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Jun 12

Satisfaction

By Joy Perugini | Mindset Mania

Every once in a while, it helps to just stop.

Right where you are.

Cold in your tracks.

And take a look around.

Go ahead and do it right now. Look up from your computer, or your phone, or your tablet, or whatever and. just. stop.

Take a deep breath.

Yesssss… there ya go ;)

Now you’re right here with me in the present moment actually BEING present. Feels pretty fucking awesome, doesn’t it?! I used to endlessly struggle with the whole “being present” thing… I mean, like I legit couldn’t even comprehend what it meant. And sometimes? I still fall off the rails and find myself overthinking and overanalyzing life in general, especially when GOOD things are happening (crazy I know). BUT today it’s a whole lot easier for me to shut my crazy maker of an ego mind up, and get back to the moment at hand.

All it takes is a niiiiice deeeeep breaaaaath to snap me right back here into this very moment in time (and let’s just say that my friends and clients throwing my own words of wisdom back in my face doesn’t hurt either, ha!), the only moment in time that truly exists, since the past is over and the future hasn’t arrived yet.

Your breath is your life force. It flows in and out of you effortlessly… in fact, oh so effortlessly that even as your conscious mind sleeps at night, your breath continues to flow in and out of you without skipping a single beat of your heart, and it is hands down the quickest, easiest, most efficient way to put yourself in check and be. here. now.

And once you actually manage to get that cute ass of yours into the present moment? You will realize that you’re fiiiiine. In fact, EVERYTHING is fine, and exactly as it is meant to be. And no matter what is going on around you, or how any given situation that’s challenging you might turn out…

Either way, you’re okay ♥

When you can become still in the moment and realize that you are right where you belong… you’re breathing… you’re alive… and you are in fact, OKAY… you can finally allow a very important feeling to wash over you…

Satisfaction.

I know, I know, I knooooow…

I can hear you thinking, “But I’m NOT satisfied AT ALL!!!”

(Yeah, I am just a touch psychic, ya know!)

And trust me, I TOTALLY get it, because I do the same thing alllll the time… really, I do.

But here’s the thing, if you can’t learn to become satisfied with where you are and what you’ve got right here and right now, you’ll NEVER truly be satisfied. Period.

All of the things your little heart desires will elude you time and time again, because you’ve never allowed yourself to ENJOY THE PROCESS… it’s all about the JOURNEY, baby!!!

It’s the feeling of SATISFACTION that will call in more things to be SATISFIED about (like attracts like, remember?!), and that’s just the way it is, my friend. This isn’t rocket science, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy either… this whole “thoughts become things” manifestation process (and the Universal Laws that govern it) is unyielding, and if you don’t learn how to play by the rules?

Welp, you can’t even get in the game… nope, the Powers That Be won’t even let you on the field.

It is what it is, so you might as well just take my word for it, get yourself present, CHOOSE to be satisfied with where you are (even if it isn’t exactly where you wish to be at the moment), and learn to except and allow, so that ALL of your heart’s truest desires have an open pathway to literally FLY into your life at the speed of light (honestly, sometimes so fast that they might knock you right off your feet)!

In becoming satisfied with exactly where you are, and owning what you’ve thus far created in your life (because I can assure you that you did, very much indeed, create every little bit of it… the good, the bad, and the ugly), you will magnetically draw to you sooooo many MORE things to be satisfied about! Things that will light you up and make you glow from the inside out. Things that will literally fall into your lap like magic, because magic really, really, reeeeeally IS real. You’ll bring in all of the things that you’ve always thought about having, loving, playing with in this beautiful game called Life, because you’ve gotten out of your head and into the present moment, which is the only time and place that truly exists! A place where you can hear the whispers of your heart, jump into its massive waves and ride the current straight to the life you’ve always desired!

And while you’re surfing those waves? Do yourself a favor… don’t forget to enjoy the ride ;)  It’s not so much about the destination, but all about the journey, after all.

Please know that if you need help in getting present and raising your vibration to the level of “love or above” to truly embrace life and all it has to offer you, I’m always right here for you, and my 28-day challenge, Love Your Body, Love Your Life, may be just what you need. Just click here to take a look for yourself.

Mar 29

Down the Rabbit Hole

By Joy Perugini | Mindset Mania

Look out, Alice! We’re not in Kansas anymore!

Or something like that ;)

We’ve all been there. And I don’t care who you are, how successful you’ve become, how much money you make, how seemingly “perfect” your life might look to those on the outside, I mean we’ve ALL been there, haven’t we? Falling down the rabbit hole of our ego mind, spinning and spiraling out of control, down and down and down we go, just waiting for impact.

When we allow it to, our ego mind can take us away on an endless journey of regret, worry, lethargy, anger and discouragement (and those are the least of the nasty fear-based thoughts and feelings that serve us no purpose)! It travels us deep into the recesses of our minds, our memories, to nowhere that we would ever choose to intentionally go, but “go” we do, time and time again.

That is, unless we take action. And I’m talking MASSIVE action like your life depended on it, because quite honestly, it does.

You are where you are right now, at this point in time, at this place in your life’s journey, because you have chosen it. Yes, ALL of it. And I know what you’re thinking right now, “But, Joy, I didn’t choose this illness (or this accident, or this bankruptcy, or to lose my job, or failed relationship after failed relationship, etc.)…”

But nothing.

I hate to have to be the one to break the news to you, my beautiful friend, but you actually did.

You.

Chose.

It.

All.

When you first hear this, it can hurt. And you may fight with it. And maybe you’ll even close your mind to the message I’m conveying to you, but you are reading these words right here, right now, for a reason… that much I can assure you. And when the time is right, you’ll receive them into your heart, and into your being.

And if you don’t come to realize that, whether consciously or unconsciously, you are in fact co-creating your life, and everything that comes into it, with the Universe at large through your EVERY SINGLE THOUGHT, WORD and ACTION, and if you don’t take 100% RESPONSIBILITY for it all, you will simply continue to walk through life with blinders on, unhappy or worse yet MISERABLE, blaming your circumstances on outside influences (e.g., other people, bad luck, even the alignment of the planets)!

You must take 100% responsibility for everything in your life, whether you like it or not. This is Universal Law, and there’s no escaping it. As sure as if you jump off of a building you’ll hit the ground fast and hard, courtesy of the Law of Gravity, the laws of The Universe are always in play, whether or not you acknowledge their existence. If you don’t learn to play the Game of Life by the “rules”?

Down the rabbit hole you go!

