New Year’s Workshop: Discover Your Heart’s Deepest Desires

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New Year’s Workshop: Discover Your Heart’s Deepest Desires

When: Saturday, January 30th 2016 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where: One Roof, 1333 6th Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Why: You deserve to be happy and live the life of your dreams






I’ve been thinking about our new year’s tradition of making resolutions and I’ve been wondering why so many people abandon their lists so soon into the new year? I’ve also been thinking about those who have decided not to make any resolutions at all, because they feel that they’ll fail at most, if not all of them. I’d like us to get back into the spirit of believing in ourselves and knowing that we can lead lives that are exciting, fulfilling, happy, healthy, and beautiful.  For this reason, I want to invite you to join me for this workshop so that we can search our hearts to discover what it is that we truly want for ourselves and how we can achieve these goals. We’ll be exploring topics such as: How can we make our dreams a reality? What are our deepest desires? How can we learn to be happy now?

We’ll journal, create vision boards, meditate, enjoy a delicious lunch, and listen to a workshop on the importance of following our intuition and allowing it to guide us as we navigate our way to the life of our dreams. We’ll learn how to let go of past stories, emotions, and relationships that are no longer serving us and we’ll instead embrace our inner strength, independence, and courage.

Whether you’ve made a list or not this year, we’ll discuss the importance of self-care and why we need to nourish ourselves mind, body, and spirit as this is how we can live in alignment with who we really are – amazing, radiant, gorgeous women who are meant to thrive, not just survive.

As a special gift, this workshop is available for just $25 if you sign up before January 25, 2016. Afterwards, the price will increase to $45. Be sure to bring a friend who is in need of relaxation and the space to create a plan to achieve her true desires. See you there!

If you want to:

  • Get clarity on how you want to live your life
  • Discover your deepest desires
  • Enjoy the company and support of like-minded women
  • Attend a workshop on how to let go of the past and embrace the present
  • Create a vision board
  • Meditate
  • Eat delicious plant-based food

Then this workshop is for you!

In order to ensure your continued success, you’ll leave with:

  • A clear vision on how you want to live your life
  • A plan for how you’ll achieve your goals
  • A FREE 1-hour consultation with me (a $125 value)
  • A new vision board
  • A community of women who share your wants and needs
  • A deeper love for yourself
  • A sense of calm, peace, and tranquility

Join us on Saturday, January 30th (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM) at One Roof in Venice Beach. Space is limited so reserve this experience today by clicking the link below. See you soon!

 

 





Our All-Day Women’s Retreat Was a Roaring Success!

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As many of you know, on Saturday, October 10th I lead an all-day retreat for women in beautiful Temescal Canyon. I am so happy to say that the retreat was a roaring success! I am so grateful to all of the women who joined us and I will forever cherish the many memories that we made together. I am planning another retreat for spring 2016, so I hope that you will join us!

I kept the retreat intimate so that the women would be able to bond and truly take time to enjoy themselves. As promised, we spent the day relaxing, doing yoga, creating vision boards, eating delicious/healthy food, meditating, I gave a health workshop, we received massages from Takahashi Chiropractic, we learned to create time to help ourselves recharge, we discussed breathing techniques for staying calm, and so much more.

I shared some of my favorite books with the women so that they could browse through them and order them if they wanted to; there was a mix of cookbooks, memoirs, plays, and more!

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IMG_1361Special bonding time for Elaine and her girls!

IMG_1360Mother-daughter bonding time!

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IMG_1358Best friends and their daughters!

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IMG_1342Mother-daughter-in-law bonding time :)

IMG_1307Time to create vision boards!

IMG_1302Vision boards are a great way to set some time aside to figure out what you want in life and how you can make it happen – and then you select images and words that are in line with your vision and you put them together on a board. Keep the board somewhere you can see every day and set an intention for how you will reach each of your goals. In time, your life will be exactly the way you envisioned it, because you are taking conscious steps each day to live the life that you know in your heart is meant for you.

