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Health & Happiness

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Hello EveryGirl and ‘Tis the season!

I love Christmas so much and am so excited that I can finally relax and enjoy the holiday season. By the first week in November my tree is up, the aroma of Christmas scented candles fills my home, holiday music is playing, and I’m sipping hot cocoa by the fire. This year more than ever, I’m making it a priority to take it slow and enjoy every moment.

As you know this has been a very difficult year for my family and I, and as I reflect on everything that has happened, I feel so blessed that I have had such an incredible support system around me. Connecting with you through this newsletter and my radio show on Sirius XM has given me the strength and motivation to make it through this year and for that I am truly grateful.

The holiday season can be one of the most stressful and hectic times of year so I urge you all to take a few minutes to yourself each day to reflect on your blessings and what you are most grateful for. With my new bite sized content I will be connecting more often with you all through this newsletter and hope it brings you the same positive energy and motivation you all have given me.

Thank you for your continual support and prayers.

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People find their own unique ways to remember the things that are most important to them. Whether it’s getting a tattoo of a quote, tying a string on your finger to remind yourself to stay away from the bad boys, wearing a piece of jewelry with a message on it, or simply adding a life mantra to your desktop background, finding creative ways to surround yourself with messages that are meaningful to your life can really help you stay positive and focused.

Check out these ideas for styling your space with life mantras. =)

OFFICE DECOR:

After my surgery I wanted to find a way to constantly remind myself of the things that are most important to me. I decided that the best way to do so was to put words in places I would always look. The first place I decided to do this was in my office because I spend the most amount of time there. I happened to need a new mouse pad and determined that would be the perfect spot to feature a very special quote to me. The end result is something that makes me smile everyday. You can customize a mouse pad online at Shutterfly or Vistaprint.

QUOTE WALL:

Another way I have incorporated quotes into my home is through a quote wall Keven and I designed for our guest room. The wall is so inspiring and something I highly recommend doing. We customized our wall at Astek Wall Covering.

LIFE MANTRA PILLOWS:

How cute are these? I saw them and it was love at first sight! You can even add photos of your friends and loved ones to make them extra special. You can customize a pillow online at Shutterfly, VistaPrint and Snapfish.

MESSAGE CLOCK:

I love the idea of adding a quote about time to a clock. There are so many clocks that already feature quotes on them or you can buy one and have it engraved with your favorite quote. Check out the one I found below from Elablo on Etsy.

QUOTE FRAME:

This is super easy to do on your own! Simply print out your favorite quote in the font/color/size of your choice. Next, find a frame that fits the size of the paper you printed out and voila! If you don’t want to do it yourself, you can always find pre-made quote frames online or at stores. I see a ton whenever I visit a HomeGoods or Marshalls. Check out the ones I found below. The first is by Burnt Branch on Etsy and the second is from Vivid Atelier on Etsy.

MOTIVATIONAL JEWELRY:

Keep your favorite quote close to your heart by wearing it throughout the day! You can customize the jewelry and quote or find pre-made ones online. Check out this one I found from Jessie Girl Jewelry

CHALKBOARDS:

Chalkboards are a fun way to share motivational messages with the option of changing them up whenever you please. My friend recently made her own chalk board using a large piece of wood and some chalkboard paint. The end result is a large chalkboard she leans against the wall in her kitchen filled with a new inspirational message her family can wake up to everyday.

If you love the timeless look of a chalkboard but don’t want the actual chalkboard in your house then you can also purchase a chalkboard print with a pre-written message on it. Check out the one I found below at LilyandVal.com which you can purchase here.

QUOTE MUGS:

A great way to start every morning is with a cup of coffee and your favorite motivational quote. The first mug is from Illustrations by SFB on Etsy, the second is from Motivation Lab on Etsy, and the third is from The Geeky Print on Etsy.

LETTER BOARDS:

Slotted felt letter boards aka menu boards are an easy way to showcase your motivational quotes and life mantras with the option to change them whenever you please. They’re super cute and small enough that you can put them in multiple places throughout your space. You can purchase a letter board at Rivico on Etsy.

