How To Face Rejection On Your Road To Success

  It’s not about the outcome It’s about the task It’s about creating what you want to create And Making the life you want to make And it doesn’t matter about dollar bills The future is in the hands of the people whom make their own destiny We’re not a group of people who has things handed to us We’re not a group of people who have things fall into our lap That’s not reality And nor do we want it to be Because it tastes sweeter when we work for it It tastes like gratitude, filling our morning cereal, every morning, when we’ve put the consistent effort into making our dreams a reality and when, finally, after all those false starts and unhappy moments of our hearts… they do. They are our reality. We can’t let the biggest of nos keep us from enjoying the process We can’t let someone’s inability to see our worth keep us from knowing it And we sure as heck can’t allow our mind to believe other people’s doubts, The world is yours. You don’t need a big break. You don’t need validation. You don’t need anything from anyone. All you need to do is have fun. Just wake up, grateful, to be able to put things into perspective for yourself so you can ask questions so you can find the answers To be able to know that it is all going to work out It may take years, but you’ve got the time to learn, so why not? If we never were let down, we wouldn’t know what victory tastes like Every...

What The Full Moon Says For Your Life

This full moon is different than the others — it’s seriously infected with some extra bright, super illuminating vibes.   This is not one of those full moons that is meant to blow your life up (like the last full moon did for me), but rather, is meant to help us all have clarity at an otherwise confusing time of human history. Let’s face it: we all need some inspiration right about now. We all need something to wake up for a little more these days. We need some positivity on the news and we need to know that the effort we are putting in is going to be rewarded. This full moon is the universe’s answer to that. It’s a reminder that yes, we are heard, we are seen, and our dreams that we have been working so damn hard for are all coming. And so is peace.   WORK WITH THE MOON   So in order to help the energy move swiftly and to create abundance with the moon’s powerful energy, write down what you’re trying manifest in your life and what you’re most striving for. Write all that you’re opening up to and are willing to allow to flow freely and fully because it’s YOUR time. On a separate sheet than the one where you write down what you’re working towards, write down what you’re ready to release. Perhaps it’s doubts that you’re holding onto, or insecurities that are still bubbling up even after all these years.  It’s okay, we all have them.  Get them down on paper because this moon’s energy is a huge helper...

Sadness Explained (in a Positive Way)

Sadness can be a guiding light.   It can let you know that it’s time for your soul to do some growing… that you’re ready to let go of trauma and ascend to a higher level of consciousness. In the releasing process, you may very well feel downright drained emotionally or plain old down because you are simply processing emotions, which takes energy out of you.  Allow this stage to teach you the meaning of existence, knowing that if we can not fully honor the process then we can not fully enjoy what comes next: Space. Freedom. Peace. Happiness. After the storm, the sun always shines… and most importantly, it was always there to begin with. We just can’t see it when we are dealing with the rain, but what if we danced in that rain instead?  What if we allowed its presence to open us up; to show us our strength? If we didn’t hurt, we would be weak. Many of us think our pains mean we are not strong, but the truth is quite the opposite.   Just as you must destroy your muscles through working out in order to grow them, and a day or two after a workout your body will be sore, think of your emotional and spiritual growth similarly. Get My Free Guided Meditation The only reason you are hurting is because you are letting go – or are being encouraged to seek deeper within. I used to fight off my sadness. I didn’t want to sit in the space of my pain because it was overwhelming, but I knew running wouldn’t work for me any longer either....

Surrendering On A Spiritual Journey – Inspiring + Raw Truth

If you’re anything like me, you’ve had a hard time letting go.  Of things.  Of people and relationships.  Of memories. My life has been filled with spiritual temper tantrums, pride, and defiance.  Yet, on the other side of my ego, I always meet what I call ‘sweet surrender’. Once I’ve had enough of myself, I always eventually come around to the next step in the surrendering process on my spiritual journey.   Doing so by releasing my personal stories and beliefs in exchange for what the Universe wants for me, I am guided to a happy heart and calm mind.  It’s taught me that… Every moment, we are losing what we knew only to discover what we know.   This constant exchange keeps us alive and powerful like the sea and tidal changes themselves. We are forever forced to loosen our grip on the hold that we were so sure of yesterday. The relationship that we held so dear. The disappointment that we know is for our better. The friend who we love more than they love themselves. We are asked to let go, and our response is why? Why give us great beauty only to take it away? Why be the only survivor with the scars of memories past on this messy spiritual journey? To tell the story. To be able to keep the soul’s of those whom we meet alive. To weave the delicate pattern of the story of the interconnectedness of all humans. To give hope to those whom have given up looking for these answers. We are the brave ones. The lucky ones. The hurt ones. We are...

