Why Should I Get Uncomfortable?

Why Should I Get Uncomfortable?

I remember when I left my 16 year, successful corporate career.

For 16 years I worked on average 6 days a week, 10 hours a day.  I loved my job and I was freaking good at it! So why did I find myself in my car before work one day crying?  You know what- I had no idea why I was crying but after that day I was on a mission to find out!

There were a lot of thoughts with me when I thought about what I should do. I should stay in my career because – 

  • I’ve been here for 16 years
  • I’m the primary breadwinner for my family
  • My entire community knows me as this career woman

The loudest thought that downed out all of the “should’s” was that I had forgotten who I truly was. There was no congruency in my life and I had no idea what I stood for as a woman. I cried that day that I left my successful career, and I’d love to say they were all tears of joy but the truth is that it was scary to let go of a career that I had established as my identity.   It was like ripping off a bandaid and all I kept thinking to myself was, “who the hell am I without this?” Not knowing what was next and heading into the unknown was terrifying but it was what I needed to do.

The New Shift

Fast forward 5 years…..  My husband and I decided to sell the home we lived in for 15 years in Oregon, along with 90% of our belongings, and move to Colorado. You’ll never believe this, but the day we moved into our condo was actually the first day I ever saw it.  If we had moved 10 years prior, there’s no way that would have happened!

The truth is that today, one of the most exciting things in my life is the uncertainty of the new opportunities that I’m experiencing. I actually like not being in control of what’s happening and rather, being open to the world and what might happen. 

The more that I have released my grip on everything in life, the more open I have been to what the world has for me. This has led to more connections and more opportunities than ever before.

Do you want to know why?

The Power of Letting Go

I’ve realized that trying to be in control of everything keeps you playing small because you have less to lose. By releasing your hold on control and opening up, it allows you to experience more, play bigger and see what is possible. 

Letting go does not mean letting your goals go, it just means letting go of the outcome. This means that every day, you can take deliberate, intentional action to achieve your goals, but you don’t have to white-knuckle it daily for a specific outcome. Instead, you’ll see the world around you with open eyes and an open heart rather than limiting yourself with tunnel vision. 

Does that tunnel vision sound familiar?

It’s okay if it does! As an ambitious, goal oriented woman, I’m sure you’ve made it where you are today by “keeping your eye on the prize”. But imagine what you could create with the world around you if you open your heart to exploring the unknown.

Use This Question to Keep Moving Forward

I invite you to sit down and start asking yourself this question, “What am I curious about today?”

Is this a new book or podcast? Taking a new fitness class? Trying out a new recipe?

When we follow our curiosity, we can really understand what we’re passionate about. 

If you can’t think about what you’re curious about today, that is okay! Can you think about what you were curious about 5 years ago? 10 years ago? 15 years ago? 

When we were children, we were curious about everything! However, we heard “no, don’t do that” about a million times and it’s become ingrained in us to not do things. But by allowing some time for play and for joy, the creative and curious version of yourself is likely to emerge.

For more tips and to learn more about my story, Click here to listen to the episode of the Why Should I? Podcast where I talk more in depth about why I continue to pursue the uncomfortable and how it’s changed my life!

Wishing you a ton of light and love,

Carmen

Why You Can’t (And Shouldn’t) Do Everything

Why You Can’t (And Shouldn’t) Do Everything

You cannot do everything.

I know, I know… This may be confusing because it sounds like the opposite of everything you’ve ever heard!

But here is the thing… What you have actually heard is, “You can do anything.” In fact, we’ve been hearing this message since we were younger. Now, whether or not you truly believe this is one thing that I’m sure we’ll get into another day, but this one is for my believers. If you truly believe that you can do anything, I urge to be sure that you aren’t trying to do everything.

My main point today is that as we grow in life, we have to make trade-offs and let go of things to allow new things to come into our lives.

Let’s illustrate this. For example, let’s stay that maybe you go to college, become a career woman,  get married and have kids. Now all of a sudden you’re trying to be the best mom, wife, career woman, volunteer at your kid’s school all while trying to keep up with your health and squeeze in the tiny amount of time you have left to catch your breath. At the end of the day, you find yourself so unfulfilled, so tired, and actually have no time for yourself because you’re to-do list is on all day, everyday. This is not the way to live!

