Southbay Mommies and Daddies: How To Turn Your Day Around In 5 Minutes Or Less!

July 25, 2018

 

Turn Your Day Around In 5 Minutes

(This article is a repost from Southbay Mommies and Daddies website! We are now contributors to their website – head on over to check it out! If you’re local to the Southbay, they have a lot of great info on activities, local events, and more!)

You know that feeling. That sinking, ball of lead in the pit of your stomach, suddenly so exhausted feeling that you can hardly keep your eyes open. Maybe it was some bad news. Or maybe another mom at school drop-off made you feel not good enough. Maybe you’ve been refereeing your kids since 6 am and you have just HAD it. Maybe a simple “what do you want for dinner” conversation with the hubby turned into a code red, “do you ever listen to me?” fight.

Ugh. Isn’t it amazing how a day can turn bad quicker than your toddler can decide they suddenly hate pizza (whaaaaat? Who hates pizza?! My kid. That’s who.)

And that just ain’t right.

We work too hard and have too many positive intentions to let a day go to waste with negativity or depression or simple boredom. The truth is, we feel negative emotions much stronger than we feel positive emotions, so we have to fight back, sisters! We can’t let the sad win! We have to prepare for these moments like Wonder Woman prepares to take down the god Ares. With a killer set of over the knee boots and some hair that makes Rapunzel jealous, obvi. What we need is an arsenal of positivity at our fingertips.

We’ve got your back, mama. Here are 7 ways to turn your day around in 5 minutes or less.

1.) Keep an uplifting book on your kitchen counter. Whenever you feel the heaviness creep in, stop whatever you are doing. Pick up that book and read a few pages. Let the words give you a swift mental kick in the booty, and feel it change your thought process immediately. The inspiring words of self-love, gratitude, and determination will fill you up again. Need some book inspiration? Our latest favorites are on our highlighted Insta Story entitled “Books”.

2.) Create a positive vibes only Pinterest Board and title it “Inspiration”. Collect images with all the things that inspire you to be the best woman you can be. Where do you want to travel? Find images of that. What quotes make you feel strong and empowered? Find pictures of that. Don’t pin anything that leaves you feeling wanting, only allow those images that make you feel strong, sexy, determined, and happy. Then scroll through that board when you need a sweet ‘lil cheerleader on your shoulder. Check out our “Inspiration” board to get started.

3.) Download inspiring songs that never fail to make you dance or make you smile.Make sure they are on your phone, and turn one on whenever you need a pick me up. Start with “Kinder” by Copper Wimin. Or simply turn on a Pandora or Spotify station that will keep an ongoing stream of inspiring music playing. No one ever had a bad day belting out the entire Wicked soundtrack from beginning to end. Trust me on this one.

4.) Make an “Affirmation” page in the notes on your phone. Write down your personal mission statement as a woman, your reasons WHY you want the life you want, and some simple positive phrases that remind you to choose joy. Then when you’re feeling blue, read through these affirmations and pick one that resonates with you at the moment. Repeat it to yourself over and over until you begin to feel lighter.

5.) Breathe! Set your timer for 3 minutes and close your eyes. Start to deepen your breath. On the inhale, think the sound “sat” (rhymes with not). On the exhale, think the sound “nam” (rhymes with mom – fitting!). Sat nam means “truth” or “truth is my identity.” Keep saying this phrase, coinciding with your inhale and exhale until your timer goes off.

6.) Drop down and do a few vinyasas. This exercise is even better if you are in the middle of Target and your child is screaming for yet another Paw Patrol Pup. The looks alone from other people as you are in Down Dog will be satisfying enough.

7.) Do not, I repeat, do NOT get on any social media until the crisis has passed. I’m serious. Just say no to the Insta and the FB and the Snapchat and the Twitter in your life. When you are struggling with something, it is not the time to go into other people’s worlds of photo shopped perfection. This is a time to work on you. Alone. It is the time to focus on your goals, your gifts, and your authenticity. To remember why you love yourself and your life. To heal whatever is aching and just take a break from all the noise and distraction around you.

