Let’s have a heart to heart about your attitude! Now I’m not implying that anyone has an “attitude” (good or bad), I’m just saying that we all need a little reminder to carpe diem and live a little.

This year throughout my studies in Holistic Nutrition I had this dark angel sitting on my shoulder telling me to be poised and professional at all times. I had this preconceived idea of what a nutritionist should act and look like and I was determined to fit seamlessly into that box.

In doing this I was not embracing my true colors and it showed. I felt like a total phony! I’m not sure where or when I developed this idea that to be successful you had be serious and boring, but I needed to turn my frown upside down and find my playful side STAT!

To be authentic means you are genuine; not false or copied. Simply put – it means to be real. To be real means to embrace yourself – your true self. Flaws and all!

I don’t know about you, but showing my emotions freaks me out (I’m a true Taurus the bull)! Weakness… What does that even mean? The mindset that all people are beautiful yet highly flawed human beings did not occur to me. Flaws can be attractive??? I had forgotten that life is all about the journey, and through my journey I realized that picking myself apart was crippling me.

In judging others we are really just judging ourselves!

I was being hard on myself for gaining weight, and I felt like a part of me had been buried. I didn’t feel as pretty on the outside, and as a result my inner beauty couldn’t shine through either. I thought everyone else could see the flaws I saw in myself and in return I lost my voice. I longed to be the vivacious, charismatic, and outgoing girl I used to be. I was stuck in the middle of who I was and who I wanted to be and wasn’t quite sure how to dig myself out of this hole.

So, throughout my year of studies I slowly started embracing the little things in life and allowed myself time to get a little goofy… I began by giving myself permission to play! And you should too!

I did little things like:

Wearing lipstick while I talked on the phone so I felt sexy and couldn’t help but smile (trust me, people can tell over the phone if you are smiling or not and changes the tone of the conversation).

I gave a presentation in school about why everyone should vacuum in high heels (guys – maybe try cowboy boots unless your very open minded. LOL), and why you should always cook with a glass of wine in your hand and music blaring.

I used these presentations as metaphors for making your ordinary, everyday, monotonous routines into playful and exciting new endeavors. I learned to embrace my vulnerability (with thanks to Miss Brene Brown and her wonderful Ted Talk) and attempted to become comfortable with the uncomfortableness of life in general!

According to a researcher out of California who people call “The Father of Positive Psychology,” 60% of our happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, while 40% of our capacity for happiness is within our power to control. That’s a pretty empowering statistic if you’re an optimist. Who doesn’t love having a little control over their life?!? But if not, then just remember that we all bounce back between happiness and unhappiness depending on the day. The difference between a happy and unhappy life is how often and how long we stay there.

The connection between our mind and our body is paramount. I am happiest when I feel healthy, but I cannot be truly healthy without a positive mindset.

So why not take full advantage of the little things and make them extraordinary!

Starting today:

  • I give you permission to tilt your head back in a crowd and laugh without abandon.

  • I give you permission to apply that red lipstick you’ve always felt too self-conscious to wear before your next Tinder date (wink wink).

  • I give you permission to dance naked in your living room (seriously, no one is watching. Let loose).

  • Most of all I give you permission to make mistakes, which in turn gives you permission to grow.

Make fun your first priority and the rest will fall into place. When you embrace you authentic self no one cares how much you weigh or what size you are. People will just want to drink the Kool-Aid! Let your energy and spontaneity become infectious and remember this…healthy mind, healthy body, and healthy soul.

Katie Israelson

Certified Nutritional Practitioner at Refresh Natural Health
I like to bring an organic and honest yet humorous approach to my counselling and writing. I believe in the importance of nourishing the soul and body, and hope to provide support for those open to my quirky yet insightful anecdotes. By embracing my own challenges with food sensitivities, hormone balancing, and weight management (believe me, this is an ongoing battle) I hope to connect with my readers on a personal level.

As a newbie blogger, I am here to let you know we are not alone in our struggles, challenges or successes. Everyone has a story. Regardless of setbacks we are powerful human beings, capable of achieving greatness. So may we rise up, and walk this road together.
Katie Israelson