3 Changes 2 Better


I’m always learning and processing. Especially when confronting uncomfortable change. When I first started teaching STRONG By Zumbaยฎ I was way out of my league, but I wanted change. 

Being a mother of seven [7] I didn’t want to look like I gave birth to seven. I wanted to be healthy enough to play soccer โšฝ๏ธ with them.  Hike and create an active lifestyle. 

My goal was to embrace where I was and suffer through the workout, to be STRONG. Happily, I no longer suffer through the workout because my body is conditioned to flow with it. 

Here’s what I did in info-pic form…

[PS: Comment if you want to dive into a life changing experience of your own.]


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5 Holistic lessons for children.

In this digital age we’re always looking down. Down at devices, the pavement or slouching over because of a hectic day. And we forget that our little ones are watching us and mimicking our habits. Here are 5 holistic lessons for children/busy-adults. [Learn to track your habits and its benefits here.]


#1 Look Up


#2 Stop and enjoy the view.


#3 Explore gently with kindness.


#4 Take time to spot the little things.


#5 Leave your spot cleaner and better than when you first arrived. Lesson: Malama Honua – take care of the land.


We explored, zipp lined, picked huckleberries and crafted. It was a fun adventure at Cispus Learning Center. I was teaching a few Hawaiian crafts during Leschi Heritage’s annual huckleberry camp. And even did an impromptu Zumba session. 


This little kit was a Mom’s best friend as we hiked, swam & played soccer on an open field. I got it because it came with a splinter remover and essential oils.

The purpose of: Habit Tracking.

The whole point to habit tracking is to shine a light on YOU.  You’re basically paying attention to yourself. The vlog above and the pics in this post are from a habit I started with my Ohana. It was to run-away into nature on weekends.


Nature feels like a sanctuary from this digital world. It’s the only place that we can chillax. The idea was to plan, schedule and track what we do. So far so good.


I first started habit-tracking, back in the day, when trying to watch my water intake. Today I track all sorts of things. [Why?] Because understanding my habits has become a part of my holistic practice. You see I’m not interested in loosing weight but I am interested in lifestyle. That’s the #1 benefit to tracking, knowing your lifestyle.


This flows nicely with a post I did called Subconscious Curating.  I also wrote an entire “how to” blogpost on my WholelisticFit page. I’ll include the link below.


Which is why I’m inviting you to track your habits. In fact I’ve created a tracker that you can PDF print for free. Click here and grab your tracker today. [PS: I put a lot of work into creating the habit-tracker and it is an opt-in printable. It’s up to you if you choose to join my Mermaid email list.]


Use it to track your…

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โ˜•๏ธcoffee intake

๐Ÿฑeating

๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿฝself-care

๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™ƒ mood

๐Ÿ“daily journal 

๐ŸŽจart & creativity

๐Ÿšญ ๐Ÿ“ตquit something 

๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธโ›น๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธstart something  

The possibilities are endless. This is one of my favorite blogpost because this process has changed my life for the better. ๐Ÿค“

Grab your free PDF today…
https://www.wholelisticfit.com/blog-1/2017/8/10/habit-tracker

Hula Fitness: Old School


There’s no school like old-school! Especially with all the fitness trends that are spinning out of control. When I run into a new dance fit craze I check to see…

  1. Who’s culture has this evolved from?
  2. What is their claim to fame?
  3. How can the average person benefit from it?

However there’s one dance style, that in it’s OG form, you would have to be at the peak of your game. In other words are you physically, mentally and emotionally ready to take on Hula? [OG: slang for original gangster.]

In it’s original form you were expected to devote your life to memorize song genealogy. Talk about fitness for the mind. And practice for hours on the sand in the heat of the day. Truly physical and grueling. Finally, portray the story through facial expressions which connects the viewer to the soul of that particular Hula. Fitness for the mind, body and soul. 


A typical practice might be an hour of basic steps followed by learning or perfecting a song. Each step has an origin and each Kumu [teacher] has their preference. Basically it’s similar to martial arts. Each form has a purpose and you can add them together to create fight sequences. But in this case it’s choreography.


Speaking of martial arts there was a time when a student devoted their life to the craft. Yet, today I see 3 year olds with black belts. The practice became diluted with the lure of quick and easy. Form, history and protocol went right out of the window. This is what I see happening to Hula, but it can be so much more.


This past weekend I taught a session during 3 DAYS OF ALOHA in Vancouver, WA. The participants danced their muscles into a tired and happy frenzy. The Na Kumu [teachers] are some of Hawaii’s finest. 


If  your Kumu tells you to hold a position you don’t ask, “How long?” You just do it. And heaven forbid you have to do the Hula sequence over and over again. But if you do make sure you’re smiling. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜ƒ


Why do we torture ourselves? For the Love of Hula and the gift of storytelling. If you truly want to challenge your fitness levels while maintaining grace and finesse learn to Hula. Seek out a Kumu with an amazing history and genealogy. 

Hula is fitness when taught by a master and practiced daily. It doesn’t need to be diluted or modernized to techno-beats. Hula is both art and fitness uniting. This is MANA: strength that is generational. PEACE Be the Journey ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

Fit To Listen

The sounds of nature are therapeutic and holistic but taking time to actually listen can become quite a task. I had an app that allowed me to listen to my favorite nature sounds but it's not the same.

