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Friends I’m thrilled (and slightly nervous) to announce I’m taking over Athleta’s National Instagram Stories today as part of their “Day in My Life” Series. As such I’m sharing my day, some of my favorite recipes, a first-time peek inside my office (where I write my books) and much, much more with their 348,000 followers.

(Did I mention I’m petrified and awkward on video…but I’m doing videos??? Hey, I’m 40! I’ve gotta keep challenging myself and embracing that which scares me!)❤️

Anyway to celebrate, I’m also launching a Power of She Absolute SelfCare Challenge! For 10 days I’ll be sharing my top wellness tips, tricks, hacks, and recipes to enhance your Absolute SelfCare starting with food today.

To Enter:
1: click over to Instagram and follow me: https://www.instagram.com/saradivello/

2: Comment there with questions or what you’re excited to try or you want me to include (or even just a to let me know you’re there)

3: Follow along Daily for my tips (and to see new prizes added). Winner will be picked on Day 10!
https://www.instagram.com/saradivello/

 

You know how you go to an amazing festival/event/conference and you get really pumped up on good vibes and all the feels? You’re energized, excited, and leave flying high. You decide this will be YOUR YEAR. You will eat more kale. You will do yoga every day. You will keep in touch with your new BFF. You are shiny, new, improved, reinvented version of yourself. You are unstoppable!

Then the next day you’re kind of exhausted and really just want to nap (in a good way). You promise yourself you’ll take a few days off because you deserve it (which you DO.

Then…before you know it, a few weeks goes by and you’re thinking, “Wait–what am I supposed to be doing?” And then before the swag bag goodies are fully gone, you either get overwhelmed, burnt out, or kind of forget what you were supposed to be doing.

Don’t worry–you’re not alone.

This weekend I gave the opening talk for The Good Fest. My goal was to set the tone for the day (receptive, unity, open-hearted, open-minded), talked about how to figure out what you’re missing in your life and what you need, led a clearing exercise and guided everyone to set an Intention. You can read more about it here.

For the GOOD attendees, below is your cheat sheet for how to take your Ignition Point (as I like to call it) off the mat and into your real world at home.

For everyone who didn’t attend, FEAR NOT. You can use this as your New Year’s Resolution Refresher–as we’re nearly 1/3 into the year, the timing is perfect.

  1. Grab your journal and make yourself a cup of tea.

  2. Find some quiet time and space alone.

  3. Take 3 Cleansing Breaths.
    If you’ve seen me speak, I’ve walked you through this. If you haven’t, here’s the drill: Take 3 deep breaths. Breathe in through the nose and loudly sigh out of the mouth on the exhale.
  4. Do my Let Go exercise.
    Again, if you’ve done this with me, go right into it. If you’re new, here’s how: Keep doing Cleansing Breaths (above) and now mentally add the chant “Let…Go…” in concert with your breath. Inhale to “Let,” and exhale “Go…” and then consciously commit to letting go of anything that’s currently weighing on your mind. Any worries/thoughts/expectations that you have: Inhale to “Let,” and exhale “Go…” Do as many rounds as you need to in order to clear the mental clutter.
  5. Connect to your calm, centered self..
    Close your eyes, place one palm on your belly and one palm on your heart and ask yourself, “Where in the OM Am I in my life right now? What am I looking for? What was I seeking to create or grow in my life?” Gently open your eyes, take out your journal, and write down the first things that come to mind.
  6. Next, close your eyes and ask yourself, “What was the Intention I set for myself?” (at The Good Fest, as my New Year’s Resolution, or whenever you last set an Intention for yourself). Does it still resonate? Is this still what you want to work on? Gently open your eyes and write down whatever comes to your mind.
  7. Recommit to your original or newly realized Intention.
    Press your palms together at your heart. Press your pinkies and thumbs together and open the other fingers. This is Padma Mudra, signifying the thousand-petal lotus flower. It is the mudra of receptivity. Take 3 deep breaths, consciously breathing your intention into your open, receptive palms. Let your breath plants your seeds of Intention in your heart.

Whenever you feel unsure or disconnected, return to your journal and read what you wrote. Read your Intention. And when you need a boost, repeat this practice.

