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5 Steps to Make your Dreams Come Alive

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5 Steps to Make your Dreams Come Alive:

1. Allow yourself to dream.

2. Get a clear picture of what you want to bring into your life.

3. Believe with your whole heart it is possible.

4. Write it down 3x a day!

5. Take inspired action daily.  {I'm super serious on this one!}

Self Love

10 ways to love

1.  Take a bubble bath

2.  Drink herbal tea

3.  Try out a new vegan recipe

4.  Do yoga

5.  Spend time with people who make you laugh

6.  Buy a delicious smelling candle

7.  Meditate every morning (or at least a few)

8.  Write in your journal a list of all the love in your life

9.  Curl up with a heartwarming book

10.  Start your day by setting a self loving intention

Have another self-love idea? Please share it in the comments so every one can benefit! :)

Feelin like Cinderella

There is only a little bit more time before the clock strikes midnight and we're diving head first into a bright new year! So much magic, promise and hope lingers in the air! (Hence...why I'm feelin like 'ella.) ;)I love fresh starts and I know that 2015 will bring a number of surprises and joys into your life.  You can (and will!) create a life you love this year.   The only caveat is that you must take some time now to prep for it.

Before you raise your glass of champagne, take some quiet time with your favorite cup of tea, a journal, and the fuzziest blanket you can find.

Relax. Take a deep breath.  Begin to write. 

How was 2014? What worked? What didn't work? What heartbreaks are you still holding onto? What pains, what mistakes, what guilt are you clinging to? Who are you not forgiving? What failures are haunting you?

Acknowledge each and every one.  Get it out in the open. Get it all out.

Then let it go.  Forgive them. Forgive yourself. Declare it to the universe--boldly and clearly:

I release ______________. I let go of _____________.

Write those two phrases as often as you need to until it's all out--- until nothing lingers under the surface.

Then choose one word that describes how you want 2015 to feel. Choose one powerful, positive, juicy, delicious, feel-good word.

There is so much power in your words. Declare this intention for 2015:

In 2015, I feel _________________.

Write this wish, this intention, this declaration every and anywhere you might see it day to day.  Write it in your journal. Write it beautifully. Display it on your nightstand, your fridge, in your car, on your bathroom mirror.

Let your goals in 2015 be motivated by this declaration.  Move towards people, experiences, and activities that bring this declaration to the surface.

ENJOY this beautiful year ahead. Enjoy this sweet fresh start. 

Wishing you everything wonderful, good, and lovely in 2015!

xoxo

Jenna

Soul & Goals: 3 things to ask yourself before you set any goals for 2015

soul&goals 2015 is right around the corner and with it comes a flood of resolutions, good intentions and goals.  But before you sign up for that gym membership or resolve to finally quit your job, take some time to ask yourself these three questions:

How do I want to feel this year?

Our emotions, our "heart-sensor" is a very, very powerful tool for helping us to determine the right path.  There's a reason people say, "I had a gut feeling about that" and they're usually correct.  So before you dive into the new year, sit quietly and take a few deep breaths.  Listen to that quiet inner voice as you ask yourself  "How do  really want this year to feel?"  Do you need a year of peaceful healing? Or are you ready for wild & free adventure? Do you want to feel immensely nurtured or fully alive & spontaneous?  Maybe you want to feel gratitude daily? Pure bliss? You set the tone for your year ahead....but use your inner compass to guide you.

What makes me come alive and how can I do more that this year?

What do you LOVE to do? When do you feel you are utilizing your God-given gifts? What come easily to you and what is the most fun? When do you feel like your fully contributing and have a sense of purpose? It could be the tiniest moment of your day.  It could be when you genuinely connect with a stranger on the subway.  Or it could be when you're playing with your camera outside.  It could be when you're taking a walk, or when you're around people--any moment you feel a burst of life & joy within you.  How can you bring MORE of these moments [and the emotions that they conjure] into your life this year?

What fearful or limiting thoughts kept me from my dreams in 2014?

Did you tell yourself you weren't good enough for the promotion? Did you silently sabotage a relationship? Think back to your goals and your inner monologue for 2014.  More often than not, we are the ones that stop ourselves from success.  If any limiting beliefs still linger, do the work of releasing and letting them go.  As you set new goals for 2015, be aware of the thoughts that begin to stroll through your mind.  Counter them with positive mantras and affirmations.  You are worthy of all good and your dreams, visions, and goals can and will come true.  You have a beautiful soul, and beautiful gifts to share with the world. Get out there and shine!

Looking for some more help setting goals and intentions for 2015?

I'm giving away some of my best goal setting tools & techniques in The Soulful Girl's Guide to Goalsetting training video & workbook.  Grab yours by clicking on the image below!

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Yoga for Beginners: Sun Salutation A

Join me at the beautiful Yoga Lila in Montauk! In this video, I teach a basic Sun Salutation A. This sequence is designed to get your blood moving and body heated.  Do a light warm up before jumping right into this.  Please subscribe and look for my next video, Sun Salutation B!

How do you feel post-sun salutation? Leave me a comment below!

Namaste! :)

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Positive Thoughts: How to lift your spirits on a rainy day

rainy day Ever have those days (Or maybe weeks, or maybe months---perhaps even years!) where you are in a funk and you just can’t get out of it? I totally get it. Those days for me happen on rainy, dreary, sleepy days.  (I’m sunshine, summer girl;)).

