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Year End Strategy I am using: Vision Board I believe most people have heard of the idea of turning our written goals into pictures to empower the subconscious mind to find strategies that will help us achieve our desired outcomes.   This simple tool, when placed in a prominent space within our homes (bathroom mirror, kitchen counter, on your refrigerator, etc.) reminds us to direct our focus towards goal attainment. That being said, I question how many of us actually take the time to create a vision board?  To be transparent, I have not done this project for at least a decade.  However, this year with the help of my brother, I am proud to say I have created a really cool looking vision board.  We used the company Vista Print to print off our projects on an 18 x 24 inch foam board to give them a really professional look.  Get creative, make them inspiring and enjoy being the architect of your life! Podcast I am re-watching: Rich Roll Ep. # 511 with Charles Eisenstein A Yale graduate, speaker, author and social philosopher, Eisenstein is extremely well spoken and has a message for humanity.  If you are interested in how you can redefine all of the challenges we have faced this year and turn them into a positive, check out this enormously impactful hour and half. Quote I am pondering: "We have the opportunity now to forge a new, more compassionate normal.  COVID-19 has gifted us a reset." ~ Charles Eisenstein A narrative that has come out of this last year of struggle has been the idea that when there is disruption in our daily lives, it creates the space for a new way of doing things.  An opportunity to view the world differently.  It shakes us enough to step back and attempt to reassess how we have been doing things all along.  From a health perspective, I hope that this last year has shaken you enough to not fall back into your old ways of relying on other people to take care of your health.  I hope you do NOT desire to get back to the "normal" way of letting your insurance company dictate your healthcare.  To your previous method of waiting until you are in a health crisis before starting to think critically about how we eat, move, think and your structure.  I hope that you can really drill down on what you believe is possible for you in regards to your

Strategy I am using: Year End Recap At the end of each year I have found that it is incredibly helpful to review the previous 12 months to look for bright spots and challenges.  The idea being that if you can duplicate what is working and eliminate the things that aren't, each successive year should get better and better.  I recommend going back through the photos on your phone, looking through your Google calendar or taking a look through your journal in order to be reminded of your behaviors and thoughts.  Make a list of things you want to include and things you want to exclude in the next year.  The more specific, the better.  I have found that life will continuously throw you the same problems until you decide to become more deliberate about how you spend your time.  This one step, done correctly, can massively transform your 2021! Exercise equipment I am wearing: Winter Running and Cycling Gloves If you are like me and enjoy working out in the morning you have certainly noticed a massive drop in the temperature.  To combat the extreme numbness and stiffness I have been experiencing on my runs and bike rides lately I purchased from Amazon these thin but warm gloves.  I like this pair due to their price ($17), the extra grip in the fingertips and palm as well as the fact you can use your cell phone with them on.  So far, they have made a huge difference in my comfort and for that I am grateful! Quote I am repeating: Years end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom experience can instill in us.  Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.  ~ Oprah Winfrey It is easy to place enormous emphasis on the end of the calendar year 2020.  However, let's remember that in the grand scheme of things Jan 1, 2021 will be just another day.  Another chance to do things better.  A chance to be more committed to our healthy habits, be more kind to our loved ones and strangers.  And another opportunity to be the kind of person we will be proud of.  I look forward to striving forward with you next year! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Top 3 books from 2020 I am recommending:  Each year I try to consume approximately 20 books. This year to prep your list for Santa Clause before Christmas/Hanukah etc. here are my top picks from the year!      1.)  Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins      2.) Atomic Habits by James Clear      3.) Finding Ultra by Rich Roll Top 3 products from 2020 I am using:  This year I have attempted to only purchase items that will have a continual return on investment, have a price within my budget and align with my passions.  Here are a few items that I now use on a regular basis that bring me joy.       1.) My bike.  If you don’t own a bike currently I encourage you to pick one up (preferably used) and get outside for a quick ride.  You will smile more!      2.) Thermal compression pants. I find myself wearing these all the time now that the temp in the morning has dropped considerably.       3.) Xterra Wetsuit. Whenever I am wearing this, I am in the ocean, with friends and working out. I also love the look and function of this suit for only $149 brand new! Top 3 lessons I learned in 2020 I am spreading:       1.) A vacation does NOT need to be a week long, include air travel and cost a lot of money. We drove to Sedona and Zion this year separately for 3 days and had an amazing time for very little money. I recommend using your credit card points for hotel stays.       2.) Being in nature and doing exercise is my happy place.  I don’t know what else to say except I have loved swimming, biking, running, walking, hiking, etc. outside.        3.) Everyone has their own opinion and we all feel like we are correct.  Understanding this and becoming empathetic to myself and others situation has been the biggest challenge and break through of the year.  --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Donation I am encouraging: Toy's For Tot's Drive at Aligned Life Wellness It's that time of year again!   Bring a new, unwrapped gift to the office in order to provide some joy for military families in need!  We only have until December 16th before we have to turn in our donations so please make it a priority.  Our goal this year is 75 gifts which will really help to support our local community in a year in which we need to help out more than ever!  Thanks for your kindness and for being the example of how to treat one another in our community! Book I am reading:  Endure: Mind, Body and The Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance by Alex Hutchinson Have you ever wondered why on one day you feel like a world beater and on another a slug?  Have you ever had a race or competition in which everything felt amazing and then the next time you competed felt as if you couldn't do anything right?  If so, this book takes a historical and scientific look at the factors associated with uncommon performances over long distances and time.  Side note:  This was the audio I was listening to while running my first half marathon on Thanksgiving morning!  Great motivation. Quote I am loving:  "Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.  No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity."  ~ James Clear (Author of Atomic Habits) One of my favorite books of the year was Atomic Habits.  James Clear describes how to create habits that serve you and eliminate habits that hinder your progression.  He also tells of how the most important part of becoming a better version of yourself is selecting your new identity.  Once you have chosen who you want to become, it becomes easier to determine what habits you would need to implement in order to make being that person a reality.  In a recent podcast with Rich Roll, Clear also talked about how spending time with people who have already become the type of individual you are looking to be, can create and maintain your new identity quicker.  If better health, better posture, a healthier lifestyle and positive attitude are characteristics you are looking to attain I can't think of a better place to spend time than Aligned Life

