New Moon Magic: February 2016

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This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius… So get ready to innovate! This Monday, February 8th, marks the New Moon in Aquarius, the ultimate sign of rebellion, creativity and fresh change. This New Moon asks us, “What’s your vision for the future?” It’s time to dream big, witch babies!

A quick aside: in official blog news, I’m sad to announce that Mystic Medusa will no longer be contributing the astrological portion of this column — she has a huge number of books to write in the next year, and I’m so happy for her, even though I will miss her words here. I am infinitely grateful to her for helping to make this feature everything it has become. I love you, Mystic!

On the flipside, I’m thrilled to let you know that Sagittarian goddesses the AstroTwins have taken the reins of New Moon Magic! They’ll be sharing the astrological lowdown for each New Moon, and — as usual — I’ll be writing about how to use the energy to your advantage.

Here we go with the AstroTwins’ first contribution to New Moon Magic! Meow!

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NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS
FEBRUARY 8TH 2016

IN THE SKY… (The AstroTwins)

Welcome to innovation nation. Today brings a new moon in Aquarius, the cosmos’ original mad scientist and futurist. Let us all pause and peer into our crystal balls, kaleidoscopes and even our microscopes (Aquarius rules both science AND the New Age). What vision do you see for the world? The more out-there and “impossible” you make it the better, because Aquarius loves a challenge. This is the sign of the rebel, after all. Tell Aquarius they can’t do something, and they’ll show you just how quickly they CAN. So dare to dream…and use all the tools of technology and social media to spread your visionary message, since this new moon falls in a tech-savvy sign.

It won’t be ALL peace, love and sisterhood today, though. This new moon will travel at a close square (90-degree angle of tension) to hotheaded Mars in controlling Scorpio. While the Aquarius new moon sounds the cry for liberation, jealous Mars could get a little threatened by that. Sure, we like to claim to be all “live and let live”—in theory. IRL, you could encounter the shadowy side of yourself that feels intimidated when someone else flies free. What if they don’t come back? What if they meet someone better? Yeah, that’s what the voice in your head is saying. But remember what your mama’s old coffee mug said, too: If they don’t return, they weren’t yours in the first place.

February 8 also kicks off the Chinese lunar New Year. (Fun fact: the Chinese New Year always accompanies an Aquarius new moon.) Bid adieu to the weepy Sheep and welcome the manic Monkey. The passive and emo Sheep is linked to the Western sign of Cancer, so we’ve had a rather indulgent year full of feels. It’s been cozy in the bubble, but now it’s time to swing from the vines and tap into some planetary primate power. Take the wool out of your ears and listen up, people! It’s about to get noisy in this joint, as the chattering chimps and babbling baboons of our cosmos seize the mic. Take a deep breath and jump into the conversations—they promise to be lively!

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ON THE GROUND… (Gala Darling)

“When the going gets tough, the tough reinvent.” –RuPaul

No matter what you end up doing this New Moon, promise me one thing: that you’ll make some room to daydream about what could be. Think big, allow yourself to indulge in those wild dreams that you normally keep a lid on, and be unconventional! Who says that work has to be like this, or your love life needs to be like that? You are the captain of your own ship, and you can point it wherever you like.

If you want to dive extra-deep into the energy of this New Moon, here are three things to try…

ACTIVATE YOUR INTUITION
Hands up if you’re guilty of asking everyone around you for advice when you already knew what you were going to do anyway! Don’t worry — it’s not just you. We often ask other people for their opinion not because we want a fresh take, but because we lack confidence and we’re hoping to hear our own thoughts validated.

Let’s throw all of that away this month. Aquarius is about being your own guru. It’s about recognising that you already have all the answers and inner guidance you need — all you have to do is make some space and call upon it!

If you’re truly not sure what to do in a given situation, carve out some time to get quiet and listen to your inner voice. You can also set the intention that you want to receive guidance in the form of a message. I did this when I was thinking about changing my name: I knew I wanted a new name, but wasn’t sure what it should be. I told myself I wanted it to come to me in a dream, and then a couple of days later during a mid-afternoon nap, a dream presented me with my new name written in a cloud. The rest is history!

CONNECT WITH YOUR FAVOURITE WEIRDOS
Don’t be shy: this is an ideal time to get in touch with your favourite eccentric people. As SARK says, “Invite someone dangerous to tea.” Outsiders, rebels and freaks are — almost without exception — always the ones who end up changing the world. Surrounding yourself with more creative and unconventional energy can only be a good thing for you!

