How To Ace a Job Interview

3 Step Guide to Better Interviews

Gone are the days where you can graduate college/university and walk into a job with nothing more than your degree. Recruiters are now skimming hundreds of resumes for volunteer work, internships, additional courses, and anything else that can set you apart from the plethora of well educated individuals. While managing to land a job interview is a feat in its own, successfully getting the job is a whole new ballgame.

Trust me when I say that I have had my fair share of terrible interviews

1. Do Your Research.

So, you have managed to get an interview. Congratulations! Obviously you have the necessary skills, but now you need to learn what it is exactly that the recruiters are looking for. Lucky for you, the internet makes it easy!

  • Search the positions on linked in – know what kind of people/experience have that position
  • Research background info on the company, know their values/mission and how you could fit

2. Prepare Your Answers and Practice Out Loud

Being prepared may seem like cliche advise, however preparedness is not to be taken lightly.

  • Look up questions specific/typical to that job
  • Write down potential answers
  • Practice reading them outloud to create a more natural sound
  • Know what you’re saying and make it authentic

3. Ask Questions.

The number one thing people often forget to do is ask the recruiters questions. While you may feel as though asking questions makes you seem unprepared, recruiters see this as an opportunity to understand your interest in the position. While questions are encouraged, make sure that the questions you are asking about are meaningful and worth the time

  • Ask job specific, not general – i.e. what do you forsee as the biggest challenge?

 

 

How To Live a Joyful Life

Finding Every Day Happiness

We all desire a good life; one filled with purpose, love, and of course joy. Living a life full of joy does not mean that it is perfect. Living a joyful life simply means to appreciate the greatness that is either happening or anticipating the greatness that is yet to come, despite whatever negativity you may have going on.

Many people seek to find joy in something or someone outside of their own being. The real answer to finding joy in your life however, is to confront the positives within yourself and your own life. Trust the process, and focus on the good.

Joy is a path you must consciously choose to follow each and every day.

1. Let Go of Hurt

Easier said than done, I know. Holding onto a grudge, anger, or hurt doesn’t create any resolution to make you less angry, in fact it serves no purpose other than to occupy space in your mind. Being angry and holding onto anger not only drains our energy, but also prevents us from being able to focus on the things that will bring us joy. You need to focus on serving yourself in the present by learning to come to terms with past. Chances are whatever is hurting you cannot be changed, so stop dwelling and start moving towards forgiveness, freedom, and the joy that comes with it.

2. Practice Positive Thought

Do you ever notice that when you’re in a negative headspace, bad things tend to happen more frequently? Minute by minute you are constructing the thoughts that will guide your life. You are developing your own narrative – good or evil. The thoughts you think will begin becoming the actions you take, the behaviours you develop, and a reflection of the real you.

Negative energy can lead to negative results, much like positive thinking can do the opposite. When we think in a more positive headspace we are more likely to seek (and find) the right opportunities that will give us the results we desire. In order to live a life that focuses on joy, you must learn to train your thoughts to do the same.

3. Set Intentions

Intentions are going to guide your actions and in turn allow you to achieve the joyful life you are seeking. Make it your mission to remain open and agreeable despite whatever negativity or challenges you may face throughout your day. Intentions provide not only a structure for your day, but also the motivation to actually follow through. If you tell yourself you intend to have a joyful day, your odds are better than if not

Try it out for yourself! Tell yourself “I intend to be kind, I intend to take the first step in pursuing passion X, I intend to help another person today” whatever it is, set an intention that will positively influence your day.

4. Find Passion In The Work of Others

One of the keys to experiencing joy, is to be able to share it with others. Every day is not going to be a good one, and while today may not be a good day for you, it likely is for at least one other person you know. Find them, and celebrate with them. Learning to use other people’s successes and positive vibrations to shift your own, will ease your ability to find your own joy.

Congratulate that friend on their new job! Celebrate that family member’s newly announced pregnancy! Even if it’s something you are lacking or envying in your own life – I encourage you to find passion and ignite your own joy in sharing in the successes of those closest to you. Positivity can be contagious.

