5 Ways to Stay Motivated

5 Ways to Stay Motivated

Who is the one person in the world who can motivate you to accomplish your big goals and dreams?

 I’ll give you one guess…YOURSELF.

In my past life, err…I mean previous job, I worked for a certain large and very well known for profit private University.  My job was to find the motivation of every potential student that I came into contact with and continue to motivate that person until they had the desire to go to school.

 In theory that was a great thing to do, it worked most of the time, but there was a problem with this model…. Eventually most people that enrolled lost motivation, life got hard, they got tired and they ended up quitting after a few courses. 

It’s one thing to talk about what your reasons are for wanting your dreams, we can sit and map out a plan for you to execute your goals, but if you aren’t motivated to follow through with your plans NO MATTER WHAT, you will quit when things get hard. 

Quitting is the ONLY reason we fail

If you take a closer look at the journeys of any successful person you will discover that they had to push through tons of adversity, they had multiple failures, and kept pushing on through hardships that would make most people crumble.  They failed their way to success.

The question is…how can we stay motivated when life gets hard and we hit wall after wall?  What will keep us motivated when it seems hopeless?

I feel like I’ve been failing my way to success for years.  The process of a content creation is a slow crawl and most days I feel like I’m talking to myself, but I keep going because I know that I have a message that is big and powerful and can change the lives of a few people who can go out and change the lives of a few people and the ripple effect will go on and that is huge.

Know your WHY

The first thing you need to stay motivated while you fail your way to success is a powerful WHY!

Write it down. WHY do you want what you want?  What is it that you are aiming for?  If its money, you need to dig deeper and determine why you want money…is it because you want to be able to give back to the community?  Take care of your aging parents?  Pay for you children to go to college?  Your why must be bigger than yourself because when shit gets hard, it’s the WHY that will keep you going.

Journal

The next thing that keeps me motivated to get up and keep going no matter how tired or defeated I feel is journaling.

How to Stay Motivated

I noticed that when I am not writing out my goals every night before bed, I tend to forget my why, what needs to be done and how I’m going to get it.  Our brains are super computers that are programmed by repetition, that’s why when you are watching TV you will see the same commercial 3 or 4 times during one program…because advertisers understand that the more you see something the more likely you will be to take action.  So, use that trick on yourself and keep writing out that goal over and over.  My favorite tool for this is the Start Today Journal by Rachel Hollis.  I write in mine every night.  It only takes 5 minutes and when that alarm clock goes off the next morning at 4:30am I know why I have to get out of my comfy bed and take action even when I don’t feel like it.

Affirmations

Affirmations and guided meditation are another way that I keep myself focused and motivated. 

It is easy to get stuck in emotionally draining thought patterns.  I used to be stuck and feeling tired and depressed all the time.  I realized that it was the repetitive negative thoughts I was thinking about myself, my enemies, and what was going “wrong” in my life.  I was bombarded by them day and night. I would wake up in the morning and the first thoughts that I would think were negative and it would start my day off with negativity which would snowball and by lunch I would be unmotivated because “what’s the point”.

I squashed that over time by listening to affirmations and guided meditations.  Every night at bedtime I play a guided meditation that is meant to program my mind for a specific task or issue.  Currently I am listening to a financial abundance meditation because financial success is my focus right now. 

Guided Mediation

At the beginning of my journey I would listen to self-love meditations because I had identified that negative self-talk was holding me back from happiness.  There are hundreds of free meditations on YouTube for anything you could possibly need. This Channel is my favorite for guided meditations.

Bonus!  When you listen to guided meditations at bedtime, it helps you fall asleep faster.  I almost never stay awake past the first 5 minutes which helps me tremendously since I suffer from insomnia as well.  Don’t worry about if the affirmations are working when you sleep, your subconscious is still listening and absorbs all of the benefits while you sleep which ends up being even more powerful because your mind isn’t “on” to worry about your day and if you unplugged the curling iron.

In the morning I turn on an affirmation video and listen to affirmations while I stretch or do my make up, I sometimes repeat the affirmations to myself in my mind or out loud so that I am also speaking my affirmations into existence.

Gratitude

The last thing…this is really the most important way to stay motivated, is to keep a gratitude journal. 

How to Stay Motivated

The Start Today Journal has a section for gratitude so it’s a bonus.  I also like to spend time through out my day mentally noticing little things that I am grateful for as I go about my day like…organic food, or a sweet text from a friend. 

