So many wisdom gems were dropped this past weekend at the Girlboss Rally at UCLA. GirlBOSSESS were everywhere!!
Can we talk about some of my new favorite sheroes?!
As you may have seen from the coverage on my Instagram stories and Highlights –yesterday was LIT!
Lit, as in my soul lit up. It was one of those experiences! I got to spend the majority of the day with the most lovely women of Habitat for Humanity, Habitat LA, and Lowe’s, in honor of National Women Build Week.
National Women Build Week is Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s initiative that unites and empowers more than 18,000 women nationwide to join forces and devote at least one day to help build decent and affordable housing in their local communities. The campaign is happening all around the country, all week long, May 5-13. One of the key flagship events was hosted in Los Angeles, where I participated.
There were power tools galore, pink hard hats, the sound of amazing music and women's joy filling the atmosphere. The love, support, and sisterhood was real and deeply felt.
Women have a way of making our work feel like a gathering of women warriors.
Throughout ancient times up to modern times, no matter what it is that women gather in community for, we have a way of letting it be known, "We're here, and we've got this'. It was such an empowering and divine experience to be a social ambassador for.
Looking around and seeing an all woman construction crew was breathtaking site to behold. Yes!!!
I've never gotten dirtier in my life.
We were dirty. Ha! The kind of dirty where if if stomp your shoes on the ground or pat your your clothing a dirt cloud is formed. lol. Underneath our nails, our hair, head to toe, full of dirt.
At the end of the day, I said to The Habitat For Humanity ladies, Hillary and Lisa Marie, "I feel like that character on Charlie Brown who has the dirt cloud on him." As we all laughed I mentioned that "I forgot his name, it's..."
"It'sPig Pin!" said Lisa Marie. "Awe yes, Pig Pen", we all laughed. So here's a sweet image of Pig Pen that represents how we pretty much looked at the end this amazing and rewarding day. Ha!
So I built a picket fence!
I overcame all of my fears of getting super dirty outside, yesterday. What a life-changing experience in itself. I got the dirtiest I've ever been and I lived to write this blog about it! Growth is real ya'll. The work was amazing and soul satisfying, and so was the dirt! (wink)
The warm California sun was shining and the winds were blowing strong on and off throughout the beautiful day. Being this was a construction site with no grass or lawn yet, dirt was flying everywhere. As we built the fence out, we dug into the earth, shoveling and pick-axing even more dirt into the air to make way for the pickets to go securely into the ground.
A major take away:
I now feel empowered to let go of fear and doubt, get dirty, do the work, and build.
How symbolic is that?!
As part of National Women Build Week, Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity are holding space for meaningful discussion and bringing awareness to help educate, inspire and empower women nationwide to advocate for decent housing. The initiative is also about empowering women and girls with the skills in home construction and community building. The hashtags #BuildHer and #WomenBuild represent this so well.
For the 11th annual year, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s partnered for National Women Build Week and this year, Lowe’s donated $2 million to support in 300 communities nationwide. Habitat helps empower, stabilize families, and build self-reliance by lending what they call "a helping hand up, not a hand out", to homeowners. The homeowners all donate a certain amount their time through what is called "sweat equity", which includes partnering up and pitching in with Habitat in the building of their own home, and volunteering in the building of the homes of other's. And homeowners all pay an affordable mortgage. That's true community building and empowerment.
According to a @Habitat_org and @Lowes survey, most women think home maintenance skills are important, but half of the women surveyed don’t know the basics? This is where Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's comes to the rescue.
#BuildHer is a social movement used to generate conversation about building one another up; all while raising awareness and empowering women and girls with construction skills and affordable housing.
Find the social movement by using:
#BuildHer and #WomenBuild
How You Can Get Involved
Habitat and Lowe’s encourages anyone to volunteer—no construction skills or experience necessary. Check your local Habitat to find out about local build clinics and community happenings and opportunities to support this initiative.
"Women Build opportunities are available across the U.S. throughout the year, and anyone who wants to learn how to build and construct a home is invited to join us." – Habitat for Humanity
It was an honor to partner with @HabitatLA, @Habitat_org and @Lowes, #WomenBuild Week, #WomenBuild #BuildHer for National Women Build Week.
Visit www.habitat.org/wb to learn more and to get involved throughout the year.
Happy Earth Day!
Please celebrate by having yourself an extra yummy green–superfood–salad, smoothie or juice today. And go outside and connect!! Cheers!
With a growing shift in consciousness and wellness lifestyles, what we consume, how we source food and materials, how we eat and how we treat the Earth, should all reflect this rise in consciousness–as it did in ancient times and how it currently does in indigenous cultures still. A beautiful way of life and philosophy of indigenous people is to only take what you need from the earth and to pray and give thanks for all the elements and energy that went into planting and harvesting that which you eat from the Earth, a.k.a. Mother Earth, a.k.a. Gaia. This way of our ancestors is beautiful and not dead. We can each reach deep within and connect to the timeless wisdom of living in better harmony with the Earth and its inhabitants.