Documentary I am strongly recommending: The Social Dilemma Last week on Netflix I watched this incredible documentary that changed my behavior immediately in regards to how I use and understand social media (YouTube, FaceBook, Instagram, Pinterest, SnapChat, Google, etc

National Park I am visiting: Zion National Park in Utah, USA This past weekend my family and I drove out to Utah (8 hours) to spend some time in Zion National Park.  Our goal was to see and feel something different, something we had not experienced before.  Zion definitely delivered.  Towering rock faces, yellow and green tree leaves, fast moving streams and vistas of flat topped mountains were everywhere.  The park was at about 40 percent occupancy which made the trip much more pleasant and less stressful.  Our favorite hike was called "The Narrows."  Picture this, huge rock mountains shooting up from both sides with a slow moving stream separating them. Water falls, the occasional sunlight streaming into the canyon and people slowly meandering up the stream.  The water in which you walk through is 38 degrees.  Most people have rented "dry suits" which include shoes that resemble moon boots, wetsuit material socks and pants that ride up above the waist.  Kids receive the same boots and socks but have full body suits that look more like they will be diving to the deepest parts of the ocean.  Large walking sticks are given to all people to help stabilize your body as you walk along the slippery rock bottom of the stream.  All things considered this was a really unique experience that we will definitely remember.  I would also recommend trying out the hikes called "Emerald Pools" and "The Watchman". Success practice I am employing: Goal setting while on vacation Any time I am blessed enough to get away for a few days with my family I always steal off in the morning before anyone is awake in an attempt to have time to sit in an inspiring location and write new behaviors to commit to.  This past week I was able to walk over to a park bench that sat at the base of an enormous red rock mountain range to watch the sunrise over the peaks.  I have found that by sitting somewhere new, seeing something majestic and focusing my mind on the type of life and human I would like to become, I experience significant breakthroughs.  Make sure to take something to write with and a piece of paper or a journal.  These thoughts will become your "north star" for the following months at which time, you can create a new set of goals on your next adventure! Quote I am repeating: "Why do you go

