Wisdom Tooth Diet. Holistic Healing Tips for Oral Surgery.

Recover fast from wisdom tooth surgery! Read on for my holistic healing tips to help your mouth and jaw feel better.

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Full fridge of wisdom teeth healing foods!

As some of you know, I had my wisdom teeth pulled on January 24th, 2014. I was nervous for the surgery and wanted healing to happen smoothly. Before my extraction date I did my research on every possible holistic health remedy to aid in a quick recovery. With a family full of doctors and many friends fascinated by health, I was able to accumulate a lot of quality information on the subject. I thought Id share the below with you should you ever (god forbid) have to have any sort of surgery. These tips are not to replace the advice of your health care practitioner, so please take your doctor’s advice first on the matter ūüôā The below is meant to help you should you want alternative remedies to just using drugs and ice. Ive included links to my preferred supplements, but always always always read labels to make sure a specific supplement works for you. Take what works for you and feel free to leave the rest. And always always always ask your doctor first!

Holistic Healing Tips for Wisdom Tooth Surgery

Pre- Surgery.

A few supplements both before and after surgery will help you heal faster and detox your liver from the anesthesia.

  • Begin taking milk thistle before surgery, and then continue for a month after (follow label instructions for dosage). This wonderful herb protects, rejuvenates and repairs the liver. General anesthesia and other medications used during and after surgery are exceptionally hard on the liver, so anything you can do to protect this vital organ will be a big plus for your surgery recovery.¬†Nature’s Way Milk Thistle.
  • Increase your zinc intake to 30‚Äď50 mg for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery, using zinc picolinate. Zinc is critical to wound healing, and surgery or trauma can decrease the level of zinc in your body.¬†Solgar Zinc Picolinate Tablets
  • Start taking a probiotic supplement two weeks before surgery, and continue using it for at least a month afterward‚ÄĒor, better yet, indefinitely. Choose a strain that contains acidophilus and bifida bacteria (follow label instructions for dosage). Surgical patients often receive oral or intravenous antibiotics in the hospital, which creates the potential for fungal disorders (including yeast infections), digestive disturbances and diarrhea. A probiotic can help counteract these problems, promoting surgery recovery.¬†Jarrow Formulas Jarro-dophilus EPS
  • It is an excellent idea to use Arnica both before and after surgery. I call this remedy the ‚Äėhomeopathic exception‚Äô because it is one that works for almost every person for the same condition (this is contrary to how homeopathy generally works in that a remedy needs to be prescribed on an individual basis). It works to reduce inflammation and speed healing which in turn helps to relieve some of the pain associated with surgery. It has a particular action on soft tissue and is well known as a remedy for bruising. You can take pellets orally and it is also available as a topical ointment or massage oil for sprains and bruising.¬†Boiron Arnica 30C Pellets

Post Surgery. 

  • Take 250 mg of vitamin B6 twice a day for a week, starting three days after surgery. This nutrient helps reduce post-surgical fluid retention, such as swelling of the face, hands, feet or legs. The swelling usually takes two to four weeks to go down. With B6, you can experience substantial reduction within 24 to 48 hours.¬†Solgar – Vitamin B6
  • To reduce inflammation, take 2,000‚Äď3,000 mg of omega-3 fish oil per day for two weeks after surgery. You can then go to a maintenance dosage of 500‚Äď1,000 mg per day. If fish oil is already part of your daily routine, be sure to stop taking it five days before surgery, since it can promote blood thinning and increase bleeding during surgery.¬†Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Formula
  • Take bromelain on an empty stomach for two weeks after surgery (follow label instructions for dosage). This formidable pineapple enzyme supplement helps prevent blood clots, aids the liver and digestion and decreases inflammation and pain after surgery‚ÄĒall vital to surgery recovery. It also helps to remove protein debris that form at trauma sites.¬†Source Naturals Bromelain
  • Again, another supplement to relieve pain and inflammation is the homeopathic remedy Arnica 30C. Take one pellet four or five times a day for up to two weeks after surgery.

