I did a crazy cat dance with Marco Benevento. You won’t believe how it happened!

Last Saturday night I had a dream that I did an interpretive acrobatic improv dance on stage dressed in a cat suit with musician Marco Benevento. I texted him and told him my dream and he responded, “Maybe you should today!?!?”

Here’s the text message:

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I said yes and then the nerves set in because I was only half Continue reading

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Busted! I’m a faker

For years I was faking it. I thought I loved myself, but my actions didn’t come close to matching.  I acted as though I was mediocre. I treated myself in ways I wouldn’t treat my worst enemy. The way I was acting toward myself  was being mirrored back to me in all areas of my life, from my diet, I would drive from fast food restaurant to fast food restaurant raiding their dollar menus and I would eat entire loaves of bread and quarts of ice-cream even though they would hurt my stomach badly. It affected my relationships, too, and the ways I treated my body because I was so mean and focused on hating parts of it. My careers or lack there of suffered as I was in a job where I would pray I would get into a car accident so I didn’t have to go or held jobs just for the money. Even my home environment felt it. It was a disaster zone full of clutter. And even my hygiene was affected like how I hadn’t gone to the dentist in years. It was reflected in the way I dressed myself. As my grandma would say, “I was Continue reading

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What I learned from having a miscarriage

It’s about to get really personal up in here. I feel really called to share what’s been going on with me. It’s something that’s rarely talked about. It’s something when many people feel a lot of shame. It’s something many people keep a secret. It’s something many people suffer in silence from. It’s a miscarriage.

Most of you probably don’t know that my husband Dan and I have been open to having a baby enter our lives for about a year now. Almost exactly a year to the date when we decided to “let it fly and see what happens” my period was a day late so I took a pregnancy test. I saw the result and said to Dan, “We have a situation!!!” We were so excited.

We told our close friends and family the great news. Everyone was over the moon excited for us. We were told to not tell the world until three months because “you never know what can happen.” I thought that was kind of strange because when do we ever really know what’s going to happen? I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next five minutes let alone nine months from now, but I did keep the news mostly in the family.

At nine weeks we had our first mid-wife appointment. Apparently at nine weeks a baby looks more like a shark than like a baby. Dan and I were really excited to see the shark Continue reading

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How I Channeled John Lennon

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John Lennon was one of the most famous dreamers of our time. Dreaming is awesome and important, but problems arise when we become all dreams and no action. I was so guilty of this. I was an epic dreamer. I got high speaking about all the great ideas I had, the things I was going to do, and all the fabulous places I was going to travel. When it came to actually doing something about making those dreams become a reality, I got scared and and it paralyzed me.  When obstacles pop up (which they always do if you’ve got big dreams), I came up with a million and one excuses (none of which were my fault) about why that dream didn’t pan out  and then quickly schemed up a new and exciting dream to talk about. All dreams and no action.

I experienced a false sense of joy and satisfaction because it wasn’t real. I was living in a fantasy world.

By being a dreamer with no action,  I also experienced harsh feelings of failure and often felt lost in the world. It was much easier to float above the clouds and start dreaming again. If you are like me and are a badass rebel, you will more than likely Continue reading

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Sometimes the journey is crazy!!!

When it came to my career, I was digging a million small holes all over the place and never got anywhere. I always felt lost and stuck and like I was going nowhere. If you can relate to that, don’t worry, the Universe has a funny way of letting you know it has your back. I was cheerleading for the NJ Nets while teaching dance, personal training, choreographing and doing all the costume design for middle and high school plays while coaching a high school competitive dance team.

 

At a sold-out Nets game, I was performing, and doing crazy amounts of flips across the court and sick dance moves when I pivoted to run off the court and  felt my knee snap.  I fell down. I often felt snaps like that so I tried to stand up when I realized to my horror, nothing was holding my knee together and I fell down again.

 

I was brought into the trainer’s room and the Net’s doctor took one look at my knee and said, “You tore your Continue reading

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10 Most Inspiring Musicians

When people ask me what my religion is I say, “Love and music.” When I’m listening to music I feel connected to something bigger than myself and there are a handful of musicians that inspire me to live the best life possible for many different reasons. We all have those people whose words and stories we connect with. These are mine.

Ryan Montbleau

The reason I picked Ryan Montbleau to be on this list goes way deeper than just his epic music. It’s all about the way we all relate to every single word that comes out of his mouth, whether it’s one of his songs, a Facebook or Twitter update or one of his blog posts. I relate to Ryan so much  because he is not afraid to write songs about his struggles, and since we are all human beings too, we’ve all struggled too. When you listen to Ryan you know you are never alone. His music saves lives.

