Since 2010 you've seen him on the field every Sunday for Tennessee Titans but outside of playing in the NFL Derrick Morgan is tackling some impactful issues. He gives back to his communities by making social investments and during his football camps he incorporates STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), to highlight opportunities outside of football. He's shown support for medical cannabis research and is outspoken about our countries social issues. Needless to say, he is busy creating intentional change in his communities. Oh, and did I mention he is plant-based too?
With Super Bowl LIII happening this weekend I wanted to take the time to share some of our favorite Get Your Vibes recipes along with a few others!
Events like the Super Bowl, often times have the ability to derail our diets and set us up to get out of our healthy routine and before we know it, it’s 2-3 days of bad eating. At Get Your Vibes we believe in creating sustainable habits and the healthiest version of your favorite foods so that you can enjoy the food you love while feeling and looking your best AND still achieve your nutritional/health goals!
Below are links to some of my favorite game day foods that won’t get you off track and are sure to be a hit at any party!
Who do you have winning the Super Bowl? Since I live in LA I am pulling for the Rams! Enjoy the game (and the commercials) everyone!
Luke Wessman is a world class tattoo artist and entrepreneur. He has taken the art of tattoos and pushed it to the next level. Along the way he has grown his brand and created opportunities with Harley Davidson, Hermès, Urban Decay and so many more. Learn how Luke has pushed himself and how he’s been able to be so successful in this Vibe Sesh!
Vibe Sesh with Alyssa Julya Smith. Alyssa, anchors her show at the network Cheddar and she talked with Get Your Vibes about her career path, career advice, goal setting and what a health life looks like for her!
I am a big believer in have a few solid recipes that you can rely on during the week and this soup is definitely one of those! It's hella hearty, super detoxifying, loaded with beneficial vibes and healing properties.
It's also a very simple and easy recipe, that you can make with any of your favorite veggies. See below and enjoy!
3-4 cups of your favorite vegetables, I used: sweet potato, carrot, celery, asparagus, red pepper, mushrooms, zucchini, sweet onion and avocado for topping. You can't go wrong with any vegetable!
1 tablespoon of miso, I love the Miso Master brand, they have awesome varieties, all organic and non GMO and they have low sodium options, I buy the mellow white miso, here is a link to their products, you can find them at most whole foods too! https://www.great-eastern-sun.com/shop/miso-master-
1-2 tablespoons of hemp seeds
1-2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
1-2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
S & P to taste
1/4 cup of Wild Brine, (optional but AMAZING health benefits)
Start by boiling some water in a pot, I'd say 5 cups, maybe more, maybe less depending how you like your soup. Place your steamer basket in the pot and then place your vegetables in the basket, let them for 15-20 or until tender. Remove the basket. Save the water from your steamed vegetables, turn the burner off, add in the miso, garlic powder and S&P, if most of your water has been absorbed then add in some more water. Whisk the miso until it's dissolved, it's important to make sure the water isn't too hot and the burner is off so that it doesn't destroy the enzymes and minerals in the miso. Place the veggies in a bowl, pour the miso broth over them and then top with your hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and avocado!
Hemp seeds are the staple superfood in this dish. These seeds are a gift! By definition these seed are: "Considered a complete protein, hemp seed delivers 5 grams of protein in a 2 Tbsp serving, making them a great addition to vegan and vegetarian diets. Hemp is truly a super food providing a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids in each serving. These fatty acids promote heart health, lower triglycerides, work to reduce inflammation, promote brain health, and support the immune system. Low in carbohydrates, hemp seeds are ideal for those following the paleo diet or who need to be carb conscious for their health."
This dish is stacked with so many beneficial ingredients and is great was to maintain your health or to get it back on track!
Recently I had the opportunity to go on Lunch Break Live with Jane Velez Mitchell and share one of my favorite Get Your Vibes recipes, the always versatile and super easy Cashew Garlic Dip!
I like to make this recipe at the start of each week because I enjoy adding a dollop on my salads, soups, toast and have it ready as a dip for any impromptu hang outs at my house. It’s convenient and has great flavor.
Start by soaking the cashews in 2 ½ cups in hot water for about 45 minutes to an hour. Drain the cashews but save at least 1 cup of water, it’s important that all the cashews are covered by the hot water. In a high-powered blender or nutribullet, add the cashews, cloves of garlic, black pepper, salt, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and then add the cashew water and blend!
It really is that easy! I love to plate it and serve it as a crudité plate, as a spread on a sandwich as opposed to mayo, and like I mentioned earlier I love adding a dollop on top of my salad, soup or even a pasta dish, it also is a great replacement for sour cream! So, as you see its simple, healthy and there are so many ways to enjoy it!
