Wednesday, November 26

GATHER 01 | A PALEO, 21 DAY FIX-APPROVED DINNER PARTY!

I had this idea for a series of pop-up dinner parties last year. But the vision never really played itself out in my head until I decided to use the 21 Day Fix's nutrition plan to help me go Paleo. After I announced that I was trying the Paleo lifestyle on for size, I had a lot of people remark to me that while they thought it would be good for them, they could never do it because they would never be able to go out to eat, or have friends over for dinner... in essence, they told me going Paleo and eating mindfully would equal the death of fun.

I love dinner parties and hosting friends over candlelight and delicious food more than most people you may know! So the idea of never getting to do that again just because I wanted to eat according to the Paleo template made me sad! I decided that I was not going to give in that easily! And the idea for GATHER was born! What if I could plan a series of Paleo (Get it... "gather"? Thank you. Thank you. I'm here all week!) dinner parties that were mindful, used fresh and clean ingredients, and that could fit into a balanced and moderate meal plan like the 21 Day Fix? Was this the holy grail of healthy living?!

I set out to take on the task with my inaugural GATHER. An autumnal inspired gathering with a simple but savory spread for a few of the girls on my team! I planned a menu that included some of my favorite Paleo menu items and made sure to label everything with the serving sizes fitting into the 21 Day Fix guidelines so my guests could serve themselves according to their daily allowance of each food group! It was a SMASHING SUCCESS!

Take a look for yourself! I hope you are inspired to think outside of the box and make your healthy choices a natural part of your life! And stay tuned, I've got a bunch more GATHER pop up dinners in the works so keep checking in for more healthy and mindful dinner party inspiration!

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A simple menu with items FULL OF FLAVOR made for a satisfying meal high on happy and low on compromise. The table was set up family style so guests could serve themselves according to their own preferences. Each dish was labelled letting everyone know the 21 Day Fix servings and portion size!

The roasted root veggies (sweet potato, purple potatoes, yuca root) were diced, tossed lightly in extra virgin olive oil and roasted till tender with ghee and fresh minced garlic! A tiny sprinkle of salt to enhance all the flavors and it's that simple!

Boneless, skinless organic and free range chicken breasts were cut into slices, and seasoned with herbs then grilled. Cherry tomatoes were stacked onto fresh rosemary sprigs and grilled till tender! Grilling them directly on the rosemary sprigs infuses them with flavor! (And it's pretty!)

The harvest salad is one of my FAVORITE salads! Mixed spring greens are tossed lightly in olive oil and champagne vinegar then pickled beets and pistachios are added in. I had goat cheese on the side for anyone who didn't mind some dairy.

Lastly, herb infused lemon water was made fresh just before dinner! You can do all kinds of fun infusions in ice water that add so much flavor and keep water from being boring.

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Our team's symbol is the arrow so there were lots of hidden arrows incorporated throughout the party. Like these in the initials on each guests' cup.

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As the sun set, the cafe lights we strung up over the table made everything begin to glow! Is there anything better than twinkly lights? I think not.

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This arrow bracelet is a little gift I send my new coaches when they hit their first big promotion! It was so fun to see one of my girls wearing it to our party!

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I couldn't resist pulling out my polaroid and snapping some just-for-fun keepsakes! I can't wait to have the GATHER parties grow! But something about this very first one, small and simple, will forever be special.

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Tuesday, November 25

How Many Girls Does it Take To Crash A Mansion's Wi-Fi (And Other Diamond Retreat Shenanigans... A Recap)

