April 2015 Favorites // Gratitude {Video}

April was my birthday month & I actually shot this video on my birthday which was the last day of the month. Below I listed everything I shared in the video and linked it for you. If you have any questions let me know & let me know in the comments what you loved this month. oh and if you missed last month’s February video here’s that and March’s too. Also if you want to buy a book on Audible you can get one free if you go through this link! & you support the show! woot!

1. Hat 1- Madewell White Baseball Cap 
2. Hat 2- The Slap use the code “katie” for 15% off
3. Hat 3- American Apparel Floppy Hat 
4. Air Ferns (similar)
5. My Ukulele 
6. Mandala Coloring  + fav coloring pencils 
7. Books that I listened to on Audible (get your FREE audiobook if you click this link)
 #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso  
& The Body Book by Cameron Diaz

Why Gabby Can’t Be My Guru Anymore, Getting Real About Miracles Now

It’s no secret in Wonderland that I’m pretty into Gabrielle Bernstein, author, speaker, and  spiritual teacher to our generation.  Girl crush is an understatement, and even the words ‘mentor’ or ‘idol’ don’t do her justice. I’ve put her on quite the pedestal over my years of following her work. But I’ve now removed her from the pedestal I had her so highly on and stopped thinking of her as my idol.

Why? What happened?

Well…she told me to.

Releasing special relationships is major lesson she teaches, and one that I only recently understood.  She discusses how we often make people more specially or less special, constantly judging them.  We often make our romantic partners special & our mentors, and then look at them as better and separate from ourselves.  However, the concept Gabby teaches is that we are not separate, rather the light I see in her is a reflection of the light that is within me.

Now, loving her as much as I do this was real trippy for my ego to understand. But overtime, I learned from her that I am the guru. We are all our own guru.  Crazy right?

The first step to understand this is to “out” your ego, by letting the person you’ve made special know. When I had Gabby on my Podcast (you can hear the interview here) I outed my ego to her, letting her know I’ve made her pretty darn special. This was huge and I’m constantly working on this.

Now a little clarification on this. Does this mean I stop following her work? Absolutely not. Rather, it means I can dive into her work so deeply is because we are one and her light just happens to resonate with me deeply (and a ton of other peeps).

So without further ado. The book review you’ve all been waiting for. After giving my honest story with getting started with her last book May Cause Miracles a year ago, I knew I’d have to write about my experience with her latest book Miracles Now.

As a Gabby connoisseur, I feel I’ve ingested all of her work from her start as a spiritual teacher in 2009- through her books, lectures, workshops, group coaching, and four books later, it’s clear her wisdom is vast. I’ve immersed myself fully in studying Gabby’s complete body of work.1401944345

While I’ve loved every minute and her impact and inspiration- it has clearly taken time and I’ve built up quite a bit of knowledge, because I’ve devoted myself to studying her across platforms from every workshop, lecture, interview, blog post, and book.  After all of that, I’ve accrued vast wisdom.

I know what you’re thinking… you’d love the wisdom & peace I’ve gained from her work- but immersing yourself in a full out Gabby Bernstein intensive course is not for you, or you simply don’t have time, or perhaps you crave that wisdom now- like right NOW.  You want those Miracles NOW.

Well you’re in luck because Gabby’s latest book is literally that. Miracles Now is all if the amazing lessons, wisdom, tools, meditations, and advice she’s been teaching in her workshops, lectures, and books for years organized into one big book.

Well you’re in luck because Gabby’s latest book is literally that. Miracles Now, is all of the amazing lessons, wisdom, tools, meditations, and advice she’s been teaching in her workshops, lectures, and books for years organized into one beautiful book.1922091_10152335987118707_221567838_n

I know what you’re thinking again, (I legit read your mind right?), that sounds like a lot!  Well the truth is, it is and it would be overwhelming, however, Gabby makes it so digestible, by breaking each tool into an individual lesson (108 of them to be exact) that can all be boiled right down to a 140 character summary (yep Tweetable and all!).  You don’t even need to go in order.  The coolest part of this book is it can be a reference book to all things Gabby and I’m using it as my “happiness tool belt.”

