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Month: July, 2013

3 Years Sober

ImageIf we’re friends on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll probably know that today is my 3rd sober birthday. It’s a special day to me and one day that I still can’t believe I’m sober this long! It’s a miracle! 

So, 3 years and a day ago, I was talking to a friend or family member about my upcoming wisdom teeth surgery, saying how scared I was, and how I never want doctors to put me under, etc. Finally, after 15 years of being told I needed to get the wisdom teeth out, I scheduled the appointment for July 26th, 2010. The night before, I had a few vodka tonics with a BFF and said – “I think I’m going to stop drinking for a while”. Around that same time, I was meeting a bunch of super people that made sobriety look glamourous, I’ve paid the price of a hang over too many times, and I was unhappy. 

The not-sober me was lost, jealous, mean, judgemental, unhappy, unclear, and unhealthy. I was dating (and hooking up with) every guy that was wrong for me. I got high off of drama and gossip. I spent so much money on partying, it was unreal. The time came where enough was enough.  There was too many close calls of DUIs, friendship divorces, and unhealthy behavior. 

Gabrielle Bernstein hooked me up with my first and only sponsor at a lecture in LA and 3 years later here I am. In the past few years, my life has changed. I feel beautiful on the inside and out, have a great job and supportive friends and coworkers, live in  sunny San Diego, and I am in love for the first time with an amazing man. I never thought I would ever be this happy or that I deserved all of this. 

If any of this is sounding familiar and you’re tinkering with the idea of stopping drinking, I’m here to help.  I love assisting people. It helps me grow as a human being. There’s a lot more to tell on this story, so I’ll post more soon! 

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The iloveme Ring – and Why You Should Buy It Now

Friends,

Everyday I wear this ring called the iloveme ring by Be Well with Arielle. I get compliments on it multiple times per day. I love it so much. 

ImageHere’s the story on why I love it so much…. I was in a great transition of my life at the time with a new job, new apartment, new car, happily single, etc. I was starting to channel in the new me.  This ring was the ultimate treat for myself.  I wanted and admired it and loved the meaning behind it – simply ILOVEME. At that point of my life, I was half way there to loving myself. Today, I love all of myself and the ring and many self help books were the start of it. 

Arielle is offering $50 dollars off of the iloveme collection on her website for the summer – so now is the time to buy. I may even get another one because 2 rings looks so sexy and sassy! 

Learn more about Arielle here

Grow Up, Ladies!

I just found this article in O Magazine (the only magazine besides Origin I read) last month, and I wanted to share the cliff notes version with you. It’s titled “Grow Up, Ladies”. It basically says that a record-breaking number of women are graduating college these days – so, why aren’t we acting like adults? I totally get it because I see this all of the time. Here are some steps to grow up! 

  1. Learn to take care of yourself 
  2. Embrace confrontation 
  3. Figure out what you need and ask for it 
  4. Quit blaming your mother for everything that’s wrong in your life
  5. Two Words:  Club Soda
  6. Have perspective 

I’m not even gonna get into the sub bullet points because I think those 6 things are pretty self explanatory. I’m going to do my best at each one of them – I already got a few of them down – but I need to work on others (hello, confrontation).  And if GraceIsTheNewGlam can add a 7th tip – it would be MEDITATE! 

Meditate with Me?

I’m sitting here watching Super Soul Sunday at my boyfriend’s house 2 blocks from the beach. Life is wonderful right now.

On a commercial break, I saw an ad that Oprah and Deepak Chopra are teaming up for a meditation challenge starting August 5th. I’m going to do it, are you? Sign up here if you’re into it! Meditate with me!

I’ve signed up for these kinds of things before – and failed – but I’m willing to try again. Let’s DO this!

The Intuitive and My Intuition

Last night was epic and I’ll tell you why – I had the honor of having an appointment with Lora Sorg, an intuitive life coach based in Encinitas. A great friend gave me her name – and I booked as soon as I had the chance. 

As soon as Lora and I met (even on the phone) I felt a great connection with her. When I sat down in her office, that’s when shit got crazy. She pinpointed right away that I’m highly intuitive – which I already knew. She described exactly how I feel when I come in contact with certain people’s energy – tired, nauseous, angry, frustrated – it was more beneficial for me to hear than [because lately I’ve been feeling psycho] than being diagnosed at a doctor’s office. She gave me tools and meditations to use to clear my head and protect my own energy. 

Lora knew all about me.  She pegged my boyfriend, my job, my blog, and where I want to go and what I want to do.  And, I can assure you she did not know a thing about me – except my name, phone number and that I have an iPhone (iMessage gives it away). 

Let’s digress to the moral of the story here.  I am pretty connected to my intuition and I am so lucky – thanks to yoga, sobriety, mediation, healthy eating, etc – but we all have this power within us. We can see the future, we know when things don’t feel right. Now I feel it’s my job to share my gift with the universe – how to channel YOUR intuition. 

I tapped in and I’m here to take you on my psychic intuitive adventures… Are you ready?!?!?! And…are you ready to tap into your own??? 

Lora Sorg – is AMAZING – and I highly recommend her.  If you can scoop up $180 (I know, I know – expensive – you’d rather get a facial) it is SO worth it. You’ll get a massive burst of clarity. Trust me. She sees clients from everywhere. 

Here’s Lora’s information:

858.759.7032

lora@thehealingintent.com

 

 

One. Amazing. Dinner.

