Over It and On With It with Christine Hassler

At age 11, young Christine was depressed from being bullied and teased. She spiraled into 20 years of antidepressants and antianxiety medication dependence.

She muted her emotions and her feelings and believed that she was broken, unlikeable and that something was very wrong with her and the medications and doctors diagnoses were all the evidence she needed to validate that something WAS wrong with her.

All Christine recalls every really wanted was to be was HAPPY.

Today, Christine Hassler is the best-selling author of three books, a keynote speaker, retreat facilitator, spiritual psychologist and life coach, and host of the top-rated podcast “Over it and On With It”, she has been teaching and inspiring people around the world. Christine believes once we get out of our own way, we can show up to make the meaningful impact we are here to make.

Join in today and learn how Christine Hassler LEVELED up and Created EVERYTHING from Nothing.

Visit her online at www.christinehassler.com

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to get over it and on with your life
  • How creating happiness first creates success
  • Why you should make an impact
  • How to get out of your own way

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Mommy Millionaire with Cayla Craft

At the innocent young age of just 5, Cayla’s dad was incarcerated and a drug addict. Her mom, left to fend for the kids was forced to declare bankruptcy.

Feeling ashamed with cards stacked against her and odds NOT in her favor, Cayla shifted her mindset through positive thinking, books and breathing techniques.

Today, Cayla Craft, Host of Mommy Millionaire Podcast, is a mom of three, a self-made Millionaire, and a lifestyle entrepreneur who has created and runs FOUR successful 7 figure businesses.

Join in today and learn how Cayla Craft leveled up and created EVERYTHING from Nothing

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The power of controlling your breath
  • How you’re able to create multiple 7 figure businesses
  • How to shift your mindset and create the life of your dreams

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It’s All About Hard Work with Fabio Viviani

Growing up in Florence Italy in a modest, blue collar italian family, Fabio knew food stamps and a life of “hard work” for necessity. He understood “broke” and never knew a world where “things would come easy”

He had his first job at age 11 working at a bakery and did not know then that he would one day be the

Chef/Culinary Personality/Restaurateur/Cookbook Author that he is today!

Best known today for his participation in Bravo’s Top Chef seasons 5 and 8 – earning the “Fan Favorite” title – his on-screen appearances have propelled him to become one of the top culinary names in the country. Fabio is a recurring guest on national television shows such as Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, and countless Food Network Shows such as Cutthroat Kitchen: All-Star Tournament, which he won.

Fabio speaks the truth today on how he CONTINUALLY leveled up and created everything from nothing time and time again.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How the law of attraction “works”
  • The art of being resourceful
  • Why hard work is the only way
  • How and why you should stop making excuses now

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Becoming An Influencer with Ulyses Osuna

Becoming An Influencer with Ulyses Osuna

21 years old Ulyses Osuna is so much wiser beyond his years.  At just 21 yrs old , Ulyses founded and runs the uber successful agency “Influencer Press “ that manages publicity for Influencers & several clients worth over $100m!

A couple of his clients include:

>Ed Mylett (he’s been on Leveling UP too)

>Ben Lee who created the app for Tony Robbins & Snoop Dogg

>Gerard Adams who sold Elite Daily for $50m

As a kid , Ulyses dreamed of big Fame and spotlight and he was fascinated by psychology. Those fascinations coupled with a father who taught him the value of hard work and made Ulyses a HUGE success at a young age.

Join us today and learn how ULYSES has LEVELED UP and created EVERYTHING from Nothing.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to get published
  • How you’re able to capitalize on being in the spotlight
  • How to align yourself with some of the top people in the world

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It’s not too late and you are not too old.

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Did you know that if you open your mouth slightly and take a photo from up above you can look younger? 😂 Random trick! And it works because I’m actually 90.

Just kidding of course but I AM 47 and here is what I want you to know about TRULY staying young at heart and AGING IN REVERSE (the title of my new book that hits stores in May!)

It's not too late and you are not too old with Natalie Jill Nutrition, hydration and movement is of course critical BUT you know what the biggest factor is?

Deciding.

Deciding comes first

It’s true. It’s DECIDING that you will not get enrolled in the idea of “aging sucks”, “metabolism slows down”, “weight gain happened” and whatever other FALSE ASSUMED TRUTHS (F.A.T.) we have been told.