Living greener, more conscious, and mindful, has evolved into an overall lifestyle for me. The beauty of this path of living environmentally friendly and making responsible decisions and lifestyle choices, has affect me on all levels.
Our mindfulness towards the earth is for the greater good and future sustainability of all here now, and all to come.
Becoming aware of what environmental hazards are, their impact on us and the earth, and how we can easily do our part to reduce them, is such a powerful start for making change. Chemical-based products negatively affect us on a cellular level. They cause hormonal imbalance, reduce brain function, alter the nervous system (google neurotoxins) and pollute our bodies, the air in our home, the environment, and the planet. One of the greatest factors that made me realize the impact of chemicals and environmental hazards on living things is the many benefits I've experienced mind, body, and soul, as a direct result of cutting chemicals and toxins out of my life. I have greater brain function, more clarity, clearer skin, greater hormonal health, and emotional control. I now implement regular ways to detox from the heavy-metals around us, such as having Fulvic Acid with water, liver cleanses, green juices, probiotics, and epsom salt detox baths. Toxic heavy metals come from air pollution, automobiles and public transportation, and are some of the biggest sources of pollutants. So no matter how healthy we eat or how toxic-free our home is, if we leave our home and venture out into the world, pollution will be there. The good news is that there’s solutions. The more and more that awaken, lean in, and learn how we can each do our part in reducing pollution, honoring our planet, and protecting it, we help the earth vibrate higher daily.
3 Easy Ways to Protect the Earth & Yourself
1. Supporting Ethical Brands & Companies
Brands who are environmentally mindful, sustainable, ethically, and consciously made. Not only do these companies have the planet’s well-being in mind, but also yours. Such a win-win situation. I have a huge crush on companies whose values and ethics benefit and support me in maintaining and sustaining a healthful lifestyle. To have conscious brands so accessible–is everything.
I love mindful companies and brands who get it. Don't you? In the same way that indigenous gatherers and farmers only take what is needed from the earth, these brands only make and produce what is needed. And in some cases as in not made until it’s ordered. This ultimately helps to reduce emissions in the air, which is the #1 cause of air pollution.
2. Going Green | Natural Products
Transitioning to a non-toxic lifestyle by breaking up with chemical-laden beauty, hair, body, and household products, has been life changing is such a positive way. My biggest concern was if natural/green products would actually work as well. It took me some time to discover which products are most effective for my home, my family and I, and to learn about ingredients. Once I found my flow and way with green products and green living, I never looked back. I love supporting natural products & brands who get it and that WORK. I've become a full-fledged believer in the power of pure, natural, chemical-free products. Yes, they are out there, they work–well, have high standards, and help us all to do our part in reducing emissions and protecting and saving the planet.
Natural Home & Cleaning Supplies: Seventh Generation, Zum Clean Laundry Soap, Natural Value (Wax Paper and BPA-Free Baggies), Mrs. Meyer's, If You Care, Simply Organic, Caboo
Natural Body/Beauty/Hair/Bath: Saje, Giovanni, Well People, Hanahana Beauty, Honest, Schmidt's, Spa Ritual Natural Nail Polish
Natural Medicinals: Premier Research Labs, Gaia Herbs, Herb Pharm, Moodbeli, Moon Juice, Navitas, EnerHealth, Mushroom Matrix, Nature's Plus, Garden of Life, Sun Potion
Natural Candles, Incense, Sprays, Woods: Resonance Apothecary, Shaman's Market
are all among my favs and go to's. I could go on and on!
3. Reusable Grocery Bags & Boxes
Less plastic bags for the win! Less paper bags for the win! Less single use items for the win! The data on how plastic bags are polluting the environment and harming both marine and wildlife is alarming. California along with other states have placed a ban on single-use plastic carryout bags to reduce pollution and protect the environment. Customers now have to bring their own bags when shopping or pay 10 cents to purchase a recycled paper bag or you can purchase a reusable bag for around $1 to $2. It’s wonderful to know that 200 countries around the world and other states and cities are taking the same protective measures by enacting laws which ban the distribution of disposable, non-recyclable plastic carry-out bags and charge a fee for all other disposable bags.
My personal favorite way to pack groceries is using hemp mesh bags and large canvas or cotton totes. My next favs are boxes and hand woven market baskets and African Baskets. The level of ease they both make carrying groceries is pretty epic. Saving and repurposing grocery boxes works wonders as a way to transport groceries from store to home. Grocery boxes can be found at any market and store you shop at. I’m sure they’d be more than generous in donating a few to your mission in reducing waste and protecting the environment. If you use plastic bags and sandwich bags, consider reusing them. Sandwich bags can be washed out, left to dry, and
Reflection | Thoughts
Keep in mind that because of supply and demand, the less we use, the less that has to be made. And keep in mind that litter is not just litter, it’s pollution.
We’re either guardians and stewards, of the Earth/Gaia or the opposite. Yikes! Let’s be good, thoughtful, and kind stewards of Gaia, Mother Earth, she’s feeding us and housing us–as she did our beloved ancestors. How beautiful. Give thanks and honor!
