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The energy of *fireworks*

Magical Monday to you and Happy 4th of July! In my photos this week I share two of my favorite summer holiday foods: chocolate covered strawberries in fourth of July colors and an egg white omlette with spinach.
I have always loved the energy of fireworks; the beauty and creativity of seeing the color combinations have always given me such positive energy and a feeling of celebration for life and for the fun of the summer. And also, the energy of happy times with family and friends; creating magical memories.
Last night there was a wonderful fireworks display at Santa Monica pier that was really fun and exciting.
So, this week I invite you to enjoy the energy of celebration this week for the fourth of July and summer time fun.
Great joy to you!
Love, love, love!
Cfayla

The energy of *challenge*

Magical Monday to you!
In my photos this week, I share the energy of *challenge*. In the first photo, I feature a beautiful Greek Salad from the Malibu pier minus the feta cheese. Its a beautiful salad but it was quite a challenge deciding on an item on the menu I wanted. It seemed like everything menu item had something I couldnt or didnt want to eat, so I finally decided to go with the challenge, order the closest item, and not eat the cheese.
Earlier in the day, I had the challenge of wrenching my hip as the wind blew my paddleboard into my hip and wrenching it. In my second photo, you can still see me smiling even after this happened.
I went paddleboarding anyway and did some yoga last night to help stretch out my hip. I could barely walk but somehow after stretching out my body with some yoga, I woke up in fairly good shape this morning. Meaning, I could actually walk, just had to get up slowly and carefully.
Sometimes in life we have those times and days when we get challenging energy and it could be so easy to give up or become negative. Instead, I just accepted what was happening, did my best to work with the challenge, and today the energy lifted and I feel wonderful in spite of a sore hip. I feel a wonderful flow of positive energy even though I had to modify my yoga practice because of my hip.
So this week, I invite you to flow with the challenges in life; do your best anyway, and hopefully keep smiling. The energy will shift in a more positive way by accepting what is happening and moving through it.
Great joy to you!
Love, love, love!
Cfayla

The energy of *sunrise*

Magical Monday to you! In my photo this week, I share the beauty and peace of a sunrise on the Malibu pier on Saturday morning right before a sunrise paddleboard. It was absolutely breathtaking, magical, and mystical. I felt I was in a place of perfect beauty and peace. Early morning can bring us this sense of timelessness and beauty. It can be very refreshing for the soul.
I had a wonderful paddleboard experience and then a wonderful run on the beach later. Just these simple things gave me immense happiness because they are two of my favorite things to do.
This week we have the summer solstice and the new moon. This is a week to enjoy the beauty of summer and take out some time for fun and joy and to connect with your sense of freedom and the beauty within you.
So this week, I invite you to enjoy your summer and bask in the beauty that surrounds you and take some time to love yourself.
Great joy to you!
Love, love, love!
Cfayla

The energy of the *block party*


Magical Monday to you! In my photos this week, I share a *green * carpet moment at a networking block party I attended on Sunday as well as a photo booth shot.
Summer is a great time for block parties; a way to reconnect in a fun and positive energetic way and also to celebrate the fun of the summer season. This event was complete with popcorn, a photo booth, pinball machines, comedy skits and some great connections.
To me, a block party is a celebration of the fun and good times energy we share with others throughout the year. Its great to take some time out to have fun with those people; reconnect with positive energy, and perhaps meet some new positive fun loving people to create great flows of energy for the future.
In addition, I love photo booths so I had some fun in creating a photo of myself from the *photo booth* shots. It was fun to take some time for creativity and fun.
So this week, I invite you to enjoy the social season of the summer; block parties, beach parties, etc and the reconnection and new connections of positive energy these events can create.
And, possibly take a little time for a creative, fun project of your own.
Great joy to you!
Love, love, love!
Cfayla

The energy of *time out*

Magical Monday to you! In my photos this week, I share the energy of *new wave*; my phrase for embracing and trying something new. In the first photo, a budding saxaphonist made an impromptu performance at a concert I was attending. He was so joyful and his energy captivated the audience including the jazz guitarist who welcomed him into his concert. This was such a great example of joyfully trying something new regardless of the outcome and enjoying the experience.
In my second photo, I had the experience of a new restaurant in the midst of the June *gloom and chill* in LA. So many times we can have some of our best experiences embracing something new and different even in the midst of an energetic *gloom and chill* in our lives. The *Bottle Inn* had a great heart of palm salad and I had a wonderful table in the front just right for viewing the ocean before sunset. The entire adventure was unplanned after an ordinary shopping trip. I opted for a little adventure and decided to drive south through Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach for a change of scenery. And the beauty of the unexpected brought a delightful refreshing energy to me just by having a change in pace and taking a *time out* for a little new fun.
So this week, I invite you to experience something new and take a *time out* from the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary all around us.
Great joy to you!
Love, love, love!
Cfayla

