Introducing #CHAIRitySLO

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Last night I gave free 10 minute chair massages at a Ladies Night hosted by Axis Chiropractic here in SLO. I had committed to the event a while back thinking it could be a good way to connect with the community but, last night as I threw my chair over my shoulder and began my 30 second walk around the corner to the event (gotta love SLO), I kicked myself thinking maybe I should be staying home for some quality family time instead.  

 

Upon arriving, I was greeted by my fellow wom-entrepeneurs (did I just make that up?!) all of whom were there to share their products/services with our guests and most of whom were also wives and mommas who likely dealt with my same heart dilemmas as they made their way to the event.  Feeling their buzz elevated my excitement about the evening, but it wasn't until I had my first client in the chair that all fell away and I knew that I was exactly where I was supposed to be.  

 

I shared sweet 10 minute experiences with each of the women that sat in my chair during which they told me their stories and we built relationships that I had no idea were possible in such a short timeframe. From the Adventure-preneur (another new word?!) who left behind her accounting career to pursue her outdoorsy passions to the B.A. Chrones Conqueror who didn't buy the "diet has no effect on your gut and auto immune health" line that doctors fed her, each woman had a unique story and our time together fed my soul and brought me crazy joy! But then there was the Essential Tipper who took it over the top. With just $5 this essential-oils-guru inspired an idea that I hope will have a cool impact on our community. 

 

With the buzz of the evening in my heart and her $5 in my pocket, I left the event with my mind sifting through ideas of how I could use this "magic" chair of mine to connect with more people and love on the community.  That's when it clicked...if she tipped for a free chair massage, other people would tip too, especially if it was going to a good cause (and is a good massage).  

 

So, I've decided that my chair (#CHAIRitySLO) and I will attend one community event each month where I'll dish out free 10 minute massages and collect tips which will be donated to a local non-profit. Have ideas of where #CHAIRitySLO should be? Tag it in your photos at a local event or on the event's Facebook page or email chairityslo@gmail.com to tell me where we should be. I'll support a different SLO County non-profit organization/program each month and I won't keep a dime, that's my commitment to you. Like my Fruitful Living facebook page to find out where #CHAIRitySLO will be each month and come get your free chair massage! 

 

Santa Barbara Triathlon/ Cilantro Lime Chicken over Baked Sweet Potatoes

There's something about pushing myself physically, to what I think is its limit, that just feels so good! Anyone with me on that? Maybe it's the years of grueling soccer training-doing sprints in Bakersfield's empty river beds or playing tournaments in 100 degree temps, but it's a bit of an addiction. Two weeks ago I got to compete in the Santa Barbara Triathlon-which is definitely one of the most beautiful tri courses I've ever seen-with some amazing female friends and a good looking Dude/Dad crew cheering us on. I made the decision to participate the day before and to be completely honest, I thought it was going to be easy. I've done triathlons in the past (pre-baby) that were much longer and more strenuous courses, but when I hopped on the bike and my legs nearly cramped up, my lack of training became super obvious. About half way through the bike I realized that I wasn't going to win the gold (why I thought this was a possibility is beyond me and laughable) so I finally turned off the super competitive side of my brain and decided to have a good time.  From that point on the race was a blast and I even got to cheer the other women on while I finished out the run.   After pushing my body as hard as I could that last stretch and crossing the finish line, I felt like a million bucks.  During the race there were moments when I felt like my body was just done, but pushing through those moments was all so worth it when I crossed that finish line!  

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If you've never done a triathlon or attended one, I definitely suggest it.  The energy of all the competitors and the crowd will get your adrenaline going even if you are just a spectator.  If you're feeling up to the challenge, sign up for one and start training, like right now! You will never regret it.  Here's a few basic pointers if you've never done a triathlon:

  • Find a triathlon (you may want to start with a sprint length) in a place you want to go and sign up (Commitment Device #1)
  • Talk a friend or friends into signing up too! (Commitment Device #2)
  • Make a training schedule. Check out this 12 week sprint-tri training guide
  • Share your training schedule with someone who can check-in with you about how it's going (Commitment Device #3)
  • Figure out your equipment early on and try to borrow from friends if you can. beginner's triathlon gear list

This is the basics, but I don't want to over complicate it. I would have never signed up had I not had the encouragement of some beautiful friends and might have moved a little slower had I not had the best cheerleaders I could ever ask for! 

We were three new moms and one BA newly married lady (all in the last year) and we had a blast with the support of our husbands and babes. The crew even supported us in our new Paleo lifestyle by eating like us for dinner the night before the event-we served up cilantro lime chicken over baked sweet potatoes and coconut banana ice cream for dessert. Yum!  Here's links to the super easy recipes for those tasty items:

  • Cilantro Lime Chicken
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes (I use coconut oil instead of butter)
  • Coconut Milk Banana Ice Cream- blend these ingredients in a single serve blender cup (Ninja or Bullet), place in freezer for one hour, serves 2
    • Optional: frozen or fresh berries, cacoa nibs, nuts, etc.
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 cup coconut milk
    • 1 banana

Key encouragements: 

-Pick a way to challenge yourself physically, the increase in work ethic and endurance will leak into other parts of your life too (emotional, spiritual, mental)

-Always support and encourage your friends and family to stretch themselves mentally, physically, spiritually, etc.  You might be the encouragement/accountability they need! 

 

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Let's do this!

Since I launched Fruitful Living and my website Fruitful-living.com back in January, I've been trying to define what I want this blog to be.  And while I've gone back and forth in my head about its identity, I've done hours and hours of research on topics ranging from "How to treat cervical vertebrae injuries" to "Eating Paleo on a budget" and everywhere in-between, learning more about health, fitness, nutrition, motherhood and budgeting than I had in my previous 31 years over the course of the last 7 months.  What I've finally decided is I'm just going to start writing about the stuff I care about and whatever gets me excited and hopefully it will be a blessing to someone.  If not, at least I'll have it all cataloged somewhere other than the notes on my phone.  In order to keep myself posting content, I'm not going to do a lot of editing so just a heads up-you'll be getting the raw feed, typos and all (let's hope not too many).  

So what you can look forward to is a mixture of the following because these are all very present topics in my life:

  • Paleo Recipes - because my husband and I have adopted this for health reasons
  • Massage information and Promotions- because I want you all to know how important massage is to your health and want to give deals to help you experience it!
  • Fitness Fun Facts - because exercise is one of my greatest passions in life and I'm studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer
  • Momma Stuff- because I have a 7 month old baby and am constantly learning new helpful tidbits 
  • Budget- because we are trying to live off of one main income in San Luis Obispo, California and if we can do it I want to share with others how!

So, off we go!  Excited to share this journey with y'all!