So, I ask you to pause and figure out – 

  1. Where are you at today?
  2. Who are you today?
  3. What do you stand for?
  4. What is important to you?

Then, you have to prioritize those things in your day. You have to be willing to make significant trade offs if you want to keep growing and striving to reach your full potential.

What This Looks Like For Me

In my own life, I’ve had my own coaching and nutrition business for the past 5 years. I’ve really transitioned into doing more in the online space, speaking at events and all of this really lights me up! But earlier this year, I found myself really stressed and overwhelmed. After some reflection, I realized what was happening.

I was still doing everything that I started out doing and just added more to it. I added on new amazing coaching programs for empowering women, working with them on a 1:1 basis every week, speaking on big sages.

But, I didn’t give up older programs and habits  because they were a security blanket for me! So I made some changes. What I’ve done recently is let go some of my old programs to create space for new opportunities in my life and in my business.

This has been such a game changer! I’ve been able to step into who I am as a woman, who I want to be, what I want to bring into this world and how I can share my gifts better with all of you!

You’ll notice that in my own story, there was a resistance to change because of fear. This is not uncommon. People will cling to an unsatisfactory way of life rather than change it to get something better in fear of getting something worse. But remember, the saying we’ve heard all our lives is still true. We can do anything we set our minds to. So try to let go of the old while going all in with the new.

The act of consciously choosing a new way is something will grow into a habit and will be easier to do over time. 

So I ask you…

  • Where do you want to be?
  • What are you still holding onto today that you need to let go of even if it’s scary or feels expected of you?

I’d love for you to share this message with an ambitious woman in your life who you know is striving for something! Then, I’d love for you to shoot me an email about what you’re striving for and what is is that you need to let go of.

We have just around 90 days left in this year! Let’s make some room for great things.

Wishing you a ton of light and love,

Carmen

Guide To Stabilizing Your Hunger

Guide To Stabilizing Your Hunger

I do not find it fair to ask if you have struggled to stabilize your hunger because the truth is we all have at some point in our lives.  The real question is, what are you doing to create those hunger cravings and what have you done to satisfy those cravings?

Below are some feelings that have probably crossed your mind:

  • I am hungry but have no idea what the ”right” thing is to eat!⠀
  • If I eat another boring, flavorless meal I’m going to explode!⠀
  • I do great during the day with eating healthy foods, but when night time comes, I eat whatever I can get my hands on- healthy or not. 
  • I wish there was an easier way to eat healthily, lose weight and break free from food that makes me feel like shit.


Stop right here and let me tell you, I FEEL YOU! ⠀

And you know what? So do a ton of other women just like you!

Look at the list below.  What resonates most with you?  What steps can you take to break these patterns?  Keep reading below for my tips… 

  1. STRESS – You will make the worst food decisions when you are stressed because you will reach for “comfort food.” 
  2. BOREDOM – Simply reaching for food to pass the time even when you are not hungry. 
  3. LACK OF SLEEP –  Find the sweet spot when it comes to the amount of sleep your body needs to perform. Personally, this is where I have struggled in the past.⠀
  4. CUTTING FOOD GROUPS (without medical necessity)  – Cutting food groups will lead to binge eating. Try not to do this! For example, if you are a sweets person, why would you take sweets from yourself? If you like chocolate, have a square now and then, shoot have one daily. Why? Because this will help keep you from having a whole bag of chocolate at the end of the week. It is important to eat the things you enjoy in moderation, this will lead to a healthier relationship with food. ⠀

Use my “make your plate” guide to be sure you have the following at each of your meals:

  • Greens/Fiber (aka veggies- 2-4 cups) 
  • Quality protein (3-6oz)
  • Healthy fats (1-2 tbsp) at each meal 

This magic combo will help fill your stomach, keep you full longer, and minimize your cravings.  If you focus on nourishing your body at each meal and stop the “eat less” mentality, you will find that it will be easier to finally be able to be free from food! If there are any other food challenges you are struggling with or have a question about certain food groups etc., reach out! Send me an email at carmen@carmenohling.com or find me on Instagram @carmenohling. Lastly, don’t be hard on yourself. This is a learning process for all of us (even me) and I am here to help you!

