Ah, April!

“Ah, April”. Here we come! The first few months of this year have been tough for both of us for our own reasons. We’ve been struggling, but pushing through for the most part. We have not been thriving as our best selves though. It’s been a dark, heavy, tough start to this year. The sun must rise to shine again though.

Let’s all take a deep breath or two and relax into “Ah, April”! Its a new month, and that means a new challenge, a new opportunity. This new month also begins on a Monday too! Could the stars align even more for a fresh start?!

We are particularly excited that the first day of this new month is April Fools Day! It is such a light, airy, and playful reminder to make time for more fun and play. Not everything needs to be so serious and strict all the dang time. Breathe and relax a bit!

“Ah, April”… Here we are. Join us this month for a fresh, relaxed dive into some healthier habits that will bring about a happier you!

This month we commit to and challenge you to take a relaxed approach into bringing some positive change to your daily life. Follow along this month in our Facebook Group to see our progress and share your own! You can also share with us here through comments as well. We can’t wait to hear from you!


Ah, April!

“Ah, April”. Here we come! The first few months of this year have been tough for both of us for our own reasons. We’ve been struggling, but pushing through for the most part. We have not been thriving as our best selves though. It’s been a dark, heavy, tough start to this year. The sun must rise to shine again though.

Let’s all take a deep breath or two and relax into “Ah, April”! Its a new month, and that means a new challenge, a new opportunity. This new month also begins on a Monday too! Could the stars align even more for a fresh start?!

We are particularly excited that the first day of this new month is April Fools Day! It is such a light, airy, and playful reminder to make time for more fun and play. Not everything needs to be so serious and strict all the dang time. Breathe and relax a bit!

“Ah, April”… Here we are. Join us this month for a fresh, relaxed dive into some healthier habits that will bring about a happier you!

This month we commit to and challenge you to take a relaxed approach into bringing some positive change to your daily life. Follow along this month in our Facebook Group to see our progress and share your own! You can also share with us here through comments as well. We can’t wait to hear from you!


MORE March

March feels like a better time to start the new year. It’s finally warming up, the snow and ice is melting, and if you’re lucky grass may be green! Not to mention, January and February were kind of a doozey. Heck, even the first couple weeks of March had a little bit of a doozey vibe too, but its finally dissipating.

We declare March “MORE March”. Let’s take this month to focus on what we all need a little more of in our own lives. This could be anything from water and veggies to downtime or play time. This can also change from week to week, heck it can change from day to day, and that is okay!

We challenge you to check in with yourself, do a little assessment and see what it is that you need a little more of in your life. Find out if you need some more water and make it a goal to drink an extra cup of water a day. Check in with yourself each day or week, see what you need more of and see if you’re sticking to adding a little more of that each day.

Don’t forget we are here to help. Check in with us on the Facebook Group to share what you need, how you’re adding that in daily, or to chit chat about some ideas to help you figure it all out!


Ice Cubes Are A Little Messy When They Melt

I have been really struggling lately. It’s like my good brain and bad brain are battling. The last few weeks I’ve been working really hard to make sure I’m doing the things I need to do for me. I’ve been journaling, meditating, exercising, eating better, drinking all the water, reading. All. The. Things. I’ve been checking off a list of these things daily to make sure I’m doing most of them on most days. Majority wins, perfection is not real. This is really great right? If you read that you’re likely thinking wow shes doing really well, that’s awesome.

Here’s what you’re missing though. Every day I’ve been releasing this negative ass energy from somewhere deep through attitude about work and people in general.

I’ve become a bit nasty and it just dawned on me this week. It’s like a mini reality smack to the face really and it hit hard. I have been doing all of these things trying to do the right stuff that I need to do, yet the nastiest bits of attitude just keep popping out, especially in places they hadnt before. I got really upset about this last night. Did some arguing, yelling and screaming, and of course crying. It felt really good to get those negative emotions out, but it also made me have to sit and face this. I’m facing it now as I write this in the middle of my workout.

Typically in the past I’d be consumed by this negative energy and beat myself up for feeling like this when I’m doing all this positive stuff. I’d tell myself its obviously not working because of this negative outburst so why even bother? As I shift my mindset I’m learning to ask my self truthfully why am I bothering? I’m bothering because I KNOW that this is right. This is what I have to do. I know the positive energy I feel and radiate comes from doing these things. I know that releasing that negativity is just a part of the this process. That negative energy needs to get out and go somewhere. While I may not be very good at getting it out constructively yet, I’m getting it out. It’s not sitting inside and stewing and building and feeding my bad brain.

