Change Your Life in One Simple Step

Can you change your life in one simple step? I think we can. It takes one simple step. It may be difficult at first, but each day as we cultivate this step into every aspect of our life it will get easier. What is that step?

LAGOM

This is probably why Sweden is listed as one of the happiest places on earth. They’re work-life is in balance. They also have a high standard of living. So what does this Lagom mean that it helps the Swedish people stay in balance?

 

Lagom means “just the right amount!” Many people think it means in moderation but when you look up “in moderation” you find that it doesn’t mean the same thing. Merriam-Webster defines “in moderation” this way, “in a way that is reasonable and not excessive.”

Lagom

In my view “in moderation” does not even come close to lagom. Moderation is an area where we can get lost in relativity. For instance, is it fine to speed down the road 40 miles over the speed limit, if you don’t do it all the time and it’s just “in moderation?” Of course not. Can a person who is allergic or have food sensitivities eat them in moderation without a reaction? Probably, but it’s not advisable because you’ll end up getting sick.

BALANCE

Lagom’s translation of “just the right amount” makes more sense when we look at the word balance. Is your life in balance? Are you working just the right amount of hours? Are you sleeping just the right amount of hours that is optimal for your health? Are you in balance with your life?

Let’s go back to Merriam Webster again. “In balance” means to bring into harmony or proportion. This definition makes me think of “just the right amount.” When our work life and family life is in harmony with each other we are working just the right amount of hours and spending just the right amount of time with our family.

Lagom is a way of life for the Swedes. They apply it to frugality, stress reduction, striking a balance between work and play, environmental concerns, and sustainability. Swedes don’t obsess about things, especially happiness.

While I was reading the book, Live Lagom: Balanced Living the Swedish Way by Anna Brones, I realized that living where I do we’re always looking for the next best thing, or trying obtain that newest piece of technology or material possession. The Swedish way is totally opposite from materialism and consumerism.

HARMONY, BALANCE, LAGOM

  • When was the last time your life was in balance or harmony with your beliefs?
  • When was the last time your health was just right?
  • Do you work too much?
  • Stress too much?
  • Spend too much?
  • Sleep too much?
  • Sit too much?

I asked my the questions above and found out some pretty interesting things about myself. I decided to take that simple step and move into lagom in all areas of my life. You know what happened. I changed my life in one simple step. You too can change your life in one simple step. Try to exercise lagom and see how your life changes.

The Sisu Way to Success

Sisu is a Finnish way to success in life, in love, and in every other area of your life. Sisu is really a word that can’t be translated into English, but many people have tried to translate it and relate it to our lives. The Sisu way to success includes guts, perseverance, will power, determination, and courage.

When we break down this word, Sisu, it means inner or inside, which is probably where the relation of guts appears. The Finnish definition means inner strength. In her book, Sisu, The Finnish Art of Courage, Joanna Nylund explains that everyone has sisu. It’s deep within each of us just waiting to be reached.

Sisu The Finnish Art of Courage

Sisu characteristics

Have any of these?

  • Stoic determination
  • Hardiness
  • Courage
  • Bravery
  • Willpower
  • Tenacity
  • Resilience
  • Beyond Perseverance

These are action-oriented mindsets. Your example shows your Sisu.

Sisu is alive among the Finnish people but how do others cultivate this determination to gain a more health filled life and live the Sisu life? It takes patience and the small goals and steps to become an example of Sisu.

When you make the decision to cultivate these characteristics you’ll use Sisu as the basis of every part of your life and your life will change. You’ll be a participant in your health and your life.

Starting Questions

  • Are you leading an active, healthy life?
  • Are you communicating with others in your life?
  • Are you raising your kids to have these traits?

With Sisu, you can  use it’s leverage in the accomplishment of every goal you may have and inspire others to do the same. The Sisu way to success can very well be the end all for what ails us and helps us turn our wellness journey into a triumph.

 

 

A Year of Words

Read any good books lately? I love this question. It’s more interesting than “What are you binge watching lately?” It’s through these lovely creatures I call books that I learn new words, new methods, and even bring old methods back to life. Each day for this year I want to focus on these new words as they pertain to our health journey. A year of words…one word a day.

The first word is Ikigai. It’s an Okinawan word pronounced “icky guy.” And it means “the reason you get up in the morning.” The first time I saw this word it was while I was reading the book The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha. Ikigai is the word used by Okinawan people in place of the word retirement, which does not exist in their language.

It’s common knowledge now that people in Okinawa live longer than any other people on earth. It’s because they don’t retire. They keep working. They keep moving. They keep doing what they do. They have a purpose. They don’t save up their earnings to sit and wait for death. They keep doing. Okinawans have a reason to wake up in the morning. They have a purpose. It’s that thing they do that drives them!

