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What is My Theme for 2017? Healing.

I set an intention with a “theme” for each New Year. I believe this sets a strong, powerful intention for a desired outcome and allows you to stay consistent in taking action towards a year congruent with that theme. 2012 (“The Year of Self Love”) and 2013 (“The Year of Yes”) have been favorites so far.

What’s my theme for 2017?

Healing.

In the middle of 2016, I was sidelined with a serious foot injury that took me out of my life. Up until that point I was happy running around San Francisco doing as much as possible all at the same time. But this? This was a big large stop sign. It forced me to sit, feel, deal, and re-evaluate things. The only way out was through. I had a choice: shut it out and wallow in self pity, or open up and receive it.

I chose to open.

When you can’t go out, you go within. The journey has been everything (#allthefeels) and despite all the not so fun parts, I feel more alive than ever before. It has been one of the most transformative times of my life.

I’ve been thinking a lot about healing. Each one of us has trauma to heal, loss to mourn, hurts to forgive, or pain to let go of. Sometimes our pain manifests in the physical self and other times it takes form in ways that are not so obvious. As hard as it’s been, I am so grateful my foot pressed pause on my life and asked me to look at how I was moving through it. I needed to slow down, to work on myself, to heal past hurts that prevented me from being my best.

Moving into 2017 the journey continues. I am not in a rush, healing takes time (and I’m pretty sure it’s something that is never really done). Taking the time to generously nourish the body, mind, and spirit is one incredibly hard yet rewarding process. But the cool part? You FEEL results. From all of your efforts, you experience lightness, freedom, and expansiveness in your life and heart.

The process begins with one simple move: opening to what is. The photo above is how I feel going into 2017, empowered from my results and open to receive whatever the Universe has for me next. I believe life gives us great challenges to remind us that we’re alive (what a gift!) and that there is pleasure, and joy, and beauty, and so much room to expand into. And that yes, this journey, this life, is worth it.

 

All we have to do is open up to what is. The rest will take care of itself.

What is your theme for 2017? Have you ever focused on healing your mind, body, spirit? What do you do to heal? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Thank you for being a part of my journey – here’s to a year full of healing.

With love and light,

Caroline

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Life from 30 to 31

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Today I am 31.

Some people don’t like birthdays. They worry about getting older or whatever it may be. Me? Im the opposite. I see celebrating a birthday as a success. Like, “Look! You’ve made it to another year! Congrats!”. Life is hard. The fact that I’ve lived to 31 is something to celebrate. 

This has been a year of massive emotional progress and self-mastery on a whole new level. I am a completely different person than I was this time last year, and I still have such a long way to go. It’s been quite the year. Here are a few things I’ve learned:

  • Eat as many vegetables as possible. Color your diet. Watch the sugar. But really…. watch the sugar! 
  • Health and happiness trump money and success. 
  • Plan for the future but don’t live in it.
  • Slow down. Look around. Enjoy the moments. There is no rush. 
  • Be a student of life. Never, ever, ever stop learning. 
  • Happiness isn’t found in reaching any goal or achievement. It is found in the present moment. It is found where you are right now. 
  • Love people. Enjoy the sunsets. Watch the fireworks. Swim in the ocean. Laugh until you cry. Eat the chocolate. Do all the little things that bring you joy. Savor it (every second of it). 
  • You have enough time for everything that matters in your life. 
  • If you don’t risk anything, you risk everything. 
  • Stop spending your time trying to explain yourself to people who are committed to misunderstanding you. 
  • Be yourself and be true to yourself. If you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.
  • If you want to do it then you should. Life isn’t going to wait for you. Do it now. 
  • Life can be really really hard and shitty at times. You’ll be handed things you think you can’t handle and challenges that stretch you in every way possible.  You can either let it destroy you or let it strengthen you. Choose to transcend and grow. Allow your struggles to bring more meaning to every moment in your life.  
  • Your face will change. Your body will change. The only kind of beauty that endures is the kind that lives in your heart. 
  • Stepping onto a brand new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation that no longer fits, or no longer exists.
  • Judge less, love more. Everyone you meet has a story. Encourage others and be kind. It’s a really easy way to make the world a better place.
  • Work hard. Rest well. Learn to disconnect. Engage in self-care. In the marathon of life, the key is learning to be mindful & pace yourself.
  • Be the type of person you want to meet and be around. Seek to be a person of value not just success. You were born with the ability to change someone’s life. Don’t ever waste it. Be kind. Be present. Be someone who makes a difference
  • Everything in life is temporary. Life changes every second and so can you. 
  • Mental and spiritual fitness is THE essential ingredient to your health and happiness. Stress will kill you (literally). Take as much care of your mind as you do your body. Health really comes from the inside out. 
  • It costs nothing to be positive and it changes things for the better. 
  • You cannot control everything that happens in life, but you can control how you respond.  In your response is your greatest power.
  • Accept yourself for all that you are. And never stop challenging yourself to be all that you can be.

Personal growth is an ongoing process and it is never “finished”. I am proud of myself for the changes I’ve made and the challenges I’ve overcome this year. It hasn’t all been rainbows and unicorns, there have been tears, internal tantrums, anxiety, and sadness. But it’s all helped make me into who I am today. I am proud of myself for the woman I am and believe in the woman I aspire to be. 

I wouldn’t want to exist in a world where I am not being challenged, not growing, not becoming stronger and more self-aware. I know that every moment I push myself to grow is making me a better person, and giving me the ability and self-belief to traverse other, more difficult situations in the future. I believe that if we can gain self-mastery, while treating ourselves with love, compassion, and forgiveness, there is nothing we cannot achieve.

Here’s to another great year of learning, growing, loving, and living. Thank you for being a part of my journey and a part of my heart. My life wouldn’t be the same without you in it. 

