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    Guest Post: New year, new goals!

    Another year is ahead of us, and from all of us here at Momentum, we sincerely hope good things await you. Whether you're making resolutions, coming up with goals or setting intentions—believe that 2018 is yours for the taking, and grab onto it with a zestful belief in yourself. To help you step off the year on the right foot, Kelli Hashimoto of Run Happy Eat Happy is here with a few of our favorite Momentum mantras. 

    The start of a new year is the perfect opportunity to hit the reset button. Maybe you committed to living a healthier lifestyle, or maybe you registered for your first marathon. For me, 2017 was the year to run a marathon in less than four hours—I was so excited to reach that goal! This year, I will be chasing a 3:50 marathon time goal. I am also committing to a more sustainable and balanced diet. While this will not be easy, I am excited for the challenge.

    My collection of Momentum Jewelry helped me reach my goal last year, and the same mantras will hopefully help me reach my goals again this year. Maybe they will help you, too:

    1. Dream Big We all know this Walt Disney quote: "if you can dream it, you can do it." So strive for a goal that is attainable, but dream big because you might even surprise yourself this year. At the beginning of last year, I wasn’t sure if my dream of running a marathon in less than four hours was realistic. I ran my first marathon in 4:36, so I knew that I had a lot of work ahead of me.

    2. Believe In Yourself Every great journey begins and ends with you—you are enough. Always remind yourself that you can achieve your goal, and remember why you started. By practicing positive thinking, you will keep your motivation strong. I needed to start believing that my goal was realistic. I needed to be my biggest motivator.

    3. Inspire & Empower Find a crew or help us #sharethespark on Instagram! The Momentum Jewelry ambassador crew and my local running group not only changed my life for the better, but also continue to inspire me every day. There are not enough words to express my appreciation for the running and fitness community, and I always encourage everyone to join the movement.

    4. Find Joy In The Journey The journey will not be easy, but I promise you that it will be worth it. Know that some days will be easier than others, but don't beat yourself up on the difficult days. Strive to enjoy every second of your journey because the year will fly by before you know it.

    5. Stronger Than Yesterday While it is easy to get caught up in the journey, don’t forget to look back to see how far you've come. Celebrate each short-term win that gets you a step closer to your goal. Last April, I finished the Big Sur Marathon in 4:12. Though I was initially disappointed, I celebrated the 24 minute PR and came back even stronger in July when I finished the San Francisco Marathon in 3:57.

    With a lot of hard work and dedication—and maybe a few Motivate Wraps, too!—you can turn your dreams into realities. Kelli is proof, and we are proud of her for achieving her 2017 goals. Will she repeat in 2018? Will YOU make all your dreams come true? Tell us what you're aiming for so we can be your cheerleader. Be sure to tag @momentumjewelry on Instagram when you take us on your journey, and use #momentumjewelry and #sharethespark in your captions so the rest of this inspirational community can cheer for you, too. 

    Make Every Step Count with Custom Foot Notes

    We started off as a workout-friendly jewelry company. We created products with motivational sayings that provided inspiration—over the years, we've grown. From our signature Motivate Wraps to Foot Notes, SPARKlets and WISH Wraps, we've become the basis of an entire community of people from various backgrounds that grow and tackle their greatest achievements with the help of jewelry created just for them.

    It's true that every product we make is hand-crafted, and we're pretty good at picking out our favorite motivational sayings. However, everyone's motivational needs are different, which is why we're more than willing to customize our products to fit your inspirational needs.

    For example, we want our Foot Notes to make every one of your steps as unique as you are. We can customize one or both the words of your choice. GPS Coordinates for the finish line of your next big race? A mantra you live by? Or maybe a team motto.

    We love team mottos:

    This particular Foot Note was custom made for a basketball team in Australia earlier this year. Their story is fantastic: The U/14G Bulleen Boomers spent almost an entire year together earning their way to the U/14 Club Championships. A big accomplishment, no doubt. Only 24 teams are invited to play in this championship, all of whom are fighting to be the best in the nation.

