you have permission to seek support.
I used to totally suck at asking for help. And on top of that, whenever I did ask or invest in support, part of me felt guilty for not being able to take care of it all by myself.
Looking back, not being able to confidently ask for support was such an UNHEALTHY & STRESSFUL HABIT for me.
But about 4 years ago I hit my breaking point, which was naturally also during my fertility treament season.
At that time of my life I found myself more overwhelmed than happy, and began to lose joy in the simple things.
This was the time I made a decision to STOP FEELING LIKE SHIT & START INVESTING IN MYSELF, because honestly no one else is going to do it for me.
It was a WAKE UP CALL that I am THE BEST & ONLY ADVOCATE FOR MYSELF.
So here's a little story about how investing in myself was the best decision I could have ever made...
Let me first preface this story that INVESTMENTS take TIME, ENERGY & MONEY, and only one of these is refundable.
All of the investment decisions I have made in my life thus far have been led by my gut and have made my whole body shout, "HELL YEAH" when choosing to pay GOOD MONEY for them.
I'm faaaaaar from perfect at making the most logical decisions, but I am getting really freakin' good at LISTENING TO MY BODY, which to me is way more important anyway.
Alrighty, so here it goes...
I first popped my "investing in support" cherry when I made the decision to become a Health coach. I paid good mula $$ for NUTRITION & WELLNESS CONSULTANT TRAINING so I could learn how to fuel my body to feel great and to help others do the same.
Next, came INVESTING IN FERTILITY TREATMENTS to help me get pregnant. Damnnnn did those co-pays add up. $$$
Then, I sought out help from ACUPUNCTURE to help my brain process all of my crazy feelings and emotions. At that time I didn't have anyone to talk to about what I was going through and venting to my husband about my hormones everyday wasn't really making me feel better. I went to acupuncture at least twice a month. Yup, more money. $$
After I got pregnant I was then super unmotivated to stay active, so I invested in support from FIT4MOMS to keep me excited about moving my body. $$
I then realized that I had no f*cking clue what I was doing when it came to birthing a baby. Plus I wanted to go the unmedicated route, so I hired my amazing DOULA, Brittney Riddick. $$$
After Lucille was born, my husband and I realized that we had made so many simple & intentional changes in our life that have made us so much happier we thought more people could benefit from us sharing our story. This is when we invested in podcasting and SIMPLIFIED KHAOS was born! $$
I also realized during my maternity leave that I didn't want to go back to a full-time job with a long commute on top of that. I wanted MORE TIME.
My days felt short & exhausting and I had little time for family and doing the things I enjoyed. This was around the time I decided to turn my healthy passion into a side hustle, so I could evetually leave my full-time teaching job.
I made the decision to turn my little food blog into a little business so I could help other busy families feel less stressed and more joy in their everyday.
A combination of my health coach training & my passion of creating simple & healthy recipes just seemed to blossom organically into a side hustle. Creating simple dinner plans inside SIMPLIFY MY MEALS for families is SERIOUSLY A BLAST FOR ME :).
This is when I hired support, my BUSINESS COACH, Michelle Knight, to help guide me in starting my own business because I had no f*cking idea where to start. $$$
Plus, I didn't want to WASTE ANY PRECIOUS TIME or ENERGY doing things that weren't valueable to growing my business.
It's kind of crazy reflecting back on all of the BIG INVESTMENTS $$ I have made in the past and how they've added up to make me the person I am today.
Without my health coach training (nutrition), MY ACUPUNCTURIST (mindset), my doula (empowerment), my business coach (taking action) and the support of my family I would not be the happy as hell lady I am here today. NOT A CHANCE.
So as you can see, my INVESTMENT JOURNEY wasn't cheap and it definitely did not happen overnight.
Every penny, every minute and every ounce of energy I used to invest in myself has been 100% WORTH IT.
For me, paying GOOD MONEY for GREAT SERVICES is what adds tremendous VALUE to my life (mentally, physcially, emotionally & sanity-sake).
All this to say, listen to your gut, trust yourself and...
invest in the "hell yeahs" lady!
rooting for your health & happiness,
who's ready for plaid shirts & all the canned pumpkin y'all?
When strolling through the grocery store during this Autumn season, why not pick up five cans of Organic Canned Pumpkin so you can whip up one of these 5 SIMPLE & HEALTHY PUMPKIN RECIPES to enjoy the next time you need a cozy AF meal :) ! #Fallisthebest
5 SIMPLE PUMPKIN RECIPES
cilantro, lime, shrimp, and a big freakin' salad!
My favorite thing about preparing this meal is that you get to BAKE THE SHRIMP!
I love the simplicity of preparing a meal that I can SET IT & FORGET IT because all I gotta do is throw the shrimp on a baking sheet, set the timer on the oven and BOOM!
Baking the shrimp gives me 10 minutes of FREEDOM to do as I wish, WHICH IS AMAZING! #momwin
What you do during the time it cooks is up to my friend. I usually either play with Lucille, sip a cocktail or dance around like a total goof.
This tasty baked shrimp gets piled on top of a simple spinach & cabbage mixture and served with a cool & refreshing dressing you'll want to put on EVERYTHING!
P.S. DON'T FORGET THE TORTILLA CHIP CROUTON. Delish :)
cilantro lime shrimp taco salad
SHRIMP MARINADE (inspired by Coconuts & Kettlebells)
CILANTRO LIME DRESSING
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Place the shrimp in a large bowl with all ingredients listed in the MARINADE. Cover and let sit in fridge for 15 - 30 minutes.
3. While shrimp is marinating, prepare SALAD FIXINGS and toss together in a large bowl. Prepare the CILANTRO LIME DRESSING too by mixing ingredients in a small bowl.
4. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper, aluminum foil or a silicone mat.
5. Take shrimp out of marinade and place on the pan without overlapping shrimp. Bake shrimp for 10 minutes or until pink and opaque.
6. Once shimp is cooked, place on top of salad mixture and top with tortilla chips, fresh cilantro, and a whole lotta dressing!
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the cake-like cookie ya don't wanna stop eating.
Since I'm all about simplicity over here, I had to keep the tasty cookie recipes coming with a new type of healthy flour.
I already have a BANGIN' almond flour cookie recipe >> SIMPLE CRANBERRY COOKIE and now I'm adding this PHENOMENAL coconut flour recipe for all my gluten-free and grain-free friends out there!
Let's get this healthy cookie stuff started!
coconut flour chocolate chip cookies
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