Happy Fourth Of July, everyone! When the fireworks are over and you can’t imagine even looking at another drink catch up on Guaranteed Giddy!
Hi giddy guys and gals! I have a birthday coming up…and it’s kind of a big one! THIRTY!
Yep, on August nineteenth I will be graduating to the big three oh! club and saying peace out to my twenties. I won’t lie, this fact has brought me to recollect. I started Guaranteed Giddy last August right after my birthday actually, I was searching for something. I wanted a new creative outlet that would be a positive influence on the world (or at least people I know!).
This giddy journey has been everything I imagined and much more. I have discovered things about myself I never expected, have met so many creative and fabulous people and bloggers and slowly but surely found my writing voice. Another thing I’ve learned is that giddiness is not just for young, sassy gals such as myself. It is for mischevious twelve year olds, lost college students, curious post grads, first time moms, sweet empty nesters, retired reminiscers, warm hearted yogis, and even some GUYS! Ha, yep!
I write about how to experience happiness, find joy and feel giddiness deep in your bones…so what makes YOU giddy? What is it?! Your daily dog walk, traveling to an unknown land, sleep overs with your grandkids, cooking the perfect meal, making a crafty mess, writing a poem, having zero items on your to do list, going to an early screening of a new movie, getting a pedicure, meeting a hottie with a brain to match? What is it?! I have a great way for you to tell me…
Please share your giddiness with the world! You never know who you may inspire or meet because of a single video, because you are willing to participate!
Directions to participate in the #agelessgiddy campaign:
Make a video that includes 1-Your name 2-Your age (optional) 3-What makes you giddy
Once you’re done with your video please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or submit it on any social media platform between July 1st and August 1st. Just make sure you use #agelessgiddy !
Help me spread the word. Tell your momma, tell your friends, tell your dog they should ALL make a video! Find your giddy community by searching #agelessgiddy !
A less stressful life, is it even possible? Of course it is. Everyday decisions, responsibilities and even our very home can induce emotional agitation. A lot of people unconsciously block out stressful events in their past. But I can think back to many…my college years, struggling with relationships with zeros, low paying jobs, the list goes on.
There are many people experiencing burn out in my life. Sometimes I wonder if I was ever as far gone as them, and of course I know it’s true. But when you’re in the stress haze you are usually blind to solutions! People who overshare online when things are going wrong instead of dismissing their pride and asking for help. Younger friends who experience something you have years before and realizing how much work it actually was. Elders who keep running around in circles instead of slowing down and examining what the real issue is. No matter our status or background we are all guilty of giving in to stress.
I was reminded of this fact last night as I was coloring my hair. Something I’ve done on my own at home or by a professional for the last ten years. It’s just a part of my MO. I’ve been blonde, gone jet black, even tried bright (BRIGHT) red and have made stops everywhere in between. But I’ve recently decided that I am enough and am whole heartedly striving to retrieve my natural hair color…whatever that is. (!) I’ve been going for an ash brown hue since last fall, and along this silly, shallow journey I’ve realized that I have grey hair. Quite a bit of it actually. Some stick out like a lightening bolt in a dark sky, others blend in to my natural-ish hair color.
This is just ONE handful of the baby size conditioners included in home coloring products. I’ll get around to using them all…one day!
I wonder where they came from? These grey hairs. I’m twenty nine, not fifty! But to be honest, they don’t bother me much. I know stress welcomes early greying, and I’ve had my fair share. But as I sat there on my bedroom floor letting the smelly chemical mess marinate my coif I realized that my life is now mostly stressless.
Yes, stressless! How did that happen? I wasn’t quite sure so I started to add up all the ‘good stuff’:
I have a deeply fulfilling and romantic relationship with a man who contributes to our life and respects me.
My family is fun, yes of course I wish I was closer to them, but for the most part I know they would ask my help if they needed it.
I’ve learned so much about myself over the past couple of years, reading personal development books and working with a life coach. I don’t worry about the same things I used to concerning my image or friendships.
My job is considerably stress free, I make people happy. Clients might not LOVE to exercise but they feel satisfied and accomplished when the workout is over.
I’m getting right with God for the first time in a long time. Mr. Giddy and I made a choice to join a church this year, we are getting more involved and absolutely love it.
I make time to be creative and express myself by writing. This is extremely simple but a very important part of my life, I am so much happier now that I blog. Really!
While I’m no stress expert, I do know that I conquer burn out almost daily. Sure, I have slip ups and worry about things now and then but I am so much healthier today than five, or even ten years ago. Less stress, more of #thegiddylife!