What happens when you invite 32 women to spend 3 days at a Real World-style mansion to share their dreams, goals, successes, failures, and to generally just soak up each other's awesome? It's hard to put it into words, in all honesty. So instead... I'll show you some photos!
bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-44 bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-9 gratitudenotes We were welcomed with balloons, a bunch of swag, and an incredible gratitude board where we could all write special notes to each other to read on our way home from the retreat. For a words-of-affirmation girl like myself it was pretty much the best thing ever. I couldn't help but get all teary eyed reading the affirming letters from all my fellow coaches telling me all kinds of uplifting truths that sometimes I forget or don't see in myself. I'm definitely stealing this idea for my own Diamond retreat that I'll be hosting next year with my team! It was so special! 10693424_793928877319889_1121232520_n The best part about events like this is getting to be face to face with people who you spend so much digital time with, who you share so much of your heart with, but who you live far away from. This is Shannon, she is one of my success partners which means that she has been by my side cheering me on, believing in me, sharing ideas and advice with me, and being a listening ear if I needed to talk. I LOVE every minute of face to face time I get with her since she lives a state away. bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-5 bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-8 Our first evening in the house, we were treated to an incredible Thanksgiving inspired dinner... "Friendsgiving" to celebrate all we are thankful for in the last year as a team and in our businesses. bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-7 bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-11 bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-12 Look at those 21 Day Fix approved portions! ;) bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-2 bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-1 bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-6 Loved the attention to detail. It really makes a girl feel special to have her own place setting! I never realized how much I missed feeling like I was part of something bigger until I was part of it again. Back in high school I played team sports. And that feeling of closeness and family with the girls on my volleyball team was something so special! As an adult, there's not really a lot of ways for us to feel that. So when I stumbled into this incredible coaching thing I never expected to also stumble into that same feeling of family and purpose! It's probably what I'm most thankful for in this business- more than the money, more than the free trips, more than the weight loss... I love feeling like part of a group of people who love me, care about me, and support me no matter what! It's a special sisterhood I've never really gotten to experience in life till now. bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-10 bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-13 bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-14 On our team there is a very special tradition of gifting a very special necklace from Tiffany's to coaches when they hit a specific place in their business. Here is my sweet friend Betsy getting her necklace! So excited for her! I love these little traditions! bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-15 This was a very special thing that we did. Each evening 10 of us got to tell our stories. We were asked to choose 3 events in our life that shaped who we are and where we are now. Well, as you can imagine, it quickly turned into very vulnerable sharing as each person opened up about their struggles and victories in their life. Tears were shed and the bond between us grew like crazy! bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-34 Each day we had some sessions where we were poured into with some incredible exercises to help us grow as leaders and businesswomen. We were all given journals and this was the one I picked. bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-29 bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-26 bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-25 bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-28 We were asked to really dig deep and discover our true motivations in life and business. These exercises were so incredible. As was just having the time and space to really reflect. I realized that while it is a big passion of mine to help women lose weight and re-discover their confidence, my true, underlying passion is helping women to cultivate freedom in their lives by growing into successful creative business owners. It helped me to narrow my focus and I'm so excited about some of the direction changes I'll be taking in my coaching business over the next few months to dig deep into this passion of building women up, helping them find their voice and their inner strength, and then helping them to leverage that into a successful business where they can feel like they have the freedom to move in any direction in life they want! bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-30 The beauty and strength we have as women is incredible. And I want to help everyone to dig deep and re-discover that side of themselves. The dreamer and the doer. Confidence and clear vision is so beautiful. Just like my friend Megan, here. bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-20 The Diamond Retreat... Fueled by Shakeology ;) bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-21 bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-27 bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-19 My bohemian soul sister, Lindsay Stay. I love how authentic and passionate she is about helping people to find healing for themselves and their families in the most natural ways! bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-33 bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-35 bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-36 Billy was our chef for the retreat and he CRUSHED it! I can't imagine how difficult it would be to plan, prepare, and serve dinner for 32 fitness coaches from vegans to paleo people but he did an amazing job and everything was delicious! bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-32 It's pretty cool when the CEO of the company makes a special video message just for you! bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-40 If it were up to me, all my business meetings would happen poolside. Just like this. bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-42 We got to sample a workout from the newest program launching next week from Shaun T called Insanity Max 30! It is crazy! It's going to be an incredible program for everyone who loves pushing themselves to the max! Email me if you want me to let you know the minute it launches! bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-43 My friend and success partner, Morgan, in beast mode! She was one of the only people who made it all the way through the workout! HA! bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-41 During the entire weekend I kept hearing the quote "Everything you can imagine is real" on a loop in my mind. (I've been reading a lot of Deepak Chopra, stay with me...) A year ago if you would have told me that in a year I'd be working as a fitness and wellness coach, a business mentor in the best shape of my adult life, hanging out at a mansion with 32 other leaders in the company, and making a full time income from this thing I would have told you that you were straight up insane. Yet, here I am! It makes me think that the future is really unlimited! If this happened this year what does next year have in store for me?! What could it have in store for you? bombshelldiamondretreat2014_BTR-31 I was so sad for the weekend to end and all my friends to have to go back to their homes. I won't get to see them again till we are all re-united in Cancun next spring (a free trip we earned for our work this year coaching... thanks Beachbody!) If this post makes your heart stir, if the idea of this makes something swell within you, reach out to me and let's talk about what kind of future you could create with the help of our team! I'd love to hear your goals and dreams and help you get there!