Gratitude is huge when staying motivated because it trains your brain to focus on good things.  When shit gets hard and failures start piling up, its important to find the little things to be grateful for so that hopelessness doesn’t sneak in and steal your motivation and momentum. 

I hope this helps you stay motivated while you are crushing your big goals!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for more habit-forming tips and tricks to live your best, most healthy and successful life.

Have a Magical Day!

Love, Kisha

Why you STILL need a Vision Board in 2019

Vision Boards are the first line of defense against Shiny Ball Syndrome.

Protect yourself, your loved ones, and your future from Shiny Ball Syndrome by making a vison board.

I’m serious about this, if you are anything like me, you change your plans every other week.  You start on a new crafting project, workout, diet, book…whatever and a few days later when something “better” comes up you jump ship and run to the shiniest object…and you never complete anything.

I believe the reason this happens to us is that we forget our “why”.

Our minds are processing 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts per day on average, that is a lot of information to process and keep track of.  I believe that many of those thoughts are “wants” and “Don’t want”.  We process the world through a filter of like and dislike, Wanted and unwanted, positives and negatives.  So, it would only be natural for most of those thoughts to be about what we want to see more (or less) of in our day to day experience. 

With so many thoughts on what is wanted and unwanted passing through our minds each day, its no wonder we get sidetrack or start procrastinating.  If we aren’t hyper-focused on our true desires each day by writing, reading and working towards those goals, they will get mixed up in the mundane day to day goals like, stopping at the store for milk and buying that mansion you just drove by and admired for the billionth time.  All goals are filed into the same categories of “I want” unless we make those goals priorities by reviewing them daily.

Vision Boards

Vision boards are a quick, fun and easy way to keep your goals literally in front of your face.  It will remind you of why you are working so hard when you feel burnt out and remind you of what needs to be done to reach those goals. Sometimes it’s a matter of being reminded that this sacrifice and this period of waiting has a purpose and the purpose is what’s on your vision board.

Vision Boards also remind us of what we truly want because some of our wants are not our own.  They are desires, desired by others that we just pick up.  Society shows us images of things that they want us to desire so that we will buy more products.  One day you may desire something and shift your focus simply because of great marketing.  I do this all the time.  One minute my goal will be centered around YouTube and vlogging because I saw a very convincing add for Jump cut, and then the next day I see an influencer praising IG influencing so now Instagram becomes my main focus.  This flip-flopping keeps us in the same place…like that scene at the beginning of the movie Office Space.  The character is stuck in traffic and keeps changing lanes hoping to get into a faster-moving lane only to realize that he has not moved at all because he keeps changing lanes sideways rather than moving forward in one lane.

This is how shiny ball syndrome works, and the best defense against it is to review your goals daily…even several times a day.

The Law of Attraction

“Complete order of the Universe is determined, including everything that comes into your life and everything that you experience. It does so through the magnetic power of your thoughts. Through the Law of Attraction like attracts like. ” (https://www.thesecret.tv/law-of-attraction/)

What that means is that what you think about (and feel about) you bring into your physical experience.  So, if you are focused on negative aspects of life, you will just bring more of that into your life and have dominantly negative experiences.  On the other hand, if you focus your thoughts and feelings on positive things and what you WANT rather than DON’T WANT, then you will experience more of what is wanted.

A vision board is simply a visual tool to help you keep your desires fresh in you mind so that when you see something you don’t want in your day, you have a visual of what you do want to keep you focused and in the right frame of mind to keep moving forward and crushing your goals. 

How to Make a Vision Board

  • Step 1- write a list of things you desire to have or experience in your life.  What would love to have or be living right now?  Write that down.
  • Step 2- Gather images of your desires.  Grab some magazines and start cutting out images and words that describe what you want.
  • Step 3- gather your supplies-  You will need scissors, glue, and a poster board, notebook with blank pages or a big piece of cardboard. 
  • Step4- Glue your pics to the board
  • Step 5- place the finished board in a place that you can see it everyday and cut out 5 minutes twice a day to look at the images and focus on the feeling of having those items without interruption.

Bonus- 

Check out my YouTube video to see the 2 things I put on my vision board that super charges it with Sparkly positive joyful energy. 