Here is the thing…

It’s not too late.
You are not too old.
And it’s not impossible.

Decide it is all possible!

Go for that new career. Learn that new skill. Buy that cute young outfit. Play play play.

Decide you get better with age and enroll yourself in being that example!

xo,

Natalie Jill

P.S. See this original post and follow me on Instagram for more motivational posts from me HERE

P.P.S. Pre-order my new book, Aging In Reverse, HERE

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Deciding Comes First

Deciding Comes First

“If I lived where you did I too would be fit, healthy, creative, successful, happy… (insert any number of words).” That is a message I get daily.If I lived there I’d be happy too with Natalie Jill

And here is the thing…You are right.

But here is my question: What are you going to do about it? How bad are you wanting what you want? I CHOSE to plant myself here in San Diego.It didn’t just happen. Let me explain.

Things don’t just happen we MAKE them happen

While I was writing this, it was 70 degrees and sunny all day and the next day was the same. And it’s the middle of December. This picture is in my backyard. I’m a few miles from the ocean and the mountains. The climate, the views, the outdoor space motivates me and makes me excited to be active, creative and more every day- it’s so true.

But here’s what you don’t know… 15 years ago, when I CHOSE to move here from a different climate, I HATED the cold gray long winters and I hated the hot humid muggy summers. It was rare that the climate wasn’t on my mind in a bad way. Soooo…what did I decide to do about it?

Deciding Comes First

  • I uprooted my life.
  • I left friends
  • I left family
  • My relationship ended.
  • Everything I owned I sold.
  • I walked away from comfort.
  • Into the unknown I jumped.

All of this I did that for my FUTURE self, future child, future husband, future business, future friends and future health. When I first got here I had no friends. didn’t know my way around and I was highly “uncomfortable” and lonely. For about 3 weeks. That was it. Now I can’t imagine being / living/ creating from anywhere else than an environment that supports my happiness and my goals.

Our environment is EVERYTHING and life’s way too short to have it in your gap every day.

If you hate it CHANGE IT. It’s not where you live that’s at fault. It’s yours for not changing what you don’t like. Remember, DECIDING COMES FIRST.

Xo,

Natalie Jill

P.S. Want more motivation to make a change?  Listen in to how these 28 people did HERE

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Maxing Out with Ed Mylett

Nearly two and ½ decades agon, Ed Mylett and his newlywed were showering at the apartment complex they were rentings outside shower because their own water had been turned off.

Their car had been repossessed. Their electricity had been shut off and now they didn’t even have water.

Growing up in a as he calls it “typical dysfunctional household” Ed was shy, humble and enjoyed silence. He didn’t “Expect” anything great to happen to him but he had dreams and a strong vision for a life of possibility. He believed in investing in himself AND in finding others who would believe in him.

You can become an entirely different person tomorrow by changing how you think and the actions that you take and WORKING hard. That is exactly what Ed did. Practicing gratitude, praying, having strong intentions and taking massive action is what changed him and propelled him into a high level of success.

Today, Ed is one of the premier business leaders, peak performance experts, and motivational speakers in the world. He has a passion for mentoring and coaching others on what it takes to become a champion in all areas of life. He has shared the stage and has very close personal relationships with other business legends such as Tony Robbins, John Maxwell, Phil Knight and many others.

Join in today and learn how Ed Mylett continually LEVELS UP and creates EVERYTHING from NOTHING.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to overcome insecurities
  • Why rock bottom doesn’t mean the end
  • How inspiring others can uplift you
  • Why you should invest in yourself

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Mastering Leadership with Michael Strasner

Mastering Leadership with Michael Strasner

SPECIAL EDITION on Leveling Up Today! Today, one of my personal coaches and mentors, Michael Strasner joins us!

If you don’t know Michael’s work yet, you will! He is a master leader in the work of personal and professional coaching and has been doing this for over 30 year!

Through his life changing transformative workshops, trainings, seminars and keynote speaking he has PERSONALLY impacted, inspired and made a profound difference with thousands of people (INCLUDING ME) throughout the world.

Some of his clients include Fortune 500 companies, CEO’s, Presidents, professional athletes, entertainers and his specialty, entrepreneurs.

As an entrepreneur himself, Michael is a TRUE EXAMPLE of leveling up and creating everything from nothing.