I read my current favorite analogy in a book called Atomic Habits by James Clear recently. It went a little something like this:

You can put an ice cube on a desk in a room that’s 25° and it wont melt. You can heat the room slowly by 1° to 26° and it wont melt, to 27° and it wont melt, to 28° and it wont melt, all the way to 31° and it STILL wont freaking melt. One more degree though, the same slow incremental change you’ve been doing, to 32° and poof, it’s a whole new world. The ice starts to melt.

This spoke so much to me. If you’re still with me you know that at 29° I typically call it quits when really all that needs to be done is a just a little more consistency! I think my mini negative outbursts and the negative break of last night may have been my way of heating up my internal ice cube. Now, its finally starting to melt. I feel a little better today. I have some side effects from the break last night, but that’s normal. Ice cubes are a little messy when they melt. I think my good brain and my bad brain maybe had to battle it out a bit to keep turning up the heat so the melting could finally begin. I think it’s going to be okay.

xo

Nikki


“WOAH! I Feel Good” ~ THE James Brown

GUYS! It’s February! I’m not sure about you, but I usually tend to hitch a long ride to nowhere on the struggle bus during the month of February. SO! To help try and combat that for me and for you we are running our monthly challenge this month as FEEL GOOD FEBRUARY!

Feel Good February is all about increasing our awareness of what makes us feel good inside and out and then simply doing more of that!

February is always really hard for me. The holidays have passed, all the fun excitement of the new year has faded. It’s dark and it’s cold. Frick February, right?! Instead of succumbing to the usual February Shame Spiral why not focus on lifting ourselves and others?

Why not remember what the warm sun feels like as it dances across your face?

Why not compliment a stranger?

Why not lend a helping hand to a friend or neighbor?

Why not remind yourself of the sweet tickle of grass between your toes?

Why not get your blood flowing with some movement?

Why not express your creativity?

There are so many little things we can do regularly that will help us feel good. It’s so easy to get caught up in the dreary ick of February, but anything worth having or doing doesn’t come easy.

Challenge yourself. Push yourself. Improve yourself.

Tell us one thing you can do regularly that will help you feel good! We DOUBLE DOG DARE YA to do it most days this month.

Check in with us here, on our Facebook Page, or in our Facebook Group!

We want to hear from you, learn from you, share with you, and grow with you! xo


“Just Keep Swimming” ~ Dory, Finding Nemo

February starts TOMORROW! Can you believe it? We are already a whole month into this new year, 1 of 12 down and only 11 to go! I’m not sure about you, but January felt like it last approximately 3 years for me. I feel like this is partly because halfway into the month I let most of myself go for about 10 days… oops.

This is not a post about me letting myself go for nearly two weeks though. Complaining and re-hashing old crap only leads to the same old negative icky feelings resurfacing. Who the heck wants that?! No one!

Today I’m here to tell you that even when you fall off track, feel uninspired, lack motivation, or whatever else you have to keep going. You have to keep moving. Newton’s Law of Motion says it best: essentially, a body at rest stays at rest; a body in motion stays in motion. I truly feel like this principal applies not only to physical movement, but also habits…my favorite things 😍😁

So, I mentioned I let some of myself go earlier this month. I basically stopped exercising, stopped journaling, and ate a little more unhealthy foods than I strive to typically eat. Here’s the thing though, I still kept up with some of my other habits. I still did my 5 minute journal every morning, I still tracked my stuff, I still got my clothes out and lunches ready for the next day before bed most days. I still tried to find some time to read here and there.

I truly believe that me keeping up with some of my habits is what has made it easier for me to transition back to keeping up with most of my habits. This last week I’ve been reading, journaling, exercising, tracking, stretching, meditating, all the things most of the days! I really feel like if I hadn’t put some effort into keeping going and just let everything fall by the wayside my 10 days would have turned into 10 weeks of miserably spiraling down and out.

