I just returned home from a month long journey to Bali. Over the past few days I’ve been noticing how different I am. I know that people go on trips all the time and come home saying they’ve changed but… I really mean it. I am SO different than I was a little over a month ago.

I have seemingly unlimited patience. My impatience used to be a running joke around here. Today I went to the post office to mail Kale Yeah T’s (they are on sale 40% off btw, get em while they last). There was a HUGE line. Then killer traffic on the way home from the post office. It was mid way through the traffic that I realized that I wasn’t bothered by any of it. Not the traffic, not the line, not the screaming kids, not the lady with the literal wagon full of boxes… I am so non-reactive. I am in awe. My stomach used to turn into knots in situations that were out of my control. I’d get anxious in lines, frustrated in traffic and now… Poof! GONE!

I’m quiet, contemplative and unapoligetically internal. I’ve been leaving my phone off most days unless I have a client call. I’m hardly on social media. Cliff and I are sitting and talking for hours on end. I feel space inside of me and around me. I feel peaceful. I’m observing my body adjusting back into this time zone and giving myself plenty of time to rest, to sleep when I feel like it and be awake when I feel like it. It’s actually nearly 3 am as I’m writing this. Two words friends… Jet Lag! It’s real.

I feel deeply loved and protected despite learning that when our home, our RV went in for service it was stripped of every electronic gadget and gizmo in the place. The TV was ripped off the wall, iPods gone, Jambox gone, brand new Roku still in the box (that was buried in a drawer) gone… and so much more. I am observing my reaction to it and how different I am in processing it all. I spoke with a representative of the shop and his only response was that Cliff signed a “not responsible for loss” waiver when he dropped it off. Wha? That doesn’t mean it’s ok to shop in our home. How can someone run a business that way?

In times past I would have gotten in my car and driven down there to speak yell at the owner or manager and demand resolution. The anger would have eaten me up from the inside out. Instead I saged our sweet little home and reminded myself that I am safe. I am loved. Somehow this is all for me. And I sent love to whoever took all our stuff. And to the guy who was zero help on the phone. And to the owner who has refused to take or return my calls. I will still be writing a Yelp review and filing an official complaint but with the intention of protecting other RV families instead of sticking it to this place.

Beyond that I’m reflecting on this feeling inside. This raw vulnerability of having our home violated in this way. Memories are flooding in from my life. Memories of times when people have wronged me and when I have wronged others. I’m seeing their faces, offering forgiveness and asking for forgiveness and it’s painful. And cleansing.

See what I mean? Different!

As 2014 draws to a close I feel brand new. I feel ready for the coming year and I feel excited for what is ahead. In 2015 I’m expanding my work to honor the knowing inside that has been clearly speaking saying, “Lacy, it’s time to offer more. It’s time to share what you know, to let people in, to hold them close and love them deeply so that you may grow together, open and heal together. It’s time.”

And so… I am thrilled to announce LacyYoungRetreats.com. The first retreat is going to be May 16 – 23, 2015 in Costa Rica. I’m calling it Shift and it’s already being infused with so much love and careful attention to every detail.

Join me on a profound healing journey like nothing you have ever experienced.
Join me for the transformation you have been waiting for.
Join me for a journey into your true self.

If this is the right fit for you, you will you know. You’ll feel it in your body. You’ll feel it before you finish reading this page. And you’ll bravely answer the call with YES. I will do this. I will trust this. YES.

The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea. – Isak Dinesen

This is for you if:

  • You want to better understand and experience higher states of consciousness.
  • You’ve felt blocked or stuck for some time and you’re ready to unclog those blocks
  • You want to understand how the universe works and what your purpose is in life.
  • You have an open heart and are willing to change. <—– You can do anything if you answer YES to this one!
  • You’re building a new business or you’re ready for your current business to grow.
  • If this is resonating with you on a level you can’t quite explain.

This is also for you if:

  • You want to feel peaceful in your life. And joy. Heaps of joy.
  • You are ready to heal your body of physical and emotional pain.
  • You are feeling called to let go of unhealthy habits or addictive behaviors that are no longer serving you (ie. emotional or disordered eating, alcohol or cigarettes)
  • You are ready to heal past relationships and find a partner to share this life with.
  • You are looking for change in your career, in your relationship(s) and in your body.
  • You would like to feel empowered and hopeful.

This is not for you if:

  • You are not willing to invest your time and money in yourself.
  • You are not willing to explore new ways of thinking.
  • You would prefer to not share your experiences with other people or to listen to theirs.
  • You do not believe healing can happen in a matter of days.

What led me to this work?

To truly and fully heal you MUST be willing to feel and feel deeply, truthfully and consistently. Big shifts will happen if you trust that and practice it.