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IMG_1350Me and Ileana with her vision board :)

IMG_1349Me and Virginia with her vision board.

IMG_1347Notice how she has the word, “no” on her board. We talked about the importance of saying “no” to others so that we can make time for ourselves, instead of saying “yes” to everyone’s else’s wants and needs, but “no” to our own.

IMG_1344Scarlett with her vision board.

IMG_1355Look at all of these vision boards!

 

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IMG_1329It was definitely hot, but Temescal Canyon is so beautiful!

 

IMG_1330We were able to spend time in the gazebo!

IMG_1338Thank you to Ashley for all of your help during the retreat – you are amazing!

IMG_1333Me and Scarlett in the gazebo.

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IMG_1311Thank you to Jennifer from Takahashi Chiropractic for providing all of the ladies with amazing chair massages! They were so happy :).

IMG_1312Here is Virginia getting her chair massage.

IMG_1268We enjoyed delicious, fresh fruit throughout the retreat. It was so hot, so fruit was the perfect snack!

IMG_1331These wraps were so delicious that my mouth is watering just looking at them – yum!

IMG_1339This beet salad was so simple and incredibly delicious.

IMG_1365Everyone loved lunch! Everything was vegan, organic, delicious, and healthy. Thank you Pretty, Healthy Foods for catering such a yummy lunch – you’re the best! Now that Pretty, Healthy Foods is in LA, if you have an event that you’d like to have catered, or you want an amazing chef to prepare your meals for the week, you must get in touch with them – they’re the best!

IMG_1378Thank you to this beautiful woman for being my friend and supporting all of my dreams. I am truly grateful to have you in my life, Kelsey!

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IMG_1375You can’t have too many pictures with one of your best friends :)

IMG_1382I will always be grateful for you J! Thank you for being a wonderful friend – and for being a part of our retreat. All of the women loved having you lead us in our yoga practice and teach us more about sage. Thank you!

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IMG_1393We ended the day with yoga and a sage burning ceremony.

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MassageCertificateEach of the women attending the retreat received a $29 certificate for an hour long massage and a FREE initial consultation with a chiropractor at Takahashi Chiropractic – and Ashely won a FREE massage in the raffle – wow!

EpsomSaltwithWildOrangeAs part of saying “thank you” to each of the women for joining us on the retreat, I filled jars with Epsom salt and infused them with Wild Orange essential oils. Epsom salt is a great way to get magnesium in your body; most people are magnesium deficient, so it’s often necessary to supplement this essential mineral, which helps keep us calm, relaxed, and helps fight anxiety, depression, and stress. Wild Orange contains antioxidants and is calming and energizing. By smelling the Epsom salt infused with Wild Orange, the women will be refreshed, rejuvenated, and relaxed. They may also opt to take a bath and add some Epsom salt or fill a bowl with water and soak their feet in water and Epsom salt.

ZatikRoseHipSerumZatik’s entire line of products is absolutely amazing! They use yummy, organic ingredients that are wonderful for your skin. This Rosehip Black Seed Organic Oil Serum is perfect for hydrating your skin. Each of the women received one of these in her gift bag; as winter approaches, this will be exactly what everyone needs for warding off dry skin. Thank you, Zatik!

IMG_1266Thank you to all of the women who made this retreat possible. This was truly a magical day and I hope to see you all again next year!

Be Grateful!

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I’ve noticed that too many times in our lives, we miss all the good things that we have. Sometimes we get so caught up in wanting more for ourselves that we forget to appreciate what we do have. I know that we all have goals, plans, dreams, desires, etc., but we also have to live in the present moment. And the present is a special gift to be cherished. I want us to shift our patterns of operating from a place of lack and fear to acting from a place of love and abundance. We are always giving off energy. How amazing would it be to give off an energy of love? Of gratitude? Of warmth? Of constant thanksgiving? Of complete abundance? Think of the people you are attracted to; for me, I am drawn to people who smile; laugh; appreciate the good in their lives; help others; are genuinely kind; trust in God/a higher power/the universe. I like to surround myself with people who lift me up and love me just as I am. I want to be that person for everyone I know.

