Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thanks for visiting!

Thank you for visiting In Pursuit of Vitality!  As much as I loved sharing my thoughts on Blogger, I have launched a new site that integrates my business and my blog into one. 

See how I am empowering health changes at Livanu Wellness (

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Start and Follow Through in the New Year

Happy New Year!

Yikes! It has been a long while since I posted last!   Needless to say, it's been a very busy and hectic 2 and a half months. Since I last wrote, I completed my Level 2 training in Reiki with Joanna Scaparotti and have been developing a new name and site for my business(!).  Be on the lookout for an email from me in the new year with the exciting announcement. If you're not already on my mailing list, fill in the boxes to the right and be the first to hear about what's new.

Can you believe it's 2011?  This year has really flown by.  It's been an eventful year with lots achieved personally and professionally.  I'm looking forward to a healthier, happier and more abundant new year.  I'm not much of a resolutions person.  And I know a lot of people aren't.  But at the same time, I like structure in my life when planning and reaching my goals.  I usually work well with a vision and taking smaller steps to achieve a larger goal.  I found an amazing tool that I think will help keep me organized and motivated throughout 2011.  This tool is a planner I found at Borders called The Sacred Journey.

The Sacred Journey: Daily Journal for Your Soul 2011 Engagement Calendar 

I'm very very excited about this planner/journal/self-help coach.  It was initially developed for holistic health practitioners in Sedona, AR.  It contains all the contents that you would have in a normal planner - the calendar by month and week but it also contains areas at the start of each month to put in your goals and affirmations for the month and even includes a mid-year review.  I think that it would be a helpful tool for anyone who wants to look at their year and life more holistically - not just practitioners.  So head out to your local bookstore or Amazon to get one.  Please note that I have no affiliation with this product. I simply want to spread the word about it because I think it will be an invaluable tool for you!

Here's to a new year that is exactly what you need - whether it's a brand new start or a continuation of an amazing 2010!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Yogi Tea Quote for the Week

Courtesy of my Kava Stress Relief tea

"You can run after satisfaction, but satisfaction must come from within."

To me this means that we can look outwards to be fulfilled with our lives but first we really have to look within ourselves to understand what we need.  Self-reflection to understand our passions and what makes us satisfied is the first step.  What are you thoughts about this quote?

Below is a great tool to guide this process.  Want your own "Circle of Life" evaluation?  Contact me to set one up!

Chat with me!

I am so excited to introduce a new feature on the blog that I learned about from my friend Adam!  It is a chat functionality (see to the right) that allows you to chat with me right from the blog. You don't need to have a Google account.  Just click on "Chat with Lisa Chin, HHC" and your message will be delivered right to me.  You can use it to contact me with questions, comments or to schedule your health consultation with me.  I'm at your service :)

For instructions on how to put this on your website, visit Adam's post.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

What's Greener? Take-out vs. Eat-in

Part of our vitality is the earth's vitality.  How we treat ourselves is often a reflection of how we treat the earth.  The people who recycle and compost are unsurprisingly people who also take care of themselves through their diet and lifestyle.  From my observations, the "hippie-ness" of someone is highly correlated to the amount of love for the earth someone has.  I don't think it's a coincidence that the weather for the past couple decades have been off kilter.  Global warming is a reflection of our society.  Not just in how we are physically abusing the earth but also how we are polluting it with our mindsets.  Our focuses on making money, being innovative, and being gluttonous have heavily contributed to the condition of the earth.
As I improved my diet (moving to more local, plant foods) and started meditating, I definitely noticed that I feel more connected to and appreciative of nature.  For that reason, I thought I'd post occasionally on how we can become greener.  I'm going to state upfront that I'm not expert on the environment but want to grow more awareness of it through this blog.
Today I wanted to talk about eating out. From a nutritional standpoint, it is always better to make your own meals and eat at home (or eat at someone else's home cooked food at their home).  But we live in a busy world where sometimes that's not an option and also splurging on a meal that you don't have to cook for yourself is nice.  Did you know that thirty-two percent of meals in the US are eaten outside of the home?  That's about one a day.  That's not to say 68% are cooked at home.  A large percentage if that number includes take-out meals. 
I admit that I like the occassional take-out from the local Thai restaurant.  On one of my visits, I thought about take-out vs. eat-in and which is greener.  To me, all of the steps taken to take-out or eat-in are all the same except the use of take-out containers.  This is the factor that, in my opinion, makes eating in a restaurant more green than eating take-out at home (unless you bring your own containers).  So be greener and eat in the restaurant instead of taking out.
What are you thoughts on taking out vs. eating in?  Any tips on being greener?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Homeward Bound Vacation

I've spent the past 4 days in New Jersey with my family and friends.  While I've been here, I've done some work for my personal business and saw some clients, but all in all, it's been a wonderful escape from "real life."  Heading home is blissful as I get to enjoy mom-cooked food every meal and spend time with my brother in the house we grew up in.  And, for some reason, I almost always fit in a yoga class or two when I'm home. 
Although I didn't travel far nor did I get to do anything exotic, this vacation is always the most nurturing for my soul.  It's actually very grounding as well - bringing me back to my roots.  To me, vacation does not require traveling to an exotic location or spending tons of money on a lavish hotel room. It's about having time to relax and spending time with myself and with family and friends.
Did you miss an opportunity to take a vacation this summer?  Why not invest in some time for yourself?  Take the weekend off from chores or to-do's.  Bring your family or friends to a park and hike for an afternoon or take a whole morning of yoga classes without a worry in the world. There are so many ways we can integrate small vacations into our lives, even when times and money are tight.  What do you think you can do this upcoming weekend to integrate a little vacation into your life?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Quote courtesy of Lotus Yoga

I had an amazing yoga class this morning at Lotus Yoga in Montclair, NJ.  Jennifer Kohl, the studio's founder and one of its teachers, taught the class.  I love when yoga classes integrate the philosophy of yoga into the class.  After all, it's not just a physical practice but a mental one.  She said something that really stood out to me.  It was "Rejoice in Your Goodness."  This came about from a theme about being good to others so that good things happen to us. 
Take time to realize all the good we do and celebrate it.  I think that when we celebrate our goodness, we want to continue those actions and in turn, the world becomes a better place.  What have you done that is good and how do you feel it has served you?