Feb 222012

I recently returned from an amazing trip to Portland, Oregon where not only did I reconnect with family, friends and the city at large, I also ran a workshop – Transforming Your Body From the Inside Out. There was a great turnout and I enjoyed sharing information about emotional eating, eating more alkaline vs. acidic, juicing and making more conscious healthful choices.

Since my return I got a juicer and thought I’d give juicing a whirl. I had never previously juiced so it was exciting buying all of my fruits and veggies, getting them home, washed and prepared and then making my first juice. That was four days ago.

Since my workshop in Portland and here in New Jersey, I’ve had many people talk to me about getting started juicing. I thought, well it’s more fun and easy to do things with others support and encouragement so why don’t I find out who wants to go on a juice cleanse with me?

Here are my thoughts, I want this experience to be simple and easy to commit. Most of the people who I’ve talked to have never juiced before. I’m new to juicing myself and I know how hard and daunting it can be to add something extra to do in your already packed day. My goal is to create the opportunity for those who want to join me, at whatever level feels right, and be able to check in with their experience along the way. So this is how we’ll do it, aka ‘The Guidelines’…

Official Start Date: February 20th

You decide what level of commitment you’d like to join me at:

  1. Add at least 1 glass of freshly made juice (veggie/fruit)
  2. A Juice Cleanse – Get yourself a copy of Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It!
  3. A Juice Fast – To be inspired watch Fat Sick & Nearly Dead
  4. And if you need a juicer I recommend the Breville BJE820XL Dual Disc Juice Processor

Let’s see how we do over 30 days, March 21st will be our official end date.

Here is my commitment:

1 week juice fast, and then at least 1 juice a day.

I want you to try your best to stick to your commitment and if you get off track, the important key is getting going again. I want you to focus on your success of moving towards living more healthful for yourself and your loved ones…and another benefit you’ll gain is a more sexy, streamlined body. Not only will you let go and rid yourself of physical toxins, you will be letting go of old emotional toxicity (I’ll save that for a later post) and gaining more energy. How could you go wrong with that?
To get started:
  1. Leave a comment below telling us a bit about yourself and what you are committing to. Make sure to leave us your name.
  2. Share with us your daily progress, challenges, and thoughts. The more you share the more you will get out of your experience.
  3. If you find or create a delicious juice, share it in the comment section.
  4. If you have suggestions you think others could benefit from, leave a tip.
  5. Make sure to visit back to see how others are doing, what tips and suggestions have been shared and just be part of the fun!

Let’s all give and receive support to each other in taking small steps to greater wellness. Ready? If so, you don’t have to wait to start posting comments. Let’s make this a fun experiment!

Angela, The Goddess Next Door
Dec 122011

In my earlier post – 8 Ways to Connect With Your Inner Guidance, one of the ways I talked about was surrounding yourself with inspiring resources.

By introducing fresh and inspiring material into your awareness you develop new, deeper connections within yourself. With this new awareness you begin viewing your life and experiences differently. Have you noticed this before?

Have you ever picked up a book you previously weren’t interested in and found it to be perfect for what you were going through? Sometimes we aren’t ready for new information. Timing is key. Notice what and when you are drawn to new information to find out what you may need to be paying more attention to. The more you practice this, the more you will strengthen your intuitive sense.

If you need a new perspective around a matter, pick up something inspiring. I’d like to share with you some of my favorite books I have on my bookshelf.

Inspired Living
Ask and It Is Given- Esther & Jerry Hicks
Creative Visualization- Shakti Gawain
The Four Agreements- Don Miguel Ruiz
Natural-Born Intuition- Lauren Thibodeau, Ph.D.
The Power of Now- Eckhart Tolle

Relationship Books
Creating a Spiritual Relationship – Paul Ferrini
Resurrecting Sex- David Schnarch, Ph.D.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love- Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

You Can Heal Your Life- Louise Hay
A Course in Weight Loss- Marianne Williamson
Naturally Thin- Bethenny Frankel

Business Books
Think and Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill
E-Myth Mastery- Michael Gerber

If you know other inspirational books, please share in the comment section below. You never know when you’ll impact the life of someone else in a positive way!



Angela, The Goddess Next Door

Dec 042011

Journaling is one of the best ways to connect to your inner guidance, the wisest part of yourself. With pen and paper you can share your inner most thoughts.

Why would you want to spill your guts onto a piece of paper in a book? Well…it allows various parts of yourself the opportunity to be heard – parts of yourself you may not usually pay attention to or even knew were there. There is great transformation that can take place through journaling by internally healing the past. This internal work ripples out into your day-to-day life in a positive way. It can help bring clarity to a situation and bring you insights that only can come from the wise intuitive part of yourself.

guided journals

You may have a fear about journaling, that you will just feel worse afterward. In reality, you may experience intense feelings for a short time while writing, although you’ll likely gain a sense of relief once you’re done.

