what sustains you, and gives you the ability to control what goes into your body and how you choose to live on the Earth. And don’t forget to plant things for the bees and butterflies! 

 

Participate in a clean up project.

here are organizations everywhere that arrange environmental clean up days. Some might be at the beach, along creeks and rivers, on mountain trails, or even on the side of the highways. There seems to be a never-ending supply of trash that makes it’s way into the environment and every little bit we can do to keep it clean makes a difference. By volunteering you are doing your part to keep the environment clean and saving your local town money since they won’t have to hire someone to clean it up. Encourage your town to use that saved money to support healthy environment programs! 

 

Volunteer at a local farm.

I’m going to take a wild guess here and say that most farms can use all of the help they can get. Farming is hard, dirty work and the farmers work long hours to provide local, healthy food for their local communities. They are up before dawn and drop into bed late, exhausted from yet another day of shoveling, digging, or what ever other jobs need to be done. I’m sure they would be happy to have some help for a day, share how the farm works, and probably teach you some new skills at the same time. 

 

Make something from scratch.

Instead of running to the store for supper, try making the entire thing from scratch. Marinara sauce can be made from fresh tomatoes, herbs, and spices and is really easy. Need some cheese? Try your hand at homemade mozzarella! It’s simple and actually pretty fun to make. Homemade bread is a big favorite in our house, slathered with homemade butter and locally source honey. It’s right next to heaven. There’s also no reason to run to the store for just about any condiment, because the majority of them can be made at home, from real ingredients, and will taste amazing. Once you’ve had homemade mayo, you’ll never go back to store-bought. 

 

Go paperless. 

I know everyone that we all get bills from encourage us to go paperless, getting our statements and doing payments online. I also know that it saves the company money, since they don’t have to send out paper billing statements and they don’t have to wait for a check in the mail. And by not mailing a check, you reduce the carbon footprint of that payment, since it doesn’t have to be physically delivered. If you feel like you need a paper record of your payment/statement, just print it at home or take a screen shot and save it to your computer, which is even better. 

 

Go fishing or hunting. 

No you don’t have to go and hunt big game…you can hunt for ramps, mushrooms (make sure you know what you’re doing if you’re hunting mushrooms), wild onions, or anything that is edible and grows wild in your area. It’s a great skill to have and will guarantee you that you’re eating seasonally. If you enjoy it, or even just want to try it, go fishing! I never thought I’d be a gal that liked fly fishing, but here I am, rocking it. Being out in the woods, by the river is so calming and you just can’t beat the view. If you get lucky, you’ll get to catch your supper! Again, this is another great skill to have, especially as we see our economy becoming more and more fragile. 

 

Visit a wildlife preserve.

Just about every area has some sort of wildlife preserve that works hard to make sure that the balance of nature stays that way, balanced. Go and see what animals are endangered, what they’re doing to help them, or even how you can help. My best friend volunteers at a wildlife preserve in Louisiana and she really enjoys it. The volunteers are happy to show you around, share information, and answer any questions you might have.

Celebrate Earth Day every day. It’s great that people “do their part” on Earth Day and I want to encourage them to keep doing that. But Earth Day is really every day, because we live on this Earth every day. We should be concerned about how we affect the environment every day.  Make it a goal to make just one change that you will adhere to every day that will help the environment. The Earth will thank you for it, your health will thank you for it, and our children and grandchildren will too. It’s our job, it needs to start with us. Be the first one, don’t be shy, and be proud to be the change that you wish to see in the world. 

 

 


 

Tatia Elizabeth is a certified sustainability consultant, radical homemaker, unschooler, doTERRA wellness advocate, and homesteader. She is also the admin for Toward Zero Waste Haywood County, NC Facebook group.

Her background in alternative and natural medicine, preparedness, self-reliance, environmental science, and domestic history are the backbone of her life of zero-waste, sustainability, non-consumerism, and environmental responsibility. She has studied environmental issues, natural medicine, preparedness, and domestic history for the better part of 30 years and it is her journey to share the knowledge of how the health of one’s environment affects human health with her community. She offers classes, workshops, presentations, and courses on a variety of subjects that is she is passionate about, as well as consultations and mentorships.

She is the mother of 4, plus one bonus son. She is married to her beloved, a retired Navy veteran and on the board of a local non-profit, Women of Waynesville. She received her BA in health & wellness with an emphasis on environmental science and domestic history from Purdue Global University in 2019. She can be reached at https://smokymountainhomestead.wordpress.com/ or smokymountainhomestead@gmail.com.

