Visualizing your future

There’s a lot of emphasis lately on the future and having “vision”. Companies have vision statements and definitely think well into the future when they are strategy planning. While I prefer to live more in-the-moment, I can appreciate why having a vision is so important.

Visions and dreams help us to have a focal point, something to reach for. I think it’s super important to have dreams and goals that push us to be better everyday. I’m a life-long learner and will always be going after something, whether it’s a new skill, certification or goal. 

Visualizing your future is just another tool to help with momentum. Vision boards can be a great tool that you look at everyday. Visualization exercises, however, are what I like to help people with most. 

These exercises should be done from a standpoint of already having what it is you desire. Instead of visualizing the future you want to have, pretend you’re already there. NOW visualize your life from that place. It changes the whole thing. Visualize your life as the person who’s already living your dream, see what that feels like, what things is that future you concerned with, what are their dreams? This puts us in a mindset of abundance and not lack. If we dream about what we don’t have but wish we did…we won’t get anywhere. If we visualize our future already being in the shoes of ourselves after having reached our current goal, then we can attract more of what we aspire to be. 

I’m telling ya, it’s a game changer to approach your visualizations like this! Give it a try!

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Visualizing your future

There’s a lot of emphasis lately on the future and having “vision”. Companies have vision statements and definitely think well into the future when they are strategy planning. While I prefer to live more in-the-moment, I can appreciate why having a vision is so important.

Visions and dreams help us to have a focal point, something to reach for. I think it’s super important to have dreams and goals that push us to be better everyday. I’m a life-long learner and will always be going after something, whether it’s a new skill, certification or goal. 

Visualizing your future is just another tool to help with momentum. Vision boards can be a great tool that you look at everyday. Visualization exercises, however, are what I like to help people with most. 

These exercises should be done from a standpoint of already having what it is you desire. Instead of visualizing the future you want to have, pretend you’re already there. NOW visualize your life from that place. It changes the whole thing. Visualize your life as the person who’s already living your dream, see what that feels like, what things is that future you concerned with, what are their dreams? This puts us in a mindset of abundance and not lack. If we dream about what we don’t have but wish we did…we won’t get anywhere. If we visualize our future already being in the shoes of ourselves after having reached our current goal, then we can attract more of what we aspire to be. 

I’m telling ya, it’s a game changer to approach your visualizations like this! Give it a try!

Visualizing your future

There’s a lot of emphasis lately on the future and having “vision”. Companies have vision statements and definitely think well into the future when they are strategy planning. While I prefer to live more in-the-moment, I can appreciate why having a vision is so important.

Visions and dreams help us to have a focal point, something to reach for. I think it’s super important to have dreams and goals that push us to be better everyday. I’m a life-long learner and will always be going after something, whether it’s a new skill, certification or goal. 

Visualizing your future is just another tool to help with momentum. Vision boards can be a great tool that you look at everyday. Visualization exercises, however, are what I like to help people with most. 

These exercises should be done from a standpoint of already having what it is you desire. Instead of visualizing the future you want to have, pretend you’re already there. NOW visualize your life from that place. It changes the whole thing. Visualize your life as the person who’s already living your dream, see what that feels like, what things is that future you concerned with, what are their dreams? This puts us in a mindset of abundance and not lack. If we dream about what we don’t have but wish we did…we won’t get anywhere. If we visualize our future already being in the shoes of ourselves after having reached our current goal, then we can attract more of what we aspire to be. 

I’m telling ya, it’s a game changer to approach your visualizations like this! Give it a try!

Do you stress during the holidays?

  
What is the deeper purpose today? My deeper purpose today is compassion. The holidays cause people a lot of stress and that causes those people to have rude behavior, (yes I’m talking to the rude people I encountered at Target yesterday). I want to work on not letting those rude people affect me. I used to be really good at this but it has become harder. I ALWAYS do try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they are going through a hard time, illness, anxiety, anything. My Buddha statue always reminds me to be more compassionate. It’s the season of giving so let’s give more smiles! 😀 

Xo, Heather

Living big and with purpose

Today I felt extra grateful for life. It wasn’t because of anything special or because something awesome happened, it was just because this last week has felt hectic to me for some reason, and I consciously took a moment to reflect and meditate. I realized that I hadn’t done my gratitude journal!

I love practicing gratefulness because it reminds me of what I have in my life currently and allows me to appreciate it! This practice is super important in today’s world. Always trying to accumulate that next BIG material thing or trying to keep up with the Jones’s isn’t my idea of living big.

Living big, to me, is going for it. Going for that something that you might be afraid to pursue or stepping out of your comfort zone. It’s saying “yes” to things more than you say “no” to them. I have made a real effort to do this. When I get invited somewhere or someone asks me to do something or go somewhere, I really try not to come up with excuses as to why I don’t want to do it. I really try to get out and have more fun. In the past, I was always a person who would rather play it safe and would rather stay at home and watch a movie, saying “no” rather than go out. Now, I’m trying to do more things, say “yes” more often and be a little more fearless in my actions.

Since having a baby, I’ve obviously had to scale back a little bit on going anywhere I want whenever I want but I made a point not to be a hermit crab. I started taking her out the first week of her life and getting her used to being in the car and running errands with me. It’s important to me not to lose my sense of self just because I’m a mom now. To be the best mom, I need to nourish myself and continue to live BIG so that I can be an example for my child.

How are you living big? Do you find yourself afraid of going out and doing new things? What do you think stops you from going after your dreams?

xo, Heather

Do you have pain in your body?

