The Situation

Amazing Outdoor AdventureI’m just a single woman with 3 dogs, who loves the outdoors, spent most of my adult life working in it, and also crossed into other areas of business that deeply broadened my knowledge and expertise beyond the hunt-fish-camp business arena.

Needless to say I’ve been into a routine for a number of years that has provided me a decent living, an opportunity to travel beautiful south west Minnesota, and work with an amazing collection of people whom I cherish beyond being customers and colleagues. I wouldn’t trade my life for anything.  I face the challenges put forth to me each day with a can-do attitude, and give my best to everyone and in everything I do.  The downside is a little disparity between what I want to accomplish, and what I actually can. Work comes first and everything else has to fall in place after.  It’s the routine I’ve come to accept.  Until now.  Did I hear someone say it’s time for an adventure?

What If?

Bucket of Limitless PossibilitiesFirst quarter 2012 proved to be especially challenging for me. An injury I endured all fall wasn’t getting any better, resulting in Doctor visits and treatments that ended up going on for months. So did the bills.

Then my prized hunting partner–the four-legged man of the house–became very ill, almost died, and required hundreds of dollars of treatment and surgery to bring him back to prime condition.

Then one of my sweet little Lhasa girls went lame with a ruptured ACL and required surgery followed by months of recovery–and bills.  Throughout this chaos the demands of work remained constant.  The demands of my personal life remained unaddressed.  If this was any indication of what was in store for me the rest of the year…..

Then in second quarter, the epiphany came.  WHAT IF?  What if I only had 5 years left?  What if I only had a year left?  What if this is my boys last good year in the field?  It jolted me into a new perspective.  Would I have any regrets?  I realized I was at a crossroads and didn’t like what I saw.

Time for a bucket list, and a plan.  We get one pass through life and everything wonderful about it is there for us if we choose to go get it.  The possibilities are endless!

Tips and Tricks, Gear and Gadgets and Getaways Ohhh My!

Whats NewsWhen it comes to the outdoors, there are times when I have to have the latest whatsit whizmo deelie, and other times when I am not giving up until I create some nutty homemade contraption on my own.  Admittedly, sometimes, my ideas need a little massage….but there are plenty of times when I’m pure genius.  (ok maybe not exactly genius).  If it’s new to me, and I’ve tried it with great success, this is where you’ll hear about it.

In addition, this is where upcoming opportunities and adventures will be listed, news and events.  Someone once said “if you build it, they will come”.    Calling all adventurers!

Diary of a Food Baby

Killer Cookin PR Brady AdventuresThere’s food and then there’s food.

Fast food.  Not my idea of a good time.  Been there and done that. And with that routine came less energy, more pounds, and decreased health.

I’m a food baby.  I love food.  My idea of food is real home cooked food, and I love to make it.  Dad was a baker, and also big into ethnic cooking from his roots in the Ukraine.  He taught me well.  Being the creative person that I am, now I dabble with an array cooking techniques of my own, often with his wonderful influence.

People tell me I’m a good cook.  I’ve made meals for groups of 150 people.  Some of my favorite dishes are of course …come to think of it, what food isn’t a favorite? And the best twist is to be able to serve something up from the wild that I dispatched myself.

This space is reserved for fellow foodies, to enjoy a new spin on an old favorite or a new spin on what could be a new favorite!

The Outdoors Way

Words from Wild PR Brady AdventuresIf you need time in the outdoors like you need air to breathe, you know where I’m coming from.  If you don’t,  perhaps this section will help you better understand those of us who do.  Or maybe inspire you to become one of us. This space is saved to describe and express those “never enough” moments that bring me back to what matters most.

I’m Just Sayin’…

Girl Outdoors PR Brady AdventuresWhile this page is referred to as Girl Outdoors it isn’t necessarily restricted to girls only.  I don’t tend to have many traditional girl-like interests, but we ladies stick together regardless of our personal interests, because, well that’s what we do. Some of my female friends struggle to understand my passion for the outdoors, and sometimes they don’t understand my career oriented passion either.  In actuality, the same could be said of men.

I’m often asked.  “Where do you get your strength?”  At the end of the day, it all comes down to being ok with who you are, where you are, and why you are.  Having faith.  Trusting the system.  Believing.  Getting back up again, and again.  All that and a pot of coffee is usually a good start for me.

Whether it’s a home life, health, social or business setting, we can face some hard core challenges.  And how many of us were sent out into the world with an Easy button to help with those trying times?

