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14 Simple + Powerful Ways to Give January 29, 2012

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Choose to give: because you want to amplify — your soul, your life, your love.

“To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.” ― Bill Wilson

Here’s 14 simple + powerful ways to get your giving wheels spinning…

Donate your old cell phone to Cell Phones For Soldiers

Use GoodSearch (powered by Yahoo) to search the Internet. Every time you search the Web they give money to your favorite charity.

Volunteer at your local soup kitchen or thrift shop.

Donate to Miracle For Maddie & help raise funds for the benefit of families coping with the financial hardships of childhood cancer treatment.

Donate your used baby clothes to Baby Buggy. They help families in need.

Become a member of StepUp and help empower high school girls in underserved communities to reach their full potential.

Get Involved with the Sahasra Deepika Foundation for Education & help provide impoverished children opportunity and hope through education.

Build houses for people in need with Habitat For Humanity.

Donate your hair to Locks of Love.

Become a micro-lender with KIVA and help alleviate poverty and empower an entrepreneur.

Volunteer to read to the elderly.

Support Stay Vocal’s efforts to reuse apparel in an attempt to help save the planet.

Buy a pair of TOMS sunglasses and give the gift of sight.

Support your local animal shelter or simply text ASPCA to 25383 to donate $5 to ASPCA rescue efforts.

Send a VDAY e-card (the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day) and help end violence against women and girls or text Text VDAY to 50555 to give $10 to VDAY.


Weekly Assignment: January 23 2012

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Here’s your REAL BEAUTY assignment for the week.

Each morning close your eyes & say to yourself, “I am a genius”.

Sit in that belief for a moment. Notice how it makes you feel. I don’t care if you REALLY believe this or not right now. Each one of us was born with a natural genius ability.

Think on this:
What lights you up?
What activities do you enjoy doing most?
What makes you feel most alive, most turned on?
What do you think you’re really good at? What would your friends say you are good at?
Are there moments for you when time stands still? If so, what are you doing during those moments.

Don’t pressure yourself to figure out exactly what it is right now. Allow yourself to sit in the questions and see what surfaces. Give yourself persmission to say, “Yes. I am a genuis” and then see what thoughts follow.

Commit to doing this each morning for a week & let me know what happens!


Why You Should Try To Make A Mistake November 18, 2011

Filed under: Know Your Beauty — realbeautyis @ 12:51 pm

I came across this powerful quote today and as I started to share it in an email to my brother, I realized that I should share it with you too.


“The man who makes NO mistakes usually doesn’t make anything!” – unknown


Don’t be that (wo)man, Lori.
You are FAR greater than you know.
I know it. I really do.


Don’t get caught up in being afraid to make a mistake. Mistakes are the juicy part of life. They are the catalyst for insight, growth, change & possibility. Why on earth would you want to deprive yourself of that?


So even if it’s just for today, go ahead and give yourself permission to try, to begin, to be bold, to learn, to push yourself to the edge, to make a mistake and come back around even stronger.


Don’t you think it would be a far greater tragedy to play it safe by remaining a prisoner inside your own fear than to risk making a mistake in the name of living your biggest life? I hope you answered YES.

ps. There’s a lot more activity & inspiration happening inside the Real Beauty Is facebook community. Click here to connect with me and thousands of other likeminded ladies!


Have a wonderful weekend and DARE to be yourself!

with REAL beauty,
xo Lori


The most powerful way to know what you really want October 4, 2011

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What’s the most powerful way to know what you really want?
Flip a Coin.

“The moment you flip a coin, you know what your decision is. Not because of the side it landed, but because in the few seconds the coin was in the air, you knew what you wanted…♥” (courtesy of Kerri Quinn)

It’s SO true. Right!


You know what you really want. And if you’re unsure, toss that coin in the air and find out because life’s too short to waste moments living inside a life you don’t really love.


I know it’s scary to have unwavering clarity of what you really want because once you’re sure, you then have to ask yourself the even tougher question, “Why aren’t I doing something about it?”


There was tremendous safety for me when I worked for someone else; the steady paycheck, health benefits & a regular schedule. I used to live inside a life that was steady and safe and totally predictable. But you know what? It didn’t challenge me at all. It never pushed me to my edge. I wasn’t curious and hungry. I was never fiercely determined or radically alive.


It wasn’t until I took action on behalf of what I knew I really wanted that I became fully alive.


And in my daily life of being an entrepreneur, healer, leader, mama & wife, I am constantly questioning and afraid and overwhelmed and emotional and curious and inspired and passionate and totally alive. And that feels so damn good.


So yeah, it’s messy and complicated and scary and tough to take action on behalf of what you know you want. But I wouldn’t trade one messy, emotional, complicated day for a moment of steady, safe and secure.


And it always comes down to what we think we deserve.
Don’t you deserve what you REALLY want?


Heads or Tails?
What is it you REALLY want?


feel free to share it with me here)


with REAL beauty,
xo Lori


Give Yourself Permission to Start Over September 29, 2011

Filed under: Know Your Beauty — realbeautyis @ 9:13 am

Yesterday I received the email below from a close friend of mine & it resonated so deeply with me and is SO in line with what REAL BEAUTY is all about, I just had to share it with you.

As you may know Rosh Hashanah began at sundown last night. This holiday is a celebration of the New Year & the birthday of mankind. At Rosh Hashanah permission is granted to the Jewish people to start over, leave our old shortcomings behind & start the New Year with a clean slate. But what occurred to me as I read my friend’s beautiful email is that we can grant ourselves permission at any moment in our life to wipe the slate clean, move beyond our limitations and rejoice in who we most want to be.

I hope that you will take a moment to read the email below regardless of your religious beliefs. It doesn’t matter if you pray, or go to church, or if you even believe in God, because the message here is about realizing the choice and the power we all have to start over, move beyond, forgive the past & celebrate life.

