Join me on March 7 for Magic and Moola

Do you still need to get organized for your taxes? Do you have another project hanging over your head?
A huge part of my success (and happiness) is thanks to #smallincrementalsteps in everything I do.


You can join me on Saturday, March 7 at 11am Pacific Time via Zoom and get your stuff done. I will be hanging out for 90 minutes. I will get us grounded, pull cards and then off we go to get our stuff done.


Pay what you can and enjoy that feeling of making progress or completing the thing you keep saying you are going to do.
No recording. Just a live hangout.
Pay via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/RebeccaVillarreal
Or Via Venmo @Rebecca-Villarreal-Author

I hope to see you there!


Next hangout – writing!

And you can be sure this week’s Magical Monday is FULL of inspiring joy!

#mysticathlete #cucalacas #workingwriter

PS: This is my nourished, happy smirk sitting in the sun after completing some major tasks on my list and rewarding myself with a gorgeous break.

Rebecca’s Magical Monday’s #9 – Fly with me

Big news! I learned to fly. They gave me waffle wings. And with those powerful new wings, I’m taking you back in time with some of my most helpful blog posts. Here goes:

1. Shine the Pot: When to Let Go of Friends and Family

2. You are Asking Me to Swallow the Sun…

3. Erasing Big Mistakes, Watering the Seeds, Naming Your Own Matilda

How you can help:

A. Rest

B. Rest

C. Rest

Look for the magic in the everyday — there are clues everywhere!

Rebecca’s Magical Mondays #8 – Chilaquiles

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Hello Beautiful People!

Are you hungry? I hope so because you are getting a hands-on demonstration video on how to make chilaquiles! My husband agreed to share his special recipe from page 12 of my novel, The Amazing Adventures of Selma Calderón. He even gives you tips on picking the best avocados.

Here are the ingredients:

All measurements are approximate based upon the quantity in the demo video.

4 Eggs

Tortilla Chips

Mild Olive Oil

Tomato Sauce (8 oz)

3 chipotle peppers (canned + seeds removed)

salt and pepper

Serve with avocado plus optional cotija cheese + cilantro

I hope you enjoy the video! If you make them, please tag me on Facebook or Instagram. We would love to see your photos!

Onward to this week’s resources:

  1. Chef Magic + Human Condition: Award-Winning Chef, Samin Nosrat is the author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking who experienced another level of fame with her Netflix specialof the same title.  Here’s a beautiful New Yorker interview titled, “I fail almost every day”  that touches upon many aspects of her life, including living in the in-between.
  2. Music: Wash it Away – I stood in the ocean listening to this powerful song. I urge you to give yourself this gift by Nahko + Medicine for the People. I have so many favorite lines. Among them, “Today is a good day for my ego to die.” I am SO EXCITED about seeing him in concert next month!  Also, check out Garden and Slow Down too. And I’ve shared it before, but I’ll share Dragonfly again because it kept me going during one of the most difficult times of my life.

3. On Women: This article titled: Matriarchies are Not Just a Reversal of Patriarchies is a deep analysis of what happens when women rule.

4. Change Your Pants, Change Your Life was the original title of this TEDx talk which is now called “Dressing for Confidence and Joy” — really though, it’s about this idea of inside out congruence. How do your insides match your outsides? It’s touching, funny and practical. Check out Stasia Savasuk’s take on life–it’s delightful.

5. Hair and Identity: I was thrilled to see Christin Brown featured in a recent issue of Forbes. She and her wife own the LunaBella Makeup and Hair salon. I met Chris and her wife Ashley at their other AMAZING business, Pura Luna Women’s Apothecary — which by the way, ships amazing her teas and so much more. They provide a vital home and sense of community to many of us. I’m inspired by their work, their leadership and general bad-a**ery when it comes to being bosses.