You can also find her on FACEBOOKINSTAGRAMTWITTERPINTERESTLINKEDIN

 

THRIVING ENTREPRENEURS:  5 Tips for Avoiding Burnout

THRIVING ENTREPRENEURS: 5 Tips for Avoiding Burnout

I have been an entrepreneur for almost a decade.  During this time I have watched many of my entrepreneur friends give-up on their businesses do to sheer burnout: Working too many hours; struggling with “mommy guilt;” caving to pressure from Significant Others to just “get a job.”   But, I have also coached some of them with my Mindfulness and Mindset coaching and helped them avoid burnout and go on to have thriving, successful, businesses!

 

While avoiding burnout is a practice and a journey, I have developed 5 essential tips that will help give you a foundation to avoid burnout and build a thriving business!

 

TIP #1: Be Your Own Benevolent Boss

 

Being our own bosses as entrepreneurs is both a blessing and a curse.  Most of us are very passionate about our businesses. Because of this we want to make sure that everything we do is a close to perfect as possible.  But, in the words of the iconic Sheryl Sandberg: “Sometimes done is better than perfect.”

 

Allow yourself to have an opening time and a closing time.  And allow those times to be reasonable. Along these same lines, allow yourself breaks. Take brain-breaks AND an actual lunch break where you are NOT eating at your computer!

 

Your brain functions better when it has time to rest. You will be more productive and efficient in your work.

 

Tip #2: Just Say, “NO,” or if  You Can’t Say No, Try to Compromise

 

As entrepreneurs we are often tempted to take every opportunity that is presented to us.  This comes from what is known as a “lack mentality.” The insecurity that comes from lack mentality pushes us to do whatever it takes. This also comes from a societal idea that working harder and “doing whatever it takes” is necessary to be successful.

 

Research assures us that this is just not true.  We are more likely to burnout – and dare I say it, “fail.” – if we are trying to do everything!

 

Be strategic in accepting the opportunities that come your way.  Trust your gut and your head to help you choose the opportunities that will best serve you and your business.  

 

I find that my most successful ventures actually come from collaborations that are mutually beneficial to my business and others.  This is one of the best ways to compromise!

 

For example, I was recently asked to come on as the Wellness Director for a new women’s business development and networking enterprise called Wealthy Women Entrepreneurs. This was something I really wanted to do! BUT… I was just launching three new programs and could not fathom that I would  have time. Instead of saying, “no” or “yes” I said that I could only allocate a certain amount of time to it. This was welcomed by the Executive Director, Charlotte Howard, who made the offer to me!

 

Tip #3: Delegate – Hire or Barter

 

This has been ESSENTIAL for me in helping my business to thrive!  We cannot do it ALL!

 

First of all, we are not good at everything! Nor, do we enjoy doing everything! That’s not to say that we should not do some things we don’t enjoy for our businesses. However, if we can delegate some of the things we do not enjoy or that are not in our skill set, our businesses will be more successful.

 

As a coach, I am really good at interpersonal communication. And I have learned how to use those skills in my social media instagram.com/peacelifecoach and blog content.  I am not good at organizing my marketing funnels or profit-and-loss analysis.  For this I hired a fantastic business coach, Stacy Oldfield www.minervamanagement.partners.  

 

I am also not skilled at the more technical aspects of web design. For this, I bartered coaching for web services. This was one of the best choices for my brand! Dragonfly Innovations has created a beautiful website for Peaceful Living Wellness.

 

Tip #4: Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

 

There is a ton of information out there to supposedly help entrepreneurs. Most of it is NOT HELPFUL!  The small-business coaching and development industry is crowded by people trying to pry your money from you. Don’t let them!

 

This is definitely a situation where I can offer you a “learn from my mistakes” opportunity.

 

When I relocated my family, and thus my business, across the United States a few years ago I had a really hard time getting the business to thrive. South Carolina is a very different place than Southern California!  Instead of doing what I did in California, and hiring a business coach who I knew personally and trusted, I went to the internet and podcast land. I thought I could gain what I needed to know through listening to free podcasts and reading blogs.

 

What I learned was a very bad habit of throwing metaphorical spaghetti at the walls and waiting see what sticks.  The problem with this method is that it only ends-up making a mess! I ended-up overwhelmed and in the red – it was truly horrifying.

 

Fast forward only one year:  I hired my business coach. I have a few trusted online sources for business development advice – Social Media Examiner is one of my favs!  And now I’m back in the black!

 

The take-away here is to find your trusted sources, trust your own instincts, and keep yourself lazer-focused!

