Welcome to our segment of the “Think Tank” where we send out a Q&A to the people, to keep building and exploring “Food For Thought” for the people. Each and every moment someone’s story is unfolding and I feel each and every one of us is significant. Together, we make TODAY better than YESTERDAY.
This story is one of great strength, encouragement through action, and how betterment can be found through honesty.
1. Where you’re from, what you do, etc?
I was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, Ca. I believe growing up in the mountains and spending time with my family really set the tone for my life. My father passed away when I was young and it was my mom raising two girls on her own. Her work ethic and drive to provide the best life possible for us created the foundation for which I built my values and views on life. I learned the value in getting out into nature, regardless of weather or personal temperament. Nature become a place to ground myself, to reconnect and to enjoy what was important to me. It is funny how we become who we are. You see, my mother is a teacher. I grew up saying to myself “I will never be a teacher”. Then one day I woke up and realized, I was a teacher, in all I do. I found a passion for being inquisitive, and for helping others do the same. I love to help people find what they love, to love themselves, to help them discover and explore. I have become a natural reflection of the environment I grew up in. I am a mountain girl, a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a teacher, a friend, an adventurer, a wanderer and so much more. My passion is helping people live a life they love, helping people discover and explore their interests. I found my niche working with preschoolers but also love to work with adults in finding their passion and in being the best they can be.
2. What are some your top values in life and, why?
Self-love, family, passion, honesty, and being one with nature are some of my top values in life. For a long time I viewed being selfish as a negative trait. And yes, there are times I feel it can be, but I believe we need to learn to “put our oxygen mask on first”. When we take care of ourselves, we are able to show up and be our best. We can give more, be present, and get the most out of our interactions. When we love ourselves, our love for others grows, and that is why family is next on my value list. Family has always been a priority for me, and now that I am a mother, I am finding a completely new balance with this. I want to truly practice what I preach and show my daughter through my actions what I believe. Spending time with those I love allows me to do just this. My next value is passion. I think about how I feel when I am doing something I am passionate about, and it is exhilarating. My passions tend to change, and I think that is A–OK. Knowing I am spending my time doing things I love is so important to me. Honesty is another trait I value. First, we need to be honest with ourselves, and then use that quality within all areas of our life. This allows us to be open in our communications, to steer our lives in a way that makes us happy and keeps us from avoiding problems. As I mentioned earlier being in nature just fills my bucket. It is a place I can ground myself, where I can reconnect. I am able to hit the reset button and make sure I am in line with my values and dreams. I believe nature helps me stay on track, and I feel so blessed to have found this as my means of meditation.
3. In your work and personal/home life what are some of the ways you stay motivated?
I have learned that surrounding myself with like-minded individuals really helps me stay motivated. I am an easily influenced person, and it took me a while to acknowledge this. I am also quite empathic and tend to absorb energies that surround me. With that, I have learned it is important to be in an environment and around others who share similar views and values with me. For my health and wellness inspirations, I have multiple online communities where we support each other daily on our journeys. We can be raw and honest and know we are safe in doing so. I have personally ran our Fit Fearless and Unstoppable group for 5 years, and it bring so much joy to see everyone share their lives with us. When it comes to my Educational career, I find it so important to be around other educators who keep the vision alive. We can converse and let our excitement build within our conversations as we bounce ideas off one another. At home, I have learned it is so important to work as a team. My husband and I are in continuous conversations about the life we want to live. About how we feel, how situations made us feel etc. They are not always easy conversations, but we are each other’s biggest support system. We are Team Bishop and we tell each other everyday, “we got this”, because we do.
While it helps having support systems all around, in the end you need to be able to motivate yourself. You need to take action in finding the groups that help, in having the hard conversations, in making changes, or jumping when you need to jump. YOU are the only one who can make the choice to live the life you love, and that is powerful.
4. We speak of “Food For Thought” that provides a means of making TODAY better than YESTERDAY. What do you do or do you have a daily routine to keep your mind on the right track?