    They had the skills, they had the drive...they had the team. But every good team needs a mantra. And we put theirs on a custom set of Footnotes. 

    Team 1st. Always 100%.

    This quote united them through every game in their tournament. It was a team message that accurately encompassed what the team was all about. And the Footnotes? Something to remind them of this long after the tournament was over. 

    Did they win it all? 
    Are they U/14 Girls Australian Club Champions? 

    We think that picture says it all. 

    If you or someone you know needs some custom inspiration, let us help! From Foot Notes to Motivate Wraps, we'll work with you to design a piece that will speak loudly at your greatest time of need—and beyond. Please note, custom sayings take 2-3 days for production. This does not include shipping time! Please plan accordingly. 

    Guest Post: How to Stay Mindful Over the Holidays

    Thanksgiving is behind us, but the Holiday season is just beginning! We invited Lauren Seserko of Breathe Deeply and Smile to share her best tips for staying sane over the Holidays. Are you ready? With these tips, you will be: 

    Ready or not, the Holiday season is here! It's a really fun time of year that's full of friends, family, gifts and parties—but the Holidays can also be very stressful. There just aren’t enough hours in the day or weekends of free time, so it's really important to take time to take care of yourself before you get caught up in the joy of giving to others. I love that my Momentum Jewelry serves as beautiful reminders during fitness activities like marathons  and also in my everyday life.

    The mantras on my Motivate Wraps can be especially helpful during the holidays. They offer  reminders to relax, be present and have fun. Here are some of my favorites: 

    Positive Energy: Stick with happy moments and habits. I cherish the 15 minutes each morning that I spend with my cup of coffee, reading the news and flipping through my phone, before I start my day. Whatever will help you start off the day on a good note—you should do that, despite whatever else is on your to-do list for the day. Or, you might consider volunteering your time or making charitable donations during the Holidays. It feels good to help someone else! Put some positive energy out into the world. It will find its way back to you.

    Live Joyfully: Despite it being the “most wonderful time of the year,” I find myself not having much time to enjoy the season. Plan stress-free activities for the Holidays, like attending a show or visiting with friends, or simply driving around to look at Holiday lights. This year, I'm choosing one joyful thing to do each week of the Holiday season. If I don’t schedule these things, the weeks will fly by.

    Also, know that despite the expectations that everything around the Holidays is magical and perfect—you should accept yourself wherever you are in life. Find joy in the journey and stay strong.

     

    Make It Happen: Despite being able to simplify your life as much as possible, there are things that have to get done. It's easy to get overwhelmed, particularly as the Holidays get closer. Whether you're hosting a Holiday party or have a really long shopping list to tackle, remember that you are strong and amazing. You can accomplish whatever you need to do! Tackle the family dinner, one recipe at a time. Delegate tasks, simplify lists and make a plan. You can make it happen!  

    Just Breathe: Take moments to step back and realize that you don’t have to rush and nothing has to be perfect. The memories your children, friends, or family will have aren’t in the details. Enjoy shopping for others. Enjoy preparing meals and continuing family traditions. No one will notice that the folds on the present you wrapped are a little crumpled or uneven. Remember that the Holidays will come and go in a flash. Just breathe, take care of yourself, and most importantly—give yourself permission to do so.

    Stack your wrist with the wraps above! Each of them are available in Motivate Wraps with the colors of your choosing. With Lauren's advice and a Motivate Wrap on your wrist, we firmly believe it can be the "most wonderful time of year" for you. Got friends to buy for? Consider gifting them one of our new Spark Boxes!

