Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wellness Wednesday: Homemade Deodorant

Hello Happy People!

So I made a deal with myself to start making more home and healthcare products from scratch. As the arrival of Baby T gets closer and closer I am also paying more and more attention to the toxic environment we all have around us!

I decided as I ran out of health and beauty products to at least try making my own before running out to buy some more store bought products.

My deodorant ran out, and because life is, well... life, I hadn't gotten around to making my own (if you were around me at all the last couple of weeks I probably smelled a little more like old spice than dove, as I was using my husbands deodorant, because I vowed to NOT buy store bought until I tried my own first.)

FINALLY! I got around to making my own deodorant and so far, so good.

Here is what I did and how I did it.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Affirmation Monday: Decisions Decision!


     Decision making can be really tough! 

     Sometimes we can draw out making a decision for several reasons, one of them may be fear, one of them may be that we are too busy we push it aside.





Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Transformation Tuesday: Don't Let Negative Behaviors Stop You!


Stopping Negative Behaviors

Today's Transformation Tuesday Video is about negative behaviors and how they can hold you back!

Do you have negative behaviors that you want to get a hold of? Whether it’s something you do to sabotage yourself or an action that annoys or alienates others, it’s important to examine the impact of what you’re doing. Getting that flesh under control is difficult but necessary to impact the world God has put you in!

Watch today's VLOG for tips on getting ahold of those behaviors today!


Monday, March 21, 2016

Affirmation Monday: Have good People Skills!

Affirmation Monday!

I am a self admitted independent spirit. I always liked doing projects by myself, accomplishing things on my own and just taking charge to get things finished.

Because of how I grew up I needed to be independent, but that need to be independent soon became a crutch, a defense and something that kept me from getting close to others.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

We Need People

Naturally I am an introvert (I know that sounds absolutely bonkers for those who know me personally) but it's true! I have always been a great pretender at being an extrovert.

When it comes to the deeper things relationships, friendships, what I do in my spare time, how well I work and the areas in my life, I am an introvert.

Over the years God has really been working on this inside of me. I have recognized my need for people, and for different kinds of people. I usually would prefer to work alone on a project, get it done (my way) and rarely did I ever really let anyone know what was going on down deep inside of me.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Transformation Tuesday: Bolster Your Discipline!


In 1 Corinthians  9:29 (ESV) it says, "But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself be disqualified."

Your self-discipline is a huge factor in the amount of success you achieve and how far you can go with the Lord. Growing up spiritually, accomplishing big goals often requires doing things we don’t enjoy. Discipline is basically the ability to get yourself to do things you don’t really feel like doing, making the desired outcome, goal, or level more important than the discomfort your flesh will feel in the process of the journey.

Everyone lacks the necessary discipline at times. It is work to get to where we are trying to get with God. We can’t always get ourselves to do the things that we know we should be doing. Then we feel bad about it. Then we beat ourselves up and feel even worse. Don’t let this happen to you! Usually, you won’t feel so bad if you can generally get a handle on your discipline.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Affirmation Monday!

We all have to come to a place where we CHOOSE to make healthy choices and setting our minds to that goal ahead of time will give you a leg up on accomplishing your health and wellness goals!

Over the years I have had an up and down journey myself with choosing the healthy options throughout the day. 

I came to a place where I was hiding take out containers and sneaking out to fast food joints every opportunity I had!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Think About It Thursday: Building Confidence!

Think About It Thursday: Building Confidence!



There's only one human being on this planet that will always be with you... It's YOU! In order to have a peaceful, fulfilling, powerful life, it’s important to believe in yourself and believe in whom God has created you to be.

The Bible says that He who is in you is greater than he that is in the world… When you believe in yourself and in Him who created you, you can know beyond the shadow of a doubt, that you have the ability to handle anything that life throws your way. 

Take a look at this video for some strategies to building your belief in yourself and in your creator!



