Monday, August 5, 2013

12 Days til 40 ~ Living the Healthy Life!

So the countdown is on!  I have 12 more days in my 30's!  What the????  How in the world did it go so fast?  I used to think 40 was old.  Hell, I used to think 30 was old, 24 was old!  So now, am I old?  I don't feel like it!!  In fact, I feel like I'm just getting started!  Yesterday I shared my post from last year, 39 Things I've Learned in 39 Years and How They Help Me Live My Best Life Now on my facebook page and re-reading it has made me reflect on the past year, and how my life has changed since becoming a mom.  

I've been reminiscing about everything that I've done and been through; the past 7 years and my journey through pregnancies and being a mom, my journey as a teacher, consultant, blogger, stay at home mom, work from home mom, life coach, and fitness coach, my experiences as a wife, a friend, a daughter, and moving from one side of the country to another, and of course, my health and fitness journey through the years. There are so many things that I've learned and I'm excited to share with you!

My goal over the next two weeks is to post 
something every day about what I've learned in the past, what I'm doing and learning each day, and what life really is like when you're stepping into your authentic self and creating the kind of life you dream of!  My hope is to inspire you to continue to take your own steps and make your dreams come true!! 






So today I wanted to start with what life was like about a year ago.  We were enjoying our summer and I was preparing myself and Allison for kindergarten.  I was kind of nervous but pretty sure we were going to have a great year AND I was beginning to do more things for myself, outside of being a mom.

When I became I mom, I dedicated myself to the role.  I absolutely ADORE babies and children and ALWAYS knew that when I got to be a mom, it would be one of the most perfect, beautiful, and wonderful things that I would ever do.  And it has been!  I have been blessed beyond measure with two healthy, loving, creative, smart, funny, awesome little girls!  I LOVE being a mom, just like I knew I would.  I appreciate that I've been able to stay home with them and be there for them just like I always wanted.  That being said, I could also feel this deep calling that it was time to make a shift and do something for me!  

I was at my parent's one day and noticed an ad on the back of the "Star" magazine that comes in the Sunday paper.  It said, "BE our Cover Model!  Seeking San Antonio women with a passion for living a healthy, balanced life!"  I was like, that's me!  The contest was for a new local magazine called Healthy Life Body*Mind*Spirit.  





I had never entered a contest like this before and I was kind of surprised how bad I wanted it!  Me??  A cover model?  Where did this come from?  I was excited to represent myself as a "fit mom" and thought about how I wanted to inspire other women, especially those that are constantly caring for others, to take care of themselves too.  I brought the Star home and got right to work on my essay.  It flowed easily and I felt good about it. They also wanted a picture of you showing your healthy lifestyle.  I sent them this one:





A few weeks later I received an email saying I was chosen as one of the finalists!  WOOHOO!!!!  I was so excited!  I had to go downtown for a test shoot for final selection.  Oh...my...gosh!  It was one of the coolest things I've ever done!  I hadn't had a photo shoot since my wedding and it was so much fun getting all prettied up and taking pics.  It was so much fun doing something for me and it inspired me to dream bigger.  

I didn't hear anything for a while and then found out in September that they were going to change the format a little.  Instead of it being a magazine, it was going to be a section in the newspaper.  Time went by and I got busy.  Kindergarten was a lot busier than I anticipated and we needed some adjustment time.  I never forgot about the contest but I figured if it was meant to be, it would happen.  In November, (maybe early December?) I got a call from the San Antonio Express News...I was chosen to be the January Cover Model!!!  AHHHHH!!!!  I was so excited!    This meant I did NOT overindulge over the holidays and I stayed on track with my exercise!  Yay me!  ;)

It was an AMAZING experience!  I felt like a princess!  Everyone was so kind and made me feel so comfortable!  I was introduced as "Kristie, our cover model" and I could NOT stop smiling!  I have never had anyone pick out a wardrobe for me and it was interesting to see what they picked!  I had ladies helping me with my make-up and jewelry.  It was so much fun!  I felt so honored and so happy!  For just a few hours, I felt a million miles away from juggling meals, dishes, laundry, and homework.  From having sticky hands squeeze my legs and boogers being wiped on my shirt.  It was an awesome contrast and because I had some special time to make things happen for myself, when I came home, I appreciated the boogers and tears and chocolate kisses that much more!  It's all about the balance, right?!  

Here is the cover:  



This is what the section with the article looked like:

Not very good quality!  I need to take a better pic!


Here are some more pics from that day:







Remember when I did that 30 Day Video Challenge?  
This is the video where I talk about my Cover Model experience!  



Talk to you tomorrow!  

Love to You!
~Kristie


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Conversations with God in the Shower and How I'm Answering the Call!

My whole life I wanted to become a teacher.  If you've been reading along with me, or you've checked out my "about me" page, you already know this.  It was just something I knew I would become.

When I became a public school teacher, I felt at home.  I was driven to succeed.  I would do anything I could to do my best.  I loved my students like they were my own!  I was passionate about it!  I put my all into it.  It was awesome!

