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The older you get the better you get unless you're a banana 🍌-Betty White

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Work hard, eat cupcakes! 

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Training with famous beauty & music video extraordinaire, Lexy Panterra!  

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LAGREE...continuing education and exploring is the best thing you can do for your career! Loved training at Lagree in LA❤️ 

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Eye see you...😍 

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Almost full! Yay! Accepting 3 more yogis for a total of 10 for my teacher training at Yogaja! Sign up here! www.yogajayoga.com click on Teacher Training📿

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Costa Rica 2017 SOLD OUT

Feeling Blissed out and renewed. Our Costa Rica 2017 PURA VIDA yoga & surf retreat was fantastic. The group was amazing and it truly was a blessed blissful retreat. We focused on the 5 elements: Ground, Air, Water, Fire, & Ether. We practiced Yoga under monkeys and saw leather back turtle preparing for her hatch. The chefs were healthy and divine. The home was a Mecca. If you haven't traveled with Sami & I YET, I suggest you consider it! #kimiraeandsamilea #yogaretreatsonfleek #yogalife HUGE thank you to our generous contributors, Lululemon Athletica, Mind Over Lather, Blissed Yoga Wear, Claudia's, Bassett's, Dr. Frank Barone & EVOLV team, Fresh Thyme & Mind Over Lather. Our skin was protected and we were nourished with vitamins & handmade organic soaps & Sprays! 

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"I'm still standing..."

Today I picked up my 4 year old son and his teacher gleamed and giggled as she passed him to me. She smiled at me and said, Vernon had the whole class singing today a song he heard with mommy...I said, " Really!? What was it?!"... 

She said he broke out into song and dance in front of his class reciting the lyrics to "I'm still standing" by Elton John...my heart skipped a beat and I felt an overwhelming rush of joyful emotion and reassurance...

How fitting that he sang that and she told me that (then) and a million other memories and flashbacks came gaping into my mind washing away any fear, doubt, or loss...bringing a jolt of joy, energy, and future possibility. 

Often my best teachers are my kids. Love you Vern. You light up my soul. I'll always stand with you❤ 

Yes y'all, I'm still standing... 

 

 "You could never know what it's like

Your blood like winter freezes just like ice

And there's a cold lonely light that shines from you

You'll wind up like the wreck you hide behind that mask you use

And did you think this fool could never win

Well, look at me, I'm a-coming back again

I got a taste of love in a simple way

And if you need to know while I'm still standing you just fade away

Don't you know I'm still standing better than I ever did

Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid

And I'm still standing after all this time

Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind

I'm still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah

I'm still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah

Once I never could hope to win

You starting down the road leaving me again

The threats you made were meant to cut me down

And if our love was just a circus you'd be a clown by now

You know I'm still standing better than I ever did

Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid

I'm still standing after all this time

Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind

I'm still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah

I'm still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah

Don't you know I'm still standing better than I ever did

Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid

And I'm still standing after all this time

Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind

I'm still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah

I'm still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah

I'm still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah

I'm still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah

I'm still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah

I'm still standing." -Elton John

 https://youtu.be/69Ej0uXR01g

 

 

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Gifts from above...

Sometimes we get surprises we don't want...but that we need.  The universe protects us from people, situations, things, that aren't good for us.  Gifts sometimes come in the form of disappointments or pain but better to receive the knowledge sooner than later.  

What looks like a heartache or failure is really a blessing in disguise.  

A little paper cut that bleeds a little is way better than a gaping wound...OR STAB...

Detoxification in our lives feels exactly how it sounds...it hurts. It hurts bad but in the end we are healthier and better after being cleansed of toxic people & situations.

Some people will put salt in your wounds but others will dress your wounds with care and compassion.  Focusing on the caregivers is key...GRATITUDE in times of strife...looking for the light in the dark...theres always cracks where light comes in and thats the beauty in pain and imperfection.

Sometimes walking away with our heads held high is the gift of the day and you just got to open it and be grateful for the INFORMATION & DATA.  Take it in.  Breathe it out and be on your merry way.  Ohhhh and pray.  Faith can't prevent tears but it can carry your through until the dawn.

We are always being prepared for whats next.  

ALL the lessons, ALL the feels are necessary and will serve us all just what we need to be served.  

Only GOD knows exactly what we need and when we need it and when to open up our eyes to whats really happening and who people really are.