The funny thing is-- I wake up on rainy days and the first thing I think is “Gahh what a bummer! Where’s the sun?? I wanted to go to the beach, go for a bike ride, do yoga outside jump in the pool! Blah this stinks.” And the rest of my day turns out to pretty much be a bummer. If every day were like this, I would end up with a bummer-of-a-life!

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If you’re having a bummer-of-a-day, check yo’ thoughts! Your thoughts color your world, your reality--your soul.  Here are my go to pick me ups and resources for positive thoughts galore:

1. Get your sweet soul to a yoga class. (Seriously---yoga is my cure all for any less than colorful, less than beautiful thoughts. Even just a few poses that get me upside down turn my mind right side up.)

2. Get out that inspiring book.  The one you can count on to bring some soul-shining goodness into your being.  Read just a chapter, or even a few lines.  I looove Marianne Williamson and have two of her books in arms reach almost at all times:)  Usually one is kinda all crumpled in my purse;)

3. Find an uplifting movie to lift your spirits.  Disney anyone? Tangled, Frozen, Up-- maybe an inspiring documentary that will make you weep with joy? Just make sure whatever you watch has a happy ending;)

4. Go for a walk. Even if it’s raining. The fresh air, nature, being closer to the earth will change your mood and freshen your soul. I always find that whenever I’ve been inside for more than 3 or 4 hours, I’m desperate to get outside.  Just go:)

5. Embrace it.  Every season, every mood has its benefits and happens for a particular reason.  Make a cup of peppermint tea and stay awhile:)

What do you like to do when you're feeling down? How do you raise your vibrations and get your mind back on the beautiful side of life? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

Wishing you many sunny, bright days ahead---

xoxo

 

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A Soulful Guide to Summer

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Summer in the Hampton's is official in full swing! Memorial Day weekend was a beauty and now you're just craving more salty wind in your hair.  To make sure you make the best of Summer 2014, I've put together a Complete Soulful Guide to Summer.  So it might not be a book, but I think these 5 simple tips will make sure you have an amazing, inspiring, juicy summer and that you enjoy it to the fullest: 


1.  Do yoga on the beach


As much as possible.  There is nothing more incredible, more meditative, more soothing and blissful than listening to the crashing waves sync with your breath.  Vinyasa means linking breath to movement. (Check out this article in Yoga Journal about that!) Being next to the ocean and linking your breath to the ocean AND your movement, feels like the greatest massage for your mind.  You do your sun salutations with the actual sun pouring over your skin and face. Your soul is relaxed because you are standing on the edge of the earth looking out at infinite possibility. You are inspired by the greatness and beauty of it all.  There is truly nothing better. Do yoga on the beach--alone, with a group, with an instructor-- and prepare for bliss:)

2.  Make a Bucket List

There is SO much to do over the summer.  You don't want to get to August 25th and realize you didn't do half the things you had hoped! Last summer was the first year I made a bucket list, and I tried to cross one or two things off a week. It worked great! I got to sip a beer at the Montauk Brewery (while listening to live music by my favorite musician). I went kayaking, and ate lobster in Montauk.  I did yoga on the beach every week, and went paddle boarding at sunset. I danced at Wolffer Estate and sat in the captain's chair of a fisherman's boat. (ok...maybe that wasn't exactly on my bucket list). My point is--set your self up for an awesome summer and you will have an even better one than you imagine.

2. Do everything you can outside

Everything. Eat outside. Exercise outside. Swim outside. Shower outside. Sleep outside. Ride bikes. Read books. Paint. Write. Dance. Yoga.  Do everything outside. 

3. Say Yes

Saying yes is all about taking risks. Diving in when there is a moment of hesitation or uncertainty. Not being sure, maybe not feeling ready--but jumping in anyway. It's about remaining open to new possibilities. It's about being flexible, keeping your heart open, and changing the plan. It's about living with a freedom and lightness in your heart and soul.

4. Watch the sunset over the ocean

Sit with someone and talk about your dreams and goals.  Dream of possibilities together. Encourage each other. Create a safe space for each other. Marvel at the beauty of the earth and know that you are taken care of--just like every other specimen on this planet.  Make wishes. Make goals.  Be hopeful.

5. Give Generously

In some way, give something away. Give your time to something you care about.  Give your money to someone or an organization who needs it.  Give your skills and talents away for free. Welcome friends and guests into your home. Be generous.  Try to make someone else's summer day amazing, incredible, and so so memorable. There is no better way to fill your heart with joy and fulfillment than to give what you've got. Karma---it will all come back around:)


Want to add to this list? Have other great soulful, summer ideas? Please tell me in the comments! I'd love to share with everyone:)

To a soul-shining summer,

xoxo

Jenna raynell






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There is something beautiful and magical in this spring air! Do you feel it?? To me, everyone seems to be buzzing with new ideas and beautiful dreams and big goals.  I am just SO excited to see what you create this glorious season and hope that the freshness in the air is sending you soaring. I'm in the same boat, so I am going to keep this short, sweet and simple.

Whatever you're feeling: fear, excitement, joy, anticipation, massive flushes of creativity, timidness, uncertainty (probably a mixture of all of it!)

Getting your dreams out of your head and into the world takes one, solid thing:

Just beginning. 

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I'm certain you have 101 questions, and 101 more uncertainties...but the only way to find clarity in your goals, dreams, and creative desires is to simple begin.  Start before you feel ready.

You don't have to have your entire business mapped out before you begin to create it. You don't have to have a complete action plan in place. You don't have to be 100% sure where you're headed (at least not yet:)).

