What I Learned When I Met Gabby Bernstein

11.13.2014
By the time we got there I was physically and emotionally drained. After hours of biking then walking, then biking then walking, a complete meltdown in the middle of Central Park, and rushing, literally running, to get from point A to point B in the "greatest city in the world", while being at the mercy of the ferry schedule...I was at my breaking point.

I thought the entire weekend was a wash and poorly planned...until I saw this little white beam of light casually trotting around Pure Yoga. No, I didn't have an encounter with God, but it was my spirit angel, miracle-minded mama, love of my life, and entire inspiration behind Sheer Spirit, Gabrielle Bernstein. Ladies and gentlemen, I met GabbyMotherFreakinBernstein.

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Sorry, just basking in my moment of glory...back to the story.

It took everything I had in me not to scream, "GABBY I LOVE YOUUUUUUU", and run and hug her. No. Instead I played it cool and nonchalantly said, "Hi Gabby", as any cool, calm, and collected stalker would. I'm kidding I don't stalk her...I just happen know her every move of every day.

In my defense, with all these different social media outlets, (TV shows, magazine articles, books, Instagram, etc.), you really feel like you know a person even if you don't; you might even feel like you're friends! Which, in my particular case, I'm totally friends with the Kardashians, Oprah, Sophia Amoruso, some famous fashion bloggers...


Ok, so I say hi, and without even knowing who said hi to her, Gabby Bernstein touches my arm with a gigantic smile and says, "Hi!". If that was going to be my only interaction with her, I was totally satisfied. That was all I needed, like, 'I'm good, we can go home now!' But I'm definitely glad I didn't...


I knew it was going to be good when the first words out of her mouth were, "I changed my entire outline this morning because that's just what I do". Yes. If you have something already planned and hours before it happens you change you're whole tune, it's going to be great. That's true inspiration.


I once read your best work comes out just hours before the deadline. Why is that?


As I tried to relax from the day's domino effect of "set backs", I couldn't help but replay the events in my head, then Gabby says, "Your presence is your power". Literally I could not have gone to a more suited event than this one. It was so perfectly relevant to what was going on with me at the time.

It's funny how we don't always get what we want, but somehow end up with what we need. 

Just hours prior I had stood there, in a city I have I wanted to call home ever since I can remember, and cried. I'd like to blame it on the full moon, but really, whether things go right or wrong the only one responsible is you.

In that moment, my presence became my power and I took responsibility. I grabbed my boyfriend's hand and felt all these feelings of guilt, regret, and utter sadness. Love is a funny thing.

How could I have been so selfish that I failed to realize my boyfriend was doing the best he could to make this the best day of my life...? Not to mention all the time, money, and planning that had gone into it, and for me to act like a total diva, I can honestly say I'm ashamed of myself.


Gabby had said her greatest moments of forgiveness have come through meditation. 20 minutes a day, twice a day is what she has become devoted to. Lately I've been having a hard time with 7, once a day. But it is true. The more authentic meditation that you bring into your life, the happier you will be. I would know, I've been there, now my challenge is getting back. "Returning home", as Gabby would say.


It wasn't all "woo woo" spiritual stuff . She made us laugh. Gabby's popularity is no doubt due in part to her undeniable effort to bring laughter into the world and make stuff that's heavy, and at times hard to believe, relatable and believable even to the those with beginner's doubt.

Gabby admitted something that even made my jaw drop, she said recently she was dealing with some family stuff, and for the first time in 9 years she wanted to drink. SAY WHAT?!? Pump the breaks. This made me fall in love with her even MORE, because I saw she's a real human with real cravings who experiences real moments of darkness.


Well then sh!t, if Gabby can have moments of weakness so can I! Great news...now, how do we bring ourselves back? If I learned anything out of this ENTIRE event it was this:

The more we elevate ourselves, the more of an impact we have on each other. By bringing more joy into our own lives, we ultimately bring more j☮y into the lives of others. 

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How can you truly be present for someone else when you yourself are not experiencing the joys in life because you're not present? Your presence is your power.

Amen sista.