If we don’t become consciously aware of what’s happening, we’ll always be at the mercy of who we once were, never fully able to embrace all that we can, and are truly MEANT to be. That’s why it’s so immensely important that we keep ourselves in check, that we keep our thoughts positive, and our energy vibin’ HIGH!

Do your best to hold a happy thought, and more importantly the FEELING that comes along with it, for at least seventeen seconds at any given time throughout the day (yes, the magic begins at seventeen seconds). And just so you know, that can actually be a tall order… in less than seventeen seconds those negative vibes (e.g., limiting beliefs, worry, doubt, fear, etc.) can creep in! Sometimes, as soon as you tell yourself, “I am HAPPY! I am HEALTHY! I AM WELL!” your ego mind has already aimed and FIRED back, more than willing to help you “remember” that you’re not happy, not feeling healthy, and are most certainly not well.

It takes time to reprogram your thought process and start to see the results in your outside world, so don’t become discouraged (that’s just your ego popping up again anyway, right?!)… know that just by recognizing and becoming cognizant of what’s going on within, you are ON YOUR WAY… on your way out of the rabbit hole and into the life of your heart’s greatest desires!

I share this with you because I’m all too familiar with my own rabbit hole. I’ve traveled down it far too often already in this lifetime for my liking, and I’m bound to go back down it again (I’m only human). In fact, as enlightened as I may be, and as often as I’m able to help pull my clients, friends and loved ones out of their rabbit holes, I still need help getting out of mine from time to time. Remember, it’s a process, it’s a process, it’s a PROCESS, and practice makes PROGRESS, never, ever perfect (perfection is totally overrated and unachievable anyway)!

Yes, I still slide down my rabbit hole on occasion, but I’m happy to report that it’s fewer and farther between than ever before ;) And yes, sometimes I need a hand to get out of it, but that’s to be expected. It’s SO okay to need help… in fact, I wholeheartedly encourage you to ask for help in any time of need and often! Again, co-creation, remember?

Yes, you really are constantly co-creating with those around you on this little planet of ours, as well as with all of the powerful energies of The Universe. Choose to believe it, or choose to not… either way, the ball is still in play and you’re in the game, baby! If you don’t start paying attention, you’ll likely take ball after ball to the head as you continue your uncontrolled downward spiral down the rabbit hole, further and further away from the life you truly desire.

If you’d like some help getting out of your own rabbit hole, so that you can truly vibrating at an energy level of LOVE or ABOVE, click right here. And if you like my assistance at a higher level, just email joy@joyfitnation.com, and I’ll provide you with the details of working with me as your personal coach.

Mar 22

On Being ME

By Joy Perugini | Mindset Mania

0018__Joy-fitI often get mistaken for a person who has no troubles… no concerns… no drama in my life.

I’m talking like some of my very closest, BEST friends in the whole wide world who have literally said to me at one point or another, “Joy, you don’t understand… you’re always in a good place!”

Um…

WHAT?!

And my reply to these gross overestimations?

“You’re fucking kidding me, right??? How long have you known me?!”

Just because I CHOOSE to have a positive, uplifting, happy outlook… just because I CHOOSE to be as kind as humanly possible to everyone and everything around me (at least the majority of the time), most certainly does NOT mean I’m always at peace inside.

Again, I’m CHOOSING!

Every day, and in every way, I have to make the CHOICE to keep my chin up, or my crown slips, and I mean that quite literally… we ALL have our own crown to wear, and yes, some of us tuned-in people out there can actually SEE that crown atop your head! Call it what you like… your aura, your vibe, etc., it’s really all one and the same, and there’s just no hiding it, no matter how hard you might try ;)

Just think about it for a second, you can usually sense when someone is having an off day, before they say a single word to you, can’t you? And even if they tell you that everything is “fine,” you just KNOW that something is up… their light is just a little less bright for whatever reason, and you can tell.

Getting back on track here, VERY long story short, my life is NOT perfect, nor am I, and I would never claim it, but I do LOVE and CHERISH every single second that I am given on this beautiful planet of ours, because I CHOOSE TO!

One of my very favorite gifts of all time was given to me by a good friend many years ago. It was just a little magnet, but it carries a BIG message:

“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” –Unknown

That small, and oh so thoughtful gift, created a major shift in me that day. It made a dramatic impact on my life, in the most positive way possible, and quite frankly, I’ve had an entirely different outlook ever since. It was that very day that I realized that it all came down to choice.

I could choose to be at peace.

I could choose to be calm.

I could choose to happy, no matter what was going on around me.

So today?

I choose to be calm among the chaos.

I choose to see the light in the darkest of situations.

I choose to keep moving forward through the fire, as everything is seemingly burning down around me, because I know in my heart that everything is always working out for my highest good (yes, even if I can’t see any good in it whatsoever when it’s happening).

When you finally realize that EVERYTHING is always perfect (and I mean ALL of it), you can finally release, fully relinquishing control, and ALLOW for your best, your ideal, your dare I say “perfect” (for you at least) life to unfold before your very eyes.

And unfold it will… that much I can guarantee you, so be ready for it!

When you make the CHOICE to shift your energy to a higher level, when you CHOOSE to vibrate at the frequency of love or above, and when you make the CONSCIOUS DECISION to do so daily? It eventually becomes habit. Consistency is KEY to making the internal changes, that bring external results (in any and ALL aspects of your life, by the way… your body, career, relationships, you name it).

But be forewarned…

If you’re not careful, pretty soon you’ll be the most positive, happy, uplifting person in your circle, and then be ready for it! Someone is bound to eventually say to you, “You don’t understand… you’re ALWAYS in a good place!” ;)

If you need a little help in getting centered, plugging-in and truly vibrating at an energy level of LOVE or ABOVE, click right here. And if you need my assistance at a higher level, just email joy@joyfitnation.com, and I’ll provide you with the details of working with me as your personal coach.

Oct 30

CLARITY

By Joy Perugini | Mindset Mania

diamondLet’s get clear on a few things, shall we?

And when I say clear, I mean CRYSTAL clear.

Like a perfectly round, classic cut diamond with no inclusions.

It’s time to lift the fog, the veil from your eyes, and harness your true power. The only way to effectively do this is to get clear. Very, very, VERY clear. On what you DESIRE. On what you CHOOSE to bring into your life (and you do choose it all, you know… the good, the bad and the ugly).

Your world is about to SHIFT. It’s going to change in every possible way, and in the most POSITIVE way, should you allow for it, but first?

You.

Must.

Get.

