Dynamo: Morgan

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THE BACKSTORY:

This past fall I began practicing yoga. I used to think “yoga” was just incense, incessant chanting, and gentle moving. Where was the challenge or joy in that? While these are sometimes involved in a yoga practice, that is not what yoga is about. And while these things can bring peace and contentment for some, I have found it’s more than this. It’s about spreading compassion. I know it sounds cheesy and maybe you’re already uninterested, but just give me a moment more.

Yoga is hard. It takes balance and strength and patience. It takes flexibility. All of these things feed energy directly to your daily life. In yoga, you move with your breathing. If we keep breathing in our every days, we keep moving. Some days need more deep breaths than others, yoga can help you find that balance. The soul of yoga is turning fear to love, hate to compassion, and being filled with kindness. We learn to judge less and love more – others and ourselves. To sit still and live in the moment. This very moment is a gift we’ve been given. I love this mindset. I hope everyone is inspired to practice yoga. I hope you all know how much I love you.

So while yoga looks all physical…the real stuff is happening inside.

For this Dynamo, she is centered, beautiful in every description of the word, strong, and full of compassion for others. She is a yogi. I’m excited to introduce Morgan to you! I’ve been following Morgan’s journey on instagram for a while now and reached out to her for this interview (she’s from Kentucky!). She works hard, she loves hard, and she’ll remind you to drop the comparisons and live in the NOW.

Morgan is joining the community of Dynamos, including my 2nd yogi. Each of these people are on a different healthy living journey, but that’s the beauty of it. We are all different. We are each moving at different speeds, distances, and with different equipment, but we’re all headed the same direction. These interviews are meant to capture the journey, where ever that is right now, and inspire each of us to continue in our own unique journeys. You are Dynamo. Meet Morgan…

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Cauliflower Mash with Kale and Salmon

Cauliflower Mash with Greens and Salmon

I like things less complicated. If you look at my instagram feed you’ll see simple movement through yoga with some other random workouts. If you look at my kitchen, I love clean counters and swept floors, simple cleaning keeps my head clear. If you look at my children, they wear simple clothing that I try to keep up with their growing legs but suitable for hard play. If you look at my friendships, they are simple because I don’t demand much and try to give simply what I can.

What’s simple for you? Knowing that not everything is for me…or that even the above mentioned always look so put together…where do you make things uncomplicated?

Hopefully dinner is simple…sometimes. This night it can be. … 

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Dynamo: Jim and Tonya

Dynamo: Jim and Tonya

THE BACK STORY:

When I heard Jim and Tonya’s story, I knew right away that I wanted them to realize they are Dynamo. I love how they build each other up and at the same time, set the example for each other when the other isn’t feeling motivated. I love watching a team effort.

To date, Tonya has lost 85 pounds and Jim has lost 53 pounds. They have goals for more, but I think that’s the power behind their story. As I sat and listened to them, about the changes they’ve made, about the dedication their giving, and about the real struggle, I feel so grateful to have captured there mid-journey reflections. It’s not all about where we end up, but the fight along the way. That’s the part that makes us who we become.

They are Dynamo because of the example they are giving, because they were willing to change what was comfortable to what will make them really happy, and because rather than focusing on a large goal in the future, they can take small steps that will eventually lead to big goals.

Dynamo people are those who are moving forward in their healthy living. This looks different from person to person. We are all in different places. I’m celebrating wherever you and they are at in this journey. Celebrating each others’ successes and being inspired by our collective stories will propel us all to be strong, be brave, and be kind. Be strong in your convictions and when you’re not, find a Dynamo for yourself. Here’s Jim and Tonya…

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Simple Food Log \\ Free printable

Simple Food Logging

Sometimes I have the best of intentions. Sometimes I don’t think about the chocolate I want to eat. Sometimes I even tell myself that I’m not going to make a peanut butter smoothie…but then I suddenly find myself doing just that!

Even though I really try hard to eat well, I think I need to do better. I wanted it to be easy and non-fussy, so simple food logging will work perfect. You can have a very involved food diary or food journal, but this one is just getting something written on paper. Maybe you’re a app person, maybe your paper-on-the-fridge person. I got you covered at least on one end!

Really, everyone loves free printables. I know I do.

Why do this? … 

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Dynamo: Thelma and Irvin

Dynamo #8 Thelma and Irvin

THE BACK STORY:

I had seen Thelma and Irvin so many times while driving to and from my house and while I was out running. They have become part of the experience of these roads. I had wanted to talk to them for a while, and in a random kid-less moment (because doing things with 3 kids in tow is not always the most productive), I saw my chance. I parked in a nearby parking lot, ran to catch up with them, and breathless, introduced myself. I asked if I could ask them some questions and photography them. I told them they were inspiring and I loved seeing them out here all the time walking together. Thelma told me yes, but not to take any pictures of her face. She kept saying, “I see that, girlie!” when I’d sneak one in.

Thelma and Irvin are both in their 90’s, they both have bad hearts, and they still get out to walk whenever they can. It doesn’t give me any excuses. They are dynamo to me. I’ve even heard other friends mention them. I think sometimes it’s easy to forget the simple things, like taking a walk with your loved ones, and how meaningful and how much of an example to others that is. They are joining my community of dynamos.

Dynamo people are those who are moving forward in their healthy living in whatever way they can. This looks different from person to person. We are all in different places. I’m celebrating wherever you and they are at in this journey. Celebrating each others’ successes and being inspired by our collective stories will propel us all to be strong, be brave, and be kind. Be strong in your convictions and when you’re not, find a Dynamo for yourself. With that, here’s Thelma and Irvin.

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Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars

coconut chocolate chip bars

Happy Valentine’s Day!

How are you celebrating loving others? I was talking on my instagram the other day how my whole life revolves around love and kindness and accepting the best from others. What an awesome chance to celebrate that with a dedicated day every year…you don’t have to be in a relationship with someone special to practice this one!

And since it’s Valentine’s Day, you’ll need some sort of treat.

I’m going to give you something with chocolate (of course) and coconut. I love these two flavors together – macaroons anyone? These are easy, fast, and can be versatile with substitutions and additions…date bars in their finest hours…. 

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