About six years into teaching, I could no longer ignore the fact that I felt sick a lot of the time.  I would get headaches most days of the week.  I would get a cold or cough that would linger for weeks on end.  When it would finally go away, I'd have a healthy week or two and then I'd get sick again.  I felt exhausted.  I would come home and sit down and feel like I couldn't move.  I was bloated all the time.  I was feeling anxious, tense, and stressed.

I remember this one Friday, I felt especially stressed.  I had a million things going on.  Work was getting so stressful, morale was low.  People were feeling strained with all of the changes going on in the system;  new tests and testing procedures, budget cuts, difficulties with the children, difficulty with the lack of support from parents, tension between the staff and administration.  It was getting to be too much!  I felt completely overwhelmed with negativity!

I hopped in the shower to wash the week away.  I started thinking about everything and had a really scary realization, I wasn't happy anymore.  But how could that BE?  I love my kids!  I love teaching!  I  panicked.  What the hell am I going to do now?  I've always wanted this!  This was always my dream!  How could it not be working anymore?   Why doesn't it feel good anymore?  I am NO QUITTER!!!!   But this can't be what my life feels like forever!  I don't even have my own kids yet!  How am I going to keep this up and make my other dreams come true too?

I asked God, what am I doing?   Is this the way I'm supposed to feel for the rest of my life?  Why doesn't it feel right anymore?  What am I supposed to be doing?  Please, please help me.  I started sobbing.

I felt the rush of everything coming out of me.  I felt the release.  I felt the surrender.  I let it all come out through my tears.  I cried for a while and kept asking, what am I gonna do?  What am I supposed to do?

Suddenly a thought popped into my head.  You need to talk to people about God.  You need to tell people about God.  I was so confused.  I thought, what???  Trust me, I'm no nun!  I'm not the type to quote the bible!  I don't really want to teach in a Catholic school! (because I heard they get paid less)  How am I supposed to be doing that?  Talking about God?  What does that mean?

I still think it's funny that my first thought was "nun."  I guess growing up Catholic, I associated a nun with a woman who has devoted her life to talking about God.  And for some reason, that is what I feel like my message was.  That not only would I just devote an hour a week at church to God, but that I was somehow supposed to devote my daily living to God and to share that with others.  I still had no idea what this meant for me and what I was supposed to do next.

Things didn't appear to change drastically in the moment, but I do recognize this as a giant shift in my life.  I began to see myself more as a leader and one who wanted to create change.  I finished my master's degree and took a job as a teacher consultant.  It was a great fit for two years and then once again, it was time for a change.  I had my first daughter, quit my job, and stayed home to care for my new baby.  This is when I really got to know God.

Having a baby helped me to understand the gift of life.  Slowing down my life to care for her, be with her, and watch her develop, was such a great joy!  For the first time EVER I finally understood what living in the moment really meant.  And all that stuff about NOW is all we ever really have?  I finally got it!  I didn't always "get it" and I still don't live like this always, but I was able to slow down enough to feel it and be conscious of it several times throughout the day.  I felt like I was finally really living my life!  I started reading more about how to create the kind of life I really wanted and develop myself so I could actually do it!

At the same time, things were extremely difficult!  Remember how I quit my job?  Ya, well that was spontaneous and even though it was something I always wanted, we weren't prepared to live on one income.  In fact, we were grossly under-prepared.  I used to smile on the outside but cringe on the inside when people would say, "Oh, you're SO LUCKY you get to do that!  We could NEVER do it because we couldn't afford it!"  I wondered what they would think of us if they knew the behind the scenes story.  We're crazy?  Stupid?  Making a mistake?  SUPER CRAZY??  Need counseling???  I don't know, but what I do know is, it was FAITH that got us through it and it is still FAITH that gets us through!!

Since I quit my job 6 years ago, I've tried out many things.  I've done contractual work as a consultant.  I've been a mystery shopper.  I tried being a jewelry maker.  I tried out photography.  I've been a skin care/cosmetics demonstrator.  I thought about becoming a personal trainer or a group fitness instructor.  I've thought about becoming a yoga instructor.

Nothing ever felt quite right until I did my first retreat for women.  Since I had been a consultant and provided workshops for teachers, I felt like having a retreat was an easy transition.  It was called "Live a Life You Love" and it was magical!  Here I got to gather women together and remind them to value themselves, take good care of themselves, dream, love, have faith, and be happy!  It was my first experience talking to people about God and the power of creating the life you really want!  It felt so right!  I came home that day and was flying!  In fact, I was flying for about a week afterwards!  I felt the power of empowering and inspiring others!  I knew I wanted more!

Since then, I had another baby, moved across the country, moved into my dream home, and enjoy good health!  I started this blog, ran a half-marathon, and started my own coaching business called BE. Inspired Coaching.  After immersing myself in self development since my pregnancy with my first daughter, being a life coach gives me the opportunity to share with others all that I've learned over the years.  I get to talk about God, having a higher purpose, following your heart, listening to your intuition, rising to the challenge, giving yourself a break, and knowing that you are ALWAYS loved and NEVER alone!   I get to help myself and others get organized, make a flexible plan, accomplish their goals and  HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THEIR LIVES!  I get to live a healthy life that feels good to me and encourage others to live a healthy, inspired life!