Just finished teaching Yoga downtown Toledo at The Aurora House where I have started a program for recovering addicts, abused, homeless, strong, lovely, vibrant, amazing women.  You all empowered me and I cherish every one of you.  Thank you for trusting me and letting me into your home and hearts.  Besides my sons first basketball game, it was the BEST part of my day.  God is good.  Cant wait to see you all again.  Namaste.

"The brain sees what the heart wants it to feel...The easiest thing to see is inner beauty."

-Tony Robbins in Shallow Hal lol:)

The beauty in stillness...

Being a go-getter I often find myself racing to a finish line that doesn't necessarily exist.  Yoga and meditation helps balance my vigor for life and motivation for my career goals.  My practice helps me stay grounded and keep my priorities in tow.  My priorities being FAMILy above everything and then everything else in my life gifts sprinkles from that foundation like tiny specs of glitter.  I am an odd-ball combination of a healer, dreamer, do-er, passionate lover of everything I put my hands or heart on, and my greatest strength and weakness is usually my spirit.

I have solid intuition but I look for the good in everything and everyone and sometimes shelf the bad because I believe in seeing light over dark...having said this, sometimes I feel like a lamb in a field of lions and not in the victim way, in the way that my LOVE goggles are etched so tightly to my face that I don't see the reflection of what serves me and doesn't serve my highest good.  My mistakes and incongruences are my own and I regret none of them because whether situations or people... I loved them at one time and asked for it in my life whether I knew or not.  And there you have so-called LIFE, and what a beautiful LIFE this is.  

The bad teaches us to appreciate the BETTER.  The better helps us remember gratitude when the BEST comes along.  You see, none of "IT" is actually #good or #bad...its all good, y'all, and it's all a part of our custom journey.

Mistakes aren't actually mistakes they are opportunities to LEARN and GROW and just BE BETTER. Don't you dare let some one shame you from a choice you made on YOUR journey.  Judgement is a dead energy and serves no one.

Love ALL your past so you can love your future even harder.  Love is all around if you let it.  Choose LOVE. Be love...in every area.  Forgive yourself and others...we are all just perfectly imperfect and basquing in humaness is the only way to truly experience life and SURVIVE.

Set an intention RIGHT NOW to let go of roadblocks, self talk, self pity, self loathing.  Manifest LEARNING from it all...the joy, the pain, the love, the loss...I promise it only get's brighter & the colors of the future are more vibrant than you could ever imagine.

In love & Peace on this mystical January day...appreciating the beauty in stillness...

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Boyne 2017

Boyne 2017

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Travel light...

I'm cuddling 2017 so hard...cant stop loving up on this brand new shiny year...it's difficult to imagine lightness when you are feeling heavy but once the baggage lifts you feel as is you're floating...as I sit in the sun with the wind flirting with my skin, I keep laughing and looking up above, like, "really?  seriously, pinch me...I can see what's developing is much better (for me)."  Even when FAITH is strong, hope, always isn't.  Hope dwindles when times get tough and you may find yourself wallowing in self doubt, fear or anxiousness.  

This is where the magic happens though...

God gives us little signs of reassurance even in the darkest of hours...as soon as I start to get off track or feel lost, a magical treat drops from the sky...lately the treats have been people, but not always...people are my favorite treats though.  Souls that you align with (seeming random) but nothing is really random.  No event is a mistake.  Everything and every person is a part of our journey and we ARE being led.

Yeah, trust me, I felt like I was in Hunger Games for awhile, like, "where the hell are you taking me? Are you trying to kill me, God? Please chill..I think I am bleeding out..."

Then you get closer-ish to the end of the tunnel...but there really isn't ever an end, now, is there?  The tunnel is more like a continuous cycle of ups, downs, ebbs, flows, love, pain, loss, more pain, joy, etc...

It becomes FUN to look back at something you thought was never ending...like maybe the biggest ball drop in your life ever and then you ACTUALLY do appreciate the lesson...and you actually ARE grateful it happened but also that its over...you actually do feel at peace with it ALL. And that is LIGHT, my friends.  

Our flashlights run out of batteries though or the damn bulbs just burn out entirely but that's when we improvise and find a candle...the flame may not be as bright at first but you learn a new methodology for your adventure...you SURVIVE...and then you sort of look back on fleek like, "I AM A BADASS" just like the book says!  