1 ½ cups of cashews
2-3 cloves of garlic (depending on your flavor pallet)
Juice of 1 lemon
½ teaspoon of black pepper
¼ teaspoon of sea salt
¼ cup of nutritional yeast
Whether she realizes it or not, it’s clear why Alyonka Larionov, has been so successful. Authenticity, she said, is key. Her career as a sports reporter, host and producer has taken her many places, from the Pittsburg Penguins, to the New York Rangers, Brooklyn Nets, VICE and now, as the Founder of the Untitled Female Project. The Untitled Female Project, is built on three pillars: Tell Your Story, Speak Your Truth and Champion Flaws. Her journey as a kid from Moscow, to moving to the United States for her dad’s NHL career, where he won three Stanley Cups with Detroit, she found her voice and has used it to build a social platform. It’s her ability to be unapologetically real, develop an ever evolving self-awareness and speak her truth, that has carried her through to live her most authentic life.
Get your pen and paper ready because you're going to want to take notes on this Vibe Sesh with Alyonka Larionov.....
Q: What was it like growing up Alyonka Larionov?
It was a lot of moving. A lot of new schools. A lot of hockey games. A lot of tennis, singing, and performing. A fair amount of travel and summers spent in Moscow. Around 5th grade I realized I was an immigrant and different from the other kids at school. From there I began conforming with the American culture in order to fit in. My safe space was in the presence of kids of athletes- we all understood each other without having to say much.
You had a very successful career as a sports reporter, working for major networks like TSN, MSG Network, covering the New York Rangers, Brooklyn Nets, reporting for VICE Sports, what are some of the lessons or experiences that you can reflect on and maybe still carry with you today from your time as a reporter and host?
It’s wild to see these glamorous and “successful” media companies all in one sentence. I suppose I never viewed my career as a successful one because I jumped from place to place and always felt that there was more to do than what I was doing. I made a point to leap when the confinement became too restrictive. One of the main lessons I learned is that nobody cares about you as much as you can care about yourself. Meaning, if you don’t look out for you, nobody will. It’s especially tough as a woman in a male-dominated industry to speak out in favor of your needs, desires, and rewards. Women tend to play down their successes, providing outside reasons or “help” for doing a good job, or they will not ask for a raise because they feel undeserving, or they will not ask for a particular story, interview, or stand behind an idea for fear of being assertive and/or difficult. It took me many years to learn that I have to speak for myself and ask for what I want, need and desire. And most importantly, to take credit where credit is deserved. With all of these experiences I’ve received a free education in various aspects of the business. My advice is to ask questions and to act sponge-like in every environment. The only reason I was able to jump from job to job is because of my being able to be adaptable and to learn on the job. There is no shame in not knowing something and/or asking a “stupid” question. That’s the only way you learn and if anything, it shows the uppers that you’re willing to do the work. Lastly, working at VICE made me aware of the bubble in which I was living. Yes, I was practicing self-awareness and personal growth, but it’s hard to care about what’s going on in the news or in the real world when you’re not on the ground. Speaking directly with communities, afterwhich I’d travel to see the realities of the world, changed my perspective forever. I also learned the power of cold-calling and cold-emailing. Tim Ferriss talks about this where it’s important to set yourself a goal to reach an unreachable person. Chances are, if you do the work, you can reach pretty much anybody.
Do you feel like your path to sports broadcasting and covering hockey was almost predetermined because of your upbringing?
Yes and no. No, because I don’t particularly like sports. I will usually avoid them at all costs. There are infinite activities I would rather do. This of course excludes watching my Brother play hockey or any other close friend who is a professional athlete. Yes, because I am interested in the human condition and have been since childhood. I covered hockey because it provided a window into my father’s life and it gave us a topic to discuss. If you look back on my career, I never actually covered the sports aspect of it. It was more personality driven.
Many people would have said you’re crazy to leave a career in sports, what was it that drove your choice change your path?
I needed to get away from testosterone. In the corporate setting, in the media setting and especially in the locker room setting. After nearly a decade in the industry, I felt completely stripped of my femininity which had a direct correlation to my eating disorder. There were a lot of reasons for why I wanted to hide my body. I don’t consider myself an attractive woman but the objectification of women is real, and frankly speaking, I couldn’t take it anymore. Another reason was that I was tired of having to change my personality. When I started auditioning for entertainment gigs, the feedback suggested that I be less cerebral, more bubbly, and fun. My intellect, or curiosity, or ability to hold up a conversation on multiple topics, was considered insufficient to hold up an entertainment job. I suppose one could say I didn’t play the game well enough, but I’m not one to play games. I wanted to step away from my career to see where my natural course of life would take me. I’m not sure I chose the sports reporting career by choice. I think it came from a hurt and vengeful place. After which pride took over and I overstayed my trajectory because I didn’t want to “fail”, or walk away from a seemingly “good thing”.
Where did your desire for documenting and telling stories come from?
I think the documenting came from a lack of permanence. Because I moved around so much, I never felt like I had a home. Documenting things provided me the opportunity to take things with me once I moved; pictures, videos, scrapbooks, artwork, letters, notes, cards. I take everything and I have boxes. My boxes always moved with me. My desire to tell stories was based on a survival mechanism. Because I moved so many times, I had to find a way to connect with people quickly, otherwise it would make it that much harder to make friends. Telling stories gave me an opportunity to connect with people, but also, being a great storyteller also means listening to others stories. Asking questions. Allowing others to share their world. It creates connections and relationships. Both stem from a need to survive.
