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SOMETIMES DOING NOTHING IS THE MOST PRODUCTIVE THING TO DO

Hi friends!  With The Soul Connection Series coming up, I really want to share about something that has been on my mind a lot lately.  That is, sometimes doing nothing is the most productive thing you can do.  Before you're like "Jen, that makes no sense," stay with me.  

We live in a fast paced world constantly wanting things to be quicker and more efficient, and where we want instant gratification all of the time.  Am I right?  Trust me when I say that I am as patient as a saint in most circumstances, but heaven forbid the WIFI is slow.  

I've written about slowing down, and different ways of getting to that level of calm, but sometimes, you're human and just can't.  And you know what?  That's totally okay.  I'm here to encourage you to give yourself permission to literally do nothing every once in a while.  

As I already mentioned, sometimes doing nothing is the most productive thing you can do.  I can speak for myself that when I am constantly being pulled in 20 different directions and multi-tasking like crazy, then chances are something (or everything) is going to suffer at some degree.  Stretching ourselves too thin is non-productive in itself.  

So, I challenged myself over the last few weeks is to periodically schedule nothing (I've been doing this about once a week).  That means, no appointments, no client sessions, no dinners with friends, no exercise class, no going to the movies, no grocery shopping, nothing.  THEN, I check-in with myself on those days and say "Since you have nothing planned today, what feels like the most productive thing you can do?"  (I encourage you to check-in with yourself daily, but this is different since you have nothing planned.)  Also, it needs to be said that sometimes laying on the couch watching Netflix all day IS the most productive thing you can do.  Rest is vital.  For example, I scheduled nothing yesterday, and this was my day: make breakfast at home for Greg, Kanan and I, go on a 3 mile walk at the beach, go out to lunner (like 4pm), head to TJ's, prep a few food items to make my week easier, paint my nails, watched a few shows on Netflix, and have mini-rest sessions between all of that.  Sounds like a lot right? Well, it felt like nothing since after each thing I did I checked in with myself and said, "You don't have to do anything else today, so what sounds good to next."  

My encouragement to you is to allow yourself permission to just be.  To check in with your mind, body, and spirit and see what she needs.  To do nothing every once in a while because it is good for your soul.

If you feel called to deepen your relationship with yourself in a fun, relaxed atmosphere, sign-up to be on the list for The Soul Connection Series.  Enrollment starts soon! 

xo. Jen

ST. PADDY'S DAY, REST, + A GREEN SMOOTHIE

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Happy St. Patrick's Day, beauties!  Are you all wearing green today, or should I jump through the screen and pinch you?  :)  The quote above is one that my Grandmother always had in her kitchen, and I love it so much. I took the last several days off from blogging to recuperate and heal, and I sure did miss it!  On the bright side, I am on the mend, and I really appreciated and honored the time I took/am still taking to heal my body.  I realized that I hadn't had a cold in almost two years, and it had me contemplating why (not that I'm complaining).  Yes, I eat well, drink lots of water, exercise, get enough sleep, and live an all-around healthy and positive lifestyle, but I don't think that's all there is to it.  Do you?

The busyness of life in general plays a huge part of many of our lives, and sometimes we may feel there isn't anything we can do about it, right?  What got me thinking was how often I just stop what I am doing, pause, and breathe.  I am not boasting about this, but over the years I have learned to just chill.  Easier said than done, yes?  Well, you're right!  It took me so long to just relax, breathe, and hit the pause button.  If I have several things on my plate, and actually notice that I am turning into a big stress-ball, I literally stop what I am doing, close my eyes, breathe, and center myself.  If I am able, I will just lay down and rest.  My friends, REST IS VITAL!  This will not only help keep your mind healthy, but your body, too!  For me, this translates to less sick days, and more play days!  Yay!

So, if ever you feel like you're juggling 17 tennis balls, set them to the side, breathe, and hit the re-set button.  I promise, whatever is supposed to get done, will always get done.  Ahhh...

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Now, onto a fun, refreshing green smoothie, that is PERFECT for St. Patrick's Day!

Tropical Green Smoothie, serves 2

1 huge handful of kale, chopped 2 huge handfuls of baby spinach 1 1/2 c. frozen pineapple, chopped 1 1/2. c. almond milk 10 ice cubes 1/8 c. hemp seeds

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Simply blend all ingredients together, top with a few more hemp seeds, and enjoy!  Doesn't that look amazing?  Also, it's green, so if you walk around with it, you won't get pinched!  :)

xo.  Jen