Building a Mindset of Resilience

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“Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going.” — Yasmin Mogahed

Today’s training is about building a resilience mindset, so that no matter what happens—in work or in life—you can experience your emotions, but still feel whole, powerful and intact. 

Life, by nature, can feel up and down.  You might have an amazing day, get tons of praise at work, be in an amazing relationship and feel like an all-around rockstar as result. And there might be days when you fall up the subway stairs, mumble through a presentation or get really bad news about a loved one and it can make you feel really low.  So how do we ride the waves without having our emotions live in the wild extremes of life? By being so deeply rooted in our truth that nothing can throw us off kilter. 

Let me be clear here—there is nothing wrong with deeply experiencing your feelings or your pain—in fact I advocate for it.  If we deny them, or bury them, they'll surface in another way or time.   

The difference between feeling our pain and anguish but having the ability to keep going, is really a conversation of self-worth. Resilience, at its root is about knowing that whatever happens we will be loved, respected and worthy regardless of circumstance. That knowing allows us to move through our circumstances with the belief that we'll be okay.  But how do we get there?

Today I want to share my go-to tools for building a mindset of resilience and greatness.  Watch the video to learn more.  

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Your Success is Only as Limited as Your Beliefs

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Do you ever take stock of your life and wonder how you’ve gotten where you are? You might think to yourself, I’m so capable and bright, why doesn’t my level of success reflect that?  I’ve been there. I’ve always worked very hard and when I didn’t feel it was getting me where I wanted to go, I layered in some new-age self-help tools such as daily affirmations and visualization—but my dreams still felt like they resided in a distant and mythical place. They felt out of reach and beyond me, despite my best efforts.  A few years ago, after landing in an astonishingly uninspired place in my life regardless of my hard work and enthusiasm but knowing deep down that I was meant for something different, I decided I needed a fresh perspective. 


I started working with a therapist who used hypnosis and deep meditations to get a stronger understanding of what was happening in my subconscious mind.   And it was pivotal. You see, our subconscious beliefs actually run the show. According to Dr. Bruce Lipton 95% of what we do is controlled by subconscious so we need to get a handle on the belief systems residing there.  Otherwise, those beliefs, in the words of Carl Gustav Jung “will direct your life and you will call it fate.” So much of our life is unconscious and until we make an effort to make it conscious, we will be stuck with the same old “fate.”  


In the below guided meditation, I’m going to help you get clear on the belief system that is inhibiting your success.  We’re going to dig into what you believe about the world and how it might be currently shaping your reality. What do you believe about yourself? How did you come to believe these things? What do you believe about the world? Have ever wondered how you came to form these opinions?


The ideas you hold about yourself and the world around you make up your core beliefs.  These core beliefs are often unconscious and unexamined. Beliefs are so important because almost every action you take in life is influenced by them whether we realize it or not. And your core beliefs can either support or get in the way of the fulfillment of any intention. Everything you currently have in your life is a result of what you believe is possible in this world.


According to David Eagleman, neuroscientist and a New York Times bestselling author of Incognito, "the conscious you is the smallest bit-player in the brain"—can you imagine that?   It’s so small to the point that even our most important and personal decisions – like choosing a partner, deciding which city to live in and even the work we choose to do– are directed by brain mechanisms that we are unaware of.”


How do we come to cement these core beliefs and how is it tied to our success today?  Our core beliefs are often cemented in childhood and are learned from our predominant caretakers, such as parents, grandparents, siblings etc.  What they believe about the world (and us) is projected on to us and we take it at face value, because in our younger years, we don’t always know to question it.  So, if you grew up in a household where your parents believed that money was hard to come by, or easily made and easily lost, it’s likely that you have the same beliefs and might be operating from them and not even realize it.  So, it’s our responsibility to dig into those beliefs about the world that are lurking in our operating system and learn to evolve them. 


Everything we have in our life is a reflection of what we believe we are worthy of.  So, let’s dig into what you think you are worthy of (or not worthy of) and recreate those old beliefs to new ones that serve you in a much bigger way.  Please listen to the guided meditation and then journal on the prompts below. 


Journal Prompts

  1. What’s blocking you from success?


  1. How might you and your beliefs be getting in your own way?


  1. What limiting belief system might this be tied to?


  1. How might you believe that you’re not worthy of success?


  1. How might you be hiding from success because you believe it might come with things you don’t want? Or that you’d have to do things you don’t want to do?


