Bodies

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Nothing has changed my life quite like learning to feed and move my body.
I used to be someone that was thin, but not healthy. I didn’t ever count calories, but I was not someone that nourished my body the way that I should have.
I am on the path to loving myself, fully and completely. And it is a long path. A journey that is not yet complete.
There are many ways for one to live well, and I am not saying I have the perfect answer, but in all of my searching and devouring of personal growth books, podcasts, wellness blogs, and memoirs of my heroes- moving your body for at least 30 minutes each day is a non-negotiable.
Our bodies, our beautiful, strong, magical bodies that do so damn much for us, were meant to move. We have become sedentary creatures that were not ever meant to be so.
Anxiety, depression and mental health issues are on the rise, and while this is a multifaceted and nuanced phenonenon- a huge part of this is lifestyle.
We do not have to move anymore. We are not chasing down food, nor are we outrunning predators that could eat us. If you are reading this blog right now you have the resources to wake up and get food that you did not grow or pick or maybe even prepare.
This isn’t a bad thing necessarily, but it means you have a body that is aching to wake up and move.
I knew that moving my body was a really great idea for a long time. All the people I look up to had regular work out routines, so why did it take me years to do it?
I was scared. Scared of so many things. Scared to walk into a gym, scared to look stupid, scared to figure out protein powders and nutrition and every single thing involved with caring for me.
Then one day, I asked a dear friend who worked out every day to take me with her, I signed up for a yearly membership at a gym so I had an important financial incentive to go and I just started going. My friend and twin flame took me every time I asked. She showed me around, was gentle with me as I picked up my little 5-pound weights and could barely complete a set.
She introduced me to everyone she knew at the gym and made me feel at home. She never pushed, she lived a life of health and love and caring for her body and simply by being herself she inspired me. She made me want to reach for more.
If you don’t have a twin flame to take you to the gym, check-in with friends and family that inspire you. Find a kick-ass motivational coach that does free sessions on YouTube. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
As my body became stronger, my mind became clearer. My anxiety lessened, my moods improved. Even now, if I feel myself getting low or feeling strange, it is usually time for a workout.
You don’t have to be extreme. You don’t have to be the best. Just be consistent. Show up each day, and care for your body. Give back to the beautiful vessel that is carrying you through the world.
Don’t beat yourself up, lift yourself up. You have to love you before anyone else can.
More soon,
Bonnie Rae xx
P.S. Amy- this one is obviously for you. Thank you.

 

Happy

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There is so much to be grateful for.
This week, Miles started saying, “I love you too.”
I finished teaching my class at a local university to the most wonderful group of students.
Miles and I decorated our first tree together, in our beautiful little home.
Each day, no matter how high or low, has something good in it. Even if it’s simply your health and having clean water to drink.
This doesn’t mean you have to be blissful, happy, or cheerful each day- being present and paying attention to what is real and true is enough.
What moments are you grateful for this week?
There is enough. We are enough.
Happiness does not need to be found in the highest of moments, it’s right here in front of us if we pay attention.
Happiness is a giggling baby, delighted by new bath crayons.
More soon,
Bonnie

Low waste holiday

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But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can make this time your own and celebrate in a way that creates joy for you and your family.
For me? This means finding a tree from a local seller. One that has already been cut, and is supporting a local family or business. For our wreath, the same.
All of our lights, ornaments, tree stand and decor were found second hand. Keeping them out of the landfill and putting money in the pocket of organizations that are doing good in the world. Each year, we save our candy canes to rehang on our tree.
No need to be perfect, we have the odd ornament or two from Target, our second-hand items came in plastic bags- just do your best. We don’t need a few people doing this perfectly, we need a majority of us doing it imperfectly.
The rest of our decorations are compostable, plants with cinnamon sticks, clementines in a bowl, Christmas candles made from soy in jars we can reuse – there are so many ways to celebrate simply and with less waste. Look at this as an opportunity to be creative, not as a burden to bear.
I think that most people are aching for a simpler holiday season. Time to focus on what really matters, not excess, surplus, waste, and stuff.
Be the person that starts. And let your actions speak, instead of telling others how to be or what to do, share what you do and maybe, just maybe, it will inspire them to make a change too.
More soon,
Bonnie Rae xx
Low waste gifts
Inspiration & tips
My favorite Christmas playlist

Rest

I had a strange day today.
One of those days with interesting conversations, new information, conflicting feelings, highs and lows.
Maybe you had one of those days too.
I hope, whatever kind of day you had, you can take a moment to breathe. A moment to slow down, a moment to rest.
For me, that means cuddling my baby. Inhaling the intoxicating smell of his hair, and remembering that as long and he and I are healthy- nothing else matters.
Tomorrow we will start again.
More soon
Bonnie Rae xx