SPICY WATERMELON SALAD

Hi beauties!

This summer I have been eating a lot of watermelon.  It's so sweet, refreshing, and in season, and tastes delicious when the weather is warm.  I wanted to do something to make it more into a meal than a side or snack, so I came up with a simple little recipe and shared it with my family.  It was an instant hit, and my Mom requested I make it for a party last weekend.  I did, and it was a hit again!  Haha.  So, I couldn't not share it with you all, especially since it was super simple!

Spicy Watermelon Salad

Spicy Watermelon Salad

  • Cube watermelon in 1" pieces
  • Finely slice jalapeno (remove seeds if you don't want it too hot)
  • Chop a little fresh mint
  • Crumble a little goat cheese
  • Juice a few fresh limes

As you can see, I don't really have any exact measurements.  Just use your own judgement and make to your liking.  Mix everything together and ENJOY!

What's your favorite summer fruit? 

xo.  Jen

 

SOMETIMES DOING NOTHING IS THE MOST PRODUCTIVE THING TO DO

Hi friends!  With The Soul Connection Series coming up, I really want to share about something that has been on my mind a lot lately.  That is, sometimes doing nothing is the most productive thing you can do.  Before you're like "Jen, that makes no sense," stay with me.  

We live in a fast paced world constantly wanting things to be quicker and more efficient, and where we want instant gratification all of the time.  Am I right?  Trust me when I say that I am as patient as a saint in most circumstances, but heaven forbid the WIFI is slow.  

I've written about slowing down, and different ways of getting to that level of calm, but sometimes, you're human and just can't.  And you know what?  That's totally okay.  I'm here to encourage you to give yourself permission to literally do nothing every once in a while.  

As I already mentioned, sometimes doing nothing is the most productive thing you can do.  I can speak for myself that when I am constantly being pulled in 20 different directions and multi-tasking like crazy, then chances are something (or everything) is going to suffer at some degree.  Stretching ourselves too thin is non-productive in itself.  

So, I challenged myself over the last few weeks is to periodically schedule nothing (I've been doing this about once a week).  That means, no appointments, no client sessions, no dinners with friends, no exercise class, no going to the movies, no grocery shopping, nothing.  THEN, I check-in with myself on those days and say "Since you have nothing planned today, what feels like the most productive thing you can do?"  (I encourage you to check-in with yourself daily, but this is different since you have nothing planned.)  Also, it needs to be said that sometimes laying on the couch watching Netflix all day IS the most productive thing you can do.  Rest is vital.  For example, I scheduled nothing yesterday, and this was my day: make breakfast at home for Greg, Kanan and I, go on a 3 mile walk at the beach, go out to lunner (like 4pm), head to TJ's, prep a few food items to make my week easier, paint my nails, watched a few shows on Netflix, and have mini-rest sessions between all of that.  Sounds like a lot right? Well, it felt like nothing since after each thing I did I checked in with myself and said, "You don't have to do anything else today, so what sounds good to next."  

My encouragement to you is to allow yourself permission to just be.  To check in with your mind, body, and spirit and see what she needs.  To do nothing every once in a while because it is good for your soul.

If you feel called to deepen your relationship with yourself in a fun, relaxed atmosphere, sign-up to be on the list for The Soul Connection Series.  Enrollment starts soon! 

xo. Jen

INVESTING IN YOURSELF

Happy hump day!  Today I want to talk about investing in ourselves.  Yesterday on social media I briefly shared about the importance of investing in ourselves, and today I want to go a bit more in depth.  

For me, investing in myself is like saying, "Jen, you are worthy of providing yourself the best care possible."  We are ALL worthy of providing ourselves supreme care, but often times investing in ourselves can fall by the wayside for one reason or another.  If I were to have one intention as a coach and practitioner, it would be to guide my clients to know the experience of divine self-love and care.  This is vital, and what I feel is the root of many other fulfilling experiences in life.

Side note: investing in yourself doesn't necessarily need to cost anything.  

Caring for myself looks different all the time, so let's take a look at a few examples:

  • Spending a few extra minutes when getting ready for the day.  This has less to do about appearance, and more to do with how this makes you feel.  I know for me that when I "get ready," I feel more productive.  
  • Taking a course, or attending and event or workshop to further your own personal growth or business.
  • Saying "no" when your need to.
  • Listening to your body, and providing her nourishment.  Whether it is eating a bowl of roasted veggies or a bowl of ice cream.  Taking a walk with your dog or lifting weights.  Listening to what your body is telling you is a huge form of investing in yourself.
  • Taking time to rest and relax.  Whether it is going to be early, having a spa day, laying on the couch watching Netflix, or taking a nap, these experiences are important for rejuvenation. 
  • Making space in your life for more joy, fun, and happiness.  