Clear.

You must DECIDE what it is that you truly WANT!!!

And until you do? Nothing will change. Nothing will shift. Nothing will ever get any better.

There’s work to be done on an internal level, if you want to see your heart’s truest desires come to fruition in your outer world. And honestly, it’s not hard work. Nope, not at ALL. But, it does take a little bit of effort and whole lot of consistency. And, of course, you MUST. GET. CLEAR. And it also helps to know what you’re doing ;)

Ya know, like HOW to get clear?

Yep. That helps a lot.

So just how exactly do we accomplish this task of getting clear? It’s actually a fairly simple process, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easy. It all starts with getting quiet, and facing your true self. You need to look YOU dead in the eye and call yourself out. For being afraid. For being a fake. For playing small. And quite possibly for being an ass.

You have to be willing to stand up to your ego and show it who’s boss.

Your ego will tell you that you’re not good enough, that you don’t have time, that it’s too late, that nobody will like you if you get what you want (by the way, if that does happen, that one is all about THEM, not you… it’s just their insecurity surfacing), that you’re not talented enough, and that you’re not worthy.

But I’m here to assure you that you are SO worthy of EVERYTHING your little heart desires. And should you lose a few stragglers along the way? So be it. They likely don’t belong on your team anyway, and DREAMS NEED TEAMS, baby!

There’s certainly a process, a system if you will, to getting clear and making all that you desire materialize. It takes time, and a lot more explanation than I can give here, but this will give you a good start nonetheless.

Begin by getting quiet and alone in a safe, relaxing space. Take at least ten nice, deep, cleansing breaths. Close your eyes and focus on releasing your fears and doubts with each exhale (inhale peace, exhale any and all regrets). Imagine yourself at your truest, your happiest, your LIGHTEST and BRIGHTEST!

And then?

Get out some paper and something you love to write with (pen, pencil, sparkly crayon, whatever feels right!), and ask yourself…

What do I really want?

And then write. that. shit. down.

C’mon, you knew it was coming ;)

This is where the real work begins, and you MUST DO THE WORK, if you ever want anything to change.  And you need to OWN it. Period.

No matter what you desire (more happiness, love, health, wealth, fun, quality relationships, fame, fortune, WHATEVER), you must begin by getting very CLEAR and SPECIFIC about what your desire actually IS, and then know (without an ounce of doubt!) that it’s coming. And just to be clear (while we’re on the topic of clarity), you don’t need to just pick ONE of your heart’s desires…

YOU. CAN. HAVE. THEM. ALL.

And all at the same time too!!!

You just have to BELIEVE you can have it all, wholeheartedly! That whole, “you can’t have your cake and eat it too” thing is complete crap! Someone with a less than enlightened mind decided that statement was true, and for them it likely WAS true! I guarantee you it became their reality, because they believed it… you can see how dangerously cyclical this can become (and fast!), and why it’s IMPERATIVE that you keep your mindset positive, and not let those nasty, negative thoughts sneak in.

Now, don’t start panicking on me or anything, okay? The good news is that your POSITIVE thoughts are hundreds of times more powerful than your negative ones, and you can cancel, clear, delete negative thoughts just by reframing them into the positive.

And then, there’s expectation. What are you expecting? Because if you’re writing and speaking all of these positive mantras and affirmations of an abundant life, but then continue to EXPECT the things you don’t want (like bills you can’t pay, or people not to support you, or your health to deteriorate), then you pretty much just flushed all of your positive efforts down the toilet.

Please, please, pleeeeease, for the love of all that is good in the world, EXPECT the arrival of your hearts truest desires, expect your DREAMS to become your reality, expect your GOOD, just as surely as you expect to wake up every time you fall asleep.

All you really need to do is to keep feeding your subconscious mind with positive, uplifting fuel (you can stick around here for more of that, by the way!), and you may very well need to get clear in some other respects as well (like cleansing your body, home, relationships, etc.).  Clearing, cleansing, detoxing, however you want to say it, all boils down to the same starting block… you getting in touch with YOU and deciding to DO.THE. WORK.

If you ever want things to change, you have to put in the effort, and that can be scary, but everything you desire is on the other side of your fear… that much I can promise you.  I was once told that you have to spend money to make money (it was right before I invested over $85,000 into my first fitness studio), and that’s actually a fairly true assessment… you have to make the investment of energy, and money is just a form of energy, in order to bring your dreams into reality (that’s why tithing is such a powerful practice). You have to truly BELIEVE in those dreams though, and more importantly, believe in yourself.

I’m always here to infuse love and light into your world and to instill FAITH in you of your ability to make your dreams your reality, but to do so, you need to get uncomfortable. And then you need to get comfortable in your discomfort. This is the only way we can UPLEVEL and create a new normal in our lives.

So here’s the deal. There’s a rare opportunity available right now (that won’t come around again until next year), but it’s not for everyone… in fact, at the moment, it’s only for TWO of you beautiful people out there.  It takes you putting an investment of faith, time, effort and money into becoming the YOU that you truly KNOW you are meant to be. It means getting CRYSTAL CLEAR on what you really want. It means making NO EXCUSES. And it means me giving you my signature “in-your-face encouragement” all along the way. You’ll gain FULL ACCESS to me and my arsenal of knowledge, intuitive insight and pure MAGIC on the daily for a full NINETY DAYS (that’s THREE MONTHS)! You can click right here to check out the details… I look forward to working with you.

Aug 14

Cracking Eggs (and Hearts) Wide Open

By Joy Perugini | Mindset Mania

Transitions in life are inevitable … I mean, that is if we intend to ever get anywhere, right?! And I don’t know about you, but my intention is to KEEP MOVING FORWARD, so that I can get to anywhere and EVERYWHERE my little heart desires. That being said, I’ve got a little story to share  …

A couple of Thursdays ago, I got home from a walk with my friend and felt a headache coming on. I thought to myself that I likely needed some food (I hadn’t eaten yet that day), so I pulled out my trusty frying pan, unrefined/organic coconut oil and two eggs, and got cracking!

I managed to make my breakfast and eat it, but my head was still bitchy and I was starting to feel nauseous. Now, as most know, I am an exceptionally well-hydrated individual, but it was VERY hot and humid that day, so I chugged a little extra water before I decided that a cool shower would surely do the trick.

Not so much.

My head hated me and my body was now screaming at me, “Go lay down!”

So I listened.

After my shower, I crawled into bed, where I remained for the next FOUR DAYS! (Nope, not exaggerating.)

