From a little cove inside the Greek Islands, I am sharing with you my.....

MY CHIC & HAPPY SUMMER ESSENTIALS LIST

This includes all of the secret products, essentials--what keep in my "Summer Panier" PLUS some tips...watch below.

First I...

SET A THEME

...My personal theme for the summer happens to be, Chic & Happy.

What is summer about?

Summer is supposed to be fun! Think about when you were a little girl.

What did you dream of experiencing during summer?

I used to dream about...what books I am going to read, how I would look different when I went back to school, maybe a summer romance...

I'm talking about that fun and adventure feeling!

STRETCH yourself in SUMMER

What is it that’s fun?
What is it that’s unique?
How do you want to feel this summer?

Simplicity & Style:
Summer is about fun, but it is also about …..Simplicity!

If you can find a piece that has the versatility to be worn day, or night, it is fantastic! I look for things that can have multiple uses, and you will see that in our Tara Paris products as well.

Make sure you watch the video for all the style tips!

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Now it’s your turn to share your favorite style tips (or let us know how you are using these)

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PS: To view our new Tara Paris Collection please click here

PPS: To learn more about the FemmeTypes and take the quiz go here:

If you are brand new to Elegant Femme, the FemmeTypes™ are the system for allowing yourself to become more in sync, feel whole, and grow into your full potential as a woman. You can learn more about them and find out which one is out of sync here.

Today, I am joining you from the Temple of Apollo in Naxos, Greece.

We hiked up a beautiful hill to see the sun setting over the ocean.

I wanted to give you a little excitement about summer coming…

I haven’t taken an entire summer off since I was probably 13. I worked every summer from the age of 14, and on.

And I’m taking the entire summer off to be with my family and to HEAL. (Read more about this here).

So...I am really excited about this summer...

We decided to create something really special for you while I am off for the Summer!

We put together a beautiful and supportive campaign for you. In this, I will be sharing details about the following with you:

  • Summer Essentials
  • Insights on how I live my life
  • How I am able to take a summer sabbatical off

Let’s get ready to enjoy a beautiful summer!

 

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PS. If you would like to follow us on Instagram to get to know a little more about our travels as we are sailing through Greece and on to Thailand, you can follow us @elegantfemme1.

PPS. Read below for more about the sabbatical and what it means for you.

What does Tara's sabbatical mean for you

(a note from the Team)

Tara is on sabbatical until September. I know that she will come back with a whole new level of growth and evolution.

But...as a company, we are still “on”. As Tara shared above, we have an amazing summer planned with pre-recorded content, surprises that have never been released outside of paid programs, travel guides, style tips and soooo much more. (We are calling it the “Chic Summer Series”).

You will still have access to all your paid programs AND if you feel called, will even be able to join programs being delivered in all-new ways (more surprises!).

In June and July, our customer service department will be open to handle any of your questions. In August, we will ALL be taking a sabbatical, so while your programs will still be available, we will have very limited customer service (we will get your customer service questions in our queue, they will be answered about 1 time a week).

In short, you will be completely taken care of.

If you have any questions about this, please email us at team@elegantfemme.com.

Much love,

EF Team

 

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Bonjour or should I say Au revoir?

I have something important to share with you today...this may be the most valuable email I have ever written to you…

It is about REST.  It is about doing something so outside the norm that we typically don’t even allow ourselves to consider it.

It is about NOT doing.

It is about a Sabbatical.

Yes, I have chosen to take a sabbatical and not work for an extended period of time.

Why?

I will share more with you about that in a minute.

Let's first look at what this really means and why we resist it.

We are taught to work as a means of value in the world, as a way to prove that we are worthy.  There is nothing wrong with working and it has some amazing benefits...until it doesn't.

So many women are past the point of no return.  They have entered into a state of diminishing returns when it comes to working.

That in order to be worthy one must prove their value in the world by the amount of things they “do.”

Our society has become overrun with the idea that we need to work harder.

Work smarter.

In fact...Work Anywhere!

This has caused a HUGE problem in our society.

I understand that the freedom to work anywhere can be compelling, but it has also caused an overriding feeling that just because you can work anywhere, that you should be working at all times!

We are not meant to work anywhere and all the time.

This creates exhaustion, overwhelm and resentment for many women.