As a coach, I wanted to do something to get more people involved and decided to do an exercise challenge this past April.  Through this challenge, not only did I connect with some awesome people who saw real results in just 30 days, but I also found a piece that was missing from my coaching...health and fitness.  I want to bring inspired spiritual messages to people AND I also know that when your body is healthy, strong and fit, you can do amazing things!  I know that when I make it through a physical challenge like teaching myself how to run long distances, I feel a sense of accomplishment that is impossible to measure!  It's such an amazing feeling!  When you learn you can do more than you thought, you want to keep doing more!  The trick is to learn what the "right" things are for you!  This is why becoming a Beachbody coach felt like exactly the right fit!  Now I get to inspire people to be their best selves; body, mind, and spirit!  I get to teach.  I get to listen.  I get to support.  I get to help people make their dreams come true and do things they never thought possible!  I'm aligned with people who are positive and want to do great things in their lives!  Now that IS lucky!  :)

It took about 9 years after that conversation with God in the shower of trying new things and taking steps along the path, but now that I'm here I feel like I'm home!  This feels right!  This is what I'm supposed to be doing right now!  Is this it, forever and ever, Amen?  No.  I know I want even more!  I know I want to publish a book someday.  I know I want to be a public figure somehow.  I know I want to give back in a BIG way.  I don't know how or when or what this is all gonna look like but one thing I know for sure, I can do it!  I have faith!  I've learned to trust the process.  I believe in my dreams!  I may slip once in a while, but I know the truth.  God is good and our dreams are real.  They are on purpose to remind us there are limitless opportunities!  Listen to your heart and you will know!  And if you ever need any help with this, please let me know!  You know I'd love to help you!  :)

Lots and Lots of Love to You!
~Kristie

P.S. I don't blog as often as I would like but I make regular, daily posts on my facebook page.  Follow me at www.facebook.com/BE.InspiredCoaching.  I'd love to see you there!  :)

P.S.S. Don't miss out!  I will begin the 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge on June 1st!  You can sign up here on the sidebar of my blog.  I'm also starting a Beachbody Challenge on June 10th!  Email me at kristie.ignash@gmail.com for more information!











Thursday, May 23, 2013

Check this out...A New Challenge Starts June 1st!!

It is OFFICIAL!!!!  The NEXT 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge will begin June 1, 2013!!
I'm sooo excited!!!  WOOHOO!!!  :)

Let me just tell you, I've really found my calling here.  I realized after doing the first challenge back in April how important making your health a priority is and how I really have a passion for living a fit, healthy, and inspired life!  Now that I'm back on track, I am addicted!!  I don't want to stop and I want to keep helping others get healthier too!



So this is what I want to know from you...are you READY??  :)

Are you ready to make your health a priority?
Do you want to be strong and fit in mind, body, and spirit?
Do you need some support and encouragement to stay on track?

I want to help you!!  

If you're anything like me, you want to make your health a priority but with busy schedules, families to take care of, work to be done, and households to keep up, it's not always easy to do!  Wouldn't it be easier to exercise regularly if you had daily support?  What if somebody was there to give you inspiration and motivation everyday?  What if you had help with accountability in a positive and exciting way?  Wouldn't it be easier to do it if it was FUN?

If this sounds like you, you've come to the right place!  The 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge will begin on June 1st and I would LOVE if you would join the team!!!




So what is the 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge?

1. Everyday for 30 days you will exercise for at least 20 minutes doing an activity of your choice.  (I will give you ideas on what you can do, but it will all be your choice!)

2. Everyday for 30 days you will "check in" on my Facebook  BE. Inspired Coaching page once your workout is complete.  You can write: Check!  Done!  Did it!  I ran today!  ...whatever you feel comfortable with!  (If you aren't on Facebook, you can still participate through email check in, though you will be missing the team/community interaction that goes along with the public posts.)

3. Everyday for 30 days you will receive positive messages of  inspiration, motivation, encouragement, and enrichment!  I will provide you with guidance in exercise, health, and overall well being through my own personal experiences as well as citing expert sources.  I will encourage the team to be interactive and supportive of one another through posts, so you will be receiving live assistance every day!!

4. You will receive two coaching videos, specially made for this team, with stories, tips, and tools that have helped me make it easier to incorporate healthy living and exercise into my life.


My goal is to help as many people as possible start to live a healthier life NOW!!!  I know it's a challenge to exercise regularly on your own, to find the strength to keep going...I want to help you with that!  I want you to feel good about yourself!  I want to help you do your best!  I want you to feel good about your life!  I want you to have more energy and feel comfortable in your own body!  I want you to feel strong and EMPOWERED!!!

KNOW you can do it and if we do it TOGETHER, you will have the support and guidance you need to keep going when things get tough!!