    Guest Post: How to Balance Food and Body Positivity

    Here at Momentum, we are still jumping for joy over the success of our BEYOUtiful campaign. On October 18th, we joined forces with Handful Activewear to celebrate National Love Your Body day—and to encourage everyone everywhere to accept their bodies. But, we get how hard it is to do that. So today, we continue that conversation with Deborah Fisher, a registered dietitian with tips on how to balance the relationship between food and body positivity:

     

    “I’m fat.” “I don’t want to gain weight.” “I just hate my body.” These are some of the most common phrases I hear as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). As a RDN, people come to me for help with their food and nutrition. It always starts the same: a client says they want to eat healthier and take better care of their body. Then almost without fail, one of the three phrases above is uttered. And all of a sudden, food is no longer a safe topic, but one that brings out anger, sadness, guilt, and numerous other negative emotions. Food is no longer nutrition, it’s an enemy that is fought with on a daily basis. And there I sit with yet another beautiful person that is unable to love their body or food because their body negativity has spread to food negativity.

    This is why body positivity is so dear to my heart. All too often, I see that a lack of body positivity also means a lack of food, nutrition, and the ability to find joy in eating. And similarly, I’ve seen where a lack of food positivity means a lack of love for one’s body, size, and self.

    Food positivity and body positivity go hand-in-hand and are irreplaceable pieces of the same puzzle. Here are three points I share when people are struggling to balance the two:

    1) Weight should never be the main focus. This is probably the single most important truth related to food and body positivity: Weight is literally just a number. It is not the sole indicator of health. Furthermore, an obsession with weight cannot coexist with a food/body positive mindset. Weight fixation will always negatively affect your relationship with food, making it impossible to respect your body through proper nutrition.

    Can you manage your weight and still be food/body positive? Yes. But you need to focus on healthy, sustainable lifestyle changes like eating more fruits and vegetables or committing to walking with your kids each week. Also, you need to make sure your reasons for wanting to manage your weight are related to overall health and wellness, and are not an obsession with the number on the scale or a certain body type.

    2) Nutrition is more than just calories. One of the easiest and most dangerous traps to fall into is making nutrition solely about calories. While calories can be a helpful tool, people struggling with body/food positivity need to avoid making food and nutrition only about calories. Calories are just a snapshot of what your food is actually providing your body. They say nothing about the quality of food you’re eating or the type of nutrition your body is receiving. They can leave you fixated on a number, rather than the big picture.

    A good alternative: Make food about ALL components of nutrition and how it works to make your body beautiful. For example, fats keep skin and nails healthy. Proteins strengthen muscles for running, hiking, and dancing. Vitamins boost your immune system. Minerals keep bones strong and muscles working properly. Focusing on the amazing things that balanced nutrition has to offer your body is a much more positive way to view food.

    3) Diets need to be ditched—completely. It might seem weird for a dietitian to say stop dieting, but diets are not long-term solutions for healthful eating habits. They're also not beneficial for body positivity. Most diets place morality on foods, which means that foods are put in “good” or “bad” categories. This way of categorizing food inherently makes us “good” or “bad” based on what we’re eating. This affects the way we view both food and ourselves, and it’s based entirely on external restrictions placed upon us. Not on what our bodies are telling us they need. Diets also consistently contribute to feelings of guilt, deprivation, and shame—none of which contribute to body positivity.

    Instead of dieting, try responding to your body's natural hunger and satiety cues. Honoring your body when it’s hungry and when it’s satisfied, rather than restricting and overeating, is more conducive to a body positive mindset.

    This list isn’t magical.

    It doesn’t automatically cure a negative body image or relationship with food.

    This is a list of small, practical steps to think over and to try implementing in your own life. They all pave the way for a healthful food/body relationship that can significantly improve food/body positivity.

    One final thing that’s true about being body and food positive: it grants others around you the freedom to do the same. Never underestimate the powerful influence we have over one another. Love your body and love your food, friends.

    Do it for you and for everyone else around you.