What you can do to help:

  1. Share, baby, share this post. People NEED chilaquiles, right?!
  2. Make chilaquiles!
  3. Make a new moon intention — go ahead WISH for something beautiful no matter when you read this.
  4. Let yourself feel the feelings this week. I’m learning more about what’s up energetically and folks keep telling me, it’s Pisces, on top of Pisces, on top of Pisces. And I’m all, “tell me what that means.” And from what I can tell, we take that watery energy and feel the feels. Cry if you need to cry–pay attention to what comes up, experience it and then let go and be cleansed. My riff on all of this. April Elliot Kent of Big Sky Astrology has a great post called, “Pisces New Moon: Surviving Quicksand.” There are many more experts out there like, Dr. M. Ruth McKants, Karen M. Rose, Kari Samuels, Vanessa Couto and Alex Myles.

And remember, find magic in the everyday! There are clues everwhere! For real.

Rebecca’s Magical Mondays # 7 – The Growth Spiral

I’m writing to you from the edge of ecstasy. I have tears streaming down my face from glimpsing the treasure that is life—from the sweet precipice of joy after deep grief—from opening my eyes and looking around at the life I’ve built—and reveling in gratitude for those who have helped me to build it.

I just finished meditating and it is the first time I have ever had this kind of reaction. I have experienced this kind of grace in church before but never on my own like this at home. Maybe I’ve seen some facet of it in nature but today feels somehow different. Thanks to a dear friend reminding me that there’s a free meditation available, I started more intentional morning meditation a few weeks ago. Today the silent chant was:

OM VARUNAM NAMAH

My life is in harmony with cosmic law.

The idea is that you bring your attention back to that phrase when your mind starts to wander. I repeated it silently again and again as my mind wandered to laundry, plans for the day, how much I paid for that Kombucha from The Apiary and then back to OM VARUNAM NAMAH and then gratitude to all of the people who brought me this far…I saw myself tagging so many people on Facebook – my cousins for loving me unconditionally….my dear, dear close friends as family….I know, weird right, that in meditation I’m Facebook tagging…my mentor who has opened me up to so much of my own intuitive power and the list went on and on….and then like a waterfall I fell down into the grief of the worst times of my life and then the joy shot up and out of the waters of despair and I relived that nexus of grace over and over and over. And knowing that God, the Universe, my ancestors, everyone, even the puppy dozing at the foot of my bed, brought me to this moment of grace, gratitude, grief and joy.

Phew…that is the edge I am just stepping down from now. 

And I recorded this video on The Growth Spiral yesterday at the beach. I mention the women in my Walk Inn Beauty Mastermind including wonderful wisdom from Vernita Porter — I hope you enjoy it!

Here are this week’s resources:

  1. Today I started reading The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates — the writing is excellent and the story has me gripped after two chapters. I thought that you might appreciate this brief interview with Trevor Noah.

2. Brand new Brené Brown interview on the Tim Ferriss Show. Here’s the link to Tim’s show page which includes links to your favorite podcast platforms and here’s the interview on YouTube:

3. Our Experience of Grief is Unique as Our Fingerprint article by David Kessler. This article addresses the difference between grieving and mourning.

4. Mercury Retrograde now until March 9: Check out Alex Myles’ take on the next three weeks. I also like Vanessa Couto’s approach to re-do, re-think, re-imagine and so much more. You can read her blog post here. You can believe or not in this type of thing. Basically, it’s not a time to be alarmed. It’s a chance to slow down and pay attention, allow things to be cleaned up. Have patience if electronics and technology glitch (tonight several links that I wanted to share were not working so I left them out) and most of all, STOP and notice when miscommunications are happening and step back and away and recognize, most of the time, if you’re digging in your heels…try taking off your shoes. (Ha! I made a Merc Rx funny!)

Here’s how you can help this week:

 

 

  1. If you or someone you know is feeling lonely and needs a lift, consider purchasing the one-hour recording of my Worldwide Virtual Valentine’s Celebration. You’ll get a grounding meditation, poetry readings, laughter, chocolate-tasting, oracle and tarot card pulls and lots of self-love strategies to cope with obstacles. The cost is $14 via Venmo or PayPal and it’s available for download through the end of February. 
  2. Set an alarm on your phone twice a day for three deep belly breaths and do them.
  3. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up.
  4. Laugh as much as possible this week. And try to dance if you can too–even alone at home. 
  5. I’m committed to transcribing 2,000 words each week until the end of February. You can keep up with the sequel to my novel on Instagram.

