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Because none of us are perfect …

I’m going to share with you EXACTLY how I’m feeling today.

I have been bogged down with the overwhelming feeling of being … overwhelmed. Add to that a healthy dose of anxiety.

I feel like I am spread so thin. I don’t know if it’s because I actually AM spread thin, or if I need to work on getting even MORE organized. But I feel like I have a long list of to-do’s, a long list of people to catch up with and visit, and a relationship that I also want to make sure I devote enough attention to.

The funny thing is … I also want to work more. I want to teach and coach more and have more projects that are a labor of love.

I wrote down a to-do list of only the day’s tasks but what is heavily weighing on me is that I keep missing time with friends and family – whether it’s because of work or a migraine (this happened recently), I just feel like I am not doing enough and not being in enough places at once. I am overwhelmed with guilt. And I find myself in a place where I do not know how to create balance.

This drives me up the wall because I want to help others create balance. But let’s face it, I can’t always walk the talk, hard as I may try. One thing I am doing is taking action and doing something purely for myself to help manage the stress that I create.

Action Step One: I made an appointment for acu-pressure this afternoon because I know that always helps me calm down and see the world through clear eyes and a clearer mind.

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The Wellness Make-over

My dear friend and colleague, Sophie Herbert Slater, and I went on a hike in Trout Brook Preserve about a month ago where she pitched to me this brilliant idea she had been brewing for months: a Life Balance Jumpstart program that would allow clients to work with one-on-one with us as yoga teachers and wellness coaches.

We are beyond excited that we are finally ready to launch Life Balance Jumpstart and invite you to sign up with us. (For the moment this is limited to those residing in the Fairfield County area.)

What does this entail? You can visit our website for the full details but to get an idea…

Life Balance Jumpstart is an intensive 5-week program designed to help YOU feel and be your best.  Our mission as experienced wellness coaches and yoga teachers is to share invaluable tools that will not only help you establish greater life balance now and in the future, but also assist you in navigating life with more grace, confidence, curiosity, and resilience.  Our passion is helping our clients feel balanced, nurtured, and connected with their sense of purpose. From here, so much is possible.

Sign up before January 15 and save 10%! Email lifejumpstart@gmail.com with questions and to get started on your wellness make-over.

Life Balance Jumpstart

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Pumpkin Chia Mini Muffins

Pumpkin Chia Mini Muffins

Pumpkin Chia Mini Muffins

I made these for Tuesday night’s Pop Up Yoga NYC ‘s yoga and nutrition fundraiser to go with the chia theme and they were a hit! I love all things pumpkin and these were especially tasty – great texture, not too sweet, and packed with protein and fiber in every bite. Personally, I “tested” 4 as a snack and then had leftovers for breakfast (slathered in butter) the following morning. That’s right. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Chia Mini Muffins

  • 4 tbsp Chia Seeds (I think I added even more- you can play around with it- I was very generous with my chia)
  • 1 Cup Coconut flour
  • 1/2 Cup White Flour
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt (I did not use)
  • 16 oz can pure pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2-1 cup coconut milk (either Silk or SoDelicious brand- play around with portions but I probably ended up needing about 1 cup to balance the coconut flour)
  • 1/4 cup Agave (or even less!)
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts (optional)

Mix together all of the dry ingredients.
Mix together all of the wet ingredients.

Fold Wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
Pour into greased muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Yoga and chia were enjoyed by all at Tuesday's fundraiser!

Yoga and chia were enjoyed by all at Tuesday’s fundraiser!

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Yoga & Chia Power Event – to benefit Sandy relief in Staten Island

On Tuesday, December 18 I will be teaming up with Pop Up Yoga NYC, Chia Star, Pushcart Coffee (Peter’s Field loc.), SandyBaggers, and fellow health coach Steph Miller (www.hecticandhealthy.com) to provide an evening of yoga, wellness, and fundraising to support a local business in Staten Island – Not Just Bagels.

I will lead a 40 minute calming vinyasa flow class which will be followed by an informal discussion and Q&A of our featured product – Chia Star. Steph and I will explain why we love chia and it’s amazing health benefits! Chia seeds have been dubbed “the running food”, “a miracle”, and “the ultimate super food” by athletes and advocates alike.

In keeping with the grassroots culture of SandyBaggers, we are donating the proceeds from the event to a small, independent fundraiser.  “Not Just Bagels” in Staten Island was one of many family-owned businesses obliterated by the storm;  in addition to having their homes ruined, their only source of income was wiped out too. Many people cut their losses and abandoned the properties, but this family is rebuilding because they have no other option. The government and FEMA have not been helpful. A few SandyBaggers met them on-site last month, helped them clear the debris, and now it’s time to rebuild. The fundraiser link is here, to learn more about their story: http://www.indiegogo.com/NotJustBagels

SandyBaggers at Not Just Bagels

SandyBaggers at Not Just Bagels

Details:

Dec. 18,  8:30-10:00pm
Pushcart Coffee @ Peter’s Field – 301 East 21st Street New York, NY 10010

Cost: $15 admission or $5 admission + donated item (all proceeds go toward Not Just Bagels fundraiser)

Suggested donated items: Bottled water, blankets, Non-perishable food, Contractor garbage bags, Cleaning supplies (Sponges, Laundry soap, Dish soap, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, Mold-X), Tyvek worksuits, Rubber work gloves, P100 particle respirator masks.

Email me (maggieconverse@me.com) with questions or to RSVP. You can also RSVP by clicking here.

We hope to see you on the 18th!

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