Additional ways to re-focus and re-charge:

  1. Connect to Community.
    Remember that surrounding yourself with like-minded people is a great way to nourish yourself. Reach out!! You are not the only one going through this and you will feel so much better and more supported when that is affirmed
  2. Let Discomfort be Your GPS
    As I wrote in my previous post: when something is uncomfortable or painful, our first (and normal) human response is to Ignore, Deny, or Push it Away. To cover it up with something else (food, wine, bad TV…whatever the distraction is). To pretend or deny that it’s there. I get it. I want to do that too at first.And yet…I advise (and practice myself) honing in on, exploring, and following the discomfort. Not only is it s an incredible act of courage to SIT and LISTEN to it, but it’s also your quickest way THROUGH it to the other side. Lastly, it’s trying to teach you something. So give it a try–follow it where it’s trying to point you. <3

These tools will support you as you continue your work and try to integrate it into your worlds at home (where the majority of the work–and progress!–will happen). Remember this is big, brave work you’re doing! I hope these tools feel useful, nourishing, and supportive.<3

Got questions? Comment below or send me an email or DM! xo

 

 

 

 

Greetings from NOT-so-sunny Philadelphia (the show whose name was “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia LIED!).

I came here to give the kickoff talk for The Good Fest and also spoke on the “Real Life Routines Panel: Living the GOOD Life, Everyday” (because you guys know I love to keep it real!) 🙂

It was an awesome day where 300+ people showed up to learn, be inspired, and connect. My goal for the kickoff talk was to:

  1. Set the tone for the day.
  2. Invite people to get clear on WHY they were there
  3. Give attendees tools to get the most of the day
  4. Give attendees tools for taking what they learned OFF THE MAT and home with them in their real world lives
  5. Invite them to set an intention for their Good Fest experience

As you know if you read my book, yoga was a life-saving tool for me. It reduced my stress, made an unbearable job bearable, and helped me to eventually gain the clarify and courage to leave that job and pursue my most fulfilling life.

But yoga is only an hour or so per day (at the most. Please dear God, don’t tell me you’re doing yoga more than that!)…and that leaves 22-23 hours for the rest of the day. So what I’m really interested in is the concept of yoga OFF THE MAT. In how can we take the tools of the practice off the mat into the rest of our lives–our home, family, work, friends…whatever your life looks like. I this THIS is where the real usefulness, magic, and far-reaching, long-term benefits can be seen.

One of my other big takeaways/tools that I wanted to share with people is: Follow your discomfort. Let it be a sort of internal GPS.

When something is uncomfortable or painful, our first (and normal) human response is to Ignore, Deny, or Push it Away. To cover it up with something else (food, wine, bad TV…whatever the distraction is). To pretend or deny that it’s there. I get it. I want to do that too at first.

And yet…I actually prefer to hone in on, explore, and follow the discomfort. Not only is it s an incredible act of courage to SIT and LISTEN to it, but it’s also your quickest way THROUGH it to the other side. Lastly, it’s trying to teach you something. So give it a try–follow it where it’s trying to point you. <3

It was such an honor to share these thoughts with attendees. And for everyone who couldn’t make it, stay tuned, I’ll be writing more on these topics. <3

Well-known fact about me: I like to eat…a lot. As in, I really like to eat.

And I eat frequently and semi-startlingly

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large amounts.  When I’m overly hungry or know it will be a long time between meals, I pretty much can’t make it–sort  of like a two-year old (but taller).

Therefore, when I’m heading into a road trip, flight, or weekend that requires a large energetic output, I arm myself with super-healthy, protein-packed superfoods to energize me and get me through! Bonus–I like to bring extra and feed everyone around me.

So heading into a weekend where I would both present and attend my favorite writer’s conference in the world Muse & the Marketplace (whose website wisely advises you to BYOB–protein bar that is) AND speaking and attending Yoga Reaches Out, an amazing yoga event at Gillette Stadium where over 1,000 yogis practice on New England’s favorite football field, you better believe I turned to my Registered Dietician Whiz Sister Hanna as to what I should bake and bring with me. I knew I’d need long-term, sustained energy and anything I could eat to help boost mental alertness and focus. Hanna recommended this recipe and I customized it to be gluten-free and extra-healthy.

