5 Tips for a Positive 2015

Our New Years resolutions pretty much always have something to do with our outward appearance.

New Years Resolutions are hard to keep up. Read how a founder stuck with one every day

This year, try and focus on changing yourself from the inside out.

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Our thoughts are very powerful. We are in charge of what we believe and how we handle everyday situations.


Here are some ways to kick out negativity, and kick start your New Year on a Positive note.

1. You are Your Own Best friend

If you find yourself in the midst of harsh internal dialogue, putting yourself down and spewing negative thoughts… ask yourself

“Would I speak to someone I love the way I am speaking to myself?” 

If you answered no, then it’s time to start handling yourself with care.

We all deal with moments of stress and worry, but try having compassion for yourself and understand where these thoughts are coming from.

Instead of beating yourself up, switch your inner dialogue to something positive;

“I can do this.” “I’ve been through worse” “This will not make or break me”.

Stopping the negativity and replacing it with positive thoughts will empower your mind to stay at peace, feel confident, and be happier overall.

2. Replay Your Successes in 2014.

Grab a pen and paper and jot down your 2014 success list starting from January 1. These achievements can be big or small.

 You got a new job, you bought a house, you quit smoking, or you simply took on a challenge that you were too fearful to do in the past.

Acknowledge every achievement and congratulate yourself. Focus on what you did do, instead of what you didn’t. Keep the momentum going into the New Year.

3. Create a Zen Den.

Whether it be in your bedroom, living room or bath tub, create a space that you can come to whenever you feel overwhelmed and need some time to breathe. This space is designed to recharge your batteries, and erase any negative thoughts that crept in throughout the day. Relax and breathe into this space. Visit it at least once a day.

4. Have Set Goals.

Stay focused on what is important to you by creating goals for yourself. Take these goals day by day, and don’t beat yourself up if you slip. Simply forgive yourself and start over in that instant.

YOU have the power to change your life, and remaining positive will help you get to wherever you want to be.

5. Be Aware of How Awesome Your Life Is.

Make a list of everything in your life that make it awesome; your family, your bed, your health, your garden, the food on your table…anything really.

As each day passes, begin to see more and more of everything in your life that you appreciate, and when something new arises, thank the universe for that gift.

Wake up thanking the universe for your life and another beautiful day. Thank the universe for every lesson you learn, for every teacher that walks in and out of your life, for everything you have and ever will have.

Positivity is a powerful tool. The more positive we become, the more positivity we will attract.

Every positive thought propels you in the right direction.

Embrace this new year with open arms, and be ready for whatever lies ahead.

But most importantly, be your own number one fan. 

Happy New Year!

March Madness with ARBONNE and Climbing to the Top.

I feel like my head is about to explode with all of the information that I want to send to the world.

Everyday I encounter frustrated individuals who are looking for a place to start on their journey towards a healthy future. They are overwhelmed, scared, defeated, and feel out of control, so I want to do everything that I can to help them by introducing an easier way to live a healthy life.

It’s not rocket science, and it shouldn’t feel like it either. It’s all about living and eating in a way that is recognized by our body, and this is done through NATURE.

Nature means something different to everyone. Some prefer plant based, while others love meat.  Some drop $200+ dollars on a face cream with some natural ingredients, while other prefer to make their own face masks with brown sugar, coconut oil and sea salt.

However you want to live is fine. It is your life, and your body. But why would you want to bombard it with red dye #5, soy lecithin, artificial sweeteners, and tons of other unpronounceable, not found in nature ingredients that reek havoc on your body? This is not only from oral ingesting, but also through skin absorption from creams, shampoo and make-up.

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Chemicals are everywhere, and we are constantly exposing ourselves to their harmful reactions.

So here is what I want YOU to do.

Go through your cabinets, your fridge, and your make up case. Check your kids vitamins, your husbands shave gel, even your pet’s shampoo. 

What does the ingredients list look like? I guarantee you will be shocked at what you and your family have been ingesting through your mouth and your skin.

It’s scary.

