Since  my incorporation of spirituality, meditation, and mindfulness into my  definition of holistic health I've seen huge shifts. These practices are  like anything else in our self care - whether it's eating healthy,  exercising daily, or getting enough sleep - they take practice and  commitment. A continual process of coming back after life gets in the  way (or in my case, when I get in the way).   I feel great when  I'm meditating in the morning for a few minutes, sticking to my writing  (which is a cathartic form of release for me), and reading my passage  from Inward every morning. I feel great when I'm reminding myself to  stay present in conversations, enjoy all of the beauty in my  surroundings, and stay out of the 'stuck in the past' or 'anxious about  the future' mentality. And I feel great when I'm aware that there's a  higher source helping all of us through each day. So why don't I do  these things daily? Why do I fall off my routine and f*ck it all up then  end up feeling anxious and frustrated again?   Because I'm only  human, and so are the rest of us. I usually like to say except for  Beyonce, but I'm pretty sure she's about as human as they come. I think  it's ok to fall away from your positive habits as long as you accept  that it’s ok, recollect, and reset. There is no “on or off the horse”  there is only progress. Everything is progress.

Since my incorporation of spirituality, meditation, and mindfulness into my definition of holistic health I've seen huge shifts. These practices are like anything else in our self care - whether it's eating healthy, exercising daily, or getting enough sleep - they take practice and commitment. A continual process of coming back after life gets in the way (or in my case, when I get in the way).

I feel great when I'm meditating in the morning for a few minutes, sticking to my writing (which is a cathartic form of release for me), and reading my passage from Inward every morning. I feel great when I'm reminding myself to stay present in conversations, enjoy all of the beauty in my surroundings, and stay out of the 'stuck in the past' or 'anxious about the future' mentality. And I feel great when I'm aware that there's a higher source helping all of us through each day. So why don't I do these things daily? Why do I fall off my routine and f*ck it all up then end up feeling anxious and frustrated again?

Because I'm only human, and so are the rest of us. I usually like to say except for Beyonce, but I'm pretty sure she's about as human as they come. I think it's ok to fall away from your positive habits as long as you accept that it’s ok, recollect, and reset. There is no “on or off the horse” there is only progress. Everything is progress.

Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.