Monthly Archives: April 2012

Health & Fitness

Six Weeks to a Better Me.

I’ve noticed the past few years that as my birthday approaches I become more and more apprehensive. Growing up, birthdays where never a big deal. We didn’t celebrate them.  I looked forward to them like anyone does but was always disappointed when they arrived, because it was a day like all the rest. I’ve still never really celebrated them, even as an adult. Never was one of those people who got all their friends together to have a big dinner and go out, or go on a trip.  I guess in a way it seemed selfish to try and do that, it would feel awkward getting people together for me.

sarah centrella no make-up
36, no make-up.

But the last two or three years I’ve begun getting anxious about them for a different reason… aging. It’s starting to freak me out. I mean, I never had a single wrinkle before last year. My eyes weren’t fuzzy. My body bounced back after missing the gym for a while. I was flexible with, or without yoga. I didn’t have age spots! But now; my back hurts, my eyes hurt, my skin needs more than once a day moisturizer. It’s all bad.

I find myself dreading June 20th. This awkwardness and apprehension about aging is totally new for me. I’ve always looked young for my age (so I’ve been told, all my life).  Always felt young (and still do for the most part). I’ve somehow felt I relate to the younger generations better than my own. I’ve felt that I look and feel good for my age. So this is weird, and I don’t like it.

So I’ve decided to knock-it-off! I’m challenging myself to a dual. It’s me against me. Fight to the death. I’m gonna kick this negative attitude in the ass and reclaim my youth! Here’s my plan; from now until June 20th, I’m going to find a way to do the following at least five days a week. Hold me to this people!

Six weeks to a better me…

Best thing for even skin-tone
  • Go to Hot Yoga.
  • Run, lift, hit the gym for an hour.
  • Make a “green drink” every morning. (blend any type of greens with water, 1/2 an apple, ginger, any other vegies like beets, carrots or cucumber, add ice and blend well).
  • Drink my protein shakes.
  • Take my vitamins
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Take extra amazing care of my skin. (*For skin brightening mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and fresh lemon juice, apply to face morning and night. *To lock in moisture use a fresh avocado or yogurt mask three times a week)
  • Meditation in the morning, to clear my mind.
  • Listen to positive music (no depressing shit!)
  • Read.

Wish me luck! My goal is to physically and mentally feel better by my birthday then before. I want to start this next year off in a good, positive and healthy way.  I know that all three components, body, mind and spirit must be on the same page to give me the results I need. So here we go!

 

Yes it will be a Happy Birthday! #37

 

 

Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

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My Stories

Project Relentless Pursuit #2

Update on my quest to get my first book published…

~Written by: Sarah Centrella for Thoughts.Stories.Life
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Motivation & Inspiration

What’s Your Word?

Chose a word.
One word, and carry it with you like a shield through the
rest of your life.
Strap it on like armor.
Let it defend your thoughts
and, in itself be strong enough to ward off darkness.
What is your word?
Mine is BELIEVE.  For me this word is powerful enough to replace the bad
with good in my life. To replace doubt and hopelessness with faith and
light.
What is your word?
believe
Believe.

 

Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

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My Stories

Tomorrow Is Not Promised.

Life is such a fragile precious gift. It’s something we take for granted every day. It’s so easy to assume that tomorrow is our right and not a privilege.  But the reality is that it’s a gift and it can be taken in a flash. It should be cherished, not just in the moments that bring us happiness but the ones which also break us. Because all of them are a gift. All are better than the alternative.

A few days ago my father who is a slim “healthy” 56, had a sudden heart attack. He’s been a vegetarian since he was 19 years old, and a vegan for many years. He’s never smoked and doesn’t drink. He works in a physically active job outside and has always been the picture of heath. We are fortunate that he was given good medical care quickly, stints placed in his heart and looks to be making a full recovery. But it goes to show that you can do all the right things, and still have life come kick you in the ass out of the blue. Every day is a blessing. Don’t take tomorrow for granted.

Dating My Stories Relationships

Broken.

sarah centrella broken

~
I feel broken.

I know how to be stronger than the sorrow, but I don’t care.
Not tonight.
I need to stop my heart from bleeding out…
But I don’t want to.
I’m afraid that when it stops, it will no longer work at all.
And which is worse?

 ~
Listen to this song…”Your Not Alone”

 

~Written by: Sarah Centrella for Thoughts.Stories.Life.

My Stories

The Relentless Pursuit Project

The last two years have been such a crazy ride for me. It’s been hard to keep up with all the changes I’ve gone through. But with every obstacle my relentless pursuit has remained steadfast and stronger than ever.

eye on the prize
Eye on the prize. Tunnel Vision

I’ve had a very clear vision in my mind of what I want to accomplish long term, one I’ve not shared with many people. It always scares me just a little every time I put into words what my little brain has been marinatin. But I also believe those words help to turn my marinade into reality, so I’ll choke down the fear pill again, and put it out there.

