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It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and there’s a reason for it.

I’ve fallen head over heels in love with podcasting, you guys.

I launched Style Your Mind a few months ago, and OMG I am obsessed with it! I love writing, obviously, but there is something about creating these shows that feels so fresh and so raw. Have you listened yet?

I’ve got 17 episodes available now on both iTunes and Stitcher, featuring conversations around body image, dealing with difficult people, how to stay positive and inspired, defining success and living life on your terms, what happiness means (and how to find it), and so much more. It’s a beautiful mix of solo pods (just me!) and talks with the people who inspire me most. The feedback has been incredible and I am really loving this journey.

Feel free to head over to iTunes and give it a listen, and let me know what you think. Don’t forget to subscribe too, so you get all the new episodes delivered to you as soon as they drop.

Oh, and, please excuse the radio silence over here on the blog front, for now at least. The podcast is where you can find me!

XOXO

Cara

 

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Hello gorgeous! I feel like I have so much to update you on! First of all, I hope your 2017 has been off to an amazing start. I’ve been keeping up with many of you through my girl gang as well as through social media, and I love seeing all of your celebrations! There’s a lot going on over at Champagne Diet HQ too, and I’m thrilled to fill you in on two brand new pieces of content I created just for you.

My new podcast, Style Your Mind just launched on iTunes and I could not be more excited. Some of you may have listened to my radio show last year, and as much as I loved doing radio, I received a lot of feedback that you ladies weren’t able to make the live show, and many of my international fans could not listen to the show on the I Heart Radio app. And when you have feedback, I listen. I worked my butt off to get the new podcast off the ground so there would not be too much of a time gap in between, and I’m proud to say there are already a few episodes live!

 

The show is meant to inspire and empower you, and it’s perfect for any woman who finds herself on the edge of change. Whether you’re about to launch a brand new business, make a major lifestyle change, leave a toxic relationship, or commit to loving yourself more fully, this podcast is for you. In the first few episodes, I talk about my personal journey and how I went from burnt-out, bored corporate professional to who I am today (hint: the total opposite of that mess!), as well as my experience becoming a life coach and advice to those who want to do the same, tips on staying positive and remaining focused on your dreams, and much more.

To find the show, simply search “Style Your Mind” on iTunes or Stitcher if you have an Android device. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss anything. And if you have topic suggestions, or want to submit a question to be featured on the show, email me at Info@TheChampagneDiet.com.

I’ve also been hard at work creating my brand new workbook and lifestyle guide, Style Your Mind! It launched last week and it’s been a huge hit. Seriously, she’s giving Girl Code a run for her money! Packed with over 100 pages of powerful questions, thought-provoking exercises, inspiring quotes, and lifestyle tips, I am incredibly proud of this project.

You ladies are truly loving it and it makes me so happy. As a master life coach, it makes me sad when people can’t experience the benefits of coaching due to time or budget constraints, so it was important for me to create a tool that could serve that purpose and be accessible to all. It’s seriously like having me in your back pocket as your personal life coach.

I am loving seeing all of your posts and shares on social media. If you snap a photo, be sure to hashtag #StyleYourMind and tag me so I can see you working! Here are some of my favorites…

Loving this one by Katie Lynn Harris. Check her out at @katielynnharis1989 on Instagram!

And who can resist this gorgeous shot from @GlamWithJess?

A huge thank you to all of you guys who have been listening to the podcast and enjoying the workbook. I couldn’t do what I do without you, and I appreciate you all more than you know!

 

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Another brand new year is upon us and if you’re anything like me, you’re bursting with excitement and anticipation for whats to come. Although I don’t wait for January 1st to make changes in my life and my business, there is something about a fresh start that gets me going and makes me feel so inspired.

I thought it would be helpful to share some of my own personal strategies to help set you up for success, sanity, and happiness in 2017 (Girl Code vibes!). These are very specific things I am doing all week long to prepare myself to enter the new year with confidence and ease. Whether you’re planning to launch your business, create healthier habits, triple your income, reinvent yourself, or meet your soulmate, you’ve gotta get your mind, body, and soul right before making any changes in your life. Below is my 360 approach to preparing for a killer 2017. Enjoy!

Unsubscribe from email lists you no longer want to be a part of.

Do you wake up in the morning and find that you have to scroll through 47 different emails from clothing stores, life coaches, and promo companies just to get to the emails that actually matter? For years, I allowed these emails to clog my inbox, and rather than actually unsubscribing from them, I deleted them with frustration, only to receive another email the next morning. What was so hard about just removing my name from the list? Once I began proactively unsubscribing from these unwanted messages, a weight was lifted from my shoulders. I felt clarity not just within my inbox, but within my life. Clutter is a real issue – and electronic clutter is just as dangerous as the physical kind. Dedicate an hour or two this week to decluttering your inbox and make space for what truly counts.

Clean our your closet + dry clean and tailor everything.