Ah…feels better already, am I right? You CAN do this. You have the ability to turn a heck no day into a heck yes one. But our thoughts have power. And like attracts like. So if you don’t prepare for the bad moments, you’ll never defeat them. And come on, if we pack diaper bags the size of Texas in preparation for a possible armageddon, why not pack some tools for our own personal mini armageddons as well?

“ ‘There are always flowers for those that want to see them.’
~Henri Matisse, Artist

Attitude will make or break our daily journey through motherhood. How do we keep the peaceful, positive, and powerful tone we set for ourselves this morning last all day long? It’s simple. We choose. We decide to see the flowers. And we see them. Happy people attract happiness. Negative people attract sadness. Moody people attract chaos. Distracted people attract disrespect. What do you choose to attract today?”
-Excerpt from The Daily Soul Sessions For Every Mama book

The Daily Soul Sessions tribe consists of sisters Kate, Kacey, and Kara Coppola. Their mission is to offer a consistent – and short! – daily practice for moms to come back to themselves and find creativity and inspiration through the grind of motherhood. We do this through our books (The Daily Soul Sessions For Every Mama and The Daily Soul Sessions For The Pregnant Mama), our 30 Day Journaling Challenge for Moms, and our social media tribe! 

My 5 Step Uplifting Daily Pregnancy Routine

October 18, 2016



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Why Cultivating A Daily Pregnancy Routine Is So Important…

There are apparently 2 types of women in this world. Those who love being pregnant. And those who don’t.

Ok, ok, fine. I’m sure there’s a lot of gray area here! But you get my gist. If I’m being completely honest, I have to admit that pregnancy is not my favorite time. I can recognize the miracle that is happening within me, I love feeling those first gentle kicks, and obviously the end prize is the BEST gift in the entire world.

But the day to day (month to month!) grind of pregnancy wears on me…

Big time. I mean, that’s the whole reason why The Daily Soul Sessions for the Pregnant Mama book came to be! First time around, Kacey was feeling completely overwhelmed by all the changes happening to her body, and she found an outlet by writing in her journal every day. It cleared out all the cobwebs, all the negative feelings, and helped her connect with her heart, mind, and soul again.

As my first pregnancy progressed, Kacey let me read a few of her journal-ings….and I. Loved. Them. They were exactly what I had been searching for and could not find! I immediately jumped on board, and viola The Daily Soul Sessions for the Pregnant Mama was born.

So cue up to this current pregnancy. Baby number 2

Feels a lot like my first pregnancy, yet I’m chasing after a toddler this time around. I know you second time mamas-to-be are pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down. It’s even harder this time to connect with my own spirit, heart, positivity, creativity because there is less time. I find myself wanting to give all my energy to my kid – after all, there’s not a ton of it these days! But I know deep in my soul that I have to take care of myself, too. Or else I’ll completely run out of steam and this mama train will grind to a stop.

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Now I Cultivate a Positive Pregnancy Every Day…

Behold! My daily pregnancy morning routine. The 5 things I do every morning to get my head straight. I always feel refreshed and connected to my inner selfsoul, and spirit when I commit to it. And when I’m lazy and don’t do it? My day feels hectic and harried, and I get exhausted waaaaaay too quickly!

5 Step Uplifting Daily Pregnancy Routine

 

1.) Wake up at least 30 minutes earlier than normal

I know, I know this can be really hard! But if you give yourself this extra “you” time in the morning, your day will go so much smoother. You’ll have time to meditate, pray, journal, or simply have your first cup of coffee in peace on your back porch.

2.) Breathe Consciously

Before I even get out of bed, I keep my eyes closed and I breathe consciously. I place one hand on my belly and the other hand on my heart, and I breathe in for 3 counts and out for 4 counts. After 4 or 5 cycles of this, I either continue to mediate (if it feels right) or I’ll pray and set an intention for the day. I come up with one positive affirmation to carry me through the day. I’ll say… I am blessed. Or I am creativeI am fearlessI am energized. Whatever word comes to my mind first, I go with it. It’s obviously what my soul has been craving. Then I thank God (or the universe, or whatever you believe in) for this day, because, you know, God should be thanked.