Tips for overcoming joy sucking stress:
-Recognize the trigger(s) of a big agitation in your life. Write it down, acknowledge it and brainstorm how to ease the pain or banish it. Ask for help from your partner, a family member or friends to see if they can assist you with abolishing the evil stress! Focusing on a solution instead of the actual problem decreases stress levels.
-Slow down. Take as little as five minutes a day to practice a breathing exercise, write, or listen to music you love without interruption. Ask those close to you to help you achieve this, others can watch kids or feed the dog or literally take the wheel. Disconnecting from the world helps reset your brain and allow to think more clearly.
-Simplify your surroundings as much as possible. Look around your home or office or even your car, right now! Where ever you spend the majority of your time. Is it cluttered? Dirty? Unorganized? Even though you may not realize it those descriptors bring stress upon you. Donate unused items, require clean lines and a box/space for everything. Clearing your everyday area will free your mind and allow you to focus on tasks at hand.
What do you worry about? Whatever it is you don’t deserve to live with that exasperating stressor. Is it something you can work on with a family member, friend or professional?
Giddy gal portrait taken in my happy place (my office!) by Diamond Oak Photography.
Life isn’t short, it happens to be the longest thing we do. How did that ‘life is short’ saying even come to be?! What we consume fuels our every movement! I think people get stuck in a rut and eat the same calorie dense foods, or maybe not enough calories and our bodies get used to feeling slow moving, ineffective and just plain tired! That doesn’t sound like a high quality life to me, how about you?
We’ve all been there, eating frozen food meals nightly, skipping breakfast, forgetting what a real vegetable looks like. When was the last time you were up close and personal with a brussel sprout?! We convince ourselves that if we can still fit in our favorite pair of yoga pants (not a great health measure by the way!) it’s all good. We tell ourselves we’ll eat better later in life, ‘I’m young, I can eat whatever I want!’.
But I’ve seen it with my clients time and time again, that people who maintain a relatively healthy weight while eating bad food most of their life hit a wall. They wake up at 40, 50 or 60 and realize they’ve gained weight seemingly overnight. Their metabolism is not working quite the same and they have no idea how to eat right. That is scary!
When we aren’t mindful of our daily fuel (our food) it can be very easy to make poor nutrition decisions. We all know at least one thin person who can eat whatever they want and not gain a pound. But there is no way their heart health, cholesterol levels and overall wellness quotient isn’t affected. We are what we eat!
Mr. Giddy and I recently made the decision to see a holistic wellness practitioner, Stacy Olinger. I soon found that my body was more acidic than alkaline and that more veggies (and a combination of other things) was my new medication. Disease lives in acidic bodies so I knew I had to make a change to live a longer, higher quality life. We have made the changes, and had our ups and downs doing it. It is impossible to be healthy all the time but it is possible to be healthy a lot of the time.
Thanks to the wonderful world of Facebook I found that a woman I met last year doing an article for GG was also going through a similar program at Healthy Beginnings. Brigett is the owner of the serene Kahanu Yoga & Meditation Spa in Vintage Park. I knew upon first meeting her that she was a calm, creative and supportive lady! Sitting down to talk with her about her transformation with holistic healing reaffirmed that thought.
Discussing our similar paths and discoveries was eye opening. We both mentioned feeling lazy (which we knew we both were not), not being able to wake up in the morning, seeing dull skin in the mirror and to top it all off…digestive issues as well. NOBODY wants to deal with all that! Brigett, who is an amazing cook by the way, now says that she is full of energy. She is able to get more done throughout the day and doesn’t feel tired in th morning. She also has loved the knowledge she has gained from this process. She cooks with every color vegetable and knows the value of organic produce. Her skin glows and she and her husband have lost oodles of weight and inches while on the program.
With all of the processed foods, pesticides and GMO issues we deal with when it comes to the food industry today we must be proactive to fuel our body with the right foods. I’m learning so much in the Precision Nutrition program I’m completing online and am looking forward to being more hands on with my personal training clients in the future. If you want to make a nutritional change but are not sure where to begin I have three tips for you to get started:
3 Beginning Steps To Eating Right
Get those veggies in yo belly! We get so many health benefits from vegetables (I’m not talking about white potatoes and corn), eat those green leafy veggies and think colorful! Kale, carrots, broccoli, peppers, beets, spinach, etc.
Portions, portions, portions! It’s easy to overeat if you don’t have a guideline. Try to make your protein the length and width of your palm. You can eat two handfuls of low starch carbohydrates (green leafy/colorful veggies) and one handful of high starch carbs (potatoes, rice, bread). As for fats, yes absolutely eat them, and limit to one thumbs’ worth.