I was so lucky to be invited to dinner with 2 of my new friends – Sarah and Peter of Cooking Imagewith CSA. I met them through work – and we all instantly clicked.  After teaching 2 killer classes at my store, it was time to take things out of WFM! They invited.  I accepted. And then to meditation and dinner we went.

So, I went into the experience knowing Sarah and Peter could cook and I was eager to see what they would serve up at their house (they are super organic vegan and work directly with the local farmers which is SO COOL).  Sarah made a killer salad with all fresh ingredients that I would never think of putting together paired with a homemade fresh dressing….followed by a rad veggie lasgana!

What was best about our hang out was that I left feeling happy and inspired. We talked, we laughed, we shared stories. It was the simplest and most amazing fun to be had. I really appreciate my new friends and I’m hoping we could do it again soon.  Maybe I’ll even cook (with Sarah’s help, of course).

Maybe they’ll share the recipes if we ask nicely. Image

And…if you have time, check out their website, Cooking with CSA, for monthly recipes using seasonal and organic ingredients.

Graceful Soundtrack

I’ve been a bad blogger this week. My apologize – and I’m sure this post will make up for it. Here are my FAVORITE tunes I’ve been listening to in my morning routine. There’s some great meditation tunes, as well as get up and shake your booty jams. I love it all and I love music SO MUCH. 

If anyone has anything to add – put it in the comments! I will gladly add it to the Grace Is the New Glam playlist on Spotify! 

Here’s the link to subscribe: spoti.fi/13evjoB 

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My Day…

Today was a little bit rough for me. The mental chatter just wouldn’t calm down! Over and over my broken brain kept telling me – Am I not good enough, I am not the best, People are judging me, etc, etc. It’s so not fun but I know I’m not alone in this. Taking a look back at my day, it was pretty damn good.  I woke up at 5:30, did my morning routine, went to work, exercised, and then came home to work on a 2nd gig I have – (and now blogging, of course). All of these things I am so grateful for.  And I’m also in gratitude for my routine that I stick to and the person I am. 

So, when in this cluster of a mental frenzy, I watch “Jessica’s Daily Affirmation”. It takes me straight back to the thoughts I SHOULD be thinking! I love my life, family, boyfriend, yoga, exercise, being sober, my rad apartment, the beach, my hair – and so on and so on. Watch and love – and if you’ve already seen it, watch it again! 

Things I’m Loving Right Now

CorePower Yoga – Del Mar. I love their chic, yellow and gray decor, friendly staff and instructors, and that it’s a nice teeny tiny walk from my work. Also, you work out HARD and sweat your brains out! Absolutely in love with this place – check it out and get your OM on! 

Spiritual Gangster and Ellie.com for work out gear. I just love both of these lines. Spiritual Gangster is basically lounge wear (or to-and-from yoga wear as well). I love their unique take on yoga culture.  Ellie.com is ultimate fitness gear.  For $50 a month you get 2 pieces of high-quality work out clothes delivered to your door. [20% off to GraceistheNewGlam.com readers!] – Their summer line looks SICK – check it out! 

Holy Detox Tea by Zen’s Tea House. This is my mad find at the Long Beach Farmer’s Market this weekend. I’m slowly breaking out of coffee in the morning – so this is a crazy-rad replacement.  It’s fruity with some substance. Great for your skin, your gut, and detoxing! 

Rise Bars. This is one of my go-to bars. I have them in my purse, my car, my gym bag. They go with me wherever. They are local to Orange County and contain great ingredients to keep me healthy. They’re found at Whole Foods Markets. (added bonus:  they’re gluten free)

Suja Juice’s Lemon Love. Holy spicy, Batman! This drink is my sober cocktail.  Besides stimulating your digestive enzymes, it is delicious. It’s lemon water with a kick. Think, an amazing tasting master cleanse. I can’t drink enough of this stuff. Be careful, though, this addiction could cost you. 

Wellness Wednesdays – Feeling Brave

These last few weeks have been a whirlwind and I am really starting to feel brave in my ripe age of 30. Last week, I posted this blog to my network of friends which I was deathly afraid of. I’m going for an opportunity at work that I never thought would come available and never thought I’d be supported on – and I faced my fears of health and got blood work done to see if I am indeed healthy. 

ImageBeing Brave by releasing my blog: I decided I’m really going to put myself out there and not be embarrassed of who I am. I’m spiritual. I’m sober. I believe in God. I pray every night and meditate in the morning. I used to be afraid to admit these things to people – because I was afraid of judgement. With putting my fear aside, I may actually be able to help someone – which is a miracle. 

Being Brave at work: I get really uncomfortable with work stuff because I had a few rough spats in my career over the past 15 years. After a long journey, I’m in a job and company that I love and want to grow with.  After talking the talk of wanting to move up – I’m going for a new opportunity. Pretty rad, huh? Wish me luck! 

Being Brave at the Doctor’s: I was lucky to meet the fine folks over at Bloom Natural Health through my job.  It led to me doing a full bloodwork panel that I’ve never done before – because I was deathly afraid I was going to find out that I’m dying. I faced my fears and got my results back today. Surprisingly, I am not dying – and I am one healthy young lady, but I do have areas to work on. My brave face paid off and I feel so much better! 

So,  beautiful people, I encourage you to be brave.  Take chances. Face your fears.  In the end, you feel a hell of a lot better. Life is too short!

Release your fears in the comments section (and to the universe).