On my 30th birthday, YOU have the power to help me realize a dream.

September 27th, 2015 is the day I turn 30.

On my 30th birthday, YOU have the power to help me realize a dream.

I have always loved to write. I have kept  journals from the beginning of time, and I share much of my writing publicly on my blog: http://www.carolinejordanfitness.com/blog/

In year 29, I turned my longtime goal of writing a book into a reality: “Balanced Body Breakthrough” is my coaching resource guide to getting your body, mind, and spirit in great shape so you can love your life.

It’s the modern hero’s journey from burnout to balance.

Through my work in wellness, I see so many people struggle to find balance, health, and self-love in their lives. Burnout is a growing epidemic that is making our world sick, tired, and joyless. This book is a source of inspiration, information, encouragement, and support for people suffering from burnout and searching for a solution.

Much of the content is material I present at wellness workshops, speaking engagements, classes, and client sessions. The material has been so helpful and well received, I wanted to put it into one place in order to share it with others.

The introduction is my own personal story, how I recovered from burnout and became the balanced wellness coach I am today.

Chapter one is an in-depth coaching exercise designed to help the reader define their ideal vision of success and set SMART goals to take action steps forward. The following body, mind, and spirit chapters are full of resources, strategies, and tools that can be used individually or together to help you re-set your life.

Think of it like a lifestyle buffet: it allows you to fill your plate with the suggestions and strategies that work for you. I’ll be your coach through the process, asking you questions and guiding you to continue to customize your lifestyle based on your wants and needs.

This book is designed to help the reader beat burnout by personalizing their approach to living well and empowering them to take real action towards achieving their vision of success.

This book will help you:

  • Get clear on what YOU want. Identify your vision of success and ideal healthy lifestyle.
  • Create a plan to take real action towards real results and realize your ideal vision of healthy living in your life.
  • Find the information, strategies, and tools that can support you in personalizing your approach to balanced body living.
  • Beat burnout through a preventative self care plan and healthy habits that work for YOU and your lifestyle.
  • Get the coaching and encouragement you need to take action and create lasting positive change in your life. Leave the yo-yo’s and extreme days behind you and find the feel good life your heart desires.

I believe in this work. I believe it will really help you in your physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.

I am using InkShares to crowdfund and (hopefully) publish this book. If I can get 1,000 book pre-orders within 90 days this dream can become REAL and I can share “Balanced Body Breakthrough” with you.

Here are all the details on how you can support and help me make this dream come true:

What is Inkshares? Inkshares is a book publisher that has readers, not agents or editors, decide what to publish. They publish any work that successfully hits a pre-order threshold on their platform. By “publish” it means that they edit, design, print, distribute, and market books. The Inkshares process is simple: authors pitch, readers pre-order, and they publish. Any author can submit a proposal for a book. Once the project goes live, readers support the project by pre-ordering copies of the book. Readers are charged only when books hit their goal. Once the pre-order threshold is hit, Inkshares starts publishing: they assign authors an editor, a designer, and they handle all aspects of printing, distribution, and marketing once the manuscript is finished.

Why not just self-publish Caroline? Self-publishing places the burden of editorial, design, production, distribution, and marketing on the author. For many authors (myself included) this is a daunting task.  For authors who want the services provided by a traditional publisher—including marketing and distribution into physical bookstores—but with higher royalties and direct reader engagement, Inkshares is one of the best options for publishing a high-quality book that is competitive in the marketplace.

How is this different than Kickstarter or Indiegogo?

Sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Patreon provide stand-alone crowdfunding platforms without publishing support. Once an author raises funds on these sites they have to figure out production, distribution, and marketing on their own. With Inkshares, authors can focus on their writing while we handle the logistics of producing, distributing, and marketing their work.

How Can YOU help? My manuscript is written and ready to be turned into a book. I’ve set up a pre-order campaign through Inkshares. In order to publish this book I need to get 1,000 copies pre-ordered. That means I need 1,000 readers to buy into my book campaign. If I reach my pre-order goal, InkShares will start the publishing process with me. They will edit, design, print, distribute, and market my book. They will work with me to make this manuscript into a physical product. Then you will receive your copy of the book, “Balanced Body Breakthrough”, the book YOU helped make REAL.

For my 30th birthday I’d like to ask for your support in making this dream a reality. Click here to visit my InkShares page and pre-order your copy of “Balanced Body Breakthrough” today https://www.inkshares.com/projects/balanced-body-breakthrough

Thank you for your time, for reading, and for your support. I would be so grateful if you would share this dream with your friends on Facebooktwitter, or email. I hope to make year #30 the year I publish a book!

