Om & The City is a yoga lifestyle blog written by Jules. Focused on all things wellness, Jules takes on a balanced approach to living and cultivates content from real life experiences. From yoga, beauty, travel, food & inspiration, Om & The City promotes self-love, positivity, and empowerment.
It’s heating up in Austin, Texas and let me tell you, I am loooving it. Andrew and I are having so much fun exploring our new city, and so far, most of our time is spent outdoors. We’re big fans of Zilker Park, so decided to bring Luna and have a picnic on the big open lawn. We grabbed our portable speaker, some yummy allergy-friendly snacks, and a few cans of Truly Spiked & Sparkling… the perfect trifecta for a lovely afternoon date.
If you’re looking to have a picnic and have a slew of food allergies like me, here is a list of what we packed for a laidback picnic date!
Everything listed below is free of gluten, dairy, corn, and soy.
Organic Spring Mix Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinegar Dressing
Chocolate Covered Nuts from Whole Food’s Bulk Section – side note: we ate dessert FIRST, so we could eat it before it melted!
Have you tried Truly yet?! For something a little boozy, yet clean and refreshing, I recommend trying this spiked sparkling water! It’s definitely a great option when you’re trying to balance your lifestyle and social life and doesn’t contain any liquor or spirits, rather the alcohol comes from fermented cane sugar and a hint of fruit. There are no artificial flavors or sweeteners, which is yet another win.
Truly comes in SO many styles we love like Wild Berry, Blueberry & Acai, Raspberry & Lime, Lemon & Yuzu, Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, Pomegranate and Sicilian Blood Orange. It’s also available nationwide via local distributors in slim cans and variety packs. You can head to the Truly finder to locate the product in your area. If you’re the girl who always brings kombucha to the party, Truly is another option for you to try! No mo’ fomo.
This picnic date was not only wonderfully refreshing for my body, but also for my mind. It has been a whirlwind moving across the country, finding a car (see vlog here), creating our new space, and just getting settled. It was so nice to just sit, relax, and enjoy one another in our new city in one of our new favorite spots. Just a few hours of quality time and chatting about all the change was the perfect breath of fresh air we all needed (including Luna).
This post was sponsored by Truly Spiked & Sparkling, but all thoughts are my own.
When I started the process of quitting my job and taking my blog full-time about two years ago, I worked crazy crazy hours. I focused on my day job, but on nights and weekends, I spent almost all my free time on my blog. I said buh-bye to my social life for a couple months in an effort to pursue something I loved and believed in. Because I was so focused, I kept telling myself I needed to find ‘balance.’ I was convinced I needed to maintain every moving piece of my life in a perfect structure in order to obtain a perfectly balanced life.
However, I learned over the years that balance isn’t the word I was looking for at all. In fact, the concept of finding that work/life balance doesn’t actually exist. Hear me out, because the search for balance is all over your Instagram and Pinterest feed, but maybe we should be striving for something else instead.
The reality I found is that balance is stationary, and real growth and transformation usually happen on shaky ground. So, if you want to get moving, overcome obstacles, and chase your passions, sometimes it’s necessary to disrupt the balance. There’s a way to find harmony, hustle sustainably, and accomplish what you want while moving with the ebb and flow of life.
So, instead of looking for a balanced life, strive for this instead:
1. Know your priorities
Be clear about what you want out of this life. Priorities look different for every person. For some, it might be climbing the corporate ladder, and it might require prioritizing work over social life. But, for others, it may be a family or starting their own business. Decide your endgame. Write it down, hang it on the fridge, put it where you can see it.
2. Set boundaries
It’s important to know when enough is enough. Balance may be overrated, but so is burnout (hence, this topic inspired me to create the Healthy Hustle Workbook). When it’s time to power down and live your life. Maybe you’re unreachable after a certain time of day. I used to receive work emails after midnight, and I felt like I had to respond. This, my friends, is a boundary that should have been set. Draw your own lines, voice them clearly and keep your promises.