 

Tip #5: Stop Worrying

 

Let’s face it. Worry is exhausting.  It floods the brain with stress hormones and leaves us feeling depleted and defeated!

 

Stay in the present moment with your business. Enjoy it as it comes and don’t dwell on past stumbles or future “what-ifs.”

 

Trust in yourself and those trusted sources you are now surrounding yourself with.

 

It’s okay to trouble-shoot and  problem-solve. But keep a productive, positive mindset. Try not to dwell in the negative when engaging in this process.

 

And above all else – Remember your “WHY!”  Tap into your original reasons for starting your business. Feel that excitement and joy.  It will keep you going through the inevitable stumbling blocks.

 

YOU’VE GOT THIS!  YOU CAN DO IT! But, do it with kindness and benevolence toward yourself!

 

Want a more in-depth discussion of these 5 tips? Check out the webinar on my YouTube channel!

 

Want to experience coaching that will help you build your business while avoiding burnout?  Join Stacy and me for our CEO Mindset small group coaching!  Two coaches + a supportive group dynamic!

 

I welcome your comments and questions!

 

Jen
BE SMART, MAKE A GOAL

BE SMART, MAKE A GOAL

So now that your bubble has been busted about the things that you thought you knew, it is time to fill your noggin full of the ACTUAL TRUTH!

The three biggest truths and most important things you must have/do to, change, have success, see results, BASICALLY DO ANYTHING are these: Goal Setting, Consistency and Self Efficacy. But one thing at a time lets talk Goal setting for now!

Honestly folks, you can’t expect any changes to happen, if you don’t know how to get there.

GOALS, represent the framework/foundation for your success. So how do you create them? Well by being S.M.A.R.T about it, of course. The best way to create goals is to use this acronym ALWAYS!!

 

S= Specific

You need a specific goal. That precisely states what you are going to do.

BAD GOAL: I want to lose weight

GOOD GOAL: I want to lose 24 lbs. in the next 6 months

 

M= Measurable

The goal should be quantifiable, something that can be measured for progress. Not only will seeing progress ensure your motivation but it will also breakdown the goal into something that is manageable.

Example: Lose 24lbs in the next six months, losing a pound a week for the

24 weeks.

 

A=Attainable 

If you have a goal that out of reach or unrealistic, YOU WON’T MAKE IT!!! And who purposely wants to set themselves up for failure?! For instance, if you sign up for a Full Marathon as a part of your weight loss goal and you ABSOLUTELY HATE RUNNING, then you probably you just wasted $40 bucks on an entry fee for a finish line you will never see (JUST KEEPING REAL).

 

R=Realistic

This goes hand in hand with your goal being attainable. Not only must your goal be something you like to do but it must be within reach. For instance, you want to lose 24lbs. Well Hunny, I can tell you it is not going to happen overnight! You want to make your time frame is something that will be DOABLE! If You want to lose 24 lbs. in six months that is COMPLETELY DOABLE, and you have set yourself up for SUCCESS!

 

T= Time

PUT A TIME STAMP ON IT!!! You are a priority and so are your dreams and goals. Make sure when you are writing down them down that you give yourself and end date of when the goal should be finished. If you don’t like anything else that is not a priority it slips by the wayside!

Remember set goals SMARTLY!!! If you want to achieve something hold yourself accountable and make it happen. You got to do it for yourself! A few things to remember when you are goal setting:

  1. Write your goals down
  2. Review your goals daily
  3. Do the work!

 


 

 

Lyndsey Bobola understands the struggles of losing weight and getting healthy. She has lost over 65 pounds through her fitness journey. Breaking through the fad diets and exercise routines and giving up excuses, Lyndsey created goals and developed nutrition plans that worked! She gained a healthy lifestyle and now feels better than ever before. As her life improved, Lyndsey developed a passion to help others discover the path to a healthier life.

Now, Lyndsey is here to help clients cut through the noise of Instagram fitness models and fad diets to find real, lasting change. She is here to help people who are ready to improve their life through fitness, health, and life goals.

Scrolling through Instagram accounts of so-called fitness models, Pinterest meal prep ideas, and online workout programs with no scientific backing, Lyndsey realized a majority of fitness ideas online are wrong. They are designed for quick but not lasting results, to make you feel inadequate, or to get your money and leave you hanging. Lyndsey wants to change that through education and hands-on training. Taking no excuses, she provides honest and effective guidance for people who are ready for change.

