Category Archives: HEALTH

My Favourite Mornings

Setting goals are so important when we want to start making (or maintain) healthy habits in our lives. When we don’t have something to work towards it can be much more difficult to get where we want to be if we haven’t even really figured out where that is.

In September before I started reset:breathe and I had publicly committed to getting up Monday – Friday and streaming live workouts at 5:30 am, I was a bit terrified. I used to think any number that started with a 5 and came with “am” at the end was ungodly and torturous and I had zero understanding how people would get up then by choice. I have 4 kids who don’t sleep well and have kept me up most hours of the night for a number of years, so actually choosing to get up in that five time zone was just crazy to me. I guess you could say I had no idea what I was in for.

Almost three months later, and 56 workouts in to reset:breathe (still can’t believe that) I have to say I’m in awe how this routine has become one of the absolute best parts of my day. I set my alarm for 5:00 am and go and nurse my youngest in hopes he will stay sleeping a little longer. Then I get dressed and head downstairs to the kitchen where I check to make sure my coffee is ready to brew, I fill up my water bottle, add two drop of doTERRA lemon and drink most or all of it in a few minutes. I add a swipe of peppermint to my temples and head downstairs for the workout.

When I turn the lights on in my studio, I start to feel alive. Okay maybe “alive” is a stretch but you could say I start to feel human. I add two drops of peppermint and wild orange to my diffuser and let that fill the air as I set up the camera, write the workout on my white board and lace up my sneakers (or set up my mat).

I press “live” at 5:30 am and then we are off. It takes about 30 seconds for the morning team to join but when I see those numbers pop up on the camera screen, my motivation sores (for real). The thirty minutes flies by, I say that with full sincerity and when we are finished, the perspective, positivity and pride I feel is indescribable. Then, my favorite part, it going upstairs and making my bulletproof, butter coffee and sipping it while I read the comments back from those who were on with me live. Sometimes I get a few minutes of quiet before my kids wake up and other days I drink coffee over their warm little bodies and have a good morning cuddle on the couch. I never thought I would say this, but I love my mornings more then I ever thought a person could. I get asked all the time if I’ll always do the workouts myself at 5:30 am and all I can say to that right now is, I hope so. As long as I can, I hope so.

Tracey

To find out more about doTERRA essential oils and where you can purchase my morning staples, you can visit here: www.mydottera.com/traceybrioux/#/

 

 

 

November is the New January

November is the new January (starting today)

First of all, before I get in to the November talk, I have to say that I really love Canada. I love my home, I am proud of where I come from, and I will always stand behind the red and white. Now that I have that out of the way, I don’t feel as guilty when I say I don’t really love winter. I kind of hate it. Yes experiencing winter is a big part of being Canadian, but if you live in this country you may have heard or used this line a few times between November and March- “I’m not a big fan of the cold.” Ugh, I just shivered.

So there is that and then there is the fact we are engulfed in darkness by 4:46 pm in the evening. Ouch. Cold and dark are not great contributors when you are trying to lead a life full of vitality. So to all those out there that are starting to feel that pull to the couch by 6:00 pm- I get it…but stop… don’t do it. Don’t sit down and get your cozy pants and slippers on.  It sounds so inviting to cozy up and maybe even turn the fire on and make a hot chocolate, but letting yourself fall victim to the fleece blanket that’s calling your name will soon start to affect you in other ways. I am hugely affected by winter. I will be the first to admit it and sometimes the first one to the couch but I know how it starts a domino affect on the rest of my life. My laundry starts to pile up even more then it usually does, kids toys start becoming more mountainous in places they shouldn’t be, the counters get cluttered, my car gets messy and my to do list grows. So then my stress levels increase, my patience diminishes and everyone in my house starts to feel it. Anybody with me or am I the only one with kids pictures from school all over the kitchen??

