Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
A happy, healthy life is more than the food we eat or the amount of exercise we get. It's about love, our relationships, our career, our dreams, our goals, and our spirituality, just to name a few aspects of life. It's about who we are, what we love, and what fulfills us. It's not only food that nourishes us.
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
A person might have the healthiest diet in the world and exercise every day…yet if other areas of their life are out of balance, he or she is not going to be or feel their best. They are likely to even feel a bit lost. When we are not being fulfilled in any area of our life, the void is all too frequently filled by food.
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Just as food is needed for the body, love is needed for the soul. – Osho
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Sometimes we are fed not by food but by the energy in our lives.
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Modern nutrition – carbs, proteins, fruits, and vegetables – is really just one source of nourishment, which is referred to as secondary foods. Secondary foods nourish our bodies but are not able to give us the joy, meaning, or fulfillment that primary food provides. We hunger for play, fun, touch, romance, intimacy, love, achievement, success, art, music, self-expression, leadership, excitement, adventure, and spirituality. All these elements are essential forms of nourishment, and the extent to which we are able to incorporate them determines how enjoyable and worthwhile our lives feel.
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
When we use secondary food as a way to alleviate or suppress our hunger for primary food, the body and mind suffer. Weight gain is just one of the consequences. Diet-related disorders such as heart disease, cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes are national epidemics, and one of the main reasons is because we are stuffing ourselves with secondary foods when we are really starving for primary food. If you’re not getting the primary food you need, eating all the food in the world won’t satisfy your hunger. ~ Joshua Rosenthal, Institute for Integrative Nutrition
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
When life seems hectic, your energy is typically focused in all different directions and it’s easy to find yourself off balance, not paying enough attention to the needed or desired areas of your life. Many of us are stressed out and running around in circles, never taking the time to take inventory of where we are and where we want to go. Years go by and one day we find ourselves asking, “How did I get HERE?”
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
That's why it can be useful to make the time to take a look at your life. Step back a bit and see things objectively, considering each area of your life to assess what might be off-balance. You can then look at the areas that need more attention and take notice of the areas that are feeding you and for which you are grateful.
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Once you have identified the areas that need attention, it's time to plan the action steps to regain balance, reduce the stress, and feel more fulfilled so you can truly enjoy your life. Make a commitment to these actions by writing them down once you have set your goals in place.
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
It's time to grab your 🖊️&📒 so you can evaluate your situation. 📝
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
We are going to start out by looking at the 12 different areas that comprise a healthy and fulfilling life and rate your satisfaction or fulfillment of each based on a scale of 1-10. (10 being the highest – as in “It couldn’t be better!” and 1 being “OMG this has to change”)
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Rate each area with the number that equates to how you feel. Then write something down that would make it rate higher.
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Spirituality 🙏 Creativity 🎭 Finances 💰 Career 👷‍♀️ Education 🏫 Health 🏥 Physical Activity 🚴‍♀️ Home Cooking 🥘 Home Environment 🏘️ Relationships 👩‍👦👨‍👧💑 Social Life 🎞️ Joy 😹
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Which areas of your life are most nurturing you?
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Are there areas that fall in the middle range that you would like to improve?
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Can you see areas that cause you to feel stressed or empty and unfulfilled?
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
We all want loving relationships, meaningful work, optimal health, laughter, joy, adventure, fun, and purpose. When we can focus on what truly makes us happy and fulfills us and we’re doing what we love to do most of the time, everything else seems to fall into place much easier.
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
What is it that feeds YOU? What do you love doing? What do you look forward to the most? When are you the most: happy, energized, balanced, at peace, joyful, fulfilled, etc.? Think about what that is for you and how you can create that.
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
For the areas of your life that were below an 8-10 range, what are some ideas you have to feel more satisfied and complete?
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Which areas could you work on that would improve your happiness and life balance?
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
In your journal, identify three to five areas that are not providing you the nourishment you want or need and with improvement, would have the biggest impact on your life. Which area would be the easiest to start with and why? Which would be the most challenging and why?
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Be specific.
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Here are some sample questions to help you get started
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Career: What makes you unhappy in your current career? What needs to change to possibly make it better?
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Finances: In what way could your finances be better? How can you make a plan for that? (Brainstorm some ideas)
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Health: What do you really want for your health? In what ways do you need to take better care of yourself and what does that look like? (Be very specific)
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Relationships: What would you most like to see change? (family, friends, spouse, children, coworkers, etc.)
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Home Environment: What would you like to change in your home environment? Do you need more help from family members? Are there repairs that need to be made? What can you start with?
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Sometimes our search for the ideal number on a scale isn’t about the number at all. Sometimes it’s about finding that which will nourish us on a much deeper level and makes us feel complete, loved, and part of something much bigger.
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
Maybe you aren’t quite sure what that is for you right now and that’s okay. Don’t give up being curious and continue searching. Sometimes just being open to new possibilities can open doors you would have never thought of. Anything is possible!
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
“In the midst of our struggle to find out who we are, there are infinite possibilities for beauty, and hope and wonder and love.” ~ Mandy Hale
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
To-Do  What brings you absolute joy?  Make a list of what feeds you the most on an emotional and/or spiritual level.  How do you want to focus on those?  What one action step will you take this week to increase your joy, emotional and/or spiritual fulfillment?  Which area of improvement will you work on this week? What is your first action step?
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OwlGuide
3 Apr
Thanks for this, Cassandra. It's helpful to think about this in a structured way as often my thoughts end up all over the place and overwhelm me and so I just turn to comfort to cope 😅
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Cassandra SchmigotzkiAuthor
3 Apr
You're welcome! It's important to reduce the overwhelm in order to achieve success.
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