Hi, readers! My name is Nicole Handel, and I am taking over Taraleigh’s blog for the day, while she is soaking up sun and moving her body in beautiful Costa Rica! I wanted to share with you all a little bit about happiness and service, as well as a way for you to tune-in to your own gratitude through reflection.
Happiness in Helping
When people ask me what I believe in, or what I believe is the root of happiness, all I know is to speak from experience. Thus, I tell them that I believe in wanderlust: that nagging urge to go, to explore, to fly, to soar. Wanderlust is not a simple wish or curiosity to experience new places and things. Wanderlust is both the angel and the devil on each shoulder and in your head and in your every waking moment that repeats a meditative, unignorable mantra: “Journey, journey, journey, journey” into infinity. Wanderlust is not for everyone; it manifests itself in the audacious, the courageous, the imprudent, the undismayed, and above all, the spirited.
It is a strong case of wanderlust that provokes the 2AM flight to Uganda with but a month’s notice; it is that same case of wanderlust that leaves the thinking, the planning, the financing to after the flight booking. Therefore, wanderlust does not have time for the technicality of the world and its demands; Continue reading →
I’m back on the smoothie recipe train and this time I made one that tastes like a peanut butter cup. One of the reasons it’s so good is because I made it with love to the sounds of Moe.’s Rebubula and drank it from a glass that said,”I want to be on you.”
You asked for it! Here’s how to make one of my favorite smoothies. It’s a mint chocolate chip one and it’s awesome…especially when you make it while rocking out to a Reba jam by Phish.
This smoothie is not only healthy, but it seriously tastes like mint chocolate chip ice-cream. It’s crazy!!!!
Here’s what’s in it:
1 handful greens (whatever you like…spinach, kale, chard)
1/4 cup pineapple (frozen or fresh)
1 capful organic peppermint extract
Milk (I used unsweetened coconut milk)
5 figs or dates
Optional superfoods (I used chia seeds, spiralina and nori seaweed powder)
Place everything in the blender and blend while rocking out. If using a vitamix start at 1 and move to 10 and then set the gear shift to high and it will go out of control. Then pour it into a glass and enjoy it because it’s soooooo good!
Feel free to share this video with your friends to inspire more green in their kitchens. Comment below about how excited you are to try this smoothie. <3
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The awesome in me sees and bows to the awesome in you,
Whenever I fall off the awesome wagon it’s because without a doubt I slacked on my epic morning rituals. I remember one time this summer when I said to my coaches, “I am in such a funk. When I’m at festivals on the weekends I’m so happy. I feel great. I practice yoga. I am in the flow and magic and miracles happen all around me all the time. Then I go home and I forget to experience the magic and that’s why I’m in my funk. I fell off the wagon and onto my sparkly butt!”
This is me and my sparkle butt in the flow at Gathering of the Vibes
One of my coaches said, “Have you been forgetting to do your Epic Morning Rituals?”
Ding ding ding!
She nailed it on the head. For the next week until I spoke to my coaches again I made it a priority to do my Epic Morning Rituals. A week later when I was back with my coaches and they asked me how I was doing I said, “I feel great! That sh*t that I’m teaching my clients really works!”
We all laughed because sometimes we all fall off our wagons onto our sparkly butts and what gets us back onto our unicorns is routine and accountability.
In this video I explain what an epic morning ritual is, why they are so important and then I invite you to join me for the FREE #irockmymorning challenge starting this Monday. The challenge combines the magic formula of routine and accountability.
My favorite place on earth is when I’m on the dance floor rocking out to my favorite band. You know the feeling. You lose yourself for a moment in the music and you transcend to another world where everything is magical. You’re surrounded by friends and you’re all connected by the sounds coming from the front of the venue. For that moment you feel connected to something bigger than yourself, happy, free, in the flow, wild and blissed out. In order to feel a little of that awesome I feel when I’m on the dance floor on a daily basis I’ve created some Epic Morning Rituals for myself.
One of my favorite rituals is to move my body to some music. Sometimes I pick a song connected to one of those shows where everything came together perfectly to create a magical moment. Sometimes I let my iPod choose for me.
Today Twiddle rocked my world.
I would love to help you to create some epic morning rituals of your own so your battery doesn’t have to get so drained between shows.
Join me for the FREE #irockmymorning challenge happening March 2-4 right >>>Here
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The awesome in me sees and bows to the awesome in you,
You know the feeling you feel in every cell of your body right as the lights go down and your favorite band walks out onto the stage? Everyone is buzzing with anticipation and you feel like you’re going to jump out of your skin because you’re so excited about what’s about to happen? It’s the best feeling in the world.
