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Tuesday Gratitude: Happiness Revealed

If I had the opportunity to have dinner and meaningful conversation with one person, living or deceased, Oprah Winfrey would be one my top three, hands down.

I love what she’s accomplished coming from such humble beginnings. The level of success she’s been able to achieve is inspiring as is the positive impact she’s had on the world as a result of that success. She’s also got a keen style eye, a giving spirit, and she loves putting truffle oil on just about anything….just my kind of lady.

Basically if Oprah told me to jump off a bridge, I would assume that it was for the greater good of the universe or some sort of spiritual exercise so I’d make sure to plug my nose on the way down.

While watching one of my most favorite programs on OWN, Super Soul Sunday, I was introduced to this video created by Louis Schwartzberg that debuted at Tedx San Francisco and it really has changed the way that I look at the world. I’m totally into the concept and act of practicing gratitude…at varying levels of success and consistency. This video takes an ‘attitude of gratitude’ to the next level with beautiful timelapse photography pictures thrown in the mix.

“Do you think this is just another day in your life? It’s not just another day, it’s the one day that is given to you today. It’s given to you, it’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now… and the only appropriate response is gratefulness.”

Powerful right?

I urge you to check it out and see if it makes you look at your day differently.

I’d love to hear from you! What are you grateful for today?

A Lovely Sunday for a Breakdown: 3 Tips for Dealing With Self Doubt

It was full on and it was pathetic. 

The tears started to pour down my face before I could stop them and my breathing quickly turned into deep gasps for air. I could feel my body contorting into ugly cry mode while a look of utter confusion and shock quickly spread across my husband’s face as he tried to console his basket-case wife.

Even the writer of a bliss-themed blog that loves to pontificate on the benefits of happiness and gratitude has her moments of wanting to light her daisy-adorned gratitude journal on fire…and this one was a doozey.

What had started out as a lovely Sunday filled with hot coffee, deep and meaningful conversations and Super Soul Sunday had quite suddenly turned into a stormy and tear-filled hellscape.

The culprit?

A severe and sudden case of the “Who Do You Think You Are’s” otherwise known as acute self-doubtitis had reared its ugly head and manifested itself as a gloopy cacao and chia mess strewn about my entire kitchen.  After royally botching what should have been a rich and creamy raw coconut chocolate mousse for my upcoming e-cookbook, a mix of overwhelm and self-doubt had quietly seeped its way into my brain and was now causing me to question everything in my life….and my poor husband wanting to hide for cover behind the breakfast bar.

Who was I kidding? I am no culinary whiz. In fact, I’m the opposite. While my husband can whip up a delicate vinaigrette or a melt-on-your-tongue flakey crust at the drop of a hat the only thing I tend to whip up in the kitchen is a full-on meltdown.

Luckily I decided to step away from the chocolate mousse wreckage and breathe. I also came across this little gem from one of my favorite websites,

“At one point or another, we all question whether or not we are doing enough, making enough money, or if we are going to be “successful” enough. I know this firsthand, as I’ve spent long periods of my young adult life in a persistent state of fear and self doubt. What I’ve learned from my experiences is that if I don’t nip the self-limiting thoughts in the bud right away, this “woe is me” mindset can become debilitating.”

I can relate 100%….how about you?

My natural state is somewhat mousey…shy, fearful, self-conscious (insert any additional introvert-centric negative personality traits here). However, once I realized that those tendencies were no longer serving me I made a conscious decision to replace them with much more empowering emotions and traits such as confidence, fearlessness, ambition and strength. I’d say it’s going pretty well, however, deep down I’m still that same mousy person whether I like it or not so I need to be prepared when those old nagging tendencies show up again and again and again in my life.

my kitchen… post chia hurricane
my kitchen… post chia hurricane

For a naturally shy girl with mouse-tastic tendencies putting myself out there through my various pursuits including a burgeoning network marketing business, writing projects, website and blog posts can sometimes leave me feeling a tad bit on the vulnerable side which inevitably leads right back to my go-to method of self destruction….self doubt.