I’m a firm believer that with knowledge comes power.  This space is reserved for the female persuasion in particular, and speaks primarily to those things we can identify with, along with gentle reminders that “you’ve got the power.”    I’m just sayin’…

Business Tidbits, Acumen and Observations

Its Just BusinessSome people are blessed with a simplified life.  I’m not really one of those people.  My background and interests are very diverse.  I’ve been engaged in many aspects of business over the years, have learned many things, shared a few ideas, made some mistakes, made some progress, made some money, and helped some folks along the way.

I bring to the table a level of business acumen that is not often seen today.  I commit, I own, I get results.  I subscribe to being a lifelong learner.  One of the things I enjoy most is helping others reach their potential—it often helps me to get closer to mine as well!  Topics that you may see on this page include things like Best Practices, The Black Box, Conflict and Resolution, Marketing Magic, Customer Service Solutions, Behavior in Business, Forward Thinking for Success Today.

Notable Quotable Thought Provoke-able 7

 

 

 

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”                —Lao Tzu—

 

 

Welcome to week 7 of 52 weeks of quotes meant to give you something to think about……..please do share your thoughts in the comments on my website in this post!  The opportunities in 2018 can be endless!

 

Thank you for reading my post. What do you dream about seeing, doing, being?  Got a bucket list? A life plan?  Want to start one?  I’d love to help you get there, check out my services.  The first step to believing ‘opportunities are endless’ is sometimes not as hard if you grab some inspiration under my blog category, “Bucket of Limitless Possibilities”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

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“Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.”

–Madonna–

 

 

Welcome to week 6 of 52 weeks of quotes meant to give you something to think about……..please do share your thoughts in the comments on my website in this post!  The opportunities in 2018 can be endless!

 

Thank you for reading my post. What do you dream about seeing, doing, being?  Got a bucket list? A life plan?  Want to start one?  I’d love to help you get there, check out my services.  The first step to believing ‘opportunities are endless’ is sometimes not as hard if you grab some inspiration under my blog category, “Bucket of Limitless Possibilities”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

My 2018 Cleanse And Restore 30 Day Challenge Completed

With victory flags a-flyin’, I’m pleased to be checking in with a final update on the 30 Day Cleanse and Restore Challenge I committed to on January 3rd. Yes, I am happy to say I’ve completed the challenge and am feeling awesome.  Thank you to everyone who reached out to me throughout the month with your curiosity and support, I really appreciated your questions and interest!

I thought it would be hard to follow this challenge, but it took virtually no time to adjust. My biggest shift was with portion size, since I eat pretty clean as it is.  I never really felt like I’d “given up” anything to eat, although I did choose to omit certain things for 30 days just for the principal of following more of a Keto/Paleo diet.  It really wasn’t a big deal to do knowing it was temporary.

My body has definitely changed over 30 days. I no longer feel puffy.   My skin feels softer and tighter.  I dropped a whopping  12 pounds in 30 days without trying and my clothes are feeling loose!  I’ve stopped shedding my hair.  I have increased energy and stamina.  My trips to the bathroom are normal.  I sleep like a log and wake up refreshed. My physical condition remains fantastic and pain free.  I’d call that a successful cleanse!

I am done with the complicated array of supplements that had to happen on certain days at certain times and my routine is back to normal. Or is it?  It’s February 12th and life is anything but normal.  I couldn’t be busier—and all in a good way!  And I’m down another 3 pounds.  Moving forward, I’m using elements of the cleanse, exercise, mindfulness and essential oils to get me the rest of the way to my goal by Memorial weekend.

One thing I must say is this: after doing this challenge I realize that I have not been drinking enough water for years. Consciously making sure to drink 64 ounces of water a day was difficult at first, but doing it sure opened my eyes.  I believe the increased water is one of the key factors of my feeling better over all.  When you consider of all the ways our bodies are impacted by what we do, and don’t do.  I’m pretty sure I’ve been living a dehydrated life for years.  Water flushes out the toxins our bodies are subjected to all day every day.  All I know is I will now continue to drink lots and lots of water with essential lemon oil daily.

Of course I’ll also continue to use the Life Long Vitality Supplements as a staple part of my daily routine. The PB Assist (probiotics) and the TerraZyme (digestive enzyme complex) are products that I will continue to use at low levels for maintenance as well.

I’m ramping up my exercise program—more cardio, and more core muscle group specific strength training, along with my daily Yoga, and regular meditation.   I’m continuing to incorporate essential oils to protect my immune system, assist with curbing food cravings, and to increase my metabolism.  Life will be very busy between now and my goal of losing 25 pounds by Memorial Weekend, so I want to make sure I’m strong, healthy and on track to achieve my goal while I’m pushing myself so hard.

