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What's Your Why
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What’s your why?

This week Raymond, my friend and a trusted advisor, sent me a YouTube video by Michael Jr. on Know Your Why. Treat yourself and watch it.  It’s a hot topic of conversation; there are books and Ted Talks out there on the subject. Essentially, if you know WHY you’re doing something, and stick to it unceasingly, you will live out your purpose and your dreams.  Moreover, your passion will shine through to all who witness, making your success the only possible outcome. This is fundamental.  When you live in your Purpose, the universe conspires for your success.  The problem is many of us don’t live or even know our purpose.…
Tonya's luggage couldn't be over 30lbs.
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Need Much? How I lost 30lbs. in 4 weeks

Last month I went to Costa Rica to learn about improving my overall health & wellness. I went to 2 different locations and had to catch one of those puddle-jumper planes with a weight maximum of 30lbs. for luggage.  This includes carry on and purse.  Did you catch that? Only 30lbs. including the weight of the luggage itself, for 2 weeks of belongings!  This would easily be a 60lbs. trip.  And so, because the universe is kind (and ironic), my lessons for overall wellbeing began 4 weeks prior to the actual excursion with this exploration… What does one really, really, REALLY need? Decision 1. I bought lightweight luggage.  Twelve pounds…
HealthCare. How do you relate?
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HealthCare. How do you relate?

Health. Care? A woman has several chronic conditions.  For one month, everything seemed to conspire to flare up at the same time, with a few new mystery symptoms appearing out of nowhere.  The family of the elderly woman began to worry, and while no one would say the word, the elephant was in the room—could she be dying? In a flash, the entire family tribe transformed into prayer warriors and visiting angels.  At the same time, the woman, tired of her own frailty, decided to live a life infused with more experiences.  She was determined to do all that doctors and her family had been asking…get quality rest/sleep, eat for…
Tonya Kinlow in Costa Rica
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I Am Enough

I just came back from two weeks in Costa Rica.  It was fantastic!  I attended two meditation and yoga retreats, directly manifesting the health and wellness I declared in A Year of ME.  The first retreat was at a high-end resort with hundreds of people and Deepak Chopra, and the second was in the middle of the jungle with eight people with Living Life Limitlessly. They both left me with the same essential answer…I am enough. Like most people, I fall daily into some type of self-doubt or insecurity. Mindfulness is the conscious awareness of external and internal environments.  When I talk about mindful eating, it is just one entry…
Decision Maker
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Be your own Decision Maker

This week, I have been focusing on how to live life with a positive attitude. In order to bring positive vibes into our lives, positive choices and changes have to be made. To make changes one must make decisions. So what exactly is a decision? Defining a Decision Merriam-Webster dictionary describes a decision as a “conclusion or resolution reached after consideration.” Yeah, that’s helpful…but let’s make it relatable. For me, decisions can be big or small, hard or easy, life-changing or mundane. It involves a lot of thought and calling friends and family for opinions. I have always treated making decisions, as tallying up all the opinions of others and…
Seduction of Sharing
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Seduction of Sharing

Who am I? What do I want? What is my purpose? What am I grateful for?  These are THE essential questions, aren’t they?  Begin every day with these questions and stay open to the Universe’s response.  This is the beginning of mindfulness.  Basic questions that make you explore something waaaaaayyyy bigger than yourself.  Like what?  Other people.  Improving the human condition. The earth.  The meaning of it all?  If you have a mustard seed’s worth of interest, please please read on. I’m sitting on a balcony in Costa Rica at Seduction of Spirit meditation and yoga retreat which is hosted by Deepak Chopra.  The title is lovely isn’t it? Seduction…
Hungry Much?
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Hungry Much?

I’m not talking about that what’s for dinner type of feeling.  Nor do I mean, “Oh my goodness. I forgot to eat breakfast…I just get soooo busy.”  I’m talking about the type of hunger where there. Is. No. Food.  Your stomach is growling.  You have a headache, and you delicately balance buying food and paying bills. This may remind you of a time growing up.  Maybe you experienced it in college.  I know we had the Ramen noodles, 5 for $1 to keep you going in a pinch.  And that 10lb bag of potatoes that you could stretch creatively.  Baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, french fries, potato wedges, hash browns, potato…
What's Your Mantra?
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Accepting the Things I Cannot Change

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr turned out to have a huge influence on my life. It never really hit me, the meaning of those words, when I was younger. Now that I am confronting so many life changes, decisions, and other “adulting” things on a daily basis, I use these words as my life’s mantra. Growing up I remember this as a prayer we memorized and had to say before every sports game in grade school. I never really took time to think, how can I apply…
Money Doesn't Equal Happiness
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What to do, What to DO?

Share Is it me or is America depressed right now?  Children snatched from their parents at the border, the rich and famous are committing suicide, and violence and sexual harassment are everywhere.  I am starting a movement to get everyone to SHARE as a means of elevating our mental and physical wellbeing.  How can sharing help?  I’m glad you asked… I laid out a vision last week to use Sharing as an innovative, unconventional and holistic approach to achieving health and happiness.  Let’s start with the social aspect.  Belonging.  The country is so divisive right now.  Even while the stock market and the economy are chugging along and unemployment is down,…
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Sharing Food is Wellness

I am Optimistic No I’m not.  I’m terrified.  But I believe in practicing positivity. As a Man Thinketh so he is, and all that jazz.  You talk about it, then you believe it, and then you become it. I need affirmations because the Universe is clearly calling me in a certain direction, and quite honestly, I am afraid.  Here’s why… UGottaEat is leading a mission to promote Sharing Food as the most efficient holistic approach to achieve health and happiness for you, for others and for the earth.  Ok, so why am I scared? Because I have to convince you that this is true for a real change to happen,…
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