I could keep going on different ways to invest in yourself, but the main component is knowing your worth, and feeling that self-love and care on a daily level.

What does investing in yourself look like to you?

If self-care is something that you would like to deepen in, sign-up below to be the first on my workshop list for The Soul Connection Series, and read more about it here.  We will be talking all about how to best care for ourselves in Nourish Your Soul: A Guide to Divine Self-Care, followed by a really fun Vision Board Workshop.  Registration will begin next week!

xo.

Jen

 

INSPIRING READING MATERIAL

Happy Friday, friends!  Yesterday on Facebook and Instagram (which by the way, if we're not social media friends, let's be!) I shared how grateful I am that so many of you are interested in my new fall workshops, The Soul Connection Series.  It's a very affirming feeling knowing that the work (I totally don't consider it work, but you know what I mean) I am doing is needed in my local community and beyond.  Whether you feel called to attend or not, my heart is full, and I feel so grateful for your support.

For me, part of self-care is reading material that inspires me.  Reading something that I enjoy not only relaxes me, but also brings me a sense of happiness knowing I am gaining further knowledge.  Win-win!  Today I am sharing some of my favorites, and why I enjoy them so much.  Most of which I have read more than once, too!  Haha!

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

Whether you've read and/or follow A Course in Miracles or not, Williamson has a beautiful way of simply breaking ACIM down in a digestible way.  She shares her own story and how she got to where she is today, in such an honest and raw way, that it captures your attention and makes you really sink into what she is sharing.  Not to mention, the spiritual insight via text is so benefiting to wherever you are on your journey.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Gilbert's writing is so inspiring in this book.  It affirms that each and every one of us are creative and have something to share with the world.  In my opinion (and Gilbert's), there IS a difference between being creative and being artistic, and she breaks down a lot of that in Big Magic.  We all are creative, and we all have a gift to share.  Love that!

Seven Thousand Ways to Listen by Mark Nepo

Funny story, when I went through spiritual practitioner training this book was one of the many books on our required reading list.  Before I started reading it, I wasn't very excited because I didn't care for another one of Nepo's books (which numbers show that I am probably the only person on the planet that didn't care for it, HA!).  Well, was I proved wrong with this one.  Nepo's insight into listening is so profound and deep, and the quotes and lessons he provides are great to use on a daily basis.  To this day, it is one of my favorite books, and I use it for reference a lot in my own practice.

You Can Heal You Life by Louise Hay

Growing up my mom and I lovingly (and jokingly) referred to Louise Hay as "Auntie Louise."  We referenced this book constantly, so much so that I think both my mom and I have had to replace our copies due to over-use.  Hay's opinion is that the mind and body are connected (which I completely agree with), and that illnesses arise because of emotional, mental, or spiritual reasons and thought processes (which I semi, but not completely agree with--that's a topic for another day).  My favorite part of this book is the affirmations near the end.  You all know I love my affirmations, so this is definitely a go-to for me. 

I hope these tips were helpful for you.  Have you read any of them?  What are some of your favorite books that bring you inspiration?

xo.  Jen

 

NEW FALL WORKSHOPS

Hi friends!  As I mentioned the other day, I have two workshops that are coming up this fall, and I am SO excited to share a bit about them today.  Let's jump in!  Say hello to:


T H E   S O U L   C O N N E C T I O N   S E R I E S


The Soul Connection Series is all about owning your desires, living an inspired life, and ultimately being in sync with your soul.  Doesn't that sound like so much fun?!  

For both workshops I am intentionally curating a small, sacred space (think: ten people and lots of cozy vibes).  This is so we can have meaningful conversation and coaching, and create a purposeful afternoon where everyone feels like their needs are met.

The first of the two workshops is Nourish Your Soul: A Guide to Divine Self-Care.  During this workshop we will go through the nuts and bolts of what self-care is and why it is so vital to our souls, unlock any limiting beliefs of why self-care doesn't work for you, and ultimately guide you to develop a self-care ritual that is individual to you.   

The second workshop is a Vision Board Workshop.  We've all heard of The Secret, right?  Well, it's not much of a secret anymore, because more and more people are recognizing that visualization is super powerful!  Vision boards have been widely popular over the years, but what sets this workshop apart from others, is that we will go through a unique process that I've created where you will get crystal clear about the desires and vision that you want in your life.  This is sure to be a fun and creative afternoon!

"Leaving today I feel a sense of renewal and excitement.  The concepts are broken down in a digestible way, and the content is so rich.  I can't wait to take what I have learned and use it in my daily life!"  

