Savor the Holiday Season

Do the holidays stress you out? Do you OVER indulge and regret it? Not this year, my friend. I have a solution. You are invited to JOIN me and a special group of awesome women as we “Savor the Season!” Actually enjoy the holiday season this year. Thrive, don’t just survive. JOIN us as we use fitness, nutrition, personal development, & support to help us slow down and find JOY this holiday season.

Comment below or shoot me an email @ monetteunraveled@gmail.com for all the details.

We start prepping next Monday 11/20; officially starting Monday 11/27.

Going to the gray side.

I’ve been toying with the idea of transitioning from colored to natural gray hair for many, many months now.  I’ve been gray-curious! I’m a true believer in God’s timing.  I think that my health and wellness journey has prepared me for such a time as this.  Just as loosing 35# doesn’t happen overnight, I know that I won’t suddenly wake up with silver strands as if someone painted them on.  Wouldn’t that be nice?  But, just as poor nutrition choices over time caught up with me in extra pounds and poor health related issues – I know that the chemical color treatments that I’ve been adding to me hair for years will take some time to grow out.  It’ll surely be a process, but I just may be ready to embrace this journey to gray like I took on my health & wellness journey.  Head down…focus on what’s in front of me, NO looking back!

What’s surprised me the most has been the reactions from those that I’ve share my decision with…opinions have been strong. Ultimately, I came to understand that what others think really doesn’t matter.  This is about, Monette.  Redefining beauty for myself.  As I get older, I am finding that the more true I am to myself – the happier I am. I can’t explain just how I feel about loosing the dark brown color.  As women, we are constantly on a mission to reverse the signs of aging so, to let go and accept that I am aging is scary.  I may not feel like 47, but the truth is…I am and I don’t need to try to deny that reality. This is personal…I am in NO way passing judgement on anyone that chooses otherwise.

For me, it’s about freedom and total acceptance of myself.  Unlike weight loss, the good news is that if I can’t take it, I’m just a short trip to Walgreens for a box color…HA!  In all seriousness…I think it’s more about timing and confidence.  I feel like my 40’s has been a decade of coming into my own and just being me.  Less is more!  Although I LOVE my stylist, I’m tired of managing appointments and spending $$$ every 6 weeks at a salon,  I hope I can pull it off, but at this point –  I’m choosing to ditch the dye and go gray – gracefully (that’s the goal).  So, I’m sharing my journey with you and looking forward to re-defining Monette’s style.  There I go again…UNRAVELING!

(9 weeks post salon color/3 weeks home root touch up)

Hello November! 🍂

“How are you living?” JOIN me! 🍂 Every day during the month of November I am choosing to “Live Well.” Before I close my eyes at night, I will ask myself, “How did I live today?” Did I…was I???

– grateful/thankful

– journal

– practice kindness always

– show compassion for suffering

– volunteer

– pray

– rise early – read more

– Bible study

– plan a date night with Jaye

– drink more water

– choose healthy snacks

– play a game with Joel

– spend one-on-one time with BIG kids

– go outside/spend time in nature

– MOVE my body

– sleep 😴

– meditate

– meet a friend for coffee or lunch

– cook rice and gravy for the fam – talk less, listen more

– challenge myself – LOVE more

RISING November…won’t you JOIN me?! 🍁 Feel free to comment. I look forward to growing with you, friends. 🍂

#RISE #grow #livewell #November #impact #motivation #support #excellence #gratitude #sharing #community #bestversionofself #alwayslearning #challenge #unraveled

Happy Trails!

Into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul. ~ Author Unknown

Trail running is such a great activity you can do for your body and even more – your mind. It challenges you, and changes you.

