The key to happiness that nobody tells you

What if I told you the key to happiness lies in mastering the use of just one tool. This tool is the most complex, powerful tool known to man and unbelievably it’s free, and every single person has access to one. It’s often taken for granted, overlooked, and under utilized as people search outside themselves for materials, resources and experiences to make them happy. So what is this tool? It’s the human brain! Sorry, was that a bit of a letdown? Let me explain.

I want to talk to you guys about training your brain because it’s something I’ve been deeply working on and I’ve experienced really amazing results. I don’t mean training it to get smarter with games like lumosity, which is great if you want to do that too, but I’m talking about the kind of training to get your brain to work for you, do what you want it to do and think how you want it to think. Because I promise you, right now, it doesn’t. And training your brain so that you can manage your thoughts is where you’ll find the key to happiness.

Hi friends. It’s been a while, huh? I’m sorry about that. I really didn’t mean to leave you hanging for so long. See, here’s the deal. By now hopefully most of you know that I’ve been dealing with a difficult, often debilitating, illness. You can read more about it here if you aren’t up to date on my story. For most of 2017 things had been going well and my illness had become more of an annoyance to me, which was a wonderful change after a year of pain and feeling like it ruled my life, and I found the time and energy to start this blog and even a podcast. And then things changed and I got really sick again in April.

Now let me ask you something…have you ever just needed a break from everything? Time to just get away and leave the world behind? Press the pause button on life for a few days?

When my illness flared up again in April it was worse than ever and it knocked me down for a good couple of weeks. I was extremely exhausted, sleeping for days straight, and fell into a dark depression that I’ve never experienced before. Something inside me told me what I needed was to press the pause button on life to focus on my health. So that’s what I did. I’ve been focusing more on getting in touch with my intuition and inner guide and so when I heard this message, I listened. In the past I would’ve ignored this voice or not even have heard it at all. Something inside me was telling me to just stop.

I essentially took a mental and physical break from everything. I stopped working, stopped all social media, stopped all blogging, all emails, I even stopped my beloved podcast that I had JUST launched. I spent all my time relaxing, resting, and recuperating. This was the hardest thing EVER to do. I’m a very driven person and I’m not one to sit still often. Spending all of this time resting and relaxing was so foreign to me and I often felt a lot of guilt. Shouldn’t I be working, earning money, doing something productive?? But I was doing something productive, I was focusing on my health and recovering. That is the most important thing. Without your health, you really have nothing at all.

 

And as I sit here in wet clothes (wet from the lovely ooze my skin is gifting to me today), I am still on this rest and recovery path. I didn’t think I’d be here 4 weeks later. I thought I’d take 2 weeks off and be back to normal, but it’s taking  longer than I expected to get back to my healthy self.

 

I know I need to be patient and trust in the timing of my life. Trust that this is right where I need to be. But it’s definitely hard when I feel so utterly helpless in my own body. It’s so hard to even just write this post but I wanted to explain what is going on to you guys and why I’ve been completely MIA for the past couple of weeks.

 

I haven’t forgotten about you guys! I haven’t forgotten about this blog! I’m just going through a rapid growth and learning process while working through this recovery and it’s taking longer than I expected. I thought I would bounce back in 2 weeks and be back at it, but that’s just not the case. But I will be back, I promise. I will be back and better than ever – soon! I will have so much to share about what I’ve learned and I’m excited to share everything with you guys when I’m better.

 

I just want to thank you all for your support and for reading my blog. It means the world to me to have such avid readers and I hope that by sharing my experiences you know you have a friend in me that you can always turn to. So please bare with me as I take some time to recover and get well. Know that I am doing all that I can to get better and get back to blogging. I will be back soon, so please stay with me! <3

 

Thank you all so much.
Xx,
Al

In this episode of the podcast, I’m speaking with Coley Lane, the founder and editor of lifegoalsmag.com, an online magazine for becoming your best self. It’s a wonderful resource for anyone interested in personal growth and self-exploration. There’s a lot of great content on it, I even contributed an article myself about what you should be doing instead of soul searching. In this episode we cover a ton of ground in the world of personal growth, from how to find your passions, exploring your life’s purpose, to meditation, to self-awareness, to our personal habits and routines that we use to stay aligned with and be our best selves.