Past workshop attendee

To be the first on the list, simply fill out the form below.  Space is limited, and these workshops fill up quickly.

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing more about my own journey with self-care and vision boards, and what it feels like to me.  In the mean time, if you have any questions, please reach out and let me know!  

xo.  Jen

 

LIFE RIGHT NOW

Hi there!  Remember me?  Ha!  Let's just say that moving took a bigger chunk of energy out of me than I expected.  Not in a bad way, but more in the way of, "I really want to blog, but these pictures aren't going to hang themselves."  Truth be told, our entire house was unpacked the day we moved into to our home.  LITERALLY every box.  So many people showed up and helped us (most without even us asking), it was incredible.  Everything else was mainly decor, and situating things the way we like.  Having a comfortable home that I find beautiful is reallyyyy important to me (and when I say I, I mean Greg too, but this is my blog. HA!).  It's where we spend the majority of our time, and it's our safe haven.  Not to mention, while I am certainly not a professional, decorating and making my home feel cozy is one of my favorite things to do!

Side note: This is not turning into a home decor blog!  I am just excited about our new home, and had a few people ask, so thought I would share. :)

There are still a few things that I want to do, and honestly, I don't think anything is ever "complete" when it comes to decor.  My style is constantly changing and evolving into something different (kinda like life), but for now, it feels good.  The layout of our space is super funky, but also awesome!  We decided to go with a Bohemian-California theme, which was pretty easy since that's where my eyes tend to go.  Think: lots of plants, bright Turkish rugs, gold accents, neutral furniture, and pops of color.  Greg is so relaxed about this sort of stuff, and his only request was that we have more color.  DONE!  

Here are a few photos of a our space, where it is currently at.  The best part?  We are SUPER close to the beach.  Woo-hoo!

On Wednesday I will be kicking off my NEW Fall Workshop Series!  There will be two different local workshops that you will be able to attend, and both are going to be super soul fulfilling! Keep your eyes peeled, because I can't wait to share! 

xo.  Jen

ADAPT, OVERCOME, AND IMPROVISE

Hi friends!  First of all, THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of the love!  The past week I have received so many loving and kind emails, texts, comments, etc. about our upcoming move, and also about my feature on The Couragemakers podcast (if you missed it, you can listen here).  You are all so kind, and I feel super loved, so THANK YOU again!

With the move happening this weekend, and all the packing that is going on, the house is currently in complete disarray.  For example, I made coffee this morning (because, DUH Jen, the coffee pot is the last thing that's going to be packed), but I forgot that I had packed all of my mugs.  So, I am currently drinking my coffee out of Mason jar with no handle (hot, hot, hot).  Adapt, overcome, and improvise, right?

Also, our sweet Charlie just doesn't know what the heck is going on.  He has just been wandering around aimlessly trying to figure out what all the boxes mean, and looking at me with these sad eyes that are screaming "Mama, what the heck is going on, and if you're going somewhere please take me with you!"  We've tried to do our best at reassuring him that he is loved and definitely coming with us, but I don't think he quite understands.  Poor baby.  If you have any suggestions on how to deal with animals during the moving process, please share!  I'm all ears!

Lastly, seeing as how we will be starting to load a 15' U Haul on Friday, unloading on Saturday, nesting on Sunday and Monday (4th of July), I will be back next Wednesday for an update (fingers crossed).

Send us your good vibes and lots of energy!  We're living off love and adrenaline right now, HA!

xo.  Jen

 

 

 

 

I'M FEATURED ON MY FIRST PODCAST!

Good morning, friends!  I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!  Mine was spent packing, organizing, and getting ready for our move to Ventura next weekend.  So excited!

Being a Self-Love Junkie with Jennifer Seale on The Couragemakers Podcast

In other exciting news, today I am featured on my very first podcast!  Meg from That Hummingbird Life invited me on her stellar podcast, The Couragemakers.  "Courage makers is a weekly podcast for creative and passionate, mission-driven doers, makers, and world-shakers designed to inspire and encourage fellow courage makers, and spark a movement of women who are choosing themselves."  Fantastic, right?  

During our time together I share part of my story and past, and how I got to where I am in the present moment.  We also talk a lot about shifting from self-doubt and guilt to self-love and listening to your intuition.  Such great authentic conversation!

Meg is a wonderful interviewer (and now dear friend) and provided such a safe, gentle space for me to share, and I am so grateful for this opportunity.  Thank you Meg!

LISTEN HERE

Thank you for listening, and thank you for your love!

xo.  Jen

WHEN IT JUST FEELS RIGHT

Hi friends!  I've missed you the last few weeks!  I shared on Instagram the other day that I had taken a little time away from blogging as part of deep self-care.  We have an exciting change coming up in our life, and it felt best for me to take a little down time before all of the change occurs.  With that being said...