Whenever there are extensive supplement recommendations such as this, people always ask for the top three choices if they couldn‚Äôt‚ÄĒor didn‚Äôt want to‚ÄĒtake everything. In this case, here‚Äôs what is typically recommended at a minimum:

Healing Foods

It doesn‚Äôt matter if you‚Äôve had a joint replaced; a hysterectomy or a bypass operation, the body requires extra nutrients to heal, so focusing on nutrition can mean the difference between bouncing back and a lengthy recovery. It is possible to tweak your diet to enhance recovery from surgery. Virtually all vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and macronutrients like protein, fiber, and essential fatty acids are going to help with the healing process. A low quality diet that has few whole, natural foods is going to work against healing, and a nutrient-dense diet filled with whole, natural foods is going to be supportive. While that’s a very simple and general statement, it’s also a way of remembering that the Healthiest Way of Eating can go a long way in advancing the goal of healing. Foods to help you heal:

  • Some nutrients have taken center stage in the animal research on healing, and these nutrients include vitamin C, flavonoids, vitamin A, protein, and zinc. Rich sources of vitamin C and flavonoids include fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, bell peppers, cauliflower, and berries.
  • Certain amino acids seem to help wounds heal faster, so before‚ÄĒand especially after‚ÄĒsurgery, make sure your meals and snacks feature fish, chicken, eggs (especially the whites), brown rice, walnuts, almonds, and sunflower seeds.
  • Eat high quality protein foods before and after surgery. Foods that contain all of the essential amino acids are need to keep your immune system strong (the last thing you want is to get sick before surgery). After surgery protein-rich foods help wound healing and to make blood cells to replace blood losses from surgery.

Wisdom Tooth Healing recipes

Anti-inflammatory Pain Relief Smoothie.  

Put this on your list of anti-inflammatory recipes! All ingredients help to reduce inflammation in the body, and have a ‚Äúcooling effect‚ÄĚ as well. Pineapple is well known for it‚Äôs famous pain relieving enzyme ‚ÄúBromelain‚ÄĚ which is concentrated in the core of the fruit and has been isolated into supplement form to treat inflammation and pain naturally.

Ingredients:
  • I rib celery
  • I cup cucumber
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 lime wedge peeled
  • 1 cup coconut water

Directions:

Add water or ice if desired. Blend and ENJOY!

Wisdom Tooth Cauliflower Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, break into small pieces
  • 2 shallots chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 gala or fuji apple diced
  • 2 sticks celery chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cups chicken stock or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dash of nutmeg
  • parsley for garnish

Directions:

  1. Saute the shallots, garlic, and celery in 1 T. of olive oil for 1-2 minutes. Add rice and stock. Cook till the rice is cooked and the vegetables are soft. Bring to a boil and add cauliflower and apple.
  2. Puree the soup and adjust the seasonings. If the soup is too thick add a bit more stock. Garnish with parsley.

Healing Organic Chicken Soup with Veggies & Brown Rice Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb chicken, bought at the local farmers market. It comes frozen, with gizzards and all.
  • 1 lb carrots
  • 1 package celery (about 10 stalks, probably a little over a pound)
  • 1/2 lb dry beans or lentils
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled
  • bay leaf, clove of garlic, salt, pepper and other spices (turmeric)
  • 10 oz frozen package of peas or green beans
  • 1 lb dry, whole grain brown rice

Directions:

  1. Wash the whole chicken and chicken parts. Place in 8 or 13-quart soup pot, fill three-quarters full with water and bring to a boil. Add carrots, onion, lentils and sweet potato. Stir in garlic, bay leaf, oregano, and basil.
  2. Simmer covered for 1-1/2 hours. Add celery, beans, peas and parsley and cook for another 45 minutes. Spoon out the chicken bones and skim off some of the grease and fat from the top.
  3. Add Salt and pepper to taste.

Eat, enjoy, and think positive thoughts!

Oral Surgery, Wisdom Tooth removal, or Jaw stiffness can be painful and debilitating. After your wisdom tooth removal surgery or oral surgery, it is helpful to use some effective and easy mouth exercises for faster pain relief. These simple mouth exercises in the video below not only help you reduce the pain, but also decrease the swelling of your jaw and allow for faster recovery.

