Overcoming Fear to Live Your BEST Life

The truth in life is there will never be the perfect time to start something.  Especially where health or business goals are concerned.  We get so caught up in this mindset of I will wait until Monday, or I will start next month when life quiets down.  The reality is life will always have some “thing” that will make change inconvenient.  You simply have to learn to work around it.  If you wait until Monday to start your health journey and today is Thursday…. well, you wasted three entire days that you could have been making progress.  Those three days don’t have to be perfect, but they sure as heck can be moving you forward toward that dream you are chasing.
We have to stop waiting for “perfection” in order to move.
I get it.  I have spent a lot of time “waiting” for things to be just right in my life too.
But over the years, I have learned, staying stuck in constant analysis paralysis gets us NOWHERE.
Trust me… I have a bad habit of getting stuck in research and analyze mode.
The perfect timing will never show up…
We simply have to show up anyway!

So what is at the root of all this “waiting?”

What is really holding most of us back isn’t actually timing, but FEAR!
Fear of the unknown and pushing outside our comfort zone.
Fearing what others may think of us.
Fearing risk.

 

So how do we push past fear to get to the other side?
How do we create change if we feel stuck?

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Every BIG and life-changing thing I have done in my life, I have had to JUMP in boldly with the mindset of “I will figure this out.”
Every bit has been scary and unknown.
But I did it anyway.

No I’m not some magical, gifted badass.
Although… that could be an excellent job title amiright?
At some point in life I realized I wasn’t getting anywhere waiting.  So I learned to bite the bullet and just…

JUMPED!

 

I faced the fears.
I took a leap.
I didn’t DIE!
You can do this too.
Here are some other scary examples from my life… maybe you can relate to a few… where facing the fears turned into a blessing in the end.

  • Learning to drive a car
  • Moving to another state to pursue a relationship with my now husband
  • Building my photography business from scratch with no formal training
  • Building a six-figure business from the ground up when everyone said the industry was collapsing
  • Healing my body with food and lifestyle changes when doctors told me it couldn’t be done.
  • Starting an intimidating workout program when I weighed well over 200 lbs.
  • Posting a selfie of my fitness journey for the world to see
  • Pushing a human from my body and allowing another to be cut from me
  • Choosing to build a brand new business leading others to healthier and more abundant lives
  • Downsizing and selling our home
  • Trusting my gut and following my passion!

 

All of these things have been terrifying.  Not one came naturally to me.  I simply wanted the end result of what they offered and was willing to do whatever it took to get there.  Things that are unknown can never become comfortable, if we don’t dive in and get familiar with it. Who is with me that driving is like the easiest thing ever now?  It is almost second nature.  Remember being 16 and it was so COMPLICATED?  Or the first time I picked up a digital camera with all its settings and menus and thought, I’d never figure it all out.  It just takes practice and consistently showing up to make it happen.  We would never be good at driving, walking, typing, talking if we didn’t practice those things.  You feel me here?

Everything new and wonderful in life will always feel scary at first.
There will be fear of the unknown and the “what if’s” that could happen.
But we have to face them with an open mind and joyful heart and know that with persistence, hard work, and effort, it will all turn out for our greatest good!

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You are strong, and powerful and even if you take a leap and fall short, you will always come out stronger on the other side having learned from the experience.
Understand there is no real failure my friends, only success and learning.
Stopping and giving up or never beginning in the first place are the only sure-fire ways to ensure failure.

Whenever you feel like you are ready for a change but not sure how to make it happen just remember…

YOU ARE CAPABLE OF FAR MORE THAN YOU REALIZE!

We will not always do what the world around us wants us to.
Others will often try to pull you back down out of their own fears.
We cannot let their fears become our own.
Or try to live our lives by the standards of someone else.
We must live our own life of joy and purpose.

Learn to trust your heart, and simply GO FOR IT!
Stop worrying about the outcome or what anyone else may think and simply get to work creating the life you long for!

Did we live, did we love, did we make a difference in the world around us?

