Lovin' Lately

Hi hi! So, I'm shaking things up on the blog today and sharing the start of a new series:

Lovin' Lately! 

Over the past few months, I've been way more present on IG Stories (@emiliemaynorliving) sharing personal day-to-day tips, fav products, workouts, & thoughts galore! It's been such a fun way to engage with you guys! Between answering your Direct Message questions & the encouragement of my darling clients, Lovin' Lately was born! 

What to expect: things that I've recently discovered or have just really been loving or learning about lately! These are the people, products, travel inspo, tunes, foods and yoga stuffs that are simply rocking my world RN. So, without further ado...

1. Vital Proteins - I'm not wild about protein powders. I've tried dozens and never found "THE ONE." Whey protein doesn't suit my body and most of the plant based ones are soooo heavily processed and make me feel bleh - also, why is EVERYTHING filled with nasty faux flavoring? Um, I'll stick to hemp seeds over that mess ANY DAY!

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptide has been a game changer for me! VP is sustainably sourced, collagen based protein - which is awesome for bone health, skin elasticity and amino acids. TBH, I think collagen is quickly becoming the health & wellness industry's new golden child - STEP BACK KALE!

Vital Proteins helps people feel better and live fuller lives through sustainably-sourced nutrition products, promoting health, fitness and natural beauty. We do that by providing nourishing collagen and promoting our production of collagen - an essential nutrient stripped from our diets by modern food-processing.
— Vital Proteins Website
Vital Proteins Yogurt Bowl

Seriously though... I love that the powder completely dissolves in hot water and it tasteless, so I can add it to my morning tea, coffee, smoothies or even a bowl of yogurt! VOILA!

 


2. Ursa Major Deodorant - This stuff is the BEST natural DO. My friend Morgan runs an awesome shop, Club Duquette, with her husband. They carry everything badass + functional - candles, clothing, travel gear, palo santo, and skin care. I popped in a few weeks ago to try out the Ursa Major DO with pretty meek expectations, because, let's be real - natural deodorant is usually marketing for "hi, sorry I smell."  

So I was crazy surprised when it actually worked. Speaking from someone that spends several hours a day teaching yoga and active outdoors, that's pretty impressive! The product line is super clean and I love that Morgan and Duq are incredibly responsible with how they source product. If you aren't local - no worries! Morgan and Duq are awesome to work with and can ship products anywhere and of course you can order via the Ursa Website!

*also, I recently added a few of their face lotions to my skin care game - so expect an update soon!*


3. Spanish! - I took an 8 week Spanish course and fell head over heels for LEARNING & getting out of my comfort zone. So, I was kind of a late bloomer when it comes to embracing education and my intelligence. When I was a kid, I just didn't really fit into the traditional school system and it took me a LOOOOOONG time to realize that I actually love learning and being a student. Aside from my college degree in Communications, I have gone through 200 hrs of yoga training, a year of holistic wellness certification, another 300hrs of yoga school and now I'm onto Spanish. This class is only 8 weeks, but I plan to continue someway until I'm fluent. My husband is fluent and when we travel (which lately has been a ton!) I hate having to rely on him to get around. Mentally, I'm planning a trip to Ecuador this year - strictly for educational purposes, obvi :)

So even if learning a language isn't your thing, I hope you feel inspired to embrace trying something new in the near future! BTW - if you're looking to try yoga for the first time, my 6 week beginners course is such a fun way to ease in! The next series begins at Villager Yoga on Wednesday, July 19 6-7:30pm

Let me know if you try any of these out! I'd love to hear what you think. 

Much love,

Emilie

Creating Sustainable Change - workshop notes

Goal Setting Group Discussion Photo by Thomas Diasio

Goal Setting Group Discussion
Photo by Thomas Diasio

In 2016, I had the opportunity to speak to a vibrant group of America's First Federal Credit Union employees on creating "The Mindful Workday." Y'all - these guys were so much fun! Corporate Wellness and speaking engagements are a big part of my business and it is such a joy when people attending the sessions are open minded and engaged. We talked about simple changes anyone can make to help reduce stress and feel present throughout the workday. Everyone was such a great sport - even when I asked them to move through some desk yoga! 

 

 

So, when AmFirst invited me back for the 2017 Employee Engagement Conference, I was THRILLED. When they told me I would be speaking to 162 people, I was like WHOA...that's a lot of people. Can I even do that

95% of being an entrepreneur is asking that question, daily; then digging deep to answer back, OF COURSE YOU CAN. 

Nothing soothes my nerves like feeling prepared! Whether it's planing ahead for a workshop or prepping for my week with a fully stocked kitchen, it helps me feel a sense of balance and achievement. So, despite feeling a little overwhelmed, I got to work on my presentation, Creating Sustainable Change. In the session, I planned to discuss elements that shape our conditioned behaviors, realistic goal setting, and my top tips for kickstarting REAL change. I want you guys to benefit from this preparation and tips as well, so I'm sharing them here. 

Change occurs when we take time to really get to know ourselves, habits and patterns. This knowledge is the catalyst for lasting change. Self-awareness is the foundation of smart goal setting, too. 

Once you’ve identified your behavior patterns, it’s time to create a goal that’s inline with your nature. A goal that honors where you are in the moment. Don’t forget, these goals should be SMALL, SPECIFIC & MANAGEABLE, so they can easily assimilate into your life. 

Kickstarting Real Change!

1. Stop placing value on everything - neutralize your feelings about good vs bad foods or behaviors to remove yourself from the reward vs restriction tug of war.
2. Practice Crowding Out - add in good foods or behaviors instead of removing things. The habits you want to get rid of naturally begin to “crowd out.”
3. Follow the 80/20 Rule - 80% of the time make the best choices you can with what is available. 20% of the time, you just live life :)
3. Act like you love yourself - treating yourself with compassion is the best way to create real change. Give yourself the same care and support you would give a friend.
— Emilie Maynor, Wellness Coach & RYT 500