December Workshop

Any guesses what the theme for my December Aligned Activation workshop will be?

Oh, and it’s my gift to you. It will be FREE!

I’m confident that this workshop will provide valuable insight and a fresh perspective on how powerful and selfless taking care of one’s self truly is.

I’ll announce the date soon; I’m trying to resolve some platform and hosting issues in advance of delivering this workshop. There will be a replay available if you can’t make the live transmission.

If you’re curious about my Aligned Activation workshops and would like the opportunity to experience what being in my sphere is like, provide your name and email in the form below and I’ll make sure you get the link to attend. You won’t want to miss it!

xo, Hyla

Warm-Up

Failed attempt or a warm-up for the next?

I was having a conversation with a friend recently and within the context of sharing the core of what Aligned Activation is with her, I called myself a “goal pro.”

Taking pride in the things I’ve checked off my list of desired achievements is fuel when I find myself challenged when things don’t seem to go my way in working toward or reaching a goal. 

Because 9 times out of 10, my first attempt at a goal was not when I actually achieved it. 

(I may be a “pro” but I’m also a pro at trusting the divine timing of things and that means trusting there is a reason they don’t always go in my favor.)

When I think about current goals and things I’ve dreamt of doing for a long time – and how far off they feel or how little progress I feel I’ve made toward them – it can be discouraging. And, for transparency’s sake, I’m currently in that state with a few aspirations.

A couple of relevant examples would be how many attempts to quit drinking I made before it stuck. I honestly lost count. But in less than two months, I’ll be celebrating five years of sobriety.

Or, my dream of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. When I got bit by the bug to run Boston, I really only had the intention to run two marathons: the marathon that I would run to qualify for Boston and then the actual Boston marathon. 

Guess what? I didn’t qualify on my first attempt. Nor my second or third. If my memory serves me correctly, it was my fourth attempt, nine months after my first try.

I’ve been giving a lot of careful consideration to something that has, for about 19 years, albeit in a cyclical fashion, been a dream. I’ve started, and stopped, for various reasons a handful of times and have questioned whether or not it’s something I really want to pursue given that after an attempt, I tend to think that maybe it’s not in my highest excitement after all or that I’m not cut out for it.

Plus, I’ve looked at each attempt as a “fail” because I didn’t really get what I’d hoped out of the experience and then, out of fear of further failure, talked myself out of trying again. (Out of a little compassion and fairness to myself, there have been a couple of other factors beyond my control that also played a part in changing course the past few years. But for the most part, I take responsibility for the choices I’ve made.)

Being that I consider myself an alchemist when it comes to turning challenges into opportunities, I’ve applied that mindset reflecting back over past experiences and this is what I’ve discovered: those previous attempts… the times I stopped drinking for a couple of months… the marathons I ran that weren’t quite fast enough to earn a spot at Boston… the bodybuilding competition prep that ended with a canceled show or placing just one spot outside of the top five…

They weren’t failed attempts. They were just part of the warm-up.

Every effort was a preparatory opportunity to gain experience and extract lessons that then could be applied to the next try. Offering me insight to apply to the next attempt. 

It’s like playing a video game. Do you slay the dragon and save the princess on the first attempt? Not in my experience. Typically, I lose a few lives before I successfully complete a level, let alone an entire game. However, each time I pass through level 1, level 2, level 10… I remember where the obstacles are. I’m able to collect the coins and extra lives quicker. I recall the point at which the giant venomous ants come out of hiding and know how to access the secret spring that catapults my character over the river of molten lava that instantly ends the game if you fall in.

Every attempt is a warm-up for the next attempt… getting closer to the prize, rescuing the princess, checking another achievement off the list of goals. 

Whatever goals you have yet to reach, if you don’t nail it on this try or it takes a few attempts before you do nail it, look at each one as a warm-up. Extract whatever lessons you can. And most importantly, if you feel a burning desire within the core of your being that tells you to keep going, to keep working towards that goal, please KEEP GOING. Even if you warm-up a hundred times, keep going. The princess is counting on you. 

Burn It Down Part 2

Contemplating collective confusion.

On a client call this morning, I noticed some contraction during our conversation when macros came up.

Ironic since a larger portion of my coaching is somewhat centered around guidance on macronutrient intake.

I am a nutrition professional. But I am finding, at an increasingly sharp rate, that I feel a pull to disassociate myself from the field. I don’t want to further the collective confusion around what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, which “diet” to follow, or any other variation of dietary BS.

Every day my Instagram feed is overflowing with contradictory information and nutrition professionals talking shit about this dietary approach or than consumption preference. For context, I do follow a very large number of nutrition professionals and while a lot of them share my passion for nutrient-dense, whole foods, I also get a lot of mixed signals too. Everyone means well, don’t get me wrong. But like any topic, there’s a wide range of differing opinions.

(Don’t forget: just because I consider myself a leader in the field of nutrition, it doesn’t mean I’m not susceptible to second-guessing whether or not I should reduce my intake of high oxalate foods, for example.)