3.) Hydrate

Every evening I take a big glass of water to bed with me, but I rarely finish it during the night. So I immediately drink that glass of water. As I’m drinking it, I visualize the water cleansing me from the inside. (And it’s a great way to start my water intake for the day – which I struggle with!) Then if I’m really being good, I’ll follow it up with a cup of warm water + fresh lemon before I have a cup of coffee. Honestly, this doesn’t happen a lot, but when I do it I LOVE the way it makes me feel.

4.) Read my daily soul session

Next I read my Daily Soul Session for the day. The Daily Soul Sessions for the Pregnant Mama book is the numero uno way I connect with this pregnancy – Every. Single. Day. Because it goes day by day through pregnancy, it helps me make note of where I – and this little soul – are at, it guides me to start my day on a positive note, and it makes me thankful for the gifts I’ve been given in the form of this new life.

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5.) Self Growth Time

This changes from morning to morning, but it’s what I call my “Me Time”. I get out of bed and wander up to the coffee pot and press start! As it brews, I choose one of the following:

  • Practice morning yoga – basically just some gentle stretching to make space inside of my rapidly growing body. Mama needs some room to breathe!
  • Write in my journal. I love when I actually accomplish writing in my journal first thing, but this is hard for me. I tend to need direction when I write – I need a prompt! So I try to prepare for that and have a list of journal exercises inside my notebook to help trigger my brain. (Get your 3 FREE Journaling Exercise prompts below!)
  • Read from an inspirational book. I always have a book on hand that is more self-help, or poetry, or that guides me to connect to my creative, spiritual side. I’d much rather read this first thing in the morning than anything else. There is plenty of time to catch up on the rest of the outside world.

Journal Exercises


So there you have it! My 5 Step Daily Pregnancy Routine that gets my day going in a positive, creative, and inspired direction from the very start. It works, mamas. When we cultivate this extra spiritual time, we feel it in everything we do. In how we say good morning to our husbands, in how we make breakfast for our kids, in how we face the day gracefully and thankfully.

Sending love to you!

xo, Kate

Daily Pregnancy Routine

 

For essential tips to get you through each trimester, click below!

1st Trimester Tips

2nd Trimester Tips

3rd Trimester Tips

Third Trimester Pregnancy Tips

October 3, 2016


*All of these tips and tricks are from The Daily Soul Sessions for the Pregnant Mama book – available on Amazon now. There are 280 soul sessions. One for every day of this crazy, wild ride called pregnancy! Stay positive, stay creative, stay you even as everything around you is changing…

 

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Well, mama, you did it!

You are officially in your 3rd trimester. We’ve put together our favorite third trimester pregnancy tips to help you with this last sprint to the finish line.

The third trimester of pregnancy is a time of great growth – both physically and mentally. So it’s time to accept all the changes your body is going through and truly embrace the beauty of bearing a new life.

It’s time to be brave, because you must acknowledge your fears of childbirth, and then figure out how you will move through that fear gracefully. It truly is within your power to do so.

So actively engage your mind, your heart, and your soul in this beautiful miracle, and CHOOSE to be a warrior mama goddess! You can do this, lady! Follow these third trimester pregnancy tips and mindfulness tricks to continue your journey to motherhood with grace, love, acceptance, and bravery.

If you’re in your 1st trimester click HERE for great first trimester tips. And 2nd trimester-ers…click HERE for yours!

Want to know the 5 things I do Every Single Day to help get my mind right, my soul steady, and my creativity flowing? Check out my 5 Step Daily Pregnancy Routine – HERE!

Third Trimester Pregnancy Tips

1.) Make Sure You Nest

Nesting: To create and settle into a warm and secure refuge. (Thefreedictionary.com) 

We’ve heard this term before. Expecting mamas nest. That’s what we are supposed to do during the months we wait for this baby to arrive.

I always found myself shying away from that term. It sounded so homely, kind of boring, and a little controlling. What did it mean anyway?

Now I find myself much more introverted than I ever used to be. The growing symptoms of pregnancy demand it in some ways. We get tired quicker, and our body doesn’t want to do the things it used to. There is so much going on inside, you can’t help but draw in on yourself during these last few months.

I’m coming to terms with this. Like a blazing fire that pulls at you on a chilly winter night…I’ve decided nesting is just what it says it is. Making your home into a warm and secure refuge. For you, for your husband, for your child – a place that is alluring and safe. And peaceful for all.