Wherever you are, if you are alive and breathing, if you are loved by at least one person, then you have much to be thankful for. I want you to take a break from worrying. Write your worries on a piece of paper. Look at them for one minute. And then rip them up. You are done worrying for the day. Now, make a gratitude list. Write, “I am thankful for…” and fill that list with whatever you are truly grateful for – friends, family, health, a warm bed, a roof over your head, comfortable clothing, a hot cup of soup, etc. Then say this affirmation: “We make magic constantly. Pause. Breathe. Notice. Praise. Repeat. You’ve come so, so, so far. Pour a cup of tea and brag to yourself. Truly, you’re a miracle creating the miraculous” – Kris Carr.

As Deepak Chopra and Oprah remind us in their amazing meditations, “I am my deepest desire”  – say this, daily. You are blessed, abundant, radiant, and gorgeous. Go be grateful. Greet strangers with a smile. Hug your loved ones. Dance. Laugh. Sing out loud. Wear red lipstick. Let your hair down. Let the wind touch your face. Be present. You are alive and you have so much to be grateful for. Namaste.

Brides to Be: Lose Weight Before Your Big Day!

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No one knows how much time and effort planning a wedding can be, unless they’ve done it themselves. With so many details to tend to, it’s easy to be stressed out, break out, and feel like you’ll never lose those last few pounds and fit perfectly into your gorgeous dress. As you’re prepping for your wedding, you want to make sure that you look and feel your best, which is why I came up with a program exclusively for brides to be! Whether your wedding is six months away or next month (yay!), there is still time to lose that extra weight. Even if you’re in a rush, you can still lose up to 8 pounds with my 30-day Rush to Weight Loss Program. My goal is to help brides to be shed those last few pounds before their wedding day without dieting, starving, sucking it in, or stressing out. I want to help take a load off your shoulder and be your partner as you lose weight, feel great, and prep for your big day.

In this special program, you will work with me to finally get to your ideal weight. As a bonus of living a healthy lifestyle, you will also get:

  • Clear, radiant, glowing skin
  • Beautiful, shiny hair
  • Better sleep so you can get more rest
  • Tips and training on how to breathe and be stress-free
  • As much support and guidance as you need from me

You will have access to delicious recipes, food samples, tons of helpful handouts, and more. I will share with you my top tips for shedding weight without dieting or starving. You will be happy, full, and still lose weight!

Choose from one of these programs:

30-day Rush to Weight Loss:

This program is ideal if you have less than 10 pounds to lose. Remember that you can only lose 1-2 pounds of fat per week, and while I want you to lose weight, I will ensure that you are doing so in a way that is safe and healthy.

You will receive:

  • Two one-hour sessions over the course of 1 month
  • Recipes, handouts, exercise tips, and more
  • E-mail support in-between sessions

90-day Intensive:

This is perfect for you because you will have enough time to lose weight and learn how to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle.

You will receive:

  • Six one-hour one-on-one sessions over three months
  • Unlimited email support for same day question and answer response
  • Handouts, recipes, books, and more
  • Food samples and other materials

6-Month Platinum Program for Brides to Be

This is the ultimate program for brides to be. You will make gradual, lasting changes and will have my constant support and guidance for 6 whole months! I *highly* recommend this program if your wedding is at least 6 months away – get excited!