To piggyback my above comment about not wanting to create more collective confusion, if you do follow me online, you’ll notice that I’m no longer sharing food-related photos, stories, or posts.

The reason is simple. I’ve come to realize that I, unintentionally, might be portraying an unrealistic standard in terms of how I choose to feed myself. I am extremely privileged that I get to eat how I choose to and more than ever, I know that is not possible or even desirable for others.

I’ll be the first to admit that I have extraordinarily high standards when it comes to food sourcing and quality. (I’ve heard the correlation made that most people care more about the quality of gas they put in their car than they do about the foods they consume for THEIR fuel which is sad but true.) But I don’t expect everyone to have the same standards I do. Not everyone wants to invest in premium gasoline and that’s cool.

I guess where I’m going with this is… I know in my immediate circle, I’ve made people feel bad about their choices. And I don’t want anyone to feel bad. I tend to be overly assertive in my delivery about how much I care about others’ health and well-being and I’m trying to reel that in.

As a byproduct, I’m electing to restrain from offering unsolicited advice, commentary, and content online that could contribute to the potential for more misunderstanding.

Anyway, all of this has created a lot of uncertainty for me in terms of how I wish to coach moving forward. I started with reconfiguring my coaching packages. And while I’m satisfied with the offerings at the moment, I’m still feeling a bit of an edge in terms of how to proceed.

I will say that two of the things I am really proud of in my one-to-one work with my clients are encouraging food sovereignty and asserting that macro tracking is used as a guide but not a stringent regime that lends to obsessive behavior.

My clients take regular breaks from tracking macronutrients and I encourage them to work to develop their intuition when it comes to dialing in ratios related to how they feel based on energy expenditure, activity level, menstrual cycles, sleep, etc.

It’s not all black and white; and the best person to determine what an individual needs is the INDIVIDUAL. However, it’s not common that someone has been taught to attune to their nutritional needs.

My intention in sharing this is to help me process what I’m feeling so I can find resolution and remind you that the people you seek for healing are doing deep healing work of their own. What I know above all else is that I do feel called to do this work so it’s been a challenge to navigate this swell of emotions that have surfaced the past month.

If my nutrition philosophy feels like a safe place for you in reaching your own health and wellness goals, I’d be happy to discuss ways we can work together to help you achieve them. (You can review my services and the activation (investment) for each offering on my Functional Nutrition page.)

If you’re looking for general health and nutrition recommendations, I have a private Facebook group, HY PERFORMANCE, you can join.

If you follow me on social media, please enjoy photographs of my garden, ducks and chickens, my granddaughter, and other random tidbits of my life that do not revolve around food and eating.

xo, Hyla

The Power of Choice

The Aligned Activation Airstream Sovereign Land Yacht

For a handful of years, between 2010-2015, my husband and I owned a beautiful vintage Airstream travel trailer (pictured above on a crabbing trip on the Oregon Coast).

Don’t quote me on this but I believe it was from 1976. But I do know it was Sovereign Land Yacht.

The point of this isn’t about the Airstream but the fact that up until about a year ago, I didn’t know what the word sovereign, or sovereignty, really meant. I knew the definition, but I didn’t understand the energetics of it; what it symbolized.

And now it probably ranks as one of the topmost common words I use in my personal language.

(My nutrition clients are probably sick of me reminding them of their sovereignty to make choices that they see fit when it comes to their nutritional needs. Lol.)

Sovereign, by definition, means supreme power or authority.

But as I just pointed out, and I believe this to be true for everyone, you have the sovereignty – the supreme personal power and authority- to CHOOSE how you do the things you do (or to not do them if that’s the appropriate course of action).

You get to choose to get up and go to work. You get to choose your career. You get to choose your employer. You get to choose the clothes you’ll wear. You can choose to take a homemade lunch or eat out. You can choose what route to take and where to park when you arrive. You can choose to work through your breaks or step outside for some fresh air. You can choose to prioritize what gets accomplished first and what can be pushed until later. You can choose to use your time wisely or gossip with Karen in the lunchroom.

You get the idea.

I know you would probably point out there are a few caveats in my workday example, and that might be true in some cases.

However, the reality is, we have more power to choose than we give credit. Every minute of the day, we are given the opportunity of choice.

We are sovereign beings. We are our own supreme power and authority. We have the power of personal choice whether we employ it or not.

And I’m here to remind you of your power.

We can choose to do something and we can also choose how we do it.

We can choose to go to the office feeling disgruntled or grateful. We can choose to prioritize our time to tackle a big project or we can aimlessly check our email 42 times a day.

The uncovering of my own power of choice has had a huge impact on how I approach both life responsibilities and doing things that I was programmed to believe could only be done a certain way. It applies to both how we show up energetically and addresses practical, tangible aspects (the actual doing).

I’ve worked to cultivate practical tools and tactics through mindfulness, prana (breath), and actionable strategies (the core of Aligned Activation!) to apply my supreme power and authority to so many areas of my life Whether it’s how I show up to care for my animals or do dishes, or how I elected to structure my learning experience when I was going through the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program. To choose to do something and CHOOSE how I do it.