I finally found a visual chart that explains how emotions can get trapped in areas of our body and cause pain. Now, some people may think this is fruity but it’s a real thing. Our bodies respond to positivity, negativity, trauma, happiness and the like. In chinese culture, the energy or lifeforce of our bodies, our qi (“chee”) is greatly affected by things like our emotions and even our environment. This is why Feng Shui is revered so much in many Asian cultures.

Check out more below:

Link to Article

xo, Heather

What are you grateful for this week?

I try to make my gratitude journal a daily thing in my life but sometimes you just get busy! This post will serve as my gratitude journal entry for today. It’s really powerful when you write down what you are grateful for. It creates awareness, appreciation and love for your life and that, in turn, creates more amazingness to enter into your world.

Things I am grateful for today:

  1. My parents – they are so supportive and wonderful to me every day but so much so during this time in my life when I need them a lot. Just having had a baby 7 weeks ago, they have been instrumental in helping me and babysitting!
  2. Life/Good Health – This is on my list every day since I almost lost my life to cancer. Health is everything. I truly learned the importance of a positive attitude during that awful time and I am so grateful to wake up breathing every day.
  3. My miracle daughter – 7 weeks old today! She was supposed to be something I would never be able to have because I was supposed to be infertile after treatment but somehow God made it possible and she chose me as her Mom against all odds. Thank you, Ava!
  4. Tom’s Shoes – I. Love. Toms. Shoes. They are so comfortable and I can walk in them for miles! (Ask me about the time I walked 100 blocks in them in NYC during Winter).
  5. Snapchat – Ok, this one may seem dumb but I have to say….I really like watching people enjoy their lives on snapchat. Follow me: heatherjuliet

xo, Heather

My Summer Faves

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Summer is one of my favorite seasons….Fall being the other if I had to pick. I think it’s the fact that I love being warm and the warmer weather just suits me better.

I put together some of my summer faves so I’ll get right down to sharing!

1. Fruit! – I always start my day with fresh, organic fruit. After I eat my fruit, I usually eat some gluten free steel cut oats or a smoothie. Refreshing, so good for you, hydrating and good for your digestion.

2. Aviator Sunglasses – I never liked aviators until I found a pair that fit my small face! They always looked gigantic on me and then I found a pair of Tommy Hilfiger ones at TJ Maxx that were extra small! I love them since they have thin stems that allow me to wear them under a hat and they don’t give me a headache like most other sunglasses that have thick and bulky stems.

3. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Blush – I am obsessed with this beauty brand. They are the caliber of quality I look for when I need makeup since I can’t use traditional, chemical-laden products. They have amazing makeup made with fruit pigments and it’s surprisingly long-lasting. They also do skincare, haircare and a baby line! They have an online store as well as select store fronts in major cities.

4. Book: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks – I know, totally cheesy Nicholas Sparks book but I actually enjoyed this one. I haven’t read a whole ton of his books because they usually aren’t my cup of tea but this one is about a hot bull rider/cowboy, come on! I also saw the movie which I really enjoyed as well.

5. Favorite Smoothie Recipe – I made a smoothie a month ago that knocked my socks off. I don’t know if it was because I’ve never really used this in a smoothie but I was amazed at the flavor. I’m pretty gaga over papayas. I LOVE them. I let one ripen very well and then mixed with with 1 cup of pineapple chunks, coconut water and a gala apple. It’s so simple that it’s hard to believe how amazing it was, but it was! Try it out this summer. Papayas are usually ripe and ready when they are softer to the touch and start to give off their natural papaya smell.

Hope you enjoy! xoxo

If life has you down, read this….

I always look back on this monumental time in my life when life was at its worst. Coming out on the other side as a stronger, brighter and more courageous person gave me the power to create change. My goal since then has always been to inspire others to LIVE LIFE, EAT HEALTHY and LOVE DEEPLY. It’s all that is important. This article below is my story 🙂

2015 – Are you going BIG?

How is 2015 shaping up for you? I’ve had some pretty big and monumental things occur in my life starting in late 2014 and carrying over into this year.

First, I hit my 1-year remission mark from stage 4 cancer in November 2014! This was such an amazing feeling, getting to look back and reflect on how much pain and suffering I endured, only to look at my life now! I’m alive and well. Cancer-free. My oncologist said if I can make it to my two year remission mark that I have a better chance of my cancer not relapsing, so that is what I’m shooting for (and between you and me, I’m confident it won’t. Universe, are you listening?). I had nothing to rely on during my illness besides God and my own personal strength that He gave to me. That was it. God is powerful and so is the human spirit. Positive thinking combined with strength in God, I know, is what got me through it.

Speaking of miracles….I got another amazing miracle—I found out I was pregnant immediately after I celebrated one year in remission! I wasn’t supposed to be able to have kids after my cancer treatment, so this came as a complete shock and possibly the world’s biggest blessing. Even though I’ll be a single Mom and co-parenting with her Dad, I know we will love her so much and she’ll know what a miracle she is. Yes, it’s a girl!

I am forever changed for the better because of cancer. My whole life was turned upside down, inside out and I never realized how one single experience could transform a human being so completely. I know that my being open to the transformation was pivotal in my healing but I feel profoundly changed by my experience. It taught me things that one could never possibly learn through ordinary living. It opened up new dimensions that I didn’t even know existed in my life, my heart and my mind. What an incredible journey I am on!

I’m a firm believer that some people endure harder life circumstances than others for a reason. Sometimes it’s how we learn important lessons and sometimes it’s meant for a higher purpose that we’ll never understand. I believe inspiration comes in many forms, even through hardships.

How has 2015 been for you so far? Please share your experiences so that we can all celebrate life in whatever capacity it’s serving in our own lives. Let’s be a community of hope and happiness for each other!