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Designing a Life you Love! – Desire Map Planner Review

I tend to be a fly by the seat of my pants kind of woman, taking inspired action and cues from the universe on what I should do and when I should act. As lovely as it is to be divinely driven, inspiration doesn’t always strike in a timely fashion, and this often doesn’t allow for enough clarity and focus.

Without clarity and focus inspiration runs dry, energy slows and movement comes to a halt. I’ve come to realize over the years that I can allow space in my days for freedom of expression, spontaneity and inspired action, but the greatest way to be in motion, is to know exactly where you’re going, and a rough roadmap of how you’re going to get there.

This is where planners come in hand, and when you can get your hands on a planner that not only keeps you focused and accountable, but allows space four deep soul exploration, personal growth and expansion, you know you’re in for a massive year. Enter The Desire Map Planner, a place for goals with soul, deep dive connection, and so much magic.

I was so excited to get my hands on the brand new 2018 planner not only for myself, but to review it for this beautiful following. I’ve been on the hunt for the past few years to find a planner that pulls together everything I need to find the flow in my business and life, and I feel like this planner is going to do just that. I’d love to spill into all of the details, beauty and carefully thought out features that this planner includes, but instead I attached my latest YouTube video which includes my first thoughts, looks and experience with the planner, along with why I cannot wait for the New Year so I can tuck in and start using it to it’s fullest.

What I can tell you is that adding a planner into your life, and getting in the practice of putting your goals, dreams and to do’s on paper is a game changer. Not only will it keep you focused and in a forward trajectory, but it allows you the opportunity for serious life reflection. It shines a light on when and where we’re showing up, when and where we’re holding back, and helps us figure out when we’re in alignment with our dream lives. Bringing a planner into my life and working with it diligently has taken me from a woman with goals and desires, to a  woman who’s living out her best life, something I want for each and every single one of you.

So what are you longing to create?
What goals and dreams to you have for you life?
What do you want your 2018 to FEEL like?

Whatever it is, you have the power to bring it to fruition, and with a little help and magic from this beautiful planner, and the wisdom sprinkled within it’s pages you will make heaps of magic unfold in the coming year.

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xx Lindsay

Brilliant Business, Empowered Living, Loving Myself Loudly

The Sting of Rejection – Building Resilience

Today I was rejected…

For a moment I let it sink in, i let it weight me down. I felt the bitter sting that for so many years I desperately tried to avoid.

For a moment i found myself back in my teenage years, clawing at anything and everything that I thought would bring me approval, attention, and love.

For a moment I slipped down the deep dark space of judgement. I allowed myself to listen to that voice that screamed so loud it echoed in my head “SEE, YOU AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH”…

For a moment I allowed my heart to cave in, and my feet to slip out from under me, and all of my insecurities to come crashing over me like a wave.

For a moment I placed my value in someone else’s hands, and for a moment i lost sight of who I am.

It doesn’t matter how long or deep into your self love journey you go, these moments will always arise, and when they do they will hurt just as deeply as they did in the beginning.

But guess what? When we make the time to do the work, when we become intentional with how we’re living our lives, and deepening our relationship to self, we have the ability to tap back into our truth. When we’ve allowed ourselves to feel and see our brilliance, it becomes harder to stay in a space of disbelief.

So for a moment I gave a fuck what you thought about me, and for a moment I gave myself over to the fear & doubt. But as quickly as it came, I allowed it to pass me by. I reminded myself of my strength, my beauty, and that there is no one else in this world that can dictate my worth.

I reminded myself of ME.

So don’t get discouraged if the moment comes, instead embrace it as the test that it is, and know that you’re building your resilience. With each moment that comes, your rebound will get shorter, and your light will only get brighter. You my friend are here for amazing things, so don’t stay down for too long.

xx Lindsay

Empowered Living, Loving Myself Loudly, Nutrition Wisdom, Yogi Lifestyle

Get The Body You’ve Always Wanted: 3 Tips for Total Self Love

With new year’s, come new goals, and often those goals or resolutions are centred around getting the perfect body, uncovering your six pack, or loosing the baby weight and finally sticking to a diet. We get blindly caught up in the rat race of quick fixes and programs in a constant quest to feel good in the skin that we’re in. I’ve got a little secret for you though, it’s never going to work. You cannot hate yourself into loving yourself, no matter which program, diet, or latest trend you try. Through my years of personal discovery, yo yo diets, and radical shifts I’ve come to uncover that the only true way to get the body you’ve always wanted, is to start loving the beautiful body that you already have. Ultimately our end goal is to love the skin that we’re in, so if we start there it’s incredible the lifelong changes that can and will happen as a result.