The investment is small, just $15 for the entire challenge!  That's just 50 cents a day!  $3.50 a week!  Less than the cost of a gallon of gas!  Less than the cost of a Starbucks premium coffee!  Less than a drink at a restaurant or bar!  What a small price to pay for a HUGE investment in your life and your health!!


How do I sign up?
There are two ways to sign up: click on the 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge "Add to Bag" button on the sidebar of this blog or click here to go to my Facebook BE. Inspired Coaching page, click on the blue "shop" button, and find "30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge".  Simply click to sign up!  Please let me know if you have any questions or need any help!

You will receive an email within 24 hours that confirms your entry into the challenge.  I will email you at the address that's listed with your payment.  If this isn't the email you want to receive your daily messages and video clips, please email me at 30daybe.inspiredchallenge@gmail.com.  Thanks!

If you've been wanting to do this on your own anyway, today is the day to take that step!  Don't wait anymore!!!  Sign up with someone who truly cares about your success and see what you can really do!!!  I look forward to having you join the team and working with you on this challenge!!

Love to You!
~Kristie


P.S. Did you hear?  I'm also a Beachbody Fitness Coach!!  Beachbody Challenges are more specific and designed to help you get RESULTS!  You follow a workout program, get a ton of guidance in nutrition, and a lot of FANTASTIC daily support and coaching from me!!  :)  We will not only work on the outside, we will work on the inside as well!  It is truly an opportunity for you to completely TRANSFORM your life!!  If this is something you're interested in, I would LOVE to help you!  If you want to learn more about Beachbody Challenges, please send me an email at kristie.ignash@gmail.com.  In the meantime, please check out my website.    I can't wait to hear from you!!






Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Free Write

I haven't done this on this blog before, I usually save this kind of writing for my journal.  Today I wanted to share it with you because I'm realizing how important it is for me to be as transparent as possible.  I want to share my stories with you so you know that you can make your life what you want it to be!

Today I felt the urge to Free Write and this is what came out...


How can I stop myself, from blocking myself, until I know that I'm blocking myself?

But then when I know, I have to sit with it and feel it's density pressing against my dreams, threatening to permeate.  I have a choice.  Do I push through it??   OR...  Decide to back away?  ...Again...

Why wouldn't I just go for it?  Why wouldn't I just do it?

It's scary?  It's unknown?  It feels uncomfortable?  It's uncertain?  I'm vulnerable?  I don't know what I'm doing yet?  I might make a mistake?  I probably WILL make a mistake!  It's new after all.  That would be embarrassing...to make a mistake.  Wouldn't want to do anything new just in case I looked stupid doing it!  Who would think I look stupid?  Does it matter anyway?????  NO!!!!  HELL NO!!!!  I have to just do it!!!!!!!!!

I can't even spend another minute worrying about what anyone else might think but me!  I have to go out there and DO what I'm being PULLED to do and stop being afraid of it!  I need to step into the FLOW of ALLOWING it and ENJOY the ride!!!  Why can't I enjoy the ride?

I do enjoy the ride!  So much more than before.  But I still shrink it back, wonder if this is too good to be true.  Wonder if I can really do it all.  How can I allow such love and beauty in my life when so many others are suffering?  When is the other shoe gonna drop?  When will the bubble be burst?  All this good stuff, when is the bad gonna show up?

The truth is, it's already here.  There's always good and bad present.  Highs and lows.  Light and darkness.  They're always here at the same time.  So don't rob your own joy anymore!!  Quit allowing the worry! It's a done deal!  I can do it!  God is leading the way!  I am being Divinely Guided!  I can't ask for it everyday and think it's not working, I have to TRUST that this is all happening for me so I can be the VERY BEST I can BE!!!  It can be as good as I let it be.  ALL signs are pointing...Step Into Your Light!!!!!  




Let it shine as bright as you can and THIS is how you will help others step into theirs!



Anything else?  No.  I think that's it for now!

Love to You!!
~Kristie

Saturday, April 6, 2013

In the Flow...

Could it have been over a week already since my last post?  How does the time go by so fast?

As you know, I've started the 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge and it is all I wished it could be!  The team is feeling better after just a few days of exercise!   I'm feeling inspired by all the positive messages and knowing that it's helping others at the same time it's helping me!  It's an incredible feeling to create something.  To bring it to life after it's been a thought for so long.  I'm stepping into the flow of my life like never before and it feels AMAZING!!

There are lots of thoughts coming together as I step into this new phase of life.
Here are some of the messages that give me strength and encouragement:






 









Love to You!
~Kristie

Thursday, March 28, 2013

30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge Day 24!

So today's video is just some random things that have been going on with me lately.  I made it yesterday so I already have my new haircut which I'll be showing you SOON!!!  Thanks for sticking with me through the longest 30 day video challenge ever, lol!  I guess I should've finished one challenge before I was on to the next...but that just wouldn't be me!  I've just been learning so much about what I want and what I want to do next, I just can't hold back!  (and I don't want to!)  I'm so so excited to be working on my exciting new project, the 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge!!  The ideas keep coming and these days, I'm ready to keep on rolling along and make it all happen!  To learn more about it, click on the 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge tab!  I would love if you would join me!