3. Be intentional about how you fill your spare time
Maybe you haven’t quite landed your dream job yet, but how can you use your spare time to help you get there? Spend your spare time wisely. Take a class, find a hobby, buy a domain, do something that is purposeful and works toward your ultimate goal.
4. Find a career path that is fulfilling
Statistically, we spend ⅓ of our lives at work (and for some even more). While every job has its highs and lows, it’s important to find a career that gives your life purpose, helps you grow, and makes you feel challenged, yet motivated. Easier said than done, I know. Not all of us are lucky to find this right off the bat. I know I wasn’t at first. But, it’s out there, so don’t settle for something that is less than you deserve. Struggling to find that purpose or dream job? Think about what you love doing. You may not find your passion immediately, but if you keep searching, it’ll turn up, I pinky promise.
5. Accept that sometimes you make sacrifices
To get where you’re going, to pursue what you love, sometimes that means giving up something else. For me, I temporarily gave up my social life to work my ass off on my business. This imbalance got me to where I wanted to be. I’m finally comfortable enough in my day-to-day to work, play, and travel in harmony. Sacrifices are just a part of the journey, but there’s always something in your life that can give.
Balance is unattainable, but harmony, joy, and wellness in your daily life are not. Strive for joy over perfection, strive for harmony over balance, and in the imbalance, you will grow and evolve into the best version of you.
Eight months ago I began a gut healing journey, and there’s plenty to update on! In case you missed part one, read it here.
Note: I am not a doctor nor an expert in this field. I am just a girl sharing my own personal experience, and I cannot tell you what to do. Take this in as information, do your research, and consult your doctor.
Here’s the deal: I’ve been struggling with chronic gut issues for years, including severe bloating, sharp needle-like pains, constipation (I’m talking 4-5 days at a time), hives, brain fog, and anxiety. I decided to see a functional medicine doctor through joining Parsley Health, because all of the other doctors, gastroenterologists, and specialists were just prescribing me medicine instead of getting to the root of my issues. After my first appointment with my new doctor at Parsley Health, we established a game plan to begin the healing process, and it required zero drugs.
My Gut Healing Protocol
In October/November of 2017, my doctor diagnosed me with candida and leaky gut and urged me to do several things in order to heal my gut. First, I started the elimination diet. I cut out the most common inflammatory foods such as dairy, wheat, corn, soy, and eggs (for me, eggs specifically hurt my stomach).
Next, I quit the hormonal birth control pill (HBC). My doctor concluded birth control was most likely affecting me more than I realized, and I should stop it immediately. I was on HBC for 9 years, and it was originally prescribed to me as a way to treat my acne. Looking back, I wish I knew more about the weight of my decision to put synthetic hormones into my body. Doctors don’t talk about it enough, and this needs to change. Oftentimes, when the pill is prescribed for things other than preventing pregnancy (acne, cramps, and irregular periods), it’s just slapping a band-aid on a larger hormonal issue that needs to be addressed. Now that I’m off the pill, I’m handling all of those hormonal issues that were masked by the pill.
Fast forward a few months, I continued the elimination diet, because I was feeling worlds better. In January of 2017, I did very extensive blood testing (around 35 vials were drawn), and it confirmed I was allergic to wheat, eggs, and corn. Dairy and soy didn’t show up as an allergy, but I limit my consumption as I would a sensitivity.
That leads me to now. 8 months after going off the pill.
Here’s what I’m currently going through…
1. Hormonal Acne
My skin started to break out a month after I quit the pill, and it continued down this road until about 2 months ago. I owe my current state of glowing skin to the below:
Avoiding my allergens (although, I do ‘indulge’ once in a while) – wheat, eggs, and corn…and very limited amounts of dairy, soy, and refined sugar.
And most of all bioClarity– I am so pleasantly surprised by this brand. bioClarity reached out THREE times before I finally agreed to try it. Spoiler alert: it actually worked super well, and my skin cleared up. So, I’m recommending it to you. Get 50% off with the code ‘OMCITY’.