Spend Time Checking Out your Bad Self

That’s right, give yourself the once over at least once a day. Spend some time staring at your body as a whole, and sending some kind, loving, or kick ass words at yourself, but more importantly about yourself. We get so use to picking ourselves apart, that we forget to look at ourselves as a whole, and honour the magnificent being that we are. So start checking yourself out, make it a habit, give yourself a little wink or nod as you pass by a public mirror, or catch your reflection in a nearby window or storefront. Get comfortable looking at yourself, and spend time showering your body with love. it may feel totally cheesy and awkward at the beginning, but the more we do it, the more we start to believe it as our truth, because guess what babes, it is your truth! We are each uniquely and divinely created, and there is no one else on this earth exactly like us, and that in itself is MAGNIFICENT!

Dress to Impress, Yourself

How often have you purchased clothing because it was suitable, or would fit the occasion? Or purchased items just because they fit? I use to be completely and totally guilty of this, and when I dove deep into my personal self love journey, I decided to only purchase things that brought me immense joy. To only bring home items that I felt flattered my figure, showed off the areas that I loved, and that I felt like a total rockstar in. This simple shift has been an absolute game changer for how I feel about my body, and has allowed me to show up in life with a new confidence and boldness. When you feel confident in the clothes you’re in, it allows you to feel empowered and radically confident in your skin as well. When you look and feel like a badass, you become totally unstoppable. So go ahed, invest in fewer quality pieces that bring you joy, that allow you to feel like the queen that you are, and highlight all of your favourite parts. Make it about you, and how you want to feel in your life, bring that magic into your wardrobe and own it.

Educate Yourself + Be Empowered

Knowledge will take you far, especially when it comes to basic knowledge and understanding of how to treat your body right. When you start to develop a loving relationship with yourself, you step into a place of wanting to do right by your body, and treat it with love and mad respect. When you back this desire with some key foundational knowledge about basic nutrition, and the power of exercise and movement, you’ll be floored at how much your lifestyle will begin to shift. It wasn’t until I started to radically love myself, that my diet, lifestyle and waist size shifted, for good. I was able to take the pressure off of where I was going, and enjoy where I was by simply doing right by my body day in and day out, and living in the moment by making my choices from a place of love. Honouring my body with my actions, and getting deeply connected to how those choices and actions made me feel both physically and emotionally. So focus on the love, and arm yourself with some basic knowledge by following some influential health and wellness leaders in your area, you’d be surprised by the free content that’s easily accessible through the internet these days. Find your people, and get your nerd on!

Essentially the secret to getting the body you’ve always wanted, is to take a bold step towards loving yourself where you are. Choosing to step up and own your brilliance, and work with your body towards your healthiest, happiest and most vibrant life. Self love is the key to radical lifelong changes, and I’m absolutely proof of just that. If you’re in need of a little nudge in the right direction, or some guidance on where to begin your journey to self love, be sure you’re following me on Instagram and Facebook where I’m often dishing out heaps of knowledge and experience on self love, as well as keeping you i the loop for my signature program, Loving Myself Loudly, which is designed to help you dive deeper into a relationship with your amazing self.

Whatever you choose to do, and however you move forward, I only ask that you explore the idea of what might happen if you felt confidence and beautiful in the skin that you’re already in.

xx Lindsay

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Surviving Toddlerhood: 3 Tips to Keep you in the Now

Messy, wild, exhausting, vibrant and full on crazy! Life with a toddler is one of the wildest rides I’ve been on, and even though it’s only been a few months, I’ve come up with some solid tips on how to make the most of it, and survive the insanity.