I was literally unable to get out of bed without nearly, if not actually, passing out until Sunday, and even by then I was nowhere near 100%.

I was achy, dizzy, nauseous, disoriented, extremely fatigued, and suffering bouts of fever, cold sweats and then just being straight-up freezing cold in 90 degree heat (no a/c in my house).

I was also overly emotional (I kept crying for no apparent reason), and it felt like something was sitting on my chest with occasional jabbing pains in my solar plexus and heart.

Crazy right?!

I was sick, but I wasn’t “sick” sick, ya know? The closest thing I can relate it to was when I got the flu last year, but there was no throwing up, or sore throat/congestion, or any of those “sick” sick symptoms. Not to mention, when I get sick, I can always feel it coming on (I’m very in-tune with my body in that way) and this shit hit like a ton of bricks out of the literally clear blue sky.

So what was it?! Let’s back track a little bit, shall we?

Rewind to Wednesday, the day before I went into a cocoon for approximately four days.

I went to my fave new yoga spot (Live Yoga in Danielson, CT) for my yoga teacher training, per usual. But unusually, the night before I had set an intention. I spoke to the Universe … or God, Buddha, Creator, Source, or Sparkly Pocahontas Wind (you’ll have to visit Live Yoga for the explanation of that one!), or whatever name you prefer to give the higher power we all were birthed from. I asked the Universe to help me breakthrough my blocks.

To help me let go.

To help me embrace the NOW.

To keep me looking and moving forward, instead of in the rear-view mirror.

Before I go on, I should mention that earlier on in my yoga training it became abundantly clear that my heart chakra needed some serious opening up (along with like four of my other chakras, but let’s just focus here for now). And coincidentally, we did a LOT of heart-openers in class that fateful Wednesday (if you’ve been following me for a bit, you’ve by now realized that I don’t actually believe in “coincidence”, but that everything truly does happen on purpose and for our greater good).

Now, stay with me here, because things are about to get a little woo-woo … just a bit airy-fairy, but you’ll be fiiiiine (I promise)!

I asked for a breakthrough and GOOD LORD did I ever get one. I’m convinced that my four-day illness was not a bug, nor an infection of any sort, but in fact a very serious detoxification of my body, mind and spirit.

My heart cracked open, just like my eggs into the pan, and the yolk of my heart came spilling forth into the world.

Go ahead, think I’m crazy.

I think I’m crazy!

But I knew this wasn’t just any ol’ bug I was dealing with. So much so, that by Saturday (when I was finally able to lift my head off of my pillow and look at my phone without the world swimming in circles around me,) I googled: “Can yoga make you sick?” Honestly, I just couldn’t think of a better way to phrase it at the moment, but it did the trick! After floating around the internet for a minute or two, what I found confirmed my hunch (if you’re interested in reading what I found, just click here).

This is very real, guys. This whole mind/body connection thing? Totally legit. And sadly, not a lot of people are aware of it, nor do a lot of people talk about it. As with anything, I’m sure they’re worried about being judged, but fuck that … judge me all you like! Just know, “for in the way you judge, you will be judged” ;)

Oh! Another symptom I neglected to mention …

Upon getting into my car to go for that walk with my friend (the day following my intensive yoga practice), I realized that my back hurt in a place that I have never felt pain before. It was smack dab in the middle of my shoulder blades … directly behind my heart.

Coincidence?

Well, we already know how I feel about that, don’t we?

You can think what you want, but I KNOW that I cracked my heart wide open that day in yoga. I KNOW that what I asked for? I received.

It was in holding Pigeon pose on my right side (I have a love/hate relationship with Pigeon, by the way), that a memory of my dad passed through my mind and tears started streaming from my eyes uncontrollably. I was told many years ago, by a very intuitive massage therapist, that I was holding my father’s death in my right ass cheek … I kid you not.

We can hold on to past hurts and store them in a very physical way in our bodies … usually hips and butts most of the time (especially in women). Well, it took just about a good solid twenty years, but I think I’ve finally let some of the hurt and anger wrapped around that experience go (I’ll save that story for another day).

As if that wasn’t enough, my body wasn’t done releasing my emotional baggage just yet.

On came Camel (a great big heart-opening pose).

As my chest spread wide open, my upper back arcing and my heart reaching for the sky, more tears.

Another release.

This time, a more recent past hurt from just four short years ago whispered across the forefront or my mind. I refer to it as The Wedding That Never Was (and today I can add, “THANK GOD!”). Although I’ve been “over it” for a long time (if I’m being honest, probably within weeks of the whole debacle, once I saw what the truth was), I have to admit that I was still jaded by it up until this breakthrough.

Again, another story for another day, but very long story short, I wanted bad things to happen to my ex-fiancé. I wanted him to be publicly embarrassed the way I was. I wanted someone to leave HIM holding the basket of responsibilities and have to clean up a whole nasty mess of shit. I wanted Karma to rear her ugly head in his direction, and I wanted a front row seat.  I haven’t necessarily felt that way for a few years now, but I held onto that story (retelling it over and over again) for far too long.

But now?

It’s gone.

I mean really gone.

I’m not angry at him anymore. I honestly just don’t care enough to be angry anymore.

And by the way, today, I am in a beautifully fulfilling relationship with hands down the strongest, most supportive and loving man that I have ever been with, and I would have missed out on him if things had gone the way I thought they were “supposed” to go. And after having this breakthrough … this literal cracking open of my heart … this true LETTING GO … I’m available to love everyone in my life so much more fully and openly.

Now, is it any wonder that I was feeling pain in between my shoulder blades, or that I was getting weird stabbing pains in my solar plexus and heart?! Both the solar plexus and heart are body chakras. The solar plexus chakra is our power chakra and represents our ability to be confident and in control (I’m admittedly a control freak, by the way, but something I’m actively working on also), and the heart chakra represents love, warmth, compassion and joy (of course)!

And is it really any wonder that my whole body decided to shut down and force me to just stop and lay down to rest and heal?!  No. It isn’t. It actually makes all kinds of sense to me now.

When you are ready to change your life, to change your story, you will know. When you’ve had enough of the rat race, the never ending struggle, the thankless jobs that you do for so many who do so little for you, you will know. When you are truly ready, you will JUST KNOW (trust me on this one). And when that moment comes, you will ask for guidance (because eventually we all do, when it comes to the big stuff), and it will be given to you. Guaranteed.