In closing, I’d say this 30 Day Challenge has not just been a cleanse and restore of my body. It’s also been an adventure of the mind.  An adventure to  test the mind; test the will; test the unknown, hold myself accountable to me and push myself to see what I am willing to do to effect positive change in my life.  A challenge of the mind to set the mark, stay the course, and reach for the ring at the end. Oh, yeah, RINGS!  That’s another thing…..I can finally wear my rings again after almost 5 years….

 

Thank you for reading my post. I’d love to hear your thoughts!  All comments are greatly appreciated.  Life is an adventure—good or bad, and it begins today!  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my home page.  If you are interested in learning more about doTerra and the Cleanse and Restore Challenge, please reach out for me! I would love nothing more than to help you achieve your healthiest self too!  I also offer essential oil wellness workshops for formal and informal groups.  As always, please feel free to share with others who may find meaning and value in exploring limitless possibilities with PR Brady AdVentures. Thanks again!

                                                                                                                                                       

 

Notable Quotable Thought Provoke-able 5

 

 

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”

–Marcus Aurelius–

 

 

 

Welcome to week 5 of 52 weeks of quotes meant to give you something to think about……..please do share your thoughts in the comments on my website in this post!  The opportunities in 2018 can be endless!

 

Thank you for reading my post. What do you dream about seeing, doing, being?  Got a bucket list? A life plan?  Want to start one?  I’d love to help you get there, check out my services.  The first step to believing ‘opportunities are endless’ is sometimes not as hard if you grab some inspiration under my blog category, “Bucket of Limitless Possibilities”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

My 2018 Cleanse And Restore 30 Day Challenge Home Stretch

It’s the final week of my cleansing health adventure and I’ve had some folks reach out with questions. This really excites me! There’s nothing I’d like more than to help others achieve their best selves and am willing to work with anyone who reaches out to me.  Here are answers to the questions I’ve been getting Maybe they’ll be beneficial to you as well…

Is the Cleanse and Restore Challenge all you are doing to lose weight?

No, it’s not. My goal is not to lose weight with the Challenge per say, it’s more to get me ready to lose weight after the Challenge is over.  I’m not trying to loose weight now.  Much of it is happening organically.  I have always been a hard running active person.  Then in August 2016 all that changed; I became completely inactive, and put on a whole lot of weight.  Now that I’m able to move without pain again I have started to slowly get back to some level of activity.  Is it a hard core work out program?  Not by any means—that will be coming shortly.  But for now I’m doing just a little bit to see how my body responds.  So I do a half hour of core activation and low weights (2lbs) 7 days a week the moment I get out of bed, an hour of Yoga 5 days a week usually in the evening, and cardio for 30 minutes 4 times a week usually early morning after weights.  What? I know that may sound pretty hard core! But we’re all different.  Our bodies all need something different.  This may seem like a lot of activity but for me it’s not.  It’s just a baby steps start.  And so far I feel fantastic.

The other thing I’d say is I’ve adjusted my portion size at meal time. I’ll admit I continued to eat like mad when I was inactive, which was a no-no, plus I only ate 2 meals a day and did lots of “pain grazing”.  So now, I’m eating 3 meals a day that are about half the size of the meals I’d been eating before, and then I have a mid-morning and mid afternoon snack to keep me from attacking innocent bystanders that have food in their hands.  Now that it’s been over 20 days  I rarely go wild with hunger mid-day, but boy, that first week was quite the killer!

What I think the cleanse is doing is helping me to purge the toxins and gunk out, jump start my metabolism, and support  absorbing a much higher nutritional value with what I eat, and take with my essential oils and the cleanse.  So far I freaking feel like an athlete reborn!

Doesn’t that Cleanse make you “bathroom bound” all day?

No, no, no, not at all. This has been a very gentle process.  I know some people have said they spent more time on the throne….others have had the total opposite effect.  I haven’t.  One thing that I’ve done consistently is take the supplements with food –literally intermixed with eating something—and I’ve been drinking roughly 64 ounces of water a day.  That may seem like a lot of water, but I count my morning coffee in there….lol….which amounts to about 16 ounces, and it’s still technically not enough water to be drinking per day just to be normal.  Perhaps that makes a difference?  I’m not sure.  But I will say that I feel like my body has been absorbing what I put in it, as though it was depleted and trying to recharge or something.

You get up at 4:45 and go to bed at 11:00? Geeze you look so good! Aren’t you getting run down? Aren’t you worried about getting sick?

