The little things. Those little moments...they aren’t really little.
Motivation comes from within. No one can hand it to you, but no one can take it away.
Come take class with me! My new schedule has me teaching all over Chicago. Check out my story highlight “class schedule” to see when you can join me...I hope it’s sometime soon.
Photo Credit: @sanzphotos
Sometimes it’s better to react with no reaction.
We only have a few seats left for our January Wellness Workshop that’s starting TOMORROW! 💪❄️🤗 Join me and @candicehowarth this coming Monday @mywholelifewellness for a small group workshop. Meetings will be the next 4 Mondays, from 6:30-8:00 at Whole Life Wellness, in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Here are just SOME of the topics we will cover regarding yoga and psychotherapy: •Effective communication •Pranayama (breathing techniques)
•Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
•Learning how to identify irrational thoughts
•Understating behavioral patterns •Removing barriers
We'll provide you with valuable tools, tangible resources, and mindfulness exercises to support you every step of the way.
In addition to the 4 group sessions, you'll get two private 30 minute sessions, one with me to discuss your individual health goals and dietary concerns, and one with Sarah, psychotherapist, to focus on behaviors, patterns, and lifestyle choices to support you in making lasting change.
You'll also get 25% off of any additional private sessions booked throughout the 4-week workshop.
Feel free to DM me with any questions, link in bio to sign up✅ or go to mywlwellness.com
2 weeks ago I started using FRÉ products, a skincare line designed specifically for active and sweaty folk…well I guess it might be nicer to say folks who like to sweat…that’s me!
Being prone to acne I was a bit hesitant to start using a new line of products but after finding my old benzyole peroxide wash and cream too drying, I figured it was time to try something new. I was delighted to find that not only did my acne not flare up but that my skin tone appears more even than before and, is for sure more well hydrated.
One of my favorite things about these organic Argan based products is that an Argan Tree of Life is planted for every set sold in effort to empower women who harvest Argan in Morocco and fight deforestation.
A solid product doing good around the world…this makes FRÉ a must skincare routine for women that sweat…or women who LIKE to sweat that is 😉. Want to try it yourself? Get 25% off on your first FRÉ set by using my code SARAHW valid
only for the next 48 hours, @freskincare. That makes the set (3 products and a super cute caring bag) just $86.25 instead of $115 AND the set lasts for more than 3 months!
Thank you to the FRÉ crew who generously sent me my first set of products for “FRÉ”...it’s that kind of confidence we should all have in ourselves, of the products of our passion and creativity...you knew I’d like it and want to share cause you know that what you’ve got going on is true quality. Inspirational butt kicking at its best!
Whatever is good for your soul, do that.
When looking at life through eyes of gratitude, the world becomes a magical and amazing place.
Dear past, thanks for all of the lessons. Dear future, I’m ready.
Hands down @chifitfoodie saved my busy bootie this year, time and time again. Having delicious and nutritious meals on the ready was a lifesaver, a timesaver, and a gutsaver ;) Thank you Chef @shauna_shaik for supporting me this past year, making this by far one of my #bestof2017
Opening @mywholelifewellness was a dream come true, a dream that manifested slowly and organically over the past 12 years. Each position, passion, and partnership opening and closing the doors that would eventually lead me here, to this awesome place.
Each day I walk through the doors of the office, a space that reflects both my inner and outer self, I feel great joy as I take in my surroundings and understand that what it was has made it what it has become. And when I roll out the yoga mats and gather the days worth of client files, I smile to myself, so excited for what it now is and what it will be.
My clients have taught me so much and in fact it was my clients who created our new treatment model...it was through their work, their accomplishments, their inspiration, that Whole Life Wellness was born. Thank you to each and everyone of you who showed me that by combining yoga, psychotherapy, and nutrition that we could set the stage for others to work, to scrub, to polish, and to shine.
Opening Whole Life Wellness, collaborating with so much incredible talent, this is one of my #bestof2017
And did you see our Nourish Yourself 4 week workshop starting in the New Year?! Follow the link in my bio to find out more.
@kitchfix meals and snacks have without a doubt been one of my #bestof2017 From the super savory sweet potato wedges to their grain-free granola, one of the best I’ve ever tried, a daily stop into the Kitchfix storefront has become a must in my health and wellness routine.
A huge thank you to this local Chicago-based company for all that you do. By making healthy foods accessible and delicious, you’ve made it possible for me and for so many others to make choices that empower our success. And thanks too for offering a discount to my friends that haven’t tried ordering online yet...get $20 off of your first online order from @kitchfix when you use code: SarahCWellness20 at checkout. A must try: sweet potato wedges, chicken tenders, the paleo cesar salad, and of course the ridiculously delicious granola. Enjoy!