You can also find Lyndsey on Facebook – Instagram – Website

 

3 TIPS TO EATING HEALTHY ON THE ROAD

3 TIPS TO EATING HEALTHY ON THE ROAD

Photo Credit: Terry Jaskiw

 

When it comes to traveling, whether for work or pleasure, finding healthy food options can be tough. The airport, train, highway rest stops, and other road warrior venues don’t always provide the best options. That said, having a plan of attack can help.

Here are three tips to help you stay on track when you’re on the road:

 

Plan ahead.


Know where you’re headed and then devise a plan. This could mean packing your own food, calling ahead or scouting out exactly where you’re headed and potential obstacles. For example, what eateries are available at the airport? If you’re headed to a work conference, can you call the hotel to see what’s on the menu? Going to a wedding or a an awards dinner, call the venue and find out what they’re serving. Especially if buffet meals are going to be served, it’s important to know what options you have and plan accordingly.

If you really want to get specific, plan out your days in MyFitnessPal (the free app I use to track my food, especially when traveling). Review your itinerary and plot out how you will eat. When you eliminate surprises, you will find eating healthy much easier to accomplish no matter what the situation.

 

Know your options.


Going back to my buffet example, be sure to take an inventory of all the food options. Typically what I’ll do if I’m up against a buffet and first, slowly walk around and take in everything that’s offered. There are so many times when I loaded up my plate, only to realize there was a better option at the other end. You don’t want to miss anything, including how to avoid the dessert area!


It’s rare to not find salad or some sort of grilled item in a buffet. Once you see all of the available food, then you can make an educated decision on what to eat based your goals. Whether it’s high protein, low fat, low carb, Paleo, gluten-free, etc., be sure you are clear on everything available and then you will be able to make the best healthy selection based on your options.

 

Be a diva and ask for what you want.


Just because a meal or item is listed on a menu does not mean you have to order it as-is. Think about all of the people who have food allergies, gluten sensitivities or dietary restrictions. Eating healthy is just as important!
Let’s use a chef’s salad as an example. For me, I will ask for no cheese and to have dressing on the side. Many salads are very healthy, it’s what they put on top of it that sometimes turns a healthy salad into an unhealthy meal. Think about your creamy dressings, various cheeses, anything fried and seeds/nuts. While you don’t always need (or have the option) to choose salads, that is always your best best if you’re trying to go healthy and watch your calories. But, be sure you know what’s in that salad. Add in cheese, nuts and other calorie/fat-dense add-ons and suddenly your salad has more calories than that cheeseburger! Too much of anything — healthy or not — is never good.

Being a road warrior is no excuse for not eating healthy. Always keep a protein bar, some nuts or an apple in your purse or backpack because you never know when you’ll be stuck on a delayed flight or traffic. Even if you’re not traveling, there are many times I’ve been delayed at the dentist or doctor’s office and had to scarf down a protein bar in the waiting room. You never know when you may be delayed and unable to get to some healthy food options.

 

You can also refer to this handy guide of healthy food options when you’re on the go. While it may seem difficult to find a healthy option at most fast food chains, you’d be surprised by how making some small tweaks can make all the difference. For example, instead of getting the Big Mac and large fries at McDonald’s, why not opt for the plain cheeseburger and small fries. By making that switch, you save a significant amount of calories, fat and carbs! Or if you’re stuck at the local gas station mini mart, don’t immediately reach for a hot dog. Instead, grab a bag of beef jerky or a protein bar. Not only will your stomach thank you, but so will your waistline!

Now you have no excuses for not being a healthy road warrior! Want to learn more tips? Visit www.allisonjacksonfitness.com.

 


 

Allison Jackson is the founder of Allison Jackson Fitness. She is passionate about all things health and fitness, but she really loves sharing her knowledge and expertise to help corporate moms get lean eating foods they love so they can be at their best. She knows exactly how hard it is to work full-time, take care of the kids and household…plus try to fit in working out, eating right and taking care of herself, too! Allison has spent the last seven years training and competing in figure competitions — even winning her pro card — so she has a crystal clear picture of what it takes to get to your ideal weight and stay there. Now she’s ready to share what she’s learned and experienced. Are you ready to transform your body and reach your goals?

You can also find Allison on Facebook – Instagram – Website

SIMPLE STEPS FOR A SUSTAINABLE EASTER

SIMPLE STEPS FOR A SUSTAINABLE EASTER

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Hippity Hoppity, Easter is on it’s way! I love spring, when I can open the widows and let the fresh air in, see the trees and plants coming into bloom, and feel that renewing sense of potential and excitement. 