Watch the video on the link below.

https://youtu.be/bqJk2yl9xY4

We try to hike or do some type of nature inspired fitness. The air quality is better and you don't realize the challenges because the path captivates the imagination.

On this particular hike I told my kamali'i (little ones) to listen. We played a game called: WHAT CAN YOU HEAR? Here are the rules…

  • Pick a starting and ending point. (Shorter distance for little ones because it's hard for them to grasp the "quiet" concept.
  • During the hike or walk pause if you notice something and enjoy the sound.
  • When you reach the END have them share what they heard or noticed.
  • You can play this several times during the same hike. Always allowing them to communicate their observations.

National refuge and parks are worth every penny. This one has a $3 suggested donation but it's worth so much more.

The goal is to have adventures that move you. Creating a fit lifestyle takes time but if you designate one trip per month you'll find it extremely rewarding. This allows you to research and prepare for the trip.

I also included a description on my Instagram page and did a mini vlog on YouTube.

We walked a total of 4 miles and enjoyed every minute. This was cheaper than a family membership to a gym or YMCA. More engaging than watching tv and created connection. WOW!

They saw forest, marsh and the Puget Sound coast line. Nature is the only place that will provide fitness for your mind, body and soul.

Want more holistic ideas visit WholelisticFit.com below is an example of the types of articles on that blog.

5 Reasons to loosen up! As in drink loose leaf teas :)

Fitness is one side to a multifacited life and surrounding yourself with quality products is just as important. I’m sharing a few of my favorite black teas and by a few I mean nine, Lol. I shop local whenever possible and have been fortunate to friend local store owner Robyn Liss of Ubiquitous Journey or Ubi’s Tacoma off the historic 6th Ave area. (You have to visit 6th Ave. businesses in Tacoma but start with Ubi’s.)

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Her tea blends inspire me and if you like these just wait until you see all the other varieties in her store. This is just a small example of the organic loose leaf tea selection she carries and we are extremely fortunate to have her in Tacoma. If you’ve never tried loose leaf tea then you’re missing out on some amazing flavor. Oh and the aroma! #huginamug

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I could probably fill my blog with images that I capture at her store but they can never do it justice, you simply have to go in and see for yourself. So let me get down to my five reasons toย LOOSEN UP!

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5 Reasons to Loosen Up!

1. Yummy-ness. That alone should make you run out and buy some. Your tastebuds will fall in love.

2. Quality. Have you ever noticed that tea bags might seem convenient but they lack the fullness. With loose leaf teas you can refill your mug (cup) several times and still taste the full bodied flavor.

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3. Healthy. I could spend all day jabbering about the health benefits but you have better things to do with your time.

4. Fit Choice. I’ve come across several teas that are extremely beneficial during recovery periods between workouts.

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5. Peace. If the first four didn’t encourage you then think about living a life worthy of reflective moments. There’s something spiritual about tea, almost a zen like feeling that allows you to breathe deep and hฤ (the resounding exhale at the end of a well lived day).

Well there you have it my 5 reasons to loosen up. I’ve also added images from #UbisTacoma that I thought you might find interesting. Like the DIY section for beauty products or the ah-mazing selection of organic seasonings. Have a prosperousย 2017 and PEACE Be the Journey.

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Want more holistic lifestyle tips? Click on the images below. It’s an entire blogpost dedicated to the science of, “Sticking to your plans.”ย It’s a two part blog.

 

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Marketing tips for fitness and holistic services.


How to stand out as a fitness professional or holistic practitioner when there’s a ton of coaches and gyms. First of all relax I’m going to share with you my number one favorite tip. Before I do let me tell you the five things you need before trying my #1 tip.

Here are the five things you need before moving on.

  1. Get your basic biz stuff like name, logo, legal info and phone ๐Ÿ“ฑ. 
  2. A website. Facebook and Instagram doesn’t count as YOUR website. (If you want to know why comment below and I’ll answer it.) It can be super simple or complex, the idea is to have online territory.
  3. Have a blog on your site. You don’t have to do anything major except upload images of your events or class info. This will keep your page active and fresh for search engines.
  4. ONLY use the social media you like and understand. Unless you’re hiring a VA. (Virtual Assistant) This will help you maintain a consistent edge. Make sure your profile images match your brand.
  5. Make a web-card. Different from a biz card because it’s just going to contain your websites. 

My #1 tip to advertising your specialty is to… MEET PEOPLE!

Local farmers market charge between $20-$35 for the day. Fees vary by city. 

Grab a booth space, set it up and meet people. That’s all folks.


Your goal is to meet people and handout web-cards. But wait until you’ve intrigued their curiosity. Don’t just stand at a booth and say, “Here’s my card.” Build a connection and then tell them how they can learn more about you or your services.


People to people connection is more important today than ever before. It seems that the deeper we get into high-tech we require high-touch. That means we need community builders and that’s exactly what fitness professionals can become.

I started off as a Zumba instructor but have morphed into a community builder. I’ve also partnered with MAKE MAHALO planners to add a special touch to my services. I’m definitely not the same instructor I was 5 years ago.

So get out there and meet people, shake hands and smile. You might be the only light in someone’s dull world. 


If you enjoyed this post you might also like a post I did on my holistic blog called: HABITS AND RITUAL. It’s tackling the why behind our what. “Why we do what we do.” PEACE Be the Journey