Whether your past year or the past hour has been one of great challenge or great joy; it’s officially behind you. And when we allow parts of our energy to be stuck in the past we can’t possibly move forward as our most expansive and powerful self.

We all deserve a chance to start again, to try another way, to celebrate what is good.

And if you have a hard time giving yourself permission, then I’m officially giving it to you. So, there’s no excuse. Go ahead and take action. Wipe your slate clean and take this day to anchor even deeper into loving yourself and celebrating your life.


(please note: The email below has been modified from it’s original version to include the content that is most relevant to the Real Beauty Is community)

Dear friends,

Happy birthday to the world, we’re nearing the celebration!

Rosh Hashanah is translated as “head of the year.” We’re about to be given the opportunity to start over, this is a permission granted to the Jewish people and one which comes with great relief and also great responsibility.

When you wipe your slate clean this week and rebirth yet again, consider how you want to build yourself up.

In the coming year –

will you open your heart to the unexpected, to people, places, and things you never anticipated?
will you allow for compassion to take precedent over self-interest?
will you be generous with your time, with your energy, with your resources?
will you insist on being right, or will you decide to be happy?
will you look upon your fellow man and woman as if you were looking upon yourself or your child, with hope and genuine interest?
will you make the effort, go the distance, keep smiling, and love with less restriction?

We ask for what we need in shapes and sizes we may not even know.

What you wish for will be granted to you, but you may not even know it.

Look around, see your life, really see your life on this day, the birthday of the world, your prayers have been reflected back to you in the form of your life.

The short end of the stick is in the eye of the beholder.
And one man’s stick is another man’s oak tree.

This is everything you asked for.

May these days ahead be filled with good thoughts, positive vibrations, and deeds of affection and optimism.

I pray for all of you –

that this Rosh Hashanah be the sweetest that you have known to date,
may the sweetness resonate with you throughout the year ahead,
marking each day with the joy and the peace you speak to in your prayers and in the intimacy of your heart’s dreams.

In love & in celebration,

Your current life is a message to you, so lean in and listen carefully to what it has to say. **It really is everything you’ve asked for.**

If you’re not living the life you REALLY want doesn’t today seem like the best time to grant yourself permission to live another way?

ps. If Meredith’s email moved you (as it did me), check out her Morning Love Letters; a daily offering of wisdom, truth, love and inspiration.

with REAL beauty
xo Lori


Finding Your “Right” Place: Right Now September 27, 2011

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You may have noticed it’s been over a month since my last newsletter. I’m excited to share with you that I GAVE BIRTH to a beautiful baby boy, Mason Whitney Aaron Fields on Tuesday August 23rd.

Needless to say, this past month has been about adjusting to this wonderful new addition to our family.

I hope you will bear w/ me over the next few months as my regular newsletters may not be so “regular”. But fear not, because I will continue to offer Real Beauty inspiration & support inside the Real Beauty Is facebook community on a daily basis.

If you haven’t joined us yet….please CLICK HERE to stay connected with me & be a part of this powerful group of REAL women.


Having a second child has forced me into a new season in my life. And being fully present as a mama demands that I slow down, re-think, re-prioritize and get present. In the midst of making these major adjustments I am experiencing a whirlwind of messy, intense, and unpredictable emotions, but the REAL BEAUTY is this: the more I fight and struggle against the reality of my situation the more challenging everything becomes. When I relax into and yield to the beauty and love that are present for me right now; everything feels “just right.”


And while I’m chomping at the bit to get back into the thick of my Real Beauty work; I know that I would deeply regret rushing through this marvelous season in my life. Because when we rush through our moments we miss SO much. The Buddha teaches: there is only a single moment in which we can be truly alive & that is the present moment.

Being present is our practice.

So for right now; emails will go unanswered, the kitchen floor will remain dirty, the mail will pile up and I won’t be able to work with the same type of intensity and effort as before because I’m dedicating myself to the practice of being fully alive and present for were I MOST need to be. This is my “right” place, right now. And having the courage to live inside your “right” place is REAL BEAUTY.


What is your “right” place right now?
What might you be missing out on by rushing through the moments of your life?
What might it take to be fully present for what you know you really need?
What’s preventing you from slowing down?
What does being most ALIVE look like for you?

Feel free to share your responses with me here


What Direction Are You Headed? August 18, 2011

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“Just because you don’t name the direction, doesn’t mean that you aren’t going in one.” – Say Yes Institute


I came across this quote yesterday and thought it was beyond powerful. It’s a significant reminder that life doesn’t care if we’ve made a plan for ourselves or not, it simply keeps moving. So the choice is ours. We can either name our direction and take steps everyday to live into our most spectacular and fulfilled life OR we can allow life to keep rolling along without ever stopping to get clear in our direction or purpose.


Here’s the difference:


When you take the time to get clear in your direction, identify your vision and take action on behalf of your most desired life you harness the power to create opportunities for the Universe to support and meet you inside your identified direction. You begin to vibrate on a higher energetic plane, attracting what it is you want most in life. Declaring what you want & committing to a daily practice of moving in that direction allows you to live each day feeling more alive, energized, determined and inspired.


When you choose to live inside the role of “victim”: allowing your life to happen to you, with no real sense of direction, goals or action strategy it’s nearly impossible to empower yourself to see the grandest possibilities of your life. You end of feeling stuck, lost, confused, pessimistic and tired. And again, the Universe will support and meet you inside this space. Yuck!


Thoreau once said, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

I don’t know about you, but suddenly today seem like the perfect day to name my direction, live deliberately and feel most alive?


What about you?


Connect with me here today if you need support in naming your direction


with REAL beauty,
xo Lori