We don’t actually celebrate Easter, but we do celebrate the spring equinox, which shares a lot of the same (or similar) symbolism with Easter. Eggs, fresh grass, bunnies, and chicks are all part and parcel of the celebration, but it has become something other than what the original celebration was all about. It’s about fertility, growth, and a renewed sense of optimism (at least, for me it is). 

Go to any store and you would think that it’s Christmas, part 2. Plastic Easter baskets filled with plastic grass, topped off with cheap toys and candy, all wrapped up in a plastic bag line the shelves. We’ve become so engrossed in the “what did you get” that we’ve forgotten about the “how do you feel”. I would like to suggest that we return to a simpler celebration that would include time with friends and family, time to revisit our goals, and simple appreciation for the gifts of the season. 

Here are a few things that we can do to lessen our impact on the planet, reconnect with simple traditions, and honor the season:

Choose real eggs over plastic.

Go to the farmer’s market and pick up a couple dozen farm fresh eggs and dye them using natural dyes. You’ll learn how to use natural dyes, which can be used for other purposes, support the local economy, and have the most delicious eggs ever. You can even get really fancy and blow them out with an egg blower and save them for next year! I’ve had this one for years and love it. Another alternative is to use wooden eggs. You can paint them and save them, using them year after year. These could potentially become cherished items, passed on through the generations too.

Forgo the plastic grass.

Choose something that can be reused or repurposed. Scarves, vintage doilies, or vintage hankies would look so pretty in a basket and can be useful after nestling the delicate eggs. You can also just use real grass. Just pull some up, stuff the basket, and then compost it later. The bonus with this is that it’s free! 

Choose a real basket.

You could either reuse this year after year, or, if you choose a more neutral one, you’ll be able to use it for all kinds of things. I have a basket that served as an Easter basket and traveled with us from San Diego, but now I use it to collect eggs from our chickens. I didn’t have to go out and get a specific basket for collecting eggs, it’s very useful, and it’s cute too. 

Visit a farm instead of gifting bunnies or chicks.

Not only would this be a really fun activity for the entire family, you’ll save yourself the headache of eventually having to rehome the bunny or chick, once it’s grown and the cuteness has worn off. Many farms loving giving tours, especially in the spring when there is new life everywhere. Some even have farm-to-table dinners, which would be the perfect end to a perfect day.

Choose locally-raised and grown food for your feast.

If you’re in the city, your best bet is probably a visit to your farmer’s market. You’ll find all kinds of seasonal treats, like ramps, fiddleheads, lamb, flowers, etc. Talk to the farmer and ask where they are located, making sure that he really is local. Some vendors at farmer’s markets just buy from wherever and sell it, letting the customer assume that it’s local. You might end up with a smaller meal, but really, this isn’t about the meal, it’s about the celebration of the season. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to find wild onions (chives) and mushrooms if you’re into foraging! 

Create something beautiful.

In celebration of the season, make a wreath of locally gathered items. I love a simple, moss-covered wreath with a big bow on it. Create decorations made of materials that can be composted, or better yet, make it so that you can use year after year, like the cute little bunny picks pictured here. 

There are a lot of different things that you can do to create a sustainable, simple, and beautiful Easter holiday, but it’s more important to start. Do just one thing and see how it makes you feel. I guarantee that you’ll get a little smile inside, like a light that says, “thank you for caring.” They’re such simple, easy changes, but that’s how we create bigger change, one Easter celebration at a time. 

Read the original article HERE.

 

Tatia Elizabeth is a certified sustainability consultant, radical homemaker, unschooler, doTERRA wellness advocate, and homesteader. She is also the admin for Toward Zero Waste Haywood County, NC Facebook group.

Her background in alternative and natural medicine, preparedness, self-reliance, environmental science, and domestic history are the backbone of her life of zero-waste, sustainability, non-consumerism, and environmental responsibility. She has studied environmental issues, natural medicine, preparedness, and domestic history for the better part of 30 years and it is her journey to share the knowledge of how the health of one’s environment affects human health with her community. She offers classes, workshops, presentations, and courses on a variety of subjects that is she is passionate about, as well as consultations and mentorships.

She is the mother of 4, plus one bonus son. She is married to her beloved, a retired Navy veteran and on the board of a local non-profit, Women of Waynesville. She received her BA in health & wellness with an emphasis on environmental science and domestic history from Purdue Global University in 2019. She can be reached at https://smokymountainhomestead.wordpress.com/  or smokymountainhomestead@gmail.com.

You can also find her on FACEBOOKINSTAGRAMTWITTERPINTERESTLINKEDIN