Well, yes and no and thank you! I do get up early and turn in late.  Usually.  But not always.  I feel great. I listen to my body.  If I’m starting to feel tired or sore I back off of things for a day.  I meditate, too, and that bring me serious instant restfulness.  Truthfully I feel more energized and focused than I have in a very long time.  Plus I am taking fairly regular doses of essential oils internally and diffused in the air to support my immune system with all the flus and viral infections going around.  I seem to be rock solid and “healthy as a horse”, even while being subjected to sick people on a regular basis!

Aren’t you worried about taking all that product? How can that be safe?

Not worried at ALL! The decision to stop ingesting synthetic products purchased over the counter in stores was the best thing I’ve done for myself in a long time!  What I’m using now is all natural.  Nothing synthetic about it.  Our bodies only take (absorb) what they need, and, crazy as it sounds, let us know when it’s enough.  I know when I need to use a certain oil, because my body tells me.

What kinds of foods are you restricted to with the Cleanse?

There are no real restrictions, depending on what you want to achieve. The way to reach optimal results is by following a “clean” eating plan, and because I’m such an overachiever, well I went all out and decided to go somewhat Paleo/Keto.  But I’m no purist, as you will see.  I’m always going to be a food baby and celebrate awesome foods of all kinds!

What does that mean? I eat pretty much everything I did before.  It would be easier to describe what I don’t eat:

  • Milk (but I stopped that 15 years ago)
  • Cheese (but I have sprinkled some fresh grated Parm on a few things)
  • Breads (notice I didn’t say carbs)
  • Pork (but I didn’t have to)
  • Chips (but I did find some that fit the plan)
  • Sugar (but that doesn’t include honey)
  • And anything “processed” meaning it came in a package with a list of 5 syllable words describing what’s in there.

Some specific examples of my meals during the Cleanse include:

Breakfast:

  • Indie Egg Bake—chopped onion, garlic, mushroom, tomato, zucchini, green pepper and 8 eggs with curry, turmeric and s&p baked in a brownie pan and sliced for 6 mornings of breakfast.
  • Italian Egg Bake
  • Mexican Egg Bake

I should point out that breakfast was the most significant change for me. Prior to the Cleanse I always alternated breakfast tortillas and breakfast sandwiches with skinny bread for my normal routine.  A serious carb overload that I’ve taken a break from.

Lunch: left-overs from dinner items, or a spinach/romaine salad with chicken breast and avocado slices

Dinner:

  • Steak and mushrooms with pan grilled asparagus
  • Chicken soup with barley
  • Baked Grouper, broccoli and ancient grains
  • Spaghetti /w/turkey burger and spaghetti squash noodles
  • Broiled garlic shrimp, Brussel sprouts and brown rice
  • Bison taco salad (with those natural tortilla chips I found)
  • Roasted chicken, sweet potatoes and pole beans
  • Pan seared salmon and Quinoa kale salad

OH I could go on but I think you get the picture…..

For my mid am and pm snacks I nibble on things like carambola (Star Fruit) slices, blueberries, apple slices, banana, pineapple and mango, chopped radishes and celery, cashews, pecans and almonds, with an occasional half an avocado thrown in there.

I stop eating any food by 7:00 pm

So does it look like I’m restricted? I think I may be eating more than before!  I am never hungry.  I don’t crave much except maybe if I start thinking about it, I start to miss my late night garlic potato chips, dark chocolate and red wine….oh there I go again day dreaming…stop!

And I guess I have significantly decreased my alcohol consumption which is not a big deal to me.   I could, actually eat about anything I want with no apologies.  With this plan, I’ve lost 12 pounds in 22 days.  I’m already about half ways to my Memorial Day goal.  Do I feel restricted?  Heck no!

Isn’t that a lot of pills to take? Isn’t that a huge expense?

Well yes, at times it is a lot of pills, especially on this last leg, and it gets pretty darn confusing! But it’s only a 30 day commitment.  The purpose is to get healthier.  I don’t really look at the pills as pills.  They are natural supplements that are fresh and good for me.  I’m okay with muddling through the schedule for taking them.  It shall be over soon.  As for the cost…the Cleanse and Restore Kit was $326.67 and I needed an additional $50 bottle of TerraZyme for the month.  Geeze I’ve spent more than that per month in Caribou Coffee and going out to the bars and partying!  Seriously, I feel like my health and wellness is worth way more than that, so I consider this an investment in my wellbeing.

I’ve heard of doing Cleanses that make you dizzy, or sick. Does that happen to you?

No, I’ve been feeling really positive except for only once, but I think I understand why. I did get a touch of a dizzy spell one day early into the Cleanse.  I hadn’t eaten lunch yet and I was so hungry!  Then I smelled food from one of our local gourmet restaurants and got light headed and positively crazy for that food like a Banshee. Whoa!  I took some deep cleansing breaths, closed my eyes for a few minutes, drank some lemon water, talked myself back to civilized, and I was back in the game, feeling fine.  As my body adjusts to all the changes I’m putting it through it seems less “resistant” and more ready to go with the flow.