The past decade I’ve been on an intentional healing journey. Most recently I traveled to Bali because something unexplainable inside told me I needed to go. I’ve felt that call less than a dozen times my entire life and each time was nothing short of life changing. Bali was no exception. I have been meditating for years but what I learned and experienced in Bali created indelible changes in my body.

I watched in awe throughout the month-long trip as monumental internal shifts happened one after another. The space in my heart and belly where overwhelm and anxiety used to live cleared. My inability to truly cry was set free by meditations that invited movement of all that stuck energy. I will remember how it felt to release deep sobs and layers of profound grief for a long, long time to come. The feeling of being internally frayed all the time mended and was replaced with calm, even energy. And perhaps most notably, compassion has flooded the spaces in my body where anger used to rage. I was angry about everything from my parents divorce to feeling unheard as a child. You name it, I had anger about it. All that old reactivity is gone. All that pain has dissolved as a result of meditating.

I’ve never felt more free, light, alive, open and ready to share. Leading these retreats is an extension of doing the work I was meant to do in this life. It is my great hope that attending this retreat will be a rebirth for you, an opportunity to step into your power and become what you truly are. Together may we make the world a better place by helping those we love and each other to continue making empowering choices that raise the energy of all beings everywhere.

What exactly will we be doing?


“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estés

We will meet daily as a group for 7 days to meditate, talk, explore, write, rest, eat, relax, play, laugh, cry, heal and grow.

You’ll learn practical techniques and meditations to go deep within and to invite shifts so that you may know the truth of who you are. You will take mindful steps to invite healing and freedom from needless suffering. When you open up to this journey, you’ll learn how to listen to and connect with your intuition in ways that you’ve never experienced before. You’ll release old hurts both known and unknown. You’ll find joy. Serious, peaceful joy. You’ll feel the lightness that comes from eating life-giving foods. You’ll redefine self care. You’ll connect with other people who are on the path. You’ll feel tremendously loved and pampered by every detail.
This is a course for individuals, an inward journey, but you are welcome to bring your partner if you’d like to experience this work side-by-side. You’ll leave with the tools you need to continue your work at home.

This is a non-denominational retreat. Our work will transcend religious and cultural barriers. It is ok if you’ve never meditated before and it’s ok if you have an established meditation practice. The only prerequisites are your desire and willingness to change. You can expect a loving and safe environment.

Our work together will be consistent, constructive and mutually nourishing.

Investment:

The cost of the retreat covers our work together; 3 deliciously, consciously prepared organic vegetarian meals daily; transportation to and from the Liberia International Airport; your room and select activities. Choose from 3 different rooms with prices ranging from $2,700 to $3,550 for the week.

Option 1: Nature Suite

Nature Suites are located on a hillside overlooking the lush vegetation. They are natural wood frame structures and have private bathrooms with an outdoor shower overlooking the jungle. Each Suite sleeps two people and includes a separate enclosed porch with a desk. All Suites have solar hot water as well as air conditioning. The Suites are a short walk up the hill to the Main Building.

Single Room: $3,550
Shared Room: $3,125

Option 2: Hermitage

Many of these rooms have partial views of the ocean and others of the mountains nearby, a queen-sized bed, a private bathroom with solar hot water and a natural ventilation system. There are also a few Hermitage Rooms available with twin beds for two people.

Single Room: $3,150
Shared Room: $2,900

Option 3: Eco-Cottage

The cottages are beautifully situated in lush vegetation. They are natural wood frame structures with screening for natural ventilation. Each Cottage sleeps two people and has a private bathroom with solar hot water showers and everything runs on solar powered electricity to provide a comfortable and ecological setting. The Eco-Cottages are situated below the Main Building and involve a short hike up a stone stairway to get to the Main Building.

Single Room: $2,950
Shared Room: $2,700

Space is limited. If you have questions, contact me directly here.

Every wise culture knows that there are times that are important to walk out in the desert or in the mountains, or to go on retreat and listen.” -Jack Kornfield

What clients are saying:

“Thank you so much for your love and being there for me. You will never know just how much it means to me. I believe whole-heartedly that you were sent to me to help me work through my issues. You have such a gentle way of nudging me to get to the root of issues that I deal with and of helping me put things in perspective. I would never have dreamed that a business coach would be so much more that strictly business planning. You have changed my life and continue to help me move towards being a healthier person. No other business coach would do that. You are so much more and I was meant to connect with you. You truly make my heart smile and help me feel complete. And it has been a long time since I have felt like that. Thank you!” – Tania

“I was looking for a spiritual teacher. It wasn’t that I was broke or deeply unhappy or desperate in any way; I just had a sense that there was more to this life, and I wanted to go deeper. In my mind, I pictured this guide as an Indian man with a turban. Boy, was I surprised when I realized that it was actually Lacy from Texas. I told her things I’ve never told anyone, and I felt so safe, so HELD, so SEEN. I felt loved, welcomed, and at home with Lacy in a way I’ve never felt with anyone. And she told me the truth. She told me the TRUTH. Sometimes it hurt. Sometimes after our conversations, I had to sit with that truth for hours before it rested onto my bones and – every time – healed them. I’ve never met anyone like Lacy. I truly have no words. She embodies everything she teaches. It’s healing just to be in her presence. Everyone needs this work. Everyone.” – Lindsey

Together we will share seven days of meditation, healing, and the unearthing of deep, inexplicable joy in Costa Rica.