Love,

Caroline

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Things to Remember When Life Gets Really Hard.

Here are a few things to remember when life gets really hard. Help yourself stay strong and positive with these uplifting words.

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Is your life feeling hard right now? Read these words and important reminders.

I wrote this article to send strength and faith out into the universe. I hope that wherever this finds you it gives you light and a reminds you to stay positive, stay strong, and keep your head up.

Here are a few things to remember when life gets really hard: 

Everything in life is temporary. Every time it rains, it stops raining. Every time you get hurt, you heal. Your mind might tell you that this will last forever. It won’t. Nothing lasts forever. After darkness there is always light and this too shall pass. 

You are strong enough to rise above this. Life is tough, but you are tougher. No matter how much it hurts, hold your head up and keep going. You were given this challenge because you are strong enough to handle it. Use each setback, each disappointment as a cue to push on ahead with more determination than ever before.  Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. 

 

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“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ― Maya Angelou

Where you are right now is a necessary step. You are not what you have done, you are what you have overcome.  Your struggles are part of your path. No pain comes without a purpose. Pain is part of growing and living a stronger, more meaningful life.  This is important to remember when you’re having a rough day, a bad month, or a crappy year.  When you feel like quitting, remember that sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can go right.  Sometimes you have to go through the worst, to get to your best.

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You can’t have happiness without sadness. Its important to understand that you cant know real joy without real sadness. Life’s ups require life’s downs. When you are able to let go and be at peace with the reality of these ups and downs is when you are able to find more meaning from any challenge. 

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine    

Its OK to not be OK all the time. It’s ok to cry. It’s ok to have meltdowns. It’s ok to not have it all together. It’s OK and actually, it’s important. If you just “shove it under the rug” and ignore hurt, pain, or upset it stays with you and negatively effects your life. Allow yourself to feel. Give yourself space to be sad. Don’t be afraid to fall apart for a little while. You have to FEEL it to HEAL it. Because when you do that, the situation will open into an opportunity for you to heal from it, grow from it, and rebuild yourself into a stronger person because of it.

“Don’t forget you’re human. It’s okay to have a meltdown, just don’t unpack and live there. Cry it out and then refocus on where you are headed.”

Being kind to yourself is the best medicine. When it feels like everything is going wrong, show yourself some extra TLC.  Simple pleasures and self-love can help alleviate suffering, whether it’s watching a comedy, using your favorite tea cup, being in nature, hanging with animals, listening to your favorite album, or taking a mini retreat to your favorite place. Whatever works for you. Show yourself a little extra kindness, care, and love when life gets hard. 

Sometimes not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. It forces you to reevaluate things, opening new doors to opportunities and information you would have otherwise overlooked.

Don’t stop Believing. Just because life didn’t go as planned doesn’t mean you’ll never be happy again. Sometimes you have to go through difficulties, breakups, rejections and painful wounds, in order to gradually discover these powerful truths:  1) Life is not exactly how you thought it was.  2) The loss of one wonderful pleasure is not necessarily the loss of true, long-term happiness and well-being. Life rarely turns out exactly the way you want it to, but you always have an opportunity to make it great.

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No matter what, today is a priceless gift and its up to you to make the best of it. There is always, always, always, something to be grateful for. Strength comes when you have so much to cry and complain about, but you prefer to smile and appreciate your life instead. 

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

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You are not alone. We’ve all faced loss, fear, heartbreak, and sadness. So many of us are fighting the same exact battle alongside you.  We are all in this together. Letting others in when you’re having a hard time helps. Let yourself lean on your loved ones and open up to them. No, they won’t always be able to pull you out of the challenge you’re in, but they will be able to give you some light and love on your way through. 

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Be positive, patient and persistent. Learn to trust the journey even when you don’t understand it.   The strongest people aren’t the people who always win, but the people who don’t give up when they lose.

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The dots will connect. We’re not going to always understand why everything happens in our lives. There are things that break us, challenge us, and test our limits. There are things that are not removed and situations that take a long time to change. You have to trust that it is what’s best for you. Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be. As Steve Jobs so famously said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” Trust that your dots will connect. Have faith in yourself and in the future.

The best thing you can do is choose to be positive and keep going. You can’t control everything that happens to you; you can only control the way you respond to what happens.  Your response is your power over whatever challenge you may face. So “Keep Calm and Carry On”. Smiling doesn’t always mean you’re happy with everything.  Sometimes it just means you’re strong and smart enough to accept it and make the best of it.

If you can breathe, you can make it through anything.  When fear, anxiety, worry, or stress sets in, stop yourself and take a minute to regroup. Don’t get too far ahead of yourself worrying about what might happen next. You don’t have any control over that. But you DO have the present moment. Take a DEEP breath and stay committed to being right here, right now. Just take it one day at a time and keep breathing. You’ll make it.  

Those are some reminders I’ve used to help myself through challenges and tough times. What is one reminder that helps you stay strong when life gets really hard? Let me know your words of encouragement in the comments below. 

At the end of the day, I hope that whatever you might be going through you know that:

1. You will get through it

2. You will be stronger for it

3. You will find more greatness out of life because of it.

I’m sending you positive energy and love my friends.

Caroline

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Lessons On Living A Positive Life I Learned From My Mom

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On Mother’s Day, you might give your mom a book or a thoughtful card. You might call to tell her you love her. You might take a moment to reminisce about your fondest memories together.

But one of the greatest gifts you can give your mother is recognition. Whether it takes a few words or a few hours, acknowledging your mother’s hard work is music to her ears.