Yesterday was a really hard parenting day for me. It was one of those days where no matter what I did, someone was fighting or crying, then water got spilled on homework, there were Cheerios all over the floor and all my sick baby wanted to do was be held. I felt like a referee that needed a hair elastic and a shower. When my husband got home from work my mood mirrored that of that big monster in the old Rudolph movie (I think I was making noises like he did too) and I wanted to go hide with a fleece blanket in the closet. I knew the answer to lowering my shoulders away from my ears was to go for a run. It’s always my solution and it always gives me fresh perspective…. but yesterday I let that voice in my head talk me out of it- “it’s too cold,” “do it tomorrow,” “have wine instead,” etc. etc. Not good. I went to bed feeling on edge, stressed and discouraged. So this morning was this beautiful, brand new day which us lucky ones get every 24 hours and I knew what I had to do. As soon as everyone was out the door and even though I had a mountain load of work to do, I put on my running clothes and off I went like a bat out of hell (not really but it kind of felt like that)… I ran, I conquered and I was renewed. It was exactly what I needed and I came back feeling strong and proud and ready to tackle the day.

Sometimes when things we normally can do with ease (or somewhat with ease) become difficult- its when our body and mind need it the most. When life is stressful and moving your body seems like another thing on your endless to do list- put it at the top. Seriously, it belongs there. Yes some things might get left out or become last minute, but you will tick off the items on that list a lighter human being, a calmer human being, and a healthier human being. No one is ever going to make you put yourself first- but every being around you will get more from you if you do.

Please don’t say to yourself in January you will change. Take care of yourself right now. Stop that domino before it falls and feel energized and proud as you finish 2017. Believe me, I KNOW it can be really, really hard but those little daily obstacles (like sick kids and messy homework) won’t seem so bad if you are looked after. You are worth it. You are SO awesome! You have got this.

Here are a few little things that can help you fight off the winter blahs:

1- Decorate early for Christmas. Why not?!  Start the excitement early and enjoy the beauty as long as you can.

2- Play music. There is nothing like relaxing tunes or a random dance party in the kitchen to make you feel a little lighter. I love Michael Buble’s Christmas album as a compliment to early Christmas decor.

3- Use essential oils daily. I rely heavily on doTERRA essential oils this time of year both to help boost the immunity in our home and to lift our mood and spirits. When you walk into a room that smells delicious, it’s an instant mood booster. My current fave is Holiday Joy. Sooooo good! To find out more, you can visit here: https://www.mydoterra.com/traceybrioux/#/

4- Leave notes around the house as reminders to move and that you really are awesome. Maybe a note by the TV that says “wait until later,” and another by the couch that says “we will visit after 8:00 pm.” The most important in your kitchen that says- “you are amazing and you are loved.”

5- Brighten someones day. It feels good to make others feel good, so buy a friend a coffee, send a note to an old friend and smile at a stranger. Your mood will feel it.

6- Don’t take your phone to bed with you. There are so many reasons why you shouldn’t take your phone to bed with you so try not to. If you need it for an alarm, put it at the other side of the room. Let your mind relax and read a book instead.

7- Move your body daily. Even if it’s for one minute at a time, it’s so important.  Here is a 1 minute video you can do anywhere when you are short on time but need a reset. Visit @resetbreathe.

Tracey

PS – Livinghollisstyle.com and Resetbreathefit.com are teaming up the end of the month to do a one week Health Challenge from Nov 23-29. Exercise, no refined sugar & greens everyday for a week. Come join the healthy FUN! For more info click below 🙂

 

Events

Beautycounter & Natural Deodorant Style

I was on Prince Edward Island a few weeks ago to visit my parents and sisters and I was telling them how much I loved my new career with Beautycounter (beautycounter.com/jodyhollis). I truly love the Beautycounter products, not only because they are safe (with an extensive never list of toxic and harmful ingredients to avoid) but they are also very high performing, amazing feeling and the packaging is outstanding. Everything that I look for when I am buying skincare and cosmetics wrapped into one beautiful package.