This past summer, I gave my closet a major overhaul and created a capsule wardrobe. After feeling totally overwhelmed with waaaay too many choices of clothing and accessories, and hanging onto things that made me feel less than fabulous, I decided I needed a change. Getting dressed should be empowering, feminine, and fun, but for me, it had become stressful, time-consuming, and downright depressing. To help streamline my life in a whole new way, I decided to revamp my closet to help ultimately revamp my look. The goal was to create a sleek, polished wardrobe that made me feel glamorous and gorgeous. So on a rainy, Saturday morning fueled by many, many coffees, I decided to rip the doors off my closets and reorganize everything. I got rid of or donated what didn’t work for me, and only kept the best. I shopped for what was missing and discarded the things I no longer felt I needed. Click here to read the entire post and learn how to do this yourself.

And if your wardrobe is already in place, make sure you tailor, wash, and dry clean anything that needs it. This way when you get called for that job interview or date, you’re ready to rock it in fresh clothes that fit perfectly and feel great.

Create and implement success rituals.

I have a series of what I call “success rituals” that keep me grounded. They are certain habits I’ve incorporated into my life that I practice on a regular basis, and I attribute them to helping me be happier, healthier, and more successful as a woman and an entrepreneuress. Here are my two faves:

Detox baths. I cannot function without my detox baths! I take a bubble bath nightly to help me decompress from the day, and a detox bath at least twice a week. This helps me clear my mind, release toxins and negative energy, and restore my muscles after a workout. To make it happen, simply choose your favorite bubble bath mix (I love Aura Cacia), add your favorite pure essentials oils (I’ll usually do lavender to relax at night, and eucalyptus to wake up my mind if its a morning bath), and Epsom salts. The benefits of Epsom salts are amazing, you guys. When absorbed through the skin, like in this bath, they help relieve muscle pain and inflammation, as well as draw toxins from the body. And my favorite bonus: they help reduce bloat. Perfect if you’ve overindulged a bit during the holidays (*raises hand*). I usually take a glass of lemon water with me to drink to help rehydrate, and either a cup of Yogi peach detox tea (its herbal; I don’t do those skinny teas, don’t worry), or a glass of wine, depending on my mood. As I sip and soak, I imagine my stress melting away, and I allow my mind the space to be creative and spark new ideas. Fact: I got the idea for this post during my bath!

Celebration lists. I think it’s safe to say we all make daily To-Do lists, most of which feel miles long. And while I wholeheartedly support a good page of action items to get me going each morning, its equally important to celebrate what you’ve accomplished at the end of each day. I started making celebration lists at night to help shift the focus from what I didn’t do, and be proud of what I did get done that particular day. This has now become a regular practice for me and it’s changed the game. I pour a glass of wine, light a candle, and step away from the computer. It not only helps me feel good about myself, but it helps me end the day on a positive note and separate myself from the day’s work.

Book a self-care day.

It’s no secret that when we look good, we feel great, so self-care is at the top of my list for starting the new year on a glamorous note. Whether you need to touch up your hair color, get a pedicure, or indulge in a massage, be sure to make time for yourself this week. I don’t know if its superstition or what, but I have this weird thing where I cannot enter the new year with roots or crappy nails. I already got my blonde touched up last week, and my pedi will happen Friday. Raising my #glamvibration all week long. I suggest you do it too.

Get organized.

This is the ideal time to shred old bills, file away important paperwork, and discard old notebooks from the past year. Take this time to set yourself up for success by facing what needs to be faced, taking a good, hard look at your debt (its a great time to make an action plan to pay off your credit cards), and getting your workspace organized. Clean out your desk drawers, get new pens, toss anything that’s old and broken. If you don’t have an agenda, invest in one that makes you feel inspired. I purchased an A5 sized Louis Vuitton agenda this year and it completely elevated my organizational experience. Granted, I am not the most organized person on the planet, but it gives me a one-stop-shop to keep my checkbook, my calendar, and an area to write notes and brainstorm. I love the Sessa Vee inserts (like the one pictured above). Plus, I feel super glam whipping it out in meetings (who wouldn’t?).

Write out your vision for 2017.

SO important ladies! You simply cannot create goals or a plan without a vision. Buy yourself a brand new notebook that inspires you (like mine pictured above from Gypsy Warrior) and take some time to write, in detail, how you want 2017 to look and feel. Who do you want to be in this upcoming year? How do you want to run your business? What do you want your days to look like? What will your personal style be? Your vision can be a page long, or multiple pages. It can evolve and take shape throughout the year. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to get you going:

What is my top priority for 2017?

What do I need more of in my life?

What do I need less of in my life?

What is one habit I am willing to let go of that holds me back?

What is one new habit I will introduce to make me better?

What brings me energy?

What drains me?

How do I want to feel in the New Year?

How do I want to make others feel?

What is my one “word” for 2017?

Sweat!

