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2016 is About to Get #Legendary

Congratulations, friends!! We made it through another amazing year.  And because of that… a little Rhianna (#ShineBright) is in order (you knew I had to include some music and dancing to celebrate!).  And WOAH what a year! Full of life, laughter, mess, loss, change, and challenge. And now, just before we embark on the next chapter of our lives, let’s take a moment to breathe deeply, reflect, and… celebrate!  The world is covered in twinkle lights and holiday cheer is all around us. It’s a magical time, indeed.

Don’t let that magic pass you by.

My proudest moments included discovering and reinventing being mom and wife… building out an incredible, KICK ASS coaching business (every single one of my clients ROCK)… publishing my book (crazy insane!)… being committed to advancing and educating girls through GirlUp, and so many other things.  Amazing, right?!  Some of life worked in 2015 — some of it didn’t — but I can laugh at the silly, stupid, awkward moments, and let the tears fall when remembering the hardest nights, the darkest days.

Allow 2016 to be the year of YOU. Start challenging yourself now, so you can hit the ground running on January 1st. Don’t fall into the trap of New Year’s resolutions that peter out in the third cold, dreary week of January. Instead, answer these questions and put yourself to the test to define your willpower, you strength, and your incredible determination for the upcoming year. You ready? Let’s do this thang.

What do you want the overarching theme of your 2016 to be? 
Where do you envision yourself on this very day, next year?

What do you want to remember when the year is over?
What do you most want to discover, create, and explore?
What will yo
u let go of… and what will you feed?

And if you’re up for a partner in the process — hit me up… I know a thing or two about achieving goals and removing the ‘stuff’ that gets in the way. Sometimes just one conversation can change EVERYTHING.

You’re on your way, friends.  Remember… this life ain’t no dress rehearsal, so #ShineBright NOW.

Merry everything!!  Cheers to 2016!

Magical Monday: Let Your Actions Speak

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Choice is powerful

I’ve learned the hard way that making choices for ourselves — taking responsibility for our actions and choosing not to be victims to our reactionary lives — isn’t always a walk in the park. There are truths about ourselves that are hard to face. There are past choices that are scary to confront. Going deeper with yourself is raw and emotional, but ultimately revitalizing.

Today is not just a Monday. It is an opportunity to know, understand, and appreciate your self better.

The real question is: Are you up for it? #MagicalMonday

Friday Roundup: Stand Like You Mean It

The end of the week can be a time for burn-out. For exhaustion. For phoning-it-in, because you just cannot anymore.

It’s time to stand up.

That’s not a metaphor. I really want you to stand up. Straight and tall. Like you mean it. (Don’t laugh, just do it. Trust me.)

Body language is about how others see us, but its also about how we see ourselves. Are you a hunched over, burned-out leader with nothing left to give?

Hell to the no. 

There’s really something to this whole “fake it till you make it” thing. And part of that comes down to how you hold yourself. Don’t be afraid to take up space. Spread out and settle in. Because according to Amy Cuddy, how you present yourself can make all the difference — literally:

Sometimes, it can feel as though you have nothing left to give. But even in that lowest of low, you can still stand tall. Don’t get into the habit of demeaning yourself before you even get started. You’re better than that. You’re a sparkling, crazy bright firework. #ShineOn

A few more reasons to stand up and put yourself out there:

01. A visual guide to Amy Cuddy’s power poses

02. Surprising (and important!) things your body language is telling the world

03. The right moves to build trust

04. How to be instantly likeable, even when you feel like that crazy witch from Tangled

05. Trick yourself into crazy confidence (Ariana Grande, eat your heart out)

Magical Monday: Stressed Out

The best days of your life. People say it about all kinds of things: high school, college, falling in love, having an amazing hair day, finding that perfect taco.

We look back on these days — the “best” days —as being simpler, less stressful, less adult. We think back to when we were children with nostalgia — as Twenty One Pilots so beautifully expresses:

I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink,
But now I’m insecure and I care what people think. 

But why are we denying ourselves the majority of our lives? What if they are all the best days?

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The secret is to stop looking at today as just another day in your ordinary life. Today is a miracle. I know, I know, that sounds totally cliche. But bear with me here. Today, you get to live another day of your fabulous, extraordinary, ordinary life. Today isn’t just a Monday. It’s YOUR Monday. Make it a priority to stop caring what people think of you today. To stop worrying and stressing out about what you cannot control. Make it your mission to remember today as one of the best days of your life — because even a Monday can be magical.

Friday Roundup: Break out of that Rut

Wake up. Coffee. Kids. Crazy. Work, work, work. Home. Food. Laugh. Sleep.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

How do you know when a routine has become a rut? When you stop noticing the good stuff. When miss the employee who’s been pulling off stellar work all week. When you have a sad desk lunch and burn your tongue slurping down a burning-lava-hot lean cuisine while trying to tap out an email on your phone. When your eyes skip over the Chris Hemsworth doppelgänger in front of you at the grocery without one appreciative thought. When you go to bed thinking, “How will I do this all again tomorrow?

Start thinking differently. Wake up to music — try this song — instead of that annoying alarm beep, and groove out. Smile, even if you don’t feel like it. Reaffirm the people around you — let your team know that you trust them and build them up when they’re doing something right — even when you’re crazy busy and stressed out yourself. Redefine your priorities. What’s on your to-do list? Now look again and cross out three things that are unimportant, unnecessary, or easily done by someone else. Breathe. Laugh out loud. Meditate — or don’t, the choice is what matters.

Live thoughtfully, because “someday” is right now.

Redefine work-life balance with these tips from around the web:

01. An unconventional rap on how to remember the important stuff

02. How to visualize what you want, so you can figure out how to get it done

03. 15 simple productivity changes you can make right here, right now

04. Jen Gotch talks creativity and the importance of breaking free from restraint. And she has rad hair.

05.  Get sh*t done. Even when you really couldn’t care less.