Here are some ideas how you can use a journal:

  • Writing personal successes
  • Gratitude
  • Analyzing dreams
  • Documenting special memories and events
  • Diary
  • A Couples Journal to communicate with your partner

Often people get stuck, not sure where to start or what to write. It’s common to try to complicate this simple and easy process by thinking it needs to be more difficult then it actually is. Before we have the chance to write anything down and tap into our inner wisdom, we start judging ourselves. You probably already know YOU are your worst critic. It’s easy to get caught up over analyzing or judging a situation instead of getting to the root of our deeper, darker feelings.

Most of us have old suppressed emotions stuffed deep inside that are waiting to come out. They are there, negatively impacting our life, because we didn’t effectively deal with the feelings in the moment we first experienced them.

After a while, the deeper parts of yourself will begin to trust you, allowing the old suppressed thoughts, feelings and beliefs flow onto the paper. This gives you the opportunity to recognize why you are repeating an old pattern in your relationships, your finances, or any other area of your life. As you acknowledge these old feelings and beliefs you begin the process of dismantling them and letting them go. This is the ultimate goal.

A great way to start your journal entry is to begin with a question. Write this question at the top of the page, take a few deep breaths, re-read the question and immediately start writing the words as they come to you. You may have random words come to mind, it may come as a flood of feelings or even a conversation that you seem to be having with someone else (your wise self, negative ego, your ex, your mother). Whatever you get, go with it. Give those parts of you a voice. Don’t judge them, they just want to be heard and acknowledged by you.

To help you get started here are a few sentences to prompt you.

  • Why am I experiencing this (feeling, situation, etc)?
  • How do I really feel about…?
  • What is it I am to learn from this situation?
  • What is this (person, situation, etc) mirroring back to me?

The journaling process naturally takes you to where you need to go. Trust whatever comes to the surface and continue writing until you feel like you’re done. You will notice feeling different. You may feel more at peace, feel inspired to take action, or may feel emotionally tired depending upon what you are dealing with. Those are all completely normal experiences.

Finally, there isn’t a right or wrong way to journal. The key is just to get started!

Please share your experience with journaling or any unique tips you use in the comment section below. I would love to hear them!


Angela, The Goddess Next Door

Dec 042011
Does your mind ever feel like a pinball machine? Your thoughts bouncing around like the little silver ball -you spend more time chasing the thought then actually having it?
Have you ever wondered why this happens? It’s because you are over thinking, stuck in your head trying to figure something out. Would you like to know how you can change that?
It’s time to meditate!
Meditation is a practice that’s been around for thousands of years. And it works! I know, it seems near impossible to quiet your mind when you’ve allowed it to take control over your life. Speaking from personal experience, for many years I believed that’s where I’d find answers to my problems. I became skilled at thinking my way to a solution, unfortunately the problem became my increasing stress and anxiety levels. Whenever I needed to make a decision about something where emotion was involved I became indecisive and scared to make the wrong choice. Does this sound familiar?
When we use our mind (the human computer) in a healthy way, we learn to use it masterfully. We use it to give us information, helping us to make a decision and proceed forward. When our emotions become involved we tend to get stuck, frozen on the fence about what to do. You wouldn’t think your mind would steer you wrong, but by using your mind for an answer you can easily rationalize both sides leaving yourself confused about what to do. You may logically determine one answer but emotionally want another.
More complex answers and solutions are found deeper within our intuitive self. Meditation helps you bypass your mind, get centered, allowing you to tap into the wise part of yourself, your inner knowing. Once you get your mind to quiet, the answer can simply show up because you are no longer resisting it.
There are many different techniques to meditate, here are a few to try:
  • Count your breath – inhale as 1 and exhale as 2 (repeat for as long as you like).
  • Imagine on your inhale breathing in a positive affirmation or mantra (peace, appreciation, love, acceptance, joy) and exhale out something you would like to let go of (anger, anxiety, fear, judgement).
  • Use a mandala or other picture to focus your attention during deep breathing.
  • Imagine a stream of white light coming in through your head, filling up your body and flowing out through your feet taking as long as you need.
  • Add a positive visualization to deep, slow breathing.
  • If there is something you want to create, imagine yourself already having it and what it would feel like.
  • Listen to a recorded meditation cd.
Meditating is a very effective tool once you get the hang of it. The key is practice. Don’t expect to do it perfectly. Instead, start out small. If you’ve never had a clear mind, free of thought for more then 30 seconds don’t try to meditate for 30 minutes. If you do you’re setting yourself up for failure and then you won’t want to do it again. Once you are able to meditate for a minute or two, try for five minutes. Eventually you will be able to clear your mind or intentionally visualize with ease anytime you’d like.
I look forward to hearing your experiences and if you have any challenges. If you have additional meditation techniques please share them in the comment section below.


Angela, The Goddess Next Door