When I was at the early stages of starting over, I looked around and it felt like there was no one like me. None of my friends or family had gone through anything like what I was facing. No one I knew was in a similar desperate financial state. I looked for hope in things like The Secret movie but felt more frustrated because there was definitely no one like me there either. The rich and famous were already that way. Everyone but me seemed to have it all together. Seemed to have arrived. I felt like an even bigger failure. So I withdrew into my own little world with my kids and hatched a plan to make my dreams a reality. Then slowly I started sharing pieces of that here on my blog.

But what I needed so desperately then was an example of someone like me, who was making it out. Who was reinventing their life and finding some type of success. But I never really found that example. So I decided that even though I had no idea what I was doing, I’d put myself out there. I wanted to be very real and raw, so that hopefully someone else might not feel as alone.  I became a chick on a mission to prove that anyone can become whatever they set their mind to. That anyone can deliberately turn their life around at any point and make dreams that seem so out of reach, come true.

The only way to do that is to document my journey so that you can see me start from nothin but hope, and turn it into somethin full of life.

I’ma call it: The Relentless Pursuit -Project

~

My dream has been for many years to write my memoir and use it as a tool to inspire people around the world. To get it published in a away that no matter where you live, you can read it in your native language. That anyone can understand the common human emotion, faith and determination in it. Then my dream is to continue my public motivational speaking career and hopefully one day have a TV show that will bring simplicity to the idea of “self-help” and or a International traveling cooking show with me and my kids (Reality Show format).

I put all this out there for one simple reason. That some how, some way I believe with all of me that those dreams will come to life. And I want this day, and this post to always remind me that I’ve had a plan. And to remind me that no matter how many brick walls I will run into on the way to fulfilling those dreams, that if I am relentless and stay true to myself, they will manifest. And when they do I want all of you to be part of it. I want you to take this journey. and this challenge I’ve given myself, with me. I want you to know, believe and see that anything really is possible.

 

I promise to keep you informed of my progress along the way. This Friday my book comes back from the copy editor and goes to my Agent who will be sending it to our first group of publishing editors to read. It may be a long hard process or it may surprise me, I have no idea. All I know is it will happen and when it does I think it will break new ground. And I know it will change the kids and my life forever.

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Relentless Pursuit

 

Believe in magic…. Let the games begin!!

 

Relentless Pursuit!

 

Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

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Motivation & Inspiration My Stories

Dreams Can Come True…

Put you goals out there. I’ve had this plan with me from the start

So today is a big day for me… It’s one I’ve worked towards and visualized for a long time. As you’ve probably gathered I’ve been working on writing my memoir (also titled Thoughts.Stories.Life.) for the past 18 months, and last six months solid. It’s been a goal of mine for a very long time but last year I started in earnest putting the story together and going through the process of this grand dream. I finished the rough draft a few weeks ago but it was still so bare and simple. So the last month has been a very intense process of rewriting adding details late into the night, every night.

So I apologize that I haven’t written a post in a week or so I’ve just been so focused on getting this book FINISHED. Knowing that it’s very close to ready I began sending out “query letters” to prospective agents about two weeks ago. For those of you unfamiliar with publishing (as I was before I spent the last year researching it) the first step to traditional publishing is to get a Literary Agent to represent your book to the publishing houses.


So these are the steps I’m working on moving through…

  • Step 1. Write and finish the book
  • Step 2. Get an agent (often the most difficult part of the process)
  • Step 3. The agent find a publishing editor at one of the major publishing houses who wants to read your manuscript.
  • Step 4. They buy the book and agree to publish it.
  • Step 5. Book tour/publicity

It’s difficult for a new writer to be picked up by an agent, and even more difficult for the agent to get publishers to want to read a new writers work. Memoirs are particularly hard to sell because there are so many rules about what makes a memoir these days, fiction is much easier. So I know I have a long road a head. But I am not dissuaded. I am steadfast in my belief and conviction that it will be sold to a major publishing house and that my story will be able to touch people all over the world from every walk of life.  Thus proving that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

I believe in putting your goals out there and taking the jump off the cliff which scare you the most. So to that end I’m putting my goals out there for all of you to hold me accountable too (damn that is scary!) But things don’t just randomly happen, we make them happen. By envisioning them clearly, believing that they will come to us and then putting it out there in the Universe to draw those opportunities to us.

So here it is…. I want this book to be on the New York Times Best Seller List. I don’t say that with arrogance believing I’m an amazing writer. I say that because I know the story that I’m telling in these pages is intense, human, raw on a level that nothing I’ve ever read comes close.  And because I’m convinced that I’m not the only one feeling the way I do. I know that when you read it you will relate and I pray you will also be inspired. But let me just warn you that it’s INTENSE. If you think I lay myself bare in this blog, than just wait for the book! This blog is like 10% of what I tell in the book! But again it’s human. I’m just willing to put it out there and be naked and see-through (not sure if it’s a good thing or not!). But that is my goal, there I said it!

So today I signed with Literary Agent Tia Greene,  Step #2 in my process and a big one at that. I know she has a fire for this project the way that I do and I’m thrilled to be working with her. I got full-body chills today as I drove home listening to “Written in the Stars” and realizing I am on my way… This is going to be the start of an amazing journey and I’m so bless to have you all along with me for this ride.

 

Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

Follow on social media: Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat | Pinterest | YouTube |Periscope @sarahcentrella

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