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The Meditation Diaries With Annie

The Skinny Confidential x Annie Lawless.

As you guys know I adore Annie Lawless of Suja Juice & BLAWNDE so it’s no surprise that when she posted about meditation, I was intrigued. Definitely ended up sending her questions ( with way too many Emojis ) via text.

So after talking we decided to do a post collab. Today I’m sharing my beauty tips on BLAWNDE & Annie’s sharing about her experience with meditation.

Here’s the deal though: I have a MAJOR problem sitting still. Like a serious problem. It makes me anxious. So meditation is…well, scary. Annie & I both have super busy lifestyles so I figured if Annie finds mediation soothing & productive, then it’s definitely something I should look in to.

ANYWAY enjoy this interview. I’m super excited about it because I’m REALLY, REALLY going to try to incorporate the practice in to my daily routine. Here ya go:

Ok, ok so what’s meditation?

Annie Lawless: Meditation is a state of being. When you’re in meditation, you’re not doing it, you’re being in it. One of the biggest misconceptions about meditation is that it’s an action or a something you put effort into. It’s really a deep state of inner peace that you enter when the mind is free of thoughts.

How should someone who’s never meditated start off?

AL: Start small! It will feel awkward and maybe even uncomfortable when you start meditating because it’s surprisingly hard/unusual for us to be still and surrender to peace and calm. We are so over stimulated and wound up these days with the fast pace of modern life, that sitting in silence to do nothing just seems odd. But, if you try for 5 minutes or so and gradually increase that time as you are able to sink into it and get a good feeling from it, you will understand the purpose and actually look forward to it! Also, try some of the tips below if you have trouble silencing your mind. This is definitely not something that comes easily in the beginning, but will be natural with time.

Describe your daily experience:

AL: I wake up and meditate every. single. morning. I do this for 30 minutes, minimum. I ask my boyfriend every night what time he needs to wake up and I automatically set my alarm for 30 minutes prior. I need to be alone in my special quiet space without distraction or noise. I like the morning stillness before anyone else is up and I can just be. This is usually around 5:30 or 6 and I like to go into the exercise room because we have a window that looks out to the ocean. I sit indian style, close my eyes, and place my hands on my knees. I probably look like a typical meditator or maybe just a weirdo, but I really don’t care because nobody is around – its my time. When I hear my boyfriend rustle around and turn off his alarm, I slowly come back into my body and bring my awareness to the feeling I’ve just created and make the intention to carry it with me the rest of the day.

The Skinny Confidential x Annie Lawless.

Benefits of meditation?

AL: There are SOOOOO many!! Meditation is like yoga. When people say, “what is yoga good for?” I don’t even know where to start! Here are a few powerful perks of engaging in a regular meditation practice:

STRESS RELIEF: Research has shown, meditation may be one of the most effective forms of reducing stress. Neurologists have found those who meditate have less of the stress hormone cortisol compared with non-meditators.

IMMUNITY: Meditators have shown reduced anxiety and stronger immune function after just 2 months of meditation. Some produced twenty five more antibodies in response to the flu virus.

DEPRESSION: Depressed people treated with meditation are 50% less likely to relapse than people without meditation. Meditation helps retrain the mind to derail negative thinking patterns.

WEIGHT: Instead of eating mindlessly or dealing with stress and negative emotions using food, meditators are more mindful of their hunger and why they may be feeling the need to emotionally eat.

ANTI-AGING: Meditation prevents and reverses the effects of aging on the brain. Those who meditation regularly are shown to have thicker pre-frontal cortexes than those who do not. The pre-frontal cortex is responsible for attention and sensory perception.

What happens if your brain starts thinking too much while you’re meditating?? I’m so anxious, any tips? Also, describe what goes through your brain while meditating.

AL: This WILL happen. Don’t be discouraged or overanalyze it. It’s just the name of the game. When you’re truly in meditation, nothing is going through your brain. When you have trouble getting there, here are some things I do that really help me out when I have monkey mind:

LET YOUR THOUGHTS DRIFT AWAY. When my mind starts firing up with thoughts of what I need to do that day, what’s bothering me, what I should eat for breakfast, my workout, etc. I pretend those thoughts are monkey bars that I am swinging on and I simply leave that bar and swing forward. I don’t let myself hang on those thoughts. When beginning a meditation practice, you WILL have all sorts of thoughts come up and that’s 100% normal and ok. The key is letting them pass and not take over your mind.

USE A SOUND OR MANTRA. If you have trouble focusing your attention on stillness without something more specific to focus on, use a phrase or sound that you repeat to yourself and give purpose to your focus. I like to think of something I need that day like “awareness “, “gratitude”, or “patience” and I repeat that word to myself. When I focus on that word and that word only, my mind does not have the capacity to wander.