Today I’d like to take the time to acknowledge my Mom for being a positive, powerful influence in my life. Here are a few of the valuable lessons she has taught me on living well and being a happy person inside and out:

Lessons On Living A Positive Life I learned from my Mom:

  • Move your body. My mom taught me that taking care of your body is crucial to being the happiest person you can be.  If you don’t have your physical energy in good shape, then your mental energy (your focus), your emotional energy (your feelings), and your spiritual energy (your purpose) will all be negatively affected. Sure exercise keeps your weight in check and you feeling confident in your favorite pair of jeans. But exercise actually has the power to make you a happier person. Moving your body creates chemical responses in the brain, which lead to both temporary and long term mental health benefits. It releases dopamine (“happy chemicals”) in your brain, eases stress, increases energy, combats insomnia, and does wonders for your confidence. Taking good care of your body can and will keep your heart happy, help you maintain a healthy weight, and bring you a positive outlook on life.
  • Eat An Inspiring Diet. To eat is a necessity but to eat intelligently is an art. My mom brought us up to eat a colorful diet filled with whole foods and variety. She would shop at the farmer’s market, garden, and cooks real, delicious food. There was always room for indulgences (she is famous for her chocolate chip cookies) and she was an excellent role model for an “eat to live not live to eat” mentality.  Growing up dinner time was a family event and we often cooked something with the fresh ingredients from our backyard fruit and vegetable garden.  Because we are what we eat, we can literally transform our minds into happier ones by eating an inspiring diet. She raised me to learn that when you eat good foods you feel good too, and happiness comes from being well- fueled.
  • Help Others. My mother worked full time as a pediatric nurse but even when she was off the clock she was always lending a hand to others. She taught me that happiness is attained by giving it away without expectation and those who help others are eventually helped.  As far as physical health benefits, performing an act of kindness releases serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is a substance that has tremendous health benefits, including making us feel more blissful.  Selflessly helping someone is a powerful way to feel good inside. The happiest people you will ever meet will be those who lose themselves in the joy and challenge of helping others.
  • Learn to forgive. My mom’s typical response to a negative or upsetting event is forgiveness. She’ll would something like, “It’s ok. I’m going to let it go and move forward.”   This is an excellent way to handle conflict because harboring feelings of hatred or resentment is horrible for your well-being. That’s because your mind doesn’t know the difference between past and present emotion.  When you ‘hate’ someone, and you’re continuously thinking about it, those negative emotions are eating away at your immune system. You put yourself in a state of hate and it stays with you throughout your day. In contrast, showing forgiveness is a form of compassion and love, which is a much happier state of living your life. My mom showed me that forgiveness is a constant attitude of choosing happiness over hurt – acceptance over resistance. And that forgiveness creates a space to let go and love more.
  • Live in gratitude. When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value. Being grateful for the goodness that is already evident in your life will bring you a deeper sense of happiness.  My mother lived in a state of gratitude and was constantly affirming the things she was grateful for. Studies have shown practicing gratitude can center you, help you live in the moment, enhance your relationships, help you overcome hurdles, improve your health, and motivate you to reach your goals. Feeling grateful for what you have can produce the good feelings that keep you moving towards the happy life you want. Click here to learn more on how to practice gratitude in your life.
  • Live by the Golden Rule. My mother raised us by this rule: “…thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” or “treat others the way you want to be treated”. It’s known as the “Golden Rule”  or ethic of reciprocity. Mom was right again: the rule of treating others as you would want to be treated in their place will ultimately lead to your own happiness. Think about it: let’s say you apply the Golden Rule in all of your interactions with other people, and you help your neighbors, you treat your family with kindness, you go the extra mile for your co-workers, you help a stranger in need. Now, those actions will undoubtedly be good for the people you help and are kind to and people will treat you better. But, beyond that, you will find a growing satisfaction in yourself, a belief in yourself, a knowledge that you are a good person and a trust in yourself. Of course, there are exceptions and logic arguments with the Golden Rule and if taken to extremes it falls apart. I’m not concerned about that stuff. The truth is, on a day-to-day basis, living by the Golden Rule will make those around you happier, will make you a better person, and will make the community you live in a better place.
  • Savor life’s joys. My mom taught me that the best things in life are free. There is absolute joy and wonder to be had in the simplest of moments.  Watching the sunset over the horizon or spending time with a family member making jam in the summer (triple berry anyone?). Deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy.  It’s easy in a world of wild stimuli and omnipresent movement to forget to embrace life’s enjoyable experiences.  When we neglect to appreciate, we rob the moment of its magic.  It’s the simple things in life that can be the most rewarding if we remember to fully experience them. Make it a point to regularly celebrate all of the little things in life and you will be a happier person inside and out.

My mom taught me that all of the lessons above are habits and thoughts we can choose to bring more happiness into our lives. That’s the thing about living a positive, happy life: it is a conscious choice. It’s not always an easy choice and creating healthy habits may challenge you at times. But doing so will allow you to break free from the mold and truly live more of  life – to experience it and enjoy it to the fullest, instead of settling for a mere existence.

To my mother who taught me how and showed me the way: Thank you. I love you. I will celebrate the momentous mother that you are today and always.

Happy Mother’s Day to you,

Caroline

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Quick Announcement on a project dear to my heart: I have reached 216 copies pre-ordered and 86% of my light publishing goal for my kickstarter campaign for the coaching book I wrote, “Balanced Body Breakthrough”!! I am SO excited and SO close to hitting the 250 publishing goal.  I need your help to get this book out into the world. I have 28 days left fo reach 250 pre-orders. The kickstarter campaign page can be viewed here: https://www.inkshares.com/projec…/balanced-body-breakthrough

If 250 pre-order copies are sold, the book gets published through Inkshares. They handle editing, design, marketing, and publishing of the book from start to finish. I am SO close and I truly believe in this project. I am positive it will inspire both individual and community wellness. Will you support me in this dream and in helping the world live in health? Click on the link above and check out my book that I want to share with you. Thank you for your time and for your belief in me – I hope to make this book baby a reality! Huge thank you to all of you who have helped get me this far and cheered me on in pursuing this dream and sharing wellness with the world. I have 28 days left to reach 250…. I am going for it and hope to share Balanced Body Breakthrough with you in 2016. 