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"there's a spiritual peace that comes after a while".
My goal for this year has been intentionally living life outside of fear and comfort zones. It's been life-changing since. Growth is real. This photo above was taken last week right before I was about to go on stage to speak on a panel in front of a room full of people, and there was a camera crew that would record us all speaking. This all took place last weekend at the Well-Being In The Modern Age conference at Neuehouse, Hollywood. The level of peace I felt was noticeable within myself. It felt therapeutic even. Had this been a few years ago, or even one year ago, I would have been full of fear. I would've been looking for any opportunity to stay within my comfort zone and/or say no thank you to the opportunity (crying emoji). In other words, I would've not been here for that level of anxiety or nervous energy. I know now that that energy is growth serum for the soul. It’s to progress us forward and not backwards. It's so we grow and are not left behind or stagnant in life. I now transmute fear into peace and passion. So huge cheers, and a fist in the air for growth!
Our life work and our highest path requires us to grow and mature beyond the fear and comfort zone/s that keep us at one level or another for far too long. The more and more we surrender and allow ourselves to feel the fear and do it anyway, we grow and expand. And as we continue growing, there's a spiritual peace that comes after a while. As we mature and live into this spiritual peace, we become clearer channels and vessels, in greater and greater ways.
Our fear and comfort zone doesn't serve the world. It doesn't serve who we've come here to grow into and become. Our true purpose and power meets us outside of our comfort zone.
– Lalah Delia
Surrender + Go Forth
The more we allow our life to use us as the vessels we are, the more we align with and access our higher potential, and live our most authentic life. Greater fulfillment within comes as we live outside of our comfort zone. From this space within and without, life begins to have deeper clarity, meaning, and purpose.
The Root of Comfort Zones is Fear
Fear shows up in many different forms and layers. These layers and forms include: self-sabotage, procrastination, bitterness, worry, doubt, inability to adapt to change or to move forward in progress, not sharing your gifts, dumbing down your light, low self-worth, staying in toxic relationships, perfectionism, being over-bearing, being a toxic person, over thinking, settling, and all the way to manifesting health problems and dis-ease. Fear is a toxin and poison.
Stay growing, elevating and rising above and beyond all forms and layers of fear.
BEING MINDFUL | HOW TO WIN
When you perceive fear or comfort zone-ness in progress, vibrate out of both of them. Feel the fear and do it anyway. That's how you win.
What comfort zone is your life currently in?
Are you allowing fear and/or comfort zones to hold you, your work, or life back in any way?
Where in your life is there fear?
What does your comfort zone look like?
What does living a life full of courage look like?
What are you looking forward to manifesting and experiencing through the spiritual art of living life outside of your comfort zone?
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As we journey and unfold further into Spring, I find myself reflecting on how much I shed during the winter. I also reflect on how at each level we arrive at in life there's something or someone that can't go with us to our next level. The next level is us vibrating higher in some aspect and area of our lives. It's an elevation process. And if we try to force that person or thing (that life is needing us to let go of) to fit into where we're headed, we only delay the process and progress. And we weight ourselves down, vibration-wise and energy-wise.
Everything in nature has a process and cycle of shedding, letting go, and making room for its developmental-progress. We're here to be a part of this same organic developmental-cycle. It's when we try not to be, that we experience thoughts that our life is working against us and not for us. I recall countless times where I've thought this. Do you, too? Buuuuut, come to find out life wasn't working against us, it was working for you and me all along.
The best way I've found to help my life is to get out of the way and trust the process. 'Trusting the process' is how we no longer become the roadblock in our process, progress, and journey.
— Lalah Delia
Our life knows the best way to bring us to a higher vibrational place within and without. This 'best way' is what divine order is all about. Trusting the process and its divine order is also what spiritual maturity is all about, and how we obtain it. We grow spiritually through honoring the process.
For each of us, there's a specific divine order for our life, journeying into it is how we elevate and vibrate higher daily. Outside of it is where it feels as if we're swimming against the current of our life, or drifting lost at sea with no real sense of direction and purpose. The good news is that we win, find our way, and vibrate higher, by trusting the process, and letting it happen. Divine order and the developmental-cycle is all about our process onward and upward.
I've found that releasing who or what no longer serves our highest good brings about manifestation, as well. Things we've desired to manifest start showing up for us as we release who and what has been blocking the way.
The comfort that comes after releasing and then seeing the benefits of it is priceless. May you continue in the spiritual art of releasing who or what has completed its journey and purpose in your life. Onward and upward to you!!
Being Mindful | How To Win
When you perceive a (necessary) developmental-process in progress, get out of the way and allow it to happen.
What process is in progress in your life?
Are you in the way or hindering it in any way?
Where in your life are there delays?
What or who are you trying to bring along with you that you need to release instead?
What are you looking forward to manifesting through the spiritual art of releasing, getting out of the way, and letting go?
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