Michael Franti

If you’ve never been to a Michael Franti show, my recommendation is that you go to a Michael Franti show. At his concerts Michael is found everywhere in the venue because it’s very clear Continue reading

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Life is totally normal

Life can suck big fat monkey balls or life can be magic. Although the thought of big fat monkey balls makes me laugh, I would much rather live a life where magic and miracles are the norm. This weekend I co-hosted the Soul Tribe Retreat at Stowe Mountain Ranch in Vermont with my soul sisters Richele, Cora, and Suzanne.

A common theme that kept on popping up throughout the weekend was finding magic in the mundane. So many of us (me included) wait for the universe to prove to us that it supports us (show us a sign dude) before we fully surrender and trust. It would be cool if the universe worked the way we wanted it to, but it doesn’t.  It’s important to open your eyes and to fully surrender into the magic and miracles the universe is showing us every day all the time.  Like now. And now. And now!

Cora, Richele, Suzanne and I had been looking for the perfect space to hold our retreat. Out of the “blue” I remembered a retreat site I had visited a couple of years ago in Stowe, Vermont. I sent a message to the owner with the dates we could do and bam! The only dates they had available for the entire year was the weekend we wanted.  That’s so normal! (That’s what we say when something is “crazy” or majorly synchronistic because it’s actually not crazy. It’s awesome and we are grateful, but it’s totally normal.)

At the retreat we all experienced so many normal things it was well, normal.

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5 Things I Learned About Life From Music Festivals

Approximately 20 years ago my parents brought me to my first music festival. We headed to upstate NY to the original site of Woodstock, where an unofficial festival was happening to celebrate 25 years since the original festival took place. Within minutes of being there I saw naked people running around throwing glitter looking happy and free.  Thank you mom and dad for that experience even though I’m pretty sure that witnessing naked people with your teenage daughters and their friends was probably pretty embarrassing for you.

After that first experience I’ve gone to more music festivals than I can count and I’ve learned so many things about life.  Here are six of those things:

  1. Be yourself because who you are is awesome. The first time I felt it was safe to be my weird, wild and quirky self in all my glory was at a music festival.  I allowed myself to be a true expression of my authentic self. I’ve learned to let that side out in my day to day life. People were going to judge me no matter what so I decided I might as well let my freak flag fly.
  2. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.  For one weekend tens of thousands of people gather somewhere because they love music and create their own temporary city. We’re all living in that crazy city together and when we all watch out for each other it’s magical. Everyone at some point was somebody’s baby. Thinking that way really helps to feel compassion and love for every person even when people sometimes act shady.
  3. People aren’t always what they seem. I’ve seen men and women dressed in crazy costumes, spinning in circles and dancing like lunatics and then finding out later that they are lawyers, teachers, politicians, activists and doctors.
  4. Listen to your body. I like to compare going to a music festival to running a marathon.  You’ve gotta pace yourself,  put enough fuel in your body, drink enough water and get enough rest.
  5. Go with the flow. I’ve created schedules for music festivals that I tried to keep , and often when I did that I missed a magical experience that was happening right in front of me. Life is what happens when you’re out making other plans. Surrender to the flow and watch the magic and miracles unfold.

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How I Got Featured in the Huffington Post

It was a miraculous day. I received a personal email from Arianna Huffington saying that she wanted to feature my voice in the Huffington Post.  How the heck did that happen?  Here’s the all-access exclusive story straight from the unicorn’s mouth.

A little while ago my friend Danielle asked me if I wanted to go to NYC to the Thrive Conference. I didn’t know anything about it so I checked it out. I learned it was a conference supporting Arianna’s new book with the same title. Danielle shared that if I bought the book I would receive a free ticket to the event. I checked in with my heart and  it said a whole hearted, “Hell yes!” I packed my bags and the next day Danielle and I took it to the streets.

I didn’t know why I felt like I had to be there, but I did. I posted to Facebook that I was going to attend the conference and was wondering if I was going to see any familiar faces there.  A friend responded letting me know her friend works for the Huff Post and she connected me. Her friend hooked it up!  She asked me if I would be willing to do an interview about my experience at the conference when I returned home on Monday. Again I checked in with my heart and it said Continue reading

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Liberate yourself from fear

Hello.  I hope you are doing wonderfully on this hot summer day.  My friends, you are in for a treat. I interviewed my rock star friend John Smrtic because he the awesomest in the land and beyond AND because he is someone who inspires me to shine on a daily basis. When I first met John he was kind of a mess. It was at the music festival Berkfest and if he remembers any of it I would be really surprised. Despite the haze he was under I still saw his shine and could feel his craving for something more out of life. Shortly after Berkfest he hit rock bottom and then thankfully discovered yoga (because of Michael Franti). He came out from his haze and stepped into the light. Today he shines so brightly and when you are in his presence you want whatever he’s having. Here’s a little bit of what he’s having. So John…

TW: Why do you practice yoga?

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