In the end, women are not sharing their best gifts to the world, because they are tired and stuck in a model of producing.

After my recent miscarriage, I began to question everything.

What I was doing, how I was doing it and asking the deeper questions of what my soul was seeking at this particular time.

The answer surprised me...

So much so I wanted to ignore it, negotiate with it...anything but listen to it.

Finally, I did listen.

It became clear I need a break, a big break...not just a vacation, but a real pause.

I need S P A C E.

S P A C E for spirit, to create my next level and to receive what is coming through me.

I am being asked to share a powerful level of truth with the world and I need time and space to receive it.

The solution?

A sabbatical with my family.  We leave May 13th on a sailboat and will see where the wind takes us.

This particular decision was not easy. We are making major changes to our life, to our business and our lifestyle in order to honor this...

I am clear that my commitment to my soul must come first.

Taking this sabbatical is the most spiritual opportunity available to me at the moment.

Seriously, RESTING is the most spiritual thing I can do.

Let's take a look at some of the context around Sabbatical and where it comes from.

Sabbatical comes from the root word Sabbath, which refers to the 7th day of rest. If you are interested in the Bible context, it talks about a Sabbatical being necessary and to STOP producing so one can receive.  There are references in the Bible to crops needing to rest every 7 years and even debt being forgiven every 7 years.

This is rarely talked about!

We need to REST in order to RECEIVE.

Spirit does not care about how much you produce. It is the way you honor and reside inside of yourself that shifts your consciousness.

My intention is to set forward a brand new way of BEING in the world and honoring ourselves as women.

I am taking this sabbatical so I can be more of the woman I am here to be, the soul I am here to honor and allow my life to be even more spirit led.

Stay tuned as I will be sharing much more with you in the future about how this goes…because I do NOT have all the answers ;).

All we know is that we require this level of healing, beauty and rest in our lives and we are making this decision based on that knowing...and that IS enough.

Would love to hear your comments...click here to share.

PS. Join us May 6th for our mid-year Sensual Planning Day. I will share more with you about the need for rest for a woman right now and how you can plan your life with YOU at the center.

JOIN US HERE.

How to Structure Your Day...the FemmeType™ Way...

A couple weeks ago, I had a private day with a client and she shared with me how difficult it was for her to structure her day. She was feeling exhausted from lack of sleep, overwhelmed with priorities and 'to-do's" that were not being completed and she was starting to feel unsure of herself and what she wanted next...

I shared with her my secret flow to my day.

It will help you feel organized, authentic, aligned and powerful throughout the day (not to mention help you sleep at night.)

Want to know what it is? Watch the video below.

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How do you structure your day?

How do you structure your day in a way that:

  • Serves you to have the impact…
  • Allows you to have the influence…
  • Makes you feel like you’re in a FLOW…

Instead of feeling like you’re pushing, exhausted, and not actually doing the things that you want to be doing.

This is a bit of an epidemic that is going around, and I feel that a lot of women have just learned to cope with this feeling.

Many women, prior to coming to Elegant Femme have shared with me their feelings of never really feeling caught up, adrenal fatigue and feeling wiped out!

From this space of overwhelm and fatigue, it is difficult to think about your next level. It is difficult to get excited about life and to think about structure in your day in a way that will really serve you.

If you have been in the Elegant Femme Community for some time and are familiar with the FemmeTypes™, the Indie, the Frenchie and the New Yorker, this is going to assist you.

If you are brand new to the Elegant Femme Community and this is the first time you are hearing about Frenchie, Indie, and New Yorker, I am going to share a little with you today. I invite you to learn more about YOUR unique FemmeTypes™ and the support structure for the modern woman by taking our quiz here: http://elegantfemme.com/quiz.

FemmeType Summary™

Structure For Your Day

Most women start their day in Faux New Yorker energy: That feeling frazzled, “I’m already behind”, “I’ll never get there”, that kind of energy.

How does this happen?
By picking up their phone first thing when they get out of bed, (or sometimes while still in bed) and this starts your day with anxiety, and even end their day with the Faux New Yorker Energy: up late at night, doing “one last thing”.

Do you relate to the Faux New Yorker energy?

This energy is NOT going to be conducive to your feeling in the flow, being strategic and also winding down in a way that allows you to receive fully during your sleep period.