Enjoy Day 24 and thanks for watching!

Love to You!
~Kristie



Monday, March 25, 2013

REFLECTION...a special post!!

These days, I feel like my heart has been burst open wide!  My eyes are noticing things like never before, and messages are coming to me from ALL OVER THE PLACE!!  Today started with a few small things and then I read this post from one of my bestest friends ever, Kim!  WOW!!  She has this amazing blog called Design Thoughts where you can find beautiful ideas for creating the perfect home, hints and tips about DIY projects, AND ways to be a thoughtful and PRESENT parent, wife, and woman!  Kim takes you on a journey through her passion with design and also tells her story of creating the life of her dreams!  

Today's post was a beautiful reflection of pieces of her life.  It struck me so much because I also have been reflective the last couple of days.  I believe it's such an important piece of creating and manifesting.  When you take the time to see how far you've come, you realize your own strength and personal power.  You realize that you have made it through so many challenges!  You also realize just how short life is, and how fast it goes...and why it's so important to make the most of today!  Right NOW!  :)

So check out this post!  I know you're gonna love it!

Just take that leap! NYC..what I learned

As I was sitting at my job the other day, listening to David Gray,
I was taken back so quickly, 
to the days of working in New York City...


Our first time in Soho..Spring of '05

I was 29, and we had moved one year before, from our home in Michigan. 
I remember being so sad the first year I was in NY. I wasn't working in the city, 
I was in Westchester. I missed my friends, and my home
 ( we went from being home owners, to landlords and renters in one quick move)
and my family seemed so far away, they felt untouchable.
I was SURE we made a mistake! 
Although we were proud of ourselves for "Following our dreams" 
and "taking a leap of faith"  it wasn't feeling so dreamy. 
Then, I started working in the city, I felt alive!! I was surrounded by new sounds, 
and sights, and the hustle bustle of people everywhere. 
I began to LOVE my walk to work each morning, seeing cutting edge fashion , 
and personal style that just oozes out of every doorway. 
Watching the city transform each season from beautiful flowers and flowing skirts, 
to bare trees and bulky sweaters.

 I remember the first day I walked out of the beautiful showroom
I was working at, across from Gramercy Tavern, 
and the T.V Show "The Soprano's" was being filmed on our street. 
I remember noticing how the true New Yorkers, really didn't give it
much thought, it seemed they all had very important places to be..lol.
( I became THAT person only 2 short years later) 
Then in one day, I met Natalie Portman, AND...



To follow Kim's Design Thoughts on facebook click here!


Love to You!
~Kristie





Sunday, March 24, 2013

30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge!

Hi Everyone!

Today I'm busy working on the 30 Day Exercise Challenge and I'm getting so excited!  WooHoo!!  Have you signed up yet?  I added a new page to the website to make it easier for people to find it and sign up!   I'll be making a new video post tomorrow but today I just wanted to share this post about the challenge, just in case you missed it!

You can also find the following post on the 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge page:

If you're anything like me, you want to make your health a priority but with busy schedules, families to take care of, work to be done, and households to keep up, it's not always easy to do!  Wouldn't it be easier to exercise regularly if you had daily support?  What if somebody was there to give you inspiration and motivation everyday?  What if you had help with accountability in a positive and exciting way?  Wouldn't it be easier to do it if it was FUN?

If this sounds like you, you've come to the right place!  The 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge will begin on April 1st and I would LOVE if you would join the team!!!




So what is the 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge?

1. Everyday for 30 days you will exercise for at least 20 minutes doing an activity of your choice.  (I will give you ideas on what you can do, but it will all be your choice!)

2. Everyday for 30 days you will "check in" on my Facebook  BE. Inspired Coaching page once your workout is complete.  You can write: Check!  Done!  Did it!  I ran today!  ...whatever you feel comfortable with!  (If you aren't on Facebook, you can still participate through email check in, though you will be missing the team/community interaction that goes along with the public posts.)

3. Everyday for 30 days you will receive positive messages of  inspiration, motivation, encouragement, and enrichment!  I will provide you with guidance in exercise, health, and overall well being through my own personal experiences as well as citing expert sources.  I will encourage the team to be interactive and supportive of one another through posts, so you will be receiving live assistance every day!!

4. Each week you will receive a video from me with stories, tips, and tools that have helped to make it easier to incorporate healthy living and exercise into my life.

5. Join with a friend or friends, and each of you will be entered into the prize drawing!  The prize will vary depending on the number of participants.  For at least 25 people, there will be a $25 prize drawing,  50 people, $50, and 100 people (which is my goal!) I will give away $100!!!


My goal is to help as many people as possible start to live a healthier life NOW!!!  I know it's a challenge to exercise regularly on your own, to find the strength to keep going...I want to help you with that!  I want you to feel good about yourself!  I want to help you do your best!  I want you to feel good about your life!  I want you to have more energy and feel comfortable in your own body!  I want you to feel strong and EMPOWERED!!!