I’ll be offering a live Aligned Activation workshop on this exact topic on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 4:44 PM PST. The investment is $44 and will run approximately 44 minutes in length.

Participants will learn more about my discovery of The Power of Choice and how to apply the practice of sovereignty to their own circumstances. The workshop will be delivered in a private Facebook group with unlimited access to the course, video replay, and supporting materials. I’ll also be teaching a powerful prana(yama) practice that can be used in times when making a choice feels challenging.

If reclaiming and integrating your sovereignty into your daily decision-making, and even your bigger life choices, calls to you, I’d love to have you join me. Additional details and registration can be found HERE.

Evolution Is Inevitable

Evolution is inevitable if you are willing to open yourself up to the potential of growth. 

I’ve learned a ton in the past two years while working as a nutrition professional.  

I have extracted lessons from each and every experience and client interaction, and have explored the edge of my capacity to serve.  

And now, based on what I’ve gathered and in response to what I’ve learned, I refine. 

I had a really hard conversation with myself a few days ago (if you can picture it, I was driving down a rural country road talking to myself, lol) and a question popped out. 

“Am I still fulfilled by nutrition coaching?”

I love coaching. I love helping people. I love the intimacy of working one-on-one with clients. I love food and nutrition. And I love alchemizing challenges into celebrations. 

And while I do what I do because I truly care about the experience of those who’ve chosen to work with me, I also care about my own experience. Because if I’m being honest, a large part of what I do is because I’m devoted to my evolution as a leader and who I become in the process. 

In my opinion, you cannot serve if you’re not interested in your own growth. 

In addressing that question, I discovered that there is still something that is driving me to serve as a nutrition professional. I still desire to help people navigate their challenges with nutrition and be an integral part of their success.

But I can also choose to alter how I go about doing that. (Shameless plug for my upcoming Aligned Activation workshop on Nov. 16th titled The Power of Choice. Check it out HERE.)

I’m in the process of updating both my Functional Nutrition and Aligned Activation pages so if you have any questions about my services in the meantime, please reach out. 

Simplicity (paired with minimalism) is one of my core pillars and I know I’m making moves that are more in alignment with where I am currently and where I see my trajectory heading. 

I’d be honored to serve you if you feel called to work with me. 

xo, Hyla

Burn It Down

Burn it down.

I’ve been in a vortex of wild energy.

Yesterday, on the first day of November, 2021, I archived 8 years’ worth of Instagram posts. I believe I shared more than 1200 posts since I began using the platform in 2013. 

There are a handful of reasons why I elected to strip away all of the “content” I’ve created. For starters, the glory days of Instagram are long-gone. The photo-sharing app that I started using back in 2013 has been replaced with an information dissemination platform. While I do sometimes seek out information on social media – and disseminate it myself – it’s not the reason I was attracted to it in the first place. I know a lot of people have had great success growing their following and in turn, their businesses if they have them via Instagram, but my experience has been more along the lines of disheartening. 

When you have a heartfelt message to share that you truly believe will transform hearts, and then get about six “likes,” thanks to a computer-based automated reasoning system that decides who gets to actually see what you’ve posted, the level of frustration is beyond.

There are other reasons too. Primarily though, I am not the same person I was eight years ago. Or eight days ago. 

I’m exploring other ways of connecting. Looking for other networks to share and receive information. And, reverting back to my own media platform: my website. 

Thank you for being here as I navigate this next phase and whatever changes it brings as I burn it down and begin to rebuild from the foundation up.

Service to Self

Raise your hand if you’ve been in it deep this week.

And by “it,” I mean shit.

What keeps me anchored in times of chaos, uncertainty, and fear is my ability to choose service to self first and foremost.

(If you are – or have been – a client, you know I speak of service to self frequently.)

The former flight attendant in me reminding you: “should additional oxygen become necessary, put your own mask on before assisting others…”

I was corresponding with a client a few days ago who is also in “it” right now. Physical ailments, being out of their routine, the loss of a loved one, job stress, the daily demands of life, and family dynamics compounding and taking a toll on their ability to stay grounded in their commitment to self.

One of the main elements of caring for ourselves during times of duress is ensuring that we are able to adequately nourish ourselves.

It is how I stay grounded when times are challenging and it’s my assignment to remind you that service to self first is the most selfless act.

You are needed at your best.

If you don’t put your mask on first, you will be no use to those around you that depend upon you.

You can be in “it” but you can also choose the route of empowerment by electing to feed yourself to the absolute best of your ability.

I think there is a misconception that my work as a nutrition professional revolves around macronutrient ratios, weighing and tracking every morsel of food in an app on our phones and that the only measure of progress is a number on a digital device that dictates how hard we’ve worked to restrict ourselves.

That is NOT the foundation of the legacy I desire, however.

My mission, first and foremost, is to transform your heart so that any effort you’re making towards vitality and wellbeing comes from a place of love and service to self above all else.

xo, Hyla