me time || caitlin shares

me time || caitlin shares

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Hi Bethany!

Seriously, my Monday did not start well. I had a terrible case of insomnia last night: I was exhausted and tried to go to bed early and then ended up laying awake desperately trying to fall asleep but instead just crying and feeling super aggravated.

It was really difficult for me because I just recently started a new job that I absolutely love working with visually impaired students and I had been dealing with regular insomnia since I started. It was especially aggravating because I have to wake up at 5 a.m. to then drive an hour to this new job, so not getting enough sleep is really not good.

I finally fell asleep around 3 a.m. and when I woke up to my alarm at 5 I just felt so crappy and upset that I had to take the day off. I do not operate well on little sleep and I just didn’t feel like I would be my best self today, nor that I could drive an hour at 6 in the morning with only two hours of sleep behind me.

I felt so guilty about taking off and was feeling so down on myself. I was really tempted to be super lazy and sit in my self-pity all day today, but I pushed myself to put on my sports bra and be.come.

Holy crap was that the best possible thing I could have done for myself today. I felt so amazingly connected with this week’s routine. I feel like I was able to grasp it really quickly and flow into it with ease and that’s not always how I feel every week!

Not to mention I only be.came once last week and not at all the week before, so needless to say I’ve definitely felt like I’ve been in a slump and not taking good care of myself.

When I finished the routine, I realized that taking this step in self-care pushed me out of the really unhealthy mindset I had been in all day. I had the amazing realization that taking off work for your mental health is definitely not a bad thing, and that by doing so I gave myself a chance to re-set which will only benefit myself and my students when I go in to work tomorrow.

I guess my point is that taking care of your mental health, even if that means occasionally taking a day off of work and pushing yourself out of unhealthy thinking habits, is incredibly important. Thank you for helping me mentally re-group today and feel so wonderful and finally ready to take on the week with energy and positivity!

Be.come is the best!

– Caitlin (client of 1.5 months)

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the results are in || everyone shares

the results are in || everyone shares

@thehoodwitch_every beautiful thing

Last week we put out a survey of 10 past routines and asked you to vote on their favorites. The top five routines were to be featured in the month of December for an end-of-year roundup. Would you like to know the winners??

5. w8 || notice a difference?
4. w6 || shine on
3. w15 || go for it
2. w14 || movement as medicine
1. w10 || the true og / gay girls (I knew this one would win!!)

On the survey, I left a place at the bottom for you to write a little note or share other thoughts. I almost didn’t include this (you had enough work to do) but added it at the last minute. I should have known, this community is SO THOUGHTFUL. Thank you for all of your beautiful comments and here are a few favorites for you.

Happy Thanksgiving my friends. I’m incredibly grateful for you.
xx – Bethany

“It has been great to revisit some of the earlier routines and see the difference in my body’s ability.” – Megan (client since beta)

“Can we do all of them in December!? 🙂 ” – Meg (client since beta)

“As someone who is active and strong, yet still struggles with body image issues, motivation, mild depression, and self confidence issues, this has been an absolute joy. In my adult life I’ve never felt so proud and accepting of my body, how it looks, and more importantly, WHAT IT CAN DO! Thank you. You’re a badass angel!” – JT (client of 2-4 months)

“Picking between these is like picking a favourite child! But thank you so much for giving us this opportunity. Can’t wait to see what we get!” – Kathryn (client since beta)

“I love almost all of them, I noticed the first move from each of those videos and they would make a fabulous 60 minute “holiday special”…..lol. I cant believe I’ve been doing it so long, no wonder I’m noticing how strong I am lately.” – GC (client of 2-4 months)

“I love be.come. I love how it makes me feel. I love you. Thank you” – Abigail (client since beta)

“This program is unlike anything else I’ve ever done. I love it! Thank you for creating a something that makes me feel so good— inside and out!” – Kaeleigh (client of 2-4 months)

“It was so nice to look back and realize how each routine represents one week of my life and my progression through be.come thus far, from the beta project until know! So proud of you and thank you for giving us this gift! XO!” – BD (client since beta)

“You are incredible and i love your work. Thank you for involving us in your decisions and being so awesome.” – Emily (hasn’t started yet)

“Just… the best workout ever. So grateful for bcm & b.cm 🙂” – Ellie (client since beta)

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Okay team be.come, for the month of December, YOU will be picking the routines! I’m thinking of it as an end-of-year review to celebrate all our hard work. I have chosen 10 of my favorite app routines from past weeks. To access the survey and vote, click HERE. We have provided short clips of the routines to jog your memory as well as links to each playlist.