Remember: Find magic in the everyday! There are clues everywhere!

Rebecca’s Magical Mondays #6 – You’re invited to My Virtual Valentine’s Celebration!

Check out this video invitation!

Love, love, love people! We are ready for this week…I promise you! And you are invited to join me for a virtual Valentine’s Day *lunch*– I want to celebrate with you!

Here’s the plan:

When: Friday, February 14, 10am-11am PT – Recording available too in case you can’t make it live! (Check out the time zone converter to calculate your local time zone.)

Where: Zoom – link + phone number emailed to you upon registration.

What: Virtual Valentine’s Celebration – lunch, tea, dinner or snack depending upon your time zone – there will be a recording that you can watch at your leisure! The basics are: I will ground us, pull oracle cards, do a poetry reading and circle us with some gorgeous love intentions and share some of the ways I keep self-love going in these times.

Why: I want to bring some extra special magic and love to your Valentine’s Day! Check out the video to learn more.

Register: Send $14 payable via Venmo or PayPal – make sure to add your email in the notes section with your payment. You can even gift the experience to a loved one!

And here are some magical Monday resources for the week:

A. Music: Become a Mountain by Dan Deacon is my heart’s song this week. My brother sent it to me and I listened at sunset while walking the dog. I found myself sobbing with joy at the beauty of the world. I love the crescendo at the 2:36 mark. Do yourself a favor and listen.

B. Movement: I love the “Natural Movement” movement! Here’s a recent blog post you might enjoy.  I’m also a fan of Petra Fisher’s Movement Revolution newsletter and Instagram. Check out her blog for some excellent articles. I encourage you to sign up for her newsletter. Her last one featured “9 Paths to Healthy Natural Movement”:

  1. Walk every day – bodies need to walk. Period. It’s the bread and butter. If you don’t have posterior push off, work on walking technique but still walk. In minimal shoes.

  2. Squat every day – Squatting is not optional. If you don’t have a full squat, spend your time on squat prep.

  3. Hang every day – Just like walking and squatting1 Hanging is a key movement nutrient. Use as many shoulder prep exercises and modifications as you need to build strength – these count too.

  4. Transition to minimal shoes – modern shoes mess up your feet and the rest of your body. If you do nothing else do this.

  5. Use less furniture – more movement, no extra time needed. This is a no brainer as far as I’m concerned.

  6. Improve your alignment – how you move matters and how you move all day long matters the most. This is like weight lifting technique for real life.

  7. Mobilize your joints – Mobility makes everything better. You’ll squat, walk and hang better, alignment will be easier, your joints will be stronger, your balance will be better.

  8. Exercise outside the gym – Packing in mini-bouts of exercise and movement will feed your cells the movement they need.

  9. Learn to release tension – Most of us are great at creating tension and terrible at releasing it. That’s super not cool. Releasing is a movement skill and you need it.

C.  Refeeding Symptoms Podcast Episode: Caroline Dooner, author of the F*ck It Diet interviews Anna Sweeney, MS, CEDRD-S, who specializes in eating disorder recovery, Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating. She shares her own experience living with chronic illness and navigating wellness culture. This interview is especially poignant if you’ve ever found yourself restricting your food in any way. I raise my hand having tried Weight Watchers, Paleo, Whole 30–you name it. I’ve finally come to the point of eating what my body needs and wants.  I am happy and have tons of extra energy because I’m not spending it obsessing over what’s on my plate. Now clearly you know I still LOVE whole foods and think that eating what comes from the earth is our best bet and still, we can indulge and enjoy–food allergies not withstanding. Refeeding is a concept that’s new to me–it’s our body’s adjustment to trying foods that we cut out previously. You can listen to this episode on Stitcher and iTunes. (And to quote Caroline, “This podcast is exceedingly casual & I spend a good amount of episodes having conversations with my dog. You have been warned.”)

I do hope you’ll join me on February 14th! And if you can’t and you sign up, you’ll get the recording!

