Happy People: Looking Inward

“The happiest people I know are evaluating and improving themselves. The unhappy people are usually evaluating and judging others.”

This quote appeared today in my Instagram feed from Wild Woman Sisterhood, a powerful page that empowers and unites women.

This quote made me reflect on the people in my life, the doubts I’ve had about myself, and my own inner journey.

Some people around me have viewed me as closed off lately. It’s quite the opposite. As I protect my own energy and try to bring light to the darkness, I welcome meaningful conversations and support, but avoid the low vibe energy, gossip, and drama.

It’s easy to point the finger at others when you’re feeling worried or insecure, but remember: the most fulfilling journey is inward. You may be surprised at all of the wonderful things you discover. 💫

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The Spiritual Benefits of Not Eating Meat

So, I’ve made a major change in my life:

I quit eating meat.

It’s been one full week going completely meatless, and I’ve felt better than ever. I’ve been sleeping well, am full of energy, and my skin looks healthy with a glow.

I went vegan for a period of time in the past, but this effort has been different than when I did it for weight loss and something new to do: this time, it’s for spiritual and ethical reasons.

Throughout my entire life I’ve had a strange relationship with meat. Feeling both slightly disgusted and skeptical about where it was from, what exactly I was eating, and what types of chemicals or treatment the animal endured, it has been difficult for me to eat meat without thinking too much. I’m no PETA member, but I do have a difficult time imagining my meal having a life of its own.

Over the past year I’ve been toying with the idea of completely giving up meat; I’ve read numerous articles and watched videos about the spiritual benefits of eliminating meat. I’ve learned how consuming meat products is essentially consuming energy from the animal, as well as all of the chemicals. What a frightening thought. I’m extremely sensitive to energies around me, and what I put into my body is no exception.

As I make strides in assuring I keep my frequency high, cutting meat from my diet is one of the many ways I can raise my vibration.

You know the old saying, “you are what you eat-” and although I’ll miss a good burger or a filet mignon, I have more confidence in my health, mind, and spiritual condition.

Read more about spirituality and diet here.

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Manifesting on 11/11/18: Inspired By My Future in Boston

It’s been a beautiful day in Boston, and I spent 11/11 doing the things that inspire me, bring me peace, and give me hope for the future.

Spending time in the Back Bay never fails to center me. It’s my favorite neighborhood in the city, and gave me a sense of home after moving here from New York City. From the quaint shops on Newbury Street to the tranquil aura of the Public Garden, I felt like I was taking an Uptown stroll to Central Park.

I used to think my future was in New York, but Boston has proved to be a much calmer, more relatable city to me. I moved here by myself, quickly creating my own home, new hopes and big dreams.

Wherever you go, there you are- and I’ve grown to love who I am here in Boston.

As I walked through the garden and sat by the Swan Pond, I thought of everything I hope for my future to hold. At precisely 11:11AM, I journaled in my notebook and admired the autumn colors all around me. One day, I dream of a home of my own where I can walk out my front door and enjoy the park. I dream of endless days writing on a park bench, inspiring others to fulfill their dreams, and being fully self sufficient.

Over the past couple of years I have had to take a few steps back to move forward- and I’ve grown stronger in the process. In a city where old meets new, I’m confident I was guided to come here- and with time, I know I’ll move even closer to embodying my purpose.

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Empowerment Starts Within

em·pow·er·ment

/əmˈpouərmənt/

noun

-authority or power given to someone to do something.

-the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.

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Oh, empowerment. What a wonderful, powerful concept- a concept that is often overlooked or misunderstood.

It’s common for people to look for outside validation to feel empowered, but it can all be quite fleeting. That praise or confidence another has for you may feel good in the moment, and it may even boost your self esteem in the long-term, but is it really empowering you?

I’ve had the opportunity to learn what empowerment truly means over this past year. Through a combination of self-discovery, reflection, and a bit of isolation, I realized nothing on the outside would fulfill me on the inside. Nothing.

I had a law firm job downtown Boston. I lived alone in a studio along the Mystic River. I dated a fellow at Harvard. Arianna Huffington’s website published dozens of my pieces. I weighed 104 pounds and fit into a size 00.

Things appeared okay, right?

They were far from it. I was miserable, depressed, and I started heavily drinking again. I stopped reaching out to people. I could barely eat, and I quit that soulless and stressful job after feeling unappreciated.

I was completely unbalanced, and I had stopped appreciating the gifts I had on the inside.

I was so wrapped up in “outside circumstances” that I stopped being authentic. I started looking at outside validation instead of looking at my true, creative self. I thought more about what others wanted for me, NOT what I wanted for myself.

Over this past year, I learned one of the most important lessons of all: that I must first look inward to be able to appreciate anything outward.

Today I am here to be an advocate for loving yourself first.

Not only does loving yourself relate to being fulfilled without a partner, it also pertains to setting healthy boundaries and advocating for your own needs.

Today I’m sober, teaching again, writing daily, and connecting with people who have always seen the light in me, even when I couldn’t see it for myself. We all need people to remind us who we are and who we could come- but most importantly, you must eventually recognize it for yourself.

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