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Week 2 of the Last 90 Days Challenge | Results

In last week's post, Last 90 Days Challenge | Planning StrategyI shared the steps I took in the first week of the last 90 days challenge, hosted by Rachel Hollis.

And although that first week was great, the second week has been even better. I can’t believe how much progress I made in the first two weeks. Before I update you on the progress I made, let me tell you what I do each day to make sure I stay on track. 

My mornings begin at 6:00 a.m. followed immediately by meditating. I find that meditating right as I wake up works best for me because my mind hasn’t been compromised by other people or social media.

Once meditation is over, I make a cup of coffee and begin my journaling practice, this includes:


Picking out a mantra card from the Universe Has Your Back, by Gabby Bernstein.

Writing down an affirmation for the day

Writing down an intention for the day

Writing down 10 things I’m thankful for. (I try to not duplicate from the day before unless I feel moved to do so. There’s plenty to be thankful for, and I don’t want to take anything for granted. Then, if I’m inspired to, I follow this with a bit of journaling, but this part is optional.)

Reviewing my 90 days goals

Once finished, I get up and I begin my workout, which takes about 30 minutes or so.


These are pretty much my mornings, Monday through Friday. I’m lenient on the weekends, and I don’t feel like I’m failing because of it. On the contrary, I feel energized and excited to get started on Monday mornings. 

You wouldn’t think that setting goals, working toward them and having an active wellness routine actually works, right? (wink wink) You guys, it totally does!

Here's my update: I started my email subscription list a few months back and though I had a few wonderful individuals join, I hadn’t really made a huge dent. One of my goals was to grow the list so that I could start communicating and sharing on my own terms, not dependent on other social mediums. I set a goal to reach a certain number of subscribers—which I thought was reasonable by December 31st 2018, and instead, I reached my goal 12 days after starting this challenge. 12 days! In addition to, I lost a few pounds and stayed consistent with my spiritual practice all week--once again. 

Well, that's it for week two, I'm excited to see what the rest of week three brings me. 

If you want to get a jump-start on your goal-setting, then download my free workbook and start reaching your goals today! 

Till Next Time!

 

Last 90 Days Challenge | Planning Strategy

In case you missed last week’s post, I’m participating in Rachel Hollis’ last 90 days challenge, and I’m going to document my progress in hopes of inspiring you to take action.

In this first week of the challenge, I became even more disciplined and intentional--and I took all excuses off the table. 

Be sure to read last week's post to learn about the first steps to take. 

Setting aside a few hours on the evening of Sunday, September 30th, I started creating a plan.

  • Wrote down goals I want to reach in the last 90 days
  • Identified why I want each goal
  • Identified the feeling I’m chasing with each goal

Then, I chunked these goals by the month, week and day.  Knowing exactly what I wanted and how I was going to reach my goals, helped me to stay consistent all week. I stuck to my workout schedule, my spiritual practice and I landed a new client for my mentoring business, all because I had a clear plan.

If you would like to join the challenge, it’s not too late. It’s never too late to start creating the life you want to live. I’m on a mission to help as many people as I can to live a happy and fulfilled life. However, I know that not many of us know how to get started on creating goals, so, to help you get started, I created a FREE printable workbook for goal-setting. Download it here and get started tonight!

I once lived a misguided life and as a result, I played small and ignored my God-given potential. Don’t let this be you, start today taking the steps to living the life you came to live.

Next week, I’ll share more on my progress.

 

Also, if you want a little help and want to start aligning with your own purpose, then check out my book #Believe Dammit: 10 Principles for Attracting and Creating the Life You Crave. It's a perfect place to start considering your thoughts and the way you live your life.

 

 

If you haven’t done so already, follow me on Twitter and Instagram and like my Facebook page. Through my social sites, I share daily inspiration and motivation of all kinds—like fitness, wellness, health, and positive thinking.  

Good luck on your journey and until next time!