Get together with your favourite weirdos to dream about what could be, and allow their imagination to sweep you away. Maybe you can even work together to create the future you’ve always hoped for!

TRANSFORM THE STATUS QUO
Aquarius reminds us that we have the power to adjust and modify the very fabric of reality. If you want to start a revolution, you can. If you want to change the way things are done, you can! Embrace and harness this fluid energy. Stop being stuck and start pouring your energy into what you desire!

Love and magic,

P.S. Want to have your most awesome year ever? Get The AstroTwins’ 2016 Planetary Planner ebook —a 300+ page horoscope guide that forecasts love, career & more for every zodiac sign. Plus: bonus numerology & Chinese astrology! Take 20% off at checkout with the code GALA.

Jourdan Dunn by Zee Nunes for Vogue Brazil February 2016.

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Radical Self Love Letters

Carousel: Courtney Love, David Bowie, Healthy Relationships And Crystal Grids

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Happy January, everyone! I hope the year is off to a brilliant start and you’re feeling excited about the rest of the year. Mercury just went direct so it’s all systems go… And there are less than 60 days until Spring! Let’s do this!

Can we all get one of these?! Customizable Transparent Chair Uses Removable Sheets of Plastic to Easily Alter Its Appearance. So rad!

Thich Nhat Hanh on how to love mindfully.

Hahaha, this woman recreates celebrity Instagrams and it’s the best.

Baggage Reclaim is an AMAZING site for getting healthy about your relationships. I love it! Check out these articles: Am I Involved With an Assclown?: How To Spot Someone Who Means You & the Relationship No Good and What are code red and code amber behaviours in a relationship? There’s way more here. Read up!

This, primarily because I wanted to excerpt the below…

So here’s hoping your feminism involves more than penetrating a willing partner with your fingers, tongue, cock, and whatever vibrators happen to be lying around. Because if your feminism doesn’t include support for pro-choice policies and candidates, regular donations to Planned Parenthood, backing equal pay for equal work, speaking up when other men say shitty/rapey/dehumanizing things about women (particularly when there isn’t a woman in the room whose pussy you want to lick until you come, because feminism!)—and more—then you’re not a feminist, ardent or otherwise.

The Hustlers At Scores. Here’s a modern Robin Hood story for you: a few strippers who stole from (mostly) rich, (usually) disgusting, (in their minds) pathetic men and gave to, well, themselves.

16 Uncomfortable Feelings That Actually Indicate You’re On The Right Path.

What was David Bowie doing at your age? Oh man. I checked my age, 32, and it said, “He got hit in the face by Lou Reed after a dinner in Hammersmith. Took it like a champ.”

Here’s what Brooklyn apartments looked like in the 1970s. Aka, HUGE and rad.

On creating a solitary life as a woman. Such a good read.

Want to make a crystal grid? This is your guide.

I love Dr Bronner’s soap — the words printed all over the bottle are so nutty but wonderful. Here’s the scoop on the $50 million company!

Why are so many millennials so uncool?!

Here’s how David Bowie was an invisible New Yorker. I love this piece. So good.

New World, Old Newts: Five Women Show Us Their Sacred Altars featuring yours truly!

Courtney Love on her collaboration with Nasty Gal.

Glow-In-The-Dark Hair Is the Latest Fun Hair Trend to Light Up Your Life. Um, yes. Let’s ALL do this!

My girl Sarah Starrs interviewed me for her Punk Rock Personal Development podcast, and we spoke about radical self-love, navigating difficult decisions, and being true to yourself.

Want to see Elizabeth Taylor’s most cherished belongings photographed in her Bel Air home? Yes, of course you do!

“America’s sweetheart of smut,” adult performer Stoya talks porn, makeup and the beauty of just being yourself.

Why Are Some People Habitually Late? There’s no single root cause, but over-politeness, optimism, multitasking, and a range of other factors can contribute.

So, a movie is being made about Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson going on a roadtrip, which sounds like it would be awesome, but they just cast Joseph Fiennes as MJ. Not a good look for an industry that seems to insist on a lack of diversity. It’s complicated, man. Anyway, time will tell…

Te story is irresistible: on 9/11, unable to fly, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, and Marlon Brando jumped in a car together—the three of them, no entourage—and made it as far as Ohio in an attempt to escape New York City.