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A brand new year is always exciting! We are filled with anticipation, we resolve to achieve our goals and make our dreams come true. Given that this is a fantastic time to reflect, visualize and plan, here are 100 tips to be the best possible version of you in 2016.

How to be your healthiest, happiest self in 2016

  1. Always remember: as long as you are breathing, you are capable of changing and growing.
  2. Accept responsibility for your own life.
  3. Put yourself first.
  4. Keep your mind open and never stop learning.
  5. Don’t look back, keep moving forward.
  6. Say YES
  7. Learn from other people’s experiences.
  8. Handle problems with calm, detachment, and heart.
  9. Own the mistakes in which you were directly involved.
  10. Reward yourself when a goal is accomplished.
  11. Never say ‘can’t’ or ‘won’t’.
  12. Learn, assimilate, apply.
  13. Eliminate people and things that distract you or deplete your energy.
  14. Read, read, and read some more.
  15. Stay motivated and go for it.
  16. Decide what you want — then do it.
  17. Hang, work, collaborate and network with the best people you can find.
  18. Find your own definition of balance — family, financial, professional, social, spiritual, recreational — and create it in your life.
  19. Keep your personal goals at the forefront of your mind.
  20. Be resourceful, never timid.
  21. Never fear failure or mistakes. They are an essential piece in your growth and success.
  22. Your state of mind is gold, protect it.
  23. Be open to suggestions, feedback, challenges and guidance.
  24. Leave your ego at the door.
  25. Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.
  26. Stay curious.
  27. Associate with those you respect and admire.
  28. Challenge yourself in new ways and all ways.
  29. Do not under any circumstance fall prey to negativity — whether yours or that of others.
  30. Remain flexible and adaptable.
  31. Keep an idea file to help guide your course.
  32. Get lots of sleep.
  33. Engage in any activity that enhances your energy and vitality.
  34. Be present — pay attention.
  35. Help others, give of yourself.
  36. Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude.
  37. Be impeccable in your thoughts, words and deeds.
  38. Extend kindness to all who cross your path.
  39. Never hold a grudge, let it go.
  40. Take control of your mind and emotions, if you don’t, they will control you.
  41. Always make a good first impression; people will remember you for it.
  42. Be the kind of person you want to meet.
  43. Let your actions speak louder than your words and make your life preach louder than your lips.
  44. Leave others better than you found them.
  45. Choose your social circle wisely.
  46. Don’t burn bridges.
  47. Raise your standards.
  48. Have boundaries.
  49. If you tell the truth, it becomes a part of your past.  If you lie, it becomes a part of your future.
  50. Be honest.
  51. Love is all there is – be open to it, cultivate it ,and pay it forward.
  52. Pain is temporary, perspective is everything.
  53. Don’t take anything personally, ever.
  54. What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while.
  55. Life isn’t fair, but you can still make it a good one.
  56. Don’t buy things you don’t need.
  57. Stay true to yourself
  58. Don’t compare your life to others. Comparison is the thief of happiness.  You could spend a lifetime worrying about what others have, but it wouldn’t get you anything.
  59. Always choose life.
  60. Believe in magic, miracles, and serendipity.
  61. Envy is a waste of time.
  62. Be happy.  Be yourself.  If others don’t like it, then let them be.  Happiness is a choice.  Life isn’t about pleasing everybody.
  63. If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.
  64. Be different. Be unique. Be memorable.
  65. Trust your gut, always.
  66. Words are cheap, actions priceless.
  67. You are not your possessions or your looks.
  68. Work to create a life that feels right to YOU, not one that looks right to everyone else.
  69. In five years, it won’t matter.
  70. Life is not complex – your thinking makes it so.
  71. Avoid drama and don’t create any.
  72. Don’t pursue success, but positive impact.
  73. Learn to love yourself first, instead of loving the idea of other people loving you.
  74. Walk with those who want more and are doing more. Surround yourself with those who are on the same mission as you.
  75. Spend time with those who are near and dear to you.
  76. There’s no such thing as a quick fix.
  77. Never compromise your self-worth for anyone or anything.
  78. Don’t think of cost.  Think of value.
  79. The opinion you hold of yourself is all that matters.
  80. Stop being so hard on yourself.
  81. It takes more energy to resist than to accept something. You can not change what you refuse to confront.
  82. The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.  Participate in life instead of just watching it pass you by.
  83. Learn to relax more.
  84. Accept that you cannot control everything.
  85. Get rid of your wish-bone and get a backbone.
  86. Don’t be a short-term thinker.
  87. Keep it real.
  88. Treat yourself well.
  89. Inhale, exhale, embrace, enjoy.
  90. Do it. Do it now.
  91. Replace the phrase “I have to” with “I get to” whenever you catch yourself starting to complain.  So many activities we complain about are things others wish they had the chance to do.
  92. Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.
  93. Take constructive criticism seriously, but not personally.  Listen, and then operate with your own intuition and wisdom as your guide.
  94. Always remember: you are stronger than you think and braver than you believe.
  95. Smile, it is the best accessory.
  96. Take time to realign yourself with what you value most in life.  What is important in your life is what you decide is important.  
  97. Have patience and keep a good attitude while working hard for what you believe in.
  98. Be assertive, never aggressive.
  99. Don’t take things for granted.