Tell us about the Untitled Female Project and the Tell Your Story podcast?
The Untitled Female Project was something I had wanted to start many years ago. I have journal entries, email exchanges, and website mock-ups dating back to my days with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2008). As the years went on, I refined the message and it’s foundation. For majority of my career, I wasn’t able to tell the stories I wanted to tell, or to tell them in a way that I felt would provide a deeper window into a person or place. Everything had to be on brand. And everything had my face and name attached to it (which is why I eventually jumped to production). UF gave me the opportunity to stand as an Untitled Female and to find my voice without boundaries. It was an opportunity for me to reconnect with my femininity, the women in my life, and probably most importantly, my inner-child and inner-voice. The platform stands on three pillars: Tell Your Story, Speak Your Truth and Champion Flaws. Each pillar provides a safe space for human connection. The Podcast is run through the Tell Your Story pillar where guests can speak about their life lessons-learned, truths, and flaws. For me, it’s an opportunity to interview in the way I’ve always dreamed of interviewing. Without limitations. And I can book the guests my heart desires. The Contributor narrative is run through the Speak Your Truth, where people can send in their stories, their tool kits, their lessons-learned, or participate in the UF Chat. Our UF CIRCLES are run through the Champion Flaws pillar where we provide a physical safe space for gatherings (men, women, children, co-ed) to openly discuss specific topics. I am also gearing up to launch one-on-one sessions if people choose to engage on a deeper level after a UF CIRCLE.
For people who are wanting to create content and build a platform, what advice would you give them?
Authenticity is the key to success. As mentioned, it’s hard to use your authentic voice when working within the confines of a corporation, but if you have the ability to share your authentic self through your social media, blog, or personal website, DO!
In a time where people share so much online and often only share their highlights, your social media platform comes with a purpose. You choose to share your eating disorder recovery and also be open about your career and growth. Why is that important to you?
I feel that we’ve lost touch with responsibility and accountability. Social media has provided the opportunity for ANYONE to create a brand, a name, and I suppose, even a career. Technology has provided connectivity. So with that in mind, we have a lot of people who have voices that are heard world-wide, but their message does not come from an authentic and/or genuine space. What that creates is a false image and a false “product” which followers consume. We’ve seen a rise in anxiety and depression in the Gen Z generation. Research doesn’t necessarily point the finger to social media, however, it is correlated, and I for one believe that it has a huge influence on the well-being of people. Meaning, we see these glamorous lives but we don’t see below the iceberg and oftentimes, shit gets messy underneath. I’ve been guilty of this. For 10 years I hid the fact that I was battling with anorexia. I posted images of myself which were not inline with my personal story. In my personal life I was hurting and slowly dying. To the outside world, I was thriving. That is SO dangerous. Irresponsible. And an abuse of power, privilege and status. I certainly don’t have as many followers as many of the influencers do nowadays, but it’s enough that once I started speaking openly about my eating disorder, and went ahead and erased my entire timeline to post authentic, REAL images and narratives, my inbox filled up with THANK YOUS. And, I can’t believe I feel the same as you. And, I too suffer from xyz. And, thank you for speaking out. And, I thought you had it good. And there’s your answer. Everyone has their shit. I’m not saying we need to overshare that but it’s important to showcase that there is no such thing as PERFECT and there is no such thing as TOTAL BLISS. We cannot keep selling the idea that positive thinking = total happiness. We are not robots. We are human beings and we will inevitably have good and bad days. And as one of my podcast guests said (hi Will Reeve), “life has a funny way of getting in the way”. I think awareness is key. Knowing that a Content 5 on a 1-10 scale meter (10 being HAPPY) is a good way of living. But I’ve still got a lot of work to do to get that message across. Ps. if you feel inclined to use your Voice, please use it for good and that does not mean posting a never-ending highlight reel.
It takes a lot of courage to be raw and as open as you are when it comes to your recovery. Do you feel that it has helped your recovery and what was it that made you want to be so open about it?
I felt I had to be open about it. If I were to stick to the rules I mentioned about and I wanted to live what I speak; authenticity, transparency, vulnerability, accountability, responsibility, etc. then how could I continue having a presence on social media and platform that asks people for Stories, Truths, Flaws, if I didn’t do the same thing??? It felt nauseating, actually. I was living a lie and I didn’t want to carry that lie anymore. And honestly, at a certain point in any illness, carrying that secret becomes unbearable, heavy, suffocating, and debilitating. You either Speak Your Truth or you don’t. There’s no in between. And I try to practice that in all facets of life. The important thing to remember, however, that it MUST come from a space of Love and never Fear. It has definitely helped my Recovery. Not so much in my sharing and receiving encouragement but more when I receive feedback. Personal stories. Moments where others feel like they are seen, heard, and that they matter. A mental illness is an incredibly lonely disease. The human condition IS loneliness. So if I can alleviate some of that pain then it makes my telling my story completely worth it.