KNOW you can do it and if we do it TOGETHER, you will have the support and guidance you need to keep going when things get tough!!

The investment is small, just $15 for the entire challenge!  That's just 50 cents a day!  $3.50 a week!  Less than the cost of a gallon of gas!  Less than the cost of a Starbucks premium coffee!  Less than a drink at a restaurant or bar!  What a small price to pay for a HUGE investment in your life and your health!!


How do I sign up?
There are two ways to sign up: click on the 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge "Add to Bag" button on the sidebar of this blog or click here to go to my Facebook BE. Inspired Coaching page, click on the blue "shop" button, and find "30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge".  Simply click to sign up!  Please let me know if you have any questions or need any help!

You will receive an email within 24 hours that confirms your entry into the challenge.  I will email you at the address that's listed with your payment.  If this isn't the email you want to receive your daily messages and video clips, please email me at 30daybe.inspiredchallenge@gmail.com.  Thanks!

Also, if you sign up with a friend or friends, remember to email me at 30daybe.inspiredchallenge@gmail.com so I can enter you all in the PRIZE DRAWING!!!

If you've been wanting to do this on your own anyway, today is the day to take that step!  Don't wait anymore!!!  Sign up with someone who truly cares about your success and see what you can really do!!!  I look forward to having you join the team and working with you on this challenge!!

Love to You!
~Kristie

Here is the video where I explain the 30 day Exercise Challenge!







Wednesday, March 20, 2013

30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge Day 23!

Today is a very big day!  I am so excited to tell you about this idea I've had banging around in my head for the last couple of weeks!  It's a combination of teaching, plus motivating, plus doing something I have grown to love, plus sharing ideas within a community, plus help for me and for all who join...

So what the heck is it, you ask?

It's my next challenge!  The 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge and I would love for YOU to be a part of it!!!

So here's the scoop!!!  I hope you plan to join me!

Love to You!
~Kristie




There are two ways to sign up: click on the 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge "Add to Bag" button on the sidebar of this blog or click here to go to my facebook BE. Inspired Coaching page, click on the blue "shop" button, and find "30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge".  Simply click to sign up!  Please let me know if you have any questions or need any help!

You will receive an email within 24 hours that confirms your entry into the challenge.  I will email you at the address that's listed with your payment.  If this isn't the email you want to receive your daily messages and video clips, please email me at 30daybe.inspiredchallenge@gmail.com.  Thanks!

Also, if you sign up with a friend or friends, remember to email me at 30daybe.inspiredchallenge@gmail.com so I can enter you all in the PRIZE DRAWING!!!  Thank you!!

I look forward to taking on this challenge with you!!!!









Sunday, March 17, 2013

Do you let yourself be vulnerable?

Happy Sunday!  I hope you're having a great day!  I've been catching up on things around the house and spent some quality time feeding my soul with some Super Soul Sunday on OWN TV.  (That's Oprah's network in case you didn't know.)  Today's guest was Dr. Brene' Brown, author of Daring Greatly.  I felt like I was meant to watch this show today!

Holy Wow!  She speaks on vulnerability and authenticity and showing up for your life.  I had so many A-ha moments I was shaking my head, and tearing up, and writing and rewinding and replaying and writing some more!  She makes so much sense to me!  She talked about perfectionism, faith, and getting comfortable in uncertainty.

I want to write more because I'm still buzzing about it, but we're getting ready to take the girls to the park!  Back to school tomorrow so we have to live it up today!  :)  I'll try to write more tonight!

In the meantime, click here to watch the show online!
If you want to check out another awesome video from Dr. Brene' Brown, click here to go to her famous Ted Talk on vulnerability on YouTube.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and even if it doesn't speak to you in the same way, I hope the ideas plant seeds in your mind that you may live the most beautiful, authentic, wonderful and daring life possible!!!

Love to You!
~Kristie

Saturday, March 16, 2013

30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge Day 22!

Today has been the most delicious day!  I did a little bit of everything!  I got some me time, some work time, some play time, some dance time, some cupcake time, some fun time, some drink time, some girl talk time, some family time, and I'm going to get to have some hubby time after I finish this post!  :)

I also did some yoga and another day of the 21 Day Meditation Challenge: Perfect Health, presented by Deepak Chopra and Oprah.

Enjoy Day 22!  Thanks for watching!

Love to You!
Kristie


Monday, March 11, 2013

Some Randoms and Day 21 of the 30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge!

Hi guys!  How are you?

So, I had to take a little break from the video challenge.  Brad went out of town and other things just needed my attention and focus.  I also needed some time to rest and play with my girls!  On Thursday, we had pizza night and watched a movie together.  It felt so good to sit on the couch and snuggle with them!!  I need to let myself do that more!  And it felt AWESOME to not have to do dishes after the movie!  :)

I have so many cool ideas on what to do next with my business!!!!!  It's so exciting!  One thing will be starting on April 1st...and it could include YOU!!  Stay tuned for more details!  :)

I've heard from several of you...I love that so much!!  It's so awesome to know that the things I'm saying and putting out there are helping others!  I want to help you KNOW that you are not alone, you are always loved, and you can always make your dreams come true!  ALWAYS!!!!
 God wouldn't put that dream in your heart unless you could make it come true!!  (and have help doing it!!) 