A soul connection is a resonance between two people who respond to the essential beauty of each other's individual natures, behind their facades, and who connect on this deeper level. This kind of mutual recognition provides the catalyst for a potent alchemy. It is a sacred alliance whose purpose is to help both partners discover and realize their deepest potentials. While a heart connection lets us appreciate those we love just as they are, a soul connection opens up a further dimension -- seeing and loving them for who they could be, and for who we could become under their influence. This means recognizing that we both have an important part to play in helping each other become more fully who we are....A soul connection not only inspires us to expand, but also forces us to confront whatever stands in the way of that expansion. -John Welwood
Making connections with others, students, clients, strangers, new and old friends, is one of my greatest pleasures in life. This is why my work is my passion and my passion is my life...making connections with others a #bestof2017 a best of this beautiful life.
Photo Credit: @mariaponcephoto via @lululemon + @lululemonchi
As 2017 draws to a close I have a choice...what I will carry forward, and what I will leave behind. Informed by my past rather than burdened by it, I step into the unknown carrying the tools I’ve gained from my challenges, resourced, reconnected deeply to me. I will walk my own path rather than the one envisioned for me by the shoulds, the coulds, the sposdas. For when I walk my own path in truth, grounded by the wisdom found uniquely within me, I shall approach each day, each challenge, each person, each and every moment as if it were uniquely my own, every breath, every moment, everyday.
Yung Pueblo’s quotes, one of my favorites pictured here, are beautiful, raw, and speak to my heart, making him and his words one of my #bestof2017
2017 has been quite the year, full of powerful beginnings and endings...through smiles and tears this has been one for the books.
And throughout this year I have had the pleasure of working with and knowing some of the most inspiring business owners and entrepreneurs, an honor and an experience that has driven me to follow my own personal and professional dreams.
One such company is @vitalproteins so much more like a family than a business, this crew of individuals has inspired me in more ways than I can possibly put into words.
I am a proud ambassador for their products. Yes because the peptides and matcha have changed my life (this is no joke) and yes because it feels incredible to be surrounded by so much genuine interest to do good, to have a positive impact on our lives, to spread health and wellness to all walks of life in and outside of Chicago.
A huge thank you to the Vital Proteins crew, for all that you have supported me in during this past year and all that you continue to do...with a grateful and excited heart, thank you, you are one of my favorites for 2017 💙. #bestof2017
Ummm...right?! Time to put all the skills to use ✌🏼🙏🏼🧘🏼♀️. Headed home for the holidays. See you all on the other side...enlightened or... #homefortheholidays
Self-care post: PLEASE READ
This past month I’ve heard people say it almost daily, “the holidays are such a stressful time of year.” And it dawned on me the other day that for the past many years of running a psychotherapy practice that attendance of sessions during the month of December significantly decrease, in fact it’s one of the slowest months of the year.
So I ask, is it that the holidays are really that stressful or does it have more to do with our habits? When things get busy, for so many of us, our self care is the first thing to go...and because of this, I wonder, aren’t we then asking for the stress?
When I emphasize PLEASE READ this post it is in attempt to acknowledge the importance of your own self-care. To water the flowers around you, you must fill your own watering can first. Carve out the time, make yourself, your physical and mental health, a priority.
For me I made the time for a massage at @exhalespa and a facial at @goldcoastplasticsurgery
pictured here feeling the glow of both. What self care regiments will you commit to? Inspire us by sharing in the comments below. For a gift to yourself is a gift to the ones you love...take care of you as they would insist that you did.
Please share your honest answer, the first thing that pops into your mind, uncensored and true.
Current obsession: The Goji Berry Smoothie with added Camu Camu powder from @kitchfix
Why? It’s delicious! And it’s loaded with antioxidant superfoods. Ever heard of Camu Camu? Aside from having the highest content of Vitamin C of any other food, it’s also packed with nutrients and additional benefits that include immunity boosting, mood lifting, is anti-viral, anti inflammatory, and so much more. A must have smoothie add on when the signs of a cold start to appear 🤧. I love being able to access this and a ton of other delicious and nutritious smoothie and meal options at the Gold Coast @kitchfix storefront. If you haven’t been, give it a try OR better yet join me for a class downstairs at @sweatfitnessstudios and we’ll grab a smoothie together after! 💵 Money saving alert: For $20 off of your first online order from @kitchfix use code: SarahCWellness20 at checkout. You can have it delivered or pick your orders up at the Gold Coast storefront...just another nudge for you to come grab that class and smoothie with me ;)
An absolute truth that must not be forgotten...especially at this time of year.
I’m tagging up to 20 people who I see doing this everyday. Who would you tag? Lift those that lift you in the comments below.
You ever scroll through your own Insta feed? From time to time I do and yesterday, when I did so, I noticed that a huge part of my life was missing from my feed.
In addition to teaching and practicing yoga, something that I cherish and that has changed my life, I also regularly, 4-5 times a week, lift weights and do circuit training...AND I LOVE it.
Everyday I’m learning how yoga, breath work, and mindfulness compliment what I’m doing during circuit training classes, while lifting weights, and pulling endlessly on the rower or skier handles. And THESE are the things that I’m teaching in my new Total Recovery Class at @sweatfitnessstudios and THESE are the things I plan to also share here.
Stay tuned for posts and Insta Stories dedicated to strength training...doing it, recovering from it...with awareness of alignment, breath, and engagement of your strongest self, mind, body, soul.