How do you find your balance in life?
In my podcast I always ask my guests, ‘what is the lesson that took you the longest to learn?’ I feel that one of my answer to that question would be finding balance. I’ve been thinking a lot about balance and I feel that I’m moving toward the direction that finding balance insinuates that once you get there, you’ve accomplished something, as if it’s some sort of destination. I think as is anything in life, our paths are always a journey. Therefore, this destination of balance is something potentially unreachable and maybe even a waste of time. I’d rather see it as something that is in my periphery, and I’m aware of. I like it. I might even gravitate toward it, but it’s not something I necessarily strive for, otherwise I lose focus on all the other blessings in my life, and potentially, will be that much more blind-sided when life inevitably gets in the way.
How do you champion your flaws?
By talking about them! By bringing them up. By sharing experiences of where i’ve wronged people, or have hurt people, or myself. Champion Flaws is about awareness. I think we have a poor relationship with the word flaw, as if to have one, means that we are less of a human being. In fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The more flawed we are, the more human we are. But again, awareness is key. For example, one of my flaws is that I tend to over-work. This is learned behavior and has caused me much success but also much grief. So, when I find myself in a space of over-exertion, fatigue, less time with friends and family, and most importantly, less time for ME, I make a point to slot in some type of activity that allows me to step away from the workload. There isn’t much that works but one thing I ALWAYS find time for is art + film. So I slot that in as often as I need in order to function as a human being without hitting total exhaustion.
The lingo is: hi flaw, I see you, you do not define me, but you are a part of me, at times helping, at times hurting. And when you hurt, I need some time away. Awareness. Also, in speaking about our flaws they lose power over us and oftentimes we find ourselves in a community with like-minded, flawed humans. It makes life a tad bit easier.
If you were to give advice to your 10-year-old self what would it be?
You’re not too much. You’re not not enough. Your thinking mind is beautiful. Your kind heart is rare. Your curious disposition is spectacular. Your intuition is your guiding-light. And your empathic disposition is your Core. Not advice. You can’t advise someone, really. You can only help them see their gifts. Those were mine. Are mine. And I wish I had heard that more often. I didn’t. So I say that to myself now but it took me a long time to get here.
How do you stand in your power?
By Telling My Story. By Speaking My Truth. By Championing My Flaws. And by Leading with Love. Always Love. Love is power. So stand in a space of Love.
What are Vibes to you?
Energy! I base all of my personal decisions off of energy. Whether it’s choosing a job, a friend, a partner, walking down a certain street, booking travel, etc. It’s all about energy. Which I suppose stems in hearing and listening to your intuition. If you’re connected and/or attuned to the vibes around you, you’re prone to make better decisions. You’re also prone to give off better vibes, too.
How do you Get Your Vibes??
I believe they exist in all of us, it’s all about fine-tuning. When I need to tap into my energy source and/or my intuition, I use a couple techniques to get myself aligned with my Core. Writing has always been an incredible practice for me. I call it free therapy. Walking (without music, podcast, phone conversation) is also incredibly grounding. I can’t run at the moment because of my Recovery process, but long runs used to clear my energetic pathways and it would give way to ideas, thoughts, solutions, etc. Yoga has stepped into that space. Museums + Art. Taking quiet time to observe something moves the energetic fields, stimulating creativity, solutions, etc. Same with films. They move me. Creating a new vibe. It’s all about fluidity. All of these are slow movements without heavy exertion or forceful creativity. It’s just opening space to accept what’s there.
Where can we connect with you?
Instagram: @_alyonka Facebook: Alyonka Larionov
Email: UF@theuntitledfemaleproject.com if you want to Contribute and/or Attend a CIRCLE. Podast: Tell Your Story with Alyonka Larionov (iTunes Pod Store)
First off, let's start by saying THANK YOU!! You all have made the Vibe Shop a huge success, I was blown away by all the orders and we sold out within our first week. I can't even begin to describe the appreciation we have for everyone supporting the Get Your Vibes movement. We plan on having more items and snacks on the site in the coming months and we look forward to growing and evolving with our clients and customers.
Speaking of new items, we are really excited to share our latest product, Magnesium Oil Muscle Spray. This gem will help you Get Your Vibes in a number of ways! All of our clients who are professional athletes love to use it but you certainly don't have to be an athlete, it will impact your health in a number of ways, the benefits are on a broad spectrum. I use it daily, I spray the sole's of my feet every night before I go to bed and it's worked wonders!
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One of the things I've learned on this journey with Get Your Vibes is how important it is to be real with yourself. When you're starting a business, or any new adventure that has passion driving it, it can be hard to see things from an objective view. This can prevent necessary moves from being made or tasks being completed. This week, let's all focus on keeping it real, especially ourselves.
