I got chased by a wild hyena at MAYfest

This weekend was a time I have been looking forward to and afraid of for months. MAYfest (music, art and yoga) was happening and I was presenting three times! I was scheduled to do two lectures on my book The Sweet Ass Self-Help Book and a Live Music Blindfolded Chakra Balancing Dance Class.

I was so excited because this was my first time as a presenter at a festival.

I was scared because this was my first time as a presenter at a festival.

Fear and excitement are basically the same things. The only difference is there is breath in excitement.

I remember the first time I ever did a workshop for people. It was a Sugar Blues talk at a health food store that I had worked for at the time. The night before I threw up. I prayed that no one would show up. But people did and I spoke to them and I didn’t die. It was a miracle! This time I was normal person nervous which even though it can be very uncomfortable, is something I’m extremely grateful for. If I wasn’t afraid of anything I would hang out in tiger cages and jump out of planes without a parachute. Thank goodness I feel afraid of things or I would not be here writing these words. The fear that I felt did feel the same physically as if I was being chased by a wild hyena. I felt it and asked myself, “If I do this lecture and dance class is my life in danger?” The answer was obviously a no and so even though I felt the fear and every cell of my body was yelling, “Run!!!” I decided that I should feel the fear and do the classes anyway.

A couple of hours before my first lecture I was deciding if I should sit in my cabin and go over what I wanted to say and freak out a little or if I should go to Marti Nikko and DJ Drez’s yoga class. I chose Continue reading

I’m sad.

Many people come up to me and ask me how I’m happy and positive ALL the time. My answer is, “I’m not.”

Even though I am a sparkly unicorn, I’m also a human being. As a human being it’s impossible to be happy and positive ALL the time. Being happy all the time is like music without the rest symbol. It wouldn’t exist. The rest is just as important to the music as the notes.

Sadness is just as important to life as the happiness.

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Festivals have their ups and downs too. At Grand Point North this year I witnessed Marco Benevento choosing to literally Continue reading

The 3 keys to happiness by Trey Anastasio

Just in case you missed this in real life, the stream or in the many places it was shared online, you can watch the epic THANK YOU encore right here right now!

Now that you’ve seen all that magic, did you notice how Trey’s speech pretty much summed up the keys to a happy life? It did and I’m going to share them all with you right now. Continue reading

Tuesdays with Taraleigh: Card Reading

I was at a rest area in upstate NY on my way to MayFest when I ran into a beautiful being. She stopped me and said something like, “Hi Taraleigh. I’m a huge fan of yours and I love your videos. They have really meant a lot to me and helped me to shift my life. Thank you.”

At first I felt a little embarrassed because I’m not cool enough to have a fan. Then it occurred to me that it’s not weird at all. I put everything that I learn out there into the world even though I have no idea how anyone is perceiving it or if anyone is even listening. Little signs like this are are messages to keep on doing what I’m doing. If even one person watches or reads something I put out there and it shifts something in them it’s worth a million hours of my time.

With that being said, I’m going to start recording weekly videos that give you a glimpse into my whacky world called Tuesdays with Taraleigh. This week I will give you a Magical Unicorn Card Reading. Who knows what next week has in store. Maybe I’ll bring you on a walk. Maybe I’ll teach you how to cook something. Maybe I’ll tell you a story. Without further ado, here’s this week’s video.

Let me know how his card resonated with you by leaving a comment below.

The awesome in me sees and bows to the awesome in you,

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Are you a weirdo like me?

I am a self-declared weirdo. In elementary school I desperately wanted to be one of the cool kids even though I had a belief that I was too weird to be accepted by them. I saw how they had this tribe-hood and I wanted in. It seemed from the outside that they were never lonely because they had all these people that were a part of their group. I was never invited to be a member of that group and never tried to form my own group. I was lonely…until high school.

Somehow a group of high schoolers who were as weird as me disguised as super smart kids who were at the top of the class, cheerleaders, sports stars, dancers, leads in the school musicals, singers, burnouts, artists and rebels all came together to form a tribe. We would meet before school for breakfast and wear bagels around our necks all day. We hung out after school and on the weekends. We went on vacations to the Jersey Shore together. We went on camping trips. We had sleepover parties. It was awesome!!!! Those beautiful souls were my first taste of being in a tribe.

