Life Improvement

Have the Courage to be the happiest, healthiest version of yourself!
That’s going to take work.

“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.”

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

A Busy Mom’s Morning Routine

I’m going to tell you the secret to the perfect morning routine… There are many factors that will drive when and how your morning routine happens. However, I challenge you to have an intentional morning routine.

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New Year Resolution Guide!

Goal setting shouldn’t be something we only do because it’s January 1st. Just as we change with the seasons, so do our goals, our dreams and our lives. Jumping on the new year’s resolution bandwagon is a great way to kick start setting goals for your life but it’s only the first step. You need to take stock throughout the year, reassess and revise your goals as you change. Change is a process not a check box.

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Come Join the Forage!

From now on Fortner Thoughts (this blog and the associated YouTube Channel) will be dedicated to Life Improvement topics. While all of the cooking, baking and healthy eating content will be shared on our new site Fortner Forage!

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Making Your Own Autumn Candles

I want to show you two of the candles I made in celebration of these colder days! One turned out just as I wanted and the other not so much… Even though I didn’t get the color just right I still want to share the process with you so you can hopefully avoid the same mistake.

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Celebrating the Start of Fall!

Here in the Northern Hemisphere we are welcoming Fall right now in September. All things must die before they can be reborn. It’s the same for us spiritually and for self-improvement and just basic maintenance of our personal wellbeing. The Fall equinox is the perfect time for this internal analysis and preparation to begin.

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I Started a YouTube Channel!

I have been thinking about starting a YouTube channel for years… But I have always been too nervous and self-conscious to actually do it. One day I decided to video myself trying a tik tok recipe and it was so much fun! It flipped a switch in me and the motivation to actually start one took hold!

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Self-Improvement Month

September is Self-Improvement month and I think it is the perfect time for it! If you’re a parent, the kids are back in school and the craziness of summer is finally over. It’s also early enough that the obligations that come with the holiday season haven’t started yet. It gives us a perfect opportunity to reflect and take time to focus on ourselves.

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Stress Free Holidays by Planning Ahead Now!

Planning out everything you want to do and everything that needs to get done months in advance will elevate so much of the stress that comes with the holidays. Nothing gets over looked, no one gets forgotten and you get to spend more time during the holidays actually enjoying the moment.

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Crystals I Keep Around The House

Crystals are so beneficial to my household. Not only is it a beautiful way to decorate it also exudes benefits to the entire family with very little effort. I have a varied assortment on my desk to help me get through my work day and during especially hard days it’s nice to hold one and let the energy wash over me. But I also have stones and crystals throughout my entire house to keep energies moving smoothly.

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