Or like, badass girlboss, Shonda Rimes, said "I am not lucky.  You know what I am?  I am smart.  I am talented. I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard.  Don't call me lucky. Call me a badass" TRUE THAT...

I'll leave you with this.  I wrote this beachside Turks & Caicos with my favorite treat from L.A. (Jennifer) on New Years Eve...from the heart.

Inhale 2017...Exhale 2016. Envelope the heart and mind with joyful memories and stride gently with reflecting on lessons. Nothing that takes place is a mistake. Embrace the colorful journey, even the darker colors. Darkness helps us appreciate LIGHT. Love yourself. Be compassionate with others but also yourself. Leave people smiling. Do for others and others will do for you too...Learn to accept and receive love in all forms of its beauty wild and even recklessness. Shine gratitude upon the past and loosen the grip of control. Love the good, the bad & ugly...every tinge and tear was worth whatever is coming next...for us ALL. Here's to more authentic humanness and all it's extraordinare.

Look for the light. Make light. Be light. find light. See light. Live light. Love light. Spread light. Sell light. Work light. Travel light.

xxxxxxxxx

 

 

 

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The ART of giving...thank you SUSAN WOODS!

The ART of giving is simple, really...in giving we receive...in GIVING, we truly, GET.

Every day until Christmas, dedicate one thing a day you GIVE away freely without expecting anything in return...

Give a smile, a hug, compassion, a compliment...send gifts...little tokens of love to strangers and  friends, alike.  

Giving feels so good.  Karma is a continuous circle, breath of life, pick up a tab for someone in need.  Do it anonymously, unattached from getting anything is return expect the warmth in your heart knowing you contributed positively somehow to someone.

Thank you, SUSAN WOODS, of the ginormous box of luxurious beauty products I will be taking downtown Toledo to local charities & shelters.  I smiled huge thinking of all the FACES that will be touched by this generous donation.  You are proof that the world is full of goodness and light.  You have always inspired me and now you have touched my heart.  Big hugs to you in NYC sending the art of giving to Toledo, Ohio.

Namaste.

 

Loretta Jones ❤️

I sat on the plane a little teary at LAX & anxious to see my boys after my first Thanksgiving with out my kids...sigh:( #thisis35 #imhuman #perefctlyimperfectthankgod

A beautiful much wiser woman sat next to me...she had switched seats be cause her original assigned seat didn't have a window and God graciously placed her next to me.

Little did I know (as usual), this woman would become the light of my flight. We shared stories, memories, pain, grief and offered each other hand squeezes and compassion as our eyes took turns watering. 

We talked about faith, family, joy and more.  Her journey much longer and perhaps her loss was much greater.  You see, Loretta had lost the love of her life...a man who adored, appreciated and took care of her...she described him as her reason for living and happiness in general...love seeped out her pores as she shared her beautiful life with me and it gave me hope because I know the best is yet to come...and I know I was meant to meet sweet Loretta.  Her beautiful soul shined and she was stunning to look at too...was easy to illustrate her thoughts and her softness made me feel safe and "where I was supposed to be"...her energy enveloped me in care and goodness.

Loretta was sign and reinforcement of hope for me.  I gave Loretta my card and we established that we would keep and touch and both got sentimental as we parted.  Loretta was en route to relocate to Pennsylvania where she'd live near her son, daughter in law and grandkids she adored. (lucky daughter in law...Loretta is a dream)  

Loretta had just sold her home of 40 plus years with her late husband...we were both grieving and turning new pages simultaneously healing on that plane.

As I hugged Loretta on the sky walk, she got into her chair and we parted ways...but she made an imprint on my heart forever.  Thank you, Loretta.  I promise to pray for you like I promised and I'm grateful and a better woman to have met you.  

Find the gifts in every situation. Listen to the people you meet.  Receive the messages & love from the universe.  The universe wants to deliver if you let it.  

To Loretta with love and to all a goodnight. BE like Loretta.  I want to be.

This ain't no disco, this ain't no Country Club either...this is L.A.