    Need a friendly reminder to stay positive? Rectangle motivate wraps with sayings like "positive energy," "yes! you can," and "you are enough" can be there for you. Our handmade jewelry is wearable in just about any situation, and it won't tarnish—just like your awesome spirit and incredible individuality.

     

     

    Guest Post: How To Find Momentum When Life Slows You Down

    Momentum is not just a workout-friendly jewelry company. While it's true that we give people a way to wear motivational sayings, our products do more than that. Thanks to an incredible amount of tagging on social media, we've seen people from a variety of backgrounds grow and tackle their greatest achievements with the help of jewelry created just for them. We are honored and humbled by all of this. And today, we are sharing Tasha's story. She moved forward when life wanted to hold her back. Learn from her:

    I live a life that is in constant motion. Two years ago, on a Thursday morning in November, my life came to a complete stop. Everything I thought about life fell into my lap like ashes. I had an injured child, a community evenly split among those who supported and those who judged, and my own heart and mind seemed to stop functioning.  

    Let me first say that my son has made a tremendous and complete recovery. I cannot say the same thing about myself. Day after day, while folded up in a recliner in the corner of his hospital room, I had to make the decision to not just fight for him but to fight for myself. I'll be honest—at times, I lost the battle for myself, which continues to be an ongoing process.

    I want us all to be happy and free forever, so let me offer you my truth. Let me tell you how I pulled my head above water...how I found the strength to go back to doing what I love. Honestly, I can’t even imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t teach fitness classes or work with personal training clients. I literally loved myself back to health and wellness.

    So...here. Four ways you can conquer life:

    1) Pray. Prepare. Proceed. I am a woman of faith.  Before I made any move, I prayed about it. When my stress levels shot up and my adrenals went out of whack, when my weight fluctuated about ten pounds every week—I had to make so many adjustments. I knew I could not lead the life I had previously led, but my ego told me that I could. And it was wrong. I had to prepare myself to enter back into life as I was at that moment, rather than who I thought I should be. And then I went for it.

    2) Face Your Fear. I knew that in order to function, I had to not be afraid of what people were saying about my son or me. I was on the news and I didn't like it. Reporters had my cell phone number and I didn't like it. I'd go out in public and people would discuss my life in front of me, not knowing it was me they were talking about. I didn't like that, either. But I decided that my son and I were going to be conquerers. I decided to be free of other people's judgement. I knew that I was good at what I did, and that nothing else mattered. But I was still scared. I still wanted to be liked and adored, respected and admired. All of that was on the other side of my fears, so I stepped over and found freedom.

    Everything you want is on the other side of fear.

    3) Know You Are Enough. I felt like a failure as a mother. When that guilt settled in, I started pulling away from commitments to be with my son, and I felt like a failure at everything else, too. I'd fake my way through the day, hugging and talking with friends. But when my son closed his eyes for the night, I'd cry silently and then feel like a failure for not being strong enough. And yet, the more I feel my experiences and stopped trying to run away from them, the more I began to honor myself as a human. I started being gentle with myself. I'd acknowledge that I was doing the best I could, giving it my all. And then I stopped focusing on people who felt otherwise. I'll admit that I still struggle with this from time to time, but I always come back to this thought: "I was created for this moment. I can do this."

    4) Inspire and Empower. One of the things that helped me the most was my effort to continually serve others. When I felt like I was falling into a hole, I sought out people who could use more encouragement than I needed. By lifting up others, we empower ourselves. So by going on with my life, by being honest about my struggles and relentless about getting back to myself—I found a new normal in a community that nurtured my growth to a new level.

    In the end, my advice to you is this: Trust yourself. Keep moving. Keep your love and gratitude meter on high. 

    Tasha teaches us all to believe, endure and achieve. Over here at Momentum, we support that sentiment wholeheartedly. Our "believe, endure achieve" motivate wrap is ready to help you move forward. Shop the whole collection HERE. Be sure to let us know how your wraps keep you moving forward by tagging @momentumjewelry on Instagram.