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Share this blog post with someone who might want or need company on Valentine’s Day!
  2. Move your body and try one of Petra’s approaches above.
  3. Write yourself a love note. It is simple–pick 1-3 things about you that you love. If this is hard, take a look at yourself as a child (even in your mind’s eye) and remember something delightful–what you played, ate or sang. The note can be a letter, a post-it or even tapped out on your phone. Trust me, this exercise is as comforting as a cup of hot chocolate.

Much love and remember, Find Magic in the everyday, there are clues everywhere!

 

Rebecca’s Magical Mondays #5 – Unconditional Love

Welcome one and all to the land of unconditional love — to your heart and mine! I made you a 2-minute video in Carmel-by-the-Sea!

Here is to your week of beauty:

1. One of my favorite poets: Terry Spencer Edwards – read two poems here.

2. One of my favorite books: Zahrah the Windseeker – Nnedi Okorafor. A lovely podcast interview by Yin Change of 88 Cups of Tea is here.

3. Shaman Durek speaks unconditional love here in a great DENtalks LIVE podcast – stick with it – trust me. For more on Shaman Durek, check out his site.

Bring your light into this moment and know, the world is better because you are in it.

Here’s how you can help:

1. Write the words: I love you in a text, on a piece of paper, with sidewalk chalk out in the world.

2. Delight in the delicious: indulge in something you love.

3. Read a poem!

And remember: Find magic in the everyday. There are clues everywhere!

Rebecca’s Magical Mondays #4 – Shift into Ease

Greetings Earthlings and You Magical Beings Made of Stars!

I hope you have been able to find some snuggle time like sweet South, the ninja rescue dog pictured above. I have been snuggling under the covers as much as possible this week to recuperate. I am thrilled to share that during my #88WriterlyDays, I wrote 17,000 words for the sequel to my novel! I had already written 21,000 words prior to that so with the production schedule I developed, once I get confirmation from the amazing editors and designers on my team, publication is scheduled for December 8, 2020. Woohoo!

Speaking of publication, yesterday, I was honored to be featured the newsletter of acclaimed writer, Sarah Selecky, here.

As a reminder, this Magical Mondays series is a new experiment for 2020 and you can take or leave what serves you. I hope you find something that touches your heart and spurs you to action.

Onward to our inspiration list for the week:

1. Troop Zero on Amazon Prime Video is one of the most tender, beautiful and funny movies that I have seen in a long time. It comes from the same writer as Beasts of the Southern Wild. I urge you to take the time to watch it.

2. Mothering with the Moon – Free Preview Call on January 28 at 12:30 pm Pacific Time: I recently called Mariah Joy Soloy Belt, the “Yoda of Parenting” — and she is much more than that. Her upcoming course, “Mothering with the Moon” focuses on the energetics of being a mom and not going full throttle all the time. She has a much more beautiful way to put it. I encourage you to check out her page about the preview call here. You can sign up and catch the replay too!

3. Librate Mediation App: This is the only app made by and for the Black, Indigenous and People of Color Community. You can learn more about the founder on this news clip.

4. Grace Lin on The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelfthis is a touching, short, uplifting and eye-opening talk. And of course I enjoyed her 88 Cups of Tea Podcast Episode.

5. Make an Emotional Labor To Do List: This lifehacker article helps to raise awareness about all of the little things that don’t get put on the list whether you have a partner or not.

6. A Total Shift in Business: This podcast episode: You Have to Risk it All: Inside the Harrowing Creative Shift of Jennie Nash – WeGrowMedia–  was so revealing. It’s a conversation between two friends, Dan Blank and Jennie Nash, who share business goals and practices on a weekly basis. Jennie has a million dollar business and she is completely changing it because she was not paying herself enough and it was taking a toll on her wellness. It is very illuminating if you have been thinking about building a business.

Here’s how you can help this week:

  1. Take a walk and don’t look at your phone for 15 minutes. Just look around and notice what and who is around you.
  2. Visit the library or check out the Libby app for free access to books. Read!
  3. Want to Design a Life & Live It? Check out my Work With Me page to learn more.

And remember, Look for the magic in everyday life. There are clues everywhere!

 

 

 

Rebecca’s Magical Mondays # 3 – Mama Chelo’s Guac!

Greetings and Happy Magical Monday!

I’m writing to you while sipping homemade broth and tending to myself and my home. It’s been a wonderfully slow weekend as I can tell that my adrenals need some restoration.