2. Hair Loss
For me, this is the most alarming side effect, and it’s one that I knew was common when quitting the pill. I’ve been assured by my doctor that ‘this too shall pass’, and it’s up to my body to balance itself out.
Keeping my stress levels low – Despite pulling out clumps of hair in the shower, I’m doing my best not to worry too much. I’m spending more time doing things that make me happy (yoga, meditation, being outdoors) and spending less time glued to my phone.
Collagen Peptides –I started taking collagen peptides regularly two years ago, but I’ve definitely been slacking in the last year. Now I’m happy to say, my pantry is fully stocked, and I’m back to adding it to my morning matcha. Collagen helps promote hair growth, strong nails, and is packed with clean protein.
Not styling my hair as frequently – I wash it only twice a week. I limit the number of times I use heat on my hair for styling. I wear more braids, more hats, and headscarves.
3. Mood Swings
When I originally wrote about my post-HBC experience on MindBodyGreen, I mentioned my PMS was slightly stronger. This still rings true. I’ve noticed that my mood does, ummm, swing from time to time. It’s usually before my period, and I don’t always realize it in the heat of the moment. I cry hysterically like my entire world is crashing, I feel depressed, I make a big deal over little things. Yes, I admit it all. But, luckily, it’s really just around period time, and it IS getting better.
Regular meditation practice – I can’t say it enough… meditation is one of the best things you can do to manage your stress, anxiety, and invite more love, compassion, and understanding into your life.
Drinking more matcha and less coffee – While I don’t like to admit it, drinking coffee every day may not be best for me personally. I do still drink it a few times a months if I crave it, but I don’t feel like I HAVE to have it anymore (and no more caffeine headaches!). I love and crave my daily matcha in the mornings (see my recipe here). I’m less jittery, and I feel so much more focused yet peaceful in the mornings.
Open communication with my partner – Mood swings can definitely put a strain on a relationship, because it puts every little thing under a microscope. I can’t pretend that I’ve been an angel through this process, but I do know not every issue that comes up is directly related to my mood. My feelings are justified, so it’s important to remember that. BUT, how you voice your feelings is important, so I do my best to think before I speak. Of course, it doesn’t always happen that way, but I’m practicing patience, openness, and vulnerability daily.
4. Mental Clarity
Since I quit the pill, I’ve gained so much mental clarity in my work and personal life. Of course, this can also be attributed to eating cleaner and avoiding my allergens, but I do feel the pill is a large contributor to my clarity. I now have a small team of 3 working with me, I launched the Healthy Hustle workbook, and I am about to roll out a few more exciting things in the next month or two. I feel SUPER productive these days.
5. Less Anxiety, More Peace of Mind
I was on the birth control pill for 9 YEARS. Every morning I’d wake up, pop a pill, and wonder how putting synthetic hormones could be affecting my long-term health. I hated having to rely on a pill every day. I didn’t like the feeling of knowing I would need to stop one day when I wanted kids but was too scared of the aftermath. I knew the longer I waited to get off of it, the more issues I could potentially have. There’s no convenient time to get off the pill/deal with symptoms but it’s just something you have to face for yourself because everyone reacts differently.
Alternatives to Hormonal Birth Control
Copper IUD (Paragard) – I personally did not do this, because I hear it’s quite painful and I don’t want to deal with it. The IUD can last for five years. Speak to your doctor about this one. It’s a one and done option, but can be painful initially and for several weeks after insertion.
Non-toxic condoms – Whole Foods carries a non-toxic brand called Sustain, and Lola (the organic tampon brand) just launched subscription-based condoms they ship to your house, which is quite convenient.
Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) – I heard wonderful things about the brands Daysy and Wink. While I haven’t personally tried it, I’m looking into it. I recommend following my friend Carly (@frolicandflow). She speaks a lot about this method and has a $20 discount code for Daysy on her highlights.
It’s normal to look for answers when your body is experiencing noticeable side effects. You can help balance hormones by taking daily adaptogens like gelatinized maca or ashwagandha, trying acupuncture, and taking all kinds of supplements like zinc, B vitamins, and more. But, just know sometimes your body requires time and patience. So, remember that, and be kind to yourself during this transition.
