EPISODE 79: [STORYTIME] How I (Almost Always) Have The Energy I Do

I get asked all the time how I have so much energy, I think it’s one of my number one questions I get. We ALL want more energy, even me, and in today’s episode I am sharing with you the FIVE things I do to have more energy each and every day. 

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Maddy 0:08 Welcome to the living in sunshine podcast if you don’t know who I am, my name is Maddy. And I am so excited to have you tuning in to our weekly podcast episodes, where we chat all the things from tips and tricks to funny stories from my life that have helped me to truly live in the sunshine. In this space, we are all about encouraging, inspiring and giving you the tough love that you need to hear sometimes to realize that you are totally made for more than what you currently have in life, and that you hold the power to make the changes that you need to level up and live your best self. So buckle up, grab some water and let’s get into it. Welcome back, or Welcome to the living in sunshine podcast. My name is Maddie and I am so excited that you are here right now for another brand new episode. In case you missed last week’s episode, you probably don’t know that our theme of the month is all about energy. And today I’m giving you the lowdown on how I almost always in parentheses, as you can see in the title of this podcast episode have the energy that I do. But before I spill the beans, I need you to listen to me right here right now. My friend, my bestie girl my cutie dude, I have something that I need to do go do right now. Okay, pause this episode. Well, if you haven’t already listened to a full episode, listen to a full episode first and then go do this thing. If you have listened to anything above one of these episodes of The Living in sunshine podcast, can you please pause and go leave us a review and rating over on Apple podcasts. We have a goal. And by we I mean me, but I’m including you because I know you’ll love the podcast as much as I do. To get 250 podcast reviews and ratings before the end of the year. We need at the time of recording this episode, which is September 18. 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Now I’m going to preface this recording with I have just finished my toasted vanilla oat milk shake and espresso from Starbucks. And it is really hitting my veins. So we’re going to try and not talk too fast, remember to breathe and make this a coherent episode. And if you never hear this, it wasn’t very good. And I had to redo it. So let’s hope that that doesn’t happen. I get questions all the time about how I have so much energy. And I finally wanted to answer this question, what were some things that you can do? And two with kind of just like a not really helpful answer. It’s gonna be a little bit of both. So let’s start with a not so helpful answer. And then we’re going to dive into the helpful answer. So here’s the thing about me. I am always like this, and I have always been like this Like genuinely truly to my core since I was a wee little sprout of a human. I have always been bouncing off the walls energetic. And this kind of level of energy really came into fruition like my eighth ninth grade year of middle school slash high school because my siblings left I am the youngest child and if you are the youngest child of any number of kids you probably know this as well. I felt kind of stifled if you would like cutting out in the shadows don’t want to make it sound like really depressing because it’s not. I just knew as the third child that like I was waiting for my time to show my true colors I guess. And once my brother and my sister went off to school, I really feel like I had this space in our family in my home and in my like school and in my town or whatever. Because we all grew up in a small towns like everyone knows everyone and you if you’re, you know, a younger sibling, like you kind of live in the shadows of your older siblings until they go off to school. So regardless, I have always been this kind of way. Always outgoing. Always wearing my heart on my sleeve. Always very positive and bubbly. And honestly as a little kid, I remember being in like, third and fourth grade I was bullied so bad, like, the worst kind of bullying you can get not physical, but it was like, Girl girls being mean mean girls being mean girls, and I was bullied so bad to where there was a few times that like, it got so bad at school to where like my teacher called me in during lunch and she’s like, what’s going on? I can tell that you’re not okay. All of this like really amazing teacher being a really amazing teacher situation. But like, it was frustrating to me, because I rarely, even now when I’m 27 I have no poker face, like, you know, when something’s wrong, you know, when I’m upset, or tired or need a snack, because that’s just how I am. I don’t know why I don’t know where it came from. I think that it really stems from you being the youngest. And like, when you’re the youngest child, like you kind of have to sometimes stand out to