April Monthly Meanderings

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New month and not just any month, my birthday month and that means stellar Monthly Meanderings. If you’re new to WW-land, Monthly Meanderings are things that have genuinely inspired or intrigued me around the web over the past month. Comment below what is inspiring you around the internet lately. Have an amazing time meandering the rest of what the internet has to offer until I see you back here in Wonderland. Keep in touch with me on Facebook & Instagram (above are some Insta-glimpses into my past week or so) until we meet back here in WW-land next week (or sooner).

-A song for you meandering time. 

-Have you seen my How To Be Happy Video yet?

-The latest WWRadio episode was quite controversial as it discussed SEX. Have you listened? She has a rad Sex & Medicine Summit going on right now too that you should for sure check out.

-Is your relationship with exercise healthy? Get honest like my friend did in this post. 

-My cliff notes to Moon Phases and why they are important to understand. 

-RAD ted talk I dig his podcast London Real too. You should check that out as well.

You can have no clue how beautiful you are by looking in the mirror. 

My interview on Mindful Meals. 

The most amazing Oprah interview ever, she is in the hot-seat and inspires like a boss. 

-One of my favorite people (and podcast guests) ever Quinn is hosting this awesome summit you absolutely must check out! I’m a speaker too!

-How yum does this smoothie look. omg. 

-Watch the beginning of this video (first minute or so). Josh Randor explains why Happy Thank You More Please is my favorite movie. So good.

-Prepare to laugh so hard. Elna Baker is an amazing storyteller and I love her.

-My girls at Imbibe Skincare lowered their prices to make their natural high-vibe organic goodness more accessible. Gotta love em. We talk, they listen. So cool of them.

-One of my best friends, Simi (it’s her Birthday today!) launched this amazing course, Finally Free which is a virtual Health Coaching program that will help you ditch diets and become an intuitive eater once and for all. Check it out.

-Frizzy hair? Here are your natural solutions. 

-Want more meanderings? Here’s last month’s incase you missed them!



d532378eb6f42f7df8bc9e9483165418Anita Teresa Boeninger is on the rise & I’m psyched to share her with you today. She’s the founder of SOMA Wellness Arts, providing group and private sessions in mindbody therapies, somatic movement, and healthy sexuality integration. She spent ten years studying and training with a variety of female masters of feminine-centered traditions and knowledge systems. Anita is the founder of the amazing Sex & Medicine Summit starting March 24-29th, which you should totally check out if you liked this episode. Her passion is to share her wealth of feminine knowledge systems and explore with other women how we can integrate our multi-faceted expression for the good of all in an ever-intensifying global context of emerging feminine leadership. In 2013, she appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, and has been interviewed on multiple platforms sharing her expertise on women’s health and well-being and today I’m psyched she’s here in Wonderland to open our minds to this new conversation.

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Notes from my announcements:
-Check out her Sex & Medicine Summit Starting this week. 
-Sign up for my email list here, to stay updated for all things WWLand.
-Yay! DONATE TO THE SHOW!   | Amazon link

Notes from the show:
-email me if you want the pdf
-Female Joy Tea that we drink I buy mine here.

-Anita’s Website | Her Summit | Facebook

My favorite lines & nuggets of wisdom: YEP THEY’RE TWEETABLES…Just click right on ‘em!

“Sex is everything. We wouldn’t be here if our parents hadn’t had sex.”

“Taking ownership of your sexual energy is taking ownership of your life.”

“Return to embodiment.” 


-Cultivate you sexual energy as a way to have more creativity and energy in all areas of your life.
-Try dance, it is the most natural movement form for women. Consider taking a belly dance class. I love this girl’s YouTube you should check her out.
-Start the day with 100 hip circles to the left + 100 to the right. (left to first to wind down and right second to wind up)
-Add more pleasure to your life and body.
-Try drinking this female joy tea.
-Learn more by listening to her free Sex & Medicine summit. 