They say when the going gets tough, the tough get going. I’m here to tell you that you are tough. You can and you will keep going if you chose to do so. Even when its hard find one or two things you can do each and every day to help the momentum you’ve built from halting to a dead stop. You can manage making your bed every day, or taking an extra moment before you leave the house to tell yourself it’s going to be okay or it’s going to be good day. You have time find a simple reason to smile for a second. You can take a few deep breaths. Take that 2 minutes every day for yourself. You owe it to yourself to have 2 freaking minutes to do something for you that will allow you to keep swimming.


Progress…NOT Perfection

We are 2/3 of the way into our first month of this new year! We want to take this opportunity to tell you all we are proud of you, you are slaying the game, you are doing it, whatever it is to you.

Let me be the first to tell you I’ve started off so strong! I have been exercising and eating healthy and kicking the crap out of this new year. Until I wasn’t. It’s usually around the 3 week mark that my spark fades and I start slipping into old habits. I’ll bet these old habits I’m talking about may sound a little familiar to you too. Typically it starts when I need to rest a little extra. I will take a little break and then stop making the time to exercise. That is usually the first warning sign, for me at least. Then, I stop meal prepping and start ordering out, I am careless with my snacks, and gosh you know I am hitting that snooze button and now I’m avoiding that treadmill as if it’s the plague!

Here’s the thing though, previously this would happen and I would just roll with it. I would cascade so deep into a dark winter depression. I would succumb to all the negativity swirling through my head and start believing all those old familiar stories my “bad brain” would tell me, all those stories that I am working really hard to re-write.

I bet you’ll notice I said previously back there, or maybe you didn’t. That’s right, PREVIOUSLY! Nowadays, I notice when I start slipping because I’ve been practicing being mindful with my attitude and actions. Nowadays, I evaluate the circumstances that are causing me to slip and react accordingly. Regardless of whatever the cause may be though I am practicing giving myself some dang grace. I’m learning to treat me the way I would treat you if you came to me and said you were struggling to show up for yourself. I really feel like this is something we all need to practice a little more.

If there is a legitimate reason behind me not showing up as strong as I hope then alright, that is okay. I will arrange my schedule and attitude so that I can do what I can with what I’ve got. For example, maybe I got sick so exercising has been put on hold. That’s okay, I just need to make sure to get plenty of rest and eat clean to stay balance and track. When one thing must be put on hold its important to keep the other habits going strong so you don’t lose your mindset or momentum.

On the flip side! Let’s say I’ve noticed myself feeling a little blah and lacking some drive, this is what usually happens. I’ve probably been feeling a little blah and not really pushing myself to exercise or sticking with my little daily habits like journaling. Maybe I’m getting a little lax with prepping food and cooking. I’m being more mindful, so I am noticing this happen. Since I’m noticing this I’m able to confront it. I can sit myself down and have a little reality check pep talk. I can make a plan to slowly get back into my better habits so I don’t overwhelm myself trying to do it all at once or make up for lost time. Easing back into my intentions will help me get my spark ignited again.

I may not be able to keep my spark lit at all times, but is anyone really?? I really believe that a key component to everlasting change is a progress, not perfection mindset. Through my practice I have been able to learn my triggers and warning signs and how to look out for them. I have been able to understand how to treat myself better and with more love and respect. Had I been striving for perfection constantly I’ll bet I would be way worse than where I started. I’d be so unhappy and have no confidence that I could grow and evolve. Practicing little improvements and progress has allowed me to set goals and see I can reach them. It has given me confidence in myself. Working for progress allows me to look back and reflect at how much progress I’ve actually made too! I can see what works and what doesn’t work for me personally. Most importantly, I can share it all with you!

Comment below and share some of your victories and your progress! Let us know if you want some guidance in practicing progress over perfection, we are here for you! We want to know how you work for progress instead of perfection!

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A Cool Compassion Trick!

Have you ever been annoyed by someone tailgating you? Do you have a coworker that you struggle to get along with? Is one of your friends or family members just driving you crazy lately?

I bet there are some people in your every day life that cause some unnecessary irritation. These people could be anyone from strangers, relatives, friends, acquaintances, and even coworkers.

One way to beat that almost incessant feeling of annoyance is by practicing compassion towards that person. I know, I know, sometimes it can be really hard to try and focus compassion on someone that is driving you up a dang wall! I’ve been there. I’ve been that crazy driver screaming at all the people around me as I rush on my way to work. I have gotten super snippy and annoyed with people at work or friends and family that think different or act different than I would. We’ve all been there.

