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over coffee project: lauren felix

LAUREN FELIX | LA PETITE FASHIONISTA

From fashion to social media Lauren shows you how to live & love life in style (while on a budget)!

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What does your typical day look like?

I usually start my day out with a cup of hot coffee & a luna bar and make out my to-do list for the day. I get joy out of crossing each thing off my list and it helps me stays organized and feel more accomplished! I usually check emails & then work on various projects throughout the day. It might be shooting an outfit for a blog campaign, having a phone call with a social media strategy client, or something less exciting like bookkeeping! I also love when I can fit in a lunch hour yoga break, it helps me refocus and relax!

What are some interesting things that people probably do not know about you?

I’m a huge “nerd” at heart and proud of it! Sci fi movies are my guilty pleasure, my boyfriend and I watch them all the time.

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Do you have any rituals/routines?

Something new I’ve been trying for 2015 is a daily positive mantra. I’ve been writing them in my planner, and I absolutely love that constant happy reminder each day!

What inspires you day to day?

I’m continuously inspired by my peers in the blogging and small business industry! I love seeing what creative projects everyone is  working on – whether it’s a recipe they’ve dreamt up, do it yourself project, or outfit.  I am a big believer in lifting each other up to be successful!

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How do you create?

When it comes to business or blogging I’m big on brainstorming. That’s usually the first step in the process. I like putting pen to paper and let the ideas flow. From there, I choose the best and get to work. Sometimes that means I’m breaking out my camera to take photos,  other times I’m putting on some inspiring music and tweaking my website.  Also, because I work in social media I’m always on my computer- so I love being creative & crafty and unplugging.

What can we find you daydreaming about?

Lately I’ve been dreaming about traveling and what my dream home would look like. I’m also constantly dreaming about how I want to evolve my business and brand. 

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What are some of your favorite books/websites/apps/magazines?

I’m on a huge podcast kick right now. I’ve been listening to The Lively Show & She Did It Her Way. I’ve also been reading Gabby Bernstein’s “Miracles Now” & Lara Casey’s “Make it Happen“. 

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

“Start before you’re ready!” – Don’t wait for the perfect circumstances to fall into place, put your heart and passion into whatever you want to accomplish.

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OCP: Goal List

My goal setting process is moving right along smoothly.

Friday I sat down and got clear on my Core Desired Feelings, how I wanted to feel each and every day. I chose three main desired feelings (read them here) which lead me into more specific goals.

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In the true fashion of manifesting, I decided to share with you my newly fresh goal list. Hot off the press. I decided to share for two reasons: 1. Sharing creates accountability and lets the world know I mean business 2. I hope this gives you a short guideline/example of how you can create your goal list. I focused solely on what my current pain points are (location, business, cause and setting). These are the areas in my life that currently don’t feel so smooth and stable and are causing me some sort of anxiety and frustration. More specifically, they are areas in my life that I don’t 100% love, that I need to focus more on and that I need to change or improve.

Live close to the ocean (within walking or biking distance)

I want to always have salt in my hair, sand in my toes and sun kissed skin. As a kid, I spent summers on our family boat at Long Beach Island (NJ). To this day, I try to spend every warm weekend on LBI. The ocean is my calm, my serenity, my most joyful place to be. And I don’t want to just feel that on weekends in the summer, I want to feel it every second of my life, every breath I take, every time I step outside. I’m over the cold winters (typing this on a One Degree morning), I want an endless summer.

Open a successful yoga studio / supportive community

A place for people to call home. Naturally this will be very near to my future beach cottage. A community driven yoga studio near the ocean that supports and inspires.

Host a sold out yoga retreat(s)

At the beach, of course. I have a huge fear with this one. That I will advertise for this amazing yoga retreat and no one will sign up, which is why I made this goal a “sold out” yoga retreat and not just to host a yoga retreat.

Host over coffee project goal setting sessions

5-8 women gathering to discuss and plan dreams/goals in a supportive group setting.

Create over coffee project online course

For those who cannot attend the gatherings, a way to plan dreams/goals with a guide to follow.

Create free material to spread my reach

Mediations, yoga pose breakdowns, goal setting guides, interviews and more.

Go to yoga 2x a week

My practice has slipped and I find my body aching for yoga. Ideally I’d like to take 3-4 classes a week but starting with 2x a week is a more reasonable approach for me. That will allow me to still have time to go to the gym and do other activities that I love like dancing. I’d also like to start a short 10-15 minute yoga practice every morning.

Rebrand beSOULful detox

I never liked the word detox or cleanse so I want to rebrand it into something a little different.

Create a full online wellness program

Fitness/Healthy Eating program to allow people to feel radiant and meet their health goals.

Get outside more

walk, a bike ride, lounging, just to be in nature more because it makes me happy.

Cause | Service

Find an ocean related cause to support & love. One that connects with my values and core beliefs.

 

I’m going to sit with these goals for the next week or so, make any changes or additions that I feel I need to make and then when the list feels completely right I will add dates to each goal. Start dates, check in dates and completion dates. These are my main goals and each one will create smaller, more realistic goals within. For example, I know opening a yoga studio is still a few years away for me but that doesn’t mean I can’t still be working towards it by paying off my debt, saving and creating my vision for it. Those two things will become smaller goals within the bigger goal of opening a studio.