Here's a Recap on the Six Strategies I discussed in today's Think About It Thursday Video Blog:
  1. Know yourself, know who God created you to be. (Write it down)
  2. Understand how you instinctively react in heated situations.
  3. Be comfortable with your own feelings. (But don't let them rule you!)
  4. Recognize your strengths. (Enlist help if this is tough for you)
  5. See what trials and struggles you've already made it through!
  6. Get comfortable with admitting you were wrong (to yourself, God and others!)
Well Happy Thursday!

Michelle
  • If you’re looking for help in finding your purpose, attaining your goals, or just getting unstuck let me know! You can email me at michelle@michelletolleson.com
  • I am excited about my new “Find Your Purpose Program” and am offering a small number of free programs in exchange for your feedback!
  • Also I have a 21 Day Raw Food Challenge coming up in April so shoot me a message if your   looking to jumpstart back into a healthy lifestyle with this guided program!

Michelle Tolleson is a lover of laughter, a Life, Health and Fitness Coach who helps people get unstuck by inspiring  empowering them to make moves in life, to make attainable and actionable plans, offering tools, guidance, accountability and community along the way, allowing them to step into their full God-given potential.

The people Michelle works with come from all places in life, have so much to give this world and are just waiting to be unleashed! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Be Well Wednesday!



A 5 Minute Guide to Healthy Meal Planning

Life is busy! Taking care of what you put in your mouth may be the last thing you’re thinking about! That D and D stop and bucket of KFC is way easier than planning ahead right?!?!

If you think meal planning takes too much time… I am going to have to tell you that it really doesn’t! Actually taking a little time to meal plan in advance can be so helpful, less stressful, less expensive and better for your overall health too…

Sound worth it?

Follow these tips for some easy, healthy meal planning!

The How To’s of Meal Planning

1.     Work one week at a time. When you do this you can give your personal chef the some time off (HA!), but it is much easier to plan for several days rather than a whole month. It allows you fewer trips to the grocery store and you can cook several meals at ones, which allows for leftovers too!

2.     Portion it out in advance. If you’re trying to work on overeating this step is helpful. You’ll know ahead how much you should be eating. (When I am finished cooking a batch meal, I portion out the lunches for the following day, that way they are finished the night before, as I am cleaning up… one less step!)

3.     Be mindful when you shop. Shop on the perimeter of the store; it will help you to stick with the whole, fresh foods rather than the snacky, sneaky, processed stuff. If you look around you may even be able to find a farmer’s market in your area. It will help you to buy local, healthy produce and support local businesses as well!

4.     Make a pantry list. Check out pinterest if this is a time consuming idea to you. Print out a pantry checklist and keep it up to date (I have mine laminated so I can cross things off when I run out and erase the line when I have re-purchased.) Or make your own list of things you want to always have at your fingertips.

5.     Clear out the junk food clutter! Read labels and get rid of junk to make room for more healthy foods. Get rid of things high in sugar, chemicals and anything that liusts too many ingredients. If you want some snacks around, that’s ok but just don’t keep them in plain sight (out of sight, out of mind!)

6.     Make it a family affair. There can never be too many helpers (many hands make light work!) Having your kids be a part of the process is an invaluable lesson for them and can greatly help you in the long run! Even small kids can help come up with side dish ideas and can also pitch in with easier tasks like helping clean up or making a salad (kids are more likely to eat something they have participated in creating as well!

7.     It’s ok to mess up! I can guarantee it’ll take a little time to come up with your perfect habits of meal planning and even then, things come up, life happens and it may not go as planned, but the more you stick to the easier it gets, the healthier you, your family and your wallet will be! Do not despise small beginnings!

A Few More Tips to Think About

1.     Load up on produce. Fill at least half your plate with vegetables and fruits. Aim for 5 to 13 servings a day. Most fresh or frozen produce is high in nutrients and low in calories.

2.     Choose good fats. Most adults need about 30% of their calories from fat. Good choices include olive oil, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish. (Love some avocado too!)

3.     Make it healthier. A quick Google search can help you to make wiser decisions (especially with your most loved recipes that do not lend themselves to a healthy lifestyle.)

4.     Carry healthy snacks. You need to incorporate healthy snacks into your meal plan… Cut up an apple and have a jar of almond butter at the office, have a small cooler with some Greek yogurt and some berries ready to go when hunger strikes!

