Special Announcement – New Ebook!

Today my dreams come true and I am officially releasing this Anxiety Workbook on Standing Strong Wellness. This is such a big deal for me. As someone who has been on their own journey with anxiety over the years, I know how hard it can be to find support out there.

This ebook was born of a small idea – to combine the many aspects I have found to help balance anxiety, and bring them together in one easy, simple book.  When I finally took the leap into writing it, I dove in head first. I wanted this to not just be something that the reader could read, but something they could actually use.

That’s why I’ve included colouring pages, recipes, and examples of coping strategies. This ebook will put you to work – towards improving yourself, your mindset, and becoming the person you were always meant to be – anxiety it not.

To get downloading visit the ‘Products’ page up top, or simply click here .

And from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your ongoing love and support. Without the community I have found on here and on Instagram, the world would be a lot less shiny for me. I love you!

Copy of Anxiety Workbook

Download the Anxiety Workbook for $7.99

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So You Think Anxiety is Funny?

Good, me too.

When I’m not having an episode, of course.

When I’m knee deep in anxiety, it’s not funny… it’s terrifying.

But that’s not what today’s post is all about. Today, let’s keep it on the bright side.

Anxiety is funny because it means I can handle huge life changes, but I can’t keep my shit together if you grabbed the wrong coffee at Starbucks.

Anxiety is funny because it keeps me from sleeping, especially when sleeping is the one thing that can free me from being anxious… sneaky.

Anxiety is funny because if I start screaming in public or having a panic attack, people just think I am some kind of raging lunatic. I’m not a lunatic! The whole world is crashing down around me.

Anxiety is funny because it turns a beautiful, charming, outgoing woman such as myself into a homely recluse who rarely showers. I’m cute under all these sweaters, I swear.

Anxiety is funny because it’s like having a really mean best friend… a frenemy if you will. They are constantly there, they know everything about you, and they’re just awful.

 

I’m pretty sure that the secret to longevity with anxiety is not just learning how to live with it, but also learning how to laugh at it.

Thanks for stopping by!

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When Anxiety is Your Normal

When anxiety is your normal, you don’t really know you have anxiety. It’s just life as you know it.

Growing up, I never thought I had anxiety. I thought I was just ‘uptight’. I described myself as ’emotional’. I never felt like I had control, but I constantly sought it. However, it never crossed my mind that I had anxiety.

Even as my anxiety worsened, and I began to worry about losing people I love and thinking about death a lot, I never reasoned that it was anxiety. I just knew I would never be the same.

Truth be told, I didn’t really know what anxiety was, or what it looked like, for the longest time. It was just my normal, and I lived it. I think a lot of people with anxiety can relate to this. When you don’t know any other reality, it can be hard to tease apart whether or not you have anxiety.

Are you an anxious person, or are you just stressed? It can be difficult to tell the difference, as both are unpleasant and negative emotions.

Is it STRESS or is it ANXIETY-

 

Readers with anxiety, I have a question for you: When you first started experiencing anxiety, did you know what it was?

 

Thanks for sharing!

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It’s YOU vs. (anxiety) YOU

We’ve all heard that saying before – ‘there is no competition – it’s YOU vs. YOU’ . For those of us with anxiety, it couldn’t be more true.

For most, “you vs. you” is a way of saying that you should just ignore the competition. The focus, after all, is on being the best version of yourself – not what someone else can do. For those of us with anxiety, it can take on a whole new meaning.

For those of us with anxiety, it can take on a whole new meaning.

It’s “you vs. you” because there are two sides of you – each one fighting the other. It’s “you vs. you” because one side of you is encouraging and optimistic, and the other side is cruel and nasty. It’s black and white; it’s good versus evil; it’s you vs. anxiety you.

Because the real you isn’t flawed, or worthless, or destined to fail – despite what anxiety you may want you to believe. I know the voice can be loud, but don’t let it win.

Keep fighting Strong Babes!

 

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July Update 

Damn, it feels good to be back!

I know, I know – I only took like, a one week hiatus from blogging. But Standing Strong Wellness is my baby, and not being able to focus on it was rough.

I had a great reason though, and those of you who follow me on Instagram already know: I was working on completing final assignments and studying for my final exam for CSNN!


I wrote the exam two days ago. The intensity leading up to it was such that it took me almost a full 24 hours to come back down from it all. Perhaps it’s an anxiety thing. But I felt so wound up, and I couldn’t unwind myself. I’m happy to report I feel like I’m getting there today.

My plans for the next couple of days include catching up on my house chores, steaming through some Netflix shows, and being outside – as the summers tend to disappear quickly here in Calgary! I’m also getting back into my regular gym routine, which already feels amazing.


