It's been insanely cold out this winter and I always provide the homeless in my area with what I can to keep them as warm as possible, but the thought of them being out in the cold on frigid days and nights never leaves my mind. I noticed my friend April shared the news that her sister Jamie Marie and her boyfriend Anthony Pierro assembled and handed out care packages to homeless individuals in freezing cold New York City earlier this year and was touched. I reached out to Anthony to find out more about his experience and he shared this touching video.
When I rebranded and launched Joyfully Me, I thought deeply about the content I've been creating and my mission for the platform. After all, having an audience is a responsibility and I wanted to make sure I was using mine to the best of my ability. Throughout the content, you'll find what brings me joy and I hope it acts as moments of pick-me-ups and inspiration for you, too. Here, I interview some of the women I most admire in the wellness community. From Mallika Chopra to my favorite yoga teachers, meditation gurus, authors and athletes, they all dish on what brings them joy. Enjoy!
I just booked a trip to LA and am beyond excited to get back out there. The excitement and happiness I feel when on the West Coast doesn't compare to my day-to-day in NYC. There's just something about the sunshine. However, I found a formula by Deepak Chopra, MD that explains how you can take charge of your happiness. Even on cold, wintery NYC days. Check it out.
If you're reading this, then I'm sure you noticed that I switched my site name from JeannineMorris.com to Joyfully-Me.com and redesigned my homepage to make it more content focused. I'm excited to introduce you to Joyfully Me, my new platform dedicated to inspiring you to own your self worth and celebrate the moments that make you feel alive and well.
I'm picking up the Soul Candy series again and to kick off the new year, I thought I'd tell you about a very special story that touched my life personally. I volunteer at the Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City and often find myself in the cattery cleaning cat cages and making friends with all of them as I go. Nothing makes me happier than helping at the shelter. Throughout the past few months, I took special notice to one cat in particular named Pepper who thanks to her age, spots of missing hair and cone around her neck, seemed what some would say, "unadoptable."
If you've been reading my blog for a long time, then you watched my life and content evolve throughout the years and are right there with me. Can you believe I've been doing this for eight years? As I became more wellness minded in my personal life, my definition of beauty changed and content shifted to a place of raw authenticity that I'm proud to share with you. Today, I'm excited to announce that I've partnered with Rituals, the number one selling bath and body line in Europe that's rapidly making its mark in the US. Truthfully, if I could create my own beauty brand, I would follow the same formula – putting wellness first and (what we think of as) beauty second.
Isn't it funny how our calendars fill up like crazy during the holidays? It's not even Thanksgiving yet and the season is already in full swing, which for me provokes a great deal of anxiety. Already on our calendar are attending family dinners and parties, jazz concerts, the NYC Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker, and this year Joe and I are looking to move apartments in December too, which just adds to the craziness. With what feels like a suffocating calendar full of fun events, the only way I can truly enjoy the season is by focusing on the moment and calming my anxiety. Here's a easy breathing meditation from Dr. Andrew Weil that I incorporate into my day. Hope it helps you, too!
I first met Cait about ten years ago when I was a beauty editor at Cosmopolitan magazine. At the time she was a beauty editor at Life & Style, and I looked up to her as she seemed to have it all figured out. She's always been supportive of my freelance career and I'm incredibly proud of what she's accomplished during the past few years. Now a cancer survivor, Cait utilized her relationships in beauty and personal experience to help others fight their battles while looking and feeling their best by writing "Pretty Sick: The Beauty Guide for Women with Cancer." At her book launch party, she said, "This was never about me writing a book. This was about me wanting to help others." And that's exactly the type of person Cait is – selfless. Here, she speaks to her journey and gives valuable life advice.