WE'RE MOVING BACK TO VENTURA!!!

YAY!  You have no idea how happy I am to share that news with you all, and how thrilled I am to be moving back to our sweet little town on the beach.  SO EXCITED!  

A little over a year ago, Greg and I made the decision to move to Pasadena.  It was mainly so he could be closer to work and not have to commute as much, but it was also about stepping out of our comfort zone and embarking on a new adventure together.  And an adventure it has been!  While in Pasadena we adopted Charlie (greatest blessing ever) and explored a new city, but most importantly, stretched and deepened our relationship with one another.  While we are very happy to be moving back to Ventura, we are also grateful for the opportunities in growth and love that the past year has brought us.  

There is a laundry list of reasons why we are moving back to Ventura, but the main thing it boiled down to for us was: It just felt right.  For me (and I can probably guess for Greg, too), when I closed my eyes and put my hand on my heart, the answer was clear.   

Much more will be shared, but for now I am just super excited that we're finally able to fully spill the beans!

Thank you for all the love and support!

xo.  Jen

INTUITIVE EATING WHILE ON VACATION IN NOLA

Hi friends!  I've missed you!  Last week Greg, my bestie Emma, and I went to New Orleans for a little getaway.  We packed a lot into our four day trip, and had so much fun!  Have you ever been to NOLA?  It's definitely unlike anywhere else I have ever been, and I highly recommend visiting.  So much culture, history, and FOOD!

I will say, that the fried/sweet/heavy food is plentiful, however, that didn't mean I didn't listen to my body (intuitive eating), and choose to eat what felt best to me.  I totally did, and still ate whatever I wanted, which included lots of veggies, too!

Today I am going to share some of the restaurants we visited, and what I ate.  Let's begin!

Salmon Bene at The Ruby Slipper

We took a red eye from LAX, and landed super early the next day.  We slept for a few hours, then proceeded to begin our adventure of finding a spot for brunch.  We landed at The Ruby Slipper, where I had this smoked salmon bene and an iced coffee.  Super yummy and satisfying!  Side note: LOTS of cool beverages were consumed on this trip, since the weather was quite warm and humid (which we loved)!

Mid-day champs in our condo!

Our brunch lasted us all day, until we went to dinner at Cornet that evening.  I had the catfish with corn maque choux, crawfish, and micro greens.  This was SOOO yummy!  

Sucré for dessert!  The three of us shared these small desserts.  YUM!

As a rite of passage, early the next morning we went to Cafe Du Monde for beignets and coffee.  I'll be honest, this was not the right choice for me, but wanted to try it anyway.  Fried food doesn't sit well with me, and that proved to be true.  I had one beignet, and drank half of my frozen coffee.  By the way, the frozen coffee was amazinggggg!  THAT, I could drink all day!  Yum!

 

We did a long walking tour that morning, so later that day for lunch I was really ready for some greens!  We headed to Green Goddess where I had the Vegan Luau Creole Cuban (say that five times fast, haha) with a side of sesame veggie slaw.  the sandwich had tons of kale, arugula, Swiss chard, pineapple, and a Creole sauce.  This was DELICIOUS, and exactly what my body wanted (something substantial, yet light).

Mid-day virgin Moscow Mule (wanted the taste, but wasn't feeling the alcohol)!  Perfect!

We had such a special dinner that evening!  We went to Emeril's first restaurant, Delmonico.  Holy moly, this did NOT disappoint!  The food was delicious (I had the red snapper with green rice), the wine was great, and the service was incredible!  It was definitely a treat (price wise), but I highly recommend it!  Definitely the best meal we had!  

Refreshing iced coffee at Mojo Coffee Roasters.

For breakfast, we went to the highly recommended Surrey's Cafe and Juice Bar.  Again, this was AMAZING!  My favorite breakfast for sure!  I had the Creole omelette (filled with avocado and veggies).  Mmm!

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Our breakfast held us for most of the day, so in the afternoon I had a Louisiana Mary (spicy bloody Mary).  This was amazing! They used serrano infused vodka, and OMG.  So good!

I didn't take photos of food that night, or the next morning.  But I continued to listen to my body, and give her what she wanted (salad for dinner, and eggs with a biscuit for breakfast).

Part of traveling is eating the food that the people of that the area cook and eat.  That's part of culture and traveling, and it can be so much fun!

I hope you enjoyed this post, and let me know if you want to hear more about my trip.  Maybe I'll do a recap of what we did and where we stayed?  Let me know if you're interested!

Also, have you been to NOLA?  What was your experience like?  Any recommendations on where I should go next?

xo.  Jen