Instead...I invite you to try structuring your day the FemmeType™ way....all the details are in the video above and you can download the complete flow here.

Starting and ending your day this way creates a beautiful bookend, a circular flow for your life and for your day.

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If you would like to know more information about your unique FemmeTypes™ and the support structure for the modern woman. Take the quiz here: http://elegantfemme.com/quiz.

PS. I would love to know what you think about my secret flow and how you feel about how you currently start and end your day! Share in the comments below.

PPS. If you do not yet have your Femme Flow List you can get it here! This is the bookends of the day for EVERY Elegant Femme.

Part of my expression in the world has to do with fashion.  I am a Natural Essence Frenchie and my style is one of the ways that I express that in the world. (I share the full process of how to discover your own Natural Essence in our Live You Fully Program.)

It is Paris fashion week and the city is abuzz with celebs, models, and hard to find taxis!

I attended some shows this week and it is always a fun and exciting time to see what is new and on the minds of designers.  

Something I love about fashion is when good designers utilize their shows to tell a story and express a message that is meaningful to them. We will be holding our second fashion show this month and I am so excited to reveal the story we have to share!

So today, I have a quick fashion tip for you from my Frenchie to Yours.

Whether it's for a fashion show, a countryside brunch, or even a soccer game with your kids...I am constantly hearing my clients say...

"I have NOTHING to wear!"

In this super quick video I share with you my top style tip that NEVER goes out of style.

                                                        "I have NOTHING to wear!"

Today’s Chic & Timeless tip:

  • Will NEVER go out of style
  • I know you have this in your wardrobe already (Don’t need to buy anything!)
  • You need to look at your wardrobe with a different eye…

Watch the quick video below for one of my favorite style tips.

 

Tips to Use:

  1. Use neutral tones: Gray, cream, black, white, even browns and camel tones. Maybe not hot pink unless you are going for a sexy ski bunny look 😉.
  2. Choose one shade, mix and match pieces to dress in that entire shade. You can spice this up by not being too matchy-matchy and use varying shades.
  3. Pick a tone you love ~Gray can work on anybody!
  4. You can even try White & Creme

**Bonus**

This is an easy & light way to pack! Pick one color and mix and match the pieces. It’s an easy and chic way to pack for a weekend!
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PS. I would love to hear your style tips! Share your fashion tips or go-to’s in the comments below.

PPS.  Our fashion show is almost sold out if you want to join us and experience a life-changing event, click here.

How to Deal with being copied

Have you ever been copied? Or copied someone?

This is a topic that feels secretive...but we are going to open it up, bring it into the light…and discuss several different aspects of this.

Including, how to honor the feeling that comes up inside and also some practical tips when it happens.

And on the other side of this...I will share what is really going on inside when you go beyond "being inspired" by someone's work to actually copying their work (how to make that distinction and what to do instead).

Watch the video for the full process and a personal story from my own life...and then meet me below to dive in deeper.

When you are copied, pay attention to what really comes up inside of you.

  • Feel the pain of what it means to be copied
  • Is it the feeling of “not being special”?
  • What kind of emotions are coming up inside of you?
  • What’s your fear inside of that?
  • Consider if you have copied anybody else?

Inspiration...
We all receive inspiration….

So what is that fine line between being inspired by what somebody is doing, and actually copying them?

The line between…

Seeing somebody’s idea and putting your own spin on it

AND

Copy/pasting someone else’s work.

When you take somebody else's work, it’s not going to be authentic… (or effective).

If it doesn’t work, why do we do it?

We do that because we’re afraid of our own authenticity.

This fear causes us to use someone else’s work OR not put anything out into the world at all.

You might be thinking:

“Tara, how can I create my own real piece of work and identity in the world when I resonate so much with something somebody else is doing?”

  • Put your own spin on it
  • Speak your own voice (It IS SCARY)
  • If your works are inspired that there is some authentic piece in there that is from you.

I know we have heard, “Being copied is the best form of flattery”

But...It can be a hard pill to swallow.

If this has happened to you…I say, CONGRATULATIONS!

It shows you’re a leader!
It shows there is something you are doing that is catching other people’s attention…

Don’t let it stop you.

Let yourself create your next thing, and bring your uniqueness into the world.