 DONATE TO THE SHOW!   | Amazon link

Like the show? Leave a comment or question for me or our guest below. Also, it would be awesome if you could leave an iTunes review when you have a second too (just launch the iTunes application to get it to work).



11008354_1066511120041703_449971757_n-1I never thought about the moon ever. It was just there in the sky. Kinda cool…I guess. Sometimes I saw it, sometimes I didn’t, sometimes it was a different size, but I never really questioned why, what was going on in the sky, or how it could impact me as a human on of the earth. Then last year someone came into my life who changed my relationship with the moon forever.

10995166_1398934793754027_856211798_nFor Elle Griffin, the moon is much more than just a sphere in the sky. Elle (listen to her story on my podcast) loves the moon, understands the phases of the it better than anyone I know, & her work involves helping women reconnect with the moon and integrate its cycles into our lives. She even created an online magazine with moon in the title, where writers including me talk about all things feminine, basically it’s one big fancy girl party I get lost in for hours.

Anyways I learned from Elle that understanding the phases of the moon is crucial because as women we are naturally super connected to the moon’s cycle. So today I want to share this ancient wisdom with you in my words. I’m breaking it down below in “Wellness Wonderland terms” basically below are my study notes from when Elle broke it down for me. Listen to this podcast episode of her podcast Over The Moon Radio that I hype-girled on where she broke down how our period is connected to the moon cycles and much more info.

Did you know our menstrual cycles are meant to be synced with the moon, with being on your period during the new moon and ovulating during the full moon? I had no idea, but now I find it all fascinating so below I’m breaking down the phases and sharing it with you.

Here we go. If you have any further questions leave them below & I’ll answer or refer to Elle if I don’t know.

Each month the moon cycles through four distinct phases:

  1. New
  2. Waxing
  3. Full
  4. Waning

Your menstrual cycle goes through four distinct phases, too:

  1. Menstrual
  2. Follicular
  3. Ovulatory
  4. Luteal

Both the moon and your menstrual take approximately 28-29.5 days to complete their cycles. Interestingly enough, the moon and your menstrual cycle both wax and wane, having similar energetic qualities to how they work.

1. NEW/ Menstrual- During this phase, there is a lull in energy as the moon, and the sun are conjunct in the sky.

    • Strong time to plant seeds and anchor new beginnings that honor who you really are and what you really want. Follow your desires!
    • strong time to plant seeds and anchor new beginnings that honor who you really are and what you really want. Follow your desires!
    • During a new moon and the week after, it’s time to breathe new life into any area of stagnation or any place in your life where you would like to impact positive change.
    • time to slow down and go inward to hear the deepest truth of your heart, like during the luteal phase at the end of the menses cycle, a woman can receive powerful messages at this time

2. Waxing/ Follicular- As the moon waxes, (as it will until the next full moon on December 6, 2014) it’s  time to add energy to the momentum of all that you are creating in the world. It’s a phase for exertion.

    • Time between your period and ovulation. Estrogen inclines, readying your body for a potential pregnancy.
    • Confidence is generally heightened. The increased estrogen spikes your serotonin, which helps you to feel more energetic and powerful, making this a great time for extroverted activities that allow you to get things done.
    • Use the waxing moon and/or your follicular phase to communicate, collaborate, contribute or simply become creatively inspired.

3. Full/ Ovulatory- Full moons are a time of release. Gravitational pull on the earth is at its strongest, an opportunity for necessary changes to get back into sync with your highest ideal. It makes you WILD as Elle wrote about here.

    • Estrogen continues to incline while testosterone peaks then declines immediately after the egg bursts from the follicle that brought it to maturity.
    • Because your testosterone is high, you may feel equally connected to your masculine—making this an ideal time for socializing, difficult conversations, public presentations, risk taking and anything else that fosters one’s ability to create and expand community.
    • Energy is at its highest, so high impact exercise does you exceptionally well now, as well as being bold across the boards in life.
    • Under a full moon you consciously connect to the moon’s light and the essence of the Divine Feminine shining through the sky. (lamp in bedroom)
    • collaborate, contribute or simply become creatively inspired.