100. Happiness is a choice. Choose happy.

What number above resonated most with you? What is one thing you’d like to focus on for the new year? Leave me a comment below and let me know how you are going to be your happiest, healthiest self in 2016.

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Here’s to you, living a life you love.

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Just a quick announcement and update on the book kickstarter project:

In 2015 I wrote my first book, “Balanced Body Breakthrough”, my Caroline Jordan Fitness coaching resource guide to getting your mind, body, and spirit in great shape so you can LOVE your life. Inorder to raise the funds needed for publishing, I launched a kickstarter campaign through Inkshares. My dream of publishing this book becomes a reality if 250 pre-order copies of the book are sold. I am now at 202 orders and 81% of my publishing goal thanks to the generosity and support of all of you. Your belief in me and this book means the world and thanks to you I am only 48 copies away from this book becoming a real product that helps people live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives. I want to continue to make products that enable people to live their best lives. If you support this book it helps me do this work! Please consider pre-ordering a copy and helping me reach the 250 goal by visiting the kickstarter page here: https://www.inkshares.com/projects/balanced-body-breakthrough

Thank you thank you THANK YOU. I am really hopeful that I can make it to the 250 goal and share this book with all of you

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Happy New Year! The start of a new year is one of my favorite times. Chaos, then rest. Celebration, then strategy. Goodbye, HELLO. I rock my introvertedness, I make vision boards, I spend just a bit of time reviewing what DIDN’T work the past year (not too much, because let’s get on with things), I analyze what I want (because I WILL manifest what I lock on to, so best be sure what I desire is truly good for me), and then I take ACTION. Its my time to reflect, goal set, and create a powerful and positive intention for the year ahead.

On January 8th, 2016 Ive been invited to kick off the Solage Calistoga Resort’s Wellness Week. I’m so excited to return to Solage and begin my new year in a balanced, blissful place. I’ll be leading an uplifting all levels pilates core fusion workout followed by my Caroline Jordan Fitness Vision Board and Goals workshop. Here is my schedule for January 8th at Solage Calistoga:

5:15pm – 6pm Start Strong Core Conditioning

6:15-7:30pm Vision Board Creation 

The entire schedule for the week of wellness events can be viewed here: https://www.solagecalistoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Wellness-Week-Schedule.pdf

Whether you can join me in Calistoga or not, Id like to invite you to take a moment to take a deep breath, and pull out your map. Are you driving your life in the direction you want? Deep down inside what is truly important to you? What do you value and do you make time for it on a daily basis? My goal is to be a source of inspiration, information, encouragement, and support to enable you to take action and live a life you love. Start now: set small, realistic goals to make those things that truly matter to you a part of your world. Whether you are trying to beat stress, have specific fitness feats you want to accomplish, or just want to take better care of yourself, I’m here to help you keep your body, mind, and spirit in great shape so you can love your life.

Remember: success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success. I believe in you and believe you have the power to choose to love yourself and love your life. And if ever you forget your own greatness, I want to be the voice thats there to remind you of your strength. Stay committed, positive, present, and persistent. You deserve to feel good and to live a life you love.

Keep going, keep growing, and get ready for a beautiful 2016

Caroline

View past stories from Solage and retreat experiences with Caroline Jordan Fitness herehttp://www.carolinejordanfitness.com/stories-from-solage-and-a-free-45-minute-pilates-yoga-fusion-workout/

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Wellness Weekend at Solage Calistoga January 8-11th: 

Start the new year in a balanced, healthy and blissful state with a wellness retreat at Solage Calistoga. From January 8 – 11, immerse yourself in a weekend full of experiential sessions designed to build strength in body, mind and spirit. Set your intentions for the new year, reboot your body, renew your energy, and reawaken your spirit.

Led by carefully selected wellness experts, activities include:

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Core Strengthening
  • Meditation
  • Healthy Food Demo
  • Hiking
  • Vision Board and Goals Workshop (led by Caroline Jordan Fitness)

Call Solage today to learn more about the retreat and the various packages offered: 888.364.6136 or learn more at:  https://www.solagecalistoga.com/packages/?NCK=8445819931&ContactID=18132244002

 

Happy Holidays from my Happy Heart.

Family Holiday Card 2015

Family Holiday Card 2015

Dear Friends,

As 2015 comes to a close, I want to thank you for being a part of my world and this incredibly colorful journey called life. From the fitness classes to special charity events, inspiring retreats and corporate wellness workshops, we’ve shared many healthy and happy memories together. This blog has been running for over 8 years and connects with readers in 182 countries around the world. The YouTube channel has grown into a community of over 10,000 subscribers and on the facebook page we share thoughts of the day and motivating photos. WOW. Thats a lot of you! Together we can be the change in creating an environment that supports a healthier, happier world inside and out. Our community both online and off continues to amaze and inspire me. It’s reading stories like Megan’s about using the Youtube channel to overcome an eating disorder and live healthy. It’s receiving emails with positive progress updates from students in fitness classes. It’s seeing yelp reviews of what you have accomplished and how you feel from our time together. It’s presenting a corporate wellness workshop and having participants come up with a big “thank you” after it.  YOU are the reason I love my job and find purpose in my work. You are the reason I wake up excited to create, consult, collaborate, and coach. You are my motivation, my inspiration, and my heart. Thank you  for being a part of the #trainpositive community both online and off. 

Let me ask you: Where are you on your healthy life journey? How can I help you along the way? Tell me what you need support on in the comments below (fitness, stress, balance, lifestyle, etc). I hope to learn more about you and how I can better serve you. It brings me great joy to see you thrive.