Have you seen Gabby live? Can you relate to this? Tell me about it in the comments below!

xx


{Want to learn more about Gabby? Go here, here, here, and oh yeah here.}

Special eBay HALLOWEEN Sale

10.30.2014
Shop H&M "Too Real" black slouchy T shirt size 4 &
Forever 21 small black sequin glitter shorts

Shop Forever 21 small open back galaxy graphic tank



Click "SHOP" in the menu bar above to see what else I have listed. Happy shopping. :)


New Arrivals on eBay!

10.14.2014
Last week's eBay inventory is still up for grabs, in addition to even MORE goodies on eBay I just listed. I even added some price reductions! Preview what's to come TONIGHT, OCTOBER 14, 2014 @ 7PM...



billabong orange and white sundress
GUESS knit sweater
forever 21 stripe crop top
H&M teal button up blouse

Pants are also for sale visit my eBay closet for more details tonight at 7PM! 

Shop my eBay closet!

10.06.2014
For those of you who don't know, I am an avid eBay-er. I buy, browse, chat, compare, and research via eBay, but the majority of my time is spent selling.


Over the years I have acquired so much clothing and so many accessories, mostly with tags still on them, I ran out of closet space. So, I have taken to my virtual closet to provide others with the same enjoyment that these items brought me.


This is my first eBay advertisement post, so to speak, so take a look and contact me if there is anything you're interested in! The bidding starts TONIGHT, MONDAY OCT. 5 2014 @ 7pm EST. Go to http://www.ebay.com/usr/sheerspirit to place your bid!

ebay little black dress
NEW without tags "Forever 21 small black spaghetti strap dress" $10.99

ebay tropical dress
BRAND NEW "Forever 21 small tropical patterned stretch dress" $8.80
(Originally $10.80)

ebay guess teal dress
"GUESS small one shoulder teal bodycon dress" $15.99

ebay leopard sundress
"H&M small black and white strapless leopard sundress" $5.99

ebay coral dress
BRAND NEW "H&M small coral backless dress" $10.95
(Originally $12.95)

ebay forever 21 bodycon dress
"Forever 21 small teal backless cowl neck dress" $7.99

ebay h&m tunic dress
 BRAND NEW "H&M xs cream short sleeve tunic dress" $23.99
(Originally $29.95)

ebay forever 21 bodysuit
"Forever 21 small black and white geometric bodysuit" $7.99

How to Stay Positive When You Don't Get the Job

8.04.2014
seattle

After a sleepless night, 3 days of seemingly useless preparation, and a half-assed early morning gym session, I successfully completed quite possibly the worst and most competitive interview of my life.


As the supportive yet cliche words "Don't be nervous", "Just be yourself", "You're going to do great", "Stay positive" from friends and family headlined in my mind, I completely blanked on the phrase "teacher evaluation system", and instead said "...teacher, teacher, ugh I lost my train of thought". If that wasn't a dead give away to my nervousness and lack of confidence I don't know what was.

4 things you should know about teaching

5.20.2014
Teaching is tough. It is one of the most underrated and underpaid jobs out there in my opinion. BUT as a teacher you are just as much a learner as your students are. You learn some cool and not so cool things about yourself from the way students and staff interact with you. Let's take a gander, shall we..?


Patience.
Ah patience. Much easier said than done. I always thought of myself to be a pretty patient person...until the classroom.

Your patience is tested day in and day out and you learn that, like most things in life, success takes time and instant gratification is a rarity.

A big reward for me was learning you can still look cool while keeping your cool. Yelling gets you nowhere...except maybe to CVS for some throat lozenges.



It's not personal. 
One of the most challenging yet favored lessons of all time: do not take ANYTHING personally. This not only goes for teaching, but any field you may be in.

Sometimes you get hired and sometimes you don't. Sometimes your efforts are noticed and sometimes they're not. Some days are made easy and some aren't. Sometimes adults are more difficult than kids and sometimes they're not.

Regardless of what happens, it's not you, it's them. Just kidding. But seriously...



Authenticity.
Even kids sense when you're being authentic and when you're faking it. Just like us, they can feel if you genuinely care or not.

When you take in interest in students' lives, they will take an interest in learning what you have to teach them, even if it's something as "simple" as staying quiet when the teacher is talking, (which, actually, isn't simple at all...ask any teacher).

If you brush a kid(s) off, you can bet your a$$ they'll brush you off the same way.