As ALWAYS check with your doctor and dentist before beginning any exercise routine. You can also ask your dentist for more recommended exercises, but here are some the general ones that are safe to use – even a day after your tooth extraction surgery.

1. Opening and Closing Your Mouth Slowly. The day after the procedure, you will notice when your jaw is still for a while, your muscles will be more swollen and harder to move. This may especially feel more obvious early in the morning, since your mouth hasn’t moved overnight. So to be able to open your mouth and speak or eat more easily, you can practice exercising the muscles gradually.

2. Neck Stretches Side to Side. Gently tilt your head to the side bringing your ear towards your shoulder stretching down the side of your neck. You can add a mouth stretch by opening and closing your mouth while doing this.

3. Sphinx pose. Lay on your belly with your forearms under your torso. Tilt your head up and down while in this position. Stretches your lower back, chest, neck, and jaw.

4. Smiling. Try alternating opening the mouth and smiling to bring movement back to the face, jaw, and mouth. Smiling not only helps you recover faster – it helps you feel better too ūüôā

The best treatment for jaw stiffness from oral surgery is often as simple as doing these jaw exercises. Slow, passive stretching, multiple times a day, has proven to be effective in limiting stiffness, swelling and pain. But when I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed I couldn’t find any suggested exercises to do post surgery to feel better!! So I invented my own. The above exercises are from my personal experience with oral surgery and helped me recover quickly. I highly recommend following these helpful healing moves to maximize the surgery recovery process. Not only will you be able to recuperate faster, so you can get back to the enjoyable task of living each day to your full capability, you’ll also be able to make it through your surgery recovery more easily. I filmed a Youtube video to guide you through this series of wisdom tooth and jaw exercises. Press play and feel better fast with the below.

The above information I have collected from doctors, nutritionists, and friends in the health care field. I highly recommend following these helpful healing tips to maximize the surgery recovery process. Not only will you be able to recuperate faster, so you can get back to the enjoyable task of living each day to your full capability, you’ll also be able to make it through your surgery recovery more easily.

I believe that through quality nutrition, movement, and positive thoughts you CAN heal your life. Here’s wishing us the best of health, now and always.

Caroline

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Winter Workout giveaway! Win a Virtual Active cycling dvd!

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In the Fall of 2013, I partnered with a company called Virtual Active to create virtual cycling workout DVDs. Virtual Active is a San Francisco based media and technology company dedicated to creating a more enjoyable and effective cardio workout experience. It is a first-person, forward-motion video experience guaranteed to enhance your cardio workout.  The programs are designed to be played in front of your treadmill, bike, elliptical, or stepper to give you the feeling you are running, hiking, or cycling through iconic destinations, like the Grand Canyon and the streets of Venice. Shot in some of the most beautiful locations around the world, Virtual Active transports you to iconic trails, roads, cities, and landscapes, turning indoor exercise into an outdoor adventure. Virtual Active guided workouts include helpful instructions from a professional trainer and are  available on DVD and as SD or HD digital downloads that can play on a variety of platforms.

I love being creative and I am passionate about sharing health and wellness with others in every way possible. I was beyond excited for the opportunity to work with such an amazing company and collaborate in making a virtual workout that anyone could enjoy anywhere. My role involved writing the workout script to video footage and acting as the coaching voice in the video. It was a fun project and I truly impressed by the finished product of our hard work. These cycling DVDs are visually stunning and physically challenging! Here is a summary of the cycling DVD series we launched in Winter 2013:

1. New Zealand Bike with Caroline Jordan. New Zealand is one of the earth’s great natural playgrounds. The North Island workout includes urban rides in Auckland and Wellington, as well as mountain biking in Cathedral Cove and Waimangu Valley. The South Island workout includes on and off-road environments that range from dense jungles to barren glacial plains. I am the trainer through both of these challenging thirty-five and fifty-five minute programs.