4. Waning/ Luteal- light disseminates, so should our outward attention. Time for internal work, going within, and asking for direction. Grant yourself full permission to become more withdrawn as this is an evaluation phase.

    • If the body does not become pregnant after the ovulatory phase, it preps for the luteal phase, which lasts until menstruation.
    • Inward focus as hormones shift-very important for you to pay attention to your feelings as well as tend to your comfort
      • We turn inward, preparing to develop or give birth to something that comes from deep within ourselves…. we have greater access to our magic – our ability to recognize and transform the more difficult and painful areas of our lives.” –Dr. Christiane Northrup, MD
    • Nesting activities or more routine tasks, administrative details, cleaning, long baths, TV Show marathons, and other introverted activities that connect you to yourself on a deep, nurturing level.
    • “Emotions are encrypted with messages of where we need to speak up or perhaps make changes in our lives. Listen for direction and guidance during this period.” –> cool right?!? 
    • Let go of everything that is not serving you. Clear your energy of the past: old lovers, former jobs, perceptions from the past, even clutter in your home. Cleanse and purify your body, mind, and physical space in order to continue the conscious conception process.



NEW February Gratitudes // aka Favorites VIDEO

What’s up guys? I’m obsessed with watching YouTube. So I’m psyched that I’m getting back into making videos consistently including last week’s & now this week I’m starting something new.  I will be making a monthly favorites videos where I will basically share what’s inspiring me and what I’m loving lately with you. Instead of calling it a favorites video like most YouTubers call them, I’m going to call them Monthly Gratitudes instead because that’s what it really is. The practice of making these videos monthly is just as much for me as it is for you. Creating it each month will allow me to examine all the good things I have and feel gratitude for them when I share.

I say this in the video but you can tweet it if you want:

When we focus on what we have we create more of what we want.

Here’s my February Gratitudes & Let me know if you have any questions on anything!

1.Jacket Urban (similar) 
2. Jose Gonzales New Album 
2. LiteBook 
3. Imbibe SkinCare 
4. app of the month: TimeHop



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-Guys, here’s a song for while you meander…listen to a track Taylor Swift wrote especially for Wonderland! What? omg. Thanks T. 

-How the ideal body type as changed throughout history, fascinating. 

-Did you see my video I made about my huge pimple and how I naturally healed it? It was a funny one. 

-Radically awesome post about our society by one of my favorite people. 

-Beautiful tribute to one of my main inspirations for the Wellness Wonderland, The Wellness Warrior Jess. We lost her physical body this week, however her spirit and book will live on. I will forever be grateful for her light.

-I am so inspired by both of them. Alexi Wasser​ is hilarious & Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal​ advice on dating was spot on. Watch this video. 

-Love this post. 

-So amazing, I love this remix of fitspo 

-Your brain on love. 

-A recent interview of mine about MUSIC. 

-Songs for the month. 

-Cool new doc 

-The main problem with intuitive eating to watch out for. 

-Amazing article about the intersection of spirituality and food. 

-How had I not seen Tony Robbin’s Ted talk until now? 

-Listen to my interview in this summit! 

-My friend Maddy wrote a book on perfectionism check it out. 

-I’m obsessed with this since I love whales so much and hate loneliness just as much. 

-Want to hear me in the hot seat? Waking Up in Wonder interviewed me! Read it here! 

-Taylor Swift is living my childhood dream. Living in NYC, famous singer, and dated John Mayor & a Kennedy before she was 30. Let her Welcome you to NYC! 

-So no playlist for you this week because I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift’s 1989 on vinyl in my apartment all week so here’s one of my fav tracks.What’s yours?

+ more instas below for your viewing pleasure.



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