CINEMA BOX LED LIGHT:

I’m obsessed with this! It comes with 100 letters and symbols so you can change your message as often as you want. You can find it at Urban Outfitters.


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The Power of Positive Thinking

As you all know, I love interacting with you via conversationswithmaria@gmail.com. Not only does it allow me to connect with the EveryGirl sisterhood on a deeper level, but it helps me create my future newsletters based on the content you hope to see!

A question I often get asked is, “Maria, how have you managed to always stay positive?” It is no secret that constantly remaining positive is not easy, especially when it seems like life has thrown you one curve ball after another. That being said, I’ve learned that there are actually ways to train your brain to stay positive. I want to share with you the methods I’ve employed over the years so that you to have the right tools to remain positive no matter what life throws your way!

For anybody who ever feels down or doubts themselves, here is what I do to shake that feeling and move forward…

Express Your Gratitude:

Negative feelings take up as much of our brain power as we allow them to. Therefore we must intentionally balance them out with positivity and good energy!

Anytime I am at a crossroads or feel a bit lost, I take comfort in reflecting on the many blessings in my life. Too often we find ourselves focusing on things we wish we had or we wish were different. My advice would be to write down all of your blessings. These can range in specificity, size and category including things related to your health, your family, your career and more. I write all the good in one column and all the bad in the other. When doing this, usually you will see a big discrepancy. This also helps me to focus on solutions to my problems.

I encourage you to make this list because it is such a great way to reinforce the positive notions in your life. It’s astonishing how once you start doing this, your blessings actually grow! Seeing all of the wonderful gifts it your life laid out on a sheet a paper affirms your self worth while allowing you to find new aspirations. No matter who you are, I guarantee you have things to be grateful for! Plus, after registering these positive thoughts, your brain has more space to make healthy decisions and point you in the right direction.

Surround Yourself With Like Minded People:

It’s no secret that I love me some Tony Robbins. If you have read my previous newsletters, listened to my radio show “Conversations With Maria Menounos,” or even follow me on Instagram @MariaMenounos, you know that Tony has been a source of great enlightenment and growth in my life. One of the many lessons he has instilled in me is that proximity is power.

Tony believes that, “who you spend time with is who you become.” This is especially true when it comes to associating yourself with people who see the glass half empty. When you constantly find yourself around people who are perpetually in a bad mood, their negative attitude can have a stronger effect on you than you think. Perhaps it is time you take a step back from them, and focus on associating yourself with positive people who help to uplift you and achieve your full potential.

My dad also ingrained this in me when I was growing up and would always say, “show me who your friends are and I’ll show you who you are.”

Start Your Mornings Right:

Start your day in a positive way by doing what I call priming. How you start your day typically sets the tone for the rest of it! If you spend your mornings reading or listening to inspiring articles or podcasts, it can make a big difference in how your day goes. Don’t have much time in the a.m.? Multitask by doing this while eating breakfast or during your ride to work!

Choose to Smile:

One morning when I was looking for a fun and uplifting read, I stumbled on an article that opened my eyes to the incredible benefits of smiling.

According to Pick the Brain, “Psychologists have found that even if you’re in bad mood, you can instantly lift your spirits by forcing yourself to smile.” This article completely changed my outlook on the importance of smiling. Smiling not only boosts your mood, it can help you build a stronger immune system and can even help you get a promotion! I am telling you, this is a MUST read.

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As the Health Ambassador for Rally Health, I am SO excited to announce that we have teamed up to bring YOU the chance to win a

Healthy Holiday Pack from Rally Health to help you stay healthy and stress-free during this crazy time of year!

Here’s a sneak peak at what’s included in the reward pack!

Autographed copies of The EveryGirl’s Guide® books

Chef’d® gift card for $1,000 toward healthy meals

To see the complete list of items and to enter for a chance to win, be sure to click the image below! =) 


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