Some reasons to get up in the morning could be because you have little ones and they depend on you. Taking care of others is a high purpose. Throughout every stage of life our Ikigai will change. It might also change if we have a big goal we want to achieve.

Pasricha’s book gives the instructions on how to make an Ikigai card. I’ve made this card but I’ve put 12 lines for each month to coincide with my goals for that month.

Ikigai relates to health.

Having a purpose or reason you get up in the morning is the best way to start your day. It helps your mind to engage and helps you focus on being healthy because you have a purpose in life. You know that opposite feeling if you’ve ever lost a job or gone through a difficult time in your life. You just want to wallow under the covers and not even peak your head out…this is the start of a deep depression.

Ikigai helps you from falling into a depression, it gives you a cause or reason to be engaged in your life.

Words are precious in life. Some words don’t mean what you think they do. Some words when translated from other languages have an entirely different meaning. Words can make us or break us. It’s up to us to choose our words wisely so we uplift each other and motivate each other to do better and be better. I hope this year of words uplifts, motivates, and change your life as they are changing mine.

Do you have Ikigai?

Think Do Succeed Repeat

Do you know where you want to go? Do you set goals for the new year and throughout the year? Success comes from how we think, goals we set, and actions we take.

Think Do Succeed Repeat

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Think

Better thinking is the result of better health and better health is the result of better thinking. It’s all connected. If you feel better you are able to think clearly. Think about where you want to go , who you want to be, what you want to do this year.

Set Goals

After you’ve given some thought to how you want 2019 to be better than last year, set some goals. These are your goals, they can be whatever you want. Remember we set D.U.M.B. Goals not smart ones.

D: Dream driven – Think about your dreams beyond your normal scope of reality. Think Big! Think Magical!

U: Uplifting – You are so thrilled about your dream you want to do it now! You’re connected to your dream.

M: Method Friendly – You can navigate your goal easily, and you’re able to identify the habits around the goal that make it possible!

B: Behavior Driven: You can tie your goals into your habits to make them permanent. This process internalizes your goals.

Do/Take Action

Take action on your goals. You can’t reach any goal unless you take action. This may be the most single important action you can take. You can think about your future, you can set goals, but if you don’t take action all will be for nothing. Do something each day that propels you closer to your goal.

Take Action it’s the only way to succeed at anything you want to accomplish.

Succeed

Once you succeed at accomplishing a goal, you can celebrate or you can repeat this method and ride the momentum of success. If we celebrate too early, we run the risk of a short burn and possibly fall back into our old ways. Remember it takes 66 not 21 days to create a new habit and make it a part of you.

Repeat

One your goal is accomplished, set another goal while this momentum is fresh in your mind and consciousness.

2018 Goal

One of my goals last year was to weigh 20 pounds less at the end of the year than when I started the year. Well, I surpassed that goal by 11 pounds. I lost 31 pounds last year. I am ecstatic and set myself another goal for 2019 and it’s based on the momentum of achieving that one goal.

2019 Goals

  • I will weigh 50 pounds less than what I weigh today.
  • I will have another published book or possibly two.

These are just two of my goals. I’ve broken these down into 12 smaller increments. This breakdown helps me make these goals habit forming. I’m looking forward to the continuation of this healthy journey.

Think Do Succeed Repeat

Keto Bites

Since my husband has started his raw keto vegan journey in April, I have wanted to help him enjoy some desserts when we entertain or just as a snack. I also wanted to make sure he is getting enough good fats. These keto bites are the answer.

I know many of my followers have voiced their concern with our consumption of good fats aka avocados, coconut oil, coconut butter, sunflower butter, and high fat nuts. Here’s some info to keep in mind when it comes to fat.

Our brains are composed of 60% fat. It’s actually a no brainer (pun intended), we all need good natural fats in our diets. Plus, think about this…eating a diet high in monounsaturated fat helps us keep our memory and makes learning easier.

Our bodies crave these fats. They help us keep dementia at bay, help brain function as in speaking, memory, motor skills, and fats help push depression out.

These keto bites will help in getting these fats and they’ll also help you stay the course of eating this lifestyle.

Vegan Keto Pumpkin Pie Bites

1 cup mixed raw high fat nuts (macadamia, pecan, walnut, Brazil) soaked overnight

2 Tablespoons coconut oil

2 heaping Tablespoons puréed pumpkin

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

5 drops liquid stevia (Trader Joe’s brand is my favorite)

1 Tablespoon coconut nectar

1/2 cup Essential Seed Mix

Whirl together in food processor. Spoon into mini muffin liners in a tin. Refrigerate 2 hours. Enjoy.

Makes 18 bites.