Apply here.
Or get in touchhere with questions.
See the retreat page here.

I came to Bali because I felt powerfully and unexplainably drawn here. In the three weeks I’ve been here so far everything has changed, shifted, lightened. It feels like my whole life has been a series of events leading me to this experience. Deep meditation lead to healing work. I cried. A lot. A first in as long as I can remember. I called out from the depths of grief. I opened up my body and as a result I’ve never felt more free. More light. More alive. More open.

Bali reminded me how important atmosphere is for me. The combination of natural beauty and daily offerings have helped bolster calm inside of me to allow for all the good work to happen. I needed to be so far away. I needed to wander the winding streets, sweat bucket loads, eat fruit, feel the buzz of the city and then sit near the ocean. I needed to be in a place of uncertainty. I needed every bit of it.

The big question marks that characterized my first few days in Bali have been replaced with a deep peace and calm. I read back in my journal and notice how confused I was… and now I just feel compassion for her and all the striving energy.

There have been monumental internal shifts. I used to have an apartment in my heart and my belly for overwhelm and anxiety. They’ve gone now and a tremendous weight has lifted. I used to worry about my trachea and now I truly feel that I can heal myself. I’ve believed that for a long time but now I FEEL the truth of it.

I know now that to truly and fully heal you MUST be willing to feel and feel deeply, truthfully and consistently. Big shifts will happen if you trust that and practice it.

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I’m seeing clearly that it’s time to share all I’ve learned in Bali and the decade leading up to it. It’s time to go deeper. It is going to be completely different from anything I’ve done before. The truth is that I love food and what it can do for us but the part of coaching that I am deeply moved by are those moments when we move beyond food and into what’s at the core. This is going to be all core.

It’s life coaching but not really.
It’s health coaching but not really.
It’s business coaching but not really.

I’m inviting you to join me on a profound healing journey like nothing you’ve ever experienced. It will be powerful and unexplainable just like this trip for me. More information will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

With tremendous love,
Lacy

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That moment when your sister Face Times and you look the same down to the side bun. WOAH.

My sister and I talk daily. It’s one of my favorite rituals. We gush over our capsule wardrobe favorites and talk about Chloe but mostly we go into the core of what’s happening in our lives. We leap into the deep stuff, the work, the truths that we’re learning and the intentions that we’re setting.

Lately, we have been having conversations on being seen. How we all really, really want to be seen. What that means. Who gets to see you. Who truly knows you. How to let people know you without feeling like you’re always sharing all your business. And on and on. As we were about to get off the phone she said something that I’ve been rolling around inside ever since… “Lace, it’s time to give people more access to you.” It was her voice but I felt like I was hearing from the angels. She is SO connected to her intuition and the divine.

To be seen and truly show who you are you have to know yourself or at least be in pursuit of knowing yourself. Seems pretty straight forward but oh so many women (and men) have forgotten who they truly are. At the heart of truth we are joy. Joy is our birthright. Sometimes in the chaos and noise of life we forget that. We reflex into weird striving energy trying to be something we’re not. I forget that. I reflex. But I knew exactly what she meant and it hit me as an all caps Y-E-S in my body. Time to get real.

The next day I tried it in the most logical place. I had a call with a potential client and I was totally me. I  was professional but playful. Knowledgeable but not judgey. I giggled. I asked her to be my friend (umm I don’t always do that). I was totally serious. Talking with her was an all caps Y-E-S in my body. I felt our connection immediately and I knew two things… 1. I can help her and 2. I want to. She’s now a client our energy together is still amazing. I feel so lifted after we get off the phone. She does too. I’d call it magic but I know it’s a result of living in my truth. It’s a result of listening to the Y-E-S and honoring it.

There are dear girls in my Togetherness Tuesday weekly drop-in coaching group that know me. Anyone I’ve been coaching for more than a phone call knows me but you guys… do you know me? If you didn’t before you will now. Ha! I’ve been set free with permission from my sis and I’m kind of on fire about it.