like, get attention. sounds worse. If you’re an only child, you get it. Like, if you get it, you get it? And if you don’t, you don’t. And that’s just how it was. And so my first answer to this question of how you always have so much energy, oh my gosh, the first thing is that I’m just like this, I’ve just always been like this, I’ve always been loud. I’ve always been in your face. I’ve never had a poker face. And when I was little and like I was tired or whatever. Some people were being mean to me, I had no poker face, and I couldn’t hide it. But now as a grown up, there are additional things that I do to maintain and protect. And all of those kinds of things have the energy that I have, which is what I’m going to share with you right now. Okay, so let’s dive in to the five things that I do to have the energy that I do. Now, I have in the title, almost always, because there are days that I’m just like, don’t look at me, don’t touch me. Don’t think about me, don’t breathe near me, because I want nothing to do with anyone and I’m just tired. And that’s normal. Okay, I’m not at 100% 100% of the time, but I am at 100% like 90% of that other 10% Though I’m usually on my period or need a snack. Um, but yeah, these are the five things that I do to have the energy that I do. So number one is drinking a Shi T ton of water, okay, and I’m going to spell it out. Because if you’re a little kids, I know some of you listen with your kids around, I want this to be PG and I don’t want to have that little explicit E on the title of this episode. So drinking a lot of water. So I started drinking a ton of water probably earlier than most people do. I have become like water obsessed and a good way since like, eighth grade year when I went on my own, like health and wellness journey. And I realized just how important drinking a lot of water was. And let me tell you, those of you who forget to drink water, or you’re never thirsty, or you drink like eight ounces a day, I truly do not resonate with you at all. Like we are not similar in any way, shape or form. Because I have always been like 100 ounces of water at least every single day for like the last 10 years of my life. Because I realized that I learned very early on just how important water was. And you might be thinking, if you’re someone who doesn’t drink a lot of water, well, how does that give you more energy? Well, first and foremost, our bodies are made up of like 55% water. And we release that water through sweat through exercise, just general living like it just like releases through our bodies, all of that kind of stuff. So you have to be replacing that water every single day multiple times a day. And when you do that, and you have enough water in your body, your body is regulating and acting and working and flowing through its systems in a more productive rate, which gives you more energy right. And I have found that when I don’t drink enough water, or when I have had more non water liquids like coffee, or preworkout, or ice or sparkling waters, like I feel that in my body, like I know when I haven’t had just enough plain water. And so if this is something that you do not do already, you need to drink more water, and then drink more water on top of that, okay, and I’m not a dietitian or a nutritionist or whatever. So I’m not going to tell you how much you should be drinking. But you need to be drinking more than you probably are. If you are someone who struggles with drinking enough water it to give you like a reference. I have this giant water bottle that I carry around that’s 64 ounces. I drink at least three of those every single day. That is how much water I drink. And when I don’t drink enough I feel it. So thing number one that I truly believe helps me have the energy that I do is drinking a ton of water. Thing number two that I do every single day to have the energy that I do is going outside every single day for some amount of time. Now I need you to know I currently live in El Paso Texas, which is the straight up desert like dirt, rock and sand hill. are the three things that you will find when you come to El Paso. The other thing that you need to know is it’s always hot. And it’s always sunny here. So if you are someone who lives in a colder environment or an environment that it rains, maybe you have really long winters, this might be a little bit more challenging for you to do. But it’s still something that as we’re in our warmer months of the year, I want to encourage you to do now I’ve actually done some research on this, and I’ve done some searching on the benefits of going outside. My friend, we as humans are biologically programmed to be in tune with the environment. And to get healthy, happy endorphins. When we go outside, I want you to Google the practice of grounding, like literally just type in what is grounding slash going outside and read the research of what happens when you go outside. And you stand in grass for like five minutes, and you just face the sun, and you let the sun like wash over your skin. This is something that legitimately recharges you emotionally