The first time I went to Costa Rica was at the beginning of my wellness journey. Well, and my entrepreneurial journey as well. I had just finished my yoga teacher training, quit my job and packed a backpack to travel through Central and South America. Costa Rica was our first stop and I quickly fell in love with the country.
Three years later, my entire world different, I returned back to lead my first international yoga retreat and explore all the wellness offerings the country has to offer. It’s wild how quickly things can change, but also how far three years can feel.
Costa Rica has a special type of energy. At first, it was subtle, but then I realized how much it rocked my world. We spent our time in the Nicoya Peninsula. First in Nosara, then at Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo. The entire Nicoya Peninsula is one of the world’s Blue Zones, which is an area of the planet where people live the longest and are the happiest. I had to know what the cause of this was...
Are you under the influence?
In a world where we are constantly being shown subtle and overt messages about how to think, how to act, where to shop, what to buy, what to eat, what music to listen to, where to travel, and how to live your life, it can be challenging to disassociate what’s real and true for you from what is a repetitive visual your brain has been stimulated with to the point of thinking:
I need this.
Some messages are obvious - I’m certainly guilty of the blatant #ad or sponsored post. They are easily discernible as a bias towards a product or service. You see it, imagine your life with the product, and are persuaded to swipe up because, hey, 15% off will take care of shipping costs.
Other messages are nuanced. The influencer attending a workout studio or using phrases like “lit” or “woke.” Before you know it, you find yourself signing up for that class or telling your partner how woke last week’s episode of Saturday...
The above guided meditation is an exclusive sneak peek into my course: Be Your Own Mentor which launches on October 7th, 2019.
One of the things that I pride myself in is my ability to shift out of a negative or low vibration in my emotional state to a positive high vibration. I just don’t like staying low for long periods of time, you know?
I let things go easy.
I’m usually the first in a fight with a loved one to be like “Okay, let’s move on and go watch a movie.”
I don’t marinate in my crappy feelings for long.
BUT… you already know it wasn’t always this way.
Oooh, I used to be the queen of holding resentment. I’d stay in my victimhood for days - weeks even - at a time. I’d let myself spiral downward and in doing so it would be incredibly challenging to pull myself back up.
When you do that enough times, you get sick and tired of being sick and tired.
I finally decided I was done falling into those states and with my determination I began to practice three steps that allowed me to shift my vibration faster and more efficiently than ever...
Last night, Corey and I started watching the new season of The Good Place on Netflix. It’s a silly show that really has nothing to do with this blog besides the fact that one of the main character’s greatest downfall is his inability to make a decision.
In my work with my mentees and my upcoming course, Be Your Own Mentor, chronic indecision and questioning is a cornerstone of what we talk about because it can run rampant in every area of your life.
From your boyfriend asking you what you want to eat for dinner (jokes) to finally quitting your job to pursue your passion, indecision and the constant questioning of oneself is deadly if we let it take over.
Our intuition is speaking to us constantly through thoughts, feelings, and outside signs. The moment we are presented with an opportunity, a question or a nudge, our intuition responds. Over time, when we are constantly questioning ourselves...
The other day I was meditating with the Journey Live Meditation App with one of the founding teachers, Lodro Rinzler, who spoke about creating a medley of meditation. I freakin’ loved his reasoning behind it and wanted to share it with all of you today and give you a few ways for you to incorporate this into your daily practice.
First, the reason why I really resonated with this technique is that it makes it super accessible for anyone to try. If you’ve never meditated before or find that your mind is constantly off in space during a longer meditation, it’s the perfect place to start because you’re focusing on full awareness for a much shorter time.
Often when we are meditating for a long period of time, our minds can wander in a hundred different directions - even if “long” is just a ten-minute sit. With this practice - or combination of practices, really - you’re giving your mind about 60-90 seconds to focus intently on one thing.
No really. Think about it this way:
You wake up and your alarm has been ringing for the past ten minutes. You’re already in a frantic state because you’ve overslept, then you rush out of bed under the impression that you’ll be late to your first meeting of the day. You hurry through everything, maybe forget to eat, spill a little coffee on your new white t-shirt and then speed off in your car to get to where you’re going.
I don’t know about you, but just reading that makes me anxious.
It’s no wonder though, as that was my life for over a decade. Even in high school I had no morning routine. I’d sleep in as long as humanly possible, try begging my mom to not make me go to school that day, and then take a solid 5 minutes to brush my hair and my teeth, change then head out the door.
That hurried attitude carried into college then my first jobs in the corporate space.
And while I reflect back on it...
I’ll be honest, living and working in Los Angeles has been a balancing act of keeping my blinders on while also networking, attending events, eating healthy, working out consistently, and having the energy to do all of those things while being 100% present with those that surround me.
When we first got up to LA, I was so excited and motivated to do ALL THE THINGS. I wanted to take a yoga class first thing in the morning or get up before the sun to have time for a full morning ritual. It was...a lot, and I noticed how quickly I’d get tired by 12-1pm.
It reminded me SO much of when I worked my corporate job and would clock in, grab for a cup of coffee and by lunchtime be zombie-like as I went for coffee #3 after eating my meal.
I know I’m not the only one that has experienced the midday slump. I talk to so many friends that feel like their creativity has run dry by noon, crave a nap by 1, and are fully checked out by 2.
That shouldn’t be the...
My first recent memory of realizing that where I was in life wasn’t where I wanted to be happened to be in my beat up black Dodge that I bought for around $2,000 after I graduated high school and moved down to San Diego.
I was in community college and working at this cute Italian restaurant in Little Italy called Mona Lisa’s. Shout out to Mona Lisa’s for the delicious meals I would eat on the daily - I’ve never met a pasta I didn’t like (for real, though).
Anyways, I was sitting in my car before work on the phone with my mom. A/C broken, car sweltering, sweat dripping and caking up my drugstore makeup - quite a sight, if I do say so myself.
I remember telling her how I felt like I was in the rinse and repeat cycle. I felt stuck in monotony, bored and directionless. I felt like I wasn’t living up to my full potential - and I was right.
Now, I’m not going to say it was this a-ha moment from there. It would be years later that I would take the...
The supplement industry is ridiculously confusing at times. Between my favorite Instagram pages sharing different brands, the companies I see at events, and the books that share best practices for different health issues, I went through a phase of buying and trying everything on the market.
I’ll be honest, a lot of what I found did absolutely nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada.
This, of course, became increasingly frustrating as time went on. Six weeks on the same supplement, still same issues. Six weeks and my pores were no smaller, my skin not anymore elastic.
Can you relate?
The supplement industry is huge and booming and while it is INCREDIBLE that so many of us are starting to look to holistic health as a way to heal and maintain our bodies ultimate health, it is important that we are being intentional with what we’re putting in our bodies and really tuning into what’s working and what isn’t working.
If you’re new to taking...
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