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New Website Launch!

Hey everyone! Or at least, anyone that is left and hasn’t moved over to the new site! If you’re still here and receiving this – please head on over to the new site: http://www.alexiswilliamson.com I’ve had a blast crankin this

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New Website Coming Soon!

Things have been a bit crazy since moving back to LA. Crazy in a good way though. It’s just busier here! There are more people, places and things to see. We’re not in Bainbridge anymore y’all! 🙂 Since I’ve been

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Yin Yoga & A Quick Meditation

I haven’t been writing much lately. Unfortunately, (or fortunately) I’ve been caught up in a lot of other things that needed my time, such as: being really laser focused and committed to a detoxing diet for Crohns, writing and getting

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A Sanctuary In The City Of Los Angeles: Lake Shrine

This is literally one of my all-time favorite spots! I think you’ll agree, it’s so very special for many reasons… There is so much to say about The Self Realization Fellowship (SRF) (Lake Shrine) but I’ll give you the basics.

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Quote Of The Day: Overcoming Obstacles

…Many obstructions are purposely put on the way for us to pass through. They are there to make us understand and express our own capacities. We all have that strength, but we don’t seem to know it. We seem to

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Anti-Inflammatory Juice: Remove Toxins and Feel Energized

This recipe is actually a version of a juice reccommended by my Doc! Recently, he designed a specific diet for me to acheive the following goals: Detox unwanted metals and toxins Dissolve lymphatic waste build up Relieve my liver and

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Outdoor Adventure: Charmlee Malibu Hike

I’ve been having some fun here in LA so far. Of course, while living on the westside, you get to experience all the beauty of the local beaches. There are endless outdoor adventures to embark on. Biking on the path,

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Do You Need A Pep Talk?

I think ‘I’ was the one who needed the pep talk today. 🙂 So, when I was reading the inspirational blog over at LiveWeal.com, I was pleasantly surprised to find this sweet SoulPancake video posting. The ‘kid president’ in this vid

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Originally posted on Duct Tape and Bubblegum:
Photo Public Domain Courtesy U.S. Library of Congress. Remixed by Duct Tape and Bubblegum Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? If so, then I know how you’re feeling. This…

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Super-Easy Beginner Green Juice Recipe

It’s about damn time! I apologize for it taking so long for me to post this! Between work, life and moving to LA; I haven’t had a chance to post my juice recipes…umm, oh and there was that (over-due) girls

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Quest For Perfectionism

Finding balance is a big inspiration for this blog. I have had difficulty with this in the past, and of course it’s always an evolving journey. 🙂 If you think about it, so many things lead back to balance. In

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Meditation Challenge: 10 Minutes For 10 Days

  Being in a new environment (LA) and also noticing that I’ve lost my morning meditation ritual got me thinking. Having a morning ritual can really set you up nicely for the rest of your day. It allows you to

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Learning To Go With The Flow Of Life

Just when you think you’ve got things figured out, the Universe swoops in with a big change. This is just the way things seem to work, right? Sometimes I think it’s a lesson or reminder to not get to comfy

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Originally posted on Duct Tape and Bubblegum:
Alexis Williamson is a writer, wellness coach and Duct Tape and Bubblegum’s resident mind-body expert. —————————————————————————————————————————————- Last time, we talked about some steps to get you started on healing naturally through nutrition. Because studies show dairy, sugar…

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Inspiration In Action: Charlie Reijnen

After meeting Charlie and getting to know her, I was truly inspired. I won’t talk too much about her story because you will hear about it in the interview, but I definitely think she is a great role model for

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10,000 Hour Rule: Don’t Give Up!

After a solid week into 2013, listening to Macklemore’s “Ten Thousand Hours” reminded me not to fall back into old habits. It also reminded me of how much I want to turn my dreams into reality… In “Ten Thousand Hours,”

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3 Reasons To Love SFO Virgin America Terminal

Sometimes travelling can be stressful, tiresome and just plain gross. This past holiday season, a lot of travelers might have been anxiously anticipating the likely stale airport experience. Myself included! But not if you’re travelling through SFO > in the

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Gratitude To Readers!