5.     Read, read and read some more. If a food has more than 5 ingredients and you can’t pronounce half of them… steer clear! Do not focus on calories focus on content. Make sure things like sugar and sodium are low on the list of ingredients (ingredient list are written greatest amount to least amount.)

Whether you cook all the time or you burn cereal, you can incorporate new ways into you life to be more healthy happy and prepared in the kitchen.

I hope you found these tips helpful!

Michelle

Need some more help? 

Click Here to email me to learn about taking part in my 21 Raw Food Recharge starting in April! (I will send you a free gift when you inquire!)

Michelle Tolleson is a lover of laughter, a Life, Health and Fitness Coach who helps people get unstuck by inspiring  empowering them to make moves in life, to make attainable and actionable plans, offering tools, guidance, accountability and community along the way, allowing them to step into their full God-given potential.

The people Michelle works with come from all places in life, have so much to give this world and are just waiting to be unleashed! 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Transformation Tuesday: What Are you Waiting For?

Transformation Tuesday!

Don't wait to start accomplishing your goals!






In today's video we talk about taking control of your life... today!

Let me know your thoughts below!

Happy Tuesday!

Michelle

Monday, March 7, 2016

Affirmation Monday: Fear!

Affirmation Monday!

Have you dealt with fear in your life? I have!!! 

Let me tell you a story, I used to be afraid of the phone.... really! For those of you who know me personally, you know that for the last 7 1/2 years I was the Director of US Retail for an international company. This means that I had to talk to people on the phone, all day! 

Also for those who don't know me, you may not know that I was a Radio DJ for a little while as well. That job required me to take through a microphone to a lot of people! Also I needed to talk to people on the phone, over the live radio airwaves!

It took me a long time to get over the fear of using the phone. But I want to tell you how bad this fear was. I moved to California after my son was born (16 years ago) and was on a military base, without my family or friends...

My fear of the phone was so great that I actually had to have my mother call from Rhode Island (my home state) to the pizza place (in California!) to order me pizza delivery (this went for Chinese food too!) YES!!! It sounds crazy but it was a legitimate fear that I had to break.

Once again we can look to the Scriptures to see what it says about FEAR and COURAGE... 
  • Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. 
  • Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
  • Psalm 56:3-4 When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?
  • Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

If you are dealing with fear in your life (it may not be as unusual as mine, but it may be even deeper) use these affirmations and the above scriptures this week to help you to start breaking down that fear... it doe not have to control you! (And don't forget to answer the self-reflecting questions below)
  • My faith in God and my courage defines me.
  • My life is an example of Jesus and His bravery. My decisions reflect the fact that I am brave and capable. However, I also recognize when it is wise to be cautious.
  • I consider the long-term impact of my decisions and act boldly. I feel a sense of responsibility to fully utilize my capabilities.
  • I welcome moments of fear because I see it as a chance to stretch myself and expand my courageousness as I overcome it. Fear is an opportunity to trust God, but does not come from God.
  • When I am in new situations and feel uncertain, I can feel the Holy Spirit swelling courage within me. I can act with certainty and comfort.
  • Each time I do something new, I am pleasantly surprised by how capable I am, because Christ dwells within me.
  • New experiences provide opportunities to exercise and strengthen my courage, and I welcome them. Such experiences grow and enhance my other skills as well. Others recognize my many capabilities and quietly admire them.
  • When I go to bed I remember all the things I do each day that demonstrate my bravery. This feels good and increases my ability to act courageously. Every day I am stronger and more capable.
  • Today, I am ready to tackle a challenge, knowing the Creator of the Universe is with me. I am comfortable in my capability to handle this task and look forward to the experience. My life is an example of my courageousness Jesus has given me.
Self-Reflection Questions:

1.    What challenges am I avoiding?
2.    Why am I avoiding them?

3.    How can I motivate myself to take action to overcome them?

Feel free to share any of your own revelations or thoughts below!