He has created and invented several successful and profitable businesses including designing extraordinary training programs including his Mastering the Art of Leadership/Phd Program, currently being offered in multiple countries

Join us today and learn how Michael coaches OTHERS to Level UP and create everything from nothing.

Make sure to grab his new book on Amazon

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to identify “winners”
  • Why you shouldn’t judge others by their outward appearance
  • How to lead others to level up
  • How you need to be open to the idea of never settling

P.S. Michael’s NEW book, Mastering Leadership, is available on Amazon NOW!

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Holiday weekend in SD and Anaheim

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having a wonderful week. I can’t believe that we’re fully into holiday mode – I feel like it snuck up on us this year – and that there are so many things going on in the next couple of weeks. Liv’s class has their holiday party, we have Nutcracker and Zoo Lights with friends, and before we know it, we’ll be eating enchiladas at my dad’s house on Christmas Eve. We’re going to do all of our holiday baking this weekend, so if you have any standout recipes, please let me know! (I definitely have these, these, and these on the agenda so far.)

Beach w my loves

We’re back from an incredible trip to Anaheim and San Diego. Usually when we get back from a vacation, I’m a little bummed, but pretty ready to get back into *real life.* This particular trip felt really different. I literally felt a weight of sadness when the plane landed in Tucson yesterday. It’s probably because this was one of my very favorite trips with the girls. They seem like they’re at an ideal age for travel – I feel like we finally made it!!!- and nothing about the trip felt like work. It was pure joy. Traveling when they were babies was awesome, but there’s something really freeing about zero pack n’ plays, diapers, wipes, multiple outfit changes, or fear they’ll be shrieking and crying on the flight, ya know? (Parents with newborns: hang in there. There is a light at the end of the travel tunnel!) The whole weekend was filled with so much fun and magic; I wasn’t read for it to be over.

California adventure

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We flew into San Diego on Friday, and we headed straight to pick up on our rental car. Last time, they upgraded me to a van and the girls acted like they won the lottery. I got a van again to surprise them and P cried after our trip and “her vam” was gone. She was equally devastated and disgusted to see my real car when this whole thing was over.

After we got the famous van, we grabbed a quick snack at beloved Tiki Port

Tiki

and hit the road to Anaheim. 

Usually we drive up to Anaheim on Saturday morning. I had a feeling traffic might be a little bad on a Friday afternoon, but we went for it anyway. It was horrible, and took 4 hours to get there instead of 1.5. The girls were extremely patient despite the long delays, and when we finally checked into the hotel, we ordered room service for dinner (which was delicious) and called it a night.

Room service

Saturday morning, we were ready to hit the parks! 

We spent two days moving between California Adventure and Disneyland. The first day we rode a ton of rides, and the second day, we focused more on parades and shows.

Some of the highlights:

wearing ugly Christmas sweaters together

Christmas at disney

the girls meeting Gaston

W gaston

(P was unimpressed and the guy who portrayed him was HILARIOUS)

the holiday parade,

the girls’ face painting,

Faces painted

(Livi got a mermaid mask and P thought her face paint transformed her into a real tiger)

Baby tiger

watching the girls interact with all of the characters

W cinderella

riding Indiana Jones by myself and screaming the entire time, 

all of the incredible holiday decor,

Christmas

and this macaron the size of my face.

Macaron of my dreams

You guys. The holiday food at California Adventure is insane right now. As we walked by each food cart, the scene was usually something like this,

“Ohmygod, did you see that? Stuffing mac n’ cheese?”

“I’m looking at that channa masala.”

“No wait, I think I want to try the shrimp and grits.”

“We’re sharing a sangria, right?”

And it went on and on and on. While Disneyland food can be hit or miss

Bengel bbq

(we did find a new fave in Adventureland: Bengal Barbecue!),

I feel like California Adventure has really stepped up their snack and beverage game. I feel like it’s almost turned into a mini Epcot with all of the food and cocktail destinations. We were wondering what took the place of Coco land, and were stoked to see that it’s an Elena-devoted area with live music, an Elena parade, character meetings, and Mexican food. It’s like a mini Epcot-esque Mexican pavilion. I really hope it stays this way! We listened to a Cuban band and ate chili rellenos and burritos one night, and it was awesome.