It was January of 2016 when I first heard of Skylands Animal Sanctuary in Wantage, NJ and visiting has been on my bucket list ever since. This past weekend, Joe and I had the opportunity to take a tour of the sanctuary given by the Founder, Mike, who's one of my heroes. You can only imagine how excited I was as he began to tell his story and the stories of all of the rescued animals that he treats as children. Founded in January 2015, the 232 acre property is now home to animals he personally rescued including cows, goats, pigs, chickens, even a bull and more.
Yesterday, when I woke up to the horrific news about Las Vegas, I felt numb. In shock, I didn't feel the deep, heartbreaking sadness that I felt when hearing of mass shootings in the past right away. It took me time to process the reality of what happened and today, I'm there – heartbroken. I can't put forward another post promoting a TV segment or telling you about my favorite new skincare products without addressing what's heavy on all of our hearts. Writing is therapeutic for me and if anything, I'm not embarrassed to put my thoughts and feelings out there as I know some of you are feeling the same way.
I feel extremely fortunate to have grown up during a time without the Internet and everything that comes with it. Remember before we were on AIM, before we had cell phones and before carefully crafting our MySpace profiles, things were a lot simpler. We actually had to wait by our phones if we were expecting a call, and I don't know about you, but I loved recording my voicemail with the help of Gwen Stefani. Back then, Cosmopolitan magazine was the authority for my friends and I and MTV music videos were the ultimate form of entertainment. It's amazing how much has changed in really, so little time.
Summer may be over, but I have to share my summer reading list. In the beginning of the season, I asked for book recommendations on Facebook and was flooded with responses. Here's what I read and highly recommend. Most of them are thanks to my good friend, Lauren.
The tragedy in Texas has been unbearable to even watch on the news. Each day that passes, I sit and wish I could be of more help, and even though I've donated, I still feel helpless. I'm sure if you're reading this, then you feel the same way. Besides the misplaced people and animals, looting is happening and the entire situation seems to be out of control despite all of the relief efforts. It's going to take a long time for the community to rebuild and get their feet back on the ground. There are many ways you can help through donations and here are the ones that caught my eye.
Two years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts for the first time. My best friend, Adrienne, and I found the experience exceeded our expectations and we came back to NYC energized, restored and inspired. If you follow me or Canyon Ranch on Instagram (I took over their account), then you saw that I had the recent opportunity to go back for round two. With work out clothes and notebooks, Adrienne and I eagerly hopped in the car.
If you watch NBC, then you might have already seen the promo commercial I'm hosting about "Clear the Shelters," a campaign where animal shelters across the country will be offering low cost or waived adoption fees on Saturday, August 19th. When the email came in asking me to host and I saw that they wanted me to interview a veterinarian and help promote animal adoption, I was over the moon. You guys know how I feel about helping animals and hosting with NBC is a career dream. As an animal activist and supporter of the campaign, I have to fill you guys in on how you can participate.
I finally listened to Tony Robbins' podcast and it's just the pick-me-up I need to keep myself in check. Have you guys listened to it yet? I'm curious to hear your thoughts. This one was titled, "How to Rid Excuses and Meet Your Goals." Both my husband, Joe, and I found it informative and inspiring and appreciate the fact that he's a straight shooter. Here are his three steps to getting out of your own way.
When I put out a call-to-action on Facebook asking friends and family to share heart warming stories of compassion for my Soul Candy series, I received an overwhelming response. This one comes from my friend Arlene who lives in Florida and witnessed how one simple gesture could make someone's day.
When I first learned about WELL WITHIN skincare, I was impressed, simply because it was so clean. Then, I had the pleasure of meeting Co-founders, Lynne Florio and Renee Tavoularis, and fell in love with their mission. As beauty industry veterans (they both worked for La Prairie for over 20 years), their wellness journeys lead them to take a leap of faith and run with a vision. As an entrepreneur myself, I understand what it takes to bring a passion to life. Here, Lynne (LF) and Renee (RT) talk about starting the company, the best advice they've ever gotten and their definitions of beauty.
