Category Archives: Abundance

Manifesting Gifts & Parking Spots But Not Actual Money? Here’s How To Shift That

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Last year, I suffered from Parking Spot Syndrome.

Perhaps you’ve heard of it? If not, allow me to paint a picture for you—

Scene: New-Age hipsters drive to a trendy new spot with a conscious DJ and jun on tap—but wait! Where to park?

“It’s okay, we’ll manifest a parking spot!” one says. What does that mean? To some, it means actually visualizing someone leaving a prime spot, and holding that open space for their car.

It can also mean not a damn thing at all.

I’m not knocking using the Law of Attraction to secure a parking spot. But, if the “parking spot” vibration level is where you’re primarily utilizing your manifestation skill… what are you not using it on?

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The Ridiculously Simple Thing You Can Do to Double Your Income

The Ridiculously Simple Thing You Can Do To Double Your Income

It’s official: In January 2017, I’ve made more than double what I normally make in a month.

This means that I am… ::deep breath:: on track to make six figures this year.

(Close to. $98,832k, to be exact.)

How did I do this?

Did I work twice as much? Did I spend twice as much time answering emails? Did I have half as much free time playing with my love and my tarot cards?

No. I did one simple thing, and it made all the difference.

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Need Help Connecting This Holiday? Try My Collaborative Inquiry Deck!

Last year, I authored/collected 19 collaborative inquiry questions for your loved ones this holiday season.

They were: “Thanksgiving and Gratitude: Four Real Questions Worth Asking at The Table” and “The Holidays With Loved Ones: 15 More Questions Worth Asking at The Table.”

This year, I’ve changed some slightly and added more questions for a total of 24—and made them into cut-outable cards to pass around the table!

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How to Transition Easefully to Fall by Celebrating the Autumn Equinox

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Sept. 22, 2016 marks the Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun will be shining directly on the equator, creating a unique situation—the same amount of daylight and darkness will be present all around the world!

Honoring the ritual and celebration of this day can help make the seasonal transition more easeful, especially when cooler weather can feel dampening and depressing for some.

Here are six ways to celebrate the Autumn Equinox:

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Here’s How to Make Valentine’s Day Not Lame

Arrived here after Valentine’s Day 2016 and missed out on the sale? No sweat! You can get still The Relationship Vitalizer workbook (same content, repurposed for all your special holiday and anniversary needs) for $18 here.

Valentine’s Day is often regarded as a Hallmark holiday or something to be eye-rolled at or made fun of.

It’s also sometimes filled with pressure for one partner, and filled with anxiety and expectation for the other—or worse, both, for both partners. Ugh!

But, what if it didn’t have to be this way?

What if we could use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity and invitation to go deeper in our relationships—without spending tons of money on a fancy night out?

This question prompted me to create The 2016 Valentine’s Day Relationship Vitalizer workbook for you.

Name your price for it here!

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The workbook is laid out in the following sections:
  • Intro, Setup & Preparation
  • Step 1: Inquiry
  • Step 2: Expression
  • Step 3: Reverence
  • References for Diving Deeper

Part ritual and part deep-dive exercises, you’ll explore inward first, then play with what you’ve found with your partner in a safe space, then come together in intention-setting and celebration!

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IMPORTANT:

This 2016 workbook will only be available for 72 hours—from midnight PST on Feb. 11 until midnight PST on Feb. 14—so if you want it, name your fair price and jump on it!

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Got questions? I have answers!

Where did you source the exercises in the workbook from?

From my own experience with my partner, Tony, and from the inspired memory files of all the amazing books we’ve read and the people we’ve talked to. Special thanks to Andy & Libby, Gay & Kathlyn, Gaby & Raj, Alexi & Preston, and Amber & Farhad. You inspire us so much.

How long will the exercises take?

I recommend allotting an hour for them—perhaps after a fabulous homemade dinner on VDay, or before heading out to go dancing together? You might want to allow two hours if you really want to take your time with it (or add some champagne while you’re doing it).

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Do we have to do this specifically on Valentine’s Day?

Certainly not! While you’ll want to make sure you grab it before midnight on Valentine’s Day, you can use it whenever. This is a fabulous exercise to do on an anniversary, as a quarterly or monthly check-in, or just because. It’s never a bad time to deepen your bond.

Can I do this without a partner?

Yes, you can. Some of the questions might not apply if you’re doing it solo, but honestly, you can do these with a close friend whom you’d like to invite to support you (and you, them) in greater expansion and aliveness.

Is this a religious thing?

No. The questions are meant to help you go deeper with yourself and your partner and could be viewed as “spiritual” in nature, so be prepared for that.

Will this make me uncomfortable?

