Wife and mom are my two most important titles. I’m a Dietitian by training and like to call myself a Battle Strategist because I firmly believe that we are all warriors! I want us to be empowered warriors with the good energy and health needed to fight our daily battles. We can do this Warrior Moms! We have an important job to do!
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Balance is a myth. It’s like a mythical creature, a unicorn! Something we want to see and never experience! Just hearing the word balance makes us feel stressed. It makes us take a look at our life and feel the opposite of balance…..UNBALANCED! This desire to get evenness across all areas of life leaves us feeling inadequate, incapable and simply depleted. Ditch the balancing act! You are not a circus performer! Give yourself a healthy dose of grace. What if we started changing our mindset? Let’s change our “tune" and focus on HARMONY instead! (LOL, see what I did there?!?) Harmony is defined as a pleasing arrangement of parts. When those parts or components are in agreement, in accord with one another! Another way to define harmony is an internal calm, tranquility. There we go!!! Now we are talking! That’s exactly what we want!!! We want harmony!
Doesn’t that sound better to you?
I think I know why I love the word “harmony” so much. It brings back beautiful memories of my childhood. My mom’s side of the family was a musical family. Her dad and five brothers had a family band called the Harmonica Bradley’s and my mom and her two sisters sang. And man, could they sing!! (I’m smiling as a I write this) I just loved listening to them perform. They would preform at October Fest, church functions, social gatherings, family get togethers and nursing homes to name a few. Each of their voices had a part and those voices blended together in perfect and beautiful harmony! I would love to continue here and tell you that I’m musically gifted and can play an instrument like my grandfather or sing in harmony like my mother.
Ummmm well……somehow the musical gene skipped me altogether and I was not gifted with the same talents as my mom and her family! But that doesn’t change the fact that I grew up adoring music and how the different parts blend together in perfect harmony.
Having spent my entire adult life working with people to help them achieve a healthier lifestyle has made me realize that we are looking for the same thing with our health and our music! A beautiful, pleasing arrangement of parts. Not an unrealistic ideal of balance but simple harmony that carries over across all aspects of our health including our physical health, mental and emotional health and spiritual health. Let’s take this journey together. Let’s turn down the complicated noise, ditch the extreme health approaches and instead combine simple informational parts, a positive mindset and spiritual growth so we can work to achieve beautiful, healthy harmony. Together, we can motivate change and celebrate life!