My Bookshelf: High Performance Habits

Hi friends!
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How are you doing in this crazy time? What are you doing to ensure your whole being health? Whether you have more time on your hands with this whole COVID-19 thing or you have less time, it’s imperative to be conscious in your daily life.
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I wanted to share a book that has been life changing for me and has helped me be more conscious in my daily life. Brendon Burchard’s High Performance Habits book is AH-MAZING. Seriously, if you were to read one book this year, I would highly recommend HPH.
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0030_ High Performamce Habits
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After a couple intense traumas, including traumatic brain injuries, he realized we’ll all most likely ask three questions at the end of our life:
  • Did I live?
  • Did I love?
  • Did I matter?

From there he has spent his life researching and learning about coaching, high performers, neuroscience, wellness, basically all the things to improve your life. He’s a high performance coach for super high performers, like Olympians, presidents, and fortune 500 companies, so it seems he knows what he’s talking about. (:

This book illustrates the most important six habits of high performers. And what’s better, he provides tactical steps within the top six habits so you too can become a higher performer! Rest assured, even if you just focus on one habit, it’s shown improving in one area improves the others. Like the saying, “The rising tide lifts all boats.” 
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Brendon Burchard has so many avenues you can read and listen to his work. I thoroughly enjoy his podcast, The Brendon Show. The variety of topics he speaks on is outstanding and his recommendations are completely doable! You just have to make it a conscious decision and action.
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Whatever your passion, whatever your career, whatever your calling, I have full faith this book could help provide you with the tools to become the best you, you can be.
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With faith, hope, and love,
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Emily Kappelman
Photo Credit: Amanda Sengbusch

Oh What A Spring!

I just love spring time! And what an interesting spring 2020 is turning out to be.
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I can’t help but mention COVID-19 and the impact it’s having on everyone. I feel it’s helpful to remind people, pandemics and plagues have been happening essentially since the beginning of time. I guess I never thought I’d get to experience one, but here we are. I pray you are able to find some peace in whatever situation you may be in. It’s encouraging to see how everyone is playing their part, however big or small, your actions make an impact…. what a great lesson for us all.
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0075_ The Yellow Emperors
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While there’s never an ideal time for pandemics, I feel it’s helpful it’s now officially SPRING!
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According to the Yellow Emperor, “Spring is the beginning of things, when the energy should be kept open and fluid.” So much budding, new life represents all the new possibilities unfolding and the energy is magical. 
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I grew up in Jester Park and the smell of fresh cut grass in the mornings while the birds sing their song of “spring’s here” is just the best way to start the day. The increased sunlight is definitely a positive as well. However, in Iowa it’s been quite rainy already.
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According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, “the three months of the spring season bring about the revitalization of all things in nature. It is the time of birth. This is when heaven and earth are reborn. This is the season in which the universal energy begins anew.”
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Recommendations to live with the season:
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Retire early, arise early.
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Go for walks to absorb the fresh energy. 
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Be open and unsuppressed:
  • physically: exercise more frequently, increase stretching to loosen up tendons and muscles, wear loose- fitting clothing
  • emotionally: develop equanimity
    • Spring is the season of the liver, which also comes with anger, frustration, depression, and sadness. Any emotion in excess can injure the liver. So being aware of your emotions is very important:
      • notice your thoughts
      • think about why you may be feeling this way
      • realize if it’s settling anywhere physically in your body
      • accept it as it is
      • believe it will pass when it’s time
      • and take deep belly breaths.
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While we are practicing social distancing, I think it’s more important than ever to follow the seasonal recommendations given to us from nature itself. This will only help our minds, bodies, and spirits in adjusting to and eventually thriving from this situation.
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What are your favorite things about Spring!? What at home activities are you implementing into your daily life?
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Photo Credit: Amanda Sengbusch

