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Today is the day of the total solar eclipse and I’m pretty excited! I’m not excited because I’ve never experienced one before. I have because I was alive and well 38 years ago. And hopefully I’ll be alive and well in 2024 to see the next one. That will make at least 3 total solar eclipses (with totality over North America) in my lifetime. Pretty dope, huh?
But what makes this eclipse extra special for me is that it’s happening while the Sun is in LEO, my sign. It’s also a Leo new moon, the second consecutive one, which is also rare. According to all the astrologers and seers, this is supposed to be a truly special time for me, and I can feel it! I’ve experienced lots of change and lots of revelation, and not all of them were good. I even suffered a motorcycle burn on my leg and got stung by a bee (I”m allergic) during this cycle. Had some crazy financial issues. Lost a few friends and watched others suffer. Had my own personal issues.
But none of it is getting me down.
I’m practicing my yoga and meditation and remembering to breathe. And things are steadily moving forward! I’m getting responses in my job search (because a sister has to fund her entrepreneurial efforts and prepare for her kid to go to college in 2019, PLUS survive his uber-expensive private school, to which $15K in scholarships still doesn’t cover everything!!). I feel stronger emotionally, especially in regards to what behaviors in others I’ll put up with. And I feel confident in my abilities and in my future.
I just ended a 9 year cycle when I turned *gasp* 45 on August 16th. I can really feel the completion of one phase in my life as I move into another one. And I want to max that energy. Solar eclipses and new moons are excellent times to create magic in your own life, so here are a few things I plan on doing today.
  1. Drinking a big glass of iced matcha and also energizing a batch of that, regular tea and water outside to soak up the eclipses energy. I’ll drink it later.
  2. Eating lots of green things and raw and electric foods.
  3. Taking a spiritual bath. I make my own powders, oils and Florida waters, so I’ll be soaking up a batch of my top secret mojo, but a simple bath that anyone can take is water with salt, vinegar (apple cider or white), baking soda and essential oils. You can use all or one of these items, the important thing is to use your mind properly as you bathe. Manifest good things and focus on them.
  4. Working on a solar eclipse vision board.
  5. Goal setting.
  6. Yoga, prayer and meditation.
  7. Work!!
What are you doing to celebrate the eclipse? Sound off in the comments section below!
It’s the last day of my YouTube Yoga Challenge! I have a boat party to attend in the afternoon so I figured this would be perfect. Short, positive, and energizing. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I actually got to be in such a beautiful location instead of my living room, but I opened the blinds and looked at the garden on my balcony and set my intention that soon I’ll be able to do yoga in beautiful locations like this!
By the way, the practice was amazing!

Give me a couple of days, but the recap and rundown of my YouTube Yoga Challenge are one the way.
I can’t believe that it’s Day 6 of the YouTube Yoga Challenge already! I guess it’s true what they say, time flies when you’re having fun.
I wasn’t looking for Kundalini yoga specifically when I came across this video. I’d just typed in Yoga for Transformation in the search bar and it seemed interesting. I’ll wait for the recap to let you know just how interesting it was, or you can join me in the challenge and see for yourself.

Let’s just say that after this practice I felt like…

I had a feeling not necessarily of just calm and peace, but get up and go energy. It may have been the iced matcha I sipped on before and after, but I afterward I tended to my garden and went to the gym for an hour of cardio.
One more day to go on my YouTube Yoga Challenge! Anyone doing it with me? Sound off in the comments below.
Day 4 of the YouTube Yoga Challenge happened to fall on the New Moon in my zodiac sign of Leo so I felt implored to do something thematic. I originally chose a different video but the woman was speaking so low that even when I turned to volume all the way up I couldn’t hear her. What I’ll say about this video is that is was far more difficult than the other videos I tried. Intermediate my ass! But I made it through. Then I went to a party which is why I didn’t get a chance to post. Yes, I went to two parties, two days in a row. It’s LEO SEASON after all!

The next day I really wasn’t feeling like doing yoga. I was tired from two days of partying and I was in kind of a bad mood. The entire day went by, then around 11:30 I pulled it together enough to do a quick practice. It didn’t really feel like yoga because it was so short, but it fulfilled the requirement of being YouTube yoga and I felt pretty good about sticking with the challenge, even if I was late blogging about it.

There are only 2 days left! I’m confident that I’ll actually complete this challenge, and truthfully, it hasn’t really been very difficult at all. Feeling awesome! Namaste!