As a result, I have teamed up with Global company ARBONNE to help YOU and all of your loved ones find the right path with aromatherapy, botanically based cosmetics, plant based nutrition and so much more.

It is gluten free, vegan, contains no GMO’s, hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.

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From their #1 line of Anti-aging products RE9 Advanced,  Vegan pea protein and Vitamins to keep you energized, and Sun Care for those hot days on the beach, there is something for EVERY member of your family. Kids and pets included!

My family has been raving about the results they’ve received from ARBONNE, and many of them have been using their products for years. From better digestion, more energy, smoother skin, and an overall feeling of confidence, the results are endless.

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Bottom line..I want YOU to feel this way as well.That is why I am sharing this with you today.

Check out ARBONNE’s website for more information, or contact me to help you get started on your new journey towards an unprocessed life. It’s a small step in the right direction that will lead to a lifestyle of natural health.


In other news, I started my month off by climbing 61 flights of the John Hancock Tower at the MS Climb To The Top event.

On March 1, 2014, participants will climb 61 flights of stairs to the top of the John Hancock Tower, New England’s tallest building. Climb to the Top is a unique event that raises funds to help the almost 18,000 people in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont affected by multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system that has no known cause or cure. Your participation in Climb to the Top provides help for today and hope for tomorrow through education, support, advocacy, and research funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter.

It was such a humbling experience, and it feels great to support those who really need it.



Before the climb, I gulped down one of my Energy Fizz Sticks for an added pep to my step.

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If you have been following me, then you know that I have been off coffee since November, so this little packet worked perfectly to help me climb those steps with ease.

No jitters or post caffeine fog included Smile

Let’s give March Madness a whole new meaning. It’s time to HEALTHY, CONFIDENT, and CLEAN!

Join me on this journey towards loving yourself more, and stepping out of the toxic clouds that fill your home with harmful chemicals.

Breathe the fresh air. Bring nature back into your life.

What’s My Healthy?

Meditating before the hectic day begins

Begin each day with a grateful heart

Waking up my body with warm lemon water, a cup of tea, and a cleansing green juice.

Allow for at least 30 minutes a day to MOVE.

This may include cardio, yoga, or resistance training. Get that heart rate up!

Fueling with color

Super Simple Ground Chicken Gumbo!

1 lb. Lean ground chicken
1 package of frozen stir fry veggies
1 can diced tomatoes, with juice
Cook and place on top of spaghetti squash or brown rice!

Green Smoothies!

Spinach, kale, frozen berries, maca powder, spirulina, ground flaxseed, brown rice protein, cinnamon, water and ice.

Reading instead of watching.

My current book of choice…

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Family time

Getting enough sleep!

Having a new puppy has definitely led to many interrupted nights, but Madi’s bladder has gotten stronger with every passing week Smile

Thank God

Getting out of my own way.

#quollectiveyou paint the picture that is your life. - May Cause Miracles


What is YOUR healthy?


I loved my Yoga Teacher’s message this morning regarding New Year’s resolutions;

“Instead of making one resolution for the next 365 days, which almost always ends up failing, choose a new intention for everyday of the year, just as you do each time you settle onto your Yoga mat.

As the days pass, remember what each intention was and try to carry it with you for the rest of the year”

How beautiful is that?

This is the way it should be. Not stressful or complicated, but inspiring and manageable.

Maybe one day you choose to be kinder to people, no matter how rude they are to you. Another day you may choose to drink more water, call you mom more, quit sugar, or make it to that fitness class that you keep talking yourself out of.

Whatever you choose, hold it close to your heart.

As you complete each day, you will feel so motivated and strong, and you will have 365 days worth of goals that you’ve tackled in 2014.

You can make your list now, or simply choose your intention when you wake up in the morning. Take time to sit with yourself before reaching for your cell phone, or jumping out of bed. The thought will come to you, and it’s okay to repeat your intentions. This just means you need to work a little more on this one matter.

