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...

20 Ways to Nourish Yourself

When you think of ‘nourishing’ yourself, what comes to mind? Healthy food? A good night’s sleep? A day of spent with loved ones? It is all those things plus whatever else actually brings you joy. It doesn’t have to be jumping up and down joy (although that’s fun too) but just a heart-warming type of joy. Know what I mean, jelly bean? This morning I got up early, drank a glass of lemon water while my coffee brewed, drank my coffee, drove to the lake, put on my headphones, turned on my favourite podcast (The One You Feed by Eric Zimmer) and walked around the lake. The picture above is from that walk. My soul went ‘ahhhhhhh’. It was a simple thing, took barely any time and made me feel grounded & grateful….aka nourished. That got me thinking of all the ways one could nourish themselves so I wrote a list. Take a read through and see if any of these resonate with you. 1. Reread your favourite book. You know, the one you couldn’t put down because you were so involved in the characters. Pick it up and read it again. Preferably lying on your couch with a warm, cozy blanket wrapped around you. 2. Make a big pot of your favourite veggie soup. Or get your mom to make it. Eat it with saltine crackers on top. 3. Go sit on a wharf and listen to the water. 4. Grab your best friend and go for a walk. Talk about all the funny things you two have done together. 5. Go to bed early in your favourite pjs and...

Just Show the F*ck Up

(Notice the asterisk in the f-bomb so as to not totally offend people….lol;) Woody Allen famously said ‘80% of success is just showing up.’ That totally applies to an exercise program. If you just show up for that class or your workout, you’re 80% there. The other 20% is actually moving your body. But it’s that effort of showing up that really counts. It’s like the email I sent out the other day about consistency….if you consistently ‘show up’ to your classes, your sessions, your workouts….you will be successful. This happens in my classes all the time. I often hear from my class participants and clients, ‘Ugh. I really didn’t want to come today.’ Rather than take it personally & sulk off in a corner, I totally get it. Heck, I don’t want to be there half the time. Some days I’m much rather stay in my cute little house all day, wearing cozy socks, drinking coffee and puttering around. But I show up. Not only because it’s my job and people are actually paying me to show up but also because I know that if I just show up, I’ll soon actually WANT to be there. And then I have a great class or session and so does my participant/client! And then say at the end of the hour ‘I’m SO glad I showed up’. I can actually feel their energy change from ‘I can’t even‘ to ‘I feel so good‘! And it’s all because they just showed the f*ck up. As I’ve written before, motivation is bullshit. So if you’re waiting to ‘feel‘ motivated, you’ll never show up. But if...

Live Epic

Epic as defined by Merriam-Webster means… ….extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope. Now if you look it the definition of epic in the Urban Dictionary it’s ‘the most overused catchphrase today, mostly by the 25 and under crowd’. But since I’m well over the age of 25, I don’t care. I’m going to use it ’cause I’m cool like that. So what does epic mean to you? When I say, ‘be epic’ or ‘live an epic life’ what does that conjure up for you? For me, it means living a life of authenticity. Saying how I feel, saying yes to life, being me unapologetically, laughing loudly & often and going after what brings me joy in life. That’s my idea of ‘extending beyond the ordinary’. So what’s your idea of ‘being epic’ or ‘living an epic life’? It can mean something different to everyone because what one person views as out of the ordinary is totally different to someone else. The main thing is, you are living ‘epically’ for you. I think maybe I’m thinking a bit more morbidly lately but really, this life is so very short. It’s probably because I’m turning 47 in July and my dad was only 49 when he died suddenly. And I just heard of a past client of mine who died a couple months ago from a heart attack. (She was epic…amazing woman.) Life is such a gift. We can either trudge through it or sashay through it…your choice. Whatever you choose to do, just do it epically. With hugs, Fawn xo PS – the actual word ‘epic’ is a noun. It’s a long...

Too-Much-Ness

You’re too loud. You’re too harsh. You have too much energy. You are too talkative. You are too emotional. You think too much. You are too enthusiastic. These are all things people have said to me over my life. Mostly by those closest to me….parents, partners, etc. Can you relate? Have you ever been told you are too much of anything? For someone to live authentically themselves, to hear they are too much of anything can feel like a punch in the gut. ‘So being myself is just too much for you?’ I crave people who love my ‘too-much-ness’. They ones that are also too much of something. The ones that get fired up by too-much-ness. Those are the people that light me up. They’re the ones I seek out in life like the proverbially moth to the light. I love too-much-ness. Because to me it means they are authentic. Authentically living their lives out loud, being who they truly are, not being dampened by the ‘too-much-ness naysayers. The too-much people make life interesting. They’re creative & bold & colourful & alive & effervescent & live out loud. You know what they’re about because it’s written all over them. They are the ones out there busy living life, not just watching it. The ones you hear laughing WAY out loud. These are my people. So today, I salute all the ones that are ‘too much’ of something. Thank you for making my life richer in your very special & unique way. There she is…. There she is. . . the “too much” woman. The one who loves too hard, feels...