I love making videos, so if you're enjoying them too, please keep letting me know, please keep sharing them, and please keep spreading the word!  Thank you so much!!  I want to keep growing this community as much as possible!!! 


And now for Day 21!  Today I talk about my journey and how I came to know what kind of business I wanted to start!  Especially good for those of you who want to make a change in your career!  Thanks for watching!

Love to You!
~Kristie




Tuesday, March 5, 2013

30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge Day 20!

Today I talk about how I learned how to "just be" and live more in present moment.  It's something that changed my life and made me into a happier, healthier person!  I hope this inspires you to slow down and take more time in your life to just be!

Thanks for watching!

Love to You!
~Kristie


Monday, March 4, 2013

30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge Day 19!

Do you like to cook?  I hate to admit it, but I'm not the biggest fan!  I run out of ideas and seem to fall in a rut quite a bit!  Today I share my latest strategy for meal planning.  This is especially good for busy moms!

Thanks for watching!

Love to You!
~Kristie


Sunday, March 3, 2013

30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge Day 18!

Today I wanted to talk about something that I've worked on for years, worry!  I used to be a huge worrier.  I would get so much anxiety thinking about all the things I was worrying about that I could feel it in every part of my body.  It was not a healthy situation and I knew I needed to change!

Over time and with lots of practice, I'm proud to say that these days I keep my worrying to a minimum!  Please enjoy today's video which includes my two favorite little people!  :)

Love to You!
~Kristie

*Today's video includes music that apparently isn't available in some countries.  Sorry about that!  I had no idea!  Please click on the link below to watch today's video.  I promise, it's not spam!  :)

http://youtu.be/7B7j7zJByHM

Saturday, March 2, 2013

30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge Day 17!

I'm back!!  This morning I was feeling totally off and in need of some personal time.  I headed to yoga with my music cranked, the sun shining brightly, and very quickly things began to shift!  It was just what I needed to get back into the flow of things!

For day 17, I talk about my plan and how being flexible is a great asset to creating the life you want!

Enjoy and thanks for watching!

Love to You!
~Kristie


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge Day 16!

Welcome to day 16!  I'm so happy because I'm feeling like me again!  Yay!!!  Amazing how things shift when you're feeling better!

I've been dying to talk about something really cool that happened to me recently!  I'm so honored and so excited to be a representative for living a Healthy Life!  Please watch to get the whole story!

Love to you!
~Kristie

 

Monday, February 25, 2013

30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge Day 15!

Today is day 15 and I'm still feeling kinda crappy.  I hate it, I gotta tell ya.  It's not my favorite thing to be unable to get up and do like I want to do.  I felt okay with it yesterday, but today it's just getting old!

It reminds me how much energy it takes to do what I do everyday and how sometimes I take my health for granted.  I just expect that I'll be able to do the things I need to do when I want to do them.  It brings up that feeling of struggle and how I have to let go of the things that aren't important and just do what I can.  I don't really like that feeling.

I know that struggle is important though, and I know it helps us to learn and grow.  In today's video, I share some of my struggles and how they helped me become a happier, healthier, all around better person! 

Thanks for watching!

Love to You!
~Kristie




Sunday, February 24, 2013

30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge Day 14!

Hello!!!  I'm back!!  I missed you!

So today I talk about some things that are very personal to me... letting myself off the hook and taking care of myself.  This is a lesson I've had over and again and finally, I think I'm getting it!

Before when I was sick, I always pushed through it, ignored it, kept going until I literally couldn't.  Now when I get sick, I let myself off the hook.  I let go of things that aren't very important.  I let go of feeling guilty for sleeping and laying around.  I let go of worrying about things not getting done! 

I am a better, stronger me.  I know that I can heal faster if I give myself proper care.  So I took the time I needed and now I'm almost better!  :)

Enjoy day 14 of my video challenge!

Love to You!
~Kristie



Thursday, February 21, 2013

30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge Day 13!

It's day 13 and that means I'm almost halfway through this challenge!  Wow!  The time is really flying and I've realized, I really love this!  I hope you're enjoying it too!

Today I talk about the adventure Brad and I had when moving from Metro Detroit to Grand Traverse County, Up North!  :)  We dreamed some dreams and took some risks and everything worked out for the best!

Thanks for watching!

Love to You!

~Kristie

**Waiting on You Tube!  Will publish video asap!!**



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge Day 12!

Hi Everyone!  Today I got to visit with my sister Sharon.  It was totally spontaneous and so much fun to catch up!  Back when we used to live across the country from each other we used to dream about doing just what we did today...hang out together, catch up on our lives, let our babies play together, and just be together whenever we wanted.  It all started with some conversations about what we wanted and the seeds were planted...

