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thirty days of gratitude: day 22.

Posted on November 22nd, by mb in gratitude. No Comments

i love thanksgiving. the chill in the air, the feast, the football, the drinks, the laziness of the day, the company. this is by far, my favorite time of year (christmas included.)

today on lululemon.com: how did i get here?

Posted on November 5th, by mb in blissed living, dreaming. 1 Comment


what i see: venice & santa monica.

Posted on August 29th, by mb in blissed living. No Comments


inspire: brigitte kouba.

Posted on August 5th, by mb in inspire. 1 Comment

a.k.a. gigi yogini – a heart opening, rhythm-loving, entrepreneurial beautiful, bright being.

what’s the best part of your day?
i aspire to appreciate and enjoy every moment of my day from the mundane to the magnificent. perhaps the best moments are the ones when i’m doing what i love, surrounded by the people i love.

what inspires you?
my greatest inspiration is self-actualization. the idea of realizing and living my fullest potential is what keeps me moving through the inevitable hardships of life and pushes me to constantly practice joy.

your favorite trip.
it’s impossible to choose. i’ve explored costa rica, honduras, peru, ecuador, mexico, spain, australia, france, italy, belgium, united kingdom, greece, czech republic, the netherlands, switzerland, canada, kenya, south africa and each trip was uniquely brilliant.

what’s your ideal sunday?
i’d start with morning service at agape international spiritual center followed by a lululemon run club and complimentary yoga in the santa monica store. then a group of friends would have brunch at literati cafe while a housekeeper cleans the yoga cottage. i’d sunbathe in the garden before enjoying a bbq dinner with friends and family.

your favorite words of wisdom.
“remember who you are.”
- the art of chase

when do you feel most “you?”
late morning.

what fulfills you?
i live for large interactive experiences where everyone participates and contributes a sound and/or movement. i get charged up by creative collaboration.

your favorite outfit.
either a sun dress with flip flops…or lululemon layered with an inspiring t-shirt, funky jewelry, bright scarf, army jacket and a hat. i always have multiple outfit changes every day.

what’s on your ipod?
tons of world music, hip hop, reggae, MOTHER MEDICINE, aykanna, soul, funk, drum tracks, dj drez, mc yogi, voice recordings.

five things you love.
my dog, ZOID.
riding my bike in around town.
hiking in the santa monica mountains.
being at the yoga cottage with all the doors and windows open.
sipping a soy chai latte with a shot of espresso at literati cafe.

how you feel in one word today.

inspire: nicole sciacca

Posted on July 10th, by mb in inspire. 1 Comment

hip hop lovin’ spinning/yoga/pure barre instructor; already a wifey and soon-to-be mama; absolutely gorgeous and hilarious.

what’s the best part of your day?
i have TWO best parts. the first “best part” of my day is waking at 5:20am and looking over at my giant husband, sleeping contently. in that moment, i can see the whole day, the opportunities, the possibilities for greatness and the overall ease on his face comforts me and inspires me all at once. the second “best part” is practicing. i don’t get to practice every day right now, so WHEN i get on my mat, i’m freaking thrilled.

what inspires you?
my dad. he is 67 and went to medical school at the age of thirty, after barely surviving vietnam with massive injuries. he opened his first practice at 40 and then a second one last year. what kind of 66 year old man does that? i am in awe of his determination and his total dedication to helping people. i am inspired by him to give more and expect less. i’m also inspired by my mother and mothers everywhere. how do you ladies do it? i’m quite nervous about this transition as i’m newly pregnant. so many women i know give selflessly to their families. such a beautiful sacrifice.

your favorite trip.
ooooh i went to sorrento, italy last june with my husband, fiance at that time, for our dear friend’s wedding. we stayed in a huge home with all our friends and had the time of our lives. it was just so nice to travel with our friends and experience all new things with our buddies. i remember i brought my mat and would practice ashtanga in the morning air and one morning my husband joined me. it was hilarious and so special as he is NOT a yogi.

what’s your ideal sunday?
sunday is my one day off and i cherish it. i love the lethargic energy in the air. people are less burdened, generally speaking, and its always palpable on sundays.

mmmm. my perfect sunday would include sleeping past 5:20am, waking to have coffee and breakfast, practicing yoga, a beach bicycle ride with a dip in the ocean (only if its warm enough – i’m from the south, if it doesn’t feel like bath water -i’m not going in!), perhaps a motorcycle ride to malibu for a yummy late lunch and then mass at 5:30pm at st. monica’s in santa monica. we were married there and i’m absolutely blown away by the music and homilies there. it’s so unlike any catholic church anywhere. another reason southern california is a magical place…

your favorite words of wisdom.

“we each carry within us a divine element. torn from the womb of existence and ushered, crying, into this world, we spend all our energies in the pursuit of happiness. this restless, incessant drive, is no more than that divine element within us seeking its origin.”
– st. simeon the new theologian 949-1022 AD

“i began to understand that the promises of the world are for the most part vain phantoms, and that to have faith in oneself and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.”
– michaelangelo

when do you feel most “you?”
when i’m with my nutty family or if i’m free to express myself through music. on a mat, dancing in the grocery store, on stage, wherever there is music!

what fulfills you?
helping others and knowing that i’m assisting people in making healthy choices, reminding folks that they are inherently good and perfect as they are. i love being reminded of this and i know it’s nice to share the sentiment. my marriage. my family. my amazing, eclectic group of friends.

your favorite outfit.
oh snap. when i’m not in lycra or luon or 2xu compression tights or splits59 pullovers… i love some skinny jeans, some kind of flat vintage boot, a flow-y top, with some layers…a sweater or scarf. listen, when i get to shower and dry my hair.. that’s a huge achievement!

what’s on your ipod?
i have all kinds of dirty new and old hip hop, 90% of KCRW’s playlists, stevie nicks, led zepplin, mashups, a few meditation and manifestation cd’s for airplane rides or down time and of course justin bieber (i don’t even know how this happened…)

five things you love.
1. cinnamon bears
2. sweating/moving/dancing/yoga
3. watching either videos of people falling down or actual incidents. i’m being terribly honest here. i think this makes me a nasty person, but i am an open book and will share all sides! i can’t help it. it’s like magic medicine.
4. dinosaurs
5. elephants, because they are the closest thing to dinosaurs….

how you feel in one word today.

mangos for breakfast.

Posted on April 16th, by mb in dreaming, gratitude, intention. No Comments

farmers’ market. fresh mango and cup of joe. catching up over brunch. taking lots of pictures. daydreaming. relishing in the sun. there is absolutely nothing better than santa monica on a sunday morning.

when i first came to visit i was so entranced by the beauty of the little beachside city. i couldn’t believe a heaven like this existed. like i’d dreamed it up, and could now live here.

it’ll be three years in august, and there’s not a single day where i don’t wake up grateful for where i am.