When keeping it real, it's best to do it and be positive about it, keeping it real is a good thing, so be happy! We always have room to grow, there are so many ways we can be better. When we think from a positive, open, eager place, we position ourselves to align with positive, fulfilling, and new opportunities. This helps keep the fire lit, because when you are trying to Get Your Vibes, you are always striving to be and do better.
It's important to understand that we are never done learning, we can always learn more. Be real, be real with yourself and open to new possibilities coming to you. Try not to judge your path, this will allow you to see things as they are and not how we or others perceive them to be.
Learn to trust yourself and your intuition. Keep it real with yourself, because if you can't keep it real with you, then who can you keep it real with?
Use the hashtag #VOTW and show us how you Get Your Vibes!
There are a lot of ways to describe Jeramie Hopson. Passionate and authentic, are two words that come to mind when talking about the Music Marketing Specialist at Beats By Dre. Hardworking, is another one, you don't get to work for such a notable brand without discipline and diligence. But the quality that stands out the most about Hopson, is how positive his energy is. Undoubtably, his positivity is an energetic force that is genuinely felt by all, and it is no mistake. Hopson's self awareness has created a life of fulfillment both personally and professionally.
Read more in this month's #VibeSesh, with Jeramie Hopson...
Q: Tells us about your role at Beats By Dre?
A: I’m a Music Marketing Specialist. My role ranges from helping manage and track budgets, product placement in Music Videos, updating the team on music trends, staying up to date on both emerging and established artist, product seeding, talent management, and lastly, but most importantly providing a platform for artist to bring their vision to life through various creative and experiential properties.
What has your path to Beats been like?
This could honestly be a very long answer. But in short, it has been an enlightening journey filled with plenty of GodWinks. GodWinks are the signs that happen in life that let you know you’re on the right path. It’s God’s way of winking at you to let you know he has your back. I really pay attention (sometimes too much) to the signs. What I mean by that is my dad use to be a professional drummer, so I grew up in a music household. I played basketball at the collegiate level. I spent 4 years in the U.S. Air Force working in Montana on ICBM’s. Received a degree in Business Marketing at Westminster College in Utah. Worked for a small agency in Venice, CA called Zambezi learning and marketing for culturally relevant sports and lifestyle brands. Then, in 2014 I was blessed with an opportunity to come to Beats by Dr. Dre right after the Apple acquisition. At each of these stops I’ve picked up skills that are helping me thrive in my current position.
I believe one of the most important lessons you'll learn is to just be yourself, and by doing that you’ll attract the people you need to attract. When you attract the right people they’ll help guide you to the right path. It’s also a blessing to have amazing bosses and mentors in your life who’ll give you the tools to prepare you for where you’re meant to be.
A lot of what you do is help bring artists’ creative vision to life, through content, events and marketing. What’s the key to staying true to the artist, maintaining integrity and marketing their vision?
Great question. Maintaining integrity is the easiest part for me. I pride myself in being extremely open and transparent with artist. At times I worry that I’m too honest. But what I want to do is continue to operate with integrity because it makes the working relationship better. Every idea has a truth or an insight and I always try to find out what that is. Artist are very creative human beings that create based on experiences or truths, and I just listen to what those are, do my research, and the dots start connecting themselves. If they don’t already have an idea of what they want to do, the ideas come to me or the team naturally because of how in tune we are to insights and truths.
That’s when the joy really comes, once we’re able to help deliver on their vision and see both the artist, industry and fans feel it and enjoy it.
You recently had the opportunity to work with Big Boi on his album launch, how was that experience for you both personally and professionally?
I want to eventually write a book about this one and not to gloat but to share what I learned from it and to help people who have hopes, dreams and aspirations to do things with people they’ve always looked up to or admired. This is actually the second time I’ve been able to do something like this in my career the first was working with and for Kobe. That’s for another time.
OutKast is my favorite group of all time. They were the first artist I saw in concert, they were the first artist I knew every word to. I’ve purchased every album both as a group and solo. Watched Idlewild several times. I can write a short essay about this, but I’ll save your readers. We all have an artist we feel this way about and many who feel the same about OutKast. But what was cool about this was seeing how when you’re passionate about something how much it can drive you to do unbelievable things that you don’t even know you can do. This was a breakthrough moment for me in my career. I had a lot of self doubts, insecurities, etc. but while I was working on this project I was plowing through walls going through a million different emotions. I’m sure people thought I was straight crazy I was so determined to work with Big Boi and help him promote his album. I got to experience where he started his career, where he continues to create his music, I got to be around his family. To be honest it didn’t even hit me until it was done. It hit me when the content went into the world. I was never living in the moment because I was so concerned with making sure every detail was right. But what I do know is that God gave me that opportunity and I had some really amazing people helping me bring that to life from the label, to Big’s management, to my team at Beats, everyone did their part and it was a dream come true. I’m truly thankful and grateful for everything that project taught me. I’ll save the rest for a book or a podcast haha.
You are a husband and a dad, your little ones keep you busy, how do you sustain work/life balance and being present with your family?