  1. Why might you be keeping yourself stuck? What theory does that prove to you or a loved one? (For example, did your parents tell you that you were no good with money, or couldn’t achieve what you set out to? Or that you couldn’t be good at everything)


  1. What does not reaching your highest potential mean for you? What is it connected to from childhood?  What belief might it be fulfilling? (i.e. you’re not worthy of success, or that life is always hard for you?  I had a client who got a lot of attention when he was broke or sick.  His parents would call him “poor Tim” and give him tons of attention and help him.  So subconsciously, he set out to be “poor Tim” because that’s where he got attention and love.)


  1. Who did you learn this behavior from?


  1. What emotions are tied to you staying stuck? Does it make you stay safe? Humble?  Does playing small keep you out of harm’s way?


  1. How might limited thinking be holding you back?


  1. What are the new beliefs you want to cement? How can you look at life through this new lens?
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Team A(uthentic)

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I'm just going to come right out and say it.  Authenticity is everything!  We ain't going anywhere if we're not our true selves.  

It’s my belief that when we are connected to our truth, and we nourish ourselves in balanced ways, we can have the impact we want to have on the world.  That might mean showing up fully for the work we’re called to do, for our families, or for a cause that we deeply believe to be true. When we are in that space, we can show up as incredible versions of ourselves and have a ripple effect out into the world via our work.  

For most of us though, it’s a journey of un-becoming—like chipping away at rocks to find our gemstone.  Much of what we experience or think about ourselves and our talents is projected on to us.  When we are children, we learn from our caretakers, peers and teachers.  We don’t know to question their belief systems so we often adopt them as our own and they shape our realities in ways we may never realize.  So, if you grew up in a household that really valued math and science and you were discouraged from pursuing your creative talents, you might subconsciously believe you’ll never be taken seriously as an artist, or make money that way.  But that is an adopted belief system.  Our wounds and our projected beliefs are not our faults.  However, it is our divine responsibility to heal and evolve them—especially if we want to live an empowered life and one we're proud of.

As my homeboy, Carl Gustav Jung—a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who is credited with founding analytical psychology—says “until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”  

Wowza!  It's crazy to think about all the major decisions we've probably made in our lives that actually came from subconscious programming!  Several researchers even suggest that mega-weighty decisions such as the city you live in, your career and your significant others are selected based on subconscious beliefs.  

And that's what much of my work is about.  How do we unlearn and un-become so we can connect to our truth?  How do we fill up in balanced ways so we are set up for success and can have the impact we want to have on the world via our work?  I've been exploring this precise theme in my one-on-one coaching.  And next week marks an epic milestone for me as I’m launching my first ever digital course—taking this theme and curriculum and turning it into an inclusive solution that can fit in most people’s budgets and schedules.    

In celebration, I’ve created the Type A(uthentic) t-shirt.  It’s an awesome reminder to all the doers and Type A’s out there, that it’s less about what we do, and more about who we are.   But what’s a story without some heroes, right? To help me spread the word and define what it means to be Type A(uthentic) I’ve tapped some amazing, creative, risk-taking, celebrated heroes to share their journey and why authenticity is most important to them.  Read more about their epic-ness any why authenticity is important to them below.  

Trystin Bailey

Author, Playwright, Shaman

"Because authenticity is honesty of the self. The masks people wear, the games they play, the suppressed or exaggerated emotions erode that honesty, effectively making all interactions, all relationships cultivated this way, a lie. You can't take steps toward your ideal self if you don't embrace your authentic self."

JLove Calderón 

Founder & Creative Director of JLove Global, Artivist

JLove is an activist, author, coach, creator, producer and director of TV and film.  Storytelling is at the heart of her work.

“Authenticity is the foundation my Purpose lives on. It is the daily choice of how I am showing up in my full expression of who I say I am. It invites me to be courageous when I’m scared. It allows me to be true to my lived experiences while simultaneously choosing the story I now wish to write. Authenticity = Freedom.” 

T.J. Fix

Events maestro, Jokester, lover of life

"When a person died in ancient Greece, they asked only one question: 'did they have authenticity'. Actually I dont know if the Greeks ever said that but they probably should have."

Helya Mohammadian

Chief Innovator Chick, Incredible Human

"It takes a lot of courage to accept yourself for who you are; but when you do, you’re not only respecting yourself but you’re enriching the lives of others by being genuine."

Stephen Popiela

Consultant, Seer, Camper

"Being authentic is having the courage to be who you want to be, in a world that is trying to make you like everyone else. We admire people for their strength, but we love them for their vulnerability. Give yourself the permission to be vulnerable."