Limit calorie dense foods that don’t fill you up. We all know artificial sweeteners, baked goods, alcohol and sodas aren’t healthful…yet they are in our pantries, right? These ‘foods’ are high in calories and their nutrient count is pretty much non existent. They are a waste of space in our cupboard and stomachs. Just say ‘no’ and you will see those inches melt away!
This is your life, you want to live it well, right? Making positive change to your daily diet will yield a giddy, energy filled life.
How is your diet? Do you feel positive about your daily food intake or feel like it needs some fine tuning?
Giddy gal portrait from Diamond Oak Photography!
What a week! After having a great week of training clients and teaching classes I was honored to host my good gal pal’s bachelorette party yesterday. I am wiped out, yet secretly getting pumped up for next week! Catch up on all things giddy, go for it!
Music is such an important element to any party scene. It is definitely one of the first things I notice when I enter someone’s home for a dinner party, a yoga class or club/bar scene. Next time you go somewhere ask yourself the following questions:
‘Can I hear and understand the music?’ / ‘Do the tunes give off a positive vibe?’ / ‘Can I sing a long or dance to it?’ / ‘Am I feeling it?!’
You can consider those same questions when putting together and applying your very own playlist! Now, back in the day, I used to illegally download all of my music. Shout out to Morpheus and Shazaam! But now I’m a responsible adult (who occasionally roller skates while eating popsicles) who streams music and sometimes will actually buy songs off of iTunes.
This weekend I’m hosting a dear gal pal’s bachelorette party, so ya know, we will be partying! No penile accessories to be had, she’s a classy broad. We’re starting off the day with a brunch and flower crown crafting session, so music will be key and help the guests feel welcome, creative and loose. I used the following guidelines to create the Giddy Girl Party Playlist:
- Sample music from every decade
- Showcase strong female voices
- Mix in hits and lesser known ditties
- Playlist can work on shuffle or in order play
- The B 52’s = MUST (duh)
This particular playlist is available on Spotify for you to enjoy, simply search Giddy Girl Party Playlist or click here and let the party begin!
Giddy Girl Playlist
Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes
Money Honey – Lady Gaga
You’ve Got The Love – Florence + The Machine
Love On Top – Beyonce
Put Your Records On – Corinne Bailey Rae
Roam – The B-52’s
Head Over Feet – Alanis Morissette
Wildest Moments – Jessie Ware
Dreams – The Cranberries
Hold Me – Fleetwood Mac
Send My Love – Adele
Don’t Wait Too Long – Madeleine Peyroux
Everything is Everything – Ms. Lauryn Hill
Our Day Will Come – Amy Winehouse
Crush – Jennifer Page
Family Affair – Mary J. Blige
Glamorous – Fergie
Into The Groove – Madonna
F*ck Me Pumps – Amy Winehouse
Hold On – Wilson Phillips
Best Of My Love – The Emotions
Be My Baby – The Ronettes
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
99 Red Balloons – Nena
Summerboy – Lady Gaga
Hold On – Alabama Shakes
Two Doors Down – Dolly Parton
This Is Not A Test – She & Him
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Why Don’t You Do Right – Peggy Lee
Waterfalls – TLC
Funkytown – Lipps Inc
Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
Hand In My Pocket – Alanis Morissette
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
Linger – The Cranberries
Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles
Firework – Katy Perry
Take Me Home – Cher
In The Sun – She & Him
Here You Come Again – Dolly Parton
Call Me When You Get This – Corinne Bailey Rae
Upside Down – Diana Ross
Big Spender – Peggy Lee
Love Shack – The B-52’s
XO – Beyonce
Like a Prayer – Madonna
Amy Amy Amy – Amy Winehouse
Doo Wop (That Thing) – Ms. Lauryn Hill
Party on giddy girls!
We all hide things right? Parking tickets, hurt feelings, our natural hair color. I personally hid the fact that I was an introvert for many years. I pretended to be outgoing, confident, and happy to talk to people. Yes, I have shifted toward these personality traits slowly over the years but I faked it for a long time. We’re not always ready for change, even if we want it desperately.
Introvert: A shy, reticent person.
Extrovert: An outgoing, overtly expressive person.
And then we’ve got our AMBIverts! Have you heard of this term?
Ambivert: A person whose personality has a balance of extrovert and introvert features.
So, there I was, totally skipping over the ambivert box trying to land in the land of extroverts. It’s like I went from riding a bicycle to driving a race car, there was no middle ground training!