Find the Joy

Toddlers have tendency to be full on, and don’t often have a happy medium. It’s either full on ecstatic joy, or whole body meltdown. it can be an emotional rollercoaster and be immensely challenging, especially if we aren’t approaching things with an open heart and curious mind. Each day we have a choice we can make, we can choose to find the joy in every moment. We can choose to open our hearts and live from a place of gratitude. When I walk in the world with a grateful heart and joy on my mind It’s much easier to be at peace and find the light in all situations.

Embrace your Inner Child

We all have an inner wild child, that free spirit within us that explodes with joy when we embrace it. That fiery spirit we unleashed without a care when we we’re little. Our children have this beautiful way of helping us access that spirit and joy should we let them. Get on the floor, roll around, get a little wild and get into the moment. To be completely honesty as challenging as toddlerhood has been, it’s actually been my favourite stage because I’m having a blast with my daughter. Not only do I get to continue to show her the world, and share my favourite games and memories from my childhood, but she shows and freely shares hers with her wide eyes and hilarious nature. Sharing her toys, asking to play, and seeking all of the fun their is in the world. When we allow our children to bring out our inner child, we can refuel and fill up through the joy we experience with them every single day.

Take Time for Yourself

One of the most important things you can do for yourself when it comes to children, no matter what age, is take time for yourself. Being a mother it’s so easy to fall into the pattern of giving to everyone else first, and feeling like we need to be on all the time. The problem is that if we fall into this trap and we never take time to fill up our own cup we become short tempered as a result of exhaustion, both physical and mental. Taking time for yourself allows you to not only create space and distance which can help you come back to a place of gratitude and appreciation, it also provides you with an opportunity to fill up your cup. With a full heart we find it easier to keep the peace, to see the good and remain calm amidst the inevitable chaos that comes with toddlerhood. Make self care a priority in your life, and ask for support in order to make it happen. often times I need to physically schedule these times into my week, and treat them like a business meeting in order to make them happen. But when I do set them as a priority and I make them happen, I become the mother I aim to be.

When you feel the overwhelm creeping in, and you find your patience slipping away, try stepping into the moment and trying to use these skills to help you make the most out of this wild and crazy ride.

xx Lindsay

Empowered Living, Motherhood, Yogi Lifestyle

Embracing Our Sensitive Side: Freedom of Expression

Growing up I vividly remember the rollercoaster of emotions that I experienced on a daily basis, and the often wild ways I chose to express myself. Be it wild vivacious laughter, dancing and sheer joy, to ultimate devastation, uncontrollable sobbing and incoherent gasps through my tears. In the beginning I was open, I was raw and I was free to express myself as we often see young children do. As the years passed and I grew my wild self expression became something entirely different, it gained a label and gave me a title, The Drama Queen.

“You’re so dramatic!… Quit being such a Drama Queen”. words that I heard almost daily. Words that I’m sure I wasn’t alone in hearing. And with each time I heard them I would protest with as much enthusiasm as whatever I had been previously expressing, because every single time I heard those words, they stung. To me they said “you’re embarrassing yourself, you shouldn’t feel this way, you need to change”.

As a society we seem to be afraid of emotions, of feelings, but even more so of open self expression. We label those who choose to express themselves freely as dramatic, or sometimes even artistic. We shun them when it’s out of the context of an arts class or a dance hall, and we choose to alienate those individuals who are simply naturally passionate, and incredibly sensitive. The years of belittling eventually wore on me and I lost a piece of myself, I started to burry my feelings and emotions and I turned to expressing myself through writing instead. I no longer lived in a place of authenticity, and Instead I wore a mask and lived in my head. I felt like a fraud, and more importantly I never felt like I fit in. The feelings never subsided, I still felt and experienced everything just as deeply, I simply found a way to tuck those feelings away until I could get home and put pen to paper. I became introverted, distant and deeply depressed.

It’s only been in the past 4-5 years that I’ve been learning to re-embrace my sensitive side, to let down my walls and freely express who I am once more. I’m finally coming back to a place in my life where I’m unfiltered, unguarded, and wholeheartedly open and authentic. It’s been an incredibly long journey, and I have worlds of work left to do, but I have seen progress, and I once again feel free.

