Clarity, Love, and Connecting the Dots to Authentic Self Love

 

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” – Steve Jobs

 

This is only one of the deep takeaways, from Steve Jobs’ Stanford graduation speech. If you asked me who I wanted to be when I was younger, it was Oprah! I’ve always wanted to invoke people with positive emotions. It could be making you, laugh, feel empowered, spark a moment of clarity (#AHAmoment). Only, I never felt worthy of Oprah-DOM!

Keeping it real, there will not be another Oprah, but there won’t be another ME or YOU either. Have you ever felt like you weren’t worthy of your dreams? I’m no stranger to that feeling. For the longest, I didn’t think I was deserving of an empowerment platform or message because of where I’m from, things I’ve done and past failures. A couple years ago, I had a chance to attend one of Lisa Nichols speaking workshops. Have you ever been somewhere and really wanted to be called on, but then once you do, you’re like…no wait, I’m not ready for this! Ok, well when I got called on stage to do a quick speech exercise on stage, in room full of 20 or so people I’d only met the day before. This was that moment for me. My heart is racing, I was hoping no one would see me sweat, literally because I had a royal blue sheer polyester shirt on. I get to the stage. The lights are bright. Somehow my mouth opens and I flow. It’s an effortless flow. Straight from the universe through me. It was powerful, people stood up and clapped. Epic moment, not because of the clapping. That was nice, but it was about a feeling, a sense of knowing that I was doing exactly what I was send here to do.

After my brief, Tony Robbins-esque speech. Lisa coached, me she told me that I played small. In my mind, I’m like okay, but I’m 5’1…soooo. She meant I hid my power, my authentic voice, my larger than life personality, that LEO fire. Pretty early in life, I learned that standing out seemed to draw out negativity from others. Shining bright like a diamond, just didn’t feel right. So I turned down, raised my hand less in class, asked for opportunities less, and turned that LEO flame into a small occasionally lit flicker.  She made me promised that I would walk off that stage and never shrink down again.

I would like to say that the game-changed right then, but it took a minute for me to really embrace the idea. Over the past, year or maybe two there’s been a major shift. If you’ve been following me, maybe you’ve noticed it. I just started asking myself, “Who am I not to live in the fullest version of me, to not do GOD’s work, to not align with the universal flow? YOU and I have a divine freaking right to live and be a light to the world.

I’m a born nurture, a healer, that’s my purpose! It’s why I’m here…do I take selfies? Yep, sometimes! Do I love hip-hop, for better or worse? Absolutely. Am I also an advocate for mindfulness and healthy living? No, question. Like, corny jokes? Bring, em’ on! Do I have an absurd affection for Beyonce? Maybe. Do I love with all my heart? Always. Have I decided to live unapologetically me? YAAASSS!!!! And so, should YOU!!

V-day is on the way, and I had love on the brain. I want to send loving vibes to my tribe, you’re my family. Just the idea that by honoring my purpose, I’m somehow serving you is the fuel that keeps me lit. Be encouraged, stay in alignment with your highest self even when the road gets bumpy, the air is foggy and the world seems so cold continue to love yourself to your fullest potential.

The best gift we can give the world is to be true to ourselves, our calling, and our unique gifts. To paraphrase, my girl Marie Forleo, DO YOU because ALL of US need the gifts ONLY YOU CAN GIVE!!

Got a minute? If so, check out this video. There are some game-changing truth bombs and inspirational sound bites from my interview with Chris Howell.

 

Live. Love. and Laugh your A%$ OFF

#whynot

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Lemon & Spinach Vegan Pasta

 

6 Ingredient Guilt-Free Vegan Queso

OMG! One of the hardest things I had to walk away from when I became a vegan was cheese. I loved dairy cheese. Living in Texas, and giving up nachos was no easy feat. Recently, I stumbled across some pretty delicious vegan friendly “cheese” recipes. Sharing is caring, so I’m sharing this easy, but so delish vegan queso recipe with you. All you need is a blender to make it happen, captain!

 

 

Before blending soak your cashews in one cup of water for at least an hour. I usually soak mine overnight in the fridge, but an hour will be sufficient too. The soaking step simply ensures the cashews blend up smoothly in the queso. Blend, it up until it’s all smooth. Then, getting to dipping! Having an epic party with friends? Then, just double up on your ingredients to serve a few more people guilt-free vegan queso.

 

 

If you love this recipe, remember sharing is caring! Share this recipe with a friend you think that would just love it.

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Vegan Friendly Alternatives to Fish Oil

 

You may have heard a doctor or some kind of health practitioner say to you or someone you love, “Take, fish oil” or simply suggest eating more fish. Fish oils have been associated with good heart health, glowing skin, and healthy digestion. You may find yourself on aisle 3, looking for the right fish oil supplement, or in the meat section tossing salmon and tilapia in your basket. Don’t feel bad. I was right there with you. I was all about that salmon and tilapia life! And I even, did a post a few years back about an Omega 3 supplement I was taking, (say what?).

It wasn’t until I began to make that transition in my diet, that I began to have questions like…What if you’re a vegetarian, and vegan or have a seafood allergy? Are you doomed to high blood pressure, clogged bowels and dull looking skin? Nope!

Turns out fish oils are not the only or the best way to reap the major benefits of omega 3s or any other fatty acids for that matter! I’m sharing some down to earth plant based ways to work these fatty essentials into your everyday diet. Feel free to watch my YT video, Vegan Friendly Alternatives to Fish Oil where I’ll show you exactly how to use my favorite 3 non-seafood sources of omega 3s.

Other amazing sources of non-seafood omega 3s are…

  • Udo’s Oil
  • Chia Seeds
  • Flax Seeds

Bonus! Turns out that brussels sprouts, are another good source of omega 3 fatty acids! Check this quote from, Kimberly Synder’s, The Beauty Detox Foods, “About one and a half cups contain more than 1/3 of the daily ALA amount included in the National Academy of Sciences’ Dietary Reference Intake recommendations.”

Remember, if you’re curious, I’m sharing easy ways you can work more of these into your diet easily in the video below!

 

 

If you’re feeling social, let me know how it goes on Instagram

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Why Self Care Should be Your Top Priority this Year

This year YOU must be your first priority! You’re probably thinking, “No, my kids, my significant other, my kids, my career, and etc.” In order to be successful, in all those areas you have to take care of yourself. 

Think about it! If you take care of yourself, you will find that it reduces stress and negative energy. You’ll be able to build better relationships, and release worries. The doubts that hold you back from greatness will fall away. Self care cultivates balance in our lives. We can fill up the people in our lives, our clients, our families if we are running on empty. 

I love this YouTube video with Jada Pinkett-Smith, where she sits down with her mother and her daughter sharing the importance of honoring yourself. It’s a little over 6 minutes, but highly recommend it!

If you’re looking for more ways to give yourself a little more self-love this year check out my 5 favorite self care rituals.

Here are 5 ways you can begin to do self-care for yourself:

  •             Spa Days
  •             A few days off social media
  •             Vacations/Weekend Getaways
  •             Prayer/Meditation
  •             Spending time with supportive people

 How will you take care of yourself this week? If you’re feeling social, let me know how it goes on Instagram

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