Some Of My Favorite Things
Updated: Apr 23
As we're nearing a full month sheltering in place, I have some tools that I'm finding vital to my health and well-being. Some are to help me physically, others are keeping me sane, and still others are crucial to my business.
I thought I'd share some of these with you on the off chance that just one of them will help make your social distancing life a little happier.
I've linked them to their sources when possible so you can go directly to the sites to check them out.
One note about some of these products: A few of them are affiliate links. If you're not sure what that is, it means that a small percentage of your sale will get paid to me as a referral fee. Now, those of you who know me know I don't promote anything that I don't 100% believe in. While I was happy to learn that some had affiliate programs (because a girl's gotta make some money in this pandemic!), I was using them all well before I knew about them having that option, and I'd promote these specific things regardless. Because I love them that much.
So here you are, some of my favorite things...
This has literally improved my quality of life. Honestly. My boyfriend got me one for my birthday last year (#BestBoyfriendEver), and I use it multiple times a day. It's essentially a way to give yourself a massage, which is really handy right now when we're not able to get in to see our massage therapists. With several different attachments to work specific areas, this is something I think everyone should have in their wellness tool kit.
If you'd like a visual of how I use it, check out my Facebook Live post of my demo. And to order this one, click the picture above. Your sore and tense body will be glad you did.
If you've ever taken one of Cheryl's classes, you'll have undoubtedly heard her talking about fascia. Not sure what fascia is? Think about when you're getting ready to cook a chicken breast, and as you're removing the skin, there's that bit of webbing stuff that attaches the skin to the meat. That's fascia. It runs throughout our bodies, and optimally glides across itself. In most of us, our fascia is a bound-up mess. Think tangled hair.
The FasciaBlaster helps to smooth out our bound fascia, which reduces pain and tenderness in muscles, as well as aiding our lymphatic system (which is a huge boost for our immune system!). This tool also helps reduce cellulite and even aids in weight loss. It's a gem of a tool. If you get one for yourself, follow the directions online for ways to use it. There's a fantastic Facebook group for it as well, with women sharing their stories about how they use it and how it's helped them, including pictures of real-life women's bodies in all their glorious shapes and sizes. I can't speak highly enough of this ingenious wand. Truly magical.
Use this link to see what the heck I'm talking about and all of the different options there are.
I stumbled upon this company in a Fibromyalgia Facebook group that I'm in, and I can't tell you how glad I am that I found them. They're a CBD farm in Oregon, and their products are miracle workers. I'm not exaggerating in the slightest.
The pain level that I often have was causing me to take way too much Ibuprofen. Not anymore. In fact, I can't even remember when I last took those pills, which is huge for me.
The products I use are the tinctures plus various balms and lotions (for topical use). I'll have a bit of the tincture every 4 hours or so, then use the topicals as needed, especially prior to going to sleep. The three companies that I've mentioned so far have dramatically reduced my pain level, and I am a changed woman because of them.
Oh, one other thing about this company: They have an assistance program that offers 60% off of their products. To be eligible for the discount, you'll need to be a veteran, low income, or have a long-term disability.
If you suffer from pain and are looking for a new source of relief, please check them out.
Simple Truth Sparkling Waters
I'm not a big soda drinker, so when I feel like something other than plain water, I grab one of these cans of yumminess. They're like a La Croix, but better. Organic, flavorful, and very versatile (sip them over ice with mint or fresh fruit -- and, if you're so inclined, a bit of vodka). You'll hydrate yourself without feeling deprived.
Grab these at your local Ralph's grocery store in the sparkling water section.
I'm a pretty organized person. Sure, there's some chaos in my life (you should see my desk!!), but I rely heavily on my planner. Throughout the years I've tried several different ones, usually purchased at Target. Not anymore.
I follow an inspirational speaker named Michael Hyatt, who's the creator of the Full Focus Planner. I've heard mentors of mine talking about this planner for a while, but I only just grabbed one for myself. It's everything I've wanted to keep me organized and more!
I got the executive planner to help me balance work and play. There are pages for annual goals, quarterly actions, daily rituals (which include a morning ritual, workday startup ritual, workday shutdown ritual, and evening rituals), and daily to do pages. I opened mine up and showed how I use it in my Facebook Live if you want more info.