And although I am looking forward to some much deserved downtime, I am also eager to jump into the next thing(s). As much as I would love to get my future consulting business up and running, regrettably I do have to wait until after I walk across the stage in September to practice. When I first heard this, I was a little bummed. Then, I realized it is a blessing.

I’ve been working on a couple of projects that could use my full attention for the next couple of months.

The first thing is updating this blog. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been going back into the archives and doing some major house cleaning. I’m also working on adding a few new pages. Being that I am so not a tech-savvy person, I’m glad to have have some extra time to work on it!

I will also be releasing two products in the coming weeks – one sooner rather than later! Stay tuned on it because I don’t want you to miss out, aight?


In sum, exciting upcoming things include: creative projects and more gym sessions. It sounds boring to some, but this is what I live for. Plus, I need time to establish a new routine that will suit me over the coming months, now that I won’t be having so many 12 hour long days away from home anymore!


This next little bit of the adventure is going to be all about passion. Waking up with it. Following it. Living it.

Have you guys had any major routine changes lately? How do you deal with them?

 

May Update

I find this time of year to be so interesting. It’s spring. It’s supposed to be a time of cleansing, releasing, growing, and change. A time to bloom.

But I never feel like I’m blooming this time of year… I feel like I’m… flailing. Falling? Like I’m floating through space trying to grab a hold of something, but the Universe is sucking me through too fast.

I know, I know, it’s a student thing. And soon I’ll feel the sweet release of it being over. Exams will be completed. Assignments finished. I’ll move on with my life. I’ll land, somewhere, soon.

The thing about pursuing something that you really care about is that you completely invest yourself. And when you completely invest yourself, the stakes are high. And when the stakes are high, your nerves are a wreck.

What I’m trying to say is that I guess that these feelings that I have are normal.

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So moving forward, I choose to embrace it. The highs, the lows, the good, the bad, everything.

If you’ve been following for a bit now, you know that I am only about a month away from my last day of classes as I pursue my education to become Certified in Holistic Nutrition. I’m so close… I can feel it!

In terms of my lifestyle, I truly can’t complain. I’ve been working extra hard to fit in my workouts, even going now often in the morning before classes. But I find it gives me more energy throughout the day, so it’s been a welcome change. I’ve been nourishing my body with lots of whole foods, but lately I’ve been obsessed with organic tofu and romaine lettuce – sometimes I feel like I’m mostly living off that – but don’t worry I fit in lots of other yummy stuff too!

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I wish that taking care of yourself automatically equaled self love, but like most other things in life I find that loving myself is more of a working practice than anything. It’s not something I have, but rather something I do. I think that’s the way it is for most people. After all, lets boil it down: we live in a society where loving ourselves is so hard. We are bombarded by media constantly telling us why and how we aren’t good enough. Thanks to social media, we can now compare every inch of ourselves to another. It’s so easy to spiral out of control – to feel like we aren’t good enough.

I’m committed to loving myself this summer no matter how my bikini fits. And I know it sounds cliche and simple… but is it? I know I haven’t struggled with self love and body image to the degree that many have, but I can still appreciate the hardships of it.

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I don’t always summarize my monthly updates but since my thoughts are all over the place today, I want to leave you with this:

My focus right now is to overcome everything with love. Overcome stress. Overcome perfectionism. Overcome thoughts of unworthiness and worry. Overcome comparison. Overcome each and every single negative thing by burying it in a mountain-sized pile of absolute unconditional love.

I know it’s in me to give! I know my currency is love and kindness.

I love you all for sticking with me through all the humps and bumps over the years – may I be blessed with many more highs and lows to come!

What are you guys looking forward to right now?

April Update 

Hey you, how have you been?

Oh me? Oh you know, I’ve just been hanging out here on my beautiful white chair, in this room this pristine decor, hanging out in a body suit. I’m pretty sure that’s what bloggers do.

Jokes aside, it was a pleasure to have my sister take these shots the other day. I am in awe of how well she captured me. I think there is something to be said about being able to be vulnerable around someone. During this shoot, I was able to be and embrace myself,; I felt completely comfortable. And isn’t it interesting how that can come across in a photo? It reminds me that energy transcends everything.

I have been feeling so comfortable in my own skin lately. They say that is something that comes with age, and now at 28 years old I can say I believe it is true. Even when my skin was fresher, or I was smaller, or my eyes were brighter – I never appreciated all that I was. But now I look at myself with the audacity to say “I’m cute” ( I am though).

I wish I could go back and shake the younger me – I wish I could just say STOP! You are beautiful! Stop criticizing yourself! But I guess that it’s all a part of growing up.


So I will do my usual fitness update but first I want to say: even if my cutting season didn’t go very well, I would still rock a swimsuit with pride. My eyes are nice and my butt is round and my stomach is cute… so take that, society!

