Holidays

WELCOME 2016!

photo 5Happy New Year, beauties!  How is 2016 going for you so far?  If I could describe the start of my year in a few words, it would be purposeful and cozy.  I spent lots of time at home with my boys...reading, relaxing, organizing, PLANNING (with my new Danielle LaPorte planner, which I loveeee), creating a vision board (more on that later), and just doing whatever felt good to us.  It was great! Over the weekend we saw family for a short time, and that was also really fun.  While with them, we wandered around, and during that time I stumbled across this giant phrase printed on the ground in one of my favorite shops.   YOU ARE EXACTLY WHERE YOU NEED TO BE.  Ahh...this was so perfect for me, and exactly what I needed to hear at the start of a brand new year!  Does anyone else connect with this statement, too?

Do you ever feel like at times you are needing to do something else, or be someone different? Maybe it's eating a specific type of diet, making more money at work, losing weight, looking a certain way,  gaining more Instagram followers, or something else?  Whatever it is, I'm giving you all the opportunity to step back, and look at the situation differently.  When I did that, this is what came up for me: worry less, do more of what feels good, stop comparing myself to others, and go into all situations with a loving, grateful heart.  Those statements feel much more authentic, and also much more in the moment, rather than needing to be something else.

If you'd like to share, I'd love to hear what came up for you?  Also, if I can be of support to you in any way, please reach out for a complimentary consultation.  I'd love to connect and chat with you!

Sending you all lots of love for a beautiful 2016!

xo.  Jen

INTENTIONS FOR 2016

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Ahh...is anyone else still out of their routine from the holidays? Plus, with New Years in a few days, I feel like it may take a few extra days to recoup.  I'm totally okay with that though.  More time to focus on gentle self-care.  My fave!  Side note: was 2015 the quickest year yet?  Geesh! pexels-photo-12233-largeWith the new year upon us lots of folks like to set resolutions they want to attain for the upcoming year.  I really don't think anyone has ill-intent, in fact it is usually the opposite, when setting these said goals, but for me, they often seem super strict, and semi-unattainable.  Hear me out as to why...we (and I say WE because in the past I have sooooo been there) put so much pressure on ourselves to lose those 5 10 15 pounds, or get that super awesome promotion, or whatever.  Then, the moment we eat that donut, or make a simple mistake at the office, all goes out the window.  Doesn't seem very gentle or fair, now does it?

Instead, I like to look at the new year with intention.  What feels good to me?  Is there something that needs to be released?  What kinds of food and exercise bring me joy, rather than make me feel restricted?  Is there an area where I need to hold myself accountable?  Also, and this one is huge, if you skip over something, or don't make something happen, this is completely okay.   Be gentle on yourself, and know that everything unfolds exactly how it is supposed to.

coffee-cup-desk-pen-largeLast year I shared my list of intentions for 2015, and this was really fun for me.  Below is my list of intentions for 2016.  You'll notice that nothing is super specific, and this was on purpose. Normally, I find joy in the details (and still do), but this year, I am really going to try to focus on the broad picture and see what happens.  Right now, that feels good to me.  Again, I'm also allowing myself permission to change at any point in time.

Intentions for 2016Do you have any intentions for 2016?  Any rituals or things you like to do to start off the new year?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

xo.  Jen

P.S.  I haven't decided if I am going to post on Friday (New Years day), or wait until Monday.  You'll have to check in and see!

HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY: WEEK 4 + WEEK 3 WINNER

41bA1y9si6LGood morning!  I hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend!  I am still easing back into the swing of things, but for today, I am here to announce the winner of the Holiday Giveaway for Week 3!  Congrats to Amelia L.!  I will be contacting you shortly to ship you your Himalayan Sea Salt Lamp. newFor my final holiday giveaway, I am raffling off a super sweet journal.  I received this journal for Christmas, and I LOVE it!  It is called Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel.  Sounds lovely right?  Plus, the artwork is gorgeous!  Enter below for a chance to win!

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Best of luck, and I will see you all on Wednesday!

xo.  Jen

PRACTICING COMPASSION

gift-present-christmas-xmas-largeHi friends!  It's almost Christmas, can you believe it?  I am definitely in the holiday spirit, and can't wait to spend lots of quality time with family and friends. Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, this post is something that I think everyone can relate to.  The topic of compassion has been on my heart a lot lately, and keeps reoccurring, so I thought I'd share some thoughts on it.