W madre at the beach

We were so lucky that madre was able to join us for another trip! We all have the best time with her, so we were thrilled when she took the weekend off work to come play with us. It was also really helpful at the parks because P is a little daredevil and wants to ride ALL THE RIDES, while Liv is a bit more apprehensive. This way, I could take P on some of the more intense rides and madre and Liv could hang out in the gift shop or people-watch. We still did 90% of the activities together, but this way they were each able to have the experience they wanted. 

W 3 amigos

(Livi’s dress is here and P’s shirt is here)

After two full days at Disney, we drove back down to San Diego and made a stop at Kid Ventures in Liberty Station for the girls to play. They ran around playing for a couple of hours until we were all ready for lunch at the Public Market. All of the classics were there, and of course I got my favorite poke bowl.

Poke from liberty station

We also shared deserts from Crafted,

Brookie

(the remnants of a brookie: brownie on the bottom, cookie on top)

and drove over to Coronado to spend the night. 

We got there just in time to watch the Grinch and chill in the hotel for a bit, then bundled up to play on the beach for a couple of hours and watch the sunset.

Coconado sunset

I’m pretty sure I’ll never forget the girls chasing each other up to where the ocean meets the sand, then running back, giggling to themselves.

On the beach

They really are the best little friends.

Best friends

After we “got our feet wet” (which always equals completely drenched legs and pants), they played on the hotel playground, and we headed over to the Del to walk around and shop. (Check out my holiday review of the Hotel del Coronado here!) I remembered that they had ice skating, and the girls were both so excited to try it. At first, I took turns taking each girl around the loop while the other one stayed back with madre. They were both like little noodle legs and it was a serious core workout trying to keep everyone upright. 

Ice skating

By the end of our hour of skating, both girls could make it around the entire loop and didn’t want me to hold their hand or touch them in any way. P held onto the wall and took little steps while I skated next to her, and Liv was ahead of us, away from the wall, doing her thing. Madre took pictures and videos of us skating around, but somehow missed my triple salchow and toe loop. Oh well. Next time.

Ice skating at the del

We were ready for hot drinks (cocoas for the girls, a hot toddy for meeeeeee) and went to their pizza restaurant, ENO for cheese board, salad, and margherita pizza. Of course, the girls had ice cream from the parlor next door because vacation mode. (This weekend was the most delicious avalanche of sugar.) The next morning came a little too quickly and we were packed up and heading to the airport!

Heading home

(P’s sweater is here and Livi is wearing these cute Mickey leggings)

While we were at the Del, I was thinking this definitely needs to become a tradition. A couple of weeks before Christmas, I think we should head to Disney and Coronado for a bit. It added so much to the magic of the season and it was such a welcomed bit of downtime and bliss during an otherwise hectic (but wonderful!) time of year.

I hope you’re having a lovely week, too. Do you have any vacation traditions each year? Are you traveling in the next couple of months??

I’ll be back in the morning with the last gift guide for the year + one more giveaway!
xo

Gina 

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Simple Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

This is the recipe I use anytime I want perfect sugar cookies. They bake up beautifully with nice structure and a hint of snap when you break them in two. Especially true if you can wait that extra minute or two before taking them from the oven. So they have time to shift from just-plain-baked to golden, crisp, and toasted. The dough is an absolute dream to work with. And the flavor? They have just the right amount of salt to counter the sweet. Simple Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies
This recipe makes enough dough to yield plenty of cookies, with dough left over to freeze. I typically run out of energy before I run out of dough. I thought I'd posted this recipe long ago(!), but a search through the archives proved me wrong! I'm also including the icing I like.

Icing

As far as icing goes, I have a lot of thoughts. 😉 I have a base recipe I use and then tweak it from there. Sometimes, I like my icing somewhat translucent, like a wash – so I add more water. Other times, I want it more opaque, so I leave it as written (below). I always like it to be a bit matte, and not hyper-glossy, so that's what you'll get here. Also, have fun with natural colors. You could do tiny hot-pink dots on the trees pictured with some raspberry powder plus a bit of the icing added to it. I like saffron for yellow, matcha for green, etc. Play around!

Simple Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

Pro-tip! Keep your eyes peeled at yard sales, flea markets, and the like for special cookie cutters – that's where you'll find the gems. I have a bin of favorites that I can go to each time I make cookies.

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