Welp, I guess identifying the problem is the first step, right?  Here’s a few more steps from Sirena Bernal with that I have been doing my best to implement when I start feeling under the weather with a case of acute self-doubtitis.

1. Stop comparing my accomplishments to others

Comparison merely leads to feelings of inadequacy and competition, neither of which is helpful when it comes to the creation of a full and successful life. As Bernal explains, “Your colleague’s accomplishments are not a litmus test to grade your own success.”

We all have our own stories, set of statistics, and time table. We’re all on our own journey and we’re only shortchanging ourselves when we compare our journey to somebody else’s. We need to do what works for us, follow what inspires us and check the comparisons at the front door.

2. Forget about what everyone else (or what I think everyone) thinks about me

First of all, there’s waaayyy too much thinking going on here. Don’t get me wrong, thinking is a good thing but once it crosses the line to overthinking then it’s just overcomplicating things. This is especially true when we become over-concerned about what everybody else is thinking about us.

“When you care about what everyone else is thinking of you, you inhibit yourself. You’d rather do nothing and not get judged, than do something and risk criticism.”

Worrying about what other people think of you is a crippling place to be especially if it’s keeping you from taking action. At some point in time it’s imperative to let go of people’s opinions (or imagined opinions) otherwise you’ll always be in a constant state of self-doubt.

As Eleanor Roosevelt once said so aptly, “You shouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realize how seldom they do.”

Besides, a little bit of criticism means that you’re actually putting yourself out there, so maybe that’s all something we should shoot for just a little bit.

3. Create a helpful mantra

I admit, I love myself a good positive top-of-mind mantra that I can use to re-center myself. I have a few that I pull out in different situations…

“Everything always works out beautifully for me.”

“I am loved.”

“I live in beautiful, luscious abundance.”

“I am so thankful.”

….and the list goes on and on.

These mantras remind me how amazing I am, that I’m accomplishing great things, that I’ve got so much to be thankful for and most of all they remind me to be a bit easier on myself and treat myself with love and acceptance. Building confidence and feeling loved are two of the most potent acute self-doubtitis antibodies known to man. Learn to love yourself unconditionally and watch those grimy little doubts disappear.

As Stuart Smalley might say, “I refuse to beat myself up.” And I concur.

So I decided to listen to my own advice. After my initial chia chocolate encrusted freak out I quickly realized that I don’t have to be a whole raw culinary genius to publish my own Mila e-cookbook, I merely need a passion for tasty whole raw chia recipes that people across the world can utilize to help them consume the world’s #1 source of plant-based nutrition. I’m passionate about Mila and nutrition and gosh darn it…that’s good enough for me.

As I wiped down the kitchen, fished the bowl of molten chia chocolate out of the trashcan, and apologized to my husband for my meltdown I was reminded…

To doubt oneself is human, but to identify self doubt before it lays you out flat and exchange it for a much more empowering emotion is super human…and isn’t that what really all going for anyway?

I’d love to hear from you! Do you suffer from acute self-doubtits? If so, how do you deal?

Getting Back to the Basics: Mila Vs Chia

As you know, chia truly is a miracle seed. And if you don’t know, you can read more about it in  my previous blog post.

It’s an amazing plant-based superfood and a total nutrition powerhouse. And while the mention of chia may merely conjur up images of terra cotta animals sprouting weedy-looking vegetation via 1985, chia is SO much more. It offers incredible amounts of Omega 3’s, Fiber, Protein, Phytonutrients, and antioxidants.

But what many people may not know yet is that the best way to consume chia is by eating Mila.

Mila Vs Chia: So What is Mila?

How’s this metaphor for you…if chia is a vehicle that delivers amazing nutrition to your body, Mila is the supertanker delivering your body obscene amounts of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in a wholesome, plant-based biodiesel fuel sort of way.

Mila is an exclusive proprietary blend of the world’s finest and most potent strains of chia and is the most nutrient-dense blend of chia available on planet Earth. It’s a whole raw food and a natural plant-based source of Omega 3′s, antioxidants, phytonutrients, protein, fiber, calcium and so much more. It is also non-GMO, gluten-free, trans-fat free, and sugar free.