And on one last note, in 2015 I wrote my first book, “Balanced Body Breakthrough” and launched a 90 day kickstarter campaign to get it published through InkShares. InkShares is reader based crowd funding that works off book pre-orders. *** In October 2015, InkShares changed their pre-order requirement to 250 pre-orders for all books. That means, if readers believe in your book and 250 pre-order copies are sold, the book gets published through InkShares. They handle editing, design, marketing, and publishing of the book from start to finish. I am really proud of this project and believe in it’s content. 

I am currently at 198 pre-order copies sold, SO close to the 250 book order goal for publishing with 46 days left in the campaign. Im reaching out to see if you and your community might be open to support me in this dream. The kickstarter campaign page is here:

https://www.inkshares.com/projects/balanced-body-breakthrough

You can read excerpts from the book here:

I truly believe in this project and am positive it will inspire both individual and community wellness. I know this book will help me share my message of feel good fitness and grow our community of positive people who work to live in health and happiness. Thank you to those of you who have already pre-ordered a copy and for those of you who are considering, trust me the book is worth it! Backing this project helps me AND helps you in wellness. I have 42 days left. I know we can do this. 

I filmed a little holiday video below to thank you for another great year and to wish you happiness. I hope you enjoy it. May you know how incredibly grateful I am for your support and to have you as part of my positive community online and off. 

With love and gratitude,
Caroline

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Wishing you a Happy Healthy Holiday From my Heart To Yours.

Beautiful Photo of our San Francisco Christmas Tree in Union Square taken by my good friend and talented photographer Larry Wong.

Beautiful Photo of our San Francisco Christmas Tree in Union Square taken by my good friend and talented photographer Larry Wong.

Happy Holidays Friends!

I love this season! It’s a time when we celebrate and share our love with family and friends. Its a time for gratitude, giving, and merry making.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have already seen some of my holiday photos. I wanted to share them with you in this space, as a Merry Christmas card blog post. Just a little slice of my life: the people I love and the memories I am grateful for. <3

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My family outside the church on brother Timothy’s wedding day in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia November 22, 2014.

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Fundraising with inspiring friends Larry and Toni in Union Square San Francisco

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Supporting an afternoon of dancing and giving back. FLASHMOB choreographed by the talented Toni Alejandra and Lionel Tan benefitting http://groundworkopportunities.org/ideas/instruments-of-change/ . I have amazing friends.

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Parents visiting San Francisco for a weekend of holiday shopping and checking San Francisco restaurants off the dining bucket list. Bluestem Brasserie is a MUST!

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Quality time and family festivities with my 92 year old Grandma Joan – my healthy living INSPIRATION. 

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White elephant gift exchange with some of my favorite girlfriends

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“Tipsy and Toasty” with my family at lululemon Grant Avenue. Classic cable car ride and a night of crafts, gingerbread, and peppermint schnapps.

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Holiday pajama party potluck. So fun.

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Merry Fitness Card!

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Family gatherings to celebrate the newlyweds: My little brother Timothy and his lovely British wife Amber.

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Santa came to Spin (and cycled in that onesie the WHOLE time!)! Love my incredibly brave and AWESOME students at EQUINOX Pine. 

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Late night Holiday Shopping with the lovely ambassadors of Lululemon Grant Avenue and adorable “Be About It” gift tanks from manifestoprintco !  So beyond grateful for this company and the incredible people behind it.

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My Family on Christmas Eve: Little Brother Tim, His adorable British wife Amber, Parents Colleen and Weldon, and Me. We are ALL wearing my mother’s collection of holiday sweaters (including my brother in her Reindeer vest) 🙂

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Christmas morning run December 25, 2014. A lot of people talk about exercise during the holidays as a way to “burn off the cookies”. I think this type of mindset is negative and sets you up for a lifetime of yo-yoing with your body, diet, holidays, and self. Exercise should be a way to celebrate your health, NOT as a form of punishment. So this holiday season I invite you to view movement as a gift. As a way to live a more positive, powerful life inside and out. As a way to be more present in your relationships with others and with yourself. And as a way to have the energy and strength to enjoy every moment. My Christmas wish for you is a healthy relationship to yourself and to your life. Wishing you happiness and a lifetime filled with joyful movement. 

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Love my new sweater: Santa knows me too well 😉

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Learning the Christmas cooking ropes from my mini-mamma. Cooking up Food Network Star Ellie Krieger’s Healthy “sweet potato pecan casserole” : http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/sweet-potato-pecan-casserole-recipe.mobile.html Delicious, nutritious, and festively fabulous!

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A Merry BRITmas with Amber’s parents visiting from the UK for Christmas. 

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Going through all of these photos was such a wonderful way to reflect on the season and all the people I have to be grateful for. May you know just how lucky I feel to have you in my world. Thank you for continuing to support me in living the bold and brave life of my dreams! Happy holidays to you and yours, may your days be filled with health and your heart filled with happiness. Sending you all my love and blessings, looking forward to sharing a bright new year with you.

In health,

Caroline

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Great Reasons To Spend More Time Alone. Health Benefits of Solitude

Carving out a little solitude can make a world of difference. Here are some great reasons to spend more time alone. Go ahead—give yourself a break.

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Photo credit Kuroda Studios

I consider myself a pretty social person, but I also absolutely need my “caroline” time – those periodic moments away from the world. After a business trip, a joint vacation with family or friends, the chaos of the holidays, or a week of events, I hit my threshold – beyond which I slip into an irritable, stressed version of myself. This is why I balance my extroverted life by having quality ME time. I think it’s extremely important and very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person or thing.  After spending some quality time with myself, I’m as good as new. A bit of regular solitude helps me continue to be the positive woman I aspire to be. 

