Hashtag, Blessed

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I’m not sure what it is about this season, but there’s been a surge of people buying homes, announcing new babies, and getting engaged. Inevitably the person announcing will mention how blessed they are, and rightly so! Those are good things, and they are something for which to be grateful.

What if you are not one of the people who has any big announcement? You may still be waiting on the job, real love, having a baby, moving to a new city, or whatever else you’ve been praying about.

And what I have found is gratitude attracts more blessings, while complaining just brings more to complain about.

Gratitude attracts more blessings, while complaining just brings more to complain about.

This is why gratitude must be a position and a daily practice that exists outside of accomplishments and material things—so we don’t fall in and out of gratefulness when circumstances are less than ideal.

In this week’s episode of the Wonderfully Made podcast, I explore gratitude and how it is connected to living a mindful life. I hope it sparks joy in you and in your daily life.

XOXO,

Fifi


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Exonerated | the Wonderfully Made podcast

There was a time when I hated talk radio, but it was all my dad listened to taking me to and from school.

Fast forward to now– podcasts accompany nearly every drive that lasts more than 30 minutes! I guess I am a real adult now.

One growing addiction of mine is the true crime genre of podcasts. I love how the shows take a magnified look at unsolved cases, sometimes so thoroughly that the cases get reopened.

More satisfying than the reopened cases are the ones that lead to innocent people being exonerated. A man or woman once accused of the darkest of crimes gets to go free, and finally live their life without the legal weight of crimes they did not commit.

I love celebrating the freedom of others, but sometimes I have a hard time letting my own self be free. I think back to mistakes I have made in my life or to harm others, and I hold myself hostage, frozen in time. When good things come, I am reluctant to receive them because I think I don’t deserve.

This kind of bondage is the kind that only you and I can free ourselves from. The acts have long been forgotten by everyone but us, and those who may still accuse us have no power.

So, how can we live freely and fully and why should we try?

I discuss in this week’s podcast episode called Exonerated. I hope you’ll take a listen.

XO,

Fifi

Dealing with the Aftershocks

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The recent earthquakes we experienced last week got me thinking: how do we handle our fear in anticipation of aftershocks in life?

When big upsets happen in life, it can make us fearful because we believe we will not be able to bear yet another tragedy occurring while we are still down.

While our fears may be warranted, we must find a way to cope that does not cripple us and keep us from moving forward and living life to the fullest.

In my latest podcast episode, The Aftershocks, we will explore together and face fear head-on.

Ready?

Listen now on Libsyn, or visit Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast platform.

Let’s Talk Digestive Issues: IBS Awareness Month


This is a sponsored post. Salix Pharmaceuticals compensated me for this post. All opinions are my own. Certain product information has been included to meet regulations.


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April is IBS awareness month, and I really want to share some of my thoughts and opinions when it comes to gut health in hopes that we can work together to remove the stigma that comes with this condition and ones like it. It can be uncomfortable talking about the symptoms, but let’s face it– so many people suffer in silence.

It’s amazing to look up and recognize that I’ve been sharing my health and wellness journey for over eight years now. I began sharing my love of fitness and my love of cooking because I was on a journey to find answers. I had symptoms I didn’t understand that were really an inconvenience to my life. I’ve had digestive issues my entire life, and it began to seem like the healthier and more restrictive I became with my diet, the symptoms only got worse. Off and on I experienced cramping and gas, bloating, rapid weight loss and alternation between constipation and diarrhea. Once I went raw vegan for three weeks only to find the symptoms worsened. I really had moments of being at my wit’s end.

Not until just a few years ago when my doctor recommended being tested for IBS, Crohn’s disease and food allergies did I find that I am allergic in different levels of intensity to dozens and dozens of foods. Foods that should be healthy for me. With almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and coconut being some of the major offenders, it made so much sense that going raw for a while caused my symptoms to worsen. I was consuming so much of those things!

While being on this journey, I learned that a close friend suffered from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Even though in the end I was not diagnosed with IBS, I am so glad we opened that dialogue, because it really helped me to feel less alone and to feel more empowered to take steps towards improving my health.

My passion is a preventative, holistic approach to our health, but let’s face it—apple cider vinegar and kale aren’t always solutions for the life-altering pain and embarrassment that can come with severe digestive issues, like IBS. People with IBS, or IBS-D (IBS with diarrhea) often live each day in fear of an accident or with severe pain that causes them to miss time from work and other priorities.

If you or someone you know has IBS-D, or even if think you may have it, I recommend talking with your doctor immediately. If you are indeed diagnosed with IBS-D, XIFAXAN® (rifaximin), a two-week treatment for adult patients from Salix Pharmaceuticals. You can be retreated up to two times if symptoms come back. Talk to your doctor to see if XIFAXAN may be right for you. Visit their site today for more information on how to get started.

Don’t suffer in silence. Everyone deserves the chance to get their health in control and managed enough to live a life they enjoy.