“Mila is an exclusive proprietary blend of the world’s finest and most potent strains of chia and is the most nutrient-dense blend of chia available on planet Earth.”

As if that wasn’t enough, Mila is micro-sliced for greater bioavailability than whole seeds or other cheaper chia seed brands you can purchase at the store and yes, that includes seeds that can be found at reputable, organic markets like Whole Foods. Just because you buy it at the organic store doesn’t make it the best.

Here’s some interesting info for you…

Mila has:

6x more calcium than milk

3x more iron than spinach

2x more fiber than bran flakes

15x more magnesium than broccoli

5x more protein than kidney beans

4x more selenium than flax seed

9x more phosphorus than milk

2x more potassium than bananas

8x more omega 3′s than wild salmon

Mila is a superfood that delivers clean energy, health, and nutrition more effectively than any other form of chia available.

So here’s the million dollar question…what makes Mila better than the $10 bag of chia you can easily find at your local grocery store?

I’m glad you asked!

Mila vs Chia: The Difference Between Mila and Other Cheaper Brands is Quality

The chia found in Mila is carefully selected from different providers and are chosen based on factors such as seed maturity (which directly affects levels of Omega-3’s), climate, soil, and time of harvest. Once it’s harvested, the seed batches are analyzed by independent labs in order to create a proprietary blend. The seeds are then cleaned and opened using a proprietary cold-fracture system. The seeds are mechanically opened (or micro-sliced) without increasing temperatures which causes unwanted oxidation to the seeds. This process increases bioavailability, which means your body will get more nutrient absorption from Mila.  This process also ensures that Mila maintains a very palatable and tasty consistency.

It’s an exclusive scientific blend of the finest and most potent strains of chia, grown to Genesis Pure’s exact specifications. Cheaper brands that can be found on store shelves near you merely consist of the rejected seeds that Genesis Pure won’t take.

Sounds a bit harsh but it’s true.

To make sure that your body is receiving everything it can from Mila, Genesis Pure expertly blends different strains of chia so that each bag has as many nutrients as possible. They know that to have the maximum impact, they can only include the best chia seeds.

You can also check out this chia seed research project study from the University of North Carolina that compared the bioavailability of Mila with other whole chia seeds by clicking here or you can check out Genesis Pure founder and formulator, Dr. Lindsey Duncan go into great detail about the amazing nutritional properties of Mila here.

Despite the obvious differences between Mila and chia, Mila is not for everybody.

Per bag, Mila has a higher price point at $45 per bag. However, because of its quality, it takes less Mila to achieve incredible results.  Enjoying the amazing benefits of Mila costs about $1.50 per day.

Still many believe that standard chia is good enough, which is absolutely fine. But if you’re serious about your health and expect only the best when it comes to health, endurance, pain control, and disease prevention it only makes sense to consider consuming the highest quality chia product on the market today, and that’s Mila.

It is a premium chia blend that offers the finest variants and most potent strains of chia available and is created by Genesis Pure. Genesis Pure is a reputable network healing company that has chosen network marketing as the vehicle through which to share this amazing and life-changing product with the world. A business model that involves sharing, discussing, and collaboration of like-minded individuals, Genesis Pure is promoting health, wellness, love, and wealth throughout the world.

Mila vs Chia: Try It Yourself

If you’re unsure about Mila and if it really provides the unparalleled health benefits touted by Genesis Pure distributors worldwide, the only way to make an educated decision is by trying it yourself. Eat a scoop a day, every day until you have finished a 16 oz bag and compare it to how you feel after eating a month’s supply of cheap chia.

Put it to the test and discover for yourself…..Mila is the best and most nutritious chia blend available.

In a nutshell,  it’s a premium chia blend that offers the finest variants and most potent strains of chia available and is created by Genesis Pure. Genesis Pure is a reputable network healing company that has chosen network marketing as the vehicle through which to share this amazing and life-changing product with the world. A business model that involves sharing, discussing, and collaboration of like-minded individuals, Genesis Pure is promoting health, wellness, love, and wealth throughout the world.

I would love your feedback! Have you ever tried Mila?