Friday Fuel! 1%

Happy Friday!

This is your wake up call for the week (maybe even the year) – there are 1,440 minutes in a day and how you spend 1% percent of those minutes can be life changing.

Today I’m asking you for 1% of your time and energy. That’s all! Just one little percent to transform your life. 1% of your day equates to roughly 15 minutes. That’s right friends, 15 MINUTES! What could you dedicate 1% of your day to that would help you live a better life, pursue a dream or get something done? You can use the other 99% to do what you need to – sleep, eat, work, take care of the family, etc – but what about taking just 1% and consciously spending time on something that will make your life better.

I know what you’re thinking…”Christina, I’m not going to ‘change my life’ in 15 minutes of my day.” Well, my response is I disagree! (and lose the negative attitude!) Don’t underestimate the power of 15-minutes a day. What if you spent 1% of your day meditating or exercising – that could certainly be life changing! Developing the habit of spending just 1% of your day on your physical and/or mental well-being would absolutely make a difference in your life. Or what if you spent 1% of your day on a hobby you are passionate about like writing, playing an instrument, painting, reading…

Or what about spending 1% of your day on that job search you have been putting off – updating your resume, working on a cover letter or doing some networking. Spending 1% of each day of the week will end up being an hour and forty-five minutes of time you dedicated to working on something. It adds up!

This is useful strategy for developing habits but also just getting things done! I’ve been dedicating at least 1% of my day to packing – the not so fun part of moving – and I am slowly but surely making progress.

When you break it down to just 1% of your time there is no excuse why you can’t spend 15-minutes of your day on something important and meaningful to you.

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I want to challenge you to commit 1% of your day to something meaningful or important to you. Share your 1% commitment with me – I’d love to know what you are going to do with 1% of your day!

Embrace the day!
Christina
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Friday Fuel! What Fuels You?

Happy Friday!

I’m back! AND I’ve got a some fuel for ya…

I’m excited to share that I’ve accepted a new job with Women Leaders in College Sports and my family and me will be moving to Kansas City, MO at the end of July (this is why I’ve been MIA the last few weeks – thanks for understanding!). The decision to leave an incredible job and community here in NY did not come without its questions and hesitations but it was my personal energy that ultimately made the decision very easy.

Let me explain…

During the application and interview process everything from the people I met, the headquarters, Kansas City and mission of the organization energized and expanded me. The whole experience confirmed by belief that so much of our life can be guided by our energy, but only if we choose to acknowledge it AND continually FUEL it.

In the moments of life I’ve felt the happiest, most peaceful and/or excited it involved people or circumstances that expanded me and brought me good energy. I compare my energy level to a compass; my heart, mind and gut are guided by my energy response. I am drawn to things and people that expand me, grow me and bring me good energy and I try to avoid, or say goodbye to, the things that drain me.

Every moment of every day influences our energy – everything from getting out of bed, to spending time with people, to going to work, all elicit an emotional and energetic response. We can choose to gravitate to the things that fuel our joy, energy and growth or we can choose to spend time on things and people who constrain, deplete and drain us.

Let me be clear – you have the choice.

Having the self-awareness  to recognize how people, things and/or places impact your energy and attitude is the only way you will be able to change your life and circumstances. We cannot complain about our situation if we continue to make the choice to do the things that drain us and hold us back. If you want your life to be different, choose to live differently and let your energy guide your decisions.

Friends, this is the whole inspiration of Friday Fuel –  I believe it’s your responsibility to find out what sets your soul on fire and then be intentional about fueling that fire for a lifetime. I am excited and energized about the new adventure ahead of me and my family, and I look forward to continually fueling that energy through the journey.

Fuel the things that set your soul on fire.

So, what fuels you?

Embrace the day!
Christina
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Friday Fuel!

Happy Friday!

It’s another great day to be alive!

I’m all in on meditation. I’ve been going strong for the last few months and it has been life changing. I share this with you because I am totally bought into the power and benefit of meditation and want to encourage you to give it a try and see what it can do for your life. Since starting my meditation journey I have felt more calm and in control of my emotions than ever before.

