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Up until a few months ago, I had never really heard of or discussed masculine and feminine energy in this context. I had known of masculine and feminine characteristics, and read these words in books, blogs and texts on spirituality, but never really identified with these dualities on a personal level before.

I was uneducated and unaware of the impact that masculine and feminine energy have on our lives and our every-day thoughts/emotions/actions. And according to the universe, this needed to change, because all energies quickly aligned to bring about new knowledge and inquisitiveness into my life.

I was de-compressing in Bali for a few weeks in April of this year and met a man (who has since become one of my closest friends) who introduced me to masculine and feminine energy from a new perspective. We spoke about the two individual energies and he emphasized the importance of creating and curating the “perfect” balance of the two energies within oneself. The more we spoke, the more I wanted to learn and experience. And so I did.

I've spent the last three months sitting up late at night reading books, blogs and articles and writing lists and journal entries as I begin to dissect and become more aware of my own energetic make up. I feel so called to diving deeper into this type of work right now. Since learning how to identify masculine and feminine energy traits within others (and myself) I have been treating every interaction in my life as a new opportunity for me to experience these energetic dualities within myself and the reflection of myself through others. 

At this point in my life, I believe that I am in a healthy balance between my masculine and feminine energy, a majority of the time. Or maybe its just become much easier for me to identify when I am out of balance within the two. When I do feel that these two energetic beings are not in a harmonious cycle within myself, I recognize that I tend to lean towards being stuck in my masculine energy. When I do not exert enough energy into nurturing myself and investing in my routine of self love and self care, I find myself acting out of ego and emitting a vibration of aggressiveness and impatience.

Usually, I want to get shit done. And I want to get it done now. Essentially, I know I am out of balance between the two energies when the "new yorker" in me comes out. Often times, I over-work myself and fall into a cycle of dominance and need for control. I'll be the first to tell you, its not a pretty sight. I like to blame my Capricorn-ness. But I know better than anyone else, that to remove myself from this hostile masculine environment, I must find ways to restore and rehabilitate my feminine energy. Which is exactly what I speak about in this post.

Writing this blog post has been especially rewarding for me, because the experiences and discussions that went into this blog have allowed me to access a greater sense of self and find easy and direct ways to check in with my own inner balance. Creating this post has reminded me to strive for equilibrium in my life, always. 

I plan to continue to speak on this topic in-depth, but for now, we'll start slow and break it down for anyone who may be unfamiliar to this topic. Any questions, comments or feedback you have is greatly appreciated. I love hearing from you so much.  

To Matt:

Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives and in turn, their reactions affect others. The choices we make for ourselves have far-reaching consequences. Each of us carries within us the capacity to change the world in big and small ways, for better or worse. You've rein-stilled the most important reminder within me. To set about this work, we must embark on a journey of self. You are more devoted to creating this change and encouraging individual self expression than many other's I've come across. You've inspired and enlivened me in immeasurable ways. T

Thank you.




Everything around us is made up of polar opposites. The light. The darkness. The sweet. The salty. The water. The land. The joy. The sadness. The compassion. The hatred. Everything in our existence is a reflection of the dual nature of our universal creator. Everything is masculine and feminine. These dualities of energies are our soul nature. We are bodies of fine tuned, balanced light. We are beings of infinite source energy, composed of both masculine and feminine consciousness. Male and Female. We are created equally. As we are conceived equally. Eastern teachings tell us that the male/female principle of polarity is the driving force of creation that arranged our physical universe and everything that it includes. Including you. Including I. Including we. Our one, whole, etheric body which contains a masculine and feminine consciousness. We can look at our masculine/feminine energy similar to a magnet with two, distinct poles of energy and influence. 

The more time I spend in nature, the more easily I am able to recognize my own imbalance. As well as our collective imbalance. In nature (undisturbed and non-manipulated by man,) everything is in balance, always. In our society, this is not the case. It appears that we have failed to recognize our infinite energetic expression. We have been trained and told time and time again to detach from our own instinctual being. We are living our lives as stories told to us by others. We have allowed ourselves to become dehumanized. disconnected. disrupted. So many of us are out of balance without even being fully aware of it. Many of us are operating on one end of this sacred energetic spectrum, either "stuck" in our masculine or "stuck" in our feminine energy. We are no longer in tune with this internal balance. 

It is only when we are able to achieve balance between these two energies that we are able to complete one, whole energetic being. Embodying your divine feminine energy is the catalyst which helps your divine masculine awaken. We must return to the perfect blend of two twin consciousnesses within the same soul. If you have absolutely no idea what I am speaking about, stay tuned, I'll break these concepts down even further below. 


WHAT IS Masculine and Feminine Energy?

Male and Female energies exist within each one of us. This duality of masculine and feminine energy also exists within the world and all of nature. When I refer to masculine and feminine energy, I am not referring to physical bodies, men vs. women or husband vs. wife. dominant vs. submissive. Masculine and feminine energy refers to our inherent nature and the expression of masculine and feminine creative energies within each one of us. 

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Each one of us, regardless of how we identify contains feminine energy. Feminine energy is your creativity. It is your Yin. Feminine energy is moon energy. If a woman is in her divine feminine energy she will be a catalyst for man to activate his divine masculine. Feminine energy is....








right brain













Which of these TRAITS do you recognize within yourself? 



 Each one of us consists of masculine energy, regardless of how we identify.

Masculine energy is structure based. Masculine energy is your Yang. It is a native force. It is sun energy. If a man is in his divine masculine energy he will help the woman develop the divine feminine energy within herself. 

Masculine energy is ...











left brain  







Build on a foundation.

Which of these TRAITS do you recognize within yourself?


To be in tune with your masculinity, you must stand for something. Wether it is standing up for yourself. Stand for your beliefs. Stands for what you accept as your truth. Masculinity is developed when we are protecting and serving. Masculine energy is a powerful support system. When a man can learn how to express emotion - which is energy in motion - and follow through with these feelings, he’ll be tapping into both his feminine and masculine being. 

When we operate primarily from our masculine side, (out of balance) we act out of ego. We may feel tired, stressed, overworked or unloved as a result of this imbalance. When this happens, we often feel as though we are moving through our life on autopilot, too much in our heads and not enough in our bodies or we feel we are experiencing a lack of intimacy in our lives, we must find ways to re-fuel our feminine energy. This is crucial. (I share particular ways to tap into your feminine energy below.)

If you feel as though you are trapped in your masculine energy, you must calm down. Slow down. Remind others (and yourself) to protect and serve your mind and body. To tap into your divine masculine energy you must find ways to serve your community, your family and most importantly, serve yourself. This is crucial. You must guide others to their higher nature, but you can only do this once you have filled your being with as much light, self-love, health, happiness and genuine expression as you possibly can. I like to think of it in terms as simple as a passenger on an airplane during turbulence or change in pressure. Only once we've situated our own breathing mask are we able to best contribute to the safety and well-being of others around us. 

Questions you can ask yourself to check in with your own masculine energy are... 

What am I standing for?

What am I contributing to?

Do my everyday actions align with my moral compass?

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1. Do Something Competitive

In nature, we observe that males often fight each other, flaunt their beauty, and use their calls to compete. Humans are no different. Competition is where your masculine traits step up to the plate. If you are someone who is not generally competitive, ask a friend to help you out. Some ideas may be:

  • Play a game or sports or join a community sports team

  • Set an aggressive goal for yourself at the gym

  • Set an aggressive goal for yourself at work

  • Host a community cook-off at your house and invite friends to participate and judge (the cook-off, not you.)

  • Compete in a dance battle

  • Compete in a race

2. Construct a Project

The mathematical and logical mind is a masculine trait. By constructing and completing a project, you are utilizing your left brain and the structured/organized/concrete aspects of your own masculine energy.The project can be anything, essentially. You can build a garden box in your backyard (and then fill it with soil, fertilizer and seeds,) or paint your bedroom or porch with a fresh coat of paint. You can set off to go camping, pitch a tent, build a fire and cook dinner under the stars. It doesn't matter what you do, but rather how you do it. The goal is to be be consistent. Set time aside each day or week until the project is 100% complete.

3. Test Physical Strength

Testing physical strength is a small act of masculinity you can carry out in each day. You don't need to hit the gym or cycle 25 miles to spark your own masculine energy. Some suggestions for testing your own strength are..

  • Learn how to surf or paddle board

  • Begin incorporating inversions into your yoga practice

  • Offer to help a friend who is moving transport heavy boxes from their home

  • Rearrange your space (push all of that heavy furniture from one side of the apartment to the other) to give your home a new look

  • Meditate for your solar plexus chakra (more on this below..)


By Michelle Kirsch

Your Solar Plexus (Manipura) Chakra is the third Chakra located in your abdomen, above your belly button. It is the energy center responsible for personal power, self-esteem and confidence.

Place your hands over your stomach. Imagine your Solar Plexus Chakra as a ball of yellow light glowing in your abdomen. With each breath, imagine yellow light entering your body and going straight to this area, making it glow even brighter. As your Solar Plexus begins to radiate, your confidence and personal power will become stronger.

Now imagine the yellow light from your Solar Plexus begins to spread throughout your body. Every muscle and every cell is being wrapped in this warm, glowing yellow light. Feel yourself becoming more and more empowered.

Now imagine making that big decision or taking the action that you would like to take. Imagine yourself acting and speaking with confidence and self-assurance. Imagine the positive result that comes from taking this action. Hold this moment and focus on really feeling the emotions in your body.

Slowly, bring your awareness back to the present moment. Take a few deep breaths, wiggle your fingers and toes and slowly open your eyes.

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HOW TO WelcomE IN the Feminine ENERGY

 1. Give Intuition the Wheel

Honoring your Intuition is a powerful way to welcome in your feminine energy. As society, we have been trained to use our analytical mind (masculine) rather than our intuitive mind (feminine). This is something we must correct. Your intuition is your inner guide and your powerhouse for individualized, instinctual decision making. Your intuition is never wrong. Many of us struggle to accept this truth. Our intuition always reconnects us to our higher-self and is always aware of the things that your basic human senses cannot always detect. To welcome in feminine energy, we can practice following our gut instincts, and take notes (or even journal entries) of where it leads you. I strongly encourae all of my clients (and my self/friends/family) to record what blessings, experiences and lessons learned you gather along the way. Deepak Chopra says that "The more you build this muscle the stronger it will become." I love that. 

2. Nurture

Every single one of us craves to be nurtured and to nurture others. Fortunately for those who desire to spark new feminine energy in their life, one of the strongest female trait is to nurture yourself and your life. This can be done in an abundance of ways. You can nurture almost anything. Animals, friends, family, plants, nature and yourself. The ability to nurture oneself and other is an inner strength that can be expressed in various forms:

  • Encourage yourself. Think, speak and act positively towards yourself

  • Adopt a self care routine. Spend time each day doing gentle acts of care for yourself. Wash your face, massage on essential oils, use a salt scrub, make your favorite superfood smoothie, rub coconut oil on your body after a hot shower or dance at home to your favorite music.

  • Touch. This is a key. Find as many opportunities as you can each day to kiss, hug, massage, tickle, cuddles, massage, high five or even pat on the back.

  • Nurture others. Support your friends, share advice, listen, utilize your own experiences and resource-fullness to better someone else's situation.

  • Be a vessel of positive energy for yourself and those around you.

3. Create A PIECE OF Art

The side of your brain responsible for creativity can be found in the right brain, which is your feminine side. To utilize this energy, you must be creative. Paint a canvas, make jewelry, make music, learn oragami, experiment with watercolors, draw with charcoal. This list goes on. Your personality and experiences can be expressed in countless renditions of art. Have fun, try something new, and all while releasing any thoughts of the end result.

4. Welcome Emotions

Unfortunately, our society has brainwashed us to believe that people who express their emotions are weak, overly-sensitive, immature or powerless. This is so far from the truth.

 These ideals and beliefs can leave a large, negative impact. Being aware of your emotions is the catalyst that brings about great balance of masculine and feminine energy in your life.

We can access a greater awareness of our emotions when we create a safe space for ourself to feel. Allow yourself to act in alignment with how you are feeling in the present moment. Laugh, cry, feel joy, feel fear, feel excitement, feel anger. Embody your feelings by expressing them in your own ways. 


 To achieve this connection to divine feminine energy, a woman (or man) must express herself authentically. She must embody how she truly feels and identify with what she wants as an individual being. She (or he) must come to these truths on her own. We can do this through meditation, personal development, self love, life experience, time spent alone and time spent re-connecting with our intuition. We must do this without society telling her how or why she should feel or desire something. We can tune in with our feminine energy by expressing our sexual expression as well. Walk your own path. Live your own story. When a woman is supporting herself (and other woman) without judgement or assumption, she is awakening her diving feminine. Whatever you may desire in a relationship or sexual connection, is what is right for YOU. Your sexual wants, needs, desires and fantasies should be unique to you and different than your friend's or partners. We are constantly evolving, as all things in nature are. Recognize this truth. Be more open minded. Surrender. Move back to your heart space. Remove gossip and surface level conversation from your life. Honor your intuition. Embody this feminine divinity.  Embody playfulness. Embody intimacy. Cultivate love and sexual connection in ways that serve your highest self. 

Questions you can ask yourself to check in with your own FEMININE energy are... 