All in all, I’m very happy with my decision, and I feel so much more in tune with my body. I finally feel like I’m healing my body from the inside out instead of temporarily masking symptoms. It’s very empowering to take back control of your body.
Whether you decide you want to keep taking the pill or not, it’s your body. It’s your choice. I respect every woman’s right to do what feels good for them. I can only share my own experience. My experience will be completely different from yours. So, make the best decision for you.
Hi, babes! I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my favorite apps, so I thought I’d pop in and share. I love staying up-to-date with the latest and greatest tech to increase productivity, mindfulness, and spark creativity. These are always changing, but here are 5 of my current favorite iPhone apps that will bring some magic to your life, and your Insta feed.
1. Get your inbox to zero.
If you suffer from inbox overload like me, then you’ll love Astro. It uses AI to intelligently organize and prioritize emails, tell you what to follow up on, and overall help you clean up your inbox. It has been such a time-saver for me, and I no longer have to weed through mass marketing to get to the good stuff.
2. Move out of your head and into your mind’s eye.
Headspace is a wonderful resource for anyone looking to cultivate a regular meditation practice. It essentially teaches you ‘how’ to meditate through guided meditations. It costs $12.99 a month, which is less than the cost of one in-person meditation session. I’ve tried a few different meditation apps, and this one feels more personable and conversational. I’m a member of Parsley Health, which snags me a free one-year membership. Woo!
3. Keep up with your to-do list.
Asana is a catch all of your to-do list, your calendar, and your future. You can collaborate with team members, assign projects to multiple people, and set deadlines for each piece of a project. Each task can have its own to-do list, team members, calendar, deadline and links to resources and Google docs. It can be used for a team of 50 or a team of 1. It is a dream if you love keeping organized.
4. Amp up your Insta-Story game.
To really personalize your stories, Unfold is one of my faves! The beautiful and minimal templates allow you to take storytelling to a whole new level. It’s an elegant way to still share your raw clips, but in a visually curated way.
5. Bring a little fizz, crackle, and pop to your feed.
Okay, okay, so this is the app that has the most interest from you. If you’re wondering how to add a little sparkle to your photos, PicsArt is a fun one! Tip: be mindful of where and how you’re using the brush tool, so you don’t overdo it. Think, simple is better. Just the smallest edit makes the biggest difference!
I’ve had quite a few inquiries about whether I’ll start selling my Lightroom presets. The answer is: I’m not sure. I’m always tweaking things, and I haven’t quite landed on what I want visually. I suppose if there is enough interest, I might.
Alright, my friends! Those are the apps doing it for me right now. I’d love to hear from you! Do you use any of these apps? If not, what are some of your favorites?
I dream of a world where clean and safe beauty is the gold standard. But, for that day to actually arrive, we need to vote with our dollars and support business that are pushing the cosmetic industry forward. Skin is our largest organ and our protective barrier from illnesses and disease, so what you put on it matters, just like the food you eat matters. Is beauty really worth the cancer-causing and hormone-disrupting toxic ingredients? Nope. It really isn’t. And I betcha, you’ll find that these clean beauty alternatives work just as well, if not better.
My Road to Clean Beauty
Many people think yoga was the start of my wellness journey, but in actuality, it began with coconut oil. In 2012, I started using coconut oil on my skin to heal my cystic acne. From there, I was motivated to clean up other areas of my life. I switched to a non-toxic skincare and beauty routine (and wrote about it in this article). I adopted cleaner eating habits. I let go of toxic relationships. I started to love and appreciate my body through the practice of yoga. And alas, my wellness journey began.
Since the cosmetics industry is quite unregulated, companies are free to throw around the words natural or green with no government reinforcement or clear definitions. All the while, they are filling their products with toxic chemicals that over time can f*ck with our hormones, irritate our skin, and contribute to infertility and cancer. Not to mention, our planet is suffering (read this).
