The fastest way to feel insecure about something is to half ass it. And half assing something is really easy to do if you don't have a plan.
I never really used to be a goals person. I mean, sure, I could tell you about things I was working at, give you a little idea of what I thought I wanted, but I was really bad at making plans for most of those things. What I've finally begun to realize is the power of declaration-- getting clear on EXACTLY what it is I want and declaring it to myself and those who will hold me accountable. The idea of this used to terrify me-- as if declaring something would somehow close off other possibilities. In reality, not having a clear vision has allowed for all kinds of distractions and self-limiting thoughts to manifest in my mind.
Making a declaration, a manifesto, helps clear away the fog in my path... so long as I affirm and believe in this vision. I know I already have many of the resources I need, and I'm learning to trust that more is always available to me. I'm learning to talk more about myself as a healer, a leader, a creator--who WILL travel, touch lives, be healthy, and endlessly learn from others wisdom-- and less about myself as a young adult who does x, y and z to pay bills and make a living.
No more half assing when it comes to my vision. I've but one life to make it happen. I'm learning to try new things, but failing is still a fear I'm working to overcome. Any experience is good experience. There are no wrong twists or turns on this journey, as there is no defined beginning or end.
All in good time, with directed action and wholehearted belief. #instajournal 😆#makingsenseofthings
My dad and I go out for coffee together every weekend. But I didn't get up in time to join him before his Sunday morning grocery shopping. 6am wake up was gonna be a struggle🙈So he went back to one of our favorites, @roosroast, and brought a hot cup home for me. Whatta guy💛
Happy Sunday from my foggy porch to yours!✨☕️
Shoutout to a new pair of the comfiest leggings ever and some new weights for helpin me crush my Saturday sweat sesh. Do you treat yourself occasionally to inspire some extra effort? Did you get your sweat in yet today?! #treatyoselfsaturday#theseweightsarenuts#kindascaredme
What can happen in a month!!
It was only a few weeks ago Annika and I were chasing colors along the lake in northern Michigan. Now the leaves are nearly gone, the frost has come night after night, fall is giving way to winter. And this girl just passed the 300 mile mark way yonder on the Te Araroa trail through New Zealand !! Proud of you, lady!! 🤘🏼
Sitting at this incredible vantage point over the highest point on earth this morning reminded me how incredibly lucky I am, and prompted some happy tears and reflection on our last 3 months in Nepal.
There are too many people to thank individually, but please each know what an invaluable role you have played in our journey.
✨To the IPPG UK staff, for selecting us for this role and opportunity.
✨To the Nepali IPPG staff, for getting us here safely, for all your organisation, for keeping us fed, watered, warm, and for all your support and friendship.
✨To our patients, for placing your trust and confidence in us at a time which must have been scary and disempowering. We learned a lot from all of you, and are definitely older and wiser doctors for the experience. We hope you are all enjoying a healthy and oxygen-rich recovery!
✨To all the trekkers and locals who supported and encouraged our work, either through kind donations, words or gestures.
✨To everyone who played their role in this season's work. We doctors are only a small part of the bigger picture of this project, and every success we had was a result of incredible teamwork.
✨To my amazing and talented colleagues, Drs. Helen, Holly and Anjan, and my husband Matt, for your sparkling company, good humour, hard work and of course clinical wisdom. What a pleasure it has been living and working with you these last few months. I couldn't have asked for a better team.
✨To our porters, guides, chef, translators, hosts and all the friends we've made along the way, both from Nepal and from further afield.
✨To the communities of the Khumbu, especially the villages of Machermo and Gokyo, for accepting us into your fold and for all your hospitality and generosity. You really made us feel so welcome and supported in Nepal.
This has been an experience we will always remember. We hope to be back!
🙏 Dhanyabad 🙏 Thuche
Tension in my body, mind and heart I let build throughout the day.
Thank goodness for impromptu attic flows, bundled up evening walks, wholesome foods to prepare, and airplane mode😉time for bed and a new book all about Native American healing. Stoked for this one.
Rising bright and early tomorrow with a new day. Sweet dreams 💫 #moveandgroove
Thursday night stir fry!! I like it colorful and spiiiicy 😋 head to my FB page to check out this simple, tasty tofu recipe!
Find me at 👉🏼Abby Collins Wellness 👈🏼and let me know what kind of recipes you'd like to see next!
Well, ladies, it's that time of year again. Time to make my annual trip to @sephora to restock! 😆 goes to show how often I wear makeup throughout the year and how little I know in this realm (pretty sure I can count on 2 fingers how many times I've cleaned that brush over the year,too...🙈)
I've been using @makeupforeverofficial for a couple years now and have been happy with it, but I want your advice!!