You will receive:

  • Twelve one-hour one-on-one sessions over six months
  • Unlimited email support for same day question and answer response
  • Handouts, recipes, books, and more
  • Foods samples and other materials
  • Discounts on my special cleanses and detoxes

I know that while this is a special, exciting time in your life, it can also be stressful. There are lots of details that you’re probably thinking about constantly, but stressing out about your weight does not have to be one of those things. I will help you look and feel your best on your big day, because you deserve it. You are beautiful no matter how much you weigh – there’s no question there, but I certainly want you to feel amazing in your own skin. You can finally reach your ideal weight, get clear skin, shiny hair, and more. You are gorgeous and you will be glowing on your wedding day! Contact me so we can get you started on your exclusive bride-to-be wellness package.

Discover Your Deepest Desire

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I recently signed up for Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s 21 day meditation challenge. I did a 21 day meditation challenge with them not too long ago, so when I saw that they were offering a new one so soon, I was really excited. As you know, I have been meditating more lately and it has worked wonders for me. Wherever you are in your life, even if you are already calm, peaceful, and happy, I encourage you to meditate. I feel that I have discovered more about myself and that I now have a tool that grounds me and quiets the chatter in my mind. I am confident you will uncover amazing things that meditation can do for you, too.

Here is a great quote from day 1 that I wanted to share with you all: “Our deepest, most heartfelt desires are like stars in a constellation…brilliant, twinkling lights that show us the way and create pathways to our true destinies. It is our soul’s mission to connect with, cherish, and realize our desires in order to live our lives to the fullest and make our greatest contributions to the world. In fulfilling our heart-held dreams we flourish, serving ourselves and others from a place of bliss, generosity, and love. Our journey starts at the beginning, in the center, as we go within to listen to our deepest truth.”

Each day, there is a new centering thought for our meditation. Our centering thought for day 1 is: “I am my deepest desire.” We meditated on this thought and you can, too. Find a quiet place where you can be alone and try meditating for 10 minutes today. Share your experience with me and others on this blog and I hope that you will achieve your deepest desire. Namaste.

*Update: Oprah and Deepak Chopra are having another free 21-day meditation challenge! This challenge will start on 4/14/2014. Sign up now – you’ll love it!*

Can Creativity Make You Healthier?

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Expressing your creativity may just be the health answer you’ve been looking for. Whether you are a dancer, singer, painter, poet, writer, drummer, guitar player, or pianist, taking time to be creative can make you healthier. Since there are plenty of ways to be creative, including blogging, gardening, making collages, acting, etc. find something you love that allows you to relax and be creative and do it! You will be amazed at how your mind and body will start to heal.

I often feel best when I write. For me, there are so many benefits to writing: I express how I truly feel, I tap into that part of me that makes me feel so happy, and I feel like I am telling my story. When I don’t write, the opposite happens. I become stressed, unhappy, and even anxious. If there’s one thing I can tell you with all sincerity is that you have to let that creative part of you shine so you can nurture yourself: mind, body, and spirit. There are no wrong answers with being creative – just do what you love!

I have been reading Dr. Lissa Rankin’s Mind Over Medicine where she lists several benefits to expressing yourself creativily. On page 114, she writes, “Health benefits of creative expression include improved sleep, better overall health, fewer doctor visits, less use of medication, and fewer vision problems. Creativity decreases symptoms of distress and improves quality of life for women with cancer; it strengthens positive feelings, alleviates distress, and helps clarify existential and spiritual issues; it lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, reduces anxiety, and improves mood, social functioning, and self-esteem.” She confirms what I have been feeling all along, which is that we must value our creativity and take time to nourish that part of ourselves. With so much credit being given to doctors, lawyers, and engineers, we often forget how important it is for us to tap into our inner artist, writer, musician, etc. and let that part of us out so we can heal and be happy. (By the way, I think artists, musicians, and writers are an invaluable part of our society! I owe so much to the brilliant authors and actors who make me laugh and to the singers who move me with their incredible voices. To all the amazing creative minds who encourage me to tune everything out and just write, I’ll always be grateful.)