When I started my business (started seeing clients in 2009, graduated in 2010) I had all this striving energy and worried about doing it right. I said yes to everyone who wanted to work with me. I learned a lot the hard way. I used the worksheets that school gave me and followed the programs to the letter. Each year I got a bit more confidence and moved more into my own style. Less worksheets. Less by the book. More intuition. These days I know what I’m doing. I know how to let my intuition lead and I’m ok with sounding completely woo woo in the process. I apologize for it less and less (always a good sign). And you know it’s totally working….being me has helped more people be themselves and HEAL themselves. I have seen people heal their bodies of everything from candida to cancer.

There’s change unfolding as I type. I’m stepping into my ME-ness and every part of my 35 year old self feels the buzz of that energy. I’m owning my gifts and my personal power. Elizabeth Gilbert said that she used to look people in the eyes and give them the answer they wanted to hear instead of the answer that was in her heart. Hearing her say that gutted me. I did that too! I mastered that skill as a young child and it served my well into adulthood. No more. It’s all about speaking truth now. And you know, it’s not nearly as dramatic as that sounds. It’s actually the most subtle shift and you’d probably never notice if I hadn’t said anything. But maybe you would… we all feel each others energy all the time and the energy of truth or falsehood is weighty stuff.

May I give you some permission here?
- Follow Liz Gilbert’s advice and look inside before you answer folks.
- Don’t do anything unless it’s an all caps Y-E-S in your body.
- Be who you are. Everyone says that all the time but I’m telling you when you wring out every ounce of you-ness you will heal yourself and others.
- Get serious about who you are. No more shrinking. Own your brilliance! Claim your genius! It feels so GOOD!

And I’d like to give you an invitation too…
- If you’re not signed up for One Pot Wonders yet please do consider joining us! It’s quickly becoming this fabulous little truth portal for sharing my passion and love. Oh you’ll get some pretty amazing soup recipes too.
- If you could use a little encouragement Kayla (my sis) is doing Angel Readings. It’s totally woo woo and it’s amazing.

And if you need a little fuel while you ponder all of this here’s my latest green juice combo.

morning green juice

Juice this up and enjoy!

1 bunch kale
3 stalks celery
1 piece fennel
1 piece ginger
2 cucumbers
1/2 bunch cilantro
1 apple
1 lemon

Serves 2

With love,
Lacy

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I’ve fallen in crazy, serious love with capsule wardrobes. Crazy. Serious. Love.

If you frequent here you know that earlier this summer Cliff and I sold/ gave away most of our stuff, bought an older RV (why is it that someone born in 94 is not old but an RV from 94 is totally old?), renovated and are living, working and traveling in it!

I downsized my wardrobe for RV living but kept way too many shoes and two months in realized that I had a closet full of random pieces that didn’t make any sense together or on my body. I had a stack of jeans that were a too loose here, too tight there. Shirts that I thought I HAD to have from Target (when I was really just supposed to be on a toilet paper run). You’ve been there, right?

The night before we were leaving for our month on the road in September we parked the RV in a parking lot and spent the night at my mom’s house. Cliff met me there and brought clothes for me from the RV. It was a huge wake up call. He grabbed my clothes from my closet but they felt random to me and I wasn’t comfortable in them. HELLO! What an excellent measure. I realized right then and there that I want him to be able to go into my closet at ANY TIME and choose ANYTHING for me. AND I want to feel completely comfortable and confident in those clothes. Intention set!

Not long after I found this blog called Unfancy and it T R A N S F O R M E D my wardrobe and totally set me free! This post is, in fact a big thank you to Caroline for her blog and all she has inspired in me these past weeks! THANK YOU, Caroline! The first week I started my fall capsule you would have thought I just got engaged. It was THAT good! I’m not kidding when I tell you this whole capsule wardrobe thing has given me so much permission to live in my authenticity, to embrace the power that I have to create my day and my life and to own my confidence in new, completely happy-making ways! And you know I’m on board with anything that grows confidence in a sincere way.

Of course a capsule wardrobe is space friendly for living in an RV (I actually have extra room in our tiny closet now, wha!?). The space in the closet is nice but the space in my life has been the real magic! There’s so much more ease in my days. I get dressed without laboring over what to wear and I feel great all day long. So simple yet so profound.

I am not sure that I could have described my style to you before finding Unfancy. Our lifestyle is all about health, fun and flow and my style feels best mirroring that… so casual and comfortable is a no brainer but I also have this preppy side that loves a good button down and loafers. So I’m going with preppy, casual, comfortable for my style and so far it feels really good!

It doesn’t get more comfy and casual than a T- shirt and jeans! I wear this outfit on repeat every week. The jeans are my new fave of all time. I’ve been wearing them for a couple of weeks without washing (TMI?) and they still fit! I’ve started sizing down on jeans for that very reason. I was so tired of wearing jeans once post wash and then needing to belt them or wash them again.

Each day I try to wear something that feels totally me, a soul mate piece as my friend Lizzy always says. “Soul mate” pieces are those things that you see and they take your breath away! You are drawn to them, have to have them and they become a signature item in your collection! That was me and this necklace from Sundance. I adore it and it was a gift from my mom so that makes it doubly special.

