We all long to live better lives. We know we’d rather eat better, live more simply, stay centered, keep our bodies fit, have deeper relationships, and be better stewards of the earth.
But our lives are filled with responsibilities, jam packed schedules, financial pressures, and all the mundane tasks to keep the machine running. As my friend Carolyn said, “Of course I want to be more mindful, but most days I can’t even hear myself think!”
Aligning what you know and what you do may feel daunting, but it can be less daunting by just getting to the first step. The journey of a thousand miles, and all.
To get you started, here are ten great first steps from ten inspiring websites. Want to change your life? Pick one and let the journey begin!
E A T B E T T E R
Megan Gilmore is on a mission to make healthy living easier and more accessible. You’ll find some quick and easy recipes, made with only all-natural ingredients. I especially like her healthy re-makes of some of less-than-healthy classics. And I’m particularly fond of her raspberry chocolate chip muffin recipe. Yum. And no gluten in sight!
START HERE: Her extremely helpful START HERE page includes guides to food combining, food prep, freezer meals, and going grain-free. Subscribe to Megan’s blog and get a free 21 day kick start program.
L I V E S I M P L E R
BREAK THE TWITCH
Break the Twitch, hosted by Anthony Ongaro, is about aligning daily actions with your values and creating space to do more of what’s important to you. He writes and creates videos about practical intentional living to help you minimize distractions, build habits, and create opportunities for a fulfilling life. If Anthony’s insights don’t inspire you, his enthusiasm will!
W O R K P A S S I O N A T E L Y
ENTREPRENEURS ON FIRE
John Lee Dumas is the founder & host of EOFire, an award-winning Podcast where he interviews today’s most inspiring Entrepreneurs seven days a week! If you’ve been dreaming and scheming to escape the corporate machine and start your own business, you’ll get all the inspiration you need in your daily dose of EOFire.
START HERE: Listen to this podcast for daily entrepreneurial inspiration or subscribe on iTunes. Plus John offers free courses on podcasting and webinars. I did the podcasting workshop and he definitely got me FIRED UP!
G E T F I T
Nerd Fitness helps desk jockeys, nerds, and average Joes level up their lives. What I like about the emails I get from founder Steve Kamp, is that all the diet and nutrition info is healthy and doable. Their goal is to remove EVERY barrier – mental, physical, and emotional – that keep you from changing your life for the better. Their invitation? “Join the rebellion. You’re your only hope. Get healthy without a gym. Make changes that stick. Unlearn fitness lies. Save the world.” Spoken like a true and very fit nerd!
START HERE: The Nerd Fitness website offers lots of free tools and resources including workouts, diet and nutrition info, forums and 4-week challenges. Sign up for their weekly email. It’s inspiring and motivating!
B E M I N D F U L
Alfred James teaches mindfulness as a pathway to self-acceptance and inner peace. He sees mindfulness as a pathway that helps release the attachment, aversion and desire responsible for the day-to-day suffering that prevents us from discovering true contentment in life. James is author of Pocket Mindfulness, which has become a notable source of quotation for many teachers and mindfulness practitioners.
START HERE: You’ll find a really great START HERE page that includes entry points for living in the present moment, self-discovery, re-centering the mind, plus some great mindfulness exercises. Don’t miss the free app that reminds you daily to stop, breathe and inspires mindfulness.
R E L A T E M O R E
Jayson is on a mission to teach people the one class they didn’t get in school – how to do intimate relationships. Here’s a sample of his philosophy. “Believe it or not, vulnerability is the doorway into a deeper, more satisfying relationship. But you have to be willing to get hurt, again. And, it helps when you stop seeing being ‘hurt’ as a problem and instead see being hurt as part of the experience you need to wake up out of any patterns you are in.”
START HERE: Avoid pointless fights, have better sex and dominate your life, together with Jayson’s Smart Couple’s Marriage Success Map (free when you subscribe to his blog).
W A S T E L E S S
TRASH IS FOR TOSSERS
Lauren Singer lives a Zero Waste lifestyle and hasn’t sent any trash to a landfill since 2012 which she documents through her blog, Trash is for Tossers. Since its inception, it’s helped people across the globe learn how to live without waste – and it can help you, too! If you’ve been wanting a more conscious relationship with the environment, why not start at home?
START HERE: Her website trashisfortossers.com provides some really practical pointers and gives you the ultimate Zero Waste Alternative List. Be sure to check out The Simply Co., Lauren’s line of toxic free, sustainable products.
T O N E U P
THE JOURNEY JUNKIE
“Welcome to a community of intention setting, false belief breaking, and dream making,” says Allie, chief journey babe, and guide to inspiration, movement and connection. She shares her journey of yoga + life to inspire your journey. And she does just that! I particularly like her openness as she shares her monthly goals and insights, like “We are what we practice, every day, over and over again.” So true!
START HERE: Been thinking about yoga? Been thinking about doing more yoga? Jump start your practice with Allie’s 30 Pose Yoga Journey to become a “beautiful, brave, BADASS” yogi!
T R A V E L M O R E
ENJOY LIVING ABROAD
Author of two bestselling travel memoirs, Karen McCann is an American writer who moved to Seville, Spain in 2004 “for a year” and has been living there ever since. “Living abroad,” she says, “is the best opportunity to reinvent yourself outside of the witness protection program. You get to hit the reset button on your life.” If you’ve been musing about reinventing yourself, an expat life might be for you!
START HERE: Karen’s website is loaded with great tips about travel and expat living. She’s written about everything from Packing Light to Dive Bars of the World.
L I V E F E A R L E S S L Y
Rebecca is writer, poet and inspirer of people. Her frankness about her life invites us to look honestly at ourselves. In her fierce yet vulnerable way, she challenges us to be better human beings. Her site is dedicated to “unfiltered, raw, unpolished, naked truth.” Welcome to Rebecca’s world.
START HERE: Rebecca’s poetry is a gift. If you want words that will wake you up, sign up immediately and get these treasures delivered to your inbox. For another dose of truth, wander through Rebecca’s media page – short, potent videos about the many facets of life.
Anna Francesca Celestino is a blogger and coach who abandoned corporate life to go in search of meaning. Returning from the proverbial mountaintop, she offers life hacks even the busiest people can use to live a more authentic life. Want to find out what’s been sabotaging your hopes and dreams? START HERE: The Emotional Workout: 6 simple questions to find out what’s been stopping you and one to turn it around. Download your free copy now.