I’m addicted to meditating and the many forms of meditation that can bring me peace and/or causes a revolution in my mind. It’s not just sitting on the floor with your legs crossed, eyes closed in silence (that is one way to do it though!). It’s anything that calms your mind, brings you clarity and allows you to catch your breathe.  For me; my daily meditation sessions are my morning cup off coffee before the kiddo wakes up, it’s a 15 minute guided meditation using the Calm App or it’s shooting a basketball for 20 minutes in the gym.

Meditation comes in so many forms and it is about finding the form that does the most for you. For some, it’s prayer or a long walk in the woods. It could be your drive to work in the morning or sitting in silence with your eyes closed for 20 minutes during your lunch break. Figure out what brings you peace, calms your mind and works with your lifestyle and do it.

My favorite meditation tools!
Calm App
Simple HabitApp
Blue Bottle Coffee – my fav!
Apple AirPods
Spalding Men’s NBA Basketball

Here’s my final push to get you on the meditation train!

Research shows that meditation can actually change our brains. 

Top executives swear by it and it can make you a more effective leader.

Oh by the way, it’s completely FREE and simple to do! You don’t need anything but your mind and a quiet space.IMG_0443.JPG

Get started! Here are some tips on how to meditate.

Embrace the day!
Christina
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Friday Fuel! Be The Wolf

Happy Friday!

By now you have probably heard about Abby Wambach’s commencement speech to the Barnard College Class of 2018. It. Was. Epic. A rally cry for women everywhere and truly inspirational. A must share for today’s Friday Fuel.

Wambach’s message to women was derived from the fairy tale story of Little Red Riding Hood, she says:

“Like all little girls, I was taught to be grateful. I was taught to keep my head down, stay on the path, and get my job done. I was freaking ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’ The message is clear: Don’t be curious, don’t make trouble, don’t say too much, or bad things will happen. I stayed on the path out of fear–not of being eaten by a wolf–but of being cut, being benched, losing my paycheck. If I could go back and tell my younger self one thing, it would be this: ‘Abby, you were never Little Red Riding Hood, you were always the wolf.

On so many levels does this message hit home for me, as I am sure it does for many of you. As women, we tend to play it safe, hide in the shadows of others and doubt our abilities. We don’t go for the job because we don’t meet 100% of the qualifications; we temper our communication so we are not labeled as a ‘bitch’; we apologize for speaking up or we let our fear of the unknown paralyze us from deviating from the path we’re on to pursue a life we dream of.

We let fear, self doubt and other people’s opinion drive our decisions but that is no way to live. It’s okay to want more out of your life, it’s okay to want put yourself first, it’s okay to speak up and it’s okay to demand what your deserve. You deserve to live the life you want and you don’t need to apologize for that.

Ladies, life is too short not to pursue the career and life you want and deserve. When you are 80-years old sitting on your front porch the last thing you want filling your head is regret and “what if” scenarios. Be the wolf. Take risks, explore, say what you think, demand what you deserve and, relentlessly pursue your passions.

Watch Abby’s entire commencement speechor read it. You won’t regret taking 20 minutes to listen/read this speech. The take-aways of Abby’s speech are powerful and will undoubtedly fuel your day and life. IMG_6054.JPG

Embrace the day!
Christina
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Friday Fuel! Don’t Overlook the Ordinary

Happy Friday!

Yesterday I had a four hour car ride from central New York to Massachusetts. I sat in the back seat like a little kid along side my son, Chase – four hours of staring out the window, watching my son smile and sleep and admiring the little things along the road trip. There was nothing special about this drive, in fact it was incredibly uneventful. It was awesome.

In a culture that has us focused on the big things, our major accomplishments, promotions and prestige it is easy to dismiss the small things and moments that make up so much more of our life.  I am guilty of it; I neglect to appreciate the small moments in every day that are such a blessing. The simplest action of waking up and getting out of bed – that is reason enough to celebrate every morning  because I am alive!