Destinations Include:

  • Auckland, Auckland
  • Fiordland National Park, Southland
  • Historic Skippers Road, Otago
  • Kahurangi National Park, West Coast
  • Lake Wakatipu, Otago
  • Mount Aspiring National Park, West Coast
  • Westland Tai Poutini National Park, West Coast
  • Cathedral Cove Recreation Reserve, Waikato
  • Coromandel Forest Park, Waikato
  • Taupo, Waikato
  • Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Waikato
  • Wellington, Wellington

2. British Columbia with Buddy Machua. British Columbia is a magnet for adventure travelers. Vancouver and the Sea-to-Sky corridor set the stage for a dynamic mix of urban, trail, and highway rides along the B.C. coast. Off-road climbing will test your legs in the fantastic national parks of the Canadian Rockies. Trainer Buddy Machua leads challenging thirty-five and fifty-five minute programs.

Destinations Include:

  • Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, British Columbia
  • Cypress Provincial Park, British Columbia
  • Glacier National Park, British Columbia
  • Kootenay National Park, British Columbia
  • Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia
  • Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • Port Alberni, British Columbia
  • Sea-to-Sky Corridor, British Columbia
  • Squamish, British Columbia
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Yoho National Park, British Columbia

3. American Northeast Bike with Jet Noir. Fiery fall colors provide a picturesque setting for cycling. Acadia National Park highlights a seaside tour of Maine, while the Northeastern Fall ride weaves through vibrant back country roads en route to Niagara Falls. Trainer Jet Noir leads challenging thirty-five and fifty-five minute programs.

Destinations Include:

  • Acadia National Park, Maine
  • Coastal Maine
  • Portland, Maine
  • Mount Washington State Park, New Hampshire
  • Rural New Hampshire
  • Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • Rural Vermont

4. Alberta Bike with Jen Revelli. Canada’s Alberta province is home to some of North America’s most diverse scenery. Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies offers majestic peaks, wildlife encounters, and serene turquoise lakes. Dinosaur Provincial Park invites you to explore Alberta’s fossil rich badlands. Trainer Jen Revelli leads challenging thirty-five and fifty-five minute programs.

Destinations Include:

  • Banff National Park, Alberta
  • Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta

 

Each workout is unique, purposeful, and will wow your body and mind with spectacular views. Want to try one for yourself?!? ENTER my Winter Workout giveaway and win a Virtual Active cycling dvd! Each individual DVD includes two invigorating workouts, a 30 minute and a 55 minute, filmed in breath taking scenery. Winning is simple, here’s all you need to do:

WIN a Virtual Active Cycling DVD Guidelines:

  1. Subscribe to my Caroline Jordan Fitness facebook page, the Virtual Active facebook page, and Caroline Jordan Fitness YouTube Channel.
  2. Choose a favorite Caroline Jordan youtube video. You’ve got over 100 to pick from!
  3. SHARE what you like about the youtube video with your friends on your facebook page. Tag @Caroline Jordan Fitness fan page in your post. BONUS if you tag the @Virtual Active page as well!¬† Here is an example, “This 8 minute @Caroline Jordan Fitness youtube stretching video is my favorite way to cool down from a workout. I want to try a @Virtual active cycling DVD and enjoy another virtual workout with Caroline!”
  4. 8 winners will be selected by Sunday January 26th. I will be sending you your cycling workout present – cant wait to share these bike rides with you!

I am¬† excited to host this giveaway and share these incredible workouts with my community. GOOD LUCK to you all! Looking forward to our next workout in person or virtually together ūüôā

Caroline

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How to Keep a New Years Resolution

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It’s January and New Years Resolution Season is in full force. Large bucket lists, extreme makeovers, ambitious personal or professional goals.¬†Setting resolutions can be fun and inspiring, and I’m ALL for creating powerful visions that promote positive actions. Many people are with me, about 45 percent of Americans set goals starting in January.¬†But for all the good intentions, only a tiny fraction of us keep our commitments.¬†According to the¬†Journal of Clinical Psychology¬†study¬†54 percent give up on their resolutions within six months — and only 8 percent ultimately succeed by the end of the year. Setting a goal you don’t plan on keeping actually backfires on your long-term health, happiness, and success. Want to set a goal you can keep and feel good about it in the process? Read on for my suggestions on succeeding with New Years Resolutions and honoring a promise to yourself.

