Words of love and light for entering a new week with clarity, high vibes, and a positive attitude
Beneath the Surface
Even when you can’t see it, the universe is working its magic beneath the surface, preparing for those moments when bright, beautiful, bold things are going to emerge unexpectedly and claim their destined place in your life. This journey is full of twists and turns. Allow this force to push you in forging your own unique path. So long as you do the work, remain grounded and strong in your manifestations, and true to your passions, trust the universe and your angels to continue guiding you accordingly. Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers each day, loves. Messages and signs are all around you.
Come Into Your Own
I’ve continued to come into my own so much more steadfastly since filming The Julia Child Challenge. As a woman, mother, home chef, and creative I feel stronger, more confident, and more excited than ever about my authenticity. I knew there was strong purpose behind why I was guided to declare this my 2022 word. Professionally, I realize with more clarity than ever my value and potential, and that my persistence and work ethic is an unparalleled driving force in the pursuit of my passions. Even in my fails and moments of doubt, my imposter syndrome no longer sits up front as I take the wheel. It’s in the far back seat…it may even be clinging to the the bumper. I continue to connect with amazing people who support and get me. I continue to feel rooted in my belief that the universe will support what you manifest and open yourself up to, and in time I have every intention of building out my Reiki practice so I can help to guide others along their own journeys. I don’t know if it was being so immersed in Julia’s essence, that it was my first opportunity to be casted in a major network food series, or the journey as a whole, but I’m here for this growth. I’m present, enlightened, and positive this is what I’m supposed to be doing. And damn, it feels good. Full steam ahead, no settling. Let’s get to work, loves. We are worthy.
Instead of Sweating It, Break a Sweat
Elle Woods said it best: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy!” Instead of sweating the unhealthy small stuff this week, let’s make conscious attempts to break a healthy sweat. Whenever something is frustrating, stressful, or makes me feel anxious, there are few things that a workout and a few natural healers can’t do to clear my mind, reset my sense of clarity, and help prevent any heat of the moment emotional responses. Fresh air, moving our bodies, and sunlight are all powerful natural healers. In addition to the amazing gift of being able to move our bodies, pumping our endorphins, AKA the feel-good chemical in our brains, and sweating out toxins, allows us to release mental, physical, and spiritual contamination that can really mess with our bodies, minds, and sense of balance and centeredness. This week, make at least one or two attempts to be present in whatever kind of movement makes you feel free, strong, and powerful. It doesn’t have to be high intensity or extra time-consuming. Take a swift walk solo or with your human or fur baby, go outside and do 20 minutes of cardio intervals or take a jog, play hide and seek with your kids, clean your apartment and burn sage to cleanse the air. The point is, breaking a powerful sweat can be really helpful when it comes to not sweating the small stuff. This week, take your power back: pump joy into your brain, get in touch with your breath, and release the things that are out of your control. Embrace your flow.
Fuel Your Passion
Inspire yourself this week. Embrace marching to the beat of your own drum. Set goals that align with blazing new trails in the pursuit of your passions. Write your own rules. Forge your path, your way. Dare to dream, set intentions, do the work. If you really want something, make it happen. If you don’t like something, change it. Pivoting is not quitting, it represents evolution and growth. Always be learning, growing, and coachable. Be kind and compassionate, but never a punching bag. Tune out toxicity - life is far too short and precious for that noise. Love and respect your individuality and that of others. Remember that comparison is the thief of joy. With passion, hard work, and a positive perspective, anything is possible. Have your own back. Give yourself support and nurturing care. Gift yourself with unconditional love. Fuel your passion.
Finding Your Footing
Sometimes we need to find our balance again in order to go with our flow. It's like surfing. You wouldn't stand up on your board to ride a wave unless you feel balanced, centered, and ready. There are many techniques and simple ideas for grounding that you can do throughout the week, whenever you need a few minutes to breathe and regroup. This is a wonderful method for both grown-ups and children. If you're looking to recenter quickly, or help your littles to do so, this practice is available to you no matter where in the world (or in your headspace) you are. Take your day old bread and go feed the birds. This is one of the easiest and most attainable grounding techniques I practice and always recommend to friends. I encourage you to try it and see how you feel afterwards. Observe the flow of nature and the birds, how they soothe with intentional smooth moves, how they glide, and take a few deep breaths. Absorb the beautiful energy that comes from nature, and welcome it into your mind, heart, and body. Feel the flow. Glide. Have a beautiful week.
