• Is Bubbly Water Bad or Beneficial? 3 Myths Debunked

    I don’t think I’m the only one who considers plain H20 to be just a little…boring. But now you can have just about any fizzy flavor you can imagine in a can. Think Coconut or Pampelmousse (grapefruit) La Croix, Blueberry + Pomegranate AHA, or Blackberry Bubly. Enter those magical little bubbles (plus some “natural” flavors) and voila! refreshing sparkles that make sipping water so much more interesting. Not only is sparkling water pleasurable to drink, but it’s also: Hydrating You will likely benefit from the hydrating aspects of sparkling water if drinking bubbly water is more appealing to you than flat water. Water and carbonated water have the same base…

  • 5 Ways to Use Your Journal as a Self-Care Secret Weapon

    If someone offered you free therapy, would you accept? If they gave you the recipe to lower anxiety and stress, or to get clarity about your hopes and dreams, would you take it? I know I would, and I do every day because I own a journal and I know how to use it (sounds like a dangerous weapon)!  A journal can be a valuable defense against fear, self-doubt, anger, and most any negative emotion. When used consistently, a journal can be one of your best self-care tools. Let me first say that self-care is a buzz-word that includes many misconceptions. Self-care is not “me first.” It is “me too.”…

  • Avoiding the Body Comparison Trap

    Let’s talk about bodies. Everybody has one. They’re all different shapes and sizes. It’s rarely more evident what people’s bodies look like when donning a swimsuit in public. When we were at the beach the other day I was thinking about the saying “every body is a beach body.” Implied in that statement is that everyone has the right to get nearly naked and be on the beach, be free in their own skin. Yet, I wonder how many are actually happy with their own bodies? Even in my fittest, most body-confident days I found flaws in myself that made me uncomfortable being seen in a swimsuit. There is always…

  • What Can A Health Coach Do For You?

    Do you know what a health coach is or does? I didn’t before I started this journey. If you’re curious about what a health coach can do for you, read on! What is a health coach? A health coach is a guide who helps educate and motivate people to adopt healthy, long-term behaviors to improve their health. We partner with clients who want to become healthier and to create sustainable habits that work in their own unique circumstances. Health coaches operate out of respect and nonjudgement, maintaining the perspective that clients are the expert of their own lives. Health coaches are growing in popularity, as health coaching has been proven…

  • Spinning Hope and Happiness During Pandemic: a Playlist

    One of my favorite aspects of leading indoor cycling (spinning) classes is choosing music and arranging playlists. I like to create themes to make the class fun and cohesive. While feeling fairly low and sad about current events I realized I needed a hopeful and happy theme to lift my spirit and encourage my clients. Do you use music to boost your mood? It’s amazing how quickly my attitude can shift when I listen to positive messages set to upbeat tunes. According to this Time article, studies have shown that music certainly can affect the brain to enhance your mood and fend off depression. It can also lower stress hormones…

  • 5 Ways to Boost Your Brain by Getting Away

    Have you ever felt so excited to go on vacation that you can’t even sit still? Even though I value routine, I love to get out of it also. I love being home and I adore an adventure away. The stark reality of life in the age of COVID-19 is that many families are staying home, appropriately so. We hadn’t taken a family trip since January, so as summer set in here in Canada and the pandemic curve has been flattening in our area, we found new freedom to travel around the beautiful British Columbia province. We decided to set off on a little mini-vacation this past weekend. Driving for…

  • Connecting Mind, Body, and Soul

    What is the body? The body is the first thing we notice when we see someone. The body is a container for the mind and soul. It is the vessel that moves you. It feels, sees, smells, hears, tastes. It knows pain and joy. It produces tears, sweat, excrement. It eats, sleeps, moves. But the body is not just functional. There is so much identity often tied up in the body. We judge others’ bodies and often decide our own self-worth based on appearance—for better or worse. The body is limited-edition and we are called to care for it. We only get one. Some parts may show wear and tear,…

  • Welcome!

    Hi, I’m Carrie, and I’m glad you’re here.  I am dedicated to inspiring and encouraging women to mindful living, body loving, and soul nurturing. As a health coach, I would love to help you live healthy, hopeful and whole in your body, mind and soul.  I want to help guide you in discovering your healthiest life and fullest potential. I want to encourage you to build healthy life-changing habits that are manageable and realistic. My vision is to be a messenger of hope and healing. On this blog I plan to share articles about: *mind-care: growth mindset and mindfulness *body-care: healthy eating and recipes, fitness and massage *soul-care: nurturing the…