Your signs may be more subtle than mine were. We all have our own set of signs programmed into our lives. For some, the signs come through words or numbers (this is more typical for me). For others, feelings like chills, or butterflies in your stomach come to tell you that you are moving towards, or perhaps further away, from your good. But if you’re as lucky as I am (and honestly, I’m not even trying to be sarcastic here), one day you might be given a sign so HUGE that not only can you not ignore it, but it’ll drop you on your ass!

If you are ready … ready to embrace the life you KNOW you are meant to live, ready to make a change NOW (because let’s be honest here, we don’t know how much more time any of us really have left), then I am ready to help.

Over the past few months I have received many very similarly themed messages from my tribe, with oh so many fabulous questions: How did I make my decision to change my life, and in such a drastic way? What was the turning point? How did I get there? Wasn’t I scared?

Oh yeah … absolutely I was scared, but I learned to trust in the process. I learned to tap into my inner-guidance system.  I have identified my signs and learned to follow them. I have learned to plug into and flow with the Universal energy that surrounds us all. I have learned, learned, learned and then learned some more (mostly from the many mistakes I made along the way), and now I’m ready to share. To teach. To LEAD.

Beginning Monday, September 7th, I will be leading an intimate group of woman who are ready to drop their excuses and say “YES” to the life they are meant to be living. Woman who can feel it deep down inside that they are meant for so much more. Women who want to make the world a better place and know the time is NOW.

The Motivators.

The Change Makers.

The Thought Leaders.

The women who believe in, “Go big, or go home!”

And when I say “big” I mean BIG! Because the name of this soiree I’m hosting is The B.I.G. Life (Bold. Infamous. Girl.), and you’re invited to attend. Whether you’re looking to completely restructure your life, or just make a few strategic changes, this is for you. You may be in the process of climbing the corporate ladder, or maybe you’re a femmepreneur (like me!), or a working or stay-at-home mom, or perhaps you’re just starting out and you don’t know WHAT you are right now, but you KNOW you want to make a difference in this little world of ours. Just click right here to check out what I’ve got in store, and decide if you’re a fit for this group of like-minded women who are ready to BE the change they wish to see in the world.

Jul 24

You Did Good

By Joy Perugini | Mindset Mania

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And then it was done. I walked through each empty room and said goodbye. I thanked the building for being our home, our playground, our “clubhouse”. I thanked it for protecting us from storms, keeping us warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I hugged the infamous pole in the center of the group room and stood on my stage for one last time. Then, I sat down on the stage and cried. Change can be a challenge, but a necessity of life. With every ending, comes a new beginning … it’s time for this little phoenix to spread her wings and soar.

Nine years ago, I set out on a mission … a mission to make an impact on the lives of as many people as I could touch, and I have impacted many. I became known as one of the best at what I do. As a fitness trainer, group exercise instructor, wellness coach, President and Director of Operations of Core Fitness, Inc., I excelled. I reached each and every goal I set out to attain. I won awards, sure, but more importantly, I CHANGED LIVES. I’ve helped hundreds of people lead healthier and happier lives, drop weight, shed fat, shred muscle, and embrace a healthy, well-balanced and realistic lifestyle. As my mom told me with a cute, sweet and simple greeting card, “You did good.”

I’m not aborting my mission. In fact, my mission hasn’t changed at all. It has simply transformed … it’s blossomed onto a bigger and broader scale. I want to touch the lives of thousands … millions even!

And my goals?

Are now intentions.

And those intentions?

Are becoming my reality.

And now?

I’m ready to take on the world.

Eight weeks ago, almost to the day, I decided it was time to take MASSIVE action in my life. The time had come to live life for ME. To honor what my spirit, my soul, my mind, hell even my BODY was crying for …

Peace.

It hit me as I was leaving my studio after an amazing yoga class in my fitness studio. I felt so funky as I was getting into my car. I felt reeeeeally heavy … like strangely sluggish and in slow motion. I started driving home, but just a few minutes into my drive my phone rang. It was one of my closest friends and she was back at the studio. I asked her if she wanted a coffee … I stopped to grab us some and then turned my car around.

I needed a friend to talk to.

And there she was.

Coincidence?

I think not.

I didn’t know what I needed to talk about, or why I was feeling the way I was. When I returned to the studio, I just looked at her and told her that I needed to talk. I told her that I felt “heavy”. And then we talked for hours.

She was exactly the person I needed to talk to, at exactly the right time. Crazy how the Universe works that way, isn’t it?! And out of our cloud of conversing, came the sun shining through … like a diamond in the ruff …

It was time.

She said it, so that I didn’t have to …

“You have to close the studio.”

For the very first time (and don’t think this topic hasn’t come up in conversation before, after nine years of running the business in what is quite possibly the WORST economy the United States has ever seen), I had no resistance to the suggestion. I didn’t get angry, or defensive, or even the least bit uncomfortable at her statement. In fact, what I felt instead was an overwhelming sense of peace. The heaviness lifted like a fog being burned off by the sun. There was no other answer. There was no other option. There was no fight to be fought. It was what it was …

I was done.

It wasn’t until I was on my ACTUAL drive home that it dawned on me. The day before, almost 24 hours prior to the minute, I was driving and out of literally nowhere (because I honestly just don’t do this very often), I asked God, the Universe, my angels, spirit guides, whoever and whatever was out there listening, if I was on the right path. And my answer?

Cue the crickets.

Nada. Nothing, Nil.

So then I simply said, “Well, if I’m supposed to do something, someone just let me know, okay?”

I remember thinking to myself that I wanted clarity. I wanted to truly KNOW without an ounce of doubt that I was doing what I was supposed to be doing with my life.

Or not.

And I remember being a little pissy that I didn’t get an answer.

But the answer did come, albeit not until a day later. And “someone” DID let me know what I was supposed to do, didn’t she?

Absofuckinglutely.

Ask and you shall receive. Quite literally! And this law of the Universe is infallible. The question is: what are YOU asking for? With each and every thought you have, every word you utter, you are placing your order with the Universe. The Law of Attraction doesn’t understand “don’t” or “won’t” or “can’t” or any other negative statement you might put out into the ethers. It only hears what you’re focusing on.

For example, if you’re saying to yourself (or aloud), while you’re driving like a bat outta Hell to get somewhere, “I can’t be late! I can’t be late!” All the Universe is hearing is “be late” because that is your focus point. Make sense?

So, switch it up a little with a re-frame: “I must be on time,” or “I am on time,” or even better, “I am ALWAYS on time!”

So, I’ve simply decided to change my order on the menu of the Universe, and so can you. It’s a beautiful thing, this freewill of ours. And trust me, if I can do it, you can do it too.

