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Finding Beauty in the Pause

Finding Beauty in the Pause

The world is in a serious fight or flight mode as we experience the unfolding of this pandemic spread of the coronavirus. Panic ensues as we sit in our living rooms surrounded by what little hand sanitizer and cleansing wipes we could collect before they vanished. Eyes glued to CNN, waiting for our government leaders to make the next move. It’s like an intense game of chess. Sadly, we  know how completely unprepared  our healthcare system is for what is to come.

With each passing hour, things seem to be changing as more states go on lock down mandating people who are not “essential” to stay at home. Our heads are pounding with concerns about not having enough food or toilet paper. We race to the stores to find the shelves empty of even the basics which only heightens our anxiety of not being able to provide for our loved ones. Thoughts of scarcity quickly hijack our minds where thoughts of positivity and abundance should be living.

We talk quietly with our partner so our children don’t hear us … 

What if we can’t get the medical care we need if any of us get sick?

How will we pay our mortgage and keep up with the bills?  So many of us have had to close our businesses cutting off our only source of income for our families.

FEAR is seeping in…even those who practice positive psychology and mindfulness are on the breaking point.

I have been staying calm in the chaos for weeks. It wasn’t until yesterday, that I began to fall victim to  anxiety and the feeling of my chest beginning to tighten up. As I sat down to face my own emotions, I stopped and reminded myself to take a gentle pause, to breathe, to notice and to reflect on what I was feeling in that very moment.

I began to ask myself…

How can I be fully present and stay completely awake during this time?

How can I use positive mindset to reframe my negative thoughts and emotions?

Why did this Virus decide to appear now and what is it here to teach us?

So many of us who are empaths, light workers and intuitive healers have been feeling this life-changing energy shift coming for some time. And, I can say with a great deal of certainty, that I believe that this Virus is here for a reason. 

As a society, we have been suffering for far too long. We race around in our “busy” lives trying to do more, be more, earn more, always focusing on what we don’t have, rather than being grateful for what we do.

Perhaps the Virus is here as a much needed wake-up call?

To make us slow down and shake us to our core.

To show us that our current way of living and being is really what is making us all so sick.

Perhaps the Virus is here because it’s time to change the conversation?

To force us to stop, notice and reflect on what is truly important. To make more meaningful connections with one another.

To remind us how to be fully present and really listen.

Perhaps the Virus is here to reveal a better way to coexist with one another?

To force us to blow up old, ugly patterns of hate, bigotry, greed, impatience, and cruelty that have been lurking under the surface for far too long.

To urge us to replace those behavior with new ones?

To help us evolve and become a better world full of love and compassion?

I mean, how hard is it really to share the last package of toilet paper on the shelves with someone whose hands are empty? Or to call and check in on people who may be isolated and living alone? To reach out to a complete stranger with a gentle kindness and a smile?

I believe we are being asked to consider what it would be like to truly live in love and acceptance of one another.

To celebrate our individuality, our diversity, our freedoms?

To recognize the endless possibilities that exist when we choose to come together as one?

I believe in divine timing. This is about growth and expansion. I believe the Virus is offering us an opportunity. Perhaps it is here to help inspire us to find a new heart-centered way of being.

The world needs healing, The time is now. 

We are being called to rise up together and embrace one another with our collective wisdom, grace and compassion.  

As we welcome our new reality, this rebirth, I encourage you to find beauty in the pause.

Breathe, Rest, Read, Reflect, Play, Meditate, Connect and Re-Imagine what we want our world to be and be deeply grateful for the opportunity we’re being given to redesign it.

I believe, that together, we can find our way forward.

Jenn Gulbrand is a Woman’s Empowerment Ambassador, Wellnesspreneur, Intuitive Biz & Mindset Coach & Healer. She empowers women, in life’s transitions, to connect with their soul purpose and manifest freedom, flow and transformation to elevate in their personal and professional lives. She believes there are BIG universal energy shifts occurring and that women are being called to step up and serve the world through heart-centered businesses. Three years ago, she created SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio, and Empowerment, Education and Advocacy initiative – dedicated to the renewal of women in body, mind and spirit. As the Director of SheBreathes, she holds  space for women on the rise to practice self-care, engage in enriching educational programs, experience community, and be fully supported in their growth and healing. Jenn recently left the company she founded 21 years ago to put 100% of her energy into her light work. She is deeply humbled and honored to serve others and embrace positive change in the world.

Game Changer Interview: Theresa Chabot

Game Changer Interview: Theresa Chabot

Name of Your Business

Theresa’s Health and Wellness.

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

I am a Certified Functional health coach, and a certified Happiness Coach, I help others feel better, prevent and reverse illness, through nutrition, better sleep, less stress, mindset and understanding and weeding out the toxins. It fulfills my life purpose because I know that it is unnecessary that there are so many diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s on the rise. If people just knew how to stay healthy and protect themselves we could reverse this.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

My ideal clients are women between the ages of 35-60 who want to lose weight, have more energy, better sleep, or just want to understand how to live a long, healthy life, as well as those experiencing perimenopause symptoms. And children who are unfocused and restless, who’s moms are worried about ADD, helping them with their diet to see if that may be the cause.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

1-1 coaching, 5 day real food detox, free consultations on health coaching, essential oils, and understanding toxins in your life.