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When I reflect back on this lifetime, and the experiences I've created to bring me to exactly where I am now, here in this moment, it usually seems to appear that "my story" started at 18 years old when I embarked on a five month long voyage to the Seychelles Islands. I graduated high school 6 months early in my senior year (doubled up on classes, took tests early, completed necessary requisites for graduation) and packed my bags in February of 2012 to leave the small town on Long Island, New York where I had spent a majority of my last 18 years. I traveled with a group called Global Visions International, and could not imagine a better trip possible. It was everything I wanted, needed and more. I experienced independence for the first time in my life. I felt more alive than ever before. I was diving daily, working in the ocean, enhancing my skills underwater, studying coral reef preservation, working with others, meeting interesting people from all around the world and not spending 5 days a week in public school for what felt like the the first time in my life.

I spent five incredible months traveling throughout the Seychelles, both on my own and with GVI and flew back to New York a changed woman. The most difficult part of going home, back to New York, was knowing that I would have to begin my first semester of college in Miami in just a few short weeks. The nice part was that I made it back from the Seychelles just in time for my high school graduation and senior prom. 

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When the time finally arrived to move to Miami, I packed my life into two large suitcases and moved from my childhood home in New York to attend my freshman year of college. I had big expectations for college. I wanted everything I had seen in the movies and more. The social scene, the partying, the intimate late night library sessions, the handsome professors, the dorm room set up, the dating, you name it. In my eyes, Miami was going to be this ideal college utopia with the perfect balance of ocean time/night life that I thought I so badly wanted. I was going to be studying marine biology and imagined I would be spending more time on research boats, on the water and in the sea than I would in the classroom. I quickly learned this wasn't the case. I had difficulty connecting with the students at my college (over 80% of which were in-state students who had already developed their group of fellow-floridian friends,) and spoke barely any Spanish, which made connections with many of the cuban students at my school quite difficult. On a last minute whim, I decided I would "rush" for a sorority at my college and use this opportunity to make friends and connect with other woman on campus. Soon enough, I was a "sister" in Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, and spending weekends with my sorority sisters doing all of the college-experience things (football games, parties, sleepovers, beach parties, study groups etc.) that I had dreamed of doing for months. I absolutely adored the girls I connected with at college, and owe them infinite love and gratitude for making my Miami experience as wonderful as it was, but all along, I just knew something wasn't there. My needs were not being met at this school or in this environment. "I think I need to transfer schools," I told myself. But I didn't know when or how I would bring it up to my parents. I ended up flying home for Christmas break that semester and enjoyed a few weeks at home re-connecting with family and friends in the area. I loved being back home and spending time at the house, sitting, relaxing, reading, being with my family. The more time I sent at home, the more I dreaded the idea of flying back to college in Miami in a few short weeks. 

I had two days left in New York before I was expected to board my plane back to Miami and begin the spring semester. I was sitting at the breakfast table with my mom and dad (which is a rare occasion, considering my parents have been divorced since I was a young child) and took the opportunity to express to them how I was feeling about school in Miami. "I just can't go back," I told them. "Something doesn't feel right. I'm not happy there. I feel like I am wasting my life." My parents were caught off guard and confused by my words. They had heard stories of me making friends, joining the sorority, exceeding in my classes and falling in love with spin and pilates at the student gym. I ended up having a bit of a melt down and practically begged my parents to please let me take a semester off from college to organize myself and apply to new colleges, where I would enroll as a transfer student. Soon enough, I was boarding my plane back to Miami, only to spend 20 hours in my dorm room packing everything up, and then hopping on the next flight back to New York, without even having the oppurtunity to say goodbye to the few friends/girlfriends who I had bonded with while at school. 


So that was that. I left Miami and found myself back in my small town, living at home, working part time at a retail store during the day, and part time as a hostess for a local restaurant in the evenings. I was saving every penny I could and applying to new colleges to attend in the upcoming fall. All along, I had my eyes on the prize. The only place I could imagine myself being truly happy at school was in Hawaii. I had talked to my parents about applying at University of Hawaii when I was in high school, but the tuition costs were high for out of state students, and the fact that I had never once been to Hawaii...ever before.. seemed to make them take me a little less seriously. This time around, however, I wasn't taking matters lightly. I applied to the University of Hawaii and was accepted before I even approached them about my idea. "This is it." I told them. "I will do anything I have to do to make this work. I want to go to school here. I know its right. I can feel it." And by some miracle of the universe, my parents, who absolutely dreaded the idea of me being 5,000 miles away from home, agreed. I was to attend college in Honolulu in the fall. I couldn't have been happier. Everything was falling into place around me. I was getting out of New York, and better yet, embarking on a new adventure to pursue a lifestyle that served my own wants and needs. So of-course, I did what any 19 year old with a one-way ticket to Hawai'i would do, and threw a killer going away party with all of my best friends in New York. I've attached some photos from the beginning of the night below. I'll spare you photos from the end of the evening.. ( Disclosure: For those curious, I am sober from all alcohol now. And single-use plastic cups at bars too. I'm sober from those as well.) 



My first year living in Hawaii on my own was one of the most difficult and rewarding years of my life. It wasn't easy. I'll make that very clear. I was fortunate enough to receive financial assistance from my parents as I struggled to work part time, attend college part time and try to maintain some what of a social life in Honolulu. I was living in a literal shoe box apartment that I somehow managed to share with another roommate. Looking back on it now, I honestly don't know how I did it. My apartment was so so so small and so so so expensive. I was attending school part time, while I worked towards earning residency in Hawaii. When I first made the move, I began to work at a dive shop where I would spend 5 straight hours filling tanks in the back of the store, barely seeing the light of day, in exchange for $11 an hour, and the empty promise of being able to jump in on a few free scuba dives each week. I had to be at the dive shop at 6 am to fill tanks before their 7 am dive, which meant I was on my Walmart bike, headed to downtown Honolulu at 4:45am before sunrise to make sure I made it there just in time. That job was hectic. I lasted about one month. After that, I began nannying full time, selling my second-hand bikinis online, and eating $2 smoothies from my NutriBullet blender for breakfast, lunch and dinner most days. I was balling on a budget, to say the least. But I was making friends with young people from new parts of the world, learning how to surf, spending time outdoors, eating well, exercising, dating and loving the independence and slow lifestyle that my new environment had to offer. It was exactly what I wanted and everything I needed. The hustle felt good. I was working towards something. I was driven, determined and fitter than ever before - thanks to the fact that I could absolutely not afford a car (or parking) and was biking around Honolulu 7 days a week to commute to both work/school.

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The next year, I was granted residency as an in-state student and began to attend college full time. I moved into a new shared home, closer to campus and was living with two of my best friends. I cut down on work hours and doubled up on classes. I was really doing it now. Classes five days a week, late night lectures, Saturdays spent in the campus library, and Sundays saved for spending time outdoors... or catching up on the homework that I didn't finish the week before. I was training for a marathon, diving into veganism and transitioning to a plant based diet. I felt great. Healthier and more alive than ever before. I began hosting 21-Day Vegan Challenge groups on Facebook where I would challenge friends online to eat a vegan diet for 21 days and share photos, recipes and food-diaries of the new foods they were enjoying along the way. I was still studying marine biology at school, but began to notice my passions evolve and transition towards holistic health and environmental conservation. My best friend, who I was living with at the time, had recently graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and was now working as a private holistic health coach offering consultations with online and in-person clients. I was intrigued by all of it. The work, the clients, the side income. It sounded incredible to me. Exactly what I wanted.

I was beginning to finally get a grasp on my school work and found myself left with a few hours of free time throughout the week. With each passing week I became more and more passionate about natural medicine, plant based foods and promoting a message of long term well-being through food and lifestyle. I knew that studying holistic health would be perfect for me. My intuition told me "yes." And so, I enrolled for IIN on a payment plan and began studying online for ~5 hours a week or so in-between college courses and babysitting gigs. Juggling all three was manageable for me because I was so interested in the work and curriculum that IIN had to offer. I was determined to create a beautiful, fulfilled and interesting life for myself. And I knew I was on the right path. 

 The more time I spent studying at IIN, the more time I spent considering changing my major at college. Of course, I was still passionate about marine biology and conservation, but my entire world seemed to revolve around plant based nutrition and studying holistic health at this time, so it only felt appropriate. My biology, chemistry, math and science courses at school were beginning to feel like a burden. I struggled to maintain focus in class and was often journaling, recording my health journey and taking notes on newly learned nutrition information while sitting in organic chemistry class. Overtime, college began to feel like this repetitive chore that I didn't like doing. I knew I needed to mix things up. I changed majors from marine bio to human nutrition and was not at all impressed, to say the least. The curriculum was outdated and biased. So biased. I would spend my evenings at home studying the benefits of a plant based diet, mediation, natural medicine and low-stress lifestyle and then sit in lecture halls the next day being spoon-fed (brainwashed) information on calcium in cow's milk and the evolution of pharmaceutical drugs in the US. It felt like a sick joke to me. I couldn't believe this type of information was still being promoted and repeated to myself and my other classmates. At times, I truly believed that 90% of the information they were teaching me in "health" class was wrong. I felt agitated and disappointed in class. More than once I stood up abruptly and made it a point to publically walk out of my leture hall when the professor began speaking about something especially irrational. 


Once I realized that the change in major was not my solution, I began to feel overwhelmed and out of balance.  I didn’t understand why I felt the way I did and tried to organize these thoughts and emotions in my head. Why did I feel so unfulfilled and low energy? Why did I wake up in the morning dreading my upcoming day of college classes and lectures? Why was the information I was being taught at school so outdated and non related to what I wanted to actually be pursuing in my life? Why was my potential career in holistic health being determined by test grades on subjects that were entirely non related? Why was I beginning to have nightmares? Not sleep well? Feel unproductive and uninspired when I wasn't at school? I was miserable. I had never experienced this type of confusion in my life ever before. I was suffering from anxiety for the first time ever and felt so unsure of my path. I felt disconnected. Detached from my own hobbies, passions and interests while I was on campus. I felt ashamed to admit this to my parents, and even more ashamed to admit it myself. Was this really happening again? At one point in my life, getting a college degree and taking a photo with my cap and gown, draped in fresh flower leis and surrounded by smiling faces was all I cared about. I grew up in a working class family with two older sisters and two parents who both graduated from college and grad school. My parents made it very clear to us that the reason they worked as hard as they did was so that their three daughters could have the opportunity to graduate from college as well. And that’s exactly what my two older sisters did. Now here I was, living thousands of miles away from family, attending my second college as a junior and completely reliant on my parents and student loan offices for any source of money I had. And to top it off, I was thinking about dropping out of school for what? I didn’t even really know what for, to be entirely honest. 

I decided I needed to make a plan of action before I would feel comfortable making any drastic changes. I had just recently graduated from IIN and was officially a certified holistic health coach. It truly felt like the only thing that was keeping me going. I would endure long days at college, being fed information that did not resonate with my interests or goals, automating myself and my efforts in school to "get by" in class just so I could speed-walk home from campus and eagerly work on follow-up emails with the few health coaching clients I did have (a majority of them from the facebook challenge groups I had been running for the last 2 years.) IIN helped me to make my first ever website and inspired me to create this blog to share more of my story and document my transition to a plant based lifestyle. I bought my own domain on Squarespace and was determined to build the blog as much as possible while I sorted my life out on the side. At this time, Instagram app was evolving and becoming more and more popular. I started @SaltSandandSmoothies Instagram account and was fascinated by social media and the idea of building an online community of health conscious individuals. I started publishing blog posts, instagram posts, daily facebook statuses and reading as many books on personal development and entrepreneurship as I possibly could (You can find a list of some of these books and more here.) I felt as if I was experiencing stability and clarity of mind for the first time in months.I felt driven again. I wanted to pursue health coaching and blogging full time. I hadn't felt this sure of anything in my life. When I was at school, or sitting in a college lecture, I felt as though I was living inauthentically to my higher self. Like a fraud, I had put on this facade for years and was finally ready to rip off each individual layer of suppressed boredom and unhappiness. I needed a change. I had to start living life on my own terms. I had to remove myself from my current situation and begin to write my own story. I just needed to figure out what my "end goal" was, and how to eliminate any road blocks standing in my way. Immediately, I recognized that sitting at college campus six days a week was one of them. 


Three and a half years ago, I sat on the porch steps out front of the shared college-house I was living in and cried (*hysterically*) to my father over the phone. I didn’t understand why I felt the way I did and tried to put into words felt how unfulfilled and low energy I felt. Telling my parents that I was considering leaving college (again) was one of the hardest things I did. But as difficult as it was to first speak aloud, the moment I did, I felt like my entire energetic being had been lightened and lifted. Once I told my parents that this decision was something I had thought about and meditated on for months now, there was no going back in my head. Never once did I worry I was making the wrong decision for myself or my future. I was so trusting in myself and my intuition. And now that I look back on this time in my life, I appreciate all over again how thankful I am that I was so confident in these weeks. I was in balance and in tune with my inner guide, which always ensures that you're being carried in the right direction, whether I was really aware of it or not. 

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Once my parents adjusted to the fact that I would be "taking a break" from college (as many people in my life often referred to it,) it felt like things really set into motion. I'd like to be a strong example for fellow students or college students in this blog post and tell you all that I finished my junior year on a really positive and productive note, acing all of my exams and completing all of my end-of-the-year assignments, but I'm going to be very transparent here and tell you that I very quickly stopped attending my classes and spending that last ~5 weeks of my semester sitting on campus using their high speed internet and getting clear on my intentions with my work. Soon enough, I used the money I had put aside for next semester's tuition and bought myself a ticket to Bali, Indonesia with my best friend, Lacey. We both enrolled in our first ever 200 hour Yoga Teacher training and planned to fly out within the next week. We left for Bali and had an incredible, educational and abundant summer. You can read all about it here.