My Bookshelf: Girl, Wash Your Face

0014 Girl Wash Your Face
Girl, what did we do before Rachel Hollis? I love how this lady is changing all the things. Her open and honest communication about her history, family, marriage, and company is just amazing. I know she’s an inspiration to many of us and I’m so thankful she’s taking the time to help bring up so many people with her. Whether you’re a physical book reader, audible or pod cast listener- Rachel’s got you covered. Her content and message is available so many places.
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I was introduced to Rachel Hollis a couple years ago and she’s just so gosh darn empowering- I love it. Girl, Wash Your Face goes through and explains the top lies she believed (which I’m guessing you may be believing or have believed also). These lies hindered her value and self worth. She then provides the strategies she used to work past these lies to live the life she currently wants and deserves.
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LIES & STRATEGIES
Which got me thinking about the “lies” I’ve believed throughout my life. These aren’t meant to be lies or meant to bring us down but they’re someone else’s opinion/ perspective/ reality that we take on for ourselves. However, once you start working on your mindset, you realize you can change the way you think about these lies and how you react to situations and events. Like the saying, “you can’t change other people, you can only change yourself.” I’m pretty sure I hated hearing this growing up (and honestly, even some days recently!), but when you start to fully engage your mindset, perspective, and actions to focus fully on yourself, it’s amazing how things start to shift around you. It’s not immediate, all at once, or completely consistent. But just know, one small shift at a time will create a movement all around you. Please envision a very small pebble being dropped into a still body of water and observe the ripple effect!
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INTENTION & APPRECIATION
I find starting my day with intention is a great first step. Anticipate a wonderful day ahead of you, even if your schedule is not your ideal day. Something which has immensely helped me do this is a practice of appreciation. Appreciation and Gratitude seem to be hot topics lately, and for good reason, the benefits appreciate and gratitude have on the mind, body, and spirit are amazing! It can be weird at first and you may “run out of things to be thankful for” but that’s just because you’re just starting this practice.
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-> Give yourself some grace and just think, say, or write whatever comes to your mind.
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-> I usually start out pretty general with thanking God (universe, high power, or energetic frequencies) for myself (mind, body, spirit, education, experiences), my family and friends (even better to list them individually and go into what you’re thankful for them about), work (physical building, people I work with, the work we’re doing, the people we’re serving), etc.
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-> See how specific and detailed you can get. Even thanking God for the perfect amount of raspberry flavoring in your dark chocolate mocha latte.
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-> Continue for as long as you can, but don’t worry if it takes a little while for things to come quickly for you.
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-> Notice the immediate increase of peace, contentment, and positivity you feel towards yourself, your life, and your surroundings.
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-> Unfortunately, there’s no way to know how long these feelings will last. But know you can start with another round of appreciation any time, any place. And the more you do it, the quicker you’ll think to do this, the easier it gets, and the longer the effects will last.
Remember, life is a journey, not a destination.
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BEING IN THE EMOTION
I do also want to say, sometimes life just sucks. And you need to feel the sucky part of it. There’s great benefit in being in the emotion, whatever it may be, and allowing it. So please be sure to give yourself some grace to allow what you’re feeling, allow yourself to process it however you may need (being that it’s legal and moral of course :)), and trust that you will move forward when it’s the right time. But having a gratitude practice can definitely help with that transition.
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REFLECT
What are some “lies” you’ve allowed yourself to believe? How can you go about changing the reality of those lies? Reflect, journal, or talk about it with a loved one. See if you can help each other eliminate those lies and live the life you want and deserve, unhindered.
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I’m so thankful for Rachel Hollis, her mission, and the way she’s impacting the world.
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Photo Credit: Amanda Sengbusch

Keeping Your Child Healthy With Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine is so beneficial for adults, but it is just as beneficial for children! Children even respond more quickly to treatments than adults because of their young age and increased self-healing ability. If you’re wondering how Chinese medicine can help children, I want to recommend a book to read explaining it all!

Keeping your child healthy with chinese medicine

Keeping Your Child Healthy With Chinese Medicine: A Parent’s Guide to the Care and Prevention of Common Childhood Diseases is a fabulous book to read to learn about children and Chinese medicine. Bob Flaws does a thorough job of explaining how things work in the body of a child. He goes through some of the main causes of most children’s diseases. He also gives recommendations on how to help your child not get sick – hint, it begins with the diet. He also discuses other ways to prevent diseases and promote health from Traditional Chinese Medicine theory.

Just some of the topics he discusses include: neonatal jaundice, colic, vomiting of milk, diarrhea, constipation, diaper rash, cradle cap, teething, fever, ear infections, cough, pediatric pneumonia and asthma, strep throat, bed-wetting, allergies, hyperactivity, chickenpox, and traumatic injuries.

I highly recommend Keeping Your Child Healthy with Chinese Medicine, especially if you have any little ones running around, whether you are the parent, guardian, aunt, uncle, grandparent or babysitter.
“In TCM pediatrics, it is believed that children are not simply miniature adults. Rather, children are immature physically and functionally according to Chinese medicine, and most of the common pediatric complaints are due to this immaturity.”
Keeping Your Child Healthy with Chinese Medicine p.7
There’s always so much to learn and remember to be open to other paradigms. The best health plan incorporates Eastern and Western medicine!

The Only Little Prayer You Need

Reading has been a constant passion of mine throughout the years. Whether it’s taking me to another land or educating and informing me on something new, there is just something about reading. This book I’ve most recently read has influenced my daily outlook and includes one simple prayer, which has improved the quality of my life.

IMG_0186The book is The Only Little Prayer You Need by Debra Landwehr Engle.

I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone! It empowers you to take charge of the way you think; you have the power and the capacity to improve your attitude about life.

You deserve this. You deserve to live a life in peace and love. Even with this idealistic theme, this book is realistic; it acknowledges bad things happen, but through the prayer it helps the way you respond to the situation. It’s about having faith in a higher power and knowing you’re not alone.

As I was reading the book, I realized it’s a lot like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. It’s not a one-time fix. It takes time. You need to be consistent in saying the prayer, as in getting treatments. It addresses the root cause of the issue, which is fear, which TCM also does.