Book I am hearing:  Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Guys!  I listened to a fictional book!   Crazy right?  I think this is the first time I have chosen against my traditional nonfiction selections in a few years.  After seeing this title have over 100,000 5-Star reviews on I decided that it would be worth the time to give it a shot.  This story was written beautifully and has a bit of a surprise ending which makes for a very pleasurable listening experience.  If you are in the mood to sit back, relax and enjoy a great story of struggle, grace and the parallels between nature and the human race, this book will not let you down. Cold weather exercise gear I am wearing: Thermal Compression Leggings Due to the drastic weather shift about two weeks ago I ordered a pair of thermal tights to put under my athletic shorts during early morning runs.  What a difference!  No more shivering and numbness in my legs.  I also liked that the leggings did not feel like baggy sweats that caught the wind and made me feel like I was running through a wind tunnel.  At around $20 for two sets of tights, this was definitely worth the investment! Quote I am loving: "Voting is the expression of commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world." ~ Sharon Salzberg No matter who you vote for or why, please get out and make your voice heard.  There is no greater service as a private citizen than casting your ballot for the people and initiatives you believe are in the best interest of all.  Thanks for your time and bravery! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Book I am reading: Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute If you enjoy books that teach life lessons but use a story to illustrate the points rather than just telling you steps or bullet points, I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of Leadership and Self-Deception.  Learning how we all distort reality to protect the decisions we make and the compounding effects of these distortions is the overarching narrative of this book.  Solutions to these and many other typical life experiences are expressed throughout! Weekly theme day I am promoting: Family Day Thursday! Each week on Thursday at Aligned Life Chiropractic and Wellness we have decided to celebrate families who are getting healthy together!  Due to the urgency to get all of the people who mean the most to us as healthy as possible we are offering a chance for your family members to receive a chiropractic evaluation that includes a consultation with me, postural photos, range of motion assessment, spine evaluation and any necessary X-rays for just $45 (normally $95).  If you believe that having a healthy spine and nervous system are a foundational part of creating long term wellness, then please advocate for your loved ones by getting their evaluation completed. Quote I am pondering: "Self-deception is like this.  It blinds us to the true causes of problems, and once we are blind, all of the "solutions" we can think of will actually make matters worse. Whether at work or at home, self-deception obscures the truth about ourselves, corrupts our view about others and our circumstances, and inhibits our ability to make wise and helpful decisions." ~The Arbinger Institute When you don't take action on your gut instinct to treat other people with respect and instead shy away from what you truly believe, your mind will change your thoughts in order to protect you from feeling pain.  Not only will it protect you, but it will also come up with ways to justify why your choice was actually correct.  This "Self-Deception" process leads to fracturing our relationships, incongruencies and keeps us from obtaining real connection with others.  At the end of your life the only thing that will really matter are the depth and quality of the relationships with other people.  Be honest, be courageous enough to apologize when you are wrong and love whole-heartedly! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Podcast I am hearing: Brene Brown and Scott Sonenshein This week my wife recommended that I listen to the above podcast episode.  In it, Sonenshein introduces a concept called "stretchy vs chasey".  To "stretch" is to move with courage and determination towards something that brings you true happiness and satisfaction.  Conversely, to "chase"  is to desire something based only upon socially acceptable cues.  Another way of thinking of "chasing" is "keeping up with the Joneses."  In my experience, the only way to ensure that you are focusing your efforts on "stretching" based goals is to get quiet and listen to your intuition.  If you find yourself constantly looking at what you don't have, rather than looking at the blessing you do possess, it might be time for "stretchy vs. chasey" meditation. Exercise I am using: The Cookie Jar In David Goggins book "Can't Hurt Me" he talks about using the "cookie jar" technique when he feels like quitting a difficult task.  When Goggins was young, his mother used to stock up a cookie jar constantly.  Upon good behavior he would receive one cookie.  This was a rare and treasured treat.  Accordingly, before eating the cookie he would admire it and then slowly eat every crumb.  Savoring every last bite.  The "cookie jar" technique is a way to stock up on all of the things that you are most proud of in your life.  They could be relationships you have fostered, awards you have won, morals you have upheld or anything else, big or small, that means something special to you. Once you have established this mental list, it becomes easier to remind yourself in the moment that you have accomplished difficult things before and you can do it again.  Goggins discusses how finishing something really hard requires second to second decisions to continue fighting.  If you have armed yourself with your "cookie jar" filled with reasons why you can continue, then it makes finishing much more likely.  This week, write out your "cookie jar" list and get prepared to take on your next challenge! Mantra I am repeating: "I am content with what I have, little be it, or much." ~ John Bunyan This week I have had an overwhelming sense of contentment.  This is an uncommon feeling for me as I often seem to always be striving towards progress in some area.  That being said, feeling content and yet still working towards your goals at a comfortable pace can

Question I am asking: "Would you be interested in watching a vlog style set of videos that show you exactly what I do for my daily physical and spiritual habits?" I am considering filming and editing this type of content for you and would love your opinion.  Please send me an email at and let me know if this would provide value for you.  Reply in the subject line "yes" if you want the videos or "no" if this does not sound interesting.  Thanks so much for your honesty and for taking the time to direct my focus on what brings you the most clarity on how to pursue your best health! Documentary I am watching: IronMind What if one of your closest friends challenged you to run a 1/2 Iron Man (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 run) in the next 90 days?  Would you have the stones to take on the task?  London Real host Brian Rose did and went from untrained to fit in just 3 months.  This documentary (found on YouTube for free) takes a hard look at why people subject themselves to physical pain in an attempt to conquer their demons and transcend their current level of consciousness.  This film has a ton of foul language but is engaging, well filmed and provides great insight into the human mind. Quote I am repeating: "Denial is the ultimate comfort zone. " ~ David Goggins in Can' Hurt Me One the core values of living an "Aligned Life" is taking full responsibility for your health.  This week I came across two different types of people.  The first were individuals who had decided to take ownership over their lives and were thriving even though the external world was challenging.  The second were people who had decided to live in denial.  These folks were struggling.  Not just your typical daily discomforts, but instead a whole different level of pain.  Physical, emotional and mental anguish.  Most of them really didn't know how bad off they really were.  The one difference between these two radically opposed groups was their ability to own their situation.  Even when it is horrendously painful, we all must take stock and determine where we are currently.  Next we have to determine the best route to follow in helping us get to where we want to go.  This week if you are feeling pain in any area of your life, get real with yourself first.  Even if it