I hope this helps you, leave me a comment if you have any questions, OR if you have an awesome vision board story you want to share!  I love hearing about how people have manifested their goals!

Have a Sparkly day Creators!!!

Love, Kisha

Creamy Healthy Maca Smoothie Bowl

Have you heard about Maca??  No, not MATCHA…MACA, totally different superfood!  I recently discovered Maca because I kept confusing it with Matcha…silly me!  I was on the hunt for a Matcha powder so that I could make Starbucks Matcha lattes at home to feed my cravings (and save money), add superfoods to my nutritional routine and to kick my coffee habit. 

I discovered that Maca is pretty amazing and actually tastes really good.  Which in my opinion is the most important…if it doesn’t taste good, I probably won’t be eating it very much.

Maca powder is a pretty amazing addition to smoothies and lattes because it is packed with tons of health benefits. It can reduce anxiety, boosts energy, enhance mood and Memory. These are huge for me since I’ve always struggled with anxiety and brain fog.  I would basically eat or drink anything that promises to clear up these conditions because they affect my performance, my mood, and I just want to be sparkly all day every day.  Beware though that Maca can also affect hormones so consult your doctor if you struggle with any kind of hormone imbalance.

Health Benefits of Maca

  • Increased athletic stamina
  • Growth and renewal of skin cells helping your skin to look healthier
  • Reduces depression and anxiety in women Read this article for more about how Maca affects mood source: https://www.themacateam.com/maca-for-depression/
  • Positively effects men’s testosterone
  • And contains antioxidants to help your body fight disease
  • Improves hair growth
  • Improves skin tone
  • Helps fight acne… when it is related to a hormone imbalance

With all these health benefits I can predict that Maca will be the next superfood craze…especially when you taste it in this amazingly smooth, creamy and sweet Smoothie Bowl recipe.  It’s not hard to add it to your daily nutritional routine when it tastes this good!

Easy Maca Smoothie Bowl

  •  2 frozen bananas
  • 2 pitted Medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream
  • Almond butter
  • Nut milk
  • Protein powder (optional, I’ve made this with and without protein)
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla extract

Toppings:

  • Raw almonds, Pecans, cashews (or any nut you prefer), Sliced banana, Dry oats or granola and anything else you want to add, go crazy, it’s your bowl baby!
  • Are you a Choco-holic?  Make it a chocolate bowl…
  • Add Cocoa powder to the blender and top with Chocolate chips

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor, blend until smooth add small amounts of milk to help blend and until you reach the desired consistency.

Pour in a bowl add toppings and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe, Check out my Day in the life vlog on Youtube, where I also share this recipe

Have a Magical Day!

-Kisha

Magic Glow Tea

I’ve always had stomach issue for as long as I can remember.  I remember being a kid and frequently lying in bed awake with painful gas and bloating because the foods I was eating were not agreeing with my digestive system.  Back then I had no idea it was because I shouldn’t be eating certain foods but as an adult, I have begun to realize that I cant just eat a McDonald’s super-sized #2 and feel great afterwards. I envy those of you who can. 

In my experience I’ve had to cut out certain foods…Even though from time to time I still eat things that my body rejects (and boy do I pay the price for it), But how can you turn down tacos El Pastor and a Coke after a late night out on the Las Vegas Strip?!  Has anyone been to Tacos El Gordo???! Its not to be missed when you visit Vegas!!

I’ve had to come up with alternatives to my favorite childhood foods because at this point in my life, it just isn’t worth all of the pain.  Plus, I’ve discovered that eating whole, raw and organic foods contribute to having less breakouts, more energy, better quality sleep and a flat stomach, a better mood…the list goes on.  So maybe eating “rabbit food” isn’t so bad after all.

No matter what I choose to eat through out the day I always start my morning out with a cup of Ginger Turmeric Tea.  This tea is packed with antioxidants and nutrients that help my tummy feel good all day and keep my skin glowing and breakout free.  The best part is that it tastes great, the ingredients are inexpensive and simple to make.  Unlike the Celery juice that I tried to do.

Before I get into the how…Let’s talk about all the sparkly benefits of this powerful little tea.

First off, did you know that Ginger has about 40 antioxidant compounds?  It originates from China and India where the culture uses a lot of flagrant spices in their cooking. I have to say that for this reason Asian food is probably my favorite.  I love a plate of food rich in vegetables and strong spices, which is probably why I love this tea so much.