“The European Union bans 1,328 chemicals from cosmetics that are known or suspected to cause cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm or birth defects. In comparison, the United States has only banned or restricted 30 chemicals from cosmetics.” – The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
As consumers, we must exercise our due diligence and read labels. Don’t let luxurious branding or a high-dollar product fool you. Just as you would read labels on food products, I recommend you read every new skincare product you purchase moving forward.
The Dirty Dozen
Where it’s Found / Why to Avoid
It’s the foaming agent and was used as an industrial degreaser. You don’t want to strip your skin of all it’s moisture anyways.
Phthalates (aka Fragrance)
In almost every product with an artificial scent like shampoos, perfume, moisturizer, and more. May smell like roses, but it’s a carcinogen and hormone disruptor.
Makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos, facial cleansers, and even our food. These type of preservatives keep bacteria and yeast from growing in your foundation, but they are also linked to an increased risk of breast cancer when soaked into your skin.
Nail polish, nail polish treatment, body washes, conditioners, shampoos, cleansers, and eyeshadows. At its best, formaldehyde causes allergic reactions. At its worst, this chemical was deemed a human carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) linking it to occupational related cancers.
Sunscreen chemicals (benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and octyl methoxycinnamate)
Products with an SPF and in most sunscreens. These products are easily absorbed into the skin, in turn, cause damage to your skin and cancer in your body. Yuck.
Coal-Tar Dyes (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) or naphthalene)
Shampoo, hair dye, lipsticks, and cosmetic products. Derived from chemicals that occur naturally in coal, crude oil, and gasoline, making them undesirable to swallow or absorb in your skin.
BHA and BHT (butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoluene) synthetic antioxidants
Lipsticks and moisturizers. These chemicals mimic estrogen causing infertility, can cause allergic reactions in your kidney, thyroid, and liver, and can be cancer causing.
DEA Compounds (diethanolamine)
Foundations and cleansers to make products creamy and foamy. These babies can f*ck with your hormones and cause fertility issues.
Petrolatum (also known as petroleum or liquid paraffin)
In products that make your hair shiny and/or moisturizers. Deemed a possible carcinogen in Europe.
Antiperspirant deodorant, cleansers, hand sanitizers, laundry detergent, facial tissue, and classified as a pesticide. If it being a pesticide didn’t give it away, this chemical can interfere with breast development, thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism and overall hormonal issues.
Moisturizers, sunscreen, makeup products, conditioners, shampoo and hair sprays. It’s a skin irritant known to cause hives and allergic reactions.
Toluene (may be listed as: benzene, toluol, phenylmethane, methylbenzene)
Nail polish, nail treatments, and hair color/bleaching products. This stuff is used in paint thinner and can severely affect your respiratory system and cause major damage to an expecting mother and her baby.
My golden rule of thumb:the fewer ingredients, the better. Aim for at least 90-95% natural for items you use on your skin every day. But, don’t sweat it if you want that not-so-natural winged eyeliner for the occasional night out. Baby steps.
This kind of transition doesn’t happen overnight, so remember that before you go and chuck everything you own. We do not support being wasteful regardless of the intention. So, here’s a good place to start:
1. Find a clean beauty source you trust.
My go-to is Credo Beauty, which is basically the Ulta or Sephora of clean beauty. The staff is so knowledgeable and will help you find brands you’ll love. You can also find clean beauty products at Whole Foods, Target, Madewell, Free People, and more. Download the Think Dirty App to check items before you buy them or familiarize yourself with the ingredients mentioned above.
2. Swap one item at a time.
Swapping out all of your products at once is overwhelming and expensive. Stress isn’t good for your health either, so let’s minimize that. As you run out, replace it with a cleaner option.
3. Don’t let fancy branding fool you.
Cruelty-free or vegan does not mean clean. A luxury price point doesn’t mean clean. Don’t let branding mislead you. Read the labels, the fewer ingredients the better.
^Featuring Credo Beauty’s selection of clean makeup brands that I use regularly.
Brands I Love, Trust, and Support
It’s incredibly intimidating to memorize a scientific list of ingredients to avoid. The secret? Find brands you love and trust, and become a loyal customer.
