Favorite Things

Cucumber Spa Water

I am pretty excited for this weekend because tomorrow I will be at the spa for a 1/2 day of relaxing spa services. I’ll be getting a body scrub, massage, and a facial… with the way I am feeling I may even call to add on a mani-pedi too. I’ll also have unlimited access to the spa’s steam room, sauna, and pool. Win-win, right?

When I think of the spa, I always think of the refreshing naturally flavored water that they have. I personally love cucumber water while at the spa. I found these instructions (which led me to the image above on Pinterest).

+ I was so happy to hear that so many of your were inspired by the Happy Belly book review that I posted earlier this week. Let me know if you decide to make the purchase!

+ This article makes me want to write a book… like tomorrow. Is it terrible to say that I have already drafted a welcome and first chapter? 

+ I need to make this copycat recipe of the lettuce wraps from PF Chang’s and these Gluten Free Banana Bread Oatmeal Bars. 

+ Josie always knows how to make me laugh. Check out this post on calorie killer pills

+ I’m on YouTube again! This week I was interviewed by my life coach, Liz Nead, about my experience blogging. Check the video out here.

+ To continue with the stand up for yourself theme, I loved this list of 20 Things to Stop Letting People Do to You.

Any plans the weekend?

How to Manifest a Miraculous Life

Today I’m featuring a guest post from Deanna on a topic we will all be interested in…manifesting a miraculous life.

How to Manifest a Miraculous Life

Sometimes we get in our own way. We deflect good opportunities, say negative things to people we love, choose bad thoughts, participate in a bash-your-friend party, the list goes on. You find yourself resentful and angry at the world. You want to spend more days wallowing in self-pity than self-love. You focus on what could happen as opposed to what is actually in front of you. You choose the unloving path.

Here’s the thing, we don’t do this because we want to sabotage our lives. We do this because we simply don’t know any better. We do this because we think we need to compete to get ahead of everyone else. The miracle of life is that we’re all in this together. How you treat other people is how you ultimately treat yourself. How you change your thoughts is how you can change the world. Get out of your own way and make room for infinite possibilities to manifest the life of your dreams.

Are you ready to start a new and improved life? Here’s 4 steps to get out of your own way:

1) Be willing to see life differently. Realize deeply that the Universe is a friendly and compassionate place. The Universe wants you to succeed. The Universe wants you to love and be loved. All we need here is a little willingness. Willingness goes a long way to change the perception of your external circumstance. Stop labeling, judging and resisting. Rise with life instead of falling against it.

2) Be conscious. Sometimes our bodies are physically present but our minds are off wandering elsewhere. That’s a problem. That’s a problem in the workplace, on a date, at the movies, or even watching a show on TV. You’re missing the experience. Life is not accessible to you if you’re not there to embrace it. We miss some of life’s greatest moments because our minds are filled with worry and anxiety. A solution to a problem will manifest if you’re actually conscious enough to see your options. Hence, step number three.

3) Accept what you can’t change. You always have two options: the option to accept the people and events in your life or the option to change what’s simply not working for you. If you choose the latter, you know that you have the power to change it. Life will then begin to flow more effortlessly once you end all of your inner resistance. (Editors note: YES! We’ve talked about resistance here before, remember?) You will be led to the right path because you’re more accepting of life’s possibilities.

4) Let go of the end result. This lesson has been the most difficult for me to learn. I’m still practicing letting go every single day. I do this by filling my heart with the formless reality of life – I fill my heart with love. Love is all around you. Love is in your mother, your friend, your partner, your neighbor and so on. Everything else is subject to rise and fall, up and down, in and out. Love is all that’s real. Love is always there. Love is constant.

If you let it, these four principles may have the power to transform your life. You may want to recite these words as affirmations when you look in the mirror, before starting the day or before going to sleep at night. Repetition is key. Well wishes to you.

What are your tips to manifest your own miraculous life?

Deanna Mercurio
About Deanna:
Deanna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and Management and finishing a Master’s Degree in Communication. She is starting her journey in the health and wellness field at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to be a Certified Health Coach. She wants to raise awareness on topics that really matter such as love, relationships and happiness. Follow her! Twitter// Facebook// Instagram


The Beauties & Brains Behind the Brands II Event Review

Whenever women entrepreneurs are gathering to share knowledge and inspire, I want to be there too. When I received an email from a close friend about the In Her Shoes blog 5th anniversary event, “The Beauties & Brains Behind the Brands II”, I was too excited to snag a ticket. 

InHerShoes Beauties and Brains

Renae, the gorgeous woman behind this event, described it as a “well-heeled affair” which made me laugh, but it was so true. Over 200 women were in the Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo, Brooklyn to listen to a panel featuring: Anthony Dickey of Hair Rules, Demetria Lucas of A Belle in Brooklyn and BRAVO’s Blood, Sweat & Heels, Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily and Latham Thomas of Mama Glow.

Seriously? Talk about inspiration. I have 2 pages of notes, advice, and quotes to keep myself inspired. I was trying to really watch and be present, but I had to take some notes to share with ya’ll. Here are some of my favorite moments:

“You have to sacrifice. The universe rewards courage and stepping out on faith.” Claire (on building a business)

“The journey is alone – listen to the whispers. There won’t always be cheerleaders. Set up a new sister circle.” Latham (on motherhood)

“Whatever I did, it was going to be great.” Anthony (on building a business)

“Always make goals – if you don’t make goals, you can’t score.” Claire (on building a business)

“Fill the void and remember that being you makes you stand out.” Demetria (on blogging and building a business)

“Pay attention to what people are telling you about yourself.” Anthony (on how he got into the business of hair.)

InHerShoes Beauties and Brains 2

Near the conclusion of the event, Renae recognized some young entrepreneurs, Baby Girls Nails, as the blog’s first ever “Aspiring Fly Female Entrepreneur” award winners. If you haven’t heard about these ladies who set up a full service nail salon on their stoop, read the whole story here. In addition to receiving awards, the ladies also received an “internship” at Polish Bar of Brooklyn! I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house at that moment. 

Have you ever attended an event like this?

*Reminder: I am still launching the Business Minded Series in May! If you have a question that you would like me to answer, please email me directly at hello@manifestyourself.com with the subject titled “Business Minded”.