10+ Ways to Improve Your Relationships


I was fortunate to spend 5 days last week in New York City celebrating my wedding anniversary. The experience got me thinking about relationships in general and how the really good ones light up my life.

Would you agree, that at the core of our human experience, it's the desire to be connected to others in deeply, genuine and authentic ways is what brings the greatest satisfaction and meaning to our lives?

And if that's true (and I believe it is) - I ask myself, what am I doing to improve and deepen the relationships I care about the most?

Also, what makes the really good one's so good? Relationships include a significant other, friend, family member, colleague, or acquaintance and the most important relationship of all in my opinion, the connection between yourself and your spirit.

If I had to pick one thing that I'm working on to improve my relationships it's this - and I steal Oprah's line - 'what I know for sure' is in today's busy-busy world and addiction to digital devices,...

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Is Being Grateful for Absolutely Everything Possible?


I mentioned a couple weeks ago in the blog that I’m reading a really fantastic book with a dear friend of mine (Penache Desai’s “Discovering Your Soul Signature”).  It’s broken down into 33 days of lessons or teachings. 

We’ve taken more than 33 days to read it because there’s just so much rich, juicy goodness within it. 

We text each other back and forth about what it’s teaching us, how it resonates with us and how we can apply the teachings to our own lives so that we can live more fully and with greater ease and serenity.

I digress, the point for today’s blog is to share with you another lesson that has deeply stuck with me, and it happened on Day 21 in the chapter entitled Gratitude.

My friend’s text to me that day is what really hammered it home as she described a life experience she was dealing with and then curiously just decided, hmmm, how about I give this be grateful for EVERYTHING a real...

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A Key Reason Trust Leads to Freedom to Live Your Best Life


I’m reading this great book with a good friend of mine.  We’re book-clubbing it so to speak, that is, in today’s modern form of book-club where we read a chapter a day (ultra short chapters by the way) and then we text each other sometime during the day with our thoughts, reactions, questions, etc.

The book is called Discovering Your Soul Signatureby Penache Desai.  Awesome, awesome read. 

So yesterday’s chapter, or lesson, was Day 23 entitled “Unfolding” and it hit me deeply and thought it may resonate with you too. 

Here’s where it reached out and grabbed me first:

Penache writes: “What if I were to tell you that you can’t mess up this thing called life?”

I’m thinking:  really, come on now, I’ve already messed things up in my life…many, many, MANY times, how can this be?

Within a page, the clever author pulls me back with this thought and question:

“For a...

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Are You Defining Getting Healthy Correctly?

Clients I have the privilege to work with routinely have within their set of goals to “get healthier.”   As their Eating Behavior Coach, I teach them how to be more specific and narrowly define it for themselves based on the lifestyle they’re seeking.  This way, they will know once they’ve arrived and achieved their goal. 

This process of getting specific and defining “getting healthier” get really interesting. Uncovering what it uniquely means for an individual is almost always an eye opening and soul exposing exercise.

So play along with me right now.  STOP and think of how you define “getting healthier.”   Be specific and use identifiable measures and terms in your definition. 

Got it summed up in your mind?  Good.  Read on.

Were any of these included in your definition:

1.     Unshakable feeling of comfort and confidence in your own skin


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Storytime: How I Caught Myself in Body-Shame


Something’s been gnawing at me lately and for a bit of time, I wasn’t actually aware of what was really going on, but now I am. By sharing my moment of awareness and how I’m choosing to respond to it, I’m hoping today’s blog helps you too.

So here goes…

As the weather has gotten warmer the last couple months, I’ve been wearing fewer sleeveless shirts. If I did wear a sleeveless shirt, I wore a shrug or wrap over it. The a/c is oppressive in some places so having a little cover up made sense. Or did it?

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good shrug or wrap…kinda my thing and definitely staples in my wardrobe. However, it turns out my recent choices weren’t purely fashion driven.

Here’s how I know. I was in a clothing store two weeks ago when I was perusing a section with really cute summer shirts – all sleeveless. I started to think what I could wear over them and THAT’S WHEN IT HIT ME! I was in body shame,...

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Calling All Monkey Brain & Stress Addicts - This One is for YOU!

Ready to Say Goodbye to Your Monkey Brain
and Reduce Your Stress?


Do you know how to worry? Repeating the same thoughts over and over? Then you'll be GREAT at meditating.

Seriously - too often I hear clients tell me they aren't good at meditating, or they don't think it will work for them like it does for other people. Or, better yet, they claim they don't have time to meditate.

How can I put this in a loving, yet direct way. Hmmm, ok here goes: those are bogus excuses coming from a place of either fear or pre-judging a proven wisdom tradition before genuinely trying it.

How do I know? Because I've had enough clients resist meditating, but once they finally give in, become open minded to it, and dedicate themselves to practicing it despite their fears, feeling uncomfortable and awkward, they ALL realize the true power of meditation, the health benefits and wish they'd tried it sooner.

So here's your chance. This FREE...

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Need a Nutritionist or Eating Behavior Coach?


I offer a free 20-minute consultation, by phone, to new clients who are interested in my Eating Behavior Coaching services if they want to be sure my services are aligned with what they're looking to achieve regarding their health and wellness goals.

Lately, the most common inquiry is about wanting a nutritionist to help them eat better, lose weight and/or build muscle and get fit. And nearly all have stated they've been to a nutritionist before and/or have gone through traditional style diet programs with a nutritionist component.

Hmmm....as I scratch my head

Of course I let them know I am not a licensed nutritionist, but that my approach often significantly improves their relationship with food, weight and body image and thus their overall health and life. And here's the kicker, what they learn translates into long-term results and can be modified to match their evolving life and age, all without restrictive meal plans and good food/bad food lists!

My coaching approach is meant...

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How to avoid having your success drift away from Destination Island

Ever wonder why after working so hard to change an unwanted habit around food, your weight, your body image or the way you talk to yourself you can’t sustain the success you achieve? 

In today’s Rusti Q episode, I go over 4 tips to maintaining your residency on Destination Island.  

I hope you get some value from today's video and if you like what you hear, I’d love to hear from you.  Leave a comment will ya? 

And if you think others can benefit from the message, please share it with them.  

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You’re wasting precious life energy when you do this

Of the hundreds of images, quotes and information we see on a daily basis, some of them stop you in your tracks right? 

You have one of those “whoa….damn…hold up” kinda moments.  The message is so powerful, it wakes you up from the normalcy of your day, and begs you to listen.

I had that kind of moment when I saw this image with these powerful words.

It was as though it was written just for me and delivered when I would see it at just the right time for it to land deep in my heart.

It hit me H-A-R-D because it woke me up to the realization that I have spent so much wasted energy in my lifetime trying to get others to understand me.  What’s worse, is when I’m trying to convince myself that what I’m thinking, feeling or doing makes good logical sense. 

It can get pretty exhausting working that hard instead of simply being me.

When I go into explain-mode, it robs me of the energy I could be using to impact someone...

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Here's 2 Reasons Why You Get Derailed and How To Get Back on Track

Are you frustrated trying over and over to change a lifestyle habit, belief or repetitive thought pattern only to get knocked off your game time and time again. Enough already right?

Watch today's video to understand the two most common reasons why derailment happens and what you can do about it.

And if you like what you hear, please share it with your friends and leave a comment - I welcome all feedback!

Coach Rusti Q

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