These kind of outbreaks though very rarely ever serve any genuinely good purpose. All they do is tend to make us even more irritated! This is where compassion comes in. Compassion towards others instead allows us to find our own peace and maintain our own joy!

Like I said before, I know it can be super hard to try and practice compassion. So! I have come up with a nifty little trick that personally helped me manage a whole weeks worth of commuting without losing it on some random driver!

Here’s the trick! Make up a story about that person irritating you. It can he anything that tugs on your heart strings just a bit. The goal is to pull you out of the irritated annoyance thought pattern and into a more positive compassionate thought instead. Honestly, who cares if what you have to tell yourself isn’t true. The purpose of this exercise to help you create and maintain your own peace. If that means making up a story about the lady behind you driving too close to your bumper, then so be it. Maybe she’s late for a big meeting, just like you were last week! Maybe she spilled some coffee on her favorite shirt and had to change last minute. Maybe her grandchild is about to come into this world. Maybe her dog or cat is suffering and she needs to get to a vet. Who knows and who cares. That made up story will snap you out of your own anger and put you in a more relaxed and relatable state.

Once your more relaxed you’ll be on a better track to a better day. This may even help you build an eye and heart for compassion and it may become second nature to start seeing and believing in the goodness of the world. Who doesn’t want to live in a world like that?

Try out our trick and let us know in the comments if you find it beneficial! We cant wait to hear from you!


New Year, Better You!

Do you usually make a New Years Resolution or two? Maybe you set a new goal or decide to adopt a new hobby, or finally take a stand against some bad habit you’ve been meaning to break. Regardless of the specifics the New Year almost always seems to spark something in most of us. If you’re anything like me then that spark also may fade pretty easily after a few weeks or so.

Sticking with it is so much easier said than done. So, to help you find what works best for you to keep you on track to slay all day almost every day check out what has worked for us!

First things first. List all the stuff and things you want to do or change.

Once you acknowledge the different areas that you want see something new try to prioritize what may be the most important to you or something that may bring you the most joy.

After you prioritize your list, pick O N E thing to start with. Yes, one! Sometimes when we pile our plate so full of all these awesome goals and changes that plate gets a bit heavy. You know what happens. It’s overwhelming and then you give up little by little or all at once.

We’ve also found that one of the key factors to sticking to your new habits is your S K I L L S! Yep, you read that right. It takes skills to create a new habit. It takes skills for that new habits to eventually become routine. It takes skills to add a second new habit after you’ve mastered the first. Take a few moments to think about what skills you need to start and follow through with a new habit. Once you’ve got the skillset figured out you’ve got to determine how to sharpen those skills! We can help with that too 😉 Let us know in the comments what skills you may need to sharpen and let’s brainstorm some options to help!

Anything is possible, people.

Start small.

Stay accountable.


Jump In January

Ah…a beautiful, untainted NEW YEAR! Isn’t it so refreshing to welcome a new beginning?

☆ G O A L S ☆ D R E A M S ☆ P L A N S ☆

☆ A S P I R A T I O N S ☆ C H A N G E S ☆

The cross roads of the end of one year and the start of a new year brings an opportunity to reflect on habits and behaviors, goals and accomplishments as well as a chance to dream up new inspiration for the year ahead!

◇ Are you dreaming of change in your life?

◇ Do you desire to live a more fulfilling life?

◇ Are you hoping to be more healthy?

So many of us view the start of the year as a fresh beginning and see January as a blank slate. So, why not Jump In this January with The Paleo Squirrel?

◇ Are you unsure of where or how to start?

◇ Do you struggle with staying on track?

JUMP IN with The Paleo Squirrel!

We are here to provide encouragement, motivation, guidance, and inspiration that we believe could help you identify and accomplish your goals and ultimately assist you in living the life you love!

We firmly believe that you have the ability to cultivate sustainable growth in your personal life. With a little ambition, curiosity, openness, and vulnerability we feel like it’s possible to break self imposed barriers, embrace potential, and live fully.

The Paleo Squirrel has created a FREE accountability challenge that offers support, motivation, and encouragment to anyone who wants to make some positive changes in their life and work through their journey along side some bad ass people!

Check out our Facebook page and join our Jump In January group to stay up to date with everything happening during this months challenge!