I like to give my clients a journal. They can use this to write gratitude lists, keep track of how certain foods make them feel, and write about anything they want. I give them journals because I feel that my clients are on a journey and this is a great time for them to write about how they feel: their hopes, dreams, desires – I want them to know that they can all come true and that they should be proud of themselves for working with a Health Coach who believes in them. I always remind them that they can and should also do what they love and tap into that creative part of themselves. In this way, I watch them heal, relax, and release some of the stress that they carry around. You would be amazed how much of a weight is lifted when we sing, knit, dance, paint, write, etc. – the world suddenly becomes a better place and that stress, anxiety, and depression we may have been feeling finally melts away.

Dr. Lissa Rankin goes on to write, “The health benefits of creativity are incredible – that’s just how creative expression affects the individual! Creativity also affects your work life, your relationships, your sexuality, your spirituality, and your mental health […] Even seemingly unrelated benefits may arise as the result of expressing yourself creativity, such as improved fertility” (p. 115-116). I always feel that we all have a story to tell; a book inside of us or maybe even a short story that needs to be written and shared. Whatever is burning inside of you, let it out. The cost of keeping it inside could be your health. The benefit? Your mental, emotional, spiritual, and even physical freedom – the start of finally being healthy and happy. Unlock your creativity. Pick up a pen, paint brush, or instrument and sing the song of your heart.

Is it time for you to work with a Health Coach? Prioritize your health and happiness and work with me! Schedule your free initial consultation and start living the life of your dreams. You will have my undivided attention as well as a unique, personal program that is customized for your needs. You’d be surprised how fun and freeing it can be to finally let yourself heal. Read more about my approach to wellness and health coaching here. Whatever you do, nourish yourself. Namaste.

Meditation to Heal Yourself

WaterfallDr. Andrew Weil was one of my favorite teachers when I was in nutrition school and he is still such an inspiration to me. I love how much he knows and teaches about breath techniques, meditation, and living a healthy life. I came across this meditation to heal yourself and thought I would share it with all of you. Remember that your body does have the ability to heal itself. I want you to believe that whatever you are going through, your body wants you to heal. Repeat this affirmation: “My body can and will heal itself.” Enjoy this meditation and I wish you all lots of health and happiness. Namaste.

Is it Time to Take Care of Yourself?

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I once saw a hypnotherapist who did a writing analysis for me. She was incredibly shocked to see that I leave virtually no margin on the left side of the paper, but leave a wide margin on the right side of the paper. She explained to me the significance of this: I leave no room for myself, but give others plenty of my time and space. She told me that by indenting a little when I write (on the left side) I will give a message to my subconscious to create boundaries with others.

It’s been years since I saw her and I wish I could say that I’m much better at taking care of myself, but the truth is, I have a hard time saying, “no” to people – especially my loved ones. I cook for my family, offer emotional support, and give so much of my time and energy that I forget that I need to also give that love and attention to myself. If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you know that I am working on my “me time” – that precious, positive time that I am trying to carve out for myself each and every day.

One of the things that has helped me tremendously these days is meditating. I cannot sing enough praises for how powerful, relaxing, and amazing meditating has been for me. I signed up for Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s 21-day meditation challenge and it was absolutely amazing! I am hoping that they will offer this challenge again, because it’s such a beautiful way for us to learn more about meditation and turning inward so we can reflect, heal, and relax.

I promised myself that I would get more massages, so it’s on my list of things to do. As much as I would love to say that I am 100% better at creating boundaries with others, I am not there yet. But I am learning to put myself first so that I can recharge and be kinder to myself. Not only will I be more loving to myself, but I will also be an even better friend, sister, lover, daughter, Health Coach, etc. And speaking of being a Health Coach, I always tell my clients to take care of themselves; I talk to my clients about the importance of self-care and taking time to rest and relax so we can fully heal. So, I have been making sure that I work on this for myself as well. I have seen tremendous improvements in my clients who are learning to meditate, breathe deeply, and make that extra effort to take care of themselves. The amount of energy that they have after they do this is truly inspiring and is a testament to the power of doing simple things like taking a bath, reading a book, going for a walk, biking, laughing, etc.