Every moment offers you a choice. Stress, anger, confusion, joy… Which will you choose to sit in?

How to Set Goals in a New Year

Dreaming Big Every Day

So it’s now mid-January. How are your goals and resolutions going? Damn.

Let me guess, you either:

  1.  Missed the mark for starting your new years’ resolution (there’s always next year right?)
  2. Started out strong but fell off the wagon around day 5
  3.  Are killing it with your goals.

In order to be successful in achieving your goals you first need to understand the common struggles with setting goals, the flexibility available when things don’t seem to be going your way, and the strategies for making the most out of your 2018.  This week I have 4 simple steps to set you on track to taking control of the next 12 months and beyond.

As always you can listen to the audio version of this post on iTunes, Google Play, or SoundCloud.

1. Stop Setting Time Limitations

Nothing is ever going to go as scheduled. So what if it’s not January first – you have the choice to steer your life in whatever direction you choose, any day of the year! The great thing about navigating adulthood is that each day affords a new chance for you to decide which way you want to go.

If you’ve tried something new and you’ve failed, it’s okay to try again. If you’ve decided that you would rather steer course in a different direction, that’s fine too! You do not need the permission of a date on a calendar to start pursuing the things you have always wanted. Stop limiting yourself, and start chasing your dreams.

2. Find Purpose

Motivation is fleeting. What seems like a good idea one minute, may bore you the next. It’s important not to rely solely on your initial motivation, as it will most certainly fizzle. You instead need to determine the root of your motivation and use that as your purpose.

  • Why are you doing this?
  • What are you hoping to achieve?

Goals are only worth having if they enrich our lives so find your deeper purpose to create that value.

3. Establish a Meaningful Vision

Where is it you want to get to with your goals? What is it going to help you achieve? By creating the larger picture of what you want your life to be, you will more easily manifest these results into your reality. A vision of the future that matters to you will help you stay motivated to achieving your goals.

4. Remember There is No Finish Line

As a society we have created an illusion that some magical fairytale exists at “the end of our goals” – this is a lie. With every new achievement comes new responsibilities, and there is no real end game. Think of a time you started a new job with a few tasks. Chances are, over time, you accumulated more tasks, more responsibility, and more opportunities.

Life is always changing. You are always learning new skills.  You will never be able to predict what the future holds, but you need to be prepared to adapt to these unexpected changes.

Welcome all new opportunities with open arms and enrich your life. Start right now.

How to Create Your Own Future

Create the Life You Really Want

Here you are – 2017.

Right now you are whatever age. One day you are going to be much older, and one day you are eventually going to die. There is no escaping that fact. We are all going to die.

I want you to imagine that your life is ending tomorrow. Does your life look how you imagined? What do you regret? What are all the things you planned, but haven’t yet followed through on?

  • Maybe you never managed to find the motivation to lose that 20 pounds you always wanted to.
  • Perhaps you have found yourself stuck in a really bad relationship for years because you were too afraid to leave.
  • Maybe you’re stuck at a really lousy job because it pays the bills and you aren’t certain you can find anything better if you quit.

So here you are laying on your death bed. I want you to ask yourself this:

What is ONE thing you wish you would have done differently? Do you have it? Are you imagining that one thing?

I am about to offer you the chance to take whatever that one thing is, and work towards turning it into a reality now.

This week I am offering two very basic steps you need to start now in order to create the change you are seeking. As always, the audio version of this podcast will be available on iTunes, Google Play, and Soundcloud.

1. Stop Doing What You Are Currently Doing

If you are unsatisfied with some aspect of your life, it is obvious that your current routine is not working. Further to that, continuing to do the same thing day in and day out is never going to garner you different results. New opportunities aren’t going to fall out of the sky, and you aren’t suddenly going to wake up on day with a plethora of motivation to change your lifestyle – you need to make a conscious effort.

In order to make a change, you need to focus on determining the source of your problem.

  1. What bad habits do you have that are preventing you from achieving what you want?
  2. Do spend to many hours watching youtube?
  3. Ae you eating too many cookies in a week?
  4. Do you spend too much money on useless stuff?
  5. Where do you want to go, or what do you want to do? And which of these habits is preventing you from getting there?