Start small.  Start strong.  Start with courage. And start to let the shiny sparks of your soul glow.

Maybe you just sell one scarf you made...maybe you sell 20!  Maybe you finally sign up for twitter and share things that inspire you.  Maybe you share your goal with 3 people. Just start somewhere.

Chances are...you will be left astonished.  Magic will start to happen.  Things will fall into place.  Clarity will be found.

Trust yourself.

You have such a beautiful idea and something that comes from such a heart felt place. People are craving things of the heart. So let it out and let the world see it.  When you shine bright, you call forth more light and more passion and more shining souls.

I'm so excited for you:) You're doing great.

Got a burning question you just need answered now? Leave it in the comments and I'll get it answered so you can get going!:)

xoxo,

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5 Life Lessons Found in Disney’s Frozen

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I'm sure I'm not the only grown up who cozy-ed up on Saturday night to watch Disney's Frozen from the comfort of my own home.  (Woo! What a relief it's finally on DVD!)  Watching any Disney princess movie, I have a natural tendency to try to apply the situations and lesson to my own life (because... aren't we all really one of those Disney princesses in one way or another? I mean... You totally know which one you are. Ariel? Rapunzel? Belle?).

Here are the 5 lessons I learned watching Frozen:

1. Let People In

It’s not always easy to let people see the real you, but cooping yourself up in your room, your castle--or a personality that is not authentically you-- can seriously damage relationships.  Let people in.  Let them see the real you--because who you are is amazing, fun, and magical.  A queen that is holed up in her castle acts as a disservice to her kingdom.  YOU are a queen, a princess, royalty.  When you let your light shine, you allow your community (your kingdom) to shine bright as well.  Let them in. Let your #soulshine.

2. Let things go

Ahhh... Adele Dazim.  You’ve made it so easy for us to remember one of the greatest life lessons! Taught over and over in yoga classes, the art of letting things go frees us from so much pain and unhappiness.  You may have messed up.  Your whole city or company or family may be angry at you.  Maybe your sister is marrying a creep.  You may have a million negative thoughts running through your head.  Learn to let go of those things that do not serve you--those things that are keeping your from your best life.

3. Don’t let your past mistakes shape your future

In Frozen, the entire movie is based around Elsa’s inability to let go of one mistake in her past.  Sure, she messed up (and she messed up reeeeally good), but our mistakes and our past do not need to define us.  Once you are able to release the past, you can live fully in the present and be with the people that are here with you.  Don’t let the past keep you from creating new and beautiful experiences for your life.

4. Love creates Miracles

Every move we make, every word we speak can either come from love or from fear.  The Course in Miracles teaches that when we shift our thinking from fear to love, that is when miracles occur.  Anna shows us that love--true, pure love absent of fear-- saves us.  In every situation, the extreme life threatening situations or the every day, seemingly mundane ones, we can choose love or we can choose fear.  The goal then is to make every thought a loving one.

5. Some people are worth melting for

A snow man who loves summer and builds a fire for his princess. There are just some people you meet in life that you can’t resist.  You melt for them daily-- over and over again.  Don't ever stop!  Do nice things for them. Tell them how much they mean to you.  Spend time with them. Love them deeply. Cherish them.  Melt for them.

 

Did you learn something else in Frozen?  Ok and yes... please  tell me which Disney princess you relate to most.  Share your thoughts in the comments:)

xoxo,

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Oh PS--- I'm totally Rapunzel;) tangled6

 

Soulful Liberation

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The seen is the nature of the gunas (qualities of nature): illumination, activity, and inertia; and consists of the elements and sense organs, who purpose is to provide both experiences and liberation to the Purusa (soul).

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This winter was the hardest and longest winter I’ve ever experienced. I went from cursing the sleet and snow, to deep sadness and longing for warmth.  Then I would switch from frustration, to anger until finally--after the blustering winds wouldn’t stop...I became content, even happy!  I made a conscious choice to lift my focus higher--to the soul level.

All that is around us is there to help us towards our soulful liberation--our soul’s union with God and with love.

So in the dark of winter, I made the choice that I was tired of feeling the way I was feeling.  I was tired of cursing my conditions.  I began to meditate and pray every morning...not even for a long time! Just a few minutes to get my mind in the right place.  I started a gratitude journal.  I focused on positive mantras throughout my day and my yoga practice. Every time a negative thought came to mind, I would switch it instantly with a blessing.

And now, I hardly even notice that it’s the first day of spring and I’m still wearing my down, long black winter coat.  (I mean... I definitely notice... but I’m not upset by it;))

Our experiences--good and seemingly negative-- help to liberate our soul.  Our soul only feels free when it is light and full of love.  This happens when we perceive all that is around us with gratitude and joy.  Yes, even the experiences that scratch and claw at our hearts leaving us sore and hurt. Those heart wrenching, utterly painful experiences exist to strengthen your soul.  In fact, they are doing the dirty work to make your soul even more beautiful, even more aligned with God and with pure love.

Nothing lasts forever.  Things are constantly changing, constantly bringing to our attention new experiences, new trials, new joys.  True freedom comes when we are able to live through those experiences without despair.  In fact, peace comes when despair is replaced with gratitude because we know that all of it--the pain, the heartache, the tears, the bitter cold--it’s all for our own growth, our highest good, and the elevation of our souls to a shining, bright place.

And that is my wish for you. True freedom in knowing that all the terrible things will get better and that YOU will shine brighter because of it.