INDICATION

XIFAXAN® (rifaximin) 550 mg tablets are indicated for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D) in adults.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • XIFAXAN is not for everyone. Do not take XIFAXAN if you have a known hypersensitivity to rifaximin, any of the rifamycin antimicrobial agents, or any of the components in XIFAXAN.
  • If you take antibiotics, like XIFAXAN, there is a chance you could experience diarrhea caused by an overgrowth of bacteria (C. difficile). This can cause symptoms ranging in severity from mild diarrhea to life-threatening colitis. Contact your healthcare provider if your diarrhea does not improve or worsens.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider before taking XIFAXAN if you have severe hepatic (liver) impairment, as this may cause increased effects of the medicine.
  • Tell your healthcare provider if you are taking drugs called P-glycoprotein and/or OATPs inhibitors (such as cyclosporine) because using these drugs with XIFAXAN may lead to an increase in the amount of XIFAXAN absorbed by your body.
  • In clinical studies, the most common side effects of XIFAXAN in IBS-D were nausea (feeling sick to your stomach) and an increase in liver enzymes.
  • XIFAXAN may affect warfarin activity when taken together. Tell your healthcare provider if you are taking warfarin because the dose of warfarin may need to be adjusted to maintain proper blood-thinning effect.
  • If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or nursing, talk to your healthcare provider before taking XIFAXAN because XIFAXAN may cause harm to an unborn baby or nursing infant.

 

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Affirmations for a Healthy Mindset | Wonderfully Made Podcast

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Hey healthy bunnies!

 

How is your week going? Mine was off to a bit of a rocky start, because I found myself anxious, and filled with doubt.

There are times when I set out to do something new and the excitement is momentarily replaced with dread.

What if I fail?

I was having one of those moments, and I decided to do some research on ways to help myself. I focused on how to have a more healthy mindset.

I listened to podcasts, read articles– and then I wrote out some affirmations.

When I share, it’s not because I have arrived. Oftentimes, I’m working through the process alongside you.

My latest episode, Affirmations for a Healthy Mindset, you will find 40 healthy thoughts that will assist you in your life perspective. Perspective really is everything!

I hope you find it helpful and encouraging!

XO,

Fifi

 

P.S. If you listen on Apple podcasts, I’d love it if you’d leave me a review. My podcast is also available on Stitcher and Spotify as well!

Act on Your Ideas | the Wonderfully Made Podcast

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What will you do with all of your ideas?

I love creative people. Especially the ones with big ideas. They’re able to turn a seemingly simple question into an interesting, hours-long discussion. The most visionary of all creatives can get deep into where they think the future is headed, what are some of the world’s greatest problems to be solved, and more.

But, what are ideas if they are left unimplemented?

 

Listen now!

 

Don’t forget to rate, comment, and most importantly–share!

Email: wonderfullymadepodcast@gmail.com

Snapchat/Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @divinehostess

Listen on Apple podcasts,  Spotify, or Stitcher.

Love and Vulnerability | the Wonderfully Made Podcast

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Can you love and not be vulnerable? Love is essential to every human on earth, and if being vulnerable is necessary to experience the deepest and greatest parts of it, why is it that so many of us have a hard time with it?

Explore vulnerability with me in this episode, and enjoy a brief story I’ve written.

This originally aired on February 16, 2017.

 

Listen now!

 

Don’t forget to rate, comment, and most importantly–share!

Email: wonderfullymadepodcast@gmail.com

Snapchat/Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @divinehostess

Listen on Apple podcasts,  Spotify, or Sticher.

Is Fear Weighing You Down? | Wonderfully Made Podcast

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My latest episode is titled: The Chains of Fear. Journey with me through a one-day snapshot of the life of Clara. She is smart, responsible, and meticulous. But, is there more to her story? Are her actions rooted in prudence, or something more harmful?

 

I think you may find a little of yourself in Clara. I know I did.

 

Listen to the episode with Apple Podcasts or find me on Stitcher or Spotify. Don’t have either? You can listen now with Libsyn.

 

Don’t forget to comment and leave a review!

 

XOXO,

Fifi

Why Do We Settle? | Wonderfully​ Made Podcast

What is settling really, and why do we do it? Is it because we are lazy, or don’t feel good about ourselves? Is it because we have a lapse in judgment?
I think it is fair to say we have all made a choice in our lives at some point that we later know was not the best.

 

How can we make the best choices for ourselves with the given information we have?

 

In this episode, we get into honest reflection about settling, why we do it, and it’s effects

 

XO,

Fifi

 

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Affirmations for a Prosperous New Year | Wonderfully Made Podcast

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We’re getting very close to ushering in a new year, which is exciting. Many of us will set goals, but many of us will have forgotten about these goals even before next year is even halfway completed.

 

Why does this happen?

 

I believe one of the main problems with goals and new year’s resolutions, is the overwhelm from not having an action plan. People set goals such as “get more healthy” or “lose 15 pounds” or “get my career on track”, but with no action plan or steps, how can we get there—and how can we know if we even have arrived?

 

Instead of the simple goals themselves, it’s good for us to break things down into steps, habits and behaviors. Do you want to change your spending habits, eating habits, how you spend your time? Ultimately it is our habits that give us results one way or another.

 

To help you visualize and focus on behavior for success, I’ve created affirmations for a prosperous new year. I zero in on some of the behaviors that really lead to us living our best life—being accountable, being creative, being open to constructive criticism, and more.

Are you ready to visualize and plan your best year yet? Listen to the episode now.