The compounds found in Ginger include vitamin c, carotene, gingerol ginger and other vitamins and minerals that help to protect your cells from damage.

The health benefits are enough to make anyone run out to the store and grab a piece of this miracle root.  Benefits include:

                Boosts metabolism by stimulating the digestive system

                Helps relieve bloating and stomach cramps

                Aids in relieving morning sickness, nausea and motion sickness

                Helps with weightless because it manages blood sugar levels which reduces over eating

There are also topical benefits when used on the skin such as Fades scars and heals burns, but in this post,  we will discuss the internal benefits.  I will be publishing another post about the beauty benefits of Ginger later.

That sounds like a lot of great reasons to consume ginger on a daily basis, right?  But we’ve just gotten started, lets look at the benefits in Turmeric. These 2 miracle roots , when consumed daily give your body a massive boost.

Turmeric is a natural inflammatory

                Helps prevent gas and bloating

                Heals stomach ulcers

                Improves skin conditions

                Aids in fat metabolism and weight loss

With all these health benefits its no wonder we have been seeing a rise in the use of these awesome roots.  I love drinking this tea everyday in place of my morning coffee which I sadly discovered is highly acidic and can contribute to leaky gut. 

In an effort to feel good in this body I was given and Stay Sparkly, I have slowly been replacing my morning coffee with this awesome recipe:

Hot water

1-inch of fresh peeled ginger grated

1 tablespoon ground turmeric

Squeeze of lemon

1 table spoon raw organic honey

Optional 1 teaspoon Apple cider vinegar (if that’s your thing)

Add all ingredients to the hot water, let steep 5 minutes and enjoy. 

I do have to warn you that this tea can be a bit “chunky”  the ground turmeric does not exactly dissolve, and the grated ginger can be a little annoying.  You can either strain the chunks out or allow them to settle to the bottom of your cup and avoid stirring so that you don’t get the murky paste in your mouth.  I personally don’t mind it and I kind of enjoy crunching one the grated ginger…but I also LOVE the flavor of ginger.

I hope this helps in your journey to feeling your best.  Please check out my YouTube video for a demonstration and leave me comment letting know if you’ve tried this recipe and what you think about it.

Celery Juice Challenge

I have you head about this Celery Juice Challenge the “kids” are doing these days? No it’s not like the Cinnamon challenge or the Tide pod challenge.  It is actually a really great one to try.  I originally discovered the Celery Juice Challenge from a Youtube channel called Ohhmyannie.  She mentioned in a few of her videos about how drinking Celery Juice on an empty stomach helped her with her anxiety, weight loss and to have clearer skin. With all those health benefits, I just had to try it myself. 

I ran out to my local Sprouts store immediately and bought 4 stalks of Celery.

The next day my Hubby and I jumped in feet first and didn’t look back.

For the first few days it really wasn’t so bad. Then around the 3rd day we must have got a hold of a really robust batch of celery because the taste was STRONG and almost overpowering.

Check out the Video about my experience on Youtube.

7 Benefits of Celery Juice

The Celery Juice craze was started by Anthony Williams who also goes by “Medical Medium”.  He claims that drinking Celery Juice first thing in the morning can:

  1. Reduces inflammation in the body
  2. Lower blood pressure and help with Cardiovascular health
  3. Fights cancer
  4. Detoxes the body
  5. Helps with skin problems like acne
  6. Gives the body electrolytes that help with recovery
  7. Enhances sleep

For more information about all things Celery visit his site:

http://www.medicalmedium.com/blog/celery-juice

I’ve only drank Celery Juice for 8 days (so far) so I didn’t exactly experience a drastic change in my body, but on the 7th day I did notice that the swelling in my hands I was experiencing that morning from eating too much salt the night before magically vanished when I took my first sip.  After that I am hooked and I will be continuing to drink Celery Juice for as long as I can afford it (its getting a little pricy at $4 a day per person).

How to do the Celery Juice Challenge

The best part of this craze is how simple it is.  All you have to do is juice the Celery in a Juicer or blend it in a blender then strain it in a nut milk bag or cheese cloth and drink it first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything else…That’s it!

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The flavor isn’t too bad (unless you get a strong batch of Celery like I did)

Give it a try and let me know what health benefits your saw after drinking Celery Juice for 7 days

Stay Sparkly and Have a Magical Day Creators!