I’ve been cutting for the last couple months, but only last week since Brittany left have I actually kicked it into high gear. You know how it is #fitfam – less carbs , more cardio. I’ve been doing at least 30 minutes of cardio with each workout – sweater on and sweating up a storm.

I’m trying to keep my carbs under 100g daily for my cut, with refeeds when I really feel I need them. And before you begin to believe that this means I am restricting myself, please remember that I eat in abundance. Ask anyone who has the pleasure of eating near me about the size of my meals. It’s ridiculous…ly awesome. At the same time, in this lifestyle, sacrifices must be made – I know this game. And I love to play it.

Although this is an important part of my lifestyle, I want you guys to know that I do this for me. I’m happy with who I am. No number on a scale can ever change that. And restricting carbs will never make you happy. Being skinny will never make you happy. So I urge you to be at a good place before you put any additional stress on your body. And as always: love yourself first (the rest will follow anyway).

 

 

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If you are wondering what has been on the menu lately, a day in the life of me eating looks something like this…

  • Meal 1 – Breakfast shake (fruit, veg, Iron Vegan protein powder)
  • Meal 2 – A banana and a handful of almonds
  • Meal 3 – A large salad with greens, vegetables, and nuts
  • Meal 4 – A bit of protein and greens (usually tofu or chicken)
  • Meal 5 – Raw fruits or veg with almond butter or a piece of choc, etc…

Does anyone else get mad sweet cravings before bed? I’ve been making my own chocolate with melted coconut oil, raw cacao, nuts and stevia. Then I just pop it in the freezer for a couple minutes – voila!

Oh one more thing – only 3ish months of school left! I can’t wait to begin taking on clients. I’ve learned so much and my passion for health is a fire burning hotter than ever before. We can all be healthy. We can all be happy. And we all deserve it.

 

Stay tuned for my next post – it’s coming up tomorrow and it’s going to be a good one!

I hope everyone’s April is off to a great start, and onto an even better end!

Catch ya later

 

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Anxiety made me Successful

I know you think that the title is a far stretch, but trust me, once you read this post you will be a believer.

I’m stubborn in my ways and always have been. I attribute this to my early anxiety, which manifested itself mainly in my need to control things.

Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you: I like to be in control. And of course, I hate being told what to do. Beware: If you pressure me into doing something, I might do the opposite just to spite you. Rest assured: you’ll never tell me what to do again! (cackles evily)

Joking aside, I know that a need for control certainly has its down sides. But let me tell you what it’s done for me.

It’s made me a master of having a plan. It’s made me obsessed with doing what I set out to. It’s kept me driven. Once I’ve set my mind to something, my stubborn ass just won’t let it happen any other way. One day, I set my mind to the idea that I was going to help people. And since that day, I just haven’t been able to let it go.

I believe (or at least I like to believe) that successful people must have a certain obsessive sort of stubbornness to “make it happen” – you have to be determined on a level that others have just never experienced before. You’ve gotta make a deal with yourself that you won’t have it any other way. That’s what I did – and to deny what I promised myself I would do would not only rob me of my integrity but threatens to take away one thing I’ve held dear to my heart for years (It’s my dream… mine!!!). 

My battle with anxiety has also blessed me with an incredible resilience. I can fall down and get back up faster than you can say CUPCAKES.

I fumble and fall, and then I get back up. I make it look effortless, like a choreographed dance I’ve practiced over and over again.

 

Anxiety made me stubborn, determined, resilient, and last but certainly not least anxiety has also helped me develop a really ridiculous self-deprecating sort of humour, which helps me get through the tough times. Of course, it started off more as a general feeling of utter worthlessness, but now I am able to laugh at it. Laugh in its face. And keep on going.

Just the other night I looked at Matthew and asked “isn’t it fun how every morning I wake up and we never know what kind of mood I’m going to be in? Such a thrill right?” . I face some of the worst shit and I can still laugh about it which is basically akin to any superpower I’ve ever heard of.

Thanks to my anxiety, I am successful every day. I’ve been given  fulfillment in pursuing my purpose, and putting in the work it takes to get there.

Life is more perception than anything else, isn’t it? Is anxiety hard, difficult – scary – gut wrenching? Hell yes.

But it’s also character building. And beautiful. Often downright ridiculous. And sometimes, outright hilarious.

 

Thanks for reading Strong Babes!

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Anxiety Sucks|| I’m getting emotional

Hey Strong Babes,

It’s been so long since I’ve made a Youtube video, but this one I felt in my heart I just needed to make.

It’s also the first time in front of the camera I really let myself be vulnerable – and damn it, I feel free.

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You are all amazing, wonderful beings.

Thanks for being on this journey with me.