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12 Words That Influence My Life

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12 Words That Influence My Life

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The other evening while I was working out (and working on book edits- will this thing ever be finished?!) I was pondering the things- words- that influence my life. And ironically they all begin with the letter P! The SCORRE writer in me is happy with this :).

  1. Passion. The thing that gets me out of bed each and every morning is passion. A passion for life. A passion and a deep longing to help the world get and live well. To help small brands grow their presence. A passion to help people find their voice. Passion fuels me and sustains me. Passion is not just something I talk about, it’s how I live my life.

  1. People. If you were to ask me what motivates me, I would respond with the word “people”. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve always wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of people. Whether it’s helping them to get well again, encouraging them, sending random cards in the mail or offering a new way to look at things; I love people dearly and want them to know that with all my heart.

  1. Purpose. If I don’t have a purpose, people and passion are pretty void. Having a life purpose gives me direction and keeps me focused, grounds me and reminds not to get distracted by oh-look-at-that-shiny-ball-syndrome. What’s your purpose in life? Once you find it, everything will fall into place. Helpful tip: passion+people = purpose.

  1. Plan. I’m a detailed person. Probably why I love branding and creative marketing and helping companies achieve their goals (or figure them out!). A plan keeps my life sain in the midst of everything that is going on. A plan and a purpose is like (sprouted grain) bread and (grass-fed) butter :) It’s hard to have one and not the other!

  1. Present. This is a daily work in progress. It can be really easy for me to be busy with a million things and forget about the work I am doing. Staying present and focusing on my calling+mission (to educate+empower people about their health) enables me to not get caught up in things that don't matter.

  1. Positive. This one has influenced my life since I was a little girl. When my book is released (May 2014) you’ll hear my personal and vulnerable story and read first hand how keeping a positive outlook and attitude- no matter how rough life got- kept me going. Today, being positive in the midst of disappointment helps me handle the rough waters. Being positive is so important to living a healthy life!

  1. Prayer. I am not religious but I am a deeply spiritual person (dramatic difference between the two). Call it whatever you wish- prayer, meditation, long conversations with God- is an integral part of my life. Each morning before my feet touch the floor and I’m off to do a million and ten things, I ask God to give me strength, to bless my work, that my spirit would be one of love and that everything I do is a reflection of His love. I pray while I run. I meditate while I ride (road cyclist). I have long conversations with God when things just don’t make sense. These times of reflection always reminds me that I am here on the earth for but a short while and to make the most of every second I have.

  1. Praise. If more people gave praise I do believe that this world would be a much happier and peaceful place! Each one of us has a deep desire to be loved, cared for, acknowledged, accepted. One of my daily goals is to praise those around me- be it in person or online. Praise can be random acts of kindness, a note card in the mail, a phone call, a made-from-scratch meal- praise has many different ways it can be bestowed.

  1. Produce. Fresh, organic vegetables (produce) is a staple in my daily life since I can remember. And given today’s war on health, my produce is GMO free. I’m so thankful for whole, real, fresh organic food!

  1. Pull, Push, Plank. Fitness is not just a option in my life, it IS a daily part of my life. Getting active on a daily basis is something I love and crave! No matter where I'm at I can always run, do a few planks, pushups. And if there is a playground nearby, I can do pullups. (My pullup bar doesn’t always fit over the doorways.)

  1. Pace. You gotta crawl before walk and you have to walk before you can run. I have a lot of energy and somedays I want to get it all done, NOW. Running a 100 mile ultramarathon takes steadfast endurance (and a few other things) for 24 hours straight (and then some). So too in life. Sometimes I get ahead of myself with big ideas, zeal and intense longing to help the world. I have to remind myself of my athletic endurance and translate that to life. I can't get it all done today no matter how hard I try! Pace yourself, Sarah.

  1. Pure. Chances are you are probably thinking something entirely different for this word. But to me this word means food and water in their pure, natural state. Nothing processed. Nothing tainted with chemicals and toxins. No added liquids or powders to water (except for chia seeds). This also includes body and skin care products. So many of them contain harmful toxins that damage the endocrine system and hormones. Organic EVCO (Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is a fantastic face and body moisturizer!) Pure foods in their real natural, whole, form.

