Are you collecting tickets?

Up until a few years ago I had a long history of keeping tabs or tickets as I like to call them on all the people who've done me wrong. I'd collect these minor or sometimes major infractions and put them away in a drawer until one day the drawer would be just too full and I couldn't take it anymore. I'd hold in my feelings, collect resentments and frustrations and then one day the person on the other side would receive their punishment which usually meant a lashing of words from my angry tongue and if they'd really push me I'd walk out of their life for good... Needless to say, I needed to find a healthier way to communicate.

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Did you have body image issues as a little girl? I know I didn't...

We aren't born with body image issues. We don't just come into this world hating ourselves and our bodies, in fact, I remember loving my body when I was little. I'd dance, swing my arms and legs in funny directions wiggling all over the place and never thought, gee my fat sure jiggles a lot! No, I celebrated myself and my body. It wasn't until I got into end of elementary into middle school that I became aware of "what others" saw as what was wrong with my body. It all starts with...

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22 Signs You Might Be Having Your Spiritual Awakening

On the path to soul growth some of us go so far in our evolution process that we go through what is called our spiritual awakening. It's a time when we awaken to our patterns, behaviors and live from a place of consciousness. A place of mindfulness and self awareness. There are often signs leading up to the souls awakening, here are just a few that I've experienced through my awakening.

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Louise Hay Paid Us A Visit The Other Night!

It was around 3 am last Thursday, the night of the full moon. I heard tapping on the window sill, the fan was blowing the plastic rod from the blinds against the wall. That's what woke me up and then at 3:16 am the TV went on in the living room and it was blaring as loud as I think it could possibly go.  At first, I thought maybe it was my roommates, sometimes they watch TV really loud but then I realized the voice I was hearing sounded familiar, it was the voice of Louise Hay.  I thought to myself “they don't know who she is, why would they be watching her?”

So I got up and went out into the living room, all the lights were on, no one was up and on the giant TV screen was this image of Louise Hay and her video on positive affirmations was playing all by itself...

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How To Communicate From Love

Summer fun may be coming to an end, but it doesn't mean the fun, love and connections have to stop. One way to have more loving conversations with the people is to fill your love tank up first. I know for myself, I've come to learn that when I can stay balanced in my own energy by nourishing myself I'm much more capable to come from a more loving place. Which has allowed for more intimacy, deeper, more meaningful connections. Click to discover more.

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Accepting My So Called "Flaws".

these images are an after of my self-love journey. Typically you see before and afters as a transformation of "losing the weight" but this was a transformation of my heart. Transforming my hatred for my body and instead, learning to love it, all of it. Thank you, my dear dear friend, for capturing these images for me, when I look at them all I see is love. Love for myself and love for my body, she's been with me, protecting me this whole time. I just couldn't see it before. 

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How do you get into the pool?

I believe how you get into a pool is a great metaphor for life. Me, I've always just gone for it, knowing it might be really cold but knowing that ultimatley I'll warm up if I just keep moving. I'm jumping in cannonball style because that's how I jump into all areas of my life. I'm jumping in boldly + bravely and deep down I know that whatever comes my way I'll pull through because I always pull through.

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Joshua Tree Adventures

I've been photographing people for over a decade and this was the first trip I did a full blown session. I couldn't be happier that it was one of my besties who was on the other side of the camera. She has been part of my journey through photography as well as my own personal self-love journey and I couldn't have asked for someone I love more to be the one to pop my photo shoot cherry. 

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Wildly Authentic with Heidi Swymer

I got the pleasure of doing a personal branding session for this Wild Cat, Heidi Swymer. her in Venice to help spice up her website! Heidi is a blogger building a life she loves, documenting her adventures which include traveling, cocktails, beaching it, staying true to herself and exploring her creativity & spirituality all while getting to know her Wildly Authentic self!

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Live Now Weight Yourself Later

I spent so much of my life trying to lose weight or obsess over the number on the scale. I've heard so many people say they're waiting to take the photos after they lose more weight, waiting to go to the gym until they lose weight, waiting to go get a massage or mani-pedi until they've lost weight. So much waiting, what you're really doing and what I was doing was waiting to live!

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