My Current Favorites:
*Please note this list is always growing and changing. As a wellness blogger, I’m often testing out new products to share with you all. Anything I mention below is tried and true products I’ve used regularly.
bioClarity // it successfully clears acne without the harsh chemicals and yucky ingredients. It completely cleared my hormonal acne I was experiencing post-birth control pill. So, now I only use it as needed! Get 50% off with the code: OMCITY
Cocokind Skincare // very reasonably priced. I love the matcha stick for moisturizer (I even put it on my eyebrows, which helped them grow!), chlorophyll mask, maca beet lip tint. I’m obsessed with this brand and the badass founder Priscilla. You can find it all at Whole Foods!
100% Pure // I’ve been using this brand the longest. I recommend absolutely everything from their site. They have literally everything clean beauty you can imagine.
Highlight: Biossance, a clean beauty brand raising the bar
I’ve been using Biossance’s Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil since July of last year (see blog post about it here), and it’s still a staple in my daily ritual. My mom has also been using it since then and loves it!
Our bodies naturally produce a version of squalane, but the amount we make and retain decreases over time. So, Biossance has created a 100% plant-based squalane that is sustainably harvested from sugarcane. It helps reverse damage from free radicals as well as helps reduce the signs of aging by replenishing the natural moisture that is lost. Biossance has a free sampling program so you can give some of their products a try by clicking here.
If you made it this far…
Thanks for sticking with me! At the end of the day, striving to make cleaner choices with greatly benefit you in the long run. Remember, little by little one walks far, so if you can make just one tiny change you’re already making progress.
I spent over six years hustling my butt off in NYC, and now I’m writing this while sitting outside by my pool in Austin, TX. Moving to Austin was a form of self-care for me, and it was my way of taking control of my situation to channel a healthy hustle that is both lucrative and sustainable.
There’s a time and a place to kick it into gear and go, but I might have saved myself a few mental breakdowns and anxiety attacks had I channeled my hustle from a place of peace instead of urgency and fear. What do I mean by fear? Well, when you really love what you do, the fear of not being enough or falling short might creep in. Am I right? And if everything you need to do is urgent, then how do you ever prioritize or stop working?
We’re all striving to live our best lives and to just be better as humans. Once we realize we are the only one standing in the way, that’s when things get simpler. We can crack that. So, here I am… still hustling, but implementing systems that have me feeling so much more calm, clear, and productive than I have felt in a long while. It’s a feeling. It’s a flow. It can’t be measured or analyzed in likes or follows.
We’ve gotta create space to create abundance. So, here’s how to find that healthy hustle, so you can attract all the good things that are awaiting you:
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1. Remember Why You Started
When I’m feeling stuck or thrown off-course, I sit back and reflect on why I decided to purchase the domain omandthecityblog.com back in 2013. I’m instantly reminded of where my heart was before social media and before algorithms. Get back to basics and remember why you started (watch my blogging story on YouTube).
Take Action: Ask yourself, what inspired you to begin your journey in the first place? What motivates you to keep going? Why is it important? Write it down. Perhaps along the way your M.O. has shifted or has even completely changed. Whatever the reason may be, sit down and have a heart to heart with yourself.
2. Ditch that Scarcity Mindset
The world likes to pit humans against each other, especially women. But the reality is, there’s room for everyone. One person’s success does not take anything away from you. In fact, it has nothing to do with you. So, don’t worry about it. Stay true to who you are and only put out work that you’re proud of. You will start to tap into the world’s abundance and attract the right people and opportunities into your life.
Take action: A little friendly competition might help get you motivated, but don’t let it consume you. Unfollow accounts that trigger negative feelings and follow more accounts that inspire you and lift you up. Comparison eats up your creativity, kills productivity, and just wastes time. Spend less time scrolling and more time creating – Give your undivided attention to your passion and watch it flourish.
3. Commit to Your Morning + Evening Rituals
Beginning and ending each day with strong intentions is a game changer. Sandwich your day with empowering rituals, so no matter how messy all the things in the middle are, you can go to sleep knowing you did your best with what you can control.