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So those are 12 words that influence and shape my daily life. What words influence your life? I would love to hear them in the comments below!

Cover photo credit: Wesley Peyton

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7 Ways To Make 2014 Your Best Year Ever!

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7 Ways To Make 2014 Your Best Year Ever!

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Happy New Year! Whether you went out last night or slept through the ball dropping (that would be me!) my prayer for you this year is that you will find peace in the storm, light in the darkness, real food in your community, pure H2O in your glass and a heart to serve others.

As we turn the page on another year a lot of goals (not resolutions!), hopes, dreams and expectations come with it. Maybe it’s the hope that this year will be better than last year.  Or that your dream of losing those last 10 pounds or getting that job you’ve always wanted comes true. Regardless of your hopes and dreams, a lot of expectations come when we turn the calendar on January 1. So how can you make this your best year ever? Here are seven ways to make 2014 your best year ever!

#1) Live healthy. This is a no-brainer, right? It’s hard to be truly happy when you are eating junk “food” and are overweight. By getting back to the basics (eat real food, drink pure water) and being active throughout the day, health and happiness can be found. Remember, health comes before wealth! If you don’t have your health, you can lose what you hold dear to your heart - family, friends, house, car, vacations, etc. Make your health a top priority and things will fall into place. (And, your outlook on life may just change for the better, too!) Need help getting started? Sign up for our 21 day {wellprint} challenge!

#2) Live with others in mind. The majority of the world lives with a “me first” mentality. Taking care of ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually is very important and helping others is also a part of these three components of a healthy life. So many of us live with our heads buried in a smartphone (guilty as charged) and forget that there are living, breathing people all around us that could use a smile, a door held open (moms with strollers will appreciate this!), a kind word or two, a hug or a hot, healthy meal delivered to let them know that they do matter and are cared for. And globally, children are just waiting for someone to love them.

#3) Live with no lofty expectations. We get in trouble when we place high expectations on ourselves with unrealistic goals. Aiming for the stars is great but if you don’t have a clear-cut action plan of reaching those stars you will only end up frustrated. Make realistic and achievable goals to set yourself up for success instead of despair. Also, stop living your life with the expectations that others place on you. This is your life, not theirs. Perhaps you are a lawyer or a doctor only because a parent put those expectations on you and today you find yourself miserable. Make this your best year ever by saying no to living life based on the expectations of others and yes to living your life!

#4) Live with healthy friendships. The company you keep is how you’ll live. Who you surround yourself is so important. You can hang out with people that inspire you to live better or be brought down by people. Look back at #1 in this article. Living healthy means that you might need to change who you hang out with. Going out for happy hour with co-workers regularly? That’s not going to help you have the best year ever! Instead, hang out friends who will go with you for a run, a yoga class and raw, cold-pressed, unpasteurized juice afterwards. Healthy friends will build you up and encourage you, not tear you down or make you feel bad for your healthy choices. Keep healthy company!

#5) Live with no excuses. Too often we live life with excuses: “I didn’t have a good childhood”, “I failed yesterday”, “I’ll start tomorrow”, “the weather isn’t perfect”- you name it, the excuses are vast. Change can not happen when excuses are present in our head. Trade in excuses for reasons to live!

#6) Live with a positive attitude. Want to have your best year yet? Have a positive attitude! I can’t tell you how many times I see people sabotage their life (and drag others with them) by having a pessimistic, negative attitude and outlook. It’s not productive nor helpful to yourself or anyone around you. If you live with gloom and doom- guess what? You’ll get gloom and doom! Make an intention every time you wake up to have a positive outlook on life. Tough times will come and having a positive attitude ingrained in you will help you get through them. P.S. hanging out with good company will help you have a positive attitude!

#7) Live with forgiveness. Hanging on to old hurts is going to keep you stuck for life. Forgiving others allows you to live in freedom today. It doesn’t mean that what they did you to was right (it wasn’t), it simply means that you have chosen to not live with a grudge for the rest of your life. Forgiving is a process (especially if the offense was horrific) but making a decision to live life with forgiveness instead of a chip on your shoulder will help you to have the best year ever!

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Your turn! What is your goal to make 2014 your best year ever?

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photo credit: Rich MacDowell

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