Caroline’s Guide On Keeping a New Years Resolution¬†

First lets take a look at Common Resolution Pitfalls. Knowing these obstacles will help you create strategies to overcome them and accomplish your goals. 

  1. Being vague about what you want
  2. Not making a serious commitment
  3. Procrastinating and excuse-making
  4. Unwillingness to go through the awkward phase
  5. Not setting up a tracking and reminder system
  6. Expecting perfection, falling into guilt, shame, regret
  7. Trying to go at it alone
  8. Telling yourself self-limiting belief stories
  9. Not having backup plans
  10. Turning slip-ups to give-ups

Overcome the above pitfalls with these Resolution Success Strategies

Make your goal Non-negotiable.¬†Make a promise yourself that you are absolutely without question going to do. When you do it, where you do it, how you do it can, and will most likely change according to circumstances (aka life). But that you will do it is not open for consideration. Call it a vow, a promise, a pledge, a commitment. Whatever you name it, making it choiceless is a tool for overcoming backsliding after your initial enthusiasm fades. You don’t negotiate with yourself about brushing your teeth. You just do it. I bet you honor your commitments to other people too. Treat yourself equally as well . Make your resolution a nonnegotionable commitment in your life.

Make it Actionable. Is your goal concrete enough? Many of us fail because we havent turned our goals into somthing to actually do. Yesterday a client told me she was going to focus more on herself and less on her job. “How are you going to put that into action?” I asked. There was silence on her end. Recently here are some resolutions I have heard, “to have more energy” “to learn to relax” “to make better decisions” “to say no more” “to have more balance”. There is nothing wrong with these desires. But they must be translated into actions. Actions tell you how you are going to do something. “I’m going to go to bed an hour earlier and exercise 30 minutes daily to have more energy.” “I’m going to spend three hours a week relaxing and reading on the couch.” To succeed, you must know what specific, realistic actions you are going to take.

Make a powerful visual reminder. ¬†One thing I find extremely effective in setting goals that have lasting power is creating a vision board.¬†¬†Creating vision boards is considered by many to be a vital step on the road to success. Since positive, focused thinking is the key to achieving goals,¬†pinpointing what those goals are and having something tangible to symbolize them is an essential part of the process. Vision boards remind us what we should and should not be doing in order to achieve our goals. The images and phrases that make the board should represent the highest priorities in your life. It reinforces what you truly want and helps keep you on track in living it. It’s easy to do and a powerful tool, click here to read more on how to make your own goal vision board.¬†

Come up with Solutions for your usual Excuses. What is your usual litany of excuses and rationalizations? One way to think about this is to ask yourself what has gotten in your way in the past when you have tried to keep this resolution or any other. Forgetting? No time? Losing interest? Not knowing where to begin? And what are the rationalizations you give yourself when you gave up in the past? It doesn’t matter? It’s not that bad? It’s too hard? Instead of just hoping it will be different this time, write down your typical excuses and rationalizations and create strategies in advance for dealing with them. That way you wont get stopped in your tracks and lose forward momentum when they arise. And yes, they will! Because of the way our brains are wired we have a strong tendency to repeat behavior over and over. So think ahead, come prepared, and beat your brain at the excuses game.

