• MONDAY MANTRA

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    Be open to Abundance and Prosperity 

    I pulled a goddess card this morning, and Abundantia told me that "The universes pouring is abundance out to you. Be open to receiving," and this got me thinking...am I open to receiving abundance and prosperity?

    At first thought, this may seem silly, of course I am open, I want to prosper and make more money! But, at second thought, how open are you, really? Do you set yourself up to receive? Maybe you talk yourself out of good things because you're afraid or because you think you don't have time, or maybe deep down you just don't feel worthy to make x amount of dollars.

    For example, maybe you're a yoga instructor and when someone asks you how much you charge for private sessions, you immediately get tongue tied and ramble out your number, but then immediately say, "but we can work something out if that's too much." Is that being open to abundance? Is constantly undermining your earning potential living openly in prosperity? Sure doesn't sound like it, and I know it doesn't feel like it when you sell yourself short. You are worth it. 

    So open up. Open wide to abundance and let it flow into your life. Imagine goodness and prosperity and financial serenity. Imagine it flowing into your life like a beam of light; effortless, flowing, beaming. 

    I am full of Abundance and Prosperity. #mondaymantra

     

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  • MONTHLY HEALTHY RECIPE :: SEPTEMBER

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    Hi ladies, Brianna here! Every month through December I will be rolling out healthy recipes that use in-season produce to aid your health + your wallet!

    If you are looking to partake in the pumpkin craze, then try out this delicious and tasty treat for a sweet taste of fall! 

     

    Pumpkin Oat Protein Bars

    1. 1 can of pumpkin puree
    2. 6 heaping tbsp of coconut flour
    3. ½ tbsp of sea salt
    4. 3 drops of liquid stevia 
    5. 2 scoops of Vanilla protein powder
    6. 1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
    7. 3 whole eggs
    8. 3 drops of vanilla crème sweet drops flavoring
    9. 1 tbsp of  baking powder
    10. 1 cup of oats
    11. 4 dashes of nutmeg
    12. 4 dashes of cinnamon
    13. 3 heaping tbsp of powdered peanut butter
    14. 2 tbsp of cocoa nibs (optional)
    15. ¼ cup of chopped walnuts (optional)
    • Preheat oven to 385 degrees
    • Spray a baking pan with olive oil spray
    • Bake for 35 minutes
    • Remove from oven and let cool
    • Cut into squares and enjoy!

    Much love, Brianna @briannadiorio 

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  • WE DIG YOUR HUSTLE | RACHEL ROUHANA

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    When I first stumbled upon Rachel Rouhana and her styled stock photography business called, Haute Chocolate, I have to admit, I had a girl crush! I don't know about you, but I absolutely adore all things stationary and girl bosses kicking ass, and that's basically what Rachel is all about too!

    As Rachel says, "As a woman entrepreneur, you know how important it is to instantly attract your ideal clients & customers when they visit your website. You understand the importance of using stylish and professional images on your site and in your social media. Unfortunately, it can be nearly impossible to find feminine and chic stock images that will enhance your brand."

    So who exactly is her styled stock for specifically? Haute Chocolate is Stylish & Affordable Stock Photography for Women Entrepreneurs, Bloggers, and Creative Professionals.

    Whether you want custom stock or choose to become a member of the styled stock library, we know that we have some bomb lady-boss JIVA fans out there, so we knew that we needed to introduce you to Rachel! Enjoy! 

     

     

     

    1. What is the first thing you do in the morning to kickstart your day on the with track?

    The first thing I do in the morning is write down my intentions for the day and then spend a few minutes in meditation feeling gratitude. It helps set my energy and focus for the day to come.

    2. Do you have a go-to Motivational Mantra?

    “I am enough” – as entrepreneurs we are constantly being challenged outside of our comfort zone. There are lots of times when I feel self-doubt creeping in and I need to remind myself that I am enough to keep moving forward.

    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?

    To stay connected to my center, the first thing I usually need to do is disconnect online. Shut down email, Facebook, Instagram and everything else and just move. Sometimes I take a dance break, go for a walk, or even clean the house. It helps me clear my mind and re-focus my energy.

    4. What are your MUST HAVES in your carry-on when you're about to leave town on a big jet plane?

    My must haves are pretty simple - Mascara, Lip Gloss, my iPhone and iPad.

    5. What is your favorite thing to do when you need some creative inspiration?

    Shop J As a product stylist and photographer, I get a lot of inspiration from the colors, patterns, and displays in stores. I also like to peruse on Pinterest and in fashion magazines, and then I like to just start doing - I find that’s when everything starts coming together.

    6. What’s your best piece of advice for our younger generation when it comes to following your passion?

    Push past perfection. Don’t wait, start now.

    I love the saying ‘don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle’ – it’s easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing and think that you’re not good enough, that you don’t have anything unique to add, or that you have to be perfect to make money doing what you love. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Just start where you’re at, stay focused on what you want to offer the world, and keep taking inspired action every day.

    7. Favorite yoga pose for chillin’ out?

    I’ll admit that I don’t do as much yoga as I’d like to, but yoga pants on the other hand are my wardrobe staple. 

    8. What’s the most recent inspirational book that you’ve read?

    I’m currently reading Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein and loving it. It’s the first non-business book I’ve read in a while.

    9. Do you have a nightly ritual that helps clear your mind for a restful sleep, creating a productive day to follow?

    My agenda is my best friend. Each night I review what I’ve accomplished that day, and then plan out what needs to get done the following day. That way when I wake up I ready to get to work.

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  • MONDAY MANTRA

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    New Moon Magic

    The New Moon was yesterday, and we can still harness its magic! Let's set our intentions for new beginnings. Where in your life can you shed some layers? What area of your life needs a breath of fresh air? 

    Renewal.

