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.

 

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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…

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Give up. Get a job with benefits. You’ll never pull it off.

One year at Gathering of the Vibes my ears were treated to some magic. It was a couple of years ago when the heat was stifling and I spent a lot of my time lounging in the VIP tent with a fan blowing directly on me just so I wouldn’t over heat. While I was sipping on some cold water, I heard some old-time music in my ears and it was coming my way. I look up and a band is marching towards me playing the most upbeat and get you out of your chair type music, so I did what I had to. I got up and performed an entire improv dance routine with my dancer friend Andrea.

We were so into the vibe of the music, we followed the band around the grounds dancing like everyone was watching, but we didn’t care. We also didn’t care that it was over one hundred degrees out. Primate Fiasco has that effect on people. Their music is contagious, makes you smile, gets you off your butt and has your body Continue reading

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Music is magic.

I asked people to share times they manifested music into their lives, and the stories that were shared were of epic proportions. If these people could manifest this magic into their lives you can too.  It isn’t just limited to music, but to anything you want in life. Check out how they put what they wanted out into the universe, released expectations and then opened themselves up to receive. It’s the magic formula!

Barry Cohen Went to Lotus at Mercury Lounge. It was sold out. I told the guy at the door that I have never been denied entry to a show in my life, and he just let me in for free with no ticket.
Nicole Nelson Jimmie Vaughan at the original House of Blues in Cambridge. It was sold out for weeks but the night of the show I just felt like I would get in somehow and I did! I ran into the opening band after their set and started talking with them- they handed me 6 tickets from their unused guest-list and I got a bunch of happy friends in with me- and then I found 20 bucks on the ground! It was a good night
Yahuba Jose Garcia-Torres Back in 1998, my best friend and I bought 2 extra tix to every phish show in the northeast that summer and miracled two people at every show that summer. We got such a rush out of making someone’s day.

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I’m going to lure you in with booty talk…

I love to interview people who are rocking their lives. This week I interviewed Richele Henry because not only is she my soul sister and unicorn friend, but she is a kick ass coach who guides you to lovin your body right now for all the awesome that it is in this present moment. She is a genius at it. Seriously. She is personally responsible for me finally embracing and loving my voluptuous bootie, bringing it out of hiding and letting it
shine it’s fine self out to the world. She opened my eyes to see that hating on my ass was actually keeping me from being truly happy in all the areas of my life.

If I lured you in with all of this booty talk…yay!

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