Once you chosen your intention for the day, write it down on a piece of paper (or in your cell phone), and re-read it every hour as a reminder to yourself. Keep your list of intentions by your bed, and before you go to sleep, read it over to remind yourself of why you chose these intentions in the first place.

January first is the start of a new journey for you, and the best part is that you have 364 days to do it all again.

Who’s with me?


Letting Go in the New Year

We meet an infinite amount of people in this world, some only for a brief moment, and some who come into our lives to stay.

These are the people who surround us, who affect our emotions, actions, and overall views of the world. We absorb their energy, feel their soul, which is why it is so important to choose these people wisely.

Group of friends laughing, having a good time

As human beings, we are constantly changing and evolving. This often affects our relationships with others, and letting go of certain people in our life is sometimes part of that process.

Realizing who to hold on to and who to let go of can be one of the hardest decisions to make. How do you actually let go of someone who has been in your life for so long? Why do you want to let them go in the first place?

The most important question you should ask yourself is this..

”How does this person make me feel?”

If you answered “This person makes me feel good”, then you know that they are worth keeping. This person is capable of lifting your spirits, inspiring you, and making you feel important. It is easy to spend time with them, the connection is genuine, and even if you have a small disagreement, the overall feeling of the relationship is effortless and free.

These are the people that you hold onto. These are the people who you should never take for granted.

outside dinner with all the girls

If you answered “This person makes me feel bad, insignificant, worthless, sad etc..”, it’s time to let them go.

These are the people who steal your energy and bring you down. Maybe they always think in the negative, constantly complain, gossip, or judge others (including you) in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable. These people are ego-minded and find pleasure in other’s problems. They also tend to want their own “judgment posse” to take part in their ego minded tendency’s.

Never allow anyone to make you feel less than what you are worth, or cause you to stoop to their level of negativity. Take a moment to reflect on the people in your life and realize how you feel after spending time with them. During that process, the answer will be clear.

It is also important to check in with your own heart. If you find yourself surrounded by people who make you feel bad, ask yourself…

“Why am I attracting these types of people into my life? Am I loving myself, or am I making myself a victim?”

There may be something that you are subconsciously, or consciously, telling yourself that attracts this type of person to you. A bad energy vibe, if you will.  It is important to understand that your soul needs to be taken care of in all ways, and this includes knowing that you deserve to have good, positive people in your life. Constantly remind yourself that no one can bring you down unless you allow them to, and figure out why you may be giving these toxic people any attention at all. What may be lacking in you?

What we feel is reflected out and back, like a mirror.


If someone feels small, they want to make others feel small. If they hate their hair, they will judge someone with awesome hair. If they don’t make enough money, or mad that their spouse won’t commit, they will gossip about those who drive nice cars with their husband/wives.

Realize that these negative people do have love inside of them, and people don’t tend to consciously put others down unless they are suffering somehow within themselves. This is the ego’s way of coping, and until a person can fix themselves, it is not worth your own suffering on their behalf.

Wow that says it all! I wish more people would live by this quote.

The best way to go about a situation such as this, is to forgive and walk away. Do not allow your own ego take control, causing you to spew hurtful and unnecessary comments. You do not have to inflict pain onto others to get your point across.

Walk away

Some relationships don’t need a grand finale. They simply have served their purpose, and when the time is right, can quietly slip out the door.

As the year comes to an end, make an effort to surround yourself with people who make you feel good in every way possible.

And for those who you find put out your fire..simply set them free.

{Off the Coff} and {What Serves You?}

It has been over a week since I’ve given up coffee, and I can definitely feel a difference in my body, mind, and energy level.


What started out as a “give my digestive track a rest” day, has transpired into something much more than that.

  • My stomach cramping that I experience far too often…gone.
  • Racing thoughts and indigestion…gone.
  • Crazy cravings..gone.
  • Afternoon crash…gone.

The list goes on, and as of right now, I feel way too good to turn back to the dark (black coffee) side.


I’m not saying that this is a life long commitment… I know that I can have coffee whenever I want.