May your soul shine brighter every day:)

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Meet Kaitlyn!

I'm so excited to introduce to you, Kaitlyn! This girl is on fire and you can feel the heat when you watch her dance.  Her spirit shines through every step and movement! When are you doing what you love, it truly shines from your soul and people can't help but notice.  

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My name is Kaitlyn Miller and I am currently 18 years old. I am a freshman in college at DeSales University in Center Valley PA. I am double majoring in dance and business and plan to attend graduate school for Dance Administration. I hope to work and teach at a college and own a studio on the side. I have been dancing since I was able to walk and competitively danced for 16 years before entering college. Dance has opened many doors for me and lead me to compete in pageants. After four years if hard work and determination I was crowned Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen 2012. Having this title, I was able to attend over 120 appearances and perform for thousands of people. Dance holds a special place in my heart and I hope to pass that along to others in the future.

 

What makes you shine? When do you glow?

I absolutely love performing on stage or even in class. I believe dance is a beautiful art to watch and I try to enlighten people about dance as much as possible. Dance has a unique power to capture audiences and I hope to have the opportunity to perform professionally in the future. I also have the opportunity to perform while competing in pageants, under the Miss America system, which has a huge spot in my heart that will never go away. Pageantry has taught me self-confidence and has provided me with skills in interview, modeling, and so much more. I feel I shine most when I am performing in front of a huge audience because I am able to leave my love for dance on the stage before them.

 

What do you LOVE to do? What is your passion?

Dance has been my passion since I have been 2 years old and I don’t think that will ever change. Dance is something that has been popular throughout my whole family, for many generations before me. I think it is a family tradition that no one can escape. I just simply love to dance! I get to dance every day of the week for about 7-8 hours a day. I believe attending DeSales was the best decision I have ever made! I also became a dance major so I can learn to appreciate the art of dance rather than just the competitive side and become more experienced in different styles such as West African which is not offered at many studios. It is very important to extend your studies and learn from new teachers and that is one reason why I chose DeSales. The faculty is very well-trained and the other dance majors are so friendly.

 

When are you the happiest?

I am happiest when I am in the studio working my hardest. I especially love staying after class to work on steps I am having trouble with. This makes me feel accomplished and hard work and dedication really pay off.

 

What inspires you?

I am inspired by so many things and people! The students and peers around me during class inspire me to keep working hard and push myself to limits. Past graduates inspire me to plan my future and have a backup plan prepared. Finally, my family inspires me to create big dreams and no matter what comes up just push through!

 

What is your big goal?

Some of my biggest goals that I am currently working towards is being cast in all our major shows, maintaining a GPA of an A or higher and staying involved in our clubs and organizations. These goals all deal with my schooling, but I also have a few goals outside of school. My main goals outside the classroom are to be a Disney Princess, become Miss Pennsylvania and work on a cruise ship. I am a very goal-oriented person because I feel they push me to keep working!

 

Who is your biggest influence?

My biggest influence would have to be my family because of their constant support. They are my backbone and help me accomplish all my goals in life! They always believe in me and are my biggest fans! I wouldn’t know what to do without my family!

Meet Dani!

dani I'm so excited to introduce to you my friend, Dani! She is such an inspiring runner and her passion for it exudes into all areas of her life.  She uses her beautiful gift and passion to truly make a difference in her own community, and that makes her presence so bright.  When are you doing what you love and letting that shape your community, it truly shines from your soul and people can't help but notice.

 Her Story:

Dani was born in Manhattan and has been chasing her dreams in NYC for the last 10 years! She is a second grade teacher at a public school on the upper west side, a Pilates instructor at Power Pilates in midtown east, an AADP certified holistic health coach/nutrition counselor, and a runner on the Central Park Track Club. As if she wasn't busy enough, she also is a Girls on the Run coach, a volunteer for Back on My Feet NYC (an organization that uses running as a tool to motivate people experiencing homelessness), and an essential community leader at lululemon athletica, 75th and Broadway.

 

What makes you shine? When do you glow?

Inspiring others to live a healthy, active lifestyle makes me shine. I glow when I hear stories from people who have bettered their lives exercise and eating healthy. I also glow when I make people laugh or smile. It feels so good to help other people realize their potential.

What do you LOVE to do? What is your passion?

I LOVE to run, it is my passion! There is nothing better then lacing up my sneakers and heading out for a solo run to clear my head or to meet running buddies for some miles and socializing. I love how running can be an individual and group sport at the same time. The best part about running is that it doesn't discriminate. Anyone can do it! I am also passionate about eating healthy, whole foods. Food is fuel. It is so important to put nutritious, real food into your body so it can thrive! I also love to dance because it is such a freedom of expression and it makes me feel free.

When are you the happiest?

I am happiest when I am taking care of my body by exercising, eating well, and getting enough sleep. I am also happiest when my friends and family are happy! Happiness is contagious :)

What inspires you?

My dreams inspire me! They keep me motivated and focused. My friends and family and friends also inspire me to work even harder because they are so amazing.

 

What is your big goal? Or one goal you would like to highlight?

I have many goals so it's hard to just pinpoint one, but for now I'd have to say that my big goal is to break 3:20 in the marathon distance (hopefully in 7 weeks at the Boston Marathon, ahh)! I have been chasing this goal for a few years and I WILL get there!

Who is your biggest influence?

