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Why Free Advice Doesn’t Work

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In our vast and crazy world, you can learn how to do just about anything.

How to twerk, draw cute kitten faces, or make rainbow cake (omg, get in my mouth!)

Then, there’s the free advice on deeper topics. Like guilt, shame, and body image. Loads of articles, quick tips, Top 10 lists and 3-minute TV segments all promising to teach you the “secrets” to a body and life you love.

 

If I’ve learned one thing over the years it’s this: free advice can be really expensive.

Sure, it’s helpful for surface level things. But when we try to tackle some our deeper struggles using free advice, the floodgates of overwhelm and frustration come pouring in.

Before you know it, you’re addicted to “advice.”

Your mind is bubbling with all the things you “should” be doing.

Except, you’re not actually doing any of it.

Girlfriend, I’ve been there.

After years of clunking through loads of free advice on diet, fitness, health, confidence, relationships & self-love, and then promptly beating myself up when it didn’t work, I realized:

  1. Free advice is created for the masses. Not for me.
  2. There was no accountability with free advice. No one was there to cheer me on, or even tell me I was doing it all wrong.
  3. I wasn’t financially, physically or emotionally invested in this kind of advice.

But, here’s what I did notice.

Whenever I created an intentional practice, what I like to call a “mindful practice,” it worked.

Some of these practices I created with the help of experts, like personal trainers.

Others I created on my own by honoring my body & spirit.

With all of my practices, I have accountability partners – coaches, teachers, friends, my hubby – who know my mindful practice and provide support along the way.

Now, I’m passionate about helping women like you create mindful practices that work specifically for them.

 

Think of me as your mindful practice bestie.

For example, let’s talk movement.

We all know that “working out,” “fitness,” or “moving our body.” is healthy. But, that doesn’t mean you need to run marathons. Or hit Crossfit. Or Namaste in yoga.

You just need a mindful movement practice that works for you.

My personal mindful movement practice includes going to yoga class 4 days a week, taking a stroll with my lover, and cranking the volume on a Beyonce album to shake my booty to while cleaning the house.

My friend Melissa’s mindful movement practice is working out five days a week with a personal trainer doing high intensity, hardcore workouts and mixing heavy weights with bursts of cardio.

My friend Katherine’s mindful movement practice includes cruising the neighborhood on her sweet orange bicycle with her husband, taking a step class with a hilarious Richard Simmon’s-esque instructor, and walking to one of her favorite restaurants and bars for a sneaky cocktail.

Each of these women (including me!) find their mindful movement practice entirely pleasurable. And they stick to it.

 

In my upcoming class, You’re Gorg!™

::  We custom create mindful practices based on what you find pleasurable.

::  We’ll find ways to incorporate movement into your days wthout cringing.

::  We’ll design a healthy eating plan for YOU (no group cleansing or rigid diets here!)

::  We’ll equip you with all the tools you need to love your style, love your look, and feel fresh & confident.

You can learn more about the class here => You’re Gorg!™

I hope to meet you, inside.

With love & confetti poppers,
Shelley Cohen

 

 

 

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