This is a great question and something I’m still very much learning how to do. I work in an industry (music) where a lot of my peers are either single and/or don’t have kids. I came into the industry with both so I put a ton of pressure and unnecessary stress on myself in the beginning thinking about that. I doubted myself and felt like I wouldn’t really be able to make it because of those responsibilities. But what I’ve realized is that the most important responsibility you will have in life is being there for your family, and by balancing that correctly and taking care of family first, it gives you the energy needed to do great things in any aspect of your life. So now, sustaining it and being present with them really helps keep me grounded and gives me an outlet to escape the constant demands and madness that come with work.
Another blessing and something I don’t take for granted is having co-workers who believe in my future and are understanding of how important it is to balance work/family definitely helps. But it also means I have to work smarter and be efficient and focused with my time. I wear this bracelet that has the word “balance” on it as well to give myself a daily reminder, because life is really all about balance.
Lastly, a lot of prayer and meditation. =)
How would you describe the impact that music can have on people?
I’ve always said the only thing that can change the world and make it a better place is music. I say that because the right music can evoke the most amazing feeling and it can really bring people together if used correctly. It can lift you up when you’re down, pump you up for a workout, remind you of a past experience, and if you put a slow jam on when you’re in a dark place, it can make you cry - I could go on.
Think about all the things that can have an impact on your life outside of music…now add music to those things and think about how much it enhances those moments.
I also think about it like this, when you go to a festival or a concert to see an artist think about how many different types of people come to a show? Now think about all the different ways that artist and his music has impacted peoples lives? The beautiful thing about that is how it brings people together for both the same and different reasons.
I’ll end with this, think about a life with no music? A movie or show with no music?
What are some beliefs or truths that you live by, whether it be personal or professional?
I always use the term “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”. Anyone that knows me knows I’m really about that and preach it. There have been times I’ve gotten away from that and when that happens there’s usually a harsh lesson that follows. You can’t do anything by yourself, it usually almost always takes a team of people. My other new mantra is “Be a Light”. I feel like being a light is important, there’s such a positive connotation to what it means to be a light. There’s nothing negative about light, it only attracts and exudes positive energy.
What are Vibes to you?
Vibes to me is the energy that radiates off of you. Positive energy you can feel. People who are positive and exude love carry extraordinary Vibes. There are bad Vibes too, but no one wants to talk about bad Vibes.
How do you Get Your Vibes?
The first thing I do to get my Vibes is put on music. Sometimes I just meditate. Go to the beach, there’s something about the water, and the sun and the energy that radiates off of people at the beach. I ride my bike and put music on while I ride down the strand. Crystals. Go to the movies, I really love movies, really good TV shows with great storylines and cinematography. I just started burning Sage. There’s also this thing I do when I have the time… if you go outside on a roof or patio or any space where it’s quiet when the sun first comes up, or right as the sun is setting - just sit quietly, there’s this Vibe you get. I call it the Golden Hours (right after sunrise, right before sunset). Basically when the sky has this awesome color to it and there’s not a lot going on, it’s quiet and calm it’s such a dope Vibe. Praying or listening/watching a sermon or motivational speech are also instant Vibe starters.
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One of the things I try to focus on throughout my journey is gratitude, there is always room for being grateful. What I have noticed is the more I am able to be grateful for all the situations, experiences, the ups and downs, the more of what I truly want in life shows up, it’s a beautiful thing. It’s hard to be patient and to trust the process, especially when it feels as if nothing is going your way but it’s in those moments when we must have faith and be guided by gratitude.
Something else gratitude has taught me is the importance of remaining humble when everything is going well, not to be blinded by success but being motivated by it, striving for more, remaining true to yourself and values. It’s so easy to get caught stray but being humble will help you stay focused and stay the course.
To have an authentic attitude of gratitude it’s something we need to practice for it to become habitual. First thing in the morning when you wake up is a great time to start, when you get out of bed and your feet hit the ground what are you grateful for? After I am stretching after my early (too early) morning workout, I always make it a habit to mindfully think about what I am grateful for and I do the same before I go to bed at night. It’s such a nice way to start and finish the day. Even if I’ve had a less than desirable day, I have SO much to be grateful for and one bad day shouldn’t have me losing sight of that.
From here on out I am making a conscious effort to think, move, act and speak with more gratitude, there is always room for gratitude.
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #VOTW to show us how you’re living with gratitude!
It's a very special day for Get Your Vibes, as we launched our Body Collection. They are our Rose Water Vibe Spray, for face and body, it can be used to sept your makeup as well, the famous Cinnamon Coffee Vibe Scrub, super lux and our favorite self care Sunday ritual, and lastly, our Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Vibes. We are looking forward to growing our Body Collection and sharing this journey with our fellow Vibe seekers!
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We've spent so much time crafting and perfecting these products that we know you'll love them and the impact they will have on your health and beauty. At Get Your Vibes, we believe that feeling and looking your best starts on the inside and how we take care of ourselves externally. These products will help you Get Your Vibes.