Although life sometimes felt chaotic, and all over the place at this time, it felt energetic and upbeat as well. No matter how unexpected or out of the ordinary my situation got, there was always this lingering sense of freedom that I couldn’t shake. I was really doing this. I was breaking free from a story book of my life being told to me by others and committing to myself. Committing to my own happiness. My own passions. I could breathe. For what felt like the first time in years. I was creating my own future with each step I took. Each odd job after college, each month living paycheck to paycheck, each conversation or first date where someone asked me “what do you study at school?” or "when did you graduate?" all taught me the lessons that I needed to be learning to make this freedom sustainable for the long term. 

I continued to offer one-on-one health consultations and brand myself/market my company through social media full time. I told everyone and anyone I met about the work I offered online and offline. I began to teach occasional private yoga instructions to students who attended college with me. I wrote guest blogs to other health conscious/environment inspired websites for as little as $100 and took nannying jobs as often as I was offered. I began to clean local yoga studios in exchange for free membership and reached out to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become an ambassador their school. I studied books on manifesting money and welcomed multiple streams of income into my life with open arms (even if those streams of income were small, measly trickles of income to start.) I found ways to create a living for myself while also enjoying my life. 

Since then, my business has taken off. My personal goals for my work and my brand have evolved and elevated. Taking the initiative to invest in myself and my own passions was the most necessary and effective step I could have taken. I am a successful entrepreneur, business owner and six-figure earner. I am a college drop out. I am a dreamer. I am a visionary. I am a square peg in a round hole and I am here to remind you that the only person who should tell you what or how you should be doing anything in your life is yourself. You are the creator of your own reality. No one else. When you are blessed with the gift of waking up each morning, you decide how your morning/day/week/month/year will unfold and evolve. You are in charge of your own life. No one else. You are worthy of love, fulfillment and greatness. 

You are worthy of immediate and lasting happiness. 

You are worthy of immediate and lasting happiness. 

You are worthy of immediate and lasting happiness. 

You are worthy of immediate and lasting happiness. 

You are worthy of immediate and lasting happiness. 

You are worthy of immediate and lasting happiness. 

You are worthy of immediate and lasting happiness. 


As am I.

Hope this blog post resonates with many of you in some way, shape or form. Although all of our paths appear different to one another, we are all moving towards the same goals. Fulfillment of heart, mind, body and soul. You are not alone in this life. You are not reliant on any one or thing other than yourself. Your new chapter begins today. 

Go with love

Go with Intuitiveness

Be well

Be easy









1. "How do you deal with living so far away from your family? Are you close with your parents or siblings?" 

I am in so incredibly in love with my family. Sometimes its not easy being away from there for 6-10 months on end. Sometimes I book last minute airplane tickets to see them on the east coast (or better yet, buy them last minute tickets to fly to me instead.) We make certain that we all see... me at least once a year. My two older sisters and both parents live on the mainland (New York and Colorado) and fortunately for me, they absolutely love visiting the island. Annual extended visits (my mother usually stays for 2-3 months each summer) are a trending theme in my family. Other than that, we talk on the phone, facetime, text, and message one another a few times a week, always. My two sisters and my parents are my four best friends. My sister Shana birthed my nephew, Kainoa in December and my entire life revolves around counting down the days, hours and minutes until I see him next. We also have a group family text going ~6 months strong. Which seems to work wonders for all major life updates and twice daily baby photos. My family knows as well as I do that when I am happiest and most content with my own life, I am a better sister/daughter/friend/confident. So although it is not always easy, living 5,000 miles away is where I am happiest. They support that entirely. 

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2. Favorite places to eat in hawaii? 

Ai Love Nalo (O'ahu)

Beet Box Cafe (O'ahu)

Down to Earth Grocery Stores (Oahu, Maui and Big Island) 

Elephant Thai (O'ahu)

Down Beat Diner (O'ahu)

Eat Healthy (Kauai) 

Anake's Juice Bar (Kauai)

Kalalea Juice Bar (Kauai) 

Choice Health Bar (Maui) 

3. How did you learn about Kangen water? How did you get involved? 

I first learned about Kangen water through a holistic naturopathic doctor in Bali. I was being treated with hydro-colonic therapy and nutrition consultations from him while he helped me to cure my candida. The colonics and enemas were being administered with 9.5 pH kangen water and the nutritionist recommended I look into kangen (alkalized, ionizied, micro-clustered drinking water) after re-assuring me that my diet was adequate and not the contributing factor to my on-going candida struggle. When I returned home to Hawaii, I met a kangen distributor on the island (who later became one of my closest friends) and starting filling up gallons of drinking water at his house each day before investing in my own machine a few weeks later. I bought the machine on a payment plan and practically wiped my account clean to cover the initial down payment at the time. I was 21 years old and entirely sober from alcohol. So a water machine seemed like the best possible gift to give myself that year. I now recognize that that was actually just another example in my life of the rewards that come into fruition when I act out of intuition and trust. 

4. Are you single? 

Ahh the word "single" has always freaked me out a bit. I'd rather someone ask me "are you whole? Are you complete within yourself? Are you invested in the longest relationship you'll ever be in - your relationship with yourself?" "are you fulfilled by the time you spend alone? " "are you your own favorite person?" If so, my answer to that would be ye! Yes I am. Thank you for asking. I am me. I am independent. I am whole on my own. And no, I don't have a boyfriend or girlfriend at this time. 

5. Favorite place you've ever traveled to? 

The Seychelles Islands. 1,000 miles off the coast of Madagascar. I lived there for five months when I was 18 and the trip changed my life in more ways than I could ever type. I love the Seychelles, and miss the Seychelles, more and more each day. Looking back on photos and journal entries from this trip is one of my favorite things to do. I spent so much time alone on this trip. I spent so much time getting to know myself and identify the type of life I intended to create. I spent so much time under the ocean's surface. 

6. Where are you from originally?

Long Island, New York. I grew up in a small surfing/fishing town called East Hampton by Montauk Point.  

7. Do you meditate? How often? Any tips for beginners? 

Yes! I would love to say that I meditate daily, but more recently I've been meditating ~3-4 times a week while I continue to work on finding balance in my life with work and play (the "entrepreneur juggle struggle" as I like to call it.) If I get sloppy, and skip mediation for a few days - it reflects in many aspects of my life. Meditation is used as a means of transforming and fine tuning the mind for me. I usually sit in silence on the beach down the road or on my living room floor for 15-20 mins. I have a blog post called "how the funk do I meditate" here that is perfect for beginners. I encourage every single person to adopt some type of meditation practice into their life immediately. Even if it is just breathe awareness exercises. 

8. How did you get into painting? Have you always been an artist? 

Both my parents and my two older sisters are incredible artist. My dad is an amazing architect and landscape painter and my mother is the most talented art teacher I've ever known. We didn't grow up with a TV in the house until I was older, so we spent our free time playing with my mom's water color paints or taking easels and canvases down to the beach with my dad to paint and spend time outdoors. Everyone is born an artist. Your form of art just may appear different than mine. Painting, writing, music, sex, cooking, yoga, gardening are all forms of art and expression. Spend the rest of your life exploring as many art forms as you possibly can. 

9. Favorite vegan meal? 

I am obsessed with white-fleshed sweet potatoes. I believe they're called hannah sweet potatoes. I bake one (or two) full potatoes in the oven and then cut it in half once baked to load up with cooked lentils, fresh or steamed greens (usually spinach or kale,)  sauerkraut and cashew cheese. Then I load on avocado, black pepper, fresh herbs (cilantro or green onion) and nutritional yeast. Don't knock it 'till you try it. Seriously. 

10. What's one book that changed your life? 

The Book of Secrets by OSHO. Its about 1,000 pages long and I'll tell you right now, I haven't even come close to finishing it. Each page blows my mind. I usually just open it up on a page my fingers feel drawn towards and start reading from there. It is a lot of information to take in, but I'm discovering that the more I experience my own life, the more his words and doctrines begin to resonate with me. The book is insane. It truly is a book of secrets that can change your existence forever, if you're open to receiving his words. 

11. You have such an incredible group of woman and girlfriends in your life? Do you have any tips for someone looking to make more like-minded friends? 

Do what makes you happy. If your'e passionate about yoga or travel, do more of that and be open to connecting with new people everywhere you go. Make eye contact with woman who walk past you on the street or unroll their pilates mat next to yours. Spark up new conversations. Smile. Be friendly. Be inquisitive. Everyone you meet has something to share with you. Everyone you meet has something to teach you. Some of those people may be your new best friend just waiting to meet you. Use websites like facebook and to connect with locals in your area. Do what makes you feel most alive and most complete by yourself. Only then can the fulfilling relationships with others begin to flow into your life. 

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12. Hi Amelia! Love that you'r'e so open to speaking about sex and sexuality sister! It is so refreshing to read online. Have you ever shared any blogs on sex? Or your experience having sex for the first time. Love from San Diego! 

Thank you! Female empowerment and sexuality is something I will continue to share more about online as I experience it myself in my own life. I have a blog post called "sex with me" here that discusses hormone-free birth control, vegan condoms, body image, body hair removal and yoni egg exercises that I love. Other than that, I haven't share too much yet. Let's see.. I had sex for the first time at 15 years old with my boyfriend in high school. I grew up with two older sisters so I felt quite mature for my age and was so eager/anxious/curious to experience sex on my own. I remember it was pouring rain outside and we ate oreo cookies in the kitchen after the deed was done (little did I know at the time was that oreo cookies are vegan - so that memory is even more enjoyable to reflect back on now.) The next morning, I felt embarrassed and unsure of my decision. I questioned wether I was too young to have had sex or rushed into it mistakenly. I think I don't think I really felt that way, I just knew I had been told it so many times by parents, teachers and pamphlets at the doctor's office. I now know that everything happened exactly as it was intended to and I acted out of intuition and inquisitiveness, which always serves my higher self. Also, my boyfriend was a total stud and we enjoyed consensual, safe sex for the first time together. And there were vegan cookies involved. Doesn't get much better than that, I'd say. 

13. Aloha! Your photos of the garbage in SE Asia were horrifying! I share them with my students at school with hopes to teach them to become more conscious consumers (and recyclers!) Do you have any tips for those wanting to make a difference?

Yes! Thank you for asking! You can start by supporting companies that are protecting the environment, rather than destroying it. Avoid purchasing as much plastic as you possibly can. Plastic straws, cups, water bottles, to-go containers, food wrapping, products being shipped overseas, glitter, flip flops, tooth brushes, lighters, house hold cleaning products, cosmetics, and single use cutlery. Every dollar you spend is a vote "yes" or "no" for our environment. Voice your concerns to local (or international) companies that are carrying out unethical business practices. Boycott Starbucks Coffee, Jamba Juice, Coke, Pepsi, Nestle, Dasani, Johnson & Johnson and other corporations that are shoving manipulative advertising and non biodegrade-able plastics down our throat. Support local businesses that avoid excess packaging/shipping/labeling and research DIY recipes for some of your favorite household products like toothpaste, deodorant or facial toners.

Pack extra mason jars, food containers, cups, straws, shopping bags, bottles and bowls wherever you go. Just like a picnic basket - but without any food (yet.) Keep it in your car and use and abuse the crap out of those re-useable products as you grocery shop and eat out. Also, read this blog post here on sustainable travel and eco-conscious packing lists. It's a good one. One of my favorites, actually. 

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14. Do you have any tips for growing your social media? Your page is so beautiful! Thank you Amelia! 

Sure do! Don't focus on growing. Wether you have 5 followers or 5,000 - make sure the audience you have feels connected to you. Serve yourself and your audience, by sharing what inspires, ignites, and excites you. Its better to have a more engaged and interested audience that actually cares about the message you're sharing, than a massive slew of online "sheep" who follow you because your content is surface level and aesthetically pleasing. Be unique. Be different. Post about topics that make people think. There are billions of people on social media today, find a way to stand out and stand for something greater than yourself. Others online are attracted to people who are passionate and determined to follow their own path in this life. 

15. Your photos are amazing! What camera do you use and how do you edit your photos? 

Mahalo! I shoot with a Cannon EOS 70D with a 18-35 mm F1.8 DC lens  or my iPhone 8. I edit all of my photos on Adobe Lightroom or SnapSeed app. 

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16. Any tips for moving to Hawaii? 

As harsh as this may sound, although this question is by far my most frequently asked, it is my most disliked question. It is a sensitive topic for me to discuss because I know my words on this platform often inspire others to manipulate their lives in order to "follow" mine. Moving to Hawaii was what I needed, when I needed it. I was an avid diver and passionate about studying at university on O'ahu. I moved to the island solo at 19 years old and struggled for months on my own to make it work. I had no car, couldn't afford the high costs of rent and felt isolated with few friends as I struggled with living situations and had difficulty balancing my work and studies. The traffic is out on control these days. The expense of living is sky high. Shopping is expensive as most products being sold are shipped in from over seas. In all honesty, the islands are struggling to stay afloat. Hawaii is not what you think it is. There is more pollution, over population, over-tourism and coral reef destruction than ever before. The beaches are crowded and littered with plastics being left by visitors and washed ashore from the sea. Hotels are expensive, grocery stores are expensive, restaurants are expensive, gasoline is over-priced and landfills have been overfilled for years. Hawaii is becoming more crowded and more tourist-y with each passing week. If you need tips or advice to move to Hawaii, it most likely isn't for you at this time. 