Whichever you determine it is, work on stopping. Don’t you dare say you can’t! “I can’t” is just an excuse that allows you to be lazy. You CAN do whatever it is you want – in fact the difference between you and the person living the life you want is that they told themselves “I can” and they did it”.

Stop with the bad habits. Stop with the excuses. And stop letting laziness control your life.

2. Starting Developing New Actions

In order to successfully build new habits, you need to approach it piece by piece.  Lifestyle changes are much easier to accomplish when they are broken down into small, more manageable chunks. So, when it comes to developing new habits to work towards the future you want, the cold turkey approach isn’t going to work. Instead, I recommend slowly replacing bad habits with new ones, one by one.

It’s all about simply taking the initiative to start developing new habits. Too often we tend to get stuck in the past in that we think, “Well this would’ve worked out if I had’ve just done this instead”. While learning from past mistakes is important, focusing all of your attention on the past is ultimately going to hold you back. The past may have been bad, but there was certainly also a lot of good moving to where you are today.

Successful people aren’t sitting around crying about yesterday, they are taking those lessons they learned, applying them to today, and moving towards tomorrow. Wherever it is you want to get in life, you need to map out your plan – swap a Netflix episode here for 30 minutes of research towards a project you’re working on, skip the take out meal one night a week and put that 10 bucks in a travel fund for that trip you want to take – be accountable, and start building your life piece by piece.

Your future is yours to create.

How to Improve Your Communication

How to Deliver Your Intended Message

Communication is key in every aspect of our lives – our careers, our education, and our relationships. Pretty much anyone can communicate in some way shape or form, but not everyone is capable of doing so effectively. While some are naturally gifted with great communication; many are not and that is OKAY!Communication is a skill that can be learned, practiced, and improved over time.

In this post, I have compiled my top 3 strategies to help in achieving these effective communication skills in your own life. As always, the audio version can be found on iTunes, Google Play, or SoundCloud.

1. Force Yourself to Listen

First of all, take note that listening is not the same as waiting your turn to talk. Sometimes we are so focused on the next point we want to say that we don’t actually listen to the other person.  You can’t concentrate on what someone’s saying if you’re busy forming what you’re going to say next. Often, the speaker can read your facial expressions and know that your mind’s elsewhere.

Be present in conversation,  slow down and listen to what the speaker is saying so that you can genuinely respond based on the information they provide. We all get so afraid that our opinions are going to get lost in the discussion that we tend to disregard what the other person has to say.

So, next time you find yourself in a heated discussion with someone you genuinely care about, slow down and actually listen. What are they saying? Why do they feel that way? Perhaps paying attention will change your own perspective.

2. Pay Attention to Non-Verbal Cues

This one may sound simple (i.e. if a person is facing away from you they probably aren’t interested in the conversation). However, have you ever tried paying attention to your own cues? Are you:

  1. Looking up and down from your phone while in a conversation in person with someone?
  2. Distracted by other visuals in the room?
  3. Crossing your arms?
  4. Yelling or speaking in an aggressive tone?

These could all be indicators (some more aggressive and obvious than others) that will reflect negatively on you in the perception of the other person. Focus on your tone (which will be different for different audiences), eye contact, and on appearing engaged and interested.

So much is interpreted – or misinterpreted – through body language, it is equally important that we are representing the message we want physically as much as we are verbally.

3. Keep Stress In Check

How many times have you said something in an argument that you later regretted? Learning how to quickly relieve stress and return to a calm state in an efficient and time effective manner is a necessary skill when it comes to effective communication. It is only in a more relaxed state that you can actually practice the other two tips I have mentioned.

But how? How do we remain calm when our emotions are starting to spin out of control? Whether it’s a job interview that has you jittered, or a heated conversation with a colleague or partner remember the following:

  1.  Recognize that you are stressed (muscle tightness, shortness of breath, heart pounding, temperature rising).
  2. Breathe. Simple but easily forgotten. Remember that breathing is what will help you maintain that calm, cool, attitude even if you are internally losing your mind.
  3. Be open to compromise, and accept the circumstances. Some things are simply out of your control. If you can both bend a little perhaps you can find middle ground painlessly.