The new moon raised my intuition ten fold…it raised my frequency, my empowerment and more and I am soaking in gratitude from the cues coming in from the universe this past week.  For a brief period I felt weak and confused and now I feel recharged, refocused, centered, and ready to RECEIVE…so often I give too much until I am completely depleted but now is the time to CREATE space for the many gifts and people that bring me JOY and ADD to my LIFE…

I made the kids a lovely breakfast after we all piled into Oscars bed giggling,tickling, smooching and wrestling…I felt energized by their genuine innocent pure LOVE and my adoration seeped out of my pores as I gushed over each one of them this morning before their (and my departure)…I give when they leave me but my LOVE grows and carries them even when we are apart.  My little leaped wanting to stay with me and my oldest looked at me with eyes of a sad pup but I reassured them all we would chat everyday and virtually hug…Reassuring them intrinsically reassures me…and I have no choice but to let go because THIS IS WHAT IS, y’all and BY GOD I am so grateful Im here as opposed to the dysfunction I was in 3 years ago…yeas I still had my family unit…but the foundation was eroding just like that infamous family name.

After dropping my little bomb at school, we embraced…he’d walk away (2 steps) and then run back into my arms for “one more”…I indulged and my heart smiled bigger every time he came back knocking me off my feet for contagious laughter and the best hugs EVER….I obnoxiously kissed his entire face and plopped back into the car…and then THIS…

California…by U2 starting BLASTING on my auxiliary in my car…I didn’t prompt the music…my bones got an exciting chill and my heart fluttered because the lyrics made my soul dance and reassured me I was on the path to where I am supposed to be…the song grounded me…I laughed, smiled and sang along, threw a kiss to my peace fingers up to the big guy and rushed home to get my house secured before travel.  As if the universe hadn’t given me enough cookies…she threw in one more serendipitous ditty to lighten my path…PATIENCE by Guns N’ Roses…I used to hear the whistling for months last summer in my dreams and now it's back.  YESSSSSSSS my mind screamed…it’s good to be alive…Namaste…lets GO!

 

 

And now, hours later after enjoying every minute of the travel experience…the delta guys kept asking me why I was so happy (they were flirting but I'll take it lol)  I smiled my way through the gates…I felt like I could’ve been skipping but if you ever traveled with me, you know I like to travel in style so naturally my nude patent leather pumps weren’t skipping material…My heart skipped though…had a coffee, finalize my Costa Rican annual retreat with my soul sista, organized my itinerary for my trip with my best gal & surrogate big sis (technically smaller but wiser lol), Dr.B aka Jennifer, and the rest will be history now as I am 30002 feet, the tail winds are 61 mph with a ground speed of 494 mph, and I have 1734 mi left until my final destination…which ain’t no disco, ain’t no country club either, it’s (almost) LA…my jam.  My Zen...My Jen.  My happy place. 

 Landed at LAX...my bones sparkled as soon as my feet hit the bridge...got to Bermans Womens Health Center circa 3pm...hugged, laughed, and got to business...came home by 5pm Pacific, showered up and there was a lovely producer waiting to take us to OCEANX in the new Guthy Renker headquarters...

 

OCEANX Tech week soiree was last night...so inspiring chatting and brainstorming with the industries leading professionals in health & beauty.  God is good.  Spread the love.

Sending love and light from the super-moon…Onwards and upwards. Good luck & Goodbye to yesterday…I never felt so excited or inspired. Overflowing with gratitude, I hope your Holiday is light & tight. 

Namaste:)

 

 

 

 

Cracking open your heart...

They say in order to heal we need to keep open hearts...when our hearts are open we are at risk for EVERYTHING.  

We are at risk for disappointment, rejection, pain, but we also are at risk for light, LOVE, and abundance...  I'll swipe right, please.  

The key is not letting your heart cracks bleed out.  

Human beings in all sorts of relationships will inevitably toy with your emotions, intentionally and unintentionally.  Armoring your heart is no way to live and a lonely way at that so the code you are looking to crack to protect your most prized-sacred organ (your heart)...is to learn to cry without bleeding out.  Release and let go of whatever has shortsighted you and let the light come through the cracks when your eyes have dried.  What you are looking for and want, is looking for you too and wants you...all else is filler among your grandiose journey.

Life is beautiful magnificent HIKE...sometimes we feel energized and eager and other times we feel aching and thirsty and the wounds downright STING.  

Keep your heart open while you navigate your path but let people, places, and things that don't see your value, keep flitting on.

 If you can't see and value your own LIGHT than who else will?  Sure there's blisters and tired feet but keep walking.

In love, light, dry eyes and huge heart...Kimi

"This or something better..." -Sarah Prout

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