 

 

 

End the Year the Way You Want the New One to Start! 90-Day-Challenge

I’m ending the last 90 days of the year in a way I’ve never done before: ending the year the way I want to start it. This is in part to Rachel Hollis’ “Last 90 Days Challenge” though I had already set a similar goal for myself prior to learning about this challenge, I thought having a group of people working on a similar challenge could help, so I hopped on this train!

So what exactly is the 90-day challenge? Basically, it’s a personal challenge—unique to you, wherein you decide to end year the way you wish to start it, for example, some common New Year Resolutions may look something like this: I want to lose 15 pounds; I want to organize that garage, I want to meditate, I want to eat better, etc.… This challenge propels us to act now, instead of waiting till January 1st.

Imagine how different your year would start if you were already actively working toward your goals!

If this sounds like something you want to be part of but have no idea where to start, then I have a few tips for you. If you want to do it with me, then I invite you to email at mari@marisuggs.com or follow me on Instagram and send me a direct message letting me know you’re doing it. All this means is that I will encourage you along your way! However, if you want to do it on your own, that’s perfectly okay too, though I do encourage you to find an accountability partner as research shows this method works best.

Okay, so here we go, how do I think you should start this challenge.

What do you want?

If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re never going to get there. So, get clear on your goals; what is it that you want to accomplish? What is that goal that year after year keeps taunting you? Then, be specific. Don’t just say I want to lose weight, say, I want to lose 15 pounds by December 31, 2018.

Why do you want it?

WHY do you want this goal? This is an important step because you’ll be able to understand if this goal is authentic to you, or if you’re simply doing it because you think it’s what you’re supposed to want/have/do based on someone’s else’s dreams. Do you want to lose 15 pounds because you know you'll be healthier and more confident? Or do you want to lose 15 pounds because you think everyone on Instagram is perfect?

What do you want to experience?

What do you want to experience is another way of saying, how do you want to feel? It’s been my experience that ultimately our goals are based off an emotion we want to feel: I want to feel secure, happy, fulfilled, etc. knowing how you want to feel can you help you hone in on the experience you want to have. 

This is a good place to start because you’re creating a map for your life. You know what you want, why you want it and how you want to feel. Following these simple steps will help you stay on track, and helps as a reminder whenever you're thinking of giving up.

I want you to take the following thought with you; the only difference between the person you are today, and the person who’s reached the goals you’ve written down, is your willingness to stick with it and follow through.

It is important to remember to do you, in other words, focus on your goals, not someone else’s. It can sometimes be easy to think we want this or that based on our surroundings. Don’t get off track, return to your map and remind yourself what YOU want. The only way you will follow through is if you stay focused on you and your walk, not by walking in someone’s else’s path.

Being inspired by others is very different than thinking you have to do what they do in order for you to reach your own goals. For example, when it comes to working out, I love yoga and because of it, I’m able to stick to it, consistently. But every time I think I need to do something else—maybe more cardio—like the incredibly fit girl I saw running in my neighborhood, you know what happens? I don’t work out at all. Why? Because I’m not being true to my own journey, I’m trying to walk someone else’s.

The challenge starts on October 1, 2018. If you want to join me on this 90-day challenge, remember to email at mari@marisuggs.com or direct message me on Instagram.

Also, if you want a little help and want to start aligning with your own purpose, then check out my book #Believe Dammit: 10 Principles for Attracting and Creating the Life You Crave. It's a perfect place to start considering your thoughts and the way you live your life.

 

 

If you haven’t done so already, follow me on Twitter and Instagram and like my Facebook page. Through my social sites, I share daily inspiration and motivation of all kinds—like fitness, wellness, health, and positive thinking.  

Good luck on your journey and until next time!

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Personal Development Tools and Techniques

In my personal-growth journey, I’m always looking out for resources to help me reach that next level in my walk. Oftentimes, this includes other teachers that will teach me something new, enlighten me or offer some form of peace of mind.

