Month: January 2014

A Love Letter and Chocolate Mousse

I love to be in love. This is a relatively recent admission which has been pushing through my solar plexus for longer than I’ve acknowledged it. I remember sobbing on my parents bed in 5th grade, devastated because my new best friend had taken a family vacation to Florida. I just missed her so much- it was unbearable. That was being in love. I love the aesthetic quality it lends to your memories, which are sometimes the only things you have left over. Being in love is a personally gorgeous thunderstorm- big rain, world rumble passing through you, shaking it all up. So I’m starting a new project. I’ll be writing love letters here. To friends, places, phases and lovers themselves… and a recipe that matches them. Very little feels more poignant to me than that- telling people how loved they are. I swear, it’s my high. So we start off this series with my dear friend, Miss Ashley… We often joke that “you had me at hello”, but it’s the truest truth we’ve spoken …

It’s funny: I a…

It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty – and said ‘do the best you can with these, they will have to do’. And mostly, against all odds, they do. -Anne Lamott

Urban Detox Club and Magic Miso Sauce

Howdy, folks! It’s been a great weekend around these parts. Yesterday I went to the Shaklee NYC Conference and got to hear all about my teammates’ transformations and how they built their businesses. The community in the room was palpable and being reminded of that in a work environment… well, methinks that’s important. I also have jumped on the Urban Detox Club wagon this weekend! Two of my Shaklee mentors, Rebecca Sadek and Jen Morris, designed this one-week “straightforward program that will give you results quickly while simultaneously helping you create a permanent healthy lifestyle… (they) keep it down to Earth, doable and as entertaining as possible.” The UDC has been featured on the brilliant Well+Good NYC and I’m so excited to be on their team of Health Coaches. The program is tried and true and is focused on consuming extra-nourishing whole foods while eliminating common dietary irritants- caffeine, dairy, gluten and sugar. Let’s reframe this, though. So often, the whole “cleanse” or “detox” community focuses on what the food is NOT. But let me …

Oxygen

I have a deep-rooted calling to feel happy. To love the skin I’m in and to embrace all the nooks and crannies that make me, me. I need peace of mind like I need oxygen. I need unstructured time like I need water. -Kris Carr

Concrete Underbellies

Favorite feeling: Putting it all out there. Even the squeaky, halted moments between my words and their reception. Once I’ve un-shrouded myself, I have infinite universal teammates working on my behalf. Constant soul GPS update- watch your speed- turn around, or- your destination is right in front of you. Once you set free, fling open, spill out, release… you are not alone in your desire. Secrets become loose papers scattered to the wind and it’s not so scary to see your truths dancing in their element, all breezed up. Even if the job falls through, if they say “no”, if you don’t hear back… you don’t speak knowing you’ll receive. You speak to see. Just to see. You don’t know. You’re asking. “reveal your intentions, clean. stand there, vulnerable, waiting.” -Danielle LaPorte Bluster your wonderment on the underbellies of concrete bridges everywhere and watch how they move and shake when thundered above. Let the pent up be swept up, all winter winded and say it. Say it, say it. The new work is the listening.