Happy Memorial Day


Magical Monday to you and Happy Memorial Day! In my photos this week, I share a weekend celebration and one of my favorite foods, the fabulous strawberry.
I love strawberries because of the juicy, vibrant, taste; yet they are low in sugar and calories. I have 2 or 3 large strawberries for a serving.
I am taking time to appreciate and be grateful for all those that made a positive contribution to my life and the world around them.
So, this week I invite you to reflect upon appreciating the positive flows of energy in your life, including yourself.
Great joy to you!
Love, love, love!
Cfayla

The Energy of *cleanse*

Magical Monday to you
and Happy New Moon on Thursday! In my photo this week, I share one of my favorite dinners on the *Fast Cleanse* I created
I am on day 37 and feeling great. One of the greatest challenges has been going out to dinner and finding ultralight foods to have at dinner while still cleansing.
The spinach in the photo is lightly cooked in olive oil and has a few roasted garlic pieces. It is served as a side dish at one of the Italian restaurants close to me. It is a wonderfully light meal while cleansing. Its a great green and has protein.
This week is a time of bringing closure to a cycle and welcoming new ideas and energies into your life on Thursday.
It feels like it is time to bring closure to the old and prepare for the new.
So, this week I invite you to try some spinach or *light* green for a healthy cleansing meal or snack to energize you and allow your best energy to be focused on creating your dreams and making them a reality.
Great joy to you!
Love, love, love!
Cfayla

The energy of *the pistachio*


Magical Monday to you! In my photo this week, I share one of my favorite superfoods; raw pistachio butter. And like this lovable teddy bear, raw pistachio butter is good for your heart.
This raw nut butter is one of my favorites for its wonderful taste and also for the many health benefits from this nut butter.
Its a great source of protein, low in calories compared to other nut butters and wonderful for your skin. It is great for blood circulation. Because of the high Vitamin E content, it
helps improve the elasticity of your skin.
Pistachio butter is great for your immune system and also for your eyes.
It has high levels of vitamin B6 so it is great for your nervous system and can help reduce stress.
Finally, its great for weight management because it helps you feel full and satiated for a longer period of time.
So, this week I invite you to try some raw pistachio butter or have some roasted pistachio nuts to augment your diet.
Great joy to you!
Love, love, love!
Cfayla

The energy of *soaring*

Magical Monday to you!
Mercury goes direct on Wednesday so this should bring about a shift in energy for us this week. In my photo, this week I share the energy of *soaring*, rising above the challenges in life and embracing our freedom to always choose to change ourselves in the midst of challenging circumstances and choose our freedom to rise above the strife and be reborn.
I am in day 16 of my fast and I am achieving increased clarity and the energy of renewal. My next goal is 21 days and I will take one day at a time. Even in the midst of some chaotic energy I find myself feeling a sense of calm and different awareness than before. I am taking some additional time to focus inward to explore what is truly my passion and to be thankful for the miracles in my life.
Amazingly, new opportunities are presenting themselves, some relationships are expanding, some are contracting, and some are transitioning and reinventing themselves. I feel in the end this process of *soaring* will bring about positive growth.
So this week, I invite you to soar and embrace your freedom to change your life and the energy flow surrounding you.
Great joy to you!
Love, love, love,
Cfayla

The energy of *sound*

Magical Monday to you!
In my photo this week, I share the two gongs used in the gong meditation *sound* bath, I attended on Sunday.
Today, I am in the 9th day of a healing and rebirth fast and I decided to do the gong meditation as part of my fast.
The energy and sound vibration from the gong clears away negative energy and emotion. During the first part of the gong meditation it felt very intense. In the last 15 minutes I felt much lighter, more relaxed, and at peace. The entire meditation was 50 minutes and I felt like I could have gone longer.
My fast has been going well and I define that by saying Im still doing it as opposed to quitting because its too hard.
It has been very intense; Ive felt alot of emotions come up and have taken the extra time to release them. I have felt exhausted almost every day with surges of energy.
Overall, I feel I have much more clarity which was one of my main goals in doing the fast. Ive still been working out; running, hot yoga, and meditating. Thats been a challenge.
My original goal was 10 days. Now that I approach the completion of the 10 days, Im going to extend for 14 days and see what additional insights come to me.
So this week, I invite you to explore the joy of sound whether its just to relax or meditate.
Great joy to you!
Love, love, love!
Cfayla