I would love to know…

What are your soul mate pieces?

T-Shirt: Madewell

Jeans: Madewell

Shoes: Teysha (similar) This is a thoughtful company with a great cause! Love that.

Necklace (long with charms): Sundance

Necklace (short with stone): Crystal Works (They don’t sell online but you can order over the phone. I chose this one because I was drawn to it and wouldn’t you know it’s to help with the throat.)

With capsule love,
Lacy

p.s. These are NOT affiliate links. I’m sharing a new love that is part of my healthy, happy life. My hope is that you’ll find a bit of permission in here to find your style. To simplify your wardrobe and wear what feels really, truly like you! The better you feel the more frequently you’ll eat foods that also make you feel good and you’ll think kinder thoughts about yourself. It is all beautifully woven together. If you need capsule info or want to create your own wardrobe capsule I recommend you visit Unfancy. She has super duper advice.

The words Self Care get tossed around a lot these days. Do you know what Self Care is? Are you practicing it? What’s your favorite way to practice? Have you made it a priority in your life? Earlier this week I had not one but three people ask me to share my self care routine and practices. I try to honor and listen to those signs so I thought I’d share it here as well!

Self care has been a journey for me and it’s something I still really work on. You know how getting sick is your sign to SLOW DOWN and take better care of you? Yeah. Self care started off like that in my life. I learned the hard way at first via overwhelm and burn out. Raise your hand if you’re a recovering people pleaser too!

self care definationIt’s been years of systematic changes in my work and lifestyle to take better care of me. Learning the hard practice of saying NO has been key. Letting go of self judgement and stories around slowing down has been huge too. I used to think busy meant successful and that somehow working all the time made me more worthy of success. Those were some BIG stories that 1) weren’t serving me and 2) just aren’t true. Allowing myself to lay down if I need it or to sit in quiet and meditate have been massive shifts in my life. These days my self care has been taking a turn to mirror my food life… it’s all about healing, what feels good and prevention.

Here’s what I’ve laid out for myself. As you read notice what resonates with you and what makes you feel light. Perhaps those are the practices to try on, modify and put to work in your self care routines.

FUN:

Weekly I schedule 1 date with myself reserved for fun. I take myself to the movies. I swim. I take myself to lunch or for a drive. I do whatever feels really good in my body. During that time I UNPLUG from all technology (A MUST). Some weeks it’s just an hour. Others it’s an entire day. It all depends on what I’m feeling that I need. If I’m super busy and the week is wearing on me then I take m o r e time for myself to go and remember what fun is. I block off the time in my calendar and treat it like a client appointment. That means I always show up! Cliff always says, “no one is shooting at us” and I take it to heart. He’s right. This is not a life or death situation. It’s my life and I get to choose how to LIVE IT each moment of each day and the more fun the better!

WATER + BREAKFAST:

I drink water daily upon waking. And eat within an hour of waking. So key. On days when I allow myself to get sucked into technology too quickly I can easily skip breakfast or wait way too long to eat and I feel it. After all this time I’m still in awe that I’m the boss of my food life and however I feel is a direct reflection of how well I did or did not prioritize taking care of my needs.

EATING CUT OFF:

I’ve recently added no eating after 6 or 7 at night. So far that’s feeling really good. I’m not crazy strict about it… if we go to dinner I enjoy dinner without looking at the clock. I’d say at the moment I’m sticking to it a good 5 or 6 days a week. The circadian rhythm of our bodies dictates that we are to eat when the sun is out and rest when the moon is out. Practicing an eating cut off time is my way of trying to honor that a little more each day. Eating late at night is a sure fire way to pack on lb’s and as a recovering sugar addict/ emotional eater night time eating was a particularly tender time for me. You know you better than anyone… set some safe boundaries for yourself within your routines and honor them.

KEEP IT FRESH + GREEN:

I make sure to eat something green everyday. A green juice, a green smoothie, steamed veggies, salad… doesn’t matter I just make sure to get in green veggies. I tell every single one of my clients about the importance of greens and anyone who knows me knows that veggies are way more than just a food preference… it’s a lifestyle. My lifestyle. If I’m traveling and can’t access greens like usual I use a green powder in the mornings with breakfast. I also try to eat 50% + of my daily food raw to invite the most nutrients possible into my body. That’s part of why I love green juices and green smoothies so much.