Monday, November 24

No Wilderness, No Revelations

Moses, Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed. 
Seekers who were out, by themselves, alone in the wilderness before receiving a revelation to share. If you feel alone, you are in good company. Your answer might be waiting for you out there.

No wilderness, no revelations.


Tuesday, October 21

7 Struggles Only #TEAMBTFP Challengers Understand...

7 Struggles Only #TEAMBTFP Challengers Understand: 

1. That moment when... you can't decide between Chocolate or Strawberry for your smoothie this morning #thestruggleisreal

2. That moment when.... your Facebook feed fills up with motivated people posting inspiring things because you started following all your challenge mates on FB and you feel like you have to bring your A game now to keep up.

3. That moment when... your DVD starts to skip with only 2 minutes left in your workout and you feel a sense of rage that you made it this far and by golly you are going to FINISH!

4. That moment when... none of your pants fit anymore because this stuff is actually working!

5. That moment when... you have a funny thought at work and you want to log into your challenge
group to share it with your friends but your boss is standing nearby so you have to wait. womp womp

6. That moment when... you start to feel like your challenge group friends have been your friends in real life for years. (A month of workouts feels like years, doesn't it?)

7. That moment when... you finish your first challenge, have an incredible time, and decide to keep going into the next month but can't decide which program to try next! T25? Piyo? 21 Day Fix? How will you choose?! ;)




Sunday, October 19

What Is Coaching? The Road Less Traveled...


I have been asked a lot lately how people actually earn an income with this coaching thing. Is it only the lucky few? Do I have some sort of secret sauce that helps me do it? Is network marketing a joke?

The answer is a big fat NO! It's not for a lucky few, it's for anyone willing to give it their all. I don't have a secret sauce. But what I do have is an incredible support system with world class trainings and an amazing community. Is network marketing a joke? Maybe the way some people do it. But not for me. I'm incredibly proud to be part of an industry (one of the only) where women earn dollar for dollar what their male peers do!

So I said YES! And if I hadn't – I would STILL be living with credit card debt looming over me, struggling to feel connected, struggling with my body image and weight, constantly worried about the stability of our finances (being an artist can be financially stressful sometimes!) and waiting around year after year for a way to create forward motion in our life as a family, never knowing exactly how to make it happen.

 In a little over a year, I have grown a business (that contributes an additional full time income for our family!) from my living room sofa, paid off all our credit card debt, paid for 4 trips, earned 2 free vacations, and have been able to get myself in the best shape of my life! My job is not only to help other people get healthier but also to help other people flourish and know that they matter in this world and that they can create change in their own lives as well!

My income and success as a coach is a DIRECT reflection of the lives I can impact for the better. It is by no means a traditional career. It is NOT for everyone. But it IS an opportunity that most people never get and shame on me if I did not extend it to you!

 Please join me for our week long Sneak Peek into coaching! It will be starting TOMORROW and will take place in the private FB group linked below. Each day our team will be sharing insight into how coaching works and what it looks like in the day-to-day. You can check in whenever you have time each day. At then end of the 7 days, you can decide if this opportunity is right for your or not.

All you have to do to join, is simply click this link and “request to join” simple as that! This is a zero obligation group, you can come be a fly on the wall or be super involved and ask us every question under the sun! The purpose is for you to be able to see more about what coaching really is to see if it's a good fit for you!

 REQUEST TO JOIN HERE!:https://www.facebook.com/groups/1482859235325380/

 If you have any questions though, feel free to message me! And if you know anyone that may be interested, feel free to share this information, the more the merrier!

*non coaches only please, thanks!
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