Welcome to Spring Pretty Eaters and Blog Followers!
The inspiration for my blog today comes from the feedback I got from so many of you ladies on my entry back in late January on 'a little passion goes a long way'. I couldn't believe the number of ladies that came up to me saying that it really inspired or resonated with them - and let me tell you, nothing makes me happier to hear.
'Passionate' has always been on the list of characteristics someone close would use to describe me. Although as I live out my life lessons, I have learned to channel my passion in different ways. I used to be fiery with emotion when I was a little less sure of myself and what I wanted to do with my life, or even just my time. If I felt something, everyone around me knew it. Life's dramatics of boys, friends and family just seemed so much more important when I had nothing else to occupy my mind.
Now though, I have a very small number of people that ever really see my full range of emotion, and even that is pretty rare. I am generally a very happy person.
Why? Because I spend my energy making my life look like my dreams do. I am such a strong believer that working towards new goals is the key to my own happiness.
When a client or friend comes to me venting about what her husband is doing wrong or the 'totally justified' fight she just picked with her sister I always listen - but my advice is almost never to do with the issue itself.
"Set a new goal for yourself" is usually the suggestion I make to anyone in my life who seems to be consumed with life's dramatics.
What I really mean is; "Of course your boyfriend wants to go on a boys night instead of spending time with you. You are so bored that you are picking fights and nagging him for no reason. Would you want to spend time with you? Because I wouldn't"
Trust me girls, I know in the moment he seems like the biggest jerk alive. We have all been there!
But why waste your energy on what he is doing? Why not do something to make YOU happy!
Taking yourself first and working towards something you are proud of will occupy the mind and make sweating the small things fade away. Plus, girls with goals are just so much hotter. When you are working towards something that makes you happy, you become the best version of yourself. Not to mention, when you aren't completely available with a side of crazy - all areas of all your relationships and friendships improve.
Everyone who knows me is aware of my obsession for goal setting. Constantly working towards new goals has made me realize that you are honestly capable of achieving anything. The main issue is that most people just don't even try. We were conditioned in a society where the phrase 'I can't' and fear have been engrained into us. My newest goal is to help open the eyes of every woman I have the blessing of coming in contact with and tell them 'You Can!' and it's exciting, not scary!
So, if you are reading this blog right now I challenge you to start today! Any goal I have ever set for myself whether it be a national level fitness competition, Eating Pretty Nutrition, running a charitable event, or even starting this blog all came from my 'Dream List'
A Dream List is when you write down everything you've ever dreamed you could achieve. No goal is to big, no dream is too crazy. You want to climb Mt. Everest - put it down! You want to be a billionaire so fricken bad? - put it down! You want to write a book - put it down! You want to lose 10lbs and rock a bikini this summer? - put it down! (and then go to www.eatingpretty.com ;)
Putting dreams on paper is the first step to them becoming a reality. If you think about it everything in this world began with a thought. Take the chair you are sitting on reading this blog for example; someone thought to start a furniture store, someone thought to design that chair, and you thought to buy it. All of those clearly happened.
Or what about something more far fetched like the thought of building a metal spaceship that could defy gravity, fly into outerspace, and man could then get out and walk on the moon? Now that is a thought others said was too big and too crazy - but it happened!
So do it right now!
Love to hear about your top three - or maybe just one you are ready to work towards today, no matter how big, either on blog comments or on the eating pretty fan page.
Stay tuned for the next step on what to do with your 'Dream List' and thank you so much for reading today.
I love you guys.
ps - have you checked out www.eatingpretty.com yet? Blog followers are welcome to use the Coupon Code: Angela for a discount on the one time enrolment fee!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
HAPPY MARCH PRETTY EATERS :)
A mentor asked me this week,
"If you could model your career after anyone in your industry, who would it be?"
This stumped me, as I look up to so many motivational speakers, but in my own industry Jillian Michaels has achieved so many of the things I dream of. However, we are polar opposites. I shower with hugs, smiles and gold stars and she takes the tough love approach. For me though, tough love would never work. So, it's not something I would incorporate in Eating Pretty and my programs for the everyday woman.
My mentor then pushed me to think about what defines me. I know myself pretty well, so this was not a hard task for me. After we compiled a list, an idea was born -
the 'I am Eating Pretty' campaign as you are about to read below.
Originally, we were going to make a promo video, but I think I would giggle the whole time or seem like a bad actress if I had to recite this. So for now I would love your thoughts on it as a blog. I think eventually I will make it into a video, but include "I am" lines from many of my clients and team who are also the everyday woman and live the Eating Pretty lifestyle.
This is perhaps my most real and revealing blog to date. I have some crazy nerves to hit that PUBLISH POST button... but here we go! Enjoy :)
I AM EATING PRETTY
I think I have the best job in the world. It gets me so excited that I can't wait to get up and work every single day.
I'm in love with my friends and I think that one of the best parts of my job is meeting new girlfriends daily.
I have an amazing family. I'm so thankful for them.
I do everything I do with passion, and I love other passionate people.
I am single. When you're younger, I feel as though you like any boy who likes you back. Now that I am older and picky, I wonder if I will ever like anyone back. I have these crazy walls up that I'm not sure anyone could ever tear down.
I hope so.
I would never settle for someone that didn't give me butterflies. I think that might be the best feeling in the world.
I've liked so many boys who haven't liked me in return. Now that I'm older, I think about what my life would have been like if they did.... Then, I thank god they didn't like me. (what was I thinking?!)
I love deeply ...and share it with everyone I come in contact with. But, I am not sure if I've ever been in real, unconditional, healthy, love before. I've thought I was. Hindsight is 20/20.
I'm an obsessive goal setter and even more obsessed with encouraging my friends and clients to do the same thing. If I dream it up, I attach a plan of action. period.
I think a bored mind is a crazy mind. The times I was least happy with myself or in my relationships, it was because I was not setting goals and living my life to its potential.
I think my biggest dream is to be a positive role model for young women. I, like so many girls my age, was over taken by the Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan generation in my late teens, early twenties. I now know there are so many sexier things in life than binge drinking, drugs and designers.
I love to throw on stilettos and go for some vino and a delicious dinner with friends. If the night ends on a dance floor, even better!
I am 28 years old, and I still keep a diary. Writing for both personal reasons and communicating to the public is one of my favourite and most fulfilling passions.
I love magic, puppies and theme parties. I am always laughing, singing or dancing. Always.
I love witty people. I am my funniest when I am comfortable and I never shut up when my best friends are around. If I really like a boy or am trying to impress someone important - I get shy and awkward, or personality paralization as my friends call it. It's the worst.
I have a weakness for pizza and anything chocolate. But, to me at the end of a week of eating perfectly pretty - I just feel at my best!
I love a home cooked pretty meal. I love it so much more when I can cook for someone. There is a certain joy I can't explain in preparing and sharing a healthy meal.
I have come to realise that working out is not my favorite thing, but it does produce my favorite body shape and my sharpest mind. So sticking to my weekly pretty workout plan is worth it!
I have been a variety of different sizes and learned the hard way that I am prone to extremes - and that they dont work.
I work hard to find balance for my body.
I am currently doing the Eating Pretty 'feel great in 8' challenge to get fit, tight and feel at my best for summer, and all the exciting things coming up in my life.
My name is Angela McNally,
I am the everyday woman,
and I Eat Pretty!