Over the past year and a half, workouts have taken on a whole new meaning for me. In the past, I’d always exercised with resentment; gritting my teeth through a torturous run or bootcamp class with one goal in mind: get thin. After discovering SoulCycle in 2015, everything changed for me. Suddenly, my workouts no longer about getting to a certain number on the scale. They were about clearing my mind and having fun. I found so much joy through moving my body to music I loved, and I gained so much confidence by challenging my own self-imposed limitations. And I have never looked or felt better.

I now view my rides as moving meditations, and sweating feels like a spiritual experience for me. I highly recommend finding a way to implement physical activity into your life in a way that feels authentic and enjoyable. It makes all the difference. Whether it’s SoulCycle, power walking while blasting your favorite tunes, or yoga, you need to sweat on a regular basis and release endorphins. I promise you’ll feel more creative, peaceful, and happy. Your body and mind will thank you.

I hope these suggestions help you! And please know that wherever you are in your life, you’re exactly where you are meant to be. My wish for you is that in 2017, you will choose faith over fear, you’ll always keep it moving, and you’ll rest your head on your pillow each night knowing that what is for you will never pass you.

Cheers to a magical New Year!

With love and bubbles,
Cara

 

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I can’t believe I’m typing this up with a little over eleven days left in the year. It seems like time is flying by at such a rapid pace, and it’s both terrifying and exciting. A strange sadness (like, where did the year go?!) mixed with a thrilling sense of urgency to do everything now. Do you feel me on that?

When I started 2016, I had a vision board packed with goals. A super-imposed selfie with me and Khloe Kardashian (*cringe*), images of Oprah, and quotes alluding to wanting my own television show. No offense to Khloe or Oprah, and I’d have a glass of champagne with both of them if they called me today, but to be honest with you, I don’t know who the hell made that board. Because it sure as hell doesn’t feel like me. But it was. And I honor the woman who did create it.

But she’s changed.

What I can tell you is that 2016 shifted me. I came in like a raging bull filled with big, glossy goals, and somewhere around the spring I felt like a quiet, reclusive artist, writing poetry in my apartment and dying my hair pink (lol). No, seriously you guys, I was like, who is this bitch? I wasn’t sure, but I liked her. A lot.

I guess you can say I went through a bit of an evolution. A lot of soul searching. A lot of quiet time. A lot of reflection, introspection, and time spent alone. A lot of time thinking about what success looks and feels like to me. A lot of time realizing how important being creative is to me. A lot of time realizing how important art is to me. And more importantly – what art is to me. A lot of time redefining how I wanted my days and my life to look. A lot of time looking inward rather than outward. In fact, I looked outward so little that I actually fell out of the loop with so much of what went on in my industry. And I’m really so okay with that.

All in all, 2016 was pretty cool. A strange time for sure in the world, but I worked hard to remember that no external circumstances can – or ever will – change me. I worked hard to remind myself that I have all the power to create the life I want. We all do.

I had to get over the fact that I did not need to operate like a speeding freight train at all times to get shit done. I had to accept the fact that I could rest a little, and I should rest a little, because I had done the very hard work to earn that right. I also had to learn that the lulls lead to some of the biggest moments of our lives.

I thought it would be cool to do a little round-up of life lessons and other things I’ve learned over the course of this year. So, without further ado, here we go:

Waiting is really, really hard to do. But its a test in your ability to trust the Universe. And when you get through it, patience truly does become a virtue.

It’s so much fun to play with your personal style. Stop waiting to dye your hair a funky color, or experiment with new looks. Normal is boring. Get some balls and have fun!

Never, ever take your health for granted.

Make art, not goals. Meaning, live your life in a beautiful way. Stop racing to finish tasks and instead, learn to enjoy the process. Do things with an artistic flair; eat from gorgeous dishes, immerse yourself in learning new things with your eyes and heart wide open, cultivate your own personal style in the way you work and live.

The only diet and workout plan I will ever need is my intuition. As long as I listen intently to my body and what she needs, I will feel and look my best.

Only do things you really love. Ask yourself each morning, “What will make me feel good today?” and do more of that. If something feels like a chore, either drop it from your life completely or seriously limit your time spent there.

Try new things and try them often. This year I launched a radio show and wrote a book of poetry. I learned so much about myself through both projects.

True confidence comes from being our authentic selves. You develop your self-esteem by trusting your truths. More on this in 2017.

Happiness brings success. Not the other way around! Allow your bliss to dictate your goals.

Trust your gut. Seriously. Trust her. Stop polling people, stop waiting for approval. I made 2 massive decisions this year that will genuinely impact the trajectory of my life and my career and I made them completely alone. And it felt damn good.

I also want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your support this year and always. I am grateful every day for your genuine love and kindness, and I don’t know what I’d do without you ladies!

Wishing you an absolutely magical last few days of the year!

With love and bubbles,
Cara

 

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