What are your favorite brands for everyday, natural wear? What are your tips for cleaning your brushes and how often do you actually do it?? Much appreciated ✌🏼wish me luck! 😉 #wtfamidoing
"You either make muscle or you make excuses"
👆🏼sometimes it's the cheesiest quote your online trainer gives you that gets you through your workout 😆
But what really got me out of bed this morning was the 31 women in this month's health and wellness challenge. Instead of doing the easy thing and slacking off this holiday season...waiting yet another couple months to go after goals...these women have committed to getting healthier and helping empower others. Holy moly am I impressed with each and every one of them💗
Now time to go stretch the rest of the day away (if only) 😉 happy wind UP wednesday!
Couldn't let this Tuesday end without a little transformation!
Alright yeah, I'm very proud of how far I've come. But heres something people don't really talk.
I thought that once I achieved that body on the right, I'd be happy
Doesn't work like that.
Once you get started, growth and progress become something you continually crave. Your drive for change doesn't suddenly disappear. You never really feel like you've "made" it. Your goals evolve, and that's good!
At the same time, while we're talkin honestly, there are still moments when I catch myself saying negative things about my body. That doesn't suddenly disappear either. But with this lifestyle--these daily habits--those waves of self sabotage are becoming smaller, less frequent, and caught before they swirl out of control. Each day I have the choice to get my head in the game and continue to evolve. I employ the tools, support, trainings, and community I've been given to stoke my own inner fire and belief. And I'd love to help you, in any way that I can, stoke that fire within you. It all starts with making up that monkey mind. Send me a message. I'd love to share more with you🐒✨🌱
ACC/AHA/AAPA/ABC/ACPM/AGS/APhA/ASH/ASPC/NMA/PCNA would be the best hashtag! But seriously the @american_heart and the #AmericanCollegeofCardiology just dropped a #mouthful to #obfuscate the hypertension goal directed therapy. Or will it clear it up? Eager to see what the @the_aafp and others do to corroborate this. Also eager to read the not-481 page version! #ClinicalPracticeGuidelines
Happy TWOsday! I got a full 8 hours of sleep (such a rarity...I'm workin on it 😉), read some new affirmations💗 read from one of my motivational books📚did a little morning medi and stretch,reviewed my goals for the week/month💪🏼, did a gratitude assessment, then finally pressed play on my day 2/60 workout! There are morning where I'd rather be sleeping than stirring, but once I adapted a solid morning routine designed to steer me towards my goals, things really started happening in all good ways. Think your mornings need a little upgrade? Do you head into work every day sluggish, uncommitted, dreading what's ahead? Have you been meaning to fit in more reading, movement, and reflection into your day? It all starts with just a couple minutes of intent and building up from there. I'd love to show you how! Next week I will be hosting a FREE five day challenge to teach YOU some simple tools to add more gratitude, intent, and self awareness to your whole day, all in a few minutes each morning. Send me a message if you'd like to hop in! We'll get started this Sunday, nov 19 😊#strivetothrivetribe
Some Monday reflections:
•the shaping of a removable cast takes a long time. Bring snacks
•just because an ambulance isn't running lights and sirens doesn't mean there isn't a patient in the back. Please be nice drivers around us.
•Females. Lifting weights doesn't make you bulky like a man. You have nearly as much testosterone. Lifting weights makes you empowered and sexy AF
•If you think a salad means iceberg lettuce and dressing, I understand why you hate salads. Let me help you redefine and remake that sh*t
•a 1/2 cup of chickpeas has almost 20 g of protein! I didn't even know that!! 🌱👍🏼
After an incredible weekend, I started the Wilderness First Responder course today at SOLO in Conway. This course will teach me how to provide emergency medical care in remote wilderness situations. It's only day one and I'm so happy to be here! And it snowed!!! ❄️ #wfr#wildernessmedicine#conway#newhampshire
WOWza. Just finished day 1 of my new in-home strength training program. Not sure if sitting and stairs are going to happen much today...😆 time for coffee, eggs, and checking in to see how my girls are feelin on the first day of this month's wellness bootcamp! Who else out there is ridin the struggle bus this mornin?? We got this! 🙈💪🏼#nevermissamonday#strivetothrivetribe
Instructor Profile: Os
One of our most popular and certainly most inspiring faculty members. Os has enough stories to inspire the most seasoned of travellers.
He has recently returned from a BBC expeditionary series in the remote NW region of Papua New Guinea with @frank.gardner & Benedict Allen searching for Benedict's old tribal community and Franks' beloved Birds of Paradise.
His main area of interests are tropical medicine, remote casualty evacuations and the hard-skills required for safe expeditions.