When I first went freelance back in 2009, a mentor of mine invited me to a vision boarding workshop. At the time, I thought the idea was a little “out there,” but I wanted to be a successful entrepreneur and admired her so I went. Fast forward to today and I create or update my vision boards several times per year. Here are some strategic ways to create a vision board in order to accomplish your goals.
When looking at all of the trend predictions for the new year and analyzing the products that come across my desk and emails that that flood my inbox, I honed in on trends that I personally think will explode. Here are the top five wellness trends to get excited for this year.
Recently in a yoga workshop with, Stacey Brass-Russell, a Certified Health & Life Coach, she mentioned the idea of creating “10 Paradigms for Teaching Yoga.” I loved it. Writing my 10 standards allowed me to clearly see where my teaching values lied and I thought, everyone should do this – for life. Therefore, I spoke with Stacey about the value of creating “10 Paradigms for Life” and with the turn of the new year, now is a perfect time to get out your journal and tune in. Here’s the deal…
During my stay at Canyon Ranch a few years ago, I attended a variety of lectures each day and found them all to be incredibly enlightening and motivating. My favorite was a motivational speech who spoke about creating miracles by a man named Jerry Posner, who was just as entertaining as he was practical. The fact that it was practical was my favorite part. I often attend spiritual lectures and appreciate the thinking, but Posner made spiritual teachings a practical practice. Here are his four ways to create your own miracles.
The thing about depression is that sometimes you don’t even know somebody’s depressed. There’s a survival technique I’ve conquered where I can compartmentalize if I’m distracted enough and completely block my tragic reality out of my mind in order to function.
It’s with great excitement that I share my new hosting partnership with NBC! After acting as their editorial beauty and wellness expert for the past nine years, I’m finally expanding my personal brand and bringing it to the network in a more official way. Moving forward, I will be hosting/acting as the expert for “JM Approved,” a new branded content segment that will air monthly on New York Live TV featuring my favorite beauty, wellness, fashion and food finds. I am thrilled and can’t wait to work with the team as an official correspondent. Stay tuned for segment updates!
I have so much to share from my experience at the Tony Robbins Unleash Your Inner Power four-day seminar (see post on my experience here) that I figured I’d start with some of my top takeaways, (OK, there' are a lot). They’re really life changing realizations that can be used as daily mantras.
Earlier this year, I wrote a post called “5 Things Never to Say (or Do) to A Pregnant Woman,” which was shared over and over for obvious reasons. When it comes to family planning, setting boundaries with others has been very important to me and I know from the feedback I got on that post, I’m not alone. That being said, since I’m fortunate enough to have a platform to speak on, and feel it’s important to write this as well in hopes to educate people who read it and don’t already know.
You might not believe this when I tell you, but I was actually dragged to the Tony Robbins Unleash The Power Within seminar by Joe. Joe’s been a fan of his for a little while now. He frequently listens to his podcast, which he introduced me to, and has read some of his books. While I’m very into self improvement, I found Tony to have a bit too much masculine energy for me. As a spiritual person, I always appreciated the tone of people like Gabby Bernstein, Marianne Williamson and Oprah. That’s who I am. That’s who I resonate with.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, then you already saw the new addition to our family, Jimi! We rescued him at 11-weeks old from a shelter in CT, who rescued him from a kill shelter in South Carolina. He’s mostly black lab, but also a mix of terrier and pit. To say we love him is an understatement!
You guys know that I’ve had it rough lately and anger has played a huge role in my grief process. Remember when I went to the rage room (see blog post) to “safely” smash things and get it out? Well, I took my friend Joelle Garguilo from NBC’s New York Live there recently for a segment and it was so much fun. Check out my latest on “Un-Zen Ways to De-Stress in NYC.”
Since posting about my kitten fosters on my blog and Instagram, I’ve gotten a ton of questions about the process. Here’s all I know so far. Hope it helps!
If I've learned anything throughout these past couple of weeks it's that the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, acceptance and depression) aren't linear. I thought I would go through each stage one at a time and then see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, what I've been experiencing is a circular patter of the stages over and over and over again. Depression has been consistent, and I find that anger and numbness are not far behind on a rotating schedule minute by minute. Enter a rage room…
Joe and I recently moved uptown in Hoboken and decided it was finally time to get some new furniture and upgrade from our queen to a king sized bed. We wanted our bedroom to be a place of minimalism in order to create a peaceful environment. Here's how we decorated.
