NOVEMBER MONTHLY MEANDERINGS.

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November is very here and so here are my Monthly Meanderings. A long tradition in WW-Land meanderings are links to things that have genuinely inspired me around the web this month.  Until next month keep in touch with me on Facebook & Instagram (above are some Insta-glimpses into my past month). I’m still loving Snapchat now so join me there too. Oh and tons of new pod episodes coming this month.

First of all- BIG NEWS:: I’m hosting a group coaching 3 week course all about putting the HAPPY back into the holidays where I’ll cover topics ranging from food, family, and finances & even will have 3 guest speakers! Find out who the guests are + sign up if it sounds fun here

TO LISTEN TO:: 

Last week’s episode of the podcast was Katie WONDERS No. 002 with my monthly favorites // gratitudes for October. Check it out if you haven’t already.  + –Join the podcast listener group on FB! 

I was on Summer Innanen’s podcast last week, check it out here!

I was also a guest on the Finding My Hunger Podcast if you want to listen to that too!

Um Lena Dunham has a podcast. omg.  

Also, all the BuzzFeed podcasts are really good, I especially love this one about TV, Rerun 

TO READ::

I wrote an essay on Refinery 29 you should totes check it out! 

How to know if you’re eating the right amount.

I didn’t write this but I easily could have since I am still madly in love with Seth Cohen & will be for life.

Check out how awesome my friend Lisa is!  on Martha too! 

I loved this one on Style Like U and related to it so much. 

An article on downtown Detroit I read.  

I’m sure you’re all already reading Lenny but just in case… 

TO EXPLORE:: 

This. is a new social media where you can only post one link per day. It’s really cool because you’re only able to post something really good. Check it out. You should all join!

Check out my friend abbey’s sweet shop Amiga!  I want everything and bought most everything. (she is also my photographer & took the photo of me above + my book cover photo & every other one I’ve taken)

You guys all know I’m really into journaling right? Anyways I was on this awesome podcast this week and the interviewer told me about this cool site to type your morning pages called 750words.com it’s way cool. 

My friend Maddy’s new body image course. 

oh yeah and duh my holiday group coaching course. it’s going to be way fun!

TO EAT:: 

Warm frothy hemp milk by health coach Quinn!  who we love. so much.

+ one more thing TO LISTEN to:: my playlist of the moment that I’ll continue adding to throughout the month if you want to jam with me.

HAPPY Holidays workshop REMIX: Putting the GOOD in the Bad Days

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Sometimes the advice you need is literally right in front of you. This Yogi Bhajan quote was staring at me last night while I battled with technology.

It may seem like it’s always rainbows & butterflies in Wonderland and that’s the atmosphere I’ve wanted to create. I want this corner of the internet to be a place for you to come and feel happy, inspired, grateful, and yes well. However, what I really want to promote here is extreme authenticity. As the mayor of Wonderland I committed to be honest with you in every post, podcast, and video bleeding in my authentic truth because I know a little secret…

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That’s what I’ve done, I’ve been so real here and Daring Greatly has given me the greatest gift I could have ever imagined: YOU, the Wellness Wonderland community. The people who get my emails, leave comments, like every Facebook post I put out, retweet my inspirational tweets, hang out with me on Instagram or comment on my video and listen to my podcast every week. You know who you are and I am so incredibly grateful for you. It is because of you that I wanted to do my workshop last night and it is because of you that I was so deeply sad the live-steam video didn’t work and it is because of you & your kind comments that I’m coming out of this.

In the spirit of vulnerability, last night I felt embarrassed, weak, and genuinely sad that I couldn’t give you my tools for being HAPPY during the holidays. However, I shifted those feelings by using my tools for when things don’t go my way. & now is my chance to share them with you.

TOOL ONE: So I said a whole lot of the following affirmation… It’s a great one, post it it, memorize it, print it, and just use it anytime a situation isn’t playing out like you thought it would. This affirmation comes in and calms you down so the Universe can take over and provide you the solution you won’t be able to see in the moment.

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Tool two: I kept asking what am I supposed to learn from this situation. Not simply how YouTube works, but why did this happen? I got a very clear answer: I needed to slow down. I was moving too fast, working so hard, pushing to get so much done, I needed to sit back a bit (so of course this video pops up into my YouTube feed in divine timing).

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Tool Three: Gratitude. I got my gratitude on big time last night. By focusing on what I do have and the things that went right in my day it creates more of that energy – going to sleep with thoughts of gratitude rather than chaotic thoughts of things that didn’t go well. So I got out my little gratitude journal and wrote down 3 things that went well that day; that way that day isn’t merely (in Friends episode terms) “The One Where The Livestream Video Didn’t Work”.