My biggest influence is my mother. She is driven, hard working, intelligent, and goes after what she wants. She has always inspired me to be the best version of myself and to go after my dreams. My mom is my biggest supporter and has always been in my corner. I am so grateful and lucky to have her in my life.

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Are YOU doing what you love? Does your soul shine?

Tell me what makes you glow in the comments!  Every week, I will be featuring a new soulshine[r] and telling their story.

Do you know someone who’s soul shines? Nominate them by leaving a comment below!

 

 

Meet Nikki!

I am so excited to share with you the light and beauty of my friend Nikki!  Upon meeting her, you know she is up to something as she glows from the inside out.  When are you doing what you love, it shines from your soul (and people can't help but notice).

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Her Story:

Originally from Rochester, Nikki moved to NYC when she was 18 years old.  She had to learn the ropes of how to get connected in the Broadway community and has now been a musical theatre performer for 17 years.  She has performed on Broadway and in National Tours, and has played all of the US in regional productions.  You may have seen her high kick at Radio City Music Hall  as a Rockette.  Nikki has danced with the Backstreet Boys, Jessica Simpson, and N’Sync. Now, she's transitioning out of the business and is working for Stage Door Connections, a career developing company that provides seminars and workshops to dancers and singers on how to perfect their craft.

What makes you shine?

Being on stage. There’s something about that feeling when I step foot onto a stage and can get lost in my dancing. It’s what gets me up in the morning and has always made me shine from within.

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When do you glow?

When I teach someone a show and see the progression in their learning. Having them come up to me and say “Thank You” and “I feel more confident”, always makes me glow.

What do you love to do?

Besides Dance….COOKING! I love and have the biggest passion for cooking. I’ve been in the kitchen learning from my Grandma and Mom since I was real little, and I love going home and cooking a meal for my boyfriend and I. I also LOVE going to cooking classes in the city and learning a new cuisine.

When are you the happiest?

Sunday night, at home with my boyfriend and our animals, enjoying a glass of wine, and watching Breaking Bad. Complete bliss.

What inspires you?

People who always want more with their career. I am  not a settler with any of my jobs. I always want more and try to surround myself with people who are always growing and learning.

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What is your big goal?

This is a personal BIG Goal: I travel to Europe by September 2014. I’ve never been to Europe and I can’t wait to take a trip!

Who is your biggest influence?

My boyfriend. He inspires me in so many ways. He has taught me so much about life and love, but has also influenced me to step out of my comfort zone and go after a new career.

 

 

 

 

leave your mark

Are YOU doing what you love? Does your soul shine?

Tell me what makes you glow in the comments!  Every week, I will be featuring a new soulshine[r] and telling their story.

Do you know someone who's soul shines? Nominate them by leaving a comment below!

Soulshine

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Lately I’ve been drawn to this [i believe made up] word.  A word that describes your spirit when you are living out your dream.

 

Soulshine.

  What is it?   It is those moments when you are undeniably happy, glowing, and radiate light.  It’s this place in you of pure love, pure joy, and pure purpose.  When you are living in this place, you are influencing the world in a huge way.  It’s your soul awake, you're fully alive, and you can't help but smile.  It’s your life--on purpose.  It’s that thing that you are reeeally good, and that you reeeeally love too--and it makes people stop and notice that your glowing.  They can see your eyes shining.

The cool thing is that living out of your Soulshine is perfectly unique and perfectly beautiful for each person.  It’s like you’ve been given an internal fingerprint that no one else has.  When you are letting your soul shine, you give others permission to do the same thing.  You give others hope.  You show them that yes, it can be done.  This passionate life you dream of? Yes, it’s totally possible.

My dream is to see more people living from their “soulshine”.  I think the world would change drastically if more people tapped into their talents, passions, and abilities.  Problems would be solved left and right.  We’d be left with love, and light--beauty and grace--and a whole lot of happiness.

So... I really want to know more people who are living like this.  Are you one of them?  Do you know someone like this?

Tell me:

What is your soulshine?  

What makes you light up? When are you glowing?

When do you know that you are living your life on purpose?  

What is your big, beautiful dream for your life?

For realz...I want the world to know, because I want the world to begin letting it's soul shine!

I’m going to celebrate these people from the rooftops!  Here’s what’s going to happen: Once a week, I will be featuring a soulshine(r) on my Facebook Page, Blog, and blasting twitter with their good vibes and good intentions.  It's a fun way for you to share what you're up, share your big goals, and inspire the world! Win wins all around:)

Just leave a comment or shoot me an email. Tell me more about you!  I will be selected one person per week to feature, so please do me a favor and share this with others you think live letting their soul shine.

I seriously cannot wait to hear more!:)

To letting your light shine even brighter!

xoxo

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5 [inexpensive] Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Alright so I’ve been on the struggle bus when it comes to the winter blues.  I am self proclaimed summer girl and wildly acknowledged people person.  Around this point, winter in New York becomes my worst enemy.  In aggressively defending myself against the polar vortex this year, I’ve learned some easy tricks to beat winter at it’s own [evil] game. winterblues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Surround yourself with happy friends

I can’t tell you how important this is and it’s also sometimes the hardest to do.  It’s way too easy to isolate yourself when it’s cold and you don’t want to go outside.  So think of the friends you always feel good around, and schedule plans with them for later this week! Heck, why not have good old fashioned slumber party! A night of laugher cures everything.  Get a group of old friends together and reminisce about college.  Maybe even embrace the cold, and go ice skating together or sledding! I promise you, surrounding yourself with good, positive, energetic people will lift your spirits more than almost anything.

