In the morning, if it’s a week day, I usually try to wake up at least 30 minutes before my 3 1/2 year old. We co-sleep so sometimes he just wakes with me. If I get that time, I’ll spend it doing some deep breathing, meditation or a quick workout. Henry (my son) and I always start the day by watering our garden…then we play whatever animal game Henry is into, I kiss him like crazy, make him a tonic, pack his little lunch, drive him to his little Waldorf kindergarten and kiss him again.
Then I get to work which is where the routine kind of comes into play. But since I own my own business it’s kind of crazy. Sometimes I’m working at my shop, sometimes I’m driving to our construction site where we’re opening our second location, sometimes I’m working from a coffee shop or from home…it gets nuts, but I really like it. I have to pack everything in between 9:00am and 3:00pm when I pick my son up, so I have to be very organized and deliberate with what I do, sometimes this happens, sometimes it doesn’t.
I also have a health coaching business and blog that I do on the side so I’m always trying to find time to fit that in. It’s part work but mainly passion.
Yoga classes are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. I love these days. I try to make it every week. I go to Aumbase and Seven Centers in Sedona.
I’m not a breakfast person, I’ve tried it, it just doesn’t work for me. Usually I’ll have a cup of dandelion root or celery juice about 30 minutes after waking. I then do my standard tonic, I drink the same thing pretty much everyday and I’m not going to be changing it anytime soon. It’s a cold tonic that has stone ground almond butter, chaga, reishi, cordyceps, ashwagandha, mucuna purians, he shou wu, raw cacao, sometimes some collagen sometimes not and some stevia. I’ll drink this usually around 8:00am and it holds me until 11 or so, sometimes I’ll double fist with a cold-pressed green juice from Local.
Mindful exercises / rituals
I do yoga 3 days a week, Ashtanga and Hatha. I also go on frequent walks and do 3 circuit workouts a week which I’m always sharing on instagram. I try to practice walking meditation sometimes, but my personality isn’t really the slow type. It's a struggle for me.
Weekly I go see my dear friend Alice who does Alphabiotics here in Sedona, she’s an angel. This really helps me with lower back pain from standing so much and from old sports injuries. It also balances out my brain, which I think we all need. This is my favorite kind of body work.
I go see a colon hydrotherapist at least once a month, this is just a good way to care for the colon and the gut. I see Kate at Digestive Wellness Center in Sedona, she is amazing!
Besides that, it's at home care with magnesium baths, breath work when I can settle in and meditations when I can make the time.
- Living Libations best skin ever gives me a radiant glow, I always get the most complements on my skin when I use it.
- Dr. Hushka Rose Cream, the OG skin care line. My mom used this when I was a kid and I now use it with Henry. It smells so good and in the desert you need this kind of thick hydration.
- RMS “Un” coverup in 22, the best makeup ever.
- Burt's Bees lip balm for lips and cheeks, they have the best natural tints.
- Dry shampoo because who has time to wash their hair?
In the afternoon, I’m usually about spend with using my brain, so it's Henry play time. We go to the park, spend time at home reading or playing or go to the pool.
I try to start thinking about dinner around 2:00pm just in case we need to go to the market. I wish I was someone who planned meals ahead of time, but I don’t. I just go with whatever hits me.
Usually I have a huge 32 oz smoothie which consists of a Kickstart (grapefruit, orange, coconut water, cayenne) from my shop, blended with a whole bunch (meaning an entire bundle) of cilantro, 1 whole grapefruit, handful of spinach and 2 dates. I blend this up and I’m energized to the max. If I feel like I need something more, I’ll eat a couple tablespoons of Coconut Cult yogurt and then I’m dandy.
Mindful exercises / rituals
Breaths! Sit out in at least 10 minutes of sunshine. Jump on the trampoline with Henry.
We eat dinner early because Henry goes to bed at 6:00. So lots of prep from 4:00 to 5:00, He helps me cook or prepare our foods which is so fun for both of us!
After Henry is in bed, I usually read, catch up on emails or just spend time with my husband. Mike (my husband) and I are business partners so it’s hard not to talk work all the time, but we do our best to just unwind. Sometime that involves Netflix binges or walk around the neighborhood, we live next to a great Japanese restaurant so sometimes we walk to dinner. My mom lives with us, so we have amazing support with childcare. This makes being small business owners and parents a little less stressful.
Dinner is always different, for the summer we go mainly raw. Mike is a meat eater so he’ll supplement, but I keep it raw vegan during the summertime and Henry usually leans vegan.
For me it's raw soups, big salads, sometimes fruit or a whole watermelon…just simple foods that taste amazing. I make a lot of recipes from my upcoming book Raw and Radiant, I love just eating really light and pure. I notice I feel and look my best when I’m plant based and raw.
Mindful exercises / rituals
4 things that are ritual like: blue-blockers if I’m on the phone or computer; skin brushing; I always stretch at night' we play Native American flute music; I do deep breathing while lying in bed to put myself to sleep. These pretty much never change.
- At night its MyChelle Retinal
- Neem toothpaste
- Magnesium body spray
- Iodine supplement
- Cell food supplement
- Nucifura all over the body
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