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Life Lessons: Am I Enough For Me?

Last weekend, the culmination of three months of work came to an emotional end. By emotional, I mean exciting, uplifting and exhausting. I had just thrown my very first large-scale event. Funk Your Fears hosted over 90 yogis in San Diego for a day of yoga, meditation, dancing and my very first time speaking in front of a large group on the topic of fear.

The days and weeks leading up to the event were stressful to say the least. I was excited, but incredibly fearful of how it would turn out and if I would be able to nail all my lines and important points in my fear talk. It would be the first time ever to share my childhood story of trauma, growth, and the constant questioning: Am I enough?

Ironic, for sure, that I was putting on a festival about fear yet faced with every single one of the fears my ego had ever created in my mind. By the day of the festival, I felt almost numb to stress and nerves even when it came time to give my talk.

Before I stepped out in front of the crowd, I...

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Top 3 Podcasts For A Long Drive

Podcasts. Podcasts. Podcasts.

THEY ARE EVERYWHERE! (And, I love it).

Podcasts are the perfect way to indulge on information without having to solely focus on one thing. Since I have been driving back and forth to LA from San Diego A LOT this summer, I have been binging on podcasts like crazy. My favorites are The Balanced Blonde, The Bitch Bible and The Melissa Ambrosini Show, but you know a girl’s gotta promote her own podcast!

The Alchemized Life is my baby and with the 12th episode released this week, I felt it was time to share with you the top 3 downloaded podcasts so you can listen yourself and binge your heart out on your next long drive.

In order, here are the top three downloaded podcasts on The Alchemized Life:

1 - The Key to Relationships, Trust, and Creating Love with Mark Groves

This episode of The Alchemized Life can give you the tools to dig into the hard questions about your relationships. We discuss boundaries, how to communicate with your partner, the...

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The Super Plant That Saved My Skin This Summer

There is no denying summer is my favorite time of year. I love the sun, heat, warm water, and excuse to wear bikinis 24/7. I’ll never leave Southern California for the fact that we only have two seasons: Spring and Summer. You can keep your pumpkin spice lattes and sweaters, I’d much rather have a non-alcoholic spritzer and my favorite Free People jumpsuit.

The only downside to the summer months (besides not having AC), is the unavoidable sunburns, inflamed skin, and occasional breakout from sweat and sunscreen. Sure, I wear a hat and SPF on my face whenever I leave the house, but that’s not a foolproof plan to avoid the sun entirely.

If you’ve been following me on social media, then you know about my recent partnership with Face Reality Acne Clinic. I’ve been using their product line to clear my acne for over two years, so I was beyond excited when they wanted to work with me to share their line with you guys.

Today, I am going to share with you my...

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The One Thing That Is Making Your Wedding Planning Miserable

...AND WHAT TO DO INSTEAD!

I’ve been engaged for almost a year now. Corey, my fiance, is my partner in crime and I can’t think of anyone better to plan a wedding with (okay, and spend my life with!). Like every other couple in love, the first few months of our engagement we were bombarded with family members and friends asking us for EVERY.SINGLE.DETAIL. of the wedding. Sound familiar? Being the perceptive individual I am, the one thing I noticed was how many nuances there are to planning a wedding...and also how expensive a wedding really is in California.

WHILE “TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN” SOMETIMES SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT IDEA - I KNOW COREY WOULDN’T MIND - I CAN’T FREAKIN’ WAIT TO GET MARRIED AND HAVE MY FAIRYTALE DAY WITH MY PRINCE CHARMING.

Given that the wedding is about 8-9 months out, I’m going to start documenting every little bit of the way to take you along for the journey. Before I get into the details though, this post...

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UNSTRESS YOURSELF: 5 Ways to Chill Out

In 2016, I still worked a corporate job and hustled harder than anyone I knew. Yoga was simply a blip on my radar and was more of an idea to get a toned booty rather than a “toned mind.” I worked 10-12 hour days and hardly even left my desk to eat lunch.

The company I worked at didn’t necessarily agree with my style of work - but they didn’t mind that I was eagerly taking on more than anyone else and constantly striving to keep everyone happy. It wasn’t company culture that drove me to burnout, it was my complete lack of awareness when it came to managing stress. I mean, my freakin’ eyesight was deteriorating over a matter of months from the constant computer time.

Fast forward to now and I’ve left my corporate job. The burnout was enough to send me on a backpacking trip around South America and to make a promise to myself that I would never clock in again. I haven’t had to break that promise (nor do I intend to), but I recognize that...