GO WITHIN:

Creating my day is always the goal. The way to create your day is through meditation. When I approach meditation from a creation stand point knowing that it has the power to change my day and my life I show up every time without fail. It’s pretty hard to argue with facts like these. When I forget how rich and deep meditation is I remember to keep it on the list because it’s “good for me” and honestly some weeks that is enough. This week has been exceptional, so far I’ve meditated everyday and I’m aiming to do a long one this afternoon. Last week I think I meditated 3x so it definitely ebbs and flows over here. Some days are 10 minutes via a short and sweet Deepak Chopra mediation. Others are long up to an hour or just over via a Joe Dispenza mediation. I almost always use a guided meditation. I’d say about 1 out of every 10 times I will sit and meditate on my breath alone in silence. I don’t have any rules on guided or not… I just go with what feels good and most often I go with how much time I want to spend.

MOVEMENT + REST:

I live in an RV and happily work from home. I sit on my booty in a small space most of the day. No doubt about it that’s a sedentary lifestyle. Lately I’m light on movement and heavy on rest at the urging (and near begging) of my Ayurvedic doc and team of healers. It’s been a tough adjustment for me to SLOW DOWN and follow the advice to not “exert” myself. I run/walk a few times a week. I have also been swimming when the mood strikes (I’ve been twice this week). Lately I’m feeling the calling back to yoga so it’s me and my yoga mat it the RV which is pretty comical actually.

Giving myself permission to nap and rest has been earth shattering. I’m not kidding I used to be an ALL GO, ALL THE TIME kind of gal. The more work I do on healing my body the more I can feel the subtle calls from within. When I start to feel a little frayed, weak or small I go lay down for a bit. Naps are an amazing reset button and immune booster.

HEALING PRACTICES:

Daily I wake and take all my Ayurvedic herbs to support the healing of my body. I’m over half way through 30 days of daily sesame oil enemas (TMI? Sorry.) to help lubricate and restore health to my internal body. The Ayurveda perspective on Tracheal Stenosis is that we have one long tube from mouth to anus and mine is dried out so… I’m taking oil on both ends and also oiling my skin. Oil-a-palooza over here and I have to tell you the oil enemas though not the most comfortable thing I’ve ever experienced feel like they are totally working.

I share all this to tell you that healing is an all in endeavor. If you’re negotiating some kind of sickness or imbalance in your body it can be all consuming. It’s been really soothing to add these practices to my daily rituals. I do each from a place of gratitude that each day I get to take actions with a pure intention of easy breathing and believing in healing possibility. My sister reminds me to ask the Universe to wow me in regards to my health. Isn’t that a beautiful image to think of! How many times have you been in awe of something that unfolded before you without you having to effort in that direction? Just this past weekend I won tickets to a truly transformational Oprah weekend and I didn’t even register to win. My Aunt registered me. I was WOW-ed for sure and so now I ask the Universe to wow me in regards to my healthy and healed body.

SEEK KNOWLEDGE:

Daily I read something that I’m trying to learn. It’s usually really quick around 5 – 10 minutes.

SAY WHAT YOU NEED:

I tell Cliff what’s happening with me daily. Turns out he’s not a mind reader so it’s helpful for him to know what I’m negotiating. I ask for what I need… some days it’s for him to read/ edit something I’ve written, some days it’s help rubbing oil all over me as part of my healing ritual, some days it’s for some space to move through something I’m working on. That practice adds to the ease of our relationship and helps us both feel really supported.

GET BAREFOOT:

The sun + earths energy are crucial for vibrant health. I spend time barefoot in the grass or with my hands in the dirt weekly. Ideally we’d come into contact with the earth daily. I joke (but I’m totally serious) that one day when we have a yard again I want a dirt and sand garden where I can go lay naked with the sun on my face. This is the part where my dad thinks I’ve totally lost my mind (ha!) but it’s so elemental to be in contact with our earth! I think it’s one of the reasons why so many of us love the beach. It’s one of the rare times we are barefoot and covered in sand! When is the last time you physically touched the earth?

I hope you found one or a few things that are resonating in you. Remember that just like food self care is completely individual. While I’m over here taking it easy and embracing naps you may need to run as hard and as fast as you can! There are some things, too, like saying what you need and taking yourself on a weekly date that I think we could all benefit from.

To caring for your beautiful self in the way that only you can!
Lacy

P.s. Be sure to join me for One Pot Wonders! It’s 3 months of soup-a-week recipes for $28! It’s going to be souper. ;) Enroll here.

I’m so tempted to name this a gingerbread smoothie but I’m not a fan of naming #vegan things after their dairy counterparts. Soooo I’ll call it a Pumpkin Ginger Green Smoothie instead. It looks like pea soup all blended up BUT it tastes like spiced fall goodness.

If you love ginger this one is for you! And if your gut needs balancing ginger is your new bestie.

You’ll need:

1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 handful greens
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp all spice
1/2 inch piece fresh ginger (peeled) You can use less if you’re still getting used to ginger.
3 medjool dates (pits removed)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 frozen banana
1 tsp vanilla extract

I used a baby kale/ spinach blend. If you’re new to this whole #greensmoothie thing go for spinach, the flavor is light so you won’t taste the greens in your smoothie.