To The Warrior of Peace, An Open Letter

Dear Warrior of Peace,   You are an individual footprint in the paved path of the Universe and your mission is to be unapologetically who you were born to be.  Who you are. When you can be you in all your glory (even in all your very real moments that don’t feel like glory), you help others become who they are meant to be. Your freedom frees.  You are a warrior of peace. We are all in this together, and to make sense of why we find ourselves here, we must first find ourselves. Period. Go on a trip. Stop saying and start doing. Stop exaggerating. Allow yourself to get pissed off. Allow your feelings to exist. Brace yourself as they work through you so you can let them work for you.  You are a warrior of peace. Love without apology. Remind yourself that love is not some conditioned game we learned in order to manipulate others. Love can not fit inside your human heart; rather, it pours out of your human heart. Stand up for others if you’re having a difficult time standing up for yourself.   Show yourself the way; you already are the way. You’re the solution. The resolution. The panacea to your distress. Stop looking elsewhere; look within.  You are a warrior of peace. Accept the rigid parts inside of you. The heart’s hurts, the dirty thoughts, the tireless dreams – they are yours and yours alone. Honor them. Cherish them. Come home to them. Nothing is ever worth avoiding, but I know there are days when you think everything should be.  If you’ve been there, remember your...

Kiss Self Doubt Goodbye For Good (with Video)

    Nobody has done what you can do, so stop doubting yourself.     Stop keeping your fantastic, freer than free heart trapped in the broom closet and let it sweep all over this and every other town. Boom. It’s time to play peek-a-boo so the world can say “oh, is that who?” when they reference you — yes, you. You.  That’s the only person you have to get honest with. You’re the only person you have to self-validate.  There’s no reason for self doubt. You are the only person who can do what you’re meant to do and you’re the only person who is, well, you. That’s a super power. It’s like a drug, and it’s so powerful they should make it illegal. Yet they should still bottle it up and sell it because when you drink it down – when you drink the essence of who you are – you blossom and grow into the beast of love that you were born to be. Let yourself roar and let it rip for all to see. Never doubt your ability because its uncanny to anything anyone’s ever seen, and quite honestly, everything is subjective anyways. I mean, even Shakespeare had his doubters in his day.  Do you think he was spending his day worrying with self doubt? So don’t you worry about the naysayers — keep being your own yes.   Haters gonna hate, but lovers gonna love… and if you’re reading this, you can bet you’re the latter. You can also bet you’re the ladder to every dream that you have. You just have to climb it by your...

Step Into Your Strength: The Truth Of Power

Never forget your strength or your humility when you leave your front door. A lot of us think that the two are not combined – that confidence needs to be cockiness, or wearing armor around our sensitivities gets us more bed partners or instagram likes. It doesn’t. The only thing it gets us is further away from the reality that our power comes from our heart, and our power is accepting of all and is open to change. The truth of power is that it admits when it’s wrong. It doesn’t have the need to be right or for others to be wrong. It gives freely, knowing that it doesn’t need to put its name on everything it touches; it can help others shine on their own accord because it is the best support system out there. It’s also the best friend to the long days of our life. Our power reminds us that everyday won’t be perfect, and won’t always feel worth it, but it is.  There is a method to the madness and our strength teaches us that we are ever-evolving beings who will get another opportunity to come our way when the one that we want most doesn’t come knocking. Our strength tells us to trust.  To surrender.  To know our dreams are on their way and our intentions are being fulfilled even when we can’t feel or see them being so. The truth of power is that it’s made up of peace. Our power is knee deep in honesty and guides us to making the choice that is best for all parties involved. Own it. Garrett Paknis Love this?...

Saturn Return: Growing Through It

Are you in your mid-to-late 20s (or mid 50s, or 80s), experiencing massive changes in your life that are burning a hole in your soul and you’re wondering what the heck is going on?  I’ll tell you what the heck is going on:  You’re going through Saturn Return, and your entire life is about to change. Saturn Return is an astrological phenomenon that takes place *approximately!* every 28 years.  It’s when the planet Saturn has completed an entire orbit around the sun and winds up in the same position that it was when you were born into this beautiful world.  Our first saturn return in our life is the most dramatic:  It’s when you say sayonara to childhood and embrace adulthood, yet you can be sure that the transition won’t always be a walk in the park. In fact, our first saturn return is more like an abrupt wake up call.  It’s a message to get your shit in order, before it becomes too late.  It’s a time in our life where things may fall apart, only so that new, better suited things may take its place. You may lose friends. You may switch careers. Your wonderful relationship may suddenly end. You may spend most days an emotional mess, for years. Your worst habits will have a magnifying glass on them, and you’ll see yourself clearly for the first time.  You may not like who this person is, and you may begin to freak out. This is totally normal. I know this well because these are the things that happened to me.  My entire life fell apart, yet, Saturn always gifts us a silver lining...