Maintaining your stress levels, will allow you to think rationally, be able to understand the other party’s point of view, and respond in a calm and meaningful way.

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Even if you are not a gifted speaker, you can still become highly effective in the art of communication. Of course, it takes time and effort to develop this skill, BUT the more effort and practice you put in, the more instinctive and effective your communication skills will become.

How to Create Your Confidence

Confidence – a concept that is seemingly easy and natural for some, but a struggle for many.

While we some believe that confidence is an ability that you are born with, I like to think that over time it is an ability that has evolved and developed. From childhood to adulthood your confidence has taken hits – that person you thought liked you didn’t, you didn’t get the job for the interview you thought you aced, person x told you that person y was prettier and so on – over time particularly with the rise of social media, you have become hyper aware of the negative things about yourself that society is telling you, you need to change – Well, what if I told you that all of that is completely bogus, and that your confidence is in your control?

Each day you wake up you have a picture of yourself in your mind; some days are good, while other days are not so much.  Whether you realize it or not, that mental image is what determines the level of confidence you emit into the world. When you feel good about yourself, you radiate; when you don’t, you tend to hide away. The important key is to develop that awareness that can recognize you are never going to be stuck with where you are currently at forever. The action of being confident is in your control, practicing this alongside a few other simple tips is the first step to gaining and exuding the confidence you deserve.

As always, you can find the audio version of this post on iTunes, Google Play, or SoundCloud.

Take Control

The first step in taking the initiative to build your confidence is to recognize that your attitude is ultimately in your control. Once you come to realize and accept this as fact, you then need to take the steps to change it. Back in May I did a post about taking control in all aspects of your life [not just confidence], you can find that here.

By accepting that you are solely responsible for your own life and attitudes, you can work towards mastering the control you need to gain the confidence you seek. How you ask? Make the decision to be better for yourself, your mental state, and the overall outcomes of your life. You are in the driver seat deciding where you want to go. Take yourself on the path of positivity towards achieving all that you have ever wanted.

Practice Self Care

The next step I recommend is to treat yourself – if you feel good you people will be able to tell. I want you to think about times when you are eating bad, not sleeping properly, loafting around on the couch for hours or days, etc. and the impact those actions have on how you feel about yourself. There is nothing wrong with any of these scenarios, provided that you are willing to own it.

This is me. This is who I am. This is how I love to look/act/feel/behave

Remember, this is YOUR life not anyone else’s so forget other’s negative opinions and appreciate yourself in all of your glory. Think about what you have to offer the world, and encourage yourself to showcase it. You should never say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to someone else. Positive self-talk is integral to your success on your journey to radiating confidence.

Flip The Negativity

Throughout your life, as you have likely already concluded, people will intentionally try to tear you down. The reality of the matter is that in 99% of cases, this negativity is really just a projection of their own insecurities. So, rather than allowing it to affect you, perhaps take a moment to evaluate where they are at and coming from. Recognize that most likely what they are saying isn’t actually true.

What is it within you that they are envious of in you? Cherish that.

Disappointment is either going to fuel you or destroy, you get to choose. When something doesn’t go your way and is making you feel insecure do what you need to change it your mind.. what did I learn? What can I do next time to get what I want? By exuding the control in these situations you naturally begin to feel more confident in these decisions

Celebrate the Small Wins

Disappointment is either going to fuel you or destroy, you get to choose. When something doesn’t go your way and is making you feel insecure do what you need to change it your mind. What did you learn, and what can you do next time to get what you want? By exuding the control in these situations you naturally begin to feel more confident in these decisions. Rejection is hard at times and it can hurt  pretty bad. Sometimes it feels as though no matter what you will never be enough, but I can promise you that the more you try, the more opportunities you will find, and the more risks you take; the greater the rewards and the more confident you will feel.

We live in an anti-ego world, but its okay to be happy when you are succeeding. There is absolutely no shame in doing good. When you are proud of something you have done – own it – and do the same for others. Encouraging and recognizing each other for even the smallest things can have a much larger impact that you would expect.