2.) Stay Creative

Do something creative today. Take time to write in your journal, paint a new picture for the baby’s room, dance in your kitchen, try a recipe you’ve never made before – whatever your creative spirit desires – give into it. So much of your energy is pulled toward that life inside. It’s nice to take a few moments of the day and focus on the life outside.

3.) Cry If You Want To!

Well…it’s happening. Perhaps the hormones are getting stronger and stronger, or perhaps we are just mourning the loss (or gain?) of another 10 pounds on the scale.

Either way, the tears and emotions are so close these days aren’t they? Try to ride the wave of feelings as best you can, but don’t hold it in. If you feel like crying, cry! Let those salty tears cleanse you from the inside out – you will feel washed clean, and you will breathe so much easier after they pass.

You are so strong! A warrior Goddess does not have to ignore her feminine, emotional side. It is learning to cope and to ride these waves that make us stronger and fiercer in the end.

4.) Say Your Positive Affirmations Every Day

How do we state positive affirmations as if they already exist? It’s more than just putting an assertive spin to your thoughts – it is truly believing in your dreams, in yourself, before they are actual reality.

“Ask yourself how you would feel if your wishes were granted, and then allow yourself to internalize that emotional state.” ~Madisyn Taylor, Daily Om

The idea is that if we can find that emotional state, truly feel it in our bones, then the universe recognizes it as reality, and your visions as fact! So. What affirmations about this baby, your new life, can you believe today? It’s a whole new world.

Meditation: Positive Affirmation
I am strong, I am beautiful, I am life. Close your eyes and start to breathe deeply. Repeat those three phrases several times as you feel yourself relaxing and believing what you are saying. Keep going, Mama. Keep going.

Zen out even more, mama, with your 3 free meditation exercises designed specifically for your 3rd trimester. Enter info below to receive the PDF!

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5.) Combat Stress and Anxiety by Stretching

A woman holds stress and anxiety in her hip joints. So it is natural to assume that how you are feeling toward labor and childbirth is reflected in how sore your hips are. The tension will pool, collect, and become stagnant…trapping all those negative thoughts inside you.

Combat these feelings and free up anxiety by stretching out this area. Try pigeon pose, or cobblers pose to help you release tension today. Breathe in peace and courage, focusing on the hip joints. Imagine this cleansing breath swirling and soothing around the tension. Then acknowledge the fears and worries that are out of your control and breathe them out…sending them far away, sweeping the achiness with them. And leaving peace and calm in its wake.

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6.) Cultivate Calm

We cannot bring to the world what we don’t have within us. Or think about it this way: we cannot teach our children what we haven’t yet learned.

If you want to raise a peaceful child, you have to learn how to cultivate peace within yourself. If you want to raise a confident child, you have to learn to master confidence within yourself.

It’s so simple, yet it feels like constant chaos, doesn’t it? We are a never ending work in progress – don’t stop learning and changing, so you can bring the best to the next generation.

7.) Distract Yourself!

Distracting yourself may keep you sane during this last stage of pregnancy. Bonus points if you find a healthy way to do so! I’m looking at you, pancakes.

Here’s a fun one: Think of all the cheesy pregnancy movies that you watched before you were pregnant. At the time, we didn’t truly understand what those women were going through. Guess what? Now you’ll know every inside joke.

So queue up Father of The Bride Part II or What To Expect When You’re Expecting and have a movie marathon this weekend. You’ll laugh and cry – ah that music in Father of The Bride – and it’s not so close to your due date that the delivery will make you decide to keep that baby inside you forever.

Remember, it’s Hollywood! They take major dramatic liberties…right? RIGHT?

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New Family Friendly Yoga Studio in El Segundo, CA

March 23, 2016

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We are SO EXCITED about the opening of a new yoga studio in El Segundo – Happy Baby! It’s a family yoga + Wellness studio…all for families, and kiddos, and mamas-to-be. Happy Baby focuses on prenatal, postnatal + parent-child programs, education + support with yoga and pilates. It’s so much fun!