In fact, I have an entire caddy full of K Cups in my kitchen right now, but I just don’t crave it like I used to.

The smell of a coffee shop still excites my senses, but it’s as if my body decided, for me, to off the coff and look for something different. And even though I only averaged about 2 cups a day, the results that I feel are undeniable.


The start of my day remains the same with warm lemon water, but I now follow it with a cup of Yerba Mate Tea, and some sort of Green beverage.


Green Smoothie.


Kale, Spinach, Green Apple (cored),Cucumber, Lime, Ginger Root and Cold Water.

On hectic days, I often grab a Green Juice at Starbucks on my way to work, along with a Tazo Zen Green Tea, which is perfect for that extra dose of energy.

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Tazo Green Tea Blend - Zen - 1 Box (20 tea bags)

Some other choices throughout the day have been ginger tea (I grate ginger root into a cup of hot water), sparking water, water infused with cucumbers, mint, or frozen fruit, and coconut water post workout.


Dark Chocolate Zico = THE best

My mediation practice has definitely helped me figure out what my body wants and needs, and I do not need to run on auto pilot with a cup of coffee glued to my hand.


I’m sleeping better, my focus has improved, no more upset tummy, and I feel a sense of peace that I’ve never felt before. And I’m still killing my workouts.

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I am not telling you to give up coffee, or any other vice that you may have. I am simply giving you my experience, and asking you to take a deeper look at all of your EVERYDAY choices.

Coffee, cigarettes, diet soda, cramming every last second of your day with work that you go to bed with your head spinning and feel an overwhelming sense of anxiety…

Does any of this serve you, or is it simply a habit?

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Breathe In Gratitude

With Thanksgiving only a few days away, I wanted to talk about the importance of gratitude within ourselves, for ourselves.

I am someone who tends hold in my emotions. Be it anger, sadness, anxiousness, or excitement, I allow my feelings to build up so high, that any small issue can suddenly set me off into a tizzy.

My mother always yells at me, in her North End Boston accent, “Your gonna give yourself an ulcer!”

But let’s be honest, we’ve all been there.

Racing mind, stomach cramps, irritability.. and I’m confident that you can agree on the heavy weight it places not only on our shoulders, but on our minds and hearts as well.

Meditation is the medication

All you need is to take that first step in order to start a journey to where you are meant to be.

I’ve always been into yoga, more for the fitness benefits than spiritual. However, I’ve recently felt a shift within myself that wanted to tackle any uncomfortable thoughts or feelings that I had been buried deep inside. I wanted to control my breath, silence my mind, feel every intuition. Have a clear head.

And that is exactly what I have been doing.

When I had read Gabrielle Bernstein’s “ Add More ~ing To Your Life” and “Spirit Junkie”, I knew that I had found what I was looking for in terms of guidance. She is completely down to earth, realistic and personable. She tells it like it is through her own experiences, and answers every question before you have a chance to ask it.

Add More Ing to Your Life: A Hip Guide to Happiness || Gabrielle Bernstein

Spirit Junkie ~ Gabrielle Bernstein 

I am currently in the middle of her 40 day course from “May Cause Miracles”, and my meditation, yoga, and prayer practices have never been better.

my marie claire - may cause miracles meditation


Yoga is no longer just a way to stretch. It is now also a way to listen to my body, hear my thoughts, and reconnect with myself in a beautiful way through breath. Starting and ending each day in my meditation space has become something that I look forward to, and I find myself praying for guidance and answers much more frequently than I have in the past. The answers now are so much clearer.

This is my “me” time. A time where I can go to a quiet place and sit  without any interruption. A time to just…be.

We all live such hectic, rushed lives, and we do not take the time to breathe. We focus so much on the negative and miss out on all of the other amazing miracles that surround us each and every day. We choose not to see, or be aware of these miracles, and it leaves us in a tense state of mind with only stress flowing through our veins

It’s time to stop and reconnect. “Choose love instead of fear”. Listen to what your body and mind are telling you.

Be kind to yourself. Be thankful for your blessings. Breathe life in.

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!