6 Productivity Tips To Fire Up Your Life

In the past year, I’ve been getting serious:  I said NO to my half-ass way of living and YES to becoming the most productive, organized and mission-driven person I can become.  I wanted to wake up each day and become a better version of who I was the day before, and in that quest — I’ve learned a lot. Change didn’t happen overnight, but it can for you because I’m sharing the top 6 productivity tips I not-so-magically discovered on my journey from disheveled to tip-top getting-it-all-done soulful lover.        1.  Have A Morning Routine   The most successful people (we’re talking Oprah, Obama, Benjamin Franklin, Anna Wintour, Steve Jobs)  implement or implemented some sort of grounding morning routine in order to connect to their best selves before the rat-race of the day begins. This could spell out sacrifice as you may be waking up earlier, but don’t fear:  The time spent will help the rest of the day go by smoother (guaranteed). My morning routine:  Every morning when I wake up, I thank the Universe for giving me another opportunity to have an incredible day.  Recently, I told a client of mine to “SAY YES” upon waking every day, and now I’ve incorporated this instant dose of positivity into my morning ritual too. Following my moments of gratitude, I check in with myself before checking my phone (this is imperative!). I ask myself:            How do I feel?            What can I do right now that’ll help me: Workout, Meditate, Or Write? Meditation, morning writing, and working out (lots of yoga) are the Holy Trifecta...

Manifesting with the Full Moon: Ignite Your Fire

If you’re anything like me, you’ve had some big changes happening in your life for what seems like forever.   Maybe you’ve been feeling an increased interest in balance, friendship, harmony and beauty and perhaps the changes that are happening within are making you feel as if you’re giving birth to a new life. You are.  It’s your time to shine, yet in the last few months you may have felt like you’ve been in review of your life and in deep contemplation. Tomorrow, on March 23rd at 8:01am ET, there will be a lunar eclipse and full moon —  the Universal energy of contemplation and review that we’ve all been going through will culminate.  You’ll be able take a crystal clear view of the changes that have taken place in the past six months.   It’s a perfect time to be in synch with the present moment and be in harmony with yourself and nature. This is your time to be selfish and take a deep look within.  The focus should be on you during these days… shut out others if you need to so you can open a door to yourself. How can you implement some self care and treat yourself luxuriously?   It’s time to flower your seeds, appreciate life in all its beauty, and flow with the changes that are happening within.   With the sky being filled with the full moon’s glow, you’ll also be able to look back at the lessons you’ve learned and have deeper understanding and closure.  Isn’t that amazing?  I know it feels like a long time coming. So, are you ready to to tap into the power of the full moon?...

Creating Better Boundaries: With Brene Brown

Boundaries give us a safe haven for us to be ourselves: They are a blueprint for self-love. Click To Tweet   I spent the majority of my 20s giving myself away:  I was a people pleaser who didn’t speak up for myself, and I thought that dealing with things on my own would make me a stronger person. Wrong. It made me a frustrated, resentful person, who got angry because I was falling into the same pattern on repeat. I held in that frustration until a couple years ago when it all started pouring out, and I started lashing out at the people closest to me.  I was in the midst of major internal and spiritual changes, and it was as if I couldn’t stop speaking my mind.   Finally! I created boundaries for myself, and while I don’t recommend the way I did so at first, it did positively change my life for the better. It can positively change your life too. [Get my free Mini-Workbook for Creating Boundaries (full of photos + inspirational quotes) by clicking below.] Click Here To Get Your Free Mini-Workbook For Creating Boundaries Now Boundaries give us the opportunity to have complete transparency and vulnerability in our relationships.   They allow us to have zero guilt or shame about our decisions, actions, and lifestyle. Boundaries give us a safe haven for us to be ourselves: They are a blueprint for self-love. We believe that without boundaries, people will respect us more.  We believe that they’ll admire us and like us more because we are, essentially, doing what they want.  Yet, it’s quite the opposite:  Without boundaries, people don’t respect...

