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Take a break! Recharge naturally in 5 Easy Steps Today!

Take a Break! Holistic Detox from everyday triggers.
Take a Break and Detox your Life in 5 Easy Steps!

How to Detox/Edit Your Life in 5 quick steps.  Take a break!

Unplug and Recharge Now!

Detoxing, Cleansing, Editing Recharging, Rebooting – however you call it, it’s critical to your survival! Ok, that can read pretty dramatic but there is some truth, not the Daily Mail type of truth (I can’t lie, I love Daily Mail, their “where there is  smoke, there is fire” is always pretty close to truth), but for this story truth is actual proof! Here we go:

The Proof:

A detox/ recharge is necessary for all living organisms. If you’re tilting your head like, I did not sign up to read a science report. It’s a quick and easy read and it will help you today. Here is what we scientifically know  as truth;

Animals hibernate (detox, recharge), flowers, tree and plants  shed what they don’t need, (edit, cleanse, rebirth), so in “modern human speak”, ,  the non human living organisms “cleanse” what they don’t need to keep going. They get a fresh outlook, a new start, and maybe I stretch the truth Daily Mail style and say they are happier! For us as humans we “should shed” who and what doesn’t serve us  anymore like peeling an onion to get us to a new start, fresh outlook

For the record, I can’t say why bears hibernate, so….I googled it, ahhh I just lied (Daily Mail style) actually I  just asked Siri whom I call Thelma. Thelma said, “for the food,  ding dong!” Ohhh bears hibernate because there is no food, they can’t run on empty, got it! Hmmm sounds just like us, but because we have artificial everything we “think” we can keep going.  Ok maybe I knew bears hibernate for lack of food, but for real I thought it could be something much more complicated! It’s not! Bears are smart, we can be a bit slow in recognizing when we beed a break!

REMINDER: This is your life, detoxing is a gift for you!

Keeping in mind, a restart to your life is your choice, and no one but you knows when, how and what detoxing or simply editing your life looks like for you, so trust your gut, if you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, anxious, sad, just simply stressed  and maybe you don’t why, again I ask consider unplugging and recharging for your mental health and for your overall wellness. Your time is your time, spend some of it nurturing yourself!

The Goods:

Detox/Cleanse/Edit  however you “see” it, hopefully now you see it’s value.

Sidenote:I’ll interchange the verbs for interest level only.

The act of detoxing is vital for your energy, creativity and your mental health. Once the “editing”, and “cleansing”  is done, you will be recharged, ready to start your life with a renewed and fresh perspective. How fantastic!

Start Easy:

1. Your Physical Environment:

Declutter items that don’t have a purpose.

Put like things with like things.

Organize your closet.

Color code, and sort by season.

Clean the space.

Your Car is part of your physical if applicable.

2. Your Body:

2 Easy Steps.

1.”Cleansing” the body- with Lemon  🍋  Water first thing in the morning.

Squeeze a half lemon into a glass of water in the morning.

Dr Weil’s take on lemon water:  Read Here

2. Take the time to cut carrots🥕 , celery , cucumbers🥒.

Eat them!

3. Eat berries raspberries and blueberries. 🫐

These are portable vitamins!

Hard:

Go all in on the healthy mindset  for one day.

No junk.

Drinks lots of water.

Portion control.

Hardest:

Try for 3 days.

Don’t forget to drink lots of water.

3. Your Mind:

Easy:

Walk, Yoga

Walk -30-60 minutes (try to find some type of nature)

Yoga 10- 20 minutes is enough to reset the mind.

Breath Work

Inhale deep through nose,

Exhale deep through mouth.

Try 5x

Take a Shower – Somehow always  a good reset for the mind. Many genius ideas come from the shower:)

Hard:

Run 20-30 minutes (less than 20 your heart and lungs are still the main focus, you want to get to a rhythm, a pace where you’re mind is primary, not your lungs and your heart)

Read a book- yup sit down and read a book.

Meditate- Find a Mantra

Reciting the mantra when your monkey mind starts.

Examples here: Mantras Here

4. Friends/Relationships:

Take a break from uncomfortable relationships in your life.

They don’t have to be as bold as toxic even if a relationship is just uncomfortable, might be time for an edit.

Consider what situations you’re anxious about, can you make an easy change or does it require a more difficult choice? If it’s truly affecting your mental health, take the time and think about editing it our of your life or at least trimming if you can.

How?

Easy:

Respond slower.

Be unavailable, be “busy” when together time comes up.

Hard:

Be honest.

Stop responding.

5.Social Media:                                                                                               (Any type of SM, IG,FB,SC and “News” which you likely get from an online tool.)

Easy:

Turn off notifications.

Take 1 hour off.

Hard:

Take 6am-12 p.m off

or 12p.m.-6 p.m.

Hardest:

One Full day

Neglect Daily Mail! (here you go, I told you it would all connect!) Full transparency, I love Daily Mail so this is personal people!

Give yourself permission to take a break. You will be better for you and those around you!

Again in case the science didn’t grab you, TAKE A BREAK! Really just do it, and maybe do it today!

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SHE’S A FIRST! LULU MOORE

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LuLu Moore on Macarena

 

LULU MOORE

She rides. She jumps. She fox hunts. She plays polo. Wait…What? Yup, polo, the kind on a horse!

LuLu Moore is the first in her home town of Ridgefield, CT to play collegiate polo. She will be playing this fall at SMU, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas!

LuLu has built her confidence through riding horses. The old saying, “every time you fall off the horse, get back on”,  literally applies to LuLu.  She has fallen off a horse so many times she can’t count. However, every fall even the very serious ones have resulted in LuLu “getting back on”.  In talking with LuLu, you realize with every remount, little by little she filled up her courage tank.

