Life by Cynthia: September 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I'm Going to ShiftCon 2015 #Shiftcon #ShiftHappens

I'm shifting! I am passionate about learning all that I can about food, wellness, environmentalism & natural living. I am taking a step towards educating myself so that I can create a better, healthier life. I am behind the pack but excited to learn as much as I can and make some changes.

I decided to involve myself with the Eco-Wellness Social Media conference, ShiftCon, because I simply want to know more. I need to know more. I know that once I do I will be armed to make much better decisions for the health and well being of my growing family.

I will be the first to admit that my household needs some work! Not everything that we buy and use is the "good" stuff.  We don't always buy organic, we do buy processed foods, and we have some chemical cleaners! Eek! Right?! On the upside: I've been shifting slowly over the years. I am making better choices. Not the BEST ones, but I am getting there!  Baby steps. Little by little.

I have a feeling that after my ShiftCon experience, I will want to take a BIG leap! It's not enough for me to save money and time by buying the cheaper, more convenient, packaged, well marketed stuff posing as food. And it's not just food for us. We all buy and use SO MANY products: cosmetics, household cleaners, skincare, toiletries, laundry detergents, and yes - even furniture can be bad for your health! Carcinogens. Hormones. Additives. Chemicals. For the sake of the health of my family, I don't want to settle anymore.

I'm ready to say no thank you to all that is harmful. I am done spending our hard earned money on things that are just not good for us. You can bet that I want to support companies that care about what they are selling. Companies that care about the families that are consuming their products. I'd rather spend more on companies that want me and my family as long term customers! Brands that want my 5 year old son, my husband, and I to be well.

We all hear a lot of chatter about GMO, buy organic, watch for toxins, be earth friendly... It isn't hype. We hear it, we know it, and there is good reason behind it all... but not all of us are doing it. Myself included. I know that I have a lot of room for improvement. It is easy to become confused. To be overwhelmed. To feel frustrated. I don't make the time to research these things as I should. I'm at work 40 hours a week. Our son has homework every night, we help him with that. My husband and I are truly doing the best that we can with our limited time. Like many of you, we are very busy. We crave convenience. The bad guys are great at packaging things to look like they are good for us. The devil in disguise is crafty.

We hear about things that we should avoid. We think something may be healthy, but it isn't. Do we know how BAD something is (even it it claims to be healthy)? Do we know WHY we need to avoid it? I plan on having many of my questions answered. I want to meet and support brands that actually care about their product and the effect it has on it's customers. Again, I will be loyal to a company that cares about what they are selling to me and my family.

Farmer's Market Visit

To me, the best way to learn about something is to go to those who are most passionate about it. Those who know the most about it. Those who have been hurt by it. Those that have learned from it. Those who live it everyday. My high school volleyball coach once told me that in order to improve your game you have to face teams that are more skilled than you. To learn from them, to be challenged by them, and to be inspired. I think that ShiftCon is the place for this.

My goal is to learn to live better. I will confess now that I may not be able to avoid everything on the bad list, not all at once at least. In fact I accept that. My intent here is to keep on adding the good stuff as often as I can and as much as I can. The "bad" things just get edged out. I am making changes in the right direction. Those steps count.

What started my shift:
  • Motherhood. I am responsible for a life other than my own. The responsibility is immense.
  • Migraines. Feeling-like-you-are-going-to-die migraines. I suffered from migraines since my 20's. I started with diet soda in my 20's. It was well advertised, it seemed fine. Diet soda did it. I didn't know it until years later that it was the cause of my debilitating headaches. I was poisoning myself and simply didn't know it. I quit the habit and guess what? My migraines went away. Now I still get occasional migraines but not to the degree and frequency that I once was. It was because of my migraines that I discovered essential oils. No medication could ease my suffering. Out of desperation I tried peppermint essential oils. I rubbed it on, inhaled it. I felt less nauseous. I felt a better. No pain killers EVER helped me. Something as simple as essential oils. Not drugs. It was the start. It got me shifting. Eliminating the bad stuff (which I didn't realize was causing so much damage) fixed something that my doctors could not. I cut out the poisonous beverage and I not longer felt like I would die from a migraine headache.

Imagine the possibility. The simplicity. Watch me shift!

Who's with me? Please let me know if you will be there as I would love to connect! See you at ShiftCon!

ShiftCon is the only social media conference focusing on wellness, health, and the environment. This conference blends workshops, networking, parties, and intense collaboration of change makers all over the United States and Canada in one place. Want to learn more? Check out the video all about ShiftCon! The event this year is SOLD OUT. I will be sharing my recap post. I hope that you stay tuned for that!