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Stop waiting for the perfect time.  Now is the perfect time!  My new coach mentorship will help get you started living a life that is bigger, bolder, healthier and more fulfilling than you ever dreamed.
When we become our best selves and help others do the same, the world around us becomes a brighter place!
Less fear!
More love!

Downsizing to Financial Freedom

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What in the heck were we thinking?
Seriously… who came up with this hair-brained idea?

What kind of people up and decide to sell their perfectly lovely house,
move to a new city,
buy a fixer-upper
…and RENOVATE it,

all while building a growing business,
working full time
…and juggling two small children???

Clearly crazy people right???

In the midst of it all, I have questioned if maybe we are just a touch off our rockers…
But honestly, our big move from Nashville to the sweet little town of Columbia, TN wasn’t crazy at all.
It is all part of our great big, LONG-TERM-HAIRY-SCARY-DREAM-CHASER GOALS!

{risk big to win big, amiright?}

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So how did we get here you ask?

Well it all starts with a big dream and a big VISION for our future.  We have been decluttering our lives, our thoughts, our possessions, in order to make room for the things that truly light us up.  From little things like decluttering closets to big things like changing careers.  I had been feeling overwhelmed by the demands of my photography business and making the shift to online health coaching has been so freeing!  Slow and steady we have been weeding out things that no longer serve us so that we can release more joy into our lives.  Let’s call us minimalists, meet big time dreamer and doers if you will. 😉

Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value
and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.

 

I have always believed in the concept of less is more.  Although we don’t live a life of restriction or extremism, this idea to be intentional about what you allow in your life and what you consume can truly ignite your soul in BIG WAYS.  I’ll be sharing all kinds of ways we have been doing this soon, but for this story… lets focus on our big goal!

Our plan to be 100% FINANCIALLY FREE!!!!

 

Our really big dream has so many layers to it but eliminating ALL debt (car loans, student loans, consumer debt, mortgages, etc) means TRUE freedom to us. We had been making amazing progress thanks to the growth of my coaching business.  For several months we took whatever income I earned and used it to pay down debts faster than normal.

• A couple hundred towards grocery bills.
• A few hundred more towards a car payment
• Then a couple thousand to pay our kids private school tuition!

Each month my income was going up and coaching was not only impacting our health, but our family’s future!
We were hooked on this feeling of freeing up wealth to pay down debts.
Every bill my coaching income took care of, freed up more money to pay more on our mortgage, more on our student loans, more on our car loan.
You following me here?

We were loving this shift of thinking.

Instead of buying more THINGS with my added income, we used it to buy more FREEDOM!
Remember… zero debt is the ultimate freedom.

This just fired us up more to see our big picture even clearer.  We wanted to get to our end goal as fast as possible!!!

Back in January we watched the documentary, Minimalism, on Netflix and it hit me…  what if we made a huge leap forward and DOWNSIZED!?!

How much faster could we make traction on our dreams if we not only decreased our debts but also the money we spent each month.  I mean surely a smaller house would have lower bills.  Duh… it made so much sense!  We adored our big beautiful house, but really, we didn’t need all that space.  We have BIG-HAIRY-SCARY-AUDACIOUS-DREAMS you guys!  And we want to see them come to life sooner than later.

 

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With the equity we had built up in our Nashville home, we could pay off all student loans, car loans and put down a hefty chunk of change on our new mortgage with a plan to pay it off in full in just a few short years.  Even better yet…. as my coaching business continues to grow, the rate at which we do this INCREASES!!!!
Holy smokes you guys… talk about an amazing feeling.  Not only do I get to do work that is my passion, but by helping others live healthier lives I’m bringing my family to a place of true FREEDOM!  We will literally have ZERO debt in just a couple years.  Wow!

 

Although it may have seemed crazy from the outside or FELT insane while packing up and moving out… the numbers just don’t lie and that dream to see a big fat ZERO at the end of all our balances made it all worth the effort!  I mean… any dream you are chasing is worth the effort my friend!

 

Big things don’t come easily!