As a mother one of my goals is to foster that sensitive side, to build up my children and allow them to feel safe to express their full range of emotions. To take the time to see them, hear them and meet them where they are. To never have them feel ashamed for how deeply they feel, how loudly they cry, or how wildly excited they get. To instead empower them to be 100% true to themselves and hopefully bring a wave of change to the world, a change that accepts and honours our emotions and feelings, however we choose to feel and express them. As the mother of a wildly sensitive, driven and stubborn Taurus I’ve already witnessed her express herself freely, and challenge my patience in many ways. I’ve also already had people comment on how dramatic my daughter is, and how I need to correct her behaviour. But instead I simply say a simple reminder, that she’s letting me know exactly how she feels, and that my only job is to love her, just as she is “drama” and all.

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We should never be afraid to show up as we are, to deeply feel, and to express ourselves. Here’s to wild self expression, deeply felt emotions and to the Drama Queen in all of us. May we reclaim that word and celebrate the freedom that it stands for, and remove the negativity that’s been associated with it in the past. Feeling is freedom!

xx Lindsay

Brilliant Business, Empowered Living

Why I’ll Never Regret Saying Yes: A Journey Towards Freedom

Three years ago today I took a leap of faith, I said YES!

I didn’t know what I was doing, how I was going to get there, or really anything about the industry that I was diving into head first, all I knew was that something in my life had to change, and this was my opportunity. I made the decision to say no to fear, and say yes to opportunity and possibility, yes to a major life change.

I will never be able to fully express of make you understand the deep gratitude that I feel for everything that’s unfolded over the past three years as a result of this decision. I wish I could help you understand the sheer magnitude of emotions and radical changes that I’ve experienced. All I can do is share my story, where I was, where I am today, and what I’m committed to continue creating as I move forward in my never ending quest for freedom.

Freedom is a word you’ll hear me use a lot as I describe my life, my goals, and my hopes for every single person that I encounter. The truth of the matter is, freedom looks a little bit different and means something unique to each of us. For me freedom is the ability to eliminate financial stress and worry, the means to live a life on my terms, and the ability to have the time I desire to spend my days as I wish. It’s the power to be the stay a home mother I’ve always longed to be, but at the same time be a powerful leader and change maker in my community both in my own backyard, and globally through the connections I make each day through social media. It’s showing up in the world exactly as I am meant to be, and doing the things that my heart desires. It’s serving no one but myself and my own passions, it’s creating a life that allows me to be at my highest potential, with every cell of my being vibrating at it’s highest frequency.

3 years ago I was working a dead end job (shout out to my Starbucks Baristas, I’ve got mad respect for what you do), and trying to hone my passion and build a business that I loved. I had poured well over 6 months of tireless effort into building my Nutrition business (what I thought was my true calling, but now I realize is only a small part of the puzzle), quickly approaching burnout. I felt torn between two worlds, one where I would go to my job, throw on my apron and up sell cookies and processed pastries all day, only to come home and preach about how those foods are killing us. I felt like a fraud, and my soul wasn’t being nourished in the slightest. My business though slowly and steadily growing wasn’t nearly as lucrative as I anticipated, and was far more physically and emotionally draining than I ever imagined possible. I was stuck, I was frustrated and on the edge of hopelessness. Thankfully the Universe brought me exactly what I needed, an opportunity to rethink my life and radically change everything.

The beautiful Stephanie Packer, another local RHN magically walked into my life. We connected through social media, and both knew we had to meet. What I didn’t know at the time, is that Steph was holding the key and answers that I had been desperately searching for.

It’s so wild to me to think back and remember that all it took to create a massive ripple effect in my life was two tea dates, hours of inspiring conversation, and a relatively small investment. How could I have known then that it would result in the life that I’m living now?

