Monday, August 5, 2013

12 Days til 40 ~ Living the Healthy Life!

So the countdown is on!  I have 12 more days in my 30's!  What the????  How in the world did it go so fast?  I used to think 40 was old.  Hell, I used to think 30 was old, 24 was old!  So now, am I old?  I don't feel like it!!  In fact, I feel like I'm just getting started!  Yesterday I shared my post from last year, 39 Things I've Learned in 39 Years and How They Help Me Live My Best Life Now on my facebook page and re-reading it has made me reflect on the past year, and how my life has changed since becoming a mom.  

I've been reminiscing about everything that I've done and been through; the past 7 years and my journey through pregnancies and being a mom, my journey as a teacher, consultant, blogger, stay at home mom, work from home mom, life coach, and fitness coach, my experiences as a wife, a friend, a daughter, and moving from one side of the country to another, and of course, my health and fitness journey through the years. There are so many things that I've learned and I'm excited to share with you!

My goal over the next two weeks is to post 
something every day about what I've learned in the past, what I'm doing and learning each day, and what life really is like when you're stepping into your authentic self and creating the kind of life you dream of!  My hope is to inspire you to continue to take your own steps and make your dreams come true!! 






So today I wanted to start with what life was like about a year ago.  We were enjoying our summer and I was preparing myself and Allison for kindergarten.  I was kind of nervous but pretty sure we were going to have a great year AND I was beginning to do more things for myself, outside of being a mom.

When I became I mom, I dedicated myself to the role.  I absolutely ADORE babies and children and ALWAYS knew that when I got to be a mom, it would be one of the most perfect, beautiful, and wonderful things that I would ever do.  And it has been!  I have been blessed beyond measure with two healthy, loving, creative, smart, funny, awesome little girls!  I LOVE being a mom, just like I knew I would.  I appreciate that I've been able to stay home with them and be there for them just like I always wanted.  That being said, I could also feel this deep calling that it was time to make a shift and do something for me!  

I was at my parent's one day and noticed an ad on the back of the "Star" magazine that comes in the Sunday paper.  It said, "BE our Cover Model!  Seeking San Antonio women with a passion for living a healthy, balanced life!"  I was like, that's me!  The contest was for a new local magazine called Healthy Life Body*Mind*Spirit.  





I had never entered a contest like this before and I was kind of surprised how bad I wanted it!  Me??  A cover model?  Where did this come from?  I was excited to represent myself as a "fit mom" and thought about how I wanted to inspire other women, especially those that are constantly caring for others, to take care of themselves too.  I brought the Star home and got right to work on my essay.  It flowed easily and I felt good about it. They also wanted a picture of you showing your healthy lifestyle.  I sent them this one:





A few weeks later I received an email saying I was chosen as one of the finalists!  WOOHOO!!!!  I was so excited!  I had to go downtown for a test shoot for final selection.  Oh...my...gosh!  It was one of the coolest things I've ever done!  I hadn't had a photo shoot since my wedding and it was so much fun getting all prettied up and taking pics.  It was so much fun doing something for me and it inspired me to dream bigger.  

I didn't hear anything for a while and then found out in September that they were going to change the format a little.  Instead of it being a magazine, it was going to be a section in the newspaper.  Time went by and I got busy.  Kindergarten was a lot busier than I anticipated and we needed some adjustment time.  I never forgot about the contest but I figured if it was meant to be, it would happen.  In November, (maybe early December?) I got a call from the San Antonio Express News...I was chosen to be the January Cover Model!!!  AHHHHH!!!!  I was so excited!    This meant I did NOT overindulge over the holidays and I stayed on track with my exercise!  Yay me!  ;)

It was an AMAZING experience!  I felt like a princess!  Everyone was so kind and made me feel so comfortable!  I was introduced as "Kristie, our cover model" and I could NOT stop smiling!  I have never had anyone pick out a wardrobe for me and it was interesting to see what they picked!  I had ladies helping me with my make-up and jewelry.  It was so much fun!  I felt so honored and so happy!  For just a few hours, I felt a million miles away from juggling meals, dishes, laundry, and homework.  From having sticky hands squeeze my legs and boogers being wiped on my shirt.  It was an awesome contrast and because I had some special time to make things happen for myself, when I came home, I appreciated the boogers and tears and chocolate kisses that much more!  It's all about the balance, right?!  