Disclosure: I will be working with the ShiftCon team as a volunteer. In exchange for my volunteer work, I will receive a Full Blogger Pass to ShiftCon 2015 (including sessions, fitness activities, swag bag, receptions & breakfasts). All opinions contained in this post are my own.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

SHAPE Magazine 2015 Blogger Meet and Tweet Los Angeles #ShapeMeetTweet

I am going to Los Angeles in October for the SHAPE Magazine Blogger Meet and Tweet! I couldn't ask for a better opportunity to find fitness motivation. I'll spend the day surrounded by fitness bloggers, SHAPE magazine editors, industry experts, and amazing sponsors! I'm certain that attendees will have a blast checking our the latest trends and new products! Even though I am not at the top of my fitness game, I've learned that the Fit Community is a supportive and welcoming one! I think mostly because everyone remembers their starting point to get fit (or get back to being fit)! All levels, body types, and age groups will surely be represented! I can hardly wait!!!

Meet & Tweet 2013

I LOVE receiving inbox surprises when I check my email! Don't you?! Today's tidbit that has led to such a giddy feeling that has lasted ALL day: An exclusive invitation to the Blogger Meet & Tweet with SHAPE magazine! My RSVP was sent immediately and it's official, I'm going!

With a flooded email inbox, it's easy to miss some great opportunities. Trust me, I've missed out on a grand thing or two (or 100) simply because I missed the email. Lesson: check your email closely - you don't want to miss out! I'm definitely not missing out on this gem!

Did you know that Fitness Magazine and SHAPE Magazine have merged?  Check out posts from earlier this year to learn more: SHAPE Magazine and Fitness Magazine to Become One Super Magazine and Merging Fitness Magazine into SHAPE to Create Leading Media Brand in Women's Active Lifestyle Category.

In 2013 I attended the West Coast Fitness Magazine Blogger Meet and Tweet (#FitBlogLA) and had an AMAZING time!

The #FitBlogLA event is where I had the chance to meet some of my favorite fitness bloggers in person! I still keep in touch with a couple of them. I can hardly wait to see them in October! I get to reunite with Melissa who blogs at The ValentineRD (check out her post about the 2013 event and her picture of all of the swag goodness) and Melissa who blogs at Melissa Running It.  These SoCal moms are in their 40's (like me) and have hero status in my book! They remind me that you CAN be fit in your forties! Check out our time doing Pilates together in a blog post from earlier this year: WundaBar Pilates San Diego.

The 2015 event will make a return visit to the Annenberg Community Beach House. Take a peek at the picture below from my first Meet & Tweet. The venue was amazing and the energy was awesome! I had a migraine that day but pushed through and made the drive up from San Diego. TOTALLY worth it.

I didn't see any media postings about a Blogger Meet and Tweet for 2014 so I was absolutely THRILLED when I received an invitation for 2015.

Stay tuned for my event post and look out for the hashtag #ShapeMeetTweet as I am sure that there will be a lot of social media shares!

Will I see YOU there? Please leave me a comment if you are! I'd love to follow you on social media if I am not following you already!

Fitness Magazine Meet and Tweet #FitBlogLA Fitness Meet and Tweet Los Angeles
Blogger Meet & Tweet 2013

Disclosure: I was contacted by SHAPE Magazine and offered an opportunity join other west coast bloggers, Shape Magazine editors, and fitness industry experts for the 2015 Blogger Meet and Tweet. All opinions are my own.

Have questions about SHAPE Blogger Meet & Tweet? Contact SHAPE magazine.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Chick-fil-A Mom Panel 2015-2016 #ChickfilAMoms

The 3rd Annual Chick-fil-A Mom Panel launched this month and will continue through August 2016. Chick-fil-A has been partnering with engaged and influential moms to be a part of their exclusive Mom Panel. Moms will be sharing their opinions on things like new menu items and services to Kid’s Meal toys.  ALL aspects of the Chick-fil-A experience are valued by the Chick-fil-A group and we will get a chance to voice those opinions.

I was selected to participate this time around and am excited to share my personal insight. As a first year panelist for the 2015-2016 year, I will respond to inquiries, participate in discussions, and provide my thoughts and feedback with my fellow panelists and with Chick-fil-A. I will also have the opportunity to share the latest Chick-fil-A scoop with you my friends! Let me be your link to Chick-fil-A! Follow along with me here on the blog for more! Look out for the hashtag #ChickfilAMoms on social media as well to stay in the know!

I'll be representing from San Diego, CA! I am not alone. My San Diego Mom Blogger friends Bri (Brigeeski), Raquel (The Stronghold Mom), and Lora (Lora Says So) are also on the the team! We all live in Sunny San Diego and are excited to share with you. I am thrilled that I will to get to know my fellow panelists from ALL OVER the U.S.! Hi new friends!

Meeting the Chick-fil-A Cow on the 4th of July a few years ago.

Unrelated to the panel, but STILL some Chick-fil-A fun: here is the I Wanna Go To Chick Fil A video!  Check out THESE Chick-fil-A moms, The Texting Yoga Pants! These moms are from Tennessee. If you haven't seen their viral video, you MUST check it out. A little fun for the modern mom. I am sharing their smile-inducing video here in celebration of my recent inclusion to the Chick-fil-A Mom's panel.

Congratulations to my fellow panelists! I know that we are all very excited to learn and share!

Disclosure: I am an invited member to the 2015-2016 Chick-fil-A Mom Panel. All opinions are my own.

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