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

My parents, I guess. They impacted me, because one of the reasons for my passions about keeping people healthy is that my mom died of Parkinson’s and Dementia, and I know now that these have been reversed in others, and that they can be if following the right protocol.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

THE BEACH!!!!!

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. Getting enough sleep
2. Making sure you get the right nutrition in the form of fruits, vegetables, and vitamins
3. Meditating, and breathing as to keep the stress level down

sorry this is 4, but being in nature

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

I am really working on the Creative side…...

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

The Wahl’s Protocol. Because Dr. Terry Wahls did reverse MS on herself through nutrition.

Favorite Movie and Why?

Good Will Hunting. It is just an awesome movie, and Matt Damon is in it, so that is a plus.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

The only quote I can think of off the top of my head, which I suppose is a bit appropriate is the commercial from a bunch of years ago, with David Ortiz where he says, “If life gives you lemons…..smash them with a bat, and Make Lemonade”.

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

I have raised 2 Healthy, Happy kids, 20 and 23, who are both living their passions successfully!

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

My mother knew what she was talking about almost every time.

Advice to Younger Self?

Study harder. Save more, Plan better, Eat better, don’t take a job, just because it is a job. Your work should be something you love.

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

That I am loyal, dedicated, and if you need something done, I will get it done. And my optimism and positivity, because, I feel that many people have no sense of urgency for others. You have to follow through, and follow up and if not many things fall through the cracks, which in most cases is not a good thing especially when considering health. And as far as positivity,…it helps me a lot, it gets you through a situation, it helps support others, and it prevents stressing for unnecessary reasons, and 70% of disease is caused by stress.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

Do it, it is a great community of supportive women. You will form relationships, and discover things, and modalities that you never knew existed.

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

Just Breathe, take it one step at a time, be positive, things always work out.

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Exclusive offer for SheBreathes readers:

Free Consultation, contact Theresa at TheresasHealthAndWellness Facebook Group.
Game Changer Interview: Lauren D’Agostino

Game Changer Interview: Lauren D’Agostino

Name of Your Business

Chef Lauren D’Agostino  

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

My mission is to help people fall in love with vegan food and living, one delicious meal at a time.  

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

People in the yoga and spiritual community, retreat leaders, and those warming up to the idea of embracing a plant-based lifestyle. The way that I speak about food, and the food that I create, is high-vibrational and truly transforming in body, mind, and soul. I love to support wellness coaches, yoga teachers, and spiritual leaders who are looking for another option when considering hosting a retreat. With a great rental property and the right private chef, they have the power to create an unforgettable retreat experience that’s a strong reflection of their work and their brand. 

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

Happier Hour Events! Host a group of up to 12 in your home or business for a fun, informative, and delicious plant-based vegan food and clean-crafted wine pairing event. All food is vegan and gluten-free, and the wine is 100% organic and vegan, from Scout & Cellar. Conversation around sustainable eating, clean living, and more are sure to inspire your guests at this unique event.

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

Emeril Lagasse and Julia Child. I admired the brands that they had both built as chefs, coming from the same area that I was raised. Loved how entertaining they were, mostly by letting their personalities shine.  

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

Nature

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. Clean plant-based food and wine 
2. Bath
3. Yin Yoga

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

Dancing and cooking, sometimes at the same time!

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

The Power of Positive Energy because of the way the book presents the information. It was such a quick read, with really practical tips to integrate the information.

Favorite Movie and Why?

Julie & Julia or Chef. They always make me cry with love and joy at seeing the success of a determined and gifted chef.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

Do all things with love.

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

Publishing my first (of many) cookbooks – Plant-Based Vegan Gluten-Free Cooking with Essential Oils

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

Stand up for what you believe in. Live in authenticity, joy, and fun. There is no other person just like me.

Advice to Younger Self?

Be patient, enjoy the process 

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

My fun loving personality and big heart. Every single thing I do comes from a place of joy, fun, and love and it’s truly made such a difference in my life and in my business.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

Join us! Such a supportive group of likeminded women, bringing a unique energy to this tribe as we collaborate to build a better world for women – rooted in passion, empowerment, balance, and love. Highly recommend!

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

Every meal is opportunity for self-care. Choose to support yourself and your amazingly and beautifully unique body, so you can rock your inner world to create your dream outer world. Cheers to the delicious plant-based future!

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Exclusive offer for SheBreathes readers:

I’d like to offer members a discount on my Happier Hour in-home vegan food and wine pairing service. 10% savings plus a signed copy of my cookbook, Plant-Based Vegan Gluten-Free Cooking with Essential Oils and a complimentary bottle of wine.