We're all teachers & we're all students. 
Whether you realize it or not, you're a teacher to those around you. Your actions, whichever you choose, are teaching people how they want to be, what they want to do, how they want to dress, etc.

It's a very powerful thing and with that said,


From the situations in which we have the opportunity to teach people, we are also learning about ourselves and each other.

If I didn't open myself to new ideas, I wouldn't be here in this moment, writing this article, trying to inspire people to find a love for life and a passion for living that I enjoy every day.

Be mindful of your words and actions and be open to receiving new information, you never know what it could do. After all, "knowledge is power".


Keep smiling,
Britt

sheer health: the BEST chocolate super smoothie

4.23.2014

1 1/4 almond milk
2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
3/4 frozen banana 
handful of spinach (optional)
2 dates
scoop of almond butter
1 Tbsp. maca powder
scoop of chia seeds

Heaven in your mouth, boom.

Why is this considered a "super-smoothie"? 
Maca powder, derived from the Maca root used by ancient Peruvians, increases your energy, enhances your libido, and is a stress handler. It's also high in protein, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and many other vitamins and minerals. Order my favorite brand of Maca HERE.

Cacao powder contains antioxidants, (cancer fighting agents), fiber, "happy" alkaloids, magnesium, (great for athletes because it improves blood flow, muscle contraction, cardiac health, and aides your metabolism). Order cacao HERE.

Not only does this smoothie taste like a chocolate milkshake, but it's super nutritious for you. This is a certified superfood smoothie, if I do say so myself. Enjoy and let me know how you like it! :)


Keep smiling,
Britt

top 10 things to do in Hawaii

4.14.2014
**Disclaimer: My top 10 is based on my personal opinion of Oahu and Maui. I have only been to the two.**


1. Watch the sunset at Sunset.

Located on the North Shore, packed with surfers, sunsets, and sea turtles...what could be better?


2. Hike the Kokohead stairs. 

Quite possibly my favorite thing in all of Honolulu. This was the most grueling and strenuous hike I've ever done, but I loved every minute of it. Ok, maaaaybe not every minute, let's just say I was very happy to make it to the bottom...alive.

3. Get a Hula...pie!

Trust me when I say it's worth every penny and calorie. Hula Pie is a tourist favorite and can be found at Duke's in Waikiki.


4. Grill on the beach.

We did this at Waimanalo beach, however it may be a good idea to grill on a beach where you can watch the sunset, aka the North Shore, ironically located on the west side of the island.


5. Island hop.

(Preferably to Maui!) Prior to visiting Maui I heard great things about this island, in addition to The Big Island, which we decided was too big for the amount of time we had. Here's a few sites to see:
  • Haleakala Crater (watch the sunrise, you'll need to wake up around 4am)
  • Hana Highway 
  • Black sand beach
  • Seven Sacred Pools


6. Visit Lanikai beach.


One of the most beautiful beaches I've ever been to. The Mokulua islands in the background make for the perfect photo shoot as exhibited above. :)


7. Hike to some tide pools

I hiked down to the tide pools by the Makapuu lighthouse, which was pretty neat. There's a lot of shimmy, shake, and balance involved but you should be alright. Wear good shoes and minimal clothing - gets pretty hot down there.


8. Be cheeky at Sandy's.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Hawaii...wear cheekys! I never thought I'd be one to expose my booty in such a way where I barely had tan lines due to the amount of coverage, or there lack of, that my bathing suit bottoms provided. However, it was quite liberating if I do say so myself and if you're a girl, I highly recommend investing in some cheekys. If you rock 'em at Sandy's beach or the North Shore, you'll fit right in! (This picture was actually at Lanikai).


9. See a waterfall.


...or 100. See as many waterfalls as possible. It's very Hawaiian. I liked Manoa Falls. There are also several hikes you can do once you get to the waterfall, which made it all the more enjoyable.


10. Visit the Kaneohe Bay sandbar. 


Now, I'm not positive, but I think you have to be with someone of military relation to get in on the action at this sandbar, but if you have the chance, definitely take it. There's this random, (but huge), sandbar, literally in the middle of the ocean and on the weekends military personnel and all their friends gather here for some fun in the sun. Though, there's not a beach, if you get tired of the knee high water you can lay out on the boat. Pretty rad.



Keep smiling,
Britt