How do you know what to do? It all seems to be so overwhelming!

If you’re talking about just plain getting on track with improved health then, I agree. When you look at the nutrition component, the activity component, the mindset, the coordinating of things, the myriad of essential oils with countless combinations to address endless ailments, yeah, it does seem to be a bit overwhelming. I’m immersed into being an exemplary doTerra Wellness Advocate Director, so I devote a tremendous amount of time to it.  Lots of trust, patience, training, research, studying, being under a seasoned oilers wing, and of course I’ve done somewhat of a “trial and error” on my own self with amazing results.  Much of this practice is intuitive.  I’m addressing nutrition, exercise and healthy immune function, which dove tails into physical, mental and emotional health.  The resources at my fingertips or with a phone call are phenomenal .  If anything I feel empowered.  This path provides such a wide open opportunity for improved health head to toe.  Inside and out.  I’m excited to be what I consider a “life student of essential wellness”.  I’m excited to share this knowledge and freedom with others.  So, truthfully, just start small.  Tackle one thing at a time.  Maybe it’s cutting portion size.  Maybe it’s doing a 30 day cleanse first.  Maybe it’s just taking the LLV supplements for a while.  However you decide to start, whenever you decide to start, please do it with support…do it with me!  Come to one of my workshops, or we can create one for your own group, too.  What do I always say?  The opportunities are endless!

When is the best time to do a Cleanse and Restore?

Whenever you’ve decided that you are ready to commit to 30 days of something that may be somewhat out of your comfort zone, but will most certainly bring you pleasing results!  I probably wouldn’t do it at Thanksgiving or Christmas though.  That might just be asking for frustration, hehehehe!  I will likely do mine annually in January, and would be happy to have others join me next time!  That said, if you’re ready now, message me and we’ll get you started!

If you’re not seeing your question here…..well…..that means I’m sending your answer via email as the content is a little “graphic” or super personal for the world wide web!  You can also get back in touch with me and we can discuss further.

Well it’s about time for my lunch and TerraZyme. Cinna-Bean Soup today.  My attempt at creating a vegan dish.  It was going really well until I added the hamberger……………It’ll be on my website in the next week or two, once I perfect it.  I think the burger might have done the trick!  Counting down the days to completing my 30 Day Cleanse and Restore Challenge.  More soon!

Thank you for reading my post. I’d love to hear your thoughts!  All comments are greatly appreciated.  Life is an adventure—good or bad, and it begins today!  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my home page.  If you are interested in learning more about doTerra and the Cleanse and Restore Challenge, please reach out for me! I would love nothing more than to help you achieve your healthiest self too!  I also offer essential oil wellness workshops for formal and informal groups—let’s set one up for you and your friends or colleagues or department.  As always, please feel free to share with others who may find meaning and value in exploring limitless possibilities with PR Brady AdVentures. Thanks again!

Expectations—Learning about Less Part 3

“All You Need Is Less” is my mantra of the year.

Yes, “Less Self-Imposed Expectations” was a hard, hard lesson to learn, but I was able to do it in part by listening to other people’s similar situations, identifying with them, and being able to envision alternate ways to view those situations. Then, I came up with a Plan Of Action to Ensure Less Unrealistic Expectations.  My simple plan of action isn’t rocket science, but it sure does work for me.

The thing is, it’s pretty useless to try to just “whip up” a plan of action. There are a few steps involved. There is a need to put some thought into one.  A little self-talk, a little soul searching perhaps.  But if you can get through that part  you’re well on your way to enjoying  much more “Less!”

 

ACTION ITEM 1

First and foremost was coming to the understanding that it all starts with me.

Yada, yada yada, yeah we hear it over and over, but the truth really is….

Yes, I do have the ability to direct my destiny. We all do.  It’s all about choice.  I decide if and when I am going to do… virtually….anything.  I want certain things out of this life.  I aspire to achieve certain things.  Every time I take a back seat to my own needs and desires, I am farther away from realizing them.  I can’t get what I want without my own cooperation.   It’s on me, alone.  I can choose to say yes.  I can choose to say no. I can choose to share, keep, wait, or leave.  I can choose to modify my plans, or hold steady.  Not making a decision is, actually, making a decision.  I can decide something is important enough to engage in, or not.  I can change my mind then change it again. Saying yes isn’t wrong.  Saying no isn’t failing. I can be my worst critic, or my biggest cheerleader.  It all depends on how I choose to view things.  What happens in my day happens because of my decisions.  EVEN if it means disappointing someone, or something becomes a “surprise” situation, like my medical surprise.  I can choose how to respond to it. No one else gets to make that decision for me.  When a person approaches life with this realization in mind it effects every relationship and interaction they have.