and mentally. And for me personally, when I get outside, I feel like I’m resetting in my day in a really great positive way. And the reason for this is because as humans historically when you go back way before things like technology, and consumerism and all those things, like we used to be hunters and gatherers, like we used to be outside, live outside, do all of life outside all the time. And that piece of like our ancient selves as humans still lives within us, kind of how like cats domesticated cats still, like quote unquote hunt things, because that’s where they came from, right? That used to be like wild cats. It’s the same thing with us. And so when I go outside, I personally try to go outside every single day. If that’s not possible for you, because of where you live or your work or whatever, like three to four times a week, we’ll do the job, I always come back in feeling rejuvenated, recharged, and ready to either sit back down and get to work or do things around the house that need to get done with more energy than before I went outside for whatever period of time that I spent outside. Okay, on to number three. So number three actually plays into number two quite well. And that is a daily walk slash daily exercise of some kind. So I like to call this intentional movement because the word exercise sometimes has a negative connotation for those of us who maybe had negative diet culture growing up, or we have a harder relationship with exercise and moving our bodies the way that we probably should. So I like to call it intentional movement. And to me intentional movement is such a huge thing that helps me to have the energy that I do. Back in September, I did a podcast episode talking about my relationship with exercise and all of that all of that good stuff. I believe it was episode 7475. It just came out in September. But going on a daily walk or exercising or intentional movement, whatever you want to call it is something that after again, after I’m done, sometimes it’s really hard to get started. But after I’m done, I feel so I’m recharged and ready to go. Because when we exercise and we move our bodies intentionally, again, we have those happy endorphins released in our bodies that boosts our energy, they boost our mood, they help us to get more oxygen in our body, which helps us to feel more energetic, and all of those good things. So if a true exercise isn’t in your wheelhouse right now, for whatever reason, that’s okay, I encourage you to go for a walk or do some sort of low impact movement, like a stretch or yoga. Another thing that I’ll plug in here is meditation because I know that always helps people get more energy as well. It’s not something I do consistently myself, even though I should so I can’t really talk about it that much. But a daily walk and exercise is another big thing that I do. And when you do a daily walk, it crosses out number two as well because you probably are gonna go walk outside unless you have one of those cool, like treadmills or walking pads that people have in their office now, I’m putting that on my Christmas list. I’m hoping Santa brings it to me. But if you go for a walk crosses out two and three, and I promise you you’re gonna have more energy when you get back. So sorry to interrupt the show my dude but I have some exciting news I need to share with you right now. Are you ready? I am so excited to share it that the sunshine squat monthly membership has officially launched to everyone. I designed this membership to help all of my happy hustlers, Joy seekers dream chasers and purpose pursuers have a space where they can feel supported, encouraged and inspired every single day to get after their most ideal life. 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So when I say eat well ish, I mean, eat in a way that makes me feel good. And that brings me joy, because I am someone who 100% has really struggled with my relationship with food throughout my entire life. It’s something that I’ve always had issues, like managing and tracking and just my mindset towards food is very skewed. And so I say well, ish, because I want that to be known as a way of eating in a way that makes you feel good. But it’s also good for you. Okay, so for me, that looks like trying to eat vegetables, at least one meal every single day, if not two meals, eating clean, I do not eat any meat or dairy, but eating in a way that makes me feel good. And that is good for me. And to me, that also includes eating things like the occasional treat, or going out for dinner, or saying yes to Starbucks, okay? Because to me, not allowing those things to be part of my daily consumption or weekly consumption, depending on what it is, isn’t very well for me, because then it starts to be restrictive, it starts to harbor these negative emotions. And it starts to be something that I resent right. And that’s, that’s not how I want to live. And that doesn’t help my energy. But the thing is, is when I do eat, you know, maybe takeout or something really heavy. The next day, I do see the difference in my energy versus when I