I want you to think of something you are good at – music, telling jokes, lifting weights, cooking, doing makeup – whatever it is, hold on to it. Having confidence in one aspect of your life will provide the validation you need to try things outside your comfort zone and discover new areas in which you can grow your confidence.

Your story is not over yet, it is up to you. The more effort and practice you put into life and building your confidence the better results you will achieve.

 

How To Live a Healthier Life + BONUS

5 Step Guide to Healthy Living

Sometimes, living a healthier lifestyle is seemingly impossible. I personally have struggled with trying to fit many different “diets” or “lifestyles” into my routine; haven’t we all? The best thing I have learned on this journey is that being healthy doesn’t have to be drastic or difficult.

Our physical health is the one thing keeping us going in this world, and yet it is also the thing we most often take for granted. When you decide to take control of the decisions you are making to affect your physical health, the impacts will permeate into your overall well-being. By incorporating a few simple steps into your daily routine, I can guarantee that you will:

a) Have more energy in your day-to-day life.
b) Feel better about the choices you are making (confidence is key).
c) Be on track to living a longer, more prosperous, and happier life.

 

As always, the audio version of this post can be found on iTunes, SoundCloud, or Google Play. If you would like access to an at home HIIT workout to kickstart your fitness alongside these healthier choices, you can find that here.

1. Get More Sleep

Who wouldn’t love to spend the day in bed? I know some days I would. The hustle is hard – waking up at 6, not going to bed until midnight. The fact is though, that sleep is important and needs to be made a priority.

The average adult should be striving to get between 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night in order to maintain a variety of regular body functions. This includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Mood control
  2. Memory/cognitive function
  3. Metabolic regulation (sleep decreases the production of leptin – hunger inhibiting hormone – meaning you are more likely to make choices out of physical need rather than emotion).
  4. Heart health (sleep lowers the production of inflammatory proteins – common in people with sleep apnea/other sleep disorders – thus decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease).

2. Drink More Water

This can be hard for many. Try infusing your water with different fruits/herbs/veggies so that you don’t get bored! Hydration is key to flush your body of toxins (no detoxes necessary), and clearing your skin. Further to this, an increased consumption of water has been shown to boost your metabolism, and curb cravings (aka. good for weightloss) Lastly, a dehydrated body means a dehydrated mind. By increasing water consumption you will see an improvement in alertness and motor skills.

3. Get Moving

To see the benefits of movement you do not need to spend hours at the gym. Simply seek opportunities to move. Get up from your desk! Go for a walk! Pick up some weights! Any of these activities are linked to improved cardiovascular health, mood, joints/muscles/tissue strength, and blood flow/focus.

4. Eat Your Veggies

Your parents weren’t lying when they told you this! Consumption of vegetables (particularly a variety of veggies) has been linked to improved gut health – which in turn is linked to mental health and overall wellbeing/energy). Vegetables have SO MANY  vitamins and minerals, it is important to diversify your choices and “eat the rainbow”  in order to reap all of the potentional benefits.

Here are a few of the color/benefit correlations:

Red/Purple/Blue Lycopene – Decreases risk for heart disease and cancer

WhiteAllicin – Decreases blood pressure

Orange/Yellow – Carotenoids/Beta-kerotene – Improves immune function and vision

Green – Chlorophyll – improves skin, decreases the risk for cancer, anddna mutations –

Eating a variety of vegetables will improve your vitamin intake tenfold #vitamins4days. If veggies really aren’t your thing try sneaking them into a smoothie (i.e. kale, spinach, zucchini, cauliflower, etc.) or make use of a greens powder such as this for a delicious way to get multiple servings in one go!

5. Practice Positivity

A positive mind yields positive results. By developing better, more positive coping skills in difficult times, stress hormone (cortisol) levels will be lowered over time. Stress is the number one public health enemy and by learning techniques to combat it, you will be on your way to healthier, happier life. Practice positivity and feel good.