Here is the cover:  



This is what the section with the article looked like:

Not very good quality!  I need to take a better pic!


Here are some more pics from that day:







Remember when I did that 30 Day Video Challenge?  
This is the video where I talk about my Cover Model experience!  



Talk to you tomorrow!  

Love to You!
~Kristie


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Conversations with God in the Shower and How I'm Answering the Call!

My whole life I wanted to become a teacher.  If you've been reading along with me, or you've checked out my "about me" page, you already know this.  It was just something I knew I would become.

When I became a public school teacher, I felt at home.  I was driven to succeed.  I would do anything I could to do my best.  I loved my students like they were my own!  I was passionate about it!  I put my all into it.  It was awesome!

About six years into teaching, I could no longer ignore the fact that I felt sick a lot of the time.  I would get headaches most days of the week.  I would get a cold or cough that would linger for weeks on end.  When it would finally go away, I'd have a healthy week or two and then I'd get sick again.  I felt exhausted.  I would come home and sit down and feel like I couldn't move.  I was bloated all the time.  I was feeling anxious, tense, and stressed.

I remember this one Friday, I felt especially stressed.  I had a million things going on.  Work was getting so stressful, morale was low.  People were feeling strained with all of the changes going on in the system;  new tests and testing procedures, budget cuts, difficulties with the children, difficulty with the lack of support from parents, tension between the staff and administration.  It was getting to be too much!  I felt completely overwhelmed with negativity!

I hopped in the shower to wash the week away.  I started thinking about everything and had a really scary realization, I wasn't happy anymore.  But how could that BE?  I love my kids!  I love teaching!  I  panicked.  What the hell am I going to do now?  I've always wanted this!  This was always my dream!  How could it not be working anymore?   Why doesn't it feel good anymore?  I am NO QUITTER!!!!   But this can't be what my life feels like forever!  I don't even have my own kids yet!  How am I going to keep this up and make my other dreams come true too?

I asked God, what am I doing?   Is this the way I'm supposed to feel for the rest of my life?  Why doesn't it feel right anymore?  What am I supposed to be doing?  Please, please help me.  I started sobbing.

I felt the rush of everything coming out of me.  I felt the release.  I felt the surrender.  I let it all come out through my tears.  I cried for a while and kept asking, what am I gonna do?  What am I supposed to do?

Suddenly a thought popped into my head.  You need to talk to people about God.  You need to tell people about God.  I was so confused.  I thought, what???  Trust me, I'm no nun!  I'm not the type to quote the bible!  I don't really want to teach in a Catholic school! (because I heard they get paid less)  How am I supposed to be doing that?  Talking about God?  What does that mean?

I still think it's funny that my first thought was "nun."  I guess growing up Catholic, I associated a nun with a woman who has devoted her life to talking about God.  And for some reason, that is what I feel like my message was.  That not only would I just devote an hour a week at church to God, but that I was somehow supposed to devote my daily living to God and to share that with others.  I still had no idea what this meant for me and what I was supposed to do next.

Things didn't appear to change drastically in the moment, but I do recognize this as a giant shift in my life.  I began to see myself more as a leader and one who wanted to create change.  I finished my master's degree and took a job as a teacher consultant.  It was a great fit for two years and then once again, it was time for a change.  I had my first daughter, quit my job, and stayed home to care for my new baby.  This is when I really got to know God.