We love reading self help books (here are some of our faves). However, as we’re all grinding to become better versions of ourselves, the last thing we have time to do is actually sit down and read. Therefore, we gathered a list of podcasts that aim to refuel your mind and soul with positivity and productivity so you can easily become inspired on-the-go.
After writing my last post, I wanted to give you a useful take away in hopes it can help you or someone you know learning to live with grief. Throughout the past few weeks, I've gathered a team of professionals to help me with bereavement support. It's going to take time, but I wanted you to know that this type of help exists. Here's how they've all been assisting me and what they have to offer.
Throughout the past few weeks of grief, one piece of advice keeps circling, "tend to something," and it led me to begin fostering kittens. Taking care of my first foster kitten, who was seven weeks when I got him, had a cold and was very weak, has been a reason to get out of bed and he’s looking for a forever home.
During this time of incredible heartbreak and grief, Joe and I are beyond grateful to have our families, friends, colleagues and community to help hold us up. Helpless and hopeless, there is one thing we’d like to do in honor of our daughter, Ava Lombardi. While at the hospital in the beginning of this nightmare, we learned of Griffin’s Giving Fund, which helps families through the grief associated with losing a child. Keep reading to find out how.
Devastated. Numb. Angry. Hopeless. Lifeless.
Words can’t begin to describe how Joe and I have been feeling. At 8 months pregnant, we lost our baby girl. Our second loss. No answers as to why. Just a week ago, after being forced into labor and having to give birth to her, we left the hospital empty handed. She was already gone. No words. Just heartbreak. Taking time away from all of this... unplugged.
At 18 weeks, I went to book a massage and then realized I could no longer lay flat on my stomach and that it was time to book the prenatal. I immediately got nervous and began Googling how prenatal massages are done. I was intimidated to feel uncomfortable on the table with my changing body and didn't want to put myself in an awkward position. Here's everything I learned from my first prenatal massage.
When one of my best friends forwarded me an email that was sent around her office I was intrigued. As I read it, I couldn't believe what a pick-me-up the story was and had to share it with all of you, too. Her coworker, Matt Hildesheim, shares how he saved a little duckling! Enjoy!
Once I started showing, I realized that society doesn't know how to appropriately act around pregnant women. There have been many times where I felt extremely uncomfortable because of somebody else's words or actions. So here are the top five things never to say or do to a pregnant woman. Read and pass on!
I'm so excited to have partnered with Rituals as their Spokesperson for QVC! Tonight is our first live show and I'll be on around 10pm. We're selling two gift sets, which make perfect Mother's Day gifts – The Ritual of Sakura and The Ritual of Dao – at great prices. Tune in tonight and get ready to shop with me!
It's with great excitement that I share... Joe and I are expecting! Baby GIRL Lombardi is due this summer and we can't wait to meet her!
Turning to self-help books is not always easy. When books are dubbed "self-help," it implies that we need assistance, when the truth is that we just need some motivation. Here are from of our favorite motivational books by women that are sure to leave you feeling inspired and grateful.
I was walking through the city one day when I received a call from my grandpa who mentioned he had a great story for my Soul Candy series about his wife, Judy. (Yes, he's very tech savvy and reads my blog!) After learning about what she's been doing for years, I was shocked that I didn't already know this about her and of course had to share in hopes of brightening your day and inspiring you to do good in the world as well. Here's Judy's story working with Meals on Wheels.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you've noticed in my stories that I recently got into SoulCycle. I know, I know, it took me a while! I used to dread spin class, but once bit by the bug, I shortly became addicted. How much fun is dancing on a bike? Who knew! As a cardio compliment to my regular barre and yoga classes, it's now part of my fitness regimen. Of course, I love how inspirational and motivational the instructors are during class. Here are the top five lessons I learned at Soul so far... Enjoy!
In honor of International Women's Day, I reached out to some of the women in beauty who inspire me the most. These are the thought-leaders who have created products and built brands beyond their wildest dreams on their definitions of success.