I started trail running at Sam Houston State Park with a group of peeps a year ago. We typically run what is called the Blue Trail, which is about 3.5 miles. The trails are hilly and VERY stumpy. The terrain is rough. I tripped on a stump only 100 yards into my first run. I learned quickly that trail running is NOT road running. I’ll share some TIPS before you hit the trails in a separate blog. But, first…I wanted to share with you…

10 Reasons Why You Should Start Running Trails

1. To be one with nature – you’ll make friends with the animals, flowers and trees you encounter along the trail. Watching all of animals wake up and the sun rise along the trails is a blessing. 🦌

2. You’ll never get bored – there are no straight lines on the trails and you never know what the next curve will bring you. There are hills, downhills, down trees, water puddles, waterways, branches – the trails are always changing. If you ran the same trail all year round, the scenery would change often with the weather and seasons.

3. Escape the concrete jungle – we spend most of our waking hours in the city – working, going to school, running errands, taking care of business…a change of scenery is therapeutic.

4. It’s still, quiet, and peaceful – there is no road noise, horns blowing and you don’t have to dodge traffic or people (except the occasional bike rider). The noises of the city are replaced with birds chirping, leaves rustling, water flowing. Your mind gets quiet and relaxed. There is peace.

5. It challenges you – you’ll want to push yourself. You might start by walking the hills then before you know it, you’ll be running more of the hills than you walk. You may have to jump over puddles or holes and climb over or under limbs. The trails require you to be agile, providing you with a great full body workout.

6. It’s easier on your body – trail running is easier on my knees and joints than running on pavement. The terrain is softer. The changing terrain of the trails strengthens muscles that support your legs and feet.

7. Breath fresh air – and hot & humid most months in Louisiana (LOL). Tired of inhaling the fumes courtesy of industry of the city? Go for a run in the woods! Running on a treadmill can’t give you fresh air of the woods.

8. It’s a slower run – trail running is more about the experience than the speed of the run.

9. You’ll get dirty, but you won’t mind – it’s inevitable with changing weather conditions and seasons. You may get wet and muddy, but it’s sure to be fun.

10. Spending time in nature will makes you happier and calms you down – it’ll boost your creativity and help you to focus on the now by clearing your thoughts – escaping your head.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your trail shoes and head to the woods. Pack some water and bug spray. If you get out there stressed, you’ll leave feeling so much better. The trails are healing!

What do you like doing to stay active? Are you a runner? Would you like to try trail running?

Let me know in the comments below.

If you’re local and care to join us for a trail run – please join us; message me for more details.

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Happy Birthday to Moi – 47 birthday lessons I’d tell my younger self! 🎁

• Life is short. Get busy living or get busy dying.

• Start each day with a grateful heart.

• You are a soul. You have a body.

• What other people think of you is none of your business.

• Get outside every day. Miracles are everywhere.

• No matter how you feel; get up, dress up, and show up.

• Breathe, just breathe.

• Comparison is the thief of joy.

• Own your story and then share it with others.

• Attitude is everything. You are what you think.

• Change is always possible – at any age.

• Look people in the eye.

• Discipline is a choice between doing what you want now and what you want most.

• Listen more, speak less.

• Failure is proof that you tried. Try again.

• Loosen Up; it’s not that serious.

• Fake it till you make it.

• Keep it simple.

• Love is a word without action.

• Drink coffee. Cuddle a dog. Sip wine.

• Surround yourself with people who value, encourage, and challenge you.

• You can’t make everyone happy.

• Where you are today is not where you have to be forever.

• Your purpose is greater than your past.

• Love your body and teach your mind to respect it.

• Actions speak louder than words.

• Take responsibility for your own actions.

• Smile often.

• Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.

• Keep reading. It gives you someplace to go when you have to stay where you are.

• Be fierce, but flexible.

• Travel more; not to escape life, but for life not to escape you.

• Light candles, play music, and take a long-hot bubble bath.

• Save for the unexpected.

• Stop to smell the flowers.

• Worry less, pray more.

• Nap time is your happy hour.

• Happiness is a choice.

• It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop.

• Never underestimate the power of chocolate.

• It’s not what you say, but what you do that counts.

• Always be kind. Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

• Dance like no one is watching.

• Be creative and inspire others.

• Parenting is hard…do your best until you know better.

• You are a work in progress. You aren’t where you need to be, but thank God you’re not where you used to be.

• God is preparing you for something great. Hold on…as long as you are breathing, your life matters.