The first step was coming back to the simple understanding that it all starts with me. Then, everything else changed.  Recognizing that “inner power” helped give me renewed confidence that I am valuable and my time is valuable, and I actively choose to prioritize my time to be gentle, patient, supportive, and forgiving of myself, first.  For most of us, I suspect we have ourselves down a couple on the priority list, putting others first.  As awkward and selfish as it may sound…that has to stop. We need to take care of ourselves before we’ll be much good for others.

 

ACTION ITEM 2

I identified four important TRUTHS to live by (in addition to ‘The Four Agreements’—by Don Miguel Ruiz –the ultimate truths to live by!).  These truths have been firmly planted in front of me for some time now, as a behavior modification reminder.

ONE      Trust that the world isn’t going to come to an end without my relentless efforts.

TWO      Accept that it’s not my job to take on mine, and everyone else’s “stuff”.  I’m not responsible for everything.

THREE   Allowing myself to pick and choose the things I really want to do, have to let go of, or cannot get done, is the right thing to do for everyone.   Just because I know I can, doesn’t mean I should.

FOUR    Believe that I deserve love, respect, understanding, and kindness from others, AND from myself.

 

ACTION ITEM 3

I had to put this adjusted way of thinking into a user friendly format. For me, that’s the easy part!

What helped me to limp along juggling overwhelming unrealistic expectations for years and years and YEARS was keeping AND USING a schedule. For me that included anything from bi-monthly projects to routine daily needs, cramming things right down to an 18 hour hourly timeline by the ½ hour with no breaks if I had a super busy day.  And more than once I needed a 30 hour day!  Oh how I had myself on point for non-stop running!  Sometimes  I can’t believe I’m still alive!  While the schedule gig was pretty effective in getting things done, it was also totally exhausting, usually unattainable, plus it was missing something huge—time to breathe.  There are several reasons for that,  that somehow, I never recognized all those years.  But now I do.

So, things have changed for me. It’s a new day.  “Less” of a day. Next time I’ll show you how I developed my “Less of a Schedule SCHEDULE”!

 

Thank you for reading my post. Did it strike a chord for you or did it seem far and away from your own perspective?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!  All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can read about all sorts of ideas, opinions and feelings from the heart and soul of an outdoorswoman… there are lots of topics covered in my blog category, “Girl Outdoors”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

Notable Quotable Thought Provoke-able 4

 

 

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

–Alice Walker–

 

 

Welcome to week 4 of 52 quotes meant to give you something to think about……..please do share your thoughts in the comments on my website in this post!  The opportunities in 2018 can be endless!

 

Thank you for reading my post. What do you dream about seeing, doing, being?  Got a bucket list? A life plan?  Want to start one?  I’d love to help you get there, check out my services.  The first step to believing ‘opportunities are endless’ is sometimes not as hard if you grab some inspiration under my blog category, “Bucket of Limitless Possibilities”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

Expectations—Learning about Less Part 2

“All You Need Is Less” is my mantra of the year.

Yes, “Less Self-Imposed Expectations” was a hard, hard lesson to learn, but I was able to do it in part by finding out I’m not alone on the island. Many people get caught up in the same spiral of trying to do it all, all of the time.  I reached out to many other people, asking why they hold themselves up against unrealistic self-imposed expectations.  Three interesting responses I got were:

 “When I say I’m going to do something, if I said I’d do it, I have to follow through and do it. Period.”

“It’s all stuff that has to be done, and no one else is going to do it, so I have to.”

“It just happens. I don’t know how I get myself so overextended with everything.  I don’t mean to take on so much, but it all piles up and then I struggle with getting anything done at all.”

All perfectly understandable explanations. And the last thing we want to do is have to look those commitments straight on and admit we’re in over our heads!

So I broke things down a little and took a closer look.

Following through.  Of course it’s important and responsible to follow through.  It demonstrates dependability.  Others feel comfortable counting on you.  It’s a foundation block of good character and maturity and being trustable.  But “I have to, Period”?  Sometimes, saying yes proves to be more than you’ve bargained for.  Being good for one’s word is a noble enough effort, but come on now, sometimes things come up that can’t be helped.  Maybe it wasn’t clear at first that saying yes would be a mistake—but coming clean with it the moment you do know is the right thing to do.  It’s ok to admit you’ve made a mistake!

