Root Dreams Big at RISE with Rachel Hollis

by Kayla Reusche on July 25, 2019

Seven of us Root gals recently traveled to Dallas to take on RISE, a personal growth conference hosted by Rachel Hollis. If you don’t know who she is, look her up! She’s an incredible author & motivational speaker, working to inspire other women. Those two days at the conference were full of tears (more than we’d like to admit), dancing, happiness & inspiration. We came back so inspired & want to share what we learned with you! We truly believe women can change the world, so we want to give you all the tools to do so by sharing some of our biggest takeaways at RISE.


Set Audacious Goals

Close your eyes & imagine your life in 10 years. Who do you want to be? What do you want to be wearing? Do you have kids? Are you married? Seriously, close your eyes & imagine your dream life in 10 years. What did you see? Write it all down.

Based on what you wrote, come up with 10 goals you want to accomplish in the next 10 years. These goals should be incredibly ambitious. For example, one of Haylee’s goals is to be a New York Times best-selling author (you go girl!). Get as specific as you can. If you set an immeasurable goal, you’ve already set yourself up to fail. And lastly, write your goals as if you’ve already accomplished them. Don’t say “I want to be debt free”. Say “I am debt free”. There’s just something extra powerful about owning your goals. 

Be sure to focus on one goal at a time. You won’t be able to give 100% to all 10 goals at the same time, so focus on the goal that’s speaking to you the most.

Shut Down the Negative Thoughts

What we say to ourselves is what our mind believes. The voice inside your head that’s bullying you with negative thoughts is holding you back from your full potential. You need to shut that voice out right away. Drop the negative thoughts & replace them with positive thoughts.

It might sound a little crazy, but take it one step further & give that voice in your head a name. Imagine it’s someone you really, really don’t like. Imagine them staring you in the face & saying these hateful words to you. Wouldn’t you instantly shut them down? Or even worse, what if they were saying these hateful words in front of your kids? You wouldn’t let it happen. So every time you hear this negative voice, shut it down & replace it with a positive thought.

Establish Daily Habits

Rachel Hollis has a practice she calls “5 to Thrive”. It consists of five daily practices that will drastically improve your life. 

  • Hydrate. Drink at least half of your body weight in water every day
  • Eliminate a category of food for 30 days. Pick one food or drink that you regularly consume & cut it out of your diet for 30 days to see how it makes you feel. You’ll quickly realize it’s easier to cut out than you thought. I’m giving up coffee (1,000 calories for a latte every day is a little extreme) & am going three days strong! 
  • Get up an hour earlier than usual. Getting up early will help start your morning off strong. Use this time to focus on yourself & your goals. Drown out the distractions & focus on you.
  • Move your body for 30 minutes every day. This will look different for everyone & will even look different for you on a day-to-day basis, but just keep moving! Daily exercise leads to a happier & healthier life.
  • Start a gratitude practice. Write down 5 things you’re grateful for every day. These should be things that happened within the past 24 hours. Writing them down will help you recognize the positive aspects of life. Today, I’m grateful for trying a new recipe with my mom, sharing our RISE experience with the team, cleaning the basement, getting new furniture & the chance to be in a little video for Root this morning. 

We had such a great weekend at RISE full of growth, & we’re so excited to grow for ourselves, for Root & for you! Keep working toward your goals alongside us & try incorporating these practices into your everyday life. Cheers to working toward our dreams!


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