Hanna explained that with whole-grains (complex carbohydrates), healthy fat, and packed with protein to keep you full,  these delicious bars allow for sustained energy throughout the day with no sugar crashes. Yay!

DiVello’s Delicious Energy-Packed Homemade Protein Bars:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • Coconut water from the bottom of a coconut cream can or ½ cup of coconut water
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • 4 eggs yolks
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (or the coconut cream from the top of the can if you want to omit dairy)
  • ¾ cup warm honey (I am not a sweets person, so I will cut this down to ½ cup next time just to experiment)
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup ground flax seed
  • ⅓ cup sunflower seeds
  • ⅔ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond butter (or any other type of nut butter you like)
  • 1 cup raisins (coarsely chopped!)
  • 1 cup pecans, pumpkin seeds, or the nut/seed of your choice

Directions: Line a 9 by 13-inch pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Soak a cup of oats with the coconut water and ½ a cup of filtered water, and let it sit for an hour.

Meanwhile, mix the eggs, yogurt, honey, and coconut oil together until well-blended.

Add all remaining ingredients and mix on a medium speed in your stand mixer (or wooden spatula if you’re up for a serious arm workout).

Break up the soaked rolled oats with a fork if need be.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35 minutes.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, so that the coconut oil and almond butter can solidify.

Cut into 2 by 1 slices and store in the fridge for a week (or even a few days more).

I doubled it because I wanted a large batch; you may want to wrap individually and freeze them.

 

I’m thrilled to be leading a workshop again this year at Grub Street’s Muse and theGrub Street Typewriter Mark Twain Marketplace. This is my third year teaching and fifth year attending this nationally recognized writer’s conference and every year I leave full-up on the excitement of new knowledge, connections, friendships, and energy, ideas, and tools for my writing.

Here are my 5 reasons you won’t want to miss it either:

  1. It’s a writer’s buffet of teaching talent. This veritable smorgasbord for writing allows you to take classes with a wide variety of teachers, learning from their unique experience and background.
  2. You can take classes on anything–ANYTHING and everything about the craft and business of writing. Want to drill down to the sentence level? We have a class on that. Wrestling with multiple points of view in your work in progress? We have a class on that. Not sure if your agent is right for you? Well, we just so happen to have a class on that. Not sure if you want to go indie or traditional? We will walk you through the pros and cons. If you can think of it, dream it or ask it, YES, WE HAVE A CLASS ON IT.
  3. It’s specific time to dedicate to you and your craft and that matters. As writers, we often squeeze our writing into the times we’re not doing everything else in our lives. I believe while that is unavoidable, it also sends a message to some deep level of your psyche (and your Muse). Taking time and making time to dedicate to your craft also sends a message: This matters to me and I will lovingly tend to, nourish, and dedicate myself to you.
  4. You will learn things you don’t even know you need to. See #2 above. Now peruse the list of classes here. Take something unexpected. Leave with your #mindblown.
  5. I will teach you tools you can use at home to bust through blocks and boost your creativity. You will leave feeling empowered and looking at creativity in a whole new way. Also, I will have snacks. 🙂

 

I took a chance and wrote a piece about why I left my high-powered (and soul-sucking) PR career to teach yoga…and was THRILLED when Marie Claire accepted it!

Then Cosmopolitan picked it up…!!Marie Claire 2

Then Elle picked it up…!!

Then Dr. Oz picked it up…!!!

And then Redbook picked it up!!!

OH HAPPY DAY!!!! I’m so thrilled to share my story with even more seekers, the growing tribe of people that are looking for more than a paycheck. Who want to make a difference, serve the world in their highest way, and find more fulfillment as they do. Keep seeking, seekers! We’re all in this together! <3

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Sara DiVello at the MFA Seated Janusirsana

I’m thrilled to kickoff #NamasteattheMFA on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston!

As part of this super-cool program, you get to grab your mat and get into the musuem BEFORE it opens (!!), stretch, breathe, and drink in the stillness of having the place to ourselves…then stay and enjoy the beauty of the museum at your leisure after calls.

Friends, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you can be there!

http://www.mfa.org/programs/special-event/namaste-saturday-with-sara-divello