What’s The Worst Thing That Could Happen?

This is the question I ask myself almost daily. It gets me through some tough decision making and it helps me to put myself out there on a regular basis. Here’s the thing…I have an amazing amount of great ideas. And they usually involve me in some very public position of either speaking or leading. I also suffer from anxiety and an inner bitch voice telling me I’m not good enough to do this or that. But I made a decision long ago that I wasn’t going to listen to that voice nor would I keep myself small. That means, going forward with these ideas and putting them out there. That’s when ‘what’s the worst thing that could happen?’ comes in. Let’s put it into practice with this example. Here’s my inner creative voice talking…..’Fawn, you should start a woman’s run club in your neighborhood that meets weekly for a 30 min run and then have coffee/tea with them. This way, you’ll get exercise and meet new friends.’ (I recently moved from Bowen Island to North Vancouver and want to meet new friends here.) Me, ‘Yeah, that sounds like a really great idea! I should do that! I could meet so many women and work out and get to know the neighbourhood! It’d be awesome.’ Inner Bitch…’Seriously? Who would join that? Probably no one. You’ll look so stupid and no one will join and no one will like you. Besides, you’re no runner.’ So that conversation cycles over and over in my head for about an hour. LOL. What I have learned to do through lots of practice, is...

Ta Da!

You know what I’m sick of? Endless ‘to do’ lists. That’s what I’m sick of. Every day I write down what I’m supposed to get done that day. Kid stuff, Work stuff, home stuff, life stuff….stuff, stuff, stuff. It’s friggin endless. Kind of like the laundry! LOL. Here’s the thing. When I look at that list the end of my day, I maybe have crossed off 2 (if I’m lucky) items. I often end up not feeling very successful. But when I think about my day, I got a lot of shit done! Stuff that wasn’t even on my ‘to do’ list. Important stuff! So then one day I was listening to a podcast with Gretchin Rubin. She’s the author of The Happiness Project and The Four Tendencies which are  fabulous books! In her podcast, she mentioned a ‘Ta Da’ list. Mic Drop! This spoke volumes to me! A ‘Ta Da!’ list along with (or instead of) a ‘to do’ list! How flipping brilliant is that! The idea is to write down your accomplishments at the end of the day rather than focusing on what didn’t get crossed off the to do list. How awesome is that! You all know I’m a big believer in self compassion so the idea of a ‘Ta Da!’ list just completely works with that. So, I think you should trade in your ‘to do’ list for a ‘Ta Da!’ list! Of course, I have put one together for you to download. (Send me your email here and I’ll send you the Ta Da list all done for you:) HOW TO USE THE ‘TA...

3 Tips on How to Not Set Resolutions this January.

Happy New Year! Are you one of the people that get swooped up in New Years Resolutions? Have you vowed to work out every single day this January, quit eating sugar, journal & meditate every single day, quite caffeine, etc. etc. While those are all awesome things to do & as your healthy living cheerleader, I highly encourage you to live a healthier life, sometimes setting too many resolutions not only sets you up for failure but it also contributes to you feeling like crap about yourself when the resolutions fall to the wayside. People get super stressed out about resolutions, and more accurately, failing at their resolutions. So instead of setting resolutions, let’s focus on other, more positive ways you can set yourself up for success and focus on what you want in your life without all the stress. Check out the tips below on how you can reduce your January Resolution Stress. 1. Set SMART goals. SMART goals are specific goals to help you set up a plan for what you want to accomplish. These are great when you want to do something that has an ‘end’ date, like run a 5km or 10km or a tough mudder. They are also great when your doctor has said you need to lose 20lbs. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relative or Reward, & Timely. To use it in an example…I want to lose 10lbs (specific & measurable & attainable) in 10 weeks (timely) and when I do, I’ll get a new workout top (reward). Saying ‘I want to be fit’ would not be an example of a...

Fall Fitness Planning Made Easy + a FREE download!

Hello. It is I again, your Healthy Living Cheerleader reminding you that ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’. Yeah, yeah, I know….you’ve heard it from me a gazillion times already. But it’s my job to be a nag about such things so there ya go! And because I LOVE you so, I have put together a Fall Fitness Planning Worksheet that is super helpful when it comes to figuring out when, where & how you will be exercising. (Insert applause & accolades here;) Just fill in this form to receive them:) Now, once you have them, fill them out!  Make a cup of tea and sit down and write. The first page will help you identify what your health & wellness goals actually are by making you realize what it is you want to focus on. The 2nd page helps you to fit it into your schedule and the 3 & 4th pages are some helpful mindset questions for you to get into about WHY you want to exercise.I’m telling you, if you fill these out, your schedule will fall into place and then you’ll feel super successful and excited about September! Enjoy the last week of August everyone:) With much (nagging) love, Fawn...

On Saying Yes to Life!

Have I mentioned what an amazing summer I’ve had? It was full of friends & paddle boarding & the beach & my kids & parties & trying new things & meeting new people. I truly felt like I had a long & event-filled summer. The reason for such a fun summer? I decided to just say ‘Yes’ to life. Corny right? I know! BUT it worked! Here’s the thing. I tend to hermit. Most people do not believe me when I say that because I’m quite extroverted but I’m also introverted in a lot of ways and do not like going outside my comfort zone socially. Also, being a hermit became a bit of a habit for me. See, when you go through a very public separation in a very small community, it’s a challenge to go anywhere without someone saying something to you or asking you questions and sometimes, I just plain did not want to go out and deal with it. Way easier to stay in and not deal with people. But then staying in became WAY too easy. So in June I decided I’d had enough boring evenings and made a promise to myself to say YES to things. And that worked out so well! Sometimes it was hard to say YES and go out but I did anyways and every single time, I had a great time. It was a fantastic learning for me. Saying yes more is becoming way easier & I’m digging the results. So next time you get a chance to do something fun, say YES!  What’s the worst thing that could happen? You may...

5 Tips for Settling Into September Simply

September has always been a favourite month of mine. I’ve always liked the ‘new-ness’ of it. The idea of new beginnings always appeals to me. Starting fresh. I was one of those kids that was super excited about the start of school (until high school that is;) because everything was ‘fresh’…new pencils, new binders, new paper…everything all crisp and looking beautiful. And the opportunity to take new courses & join new clubs…I just loved it. I feel pretty much the same way about September now with getting my kids back to school and starting a new Fall schedule for myself. Even though September can be super exciting it can also be pretty stressful for a lot of people as well. In fact, I think the first 2 weeks of September is a bit crazy making. Especially if you have younger school-aged children. You spend all your time getting your kids organized with their schedule of school & extra-curricular activities that often your own schedule falls to the wayside. Here are five tips on how to get yourself organized into a fitness routine this busy month of September. #1. Relax.  That’s right. Just relax about it. Getting yourself all stressed out because you haven’t organized your schedule yet is not going to help you one single bit. It will only be crazy busy for a small amount of time that first week or two and then it’ll settle down and you can focus on you. So breathe & relax. #2. Be realistic. Not sure about you but I get a tad excited about all the new things I could be doing...