Some might call the questions a bit “confronting,” but at the same time, you won’t find: “What’s something you’ve been hiding that you don’t want to share? Now tell me!” either. On the confronting scale: If that question is a 10, and “What’s your favorite flower?” is a 1, these exercises are at a 6 or 7. And remember: You never have to divulge anything you don’t want to, to anyone. Repeat after me: Empowerment and boundaries!

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Why is the workbook only available for 72 hours?

I wanted to make this purely a Valentine’s Day offering. Plus, the number 72 is a uniquely human and embodied number—it is both the average number of heartbeats per minute for a resting adult and the percentage of water of which the human body is composed. Neat!

When will I receive the workbook?

Nevermind the pre-order time Gumroad says (a technical glitch is happening). You will definitely receive this in your inbox at 11:59 p.m. PST (or even earlier!) on Thursday, Feb. 11. You can count on it!

Name your fair price here and grab it now!

Special thanks to Wonder in Boulder for not minding me using their space as a beautiful backdrop for these photos. :)



DIY: Luxurious Homemade Peppermint Cacao Face Butter

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I absolutely love making my own body butters and face creams in the winter.

My skin, especially in Colorado, needs to drink up more moisture than unrefined organic coconut oil alone can provide, which is what I use most of the year (this one in particular is my favorite).

But in winter, I notice that no matter how much coconut oil I put on, I still get rough patches particularly on my upper arms.

When this happens, I gleefully pull out all my essential oils, carrier oils and butters and fill up my kitchen counter with them.

(You may remember me doing this a bunch during my 30-Day Making Challenge last winter, when I made various delicious body butters and sugar scrubs on Days 6, 7, 10 and 24.)

Here’s my latest facial butter, designed specifically to:
  • moisturize my face more deeply with shea/cacao butters instead of coconut oil
  • heal and nourish my skin with Vitamin E
  • keep my skin acne-free with Tea Tree oil
  • purify and protect my skin with carrot seed oil (which is also anti-carcinogenic)
  • balance skin tone and reduce blemishes with rosemary oil

Peppermint Cacao Balancing Face Butter (w/ Vit. E and Tea Tree oil)

Makes 4 ounces.

  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 2 tbsps jojoba oil
  • 3 drops tea tree
  • 4 drops lavender
  • 1/4 tsp vitamin E
  • 3 drops rosemary
  • 5 drops carrot seed
  • 2 drops vanilla
  • 3 drops peppermint

Melt the shea, cacao and jojoba together in a clean pot on the stove on low-medium heat.

When everything is melted (don’t do a lot of coaxing, let it melt naturally), turn the heat off and remove the pot from the burner. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir lightly with a spoon.

Pour into a 4 oz. jar and refrigerate (you are also welcome to whip it with a mixer as well, though I don’t have one, and the consistency is just fine without doing so).

Then, when the pot is sufficiently cooled down but still warm, dive headfirst into it and rub the warm oil all over your body, or offer to give your partner a warm foot massage with it like I did and win brownie points forever.

Take the container out of the fridge in the morning before your shower, then afterwards… voila! Instant happy.

The Best Gifts to Buy Your Conscious Tech-Loving Friends

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Your Apple Watch-loving friends who go to men’s circles after a morning of Kundalini yoga and a day of pitching their start-up to investors can be hard to shop for.

Here’s what to get them that will satisfy their need to go deeper and tweet about it.

Best Conscious-Tech Gifts Under $50 (Seed Round Level)

Ganesha + OM iPhone Cases

Show your commitment to not letting obstacles get in your way with this Ganesha iPhone 6/6S case printed on Bamboo wood.

If you don’t understand that sentence and/or don’t like elephants, you can still show your commitment to spirituality every time you take a selfie with this OM Buddha Quote iPhone 6/6S case.

Texture Magazine App

textureWith the Texture app for iPad®, iPhone®, Android™ and Windows® 8 PCs and tablets, you can switch from Entrepreneur to Yoga Journal to INC Magazine to Real Simple in the blink of an eye.

Next Issue Media, the start-up behind Texture, is a joint venture formed by six leading publishers—Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp., Rogers Communications and Time Inc.

It bills itself as the “only digital reading experience that gives you an all-access pass to the world’s best magazines.” Topical, curated collections allow you to dive deeper into your interests (like meditation and venture capital).

Texture’s unlimited-access plans offer their entire catalog of magazines—including back issues—at $9.99 per month.

Magazines are also downloadable—perfect for your flight to your winter Costa Rica retreat.

Original Buddha Board

Way better than writing down your ideas in notebooks you’ll never open again, watch your content disappear on purpose with Buddha Board.

Don’t really want to start a new business but want to give your Monkey Mind the satisfaction of writing it down? Do it on here and you’ll never have to see it again!