The top five rated routines will be released during the month of December. Vote as many times as you please. Voting closes Monday, November 19th at midnight EST. Can’t wait to see what you pick!

xx – Bethany

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little by little || stacey shares

little by little || stacey shares

stacey shares

I’d like you to meet Stacey. Stacey wrote me a few weeks ago sharing her experience which brought me to tears. I asked if I could share her story and if she would be willing to send me a candid selfie to go along with it. She kindly obliged and today, I would like to share it with you. Enjoy.

Bethany Bethany Bethany. Where do I begin?!

Your app is transformative.

I’ve been reflecting a lot over these last 3 weeks from starting your yoga program and all I can say is that I can’t get enough.

As you know, your motto of “I want to feel better so I can be better” really struck a cord with me and was a major factor in trying your program. I can say after 3 weeks… I feel better and I’m doing…better. I am making healthier decisions on food choices, I am more patient with my shortcomings, I am learning to love my self and my body for all it’s beauty, and wrinkles and rolls, and I am more connected to my inner self.

Not to mention the increased physical strength. While I can honestly say the scale hasn’t quite moved much, I am very ok with this. After all; this wasn’t and isn’t about a weight loss program for me. It was and is about and physical and mental journey to health.

As a 35 year old woman with Ehlers Danlos syndrome, I can tell you that I have not felt this pain free in a long long time. I have seen my body slowly reshape, my posture improve and my gait balance since starting your program. My loose joints and aches/pains that come with EDS are less noticeable and I can perform daily tasks without having to think about my body mechanics or hurting myself as much.

I love how your routines focus a lot on core strength. And surprisingly many of these positions do not put extra strain on my joints and back as I had feared. Something as simple as laying on my back with my knees in the air and holding that pose: you even say it; “without strain on your neck or back” and yet you can feel your core anchor into the floor. I’m in on this! I love it! I definitely don’t transition from each sequence as smoothly as you show on the videos, but I get there eventually and safely! And I can isolate the muscles to fire and continue to build the core strength that is essential to my health.

I have a renewed connection with my inner spirit that I have been missing and craving for a very long time… I want to thank you for this. I have learned to embrace the roller coaster from week to week: the first video I usually feel like a failure of sorts although your steadfast confidence and encouragement enables me to show up for the next day…and your right…it gets easier and easier as the week goes on. By the end of this week, I was able to one-legged “stand” after that curtsy pose on pretty much all of them! I started the week barely able to stand at all, let alone balance one 1 foot! AND…I was able to add a little dance to it! This ish is seriously awesome! I love the mental challenge of all of this to get my body to do what I ask… it’s SUCH a stress relief!!

I also love how you end each video with some kind of centered, soulful song. After I “get all the junk out” and push through the mental/physical…I love the quiet, connected warm down. That’s usually were the tears flow. And flow. And flow. Cuz they need to come out. And I feel beautiful doing it. Girl that last stretch reaching back, pushing hips up and letting our head hang back. Beautiful and perfect on every level…

I’m going to attach my pictures that I’ve taken throughout the week. I wasn’t able to have wifey take any shots during the workout between our schedules and life events. But I have been taking pictures of myself more for my own personal gain; as I am learning to love my body and look at a selfie with confidence for who and what I am. As I said, I’m doing this for myself and have a strange need to share with you so I know someone is listening. My roar, after all, is still building.

Be well, and thank you,

Stacey

p.s. this photo is my getting over a bad head cold, puffy eyes from snot blowing and crying after the warm down… prob not what you are looking for, but on a personal level, I like this for my own self confidence: to look at this selfie and feel strong and beautiful. Stacey I LOVE this photo!

Once again, thanks to Stacey and everyone who offers to be vulnerable so that others may find strength. I love you endlessly.

xx – Bethany

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