2. Take a hot yoga class

This has been my staple this winter.  I go to a typical vinyasa class regularly, but this winter I’ve been turning up the heat in hot classes.  Sometimes you just can’t get that last chill out of your bones.  Not only will a hot yoga class heat you up, but it will lift your spirit and leave you in pure bliss.  Namaste:)

3. Take up a new hobby

Get your fingers and your mind active.  It’s easy to curl up into bed and watch Netflix for 4 hours.  Instead, put on a tea pot and paint for an afternoon.  Grab a fun coloring book and colored pencils.  Learn to knit.  Write letters to family.  Your mind, whether your realize it or not, is craving stimulation.  Activities that use your motor skills will keep your brain sharp.

4. Treat yourself

Get your hair highlighted.  Go to a spa.  Get a massage.  Paint your nails. Do a facial.  Put a conditioning treatment in your hair.  Splurge on a new luxury lotion.  Do something to make yourself feel good, special and better.   Winter is the time I am the hardest on myself and feel the worst.  Giving your self time to pamper will lift your spirits.

5.  Start the day with a positive affirmation or positive thought

Our first thoughts in the morning can [and will] affect our entire day.  Instead of thinking how awful it is to get out of bed and get dressed in the cold, reflect on something more positive.  Dedicate the first moments of your day positivity, miracles, and wonder.  Spend time in prayer.  Repeat a positive mantra.  Meditate on lovely things.  Reflect on what you’re grateful for.  Arm your spirit with good, positive, lovely things and the harshness of the winter will roll right off your back.

What do you do to beat the winter blues? Share your ideas in the comments and let’s all fight through the remaining winter days together!

 

Anticipating spring,

xo

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Glowing hearts and shiny souls:)

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I’m gonna be real for a second.

There is a woman out there in the world, about my age, who is living and breathing and working my dream career.  She is funny and cool and creative and people just love her!  I have thought to myself many a times, “Well if she’s doing it, what’s the point of me even trying? Does the world really need two of us doing the same thing?  Can we even both shine and be extraordinary at this?”  In the back of my mind, she is always there and in those secret, sneaky corners of my brain, I compare my every action to what she’s doing and what she’s done.  Whether or not it's true, I always think she’s doing a better job!!

Do you ever feel like this?!

Call me out if I’m crazy, but I think we have tendency to constantly compare, beat ourselves down, and stop all the magic from happening for us!

Friday night, I had the lucky opportunity to attend Crazy Sexy Miracles with Gabby Bernstein and Kris Carr right here in New York City.  It was an extraordinarily beautiful night of healing, laughter, “ah-ha” and “Mmmhmmmm!” moments.  I sat there in awe of these two beautiful, passionate, strong women who were able to share a stage and both shine so brightly.

At one point, someone even directly asked them a question about how to deal with comparing and competition. Kris Carr, calmly and serenely answered:

“Stars don’t compare themselves to other stars.  Look to nature.  How do the stars do it?”

Ok let’s look to the stars for a moment.  How do they do it!?  Well, what comes to mind is how nice it is to see just one star shining on a dark night in between buildings in New York.  Then I imagine being way far out in the country side where it is pitch black, and quiet and still and I finally look up!  How incredibly breathtaking is it to see thousands and thousands of stars lighting up the night sky?!   You stand in awe.  You can hardly take it all in.  Then there are shooting stars, and dancing stars, and glowing stars-- The entire landscape is just gorgeous.

We’re not meant to compare our gifts.

Our gifts, our talents, our passions--they’re special and perfect and needed--needed to create this gorgeous landscape of glowing hearts and shiny souls.  When we are all able to shine, and dance, and gleam and glow without comparison, side by side... wow!! It’s going to be such a beautiful sight.:)

Are you with me?! How are you going to shine brighter this week and stop that nasty habit of comparing?

To glowing hearts and shiny souls:)

xoxo

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Four Rules to Live By

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Let’s do a little check in!! How is your sparkling new year going?! How are those goals, those resolutions, and healthy habits?

Not so great? Well don’t you worry.  I was just rereading a chapter from one of my fav Marianne Williamson books and I was reminded of these four simple rules to make miracles happen.  I’m all about makin miracles and magic happen, so I decided to adopt these rules as my theme for the year.  Check them out!

 1. Be Positive.

Positive people are just the BEST!  Let’s live on the sunny side of the street, spread joy, and lift people’s spirits.  Not only is it just way more fun than the alternative, but did you ever notice how positive people tend to get promoted, get offered new jobs, and get new opportunities? Positivity is contagious.  Everybody wants a piece of it and everybody wants to be around it.  Be the bright beam that everybody gravitates towards this year!

2. Send Love.

Love is seriously the best thing you can give another person.  Romance or not (and lord knows I looooove romance), sharing love---even if it’s just a mental hug--can shift some big stuff.  I remember way back in the day when I was teaching, I would think of my “tricky” students and blast them with love before I would arrive at school.  Not only did it change my attitude towards them, but it changed our whole teacher/student relationship! The “tricky” people in our life just need a little more love.  So give it to them!

