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Stepping Out of THE COMFORT ZONE

I follow Jeff Moore on Facebook and today he posted a great picture about getting out of “The Comfort Zone”.  It really made me take a look at myself and realize that lately I have been joining the 2% of people who are living outside of their comfort zone.  It’s a rewarding place to step into.

Taking risks isn’t easy and often we stay in familiar territory out of fear.  Fear of failure, rejection, judgement are all things that make us uncomfortable.  Funny thing is when we take the risk the reward greatly outweighs the fear once we get through it.  The hardest part sometimes is thinking that we are taking that risk alone.  Funny thing happens when you get out there…YOU ARE NOT ALONE there is always someone who will take your hand and walk with you.  

Five years ago I stepped out of my comfort zone to pursue a dream.  People didn’t understand why I wanted to become a Massage Therapist when I had a “great” job that paid me extremely well and provided benefits.  I didn’t really have an answer but I knew that I wasn’t happy and needed to make a change.  That risk paid off and allowed me to keep moving further out of that comfort zone.  

I am now seeing that taking the risk to fail or be rejected makes me a stronger person and that most of the time that step becomes a success.  I am beginning to live my life on my own terms more and more.  This is an incredible place to be!

I have a long way to go but am determined to keep STEPPING OUT OF THE COMFORT ZONE.  I encourage you to take that journey with me and make that 2% become those who are staying comfortable.  See yourself living the life you always dreamed of rather than the one society boxed you into. 

You ARE amazing…always remember that!


Have a beautiful “out of the zone” day!  ~Pamela


 

 

Progress: A New Approach to Wellness

As a follow up to my blog “A New Approach to Wellness” I want to share my progress with you so far.  I will update every few days for two reasons:  

1.  If I write AND publish my progress then I am holding myself accountable.

2.  By sharing my progress I may inspire one person to take the journey too.

 

Day One was PRIORITIES and it allowed me to identify the things in my life that are most important to me.  This exercise not only allowed me to identify the important people, places and things in my life, but also made me realize how very grateful I am for all of the amazing gifts I have in my life.  This exercise resulted in developing a TOP PRIORITY CLARITY STATEMENT which took time and thought to develop.  Here it is:

     “My number one priority is my own health and wellness; I will practice what I teach others and set a good example of healthy living for those around me, especially my niece and nephew; I will limit activities which put my health at risk; I will weigh all decisions against what would be helpful, harmful or indifferent to my overall health and wellness.”

This statement will be printed out and placed on my refridgerator, on my vision board, near the front door, in my wallet, and in my car so that I can memorize it and see it throughout the day.

Day Two was GOAL SETTING and this was a little more difficult.  The idea is to set SMART goals that take you out of your comfort zone and can be measured.  After coming up with 10 goals (and realizing that this is done every 7 days – WOW) I felt like I had really dug deep and accomplished a solid list. 

Day Three was setting the PUSH goal.  This was a little more challenging because it made me take a good look at all the goals I had written down and choose the one that would catapult enough change to make the others fall into place.  I managed to decide on one goal which was not easy!

This is as far as I have gotten, but I am very grateful to Chalene Johnson for putting this new perspective on getting fit.  It really is so much more than saying “Today I’m going to start….or in my case tomorrow I will start.”  

If anyone has decided to get the book and start the 30 day journey please share you opinion, progress, and anything else.  Sometimes it’s nice to know you are not doing this alone.  If there is enough response then I will create a FB group to share our progress on.

Happy July 4th Weekend!

Be brave, be strong, be happy! ~ Pamela

A New Approach to Wellness

I am always looking for ways to get fit and healthy.  I found this book while browsing Barnes & Noble.  What caught my eye was “30 Days to Turbocharged Habits…the Life You Deserve”.   Creating heathy habits can be a real challenge because let’s face it, Life Happens! 

The book follows a process of goal setting, not just diet and exercise goals, but life goals.  It all makes sense when you begin to wrap your head around the concept.  Wellness isn’t just about being in great physical shape, it’s about addressing yourself as a whole person.  It’s figuring out what is important to you and making those things priorities.

Day One is about identifying priorites.  It contains “Homework” that makes you take a good honest look at yourself and the things that are most important to you.  This can be a challenge  at first but once you begin writing things down it just flows and you begin to focus on what’s most important to you.

The next 29 days are set up in a similar way and address all the things that make you YOU.  I am very excited to see where this leads and how these “exercises” will help me to get to the place I want to be.

Give it a try for yourself, and stay tuned for more updates as I work through the process.

Have a beautiful day!!  ~Pamela

 

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

I found this book the other day and just had to own it!  Since January I have been using coconut oil as a replacement for many health and beauty items.  I like to try things for myself before sharing them with others to make sure that the claims are true.  I was pleasantly surprised by my results and now feel confident sharing with a reference link.  

In January after reading about oil pulling and all the benefits I decided to try it out for myself.  After about one week I could see improvements in my oral health with whiter teeth and fresher breath. Almost six months later I have seen nearly an 80% reduction in plaque.  I took oil pulling one step further in February and made my own toothpaste by mixing equal parts coconut oil and baking soda with 1 drop each of lavender, tea tree, and cinnamon leaf essential oils.  Not only is it less expensive but homemade toothpaste doesn’t contain the chemicals found in manufactured toothpaste.  This has made an even bigger improvement in my oral health.

Another thing that has been replaced by coconut oil is my daily face wash and moisturizer.  I use coconut oil to remove makeup by smoothing it on my face and then wiping it off with a warm washcloth.  After a shower I use coconut oil from face to toe to moisturize.  I have seen a big improvement in my complexion and my skin is soft and smooth.  Warning:  I did breakout during the first week of use but this happens with any change in product.

I have recently added taking 3 tablespoons of coconut oil with my daily supplements for added health benefits.   Coconut oil taken internally can help to strengthen the immune system, improve digestion, promote weight loss, and help prevent heart disease, cancer, viral infections and other degenerative diseases.  I don’t have any results to share yet but will let you know what changes in a couple of months.

The author of The Coconut Oil Miracle, Bruce Fife, has written over twenty books including Coconut Cures and Coconut Lover’s Cookbook.  He is the publisher and editor of the Healthy Ways Newsletter which is sent by email every 2-3 months.  You can also visit the website Coconut Research Center for more information.

Coconut oil has become a staple in my home.  Are you using coconut oil?  If so please leave a comment and let others know about this amazing oil.

Have a beautiful day! ~Pamela