Today I’m going to share with you two tools and techniques often used in personal-development to elevate a state of consciousness and awareness.

Let’s talk Crystals!

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Much like meditation, crystals have been around for thousands of years because of its proven ability to release mental, physical and spiritual blockages. They come in a variety of properties—each with specific vibrational energies. Crystals have been known to heal anxiety and stress, to boost energy, to gain financial abundance and to help clear creative blocks.

One of the coolest things I learned about crystals is that you don’t have to stress out about picking the “right” one for you, because, the experts say that the crystals choose you—Harry Potter, anyone? How cool is that?

If you would like to learn more about crystals then check out this wonderful resource. It’s a beginners guide to Crystals

The 7 Chakras of the world!

Natural Chakra Stones Set w/ Amethyst Crystal, Rose Quartz, Lapis Lazuli, Clear Quartz Obelisk & Tiger Eye – Chakra Crystals for Reiki, Meditation & Massage – Ebook, Velvet Pouch & Keychain Included!

In line with crystals, you can also get chakra stones. But before we get into that, let’s talk about what chakras are. Chakra literally translates to wheel. There are 7 chakras which align the spine, starting with the base of the spine through the crown of the head. Imagine there’s a swirling wheel of energy where matter aligns with God. Through meditation, you can activate each chakra, each with a focus on a particular area resulting in huge breakthroughs in your life.

  • First Chakra:  Root Chakra; means support; Color: Red

  • Second Chakra: Sacral Chakra; translates to “the place of self” which means your identity as human and what you do with it; Color: Orange·

  • Third Chakra: Solar Plexus Chakra translates to “lustrous gem” and is where your self-confidence is; Color; Yellow

  • Fourth Chakra: Heart Chakra, translates to “unhurt” and is where your love and compassion are empowered, Color: Green

  • Fifth Chakra: Throat Chakra translates to “very pure” and is where your personal truth lies; Color, Blue

  • Sixth Chakra: Third Eye Chakra, translates to “beyond wisdom” and it opens your mind up beyond the five senses, Color, Indigo

  • Seventh Chakra: Crown Chakra, translates to “thousand petaled”, this is pure consciousness energy; Color, violet

To learn from an expert on how to clear your chakras I recommend The Deepak Chopra Center

As stated above, you can also buy chakra stones. Each stone is typically associated with or more chakra, each unique to the specific center you’re focusing on. Here’s a list I found for you to reference.

  • Roor chakra stones: Bloodstone, Tiger’s Eye, Hematite, Fire Agate, Black Tourmaline

  • Sacral chakra stones: Citrine, Carnelian, Moonstone, Coral

  • Solar Plexus chakra stones: Malachite, Calcite, Citrine, Topaz

  • Heart chakra stones: Rose Quartz, Jade, Green Calcite, Green Tourmaline

  • Throat chakra stones: Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Aquamarine

  • Third eye chakra stones: Black Obsidian

  • Crown chakra stones: Selenite, Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Diamond

So, these are my tools and techniques for this week. I’ll see you next week with new resources to help you on your personal growth path.

As a reminder, my personal growth book #Believe Dammit: 10 Principles for Attracting and Creating the Life You Crave is a beginner’s guide into the Law of Attraction. If you’re looking to make real changes in your life, then start here, with the 10 principles needed for true and long-lasting change.

 

My Favorite Summer Cleaning and Organizing Products of 2018

Happy Thursday Y'all. I hope you're having a great week and a fabulous summer. Because we're in the trenches of summer, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite things I'm using this year. 

As some of you may know, I just moved from Florida to Georgia and as it happens when you move, there's a lot of cleaning, organizing, and new designing that takes place--at least that's true for me. So because I'm knee-deep in unpacking and making my new apartment a cozy home, some of my favorite things revolve around home products. So here we go. 