Build a strong support network. They say you are most like the 5 people you surround yourself with. Its true, your community, co-workers, friends, and family have the biggest impact on¬†whether or not you succeed at your goals. Build a strong support network by 1. Communicating your goals to your network and asking them to support you and 2. Choosing to surround yourself with people who have a positive impact on your lifestyle and goals.¬†STAY¬†CONNECTED¬†to these people, its important to have a team cheering for you! No one can succeed solo ūüôā

Set a deadline.¬†Business coach, Mike R. Jay claims that 60 percent of the population is “pressure promoted”, as it’s called on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. It’s a preference, usually labeled as procrastination, for taking in information for as long as possible before being forced into action by some external deadline. The other 40 % are “early starters”, who prefer to get the ball rolling and avoid pressure. If you fall into the pressure-promted majority, find a deadline that will help you get into motion – a reunion, a vacation, a wedding, a performance. One would-be dieter and exerciser finally got off the starting line when she booked her trip to Hawaii, which required her to wear a swimsuit with her boyfriend. Another man finished his Ph.D thesis, which had been lagging for years, when he got a job that required it’s completion. To work most effectively, the deadline must be real and come from the outside. Pressure prompters tend to blow off self created deadlines.

Schedule it in. Fail to plan and you plan to fail. People who succeed make time for their goals within their schedule. Put it into your day planner and treat your commitment like an important appointment with a client. Otherwise it’s too easy to schedule all your time away with other things. Want to write every day? Block it in your calendar. Want to start looking for a date on Match.com ? Schedule it. Make a specific, time-bound appointment with yourself and you’ll be much more likely to follow through.

Do it Daily.¬†Someone asked the Dali Lama to describe in one word the secret to living a healthy life. His answer? “Routines”. Bad habits imprision us; good ones bring us closer to our hearts desire. The more you make what you want a part of your everyday life, the more it will become so routine that soon you won’t even have to think about it. If you want to have more work/life balance, for instance, find a way to do a little something each day: leave the office half and hour earlier, take a walk with the family after dnner, read a novel before bed.

Track Your Behavior. Research shows that when you monitor your behavior and track your outcomes, you’re more likely to be motivated and perform. That’s because tracking is a key to self-regulation, the capacity to do what it is you say you want to. Monitoring can take the form of a food journal, NIKE fuel band, smart phone application, anything that helps you track your activity and progress overtime. Check out a list of some of my favorite smart phone apps here for health, fitness, and wellness.¬†One of my favorite life guru’s Tim Ferris, advises people to track their food intake using the “Flash Diet” in which they simply take photos of everything they eat/drink. This tracking is highly effective as it builds immediate awareness regarding caloric intake. You can track your progress in any modality you’d like, the important part is just to TRACK it!¬†

Keep things in perspective, Focus on the Big Picture.¬†¬†Look at how far you have come, not how far you have left to go. Some call this the horizon effect. It creates encouragement (“I’ve done twice as much as I did two weeks ago!”) and builds determination (“I’ve made it this far; I might as well keep going”). Focus on the ten pouds you did lose, the closet you managed to clean; the thousand dollar debt you’ve deleted; the evening you carved out for yourself. Don’t forget to ask yourself how much you’ve accomplished the task so far, so you can mine you success for ideas on how to keep going.

Take it one choice, one day at a time. When we think about changing something in ourselves, it can feel overwhelming. But in truth, our entire lives are constructed of the minute-by-minute choices we’re making, many of which we are not even aware of. “An unconscious choice is a reaction…. A conscious choice is a response.” Bring your own choices into your consciousness. If you’re having trouble sticking to your resolution for a day, try this practice: when you’re doing the bad old habit, stop and say, “I’m choosing to…” (eat this brownie, not work out, stay in the office to finish this project, blow up at my husband, look at my¬†Facebook rather than clean my apartment, etc.). Do ¬†you like yourself when you make this choice? You can choose differently, moment to moment. The next day, make the positive choice visible to yourself: I’m choosing to eat a healthy breakfast; I’m choosing to leave the office on time; I’m choosing to work out; I’m choosing to work on this project now vs. the night before the deadline; I’m choosing to take a few deep breaths before speaking. The more you focus on the positive choice you CAN make this very day, without worrying about forever, the more you will live yourself into the new desired habit.

Find Someone Who’s Doing what you want to be doing and copy! When it comes to changing human behavior, there’s nothing that beats a good old fashioned role models. Babies learn by intimidation, why shouldn’t adults? Who do you know that is good at what you want to learn? What do they do that you don’t? The more intentionally you watch those who are living with the habit that you desire, the more examples you have to draw on when you are by yourself. ¬†Watch and learn – and don’t be afraid to ask questions. “How do you get your work done and still have time for your family?”, “Teach me your dating secrets.”, “What makes you so good at taking risks?” Most people love to teach when given the opportunity.

