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When I first wake up I always snuggle my dog Bella Luna with lots of kisses and hugs, then I drink a tall glass of water, sometimes warmed with lemon, followed by coffee and a banana. Then I’ll read a little bit, and practice some yoga and meditation with Mala Beads. Routines keep me grounded.
2. Do you have a go-to motivational mantra?
“I am Enough.” I think sometimes the biggest obstacle to happiness is just believing in ourselves and realizing we are enough. It’s such a sweet reminder to let go of expectations and just be.
3. Kicking-ass in your field of expertise can sometimes be a lot of work, how do you stay connected to your center on those inevitable tough days?
Kicking-ass is hard work! I am a big advocate of taking 5-minute yoga breaks. I have a yoga mat in my studio and whenever I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I’ll roll out my mat, blast some music, and flow the way my body wants. It’s literally the best stress reliever! When I really need to find my center, I’ll meditate with my Mala Beads with an intention. Lately, I’ve been meditating on healing, love, and compassion.
4. What are your MUST HAVES in your carry-on when you're about to leave town on a big jet plane?
Malabella Mala Beads, Nalgene water bottle, Eucalyptus oils, books, lots and lots of layers, and trashy magazines ;)
5. What is your favorite thing to do when you need some creative inspiration?
Fresh mountain air. I’m so blessed to live in the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia, whenever I’m craving some fresh new inspiration I’ll go on a long hike. Escaping to the sea also sparks creativity like no other. There’s something so beautiful and romantic about the way the ocean kisses the shore.
6. What’s your best piece of advice for our younger generation when it comes to following your passion?
Go for it! You rock and seriously no one can do what you do. There’s this constant fear that we aren’t good enough, that we aren’t capable, that we’ll be rejected, or that we might not succeed. Break the ice and make that first step. It won’t be perfect the first time, second time, or maybe even the third time, but you know what? That’s okay and truthfully that’s the beauty of it all.
7. Favorite yoga pose for chillin’ out?
Reclined twist. It’s my medicine. It’s my healer. It’s my place of deep peace and serenity. Wide legged forward fold is also amazing for anxiety and stress. Bend and breath.
8. What’s the most recent inspirational book that you’ve read?
The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer. This book has changed my life and it took me 3 years to read. I’d read a chapter and my mind would be blown, it’d take me weeks to practice the teachings and let the goodness settle in. It’s all about freeing ourselves from our egos, our expectations, and everyday stresses. I also just started to read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, she’s such a goddess.
9. Do you have a nightly ritual that helps clear your mind for a restful sleep, creating a productive day to follow?
Almost every night my boyfriend and I practice yoga right before bed. I’ve recently gotten back into journaling and sketching before bed. I always lay my Mala Beads and crystals on my nightstand, fusing my dreams and reality.
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