Enjoy!
Lacy

I received an email from a dear girl who is in the midst of transition and I saw so much of my story in her words. She went to a yoga class, and another and another. She feel madly and deeply in love with the practice and the way her body felt fully engaged in the present moment of each pose. She paid lots of money for proper schooling and credentials. She became a certified yoga teacher. She loved teaching.

And now that her shiny new website is built and ready to roll out into the world it’s become unavoidably clear that it’s time to move on. Disappointment. Guilt. So many feelings are colliding all at once. Then the justification that she spent the money on the site… shouldn’t she see it through?

I’m here to say permission granted to change course in the very moment that you know it’s time. Seriously. We all do that thing over money from time-to-time. You spend “good” money on something really big and then there’s that moment of pause… you use the money as a justification to keep going even though every fiber of your being is saying MOVE ON RIGHT NOW!

Honoring your intuition is sacred ground. Do it. At all cost. Some days it may be something really big like NOT publishing the site. Others is may be seemingly small like not finishing a book. It’s your life and you get to live it however you want. Exercise that beautiful freedom.

Letting it go (whatever it is) can be excruciating and at the same time completely necessary. It is ok that something (or someone) once filled you up body and soul and then it was time to move on. I spent my 20′s trying to make a living out of things I loved. Yoga. Making Scrapbooks. Creating herbal products. etc. etc. etc. I changed paths often and with a great deal of struggle. I wish someone had said that it’s O.K. to keep going and change course when you know it’s time. Mid way through my 30′s I’m seeing how it’s all been a part of the journey that is still very much in motion. I can only image the clarity that the 40′s will bring.

Release the guilt, dear girl. Forgive yourself. Often. You showed up, burned brightly and when the time was right you let it go. That’s practicing yoga off the mat. That’s listening to your sacred voice and it’s always worth it no matter how much it cost to get there.

Clear space so that your what next can peek through and wink at you. Clear space… In your body. In your closet. In your kitchen cabinets. In your email inbox. Let go of the things (or people) that are ready to move on and take your next step in the direction that feels light and joyous.

I love you. You’ve got this.
Lacy

P.s. One Pot Wonders is enrolling now! It’s $28 for THREE MONTHS of soup recipes! More info here.

Click here for the full recipe for Dairy Free Cream of Parsnip Soup. Image by Anne Sage.

There’s something about a pot of soup on the stove. The warmth. The simplicity. It feels like love in the kitchen and in my belly. It’s from that love and ease that I’m bringing you One Pot Wonders, a season of soups! It’s a 3 month email subscription. I have been in the kitchen creating and recipe testing and I am SO excited to share these soups with you!

Once a week for November, December + January you’ll receive an email from me with a delicious and easy to prepare soup recipe! You’ll receive a full shopping list and information on why you need those particular foods in your life!

Think delicious warm easy to make soups with a dose of easy to digest nutrition information and things to consider as you move through your week. Your weekly recipe + shopping list will arrive on Fridays just in time for weekend shopping.

Here are a few of the delicious soups you can look forward to: Carrot Ginger, Curried Lentil, Hearty Bean Chili, Mushroom Quinoa, Potato Leek, Spiced Butternut Squash and many more! There will be 13 weekly emails in total. You’ll receive your first email on November 7th and your last email on January 30th. No more dinner rut! Yay!

A season of ease in your kitchen and warmth in your belly is $28! Yeap. $28.

Enroll here.

Soups on!
Lacy

P.s. It’s going to be the complete opposite of this. ha!

This me at one of our latest stops in Marfa, Texas. That town is AMAZING. It’s the best night sky I’ve seen in as long as I can remember and the vibe there is so laid back. We’ll definitely be back.

In my work I give a lot of permission. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I give myself permission and ask my sister and husband to give me permission when I am needing it too. There’s something about hearing it, feeling it, taking it into your being that allows for change. Here are a few permissions I’ve been giving out lately. I thought you might like them too. I hope one or many are heart zingers for you.