The trouble is, if we don’t pay attention to what we actually agree to, eventually we’re caught up in a pile of commitments we’ve got no business being involved in, but come hell or high water by golly we’re gonna get um all done! Of course you don’t want to go back on your word.  Certainly we don’t want to make it a habit! But not allowing an occasional “change of mind” or admittance “I was wrong, I can’t make this happen by the deadline”  is inflexible, unhealthy and perhaps more critical to consider for yourself than the guilt of letting someone down.  In the bigger picture, the core problem stems from the inability to set a reasonable limit as to what we say we are willing to do in the first place.  And that’s a totally fixable problem.

Always rising to the occasion, whether it’s your occasion or not.  Oh, yes.  Ever the do-er, the matriarch, the head of the “whatever”, saving the day, the family, the department, the world…. “I’ll get it done” because all eyes turned to you, and well, someone has to! Also an admirable load to bear, but the truth is, always being “the one” is selfish.  Remember as a kid, your parents (hopefully) teaching you to share?  It wasn’t just about things, it was also about sharing responsibilities — ‘taking turns’ is an important life skill to have.  Not letting others step up and share the load is a pretty arrogant behavior.  Besides possibly enabling others to not learn to do their part, it can cause serious stress and health issues for you, the do-er.  Maybe that’s when it’s time to dial back and realize it’s not always about you.

“Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”. Sometimes it’s okay to let someone else take the lead.  You’re not the only brain in the room.  It’ okay to step away from “center stage”, running the show, and even to let the “chips fall as they may” when you finally decide it’s someone else’s turn to help.  Perhaps doing so will uncover something important for you.  Perhaps doing so will allow others to grow and learn something.  In the bigger picture, the core problem likely stems from the inability to trust and let go of control.  By believing we have to be the one to do it all, eventually we drown in an overwhelming struggle to doing too much; frustrated and resentful that we’re ‘alone on the island’ –we’ve trained others that they don’t have to step up because we always will.

And then there’s saying yes. And yes. And yes, and yes. We just can’t say no, and we just don’t pay attention to how much yes we give out.  Awwwe.  What a nice person! We want to help.  We want to be liked.  We want to be accepted and appreciated.  Be wanted.  Be needed.  Feel valued.  All normal desires and a part of being the amazing human beings that we are.  But the reality is, those feelings shouldn’t have to be dependent on fulfilling the needs and wants of everything and everybody else.  We are valuable, worthy and essential on this planet whether we are constantly overloaded with doing things….or not.  We are not defined by how much we do for others, but for who we are.

But somehow, we mistakenly convince ourselves that we ARE defined by how much we “do”, which is a faulty rationalization.  Without knowing and owning self-value in our hearts, we keep offering, helping, and doing until we are backed-logged with dozens of projects and commitments, and no time to breathe, let alone focus on getting any one thing done for anyone.  Overworked and overwhelmed, eventually we end up missing deadlines, doing inferior work, disappointing people and feeling like a failure.

In talking with these three people about their various situations, I discovered that on TOP of my own reasons, I, too have, from time to time, been guilty of each of their reasons as well! So back last year while I was trying to figure out my health issues, and was literally forced to do “less”, I developed a new plan of action to Ensure Less Unrealistic Expectations.  My plan of action isn’t rocket science.  It isn’t anything outrageously innovative or unique.  But it sure does work for me.  Stay tuned.  Next time I’ll unfold the plan of how I Ensure Less Unrealistic Expectations of myself.

 

Thank you for reading my post. Did it strike a chord for you or did it seem far and away from your own perspective?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!  All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can read about all sorts of ideas, opinions and feelings from the heart and soul of an outdoorswoman… there are lots of topics covered in my blog category, “Girl Outdoors”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

My 2018 Cleanse And Restore 30 Day Challenge Half Way Mark

As promised, I’m checking in with an update on the Cleanse and Restore Challenge I’ve embarked on. Wooo Who00, I’ve made it through Phase 1, and have completed the first half of the Challenge!  Sure has been an interesting 15 days!  Just as I had hoped I’m feeling better than I have in a very, very long time.

I must admit, I do have a slight advantage in seeing great results so far. Here’s just a little back story….

Last October I began taking the Life Long Vitality supplements, mostly because I felt so depleted from the previous year of physical issues. The 3 supplements, taken together, are amazing!   I noticed I had more energy and felt “lighter” within a couple weeks of incorporating them into my daily routine, even without changing anything else.  People that I hadn’t seen in several months would say things like “wow you look so great, what are you doing?”  and that was pretty much the only thing I was doing.  One of the main reasons I started taking LLV was to hopefully improve my bowel movements which had become “extremely not normal” over a year ago (LOL,  I know, T.M.I.!).  I have to say, things did improve some by about mid-November, and this was with only taking one of each of the three supplements daily (suggested quantity is 2 of each 2x a day).  Now with this cleanse challenge, I’ve been taking one of each with breakfast and with dinner.