Actively Shifting: Journaling & Intention Setting
Journaling to establish your intentions truly has the potential to transform your life. This practice requires just a few minutes each day. This practice aids in organizing your thoughts, setting goals, and coming to realizations about what you’re feeling and experiencing by sorting things out on paper. You don’t need to write a novel every single day. Sometimes you may not even feel like you have anything to say, but this too may be worth noting. Journaling aids as a guide to exploring and digging deeper into your feelings, experiences, joy and pain, and may lead you to many self-discoveries. By spending a few minutes in the morning setting your intentions for the day, what you will strive to manifest, and what you will aim to release, you can shift from thinking or saying you’re going to do something, to actually doing it. This is one beautiful and therapeutic way to begin speaking your destiny, dreams, and goals into existence. Intent: Speak it. Live it. Mean it.
Setting 2022 Intentions & Defining Your Word of the Year
Happy New Year, sweet friends. I do not believe in resolutions. In fact, I loathe them. There’s way too much pressure involved to reach maximum success and achieve our highest potential. This perspective is similar to the way lifestyle habits are generally much healthier and longer lasting than crash diets. This is the reason I practice 𝑠𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 for the New Year - and a much more peaceful tone, in my opinion - for the type of year that makes me feel 𝑒𝑥𝑐𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 about thriving and striving. We are gifted this life to embrace living, not to dread the precious days ahead in fear of failure or defeat. . Each year, I mark a new chapter in my manifestation journal. Then, the first thing I do is list my 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 and a 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑑 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟. It starts things out on an inspiring, positive, motivational note. It’s like creating a road paved with love and enlightenment to guide your journey. And if you ever feel lost, you can just come back to this home base to rebalance and gain some clarity. I highly recommend this practice. . Rather than feeling pressured, depleted, or fearful, I’m feeling eager, excited, and driven. What’s your 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑑 𝑓𝑜𝑟 2022? Mine is 𝐴𝑢𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑖𝑡𝑦. Being an empath, I always choose to keep my intentions private so that outside energy is less likely to disrupt mine. Wishing you all the happiest, healthiest, most fulfilling year ever.
Daily Gratitude: A 15-Second Practice
It feels as though we’re entering some unsure, unpredictable, and unprecedented times once again. Let’s take small steps to show ourselves grace, love, patience, and nurturing, starting with this short daily gratitude practice. - Mentally escape for a moment, pausing everything happening around you. - Inhale deeply, acknowledging one thing that makes you feel gratitude in this moment. Feel it, embrace it, appreciate it. - Exhale slowly, releasing fear of the future, and instead reflecting on this blessing that is present in your life, and then go about your day. - Do this twice more throughout the day, and your whole perspective and vibe can shift. All it takes is a few seconds to work at creating a stronger sense of calm, balance, and centeredness your mind. Sending love, light, and hopes for strong health.
Focus on Watering Your Own Grass
Throughout a time of year dedicated to the practice of gratitude, counting your blessings, and giving thanks, we have such a beautiful opportunity to manifest an abundance of positivity, love, and growth. Get energized in a mindful state of gratitude this week by making efforts to maintain a focus on watering your own grass. That is where your roots dwell, thrive, strengthen, and grow. It is so liberating and freeing to reach a point where you are so focused on nurturing your own mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional property, that the thought or concern about that of others’ simply falls away. When you come home to yourself and center your abundance around your own growth and expansion, that is where true balance and greatness thrives. Reflect upon the things you used to pray for that you now have in your life. You used to dream about it, long for it, and now, you’re living it. Feel inspired by this proof: if you made these things happen, and you spoke them into existence, who’s to say it can’t be done for all of your hopes, dreams, and ambitions? Giving thanks for your growth is energizing, motivating, and inspiring. Wishing you the happiest holiday season surrounded by an abundance of thanks, love, kind company, and delicious food.