Yes, it was uncomfortable … change often is.

Yes, it threw me off kilter for a couple of weeks … big life shifts don’t come without their growing pains, but I grew exponentially!

Yes, it uprooted and upset a bunch of people … they’ll get over it.

And yes, I lost some clients, and unfortunately some friends … what remains now is my true TRIBE.

Were the risks and consequences worth it?

You better believe it.

I spent more time within the walls of my business than my house, often working five to nine (not a typo), six to seven days a week and logging up to eighty-five hours per week at my peak, and I loved almost every minute of it.

Until I didn’t anymore.

Do I have any regrets walking away from what had literally been my home of nine years?

Not.

One.

Walking away from the confines of my brick and mortar business allows me to now truly live my life and my calling.

If you are unhappy, in any aspect of your own life (your health, your relationships, your career, ANYTHING!), I implore you to MAKE. A. CHANGE. Any change will do. Take a leap of faith or maybe even just a step in the right direction, but please do something in the direction of your happiness … YOUR true calling.

Happiness is a choice. Period.

I’ve lost count of how many people have said to me over the past couple of months how “lucky” I am to be living my dream, and how they wish they could do the same.

WHAT?!

I can assure that “luck” has NOTHING to do with this, my friend. I made a conscious decision, and a very difficult one at that, to DO something about my unhappiness. To LISTEN to my heart and FOLLOW my soul’s path in life.

Life is not a dress rehearsal, this I’m confident you’ve heard before, but it’s one thing to “hear” it and another thing to let it really sink into your being.

Let’s just say, for me?

It sunk.

If you’re ready to embrace a happier, healthier life on all levels, then you belong in the Nation! The JoyFit Nation encompasses all aspects of fitness! Physical fitness, yes, but also mental/emotional fitness, spiritual fitness, and even financial fitness! Just head on over to our home base at www.joyfitnation.com to join my tribe by leaving your name and email address, and then get ready to receive plenty of motivation and inspiration to live your life as happy as can be :)

 

May 23

I. See. You.

By Joy Perugini | Mindset Mania

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I see you. But first? I had to see me. I mean reeeeeally see me. I had to get inside, get quiet, dig deep and really SEE the internal workings of what makes me? ME! The good, the bad, and the downright ugly (and yes, we’ve all got the ugly in there … it’s okay).

And you wanna know what happens when I get quiet? I freak the fuck out. I mean, like seriously.

I go into a panicky downward spiral … my brain kicks into high gear and starts whirling at a million miles a minute (by the way, this is PRECISELY the reason why I need to get quiet more often), and I know I’m not the only one. There are so many of us over-stimulated, over-thinking, over-doers out there, and this behavior? Is sure to be the death of us, my friends.

But I digress.

This is about something much bigger than just getting quiet. Or even contemplative. This is about owning yourself and all of the shit that you carry with you. This is about taking your power back and being unashamedly and unabashedly YOU!

JUST OWN IT!

Here … I’ll start …

I’m a bitch. I am! I mean sometimes, right? I can be a nasty little bitch at times (but thankfully not all of the time), and it is what it is. I can’t please all of the people all of the time, and I’m done trying. Birds of a feather flock together, and my flock will find me and love me, bitchiness and all.

You know what else? I can be totally dramatic at times. Which comes in handy when I’m up dancing on a stage, leading a group of 200+ people, but not so useful when someone pisses me off ;) It is what it is. I know it, I’m aware of it, and I’m working on turning my inner Drama Queen off when she’s not welcome.

I’m just saying, we ALL have our moments, and we all have our baggage, and we all can’t be everything to everyone, and THAT. IS. OKAY.

You are the only person that can bring your gifts to the world. You are the only YOU out there! There is not one other person on this planet capable to doing the things you can do in life, like you would. There is not one other person able to deliver your purpose to the world. There is not ONE OTHER PERSON who can do YOU, better than you. Truth.

So the big question here? When are you gonna show the people of the world what you’re REALLY made of? When are you gonna stop playing it safe, hiding in the background, and keeping your mouth shut? When are you gonna step up and put YOUR truth, YOUR message, YOUR GIFT out there?! Not only are you doing yourself a disservice by “playing it safe” all the time, but you’re doing a disservice to the world.

You think I’m kidding?!

I’m NOT!

In fact, I’m dead serious.

It’s time to make life happen, people! You’ve only got ONE, and trust me on this … it’s short. Far too short for some of us, unfortunately.

So, what are you waiting for? That “one day” life you keep dreaming about? It’s not just gonna show up out of the blue, ya know! You have to WORK for that shit (and I don’t necessarily mean “work” as in labor, but you get my point).

What are you doing to make your way towards the life of your dreams? What action steps are you taking NOW that are making an impact on your life … and on EVERYONE ELSE’S life you touch?!

MAKE. AN. IMPACT.

MAKE. AN. IMPRESSION!

What do you impress upon this world?

What’s that?! You don’t know?! Let’s do something about that then, hey?

Let’s start LIVING LIFE ON PURPOSE, and let’s do it NOW.

There’s no time to waste, you know. There actually might not be a tomorrow. I know it may sound a little morbid, but it’s true. I’ve had too many people in my life wake up in the morning and not make it home to dinner that night. More truth.

No. Time. To. Waste.

You hear me?

Good.

Now, let’s get out there and MAKE. LIFE. HAPPEN.

Here … I’ll even lead by example ;) I’m leading a revolution of sorts, a literal SQUAD of fit chicks who want to live their lives to the Nth  degree! I’m talking fitness in ALL aspects of life.  Physical. Mental/Emotional. Spiritual. And yes … even FINANCIAL. We encourage and empower each other to become the BEST we can possibly be. We’ve had enough of us women being in constant competition with one another … it’s time to form a SISTERHOOD! And if you want in? YOU are welcome here. ALL are welcome here. And right now? This squad of ours is open for enrollment, and HUGELY discounted to HALF OFF! So join the rest of us fit bitches in the FitGirl Squad. This is a no-brainer, my friends. It’s time for the fit chicks of the world to UNITE!!! Click here now to join the movement, and don’t forget to share it with the other fit girls in your life :)

Mar 18

Done yet?

By Joy Perugini | Mindset Mania

butterflyAre you done yet? I mean seriously, how long do you plan to sit there and just half-ass your way through life? Of course, I guess you might actually LIKE living a life that you know doesn’t even come close to your potential … in that case you can stop reading now. BUT for most of us, we know there’s more out there and we’re chomping at the bit to get a piece of it.