Having a baby helped me to understand the gift of life.  Slowing down my life to care for her, be with her, and watch her develop, was such a great joy!  For the first time EVER I finally understood what living in the moment really meant.  And all that stuff about NOW is all we ever really have?  I finally got it!  I didn't always "get it" and I still don't live like this always, but I was able to slow down enough to feel it and be conscious of it several times throughout the day.  I felt like I was finally really living my life!  I started reading more about how to create the kind of life I really wanted and develop myself so I could actually do it!

At the same time, things were extremely difficult!  Remember how I quit my job?  Ya, well that was spontaneous and even though it was something I always wanted, we weren't prepared to live on one income.  In fact, we were grossly under-prepared.  I used to smile on the outside but cringe on the inside when people would say, "Oh, you're SO LUCKY you get to do that!  We could NEVER do it because we couldn't afford it!"  I wondered what they would think of us if they knew the behind the scenes story.  We're crazy?  Stupid?  Making a mistake?  SUPER CRAZY??  Need counseling???  I don't know, but what I do know is, it was FAITH that got us through it and it is still FAITH that gets us through!!

Since I quit my job 6 years ago, I've tried out many things.  I've done contractual work as a consultant.  I've been a mystery shopper.  I tried being a jewelry maker.  I tried out photography.  I've been a skin care/cosmetics demonstrator.  I thought about becoming a personal trainer or a group fitness instructor.  I've thought about becoming a yoga instructor.

Nothing ever felt quite right until I did my first retreat for women.  Since I had been a consultant and provided workshops for teachers, I felt like having a retreat was an easy transition.  It was called "Live a Life You Love" and it was magical!  Here I got to gather women together and remind them to value themselves, take good care of themselves, dream, love, have faith, and be happy!  It was my first experience talking to people about God and the power of creating the life you really want!  It felt so right!  I came home that day and was flying!  In fact, I was flying for about a week afterwards!  I felt the power of empowering and inspiring others!  I knew I wanted more!

Since then, I had another baby, moved across the country, moved into my dream home, and enjoy good health!  I started this blog, ran a half-marathon, and started my own coaching business called BE. Inspired Coaching.  After immersing myself in self development since my pregnancy with my first daughter, being a life coach gives me the opportunity to share with others all that I've learned over the years.  I get to talk about God, having a higher purpose, following your heart, listening to your intuition, rising to the challenge, giving yourself a break, and knowing that you are ALWAYS loved and NEVER alone!   I get to help myself and others get organized, make a flexible plan, accomplish their goals and  HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THEIR LIVES!  I get to live a healthy life that feels good to me and encourage others to live a healthy, inspired life!



As a coach, I wanted to do something to get more people involved and decided to do an exercise challenge this past April.  Through this challenge, not only did I connect with some awesome people who saw real results in just 30 days, but I also found a piece that was missing from my coaching...health and fitness.  I want to bring inspired spiritual messages to people AND I also know that when your body is healthy, strong and fit, you can do amazing things!  I know that when I make it through a physical challenge like teaching myself how to run long distances, I feel a sense of accomplishment that is impossible to measure!  It's such an amazing feeling!  When you learn you can do more than you thought, you want to keep doing more!  The trick is to learn what the "right" things are for you!  This is why becoming a Beachbody coach felt like exactly the right fit!  Now I get to inspire people to be their best selves; body, mind, and spirit!  I get to teach.  I get to listen.  I get to support.  I get to help people make their dreams come true and do things they never thought possible!  I'm aligned with people who are positive and want to do great things in their lives!  Now that IS lucky!  :)

It took about 9 years after that conversation with God in the shower of trying new things and taking steps along the path, but now that I'm here I feel like I'm home!  This feels right!  This is what I'm supposed to be doing right now!  Is this it, forever and ever, Amen?  No.  I know I want even more!  I know I want to publish a book someday.  I know I want to be a public figure somehow.  I know I want to give back in a BIG way.  I don't know how or when or what this is all gonna look like but one thing I know for sure, I can do it!  I have faith!  I've learned to trust the process.  I believe in my dreams!  I may slip once in a while, but I know the truth.  God is good and our dreams are real.  They are on purpose to remind us there are limitless opportunities!  Listen to your heart and you will know!  And if you ever need any help with this, please let me know!  You know I'd love to help you!  :)