As an adult I have found my tribe again. Because of the unconditional love I feel from my tribe I find myself making braver and braver choices in my life. I show them all the parts of me even my shadow side which makes them love me even more. They love the whole me, not just the pretty parts. I feel safe to share what’s true for me. I give support and I receive it. With my tribe by my side I know I can do anything I put my heart into because I have their unconditional support.

If you haven’t found your tribe yet, here are some tips on how to attract your unicorns (aka tribe)

Tips to attract your unicorns (aka tribe) 

  • Set the intention to be a part of a tribe Put it out there and be sure you are clear with your intentions. The Universe always has your back so state your yearning to be a part of the perfect tribe for you.

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It’s not about the music anymore…

Except that it is!

This past weekend I embarked on a journey into the desert. I packed all my sparkly clothes into a backpack, hopped on a plane, jumped into a car and headed to the magical oasis that is Indio, California where the music festival Coachella takes place.

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Everyone and their mothers (including my mother) were sending me articles about Coachella. They were titled things like, “What You MUST Wear to Coachella,” “Coachella is For Douche Bags and Trust Fund Babies” and “How to Be Seen in the Coachella Scene.”  The articles made me giggle and I formed a judgement about what Coachella would be like and what type of person would be there. I decided no one would be like me.

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When I got there I had a completely different experience. Yes, there were celebrities dressed in outfits that costs thousands of dollars. Yes, many people were trying to out-cool each other. And yes, some people were there for the scene and didn’t care at all about the music. But…

Who cares.

We are all responsible for our own experiences at a music festival. If people want to hang out backstage waiting for the paparazzi to capture a photo of them looking cool, that’s their adventure. If others want to do a ton of drugs and totally forget they are even at a music festival then that’s their adventure too. For me, I wanted to have a musical adventure so that’s what I chose to do.

When I see people who weren’t at Coachella saying that Coachella isn’t about the music, they are wrong. Or maybe they are right. It just like all music festivals are whatever you want them to be, but if you weren’t there you don’t know.

The weeks leading up to the festival I was totally judging the people of Coachella. I was making fun of them and it was because I was intimidated. By bringing them down it made me feel better about myself which as we all know doesn’t really work. The silliest part is, none of it is even real.

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The reality was that I danced like a bunny rabbit on acid to ACDC. I immersed myself into the EDM world when Kygo was doing his thing and to my surprise was majorly impressed. I was covered in goosebumps the entire time Florence and the Machine were on stage. I ate a six course made from scratch dinner while rocking out to Jack White. I got taken to church by Hozier. I discovered new bands and opened my mind to music that I thought I didn’t like. I danced with people that before Coachella I thought were nothing like me.

The truth is everyone who was at Coachella last weekend was not that different from each other. We’re all just doing our things. Don’t let other’s experiences become your own. Be a badass and do your own thang!!! Choose your own adventure.

If this blog resonated with you, I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment. And if you feel called, please share it with all your friends. <3

The awesome in me sees and bows to the awesome in you,

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There’s no freakin way this smoothie is healthy…except that it is

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.

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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:

Ingredients

1 handful greens (whatever you like…spinach, kale, chard)

1/4 cup pineapple (frozen or fresh)

1/2 avocado

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)

Directions

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,

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One Way to Get Back On Your Unicorn When You Fall Off

One Way to Get Back On Your Unicorn When You Fall Off

This used to be my morning.

I woke up and rolled over to grab my cell phone. I checked my emails. I mindlessly scrolled through my Facebook feed. Eventually I rolled out of bed and made my way to my computer. I would start working right away still in a sleepy fog. I would half ass work all morning. I would realize what time it was and jump up while in a major computer haze, run around my house like a maniac trying to get everything together for lunch, brush my teeth (because I forgot to earlier,) pee (holy moly I had to go so bad,) realize I don’t have time to shower, make lunch or walk into town to meet my husband for lunch so I drive and buy lunch and I stink.

I totally fell off my unicorn!

Sound familiar in your own personal way?

I started a morning routine and it shifted my morning in a major way. I decided I was going to party!

Some of my favorite times in life have happened because of Continue reading