I recently had the opportunity to hear spiritual teacher, Marianne Williamson speak at the Marble Collegiate Church in NYC and have to tell you, it was the most powerful lecture I've ever heard. As a follower and fan of hers (her book A Return to Love changed my life) I couldn't wait to see her live. Her teachings inspire many in hopes that those listening will begin to make a shift in order to create a ripple effect in the world. Here's the scoop. It's important.
The beauty industry tends to define beauty as ‘confidence’ and through advertising and the media, explains how by using the right products and learning a few tricks of the trade, confidence can be easily enhanced. Yes, that’s true, having my brows shaped to properly frame my face, having silky smooth skin and rocking a nearly flawless self tan all definitely make me feel more confident and therefore, more beautiful, but I’ve recently come to find that beauty is so much more than just that. This new understanding through self discovery changed not only my career path, but also my entire perspective on life and in this moment, I couldn’t be more fulfilled or grateful. Read about my transformation and new definition of beauty here.
One of my very good friends and colleagues, Emily, experienced an interaction with two homeless people last fall that was incredibly touching. In NYC, we walk past the homeless time and time again and for some, they become invisible. Let's remember that they too, are people who are capable of love and need compassion. Next time you encounter a homeless person, acknowledge them when they speak to you. Even if you don't have a dollar to give them, let them know. Trust me, they appreciate just a simple answer. This story will touch your heart.
I just left yoga class and was super inspired by something my teacher, Julie Pasqual, said so I felt the need to share it. Her theme throughout class came from this saying, "When you complain, you're signing a contract for sadness." Wow. The reminder that we can control our level of happiness hit me hard.
I love having the ability to interview people who inspire me. Today, I'm excited to share my latest with Maria Menounos, host of E! News and SIRIUS XM’s “Conversations with Maria Menounos." From her impressive hosting career to fit bod, she's someone I've always admired. Here, she talks about her new partnership with Rally Health, her eating and workout habits (you know you're dying to know) and the business advice from her husband that's kept her going.
I've been volunteering at the Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City as of late and absolutely love the animals. true love and care are given to the animals and tons of the hard work goes into getting each and everyone of them adopted. Adoption success stories make my day and this week, I'm proud to share this story from my friend, Alexis Farah of RandomActsofLipstick.com, who has opened her LA home to fostering dogs. I couldn't be more proud of her!
I recently became familiar with the work of Sophia Gushee and instantly wanted to know more about her. As a healthy living expert, she helps people detox their homes! Cool, right? In her new book, The A to Z of D-Toxing, she proves that a healthy lifestyle goes beyond eating right and exercising. Here, she talks detoxing steps, her favorite clean beauty buys and how toxic exposure in the home can lead to hormone disruption.
There's nothing more heart warming than receiving emails from you guys about random acts of kindness. This story proves that even the smallest, selfless acts make a huge difference. If we all act out of kindness always, we can contribute to making the world a better place.
I'm such a creature of habit, especially when it comes to my workouts. When it began to feel like ground hog day, I knew it was time to shake things up and challenged myself to get out of my comfort zone. Not only has it been invigorating, but my body has been responding differently to the exercises (something I def needed) and I feel inspired.
It's been a year since I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training at YogaWorks and I am still so grateful that I had the opportunity to take it on. It was by far, the best personal growth opportunity I've ever had. I've never been stronger than I am today and have never felt more comfortable in my own skin. Besides teaching, my practice has drastically changed. Here's how:
I'm excited to begin the new year with a story about my grandmother. Of course I'm partial in saying that's she's one of the kindest, most thoughtful women you'd ever meet, but she really is. I'm sure after hearing this Soul Candy story you'd agree.
This year, I'm adding a new series to the blog, a book club! I have a book shelf near my desk where I keep the most inspiring books that I've read to help cultivate creative energy in my office. One of my resolutions for this year is to spend more time reading (I'm truly a book nerd when I allow myself the time to get lost.) and will be sharing my favorites with you.