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However, at my last Beautycounter social I was getting a lot of women asking me if Beautycounter has a safe deodorant. Currently they do not and that is why I was so excited to be introduced to Nicole’s (from PEI) natural deodorant. My sister had been using it for a month and says it works well. She said she smells good even after a workout and had no reaction when trying it out. I have been using it for a few weeks and I have to say – thumbs up! This is a great product, now I am trying to convince Nicole to ship her natural deodorant out-west to Victoria.

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A little note from Nicole about her Natural Deodorant…

I’m Nicole Johnston owner of Nicole’s Natural Deodorant and Scrub. A few years ago I had a friend that was interested in using a more natural deodorant. It got me thinking about the deodorant I use and what my two young girls were going to have to use when they were older. I bought a few other natural deodorant brands but it just didn’t work with my bodies. I workout five days a week and teach classes at my local gym so I needed something that was going to work with me. I started making this all natural deodorant for just myself and my friend. Word of mouth took it from there. It took my husband 6 months to finally try it and he loves it. No more deodorant build up on his shirts they now wash up 100% clean. Some people buy two jars – one they use as deodorant and the other as a body scrub. The organic coconut oil leaves your skin feeling wonderful. I have a BSc in Human Nutrition and have worked in the food industry for years. I now have a small scale production line in my kitchen some days. I sell my product for $6 a jar. Having a natural product is a great selling point but having a deodorant that works this well sells itself!

The ingredients in my deodorant are Organic Coconut Oil, Starch, Sodium Bicarbonate and essential oils.

nlistNicole’s natural deodorant and Beautycounter’s never list

Unlimited Women Awards

Wow – I am so surprised and honoured to be nominated for the Unlimited Women Award 2016 under Women of Health and Wellness. I have been doing Health Challenges through my blog because I wanted to share with others how much fun health and fitness can be, no matter where we are in life. It is amazing what we can accomplish and how motivating we can be when we work together with other women and have a common goal. Health is not about perfection but about enjoying a healthy lifestyle by trying to do a little better everyday…and that is something we can all work towards.

Come Join in the Fun on June 6th!

Unlimited Woman Awards

 

It’s Your Personal Predator – Tame it & Win!

What better way to celebrate National Women’s Day than by sharing a post from this strong, smart beauty, Pamela Sylvan. We are often our own worst enemies and Pamela’s words remind us not only to believe in ourselves but to believe in success. She teaches that learning to tame our “Personal Predator” can also create growth, wealth and fulfillment in our lives.

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It’s Your Personal Predator, Tame It & Win!

Round 3 of The Living Hollis Style 30 Day Health Challenge is in full swing for the month of March and like any new beginning, the team is pumped full of adrenaline, energy and hope.
As the art of salad making is mastered and reading food labels becomes the order of the day, one very important aspect to consider is, the strong resolve to keep moving to the 30 Day finish line and beyond.
In the beginning we’re all pumped full of excitement to lineup and get ‘it’ done, yet despite our best intentions something continually gets in the way.
No matter what promises are made or how ready you imagined yourself to be, an attack by a silent predator will launch the next time you plan to move ahead.

I dubbed my predator, ‘resistance‘.
We all have our own versions.  We’ve been chased by it, and many are stalked by it on a regular basis.
Resistance. It’s a genius at throwing up blocks and barricades to all you want to create, have, be and do.  Specifically, it brings havoc to anything of a higher nature and calling.   Anything of a trans-formative nature, whether it be building a beautiful business, changing core beliefs or losing a few pounds is this predator’s first point of attack.
The best defense against it is to do nothing.  Decide to stay within the safe bounds of mediocrity and you’ll be assured safe passage.  Boldly step towards your purpose and goals and BOOM, resistance immediately snaps to attention, ready to hunt and take you down.