Walk the Talk – Teach it to Someone Else. A great way to really cement a new habit is to become a mentor to someone else. Teaching can help reinforce the positive impact of the habit you are committed to keeping in your life. One crucial tip for making this as effective as possible – whatever you suggest to someone else, practice it yourself. In other words, be sure to take your own advice on the topic. Its a way to really walk the walk!

Treat yourself with Kindness and Compassion. Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress. You get there a little bit at a time, not all at once. Keep doing the best you can. We all mess up or forget. When we do, our task is to hold ourselves in love. You and I are human beings dealing with the challenges of growth. When we treat ourselves with kindness, we don’t collapse into shame or guilt. Instead we are empowered to try again with greater wisdom from our fall.

“To exist is to change; to change is to mature; to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly”. Yup thats exactly how it works. You set out to do something new, like learn how to strength train, or volunteer at a group kitchen, or enjoy life more and something bigger happens along the way. You become more aware of yourself – how you get in your own way, how you get unstuck, how you sustain momentum. And because how you do anything is how you do everything, what you learn applies not only to strength training or volunteering but to everything in your life. You now know much more about how you tick, what motivates and discourages you, and what inner qualities you have available to apply to any situation.

When we set out to keep a New Years Resolution, change a habit, or bring a dream into being, ultimately we are involved in a bigger act of conscious self-creation. Rather than being stuck with the way we are now, we can actually choose the habits of the mind and the qualities of the soul we wish to be. We can consciously choose the behaviors and skills we wish to learn, the life we wish to have, and follow through to a successful conclusion. Not perfectly, not always – because we all come with a lot of baggage and life isn’t always kind of fair – but to a much greater degree than we could before because we’ve had an experience of success to draw on. In these ways, creating a new habit brings us to precious spiritual gifts: hope – that our future will be brighter than today through the efforts we make – and faith: that we can bring into being more of what we desire in ourselves and in our lives. What more do we need to weave a life of meaning, purpose, and beauty?

Each of us has the opportunity to change and grow till our very last breath. Keep going. Keep growing. Keep creating. Keep being YOU ūüôā

Caroline

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Happy 2014, #yearofpassion !

I am so excited for 2014. A New Year is one of my favorite things to celebrate. Its the perfect time to reflect, goal set, and create a powerful and positive intention for the year ahead.

2014 for me is all about living with passion and making time for the things that light up my life with energy, enthusiasm, purpose, and joy. Of course I have made a vision board full of goals and positive intentions for the new year. With a clear vision I am ready to take on 2014 with passion.

Zoom into what you truly love to do and make time to actually do it. And live with some gusto. Isnt that what life is about after all? With this new theme of passion I am amazed by the energy I am finding simply by focusing on the things I love. I believe what you focus on expands. Focus on your problems and you’ll get more problems. Focus on your passions and you’ll find positive outcomes.

If you are going to work on New years resolutions, why not make them pursuits that lift your spirits? After all, “Work” is the transfer of energy. I like to transfer my energy into something creative and inspiring. I believe that powerful visions inspire positive actions that can create positive outcomes (and change the world at the same time).¬† You have to follow your heart or it will forever remind you that something is missing. The world is your playground, not your prison. You are responsible for the talents that have been entrusted to you. What you do every day is more important than what you do every once in a while. Work on what you love and share it with the world. When you do what you love every day and you get up excited for what you do, it is good for everyone around you. Have a vision to strive for.¬† Dream, create, inspire. What you make is important, serve others with purpose and focus. Do it with all your heart.

“Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.” 2014 is the #yearofpassion , won’t you join me in living with your whole heart??

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Im so excited to share a beautiful new year with you. Strengthen your passion by taking action, join me for the journey and live the #yearofpassion with me! 2014 is going to be full of love, laughter, and light.

With all my heart,

Caroline

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