BREATHE. This is one of my favorite meditation tips because it is a big part of practicing yoga, which is a moving meditation. Breathing deeply and focusing on that breath is a great way to let everything else in your mind drift away. I like to follow my breath with my mind in through my nose, down the back of my throat, into my lungs and belly, and exhaling back up and feel each step in my body.

RELAX YOUR MUSCLES. A great way to allow your meditation permeate your body is by starting at your toes and relaxing each muscle all the way up through your body one at a time. To do this, focus on your toes and fully relax them, then the balls of your feet and fully relax them, then the arches, the heels, the ankles, the calves, and so on until you reach the crown of your head. By the end, you will have relaxed every muscle in your body while focusing your attention on that relaxation and nothing else. When you open your eyes, you will feel incredible.

The Skinny Confidential x Annie Lawless.

I hope these tips help you start a meditation practice of your own! It is one of the most special and meaningful parts of my day and I know it will be for you too. If you have any questions, check out this post or email me at Annie@Blawnde.com!

Ok, so what’s the verdict: will you try meditation or do you already practice it?

x. Lauryn

++ Read about my favorite beauty tips on Annie’s blog here.

The Skinny Confidential x Annie Lawless.

Need A Quick Tea On-the-Go? I Gotcha Covered.

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

Let me set the scene: it’s a typical Monday morning & I’m ready to kick my ass into gear. I wake up, shower, oil pull ( sometimes ), have a little espresso shot, drink a green smoothie, return some e-mails…you know, the usual. And before beginning the work day, I’m usually dying for a Starbucks green iced tea. So I’ll go to Starbucks grab an iced green tea, no water, no sweetener, maybe add a splash of passion fruit tea, if I’m feeling crazy.

BUT {!!!} no more Starbucks for me.

Why?

Because Suja just came out with the most amazing selection of tea ( perf for a girl on the go ). Some of their new flavors include: Honeybush Peach, Unsweetened Biodynamic Black, Jasmine Pomegranate, & Chunmee Tropical. & let’s face it: I’m kinda indecisive in general ( GEMINIS!!! ) so when it comes to tea, I never can pick just one. Naturally, having a couple options to stock my fridge with is sort of like, the most amazing thing ever.

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

As you guys know I’ve been always been a die hard Suja fan. I’m always running around like a psycho doing too many things at once so typically I prefer anything easy/accessible/quick. Don’t get me wrong, I love my juicer more than life itself but throwing a pre-made green juice in my oversized handbag, makes life 10 x easier.

Anyway Suja’s teas are the same concept: they’re quick & perfect for busy people. One less trip to Starbucks, right?!! Plus their non-GMO, organic ingredients are the freshest, purest, & cleanest on the market so I’m not constantly questioning WTF’s in my drink. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

My favorite flava flav is the Biodynamic Black. I’m so obsessed with black tea & this one over ice with a little drop of honey does not disappoint.

Oh, & if you’re looking to de-bloat before your bikini debut ( hello summer! ) then make this lil recipe, & instead of using green tea, use Suja’s black tea. Sooooo good it hurts.

What’s your favorite tea? Spill. x l

{ Pictured TSC book here }

{{ P.S. check out the Suja sponsored party below ( Suja cocktails…yes, cocktails will be flowing! ); it’s an opening day after party, for all you Del Mar racetrack fans, at Rancho Valencia in SD…so fun! x. }}

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

The Skinny Confidential talks Suja tea.

Book Launch Party Goodie Bags!!! <3

The Skinny Confidential's book launch party at Rancho Valencia.

The Skinny Confidential's book launch party at Rancho Valencia.

The Skinny Confidential's book launch party at Rancho Valencia.

 

Hiiii!

Hope you’re all coming out to Rancho Valencia today to celebrate the launch of The Skinny Confidential: A Babe’s Sexy, Sassy Health and Lifestyle Guide!!

Ok so here’s the deal:

The first fifty people to buy books will get a badass goodie bag…

BUT.

This doesn’t mean show up to the event at 5:15 pm. It starts at 5:30 pm & no goodie bags will be given out until then. So please, oh please show up at 5:30, not 5:15.

Capisce?

The Skinny Confidential's book launch party at Rancho Valencia.Ok now the good stuff. So WTF is in the bag? At least $500 dollars of gift cards (!!!) AND one lucky winner will get a goodie bag with a FREE Suja three day juice cleanse.