In addition, there are several little changes I’ve made for the cleanse that are rather interesting:

  • Caffeine Freak here, I’d been drinking a pot of coffee a day for years; now I’m drinking ½ or less of a pot daily and don’t seem to miss it.
  • Guaranteed I’d be having a glass or two of wine with dinner each night since the beginning of time; now I enjoy a glass or two of wine with dinner maybe every 3 nights, and I don’t seem to miss it.
  • Maybe I’d grab a bottle or two of water, or not, every day; now I absolutely drink 3 16 oz. containers of water with lemon oil or more, daily.

I thought it would be hard to follow this challenge, but it hasn’t been hard at all. My biggest shift has been with portion size, rather than foods.  I’m not a processed foods chick.  I eat pretty clean as it is.  The items that I’ve “given up” for the month apparently weren’t all that important to me, because it’s not a hardship to not have them.  Even the carb craze of pasta, potatoes, and pizza has been bearable.  I’ve made amazing dishes that fulfill me so I hardly notice the absence of carbs (but I also take comfort in knowing I’m half way home to getting me some noodles again….in moderation!).

So during Phase 1, (the first 10 days) I dropped a few pounds and felt even more alert and energized. Seems I slept better and woke up better, too.  By mid-afternoon I’d get crazy hungry, but I could instantly satisfy that with a couple almonds or a half of an avocado, which are some of my afternoon snack choices.  I peed and peed and peed all day and my bowel movements got remarkably “better”( I know, T.M.I . again!) There were only a few times I became a tad lightheaded (sugar or carb withdrawals).  When that happened, it wouldn’t be for very long.  Some deep cleansing breaths helped with a couple swigs of lemon water.  Days 2 – 8 an occasional burp would rise up out of nowhere.  Those burps were wonderfully fragrant tasting like flowers (LOL) and quite interesting to experience!  Actually, I’m rather missing them.

Now I’m half way through Phase 2 (the second 10 days)

My body feels somehow a little less “puffy”. I’m flattening out (well, not everywhere! ) and don’t feel bloated.  Even my fingers got “skinny”.  This seems so strange to me, as I’m consuming more liquids than I ever have. Still peeing like a racehorse, and I am downright proud of my #2’s. My eyes seem “brighter” than normal.  My skin feels softer and tighter.  And my hair—OH MY!  My hair!  People who know me know I’ve been worried about my hair for the last 5 years or so.  Believe it or not, I’ve lost 1/3 of my hair or more in that time—it’s been shedding by the handfuls (although you’d never think that by looking at me) and I’ve been terrified I’m going to lose it all.  But suddenly now I’m not experiencing  alarming hair loss anymore!  I’ve stopped shedding hair!  In fact the texture of my hair seems to be changing—seriously!  It’s softer, more manageable, and not as quick to tangle! This in itself is so very exciting for me!

I’ve had a little bit of tummy growls that are new. Must mean things are moving around.  My energy level remains high, I sleep well and wake up refreshed, and by golly I’ve now dropped 9 pounds since January 3rd—without trying–and I’m eating fantastic!  I’m excited to see what the next 15 days will bring.  So far, I couldn’t be more pleased with how my Cleanse and Restore 30 Day Challenge is going!

 

Thank you for reading my post. I’d love to hear your thoughts!  All comments are greatly appreciated.  Life is an adventure—good or bad, and it begins today!  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my home page.  If you are interested in learning more about doTerra and the Cleanse and Restore Challenge, please reach out for me! I would love nothing more than to help you achieve your healthiest self too!  I also offer essential oil wellness workshops for formal and informal groups.  As always, please feel free to share with others who may find meaning and value in exploring limitless possibilities with PR Brady AdVentures. Thanks again!

                                                                                                                                                       

Notable Quotable Thought Provoke-able 3

Welcome to week 3 of 52 weeks of quotes meant to give you something to think about……..please do share your thoughts in the comments on my website in this post!  The opportunities in 2018 can be endless!

 

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror.  I can take the next thing that comes along.”  You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” 

—-Eleanor Roosevelt—–

 

 

Thank you for reading my post. What do you dream about seeing, doing, being?  Got a bucket list? A life plan?  Want to start one?  I’d love to help you get there, check out my services.  The first step to believing ‘opportunities are endless’ is sometimes not as hard if you grab some inspiration under my blog category, “Bucket of Limitless Possibilities”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!