Healthy living can seem scary, but it doesn’t have to be hard. Small, simple changes can have HUGE impacts and outcomes in the grand scheme.

 

How to Change Your Trajectory

Creating New Opportunities

As humans we are always constantly changing and desiring change. We envy others and always dream of ways in which our lives could be different. Maybe you aren’t satisfied with the circumstances you are in, or perhaps you are merely wanting to continue to grow and develop as your best possible self; either way, these 3 tips will aid you in that process.

The one path that will never get you anywhere different is the one we most commonly take and that is the path of doing nothing at all. You don’t have enough time to be mediocre in your life. It’s painful and it’s pointless so, if it is change you seek then it is change you must create. As always, the audio version of this post is available on iTunes, Google Play, or SoundCloud.

1. Determine Your Limitations

Stop for a minute and think to yourself about what it is exactly that is stopping you from getting what you want. It may be your job, your living situation, or your finances; all of which can make it hard for you to make drastic changes in your life. However, often it is yourself that serves as your biggest limitation. Self-doubt can be detrimental to our growth. Fear can be crippling, making us unable or unwilling to pursue unfamiliar and new opportunities.

Once you’ve taken the time to determine what factors are limiting you, figure out which of those are within your control. While some situations we cannot change (i.e. death in the family, a bad break up, etc), most instances have elements that we can adjust to suit our needs. We may not be able to change what has happened, but we can decide to move forward despite it.

Don’t allow your circumstances to let you fall back. Use the dark times to learn and always fall forward onto the next best thing.

2. Re-Evaluate Your Circumstances

If you are in a situation that is making you unhappy or unsatisfied, re-evaluate how you got there. Think about any elements or decisions you made along the way that were perhaps chosen because other options were overlooked. Look at what isn’t working, and what it is that you are not doing to determine what the void is that you need to fill.

Pursuing these unique opportunities is rare because it is scary and uncomfortable; the outcome is unknown. Few people are willing to pursue the unknown, and would rather stick with what is “safe” mainly for fear of rejection, judgement, or some other useless excuse. Forget the fear, and pursue whatever it is that is going to make you happy.

If you are unsure of where it is you need to start making changes, ASK SOMEONE. Being curious is the first step in personal growth. Curiousity is the desire to understand and to try and push the envelope – it is what drives change. Gain perspectives (new and old) and try to take away as many important lessons as possible that you can apply in your own life.

3. Get Uncomfortable

I can guarantee you that you won’t get anywhere new by practicing the same old strategies. Always going to the same places, working the same job, interacting with the same people, but expecting things to change/improve is not a realistic outlook on your situation. Results will not change if you do not alter the actions creating them.

If you don’t like something in your life, change it. If you want to try something new, just try it. Not only are you your own largest limitation, you are also the only one who can do anything about it.

Finding success is about making the decision to not do nothing. We have been brainwashed to think that doing nothing is safe, and once you realize that the safest thing you can do actually feels the most risky, the sky is the limit.

Have the courage to challenge the status quo, defy limitations, find your purpose, and serve it.

How to Change Your Morning Routine (For the Better)

How To Have a Better Morning

First things first, I’ve got a couple of questions for you. How badly do you struggle to get out of bed in the morning? Further to that, once you force yourself out of bed, how are you feeling? For many of us, getting out of bed is only half of the struggle, the real challenge comes with trying to orient ourselves towards having a happy and productive day. We all weren’t born morning people, and that is perfectly okay. However, that doesn’t mean we have to be walking zombies either. This week I want to share with you 6 simple things you can implement into your daily routine to enter your day more energized and ready to take on the world.

As always, you can listen to the podcast for this post on iTunes, Google Play, or SoundClound.

1. Leave Your Curtains Partially Open

*insert gasp here* I know many of us feel the need for pitch black in order to fall asleep, (I get it – trust me), but as long as you aren’t going to bed when the sun is still up, cracking the curtains a few inches shouldn’t hurt. The main benefit of this practice is the natural light that aids in your awakening. Even though you will still be asleep in the morning, the natural light seeping through your eyelids will trigger your brain to slow the production of melatonin (sleep hormone) thus encouraging you to wake up – with much ease I might add. Consistent practice of this will aid in the adjustment of your “natural clock” making it easier and easier over time to wake up.