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Thank you all again for the amazing support, we appreciate every single one of you and your good vibes! Happy shopping and we look forward to sharing and expanding Get Your Vibes with you!
We’ve all been there, when we are faced with a decision and we just don’t know what to do. Or when life is so chaotic around us it’s hard to make even the simplest of decisions. When I encounter times like this (which I often do) one of the best solutions is to get my mind to a still place and quiet place. I am a big believer in times of indecision that sometimes the best things to do is nothing and to retreat inward. When we go within and quiet our minds we open ourselves to a whole other set of solutions, solutions that stem from a higher place our conscious mind. Our conscious mind will help us make choices that are true to who we are and true to our path.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the frenzy of life and all the decisions that needs to be made daily that we make them without even thinking! This gets us off track and it’s not a very effective way to go about things and make choices that benefit you and your goals. Next time you find yourself in this position, if you have time, meditate for 10-20 minutes, follow your breath, limit your thoughts, feel the weight of your body and any tension, just melt away. And if you don’t have 10-20 minutes to spare then take a moment, close your eyes, take a few mindful deep breaths, re-gather yourself and let life come to you!
When we are mindful there is less resistance, flow is restored to our lives and we can think and feel more clearly, we have a better understanding of ourselves and our emotions. Use the hashtag #VOTW to show us how you Get Your Vibes!
When it comes to staying on track and completing a task, I am the type of person who must write everything down! No matter how minor or major the task is, it gets jotted down, the same goes for all my goals and dreams that I have, everything gets written down. Dominican University in California, did a study on the art and science behind goal setting and found that people who simply write down their goals are 42% more likely to achieve them, how incredible is that! It has to do with how our brain is wired. When we think about our goals, we are using the right hemisphere of our brain and when we write them down we use the left side of our brain, which impacts our logical thinking. When you tap into both sides of your brain with one idea, it’s like tapping into a powerhouse and ideas, plans and strategy begin to unfold.
It's also important that when we write down our goals and dreams that we are consistent, writing weekly if not daily. We must also write from a place of having the goal or dream, not wishing or hoping but having. This opens our subconscious and our mind begins to see the act of accomplishing, which is very powerful force to enhance our drive and ambition.
For the #VOTW, try writing out your goals and dreams, keep a note book on hand and try to do this daily. Watch how your drive and motivation are enhanced, this process requires action and that is brought on by the simple act of writing.
Use the hashtag #VOTW and show us how you are using this Vibe to help you stay focused and work towards your goals and dreams!
This past week I was in Nashville for the TBH Beyond The Game Summit. This summit was hosted by TBH Sports which is a financial firm for professional athletes and they invited their clients to gather and learn about business and branding off the field. It was a great event, there was a gala, celebrity basketball game, amazing panels, networking. Much of the proceeds benefited local charities which was great to see. It's safe to say, I gained a lot from a few days in Nashville and had the opportunity to do some networking myself and meet some pretty accomplished and driven individuals.
I also had the chance to observe and reflect on a few things. Many people at the summit are well off financially and they didn’t need to be there networking, finding ways to start a business or grow their business, but they were there, trying to better themselves and step outside their comfort zone. The were uncomfortable being comfortable and I really admire that. These athletes are used to pushing themselves on the field and it's so great to see them doing the same off the field, they want to be better in every aspect of their life. That’s when it hit me, you can’t expect anyone to understand your hustle, you can't expect people to understand your drive or your why, not everyone will get why you are the way you are and that is OK!
This is when focusing on your goals and yourself is extremely important. You can't let people, places or things distract you from your passions and goals, it's not always easy but it's necessary when it comes to accomplishing tasks, projects and goals, no matter how minor or major they are!
I'll admit that I work A LOT, I don't always have balance but I have priorities and that is good enough for me. I can't expect my friends and often times my family to understand that I love working so much right now, I love the passion that's driving me, so for me to work on the weekends is not only ok but it's exactly what I want! I want everyone who has a passion and ambition to own it and not feel bad to hustling and making their own lane. You owe it to yourself to live your truth and most authentic life! I am grateful for those around me who understand my hustle, see my vision and empower me to make the best choices for myself. To anyone out there who is playing small to please those around them, STOP. You have one shot, don't hold back, hustle, grind, find ways to get it done and by all means do not play small, you've got too much magic for that!
Sending you all lots of love, blessings and good Vibes! Don't forget to use the hashtag #VOTW to show us how your are using this Vibe to empower yourself!
We know it's Wednesday, but with the 4th of July holiday we figured we needed a midweek vibe to keep us focused so we can close out the week strong.
We live in a world where we are surrounded by distractions, whether we realize it or not. It's so easy to get caught up with things that have no meaning, like the latest Netflix series, trivial drama, material items and all those things take us away from our truth, our goals and what truly matters.