There’s a level of confidence that comes with knowing you’ve got your shit together every day and in every way. There’s an ease, a flow about you. You’re living your life on purpose and it shows. You literally glow! Your friends and family will say there’s something different about you, “did you change your hair?” … they just can’t quite put their finger on it, but they know something has changed. Little do they realize that it goes much deeper than the surface stuff … you’ve shifted from within. You’re finally standing in your power.

You’ve made the choice to live your life from a place of alignment. You take aligned action every day to make the world around you a better place. You do for YOU first, and everything and everyone else falls into place throughout your day. Honestly, that’s how it works, ya know? Put yourself first and it all just clicks together from there … I promise!

It can be scary though, let me tell you. NOT doing the 200 other things you know you should be doing, and taking as little as 20 minutes first thing in the morning to yourself …  to journal, to go for a run, or do a yoga sequence,  or to just go outside with your cup of coffee and breathe in the fresh morning air. In a society where the majority rush around like chickens with their heads cut off all day long, you could be the game changer. You could set the standard. You could be the one who leads by example and sets the world on fire with your passion for living a life on purpose.

It’s truly the little things that count. The little changes you make have a HUGE impact on your life and the lives of those around you. It’s like the butterfly effect combined with a ripple effect. The good vibrations you put out from living your life from a place of alignment, a place of flow, get sent out in waves, impacting all those who are on your path. In fact, those waves can even impact people who are not in your general vicinity …people you may not even, nor ever, know! Crazy right?!  But oh so true.

So, I’ll ask again. Are you done yet?!

Are you ready to finally step into your purpose? Your passion? Your power?! Are you finally ready to stop making the excuses as to why your life isn’t just quite the way you expected it to be? Why you’re not as successful, or fit, or happy as you thought you would be by now? Can you recall a time where you dreamt bigger than big? Maybe not since you were a child, but I’d put money on the fact that you’ve had some BIG dreams at one point or another in your life, that you let fall by the wayside.

Forgive me for this, but … GET OFF YOUR LAZY ASS AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!! This might sting a little, but if you’re unhappy? It’s your fault. If you’re feeling frumpy and dumpy (and if that’s the case, more likely grumpy)? YOUR FAULT.

I’m sorry, but it really IS. If your life isn’t exactly what you hoped it would turn out to be, it is no one’s fault, save your own. BUT you CAN do something about it. It’s not too late. It’s NEVER too late! So what’s it gonna be??? Are you gonna stay where you are, just floating along through life, letting the waves wash over you, or are you gonna be the tsunami that sends the waves out that impact the world?!

ARE YOU DONE YET?!?!

Done being sub-par. Done living someone else’s dream. Done with not living the life you KNOW you are meant to live?!?!

If so, take action now. Take ALIGNED and IMMEDIATE action NOW!!! Be confident! Step forward into your true self, and make no excuses about it! You’ve got this!!!

Annnnnd, if you want a little help in getting aligned, feeling great, and being confident in your own skin, you can start by clicking here. Just a thought ;) Now go out there and get ‘em tiger!!!

Feb 20
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Simply Scandalous

By Joy Perugini | Mindset Mania

Newspapers & Magnifying glassI upped my game the other night, and I did it fully on purpose and with intent. I decided to work from a place of pure authenticity, so I could begin to decipher who constitutes my target market, who my real peeps are … who truly makes up this awesome tribe known as the JoyFit Nation.

It all started with the need to market my upcoming detox (more on that later) and turned into me having to “unfriend” someone on social media for the first time ever (legit).

I had jokingly said to my boyfriend and two of my closest friends, “We’re gonna see if sex sells!” Not realizing that someone was actually about to take things to that level. Now, before I go on, let me point out that the comment was made in a post on my PERSONAL social media account … not even my JoyFit Nation account, and most definitely not the account of my brick and mortar boutique fitness studio (this will come into play later). And the text of the post was pretty benign, simply providing information on the program I was promoting, save the lead line of, “Wanna be SLEEK & SEXY for SPRING?!?!” I know, I know … totally pushing boundaries, right? Ha! Not so much, BUT then there is the matter of the image I chose to accompany the text … and herein lies the scandal!

By the way, I should mention that the picture in question was purchased by none other than yours truly through an online database where you can buy royalty-free images for marketing purposes, so we’re not talking porn here … we’re talking art. And not only is the image itself artistic in nature and the photographer an artist in their own right, but the bodies of the people in the image are serious works of art in and of themselves … do you have ANY idea how hard it is to get a body to look like that?!

I’m going to post the image here again, because I don’t regret my original posting of it one little bit. In fact, I think the image is HOT, not to mention, completely HARMLESS, and even my seventy-four year old, churchgoing mother agrees (well, with the harmless part at least). When I showed her the picture (with no background info, mind you) and asked her if she found it offensive, she said (and I quote), “No … you’d see worse on TV or in a fashion magazine,” and then specifically pointed out Vogue as an example.

Even though I am a grown woman, yes, my mother’s opinion still very much matters to me and any self-doubt that may have been festering at that point was squashed (thanks, Mom)! Now, she went on to mention that, although the image doesn’t bother her, the strong language that I tend to use in my JoyFit Nation blogging and emails does. To that effect, I gently informed her that she is not my target audience. I explained that my job here is to be nothing more than my beautifully authentic self, and I’m not going to sensor my words, or filter my message to the world in any way, shape or form, because it just wouldn’t work. It would come across as fake, and you can refer to me as MANY things and get away with it, but fake I will NOT accept. This is me. Raw, real, and unequivocally Joy.  What you see, hear and read from me, “is what it is,” so if you don’t like it, just stop reading right now. Stop following me. Stop listening to me. I won’t get offended … I promise! I’m in the process of building my tribe of awesomeness, and it is TOTALLY okay if you’re not in it. What it really comes down to is this …

You’re either for us or against us … and, as my Big Sis likes to say, “Either way, we’re okay!”

Now, back to my scandal. Oh! The pic! I almost forgot! Here ya go …

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Simply scandalous ;) So what happened within minutes of this image hitting the newsfeeds of all my friends and followers? Well, lots of “likes” and shares for one, and then one little “not-so-nice” comment. Please keep in mind this was CLEARLY a marketing post for my business … if someone really had that much of an issue with it, or with me posting it, they could have reached out to me outside of my marketing efforts, ya know? And, by the way, this is actually the SECOND time this SAME person made a rude comment on a marketing post for my business in less than a month. And stranger still, this person has known me for years, and I have never treated them with anything less than love and respect online and off.