In the three years that I’ve been building my empire, and actively manifesting financial freedom I’ve experienced the most amazing transformations in all areas of my life. Being partnered with a health company allowed me access to the highest quality nutritional products (which at the time I thought I would never need) that have made an immense impact on my health and wellbeing. I’ve had so many personal testimonials that I never anticipated, and I’m truly at the healthiest I’ve ever been, even after having a baby. There is no end to the gratitude and love that I have for this company, I’ve seen these products change lives time and time again. As if witnessing my health transform wasn’t enough, I’ve also experienced a radical transformation with my bank account. Within three months of taking the plunge and saying yes, I left my soul sucking job and created the space in my life to pursue what I’m truly passionate about, yoga and women’s empowerment. It’s one thing entirely to run your own business, but a whole other to do it and be financially successful. We’ve added a baby to the family, purchased a home and I’ve still been able to grow our savings and donate more than I ever have in the past to my favourite charities. For the first time in my life I don’t have the money stresses that I grew up thinking we’re unavoidable. I’ve entered a place of abundance both in the physical sense, but also in my mindset. It’s such a freeing and empowering feeling! Something I truly want for everyone.

The other major shift and change that I’ve experienced over the years is my confidence. Being surrounded by a group of likeminded individuals who love and support you in all that you do is phenomenal. What that does for your confidence is even better. I’m at a place in my life where I chase after what I want with this fearless energy and drive because I know I have a team of hundreds of empowered women who wholeheartedly believe in me and all that I’m doing. When you have a tribe of women behind you, you truly become unstoppable. Everyone deserves this kind of community, to feel empowered, and to know that you can achieve anything.

Just this past year I was able to travel the globe with my daughter. We travelled to Utah twice, made it to Mexico for a Yoga retreat, experienced Dominican where I had the chance to share my passion for social media marketing, and even made a few trips within Canada. I’ve created a life that integrates travel beautifully, and allows me to live the lifestyle I thought was only possible for a select few, the “lucky ones”. This year we have loads more travel plans and adventures on the books, and I’m so grateful that I have the opportunity to share these experiences with my daughter. That would never be possible had a not said yes.

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This post isn’t meant to be a big fat brag, or a “look what I’ve created, aren’t I awesome”. It’s meant to open your eyes to what’s possible in your life. To encourage you to reevaluate where you are, and play around with where you want to me. To help you tare down the walls of limitation, and open up your mind to infinite possibilities. If a 23 year old High School flunky can create this type of lifestyle, whats stopping you?

There are far to many of us playing small and allowing the “what if’s” or fear of failure hold us back. I beg you to get out of your head, and start listening to your heart. Everyone deserves to live a life that leaves them feeling fulfilled each and every day. A life that allows them to live out their passions, to spend time with their loved ones, and enjoy each and every moment. We weren’t put on this earth simply to pay bills and die, we we’re sent here to LIVE.

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My heart is bursting with gratitude, and love for my incredible tribe. The life I have today would have never been possible without my partnership with Luscious Life Design and USANA Health Sciences. So thank you for all that you do, for the lives that you’ve help set free, for the health that you support, and the dreams that you make come true.

If you’re ready to explore what your life could look like 3 years from today should you say Yes I would so love to connect. In honour of my 3 year anniversary with LLD and USANA I’m opening up 4 new spots in my 1 on 1 mentorship program. This is only for those who are serious about radically changing their lives, committed to releasing excuses and focusing on creating results, and anyone who desperately wants to create freedom and has reached the place in their lives where there willing to do whatever it takes. I’m only interested in those who are highly committed, open and coachable, and ready to make shifts starting today. I’m never going to tell you it’s easy, but I can promise you that it is absolutely worth it. There’s absolutely no reason you can’t have the life you’ve always dreamed of, and I would love the opportunity to help make that happen.

