With another “day off” I had to find a way to be productive. My domestic side came out.

blogcroppedheaderRather than flexing my culinary muscles, I gave my organizational ones a workout. I’ve discovered that when my living space is clean and organized, I just feel more relaxed. Consequently, cleaning is a great way to relieve any sort of extra stress. Today was not a stressful day, but keeping busy and productive is always a good idea.

Outside of my bedroom I have this book shelve. It is a perfectly placed bookshelf. The nook created by the home builders had to have this particular shelf in mind. I have a lot of books and the shelf used to over packed. Since I inherited a bunch of shelves from my old Borders store (Thank you again, Sara) the shelf hasn’t had much use. It became a dumping ground of the little odds and ends around the house. I got sick of looking at it and decided to make it worthy of the space and pleasant on the eye once again.


I’ve officially made it my “school bookshelf”. There is more than enough room on my larger shelfs, but some of the books are too big to fit on shelfs standing up. I’d much rather have all of the books together in one place. I’m particularly proud of the little floral arrangement on top. It gives it a nice little splash of color.

71b34db60f76df8f1b72ac1b0b668bf4IMG_4655The laundry is done. My room, bathroom, living room, and kitchen are all in great condition. Additionally I made sure I got in a killer workout!

This is something GREAT to try. I did 5 reps of this and it killed. I was surprised that I got a great workout from these simple moves. Last but not least, I ended my workout with a nice cool down, stretching, and the best post-workout shake available on the market. I cannot get enough of this stuff. I do coach people everyday. If you are ever interested, leave a comment and we will get in touch.

A Saturday to Remember

I have a couple of days to myself and I plan to make the absolutely most of it while I can. I have four full days without a demand from either job.

IMG_4613The morning kicked off with a  trip to Sherman Oaks to meet up with my Borders Ladies for Brunch. First of all, Sara completely out did herself! Look at this table!

I had the honor and privilege of spending time with Sara, Lisa, Kim, Angela, Liz, Nadia, and Lauren. We sat around, shared stories, geeked out, and laughed until it hurt. We don’t get to see each other often, but every time we gather it feels as though no time has passed. Sitting together in a room, mimosas in hand, it felt like coming home for the holidays.  I can’t believe we don’t work together anymore. It’s nice to know that with our powers combined we could take on the world!

Between the eight of us, we polished off seven bottles of champagne. Yeah… it was fun!


Into the afternoon I had many things to accomplish! For one, I had to complete the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge. If you haven’t seen me dump a large bucket of water on my head for a good cause, please click here.

Afterwards I went to Core Health to follow-up with my clients Heidi and Cloe! These girls are amazing and an absolute inspiration to me. All of their handwork is paying off and I couldn’t be more proud.

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To conclude the evening, I have the house to myself. Amber, in her valiant attempt to watch ALL of Doctor Who before Monday evening is in full effect. I am joining her in this cause… ’cause why not? Revisiting Doctor Who never hurt anyone.






The Writing on the Wall

Personal mental health is extremely important to me. There are days, I will admit, that I get trapped within the confines of my own thoughts. Journaling worked for a spell, but I found it to be ultimately ineffective for myself. My brain functions faster than my hands are able to write. After everything is written down, I do not go back and read it. It’s now just a collection of words that represent my past without grounding me in the present or propelling into my future.

1aa157a2bc4266a9be8399b1c66273b2I started to write on my walls. I bought several dry erase markers and took up writing short phrases or words to express how I am feeling in that moment or something that I need to remember in order to pick myself back up or motivate myself.

My bedroom one is filled with random daily reminders. It’s in my bathroom that I find my largest source of inspiration.

Do you want to be defined by your excuses or by the things you accomplished? You can have excuses or results. You cannot have both.

This has kept my head on my shoulders with my feet firmly planet on the ground.

Another continuing source of inspiration comes from an inside joke between myself and my good friend and fellow wellness coach, Amber. She’s been going through a tough time lately. In the midst of extreme stress, it’s easy to blow the small things out of proportion. This is just the nature of being human. As a result, the two of us came up with a saying that helps put this in perspective: #NotARealProblem

We say this. We laugh. We realize the difference between the big things and the little things. Additionally, the bit of laughter in the middle of it all helps considerably.

Perspective is everything. Attack the big stuff with everything you can. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

New Solves All

If there is one thing that I have learned in being a wellness coach it’s simply this, “New solves all.”

It’s the new people that bring the new perspective, the fresh vitality, and a reminder of the person you were when you first started. As of late I have been neck deep in helping my 3 clients turn into wellness coaches. Being able to choose who I work with is a blessing. These 3 lovely ladies are all different and special in their own way, but all have the same drive and purpose. They have a commitment to having a healthy, active lifestyle for themselves while teaching others to do the same. I can’t even begin to express how incredibly proud I am. Being a coach can definitely have its ups and downs. It’s with their bright demeanor, positive attitude, and unwavering commitment inspires me.


I spent yesterday doing an amazing follow-up with Juliet. That evening I helped Heidi get her very first client while helping Cloe start her journey to a healthy life. This morning, I helped Kim understand what her goals were for the end of the month.

I’m making money and changing lives. Could there really be anything better?

Daily Personal Development – The Power of Knowledge

For those of you whom are not aware, personal development is an activity that I should (I hate this word) engage in on a daily basis. In recent weeks, I have completely fallen of the wagon. I can’t even remember the last time I regularly and effectively did my personal development. That is not good. However, being great and staying on task is not about being better than someone else, rather being better than the person you were yesterday. With the way my day is currently shaking out, I’m already leaps an bounds ahead of Yesterday Maggie.

With that being said, I’m going to do my daily personal development first thing in the morning – with my shake in hand – and use this space to reflect on my readings and share with all of you in the process!


Today I read some pages from the Napoleon Hill classic, Think and Grow Rich.

This particular chapter covered the idea of knowledge and the importance of specialized knowledge. “Knowledge is power!” This is a phrase that most of us are familiar. Mr. Hill would respectfully disagree,

“Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end.”

Having knowledge and using that knowledge is where the real power lies. Unfortunately, our schooling tends to gives us only general knowledge, which has many merits on its own, but unfortunately does not translate into fattening your bank account. The book is called Think and Grow Rich for a reason! Using the knowledge you have is powerful, but this goes on step further. Having specialized knowledge, putting it into practice, this is where the real cash flow is going to come from. When you have a specialized knowledge base that differs from the majority of the population, you become a valuable commodity. People must come to you for this knowledge. People will want to use you for the knowledge and even pay you for it.

People tend to not see the value in something unless it has a price. When you continue your education (keep in mind, I’m not necessarily referring to formal education, but expanding your mind), you continue to grow, be better, be more knowledgable, be on the cutting edge. The average person does not do this. They wake up, go to work, come home, go to sleep, and repeat. Unfortunately, that is a dangerous activity, especially if you have BIG dreams

“The person who stops studying merely because he had finished school is forever hopelessly doomed to mediocrity, no matter what may be his (or her) calling. The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.” – Napoleon Hill