Best Conscious-Tech Gifts Under $200 (Series A Level)

Spire Breathing Tracker

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If a business mentor or online-business celebrity has convinced you that you should be improving everything about yourself at all times, you will love Spire.

Spire is a “wearable” that tracks your breathing to figure out when you’re calm, focused or tense, so you don’t have to.

Backed by seven years of research, the team behind Spire works with leading experts on the respiratory system, digital health and medical/wellness devices.

In a world of “go harder, move faster, walk more steps” fitness trackers and coaches, Spire is a welcome reminder of what your yoga teacher is always telling you—stay with the breath.

JayBird Bluetooth Workout Headphones

The JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones are one of the most highly rated pair of headphones we’ve seen on less snarky gift guides.

Great for getting your triathlon training run in before recording your podcast (or, do them both at once)!

Best Conscious-Tech Gifts Under $500 (Series B Level)

Siesta4: Heat & Light Blocking Tent

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People. This is my favorite thing on this list. When I saw this on Kickstarter (it’s already funded, calm down), I nearly spontaneously birthed a product to pay for it.

The Siesta four-person tent reflects infrared, visible and ultraviolet light—which means, you better have your Burning Man tickets ready, because you’ll wish you did. It’s also sparkly—like, Betabrand sparkly. You know what I’m talking about.

It is so cool, it is cooler than cool, and way cooler than your friends will be during your summer festival benders.

It can also come with fans if you’d like to spend more money.

Amethyst Crystal Biomat

Be the envy of everyone in your coworking space’s nap room.

This amethyst crystal mat (or “Biomat,” as those in the know might call it) is said to lower inflammation, heighten immunity and help with a multitude of chronic conditions using far infrared rays. The rays raise the body’s temperature 1 to 2°, inducing a false fever and creating a healing effect.

Perfect for a subset of the Conscious-Tech friend group—the Healer-Tech friend.

Best Conscious-Tech Gifts Under $2,000 (IPO Level)

Rainbow

If you are still reading this article, you’re probably also highly in favor of cleansing and detoxing. If so, the Rainbow is your answer to a home worthy of your most evolved Self.

Rainbow is the most high-tech vacuum you could dream of. It traps dirt, dust and particles in the water as you vacuum, whereas with regular vacuum’s particles can escape through the porous bags.

It’s an investment, but you’ll gain serious cleanse points in your friend group with this one.

Alkaline Ionized Water Machine

If you were intrigued by the Spire making your breathing better, you’ll love making your water better, too.

While there are a lot of ionized water machines out there, this one by Bawell is one of the few to have strong 5-star reviews on Amazon (and that matters, right?) while still being under $2k.

You can use the alkalizing functions for drinking, and the acidifying functions for cleaning and washing. You can also become an affiliate for them once you buy one—boom, another new business for you to start!

Thanksgiving and Gratitude: Four Real Questions Worth Asking at The Table

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The most savored Thanksgiving experience I ever had was in Boulder, completely unexpected.

My friends Julie and Chanel took me up into the mountains to a friend’s house. It had sweeping windows, vistas of snow caps from every angle. A very long table was set up on the ground, and we were all invited to sit around it on cushions.

And what I remember most about it was the intention.

There was plenty of food, but there wasn’t this rush to eat it. It was there on our plates, and we were all invited—all 20+ of us—to give thanks before we ate. There was live music, a beautiful singer and guitarist, who played a tune I had stuck in my head for months afterward.

Mainly, there was a softness, a quiet reverence that I loved about it. And after we ate, we stayed talking and drinking, sharing and making new friends.

This one Thanksgiving gave me a greater appreciation for what the holidays can be—if we let them.

This year, I’ll be at 2-3 different Thanksgiving celebrations on the East Coast. And what I desire most right now is connecting to others on a deeper level. This means more than going around the table and half-heartedly blurting out something I’m thankful for.

I want space for honesty. I want space for someone to be so honest that they might say: “You know, I’m really not feeling a lot of gratitude in my life right now” and for that to be welcomed, felt and loved. And then, if they like, explored in a group setting.

And so I have some questions for you that you might like to ask in your own gathering. These questions are sourced with 100% gratitude from the If: Gathering, touched with a dash of my own flavor.

These can be asked all at once at a dinner gathering, or perhaps if you’re with loved ones for a few days this holiday season, you can ask the first one or two at lighter-feeling times and the other two at more intimate times.

1) What are the easy, uncomplicated things that you’re thankful for this season?
2) What are some of the more unexpected or surprising gifts you’ve received this past year?
3) Even in the midst of gratitude, is there something you’re longing for?
4) What might the Divine be inviting you to learn through this longing?

Please, if you use any of these and would like to share with me the results—I’d always love to hear it.