 

I am in love with Method products. Luckily for me, I visited a grocery store to the likes of Wholefoods called Earth Fare and they were having a sale on Method products. I was able to purchase all these for 50% off regular price. My favorite thus far is the wood cleaner because of its lemony-fresh scent which does everything to remind me that we're in full summer mode. Not to mention that it leaves my furniture looking shiny without and any residue or ugly streaks. 

Method Bathroom rub + tile cleaner 

Method All Purpose Lime + Sea Salt

Method All Purpose Ginger Zuzu

Method Wood for Good Polish

Method Daily Granite 

Method Squirt + mop

The next product I'm in love with is this essential oil I also found at Earth Fare for only $6.99! I'm so happy with this essential oil because of its long-lasting aroma and refreshing lemony scent. Just a few drops in my diffusor keeps my house smelling nice, clean and summery for hours. I've tried other essential oils before, but this one, by far, is my favorite. 

Now Essential Oils (couldn't find the one above, but this one is similar in that it's vegan and nongmo)

Up next are bins! You guys, I've never been much of a bin person since I thrive on a clutter-free environment, thus I never have much use for them. But, since our apartment doesn't have a storage room, most of our storage room things have to go into the spare closet--in my home office. Which means, we wanted to do away with all the boxes. We bought all these bins and it has made such a huge difference when it comes to the aesthetics of storing our items. 

Plastic : Baskets, Bins & ContainersPlastic : Baskets, Bins & Containers

There you have it, short and sweet--but so satisfying. If you like what you see above, I've linked all the products for you to check out for yourself at my Amazon and Target store. Stay tuned because as I buy new items for my home and design my space I will be documenting the progress on my YouTube channel

Till Next Time!

 

 

April 2018 Bullet Journal Set Up

Hi Friends, I wanted to share with you my newest obsession: bullet journaling.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about then you're in for a treat, and if you do know, then you're going to enjoy this week's video. Bullet journaling is a unique way of journaling and planning your day--and goals, in a user-friendly manner. Meaning, each person designs their planner according to their specific needs.

I personally love it for that very reason. For years I tried using traditional planners and they simply didn't work for me. When I discovered this method in October, I was more than intrigued, however, I kept testing it out with my old journal and didn't jump into buying yet another journal until I was absolutely sure that I was going to put this one to use. 

The following video is the result of me, finally jumping in and buying my first bullet journal and setting it up for April 2018. Enjoy!

But before you go, I want to remind you that my non-fiction book #Believe Dammit: 10 Principles for Attracting and Creating the Life you Crave is the perfect place to start if you want to create a life you love. If you're just starting out with the law of attraction, then this book is for you. I break down the foundations needed to create long-lasting change, which includes visualizing, eliminating negativity, powerful manifesting techniques and much more. If you're tired of wanting but never getting, then don't wait another minute, get your copy today and start living the life you came to live.

Until Next Time!

 

Plan with Me April 2018 Vision Board Edition

Hi everyone, in today's video I share the way I create my monthly vision book. I used to create vision boards, which I loved, but this year I decided to create something I had better access to--hence the vision book. Now, I'm able to carry my vision book with me and look at it as often as I want, which helps me manifest my goals quicker because they're always at the forefront of my mind.

Check out how it turned out.

But before you go, I want to remind you that my non-fiction book #Believe Dammit: 10 Principles for Attracting and Creating the Life you Crave is the perfect place to start if you want to create a vision book. This book was written with you in mind. I break down the foundations needed to create long-lasting change, which includes visualizing. If you're tired of wanting but never getting, then this is the perfect book for you.

Until Next Time!

How to Manifest Anything (Major Life Change Announcement)

Hi folks, I hope you're having a wonderful week. In this week's video I share some news with you guys, plus, I share 5 simple steps you can use to reach any goals. I manifested my goal by applying these simple steps into my everyday life. If there's a goal you've been trying to reach but hasn't materialized yet, then you don't want to miss this one.