Vegan Keto Fudge Bites

2 cups soaked and drained pecans

1/2 cup golden flax meal

1/c cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 cup carob powder (can substitute raw cacao powder)

1/2 cup raw vegan protein powder (Warrior Blend from Sunwarrior is my favorite)

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1/2 cup creamy unsweetened & unsalted sunflower butter

1/4 cup coconut oil

4 drops stevia

1 Tablespoon coconut nectar

1 Tablespoon vanilla

Whirl the first six ingredients in a food processor until nuts are broken down but not liquified, about 20 seconds.

Melt sunflower butter and coconut oil on low temp stir until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in stevia, nectar, and vanilla.

Pour into food processor and whirl about 10 seconds, or until combined.

Use a small tablespoon to make 2 scoops of dough per bites. Roll into a ball. Place into mini muffin liners of a mini muffin pan. Refrigerate 2 hours before enjoying.

Makes 18.

Natural, good for you fats are exactly what our bodies crave. These little keto bites are just a small way to get what our brains are craving.

Learning

Ever since my sons were in grade school, I made it a point to learn something new when they began their school year. One year I learned how to decoupage, then I moved on to doing wall paint treatments. I loved doing the storm clouds on two of my sons ceiling. I also learned how to simplify my life and the list goes on and on. I keep a running list of what I’ll be learning and what I want to learn next.

Learning List

Making MRE’s for backpacking that are healthy, keto, and vegan

Learning how to market myself on the different social media platforms while also getting some work done.

I really want to learn how to knit, once and for all.

Making 1-minute videos that are on point, interesting, and relevant.

I want to learn how to code

Writing how-to books

Making sushi

Adding to my repertoire recipe creation

I’m already signed up for a couple of marketing courses and I’m really excited for them to start. But this knitting thing has held me captive when my mom tried teaching me when I was younger.

Have you ever thought about learning along with your son or daughter? Doing homework together is always a fun way to set an example. Plus, it’s good to have interests other than raising your kids because it helps you as they grow until they move out of the house and on to college.

I’m also learning how to make MREs (meal replacements). Here’s one that I’m making for my husband’s backpacking trip this weekend. It’s keto and raw vegan.

  • Keto Sunflower Seed Hummus

  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked overnight, drained
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 3 Tablespoons avocado oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 3 – 4 Tablespoons water
  • Place all in food processor, process until smooth, scraping down the sides periodically. It’s ready to enjoy now or you can use your dehydrator and dry it for camping and backpacking food.
  • Dried Hummus

    Spread on parchment paper (cut to size of dehydrator trays) in a nice thin layer. Dehydrate for 6 hours on 125 degrees. Cool on trays. Pour the dried hummus into backpacking containers (we’re using recycled gelato containers that I’ve saved for eons). To reconstitute: Add 1 Tablespoon of water at a time until the desired consistency. Eat with crackers or crudités.

  • Try something new. Learning is life long. Once we stop learning, we stop growing.
  • Learning takes us to new heights and brings new opportunities!
  • Coconut Oil Packets – It’s my Friday Favorite

    This week I wanted to share with you a Friday Favorite that I never intended to buy. Ever go to Trader Joe’s and come out with things you’ve never bought before? All the time, right? A couple of weeks ago I bought their box of virgin unrefined coconut oil. I was intrigued by it, but not enough to do anything with it so it went into my pantry and there it sat, until I had a conversation with a client about getting more in our diet while we’re out and about.

    After that conversation, I went home and realized I had bought something for this purpose. I had these handy coconut oil packets but never really used them, until this last week. I had a couple of coffee meetings and don’t want to add all the creamers and sugars to my coffee so I popped these little cuties in my bag and off I went.

    They worked but I had to have one of the baristas cut the top off since they don’t have easy-to-open tops…or they are Laura proof. But it worked. I stirred it in and my coffee turned into a little vegan bulletproof paradise. Then I started thinking about all the other ways I could use these packets while traveling.

    Coconut oil packet uses while traveling

    • If you mix one packet with a packet of sugar available in your hotel room, you have a soothing foot and body scrub.
    • Take one packet and mix it with the used coffee grounds from the coffee pod you just had for breakfast, add a packet of sugar and you have a sweet coffee facial scrub that will wake up your skin and make your skin ultra soft.
    • It’s a great way to continue oil pulling on the road.
    • Need a deep conditioner, work a packet of the oil through your hair before you shampoo, or after you get out of the pool. It protects your hair from the bad chlorine impacts.
    • It also makes the perfect eye makeup remover. Then you can wash your entire face with it and not need a moisturizer.

  • I truly love the sweet coffee scrub.
  • Yes, this is me with absolutely, no makeup on.
  • That’s my Friday Favorite for the week.
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