LuLu’s story starts off like any other little girl loving all things ponies. At the age of 3, her aunt, a former jockey, one of the few female jockeys in her time, put her on her first pony. Cute. However, by 3 ½ her story quickly takes a not so cute turn in the little girl loving pony fable. On her first official ride, her horse was stung by a bee and she was thrown. She was not hurt, however, ironically she was now hooked, she was captured by it all. LuLu’s courage, fierceness and her sense of adventure were all born!

LuLu grew up in Ridgefield, CT, but her second home is Windswept Farm in North Salem, NY.  At the age of 6, Lulu still with baby teeth started fox hunting at the farm. That’s right she was on a horse “hunting” fox at 6 years old! Fox hunting was to LuLu what swimming, dancing and playing soccer was to other 6 year old girls. She describes her early days as a young child asking her parents on the daily, “please can I ride today?”. Her parents, Spencer and Rhys finally obliged, and her dad taught LuLu at 6 how to fox hunt leading her on a lead line. She loved it! LuLu continued riding on her dad’s lead line until one day she fell off and under her dad’s very large horse. Lulu was ok and was promptly rewarded with independence off the lead line. Strange for most of us to think you’re rewarded after a fall, however, though the fall was dangerous it was determined she was safer riding solo. Now hunting on her own, she is officially a fox hunter. LuLu’s  theme song is really starting to emerge. The falls just add more to her courage tank.

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LuLu on Willie

Next up, polo makes an appearance by 11, and by high school she was playing pick up polo with the men at the club in North Salem. Along with fox hunting and polo, she continued to ride, and went onto to add more traditional training called, Eventing. She competed in 3 disciplines; Dressage, Show Jumping, and Cross Country.  LuLu, at this point in her young life starts to think about making the Junior Olympic Team.  This is the world where to be highly competitive, you really need to own your own horse and a pretty darn good one at that! “The horse defines your future”, even for a lay person this unspoken truth is understood. LuLu never owned her own horse, but she worked hard on the farm to help offset her training costs so she could still train amongst the best. She didn’t have an award winning horse to ride, she didn’t get to the Junior Olympics. She carries on working hard and training.

LuLu continues fox hunting, playing polo and riding. I have a moment, and I showed my naivety,  I ask, “is there a kill in the hunt?”  LuLu quickly responded, “No, no, it’s all about the chase. The thrill of it is chasing the fox to its den. She assured me no animals are injured. At this point I’m pretty sure I’m in a fairy tale with LuLu being the young female lead in very fancy clothes in a beautiful field surrounded by singing birds and happy horses.

Even with singing birds, and happy horses, just like all fairy tales, there are risks. The world of riding in any form can be very dangerous. LuLu has fallen so many times with just a couple being serious.  However, it was the most recent fall at the end of last year that made her pause.  She was riding a very talented polo pony that  jumped 3’ over the fence with a 6’ drop so they both had a 9’ drop. The horse landed in knee deep mud and flipped with LuLu now under the horse. LuLu felt the large horse land on top of her, and she had a moment of “uh oh is this it?” This was not good, really not good. Miraculously both horse and LuLu were ok.  LuLu rode her home with just a broken finger but also a broken spirit. She struggled to go back, even though she has fallen so many times, something about this fall led LuLu to pause and just think. She says, the fall has led her to more thoughtful, “logical riding.”  Not surprisingly, with absoluteness and readiness she got back on the horse literally. Her courage tank is just about full now.

Today, she embraces her journey from the little girl dreaming of making the Junior Olympic Team to the young woman committed to play polo in college. The path has not been easy or safe, yet she continues on her journey. With every fall and disappointment, she developed characteristics that parents would buy if they could, an old school work ethic, courage, selflessness, and the most valuable tool, confidence.

The beautiful and inspiring life she has created for herself is not lost on LuLu. Humble when we talk about being a first from her hometown, she says she is simply following her path.  I remind her it is inspirational to young girls because her path is one she created by staying true to herself, her interests, and her dreams.  Thank you LuLu for showing us there will be falls, and the journey is not always easy, but if you pick yourself and get back on, the horses will be there for you, birds will still be singing, and new dreams and new paths are made.

LuLu plans to study psychology at SMU while playing polo.

She is brave. She is courageous. She is a first!

We are excited to follow your trailblazing path on horseback.

 

 

 

 

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8 STUDY TIPS THAT WILL LEAD TO CONFIDENCE IN SCHOOL!

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  1. Schedule Time. Yes really put it in your version of a calendar. Chunking time is one of the secrets to success. So put a start and an end time, so you don’t get all worked up thinking how much studying you have to do. Try it.
  2. Create your space. Where? Home. Bedroom. Library.   Get some water, snacks, and your headphones.

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3.   Take a Breath. Before you begin, treat your mind and body to a quiet moment of               breathing. Inhale for 4, Exhale for 4. 3 cycles or however many it takes to relax.

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4.  Get Ahead. i.e. don’t leave it until the night before. Start an Outline of what’s to be        studied. Make note cards, use quizlet etc.  In as little as 10 minutes get prepared for the longer study sessions.

5.  Review Daily.

6.  Study together. Find a study buddy if that works for you. Try it, via Face Time, Zoom, or just through text. Test each other. This makes you accountable to show up and be prepared so you will have to at least have read the material.

7.  Get Up! Walk around, your brain needs a break and your body needs to move. You will be energized. Grab an apple, they say it’s as good as a cup of coffee to energize you! If you can, get outside for a bit, nature is healing and changes your focus. It helps you to relax.

8.  Ask for Help. Reach out to your teacher, the resource lab, your older siblings, or parents. Use all your tools!

You organized, prepared and worked hard. You’re ready! Walk into the test a little taller and maybe a little smile. 😊