I’m ‘Not That Kind of GIRL’ either Lena…

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It’s no secret by now but I love me some Lena Dunham. I think she is the most humble & authentic artist of our generation. As much as I love personal growth, wellness, and spirituality I love me some fiction & art equally as much. In fact, I think it is important and as I spoke with my friend Elle on this podcast fiction and storytelling IS important for personal growth.

So since today is the premiere of Season 4 of Lena’s creation GIRLS I thought it would be a timely day to share my notes on why I loved her memoir/ advice book, Not That Kind of Girl.

  I loved Not That Kind of Girl for a couple reasons:

  1. It makes my journaling better because reading a memoir makes me more comfortable writing in vivid detail about the seemly insignificant events and happenings in my life.

  2. By reading about the events and circumstances from Lena’s life and childhood as someone from my generation, I can not only relate, but use what she drew attention to as an inspiration to acknowledge the events that have impacted me without me being aware.

  3. It makes me feel like I’m not alone in my weirdness, struggles, awkwardness, and imperfections since someone from my generation has vocalized what we all go through in our own unique ways.

  4. Since she shared her story at the level of raw honesty she did, it gives me permission and inspires me to share with that same level of authenticity too.

  5. She is talented at being extremely self-aware of the gravity of the experiences she’s having almost simultaneously to going through them.

I’m gratefulnot_that_kind_of_girl_by_lena_dunham_WEB for Lena Dunham for her authenticity, her voice, and her bravery to portray our generation in the media. Is it all true for me personally? No, but I can relate to 80 percent of what she writes about by experience or through witnessing it in people I’ve know or encountered & the other 20 percent makes for great entertainment.

Here are a few more things related to this topic:

Review I liked of the book.

-If you read it and you were wondering who the character of Nellie was as much as I was when I read it, I’ll save you some googling. Here you go. I had to stop drop and google as soon as I read that part too like I was Curious George.

-Isabel Foxen Duke & I made a video which will be out soon about the food & body image part of the book.  For now check out this amazing video she did that makes me love her even more.

– If you too are “Not that Kind of Girl” like Lena & I and want support from GIRLS email me about my mentoring program, I don’t know you might be into it or might hate it.

NEW Video WWBook Club | My Top 3 Tools

It’s no secret in Wonderland that I’m pretty into Gabrielle Bernstein‘s latest book Miracles Now. Check out my book review here & my interview with Gabby on my podcast WWRadio here.  The book is so amazing that it is my selection for our WWBook Club, a private Facebook community where we discuss our collective experience with the book and how the ‘life-changing tools’ have impacted our unique lives.

This week’s video answers a question I received from someone in my book club. They asked what my favorite tools from the book were so I’ve shared them here. If you dig these tools, share them with a friend that you think they would help {TWEETABLE}.

1401944345Bottom-line: all 108 tools are super helpful.

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!}

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

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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Flower Power Challenge

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It’s a pretty popular time of year for flowers, especially roses. Not that they need  more hype, but I’m going to give them some anyways. Last week  I treated myself to some pink roses out of the blue and it really had an amazing impact on my mood all week long. Looking at them, smelling them, and photographing them was worth every penny. I highly recommend it.

So this week, I have a challenge for you in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Take (at least) one practical self-care action. Perhaps you take a bath, get a massage, or buy yourself roses (or how about all three?!). Whatever you do make sure it is something you adore and makes you feel good. You are worth it. Taking care of yourself with self-love is a requirement of living in Wellness Wonderland. 

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Last Meanderings of 2013, it’s been real

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I’ve missed you! How was your holiday? Above is an Instagram glimpse into mine. Hopefully you’re taking some time wherever you are at the tail end of this year to relax, reflect, and feel renewed for 2013.

I’m so excited for the new year & can feel that good stuff is brewing. I’ve got a festive new year post for you tomorrow, but until then meander my favorite inspiring new year posts from around the internet as well as a collection of my favorite posts of 2013 from here in Wonderland.

Favorite inspiring & timely New Years Posts from around the web:

Gabby’s 14 Ways To Make ’14 Miraculous.

Jenny’s Drop Kick your Comfort Zone in 2014.

Carly’s Instead of Making ‘Get Healthier Resolutions…’

Kris Carr’s Forget New Year’s Resolutions & Find Your Ease In 2014

Best of 2013 in Wonderland:

First of all here are last year’s last Meanderings of 2012… always fun to be nostolgic.

My healthy marshmallow recipe from last week.

This interview with Isabel Foxen Duke on how to not be crazy around food (also from last week, ending the year with a bang).

The WWDiet!

My 2013 gift guides.

19 Ways to Start & End your Day!

The one where I learned a lesson.

The epic Last Dance Challenge Check in No. 12.

…and last but not least all my WWRadio Episodes (Thank you so much to all my amazing guests, I respect you all so much and I’m so grateful for your unique perspectives and inspiration.)