Lots and Lots of Love to You!
~Kristie

P.S. I don't blog as often as I would like but I make regular, daily posts on my facebook page.  Follow me at www.facebook.com/BE.InspiredCoaching.  I'd love to see you there!  :)

P.S.S. Don't miss out!  I will begin the 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge on June 1st!  You can sign up here on the sidebar of my blog.  I'm also starting a Beachbody Challenge on June 10th!  Email me at kristie.ignash@gmail.com for more information!











Thursday, May 23, 2013

Check this out...A New Challenge Starts June 1st!!

It is OFFICIAL!!!!  The NEXT 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge will begin June 1, 2013!!
I'm sooo excited!!!  WOOHOO!!!  :)

Let me just tell you, I've really found my calling here.  I realized after doing the first challenge back in April how important making your health a priority is and how I really have a passion for living a fit, healthy, and inspired life!  Now that I'm back on track, I am addicted!!  I don't want to stop and I want to keep helping others get healthier too!



So this is what I want to know from you...are you READY??  :)

Are you ready to make your health a priority?
Do you want to be strong and fit in mind, body, and spirit?
Do you need some support and encouragement to stay on track?

I want to help you!!  

If you're anything like me, you want to make your health a priority but with busy schedules, families to take care of, work to be done, and households to keep up, it's not always easy to do!  Wouldn't it be easier to exercise regularly if you had daily support?  What if somebody was there to give you inspiration and motivation everyday?  What if you had help with accountability in a positive and exciting way?  Wouldn't it be easier to do it if it was FUN?

If this sounds like you, you've come to the right place!  The 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge will begin on June 1st and I would LOVE if you would join the team!!!




So what is the 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge?

1. Everyday for 30 days you will exercise for at least 20 minutes doing an activity of your choice.  (I will give you ideas on what you can do, but it will all be your choice!)

2. Everyday for 30 days you will "check in" on my Facebook  BE. Inspired Coaching page once your workout is complete.  You can write: Check!  Done!  Did it!  I ran today!  ...whatever you feel comfortable with!  (If you aren't on Facebook, you can still participate through email check in, though you will be missing the team/community interaction that goes along with the public posts.)

3. Everyday for 30 days you will receive positive messages of  inspiration, motivation, encouragement, and enrichment!  I will provide you with guidance in exercise, health, and overall well being through my own personal experiences as well as citing expert sources.  I will encourage the team to be interactive and supportive of one another through posts, so you will be receiving live assistance every day!!

4. You will receive two coaching videos, specially made for this team, with stories, tips, and tools that have helped me make it easier to incorporate healthy living and exercise into my life.


My goal is to help as many people as possible start to live a healthier life NOW!!!  I know it's a challenge to exercise regularly on your own, to find the strength to keep going...I want to help you with that!  I want you to feel good about yourself!  I want to help you do your best!  I want you to feel good about your life!  I want you to have more energy and feel comfortable in your own body!  I want you to feel strong and EMPOWERED!!!

KNOW you can do it and if we do it TOGETHER, you will have the support and guidance you need to keep going when things get tough!!

The investment is small, just $15 for the entire challenge!  That's just 50 cents a day!  $3.50 a week!  Less than the cost of a gallon of gas!  Less than the cost of a Starbucks premium coffee!  Less than a drink at a restaurant or bar!  What a small price to pay for a HUGE investment in your life and your health!!


How do I sign up?
There are two ways to sign up: click on the 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge "Add to Bag" button on the sidebar of this blog or click here to go to my Facebook BE. Inspired Coaching page, click on the blue "shop" button, and find "30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge".  Simply click to sign up!  Please let me know if you have any questions or need any help!