This edition of Magical Mondays is heavily focused on the heart, mind and belly.

As promised last week, a step-by-step guide to Mama Chelo’s guacamole is at the bottom of this post. It is delicious! If you make it, let me know. And if you want to know about the woman behind the recipe, she is my grandmother and is featured in this HuffPost article about my novel. I wrote and recorded a poem about her and I also share 5 Life Lessons from Mama Chelo on this blog.

Here is our inspiration for the week:

  1. Renaming Fear: Tara Sophia Mohr, author of Playing Big, offers two Hebrew definitions of fear: Pachad & Yirah.  The former is the generally the not helpful one, unless you are actually threatened and the latter is very helpful as you expand into greatness. Check out the definitions and a short video explanation.
  2. Protecting Your Heart: While I write about love and healing a lot, I also have learned, the hard way, that boundaries are my best friends when it comes to my heart. As I laid in bed this morning pulling cards, reading Nancy Drew and Hafiz poems, a friend and I were texting back and forth about recovering. I was reminded of this post by Danielle LaPorte, “Open Gentle Heart, Big F*cking Fence. The Advice I Give on Love that Took the Longest to Learn.” It’s a keeper and also very helpful when raising humans to be feeling beings.
  3. Bouncing Back: This morning I also listened (and sobbed) to Dr. Maya Angelou’s inaugural poem and then decided to binge a bit. This recitation of her poem, “And Still I Rise” is so heartening.
  4. Beyond Heroes and Holidays: This book published by Teaching for Change, is an exceptional resource to explore today, as the U.S. celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  5. Mind Love for 7 Minutes: I sent this Birdsong Earth Meditation to someone this week and thought you might like it to start off your week.
  6. Inner Mental Strength based on Science: This Rick Hanson interview by Marie Forleo is a great way to get grounded and explore options for reprogramming your brain if you find yourself struggling. You’ll also find links to listen on your favorite podcasts.
  7. Unlocking Us: Brené Brown’s new podcast is coming. Enough said. And if you have never heard of her work, scroll down to “aisle two” of my post, I Love You More Than a Boy Cheese Sandwich where you’ll find both her Ted Talks and some other resources.
  8. Mama Chelo’s Guacamole Recipe: Enjoy! Ingredients: Avocados + Hardboiled Eggs (1 to 1 ratio), scallions, lemon and salt.

Scoop out avocados but do not mash them.

Slice the hardboiled eggs into small pieces.

Slice the green part of the scallions as shown above to taste. For two avos and two eggs, I estimate 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup of loosely sliced scallions. (If you are out of the green parts, use the white section at the base of the scallions, but use less so they don’t overpower the taste. In the photo above, I am using the middle of the scallion because that’s what I had left.)

Squeeze fresh lemon juice to taste. For two avos and two eggs, half a lemon works.

Use a fork and a knife to cut the avos like you are cutting food on your dinner plate. Avoid mashing them at all costs. The goal is chunky guacamole so you can experience all the tastes.

Mama Chelo liked corn chips with her guacamole. Lightly salt the guacamole. Then taste it with the chip you are using to make sure it’s balanced. You can always add more salt.

We plop the seeds in to keep it fresh looking but in truth, squeezing lemon juice on top will keep it from turning brown. Keep it sealed if you don’t devour it on the spot.

Enjoy!

Here’s how you can help this week:

  1. Make yourself some guacamole and eat it right away.
  2. Meditate for 1 minute when you wake up and 1 minute before you go to sleep.
  3. Dance to your favorite song.
  4. Do one act of selfless service this week in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  5. Share this post with someone who needs it.
  6. If you’re not a subscriber, please enter your email and join the family.

Look for the magic in everyday life. There are clues everywhere!

Rebecca’s Magical Mondays #2 – Find the Clues

Greetings friends!

Thank you for the delightful responses to last week’s inaugural Magical Monday! I’ve been collecting some bits of inspiration for you all week. As always, use what serves you and consider if something feels edgy – it might also offer something for your heart!