 

I can’t wait to completely break down this YouTube Yoga Challenge!
Today’s yoga practice was Healthy Energy Flow from Yoga with Adriene. I felt REALLY good when I finished! But instead of getting up immediately I decided to finish the practice with about 15 minutes of silent meditation.
Because the video didn’t have any music and I felt like hearing some, I played this in the background.

But there are subliminal messages and I guess my 3rd eye was wide open during my meditation because I could hear them and they weren’t subliminal at all. They became distracting. So I turned the track off and meditated in silence. I let the universe tell me when to stop and when I did I felt like

In all honesty, there’s been a LOT of stuff bugging me lately, and I’m really trying hard to not let any of it get me down. Some days are better than others. Some days the anxiety and sadness are downright debilitating. This yoga is helping, especially when combined with meditation. It’s officially Leo season, and I’m determined to make the most of it. I’m off to a pool party to set things off right!
I bet a few of you are wondering where Day 1 of this challenge is! Well, I didn’t realize that I was challenging myself until today, so technically it was yesterday.
I’m sure some of you all have seen those articles about self-challenges that are along the lines of “What Would Happen If I …(insert drank a gallon of water, ate organic, did Zumba, etc) for…(a week/a month/a year).” After yesterday’s amazing yoga practice I decided to come up with a self-challenge of my own.
What would happen if I did yoga every day for 7 days straight, specifically YouTube yoga?
Let’s face it, sometimes yoga classes can be expensive. And it takes a while to find one that suits your skill level with an instructor that you vibe with. And yoga can be one of those activities where, if you don’t really know what you’re doing, you can look and feel a bit foolish. So why not YouTube it? There could literally be no excuse that I didn’t get a chance to go to a class or didn’t have time. There are classes as short as 10 minutes and as long as an hour. I can access a quick Vinyasa flow from my phone while I’m on the go. No Excuses!
I’m no stranger to yoga. I’ve dabbled in yoga over the past 20 years or so. I feel pretty steady and capable when I go at my own pace and it always made me feel good and refreshed afterward. While I was pregnant, it did wonders for my pregnancy-induced sciatica. But yoga isn’t something that I practiced consistently.  I figured since I enjoy it and it’s good for your mind, body and spirit, I’d give it another whirl. My best friend Angela swears by it, especially hot yoga. I’m not too keen on the idea of being in a room full of other people’s sweat, watching it drip and I’d just about die if someone’s sweat ended up flinging on me, so baby steps…
I’ll post every day about the video that I do and simultaneously keep a journal, sharing my complete findings about my little experiment at the end of the 7 days. Make sure to check back with me and join my challenge!
For Day 2 I chose a video from the folks at Boho Beautiful called Best Easy Yoga For Stress Relief.

I survived it with no injuries and I feel pretty good. The pace was kind of quick, and while it is for all levels, I could see a beginner having a really hard time with some of the sequences if they tried to do them without adjusting the poses for their skill level. That being said, I’d definitely do more of their videos. But I don’t want to say too much yet because as I said, I’ll share my complete findings with you guys at the end of the challenge!
Wish me luck!

 

I love YouTube. I swear you can learn to do anything on there! I learned how to braid my own hair and I’m using it today to do a little yoga practice. It’s raining and I thought this would be a perfect way to start my day focused, refreshed and ready to tackle the many tasks ahead. instead of feeling drained and lazy. And as always, when I find something dope, I share it with you. So here’s Adriene with a little Rainy Day Yoga. Namaste.

 

It’s the greatest love of all! At least that’s what Whitney Houston belted out in her eponymous rendition of the song that is synonymous with self-love.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve walked through a great deal of my life with rose colored glasses on. I’m the eternal optimist, the girl who sees the good in everyone and everything. It’s a great trait to have at times, but I have to admit that it may actually have been a fault of mine. Sometimes I see good that isn’t there, and sometimes I operate under the assumption that the people in my life love themselves. I mean, who doesn’t love themselves, right?

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Well, I’ve come to learn as I’ve grown older that a lot of people don’t (and from the looks of the gif above, I should have realized that around the the tenth time I saw “The Breakfast Club”!) It’s sad, but it’s a fact of life that I’ve had to come to grips with. There are some people who hate themselves so much that they can’t help but be toxic in the lives of others. Their communication style is poisonous; they don’t know how to listen or speak, and frequently shut people out as punishment and never truly working at joint problem solving. They don’t know how to give love or receive it so they aren’t good at keeping sincere, close relationships. And they often blame everyone else for the bitterness and misery that they find in their lives instead of analyzing themselves and changing their own behaviors.