There are so many incredible, cultured, beautiful, secluded and safe cities, countries and islands to visit and experience all around the world. Hawaii was my answer. But it may not be yours. Experience the world. Experience yourself. Find home wherever you go. Act, speak and travel intuitively. Your life will be uniquely beautiful and different than all others. 

17. Any good book suggestions? 

Yes! I have an entire master manifest called "books to take you higher" published here. 

18. What horoscope sign are you? 


19. How did you become a holistic health coach? Any tips or advice to share with others who are interested in becoming one as well? 

Yes! Absolutely. One of my most popular blog posts ever published is called "How to Become a Holistic Health Coach" and it is right.... here. 

20. Do you smoke pot? Or use any cannabis products? 

Yes I do! I've written a thorough blog post on my relationship with marijuana here . I share my recipe for homemade cannabis oil, as well as share "my marijuana story." 

21. Favorite household products you own? 

Oooh. Number one is my Kangen water machine, hands down. Which I discuss here. 

Anespa Shower Filter (more info here.) Which is close #2 favorite household product. 

Aaand my Vitamix Blender (which you can check out here.) Which is a game changer for new veg-heads/vegans who want to take their smoothies, soups, sauces, vegan cheeses, dips and whips to the next level. 

22. I live in Costa Rica and have difficulty finding affordable vegan foods and ingredients in the supermarkets here? Any advice for someone wanting to eat vegan on a budget?

Some of the cheapest (and healthiest!) foods in the world just so happen to be vegan. Rice, beans, lentils, potatoes, oats, quinoa, frozen veggies, fruits and seeds are great staples to have on hand. Avoid the over-priced "designer" vegan foods at all cost. You don't need to spend the money, and often times they're not as healthy (or sustainable) as the whole plant foods. Keep it simple and easy. Buy bulk seasonings such as turmeric, curry powder, paprika or garlic powder and cook meals in large portions to have on hand for the week. I love making big pots of thai curry, indian dahl, vegan chili, brown rice, quinoa salads, stir fries and veggie soup or hearty stew to fuel my body with ingredients that don't cost an arm and a leg. 

23. Favorite dessert? 

Mmmmm. I love 4 large medjool dates cut in half and pitted. Stuffed with a small dollop of almond or cashew butter and then sprinkled with raw cacao nibs or coconut flakes. Stick them in the freezer for 30 mins (or overnight!) and I feel like I'm eating a killer raw vegan dessert from one of those fancy hipster cafes that ...don't exist in my area. 

Also love making Kombucha floats! I pick out a simple (original or ginger flavor) or fruity (lilikoi, guava, lavender or passionfruit) kombucha from the local health food store and pour a tall glass before scooping in a generous portion of coconut bliss ice cream. I love the original coconut flavor the most. Can use any type of non-dairy ice cream! Served in a glass with a metal straw and a spoon for scooping! Its out of this world. 

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24. Any tips for someone interested in becoming a Kangen rep like you?

Yes! Check out this page on my website (and click to watch the video I filmed!) or send me an email to below. I'll reply back as soon as possible and send over all of the info. you need! 

25. One place you would love to travel to? Any upcoming trips planned? 

Greece. Morocco. Mentawai Islands. That's three. I could list about four dozen more. I plan to fly to Greece this September with girlfriends and do my first solo trip to the Mentawais this winter. 

26. Tips for someone who is broke and in debt? 

First off, stop using the word "broke." You are not broken. When we use words like this, we are giving our energy and source power to money. You are not broke. You are just not currently identifying with the abundance of wealth and money that is available to you right now in this life. 

Read my blog post called "manifesting money" here and make sure to check out the books I reccomend within it. Especially "Money and the Law of Attraction" by Esther and Jerry Hicks as well as "Seven Spiritual Laws of Success" by Deepak Chopra. Also, "Think and Grow Rich" by Grant Cordone and "You Are A Badass At Making Money" by Jen Sincero. They will change your relationship with money forever. and ever. you're welcome. 

27. Favorite youtubers? 

I love... Infinite Waters, CarbonNationTV, Ellen Fisher, Claire Michelle, James Aspey, Terence McKenna, Raw Alignment, Conor and Brittany, and Bob Proctor.

28. Have you ever done ayuhuasca? 

Not yet in this lifetime. But I have felt called to do it for the past two years now. If anyone reading this blog has any shamans or plant medicine retreat centers which they feel inspired to share with me, I would love to hear from you. 

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29. Your website is beautiful! Did you make it yourself? What website builder do you use? 

Thank you! I did create the website by myself. It has taken me years and hundreds of hours learning through trial and error. I get about 4 messages a day from people all over the world who have found spelling errors and type-o's on my site. I've adopted the "oh well" mentality as of late. I use Squarespace. I really enjoy it. 

30. Do you believe in god?

I believe in the universe. I believe in a higher power. I believe in meditation. I believe in identifying with your source energy. I believe in myself. I do not affiliate myself with any particular religion. 

31. Your life is so vibrant and rich! How did you create such a beautiful life, home, career and environment for yourself? 

Through meditation, self-discovery, healthy/vibrant plant based foods, good water, spending time alone and using the law of attraction religiously each day at all times. I speak more about the law of attraction here. You'll want to read this and take some notes. Getting clear on exactly what I want, the life I desire for myself, the type of work I wish to carry out and the type of person I want to be at a young age has helped me arrive to where I am now. But I am still working on my own growth, development and greater sense of self each and every day. 

32. Love your vibe Amelia! Just curious, are you bi-sexual or have you ever been with a woman sexually? I rarely see you post about men, and always see you post photos and share stories with beautiful woman in them! Lots of love from Brazil XO

I get asked this question all of the time. Which cracks me up. I admire the inquisitiveness! And am always down to speak openly and freely about sex. I have an out-of-this-world incredible group of woman friends (sisters) who I adore and love. I spend a majority of my time with them. I definitely do not identify as bi-sexual, nor am I sexually attracted to woman at this time in my life. I am very much so attracted to intelligent, adventurous, compassionate and creative men. and a killer vegan pizza. i am sexually attracted to those as well. 

33. how old are you? 

twenty four years young. 

34. What about marriage? Your dream wedding? Do you want to have children? How many? 

At this point in my life, I have a difficult time "believing" in monogamous relationships and bondage to one single person. The idea of ownership with all things - people, animals, land, money etc. - just doesn't sit right with me. I know that as I experience more, my thoughts will continue to evolve and change. I do know that I think love and attachment are two very different things. I believe in wide-spread human connection and love with non expectation for oneself or another. At this time, I have no desire to ever be married. Nor do I feel called to declare my love for one single individual through a paper certification. Love feels best for me when it is untethered and unregulated. 

As for children, yes yes yes. I cannot wait to one day birth babies. And adopt children as well. Both are equally important and exciting to me. 

35. Do you think you will always be vegan? 

Yes. Absolutely. I could never, ever imagine incorporating animal products back into my diet or lifestyle. Why would I? I've never felt happier, healthier, more vibrant or alive since adopting this way of living. Veganism came into my life at the perfect time and I could not have wished for anythign better (or more effective!) I dealt with horrible eczema, skin issues, skin discoloration, poor digestion, candida and various other health ailments throughout my life - a vegan diet alone cured about 90% of that right off the bat. I felt frustrated and angry at first. Disappointed that no doctor or naturopath had recommended this to me earlier. Now I know that I had to experience every hardship, struggle, sick day and bump in the road to make me take veganism seriously when it did come into my life. Also, as a passionate environmentalist and conscious consumer, there is no way I could every justify supporting the meat or dairy industry, which continues to carry out destructive and detrimental damage onto our planet every second of every day. 

If you're considering a vegan diet, but aren't entirely convinced yet, I highly reccomend you watch this video here... or this video here. Neither are gory or graphic :) Just insanely inspiring and thought provoking. 

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36. Do you have any advice for someone who is recently going through a break up? 

Yes. Buy yourself a plane ticket. Sell whatever you have to sell to do that. Better yet, buy a one-way plane ticket. Pack a backpack and visit as many new places as you possibly can. Bring a journal and a pair of running sneakers, or walking shoes, and explore the world. Meet new people. Meet new men. Meet new woman. Become a way radder, more educated and well-traveled version of yourself. You don't have to forget about your emotions, you just have to welcome new ones into your life. 

37. Have you ever done DMT before?

No I haven't! But I am absolutely open to the experience. I've listened to some incredible lectures and podcasts on the subject. 

38. Hey Amelia! Whats your favorite music? I adore every song you feature online! Keep sharing! Love from Portugal! 

Ready for it? A bit scattered and all over the place, but I adore...

Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Joan Armatrading, Tash Sultana, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Tubby Love and Amber Lilly, Trevor Hall, Ziggy Alberts, Rising Appalachia, Alina Baraz, Random Rab, BANKS, Mura Masa, Embrz, Odesza, Flume, Lorde, Willow Smith, Regina Spektor, Kidwaste, Petit Biscuit, Unaver, Chance the Rapper .... a little Drake... some beyonce. Some sacred healing shamanic meditation. You know, whatever's playing on the bluetooth speaker that day. Many of you ask me to share Spotify or SoundCloud playlists, and I would love to - I just haven't prioritized it yet. One day I will. 

39. Hey Amelia! Do you own a car? Or drive much? I usually just see you post about bike riding. Just curious! 

I do own an old, sandy, salty Jeep Cherokee that I ramble around the island from time to time. Traffic is usually pretty miserable in town and gas prices are sky high on an island, so I avoid driving as much as possible. I usually take the car out 4-5x a week to grab a green juice, check the PO Box, enjoy a yoga class or bring my longboard down to the bay. Biking > sitting in my car with non-functional AC any day. 

40. Any advice for a teenage girl just starting to date? Or any tips for making your boyfriend go vegan? Thank you Amelia. Love from Sweden.

Hey sweets! Great Question! My best piece of advice for you is to make sure you give yourself enough time and space to really explore who you are. Dating and connecting with new people is so incredibly fun and exciting in your teens. You'll learn a little bit more about yourself through each relationship you experience, but make certain to never stop prioritizing you above all others. A man or woman will be most attracted to you when they're fascinated by the life you live. If you continue to do what you love doing - regardless of wether or not it is a common hobby, or something that not many other teens your age are interested in, you'll attract people into your life who adore you for you. That's huge. Many people don't realize this until their first failed marriage. Once you've accomplished this, you'll never ever have to change yourself or your lifestyle for another person ever again. This regards your question about your non-vegan boyfriend as well. As you continue to live and thrive on a vegan lifestyle, your babe will see how beautiful you and your lifestyle is. He or she will be fascinated by what you're doing and supportive of you as you focus on your own mind/body/soul. When this happens, you've created the perfect environment for them to feel supported as he or she slowly begins to make dietary/lifestyle changes for himself. Basically, love yourself so much that other people can't help but notice how vibrant and alive you are. Then welcome them in with loving arms and open mind. Hope this helps love! X

41. Coffee or tea?

I haven't drank a cup of coffee in almost 5 years! I used to adore coffee when I first began college. When I enrolled in night classes, It wasn't uncommon for me to drink 2-3 cups a day. Hectic. I remember waking up in bed at night and watching my hands tremble. Overtime, I noticed signs of adrenal fatigue and began to educate myself further on coffee and other acidic foods/drinks. So tea. Tea is my answer to that question. 

42. Whats your favorite smoothie to make these days?

I adore sweet dessert style smoothies. Usually something simple like Frozen Bananas, Spinach, Coconut Water, Cherries, Cacao Powder, Coconut Milk + Medjool dates with a pinch of Cinnamon. If I'm making a green smoothie, it is usually a blend of Kale, Spirulina Powder, Frozen Mango or Blueberries, Bananas, Fresh Lime Juice + 9.5ph Kangen Water. 

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43. Any health products or supplements youre loving recently?

CBD Oil is my current obsession. I just posted a lengthy blog post on it a few days ago and shared it here. I take it every morning or night before bed. I feel amazing with CBD and found it really easy to incorporate into my daily supplement/superfood routine. 

Also adoring cocoa butter or raw shea butter on my skin at night before I crawl into my bamboo sheets. I am allll about the self-massage and comfortable bedding vibe. 

44. Favorite quote or affirmation?

Hmm.. that's a tricky one. Recently I have loved the quote "Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. " Lao Tzu. Also, this. Shown below. Shared by @losingmytasteforthenightlife

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So nice to chat with you all. All of my love. Stay curious!




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This year, I spent THREE months backpacking through Asia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka with my closest girlfriends to explore new land, sea and surf. I ENDED UP EXTENDING MY ONE MONTH LONG TRIP TO THREE MONTHS AND ENDED MY ADVENTURE MORE INSPIRED AND MOTIVATED THAN EVER BEFORE.



Our first month in the Philippines was immeasurably incredible and unforgettable for the four of us. We surfed some of the best waves of our lives', dove, sailed, hiked, scuba-ed, volunteered, cleaned beaches and connected with new brothers and sisters from around the world.

Initially, my trip was planned to focus on diving, surfing and photography. However, as soon as I arrived to the Philippines I knew I was there to share a message. The build up of trash and widespread pollution throughout these islands was out of control. (Unfortunately, little did I know I would also be witnessing this same level of pollution, or worse, in many parts of Indonesia and as well as Sri Lanka in just a few months.)