Let me stop you right there before you star thinking I’m all about the dolla dolla bills y’all.
You have to understand, financial freedom, and zero debt burden means…  TIME!
And in this season of life, with small children, and dreams to be more present with them, to travel and experience more of life with them and not wait until we are retirement age, TIME is everything to us.  Why shouldn’t we enjoy this time we have together now?!

 

No one wants to work like crazy just to pay for a ton of “stuff.”
Or put in long hard years at a job just so you can enjoy life AFTER you retire…
We want to work hard and pursue our passions NOW so we can live a BIG and abundant life today!

You guys… can you even imagine the possibilities this opens up?!

 

Downsizing may not make sense at first, or look like the norm, but by taking a big leap of faith, we know this move has propelled us down a path to so much MORE!  We are enjoying this journey exploring our new town, and creating a new space to call our own.  Our kids are outside playing more in their big back yard and we are loving every minute.  I am living my Pinterest dreams in my own home and discovering if I have what it takes to be a renovating real estate guru like Joanna Gaines.  (Other life goals!)  This move has opened us up to so much we’ve been longing for just by facing our fears, going outside the norm and saying YES when the path revealed itself!

 

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Life doesn’t happen TO you…
You CREATE it!

 

I’m on a mission my friends to truly live a life of intention and love.  Through health and fitness, mindset shifts, and purposeful living in every single way I believe we can change the world!  Maybe that sounds dramatic, but I believe it whole heartedly.  This shift in thinking, and approaching life from a place of real intention has changed my life and it can change yours too if you want it!

If you want to know more about what I do as an online wellness coach and how I am able to work from anywhere in the world helping people achieve their biggest dreams  —-> contact me here.

My team is rapidly growing and I am looking for passionate leaders to join me on this mission.  This is truly a dream job that has not only put my health at it’s core, but freed me up to live more presently, abundantly and joyfully while empowering others to do the same.

 

 

 

 

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One Simple Step to Reverse Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Disease

For all of you who follow me on social media, especially those special few who pay attention to my Instagram stories (don’t expect makeup here) you know I love my Shakeology.  But lets be real here… this isn’t some protein shake I drink to bulk up or lose weight.  This is my high density, nutrient infusion to keep up a high quality of life.  When I realized it could replace all the HANDFULS of supplements I had been taking to heal my gut health I was skeptical, but let me tell you… it did not disappoint.  And yes, you heard correctly… handfuls!

Using high-quality, whole-food based supplements has always been an integral part of my health journey.  Not only have I lost 80 lbs, but most importantly I completely reversed my autoimmune disease symptoms.  No more PCOS, no more Hypothyroid, no more hair falling out, eczema or loss of periods…. NO MORE!  It has taken a lot of work and coming at it from a whole lifestyle approach, but it has been worth every ounce of effort.  Supplementation has allowed me to infuse my body with the nutrition it needed to heal, to balance out my gut health and give my body the nutritional tools to rebuild and repair.  I whole-heartedly believe this is a critical step in overcoming leaky gut and reversing disease symptoms.  Previously, I was taking 21 capsules a day of various vitamins, minerals, probiotics and digestive enzymes.  I know that sounds SHOCKING to some of you but, if you take whole-food supplements then you know there is no One-A-Day pill solution to get quality and usable nutrients in to your system.  Enter Shakeology and it has condensed the massive amount of pills and powders into ONE simple scoop.  This chocolatey deliciousness is truly the best way I have ever taken my vitamins in my life!

Although I never had a problem ingesting the menagerie of supplements in my daily arsenal, I did find that after having my daughter and becoming exponentially busier (how is 2 kids so much harder than one!?), I struggled to remember to take all my vitamins each day.  Or I’d have good streaks and then a bad one and be all over the board.  I was struggling with consistency in so many areas of my life and trying to remember all my supplements to keep my gut health in check was just not happening.  My energy levels were plummeting, I was in a fog.  So when I researched using Vegan Shakeology as an answer to some of my craziness… I was more than happy to find it solved so many of my problems.

