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When I Grow Up…

When you’re a kid, adults always ask you what you want to be when you grow up.  Some some an astronaut, some say a fireman and some say a veterinarian.

When I was little, I didn’t want to be any of these.  I wanted to be a marine biologist.  But not just any marine biologist, one that was a helper.  I wanted to work at Discovery Cove, a place that allowed children with disabilities to swim with dolphins.  Now I’m not sure if they do this anymore, but the reason I wanted this job was because it was a magical place.  The act of swimming with dolphins had healing properties and while the children that swam with the dolphins wouldn’t necessarily be cured, they would improve.  Most importantly, I wanted this job because I knew it would make me happy.

As I’ve gotten older, that’s one thing I’ve noticed one important thing about this question that gets asked.  Not many people say they want to be happy.  It’s sad but I have a feeling many people don’t even know what happy really means.  As kids, we have it made!  We gt to play with our friends, learn new things in school and don’t have to get up and go to work every day.  But part of America’s culture is that we have to grow up, get a job and start making money to better yourself.  I know this is how it was for me.  And now looking back, I realize it was a good thing, but it was also a downfall too.

I think we grow up too fast in America and as a result, we don’t get to know what happy really feels like.  We all have our own definition of happy but as I get older, I am realizing that’s my ultimate goal.  And for me, that’s living a life that has more meaning.  It’s about giving back to my community and leaving my footprint on this planet.

So here’s my question to you.  What do you want to be when you grow up?  You might still say a profession, but whatever it is make sure you really go after it.  Give it everything you’ve got to truly be what you want in life and don’t let anything stop you!  If you don’t know the answer to this question, do some personal digging.  find out what you love and what you wanted to do when you were little.  See how that relates to you as an adult.  Remember, you only have one life to live so live it to the fullest!

And please, share with my what you wanted to be when you grew up!  I’d love to hear your childhood dream and help you relate it to your life today.

What Does Independence Mean to You?

It’s the weekend of July 4th and I see all the posts on social media about the parties and barbecues taking place.  But what I don’t see, is the celebration of our freedom.  Since Independence Day is when the United States adopted the Declaration of Independence and gained it’s freedom, it got me thinking.  Why am I not seeing more posts about how lucky we are to live in a free society?  Now, I’m going to get political on you but I do want to share with you my thoughts on freedom, how finding your own sense of freedom can tremendously help you live a healthier, happier life.

Freedom is the ability to do anything you want, when you want, wherever you want.  But as we all know, we live in a world with structure and rules.  To me, freedom is the ability to make your own choices and not having to make decisions.  Let me give you an example.  You just got paid and you really want to go to a concert next month but you also have bills due – your car payment, the mortgage, the vet bill for Fluffy’s surgery last month – you get the picture.  So what do you do?  Yes, in theory you have a choice.  But in reality, you are being forced to choose.  In reality, a choice would be paying your bills AND going to the concert because you have the freedom to do so.  Do you see where I’m going now?

What freedom looks like to everyone is different.  You can see freedom and independence in many ways, including monetarily.  But there are many ways to look at it.  If you’re a mom, freedom might be the ability to leave work and pick up your kids early from school.  If you’re a CEO, it might be the freedom to make a huge sale for your company by making the deal on your own.  Only YOU can define freedom.  But for some, it’s hard to know that you can stand on your own, support yourself and not have to lean on anyone.  This is where the brain comes into play.  It can be your best friend or you worst enemy when trying to gain your independence.  Working through personal development can help you deal with these struggles.  But it can be a challenge.

But think of what it would look like to be truly free?  It’s not all puppies and rainbows, but it’s amazing.  Working with a partner, a best friend or having a devil’s advocate to talk through your dilemma can help.  They can offer advice, share ideas with you that you might not have thought of and help you work through what you’re going through.  And sometimes, having a coach is just what you need.  Contact me to find out how you and I can work together to help you find your independence and get you to a life you always wanted.

It’s Good to Be Happy

Ever heard that saying “It’s a good day to be happy”?  Well, that saying could really apply to any day of the week.  Let’s take Monday, for example.  For most people, Mondays can be hard.  It’s the start of the week, no one wants to go back to work and if you’re like Garfield, Mondays can bit you back.

I used to hate Mondays.  And even still, Mondays can be tough.  But every now and then, things go well – I get to work on time, I have my coffee to wake me up, I had enough food to eat during the day, etc.  The list can go on.  And that list can be different for others.  And you might think that I’m totally sugar coating things, but Mondays can be good days.  And I choose to see it that way.

I have learned over time that if you choose to be happy in a sea of people that are living negatively, then you will have a much more fulfilling life.  When I was younger, I was a negative child.  I grew up as a pessimist.  I never thought things were good and that the world was against me.  I told myself this was a realistic way of looking at the world.  Now, I laugh at myself because I think I was trying to protect myself.  Now, I see the brighter side of things.  The world isn’t as dark as I thought it was.

And what’s even better is that being happy is physically good for your health.  In 2012, Julia Boehm of Harvard School of Public Health found that people with a better sense of well-being tend to have healthier blood pressure, cholesterol and weight.  People that fall into this category also tend to exercise, eat healthy, get enough sleep and avoid smoking.  This sounds to me like it’s where I am now.  Do you fall into this category of people?  While more research needs to be done, it seems that this is the place to be.  If you’re not full there yet, don’t stress.  Just work on it a little each day.  Do some personal development, find a support group and take baby steps to get to the positive person that’s inside you.

Early morning workouts – Are they for you?

I’ve always done my workouts in the early evening and at the same time, I’ve always wanted to do them in the morning.  I have tried in the past and it was hard…very hard.  I’ve done some research on the best time to do a workout and I’ve found some interesting information:

  • Better metabolism – an early morning workout can help you burn more calories
  • More energy for the day – an early morning workout can help you keep energized for the whole day
  • Increased brain power – an early morning workout can help you use your brain in a more efficient manner
  • Increased consistency – an early morning workout is better for keeping a schedule and staying on track
  • Better healthy mindset – an early morning workout can help regulate your appetite and help you make better food choices throughout the day

After seeing these reasons, I want to do early morning workouts even more.  There are some additional reasons (for me) that make a morning workout even more intriguing:

  • I’d get more time after work to do the things I need and want to do.  For example, blog more, catch up with clients, read, make healthy dinners…
  • I’d get my workout done and over with!  I think this reason alone is enough to make me try.

Tell me…when do you workout?  I’d love to hear what time you workout and how it benefits you.

Welcome!

Welcome to Just Live Mindfully – a place to come if you’re looking to learn how to live the healthy, happy life you are meant to live.  My name is Jenn Mullen and I am the owner of Just Live Mindfully.  I am a foodie, a fitness fanatic, a tomboy that has turned into a girly girl who loves all things fashion and a passionate woman looking to help others learn others with their health and wellness needs.

Health and wellness is not just about fitness and nutrition.  It involves all aspects of life – relationships with others, the career you have, what you believe in and yes, it does include physical activity.  Throughout my life, I always thought health and wellness was just about eating extremely well and being physically active every single day.  I had no idea that health and wellness involved laughing every day, having positive relationships with the people around you (“your tribe”) and living a life you design.  Now that I have learned this, my life has improved exponentially.

As Just Live Mindfully grows, my wish is that I am able to inspire and motivate people to be happy, healthy and live a life they have designed.  I hope you will join me on this journey and change the world along side me.

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