Take Action // Mornings: Consider waking up an hour earlier to start your morning ritual. Make a soothing morning drink like a superfood matcha latte (my recipe here), pour-over coffee, or a nutrient-packed breakfast smoothie. Take time to meditate, stretch, journal, write your to-do list – just find a flow that makes YOU feel good (read my quick guide to introspection for some journaling prompts).
Take Action // Evenings: Wind down and shut off technology at least an hour before bed. Clear your head by journaling or reading, or engage in some good ole conversation if you share a space with someone. Evenings are especially important for decompressing and de-stressing so you can rest soundly through the night.
4. Accept that You Can’t Be Everything to Everybody
You can’t be everything to everybody or you’ll end up being nothing to nobody. Find your niche and really hone in on those skills. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a watered down version of your business. You will be so much more impactful and intentional once you focus your lens on where you think you can really serve.
Take Action: Stop trying to do everything, and do what you’re best at. Write down all of the things your job requires you to do. From that list, circle what you enjoy doing. Then, separate your likes and dislikes into two separate columns. For the tasks you dislike, can you outsource? The goal of this exercise is to do more of what you LOVE. So, find an accountability partner to check in with you. Do what it takes for you to find your focus so you can hustle with intention instead of burning the candle at both ends.
5. Visualize Your Best Life & Trust the Process
Dream it, believe it, achieve it. In order to get what you want, you have to visualize already having it. The below visualization exercise is one that I personally do when I’m feeling stuck, and it freaking works. It’s helpful to absolutely anyone trying to manifest success, happiness, and fulfillment:
Take Action: Write out a dream ‘about me’ bio in the third person. What words are you using to describe yourself? What titles or awards have you earned? Where are you residing? How much money are you making? Don’t hold back – Be specific in imagining this future you, and write it out as if it has already happened. I can’t tell you statistics or scientific facts for why this works but it does.
At the end of the day, finding a healthy hustle is all about trusting that you have time to accomplish what you want. You are worthy. You are enough.
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You all know how much I love my morning matcha lattes, and soooo many of you have asked what I put in mine! There are endless ways to get creative with the ingredients, so I’ll tell you what ingredients I typically use, and WHY I use it.
Side note: It’s also funny, because I used to be big snobby coffee drinker. I still enjoy coffee, but for some reason I haven’t been craving it for the past few months. I’m just going with the flow, and right now, all I want is matcha.
My Matcha Latte Recipe w/ Turmeric
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Ingredients + Why I Use Them
1 cup of heated nut mylk I make homemade cashew mylk every week – recipe coming soon!
1/2 tsp of turmeric-collagen blend
Totally optional! It’s super good for you, so why not sneak it in if you can? I use Live 24K, because it is nutritionally optimized. This blend helps tame my gut inflammation majorly. It can also help if you have a headache. Just make sure you get a blend that includes black pepper in the ingredients. Read more about why here.
1 tbsp of organic coconut butter This is really the ingredient that knocks matcha lattes out of the park! Sooo many good brands for this. I like Nutiva Coconut Mama + Artisana Organics has a good one too. Coconut butter is a healthy fat that helps balance hormones, keeps you full longer, boosts immunity, and so much more.
1/2 tsp of organic cinnamon Cinnamon is one of the healthiest spices for you. It helps decrease inflammation, can lower blood sugar levels, and boosts immunity. I always find a way to sprinkle it into my day.
1 tsp of gelatinized maca powder
Maca is one of my favorite adaptogens. It helps balance out hormones, boosts energy, and can even potentially boost libido. I get Navita’s Gelatinized Maca, because it’s easier to digest than raw maca.
1/2 tsp of coconut nector or manuka honey This is totally optional. Somedays I want to sweeten things up. Other days, I don’t. I choose coconut nectar, because it has lower glycemic index than maple syrup. I like manuka honey for it’s anti-inflammatory qualities.
Then, blend it all up in a high-speed quality blender like Vitamix for one minute! ENJOY!!!