I am honored to be their Health Coach and will continue to spread my message of the importance of quality self-care so that I can hopefully help more people to take care of themselves for a change. If you are one of those people who needs an extra push to put yourself first, I promise I will do my best to help. Your first consultation is free, so what do you have to lose – except say, a few pounds, unwanted stress, headaches, and much more unhealthy stuff that is preventing you from being your best self?

I took the picture above when I was with my friend Jess in Marina del Rey; it was a beautiful night and we had lots of fun. If you work with me, I will help  you tap into free and affordable ways that you can relax, de-stress, and be the best, happiest version of yourself. If nothing else, I will help you do at least one kind thing for yourself every day, starting now. As soon as you read this, contact me so we can schedule your first session. Tell me what’s going on in your life. Are you struggling to lose weight? Is your work stressing you out? Do you feel lonely because you’re not in a relationship? Are you in a relationship that you’re not sure is right for you? All of these things impact our health and well-being and we’ll get to everything you have to say. In the meantime, take a deep breath, relax, and create an intention to heal. Promise yourself that you will do more to put yourself first so that you can relax and recharge. Namaste.

My Quest for Self-Care

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I don’t know about you, but life has been pretty busy for me lately. Throughout all of the commitments, studying, and work that I’ve had, I’ve also tried to keep my promise to myself that I will make time to take care of myself. I’ve learned that I have trouble putting myself first and that it’s not helping me to stay healthy. In fact, I was taught to put others first – which is great – and I’m sure you have all been taught the same thing, but to constantly put everyone’s needs before our own can take a serious toll on our health and well-being. Recently, I’ve been reminded of the importance of “me time” – more specifically, carving out time to rest and relax. I’ve promised myself that I will get more massages, stop working earlier in the night, and take at least one day off a week so that I can enjoy myself and my loved ones. While I haven’t gotten around to that massage just yet, I have been doing other simple things to help me keep my promise to myself.

I also decided that in my quest to take better care of myself, I would spend quality time with people who lift me up, support me, and share my goals, passions, and desires. So when my amazing friend Jess (pictured with me above) asked me to attend  an event with her on a yacht in Marina del Rey, I said, “yes!” It was a beautiful event hosted by Yelp, and we had fun talking and admiring the gorgeous ocean, sky, and the rest of our surroundings. There won’t always be events on yachts to attend, but the beach is close to my house and I’ve made it a point to invite others to go with me for a little while after work so we can enjoy the sunset and a relaxing walk.

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I took this picture last week when I went to the beach in Santa Monica with my boyfriend. We were there for a short while, but we got to see a beautiful sunset and we enjoyed a short walk while we were there. The weather is cooling down fast these days, so I’m trying to soak up as much of the beach as I can (although something tells me I will bundle up and convince my love to keep coming with me even when it’s much cooler – he is from New York, so I know he can handle the colder weather, but I might need to take a blanket or two!).

I feel incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such beauty; I believe this is one of the ways that I create time and space to enjoy myself and nature. After my time on the yacht in the Marina with my friend Jess, I went home, made some tea, and got ready for bed. I’m learning how to set boundaries with others and explain that I need time, both to myself, and to enjoy nature. My hope is that by sharing my experience, I will help you to take care of yourself more – to put yourself first for a change so that your mind and body can heal, relax, and take care of you.

Are you tired of putting yourself last? Do you want to work with a Health Coach who understands how taxing it can be to put everyone’s needs before your own? Start creating ways for you to rest and heal by contacting me for your free initial consultation! Tell me about your days: Are you tired? Overworked? Stressed out? Is it time to take care of you? Work with an experienced Health Coach who will share tips and tools for taking care of your mind, body, and soul. I look forward to speaking with you soon and being a part of  your wellness journey. Namaste.