3. Have funnnn!!!

Yes! Yes! Let’s ALL agree to have waaaay more fun this year!! Life is so short and I don’t want to waste another second not having the time of my life.  Dance in the streets!  Sing with that  steel drum player guy in the Subway at Times Square!  Stay up too late chatting with your girlfriends over wine [or dude friends...Uhh...grunt at football games over beer?]  Enjoy this crazy ride we’re on.   We’re not getting any younger;)

4. Kick Ass.

Whatever you do, kick ASS doing it.  Whatever job you’re in, be freakin amazing at it.  I don’t care if you’re a janitor, be the BEST janitor this side of the universe has ever SEEN! No being flakey.  No being lame about meaningless tasks.  Put all your energy into making the work you do AMAZING and more of the work that you care about will come your way.  It’s science;)

So those are my commitments to this sparkling year! Sheer positivity, endless love, insane amounts of fun, and lots of kick ass-ing.   Whatya say? Are you in? Leave me a comment and share your commitments for the year!

To the best year EVER! xo name

Confession Time.

Ok, I have a confession.  I failed at my New Years Resolution within the first THREE hours of the new year!  I only mildly, vaguely, kinda sorta committed to the idea of being a vegetarian in 2014.   So in the midst of champagne celebrations on New Years Eve, I was handed a chicken sandwich and my resolution was out the door. Alright, so resolutions shmesolutions.  Nobody likes them! They don’t work.  You end up just giving up when you feel a little depressed about failing at them so quickly.  What does actually work and is super exciting is goals! Setting a few clear, specific, and inspiring goals will change your year-- and your entire life.

I need to lose this extra weight from the holidays is soooo not inspiring to me. Blah. Ick. Get it away.

I try out three new classes every week  or  My boyfriend and I cook a new vegetarian meal together every Friday.  Uhh...excuse me but those goals actually sound pretty fun!

We are going to make 2014 the BEST year--the year you start living your dreams and having tons of fun.  I’m going to help you a bit.  Here are three simple steps to help you elevate this year to the next level of awesome.

3 steps to start living your dream life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three:

Get crystal clear on what your dream year and dream life actually looks like.  You can’t expect it to fall out of the sky, because even if it did--you wouldn’t recognize it because you don’t know what it is you want!  Take some time (like we’re talking 10 minutes), sit down and make a list.  Draw a picture. Create a board on pinterest.  Do some honest soul searching.   What does your ideal life, your ideal year really look like?   By ideal, I’m talking wildest dreams. Endless possibility.  Nothing is too crazy, too bold, too risky.  It’s your year to start being honest with yourself and start living like you mean it.

Where do you dream of living?  What do you daydream about doing for work?  Do you want to travel? Where do you want to go?  How do you take care of yourself?  Do you wish you could run a marathon?  Do you want to feel like you belong to a community? What does that look like to you?  What do you want to do for fun? What is important to you? What do you value? What have you always wanted to try? Heck...what would you do if you won a million dollars tomorrow?

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Once you know what it is you really want, you can start setting some inspiring goals for yourself!  Goals give you a target,  that clear, specific spot to set your aim towards and ultimately reach.  Goal setting sets your dreams into motion and gets your creative, subconscious brain moving in the right direction, YOUR direction.  Your goals are 100% authentic to you and inspire you to take action.  Brian Tracy (goal setting guru that he is) says that, “People with clear, written goals accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine. Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.” Sounds pretty awesome, right?

I’m going to be delving a WHOLE lot more into goal setting, bucket lists, and dreams during my New Year’s Vision and Goals workshop during Hamptons Wellness Week (www.hamptonswellnessweek.com).  I hope you’ll join me then so we can get super clear, specific and inspired for 2014!

Finally, the NUMBER one thing you need to do to make 2014 your BEST year yet, is to get into action now!  Your dreams, goals and visions for your life are so beautiful and so perfect. The only way the world will ever see your greatness is if you choose greatness today.  Choose to show up for yoga class.  Choose to read that book, write that book, or give away that book!  Choose to eat your broccoli, kale and green beans.  Choose to spend time with the people who matter to you.  Choose to sign up for that race.  All it takes is one teeny tiny small action a day to bring you closer to your wildest dreams.  You are what’s going to take your year to the next level.  So many adventures are waiting, so many melt your heart snapshot moments, and so many “hell yeah, I did that!”s are just beyond these initial footsteps.  Commit to choosing your dream life, and you will have it.  It’s going to be an awesome year!!

Can’t wait to see you January 16th to talk more about your goals and to set you up with an action plan for the year! See you soon!

Love, love,

 

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Why 2014 is going to Knock your Socks off!

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A few months ago, I was chatting with Jenna about goals, life, and all things great. Jenna helped me to set real, concrete goals for my life, both business and personal. I was feeling really excited about what was to come. So excited to get tackling my goals and experience the life I’ve always wanted. It was then that Jenna asked what really drove me to start One Healthy Hamptons and what I dreamt it to be. I started One Healthy Hamptons last April to provide a resource, local e-magazine, and a community to celebrate and grow health and wellness here in this amazing place we call home. I wanted to rejoice the uniqueness of this beautiful place full of incredible people and outstanding resources. But why? Why me? Why here? Why now?

Why not just let people do what they want to do? Health is already a huge part of the Hamptons community; we love our fitness classes, our kale salad, and our fun nights out, embracing the Hamptons scene, all while penciling in the next day’s workout…right? But, is it a positive thing? Are we just going through the motions and working out to make space for the fun? Are we indulging with thoughts of cardio and detox? If this is you, don’t worry, this was me too.

