So don’t burn out over a holiday!

It’s a weird Fourth of July this year, wouldn’t you agree? It’s smack dab in the middle of the week, which makes celebrating confusing – Team Beacon’s had a bunch of debates already!  And it’s a bit weird energetically for the holiday celebrating America’s independence – with all that’s going on in our country regarding freedoms of all kinds, and all the differing opinions to boot. Fourth of July = lots of feelings, that’s for sure.  More about that next week. #spoileralert

Whether you’re feeling tall and proud, or angry and ashamed, or some combination, this week most definitely kicks off the season of gatherings. And with all of your feelings, Buddies, we want to make sure you direct that energy outward and don’t have an imploding firework event that ends in confetti cake and patriotic popsicles.

A couple of tips to help you shine bright while you’re partying on the 4th:

Plan it out. Um, Molly, you just repeated yourself. Wasn’t that your counsel last week when you were talking about travel? Yep, I’m saying it again – flexible planning is your BFF for all things long-term food and weight success. And, frankly, life. #winwinwin

Seriously, planning doesn’t take the fun out of your parties, it ADDS fun to your parties. It allows for food and food behaviors to be in their rightful place, with some flexible limits around them, allowing you to be fully present for all the fun.

When it comes to parties, there are all sorts of ways to make sure your recovery comes first. A few of our faves are: bringing a Beacon-friendly entree or side for all to partake in, good old-fashioned fruit skewer, and, of course, BYOC. No matter how you decide to plan for your parties, remember, a goal without a plan is just a wish. And you deserve everything you’re wishing for, Buddies.

Cultivate some fun. Sometimes with all the food drama and trauma, we forget that parties, are, in fact, FUN. And if they aren’t maybe you can bring the fun to your fiesta! What does that mean? How can you make the festivities of the fourth fun for you? Bring a kite, board game, or awesome playlist to the BBQ? Arrange a game of badminton or sing-along for everyone? What would be fun that’s not food? Dig deep, Buddies – I know the fun is in there. #bethefun

Have thoughts, questions and feelings about navigating parties? We’re here for you!  Join me on Beacon’s Facebook Page for our Beacon Buzz Afterparty on FB LIVE.8:30 Tonight. Bring your beautiful self and all your questions about parties and having fun in recovery. Can’t wait to see you.

Speaking of fun parties, few things are more fun than SOUL CAMP. What’s SOUL CAMP? Only a transformative sleep away camp for adults where you can tap into your best self, relax, learn, and have so much fun! Join me on August 24-6 in the Adirondack Mountains. For more info click here – and use code BEACON for $100 off your tuition. Yay!!

And in the name of achieving all of your goals: Do you or someone you love need help, guidance and support with your struggles with food and weight? If you do, we’ve got you! Get in touch to schedule a 20 minute strategy session with me. Beacon can help in all sorts of ways – including our new E-SERVICES for those of you outside the NYC metropolitan area. And always stay in touch – your Beacon team wants to know what’s up!  Shoot us an email and let us know all the things! 

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