In birthday gratitude,

Caroline

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Join Me For Healthy Hour Oct 22nd 6:30-8:30pm Studiomix San Francisco

It often feels like your social and fitness goals are a conflict of interest with each other. You want to spend time with your friends, but usually it is at the expense of your workouts, diet, or sleep. Does it always have to be a struggle between friends vs. health? Is there a way for both priorities to take equal place in your life?
 
Yes. Create the space to enjoy your health goals WITH your social life. Cook healthy meals, go on fitness workout adventures, savor down time that supports both your friendship bond AND enables you to be heathy. Its all about how you choose to spend time with your friends. Combining the social and fitness areas of your life may unlock stronger relationships and a stronger body along with it.
 
Thats why I wanted to host  “Healthy Hour”, an event that creates social fitness as a way to enhance both health and happiness. Many of my closest friendships have come from movement. I have a strong bond with my running buddy, dance friends, and fitness industry colleagues. I believe this is thanks to our time spent enjoying physical workouts and bonding over the effort, endorphins, and sense of accomplishment. If you want them to, your relationships CAN support you in your health goals.
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Thursday, Oct 22, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Studiomix | 1000 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109

Want a way to be social without going to a bar? Come out for a night of fitness fun that wont leave you feeling hungover the next morning. Join Caroline Jordan Fitness for “Healthy Hour”: a community event that brings together energizing workouts, nutritious snacks, fitness fashion, and lifestyle coaching for an experience that will leave you feeling amazing. Get the motivation, inspiration, and support you need to live the healthy life you love. Make a new friend or bond with an old one. This event holds the space to share a meaningful connection through a healthy experience.

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This invigorating event involves:

6:45-7:30pm: Body weight bootcamp. A total body exercise class with all of your fitness favorites: squats, pushups, jumping jacks, ab work, and of course… burpees. Dynamic, functional, all-levels, and feel good style circuit workout. Expect to feel energized and endorphinized!

7:30pm-8:00pm: “Training Positive” Lifestyle coaching conversation with Caroline Jordan and Lululemon athletica. Talk about “finding your tribe” and developing/maintaining positive social relationships. Choose to work through a special lululemon core values exercise to support you having meaningful relationships in your life. Get in on the conversation around the “healthy hour” intention of promoting positive community connection. 

6:30pm-8:30pm Sample healthy treats and fitness fashion from:

ALOHA: https://aloha.com/home
Clearly Kombucha: http://www.clearlykombucha.com/
Vega: http://myvega.com/
Tsu.ya: http://www.tsuyabrand.com/Come out for an evening of movement, fun, community, and inspiration. Meet people who share a passion for healthy living. Make a new friend or strengthen your bond with an old one!

About the venue: Studiomix

Over 30,000 square feet of spacious studios & thoughtful amenities. Studiomix believes that your experience in their space plays a huge role in your ability to meet your health and wellness goals. That’s why they created a space that’s not only functional, but also memorable – like their athletically – inspired Strength Studio, designed for functional movement and results-driven workouts.

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Join me for a night of fitness, fun, community, and inspiration.

Tickets $25 per person. 

Register through MoveWith at: https://www.movewith.com/events/healthy-hour

RSVP on facebook herehttps://www.facebook.com/events/691415664293757/

I would be so grateful if you could help me spread the word about this special event by sharing this post with your friends in SF. The more the merrier and I hope to make a new friend or two October 22. If you cant make it out, you can always subscribe to my channel on YouTube . I post new videos every week to support you in living a healthy, happy life. Its a #trainpositive community online that you can party with anywhere anytime 🙂

Cheers to health, happiness, and a lifetime of beautiful friendships,

Caroline

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Fix Your Neck and Upper Back.

Do you have neck or upper back pain that won’t go away? Read this post with helpful tips on how to fix your neck or upper back pain.

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Photo credit Kuroda Studios 

Do you have nagging neck or upper back pain that won’t seem to go away? Yea, I’ve got a bit of it too. Frustrating! It could be caused by a number of things: tight muscles, weak muscles, stress, muscular imbalance, or maybe the after effects of a tough workout. But the one thing I believe causes it the most? All of our time on TECH.

Think about it. You sit at a desk and work on a computer. As the day goes on and work demands climb, your posture goes out the window. Your phone has become attached to your hand. You constantly text and are addicted to instagram (Im right there with you). You finish extra emails on the commute to work and the corporate shuttle seats cause you to slouch. Looking down at a screen has become a normal thing. You spend 80% of your day with your chin down, shoulders rolled in, and upper back in a dome.

No wonder your neck hurts! Whats the solution? MOVEMENT. A muscle in tension stays in tension until you change its position. Want to get rid of your neck pain? Unplug for a second and move around.

You are not alone. 99% of my corporate clients struggle with nagging pain in their upper back, neck, and shoulders. I want to help you FEEL better. And I promise you: simply taking the time to move will dramatically improve how your body feels.