You will receive an email within 24 hours that confirms your entry into the challenge.  I will email you at the address that's listed with your payment.  If this isn't the email you want to receive your daily messages and video clips, please email me at 30daybe.inspiredchallenge@gmail.com.  Thanks!

If you've been wanting to do this on your own anyway, today is the day to take that step!  Don't wait anymore!!!  Sign up with someone who truly cares about your success and see what you can really do!!!  I look forward to having you join the team and working with you on this challenge!!

Love to You!
~Kristie


P.S. Did you hear?  I'm also a Beachbody Fitness Coach!!  Beachbody Challenges are more specific and designed to help you get RESULTS!  You follow a workout program, get a ton of guidance in nutrition, and a lot of FANTASTIC daily support and coaching from me!!  :)  We will not only work on the outside, we will work on the inside as well!  It is truly an opportunity for you to completely TRANSFORM your life!!  If this is something you're interested in, I would LOVE to help you!  If you want to learn more about Beachbody Challenges, please send me an email at kristie.ignash@gmail.com.  In the meantime, please check out my website.    I can't wait to hear from you!!






Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Free Write

I haven't done this on this blog before, I usually save this kind of writing for my journal.  Today I wanted to share it with you because I'm realizing how important it is for me to be as transparent as possible.  I want to share my stories with you so you know that you can make your life what you want it to be!

Today I felt the urge to Free Write and this is what came out...


How can I stop myself, from blocking myself, until I know that I'm blocking myself?

But then when I know, I have to sit with it and feel it's density pressing against my dreams, threatening to permeate.  I have a choice.  Do I push through it??   OR...  Decide to back away?  ...Again...

Why wouldn't I just go for it?  Why wouldn't I just do it?

It's scary?  It's unknown?  It feels uncomfortable?  It's uncertain?  I'm vulnerable?  I don't know what I'm doing yet?  I might make a mistake?  I probably WILL make a mistake!  It's new after all.  That would be embarrassing...to make a mistake.  Wouldn't want to do anything new just in case I looked stupid doing it!  Who would think I look stupid?  Does it matter anyway?????  NO!!!!  HELL NO!!!!  I have to just do it!!!!!!!!!

I can't even spend another minute worrying about what anyone else might think but me!  I have to go out there and DO what I'm being PULLED to do and stop being afraid of it!  I need to step into the FLOW of ALLOWING it and ENJOY the ride!!!  Why can't I enjoy the ride?

I do enjoy the ride!  So much more than before.  But I still shrink it back, wonder if this is too good to be true.  Wonder if I can really do it all.  How can I allow such love and beauty in my life when so many others are suffering?  When is the other shoe gonna drop?  When will the bubble be burst?  All this good stuff, when is the bad gonna show up?

The truth is, it's already here.  There's always good and bad present.  Highs and lows.  Light and darkness.  They're always here at the same time.  So don't rob your own joy anymore!!  Quit allowing the worry! It's a done deal!  I can do it!  God is leading the way!  I am being Divinely Guided!  I can't ask for it everyday and think it's not working, I have to TRUST that this is all happening for me so I can be the VERY BEST I can BE!!!  It can be as good as I let it be.  ALL signs are pointing...Step Into Your Light!!!!!  




Let it shine as bright as you can and THIS is how you will help others step into theirs!



Anything else?  No.  I think that's it for now!

Love to You!!
~Kristie

Saturday, April 6, 2013

In the Flow...

Could it have been over a week already since my last post?  How does the time go by so fast?

As you know, I've started the 30 Day BE. Inspired Exercise Challenge and it is all I wished it could be!  The team is feeling better after just a few days of exercise!   I'm feeling inspired by all the positive messages and knowing that it's helping others at the same time it's helping me!  It's an incredible feeling to create something.  To bring it to life after it's been a thought for so long.  I'm stepping into the flow of my life like never before and it feels AMAZING!!

There are lots of thoughts coming together as I step into this new phase of life.
Here are some of the messages that give me strength and encouragement:






 









Love to You!
~Kristie

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