Perhaps you aren’t quite this far gone and you aren’t what people would call miserable or bitter, but maybe you battle with self-confidence or self-esteem issues. You let people take advantage of you and mistreat you and use you because you want acceptance and love, and you’ll sacrifice the acceptance and love that you have for yourself in order to find it somewhere else. That’s no way to live.

At the heart of the matter, it’s probably safe to say that we all battle with treating ourselves like the royalty that we are from time to time. But there’s hope for all of us.

Try incorporating these 3 simple things into your life.

  1. Write yourself a love letter. Yeah it sounds cheesy, but what’s the harm in a little cheese? Tell yourself all the things you admire about you, the things you might be dreaming of hearing from someone else. Write how much you appreciate your own uniqueness and inner (and outer) beauty. Do this any time you need to boost your spirits.
  2. Start a cleanse. Detox your body from the inside out. Eliminate processed and fast food and eat sensibly. Try a raw diet. Do something radical (but HEALTHY) with your diet. Drink lots of water. Literally flush your body of bad things and fill it with good things. Love the temple that you’ve been blessed with. You might decide to make the lifestyle changes permanent.
  3. Pamper the skin you’re in. Rub yourself down in shea butter or coconut oil with loving strokes. Speak kindly to your body, telling it that you’re grateful for the role it plays in your life. For example, as you slather your legs, thank them for taking you where you need to go. As you moisturize your hands, thank them for the work that they do preparing meals, caring for your family, doing the work at your job, etc. Basically, love yourself up while rubbing yourself down. I’m not saying to take it “there” but if that’s where it goes, so it goes!

I have loads more tips and life hacks on how to love yourself so fiercely that you completely change your life, and will be sharing them LIVE on Periscope on Monday, March 27 at 6 PM, CST. There’s also going to be a ton of good stuff in my upcoming book Queening – A Guide to Treating Yourself like Royalty and Radically Changing Your Life. Make sure to add me on Periscope and join in, and if you’re busy then, you can catch me pon de replay.

Once again with the madness in the title, but I think it fits. Can you all believe that it’s March already? At the end of the month, the entire first quarter of the year will be complete. That’s madness! Oh, did you think I was talking about NCAA Basketball? Nah. Not even with Northwestern in the dance. I’m just not into sports like that.

Anyway, it’s amazing how time flies, especially when you have so many goals to smash! And spring truly is an ideal time to get things in motion (if you haven’t been already), both mentally and physically. So, I’ve got a couple of challenges for all of you.

The first challenge is #MovementMarch! I challenge you to do some kind of physical activity every single day this month, and yes, dancing all night totally counts! I started yesterday with a trip to the gym where I ran a mile, biked 4 miles and did an ab workout. I’m beat today, but I’ll make sure to do something, even if it’s just some nice, easy yoga.

Why are we bothering with this? Well naturally we want to be healthy, but there’s levels to this. When the body is in motion daily, the mind must also be in motion daily. This movement makes room for growth, new ideas, and progress!

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#MovementMarch

The second challenge is the #GrowSomething challenge. Gardening is life. And I want you to see for yourselves what has been revealed to me since I started gardening. Things like the fact that in life, often it looks like there’s nothing going on at all on a surface level, but beneath it all, there’s tremendous growth and development happening. There’s a season for everything, including rest, not just bearing fruit. All kinds of gems like that, but things you’ll see for yourself once you get started.

But there are two parts to this challenge. You’re not going to just grow an herb or flowers or a veggie, you’re going to grow something that can change your life! So here’s how it’s going to all go down.

Start a garden – It may be too cold outside where you live (it’s too cold in Chicago) but it’s not too early to start some seedlings off indoors. Herbs are super easy to grow and you’ll really save a lot of money growing them yourselves. Mint practically grows itself, and basil is pretty easy (and is reputed to be a money blessing plant, ca-ching!). You can always grab some dirt, throw it in a cup, toss in a dried lima bean or a black bean or any bean and cover it with dirt, then water when the soil feels dry. A plant will grow, one that produces more beans. Really.

Start a project – Pick something that will take 2-3 months to complete. Writers, this is the perfect time frame to craft a short story or novella, complete a work-in-progress, or edit a completed project. Others might lose weight, start a fitness program, take a course or stop smoking.

Water your garden daily – This is a double entendre. Commit to your garden and your project. When you’re done you’ll have a completed project and something lovely to look at (or eat!).

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If you haven’t been as productive as you thought you’d be at the onset of the year, it isn’t too late to get cracking. Plant some seeds now so that your garden will bloom in the next quarter!