I started OHH because I am so DONE living like that. We only have one life, only 364.5 more days to enjoy and embrace 2014. So, unless we’re enjoying the process, it’s really just a big, huge waste of valuable time. I started One Healthy Hamptons because I was DONE with this deranged mindset. DONE with society’s pressures to ‘get skinny.’ DONE with the cycle of overindulging followed by detox, diet, and cardio binges. Ugh, what a miserable, unbalanced way to NOT enjoy all of the valuable time we have on this earth. I was DONE with the negativity that’s been so closely wound into such positive concepts of health and wellness. DONE hearing, seeing, judging others, done being jealous, done overdoing it for all of the wrong reasons. I know if I was DONE, that lots of others must be just as fed up, just as ready to turn things around. Once I hit this realization, things began to shift, especially as my eyes opened to the unique world of wellness throughout the Hamptons. Health and wellness became a positive passion, not a negative obsession. One Healthy Hamptons resulted from my growing passion to turn negativity to positivity and to spread that positivity throughout the place I love to call home as much as possible. To connect people over the common theme of embracing health and wellness.

I started One Healthy Hamptons to get the message across, not just to other young girls with deranged mindsets from society’s impact, but to an entire community of diverse people, that being healthy and fit, making wellness a priority, doesn’t have to be a sacrifice at all. It can actually be a balanced, ENJOYABLE process with huge positive outcomes. Eating healthy is fun. Working out is fun. Trying new things, challenging our selves, pushing the limits, attaining goals – it’s all fun. The things that make us feel our best, our strongest, our healthiest, are GOOD for us and they deserve to be embraced.

I workout because I ENJOY it and I eat what I ENJOY. One Healthy Hamptons is built on the premise of balance in life, not extreme exercise, not cutting calories, or cutting fun in any way. I’m not the fittest one in the class, but I’ll try pretty much anything. I overcame a serious hatred of running by…running! I crave healthy food that actually tastes good. If it were up to me, peanut butter would be a central part of every meal and workout clothes would be an acceptable ensemble everywhere – always. My passions are pure. I simply LOVE to feel good and I’m passionate about to helping others feel the same.

partyMy drive to start this community, One Healthy Hamptons, came from the desire to fully embrace the positivity of health and wellness and to make it that much more accessible for all of us. In a few short weeks, once we’ve settled into 2014, gotten used to our routines, and hopefully taken the holiday decorations down, health and wellness in the Hamptons is going to be the MOST accessible it’s ever been. We’re throwing a party and it’s called Hamptons Wellness Week. For one week only, all things healthy and well Montauk to Westhampton will be RIGHT at your fingertips.

If you want 2014 to be THE year, YOUR year, then join me. If you’re ready to set yourself up for success, if you’re DONE with the negatives and ready to CELEBRATE, or you’re ready to make this your healthiest year yet, you’re invited to Hamptons Wellness Week. If you want to learn, try, and grow, you’ve got to be there! Where?

Sign up for Hamptons Wellness Week on January 12th at Hampton Coffee’s Experience Store in Southampton, NY. Meet me there between 8 and 11am or 4 and 6pm to commit to getting fit, reinvest in your health, learn a ton, and have some fun. Participants in Hamptons Wellness Week will get: SEVEN premium fitness classes of your choice that work with YOUR schedule, SIX lectures to learn the skills to make 2014 knock your socks off, (including a fabulous goal-coaching session with Jenna herself!) nutrition consultations, natural facials, a party and tasting at Fresh, the Hamptons top restaurant for healthy, local eats. We’re going to celebrate the year that WILL knock your socks off.

Namaste to that!

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Celebration time!

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Woo! It’s time to celebrate! A new year is on it’s way! Every one I talk to has a good feeling about 2014.  It’s going to be an incredible year...and so I’ve put together a little exercise to get you thinking about your new year now and to fully set yourself up for success in 2014.

Take ten minutes to quickly answer the next series of questions.  Set a time limit and do not spend more than 30 seconds on each.  Your first reaction is the right one. Here we gooo! 

 

What was your greatest joy in 2013? 

 

What unexpected pleasures and people came into your life?

 

What was your greatest disappointment?

 

What are you bummed you didn’t accomplish? 

 

 

 Who did you hurt over the past year?

 

 

What would you do if you won a million dollars?

 

 

What is your most important goal right now?

 

 

What would you do if you knew this was your last year to live?

 

 

What have you always wanted to try but never have?

  As we move into a new year, it is important to recognize the good and the bad from the year before.  A fresh start involves a whole lot of forgiveness and letting go.  So look those bruises and blisters from 2013 in the eye.   Forgive yourself.  Forgive the people who did you wrong.  Take a deep breath and let it all go. Leave 2013 where it belongs.

Stepping into 2014, how can you bring your goals to the forefront of your mind and your life?  How will you take action to make them happen? Set up a game plan.  Create a schedule.  Register for that big race.  Don’t wait.  Do it now.

What have you been waiting and waiting to do? What has been a dream of yours for a long time?  Where do you desperately want to go?  And how can you make that happen this year?

Time is all you’ve got.  One year is all you’ve got.  What will you make happen for yourself in the next 365 days?

If you need a kick in the butt getting it together, I’m totally here for you!   We can sit down and create an awesome, inspiring, gorgeous action plan to make 2014 the BEST year of your life.  That’s all I want for you.

I am also holding a Vision and Goals Workshop during Hamptons Wellness Week! Check out all the details at www.hamptonswellnessweek.com.  It's going to be an amazing week and I'd love to see you there!

You’re incredible! Have a beautiful New Year’s Eve! I’ll toast to your dreams at mid-night;)

xoxo

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