“No one can do you, like you can do you”

If there is something unique that you have created, have it copywritten, have it trademarked, have it patented. AND if someone is infringing on your intellectual property rights, TAKE ACTION!

  • Get legal support
  • Get it protected
  • Follow-through on it

Have your things...what you have created protected.

If you are copying...

Be aware if you are the one copying someone else, and make the distinction inside of yourself.

“Embody your unique purpose”

Give Credit Where Credit is Due

If you have been inspired by somebody else’s work or thoughts... you can take that main idea and expand on it.

Make sure you give that person credit. You can use the phrasing “Initially inspired by”.

If you feel like you might be crossing the lines of somebody else’s work, you can always ask them.

Has this happened to you? I would love to hear how what came up for you and how you dealt with it.

PS. Are you wanting to unlock your FULL potential? Join me this Saturday for a special FREE training: “How to Reach Your Next Level and Unlock your Full Potential.” CLICK HERE for all the details.

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This is not the happiest of subjects, but is something we all have universally in common…

I am not new to grief.

At 26, I lost my first born son when he was 6 days old. We continued to try to have children after that. I experienced a miscarriage.

I did end up with two healthy boys. For which, I am incredibly, incredibly grateful!

Recently, we did an IVF cycle. It was successful. We got pregnant, we saw the heartbeat, everything was looking phenomenal.

And recently… we lost that baby at a little over 8 weeks for no known reason.

My point is, that I truly understand what grief feels like. What loss feels like.

Coming from a spiritual perspective at this stage in my life, I get that we have a higher calling, there is a highest good, and God’s will.

Having that understanding prior to going through grief and loss is helpful, but it doesn’t take the pain away.

Can you skip grief?

 

In my most recent experience with grief, I thought that having that inner knowing that I would eventually be O.K. would allow the pain to “skip me”, and I could jump ahead on the “Grief Line”...

That is NOT what happens. You cannot skip it.

Grief and loss gives you the opportunity to own your human experience.

In order to integrate the grief, you have to go into it.

I know you don’t want to. It’s certainly not easy to feel that pain.

Grief “cracks me open”.

You are shaken to your core inside of grief.

It’s really important for us to take the opportunity to feel that.

Go into the grief…
Go into the pain…
Go into the hurt…

How do we do that?

 

There is NOT only 1 way to deal with grief--I am sharing my personal experience.

Grief is MESSY

 

I am not saying there is only one way, or that my way is the “right way”. I do not believe in a clean cut grief process. I know there have been a lot of studies and books on “The 5 Stages of Grief”, well, I don’t buy it.

I believe we do go through stages and processes, but I DO NOT think it’s all clean cut. Grief is very messy. It’s very up and down, in and out. Please trust your own process. It is important to note that I am only sharing my experience.

Write it out

 

In order to integrate the grief, I went to a space of journaling consistently. I wrote a lot of poetry, a lot of agony.... dark spaces...whatever was coming out of me and allowing myself to feel what is real.

I actually wrote out the entire story. I think that is important. However you lost a loved one, or whatever the grief is about… Write it out.

It may sound tragic, but whatever you went through was tragic. The tragedy may not last forever, but it is intense.

Forget Me Not...

 

One of the biggest things that I wanted after I lost my children was for them to be remembered. I didn’t want them to be forgotten. The more we tell our stories, the more we cement that reality. It can be grounding.

The necessity of healing...

 

Give yourself permission to react however you need to react. Get away from the “I should”. If you want to lay in bed and eat Jelly Bellies, allow yourself to do that.

Recognize that if you are going into a dark place and you may need some assistance, to seek that out.

What I am talking about is the necessity of healing.

Community and Commonality

 

If and when you get to a space of wanting to talk to somebody, people who have been through a similar experience can be very helpful.

Sometimes loved ones who have not been through a similar experience may try to say the right thing with the best intentions, but actually end up saying the wrong thing, or something that triggers us. Getting yourself in a space where others have been through a similar experience and you can speak about it and heal, can be very profound.

Re-Evaluation & Change

 

This may bring up some controversy…

But, this may be a time to RE-EVALUATE EVERYTHING…

Maybe it’s time to do something crazy….Of course I want you to be careful, I want you to be safe. I say this because this was my experience inside. This is a divine time to look at your life and say,

“What’s working in my life and what isn’t?”
 