Check out the goodies:

♥ Blink Lash Boutique gift card
♥ Blog-Doo gift card offering $50 dollars off any package
♥ Brachelle Jewelry gift card
♥ Cate McNabb Cosmetics lipgloss & discount card
♥ A Duty Free City girly flash drives
♥ FLOSS Dental Studio $150 free teeth whitening
♥ JNB Jewelry $50 dollar gift card
La Jolla Cosmetics $100 gift card
♥ A Skinny Conf surprise goodie
♥ Suja juice coupons
♥ Van De Vort gift card ( << super cute clothing store!! )
♥ Pixy’s favorite non-GMO dog treats

The Skinny Confidential's book launch party at Rancho Valencia.

Some more party deets: enjoy a skinny street taco bar, craft cocktails ( w/ freshest of fresh ingreds, naturally ), live music by Ottopilot ( check out their Kickstarter here ), goodie bags, roaming makeup artists from Cate McNabb, & a Suja DIY mimosa bar with Bon Affair champagne. All of San Diego’s top bloggers will be in attendance too : )! ( * The event has been put on by Be Social PR ).

If you can’t make the book party because you’re not in Cali ( boo : / ), follow the party through Instagram. MWAH!

X L

{ More details on the book party here & here }

The Skinny Confidential's book launch party at Rancho Valencia.The Skinny Confidential's book launch party at Rancho Valencia.

The Skinny Confidential's book launch party at Rancho Valencia.

The Skinny Confidential's book launch party at Rancho Valencia.

Mini DeLites

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and beauty.My BF & I for a lil Saturday night party }
Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and beauty.{ Floral office decor }

You know what?

I don’t hate Mondays.

Like really- I haven’t hated them for years.

Actually, quite the contrary: I F-ing love ‘um.

Every Monday I log on to Instagram // FB & I see a quote about how Mondays suck ass.

I mean…if you absolutely hate Mondays more than life itself, then maybe examine why.

Is it because of your profession? Because it’s a new week? Because you can’t sleep-in? Because of a person you have to see?

Personally it’s a fresh start, a day to rock, a night to feel like I’ve been super productive, & ultimately a day to clean the slate & just freaking kill it.

I love my job— & if I didn’t love it, I’d find something else to invest my time in. It’s that easy.

Because at the end of the day who wants to absolutely dread a day of the week?

I mean…technically the day comes 52 times a year…so maybe find a reason to kinda, sort of like Mondays. Pick up a hobby, hang with your GF’s, or take a walk on the beach every Monday so you have something to look forward to.

So. What’s your thoughts on Monday? Tell, tell.

Oh! & happy St. Patty’s Day, X L

{ P.S. I’m super stoked because my proformer Pilates studio has offered a sick deal to all TSC readers: your first class is FREE, then get 50% off for four ‘Intro CORE 40′ classes ( normally $40 dollars ). So that’s five classes for just $20! Use code: SKINNYCORE. Cool beans, rig

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and beauty.{ My favorite Pilates studio, Core 40 }
Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and beauty.{ Summer scents ( here // here ) }

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and beauty.{ Time to detox: Suja’s three-day juice cleanse starts this week! }
Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and beauty.{ This little bug rebelled today & wore yellow instead of green }

Get Your Party Pants On…

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and healthy cooking.

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and healthy cooking.

Ok, so you guys literally made me kinda cry on the giveaway comments!!! Serious chills.

& since you’re all the most amazing readers on the planet & I want to meet all of you, you have to come say hi if you’re in San Diego next Saturday, March 22nd.

ESP since the par-tay is on Rancho Valencia’s Croquet Lawn/The Pony Room.

Get your party pants on.

First things first: Rancho Valencia is my heaven on earth.

I feel like when I go to RV in San Diego the birds sing a little louder, my shrimp cocktail tastes a little better, & the sunshine shines a little brighter.

So to say I’m F-ing excited to throw my book bash there, is seriously the understatement of the century.

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and healthy cooking.

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and healthy cooking.

It’s by far my favorite hotel/venue/restaurant in San Diego. I mean…if you’re looking for a place to represent the beautiful SD, then head to Rancho Valencia & prepare to swoon.

Anyway, point: come play croquet, drink some Suja Juice mimosas, & listen to my amazing cousin’s band, Ottopilot…& say hiiiii!!

I’d love to meet the readers behind TSConf. Bring your dad, boyfriend, friends, etc to Rancho Valencia & let’s hang.

Also, the first fifty people to buy books at the par-tay will a goodie bag full of gift cards totaling $700.

Fun times, right?!

To RSVP, e-mail Ali Grant at Be Social PR in San Diego: RSVP@BeSocialPR.com.

Lezzz party guys. X L

{ More deets here // purchase The Skinny Confidential Book here }

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and healthy cooking.

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and healthy cooking.

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