2. Change Your Alarm Sounds Frequently

Have you ever had a dream in which a fire alarm or car horn goes off and won’t stop, only to wake up and realize that it was your alarm clock all along? Well, you are not alone. Naturally our brains adapt to repetitive sounds – particularly those we have implemented to wake us from our slumber. So over time, rather than instilling fear and jolting us out of bed, the familiarity of the noise causes the alarm to lose its effectiveness.

My suggested solution to this is simple – switch up your sounds, scare yourself, and get the heck out of bed. While there is no set timeframe for how frequently you need to change your alarm, whenever you begin to find it easier and easier to either sleep through the sounds or hit snooze one million times, it is likely a good indicator that it is time for a change. For me, I typically try to switch it up every couple weeks, and set two separate alarms 5 minutes apart – the first calming and gentle and the second much more obnoxious to get me going. Find what works for you.

3. Chug Water

So, you just woke up after sleeping for 7-8 hours. I can guarantee you that your body is going to be dehydrated, which is why I like to start each day by chugging 1L of water. Now, you can chug back just any ole plain water or if you’re feeling adventurous you can try my Morning Elixir.

  • 2 slices of Lemon
  • 2 slices of Fresh Ginger
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Whole Chia Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother*
  • 1 tsp Raw Honey**
  • 2 cups of Water

* the “Mother” refers to gut-friendly enzymes, bacteria, and proteins – without the mother the health benefits are non-existent.

** raw honey contains numerous vitamins and minerals not found in regular honey therefore maintaining all of its anti-viral/anti-fungal properties

This drink proves beneficial for the following reasons and then some…

  1. Improves Your Digestion
  2. Boosts Your Metabolism
  3. Suppresses Your Appetite
  4. Improves Your Skin
  5. Increases Your Energy Levels

Honestly on days where I don’t drink it – my body knows.

4. Do a Face Mask

Many people recommend face masks for the evening. Step 1) Go to sleep with a face mask on. Step 2) Wake up with hydrated skin. Sounds simple enough right? While it may prove effective, for me it proves to be a nuisance and so I have opted for the alternative.

Every morning at 6am as I blindly struggle my way out from under the sheets and stumble to the bathroom, I reach for my Lush Cup O’ Coffee face mask and smear it ever so aesthetically across my face. A coffee scrub mask (whether purchased or homemade like this one here) serves to be effective in the morning for 2 reasons.

  1. The smell of coffee alone acts as a stimulant to the brain, therefore helping you wake up.
  2. The granules work as a mildly abrasive scrub and help to free up any dead skin cells or impurities that accumulated during your beauty rest.

Follow this practice up with a quality moisturizer and DAMN you will not regret this decision.

5. Stretch

Stretching: a simple practice and yet so few of us actually do it. Think you don’t have time for a little morning yoga session? Wrong. Youtube has you covered. Try this video, or search through the hundreds of other “5 minute morning stretching routines”. Stretching out your extremities first thing in the morning will enhance blood flow, increase your alertness, and improve the oxygen flow to all of your tissues – a win, win, win situation one might say.

6. Pick One Thing You Wish to Accomplish

So you’ve thought about incorporating all of the other steps I have mentioned, but are feeling a little overwhelmed.

“These seem too hard” or “It will take too much effort/time”

That is okay. If I can leave you with one last piece of advice, I will at least try to make it easy. In this life everyone is seeking to feel a sense of contribution or purpose; a sense that the things they have done will or have made a difference.

So, I want you each and every morning, to establish one single thing you want to accomplish for that day. Keep your goal simple (i.e. I will go for a 20 minute walk, I will call my Grandma, I will pay my Visa bill, etc.). In doing this and making it something actually attainable, you are setting yourself up for success. You will not only have something to work towards, but you will also have the satisfaction of accomplishing something once it is done. What better feeling is there than that?

 

The key to having a good day is starting off on the right foot. Give yourself the time, and utilize the tools necessary to achieve your own successes.