- BE who you are.
- Don’t grow up so much as grow into your best self.
- When you speak about what you believe do so from your own experience. Sharing your experience feels so loving.
- Take photos of things that inspire you. Share them. Don’t worry about taking the perfect photo or looking a certain way. And if you’re on Instagram come say hi, I’m @lacylike. It’s still my very favorite internet community.
- Eat food that makes you feel good in your belly. And proud. (hint: Twinkies are not a pride or health inducing food)
- Stop buying home goods for a minute and start buying clothes that make you feel amazing. Seriously… You’ll spend $3o on a candle at Anthro but not a new shirt that is going to make your eyes pop. Doooooo it already!
- Make a new friend. On the internet or in real life.
- Don’t buy it unless you really love it.
- Call someone you love everyday. Not a text. CALL. They may cry happy tears and let you know. Or you may never know how you added to their day. Either way it’s always worth it.
- Lay in the grass. Walk around barefoot. Let the sun shine on your face.
- Challenge what healthy means to you. Fiercely. Remember we are all so different and your body knows what it needs. Create some space for it to speak to you and then diligently listen. If you don’t know how, ask for help.
- Get rid of something everyday for a month. See what opens up inside of you.
- Go to happy hour and don’t drink booze. The happy hour police are not going to get you. Or better yet skip happy hour and go for a walk with your bestie.
- Trade up one of your beauty products for something made thoughtfully and organically. What you put on your skin soaks into your cells… choose something chemical free. Your cells want to shine, baby!
- Congratulate yourself often. Washed the dishes? Tell yourself that you are the best dishwasher ever! Cleaned the clothes but didn’t quite get to folding them? Tell yourself that’s the most beautiful pile of clean fabrics you’ve ever seen! See how fun + uplifting it can be?

Permission granted,
Lacy

Dear beautiful soul,

I’m writing to you from bed. Ned’s curled up on Cliff’s pillow next to me. Cliff is 7 days into a water fast. I’m deep in an Ayurvedic cleanse that is challenging and changing me and I’m thinking of you. I’ve been wanting to write you this letter for a long, long time.

These last few weeks have been big and heavy and full. One client is mourning the loss of her dear son who left too soon. Another celebrated her birthday and went through the inevitable life inventory that comes with another passing year. Another has moved from one coast to the other and is negotiating a big, new, scary, exciting city where she knows no one. Another has stopped binging and purging for the first time in her adult life. Another has finally, finally thrown away her “fat” clothes. I could go on and on. Like I said, Big. Heavy. Full.

In the midst of all that change, of all those victories and struggles each has a story of food just like you do. They are stories of donuts or cake or coffee drinks with extra whipped cream. Trigger foods. Comfort foods. Shame. Sadness. Struggle. Try and try again. Pants that fit too tight, arms or thighs or you-name-it that’s too fat. That pokes fun at you when you pass the mirror.

Beloved, I’m calling it… enough is enough. It’s time to love ourselves exactly where we are. To honor that we are each living so bravely. That we are unapologetic works in progress. That healing is underway. It’s time to reprogram those old tapes and tales of self-loathing. We are who we are because of our suffering, our experiences, our challenges and perceived failures. We are a tribe, we are one and it’s time to come together.

Ready for the truth? You’ve called this extra weight (physical and emotional) into your life for a reason. It will go when you do the work to release it. I don’t believe in weight loss and I don’t want you to believe in it either. I want you to embrace weight release because when it goes it’s never coming back! You feel me? You lose things you want to find again like your keys! You let go of things you’re complete with, that you never need to see or experience again.

It’s time to start living in alignment with your desires. Over and over again. It’s a million tiny decisions in the direction of your best life. I’m begging you, inviting you and cheering for you! Please embody the beauty that you are. Begin to see yourself with love. With conscious compassion.

It’s time. It’s time to start living from passion and can do instead of discipline and will power. Enthusiasm is your friend. An open heart is your ticket. Willingness will lead the way.

I know that you’re in need of regular and real support. Right? Right! Could you use some practical tools to bring awareness and gain knowledge?

Are you ready to learn what’s possible? To transcend all those stories you’ve been telling yourself? Sure you know the basics. You’re totally in touch with what’s healthy and what you “should” be doing. You know that veggies are good for you and cake isn’t but do you know how to listen to your body? Do you know how to end the struggle? I’d like to show you how.

You’ve mastered what needs to be removed from your diet like soda and chips but do you know what you need to add in? And have you been able to put the chips down? Ready to? Are you wondering what vitamins you really need to be taking? And what’s the deal with super foods? Are you ready to learn how to allow your intuition to lead when it comes to all things food and life?

It’s time to expand your repertoire. It’s time to get comfy in your body and in your kitchen. It’s time to stop hating grocery shopping and your belly. Dear one, it’s definitely time to stop saying nasty things to that person staring back at you in the mirror! This is going to be the education of your life. This is all the stuff we really should have learned as a child and cemented in our formative years.

It’s time.
To believe in you.
To invest in you.
To do the most worthy work of your life.
To practice.
To grow.
It’s time to Love U.

This is THE COURSE that has been waiting to be born and my heart is saying it’s time. If you’re ready to join me in the most worthy education of your life you can sign up for the wait list and more information here.

It’s called Love University.
And this letter is your invitation to enroll in the experience of a lifetime.
You’re going to get a Bachelors degree in Love and it’s going to be beyond amazing.

The Freshman semester begins Winter 2014.

I love you. I believe in you. I can’t wait to share this with you.
Lacy

P.s. Join the wait list here.