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Exploring The Other Limbs of Yoga Outside of Asana

The past few months, I've gone back and forth in my head with this guilt and pride about my yoga practice. On one hand, I feel like I've entirely lost my grip on what drew me to yoga. On the other hand, I feel more empowered than ever in what yoga means to me.

The biggest shift? I've almost entirely stopped practicing asana - the physical practice.

Maybe it was the dropping of "Kicking Asana" and a release of "responsibility to live up to a certain persona. Maybe it's been my 1 Giant Mind meditation teacher training and pranayama training. Whatever the case, it's been an entirely different world exploring the other limbs of yoga and releasing my grip on what my yoga practice "should" look like. 

I felt called to write this post because of the noise I see on the Internet. The pressure as yogis and yoga teachers we feel (or at least I did) to post photos in challenging postures started to sit funky with me. You may have noticed that I hardly post photos in yoga poses anymore,...

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The Perfect Mindfulness Starter Kit feat. GlobeIn

Mindfulness. It’s a term that I’ve heard over and over again as I go through my meditation teacher training, teach yoga, and practice wellbeing in my daily life. But what does it actually mean and how do we support mindfulness in a noisy world? For those of you that have been following me for awhile, you are familiar with my infatuation with GlobeIn, a company that delivers curated artisan boxes monthly to your doorstep. This post is dedicated to their Mindfulness Box that was recently released because it aligns so fully with my teachings of mindfulness and includes tools that will support you as you start to journey down the path of wellbeing.

But first, let’s define wellbeing.

In my meditation teacher training, we are redefining what wellbeing means. We suggest that it is the quality of our mind and self-awareness that is the most essential aspect of sustained wellbeing.

Wellbeing is more than being comfortable and happy. It is the process of finding a balance...

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Protect Your Damn Energy Or Risk Losing It All

Whoa. That’s a bit of an aggressive blog post title, wouldn’t you think?

Energy - your sacred energy specifically - is something to get serious about. Because if you’re not aggressively protecting your energy, you’re allowing people to aggressively take it from you.

And if people are able to take your energy from you? You risk losing it all.

I know it’s not the easiest thing to read, it certainly isn’t the easiest concept to grasp, but stay with me here.

Absolutely everything - and I mean everything - is energy. From your toes to the breath you take, to TIME itself. We give and receive energy on a second by second basis, so why the hell wouldn’t you be protective of what is coming in and what is going out?

Outside of feeling “energized” or awake, energy itself was a challenge for me to wrap my head around for awhile. When friends told me they were empaths and felt heavily affected by others energy, I brushed it off and thought...

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My Morning Routine - 3 Steps To A Bad Ass Day

If you flashback to 3 years ago, waking up early was a dreaded topic that I avoided at any cost. I was NOT a morning person whatsoever. I lived for late nights binging on Netflix TV shows and snacking hardcore.

Looking at my morning routine from then to now is like black and white. Each morning I wake up when it’s actually still considered “morning” - sometimes as early as 5AM - and start my day on the highest note possible.

There are a few things that I make sure to do everyday to ensure that I set myself up for success throughout the day. It can take as little as 10 minutes or as long as an hour, it really depends on how much time you can carve out before jumping into your to-do list.

Before I start, let me just explain why having a morning routine is SO good for you. Not only are you taking steps each morning to set up your day, you are taking time first thing in the morning for yourself. Often times, we immediately are pulled in different directions, whether...

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Vegan Matcha Pancakes Recipe

HOLY MATCHA PANCAKES!

You know I love a good matcha latte, but matcha pancakes? I certainly outdid myself on this recipe experiment. I am not a food blogger by any means, in fact, I usually forget to take photos of my food, drop my cell phone in my cute latte art, or smoosh all my food into a bowl and call it a day.

BUT, when I got the opportunity to try Suja Juice's new line of plant-based protein milk, I knew I was destined for the trendiest damn breakfast one could possibly have so I put my big girl apron on and got to baking.

Serves: 5-6 pancakes
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS

2 VeganEggs - Link here.
2/3 cup Original Suja Plant Protein Milk
1/4 cup coconut butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup almond flour
2 tablespoons matcha powder - I used this brand.
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
Optional: Shredded coconut for garnish

Raspberry Syrup
2 Cups Frozen Raspberries
Pinch of sugar
2/3 cup water

DIRECTIONS

  • In a mixing bowl,...

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