I was excited to talk to Coley because having founded an online magazine all about personal growth I knew she would have some interesting insights into what we could all be doing to be happier versions of ourselves. I also have gotten to know her personally outside of the podcast and I knew that her own journey of sort of growing up without any passions or direction might resonate with a lot of you, I know it did with me. 

In this episode you’ll learn…

This week on the podcast I’m speaking with Lena Elkins, a Millennial business and marketing coach who works with ambitious Millennials from around the world on escaping the 9 to 5 and launching their own online freelance businesses. This episode is all about finding the confidence to trust yourself, learning how to put yourself first, and figuring out how to get more in touch with your true self. 

Yes, Lena is a business coach and maybe starting your own business interests you, but maybe it doesn’t. Either way, what I really wanted to get out of this conversation with Lena was to understand how she was able to leave her corporate job at such a young age, despite her family and friends all thinking it was a bad idea. Where did that confidence come from? She seemed to have figured out who she was and what she wanted to do at such a young age and I wanted to know what it was that made her able to trust herself so much and go out on her own. I wanted to know what she does in her everyday life that might be different than the rest of us who are still trying to figure out who we are. Make sure you stay tuned till the end as Lena will be divulging her secrets, including one she’s never talked openly about before!

In this episode you’ll learn…

Hi guys! Today’s episode of the Punch Drunk Soul Podcast is with Jessica Dimas, a writer, blogger and mom who’s passionate about using the law of attraction and self-care in her daily life.

In our conversation we dive deep into her experience using the law of attraction to overcome a difficult situation in her life and how she’s developed it into a practice that has helped her create her ideal life and then we discuss how you can do the same in your own life! For those of you that don’t know what the law of attraction is, it’s the theory that like attracts like – essentially the idea that people and their thoughts are both made up of energy, as is everything else in the universe, and that through the process of “like energy attracting like energy” you can improve your own health, wealth and personal relationships with positive thoughts.

In this episode you’ll learn…

WOWOWOW! The first EVER episode of the Punch Drunk Soul Podcast is here guys! It’s finally here! This has been a freakin labor of love if I do say so myself. I had no idea how much really went into making a podcast. It’s not as easy as just pressing record and finding people to talk to. In fact, that was the easy part for me! But alas, it’s here now and I am SO SO excited to share it with you all! This first episode is all about exploring what it feels like to be out of alignment with your true self, learning how to find inner alignment and how to manage and overcome depression and anxiety through inner work.

In the episode, I speak with Lauren Madden, a Yoga Teacher in training and a certified Health and Wellness Life Coach living outside of Phoenix, Arizona. She works one-on-one with women to bring more alignment and happiness to their true self through balanced physical, mental, emotional and spiritual work. I feel like Lauren and I are kindred souls in that we share a lot of similarities in our paths which is what made me so excited to share her story with you guys. For example, we both took jobs in advertising after college and thought that was our dream job, only to find ourselves feeling lost, unsettled and depressed after an initial year of enjoying the job. Needless to say, it left us both super confused about what we wanted out of life! In this episode we’ll dive into how Lauren was able to get from there to where she is now.

In this episode you’ll learn…

Well, it’s official! The Punch Drunk Soul Podcast has launched! You can view and subscribe to it on iTunes right now!

To celebrate I’m giving away a TON of high vibe goodies to one lucky winner…will it be YOU? To enter, follow the instructions below and don’t forget to SHARE with friends and family because for every friend you refer, you get EIGHT additional entries!

Ultimate High Vibe Prize Pack

This prize pack is perfect for anyone looking to start a new chapter in their life, explore a new side of themselves, become more self-aware and open themselves up to fully aligning with their true self and soul. It’s basically everything you need to get started on or continue your personal growth journey to a happy and fulfilled life!

