4 tools for embracing your light – lessons from Light is the New Black

A few weeks ago on the blog I shared that I was reading Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell.  OMG – this book is beyond words.  I haven’t been moved so deeply by a book since the magical moment I opened Gabby Bernstein’s May Cause Miracles.

My eyes filled with tears reading Rebecca’s Rise Sister Rise words in the opening pages.  She was speaking directly to my soul and instantly I was transported into Rebecca’s light-filled vortex.

This is not just a book.  It is an invitation to living in the light.  To answering your soul’s calling.  To showing up and serving the world.

Come out of the masses.  Stand alone like a lion and live your life according to your own light. — Osho

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Healthy Wendy’s Frosty {Dairy-free, Paleo}

The heat is on in New England and it makes me crave one thing and one thing only: ice cream.  One of my favorite treats growing up was a Wendy’s Frosty – did you dip your fries in it like I did?!  Last week, when an intense Frosty craving hit, I whipped up this Paleo version.  It is creamy, chocolaty, and icy.

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Healthy Wendy's Frosty {Dairy-free, Paleo}
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Healthy Wendy's Frosty {Dairy-free, Paleo}
Print Recipe
Servings
1 smoothie
Servings
1 smoothie
Ingredients
Servings: smoothie
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender
  2. Use the ice cream mode (or high speed) to blend until smooth
  3. Add more almond milk, as needed, until you reach the desired consistency
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How to start before you’re ready

So, that happened!!  I signed up for Gabby’s free training on how to own your confidence as a leader and boom – she was talking about me.  OMG!!  I was sitting at my computer thinking about how I haven’t made as much progress in my business as I had hoped and Gabby pops in to remind me of how far I’ve come.  You can sign up for the {free} training to hear Gabby share my story in the first video.  I am so proud for my story to be highlighted in this video.

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Your Sunday evening reminder

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May you sleep easy tonight knowing that you can handle whatever this week throws at you.

May you wake up energized and inspired for a new day.

May you bless your office and your coworkers.

May you move in the direction your dreams.

May you open your heart and your mind.

May you be grateful.

May you find beauty in the small moments.

May you laugh.

May you love.

(ps: you got this)


{Recipe} Blueberry Cream Smoothie

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Blueberry Cream Smoothie

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 large handfuls organic baby spinach
  • 1.5 cups frozen wild blueberries
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 1 banana (if frozen, use less blueberries)
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Add all ingredients to your blender (adding the almond milk, banana, and spinach first) and blend until smooth.  This recipe will make two smoothies.  I top my smoothie with bee pollen and also add probiotics powder, l-glutamine, and gelatin.

 

Are you body shaming yourself?

“Are you body shaming yourself?”

Affirmative.

I just got called out in a major way.  Today I slid down the rabbit hole of body shaming courtesy of my bathing suit.  And luckily my boyfriend was there to lift me out and bring me back to reality.

On an average day I am pretty nice to my body.  But not today.  Today I said truly awful things.  Today I called myself a big fat cow.  (yikes)  Like most women, the idea of wearing a bathing suit is not high on my list.  In fact I usually get through the summer without suiting up – mostly on purpose.  But tomorrow we’re planning to spend the day at the pool for much needed sun and swim.  I’d been dreading trying on my bathing suit and when I did I was instantly transported to crazytown.

All of the self-love work I’ve done went out the window.  All of my spiritual tools ignored.  It was ugly.  I said gross things about myself – and that’s just what I verbalized – what was going on in my head was way, way worse.  I said and thought things that I would NEVER say or think about another person.

And it left me feeling sick – I instantly got a headache and my stomach was in knots.  Self-attack is draining.  And it’s really easy to get caught in it and spiral.  I’m sure I’d still be going at it, if Andrew hadn’t been my reality check.  But luckily he was and it allowed me to reach for my tools and turn things around.

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I’m sharing this post because I know someone out there is down the rabbit hole right now.  And I want to pull you out like Andrew did for me.  I want to remind you that you and your body are BEAUTIFUL!  As my amazing friend Katie posted on IG earlier this week:

Your body, yes this one you happen to be in right now is the perfect ideal one for you. – Katie Dalebout

You are so much more than the number of the scale, the size of your bathing suit, or any “imperfection” that you see in yourself.  None of that is real.  None of it matters.

What matters is that you are kind, you love, you smile at strangers, you are of service.  All that matters is that you love yourself.  All that matters is that you treat yourself the way you would treat your best friend.

So, please, please, please step away from crazytown right now.  Forgive yourself for being so mean.  And keep forgiving yourself.  Even if you don’t really believe it…just do it anyway.  You can use this affirmation:

I am willing to see this differently.  I am willing to forgive myself.  I invite love to wash over me.

Call you friend and ask for help.  Meditate.  Journal.  Plug in your headphones and go for a walk with your favorite playlist or podcast.  Cuddle your dog.  Write a love letter to your body.  Basically do anything other than bashing your body.

And tomorrow I’ll be rocking my bathing suit, enjoying my time in the sun, and loving every inch of my body.  Because I deserve nothing less.

Are you on a diet? Why I hate this question

As a holistic wellness coach the two questions I get the most are:

What diet do you follow? + What diet do you recommend for me?

And they are also the two questions that I don’t answer.

I don’t know about you but the word “diet” does things to me.  Bad things.  I’m like Pavlov’s dogs – you say “diet” and I…how I can put this gently…react.  It conjures unhappy memories of crash-dieting as a teenager, deprivation, struggle, and unhappiness.  And I want to scream:

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My digital detox experience

Recently something amazing happened – I signed up for a digital detox challenge and actually followed through!  I fully admit that I am too plugged in and have a very hard time stepping away from my phone.  I’d been feeling called to limit my tech-time at night but couldn’t force myself to do it.

The premise of this 5-day digital detox was unplugging for at least an hour before bed and replacing tech-time with activities to reconnect you to you (journaling, baths, meditation, earlier bedtime).  It sounds easy enough, right?  No screens for one hour.  It. Is. Harder. Than. You. Think.  (at least for me!)

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