Take this opportunity to reevaluate your life and make a change that is going to serve you and your life going forward…. Because, you’re still here…

I would love to hear from you… leave a comment to share your own experience.

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(YES, lipstick for the holidays!)

I am being called to have fun and explore more of the external beauty side of things with you this winter season.

So here is a Frenchie tip for you!

For so long, even though I was called to external beauty, I judged it as less than..somehow that it was less "spiritual". This is NOT true.

The physical body is the temple for all you enjoy, experience and commit to in this life...so let's have some fun, shall we?

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This sounds funny, but I can't tell you how many times I went to the store thinking I was going to buy a red lipstick and I left with neutral. Why? I was scared to GO FOR IT! Buying a red lipstick is bold, courageous and says you are ready for a life change.

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Do you have a blue tone in your skin or a yellow tone in your skin (cool or warm?)

If you are not able to determine you can ask the sales woman at the counter, but if possible try and figure this out on your own. An orange based red will look awful on you if you have a yellow tone on your skin.

Same goes if you have a blue tone in your skin, a blue (more burgundy) based red will make you look dark and harsh.If you have lighter skin with a yellow base choosing a bordeaux based lipstick.

There are lots of resources to assist you in determining your skin tone.
According to StyleCaster here are some quick tips...

Check Your Veins

Push your sleeves up right now and look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. Are they blue or green? If they look more blue, you likely have cool undertones. If the veins look greenish, you’re warm.

It’s worth noting, warm girls, that you’re veins aren’t actually green—they look it because you’re seeing them through yellow-toned skin (yellow + blue = green.)

Eye and Hair Color

Your natural eye and hair colors can help figure out your coloring.

Customarily, cool people have eyes that are blue, gray, or green and have blond, brown, or black hair with blue, silver, violet and ash undertones.

Conversely, warm-toned women usually have brown, amber, or hazel eyes with strawberry blond, red, brown, or black hair. Their hair tends to have gold, red, orange, or yellow undertones.

The Sun’s Effects

When you’re out in the sun, does your skin turn a golden-brown, or does it burn and turn pink first?

If you fit into the former category, you’re warm-toned, while cool tones tend to burn (fair-skinned cool girls will simply burn, while medium-skinned cool-toned

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Make a day of this and don't rush. Go to the counter of your choice. I have a few of my favorites below.

Before you buy, wear your lipstick around for the day! Your makeup will look much different as the day goes by, so take your time.

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Once you know which red you love, then go for it! Trust yourself.

Anddddd... wear your red powerfully.

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Post a photo of your red, I would love to see it!

Enjoy

with beauty and rouge,

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Here we are…Thanksgiving in the states….the end of the year is coming.

We have the holidays and family, and it’s the time of year for love and abundance.

However, this time of year can also feel stressful.

We can be challenged with love and relationships (and political conversationsations at the dinner table;).

These challenges get inside of us and make us doubt who we really are and what this time of year is really about.

And we are left with a choice…

We can contract and allow the fear to seperate us or we can expand and connect.

There is a process that I do every year, and I’m sharing it with you today because I’m calling us all forward to step into gratitude and love.

At Elegant Femme we have an annual tradition of practicing a process in gratitude and I want to inspire you to do this today for yourself.

This process will assist you and allow yourself to RECEIVE. You will feel increased prosperity, abundance, and have a deeper knowledge of who you truly are.

Coming into gratitude propels us forward more than anything else.  