Here’s how to build a $10M business.

Curious about crystals? Here are the ten best ways to use crystals in your magical and spiritual work.

Grease followed an unlikely path to world domination. Oh, Sandy!

Here’s how you can use oracle cards as a complement to tarot cards.

Against “don’t read the comments”. We’ve made a habit out of telling people not to read the comments online. But what started as a cynical in-joke has become a bad habit, and an excuse for enabling abuse across the web.

The weird psychology of returning items to the store.

Here are 6 harsh truths that will make you a better person. This is good readin’.

Are you doing what satisfies you every day?

Baggage Reclaim is awesome. A ‘connection’ or having ‘so much in common’ isn’t the same as intimacy, “Charming” tends to be a precursor to code red problems, It Doesn’t Have To Be So Scary In a New Relationship, Figuring out whether you have the landmarks of a relationship that’s going somewhere good, You can change your version of normal at any time, and finally, Ever been tempted to snoop on your partner?

Snooping puts us in a bind because: Control isn’t love; it’s control. If we want to be in mutually fulfilling, loving relationships with care, trust, and respect, our relationships cannot be about power and control. Ever been stifled by somebody’s jealousy and possessiveness? Yep, that’s not love; that’s control. Snooping is temporary protection against doubts. The next time we experience the feelings and thoughts, if we haven’t addressed the root cause and learned how to self-soothe and also communicate with our partner, we will snoop again. And lather, rinse, repeat. It’s pseudo control even if the other party doesn’t know about it. We’re trying to remove uncertainty but we cannot control the uncontrollable and we are engaging in snooping in lieu of having more command of ourselves and being conscious, aware, present, and responsible in our relationships.

 

 

 

Love and magic,

P.S. DEUTSCHLAND! I’m coming to Hamburg in March and I’m teaching a radical self love workshop. All the information is here, and I can’t wait to meet you!

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Hot Pink Shoes, Crystals And Bunny Ears: Styling The Bookshelves In #DarlingHQ!

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Last week, during a blizzard, Shauna and I embarked on the ultimate Virgo quest: reorganising (almost) my entire apartment. I mean, what else are you going to do when you’re trapped inside with an overactive mind and a penchant for colour coordination?!

We started with the closet in my bedroom: ruthlessly pulling out every single item, asking whether it should stay or go, and trying on the items I was undecided about (much to the amusement/horror of my boyfriend who was stuck in the apartment with us). Once we’d gone through that closet, we moved into the spare room — which is currently acting as a dressing room — and did the same thing. And then we did that with the closet in the spare room.

By the time we were done, we had three suitcases stuffed to the brim with clothes to sell, and several bags of items to donate. The feeling of lightness was euphoric. I can only describe it as being somewhat akin to a psychic colonic!

Two Virgos on their organisational grind is a dangerous thing. A night later, after returning home from the bar, Shauna looked at me and asked, “Do you want to arrange your bookshelf by colour?” Of course the answer was yes. Again, a few hours passed, and we had a huge stack of books to give away, and a beautiful ombre bookcase. #virgoporn

Our grand finale was to go through the top of my bookshelves, which had been serving as a way of displaying my various objects, and clear it off and re-do it. With only a couple of hours before Shauna’s return flight to Portland, we fired up Periscope and livestreamed the whole thing.

The video is embedded below. If you’re interested in styling your own bookshelves, I think this video will help you. You can see us fiddling with different items and playing with perspective, height and dimension. Often in the online world, we only ever see the finished product, but this is a real, live demonstration of what happens behind the scenes.

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Before. As you can see, even though the objects sitting in my bookshelf are cute, this is a pretty random assortment. My bookshelf had become a kind of temporary home for a lot of items, like jewellery, spare Instax photos, and prints that I hadn’t framed up yet.

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After. So much better! We used a lot of the same objects, and in fact there is a lot more stuff on my shelves now, but it looks cleaner, more well-balanced and purposeful. Now, instead of the shelves acting like a lost-and-found for weird objects, everything on display is well-loved and meaningful.

So happy!

These are the major lessons I learned from watching Shauna style my bookcase.