We are also beyond ourselves because they carry The Daily Soul Sessions for the Pregnant Mama there too! We took the girls there last week for the luanch party – it was a blast! Please, Southbay Mamas, go check out Happy Baby! We will see you there 🙂

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Experience Solitude…

January 25, 2016

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This is hard for me. Maybe because I am an identical twin, a mom, and connected to social media the way most everyone is these days. I am not used to being alone. I’ve never been alone. From the very very beginning – in my mama’s belly – I was not alone. I was sharing a tiny space with another human being. So like I said, making a conscious decision to find solitude is hard for me.

But we have to try. We have to put the phone down, we have to carve out time in the day, we have to say no to people – and find some moments to just get in touch with our souls. When I am feeling a little run down, a little frustrated, a little confused about where my day should take me – I try to find some solitude. Just a few moments to meditate, pray, breathe and let my thoughts catch up with the whir of the world. Do you ever notice that when you finally disconnect from facebook, twitter – all of it – you actually feel better? The constant grind of keeping up with so many people’s lives is exhausting. Come back to yourself, your soul – and your truths come back as well.

Just take a few moments and acknowledge your fears or worries today. I promise the second you do, you can then let them go and your whole self will be lighter and brighter.

Find your solitude…and find your soul.

Calling All Pregnant Mamas To Be!

January 22, 2016

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Ohhhhhh man, does this take me back. I cannot believe this was taken almost 20 months ago (Or in non-toddler talk, over a year and a half ago) after our Pre-Natal Yoga Class at Yoga Works in El Segundo with Patricia Anaya. Twin Yoga Mamas!

I can remember searching and searching for pregnancy books or apps that would give me the soul, mind, body connection I was desparate for during this time. And I simply could not find it. That is, until Kacey showed me her daily writings…her “daily soul sessions”, if you will. Like a bolt of lightning it hit me. THIS is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Reading her words every morning completely transformed my pregnancy. It made me pause everyday to recognize the miracle happening. It helped me calm my nerves and appreciate how beautiful this journey was.

I so encourage you, mama to be, go get a copy of The Daily Soul Sessions For The Pregnant Mama for yourself. You will not regret it, I promise.

xoxo,

Kate

Undeniable Power

December 1, 2015

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The power of positivity is undeniable. It is a waste of precious time and energy to focus on the negative when there is an abundance of good in our world. Fill your days with positive thoughts and watch your life around you change. We dare you…….Xo

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Listening To God

November 3, 2015

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Prayer is when you talk to God; Meditation is when you listen to God. Love love love this. And honestly? Meditation is a little more foreign to me than prayer. Probably because I talk more than I listen. Huh.

Meditation seems more tangible to me when I look at this way. Listening. Opening my heart and quieting my mind to what God has to say. All it is is listening.

What will you hear today?

The Art of Being Alone

July 1, 2015

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I just finished reading Cheryl Strayed’s Wild this morning. I’m sure you’ve heard all about it, with Reese Witherspoon playing the lead part in the movie. The book is really good….I wanted to read it before I see the film. That’s next up on Netflix 🙂

This quote hit me in the gut: “Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren’t a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was.” She makes being alone a not so scary place to be. Her words make alone feel like a sacred spot, a quiet spot, a peaceful refuge where you don’t have to try so hard. Where you are free to think and do and say and feel exactly what you want.

I actually found myself feeling alone quite often during my pregnancy. Not that I didn’t have amazing family and friends who supported me the whole way (I even had my twin sister in the exact same preggo position!), but it really is a personal journey. No one, not even other pregnant women, know exactly what your body is feeling like. No one knows the thoughts that run through your mind each and every waking second (not to mention the crazy dreams!). So try to embrace the “alone-ness” you are feeling right now. Try to see it as that “room where you can retreat to be who you really are.” Embrace the roller coaster, mama! And revel in your miracle working amazingness!

Leap Second

June 30, 2015

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Did you know there is a thing called the “leap second?” Think leap year, but this time is only one second. The long story short is that today the all encompassing “they” are adding one extra second to the clock. There are many reasons for this, which you should read all about here, but my take away from this is that today we get a little bit more time to…

live
love
laugh
play
dance
sing
sleep
sigh
cry
shout
spin
whirl
did I mention live?

So enjoy your leap second, dearies! They don’t come around all that often 🙂