If you work at a desk and/or spend a lot of time on tech, I’ve got a habit you can create to get rid of upper back and neck pain in your life. Here’s my secret, are you ready to feel better yet?

Movement Program for a Happy Neck and Upper Back: 

    • Do small movements every 40-60 minutes. There are SO many ways to move more without even standing up. The video gives you simple stretches you can do while sitting at your desk to fix your neck and upper back.

    • Do large movements every 90-120 minutes. Get up and walk, take the stairs, march in place… whatever works. Doesn’t need to take more than 5 minutes. Just get your body moving.
    • Use the yoga tune up therapy balls as often as possible to soothe tight muscles and improve mobility. You can use them right at your desk or against your office wall. The video below demonstrates how you can use the yoga tune up therapy balls against a wall to self massage tight upper back and shoulder muscles. There are more video ideas and resources on my YouTube channel.

  • Never go 2 hours without moving. You can do it!
  • Set aside specific times to unplug from your tech and enjoy your life. Its happening outside of the screen 🙂

If you dont make your body a priority it will get really cranky. I believe that if you follow my suggestions above, your upper back and neck will start to feel happy fast. Every week I post a new youtube video to inspire movement wherever you are. Subscribe to my YouTube channel and get videos delivered into your email inbox (for FREE) to motivate you to move more and feel your best. You deserve to feel good and live without pain.

Till next time, keep moving 🙂

Caroline

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Want to build a balanced body? Check out my book, Balanced Body Breakthrough and get your mind, body, and spirit in great shape so you can love your life.

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Companies who live well together work smarter together. I offer corporate wellness consulting and custom corporate wellness programs to support your employees in beating stress, finding health, and maximizing their productivity. My programs are geared towards changing company culture for healthy employees. I drive wellness programs in and out of corporate settings to enhance the health of the community. Clients include: Genentech, Google, Fitbit, Sephora, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Reed Smith LLP, RMC Water & Environment, DDB California, Credit Karma, TaskRabbit, Litekey Technology, and Hines.

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation to discuss ways we can work with together and improve the health of your company, contact me at: carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com

Seasons Change. Fall Inspiration.

I hope this finds you enjoying your Labor Day weekend and soaking in the last of summer. Even though where I live in San Francisco the leaves don’t change colors, I can feel the shift in seasons. Fall is around the corner and change is in the air.

Everything changes, whether you embrace change or not. It’s the only constant in life, but somehow it’s always a challenge. We fight to hold on and we fight to let go. But change isn’t part of the process; it is the process. I believe the more we can learn to let go and embrace change in our lives the more we can evolve in the healthiest way possible. 

Learning to accept change is vital to our happiness and success. As a lover of routine and creature of habit, being open to change its something that I work on constantly. Because only when we change, do we grow, and begin to see a world we never knew was possible.  It’s good to remember that no matter how good or bad a situation is now, it will change.  It’s the one thing you can count on.  So with this new fall season upon us, I want to remind you to embrace change and realize that it happens for a reason.  It won’t always be easy or obvious at first, but in the end it will be worth it.

I believe new opportunities are out there waiting for you.  Nobody gets through life without challenges and tough changes… just as nobody gets through life without losing someone they love, something they need, or something they thought was meant to be.  But it is these changes that make us stronger and eventually move us toward future opportunities.  Embrace these opportunities.  Enter this new season, new relationships, and new situations, knowing that you are venturing into unfamiliar territory.  Be ready to learn, be ready for a challenge, and be ready to experience something or meet someone that just might change your life forever.

There is something very powerful and liberating about surrendering to change and embracing it. Say HELLO to this season and get ready for a world of new things. I want you to know: it’s never too late to live a life that makes you happy. We get one shot in this world and we can make our story great.  Now is your time to be who you are capable of being. There’s no age limit on changing your course. To settle and be stuck in a life that isn’t authentic or doesn’t make you happy is a tragic waste. There’s no perfect time, you can choose to start and stop whenever you want.  You can change or stay the same.  You can make the best or the worst of today.  It’s up to you. So make the best of it.  Do things that scare you.  Feel things you’ve never felt before.  Spend time with people who help you grow.  Live a life you’re proud of.  And if you find that you’re not, have the courage to change your course. Im here to support you 110%.

What changes are you going through right now? What changes do you want to make in your life?  What do you need to let go and move on from? Leave me a comment below and let me know what new changes you’ll be embracing this fall. 

If you liked this post, please share it with your friends on Facebooktwitter, or email. Thanks for your support in sharing the positivity online. More great content is headed your way every week to help you live a happy, healthy life! 

Heres to you: being brave, letting go, and moving forward in living a life you love. 

Caroline

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