As an introvert I generally felt alone and I didn’t have many quality friends, I struggled to connect with any kids my age growing up and throughout high school. So I felt like (and still feel) that I’m still looking for my best friends. I’m very open to meeting new people, but because of my shyness it is extremely hard to form friendly bonds. I’m still sensitive about this subject and am often drawn to other wallflowers, anti social individuals who don’t seem like they quite belong. Because deep down, that is me too.
There is nothing wrong with being an introvert. But I now enjoy wading in the ambivert waters and when I’m feeling mega brave, stripping down to my skivvies and doing a cannonball into the deep end of the extrovert pool! #scandalous
The conversion from introvert to ambivert took many, many years of hard work and trial and error. I embarrassed myself countless times by saying the wrong things and stepping out on the extrovert ledge without being prepared. I copied outgoing acquaintances’ behaviors, thinking it would work for me. WRONG. But I tried, I really did. Now I’ve found a place to settle in and feel more comfortable, hello ambivert life!
Sometimes I do wonder if my journey toward social preparedness could have been easier. One of my favorite comediennes, Maria Bamford, speaks openly about mental illness (she is diagnosed with Bipolar 2), bulimia, and social anxiety. I heard her discuss on the WTF Podcast with Marc Maron that she struggled socially so much that her parents sent her to a Dale Carnegie (renowned author or many books, including How to Win Friends and Influence People) course while in high school. Maria said it changed her life, she was finally able to sustain relationships. That interview helped me see there were self help options out there.
Reading personal development books and working with a life coach have definitely helped me pinpoint issues and make positive choices. Change is possible if we have the desire to improve. Not everyone this kind of desire. But you, my friend, are reading a happiness blog so something tells me you are searching for something.
Tell me what that something is in the comments! Are you an introvert, ambivert or extrovert?
We could all use a little extra cardio, right? Running comes to mind, but maybe you can’t run or are just totally over it! Try these cardio moves instead, you can complete them in a circuit style for an awesome interval workout!
30 seconds High Knees
60 seconds rest
30 seconds Squat & Reach Left
60 seconds rest
30 seconds Speed Skaters
60 seconds rest
30 seconds Squat & Reach Right
60 seconds rest
Repeat 3-5 times
I don’t know about you, but my Dad (who I call ‘Diddy’) is a little old fashioned. He’s not really into ties, golf accessories, or dining at a fancy restaurant for a patriarchal celebration. He likes to keep moving and to check things off his ‘to do’ list. Which is written on a neon index card that he stows in his shirt pocket. Diddy is pretty much an OH (Original Hipster).
He’s busy, and never asks for help. We all know those who rarely ask for assistance are the ones who likely need it the most. Think outside the box and instead of buying a typical Father’s Day gift that he’ll never use, why don’t you give your Dad a helping hand instead?
The best gift is letting know someone you care, take time to show grace this holiday by helping out the Papa’s in your life! Can’t think of anything? I made a list of examples for every type of Father I could think of.
Works for every kind of Dad!
Mow The Lawn – For the weekend warrior Dad who doesn’t pay a landscaping crew to trim the hedges. Plus you’ve secretly always wanted to use a weed whacker.
Back Up His Smart Phone – For the Pa who only talks to Siri by accident and far more often that he’d like. ‘Not now Siri!’.
Sharpen His Knives – For the foodie Daddy-O who takes pride in roasting lamb and whipping up a killer sauce. Make it easy on him and sharpen his knives until the sparkle rivals JJ Watt’s full wattage smile.
Clean His Clubs – Your father is a golfer, but also still a man…who hates to clean.
Throw Away His Jorts (jean shorts) – Because you’ve got a cool Dad. By doing this deed you’re granting EVERYONE (including society) a favor. Kindly replace them with pretty much any other type of short.
Be His Bartender – For the Don Draper Dad, learn how to mix his favorite drink and keep ’em coming, at a responsible pace please! If he likes beer your job will be so much easier, just have the bottle opener at the ready.
Shine His Shoes – For the professional Papa! Take in all pairs he’s not currently wearing, it doesn’t take long to get them shined up. He will enjoy the sheen that only comes from a fresh shining, talk about fancy!
Program the DVR – For that certain Father who pretends to know how to work the TV but continues to mysteriously erase your Mom’s The Bachelor episodes. Just do it for him, he’ll never miss an episode of Blue Bloods again!
Scrub the Grill – For the Pa who takes pride in smoky smoky deliciousness. Nobody wants to clean the grill, this will score you some major points with ol’ Pops!
Don’t Do Anything – The perfect choice for the control freak Dad! You couldn’t do anything as well as him anyways, right? Just get him a card!
Do you have any other suggestions, what does your Dad need help with?
Alright, get out there and DO WORK for yo Daddy!