Carmen

MAKE AHEAD HEALTHY SNACK BAR RECIPE

MAKE AHEAD HEALTHY SNACK BAR RECIPE

MAKE AHEAD HEALTHY SNACK BAR RECIPE
Tired of relying on snack bars full of crappy ingredients, sugar and artificial shit that you can’t even pronounce?  I’ve got your back!  Try out this blender bar recipe this week!  These bars are super quick to make and you can store them in the freezer for when that sweet tooth hits.  All you have to do is pop everything into the blender, form in the pan, bake for 20 minutes, cool & cut, then store in the freezer.  This recipe is also gluten, dairy and soy free but packed with flavor and nutrition!!  Grab the recipe by clicking below.
Want more recipes like this each week?  Stay tuned because I am working on something special for you to be released at the end of July!!
Nutrition Per Bar

Calories: 97
Fat: 2g
Carbs: 18g
Fiber 3g
Protein: 3g

Eat Real Food.  Be Healthy.  Have Endless Energy!

GROWING A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WITH FEAR

GROWING A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WITH FEAR

It’s amazing that as women, we all want to be seen. We all want to be seen for all that we are and all that we’ve done, but when given the opportunity, we tend to hide because it’s not perfect.

The environment is not perfect, our hair is not perfect, our thoughts are not perfect, the situation is not perfect, or our outfits not perfect… ⠀

The Back Story

I used to be so wrapped up in what others thought of me, I didn’t even know who I was anymore.  “Who am I to do this?”, “There are people who are better than me”, “What if I fuck up and look dumb?” were thoughts that replayed in my head day after day and held me back in every way imaginable. They were on repeat in my head and there was no way I could stop them. But honestly, I didn’t even try.

I didn’t try because I was in fear of what I might uncover. Instead, I just filled every day with more and more. I thought that the more I did and the more external validation I received, the better I would feel. I lived every day so neutral, so “everything is fine”, that I didn’t even know what it was like to experience true joy. Until…. I was over it.⠀I became so sick of not achieving all that I wanted in life and knowing everything I was doing was based on one single emotion… fear.

Here is the thing – I knew that fear was not going to completely disappear from my life, so I needed to stop viewing it as a bad thing to get rid of. Instead, I needed to view it as something that was perfectly fine. What was not perfectly fine, was it running my life.

The Truth I Discovered

I became determined to have a healthy relationship with fear and here is what I learned.

What a healthy relationship with fear does consist of, is consciously knowing that fear will always be sitting right next to you… but also knowing you have the power to not let it take control. What the heck do I mean? Well, let’s say you are getting ready to take the leap and do your first Instagram live and of freaking course here comes that fear making you feel like you aren’t ready. Well, not allowing fear to take over means that you are going to tell your fear, “Thank you for stopping by, your timing couldn’t have been more perfect, but please take a seat and watch me rock this live video!”

Having a healthy relationship with fear does not consist of filling your day with more to-do’s. More to-dos that you take on simply to gain some external validation that will make you feel temporarily better about yourself. (Keyword: Temporarily.)

Not letting your life be run by fear means acknowledging the discomfort and choosing to lean into it anyway. 

Not letting your life be run by fear means gracing yourself the permission to be the fullest expression of you. 

What You Need To Know

As you begin to lean more into your power, know that when you authentically shine it does not diminish the light of others – it allows them to shine even brighter, too. With that comes more authentic and powerful relationships.

Know that when you authentically shine you will be noticed in the light you have always wanted to be seen in.

I’m here to tell you…

❌F**k perfection.

❌ F**k “everything is fine.” 

I believe in you and I know that you are capable of doing so many great things.  Creating a healthy relationship with fear is going to take a conscious effort and patience with yourself, but this is something you can do.

So tell me… What have you been after in life that fear has been holding you back from? What discomfort are you going to be leaning into this week? Shoot me an email, let’s chat about it, and if you have any questions on how to create a life you are so freaking pumped about it, reach me at: carmen@carmenohling.com

Sending you a ton of light and love,

Carmen

LIVING LOCAL REAL FOOD RECIPES & HOW TO SAVE $$!!

LIVING LOCAL REAL FOOD RECIPES & HOW TO SAVE $$!!

Thank you so much for watching Thrive Thursday on Living Local!

I hope you enjoy these simple, healthy and delicious recipes. Ready to take your nutrition to the next level, lose weight, increase energy and feel amazing?  Save 10% off of any of my nutrition services and plans, use this code at checkout: livinglocal

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Enjoy!
Carmen Ohling

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