I was truly blown away by this book. It’s a beautiful collage of all the things she teaches, in one beautiful presentation. If you’re a Gabby connoisseur myself, you’ll find so much unique content I’ve never seen or heard before. Having followed her as my guru for years, I can safely say I’ve seen all her tricks & this book brought up so many new ones I wasn’t expecting and now love.

Bottom-line: all 108 tools are just so damn helpful.

Above all, it’s a blast to read! Self-development can be so serious, but reading (or listening as I did) to this book is a blast.  She makes it fun & even mentions “Friends” and is just so darn relatable- her specificity with anecdotes and examples makes you fly through it!  The coolest part of all, is how the entire book is interactive she refers you online to corresponding videos and shareable posts, to build community around the miracles now hashtag.

So let’s make this a trend, because it’s rad. Thank you @Gabbybernstein you did it again with #MiraclesNow {tweet that now!}

Gabby, you are the guru…no wait I am…but I still adore you.

& want to chat about our experience reading Miracles Now? Join our book club on Facebook right here!

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May Cause Miracles is making me cause Miracles left & right

My guru Gabrielle Bernstein says…

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…so I’m going to get real here.

When I first heard about my guru Gabrielle Bernstein’s new book May Cause Miracles, and watched the trailer, I was excited in the ‘my favorite book is becoming a movie’ or ‘favorite brand’s new product’ or ‘favorite band’s new album’ kind of way.  I assumed I’d like it merely because (as I’ve gushed to you many times before) the work of Gabrielle Bernstein has changed my life & she’s become my guru. But underneath this excitement, which was fueled by her book launch lectures & giveaways …I was scared of the book. 

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Yes I was scared to read this little pink & white book, with my guru who is so relatable she feels like my best friend on the cover. Where was this fear coming from? Why was it creeping in?  I didn’t realize at the time, but that fear was fake & what Gabby calls the ego. At the time though, it was as real as ever. And that’s the thing about fear, it’s merely a dream we create in our minds and dreams sure seem real when we’re sleeping right?

I preordered it anyways but over the busy holidays I was actually dreading it’s arrival because I knew it was a guidebook, meaning she would guide me, but ultimately the work was up to me to get done…and that was way daunting. I felt like The Work would be right there for me to do wrong, I thought I would feel frustrated wanting the benefits, but not having the time, determination, capacity to do the book ‘correctly’ to receive them.

I was wrong.  Gabby makes it so everyone does it ‘correctly’ just by opening it. This book is so intuitive & comprehensive that opening it is the only right action you must take, the rest in done for you.

When the book came I waited to read it for two weeks. I wanted to start on a Sunday, but really I was using any excuse to put it off….it wasn’t the right time, I didn’t have enough time, I didn’t have enough support, but then I made this for Gabby…

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& realized I had all the support I needed in the Universe & in this case, there is was sitting on my desk…Gabby’s support.

I had listened to the audio intro at least five times when I finally opened the book. From her words, I could tell this book was deep, real, and really had the power to change people. But I also realized that no matter what, Gabby or her book could not change anyone without one thing: willingness. And that’s what I still lacked, the willingness to let go, be supported, and do this for myself.

My ego was afraid of reading this because it was afraid of the side effects…it wasn’t in fine print, it was right in the title – MAY CAUSE MIRACLES & on some level I believed a book had the power to actually do so since I already had intense faith in Gabby from her previous work’s impact on me. But that’s just it, I had intense faith in Gabby, but not in myself. Let’s take a step back, even in this very post I’ve told you Gabby’s my guru how many times? count ’em (that’s why they’re bolded now)…that’s right 4 times! My problem wasn’t that I didn’t have faith in this book or my guru, it was that I didn’t have faith in myself or believe I was the guru.

A few months ago when when my life was pretty messy, I called into Gabby’s radio show, got through & spoke with her for the first time. I had was a bit starstruck, so her advice was a blur when I hung up, but this line stood out as what I took away….I kept calling her my guru & she said this….”

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Many months later I ending up working with her & designing this (above) to remind me and others that we are all gurus. Don’t fret if your ego is freaking out, remember when things are going well the ego freaks out even more (learned that in Spirit Junkie) so just be aware & willing to see things differently…see you as the guru.

So bottom line…here’s what I have to say about this book. Don’t open it unless/until you are ready & willing for happiness because this book May Will Does Cause Miracles. They may be subtile but, believe me… & Gabby, not your ego.

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Be well,

Katie