I am such a list person! I am always looking for a good notebook or journal to use, but at the end of the day, I like to cross of the things I did and write out/track them. I have both a morning and a night routine that help me get the most out of my day! This is my guide, granted it does not always happen (especially after having my baby I have been working on finding that routine again), but I noticed that when it does I am my best self!
My morning me:I wake up and set my intention for the day. How do I feel how do I want to feel? I spend time laughing and making voices with my daughter and my husband and I hug for at least 30 seconds (sometimes we don't want to hug long, maybe we are busy or our minds are elsewhere, but when you hug, right past that point of wanting to break it something magical happens. There is an energy that surges through your body. An energy that helps you feel you can conquer anything). Then I focus on me. I drink 30 oz. of water, do a 20 minute workout and read 10 pages of a personal development book (or listen to some form of audio as I workout or drive to work if time is crunched). Then I drink my shake! Seriously, even if I cannot workout, drinking my superfood elixir makes me feel like I am working out from the inside out.
My day: Rock anything that comes my way!
My night routine: My goal is to set myself up for success in the next day. I get my house to “0” (pick things up, do dishes etc.). Then I pack my lunch and my babies. I set out our clothes and settle in to some tea. If I did not do an am workout, I will do one after my little one goes to bed, or take a nice bath. This is also a time where once everything is done my husband and I just enjoy each other’s company. We talk about our days, our goals, cuddle up and watch a show or plan an adventure we have coming up. Before I head to bed, I complete my daily journal and share it within my online wellness community.
In my daily journal I document how much water I drank, the workout I did, what form of personal development I did (10 pages or 10 minutes). I track my food and at the end, I write out a few great parts about the day. I wrap it up with some goals that I have. I found that focusing on the positive really helps keep my head in a great place. I always do my journaling at the end of the day to help me close it out, and set my intentions for the next.
5. What are your top three favorite books, movies, or shows and, why?
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy-This book is one that I think about at least once every day. As I make a choice, I think about how this little action will either take me where I want to go, or away from it. I used to focus on the big goal but this book helped me realize that it is in our small everyday choices that we can get where we want to be. Everything worth having takes time to get. And it is those little choices that will compound over time and take us where we want to go.
Fringe- Not a show many people would put on their list, but one of my all time favorites. I loved the layers within the show. The character development and the science behind the storyline really hooked me. I felt my brain working when I watched it, but I also found comfort and relaxation as we turned it on. A guilty pleasure for sure. Plus, who wouldn't want to have a strawberry milkshake with Walter Bishop?? Yes, we did make strawberry milkshakes multiple times as we watched the show!
The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz- This book is a short yet powerful book, one I live by. I use this book as my self-check system. If I feel off, or something is not right I can ask myself to check into those four areas. Am I being impeccable with my word? Am I not taking this personally? Am I not making assumptions? Am I doing my best? If I can answer yes to all four of these then I can feel confident in my decision or situation that I am in.
6. If you could chose a superpower or spirit animal what would it be and, why?
My spirit animal is most definitely a lion. The strength and courage a lion portrays resonates with me. I feel life has and will continue to provide many obstacles and hurdles along the way. While there are times I feel down, I want to hold my head up high, protect what I love and stand strong. I have the support of my pride in those times I cannot stand on my own, but they inspire me to be brave and to be bold. I try to embody the wildness of a lion and let myself run free with my passions, and my dreams. I admire their swiftness in moving when their surroundings do not support them anymore and love how they take care of one another. Personally, when I let my mane down (my crazy full curly hair) I feel grounded, I feel free, and I feel like my true self. A lion is most definitely my spirit animal.
7. If you could call your younger self, what sort of advice would you offer?
I would tell my younger self it is ok to be you. It is ok that it looks different from other people. That there is perfection in not being perfect. I would remind myself that messing up and failing is how you get to the answer or solution. Also, STOP comparing your journey to anyone else’s. Each of us are on a unique path, and no two are the same. We cannot possibly fully understand what someone else is doing or why, but we can be confident in our personal journey, and we can support one another. Share a smile, share a hug, share company because in the end, it helps knowing we are not alone. Take care of yourself and the rest will fall into place.
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