Here goes:

  1. Local Author Day: As I mentioned last week, I served on a panel for Local Author Day at the Santa Barbara Public Library. It was a privilege and great source of joy to share and learn from so many writers. Here’s the link to the recorded livestream.

2. Writing Resources:

3.  Getting Grounded: Wolves at Your Heels: The Fear That You’re Always Behind, Doing the Wrong Thing, & Generally Screwing Things Up Royally by zen habits: This is a helpful post if you are feeling a sort of generalized anxiety and need help getting grounded.

4. Getting Yourself Organized Before Diving In: Here’s another great short post by Jason Lengstorf (the Yak-Shaving guy from last week) tapping into the french cooking tradition of “mis en place.”

5. Music: I love cello music and have been following Sheku Kanneh-Mason for a while. His new album dropped last week and here is a song. And if you are on Spotify, this is the link to the album.

6. Rebecca’s Magic Monday video: I made you a two-minute video in a tree after a hike and included a beautiful hawk way up in the sky with a reminder to look for clues in nature.

Thanks, as always for reading and following!

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Share this post with friends via social or email.
  2. Check out my book The Amazing Adventures of Selma Calderón or ask your local library to order it here or here
  3. Send a text or note to someone with gratitude for them being in your life.

Stay tuned next week for a short video with Mama Chelo’s Guacamole recipe.

I appreciate you and your heart. Look for the magic in everyday life. There are clues everywhere!

Rebecca’s Magical Mondays #1

Greetings friends!

I’m starting a fun experiment today called “Rebecca’s Magical Mondays” — a menu of inspiration for the soul, heart, body and mind. I run across so many resources weekly that I wanted to share them on a regular basis. I figured that since I recently completed #88writerlydays on Instagram when I worked on the sequel to The Amazing Adventures of Selma Calderon and #88mysticathletedays, perhaps I could share something weekly–that’s only 52 times!

As always, I invite you to enjoy what serves you. And perhaps if a resources feels edgy or out of your comfort zone, give it a chance. Sometimes resistance can be a great teacher and a pathway to expansion!

Here goes:

  1. Health: The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine recently shared a round up of best articles of 2019. I thought that Herbs for the Immune System and Growing Medicinal Herbs in Pots would be helpful as many of you navigate your way through the winter.
  2. Planning: For years I have followed the approach of creating Core Desired Feelings based upon Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map book. However, this is the first year that I used her the workbook which helped me get very clear on how I want to feel in all aspects of my life–and how those feelings support what I want to create.
  3. Working: One of my friends/colleagues shared Jason Lengstorf’s short blog post called “Yak Shaving: On Doing the Work before the Work”and it has been a game-changer for me. This approach has helped me to view the tedious tasks of life in a whole new way.
  4. Money: Tosha Silver’s new book It’s Not Your Money has intrigued me. I haven’t read it yet, but truly enjoyed her books, Outrageous Openness and Change Me Prayers. Here’s an interview on the money book which I truly enjoyed.
  5. Music + Body: My sister friend sent me this song by Allen Stone called Naturally. It is one of my anthems this year for sure.
  6. Rest: My friend and #WalkInnBeauty mastermind leader, Ho’omalamalama Brown shared a blog post called The Ritual of Rest in 5 Easy Steps. It’s a wonderful and simple approach to consider integrating into your life.
  7. Meet me in person: If you or someone you know is in the Santa Barbara area, I’ll be on a panel for the Santa Barbara Public Library’s Local Author Day on Saturday speaking about the craft of writing. The details are here and also on their Facebook page.

I’m easing up on social media with the exception of a few posts on Instagram on my Writer account and Mystic Athlete account, so here’s how you can help me:

A. Share this post with friends by forwarding or sharing on social media and encourage them to enter the email and follow the blog.

B. Buy my book, The Amazing Adventures of Selma Calderon: A Globetrotting Magical Mystery of Courage Food and Friendship or tell someone about it or ask your local library to order it. It is available through independent book sellers, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iTunes. 5% of net proceeds go to Teaching for Change.

3. Share info about my book through my website: RebeccaVillarreal.com

I hope that you enjoyed this quick gift of resources. I appreciate you and your heart. Look for the magic in everyday life. There are clues everywhere!