I don’t know about you, but my mother taught me that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. If you don’t like it, then you don’t have to look at it. And more so, you certainly don’t have to take the time out to make commentary on it while it sits on your screen for even longer than necessary (considering how offensive it obviously is to you), or maybe you really secretly like it and just won’t admit it to yourself. Either way, just hide me from your newsfeed … or “unfriend” me if you feel it’s necessary. But DO NOT disrespect me, my family, friends or businesses and think that I will sit idly by and take it. And yes, this person specifically called me out and named my brick and mortar business with their rude comment, saying something along the lines of questioning if this was the image my studio now projects (I honestly don’t remember exactly what the comment was, because I quickly deleted it and then quickly deleted them). At any rate, they obviously didn’t even bother to READ anything in the post, or they would have seen it was marketing a JoyFit Nation program, and not one of my studio’s offerings.

Another gem my momma pointed out (and then another client that I’m close with later the next day seconded) is that it’s really about where the person is coming from. So true, right?! If you’re in a bad place, I can see how looking at some sexy, hot bodies might piss you off. It’s all about our own perception of whatever is out there and apparently, this person perceived my post as a threat. I have no idea why … it most certainly wasn’t my intention to harm anyone in any way, but it’s also Not. My. Problem. This isn’t about me. It’s not even about the image I chose to post. It’s about that person. It’s about where they are in their own head right now.  And funny, not funny, that the whole post was actually about a program to cleanse our lives from toxicity! It’s designed to clean up and clear out our body, mind, and spirit!

Well, I guess I started my cleansing process a few days earlier than planned, when I detoxed my Friends List!!! In case you’re interested, the real cleanse begins this coming Monday, 02/23 with Detox Divas (and Dudes!), so you only have a couple of days left to jump on board and get lean, mean and clean in time for spring! And I gotta tell ya … I feel lighter and brighter already ;)

Feb 16

Ready to Rock the Big FOUR-O!

By Joy Perugini | Mindset Mania

Celebrating Forty YearsLordy, lordy I just turned … 40?!

No. Seriously. When did … I mean … how did I … wait a minute … WHAT?!?! I remember having a conversation with my mom about four years ago. I mentioned how fast time was flying by … that it seemed the older you get, the faster it goes, and she said, “Wait ‘til you turn 70!”

So, really … what is this all about? And how in God’s name am I actually 40 years old, when I swear that things from my twenties feel like they just happened yesterday? I mean crystal clear memories of my college roommates in Charlotte, almost two years’ worth of basking in the sun on the pristine beaches of Maui, adopting my puggy puppy who is now 10 years old! I know it’s not just me. Everyone says it right? “Time flies when you’re having fun!” And for me it’s shown true … this life of mine is pretty freakin’ awesome and the days, weeks, months and years are passing by at the speed of light.

I’ve never really had much of an issue with birthdays actually. In fact, I usually look forward to them. I always tell everyone, “you’re as old as you think you are” when they make a negative comment about their age, and typically people think I’m much younger than I actually am, so it’s honestly never bothered me.

Until about two weeks before my fortieth birthday.

I’m best known for being a motivator. A leader. A teacher. A trainer. A coach. I’m pretty much as positive as positive gets, so I was a little shocked at myself for feeling “not-so-excited” about my approaching birthday. Now, in my defense, I’d had one hell of a couple of weeks. My dog fell suddenly ill (he’s much improved now, thank God), my work demands had been extraordinary to say the least, we had a literal blizzard and then another monster snowstorm a week apart in the Northeast, and I was fighting a cold to boot. I was fried. And even I’m allowed to be fried once in a while. On the actual day of the celebration of my birth, I was snowed in … unable to leave the house unless I had a snowmobile (I’m talking over a foot of snow and there was a state-wide driving ban anyway). Oh! And the groundhog saw his shadow (little fucker).

My birthday sucked. I mean honestly … the worse birthday on record. Would you like to know why? Because I was dreading it. I liked my thirties. In fact, I’m quite partial to threes in general, so it was a super fun decade for me, and I just didn’t want to see it go. I mean, don’t get me wrong. My thirties had their ups and downs (I mean some SERIOUSLY BIG ups and downs), but overall I wouldn’t change one day of them, because I wouldn’t be where I am right now. But I digress. The reason my birthday was an uber letdown, was because I was a pissy little miserable brat. My foul mood brought on a foul day. I almost forgot to mention that I broke my toe by walking face first into a wall that night too! Oh yeah. Walking and texting through the dark house, all in the name of “multitasking”… I was trying to do too much at once, and I was stopped dead in my tracks … I mean like literally was brought to my knees (I was lucky to have not knocked a tooth out)! I cried from the pain and started laughing at the same time, knowing I had brought it all on myself.

What you resist persist, and I was resisting forty with all my might. Well, it came anyway and the first twenty-four hours of it royally bit the big one. It was around 10:00 PM the night before my big day, that I realized forty was coming whether I liked it or not, so I might as well embrace it. Truth be known, turning forty is better than the alternative of “not” turning forty, right? Many people aren’t even afforded the privilege. So I had to shift my thinking. This diva needed to detox! Recognizing full well that I had brought all of this misery upon myself, I decided to quit the shit, dust off my smile and get back to being happy to be alive. Funny how quickly things started to turn around after that. My dog was home from the Pet E.R. and making his way back to his healthy, happy self, my toe began to heal and feel MUCH better within just a few days of being properly cared for, and although there was plenty of snow to shovel, I was able to see it in all of its beauty and look at the blanket of white as a clean slate with which to start off my forty-first year of life. Annnnnd since that mental shift, some amazing things have happened to me. Things to be happy about … things to give thanks for. I have an incredible life filled with many blessings, as do you. I just needed to clear my head of all the junk (the fear, the self-doubt, the inner-critic telling me what forty should look and feel like). I had to dump all of the negativity and make room for the positive to enter once again, and I did. I cleaned house, and I feel absolutely amazing having done so. I’m ready to rock the big FOUR-O like it’s nobody’s business ;)

If you’re ready to clear out some of the sludge from your life too, your timing couldn’t be more perfect! I’m launching a 21-day cleanse to detox in every aspect of your life. We’ll cover our diets, relationships, living and work spaces, finances, and any other areas of our lives that need cleaning up. During our three weeks together, we will follow a simple, realistic plan that will shift you … body, mind and spirit. Click here to learn more.