Pivot Your Perspective
In life, there is good and bad to be found in almost any situation. When faced with something, we have a choice. We can hone in on and cling to the negatives, or we can identify and expand upon the positives. How we decide to approach, view, and process an experience or obstacle can impact our entire existence, especially our physical and mental health and wellness, in both the short and long term. This week, when faced with a situation where you could easily be negative and pessimistic, choose positivity. Process your feelings, of course, but then strive to pivot your perspective in an uplifting direction paved with opportunities for gratitude and growth. If something isn’t going the way you planned, rather than stressing about what should’ve been, aim to embrace flexibility and change, focusing on the positive aspects and possibilities of the new. Things may turn out even better than you had ever imagined. There is immense power in your point of view. This week, put yourself back in the driver’s seat. Aim to pivot your perspective in a direction that nurtures your soul with the gift of comfort, gratitude, and opportunities for growth. Let’s aim to feel blessed, not stressed. It’s not always easy, but this is where the power of manifestation happens. The choice is yours.
Allow Yourself the Space to Grow
We’re a go, go, go society. It’s so easy to become fixated on the future, the past, the “what-ifs”, the pressure and hunger for success, and the general ‘noise’ of life constantly happening everywhere around us, 24/7. We’re seeking, yearning and longing for discovery and growth, yet at the same time, we so often hold ourselves back from doing just that because we’re in overdrive mode mentally, physically, and emotionally. We all need some space to breathe. To be. To reflect. Let’s allow ourselves some wiggle room to grow. If you plant a seed and don’t nurture it with water, sunlight, and love, it will remain stuck and stagnant in the ground. It will never expand, never grow, never thrive, and just stay in the same place, never realizing its potential or getting a chance to see what’s out there. As the chaos of the weeds takes root and overgrows, the seed will become more and more held back from all the beautiful things that could be. Realize that you’re better, stronger, and more deserving than that. Because you are. You deserve to build strong roots, thrive, and enjoy life as a fully formed version of yourself in the warmth and comfort of the bright and happy sun. This acknowledgement is where growth begins to happen. Allow yourself the space to explore, go on adventures, make mistakes, fail, learn, evolve, change cycles or patterns that don’t suit you, and truly explore who you are, what you want, and what you deserve. Create space for silence and reflection, positive thoughts, self-love, gratitude, and healthy boundaries surrounded by good, pure company. Weed out toxicity and negativity. This week, allow yourself the space to grow. To be. To thrive. Because when you grow, you glow...from the inside, out.
You Can Do Hard Things
You are a unique being. Your gifts are powerful. Your grit is powerful. Nobody else is you, can be you, or ever will be you. There is beauty, empowerment, and motivation to discover in this truth. You possess strength, power, and potential simply by existing as the one and only you. Embrace yourself and courage will follow. Not only can you do hard things. You can persevere, excel, and exceed the expectations and limits you’ve set for yourself. Exhale into the world what you want to inhale and receive. Allow yourself the space to grow. The world needs you. The universe supports you. Feed your passions, fuel that fire within. Let your grit be your stamina. Stand up to that challenge. Stare it down. Trust your gut, conquer, and come out on top. You're worth the risk. Because guess what? Life may get tough, but you’re tougher. If you were looking for a sign, here it is: You can do hard things.
Look How Far You've Come
Remember a while back, when you longed for some of the things you have now? In the wonderfully unique story that is your life, give yourself permission this week to pause and reflect on how far you’ve come. Sometimes, in our mission to achieve our definition of success, constantly racing towards that invisible finish line, we lose sight of all the beautiful blessings in our life right now that we'd once hoped and longed for. We live in a fast-paced world. We’re so focused on what’s next, that we often fail to realize we are IN the midst of success right now. You once dreamed about this very moment. Look at all you’ve done. The risks you’ve taken, the hardships and struggles you’ve faced, the way you’ve fought, worked, and persevered, even when it felt like you wanted to give up or turn around and go back. Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you still want or need to go. Allow yourself to feel energized and inspired by your very own leaps and bounds. Maybe you aren’t quite where you want to go, but you’re nowhere near where you once were. Honor your journey with some well-deserved gratitude. All of the light isn’t always waiting at the end of the tunnel. Beams of light surround us every step of the way. Thank your past. Take pride in your journey. Appreciate the process of your progress. Have a beautiful week.