It began to feel like for every ounce of natural beauty and breathtaking scenery we drank in, there were the same number (or more) of encounters with poverty, pollution and filth. Abandoned landfills left overfilled and overflowing sweating in the hot sun beneath hundred year old coconut treats and aqua blue skies. Mounds of washed up plastic, non-biodegradable trash and discarded manmade supplies piled higher than most local houses. Beautiful, laughing filipino children playing games in nearby rivers and streams as trash bags and plastic bottles sailed unnoticed among them. It was so difficult to see with my own eyes. These countries are being bombarded with hundreds of thousands of new tourists each year at the cost of their only remaining natural beauty. Cruise ships and commercial planes were entering the philippines left and right, while the land and sea is more polluted than ever before. I’ve attached a few photos of the trash being washed up on the ocean below. A majority of this pollution being discarded shoes, sandals, tooth brushes, plastic cutlery, water bottles, water bottle caps, children's toys, product packaging, micro plastics and fishing supplies. Witnessing this destruction in person was more horrifying than photos can depict. Many times, when we discard or chuck our trash, it does not end up where we expect. 


Did you know that it’s entirely legal to dump trash in the ocean? There are certain limitations made by the United States Coast Gaurd for what you can and cannot dump into the ocean from a specific distance to the shore. Although it is not permissable to dump any plastic into the ocean in 2018, it is perfectly acceptable to dump any raw sewage, paper, rags, glass, metal, bottles, or similar refuse, as long as you are at least 12 miles away from the nearest shoreline. Isn't that just f*cked up?! I could've died when I learned this for the firs time after reading a boat captain friend's USCG pamphlet last year. 

As if thats not shocking enough, there are minimal restrictions put on cruise ships and the garbage they are legally allowed to dump. When it comes to cruise ships, this trash adds up quickly. An average-sized cruise ship would house 3,000 passengers and crew. The largest cruise ships can have up to 5,000 passengers and crew. Of these cruise ships:

  • One average-sized cruise ship dumps about 30,000 gallons of human waste into the oceans each day. If that cruise ship is within three miles of a U.S. shoreline, the sewage must be treated, but if they are outside of three miles, they can dump raw, untreated sewage into the oceans.
  • In addition to the 30,000 gallons of sewage, each cruise ship dumps, on average, 255,000 gallons of gray water per day. Gray water includes water used for showers, laundry services, and dishwashing, and will contain soap and chemicals, even toxic chemicals used for photo-processing and dry-cleaning!
  • An average cruise ship will produce seven tons of garbage and solid waste every day! In a year, approximately 15 billion pounds of garbage is dumped into the oceans.
  • The pollution produced by the emissions of one cruise ship in one day equals that of about 12,000 automobiles.

* Quoted in U.S National Park Service; Mote Marine Lab, FL and “Garbage In, Garbage Out,” Audobon Magazine, Spt/Oct 1998.  from “Pocket Guide to Marine Debris,” The Ocean Conservancy, 2004

Feeling frustrated and unsure of what to do first, the girls and I made a promise to be a part of the resolution for the Philippines islands which are being consistently swarmed by thousands of new businesses, buildings, accommodations, stores, restaurants and attractions for tourists. Like ourselves. We only had 4 weeks in the Philippines, but we knew that was more than enough time to do our part in some way. Or at least get a little more clear on the severity of this trash epidemic. We joined local beach clean ups, volunteered with preservation and protection groups and avoided single use plastic like the plague. We immediately fell in the love with Philippines, and the sweet, hospitable filipino people, and collectively knew we needed to leave these islands in a better condition than when we arrived.



I haven’t purchased one bottled plastic water in over 2 years since first purchasing my Kangen water machine. So there is no way in heck I was going to start in the Philippines. Old plastic water bottles littered the beaches, streets and forests of the Philippines. We saw them floating in the ocean when we were traveling by boat, and saw them dragging along the ocean's floor when we were diving or SCUBA'ing. It felt as though it was killing us, in a sense. We couldn't help but worry about our homes in Hawaii and the pollution issue we dealt with already. Would Hawaii look just as polluted as these islands one day? Was there anythign we could do to stop that? Where do we even begin? First, we did everything in our power to avoid buying one SINGLE plastic water bottle while abroad and also maintained our health (and proper hydration) while backpacking through Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. We also saved a bucket load of money on over priced water bottles and avoided hellaa' single use plastics by monitoring our food packaging, to-go containers, takeaway juices, cocktails etc. Now that I can reflect on our trip, I see how successful we were by making the efforts we did. I'll forever have memories of us ordering local vegan food in our nifty re-useable food containers and explaining time and time again to our restaurant servers that we didn't want or need plastic straws in our drinks because we already had ones here in our wallets. Just here. We'll show you. I'll share all of our sustainable travel tips below with the loving intention to inspire many of you, reading this right now, to do the same. Because, I am here, telling you that we just did it, and you can do it too. 

Although my time abroad is over for now, my mission is not. I’m here, writing this blog from my cell phone in an airport waiting room to share with you all that it can be done. Consciousness and mindfulness for our environment and our natural resources should not be placed on the back burner while we travel. You can see the world and save it too. I ask you to join me, and do exactly that. 

tips for your zero waste, ethical & eco friendly travel

Please feel free to comment on this blog or message me privately with any further suggestions or comments you may have. I would love to hear from you. 

  • Be creative. See what you can re-use, borrow, swap, buy second hand (on sites like Preloved) or make yourself. Don’t buy new if you don’t have to.
  • Cheaper is not always better. Go for the durable and degradable option.
  • Eat and pack close to nature. 
  • Pack light. It saves whatever transport mode you use, and yourself a ton of energy. Pack purposefully for the destination you’re traveling to. What do you really need? 
  • Stuff made from recycled-anything is always better than new. It helps to create awareness. BUT, it’s not the solution! Eventually, it still adds to the trash pile. Rethink – refuse – reuse – reduce – recycle – and if no other option… waste.
  • Buy from local providers to shorten the supply chain, which includes transportation energy cost, use of packaging, and benefits for those down at the bottom.
  • If you order online, kindly request to use little packaging and without plastic tape. Demand minimal, or better, NO packaging in general wherever you go. Buy online near you to avoid a package going from plane, to ship, to ferry, to truck, around the world.
  • Save a tree and some money and travel with e-books instead of books. Find them online at Audible or Travel guides like lonely planet have gone digital too.
  • Support the small entrepreneurs and go against mass consumerism. We live in a demand-driven society. Help the good brands, without lobbying power and big advertisement budgets, to climb up the ladder. Demand plastic free and toxic free where you can. This way you say no to oil drilling, carbon emissions, and yes to a cleaner way of life. Then governments step in!
  • Don’t just buy something because a company says it’s ‘eco friendly’, ‘sustainable’, ‘organic’ or ‘green’. These have become fashion words. Certifications are a step in the right direction but don’t just take that for granted either. When a brand is a certified B-Corporation, it’s using business as a force for social, environmental, and economic good. So that’s a step in the good direction. Read labels, read stories, ask questions, and find out answers.
  • If you buy toiletries, buy in bulk to minimize package materials.


Traveling with your own water isn’t an option for everyone, but if you own a Kangen water machine, you’re in luck. The water produced by the Kangen Water machine is certified medical grade electronically reduced water. When you purchase a machine, the paperwork with medical grade certificate is included inside of the box which gives you access to travel with this water on a plane. Which is pretty f*cking cool if you ask me. Bring as much water as you’re able to carry and make sure to arrive early to TSA security gates to inform them of your medical water and answer any questions they may have. Usually, I just tell the first person I see at security that “I am traveling with medical grade water and have all necessary paperwork in my bag if you’d like to review it.” Sometimes, TSA requests to see the certificate, other times they do not. Often, TSA will ask to open the bottles and test the water (with a simple drug indicator strip) to ensure that you’re traveling with medical water and only that. It is a BLESSING to be 100,000 miles above sea level sipping on cold 9.5 pH Kangen water from my own reuse-able water bottle, let me tell you. 





I take my Hydroflask bottle everywhere I go. Everywhere. I mean that. So you can guarantee I bring two or three of them with me when I travel. I invested in a 64oz Hydroflask before my trip and brought two other, smaller hydroflask containerswith me as well. I love the 40oz bottles because they’re light and comfortable to carry around as well as the 22 oz. insulated tumblers which are amazing for smoothies, juices, coconut water and hot coffee/tea on the go. I know these bottles can quickly take up room in your bag, but you’ll never regret having them with you when it means saving money on free water fill-ups at hostels, home-stays, cafes and restaurants as well as keeping drinks hot or cold as you travel. Also, the more you carry your re-useable bottle with you, the less you’ll find yourself stuck in those last minute “I think I have to buy a bottle of water” situations. 

We brought our bottles everywhere and didn’t hesitate to politely ask staff or cafe servers to please fill up our bottles with filtered water from the kitchen. Most were happy to load us up with free filtered water, others asked that we pay a small fee (usually 50 pisos or $1) to fill up our large bottles. Which was a price we were happy to pay. We found filtered water everywhere. Ask and you shall recieve, we did exactly that. I’ll attach photos of the exact three bottles I traveled with below and highly suggest you consider “treating” yourself to the water bottle of a lifetime.



This is a major sustainability hack.Although it’s not something many people do, I try to live my life like every day is a picnic. When I’m home in Hawaii, I keep a bag or basket in my truck filled with empty (and clean!) mason jars, cutlery, chopsticks and to-go containers. When I’m out running errands or stuck in island traffic, I can grab salad, hot food, smoothies or green juice from local delis/health food shops without settling for single use plastic. As I use the jars/glasses/cutlery, I simply swap them out for a clean replacement and make sure to always carry extra containers for friends as well. 

While traveling, I packed a small clutch bag with ...

2 forks

2 spoons

2 sets of reuse-able chopsticks 

2 metal straws 

1 butter knife 


And ... you guessed it, I brought them everywhere with me. When I went out for the day, I threw the clutch in my day bag and enjoyed eating out at cafes/markets/food trucks without collecting plastic forks and knives everywhere I went. I learned the fun way that there is no greater feat than coming across a coconut tree and knowing you have a straw and spoon on hand at all times, ready to drink the delicious water and carve into the tender coco meat. 

As for food containers, I packed one large/medium container with a second small container packed inside it. I’ll attach a photo of the exact container I used below, but you can use any Tupperware you have on hand at your home. The containers were lightweight and easy to travel with. When I wasn’t using them, I’d stuff them with jewelry/headbands/beach glass and shove them in my big backpack. When I was using them, I would fill them with rice, soups, salad or fresh fruit from local markets/vendors and eat my meals as I wish- from the beach or on the boat. By bringing your own containers, you eliminate the need for wasteful to-go food containers, and also ensure that if you find a food you LOVE (and may not be able to find later in the day,) you can load up on a second serving and save it for dinner or dessert. 


Just as you would bring your own shopping bags to the grocery store to avoid plastic shopping bags, having extra cloth bags on hand while traveling was a huge help in the sustainability department. Extra bags are incredible for carrying fruit or snacks from the local markets, groceries, beach gear or even your reusable food containers/bottles. They also are wonderful for dirty clothes, damp bikinis or muddy shoes after an outdoor adventure. Whenever our dirty laundry piled up while traveling, we’d throw everything in a cloth bag and drop it off at the local laundromat where we would politely request that the clean laundry be returned to us in our cloth bag, rather than a new plastic bag.

Easy peasy. 


1. Turn off and unplug all of your lamps and household electronics. Electronics continue to use power even if they are turned off.

2. Turn off your water and gas valves. This helps to avoid waste water incase of leaks while abroad. 

3. Make sure to eat or give away all perishable food items before leaving home. Donate any left over foods to a local soup kitchen or food bank. 

4. Drop off your recycling and take out any garbage or compost! Make sure to properly recycle all of the packaging, plastic and cardboard boxes from the goodies you bought for your travels.


  • Fill up your water bottle with filtered water at any restaurant, cafe, hotel or accommodation. Many spas, yoga studios, coffee shops and tourist offices offer free filtered water to customers to avoid single use plastic. Some restaurants may ask you to pay a small price to fill up your bottle with their filtered or purified water. Remember to bring your water bottle, reusable cutlery, straws and extra tote bags with you every time you leave the hotel. 
  • Opt for sustainable transport such as walking, public transport (trains, buses, ferries) or renting a pedal bike while abroad. Enjoy finding creative ways to get around and take advantage of new exercise opportunities while exploring a new city or country. 
  • Choose Eco friendly resorts/Accommodations. Supporting accommodations that strive to have little impact on the environment and it’s natural resources means leaving behind a smaller footprint on your travels. Enjoy learning more about zero-waste/off-grid/sustainable living and ask to tour the property’s garden, compost area or water source to educate yourself further. 
  • Make efforts to shop at local food markets or purchase fresh (local) produce when traveling abroad. Bring your reusable bags out for the day and stock up on fresh fruit, veggies, herbs or coconuts as you go. Enjoying (and trying new types of) local fruits and veggies is one of my favorite ways to experience a new culture or location. I never consume meat or dairy while traveling abroad because these foods require the most water/land/resources by far and I do not wish to take away or negatively impact these countries that I am fortunate enough to travel to. Avoiding meat and dairy also promotes my lasting health and ensures that I do not fall ill from foreign bacteria or viruses while traveling. There are so many ways to experience a new country, such as local produce, music, surf, museums, hiking or art. Consuming meat or fish doesn’t need to be one of them. The food we eat has an impact on the land. Wether that land is in the local area, or thousands of miles away. Be aware of this always. I do my best to. 
  • Research local beach clean ups or charity events while on vacation. You can simply google search “beach clean up in ____” or “charity event in ___” and see what you come across. Community Facebook groups are another great place to connect with fellow travelers and inquire about new ways to get involved and give back to the beautiful destinations that share so much with you and your traveling companions. For example, search "Ubud Community Group" when traveling in Bali.



