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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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over coffee project: lei lei clavey

LEI LEI CLAVEY | LEI LADY LEI

From living in places like New York, Paris, California and now Australia, to having an incredible sense of style, Lei Lei is my fashion and wanderlust role model. 

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What does your typical day look like?

  • 5:30am – My day begins with Bandit, my kitten, prodding my face to wake me up.
  • 5:40am – Bandit succeeds and I get up to go for a walk along the South Perth Foreshore.
  • 6:30am – Back home for breakfast which is either a green smoothie or poached eggs and stove top espresso and soy. 
  • 7:00am – I answer any emails, check Instagram and update my blog.
  • 8:00am – I drive to work, Australian shoe company Betts Group, where I manage two of their online stores; ZU Shoes and Airflex.
  • 5:30pm – The work day is over, time for home. If there’s a fashion or food event on I head there, otherwise I go home to cook dinner, blog and catch up on a television series with my fiancé.
  • 10:00pm – Off to bed!

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

I have lived in five cities around the world. My love for travel and discovering new places began when I was fifteen when I went on exchange to Brussels in Belgium. From then on, any chance I got, I wanted to explore new places. 

I was an Au Pair in Paris for a year, I went on exchange to University of California Santa Barbara for a year and in 2010 I moved to New York City for two years. My latest adventure, and where I am currently living is Perth, Western Australia. Being from Melbourne, Victoria originally, Perth is very isolated from the rest of Australia, but it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

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Do you have any rituals/routines?

My weekday routine begins with a morning walk along South Perth foreshore overlooking the river and city.  My current weekend summer routine starts with a swim at the beach, brunch and then a grocery shop for the week ahead!

What inspires you day to day?

Trying new things inspires me. Whether it’s travelling, meeting new people, learning a new skill or discovering someplace new.

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How do you create?

Before I create, I gather ideas. My ideas often sprout from random places; from a book I’m reading, an old movie or an image I saw somewhere. The best ideas come out of the blue, usually when I’m about to fall asleep. I keep a notebook and pen next to my bed so I write down the idea before it slips away.

What can we find you daydreaming about?

I am always daydreaming about travel. My dream is to make travel part of my career one day!

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

My favourite Australian bloggers are The Chronicles of Her, Harper and Harley, Margaret Zhang and Gary Pepper. Their content is excellent and very inspiring. 

I am also obsessed with Australia wedding magazine Hello May and Elle Wedding UK! Usually I am an avid fashion magazine reader but wedding magazines have taken over as I’m planning my wedding for 2016!

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

Keep striving for more in life and take risks, you never know what might happen.

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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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beSOULful Detox – Yogi Highlight – Jackie Aubrey

I am thrilled to interview Jackie Aubrey, a wonderful beSOULful yogi who participated in the March Detox E-Course!

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I am a mom of two very active loveable boys and a wife to a great guy for over 8 years. I’m a former 3rd grade special education teacher and lucky enough to now be a stay at home mom. Yoga is a new obsession of mine and each day shows improvement in where I hope to be one day!

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Why did you sign up for the detox?

I signed up for the detox with a small group of friends hoping, honestly, to just lose some weight and feel better physically.

How did you overcome the usual ‘I don’t have time to eat healthy’ dilemma?

I overcame the “I don’t have time to eat healthy” by making it a fun girls detox prep night.  Four of us corresponded during the week and divvied up some of the item we would need i.e., fruits, veggies, protein powder etc.  We then took our menu and assigned certain soups, salads etc. to each person and the Sunday before the detox got together and prepped and packaged any meals salads etc. we could for the week. One thing that helped all of us immensely was zip locking and freezing our shakes for the week that Sunday night. We measured out our spinach/kale added frozen bananas or frozen fruit and just wrote in sharpie what we needed to add in the morning, ie. 1 cup of water, 1 cup of ice, 1 scoop of protein powder, etc. Planning and preparing made the week seamless and really enjoyable.

What were some of the top things you gained from doing the detox? What were your favorite parts?

I got a lot more out of the detox then I thought I was going to. Not only did I lose 5 lbs. but I really saw how eating clean and living a more soulful lifestyle benefits my kids, my husband and myself.

What were you surprised about?