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#1:  It is a fast, easy, DELICIOUS breakfast or snack that I can drink and enjoy while nursing, while driving, while chasing my kids.  It is FULL nutrition on the go when life is too busy and bacon and eggs just aren’t gonna happen.

#2:  The organic protein smoothie I had been making every morning to get my greens powder, chia seeds, maca root and coconut oil into was a 20 ingredient laundry list of steps and add-ins that got too complicated.  One scoop of ShakeO saved the day!  Remember protein powders alone are not going to cut it nutritionally friends.

#3:  I no longer have to take handfuls of supplements periodically through the day (and risk forgetting some) because it is ALL in my smoothie!  Seriously… this one scoop just simplified my life astronomically.  Also, if you’re not taking a multivitamin or probiotics daily… please… start NOW!  A lifetime of eating the Standard American Diet has left so many nutritional gaps in our bodies and leaky gut is a HUGE culprit in most of our modern disease states.

#4:  I actually SAVE money with Shakeology.  Insane right?  After breaking down the cost of the protein powder, the greens powder, the laundry list of ingredients like chia seeds and maca root I would add, plus my multivitamin, digestive enzymes, probiotics, and other herbal supplements I was taking to support my body I am literally saving money!!!!  And it still costs less than an almond milk latte at Starbucks!  I’m pretty sure it costs less than most things at Starbucks… haha… but that is another conversation.

#5: Five points?! Geez Melanie wrap it up.  Seriously though…. the ingredients in this smoothie are top notch.  With 70+ superfood ingredients it is nearly impossible to get everything certified organic & non-GMO while ethically and sustainably sourcing through global farms.  But let me tell you, my research and time with this company and the creator of Shakeology has proven the ingredients go far beyond the standards I have always made sure I have held my supplements to.  You know so much of my healing is credited to a clean, organic, non-GMO, all natural, crunchy-or-die mindset so this my friends has really impressed me with the level at which the company holds their farms to.  I even give this shake to my children.  I love that we are all getting a huge dose of veggies and fruits that would be hard to consume otherwise and I know how AMAZING I FEEL using it.  I’ve felt run down and exhausted for too long and knowing how ALIVE my body feels when I am fueling it right is the biggest thumbs up for me.

All that to say… this stuff has given me a little more time in my day.
A little more sanity knowing I didn’t let my nutrition slip through the cracks.
All of my autoimmune symptoms are long gone and my most recent check up has proven my labs are in stellar condition.

So trust me when I say this has been an integral part to my health journey and simplified my life.
There are so many more components like mindset, nutrition, fitness and personal care product that have contributed to my healing, but this is certainly the MOST DELICIOUS tool I’ve used to reach my goals and one that has given me a whole lot of peace of mind.
Oh and you can totally hide a bunch of fresh spinach in the chocolate smoothie and your kids will never know the difference… so #momwin!!

If you want to try a sample, shoot me an email.  Or if you are ready to get your health under control and join me in one of my VIP health challenges learning to do what I have done to get healthy… then stop waiting and click here.  Let’s get you on the road to living your best life!

Oh and mom’s out there… get this…. there is a CERTIFIED organic, non-GMO, soy/gluten/dairy-free, pediatrician approved smoothie JUST RELEASED called Daily Sunshine that is perfect for your little ones…. especially those picky eaters that refuse veggies. 😉

 

   Living healthy doesn’t have to be complicated.

 

 

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**Disclosure: I am a Beachbody Coach and this blog contains affiliate links from which I earn a small commission but I never recommend anything I don’t fully believe in or have tried and loved myself.  All rights reserved. Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition.  We are all grown ups here, I am not a medical professional, just someone sharing my own personal experiences and knowledge so that you too may be empowered to make healthy decisions for yourself.  If you are grown enough to be here reading my blog, you are grown enough to use common sense when starting any new exercise program or nutrition plan and supplementation.  Consult your physician or research and empower yourself to make good choices and discern for yourself what is best for your lifestyle.  No one can make you do anything but you so make good choices.