If you're an a planning type of person like I am, or are looking to bring more organization to your life, check these out. Now I see why my mentors rave about them.
Ah, cacao, how I love your chocolate kisses. Imagine the best cup of hot chocolate that you've ever had, warming you up, making you feel all happy inside. What if that could be medicinal? Well, it is, indeed, super good for your body, mind, and spirit! I wrote a whole blog post about my cacao ritual ages ago (you can read about it here), which includes how to prepare it, some of the health benefits, as well as my morning ritual. That ritual has morphed through the years, but I'll leave that for another post.
I get my cacao from a cacao importer who brings it in from Ecuador. It's organic, raw, ethically harvested, and sustainably sourced. I happened to buy a ton from him, so if you'd like some of your own, please email me. I'm happy to share. It's $15 + shipping for 8oz of the most amazing cacao you've ever experienced. And if you've never had the pleasure, now's a great time to try it for yourself. Because we all need a big chocolate-y hug right about now.
Music is a wonderful healing modality, and Spotify is a great place to find your favorite tunes. I have a family paid account (multiple users for $14.99 a month), which is dirt cheap for unlimited streaming music, especially compared to Apple's iTunes.
You can access playlists created by others or make up your own, listen to podcasts, and even learn a new language. So many choices to fit your changing moods.
Practicing yoga at home can have the studio vibe by adding in your own music while watching a video. Here are a few good Spotify playlists to help set the mood (clicking on them should take you there, at least in theory). They're all on the mellow side, which means you can use them in every level class without having to worry about changing to something more mild for your Savasana.
These are just a few that will work while you're moving in a yoga practice. Explore and have fun finding your own favorites.
This is where I listen to the majority of my favorite podcasts. I have the free version, and it's suited me just fine through the years.
While most of what I listen to are business related (like Finding Your It Factor with Heather Sager, Nonprofit Lowdown, J. Brown's Yoga Talks, The Gary Vee Audio Experience, Beyond Influential by Brittany Krystle, Lead to Win with Michael Hyatt, The Marie Forleo Podcast, and Online Marketing Made Easy by Amy Porterfield), I also love others to expand my mind (like The Doctor's Farmacy with Mark Hyman, M.D., NPR's How I Built This with Guy Raz, The Tony Robbins Podcast, Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis, The Good Life Project, Broken: Jeffrey Epstein, and Untangle: Mindfulness for Curious Humans). I have about 20 others that I'll pop in and out of, but the ones I listed are what I check out weekly.
Whether you're a solo-preneur or run a big company, Flodesk is a great way to give your emails a funky fresh look. I've used MailChimp and Constant Contact in the past, and I love the new look I'm getting with Flodesk.
They're a pretty new company and still in beta, which means they keep rolling out all sorts of new features. I honestly don't use it to its full capacity at this point (meaning I don't do drip campaigns or funnels or the like). But for the lifetime rate of $19 a month (compared to the $45 a month I was spending with Constant Contact), this software is a winner in my book.
Use this link to get 50% off the regular rate (so it's only $19 a month).
You might not know this yet, but I'm in the process of creating an online course. Actually, two, because Cheryl and I just this week decided to turn the 200 hour Teacher Training Program into something anybody anywhere in the world can participate in!
Online courses are a great way to share your knowledge to a broader group of people. I've taken several online courses myself, with Tiffany Cruikshank's 20 hour Yoga Anatomy course and Amy Porterfield's Digital Course Academy being a few of my faves. You've probably enrolled in a few yourself through the years.
The platform that I'm using is called Kajabi. There are others out there (and certainly ones that are cheaper), but in this case you get what you pay for. With click funnels, drip campaigns, a website main page, and even a separate community for your students (think Facebook group without using Facebook), I'm super stoked on this company. I love their customer support and also that they're based right here in Irvine.
If you have something that you'd like to teach to the world, a digital course is a great way to share your skills. Use this link to sign up and get your knowledge out to the masses!
Well, there ya go! Just some of my favorite things that are helping me navigate the days of staying home, working from home, and healing at home.
If you have any questions about any of my faves, please don't hesitate to reach out. I'm happy to go into more detail on any of these valuable tools. By taking care of ourselves, right now more than ever, we're setting ourselves up for super big wins in the future.
Have something that's your absolute favorite? Share below for us all to enjoy.