Remember that when you're thinking about what you want, talking about what you want...when you do this you are beginning the creation process!

Enjoy Day 12!  Thanks for watching!!!

Love to You!

~Kristie


30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge Day 11!

Hooray!  It's day 11!  I'm in my second trimester!  Lol!  Tuesdays are always busy for me and today Brad was sick so it was a little extra busy.  I started to bug myself with thoughts like, you gotta get your video done, when are you gonna get it done, you should've tried harder to get it done earlier, the clock is ticking...and then I became conscious of the fact that hounding myself all day about getting my video done was taking all the fun out of doing my video!!  :(

So I let that go and went on with my day.  After the girls were in bed, I put on a show I had on dvr, poured a glass of wine, got all set up, and viola!  Easy peasy fun video about one of my favorite things to do and one of the best ways to be happy...keeping a gratitude journal!

Enjoy Video 11!  Thanks for watching!

Love to You!

~Kristie


Monday, February 18, 2013

Day 10 of my 30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge!

I love days like today.  We spent a good part of the day outside having fun as a family.  We laughed together.  We listened to each other.  We saw some new things.  We fooled around.  It was just about perfect!

It reminds me of a special teacher that came my way about 6 months ago.  I was feeling a little anxious after following some new business people online who have a very aggressive, work your butt off, work hard all day long, don't stop mentally.  I had been wanting to start getting my business head going again and almost as soon as I dipped my toe in, I jumped back out.  I had worked so hard on changing that workaholic/perfectionist part of myself so I was immediately triggered by this perspective.  I didn't want to start thinking that if I was going to be successful in business I was going to have to be working super hard all the time non-stop and wouldn't be able to take time for fun, laughing, playing, and just being anymore.  

I stopped following those people and looked for people more like me.  The me that takes time to love my life.  The me that wants to enjoy my kids everyday and let go of things that don't matter.  I was so grateful to find Rachel Macy Stafford, the Hands Free Mama!!  She is an amazing writer with such a beautiful way of expressing herself.  I instantly connected to her message!  Let go of daily distraction and enjoy what truly matters in life!  Perfect!  I feel like she was just the teacher I needed to help me stay connected to my own message of being your best self and creating a life you love!

Please check her out at www.handsfreemama.com and on www.facebook/TheHandsFreeRevolution.


Enjoy Video 10, it's a shortie!

Love to You!

~Kristie





30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge Day 9!

Happy peaceful, beautiful Sunday to you!  I hope you had a lovely day with a little bit of getting stuff done, a little bit of relax, and a little bit of whatever else you needed!  I had an excellent day!!!!  But it didn't start out that way!

Enjoy day 9 as I talk about how I talked myself out of a bad place!

Love to You!

~Kristie


*The You Tube edits were taking too long tonight, so after an hour of waiting, I had to go to bed!
I'll post the video tomorrow!!  :)  Goodnight!

                                                         Good Morning!!  Here it is!!





Saturday, February 16, 2013

30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge Day 8!

It's day 8 and I'm running a little late for this post, but it's been such a wonderful, full day!  I'll tell you more about it in this video where I share some random thoughts for the day!

Thanks for being here!

Love to You!

~Kristie


Friday, February 15, 2013

30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge Day 7!

It's day 7 of the challenge and today, I thought I'd be extra real!  One of the biggest challenges of this challenge is doing my hair and make up everyday!  Lol!  ;)  It's not that I don't want to, it's just that sometimes throwing on a hat is a lot quicker and it frees up some time and space for me to do other more important things!  And it just so happens that today, I'm talking about creating space in your life.

This is a topic I could go on and on about, just like letting your life be easier!  There are so many ways that you could create space in your life for more important things and more of what you want.  Please enjoy video #7 of my 30 Day Challenge!

Love to You!

Kristie



Thursday, February 14, 2013

30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge Day 6!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!  Are you feeling lovie yet?  :)

Today I shared this post on facebook, from a page I really love, the Purpose Fairy:



The best love is the one that 
makes you a better person
without changing you into someone 
other than yourself!



I couldn't agree more!  Today's post is about my favorite love story...my own!  :)  Please watch as I tell the story of how Brad and I got together circa 1997!  :)

Love to You!

~Kristie


             






Wednesday, February 13, 2013

30 Day BE. Inspired Video Challenge Day 5!

Woohoo!  It's day 5!!  How are you today?  I had a pretty busy day!  It started with waking up my daughter a little late for school, realizing the Valentine's Day box was due TODAY, NOT TOMORROW, and after some deep breathing, conscious thinking, and a little bit of scrambling, everything got done!  Whew!  I had planned on talking about making space for new things in your life but instead decided that I really wanted to talk about something that's near and dear to my everyday life.

Please enjoy my latest video about Letting It Be Easy!!!  :)  And don't be scared by the look on my face...I don't know why You Tube won't let me change the front pic!!!!!  Lol!

Love to You!

Kristie