Category Health and Fitness

5 Simple Yoga Poses to Boost Your Energy

The Look: Crystal tank from garbella (the tank isn’t listed anymore, but you can grab the t-shirt [$28.00] or pullover [$36.00]!) // Better Than Everything Legging in Navy ($92.00) from GRACEDBYGRIT // Gemstones Yoga Mat ($68.00) from Free Thirty Three Yoga Design Co. They (whoever “they” are) say that time is our most precious resource, but I’d like to make a case that it might be energy instead. I mean, we can schedule time. We can map it out and use it wisely. But energy? It’s a lot harder to plan our energy. It can be quite the guessing game to try to figure out when it’s going to show up. The other day, I had a 16 oz iced coffee and I waited FOREVERRRRR for it to kick in, only for my caffeine to stand me up (what a jerk!). And then we have naps… Naps are great. I love a mid afternoon

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He Said, She Said: A Tale of Two Oms

My boyfriend, Shaun, and I have a pretty unique dynamic. He’s working his butt off to make it as a musician (and also helps me a ton with my business), and I’m over here doing the whole “whatever I gotta do to not have a real boss” thing.  What I am most passionate about has always been stories, and it always seems like we’re constantly in the midst of a tale that could be made into a Netflix series someday. Our relationship doesn’t necessarily have a lot of drama – unless we’re trying to figure out how to re-arrange the living room – but life always does seem to be throwing a lot of turbulence at us that we imperfectly navigate together. So, we’re starting a new series here at The Gem where you’re going to get both sides – mine and his – of the story. Complete with life lessons,

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How to Create Real Life Practical Magic

Over Thanksgiving, I dug in to instances of what I call Practical Magic (for more on this concept, you’ll love Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear). After a particularly dramatic day, my fibromyalgia went haywire and I felt myself becoming overwhelmed, unable to stop it, and furious with myself for this inappropriate timing. What did I do? I got a hot shower, the release the water allowed me was striking. I was able to let go of all the effort I had made to keep it together all day long. The liquid hitting the top of my head felt exactly like a spell designed to remove the tension. Real life magic. I was so happy by that comfort that I cried. Let’s talk about what actual magic is and how to create more of it in your life: Practical Magic Method #1: Engage with the elements in full vulnerability Water,

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A Little Bit of Nature Goes a Long Way

Are you aware of your surroundings on your way to work? Better yet, if you work from home do you ever take a few moments to step outside and get some fresh air? What would you say if I told you that it is a proven fact nature actually has a profound and positive impact on your well-being? Simply passing trees, plants and greenery on your way to work can boost your mood and relieve stress. Don’t believe me, click here. So to the peeps that have to drive through a city and around road work every day, be sure to find your green space. On your entrepreneurial journey you may have felt the effects of burnout or a funk. One of the best ways to prevent this is to surround yourself with that natural green stuff; not what you were thinking, nature silly. You do not have to be a hardcore

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Accessories to Amplify Your Outdoor Workout

It’s summertime and the living is easy. Well at least that is the motto we tell ourselves in the morning, because (let’s be real) finding time to workout, have a career, spend time with your family, all while having a social life is exhausting. That is why having these workout tools in your home is so important! When you don’t have time to go to the gym, which can be 15-30 minutes drive time plus the exercise itself, use these accessories to amplify your outdoor workout. Your neighbors may even want to start a workout club when they see you out there doing your thing, and then the whole block will be doing pilates, yoga or zumba in your back yard. Think of the endless possibilities, and all you have to do is have some killer workout gear. 1. Running Floral-Print Shell Hooded Jacket – $193.00 Running on a treadmill is great, but running

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Just Add Friends: Why You Need a Workout Partner

Until you sweat with a buddy, or get your fit on with a workout partner, you won’t know what you are missing! I have worked out alone, with a buddy, and with groups. There is something truly special about working out with a partner for a plethora of reasons! Personally, I think I need a buddy in all areas of life including my workouts. I think it is in some people’s DNA to want to have someone with them while doing tasks or exercising. I say this because I noticed even my Dad has to take my mom with him everywhere he can, even if she doesn’t have a reason to go! So maybe that is where I got my “buddy gene.” Anyway, if you’re looking to switch up your routine, actually enjoy the time you spend on your workout, or keep yourself accountable, just add friends! First off, it will make

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Mental Health Resolutions: Checking In Before 2016

With just under a week until the new year, millions of minds – and the media – have turned toward new year’s resolutions. Whether you’ve decided to make 2016 the year of #fitspo, cultivating self-confidence, reaching your financial goals or simply staying hydrated every day, we tend to focus our goal-setting on external changes we’d like to make. And while there’s nothing wrong with joining the masses who flock to gyms and studios come January 2nd (because who can work out after New Year’s Eve?), it just as important to take a look at what’s going on inside. Reese Evans, founder of Yes Supply, Co., is a big proponent of taking care of your mental health, and I chatted with her about the benefits of an end-of-year mental health check-in. “I’m really of the belief that if you want to change something in your life, don’t wait for tomorrow, and especially

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A Simple Process for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

New Year, New.. NO STOP! Ok, wait what? Stop? Whatever do you mean? Why can’t I say that catchy New Years phrase everyone says and posts about ad nauseam? New Year, New You isn’t a bad idea in and of itself. It’s everything that goes along with it, namely expectations, that make it an issue. There is a reason that so many people quit their New Years Resolutions by February and only 8% succeed (according to Forbes). It all comes down to overload and unrealistic expectations. Most people try to do a 180 with their life this time of year that it is nearly impossible to succeed at and clearly the numbers prove it. What is one to do? How do we overcome this huge obstacle and succeed with our health and fitness goals in the New Year? Well, I have a few things you should keep in mind for 2016 in

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