Grounding During Mercury Retrograde
Mercury is in retrograde this week, friends. Scientifically speaking, planets move from East to West around the Sun, and during this period, Mercury appears to move “backwards,” from West to East. This backward movement can, in fact, make us all feel and act a little backwards ourselves. It’s like a severe case of PMS...for the entire universe. Things may feel a bit upside down as the normal flow of our energy is reversed, but read on to discover some simple methods that can help us remain grounded and forward moving on our manifestation journey throughout this period. All areas of life can feel mixed up right now: our energy level and emotions, our pets behaving oddly, or travel plans getting messed up, delayed, or confused. This period impacts us on a very real level. Some typical behaviors or feelings may include: - Restlessness or lethargy and poor sleep - Frustration and impatience - As though your plans or successes have stalled or taken steps in the opposite direction - Scatterbrained and forgetful or clumsy - Anxiety or a feelings of dread - Issues or people from the past randomly pop up in your consciousness (or your texts or email) - Stuck in your thoughts and stressing or irritated - Random crying or an outpouring of emotions Grounding Methods Throughout This Period: - Take a few deep breaths and a step back before reacting to situations. - Try to be flexible and prepared to pivot if things don’t go as planned. - Consider options during this time of open and flowing energy, but don’t make final decisions throughout this time, and don’t start something brand new. - Be mentally prepared for situations that provoke impatience (traffic, travel mix-ups, meetings being moved around a lot, kids being fussy, technology glitches, deleting things by accident). - Allow yourself a good cry. Maybe you need to release something that you’ve been bottling up inside, and this is the time and way to do it. - Go for walks. Spend time in nature appreciating natural sunlight, a warm breeze, the flow of water, and the bright blue sky. - Remember that a few steps back isn’t a fail. You may get delayed right now, but things will pick back up. Just keep doing what you do. - Consider a social media break or reducing your scrolling time. Go within yourself to rebalance priorities and practice being more present. - Reassess areas of your life that need honest and raw review, like your professional passions, hopes, plans, and long-term goals. - Burn sage, wear healing crystals, take salt baths, and envision a protective white bubble of light around you, protecting you from negativity and toxicity. - Consider journaling - write down three things you’re grateful for each morning. - Remind yourself that this period of retrograde, while incredibly tedious, is quick. This too, shall pass. We've got this! Sending love and light.
A Childlike Approach
My daughter breathes a new, fresh, pure sense of beautiful life into every single thing we experience together. Even if it’s something I’ve seen or done a million times, like going down the slide or trying different foods, her bright, wide, awestruck eyes make it all so magical and fun . Everything is new. Everything is exciting. The possibilities are endless. Children possess a zest for life that is GOALS. The beautiful news is, while their whimsy and enthusiasm for pretty much everything is unparalleled, it is not unattainable! Let’s be inspired by children this week and take steps to live life with a childlike approach... Be present. Be kind. Smile at a stranger. Compliment someone just because it’s nice and you have a nice thought. Thrive on inner beauty and joy, from yourself and others. Be curious and open to learning new things. Be enthusiastic and positive. Have an open heart and mind. Show compassion. Feel even happier yourself because other people are happy. Be relentless in your efforts to succeed or accomplish a goal. Dare to be vulnerable around those who make you feel safe. Be excited by and proud of your growth. Laugh and smile with abandon. If something doesn’t make you happy or feel good, redirect your attention and energy towards something that does. Gravitate towards pure, comforting energy. Trust your instincts when they alert you to veer away from icky vibes. Create. Invent. Be innovative and scrappy. Be silly. Laugh at yourself, laugh with others. Have FUN. This week, approach life with a childlike sense of whimsy. You never know how it may impact or transform your entire existence and view on life!
Let Fear Go
Consider removing fear from the equation this week when you set your intentions. We make so many choices in life based on fear. What we need to realize is that fear itself IS the choice. As soon as we allow fear to take the wheel and steer our decisions, we instantly begin holding ourselves back from reaching our full potential, fulfilling our destiny, earning what’s meant and deserved for us, and experiencing all the joy that is so close within our reach. What if fear wasn’t a factor at all? Would anything else be holding you back or altering your decision? If the answer is no, then strive this week to get out of your own way by releasing fear and doubt. Just as we have a choice to be positive or negative, kind or unkind to others, sit around sulking or get up and make a change, fear is a choice; a state of mind. Consider the worst that could happen if you placed fear aside and forged ahead towards what you want. You fail? Ok, you can try again. You realize something isn’t for you? That’s fine, now you know and you won’t have to look back on life wondering. You realize you’ve tapped into something beneath your surface and you need answers and healing? Seek it, you deserve to be whole. What about all of the good that can happen if you remove that blindfold created by fear? You could explore a new career you’re in love with. You could discover things you didn’t know about who you are, what you actually want, and what you deserve. You could find friendship, love and romance, an unfamiliar place you want to live or travel, or a new and exciting job, talent, and passion. You could realize for the first time in a long time that you’ve just been going through the motions instead of LIVING life, thriving, and growing. You could realize just how much happiness is right in front of you...the happiness that you deserve. Let go of fear this week. Make way for joy, growth, and all that you want and deserve.