Keep following #overcoffeeproject to learn the next steps in my goal setting process and how you can implement it in your life!

In the meantime, I’d love to see your goal list! Post on my facebook, tag me on your instagram or send to me on twitter. Be sure to use the hashtag #overcoffeeproject

Stay Warm,

B

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OCP | Beginners Guide to Goal Setting

A big part of the #overcoffeeproject is goal setting. Today I want to share with you goal setting at its basic form; the top layer. A way for you to get your toes wet in the sparkling waters of transformation, change and life enhancements.

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Step Number One: Pinpoint your sore spots.

This is quite possible the hardest part of the whole process. It’s pretty easy to band-aide your pain, act like it’s not there, but the problem with covering up and pretending is that nothing will ever change if you keep doing that. If you really want change, you’ll have to dig deep and figure out what areas in your life are not working. From work to relationships to space, what is not working, what is causing you unnecessary stress?

Step Number Two: Feel

Now it’s time to daydream. How do you want to feel each and every day? How do you want to wake up and go to sleep feeling? Graceful, healthy, happy, secure, loved, a part of a community, free, creative…how do you want to feel. No need to be minimal here, load ‘em up.

Step Number Three: Action Steps

Now you know what you need to let go of in your life and what you want to bring into your life. Now you will need to create action steps to make them happen. Let’s say you chose healthy as one of your ‘feel’s’, what action steps do you need to take in order to feel healthy? It might be eliminating processed foods from your diet or going to yoga 3x a week. Get specific here, you wouldn’t just want to say lose weight because that is too vague. You can’t just lose weight, you need to do something in order to lose weight so write what you would do.

Step Number Four: Time Frame

Goals without a time frame are just dreams. You’ll want to set a start date, evaluation date and ideal completion date. This will give you time to prepare for your start, evaluate somewhere in the middle what is working and what is not, and have a date you want to complete your goal by. In sticking with the feel healthy goal, let’s say you typically take a yoga class 2-3 times a month and part of feeling healthy to you means going to yoga more, I wouldn’t jump right into going to yoga 5 days a week, that’s a lot and you will be over it so quickly, start with going to yoga once a week. When you are consistent with going once a week, go twice a week, and so on. Make those mini-goals within your bigger goal.

Step Number Five: Action!

It’s time to put the pedal to the metal and take action. Begin, start, activate; this is the most exciting part. Beginnings are always thrilling, and once you figure out the nitty gritty details, it’s pretty easy to begin. The hard part is staying with it. Find yourself an accountability partner, someone who will keep you on track and headed towards the direction you want to go in.

Share your goal setting with the world by using #overcoffeeproject. We want to see you sparkle.

xxB

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over coffee project: bronwyn simons

BRONWYN SIMONS | THE ARTFUL LIFE

Bronwyn is a beautiful soul, artist, writer, teacher and dancer. Her work is magical and she inspires me to stay connected to my own creative self.

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What does your typical day look like? My temperament is too creative and restless to do the exact same thing every day, and I have come to terms with that – I think it’s really important for us to KNOW ourselves well when we create our schedules and set our goals! That said, a normal day for me includes certain key elements:

  • Time in nature. I am blessed to live close to a beautiful Provincial Park with beach and old-growth forests, and I walk or run there almost every day with my dog. The forest and ocean feed me.
  • Creativity. Whether it is making a meal, re-arranging a bookshelf, writing an essay, or working on a painting, something creative shows up in every day.
  • Work. I am a good Taurus. Once I am “harnessed” in to my work, I am committed! So I spend many hours each day at my computer, writing, creating, or communicating.
  • Spirit. I need to commune with spirit every day. This may be just a few moments of quick connection and prayer during my run on the beach, or 15 minutes of mindfulness meditation, or a moon ritual, or some before-bed reading in a sacred text – but it happens every day.
  • Love. I need to connect with those I love. So every day I make time for a glass of wine with my BFF,  or a sushi date with my husband, Facetime with my daughter, Skype with my business partner, or a walk with a new friend. Being an introvert, I sometimes have to push myself to make this time, but it’s essential!

What are some interesting things that people probably do not know about you?

  • I am the daughter of a poet. My father, John Thompson, was an important Canadian poet, and his legacy has affected me deeply on many levels, yet I rarely share it.
  • I have always chosen an unconventional livelihood, and my work life has been really varied and exciting over the years! My day-job descriptions have included tarot reader, belly dancer, environmental activist, artist, curator, and more.
  • I love pugs. A lot. I would like to have a pug sanctuary.