1. HAVE A CLEAR COLOUR PALETTE
Styling my bookcase was pretty easy, because we already had a super-defined colour palette to work with. Pretty much item we chose to feature was pink, white, black, silver or gold. When the colours of all your tschotskes go together, it’s much more appealing to the eye. Otherwise it can just look like a jumble sale! Pick a few colours to work with, and work within those parameters.

2. BOOKS, THEN ART, THEN OBJECTS
We started by using big coffee table books to add height and to ground the shelves. We took off the slipcovers and chose books with colourful spines, gold embossing, and fun details. Once we’d used a few books to create a foundation, we layered in art — a framed crystal grid, prints and framed photographs — to add height and visual interest. The final step was to build it up and out with objects: shoes, skulls, crystals, cacti, cameras, etc.

3. THINK ABOUT TEXTURE
One of the reasons why the final result looks fabulous and interesting is because there are lots of different textures at play and it helps to move your eye along the shelves. There’s plenty of shine with the glitter, matte gold finishes, crystals and foil, all of which grab your attention. These finishes beautifully complement the flat canvas book covers, velvet skulls, and ceramic candle holders. Think about texture like a dance: there has to be a give and take of flat and shiny.

4. LEAVE BREATHING ROOM
You don’t want your shelves to be crammed full of objects so that you can’t focus on any one thing. Allow the items adequate space so that they can stand out on their own. And if in doubt, take a few things away. Remember how Coco Chanel said you should always take one thing off before leaving the house? This applies to styling, too!

5. KEEP PLAYING!
Realistically, a space like a bookshelf will never be finished. Just like your internal world, it should be constantly evolving and changing! Even when our Periscope ended, we weren’t done with our styling mission: we kept playing for another half hour to really refine the shelves and make them as close to perfect as we could manage. This can be a frustrating process, but don’t let it get you down. Approach it with a playful mindset and enjoy the exercise!

I learned so much from watching Shauna arrange and rearrange the items on my bookcase, and I am so happy with how it looks now! I hope this inspires you to beautify your space and fill it only with things you love.

Love and magic,

P.S. All photos in this post were edited using A Color Story on my phone. You need this app! It’s AMAZING! Go Elsie and Emma!

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RuPaul’s Five Outrageous Rules For Living Your Most Fabulous Life

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Role models come in all shapes and sizes. I’ve had many different people I’ve looked up to over the years, all of them very different, but one thing tends to unite my heroes. They are all eccentric weirdos who have found a way to operate within the system, to subvert it for their own ends, and who still lived in a wild and free way that pleased them before it pleased anyone else. Diana Vreeland, Marilyn Manson and Hunter S. Thompson are all people who immediately come to mind, but today I want to focus on one of my most recent role models: RuPaul Charles.

I first knew of RuPaul as the supermodel of the world and as the creator of RuPaul’s Drag Race, one of my favourite shows! How the contestants perform gender and break it down as a societal construct just gives me LIIIIIFE! But I recently started watching interviews with RuPaul where he literally tears reality apart, and it’s beautiful.

Here are some of my favourite excerpts from his interviews, and why I love them. I think you’ll love them too.

“Yes, you can focus on the darkness, it’s there, and you can focus on light. But one will bring you joy and one will bring you pain. It’s your choice.” — RuPaul

In my book, Radical Self-Love: A Guide to Loving Yourself and Living Your Dreams, I say something almost identical: “The marvelous thing about happiness is that in a lot of ways, it’s very easy. You can either choose a thought which makes you happy, or a thought that makes you anxious, and you can make that choice every moment of every day.”

Some of us feel that we are ruled by our thoughts, that they are running the show. The truth of the matter is that with discipline and a little practice, you’ll realise that you are in control of your mind. Your mind is a missile: it will go wherever you point it… And you choose the direction! If you want to enter a downward spiral, point it at your dissatisfaction and keep on going. But if you want to feel good and embrace life, instead you need to point your mind towards the blessings you already have.

This is one of the reasons why I talk about gratitude so much and practice it so often. In fact, you can join me for a #GratiScope on Periscope every Monday to Friday at 12.30pm EST! The more we focus on gratitude, the more we can see our blessings in plain view. There are always going to be better options, people with more money or resources, girlfriends with “better” bodies than us, but if we obsess about those things, we will never feel good enough. Instead, we need to turn inward, to look at what we already possess. I promise you, if you pause for a moment to take stock, you’ll find that you have so much to be happy about.