~ Tara Marino

  1. The smell of fragrant english pink roses
  2. For the way Nico laughs and sings in the kitchen
  3. For the fact that I curse after spending a week with my mom;)
  4. Dominic asking me about how my eggs are doing in reference to the IVF procedure
  5. The way Dave believes in me
  6. Remembering how I met Dave over 16 years ago..in a BAR
  7. My mom's courage
  8. My Dad's patience
  9. The way Chris and I can sit and talk for hours
  10. The way Laura listens to me
  11. How Mike always remembers the boys on every holiday
  12. Road trips across the US
  13. Private days with clients filled with grace and ease
  14. The way TARA Paris lights up my soul
  15. My first fashion show in Paris!  I did it!
  16. Mary and her support
  17. My little Lucy, oh how you light up my heart
  18. The power of prayer
  19. My morning meditation
  20. Rachel and her dedication to EF in all she does
  21. The ENTIRE EF team and all they stand for
  22. Lauren and how she cares for me
  23. So grateful for how my body is responding to the hormones for the IVF journey
  24. That I gave myself permission to have this journey at all…
  25. My stunning Parisian apartment and crown molding that I could stare at for days
  26. My linen sheets
  27. Watching my husbands face light up when he thinks about sailing
  28. Dave boyish grin, gets me everytime
  29. The star lined sky on any night as I smell the fresh air
  30. Skiing with the family, while they all wait for me at the bottom
  31. Pizza from Italy
  32. Hot croissants from the bakery downstairs
  33. Writing my book and the intimacy I feel as I trust every chapter
  34. EF clients, their strength and courage to LIVE FULLY
  35. Ali and her business acumen also the way she cracks me up
  36. Kundalini yoga in every sense
  37. Still love these breasts
  38. My hair...more and more
  39. My freckles for the first time, I adore my freckles
  40. Sitting with the sun on my face in Positano
  41. Watching Dave play fifa with the boys
  42. Seeing Nico get so excited about his own youtube channel
  43. Watching Dom turn into a young man
  44. Seeing Lichelle give birth for the first time at 43
  45. My long lunches with Cecile and the way we laugh together
  46. Constant support and love from Kat as she understands me without having to say a word
  47. Rose oh Rose what would we do without you?
  48. Walking down cobbled stone streets in Paris and catching a glimpse of the Eiffel tower at a surprise turn
  49. Getting up with the sunrise in the Outer Banks
  50. The feel of warm sand between my toes
  51. A perfectly cooked medium grassfed beef burger with thin fries and salt
  52. Chocolate cake, thick and luxurious
  53. The rendezvous with the Cremes, a highlight of my year
  54. Silence
  55. Journaling every morning
  56. My FemmeTypes and their constant cheerleading
  57. Designing and how I feel when I see a garment come to life
  58. Marino dance parties on Sunday morning
  59. Hiking in Arizona and seeing the sunset in the distance
  60. Monsoons in every way, they bring swift change and tons of energy
  61. The scent of jasmine on a warm summer evening
  62. Allowing the waves to carry me in the ocean, full surrender
  63. Being able to do the splits at 40 and feel the flexibility in my body
  64. Making love to Dave
  65. Reconnecting with old friends
  66. A perfect cup of Lipton tea with just the right amount of milk
  67. Surprises
  68. Treasure hunts on Christmas morning
  69. The smell of cinnamon and pine
  70. Warm baguettes and the smell that wafts for miles
  71. Nico's new glasses
  72. The perfect pair of long black boots just below the knee, slight point and 3 inch heel…classic and timeless
  73. Taking a stand for what I believe in
  74. Miracles…every day
  75. The smell of sea air
  76. When Dave calls me “my beauty”
  77. When Nico skype's me and tells me “You’re the best mom ever”
  78. Tea with Dom in the kitchen as he tells me about his new fifa pack he has opened
  79. Watching the boys play soccer
  80. Having powerful conversations with my boys…about everything
  81. When all 4 of us get into bed together and Dom says “hold on we forgot something” and comes in with Lucy to join us
  82. Dreaming
  83. Witnessing a woman say yes to herself
  84. Lemons
  85. Fresh homemade pumpkin soup with the perfect amount of butter and nutmeg
  86. Sleeping…oh I love sleeping
  87. Brownies with salt and hot pepper
  88. Dr. Desanto and the way he encouraged me to try again
  89. Dr Behara and her belief in a new soul
  90. Creating Femme visions and how I feel when I expand
  91. Swimming and the way my body feels long and lean in the water
  92. Neck rolls..how can something so simple make me feel so good?
  93. My kidneys and their ability to release and clear fear on every level
  94. Hope, keeping it high
  95. Riding horses with my mom in New Mexico
  96. A clean organized home with everything having a place
  97. Strategy meetings with Dave
  98. Gorgeous lingerie that my body feels beautiful in
  99. Family and what is really possible within one
  100. Sailing…really?  I LOVE sailing
  101. Simplicity