eat things like greens or veggies or whole grains or whatever. So for number four, I’m just gonna say eat well ish to mean eating in a way that makes me feel good. But it’s also good for me. And is it restrictive, because as soon as I start to put restrictions on what I eat, I completely go off the rails mindset wise. And that’s not good for me, either. All right, and this last one is going to be a big one for those of you who are on social media, or who are consuming. Unconsciously, we’ll say all the time. So thing number five is to consume intentionally. And when I say consume intentionally, I guess I should probably say, consume information intentionally. Because for me, I have been and I’m sure you have as well, Ben in times of life where you do this thing called Doom scrolling. And Doom scrolling is the it that’s like an actual thing. I don’t know if it’s married, made it into the Merriam Webster Dictionary, but like it is a thing. Doom scrolling is where you consume, or you just continue to scroll. news outlets are social media, and continuously consume negative media in some way, whether it’s via news outlets, so like on the TV or social media, okay? The other thing that this looks like, is consuming media or information that is detrimental to my mental health, my self belief, my self worth, or my energy, right. And I know that I’m sure there’s at least one person listening to this episode, who has done this before I being one of them. And so maybe I’m the only person who’s done this before. I highly doubt it, though. Where you can sue things that aren’t really bad, right? Maybe it’s inspirational, maybe it’s encouragement, but they make you doubt yourself in some way. My the best way that I can describe this is consuming someone who is doing what you want to do, or is living a life that you want to live and they’re making you feel negative in some way. They’re making you feel bad in some way, because that isn’t your life yet. Right? I know I have people like this I’ve actually had to mute and unfollow specific accounts on Instagram that have made me feel bad about my body or my business or my life because they don’t look like that person. And this is what I mean by consuming intentionally and the way that this looks like for me and I’ve I already mentioned this is muting slash unfollowing accounts on social media that, that don’t bring me joy, and that don’t help me have more energy or motivation or discipline to live a life that I love. And again, I’m sure there’s probably one account that you can think of on social media, where you are like, Oh, I don’t have that, or she’s already doing what I wanted to do. Or she looks so beautiful. Why don’t I look like that? Right? Like we’ve we all have those people. And the reason this impacts our energy is because it starts to seep into our brain and our mindset, and it starts to fester. This negative mindset that doesn’t lead to more energy, it leads to less. And so when I so for this last thing, I want to encourage you to take stock of your own consumption of media and ask yourself, Is this intentional? Or is this harmful? And if it’s harmful, I want you to have the courage and take the permission slip, to know that you can unfollow that person, and if that person is me, feel free to peace out you do not have to follow me if I make you feel negative about yourself, please, please, I love you. So I support you. I’m always in your corner. But if that person is me, feel free to unfollow or mute me I totally get it. And take this as a as a permission slip and a reminder to consume intentionally because what you consume, you become both physically and metaphorically in this sense. And there you have it, my friend, five things that I do that helped me to have the energy that I do, almost always except for that 10% that I mentioned back at the start of the episode. If you are going to try any of these things, be sure to write it down, send me a message on Instagram, take a screenshot and post it to your stories with the one that you are going to try out and tag me so I can see it. I hope this episode was helpful to those who needed it and I hope it is something that you can refer back to if you’re ever in a season of wanting or needing more energy in your life. Until next time, I dudes I’m sending you all the sunshine good vibes. And I hope you make it a great day. That is all I have for you today my dudes and I hope you love today’s episode. If you did, I would seriously appreciate it if you went and left the show a review and rating on whatever platform you’re currently listening on. For every review and rating that you leave it truly helps the show grow and reach more women just like yourself. If you had any major takeaways or aha moments, be sure to take a screenshot of this episode posted to your social media stories with your biggest takeaways and tag me at living in sunshine so I can share it with my people as well. Again, thank you so much for hanging out with me this week. And until next time, I am sending you all the sunshine good vibes and I hope you make it a great day.