Like Yogi Bhajan said, “Love is not enough; intelligence is not enough; powerful strength is not enough. You may put everything on one side of the scale, but if you are missing gratitude, you shall lose.”

Focus on joy. Now, this is not to say that we should ignore the atrocities and human rights abuses that are going on all around us — being aware and getting involved is the best way to be on the right side of history. But don’t obsess. Do the best that you can to help the people around you, and remember that the most important thing you can do is feel good in every moment. Your positivity is contagious, and it can change someone’e day — if not their life. If you don’t feel good, do something to make yourself feel good! This is how we change ourselves and the world.

“When you become the image of your own imagination, it’s the most political thing you can do.” — RuPaul

Or to use another of Ru’s quotes to demonstrate, “We’re all born naked, and the rest is drag.” Whatever you’re born with is your standard operating system, and you can change it and build upon it at will.

Nothing is set in stone. Who cares what gender is on your birth certificate? Who cares what name your parents gave you? Who cares what you wear, how you walk, how you talk? It is totally up to you.

The simple act of getting dressed up and presenting yourself the way you want to be seen is totally political and can be absolutely revolutionary. You can change the way other people perceive beauty, gender, race; you can make them question every belief they’ve ever held about what it means to be “male” or “female”; you can begin to subvert the paradigm, by strutting down one street block at a time.

It all comes back to making yourself happy. You can make the choice to wear something that feels bland and flat, that doesn’t represent you or your beliefs, and feel yourself shrinking inside your skin a little bit more every day. Or you can choose to take a risk, to dress to express yourself, to be as big and bold and glamorous as you wanna be. And which side of the fence would you prefer to be on? I’d rather be called ridiculous than dull… And the people who think you’re ridiculous clearly don’t have enough imagination to be invited into your inner sanctum anyway!

This quote is not just about physical appearance, even though it might seem that way. Becoming the image of your own imagination extends throughout your entire life. If your imagination has you as an eccentric bachelorette living in Morocco, painting huge canvasses, shopping for treasures and eating fruit until your dying day, so be it! Do what you want to do and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. They’re not in charge of your life, you are. Stop sitting on the sidelines and make a move towards the life you really want to be living, instead.

“I say everything, because it’s all bullshit. People take things too fucking seriously. If you get offended by bullshit, what you’re offended by is the least of your problems.” — RuPaul

The things that people get offended by is incredible to me. Just this week I was speaking to someone who went to refer to my iPhone, then corrected himself and said, “I mean, smartphone. I’m careful about that now. Don’t want to upset anyone.”

Look, dude. If you’re offended by someone getting the brand name of a phone wrong, your life is totally lacking in purpose and meaning. Who gives a shit?! If the brand of your phone is your identity, you need a new one… And probably a new personality to boot. Don’t be so precious that you get tripped up on idiotic trivialities.

There are two sides of this lesson. One is that we shouldn’t be so sensitive — how is it benefitting us, really? And the other is that by obsessing over small, unimportant things, we miss the grandness, the expansiveness, the wonder of the universe and everything else happening around us.

There are a lot of things to get upset about in this world. But the brand of your phone, the choices other people make, or the daily movements of celebrities are not worth obsessing about. Strive to fill your life with meaning! Fill it with interesting people, great music, mind-expanding experiences… Don’t buy into the lies you’re sold by corporate interests. Step off the treadmill of bullshit and become an active participant in your life. Create your own existence. Craft a life that pleases you.

“If you have goals and the stick-with-it-ness to make things happen, people will feel threatened by you, especially if your goals don’t include them. They believe that if you take a piece of pie, then that leaves less pie for them. Seeing you follow your dreams leaves them realizing that they’re not following theirs. In truth, there is unlimited pie for everyone!” — RuPaul

So many people operate from a place of scarcity. They believe that there is a limited amount of love, money, opportunity, beauty and happiness. The truth is that all of these things are infinite! The universe is constantly generating more for everyone: more love, more money, more opportunities, more beauty and more happiness!

There are no limits. You can’t “use up” all the good stuff. It doesn’t run out. There is always more of it to go around, and when you make feeling good a priority in your life, you’ll find that you generate positivity even faster than you ever imagined possible. Wallowing in misery never brought anything good to anyone. If you feel like crap, take a shower, put on some lipstick, and walk down the street with your head held high like the High Priestess you are.

