Author: Rikki Ayers

Choosing to cook with Monique Nelson

How often do you cook your own food? If one of your New Years resolutions this year is to eat healthier and develop a better relationship with food, then this podcast episode is for you! Monique Nelson, who runs Choose to Cook, joins me in this episode to talk about the importance of knowing what you’re eating and also why she decided to go vegan. I really believe that what you put in your body is incredibly important but how you use your body and how you treat yourself is also incredibly important and changes your life and how...

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Listen to the NEW Own Up Grown-Up Podcast!

How great does it feel to finally press publish on something you’ve been working on FOREVER? So great. The Own Up Grown-Up Podcast is here ladies and gents! If you’re new to Own Up Grown-Up, here’s the quick backstory. About mid-2016, I was on “vacation” thinking about what I could do to make the world a better place. I had just gone through a major year of growth. I left my corporate gig to start my own business, which was a thrill, but something was missing. Sure, I was doing good work that I enjoyed, I had some great...

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How do you want to feel this year? A new way to look at setting goals

If you’re already cringing at your to-do list for this year, overwhelmed by the lofty goals you set mid-hangover on January 1st, you still have time to revise your goals. Look at your list, or vision board, or journal. Often we list all the things we want to achieve throughout the year—weightloss, income, a vacation—without considering why these things are so important to us. You may have many surface reasons, such as, “I deserve a raise, damn it!”, but likely there’s an emotion tied to your desires. How do you want to feel this year may be a more...

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Live more by doing, and having, less

It’s 7:58 a.m. and I’m looking around the living room/dining room/kitchen in my apartment wondering, “how the hell did I amass all of this crap?” Of course I know how. A garage sale here, a book sale there, Christmas, birthdays, technology upgrades, my inability to get rid of a piece of furniture that has sentimental value, but that I can’t even sit in because it’s so uncomfortable, retail “therapy”. The truth is that I haven’t spent a lot of money on this stuff—most of my furniture was given to my husband and I or bought second-hand and refinished—but it’s all...

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Resolve to stop following bad advice this January

Drink this, wear that, do this exercise—are you ready for the onslaught of advice coming your way this January, just in time for you to start working on your 2017 New Years resolutions? The five-minute daily workout that will help you drop 30 pounds in 30 days! (Yes, so easy!) Get out of debt quick with these three strategies! (Yay, I can stop worrying about money!) The miracle cure for bad skin! (As long as it works!) Build a 6-figure business in 6 months! (I’ll be rich!) I’ve been sucked into bad advice before. A lot of it, unfortunately. Have...

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