Speak It Into Existence
The universe responds when it is asked to respond. What do you want this week? Why do you want it? How are you going to make it happen? To manifest anything first requires the genuine desire to manifest it and the willingness to work for it. State your goals and dreams with the confidence and nurturing they deserve. Write them down in a manifestation notebook and then claim them out loud, opening your heart, mind, and life to them. Speak them into existence by sharing them with determination. You are supported by the universe. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want and what you deserve. If you believe in your potential, you’re ready to do the work, and know what’s meant for you, then it’s time to share your dreams with the universe. The longer you hide them, the longer you hold yourself back. Tell the universe with clarity, confidence, and conviction, that you welcome these blessings into your life, and that you’re ready for it. And remember, failures are part of the journey and the process. Don’t give up, don’t back down. You know what’s meant for you. Break down your goals, turn your wishes into steps, and transform your dream into the journey. It’s a brand new week. Attract the people, opportunities, energy, and perspective you desire and deserve. The universe has got your back. Speak it into existence and get ready to do the work. It’s all happening!
You Are Worthy
You are worthy of peace, success, and beautiful things. You are worthy of feeling confident in your abilities, passion, and potential. Your feelings are deserving of your attention and nurturing. They are valid. You are allowed to fail, learn from experiences, and start over again. On repeat. This is often the path to success. You have a human right to speak out or stand up for yourself if you feel you’ve been mistreated. You are entitled to remove or distance yourself from situations that do not have your best interest at heart. You are deserving of relationships that serve you in a healthy, positive, and equal way. You should get what you give. It’s ok to say no. If something doesn’t feel right in your gut, listen to it. You are worthy of love and support from yourself and others. It’s healthy and important to create boundaries that make you feel protected and comfortable. Embrace genuine kindness and generosity from others. Express gratitude. When someone compliments you, believe them. Self-love is a good thing. When someone reveals their true colors, believe them. You are worthy of pausing to count your blessings, giving thanks for the positive things in your life. A period of rest is healthy and necessary when your mind and body are asking for a recharge. Unplug from your phone and plug into yourself for a bit. You have the magic, fire, and potential within you to succeed and accomplish your goals. Don’t give up. It’s all happening right now. This week, remember that you are worthy of everything that brings you strength, joy, fulfillment, grounding, and excitement. Show yourself grace. Spread your wings and soar this week. Because you are worthy, love
You know that very distinctive tingling, borderline nauseous feeling you get from time to time in the pit of your stomach? It strikes at the very first second in a moment when you’re trying to make a choice or decision and seeking counsel from the universe. That, my friends, is your female intuition. This goddess is hard at work around clock to provide you with clarity, truth, and the answers you seek. Every superhero has a special power. This is ours. Your female intuition is always listening and constantly responding, and most importantly, she is always, always, ALWAYS right. We often do ourselves a disservice and spend a great deal of time either ignoring or questioning our power here. This typically comes from a place of denial or self-doubt. Then we look back later and kick ourselves, saying “I didn’t go with my gut,” or “I almost did that but then I did this instead, I knew I should’ve followed my instincts.” It’s human nature, and often quite wise, to consider different angles, and it’s perfectly normal to make mistakes, but we must learn from them. Other times, our intuitive response feels wrong in the moment. It’s not. Even if it doesn’t make sense right now, it’s guiding you to where you are meant to be. The practice here is to remember that initial feeling, and come back to it rather than dismiss it. Because like many superheroes, the more we nurture our powers, the stronger they grow. Whether you’re trying to decide whether to order the latte or the cappuccino, or considering the reality that a relationship in your life may no longer be serving your well-being in a healthy and constructive way, she will be there supporting and guiding you. You need not stress, you need not hesitate, you need not question her. She’s speaking to you, and you know, I know, we all know, that deep down, she is right. Next time you sense her presence, do yourself a favor and tune in. All you need to do is listen. Being a woman is already a superpower, so imagine the possibilities once you start trusting and listening to that voice inside. Like a flower emerges from the ground and blooms under the bright warm sun to become the most beautiful, whole, vibrant version of itself, you will emerge from this practice vibing high and living life to your maximum potential.