Erica Robertiello

"Living authentically is being aware of and embracing all the various parts that make me, ME. That means being at home with a self that is at times a conglomeration of competing ideals, mirrored likes, smooth edges, and jagged little pieces. It means loving that beautiful mosaic that is me and not being afraid to show up fully in all my (at times messy & other times radiant) glory!"

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Sydney Silver

Boss Coach, Alchemist, Musician, Restauranteur, Bad Ass

"Because we’re all going to die. And when your number is up you’ll have just enough time to reflect on who you were and what you did what the hell you were even so afraid of. And it’ll all probably seem really dumb."

Want a Type A(uthentic) shirt or some swag? You can grab your own by going right here!  Or, be entered to win my coaching program + free swag through this link right here.  

Why is authenticity most important to you?  Share in the comments below.  

love, joy & magic,



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Vegan & Grain-Free Paella Recipe

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Fun fact—I once lived in Madrid for six months and it was one of the happiest times in my life.  The culture, the amazing people and the incredible food were just a few ways I fell in love with that city!  And ever since I left, it's felt like a part of me.  I try to keep the culture alive in my music choices and also in my recipes.  

However, eating a grain-free diet and having a vegan husband, does mean I've had to modify the mostly-meat, heavy grain fair that Spain is known for.  So, when I was craving paella this week, I had to get creative.  Here's how to make grain-free, vegan paella without losing any of the fun, flavor or deliciousness.  

  • 1 package of extra-firm tofu chopped into cubes
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 red beller pepper cut into chunks
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced 
  • 1/2 cup of dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • Himalayan salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of real saffron
  • 1 1/2 cups of cooked green peas
  • 15 black olives slices into rings
  • about 10 sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can of artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 1/2-2 cups of grated cauliflower rice
  • 3 cups of vegetable broth
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges to serve
  • 3 piquillo peppers
  • 1 tbs of extra virgin olive oil 
  • A handful of parsley for garnish
In a 13" paella pan or a large sauce pan, add the extra virgin olive oil and heat on medium. Toss in the piquillo peppers, onions, bell peppers and tofu and cook for 10 minutes.  Then add in the garlic, paprika, saffron, zucchini, olives, peas, artichokes and tomatoes and simmer for another 10 minutes. 
Stir in the cauliflower rice and stock and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for another 10-15 minutes or until most of the stock has disappeared. Add the salt, pepper and pepper flakes to taste.  
Remove from the heat, cover with aluminum foil, and bake in the oven at 350 for another 10 minutes.  When ready to serve, add the lemon and parsley. 
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What's the Deal with Raw Milk?

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Wellness trends come and go – some of them are ephemeral, while others are more lasting. One consistent, ubiquitous and largely underground trend, however, is actually thousands of years old: Consuming raw milk.



For those uninitiated, raw milk is, simply put, milk that comes straight from the cow’s udder. Years ago, it wasn’t considered to be a conscious wellness decision to drink it; it was just the way things were done.



Given that most of us don’t own a cow, let alone have regular access to a farm, we get our milk from a grocery store. This milk is pasteurized – meaning it has undergone a sterilization process to kill off potentially harmful bacteria, viruses and microorganisms, such as e.coli. Pasteurization also helps to extend the shelf life of milk, enabling us to safely keep a gallon on hand for several weeks. Given that pasteurization creates a safer product, the FDA has declared the interstate sale of raw milk illegal, but state-by-state regulations vary. As of April 2016, the sale of raw milk in retail stores was legal in 13 states, while 20 states prohibit the sale of raw milk altogether.



Well, it turns out that the same microorganisms and bacteria that we kill off when we pasteurize milk may actually have some health benefits. Many claim that drinking raw milk can help do things like heal allergies, improve digestion and boost the immune system. In short, the concept of consuming “good” bacteria – now a firmly recognized wellness tenet – is at the core of the argument for raw milk. Some people are so insistent on the benefits of raw milk that they'll cross state lines in order to procure it. Very controversial stuff. 



Generally speaking, most medical practitioners – and the Center of Disease Control and Prevention – agree that drinking pasteurized milk is a much safer choice. They also think that the bacterial benefits of raw milk are largely overstated and the risks are far too great to outweigh any potential upside. While we here at BusyHappyHealthy can’t say definitively, we do think that pasteurization was invented for a reason (to prevent the spread of diseases like tuberculosis!) and aren’t really keen to rock the boat when it comes to this issue. We recommend sticking to organic, pasteurized milk, ideally purchased from a smaller producer and getting your healthy bacteria fix from probiotics or fermented foods. Or, forego the cow altogether and stick to homemade nut milks – our personal favorites!

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