Here’s to the power of saying no to fear, and jumping in head first!

xx Lindsay

Nutrition Wisdom, Yogi Lifestyle

Ancient Remedies: The Power of Golden Milk

Golden Milk, also known as Turmeric Milk has recently become all the rage in the Holistic Health Community. It’s been something that I’ve had my eye on for awhile, and the intention to give it a go for years. I finally took the plunge after an extremely informative Ayurvedic session with a local Ayurvedic Dr here in Halifax, where she recommended that I started drinking the beverage daily. It’s amazing what becomes a priority in your life once you’re told to do it 😉

Turmeric has been touted in the health community for it’s incredible anti inflammatory properties and is also high in antioxidants. It’s my number one “prescribed” spice for any clients of mine who are dealing with excess inflammation, joint pain, bloating, chronic headaches, or any other number of symptoms which tend to pop up when our body is too acidic and highly inflamed. It’s a bold, earthy and warming spice yet has a subtle sweetness when paired with the right complimentary spices. I’ve quickly fallen in love with my nightly Golden Milk. Preparing it has become part of my evening routine, nothing can lull you off to sleep quite like a house filled with aromatic spices and a warm mug of soothing bliss. There are many different recipes and combinations to prepare this warm and healing beverage, below is my personal favourite.

Ingredients:
2 cups dairy or unsweetened dairy alternative (My favourite is coconut or cashew milk)
1 tablespoon maple syrup or raw honey for added sweetness
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 heaping teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
freshly grated ginger
small pinch of black pepper (This actually helps with the bodies ability to absorb the turmeric)

Method:
Place all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a light boil, whisking to combine the ingredients.
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain the milk if you have any large pieces of ginger, cinnamon or peppercorns.
Pour into your favourite mug and enjoy.

Have you ever tried Turmeric Milk? I would love to hear your experience, your recipes and favourite evening routines. Be sure to keep in touch via Social Media and sign up for our Newsletter so you don’t miss out on any of my favourite healthy recipes, health tips, or special and exclusive offers.

xx Lindsay

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Building a Social Business: How to Grow your Online Market

You don’t often think of a yoga teacher as a marketing mastermind, but in actuality we are marketing ourselves daily with each class, each conversation and even our posts. Being entrepreneurs and business owners we not only need to design soulful classes and workshops, but a business, brand and online presence to go along with them. It’s one thing to create a great class, it’s a whole other thing entirely to fill that class with students who need what you have to offer. Utilizing social media is a wonderful way to grow your tribe, spread your message and fill those fabulous classes.

Create Connections

One of the most important things that you do each time you log into your Instagram or Facebook account is place yourself in a position to create genuine connections, just as we do with our students in our classes. Creating connections online definitely takes a bit of time, energy and love, but is a simple and effective way to start creating a community who hear your call. When you’re looking to get started in the online marketing world, regardless of the platform you should allocate a small amount of time each day engaging with your audience, and “meeting” new people. Think of businesses and yogis you admire, popular hashtags that appeal to your business and brand and spend a little time digging around and reaching out to anyone who captures your attention. A simple comment and hello can go a long way.

You also want to ensure that as you’re going about your posts that you’re respecting and jumping on the engagement that’s being created with your content. Be on top of commenters, questions and always take the time to reciprocate the love shared with you.

Be Authentic

In the sea of social media profiles, yogis and savvy business marketers how do you stand out from the crowd and draw in those who are dying to hear your message? The key is to be 100% Authentically you. There is no one else on this earth who is exactly like you, and trust me, people can smell a fake from a mile a way. So just as you’d want your students to show up in your class as they are, you want to ensure that you’re doing the same both in the from of the room when you’re teaching, and whenever you show up and represent yourself online. Social media has become such a powerful tool because it’s allowing us to create meaningful connections globally and find our tribe. Be you and your audience will find you.

Enrich Lives

With each post, tweet and pin, we should be looking for ways to enrich the lives of our audience. We need to give them a reason to connect, follow and stay in touch and the best way to do that is by offering them something that gives them value. This can be in the form of daily inspiration or motivation, sharing your favourite recipes or meal ideas, or maybe even breaking down some yoga poses or offering a fun challenge to your audience. Whatever you decide, be sure you have fun and area always offering great content amidst your class schedule posts and workshop blasts.

Online marketing doesn’t have to be hard, and can be the missing link between empty classes and sold out workshops. To create a demand you need to draw in your tribe and show them what you have to offer and how much you’d love to see them on their mat and in your class. Happy marketing my fellow yogis!

xx Lindsay