The Vibe for this week is to be mindful and check in with yourself, daily. This helps us stay on track, keep perspective and focused on the things that really matter to us. Each week and often times daily, I write a list of my goals. This could be short term or long term goals, it could be simple tasks that you write down, but whatever it is make it a point to write it down and check in with yourself daily. Do not underestimate the power of writing things down on paper. There are many scientific studies, including the infamous Harvard study, that show the impact of what writing our goals down can do for us when it comes to actually achieving them. People who write down their goals have a much higher chance of achieving them and they often make more money than people who don't write down their goals. The biggest incentive for doing this simple task is YOU! You are worth it, so check in with yourself daily, write down and review your goals, stay focused, carve out time to purposefully think about your goals and trust that things will workout just as they should!
How will you Get Your Vibes? Use the #VOTW hashtag on social media to show us how you are putting to action this week's Vibe!
We are really excited at Get Your Vibes to be sharing a new blog that we will be posting monthly called #VibeSesh. We all know what a vibe session is, when you're hanging with your friends, the energy is good, you feel uplifted, motived and inspired. When you see, hear or read about people who are taking the road less traveled, following their passion and succeeding, it's good for your soul! Your hustle will get a jolt of good vibes to say the least.
Vibe Sesh, is a Q&A, with a rising boss who is making their own lane, has good vibes and grit. We want to know what inspires them, how they have grown and where they see their passions taking them. We have interviews with Jonathan Fields from King of Fresh, celebrity stylist, Brianna Agosto, acupuncturist to top athletes Cammy Polson and much more!
Keep a look out over the next few weeks for our first edition of Vibe Sesh! Thanks for all the support and we love helping you Get Your Vibes!
At Get Your Vibes, we are all about creating and building sustainable habits. Whether it's dry brushing or drinking warm water with lemon every morning, we believe that the little things you do every day add up in a big way.
Jade rolling is another beneficial habit that we love at Get Your Vibes. A lot of people aren't familiar with it so we are here to enlighten you! Jade rolling, is a form of facial massage, you take the beautiful jade stone roller and roll in an upwards motion on your face and neck area. What this does is, increase blood circulation, assist lymphatic drainage, evens out complexion and diminish the appearance of fine lines. All of those benefits detox the skin, improves skin elasticity and (speaking from personal experience) it de-puffs the eye area, really well. Jade, is a stone that naturally stays cold so when this is used on the skin in the morning it feels exceptionally good.
We don't often realize how tense the muscles in our face are so this is an especially important to release tension in our face and improve our appearance. So, how do we use this divine tool? You can start by making sure the skin on your face and neck is free of any makeup, sunscreen and any product. Using the large end of the roller start at the bottom of your neck and roll upwards, Continue rolling, applying gentle pressure, going upwards along the jawline, cheeks, cheekbones and forehead. Then using the smaller end start at the inner part of the eye are and roll outwards, you are rolling away the puffiness in the under eye area! Once I am done I like to rinse my face with cool water and then apply my eye cream, serum and moisturizer. I do this every morning but 3-4 days a week is encouraged. Another way to do this is to put on a face mask and then use the roller over the mask to really help the mask penetrate the skin.
You can find jade roller at some crystal shops and they are reasonable priced. Another option is Amazon, they have a wide variety and prices as well. We hope this simple but effective tip helps you get your skin glowing and helps you Get Your Vibes!
After you pray or ask for something, how often do you mindfully check in with yourself to see if you're putting yourself in a position to receive? Are you holding up your end of the deal and putting in the work to achieve what you asked for? It's so important for us to be open to receiving and allowing abundance to come to us, without judgment or expectations as to how we are receiving. Perhaps, what you have asked for doesn't come to you the way you want or expected, but it's still showing up, so it's on you to be open to how you are receiving. If you are wanting more financial freedom, what are doing to acquire more money? Hopefully, you're out there making moves, taking on projects, asking for a raise, putting yourself in a position to receive what you have asked for!
Whatever it is that you want, it doesn't matter how big or how small it is, ask for it! Pray for it! Work for it! Continue to be mindful of the effort and actions you are taking to acquire what you have asked for. Stay the course, be open and allow abundance to come to you.
Show is how you are using the Vibe of The Week, to help you Get Your Vibes by using the #VOTW hashtag and tagging us, @Get_Your_Vibes, if your photos!
Sending you all lots of love and good vibes this week!
Pay attention to the period in the title. Do not negotiate with your mind, that's it, end of story. This is something that I tell myself, daily. Especially when the alarm clock goes off at 6 A.M., and I (at times) disgruntled put on my workout clothes, "don't you hit that snooze button, remember, you don't negotiate with me", says my mind. When it comes to setting your mind and brain to accomplish a self improving goal, don't leave any room for negotiation.
Why would you negotiate on something that is going to make you better and improve an aspect of yourself? So whether it's an early morning workout, meditating, eating healthy or setting boundaries or a new routine, or having positive self talk, don't negotiate. Tell yourself that, write it down, hold yourself accountable because you are worthy of accomplishing all your desires and goals.