    You can begin again whenever you want. You can start fresh at any time. #mondaymantra

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  • EATING WITH THE SEASONS - FALL

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    Hi all! Brianna here, as promised I am bringing you some healthy eating tips for the season! Now the changing of the seasons allows us to enjoy not only the crisp weather and beautiful fall foliage, but also autumn’s flavorful harvest. Seasonal eating can bring a variety of delicious produce, from pumpkin and apples to chestnuts and sweet potatoes. As we transition into cooler weather with the fall season, our innate pull towards warmer and denser foods is as natural as the shedding of the leaves after a long winter. Grasses and flowers transition from bright shades of green to cooler hues of brown, peddles fall from flowers and plants start to prepare for the drop in temperature. The sweeter more cooling foods we are fond of during the summer months become less appealing, and we find ourselves gravitating towards hardy meals, hot soups, and warm beverages. To make the most of fall’s offerings, take advantage of eating seasonally, and enjoy some favorite fall foods that are available only during the autumn months!

    Benefits to Eating Seasonally

    Eating foods that are in season can bring benefits to your health and wallet. Freshness and flavor, as well as being more affordable and providing additional nutritional value, are some of the benefits that you can expect from eating locally grown, seasonal produce.

    Seasonal food is also often local, which means that the miles between your food and your plate are shortened, delivering fresher food faster! Since in-season produce is less likely to be shipped from across the country, that brings you produce that is at its peak in regards to freshness and flavor. Furthermore, picked at its ripest peak, fresher produced can retain more nutrients, allowing you to be exposed to additional antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

    When you eat seasonally and locally, you can find yourself saving some money as well. When you are buying and eating what’s in season, you are buying food that is at its height of supply and availability. This costs the farmers less to harvest and distributors less to ship, which means it can cost you less to buy once it reaches your grocery store.

    Finally, eating the same food year round can get boring and bland; when you eat with the seasons you can bring variety in to your diet. Try eating what is in season to get excited about experimenting and cooking with new foods!

     

    Fall Foods

    Welcome the natural changes of the season with the following fall favorites, providing the perfect combination of festive flavors and freshness!

    Pumpkin – The season of pumpkin flavored everything is upon us, and with good reason. Rich in antioxidants, carotenoids and fiber, this super fruit also is a source of Vitamins A, E and C. The vitamin A found in pumpkins can support skin and eye health. Don’t forget the seeds! Pumpkin seeds provide a source of iron, zinc, and selenium, important minerals that can support immune and cell health.

    • Try roasting a handful of pumpkin seeds sprinkled with some sea salt in the oven for a flavorful fall snack! You can also throw a few tablespoons of raw pumpkin seeds right into your morning smoothie or yogurt.

    Pears- One of the highest fiber fruits, pears are a great addition to your fruit basket this fall. Pears are packed with vitamins, including B, K, and C, as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. The potassium found in pears can support muscle, nerve, and cardiovascular health.

    • For a cool spin on this fall favorite, drizzle some balsamic vinegar, honey, and goat cheese on top of a sliced pear and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes!

    Sweet potatoes- Baked, roasted, mashed, however you chose to eat them, sweet potatoes are a power- house when it comes to flavor and nutrition. Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A, which is important for eye, skin, and immune health. Sweet potatoes also contain Vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and carotenoids, which can squelch free radical damage.

    • For a sweet spin simply bake your sweet potato as you normally would and top them with a dollop of Greek yogurt , a drizzle of pure maple syrup and sprinkle with some cinnamon for a surprisingly delicious sweet treat!

    Apples- Apple picking, bopping for apples, of course this is considered a fall all-star! Apples are a great source of vitamins and antioxidants, including Vitamins C, B, and E, as well as a dietary fiber. Apples also contain phytonutrients or plant chemicals that can support immune, cell, and cardiovascular health.

    • Make candy apples right at home! Simply slice up your favorite apple, melt some dark chocolate or even use almond butter to coat the apple and roll them in some crushed nuts or coconut flakes!

    Parsnips- A member of the carrot, parsley, and celery family, parsnips are a root vegetable with a slightly sweet taste. Parsnips contain Vitamin C, folate, and fiber, as well as minerals such as potassium, iron, manganese, and copper. Folate is required for making healthy DNA cells as well as red blood cells.

    • Try slicing parsnips very thin and drizzling them with some olive oil and sea salt. Roast in the oven on low heat for about 45 minutes to make parsnip chips, a crispy fall treat for the whole family!

    Butternut squash- This versatile vegetable, one referred to as “the apple of God,” originated in Mexico, and is a member of the melon family. Popular in many fall soups, this sweet and nutty veggie is loaded with Vitamin A, as well as fiber and important minerals such as potassium and magnesium. The Vitamin A found in butternut squash also acts like an antioxidant, providing protection against free radical damage and supporting immune and cardiovascular health.

    • Cut up one butternut squash and combine in a bowl with olive oil, garlic, and pepper. Pour the butternut squash cubes onto a baking sheet and roast in the oven until tender and lightly browned-roughly 25 minutes- for a hardy, low calorie side dish!

    Beets- High in vitamins C, A, K, and B, specifically folate, as well as essential minerals such as potassium and manganese, beets are a tasty and nutritious power food this fall! The vitamins and minerals found in beets are required for healthy nerve and muscle function, as well as DNA and red blood cell production. Beets provide a natural source of betaine, which is a naturally occurring amino acid like compound that plays a role in liver detoxification and neurotransmitter synthesis.

    • No need to turn on the oven, simply juice some beets for an immune boosting nutrient packed drink! Try and beet this delicious and easy recipe: juice 1 beet with 1 apple and a small parsnip. Pour over ice and enjoy your beet beverage!

    Much love, Brianna @briannadiorio 

     

     

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