However, we all know what your life will be like if you choose to do nothing, right?   Dullness, boredom, lifelessness, uninspired attempts, soul sucking work, draining experiences.  The inspired beings that have chosen to deal with resistance, will drift away, subtly feeling your unwillingness to take on your doubts and move forward.
Yes, the predator lurks, but that’s the exhilarating part of your journey.  Outwitting this cunning beast by showing up everyday and giving your best effort are your weapons.  Don’t cheat yourself out of this opportunity to touch and experience your deep well of inspiration.  Yes, you’ll be hunted, but this is the time to remember how divinely powerful you are.
Keep your eyes on the end result.  Don’t give power to your excuses and rationalizations, don’t hand over your power by giving up.  Make a decision to bravely do your thing.
If you’re challenged by your own predator, take solace in knowing this process happens to most people in various areas of their lives. It’s a rare being that can say they have not come face to face with their own beast and not caved to its seductions at least once.

Author, Steven Pressfield, has beautifully captured the essence and behaviour of this entity and adorns (Resistance) with a capital ‘R” due to its ability to wield such incredible power.  In his best selling book, The War of Art – Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battle, he outlines the resistive force we encounter. He then shares how to get past it. It’s well worth reading if you find yourself struggling with chronic resistance.

Shedding a strong light of awareness on the problem helped me understand what I was facing.  However, what really stopped me in my tracks and pulled me back from oblivion was kick-ass accountability.  I found someone that knew exactly how to talk to me, using words that sunk into my psyche.  They knew the many ways I would try to slide away from my intentions and they were not fooled by any of it.

This relationship/process changed my life forever.

Working with someone that would not allow me to squirm back to mediocrity changed my life.  Find someone to help you do the same.  You’re worth it!

Set Yourself Up For Success

Begin a new challenge or project of any kind with a powerfully fun ritual! W hen I begin any project of a business or personal nature I select an environment that beautifully spirals up great feelings within me and I spend time there sitting and writing out my intentions.

Recently I’ve been setting my intentions at Vista 18 Westcoast Grill & Wine Bar  It sports an absolutely magical and majestic view of Victoria and surrounding area.  Consider stopping in, order a hot drink and begin writing and gaining clarity around your goal(s). Discover what might stand in the way of attaining your desire(s) and write out what you will do if/when it occurs.

You can do this at the beach or in any space that spirals up the internal ‘high’ required to set you up for success.

Pamela Sylvan
Publicist, Speaker, MojoMaker, Radio Host.

Enjoy the Present – Event Style

So excited to present the Living Hollis Style – 30 Days of Heath Challenge Group #3 with this wonderful Mini Workshop by Grace Gerry.

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left to right – Grace Gerry (Graceful Solutions) and Jody Hollis (Living Hollis Style)

BE HERE NOW – 10 SIMPLE TIPS TO ENJOY THE PRESENT
Complimentary mini workshop on Thursday March 10, from 9:15-10:15 am
Presented by Grace Gerry – Counsellor, Graceful Solutions
Gracefulsolutions.ca

• Do you ever feel you are always rushing here and there, on the go, go, go?
• Have you ever driven home and not remembered how you got there?
• Ever worry that too much stress and pressure robs you from enjoying your life?
If so, you are not alone! Many women are so busy and preoccupied these days, that we go through life on autopilot, and risk missing out on life’s precious moments.
Grace Gerry knows these struggles first hand from her counselling practice, and will share insights and tips so you can get the most from your life.
• Discover how being present helps you enjoy your life and connect more deeply with loved ones, even during busy times.
• Learn the signs that distractions, upsets and preoccupations have taken you away from the present
• Learn some simple techniques to release stress, so you can restore your happy and loving self, clear your head, and step back into the present.

Space is limited so if you are interested contact me, Jody Hollis, at livinghollisstyle@gmail.com for more information and location.

I know I need this information and can’t wait to get some tips! Life gets so busy sometimes that I need to learn to take more time to be present with my family, friends and my work. I am excited!

Jody