take care of yourself

The Fourth Quarter 2019

You’re Invited

YOU’RE INVITED! to The Fourth Quarter

How about showing up on January 1, 2020, as your best self?
Just like in sports, the fourth quarter matters in the game of life.
Right out of the playbook, here are a few things we will accomplish:

The Daily 3: Top three priorities for the day
The Create/Cut commitment: What habit(s) are you committed to creating and which one(s) are you committed to cutting?
Morning/Evening Rituals: Decide to do ONE thing each morning and each evening to enhance your well-being
Monthly Theme: What is your focus for each month?
And a bunch more…

Join me for The Fourth Quarter and play all out for the win.
It is easy to sign up. Go to http://meetmeatthebarn.com/the-fourth-quarter/ and input your email address. Then go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/520101252090718/ and join the private Facebook Group.

Starting October 1, 2019, we will touch base each day and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with each other as we embark on an inspiring journey to 2020.
Please invite your family and friends to be a part of this.

Stay true and be you —

Annie Create a Life You Love
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Take A Road Trip

The Road Trip

This road trip is just what the doctor ordered.  Last weekend three of my pals and I set out for a journey to a house concert in Cambria, California.  We left Rancho Santa Fe, California at 4:30 am so that we could avoid heavy traffic through Los Angeles.  There is not an ideal time to make ones way through LA, but our strategy paid off.  We had a twenty-minute delay as a result of an accident, but for the most part it was smooth sailing.  We arrived in Santa Barbara at 8:30 a.m.  We stopped by the Four Season’s Biltmore Hotel which overlooks the stunning Butterfly Beach.  The hotel is tucked between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains.  Opened in 1927 the iconic Restort is made up of secluded courtyards and Spanish Colonial villas and bungalows.  Everywhere you look is eye candy for the soul.  We saw the dolphins gracefully leaping in and out of the water as they did their morning feeding close to the shore.

San Ysidro Ranch

Next up we drove a few short miles to the San Ysidro Ranch.  Nestled in the Montecito foothills in the middle of wine country, the ranch is a tranquil destination for travelers.  Myth and history mingle in the lush garden where Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier exchanged vows; in the setting of John and Jackie Kennedy’s honeymoon retreat.  It is such a special and historical treasure.  The

What Do You Want More Of In Your Life?

What Is Missing In Your Life?

I was at my barn, one of my favorite spots to “be” the other day, surrounded by my two horses and my sweet Australian Shepherd, 2Sox.  The horses were contently eating, and 2Sox was busy appreciating the smells of the early morning.  I was scooping horse shit into my Gator and carting it off to the compost pile; it’s one of my favorite things to “do.”   Why?  Because I am outside in nature doing a chore that doesn’t require much talent, and it is when I have some of my best thoughts.   I stood there for a minute, and I pinched myself, literally as I often do and said out loud, “I am so grateful to be here and have this wonderful property.”  And then I thought, I wonder what most people want out of their life.  Later that day I did what I always do when I am curious about something, I Googled it.  The first thing that popped up was an article by Kathy Caprino titled, The Top 10 Things People Want In Life But Can’t Seem To Get.  It was the “can’t seem to get” part that caught my attention.

Caprino surveyed 700 people.  The key question the survey probed was:  If you could say in one word what you want more of in life, what would it be?  What intrigued the author most is that it is becoming more and more obvious that the things we humans desperately long for today are

Declutter Your Body

Declutter  Your Body

In my first blog about tidying up, I gave you many examples of how to declutter your environment.  Although that was a good start, we aren’t done with this tidying business.  I want to talk to you about your body.  How does one clean-up their body?  Well, just like in your environment, I invited you to get rid of things that don’t make you feel good or bring you joy.  The same goes for your body.  Stop using your body as dumping ground for food that might taste good, but makes you feel bad.

A Fine-Tuned Machine

I image my body to be a high performing machine.  Something that I need and want to handle with the best of care. Consider this.  If you owned a Ferrari would you put cheap gas in it?  Would you add sugar to the tank to help it perform better?  I am guessing not, because the result would be disastrous.  The same goes for your body.  I think of food as fuel.  I know what foods make me feel and look good and I know which ones don’t.  I only consume ‘fuel’ that allows my body to operate and feel it’s best.

It Is Simple But Challenging

Taking excellent care of your body is simple.  It comes down to making good choices.  Is it easy?  No, and therein lies the challenge.  There is no magic pill.  It takes commitment and discipline.  You have to decide how important your body is to you.  The trouble is, we

Day 21 Create A Life You Love: Move Your Body

Move Your Body

We only get one body at least until science offers us other options.  Therefore, it is imperative to take care of this one precious body with which we were born.  One way to contribute to good health is to move your body.  There is always something that we can do each day to put our body in motion and give it the exercise that it needs and craves.  I offer these workout challenges to provide you with some ideas on what you can do in limited time with limited equipment.

High Plank Hop Across

The plank is one of the best overall exercises we can do to keep our muscles in shape, especially our core.  Watch the video below and then follow along.  If you are a beginner, instead of hopping across, simply step side to side.  If you are an advanced exerciser, speed up the pace to give yourself more of a challenge.  Get your plank on and move your body.

Core strengthening & fancy footwork! Get after it! 😀💪🏻

Posted by Kate Grace on Monday, June 4, 2018

  Stay true and be you —

Annie Create a Life You Love
Participate in the Online Edition of Lines In The Sand Join Us Now

Day 7 Intentional Living: Body Scan of Appreciation

Body Scan of Appreciation

When is the last time you said thank you to your body?  I invite you to do a body scan of appreciation.  How do you do it?  Well, start at your toes, move to your feet then up your legs to your hips move on to your waist, fingers, hands and arms and say thank you.  From there go to your rib cage, back, chest, and shoulders and once again, say thank you.  Then move up your neck, face, and to the top of your head and appreciate every inch of you.  Oh, and then there is the 60,000 miles of blood vessels that run throughout your body, the 115,200 times a day your heart beats, the 23,040 breaths you take each day, and the 37.2 trillion cells that compose your body.  This amazing infrastructure works tirelessly for you each day with beautiful collaboration and communication.  And, have you ever thought about how you don’t have to do anything for all these systems to operate as they are supposed to on your behalf?

Take Care of Yourself

Since your body works so hard for you, the least you can do is take good care of yourself.  Be mindful of your nutrition.   Get the exercise and sleep that you need for your body to function efficiently.  And, think good thoughts.  You design your life by the way you think.  If you think good thoughts you will have good feelings.  I suggest a monthly body scan of appreciation.  Do it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS6UcQic86I

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