 

During the next couple of days, things are going to be quite active in outer space. Some of you are wondering what the heck I’m getting at, LOL, and that’s okay. I’m going to explain.

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Tonight is a full moon, and through parts of tonight and tomorrow, there’s a green comet blazing through the sky (the New Year’s Comet or Comet 45P), and there will be a penumbral lunar eclipse, which means the Sun, Earth, and the Moon will align in an almost straight line (learn more about exactly what that means here). But what else does that mean besides the fact that things will look like the set up to a perfect trick shot on a pool table in the sky?

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It means that it’s the perfect time to invoke change, growth and spiritual transformation in your life!

The lunar eclipse, the full moon and the comet mean that the sky is going to be pretty active, even if we can’t see it. And I believe, like many, that as above, so below. So if the stars and planets are doing a special dance in the sky, that means things are going to get shaking here on earth. Let’s break that down a little more.

Comets are really interesting. Comets always get people up in arms. Will it hit us? Miss us? Is it a sign from God of a bad omen or a good one? Is the world going to end? We really have no way of knowing (well, there’s NASA but you know what I mean, right?) so I don’t particularly like to focus on that. I don’t like to get too easy to get caught up in doom and gloom. But one of the most fascinating things about comets is that they are made up of all the elements (fire, air, earth, and water) existing together and releasing themselves in various ways and at various times. Dust combines with ice and gas and is then combusted by fire and everything releases into the atmosphere.

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(Comet 45 P)

So I like to think of comets as a method of release, of letting go of things that are frozen inside, things that are dusty, things that drown us and things that set us on fire. We can release it into the ether and let the bad go and allow the good to manifest. We can literally set the skies on fire with our power, ideas, dreams and light!

And that leads me to the moon…

This full moon is also in my astrological sign Leo, (for all you Leo’s who want to know how this will affect you, click here) so I’m kinda stoked about that, but even if you aren’t a Leo, this full moon and eclipse can be really special for you.

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According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this month’s full moon is called the snow moon or the full hunger moon, because February is usually the month that the most snow falls and is difficult for hunting. But that doesn’t mean that this full moon has to be difficult for you.

The moon represents our inner selves: our emotions, desires, dreams and the person we long to be but can’t always be. When it’s full, sometimes we feel pretty full ourselves. Full moons are a time to unleash those dreams we’ve held inside and let creativity and imagination take over. With the full moon being in Leo, the sign that rules entertainment and creativity, it’s a superb time to let your artistic side loose and use it to make your life better and help make our crazy world a better place. After all, that’s what art and creative manifestations do.

And with a lunar eclipse taking place, now is the time to move past, to literally eclipse ANYTHING that has been holding you back or keeping you in the dark. When you move past something you transform. You change.

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So how do you invoke this amazing transformation? Do you let the stars do what they do or are there action steps that can be taken? You already know what I’m going to say, right? Let the stars do what they do but TAKE ACTION!
Reflect. No matter where you are on your journey, look back to see how far you’ve come. You’ve probably done so much to be proud of that you didn’t even realize. Make a list. Journal. And give yourself a pat on the back. You’ve earned it!
Be Grateful. Thank the universe, God and the people in your life who have helped you to get to where you are. Oh, you thought you did it all on your own? Nonsense. You had help. Gratitude is a surefire way to increase the flow of blessings in your life and to vibrate higher.
De-clutter. Clean up a little. Get rid of clothes you don’t need and make room in your closet. Cut off negative people. Been hanging on to a friendship or relationship that isn’t working? Let it go. Getting rid of things (and people) that aren’t useful makes room for new things (and people).
Venture out. Mythology says that the full moon is the time when evil spirits like demons, werewolves and vampires walk the earth. Well grab some Florida water, silver bullets and a garlic necklace and go out anyway. Try something new. Go to a new place. Expand your horizons. If you keep doing the same old thing you’ll never transform.
Strut your stuff! Don’t go out without looking your best. If the moon and the stars are gonna look all fancy, flashy and sparkly, you should too!
Stay POSITIVE! Many believe that full moons magnify the heart’s intentions. If that is the case, why not intend on something wonderful happening? Don’t let whatever’s been getting you down keep you down or worse, magnify! Write down all the wonderful things you’d like to see happen and start working towards them coming true.
Now, I’m gonna hit the gym. I’d better look great for all this magic that’s about to go down!
Enjoy your weekend! I hope something magical happens for you!

Peace & Positive Vibes,
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