unnamed4 Do you have any rituals/routines? I love my morning routine.  My version of bullet-proof coffee is my first ritual of the day. I make coffee (intelligentsia black cat espresso – its the best…) in my Italian espresso pot, steam some organic cream in my milk steamer, and mix them with organic butter, coconut oil,  raw honey, and bee pollen. I enjoy this brew in my vintage silk kimono while taking care of the first couple of hours of work on my laptop. Working in your bathrobe is way nicer if your bathrobe is beautiful!  I have some goal and intention setting rituals too ~ at the beginning of every month I create a collage/vision board for how I want to feel, what I want to experience and accomplish that month. I keep the vision board in my planner or on a little easel on my desk. It keeps me focused. I also do a New Moon Ritual every New Moon. This varies from month to month depending on the aspects, but involves me taking time to create a beautiful ritual space and write in my Moon Journal. What inspires you day to day? SOOO many things inspire me:

  • I am inspired daily by the beautiful wild island where I live ~ the ocean and the rains, the deep forest and all the creatures, ravens, eagles, sea lions and the occasional bear. The subtle changes of weather and season constantly inspire me.
  • The community of women with whom I get to work inspires me too. I am so blessed to be surrounded by super-creative women who are out to change the world and create beauty!
  • The visual beauty of the world inspires and amazes me. My artist’s eye is constantly fascinated, even by “ugly” things. I relish my visual experience of the world.

unnamed1 How do you create?  My head is ALWAYS full of ideas. I keep a few clipboards stocked with blank paper around the house and I am always filling them with scrawled notes and sketches. I never have time to implement all of my ideas! I do sometimes set aside time in the studio, but most of my creativity is spontaneous, and I’ve learned to follow the flow once it begins. I’m not talking about “waiting for inspiration,” which I don’t do and don’t recommend ~ I’m just talking about not stopping myself or critiquing myself too much when I’m in the middle of a creative flow. I think respecting our natural rhythms is an important key to accessing creativity. What can we find you daydreaming about? I daydream about spending a year in Italy. I daydream a lot about beautiful things I want to create. During our long dark rainy winters I daydream about my favourite sunny places! But a funny thing has happened as I’ve gotten older, though – I just don’t daydream as much. Not because I don’t have new dreams, I do, all the time – but because I have been able to fulfill so many of my dreams along the way. unnamed What are some of your favorite books/websites/apps/magazines? The blog that got me going on the whole idea of blogging years ago is Kimberly Wilson’s wonderful Tranquility du Jour blog. I love her podcast too! I couldn’t live without my astrologer’s weekly blog and podcast. With books I go through phases where I am fascinated with certain subjects and I get EVERY book on that subject. Right now my shelves are full of books about alternative approaches to menopause, about astrology and moon magic, and about crystals – my current obsessions! And I  have to share that my recent work with the Sacred Living Movement has opened up a whole new world of amazing creative women to me! There are so many beautiful programs within SLM, from pregnancy and birth to parenting and couples and aromatherapy and ayurveda, herbal wisdom and lots of other gorgeous things! I am immersing myself in all of this now! What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? Oh my goodness. I couldn’t choose just one piece of advice. I can tell you that the most powerful pieces of life-wisdom that guide me have ALL come from dharma – that is from Buddhist wisdom writings, both ancient and contemporary. The work of Chogyam Trungpa and Pema Chodron have been especially influential in how I live my life. unnamed5 Follow Bronwyn: blog / facebook / instagram   Over Coffee Project: A weekly chat with inspirational movers and shakers of the world as well as goal setting and get it done advice. Use #overcoffeeproject to show the world the pursuit of your dreams.

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over coffee project: eleni of fall into london

ELENI | FALL INTO LONDON

Eleni is an amazing illustrator who lives in London. Her work is gorgeous and am I so inspired by her illustrations and designs.

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What does your typical day look like?

At the moment I am working in a school during the week as I have an art school opening in mid Jan and so I’ve been working at a school to get some experience of working with children. So I’m super excited about this new business. During the evenings and on the weekend I focus on creating illustrations for my online store and working on commissioned projects. In a few months time I will go back to illustrating full time along with running the art school.

What are some interesting things that people probably do not know about you?

I worked in a job that I initially enjoyed for a few years, but during the last year or so I realized that it wasn’t for me. So I left a secure promising job to begin working as a full time illustrator. It was quite a scary time, but looking back I am so happy with that decision!

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Do you have any rituals/routines?

Haha! Well every time that I tried to stick to a routine it never works. This is usually because things depend on my mood as sometimes I feel like illustrating in the early morning or very late at night! But the one ritual that I do have is that I watch Sex and the city while illustrating late at night.

What inspires you day to day?

I’m inspired by so many things around me whether it’s flicking through a fashion magazine, a great pinterest board or going for a walk across London.

How do you create? 

If I’m creating for a commissioned project, I would usually start off by making a few notes on what the client would like, what inspires them and what they love. My mind will then start creating a visual based on what they have said and I will then quickly jot down the ideas and then start sketching!

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What can we find you daydreaming about?

I’m usually daydreaming about illustrations that I wish I had the time to create. I have a wall full of ideas that I have jotted down because I have the worst memory!

What are some of your favorite books/websites/apps/magazines?

My favorite book is New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, it completely opened my mind to many things which I had inklings about. I love ELLE magazine and Stylist magazine which is a London weekly fashion magazine.

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What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

”To give time, time.” This advice was given to me at a difficult time in my life when I didn’t live in the present. They are such simple words, but at the time they really helped.

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