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Here’s the thing, situations like this are the biggest opportunity for spiritual growth and personal development. Look,  I can meditate in Wonderland by myself all day, but real enlightenment comes with how I react in those moments where things aren’t perfect & life isn’t sunshine wonderland. That’s what I realized late last night, it’s about finding the Wonderland even in those moments. Using those tools I preach here in my own life when things don’t go my way (AKA the live video only lets 10 people on at a time & kicks us all off during my first live online event) or your brakes go out, or you slip on the ice.

Bottom Line: Last night I thought I was going to GIVE to you, but instead YOU gave to me! Thank you for all the nice comments, tweets, emails, and messages. I needed them. 

Also, I’m not leaving you hanging for the HOLIDAYS. Look for the video of this workshop in your inbox THIS WEEK.

I’m grateful that so many of you were ready in your jammies, with your worksheets, & notebook ready learn (& you still will, I’m going to be giving you a kick-ass video extravaganza to watch tomorrow and hey if you watch it right after I put it out it’s pretty much live just consider it an hour delay). And Friday night join my dear friend Heather for a LIVE workshop specifically targeting creating a happier FOOD experience over the holidays.

I had a bast teaching this workshop at my yoga studio & I’m determined to teach it to YOU too!

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TOMORROW’S THE BIG DAY…

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Join me tomorrow for my LIVE online holiday extravaganza. It is truly going to be an amazing workshop that will make you fall in love with the holidays again. I’ll give you tools to prepare yourself to feel the magic & excitement you felt as a child or always dreamed of feeling. RSVP by commenting below or joining the Facebook event here.

I’ll be sending out a REMINDER email tomorrow with all the PDFs and materials you’ll need for class so please sign up for my emails above and to the left! <–

To view the workshop live simply follow THIS link & you’ll see me appear broadcasting LIVE from Wonderland at 9:30 EST/6:30 PST. Just make sure you’re watching in a comfortable area, perhaps in your PJs, with a nice cup of a warming beverage. Perhaps a luscious hot cocoa or warm water with lemon or your favorite cup of tea. Also, have a pen on hand, with a notebook to jot down any notes, and most importantly please print off the PDF worksheets I will be sending out tomorrow (so make sure you’re signed up for email updates to receive them). Just settle in and enjoy the moment and be fully present to soak up all the tools I share.

I can’t wait to hang out with you all tomorrow night! xxoo

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You’re Invited…

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…to my holiday extravaganza! I’m hosting my first LIVE online event! It’s going to be an interactive workshop on keeping the HAPPY in the holidays. Please join me!

RSVP in the Facebook event here! & I’ll be posting all of the materials you’ll be needing for class later this week including some PDFs you’ll need to print out!

2013 GIFT GUIDES NO. 1 | For The Movers & Shakers On Your List

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This is the first installment of my 2013 guides check out the intro here. This guide is for the Wellness Wonderland inhabitant who loves moving their body in creative & fun ways. From yoga to dance to just plain walking! This is everything they could ever want.

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Shoe– The running, hiking, & walking shoe I have loved this year, seriously the most comfortable thing ever on my foot. I felt like Cinderella when I found these.

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Rebounder– This is the best way to get in exercise when you’re busy & don’t have time to make it to a yoga class, the gym, or even outside for a walk. Having one of these may be your ticket. As a kid, I adored jumping on the trampoline so much. I could stay out there jumping for hours with my little radio.

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Jump Rope- Another simple tool for staying fit while staying inside during the long winter (when all you want to do is hibernate) is a jump rope. It  will also make you feel like a little kid again, which is the best.

Shrink Session– This is the workout that changed my entire year. I adore Erin Stutland & Shrink Session so much, get her free workouts just by signing up for her email newsletter and try it out for yourself.

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Manduka Mat- This is the mat I love, it’s a little heavy but I love using it. My aunt calls it the Mercedes-Benz of yoga mats.

Keeping your body moving is only part of the equation to be fit. Be sure to seek the guidance of a good health coach or nutritionist.

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The Rockstar Roadmap group coaching – For when someone is getting started with wellness & has no idea where to start! The Rockstar Roadmap is the GPS to Wellness Wonderland.  It’s a fun group of women, classes, handouts, and more. Sign up for the Rockstar Roadmap with the amazing Robyn Youkilis.

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Culinary Karma Coaching– Getting along in your health journey, but need an intuitive guide to hold space for you & help you take your health to a place where you feel great in your body? Book a session here.