About the prizes:

  1. 1 year Headspace App subscription ($95 value) – Headspace is my favorite app for anyone looking to make a habit out of meditation. It’s what I personally used for about a year to help me learn and solidify my meditation practice. Now I meditate every day without fail and it has completely changed my life.
  2. 6 books (Big Magic, The Universe Has Your Back, The Power of Now, Light is the New Black, Daring Greatly, The Icarus Deception) (approx. $80 value) – These are the books that have had the biggest impact on my personal growth and spirituality journey. I’m so excited to give them all to one lucky winner!
  3. One $50 Lululemon gift card -My favorite brand of workout and yoga gear. Let’s face it, who couldn’t use some lulu bucks?
  4. Moon Juice Spirit Dust ($30 value) – One of favorite additions to my morning and evening healthy hot chocolate or tea. This adaptogenic elixir helps maintain healthy systems for superior states of clarity, relaxation and bliss.
  5. A Trio pack of Philosophie Superfoods’ Cacao Magic, Green Dream, and Berry Bliss Superfood and Protein Blends ($37 value) – These superfood and protein blends are the most fun new additional to my pantry. I love mixing the Cacao magic into my healthy hot chocolate to make it even healthier ;).
  6. One clear quartz necklace from @HumbleWarriorDesigns ($20 value) – Clear Quartz is the most versatile healing stone among all crystals. Quartz is the most powerful healing stone of the mineral kingdom, able to work on any condition. Clear Quartz is known as the stone of power and amplifies any energy or intention. It also protects against negativity, attunes to your higher self, and relieves pain. In other words it’s the perfect crystal for everyone.
  7. One detoxifying houseplant from @Trippin.On.Plants ($20 value) – Made with love from a good friend in Los Angeles, this little houseplant is more than just a pretty face. It also absorbs toxins in the air like formaldehyde, benzene and xylene, so you don’t have to. So nice of it, don’t you think?
  8. One Yoga Design Lab yoga mat ($54 value) – One of my favorite yoga mats for its beautiful design and machine washability! Luxurious and absorbent sueded microfiber (made of recycled plastic bottles!) bonded to a natural tree rubber base gives you the sweaty grip of a towel and the cushion of a yoga mat. Best used in sweaty yoga conditions or sprayed down with a little water before class.
  9. One “Passion” doTerra essential oil roller and one “Passion” doTerra lotion from @HappyHealthyJoe ($56 value) – Have you lost your why, your mojo, your passion? Too much of even a good thing can become predictable and boring over time. doTERRA Passion Inspiring Blend of spice and herb essential oils will help you rekindle excitement in your life. These Passion products will help ignite feelings of excitement, passion, and joy and counteract negative feelings of boredom and disinterest.
  10. One 50ml tin Oulis-Ointment ($27 value) – One of my new favorite beauty products! Those of you that know me know I don’t use much in terms of makeup or skincare, so when I find something I like, I sing it from the rooftops! This all purpose beauty balm can be used on anything from dry skin, eczema, cuts, burns, diaper rash, just under makeup, you name it! It’s all natural and made with a few simple ingredients including olive oil, chamomile and bees wax.
  11. One self-exploration journal ($15 value) – Journaling is an important part of the self-awareness and alignment process, but sometimes it’s tough to begin if you’re not much of a writer. To get you started I wanted to include this fun journal with self-reflecting prompts.
  12. One Major Arcana candle ($25 value) – The same candle I used to begin my new self-discovery journey just one year ago. The Fool candle, stands for new cycles, new journeys, or beginning anew. You do not need to worry, let go of fear. Stop making excuses or waiting for everything to be perfect, it is time to act. Take a leap of faith. Put your trust in the universe and know that you will be taken care of. Light the candle, anoint yourself with the included oil, meditate, repeat.

A special thank you to the brands who participated in this giveaway! Please be sure to check them out!
@Trippin.On.Plants
Oulis-Ointment
HappyHealthyJoe
HumbleWarriorDesigns
Philosophie Superfoods’

What are you waiting for?! Enter now!

Good luck!

Xx,
Ali

What does it really mean to love yourself?

So I’m trying something new here…I went on a little Instagram Story adventure and decided to post it on YouTube so that I could upload it here for you guys. I love that Instagram stories are so spur of the moment and really connect you to people on a whole new level, but they do disappear after 24 hours so I thought in case you missed it – here’s my latest video all about self love and what it means to love yourself.

If you’re not following me on Instagram yet, please do! I’m planning to start doing Instagram stories pretty frequently to share things I’ve learned throughout the week. I’ll also post to YouTube so be sure to subscribe to my channel in case you miss my Instagram stories. And if you don’t feel like going to YouTube, I’ll also post them here. That’s the plan at least. 😉

So this video is about my recent revelation about self love and how I wasn’t really practicing it at all, even though I thought I kind of was. What does it really mean to love yourself? Find out what I think in the video!