But before you go, I want to remind you that my non-fiction book #Believe Dammit: 10 Principles for Attracting and Creating the Life you Crave is the perfect place to start if you want to transform your life. This book was written with you in mind. I break down the foundations needed to create long-lasting change. If you're tired of wanting but never getting, then this is the perfect book for you.

Until Next Time!

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Juicing for Writers

Have you ever needed to finish a project ASAP? A project that you're very passionate about but somehow you don't have the clarity nor the energy needed to complete it? If you're with me, then I've got an easy fix for you. 

Said project, for me, was finishing my novel so that I could get it in the hands of my Beta Readers. With the urgency to complete my novel this year, I decided to do a little research on how to organically get some energy. What I found was green juicing. These past two weeks I replaced my breakfast with a green juice and as result, I had increased energy which helped me complete the editing of my 2nd draft. 

I wanted to share this information with my readers in case you're in need of a little boost. The reason green juicing works for increasing energy is because of chlorophyll, which is the green pigment in the plants; which helps to bring oxygen to the blood creating an increase in brain function. 

If you're more visual you can check out the video here, but then come on back for the recipes. 

Like I said in the video, this first recipe is not my own and found it on the net, however, this same recipe was found over and over again throughout many different articles regarding the benefits of juicing, and so I thought this one must really work,

Article from Shape.com

Ingredients:
1 large cucumber
8 stalks celery
1 handful kale
1 handful spinach
1 handful parsley
1/4 lemon (with rind if organic)
1-inch piece ginger

Plus, I added about a cup of water.

The 2nd recipe is the one I used to help me to finish my novel. It's our own recipe and it is DELICIOUS!

1 one ripe banana

5 chunks of frozen pineapple

5 chunks of frozen mango

1 handful of spinach

8 oz of apple juice (make sure your apple juice only has "apples" as the ingredient, you don't want to add unnecessary ingredients, like added sugars) 

There you have it. If you try these recipes and they help you get your project completed, or in any other way, leave me a comment below. If you have other recipes you want to share I would love to hear from you.

Until Next Time! 

 

 

Unique Wooden Watches for Her

I spent most of the weekend writing and editing my new novel. I've got a lot of work ahead of me if I want to get through the beta reader and professional editing phase in the first part of the year. 

Anyhoo, as many of you know, writing is not the only item on my daily to-do-list, my list usually also consists of creating content for YouTube, creating e-courses, and product development for my entrepreneurial endeavors. To this list, I've added partnering up with brands I believe in and love. So, when I was approached by JORD to be part of a campaign for their collection, I immediately jumped into action and researched their brand to see if it was something I wanted to be part of. I'm happy to say the answer was YES.

This past weekend I received this unique wooden watch and it hasn't left my hand.

Folks, this is no ordinary watch, which is the reason I fell in love with it.  This is the lightest and most comfortable watch I've ever worn--and wait for it--the band is made out of wood. The watch I'm wearing in the picture is the Hyde Series and is my favorite from the collection for its unique color (ebony & iron) size and the elegant wristband.  I've never worn a watch with a large face before and I was happy to see that it didn't seem too large on my small wrist. 

If you're like me and you've got to get your hands on a watch like this, then I've got a treat for you.  JORD has been kind enough to provide my readers with a special offer. One lucky winner will win a $100 gift code to use on the JORD site. But if you don't win, don't worry, everyone who enters will receive a 10% discount code to redeem once the contest is over. Contest dates are 2/27/2018 to 4/1/2018.

 

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY CLICK HERE

To check out their incredible collections:

My watch: http://www.jordwatches.com/series/hyde/ebony-and-iron/#marisuggs

Ladies watches: https://www.jordwatches.com/shop/women/#marisuggs

Men's watches: https://www.jordwatches.com/shop/men/#marisuggs

Watch engraving: https://www.jordwatches.com/watch-engraving/#marisuggs

GOOD LUCK!

Wooden Wrist Watch

 

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