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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.

 

 

 

 

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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!

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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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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