  • Zero Waste Snacks for Airplane/Travel (Raw Nuts, Seeds, Trail Mix, Granola, Dried Dates, Dried Bananas, Coconut Flakes, Bliss Balls, Sprouted Crackers, Salad, Fruit or Veggie Sticks if allowed.)
  • Reuse-able Food Containers/Thermoses. You can use these to pack airplane snacks and then continue to keep them with you throughout your travels as you empty them. 
  • Warm Clothes/Sweaters to wear on the plane (to avoid individual airplane blankets wrapped in plastic.)
  • Bamboo Tooth Brushes 
  • Reuse-able Cutlery (Fork, Knives, Spoon, Chopsticks etc.) 
  • Reuse-able Metal or Bamboo Drinking Straws  
  • Reuse-able Water Bottle 
  • Reuse-able Tumblr Cup (for coffee, tea or juices) 
  • Extra Canvas Tote Bags (for market shopping, laundry, beach bag or takeaway food. I usually pack 4-5 and roll them up tightly.)
  • Small 4 Oz. Spray Bottles with 2.5 pH Kangen Water and 6.0 pH beauty water to use as hand sanitizer, mouth wash, disinfectant, facial toner, moisturizer etc. while traveling. 
  • (For women) Menstrual Cup/Biodegradable Tampons (rather than non-recyclable tampons, pads, sanitary napkins)
  • Crystal Deodorant or Cream Deodorant in Glass Jar
  • Coconut Oil or Body Cream in Glass jar 
  • Zinc or Non Toxic Sunscreen in Glass or Biodegradable packaging 
  • Shampoo Bar or Soap wrapped in Paper 
  • Swiss Army Knife (to be packed in checked bags only) with scissors, tooth pick, knife, tweezers etc. 
  • Raincoat (to avoid having to purchase a plastic poncho in case of emergency)
  • Reuseable Batteries for Cameras/Electronics 
  • Dry Bag to carry electronics, cell phones, wallets and cameras in while on the boat or out in nature.



I always carry a silicone Menstrual (Moon) Cup with me while traveling and at home! I have been using a menstrual cup for three years now and could never imagine going back to single use tampons/pads or sanitary napkins. Not only do these products sit in landfills unable to break down for dozens of years after we use them once, they are expensive and take up so much space in my backpack when traveling for long periods of time. Some women love their moon cup right off the bat, while others have to experiment with a few sizes/shapes to ensure theirs is a comfortable fit. Here are three moon cups I reccomend or have used personally. Click on the image to learn more. 

Birth Control While Traveling? 

I personally choose to take no contraceptive pills or use an IUD. I opt for a hormone-free and all natural birth contraceptive method called the "Daysy" and I use it everyday while traveling and at home. Daysy is a fertility monitor computer that uses the fertility awareness method (FAM) by learning and tracking your menstrual cycle. With the Daysy device you can prevent or plan pregnancy. The Daysy shows you the exact days you are fertile or not fertile (with an accuracy of more than 99.3%.) 

The Daysy is all natural, free of side effects and requires no charting what so ever. It does it all for you. I love being able to prepare for my moon cycle while traveling and at home. Often times traveling comes with new emotional/physical difficulties and I love to be especially gentle with my body on the days leading up to my period. Also, the Daysy is small as can be and fits perfectly in a carry on bag, cosmetic bag or suitcase. 


  1. Every morning, you take your temperature underneath your tongue. 
  2. You confirm menstruation on the days you have it by simply clicking a button. 
  3. The Daysy evaluates your data and calculates your fertility status for the next 24 hours. The whole ordeal takes 60 seconds. 





Ideally, you'll want to buy luggage or backpacking equipment that is pre owned or sustainability made.I always make sure to avoid Leather, suede, Rayon and Polyester when purchasing clothes/bags/equipment. Borrowing luggage from a friend or former backpacker is another great option! If you're not able to track down someone who has what you need to borrow, websites like Preloved are great for buying supplies second hand. I've linked a few sustainable/vegan bags below that I love and reccomend if you choose to buy new. If you have any other suggestions for travel gear, please feel free to send me a message below. I'd love to include as many eco-options as possible. 




Go with consideration

Safe travels.

Happy Journey


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By stating what you want to be attract into your life, you are mentally and emotionally seeing and feeling it as true, irrespective of your current circumstances. By doing this we are re-training our subconscious mind and using the universal law of attraction to bring our desires it into our own life.

Artwork by Isabel Bryna

Artwork by Isabel Bryna

Simply put, where our attention goes, energy flows. 


I’ve experienced incredible results in my own life by repeating positive affirmations on a daily basis. Not only has affirmative thinking helped me have a clearer vision of my personal goals, desires, wishes and wants, it has also taught me to practice mindfulness and live each day with an attitude of gratitude. 

I first learned about positive affirmations when I experienced anxiety for the first time in my life. I was 20 years old living on my own in Hawai’i. I felt completely overwhelmed with my college courses and was not fulfilled by my college curriculum or job. I was very broke, borrowing money from my parents and older sisters.  I was also single for the first time in months after having just ended my first ever “serious” relationship. I wasn’t used to sleeping alone at night and felt lonely for the first time in years. I would lay awake in bed for hours with a constant stream of negative thoughts, anxieties and worries run through my head. I didn't sleep. I let my negative mindset consume me. I had never dealt with anything like this before, so of course, the unfamiliar-ness and uncertainly was all I focused on. I would constantly complain about how tired I was during the day and then dread going to sleep at night, expecting another night of misery and upset. This went on for almost 6 months. I finally took matters into my own hands and began meditating each day for 10 minutes (I had recently learned about mediation through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the online holistic health coaching school I was studying at.) 

I was researching different mediation methods online when I came across Louise Hay’s website and began to read over her written affirmations for prosperity, growth and success. I fell in love with her words. I was drawn to the simplicity and comfort of these sentences. I grabbed a school note book and jotted down as many affirmations as I could fit on my paper. I brought the notebook to campus later that day and read the affirmations a dozen times. I had each line memorized by the evening. 

That night in bed, when I began to focus on my fears, insecurities and lack, I stopped myself and began to repeat Louis’s affirmation instead. I must’ve repeated the same 10 lines over a hundred times in my head that night. Eventually, I fell asleep. 

Every single night from them on out I would get into bed a few moments early and speak my favorite affirmations aloud to myself (quietly - so that my roommates in the room next door wouldn’t hear me.) Eventually, when I felt myself getting tired, I would repeat them in my head until I fell asleep. 

Soon enough, I stared writing my own affirmations. It has become a bit of a hobby since then. Everywhere I go I am jotting down words of positive affirmations and hanging pieces of paper with these words around my home, on my fridge, on the bathroom mirror, on my dashboard and in picture frames around my house. I have gifted many a sheet of personalized affirmations to friends and family during holidays/birthdays. I keep an updated sheet of affirmations in my wallet and am constantly typing new ones down on my iPhone’s notes. These days, I take my affirmations very seriously. 

Whenever thoughts of anxiousness or unsettlement creep back into my mind, I immediately resort to repeating my favorite phrases in my head. It’s become a form of self soothing, really.

If I am feeling ill, I affirm to myself “ I am healthy and full of energy. My body knows exactly what to do to promote my healing. I become healthier each day.” 

If I am overwhelmed with work or e-mails, I repeat “I am hardworking and focused. Everything that needs to be done is finished in divine timing. My work is always on time.” 

When I am on a flight that gets caught in terrifying turbulence, I close my eyes and repeat “ I am safe. I stay calm in moments of chaos. I ground myself through my breathe. I am protected at all times. I am so grateful to arrive to my destination safely.” 

You get the gist of it. 


Artwork by Isabel Bryna

Artwork by Isabel Bryna


1. Close your eyes and get clear on your vision. Take time on this. Have a note book or journal nearby. Write a long list of everything you could ever desire. Your health, your relationships, your lifestyle, your wealth, your home, your travel plans, your family or your career. Write until you cannot possibly think of one more wish or want. Imagine your own paradise. There are no limits. 

  2. Choose affirmations that are most meaningful to you and your ideal reality. Are they focused on health? Happiness? Forgiveness? Wealth? Love? 

3. Get comfortable speaking them out loud. (I love to repeat my affirmations aloud while looking at myself in the mirror while making direct eye-contact. If you’re most comfortable doing this alone, find a quiet room or outdoor space where no one else will hear you. Speak with clarity and intention. Remember, you are speaking these words into existence. 

4. Repeat them often, when you are not busy with anything that may require your attention. There should be no TV, music or conversation in the background. Listen to yourself closely as speak these words. 

5. Be as relaxed as you can be. Take big, beautiful, juicy inhales through your nose and exhale out of your mouth in-between each affirmation. Bring your shoulders away from your ears. Release any burrowing between your eye brows. Relax. Breathe. Be gentle with yourself. 

4.Pay full attention to the words you are repeating. Your words are more important than anything else in this moment.

5. Have confidence and faith in what you are saying. It will bring faster results. This is huge. Realize that you are worthy of all you could ever desire. 

6. When writing (or speaking) your own affirmations, choose positive words with no negative connotations. For example, if you wish to lose weight, do not repeat, "I am not fat", or "I am losing weight." These are negative statements, bringing mental images of what you do not want into your mind. Instead, repeat ”I am getting slimmer each day", or "I am at my ideal weight now.” These words create positive images in your mind.

7. Always affirm, using the present tense, not the future tense. Saying, "I will be rich", means that you intend to be rich one day, in the indefinite future, but not now. It is more effective to say (and feel,) "I am rich now.” Remember, where attention goes, energy flows. So focus the energy of your subconscious on being rich now. 


I am overflowing with happiness.

I feel joy and contentment in this moment.

Each morning, I am happy and enthusiastic about myself, my life and my mindset.

I find joy and pleasure in the most simple things in my life.

I love being this happy. 

I have an beautiful sense of humor and love to share laughter with others.

Today I choose to be happier than ever before. 

I create my own happiness.

I am most beautiful when I am smiling. 

My happiness is infectious. The more time others spend with me, the happier they become.

I enjoy spending my time with friends and family who are as happy as I am. 

I rest in a state of bliss when I go to sleep.

I know all is well in my world.




Today I am more abundant than ever before.

I feel confidently that the universal power is working constantly to bring me everything I need.

Money flows easily to me.

Each morning when I wake I am eager to begin work and increase my personal prosperity.

I carry out work that is fulfilling to me and beneficial for the world around me.

I am open to new money coming into my life in ways I could not have imagined or expected.

I know that there are unlimited ways for me to welcome money into my life.

I am generous with money always.

I am excited to share money, because I am confident that my wealth is limitless and constantly growing.


Money supports my own happiness. With my money I will travel, create, provide for myself and be charitable.

I am using money to bless my own life.

I am using money to bless the life of my loved ones.

I am excited by other people receiving money and wealth.

I celebrate the fact that money is simply energy, always flowing in and out of my life.

I welcome money into my life with open arms and an open heart.

I always have more money coming in than I do coming out.

I am grateful to the universe for the abundance of prosperity that is mine today.

I have everything I could ever need.

I focus my thoughts on good fortunate and happiness for everyone in my life, including myself.

I am provided for.

I rich in all ways.



I love myself first and foremost. 

The most important relationship in my life is my relationship with myself. 

I prioritize myself and choose to spend time only with those who value me for myself.

I attract only positive people into my life. 

I attract relationships into my life that are meaningful and successful always. 

I welcome new friends into my life each day, knowing that I am always able to learn something from each person I meet. 

I attract a partner who is loving and gentle.

I attract a partner who is excited to share their love with me. 

I attract a partner who respects me and my body always. 

I am secure and I am safe in this relationship. 

I trust myself and my partner.

I know my inner wisdom is my best guide.

Artwork by Isabel Bryna

Artwork by Isabel Bryna


I am beautiful.

I am strong. 

I am considerate.

I am kind.

I am gentle.

I am generous. 

I am loving. 

I am healthy. 

I have integrity.

I have compassion for everyone around me. 

I am reliable. I always do what I say.

I act from a place of love.

I act from a place of security. 

 I am self-reliant. 

I am independent. 

I am creative and persistent in everything I do. 

 I am energetic and enthusiastic. 

I am confident in myself. Confidence is my second nature.

 I always attract the best of circumstances and the most positive people in my life.

I fully accept myself and know that I am worthy of great things in life.

I deserve love.

I deserve happiness.

I am worthy. 

I am limitless. 



I am successful now. 

Today I accomplish more than ever before.

All of my ideas are wonderful. 

I am a hard worker. 

I am an efficient worker.

I am admired for my work ethic.

Each day I get closer to accomplishing all of my goals. 

I welcome all success into my life with open arms. 

I welcome new work and opportunities into my life. 

I love completing new tasks. 

I am excited to work. 

Each day I learn something new that benefits my success.

I share my success with those around me.

I surround myself with only successful people. 

I am proud of my success. 

Artwork by Isabel Bryna

Artwork by Isabel Bryna


I am healthy. 