I'm not sure if it's the holidays or maybe the gloomy weather, but I find that I'm being hardest on myself the most (isn't that usually the case though?).   For example, last week I had a complete breakdown, filled with tears and snot (TMI?), because I felt guilt ridden for buying gifts for my family, instead of donating to the Syrian refugees.  Then, a few days ago I had another meltdown because I made a mistake that caused me to lose money (which could have gone to a number of charities).  Don't get me wrong, I am all for "feeling the feelings," but I was being wayyy too hard on myself.  Like royally beating myself up!

Compassion affirmationThe day after meltdown number two, I was still feeling off, but at least felt a bit more level headed.  I decided to deepen the practice of what I teach and share with my clients: self-compassion!  Rather than thinking of compassion as pity, I like to think of it as extra kindness, care, and love.  Couldn't everyone use a bit more of that?  I gave myself an internal hug, practiced some self-care, and was extra gentle with myself.  After-all, I deserve to treat myself with just as much loving kindness as I would treat others.

So, my invitation to you, is to extend that compassion.  Whether it is to yourself, to crazy holiday drivers, or to anyone else experiencing tragedy.  Spread kindness, express joy, and be love.

Happy Holidays, and may you all have a wonderful time being compassionate!

xo.  Jen

P.S. I am taking this Friday (Christmas Day) off from blogging to spend time with family.  I will see you the following Monday.  xo.

 

 

FAVORITE MOMENTS OF 2015

Hi friends!  Can you believe 2015 is already coming to a close?  I am still in disbelief with how quickly the year zoomed by.  Seems sort of surreal.  Anyone feel the same way? Last year around this time I shared my Favorite Moments of 2014, and it feels really special to look back on those blessed times with a super grateful heart.  Keeping with tradition, here is a recap of a few of my favorites from this year!

faveStarting & growing my business 

Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart.  It takes a lot of hard work and patience, and will always be a learning process.  I am grateful for this opportunity, and also proud of myself for taking such a big leap.  It wasn't easy, but it's so worth it!

Consistently writing here on The HHB

I am SO grateful to my readers, and to everyone that brings be inspiration!  Consistently writing and showing up here on The HHB has been such a gift, and it's amazing to see how everything has unfolded (and will continue to unfold).

photo 3 (2)Surprise Birthday Party

Greg, Emma, and other family and friends threw me a surprise birthday party this year, and I was SHOCKED (like many expletives shocked, haha).  It was so sweet of them, and one of the best nights of the year!

10653772_10153291012628894_5987745717293918433_nNYC 

Such a fun biz/girls trip with Paige and Sim to one of my favorite cities!  We learned a lot, connected with each other, and had so much fun!

Moving from Ventura to Pasadena

I'll be honest and say that for several months this was quite a challenge for me.  I missed my community of support so much, and felt like a part of me was missing.  Now, I still miss everyone, but it's getting better with time, and I am learning to embrace my new town.  I'm grateful for this opportunity, and even more grateful that Greg and I are doing it as a team.

photo 4 Renewing Mom and Dad's vows

This was such a special moment for me!  I renewed my parents vows for their 30th anniversary. So much fun, and so much love!

11143666_10153460868293894_8326544685341105861_n4th of July in Mammoth with family

This is becoming an annual family trip, and I couldn't enjoy it more.  It is one of my most fond memories of the year, and I just love the relationship I have with my family.

photoReceiving my Spiritual Practitioner license

Holy smokes!  This was deep, meaningful, and super special four year program that came to a close this year.  I am really proud of myself for earning my Spiritual Practitioner license, and love incorporating it into my work.

Graduating from IIN

YAY!  IIN was a fabulous program, and the knowledge and skills I received were life changing. PLUS, this catapulted my health coaching business, where I am able to work with the most amazing clients!

photo 3Adopting Charlie

I have to say that adopting Charlie as part of our little family was definitely in the top, if not the greatest moment of 2015.  When we brought him home, I thought we were helping him, and while we were, he helped us (me in particular) more than I thought possible, and I am so grateful for that.  He is such a sweet soul, and we just love him so much.

Cruise with Greg

Greg and I went on the most relaxing cruise in November, and it was great!  It really recharged both of us, and was a great self/relationship-care trip.  Love my man!

light-person-woman-fire-largeThis year was full of love, self-care, connection, challenge, and lots of opportunities for growth. I had a million amazing moments, and these were just a few.  I feel SO very blessed, and am thrilled for the upcoming year.

In the next few weeks I will be discussing intention, and a few specific ways that we can focus in on our desires and goals in a meaningful way, that is individual to each of us.  How does that sound?  If you have any other questions or topics that you would like me to discuss (specifically surrounding the new year, or beyond), let me know!

Hope you all have a fantastic day, and I'll see you on Wednesday!

xo.  Jen