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 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…
🎨art & creativity
🚭 📵quit something
The possibilities are endless. This is one of my favorite blogpost because this process has changed my life for the better. 🤓
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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.
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.
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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.
- Get your basic biz stuff like name, logo, legal info and phone 📱.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
I realize the era we all live in with our advanced technology and stem cell discovery. There’s a pill for everything. Well almost everything. There is one muscle that requires regular exercise. In fact pharmaceutical companies spend a fortune trying to duplicate what this muscle can do. It is the source of life.
Do you know what it is?
It’s your amazing heart ❤️
I learned a key factor, when hanging out at my sister’s chemo treatments, back in December 2015. Walking activates the calves which helps to contract the heart. [Because blood is circulating.]
Now why is this important? Well… the chemo is directed to the heart and walking will help the heart muscles move it through and OUT of the body. Inactivity is like a stagnant pond of pain. The tricky thing is that it hurts to move. But movement is what the body needs.
Why am I writing about this? If you have a loved one going through chemo treatments volunteer to walk with them. Help them activate their calves and contract the heart. The simple act of walking is truly beneficial.
Why walk with them? It hurts. Every fiber of their being is in excruciating and unbearable pain. I use to make it up to her room just in time to walk with her. The workout was literally circles on the oncology ward. She would often bring her phone to play music 🎶 and dance along the sanitized hallways. Your presence is a gift of HOPE!
You can read about her experience and recovery here. PEACE Be the Journey, Ho’omalamalama
Oh one more thing! I’m planning a How-To VISION BOARD webinar. If you’re interested join my email list and become a MERMAID here. I’ll also send you my free course BALANCED BEAUTY.
Creating a holistic lifestyle full of intentional beauty. ~Ho’omalamalama
I host a booth at my local farmers market and for years people would ask me, “What do you do?” And I use to have trouble answering it. Yes I’m creative and I make stuff but I’m also a mother, blogger, fitness professional, foodie, nature lover and many more descriptive words. One day I decided to glue it all down. Literally.
The idea was to gather all these descriptions and match them up with images. To create a cohesive vision board. [What is vision?] Vision, my definition, is the ability to project what you desire.
Here are 5 Tips To Vision [Fitness Edition]
- Start with self discovery. What kind of lifestyle do you want? How do you want to feel & look in 1, 2 or 3 years? What do you like to do for fun that involves movement?
- Search for inspiration. Look for magazines, blogs or Pinterest for image and words. Magazines are my favorite because you can do part 3 with them.
- Collect words and images that inspire you. Cut and glue them on art paper. I use water color paper because it can handle the weight of the glue without warping. I also use decoupage glue instead of a glue stick.
- Display your creation in a prominent place. Be proud of the work you did and look at it often. It will motivate you when times get rough.
- Create or modify a new one as needed. We are in constant change. Our cells are regenerating and so much goes on in our daily lives. If an old vision board isn’t serving you than create a new one.
I created several versions of vision. A flat poster to display on the fridge and an accordion styled vision board. The one above usually lives by my windowsill. It’s one of my favorite things to look at because it has so many elements that I enjoy.
For an added bonus I did this excercise with my children and they loved it. The cork board above was an Ohana, family, project. My kiddos cut out images that they wanted and I arranged it in a snug design to reveal our idea of Ohana health.
Goals and dreams are all laid out for me to revisit often. I truly enjoyed doing this and I hope you try it out. The whole process is to align what you see with what you desire. If you want a healthy body than make sure to add images that support it. NOT a model or someone else’s body but things that will support your journey. For example: I want to loose 20lbs and like to hike; I’ll find images of trails and nature.
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Want to be apart of my virtual class and need more info, comment below. I’ll be working with several individuals online to plan, create, schedule & do.
What you see in this blogpost is part of the fun process. PEACE Be the Journey.
Anyone can make a plan but following-through is a whole different beast. I’m using beast because taming the massive TO-DO list is like a monster. No worries 😉 we’re in this together.
I was slightly challenged to write about this difficult subject. [WHY is it difficult?] Since we all are surrounded by unique circumstances.
Our lives are as different as our finger print. Yet there are a few principles that don’t change. I wrote the full story on WholelisticFit and wanted share the images I made for that blog post. I’m pinning them to my Pinterest and reposting on Instagram because I need the daily reminder. PEACE Be the Journey ✨🦋
Spent Father’s Day out by a shore along a forest 🌳🌲 listening to my husband and daughter play Ukulele. It’s the simple things in life 🎶
Here’s what we gathered from our hike…
Pine cones to identify.
Rocks, rocks & more rocks…
A gorgeous rose in the middle of dried leaves 🍃
A cypress that I thought was a cedar, until I read the sign. Lol