I was surprised how much I enjoyed journaling and meditation. I have taken the morning Sadhana and made it a part of daily routine and really have enjoyed the energy it gives me throughout my day and my kids have enjoyed my happier demeanor in the morning hahaha. Starting the detox I never thought that it would be more than just “an extreme diet” and I really did take much more than the eating aspect from it.

How was your overall experience?

My overall experience was really positive. Going into the detox I was fairly negative, thinking I was going to be sooo hungry and miserable and I wasn’t! I was more than satisfied with the meals and snacks and I felt so great during and after it really was a great experience.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Anyone considering this I would say goes into not just with the “diet/losing weight” mindset. Really give the other practices Brittany offers a try. A lot of people say they don’t have time to meditate or journal but it could really be as easy as 15 minutes to yourself for yourself that could make your detox exceptional. A detox pal is a great way to go or take to FB and chat with others partaking in the detox any support will make all the difference in getting the most out of your week in my opinion.

If you are interested in learning more about our upcoming detox (May 20-24th) head over HERE

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SOULful Life Interview Series – Meg Everingham

I met the beautiful, soon-to-be mama, Meg, via twitter!  I have always been inspired by her willingness to leave corporate life to pursue her true passion of teaching.  I am thrilled to be able to share this interview with you all!

Meg Everingham

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Classically trained in ballet, Meg translates her love of movement to teaching yoga, Pilates & wellness. Based outside of Philadelphia, Meg teaches in-home, in-studio and online group & privates sessions. A student of Yoga & Pilates for 15 years, Meg’s teaching style has grown from her sense of body awareness, love of movement and union of body & mind. Meg is also a practitioner of Ayurvedic & plant-based living, a freelance writer & yoga-living enthusiast. Fusing her classical training, knowledge & experience, Meg strives to empower her clients through the freedom & strength of mind-body movement.

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1. What was your previous corporate job and how did you know that it wasn’t right for you?

After years of teaching ballet & practicing yoga (not ever thinking that could be a career) I went into working in human resources. The foundations of this career were the same in my interest in yoga – self-development & human service. In human resources I was able to help people find satisfaction in their jobs, create a positive workplace culture & give back to the community through outreach programs. During this time I continued to practice yoga & teach dance part-time. I felt that I was proving to myself that I could work & succeed on a more traditional career path. The interaction between myself & the employees was the highlight, the paperwork & office politics were the downside. I feel that I could have stayed in the corporate environment & taught part-time. I had a good salary, 401K savings plan, benefits, etc… I always had a strong pull inside of me to go back to movement, yoga & the arts full-time. I found myself dreaming of the life I had pre-corporate job, filled with creativity & freedom. Eventually I decided to jump back into that world!

2. What was the final push that made you take the big leap towards becoming a yoga and pilates teacher? How did you know you were doing the right thing?

The final push occurred when I took a job in human resources that turned out to be a very unhealthy work environment. Everyday became a struggle to deal with the multitude of inappropriate workplace behavior & culture. I still enjoyed aspects of my position, but the negative outweighed the good. I searched for another position & was unable to find one. I discussed it with my husband & we both agreed that this was the time for me to follow what I truly love to do whole-heartedly. I knew I was doing the right thing for my authentic self. I was leaving a toxic work environment & following my bliss. Financially, it was not necessarily the “right” thing because I lost my benefits & salary. I was able to teach ballet & find a part-time job for benefits while in YTT.

3. Did you experience any peer pressure to stick with the typical 9-5 corporate route?

My family & friends were all supportive about me leaving my 9-5. People that know me best recognized that this decision was right for me, that I was following my path. My parents were concerned about me not having benefits. I left a good paying, stable job for the unknown. I didn’t go into teaching yoga or Pilates to make money; I did it because the voice inside of my heart was urging me to!

4. Any regrets or things you might have done differently?

In retrospect it would have been smart for me to stay with my corporate job while in yoga teacher training. I was impulsive & ready to get out of that toxic environment. I could have continued my income (saved money) & had benefits & then transitioned into teaching.

5. What are some things you LOVE about your life now?

I love that I know I am exactly where I supposed to be & doing what my heart desires.

6. Any tips for people wanting to move from the corporate life to their dream job?

Plan your exodus from corporate life. Think about all aspects of what your new life with this dream job will entail – the known & potential unknown. Look at both the potential risks & rewards.

Thank YOU Meg!