Solitude is the soul’s holiday, an opportunity to stop doing for others and to surprise and delight ourselves instead. We need to have some downtime, but often it’s a challenge to let ourselves slow down. As Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul, says, “We seem to have a complex about busyness in our culture. Most of us do have time in our days that we could devote to simple relaxation, but we convince ourselves that we don’t.” It seems there is always something that needs doing, always someone who needs our attention. “Unfortunately,” Moore says, “we don’t get a lot of support in this culture for doing nothing. If we aren’t accomplishing something, we feel that we’re wasting time.

Many of us feel compelled to measure our success in terms of acquisition and accomplishment. But even those who don’t buy into such a narrow definition of success may feel uncomfortable with the idea of claiming time just for themselves, with no agenda whatsoever. Often when we find ourselves with an empty hour, we spend that time doing chores or attending to our relationships or Facebook scrolling.

If no one’s around, we’ll reach for the phone—or the TV remote or even the vacuum cleaner. We avoid ourselves because we’re afraid of what we might find or fear missing out on life’s party (also known as F.O.M.O. , aka the “Fear of Missing Out.”). But solitude and isolation do not go hand in hand. We can retreat from the world for a time without being renounced by it. Heres a few of the benefits you get from spending time with yourself:

Health Benefits of Spending Time Alone

1. Alone time allows you to reboot your brain and rejuvenate. Constantly being “on” doesn’t give your brain a chance to rest and replenish itself. Getting away from others allows you to decompress and relax. It gives you a break from the “have tos” and allows you to focus on the “want tos.” It lets you address your own needs as opposed to everyone else’s and gives you the opportunity to rejuvenate and push the restart button.

2. Alone time gives you a higher sense of independence and increased self-esteem. Being alone and getting comfortable with being alone gives you a higher sense of independence. Relying on yourself to make choices and decisions increases your self confidence, which then permeates other aspects of your life, including the times you are in the presence of others.

3. Alone time allows for self discovery. Spending time alone gives you the ability to discover things about yourself and to get a real understanding of who you are. We have grown to appreciate the art of getting to know others, but in reality, it is even more important to get to know ourselves, our preferences, and our likes and dislikes, without other people’s influences.

4. Alone time gives you a fresh perspective. Time alone gives you the opportunity to clear your mind and weed through a lot of thoughts. This allows you to get to the heart of what YOU really think as opposed to being told or influenced by others and their opinions. It gives you time to reflect on what is important in your life and how you feel about everyday situations that need to be addressed.

5. Alone time can enhance the quality of your relationships with others. By spending time with yourself and gaining a better understanding of who you are and what you desire in life, you’re more likely to make better choices about who and what you want to be around. You also may come to appreciate your relationships more after you’ve spent some time alone.

Despite knowing these benefits, it can be a challenge to find time alone in a world that seems to never sleep. Here are a few suggestions to help you find more time to spend with yourself.

How to Spend More Time Alone

  • Be OK with spending time with yourself for yourself. This gets easier with practice, so if you are new to the idea give it some time first.
  • MAKE time for yourself and schedule it. Make a date night just with YOU. I have what I call “non-negotiable self care nights”. These are planned weekly and I commit to spending time with myself for myself (its non-negotiable!). If you dont make time you wont ever have time. Work to create a habit of planning YOU time week to week.
  • Stand firm in your commitment. If you make a commitment to spend time with yourself KEEP it! Dont ask people to join you for your solo walk or journal date (two people doesn’t count as alone time sorry).
  • Learn to say NO. You don’t “have to” attend every party, event, or gathering. And actually, its better if you are more exclusive with how you choose to spend your time. The “fear of missing out” often drives us to over-extend ourselves and attend every social opportunity on the calendar. But that only leads to what I call, “social jetlag” the burnout from comes from too much running around and the need for quality downtime. Next time you are asked to attend an event, say “Let me check my schedule and get back to you.” This allows you time to decide what you need more: going out or time for yourself.  
  • Be clear about your needs. “I need some time for myself” sounds both desperate and vague. Be clear and practical: “On Saturday afternoon, I will be gone from two o’clock to five o’clock. Will you be able to watch the kids?” or “I’ve got plans on Friday night for myself, can we get together another time during the week?”
  • Disconnect. You can’t spend time with yourself if you are too plugged in to everything else. Choose a time in the day and switch off your internet, mobile and any tool that makes you reachable to the world for at least 30 minutes. Turn off your cell phone, Turn off your Internet. Turn off your TV. UNPLUG from the world and PLUG into you. This is really hard habit to create at first especially if your iphone has become attached to your hand. But you’ll be amazed at how much more you can relax, focus, and destress when you’re not plugged into tech.
  • Get Up or Get it In Early. That’s probably the ideal way to find and spend some time alone. When you wake up before the rest of the world, you’ll spend the most peaceful time ever. Waking up at dawn and watching the sunrise is a pleasurable experience. It will allow you to spend the rest of the day with a totally different mode, rather than waking up late rushing to work and getting stuck & frustrated in a traffic jam. When you experience the peace of the early morning, you’ll get addicted to it. Some of the activities that you can do to enjoy spending time alone in the morning include: writing, learn something new, reading, watching a movie, meditating, exercising, walking, breathing the fresh morning air, playing games, thinking & reflecting or listening to music.

If you and your inner self have been out of touch, build a new relationship with someone who deserves attention—you.  Here are a few great ideas to get you started:

  • Exercise solo. Go for a walk, run, swim, bike ride. You can even leave the headphones at home and spend time listening to your thoughts and the world.
  • Journal. I spend a lot of time journaling and love to use my journal time for reflection, goal setting, and creating positive intentions for my life.
  • Meditate. It doesnt have to be long. Sit still with yourself. Watch your thoughts. No judgement. Im a huge fan of the app “Headspace” which guides you through daily 10 minute meditations. Easy to use and accesible anywhere. Plus the meditation guide has a soothing British accent (totally awesome.)
  • Take yourself on a date. Dinner, a movie, a museum. Embrace being out with yourself ALONE.
  • Get lost. Go for a walk, hike, or drive somewhere you’ve never been before. Explore.
  • Get Crafty. Paint, create, make a vision board…. there are so many ways to get crafty and express yourself while making something cool. I recently went to an event at MakeShop by Brit & Co that gave me many unique ideas on different creative projects for self-expression!