I am healed. 

I am whole. 

Health is my birthright. 

My body is working around the clock to keep me healthy and strong. 

I take pride in taking care of myself and my health. 

I express self love through the foods I eat and the thoughts I think. 

I am healthier than ever before. 

I am filled with energy and vitality. 

I am vibrant.

I am slim and fit.

I am at my healthiest weight. 

I have all of the energy I could ever need.

I exercise because I love my body and want to celebrate my personal fitness. 

I always drink enough water. I am hydrated.

I eat the best foods for my body. I love preparing healthy, home-cooked meals for myself. 

I love to eat foods that are colorful and vibrant. 

I feel well always. 

I listen lovingly to all of my body’s wants and needs.

I spend time with healthy and positive people. 

My partner is healthy and strong. 

My partner enjoys preparing us healthy meals. 

My partner and I encourage one another’s health and fitness.

I feel better than ever before. 

I feel alive. 




First things first. Sit down with a pen and piece of paper and write down everything you wish to accomplish in the new year. The most important thing to remember? Don't leave out a single thing. Let your dreams exceed your reality. You have to be confident in this. You are capable of creating the life you desire by design. You are capable of creating and ensuring your own health, happiness and wealth. You are capable. Read that. Speak that. Realize that. 

  • If you're looking to travel in the new year, write down the specific countries you will visit. Who will you travel with? How long will you travel for? What will you do on your travels? What will you see? 
  • If you're manifesting a raise at work this year, write down the exact amount of money you wish to start earning to the dollar. Then write down a list of things you will do with that increase of money in your bank account. How will the new money affect your life? How will it affect the life of those around you? Will you save, spend, share or donate? Will you travel? Invest? Where? Write it down. Be specific. 
  • If 2018 is the year you're going to get healthy, record exactly how you're going to achieve this health. Jot down the type of exercises classes you're going to attend, how often you're going to work out, the names of the health food stores you're going to start grocery shopping at, and the new vegan recipe blogs you're going to subscribe to.
  • If you're really excited about welcoming a new partner or intimate relationship into your life in 2018, focus on that. Have fun with this one. Close your eyes. Visualize your dream relationship down to the last detail. Picture being with the person you've always wanted to be with. Even if you haven't met them yet. Focus your attention on all of the specifics. How will he or she will make you feel? How will you express your love to this person?  How will you spend your time together? What will your first kiss be like? Your first date. Your first adventure together. Visualize it. Write it down. 


Next tip is quite simple. Be a part of something bigger than yourself. Do onto others (and the planet) what you wish for yourself. Adopt a vegan diet for environmental conservation or animal welfare purposes. Research local beach/nature clean ups or the Surfrider Foundation in your area. Reach out. Get involved. Call your local food bank or Meals on Wheels and sign up as a volunteer. Don't necessarily have time to give? Consider signing yourself up for a small monthly donations to the American Humane Society or the Wildlife Conservation charity. I love using to ensure the charities I am earning my money to are reputable and legitimate. 

What you put out into this world, you receive back into your own life ten fold. Which is good enough incentive, if you ask me. 

Share compassion, kindness and generosity. Sprinkle it everywhere you go. Know that the universal/higher power is working around the clock to bring back into your life what it is you focus your time and energy on the most. Give without expectation. It will be worth it. I promise you. 


As wonderful as it is to give and share your energy with others - It is equally as important to focus on yourself and your own continual growth. Whether you're in school or you're not, make it a priority to keep learning always. My oldest sister graduated college over five years ago and continues to enroll herself in group acting, improvisation and foreign languages classes in between her chaotic work and life schedule in NYC. I admire that so much. Sign up for classes in your community or an online school/training that you've always had your eyes on. Invest in yourself and your passions. 

Last month I signed up to take classes that would teach me how to better edit my photos and videos with Adobe Lightroom on a website called SkillShare. The website offers unlimited free classes for members on dozens of wide spread topics and subjects. What I anticipated was going to be me taking classes on photo editing and only photo editing, turned into me learning more about social media success, illustration and graphic design. I absolutely adore the website and reccomend it to all of my friends and digital nomads. I reached out to SkillShare before publishing this blog and am stoked to share that I have a homie hookup to give to you all. I highly reccomend their classes on ...

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This is one of my personal favorites. In case you're not well researched on financial freedom or mastering money - I'll drop a knowledge bomb for you here. You must have multiple sources of income in this day and age to ensure that you and your family are set financially for the years to come. Must. For anyone who values financial security and freedom, creating at least one additional stream of income is no longer a luxury. It is a necessity. 

Diversifying your streams of income is absolutely crucial to protect yourself and your family against the unavoidable ups and downs of our economy. When you rely on one source of income, such as a job or a business, you are taking a risk that many of the top financial advisers in the world advise against. This is one of the most important (and not-so-obvious) secrets of how the wealthy become - and stay - wealthy.  Unfortunately, it isn't exactly taught to the masses. 

Every person on this planet has unique gifts, abilities, life experiences and value to offer the world. And to be highly compensated for. Figure out the knowledge, passion, talent, experience, or ability you have that others will value and pay you for. Remember, what might be common knowledge to you isn’t for other people. If someone else is already doing it - that's okay. Your style/technique/approach may resonate with other individuals who didn't show interests before. 

As Tony Robbins wrote in Money: Master the Game, "one reason people succeed is that they have knowledge other people don't have. You pay your lawyer or your doctor for the knowledge and skills you lack." 

Increase your knowledge in a specific area. By learning more, you'll increase your individualized value. People will pay you to to teach them what you know or apply your new knowledge on their behalf.

If you haven't already, sign up for two free months of classes on skillshare here. Learn something new Or further educate yourself on something you've always been passionate about. Knowledge pays. Trust me. 

* For those of you who will ask (because just about everyone - myself included - is interested in money and how people earn what they do,) my monthly income is currently made up of 10 individual streams. I earn money by.. 

- Promoting an alkalized lifestyle/environmental sustainability and sharing Kangen Water Machines as an independent distributor for the Kangen company, Enagic 

- Offering private and semi-private holistic health and alternative medicine consultations online via skype /phone sessions

- Working as a student ambassador for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the online health coaching school I graduated from before I began my holistic health business 

-  Social Media Influencer - working with vegan/ethical brands who sponsor me and my work and collaborating with companies who align with my personal business values to create content and share with a wide spread audience

- Working with Amazon Affiliates to share an entirely cruelty free and vegan shop with my online audience. 

- Sharing + Selling prints of my art (You can check them here on my new Etsy shop.)

- Private Yoga Instruction. I am a certified 200 hr yoga teacher and fly high yoga teacher. When I am (rarely) in one place for a significant period of time, I work with private clients and beginners interested in cultivating their own practice. 

- Guest Blogger/Online Ambassador - I share monthly blogs with brands like Midori Bikinis and work exclusively with some of my favorite companies (like Hydroflask) to promote their products. 

As you can see... its a little all over the board. But it is consistent, and stable and diversified. And really fun. It is what feels best for me and my "all over" lifestyle. I know that if I decide to no longer collaborate with one of these companies, or no longer continue to plant intention in one of my personal entrepreneurial endeavors, I have other options to keep me afloat while I meditate on the next move or adventure.

If you're interested in learning more about the work I do sharing Kangen machines INTERNATIONALLY or the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, reach out to me here. 

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Do something you might not normally. Act intuitively, of course, but don't be afraid to surprise yourself in the new year. Jump on board of a new business endeavor without explaining yourself to others, book the plane tickets for the trip you may not be able to fully afford, go vegan for a month (even if you can think of 25 reasons why it doesn't make sense to) or buy the Kangen machine that you've been telling me you want so badly for the last 6 months ;) 

Take a leap of faith.

Trust in yourself in 2018.

Trust in the magic of new beginnings. 


There is magic in the act of exercise. I promise you this. As someone who was never a talented or passionate athlete growing up, you must carry out a consistent exercise routine in your life in some way. Similar to having a second source of income, physical fitness is no longer a luxury, but a necessity for lasting wellbeing. There are undeniable rewards for mind, body and soul when you adopt a regular fitness routine into the chaos that is our everyday life. Its' not just about looking or feeling a certain way - there is great power in personal determination and strength. Hold yourself accountable, stick to your word and be make stronger than you were this time last year.

And speaking of training for that half marathon.... its starting to sound like a really great idea, actually, so I'm going to leave this here. 

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Take pride in the fact that you fortunate enough to be able to exercise in the first place.

Treat your body increasingly well in the new year. 


This ones a little far out, literally, but my mother recommended this tip for the new year blog and it seemed fitting. I often think about how little I know about our solar system and how disappointed I am because of it. They say, "in the end we only regret the chances we didn't take," but what if it's really the unlearned constellations that we regret the most? 

Study the stars and our creation. What we learn from the night sky may help us understand ourselves. 

Our solar system was formed over 4.55 billion years ago. It was created from a huge, interstellar cloud of gas, dust, and frozen ice. Eventually it collapsed into the shape of a huge disk. And now we're here living among it. The least we can do is download a constellation app. I like this one here.

Last thing on the stars; there is nothing more gorgeous and grounding than being constellation conscious. Some of my favorite memories as a child are sitting on my dad's porch and searching for Orion's Belt or being awoken by my mom in the middle of the night to drive down to the beach with my sisters in our bathrobes and watch the meteor shower from the hood of the car. 


Whether it was simply the fact that there were three of us growing up, or that we usually tended to have very different food preferences from a young age, my parents involved us in dinner preparations almost every night. I knew had to cook pasta, veggie burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches by the fourth grade. So as I grew older, cooking felt easy and natural. Since going to college and living on my own or with friends, I realize thats not the case for everyone. 

If you weren't taught how to cook as a child or young adult, Now is the time. Individuals who prepare their own food each week are more likely to be make cleaner eating choices. Not only are you often eating healthier than you would if you were eating your meals out of the house, you're saving a pretty penny each week when you purchase groceries rather than take out. List 5-10 of your favorite meals and make a promise to yourself that you'll learn how to cook them. Its a skill that you'll appreciate for life. Rest easy on a Sunday morning knowing that there's no need to leave the house or put on pants before the delivery man knocks on your door if you don't want to. You can stay in and eat in - with you as your own personal chef. 


Simple as stated. Treat yourself to a new set of water color paints, pull out your art supply bins from college, learn how to use a kiln, knit, crochet, buy an ukulele, or make a promise to write more poetry in the new year. Embodying you creativity means living life in a way that embraces your divine originality. Creativity makes unique connections between unlike ideas. Creativity allows us to appreciate and communicate the extra-ordinariness of the simplest, most every day acts and ideas. Creativity is universal and also your own. 


Last but certainly not least, let that sh*t go. Seriously. With full transparency, I will be the first to tell you all that I was a very, very materialistic teenager/young adult. I grew up working in high end retail and babysitting the children of Manhattan's elite, celebrities and international models. I saw many of the people around me spend undignified amounts of money on clothing, boots, watches and purses, so its what I considered normal for many years of my life. I would work all week at a clothing store to spend 90% of my pay check on new merchandise with my employee discount. 

I also grew up with two older sisters, and dozens of cousins, so hand-me-downs were something I recieved on a weekly basis. I kept everything. Hoarded, actually, would probably be a better name for it. I literally remember going through my closet(s) one year and talking to myself alone in my room trying to justify why I needed to hold onto the three sequined skirts I had managed to obtain (but never once wear) over the years. I found excuses and reasons for everything. "What if I mysteriously shrink 6 inches and these expensive pants from three summers ago fit me again?" "What if the mysterious yellow stains disappear from this blouse?" "What if sweater vest come back in style?" They won't. Trust me. Don't hold your breathe.

Declutter and create space. Make room for air and light and fresh energy in your home. Simply put, the less you own, the more you appreciate what you do have. Go through closest, drawers, basements, attics and boxes and cleanse. If you haven't touched (or thought about) something in the last 6 months, don't even bother opening up the box. Go through your closets and donate clothes. Have friends over for a clothing swap and challenge yourself to not "swap" all. Tell yourself that for every garbage bag full of possessions you give away, you can buy yourself one new item of clothing/goods. And then try really hard not to buy anything at all.

Feeling anxious? Or left with a feeling of lack? 

Let me assure you - the less you own. The easier it is to sell everything and move to an island. 









I started this blog in 2015. I've shared a lot of my story on this platform and many others. Yet I still receive many requests to share more about specific aspects of my lifestyle and career. How I make an income for myself, how I started my at-home business working as a holistic health coach, where I studied alternative medicine and how I became a drugless practitioner take up a bulk portion of those requests.

So here we go.. I'm a bit of a story teller. Bare with me or scroll down to the bottom for details on how you can earn your own certification. 


If you've been following my journey (or reading my blog since 2015,) you may know that I moved to Hawai'i at 19 on a solo journey to attend college at University of Hawai'i. Being entirely truthful and transparent, I had very little desire to attend college. Technically, when I moved to Hawai'i, I was a college transfer student. I had graduated high school 6 months early on Long Island, New York in 2012 and flew to the Seychelles Islands (a string of 115+ islands 1,000 miles off the coast of Madagascar) with Global Visions International for a marine conservation and coral preservation study abroad trip for 5 months. While I was on the islands, I essentially had to choose a college I wanted to attend in the fall and e-mail my mother my decision from a very grubby internet cafe. I had applied to an insane amount of colleges in Florida (maybe 12 or 13? I couldn't be bothered to be too picky) where I imagined I would be able to spend my weekends in the Florida Keys scuba diving and snorkeling with my very cute, very exotic cuban boyfriend (who of-course didn't exist, yet.) I heard back from the schools that had accepted me and made my decision to attend Florida International University for Marine Biology come the fall semester. My mother sent in a final acceptance letter on my behalf and I continued my blissed out days under the African sun falling in love with ocean conservation and the warm Seychellois waters. 