Michelle


PS I am now offering my new "Life Purpose Coaching Course"  complimentary to the first three people that let me know they are interested! Just email me: michelle@michelletolleson.com if you want IN!

The "Life Purpose Coaching Course" Comes with worksheets, tools and more. It includes between 6-8 weekly or bi-weekly coaching sessions over the phone (after our initial conversation,) and text and email support in between sessions with me, your Certified Life Purpose Coach!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Think About it Thursday! Find Your Passion!

Think About It Thursday!

Good Morning Friends!

Today's Think about it Thursday has to do with finding your passions!


God has put perfect desires and passions inside all of us... But it can take time, soul-searching, and some life experience to identify your true passions. These questions are here to help you to tap into your wants, needs, desires, and dreams. Have fun with them and discover what you can add to your life that will fill it with delight.



As promised, I am listing the questions for you here...

Feel free to share any insights you may have come up with!

1.     What’s the one thing I’ve always wanted to do?

2.     If I could spend today doing whatever I desire, what would it be?

3.     Where do I really want to live? What city and what type of residence?

4.     Where would I like to visit?

5.     What do I talk about doing but never do?

6.     What are the reasons I don’t go after my dreams? 

7.     How will I finish the sentence, “More than anything, before I die, I want to ___________?” 

8.     What are the things in my life that I would like to get rid of? 

9.     Which people in my life inspire me and why? It’s important to know who inspires you so you can spend more time with them. 

10.  If I were to make just one radical change in my life right now to make life better, what would it be?

11.  How do I feel when I put all my effort into accomplishing one of my goals?

12.  How do I feel whenever I achieve a life goal? 

13.  What’s missing from my life? 

14.  Who are my biggest supporters? 

15.  Who or what gets in the way of me achieving my goals? 

Some of these questions may be really difficult... Take your time! Get out your journal or notebook 
and get going on some self-discovery!

If your interested in having help discovering your passions or purpose let me know! 

Happy Thursday!

Michelle

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Family Refresh Ideas!

Does Your Family Need a Refresher?!





Is your family in a rut? It is very easy to get in one and today I am going to share 5 ways that you can help your family to get out of it!

Just like a flower, our families need proper attention and care to bloom...

These 5 tips can help you to give your family the nutrients it needs to flourish!





1.     Be fully present. Give your family your full attention when the time calls for it. Avoid watching TV, talking on the phone, or texting when playing a board game with your kids. You and your children will both benefit when your entire focus is on them during an enjoyable pastime.

2.     Plan some fun. Try to do at least one fun activity every day. It's good for everyone to relax and laugh. At least once a month, plan something bigger. Go someplace new or check out a new park. It can be challenging, but try to do something that everyone will enjoy.

·      Another idea is to let each person in the family have a turn planning the family outing. That way, everyone is involved and feels that they contributed.

3.     Fully invest yourself in your family. Everyone says that family comes first, but how many of us actually live our lives that way? Sometimes we can get more concerned with work or social life than with family... Families require a true commitment to be at their best.

·      Children and spouses that feel neglected are never what they’re capable of being. Everyone is better when they know they are loved.

4.     Plan for the future together. Discuss what you're going to do for the next vacation or spring break. Talk about where you want to live and what you want your lives to be like. Children frequently feel like they’re just along for the ride; include them in these discussions. Spouses feel best when they know there is a plan that they contribute to.

5.     Have meaningful conversations.  It may seem too formal to sit down across from each other and talk, so work conversations into other times. Talk while having dinner or riding in the car.


·      There are plenty of opportunities for conversations if we'll simply take advantage of them. Remember your partner, too. People drift apart primarily because they don't communicate meaningfully with one another.


Investing in your family is the best investment you can make!


Happy Wednesday!

Michelle

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Transformation Tuesday! Mental Makeover!

Transformation Tuesday!

Today we are going to talk about giving yourself a mental makeover!


Although you might take great care of your body, you may not give much thought to your mental self. It’s time to ask yourself, “What do I do to take care of my mind and keep it in excellent shape?” For some excellent mental makeover techniques, have a watch!




Share some ways you are going to give yourself a mental makeover!

Michelle