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Photo credit Kuroda Studios

Solitude is a kind of vacation. We live in a demanding world, and we demand much of ourselves. But the harder we push, the more we also need time to replenish ourselves.  In solitude we discover what makes us feel alive. We can use our time alone to rest, in a complete and profound way, or we can engage in an activity that brings us joy. What a pleasure it is to dive into a project with no distractions, or to pursue our passions at full tilt.

In the end, it is important to remember that spending time alone doesn’t mean that you isolate yourself all the time. We need people and social connections are an extremely important componet of happiness. Its just about finding the balance between being accessible to others and being accessible to yourself. Spending time alone is a way to stop, re-connect, re-evaluate, and live your life on purpose. Alone time allows you to live the healthy, happy life you want with others. 

Inspirational quotes about solitude that will inspire you to find and spend time alone TODAY

  • “I restore myself when I’m alone.” – Marilyn Monroe
  • “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.” – Wayne Dyer
  • “In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.” – Laurence Sterne
  • “All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.” – Blaise Pascal
  • “I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.”  – Henry David Thoreau
  • “We live in a very tense society.  We are pulled apart… and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together…. I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude.” – Helen Hayes
  • “It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.” – K.T. Jong
  • “Only in quiet waters do thing mirror themselves undistorted.  Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world” – Hans Margolius
  • “When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death – ourselves.” – Eda LeShan
  • “I’m not anti-social.  I’m pro-solitude.” – Author Unknown
  • “The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.” – Voltaire
  • “True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” – William Penn
  • “Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.” – Harold Bloom
  • “We visit others as a matter of social obligation.  How long has it been since we have visited with ourselves?” – Morris Adle

Do you like to spend time alone? What is your favorite way to spend quality time with yourself? Leave your thoughts as a comment below.

Take yourself out on a date, you deserve it.

Caroline

For more feel good fitness inside and out : Check out my book, Balanced Body Breakthrough and get your mind, body, and spirit in great shape so you can love your life.

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

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Reflections from Cloud 29

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On September 27th, 2014 I turned 29 years old. Ive made it to my last year in my 20’s and I plan on making it COUNT. Its the end of an era leading into a bright new one. It’s the perfect time to let go of what has been and create space for what will be in the decade to come.

This past year has been quite the roller coaster ride: there have been accomplishments, there have been challenges, there have been adventures, and ah-ha moments. Throughout it all this is one thing I’ve learned:

“There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ―Albert Einstein

I think you can tell which perspective I take 😉 There will always be ups and downs in life, but ultimately, at the end of the day, that’s what makes each of us who we are.  Which is why you have to learn to accept both the good and the bad that falls on your plate with grace.  Because everything in life happens for you, not to you.  Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late.  For everything you lose, you gain something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something else.  You don’t have to like it, but it’s just easier if you choose to make the most of it.

Living a positive, present life is a daily practice. But it’s worth it. You are worth it. And its up to you to make every second count. So pay close attention to your outlook on life. Like Albert Einstein said, your attitude directly determines how well you live your life. Every day you can either regret or rejoice; it’s your choice. Good or bad, when you choose to celebrate every moment, you create a life of meaning and purpose.

I believe that birthdays are a chance to take a step back, reflect, and fully appreciate the miracle of being alive. After all, the birthday is a celebration of life itself; not just parts of it but of ALL of it. You’ve got to take the good with the bad, smile with the sad, love what you’ve got, and celebrate what you’ve had. 

In the end, loving your life is about trusting your intuition, taking chances, losing and finding happiness, cherishing the memories, and learning through experience.  It’s a long-term journey.  Laugh at the confusion, live consciously in the moment, and enjoy your life as it unfolds – struggles and all.   Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful and in every moment you can find miracles. 

What makes life amazing?  What makes a moment worth remembering? What are you choosing to celebrate today?

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And If you’d like to CELEBRATE life with me,  please join me at my Annual birthday bash benefit party at the W San Francisco. Last year’s ‘Palazzo’ birthday party at the Westin St. Francis was such a fun success that the birthday friends are getting together once again to host another epic event, this time with a heavenly “CLOUD 9” theme.

Urban Dictionary defines “Cloud nine” as the following: 

noun, Informal. 1. a state of perfect happiness (usually in the phrase “on cloud nine”). Perfect happiness to me is living in the moment and ENJOYING life with people I love 🙂

How do you dress your “heavenly” best? White and Blue cocktail attire and you can add angel wings, halos & any other ‘heavenly’ accessories if you want to get into the theme even more. Or spice it up and take the devil approach…. leave the stretchy pants at home and get classy with us!

We will have 2 floors, upbeat dj’s, Tim, Raj & Pang’s live band Rainbow Party performing & more special surprises.  100% net proceeds of our birthday party will benefit hackcancer and other local charities. Please feel free to invite other amazing friends too, the more the merrier and we can’t wait to celebrate with you! Click the link below for tickets :

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cloud-9-annual-birthday-bash-benefit-party-registration-13254521631?aff=fb

I just want you to know how grateful I am for each and every one of you. In life its not about where you go but who you travel with, the experiences you enjoy, and the memories you create. Thanks for being a big part of the journey 🙂 Looking forward to sharing this new year with you. 

With birthday love and gratitude,

Caroline

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