When it was time to pack my dive gear and moldy damp clothes into my rucksack and leave the Seychelles, I brainstormed every possible solution to my very serious problem - I could not leave this place. I didn't want to go anywhere else. Not home to NY and not to Miami, Florida to attend college either. I was very content with my dark chocolate tanned skin and 100+ logged scuba dives under my belt. College already appeared to be a inconvenience to the flexibility and solace that was my current life situation. 

Unfortunately, as most 18 year old girls with a whopping $16.50 remaining dollars in their saving's accounts do, I flew back home to live with my parents for a few months and enjoy the luxury of rent free living (ahh the jubilance.) I worked all summer teaching over-priced swim lessons to over-priced families in New York and then flew south to attend my first semester of college in the fall. If I attempt to reflect on my first semester of college in Miami, it sort've feels like I browned out for solid 4 months or so - which is a very good possibility considering the amount of partying I was participating in. I woke up tired, went to class, went to the library, sat on the computer, used all of my food card dollars on coffee and boba tea, went to spin class and then went home to binge watch some new series on Netflix or go out to some campus party/downtown club. It was a 360 rotation from my enriching life just 4 months ago. I rarely spent time at the beach, didn't dive for weeks on end and had trouble staying authentic to myself and my passions in such a conformed environment. 


By the time winter break finally arrived, I knew I wasn't going to last. I flew home for the holidays and packed as much of my belongings into my suitcase as possible. A "pre-move out" if you will. I sat both of my parents down at our living room table for breakfast one morning (my parents have been divorced and living apart since I was 4 years old, so this required significant effort) and explained to them that college in Miami was no longer serving me or my needs. It didn't go over easy, to say the least. By the end of our conversation my tears (there were many) and heartfelt justification of why I wanted to leave college worked its magic. Fortunately. My parents were going to support me leaving Miami, as long as I found a new college to attend by the upcoming fall. Wasn't exactly what I was hoping for, but felt good enough for me at the time.

So I celebrated New Years in New York and then flew back to Miami by myself to "get in and get out." I hauled a** in that dorm room. Let me tell you. I was in Miami for a total of 48 hours. I packed up every last belonging, de-pinned all 100 posters off my dorm room walls, dropped out of my college courses from the computer and said goodbye to the few friends who happened to be on campus that day. I flew back home to New York immediately and starting working full time while I researched other, (better) college locations. I met up with my high school guidance counselor (many mahalos to Mrs. Ritz who is an absolute gem) and asked her if anyone from my high school had attended college in Hawaii? She told me yes, two surfer boys in the grades above me had moved to Hawai'i in the recent years - Yup. That was good enough information for me.

I sat my parents down again, explained that I was going to apply to college at University of Hawai'i and held my breath as I awaited their response. They were (un-shockingly) not so ecstatic of the idea. Hawaii is too far they said, "you've never even been before," "we won't be able to afford to fly you back home for holidays," etc. etc. Eventually they warmed up to the idea after I explained to them how whole-heartedly excited I was to study with their marine biology department and showed them my acceptance letter. Soon enough, I was packing my bags yet again and buying a one way flight to O'ahu. I started at UH as a part-time student, while working as a nanny full-time with the intention of applying to become a Hawai'i state resident by the end of the year. I had to earn a certain amount of money on the books, show proof of long term employment and proof of residency before being granted official residency which would allow me to enroll as an "in-state student" at the university. Gaining residency over the course of a year slowed the whole "get as many college credits done as possible" process down a lot , but Hawai'i is in no rush at any time, and neither was I.


I loved my first few years living in Hawai'i. It is ... fragile to speak about in-depth online. Mainly out of my appreciation and respect for the locals and Native Hawaiians who have had so much taken away from them and seen so much devastation of their lands and oceans over the last 50 years. And also because, I am not a Hawaiian and never will be. The islands are seeing tremendous increases in population, tourism and pollution each year, and me promoting my free-spirited move to the islands on such a popular platform doesn't help anyone - and most certainly doesn't help the well-being of the islands, as I've been told time and time again over harsh email and DM messages. 

Once I enrolled full time at UH the college grind started to take its toll on me yet again. I was studying biology, struggling to stay afloat of the school work and uninspired by so much of the curriculum that was being taught to me. I had always been an out of the classroom, hands on learner, and the only thing I was getting my hands on at UH was out-dated, second-hand text books. Although biology and marine conservation were monumental passions of mine, I was beginning to fall in love with nutrition and dietary health on the side - diving into plant based veganism and gobbling up all of the nutrition/ self health books I could get my hands on. Hawaii supported my healing tremendously.


I swapped my major to Food Science and Human Nutrition and was... disappointed yet again. Plain and simple, the information I was being taught was out-dated and incorrect. I literally remember a professor who had her PhD in nutritional science give a two day lecture on why "milk consumption promotes healthy bone growth and cell renewal due to it's high levels of calcium and phosphorus." I think I laughed aloud in the classroom and stood up in my seat to take a generous gulp of my morning green smoothie before stomping out the front door of the lecture hall. I couldn’t believe I was taking out student loans for this. Can you say "government funded brainwashing" please? 

As the college semesters went on, so did my desire to branch out and experience something different. I was fully consumed by the world of health and wellness by this point. Watching hours of YouTube Videos online each week, listening to audiobooks on plant based health and detoxification, and experimenting with new super foods and raw vegan recipes in my kitchen. I started @SaltSandandSmoothies Instagram account and was running multiple free "21 Day Vegan Challenge" groups on facebook to inspire my friends and family back home to be more considerate of the foods they were welcoming into their bodies. I also spoke with my best friend, as well as my favorite holistic healer/ naturopathic doctor in New York and was referred by both of them to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, an online school based out of NYC. According to them, Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) would support a much more intense and in-depth learning experience for my love of all things healthy and whole. 


So that was it then. I was going to find a way to make this happen. I did my research on IIN and discovered it was (and still is) the largest nutrition school in the world. Through its online learning platform, Integrative Nutrition has provided a global learning experience for over 100,000 students in over 150 countries worldwide. I signed up for a payment plan and enrolled as soon as I possibly could. 

I was still a full time student at UH when I began my schooling with IIN. I would *patiently* sit through lectures and classes on campus at UH and then rush home as soon as possible to sit down and enjoy IIN classes and work on my coursework and modules online. College was quickly beginning to feel like that one job you had that you really didn't like, but you were hesitant to quit because you were like "well I already work here." It was convenient to stay in the flow of classes and campus requirements, but it wasn't comfortable or fulfilling.

At IIN, I felt that the curriculum was fresh, wide spread and unbiased. Their online school provided so much information on foods/health regimes/lifestyles from around the globe. I learned so much about so many world-wide dietary theories and beliefs. A majority of their curriculum is based on primary and secondary foods. Which is probably something you have not heard of before... Let me elaborate further. 



At Integrative Nutrition, we have a philosophy about food—it’s that everything we consider as a source of nutrition is really just a secondary source of nourishment. The foods you eat are secondary to all the other things that feed you—your relationships, career, spirituality, and exercise routine. Those are the things we call primary foods. All that we consider today as nutrition is really just a secondary source of energy.

Think back to a time when you were passionately in love. Everything was exciting. Colors were vibrant. Intimacy was magical. Your lover’s touch and feelings of exhilaration sustained you. You were floating on air, gazing into each other’s eyes. You forgot about food and were high on life. Remember when, as a child, you were playing outside, having fun? Suddenly, your mother announced dinner was ready, but you were not hungry at all. The passion of play took all of your attention. Sometimes we are fed not by food but by the energy in our lives.

These moments and feelings demonstrate that everything is food. We take in thousands of experiences in life that can fulfill us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We hunger for play, touch, romance, intimacy, love, achievement, success, art, music, self-expression, leadership, excitement, adventure and spirituality. All of these elements are essential forms of nourishment. The extent to which we are able to incorporate them determines how enjoyable and worthwhile our lives feel.

I love that.

During my year long schooling at IIN I able to connect with class mates from around the world and work with multiple health professionals both on the phone and over the web. Although I was enrolled at IIN while attending college, I (somehow) made it work wonderfully. It was effortless,  because I was excited. The coursework was flexible and easy to handle for a hyper-motivated Capricorn like myself. It also worked really well with my constantly changing schedule. Living in Hawai'i and creating a "set schedule" is borderline impossible. Your day changes with the tropical weather, ocean tides and winter swell. I loved that I could enjoy IIN early in the morning before a hike with friends or late at night after finishing a college assignment. The schooling was modern and adaptable. IIN's curriculum is constantly being updated and advised so new information is being added to modules each month. Once I graduated from IIN, I began coaching immediately (only two clients at first.)

Soon after, I made the very difficult and very emotional decision to slowly transition away from the University of Hawaii. I finished my first semester as a junior and dis-enrolled from university. It is a sensitive subject for me to share, because I truly loved my time spent at UH and cannot imagine what my life would be like if I had not attended the college. This was most certainly not a decision that I rushed into or felt 100% sure of at any point or time. My parents had worked overtime and on the weekends their entire lives to ensure that we had every opportunity for learning and education that we could have ever asked for. All they ever wanted was to see their three daughters be healthy, happy and college graduates. My mother was the first and only of her five siblings to attend college and my dad has spent hundreds of hours sharing countless stories from his college career/studying abroad and the profound impact it had on his career as an artist and architect. My two older sisters had both graduated college. I was the only member of my immediate family who did not.

I knew that there was nothing more I wanted than to leave college and pursue a career in plant based nutrition full-time. I couldn't help but think my decision would disappoint those I loved the most. I spent a lot of time sharing these vulnerabilities and apprehensions with my older sisters - who were nothing but supportive throughout my entire college journey from Miami to Hawai'i. I also began mediating quite regularly at this time (after learning about the multitude of benefits from IIN.) I took time each evening to simply sit and be with the idea of leaving university once and for all. I tried not to weight the pros and cons so much as I did focus on visualizing how I would feel without the regulations and requirements of a college schedule in my life. I made the decision to drop out, finished my semester with a smile - grateful for the fact that I was even able to attend college in the first place - and quietly slipped off campus when summer vacation began, ready to set foot on my journey. Ready to share vibrant health and abundant living through holistic health and a plant based lifestyle. 


Not only did IIN teach me all about holistic healing and alternative medicine, it also taught me how to create this business for myself. IIN  heavily emphasized that 100% of graduates are prepared and equipped to immediately begin work as a holistic health coach (if they choose to do so!) upon completion. Actually, IIN allows you to begin basic coaching early if you choose - once reaching the 6 month completion mark of their curriculum. The business trainings and coaching modules were exceptionally helpful. For someone like me who knew so little about where to begin health coaching and how to work towards self employment I felt they provided everything I needed to know and more to begin my business from the ground up. IIN included free business cards as well as a free website where I created my own domain and begin to advertise my work to clients around the world. 

After I finished my certification with IIN I was able to begin to generate an income for myself by working with private clients. At 19 years old. Which was stellar. Four years later, and I'm still doing it. Just on a much larger scale now. I offer online, skype, e-mail and in-person consultations. I carry out 6 month - 1 year long programs with numerous clients from all over the world and am constantly welcoming new clients into my realm of private coaching. Social media (Instagram, Facebook and my website) as well as personal marketing (sharing what I do for a living when people ask me) has allowed me to connect with men, women, families and teenagers from all corners of the globe. I am constantly sharing business cards or inviting friends/family/strangers to check out my blog and website. Creating this website has been an incredible outlet for me to promote my schooling and qualifications as a health coach.


Four years since graduation and the only word I have to best explain my experience at IIN is gratitude. Integrative Nutrition has allowed me to create a beautiful, enriched, unique and fulfilling life for myself. Every single morning when I wake up, I am excited to get to work. The school made me feel confident and comfortable knowing that I would be ready to take on clients coming from different backgrounds, health histories and lifestyles. It also instilled other significant values within me - spiritually, emotionally and mentally that supported me as I branded myself online and attracted an audience of over 150,000 souls from around the world.  

Each day I am thankful for the decision I made. Enrolling at IIN and leaving college at Univ. of Hawaii were monumental life moments for me. I'll never forget them in this lifetime.

What I didn't realize just four years ago is that the universe is constantly working to benefit you and your higher self, always.

 Every intuition, gut feeling or impulse you may feel, every day-dream, desire, vision - honor it, acknowledge it and take time to reflect on it. Will it benefit both your immediate and lasting happiness? Your life's purpose? Your love? Your desires?

Chances are, it most likely will. 


Since graduating  IIN and creating my online blog/brand I have received an outpour of questions and inquiries about the school and the enrollment process. The rad news? I became an enrollment ambassador for the school and am able to help answer questions as well as offer an exclusive discount to students who use with my name "Amelia Whelan" at both registration and enrollment. (The discount fluctuates quite frequently, so I won't share a set dollar point here, but it is a pretty penny saved on tuition believe you me. Always a few hundred dollars, at-least.)  




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Cheers to health, happiness and self-employed goodness that benefits our planet as a whole. 

Love and light 


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