I chase that feeling which is why I keep going to shows. The way you feel in that moment may be not be possible to recreate on a daily basis exactly, but you can come close to it. How do you feel in that moment?
Share with me at the bottom of this blog how you feel when the lights go down? I have goosebumps already!
From my experience I feel excited about the unknown. I get high on the buzz from the crowd. I wonder, “What’s this show going to be like? What magic am I going to experience? How big is my smile going to get? Hard hard am I going to dance? How loud am I going to sing along to my favorite songs?”
Instead of only feeling this way at a show I feel it almost every day in my shower (Not every day. I’m a hippie. I don’t shower daily) by doing this one simple thing.
I invite you to create your own #epicmorningritual so you can feel that feeling in your own way. I’ll share my best ideas with you and support you along the way. That’s why I created the #irockmymorning challenge just for you. It’s ALL happening right>>> here. Life can be great in this moment. And this one. And this one too! The world is your festival.
Share this blog with your friends you want to shower with…or go to shows with. Same thing:)
The awesome in me sees and bows to the awesome in you,
My happy place is wherever the live music is. Each day I try to infuse a little of the awesome I feel at shows into my morning so I can start the day off on the right foot. I do some epic morning rituals so I can get to my happy place every day. Before I started this practice I used to feel like something was wrong with myself and my life when I wasn’t at my happy place.
“Why am I not at a festival ALL the time?”
“I’m so tired all the time. There must be something medically wrong with me.”
“When is Phish finally going to announce their next tour so I can start living fully again?”
I realized that I wasn’t enjoying the present moment because all I was doing was pining to be at a music festival or show. The more time that went between festivals the more tired and sad I became. I even manifested some serious sicknesses and injuries. Going to shows and festivals charges my battery and is very important to my well being, but that doesn’t mean my battery should drastically Continue reading →
In the past I thought of rest as time wasted. I felt as though every moment of every day should be filled and if it wasn’t I felt unaccomplished and lazy. This kind of judgement I put on myself had me feeling like I had to do a million things at once. The more jobs I had the more accomplished I felt. The more parties I went to the more accomplished I felt. The more miles I ran the more accomplished I felt. The more I was do-ing the more accomplished I felt until I couldn’t handle it anymore and I burned out. My awesome was extinguished.
Everyone was put on this earth to shine their lovelights, but for some reason so many of us allow our lights to be dimmed for one reason or another. It’s so much easier to place blame on someone for dimming your lovelight instead of taking responsibility for it.
“It’s my boss’s fault. I get in trouble every time I shine too much so I turn my lovelight down.”
“It’s my husband’s fault. He’s constantly telling me why I’m inadequate and I start to believe him so I turn my lovelight down.”
“It’s my best friend’s fault. She passive aggressively makes comments about the awesome choices I’ve made in my life so in order to not make her feel bad about herself I turn my lovelight down.”
“It’s the winter’s fault. I don’t like the cold and the dark so I turn my lovelight down til summer.”
“It’s the rock in my front yard’s fault. Every time I go outside it looks down on me so I turn my lovelight down.”
We can place the blame on everyone and everything, but the truth is we are the only ones who have control over our lovelight switches and dimmers. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says or does to you. You are in control, not them. If someone is dimming your love light, you’re allowing it to happen.Continue reading →
My theme in my yoga class for 2014 was to try to feel good in even the most uncomfortable positions. Whether I was in a crazy arm balance, all twisted up or in painful pigeon pose I surrendered to the pain and found a way to feel good. When you can teach yourself how to do this, you will never suffer again. Pain is inevitable, but the suffering part is optional. Check out this video to see exactly what I mean.
2014 brought me many chances to practice my yoga theme off the mat and it scared to sparkle out of me. There are two types of fear. Help I’m being chased by a tiger fear and insane roller coaster fear. When you are experiencing the first type of fear, your life is actually in danger. You body tells you to run for your life and get out of that situation as fast as possible. When you are experiencing the second type of fear your body tells you to run for your life and get out of that situation as fast as possible. The thing is when you go on a roller coaster, your life isn’t actually in danger even though it feels physically the same as the tiger situation.
When I was feeling uncomfortable and scared in my life this year my body told me to run as fast as I could and get the hell out of there. What I had to do was feel that fear, know my life wasn’t in danger and do whatever I needed to do anyway.Continue reading →