We get caught up in the hustle of life and the desire to achieve that we overlook the small things and moments that can bring us joy and inner peace. Our days go by so fast as we race from one thing to another, often squeezing 32-hours worth of activity in a 24-hour period. We do this day in and day out and before we know it, the week has gone by, then the month and then the year.

On that four hour car ride all I could do was sit there and observe the little things and moments around me. It was pure bliss and a great reminder that sometimes we need to sit still and appreciate the ordinary moments in our life.

What if you slowed down today? What if you stopped running full speed ahead and took a moment (or two!) to take a breath and look around. Notice something small today that makes you feel happy and peaceful. It could be how good your lunch tastes, how blue the sky is or a song on the radio that makes you smile. Do something to pause, breathe and appreciate the day rather than racing through it.

 

Joy comes to us in moments – ordinary moments. We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down extraordinary.

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Embrace the day!

Christina
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Friday Fuel! Build; Don’t Destroy

Happy Friday!

It’s a great day to have a great day!

The other night I made myself a cup of tea before heading to bed – in an attempt to chill myself out and relax I made some “stress relief” tea. Ha! That cup of tea inspired this week’s fuel…who would have thought!? Written on the tag was a quote that read “let your energy be used to build, not destroy.”

Our personal energy is an incredible thing. The vibes you give off and where you focus your efforts don’t just impact you, but everything around you too. Have you ever been in a space or situation where just ONE PERSON was in a bad mood, being negative or doing something destructive? What kind of impact did that have on everyone in the space? It’s amazing to think that just ONE person’s energy can make all the difference to a space and how people interact or what they accomplish.

We cannot control how other people use their energy; we can only control our self. We have all had bad days or don’t feel our best but It’s important to acknowledge that how we feel doesn’t always have to determine how we act. Even on a bad day when things are going horribly you can choose to be positive and choose not to let your shitty day rub off on other people. Your personal energy and presence is important.

You cannot control how you feel but you can always choose how you act. Choose to bring good energy into the universe and even on your worst day; focus your energy on the good and doing good. Build; don’t destroy.

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Christina
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Friday Fuel! Actions Reflect Priorities

Happy Friday!

It’s been a couple weeks – I missed you! Sorry for the unexpected break in Friday Fuel emails!

I often talk about how our actions align win our priorities and over the last two weeks that has certainly been the case for me. The truth is Friday Fuel has not been a priority this month – work has been busy and when I’m not at work I’m trying to be present with my family. When I sat down and thought about what was most important right now, Friday Fuel dropped down in the list. I had to make the decision to not spend the time on Friday Fuel and focus on other things. At the end of the day I was okay with that decision.

With a schedule and to-do list pulling me in a few different directions I had to take a step back and break it down so I could make the best decisions about where to invest my time, energy and effort. Life can FEEL a whole lot less busy and overwhelming by simply taking the time to align your energy and actions with your priorities. When we are juggling a lot it is easy to get caught up in checking the boxes, getting everything done and trying to do it all. For me, it’s just not sustainable nor going to bring out my best work and self.

So here’s what I did, I broke my priorities up into two categories: the macro and the micro. The big picture versus the little things; the clouds versus the dirt. The macro aligns with my values or long term goals and the micro are the hourly/daily/weekly tasks that support the macro. The take home of all this: we cannot prioritize the daily micro things without having clarity on the macro.

Here are some questions I ask myself to figure out my macro priorities so that I can build out the micro priorities of each day:

  1. What do I value at work and in my personal life?
  2. What are my goals (personally or professionally) for the next 30 days, 90 days, 6-months and 12-months?
  3. What is most important and most urgent?

Once our priorities are clarified the decision making process is much easier. As things come up, you can use your values and goals to steer your response. Take the time to answer these questions and watch your to-do list come together and decision making become a whole lot easier.

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Embrace the day!
Christina
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