4 Steps To Take That Lead To Your Lucky Break

I’ve struggled most of my life trying to make my dreams come true, day after energy draining day.  When I was acting professionally, there was nothing else I wanted out of life.  I hustled hard with back to back auditioning, taking very poorly paid jobs, and praying endlessly for my ‘lucky break’. Yet, my lucky break came when I was able to give up what my ego wanted, and started listening to the true guidance from my soul. I was already spending more of my time reading eastern philosophy and meditating than memorizing my scripts, but my ego was still caught up in the desire to be “seen” and validated as an actor (and person). Luckily, after some time traveling down my own personal healing road, I was able to relinquish the grip on that wheel. My life shifted and it’s still shifting. Every day is brand new because I allow it to be. No longer do I get stuck when things aren’t working – I realize there is always a greater reason for everything to be happening, and I follow my internal guidance.  I allow myself to be my lucky break. I’ve worked as a photographer, actor, model, writer, editor, spiritual mentor, and energy healer. Now I’m getting into directing. If I never listened to my soul, I would’ve wasted my creativity and been forever stuck trying to make something happen that wasn’t my final goal. I am grateful for the days I have felt (and sometimes even still do!) feel frustrated, because they simply polish and guide me towards a sharper, more resilient version of who I am. My experiences have taught me...

Overcoming Rejection – Turning ‘No’ into Something Positive

(with an inspirational video down below) When we’re interested in overcoming rejection, we should know this…  It’s not about the outcome…   It’s about the task. It’s about creating what you want to create And making the life you want to make. It doesn’t matter about dollar bills, The future is in the hands of us people whom make their own destiny.   We’re not a group of people who has things handed to us We’re not a group of people who have things fall into our lap That’s not reality And nor do we want it to be Because it tastes sweeter when we work for it….   It tastes like gratitude, filling our morning cereal, every morning, when we’ve put the consistent effort into making our dreams a reality and when, finally, after all those false starts and unhappy moments of our hearts, they do. They are our reality.   We can’t let the biggest of nos keep us from enjoying the process We can’t let someone’s inability to see our worth keep us from knowing it — And we sure as heck can’t allow our mind to believe other people’s doubts… The world is yours. You don’t need a big break. You don’t need validation. You don’t need anything from anyone. All you need to do is have fun. Just wake up, grateful, to be able to put things into perspective for yourself so you can ask questions so you can find the answers To be able to know that it is all going to work out… It may take years, but you’ve got the time to...

Having a Hard Time Letting Go? Read This

Are you having a hard time letting go of what is bothering you? What we need to do when we can’t let go — which really means we’re fighting to have control over the situation —  is accept what we are feeling and allow it to be a part of our lives.   There’s no need to fight it, as when the moment we accept what life has handed us (the situation we are trying to let go), it dissipates. The reason we are stuck and are having a difficult time letting go is because there is a lesson to be learning at the current moment — and until the moment we learn that lesson, it will drive us nuts.   All we have to decide if we are going to move with – or against – life. Are we going to fight it, or welcome it, and in turn, create something new with all of the change that is swirling around us?   Change is like a tornado ripping apart our structure and leaving us bare, naked, vulnerable and, understandably, lost… and that’s okay.   What I’ve discovered is that when we are truly lost — when our ship is so far off the GPS map where we basically give up the fight and throw our hands in the air and give up trying so hard– that’s when suddenly, we are guided to safety.   We aren’t meant to know every reason things happen in often mysterious ways.  We don’t need to have the exact reason things work out the way they do.  We aren’t meant to take a straight path to our...

6 Ways to Win The Oscar For Your Best Life

It’s time to win the Oscar.   Everything you have ever done has led you here.  To this moment.  To this place.    The tears, the joys, the set backs & the soul-screaming frustrations have all paid off, and now, it’s your time to win the Oscar. It’s your big day, and all eyes are on you.  You’ve turned your life around from stuck and struggling to A-list caliber and you’re ready to shine… The real question is:  How BRIGHT can you light up the world? Here Are Six Ways To Do Just That, so you can win the Oscar for the leading role of your Best Life:   1. Dig Deep   You don’t take no for an answer. You find resilience in your heart, and perseverance where there was never any perseverance before. You realize that life doesn’t happen outside of you, it happens within you.   The awesome thing is, when you feel like a success within, the external world mirrors that feeling.     2.  You Allow Pain To Teach You   Those sleepless nights pay off  because they allow you to see that your pain is actually your greatest teacher. Your pain shows you where you don’t want to be, and instead, pushes you into the direction of your highest purpose and calling. Pain is a transformative power when you allow it to be, and shapes you into the person you are meant to be. Your mindset is everything in this life.   When we approach the world with the everything-happens-for-a-reason-so-I-may-as-well-enjoy-it-all, we can really flow with life instead of work against it. Congratulations on swimming with the current —...

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