Don’t be thrown off by the people who are threatened by your ambition, your creativity, or the awesome stuff that you attract into your life. One of my favourite new quotes is from Conor McGregor, UFC champion, who said in a recent press conference, “Winners focus on winning. Losers focus on winners.” The people who are tripping out over what you say and do will always be stuck in that place — that place where they obsess over others instead of actively improving their own lives.

Do what you’ve gotta do, and do it without apology. Don’t worry about the small-minded people who cannot see that one person’s success elevates everyone around them. A rising tide lifts all boats. Shine theory, baby.

“People like to play small, but you are an extension of the power that created the whole universe. You have to be conscious. And once you understand that, that’s when you can really have a party.” — RuPaul

You have no idea how massively powerful you are. You have the strength, imagination, courage and ability to completely create your own life. This idea that we have to kowtow to our families, to society, or to our own unexamined beliefs — and live in a state of unhappy servitude! — is so over. Don’t imprison yourself. Stop telling yourself old stories about the way things are supposed to be. There is no such thing. The only limits are your imagination and level of courage.

We often adopt the beliefs and attitudes of the people who shaped our childhood, and we let those unchecked and unexamined thoughts run our lives. Owning your life in full starts with taking responsibility for every thought, and ruthlessly discarding the belief systems that hold us back from fulfilling our highest potential. It’s the only way to move forward. And it’s the start of total magic in your own life.

Shantay, you stay,

P.S. Another favourite? “My goal is to always come from a place of love… But sometimes you just have to break it down for a motherfucker.” — RuPaul

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My Book, Radical Self-Love, Is Now Available For Preorder… And It Comes With $200 Worth Of Gifts!

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Last week was one of the most exciting moments of my life: the galleys of my book arrived from Hay House! I lugged a 30lb box back to my apartment and as soon as I walked in the door, I fired up Periscope and opened the box! What could be better than seeing my new book for the first time with a huge audience?!

It was a moment I’ve been anticipating my whole life. And it was beautiful.

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Radical Self-Love: A Guide To Loving Yourself And Living Your Dreams is designed to be your ultimate guide to living the life you’ve only dreamed about. You’ll discover exactly what makes you so magnificent, and you’ll gain a litany of tools and techniques to help you manifest a life bursting with magic, miracles, bliss, and adventure! Featuring fun homework exercises and cool illustrations, this book will take you from learning to fall madly in love with yourself, to loving others, to making your world a more magical place through style, self-expression, and manifestation.

I believe that our lives should burst in technicolor. I believe that we can do and be anything we want, but that we need to get crystal clear on our dreams first. I believe that there is nothing holding you back except your fear, and I want to show you how to get past it. I believe in you, in your brilliance, in your capacity to set the world on fire. Let’s do this!

The book comes out on February 9th, but if you preorder it before then, I have some surprises for you… !

ORDER MY BOOK BEFORE FEBRUARY 9TH
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I self-published Radical Self-Love: A Guide To Loving Yourself And Living Your Dreams back in the summer of 2015 and it was an instant sensation, rocketing to the #1 spot on Amazon’s Movers And Shakers, and becoming a #1 new release in the Motivational Self-Help category. Now, with the help of Hay House, it’s set to become a staple on every young woman’s bookshelf. I’m so proud of this book and the overhaul we’ve done on it.

Some people have asked if this version of the book is different to the original, self-published edition. Yes, it is. This edition has been super-polished by the editors at Hay House. Entire chapters have been revised and made more impactful. To put it mildly, this version has been slapped on the butt and dipped in glitter! And it makes a great gift for your BFF who keeps “borrowing” your copy!

I’m so excited that Radical Self-Love comes out the week before Valentine’s Day! The timing is perfect. I started writing about radical self love as a reaction to Valentine’s Day years ago, because it drives me crazy the way women pin their self-worth on what does — or does not — happen on the 14th of February.

I want you to be your OWN valentine. I want you to cherish who you are so much that it doesn’t matter if you get a card or flowers or an overstuffed teddy bear on some randomly allocated day. I want you to be so wrapped up in your LIFE and your own love for yourself that Valentine’s Day is a celebration yourself just like every other day.

That’s my ultimate dream.

A romance with yourself will last a lifetime, and it’s time for you to start right now.

I love you so much, and I hope you do too!

P.S. You can learn more about the book — and read more excerpts — right here. Mwah!

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