Hey all! Happy 2013! I hope your transition into the New Year was fun, healthy and exciting… WordPress sent us an End of The Year annual, wrap-up for @mbsbalance. What a super-fun (and informative) thing to do! I just wanted to

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Manifesting for 2013

As we come to a close on 2012, we may find ourselves taking inventory of all that’s happened in this past year. I know it’s a little clichĂ©. But, reflecting on this past year brings awareness to the things we

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

Tis the season! The holidays are here and the decorations are up! So far, we’ve been up to some fun, festive activities… Checking out our lil town’s lights…! Picking out our tree here on Bainbridge & hanging some mistletoe, fa-la-la-la-lahhh

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The Four Agreements: Don’t Take Anything Personally

The Four Agreements is a wonderful, spiritual, self-improvement read. It’s a special book and one of my favorites. Actually, it was given to me by my now husband (magically, when I truly needed it most). That’s the thing about him…

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Healing Naturally: Prescribe Nutrition

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What would life be like if we were all eating healthy, organic meals regularly? I found myself asking this question after watching a film based on the idea that Food is Medicine. Food Matters discusses…

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Thich Nhat Hanh: 5 Mindfulness Trainings

One of my big influences has been the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh or (‘Thay’). He is a ‘zen master’ known best for his Mindfulness training’s and beliefs (among many other amazing attributes: human-rights & peace activist, noble peace prize nom from

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Macklemore: Look In The Mirror

I’m a serious Macklemore fan. If you don’t know about this Seattle native rapper – this is a treat! After seeing Macklemore’s ‘Tiny Desk’ npr performance, I was spellbound and filled with inspiration. The music is so special, words really cannot

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Quick Clean Cabbage Salad

This past week, the hubby and I headed to Portland to celebrate my big 3-0! Portland is known as innovative foodie land, and we definitely ate like queens n kings. I’ve been known to say, “you don’t know me yet

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Turning 30

Yup! I’m turning 30! People say your 20’s and 30’s are about finding yourself. As I turn 30, I reflect on not just this year but even this past decade. It’s a closing of my 20’s ~ so many crazy

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Super Soul Sunday Recap: Enlighten Your Life

Howdy! I am not always a regular for Super Soul Sunday but I do love me some Oprah. Being that I love Marie Forleo and some of her other spiritual revolution buddies ~ I was excited to watch their guest

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Tragedy Into Triumph

  “Some of the most devastating things that happen to you will teach you the most.” ~ Ellen Degeneres, Tulane Commencement Speech – 2009 This post almost didn’t happen. The first hang up I experienced was the intimidation I felt about writing on something

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Vega Performance Protein Smoothie

I first heard about Vega during my training @ Whole Foods. Out of all the amazing nutrition options, Vega really stood out. Backed and formulated by Brendan Brazier (Professional Ironman Triathlete) – packed with natural, plant-based protein and being dairy/gluten/soy

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Dare To Fail

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Parsley: My Secret Weapon For Detoxing

Having a case of the ‘acheys’ the other day, I headed out to try a supposed superhero for Arthritis and Inflammation: Parsley. I’m always looking to find out more about Anti-Inflammatory foods. And, if you’re like me, some of the

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Shifting Fear Into Gratitude

I’ve talked a little about fear, here on MBS. In the process of working through my fears, I had a breakthrough I thought would be useful to share. Whether you’re feeling: fear of failure, fear of judgement, or a fear

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Healthy Hearty Fall Recipe: Brussels Avo Salad (Part 2)

Here we are in Part 2 ~ discovering the delicious Brussels Sprout Salad with Avocado & Pumpkin Seeds (adapted from Whole Living Magazine). This dish pairs amazingly well with the Creamy Farro (Part 1). If you missed that post, you

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Healthy Hearty Fall Recipe: Creamy Farro (Part 1)

I love grocery shopping. I don’t know if it’s all the food choices or just the fact that I can finally afford to cook fun recipes with exotic ingredients. I’m just a happy camper in the grocery store. And on

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Inspiration In Action: Shayn Almeida

Today, I ran into Shayn Almeida @ where?……yes, Cafe Gratitude. I’m aware ~ this place is becoming a problem for me. Shayn is a yogi and works with Seane Corn as her assistant. I’m so happy we got to talking!

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Inspiration In Action: Travis Eliot

I’m so excited to be introducing the: Inspiration In Action interview series to my blog! I have always been connected to and fascinated by intuition and inspiration. I love connecting with others and especially, learning about what lights the fire

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Road Trip: Sequim

Feeling fall round’ the corner, I felt antsy to get out in nature and enjoy these last sunny crisp days. I say “last” because I can only anticipate rain is on the way, as we’ve had something-like 70 days without

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Cafe Gratitude: Cucumber Melon Gazpacho

While visiting LA a couple weeks ago, I was excited to stop into the new Venice ~ Cafe Gratitude. I can’t say enough about the amazing creations @ this restaurant. And that’s what they are: art!…beautiful, thoughtful, vegan items that

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Bainbridge Island Summer

As these sunny long days wind down, I find myself thinking about this first summer on Bainbridge and how wonderful it has been. I love this island: the small town feel, the gourmet eats, the friendly folks and of course

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Wedding Bliss…..The Mr. & Mrs.

August 11th 2012, I married my best friend and true partner. I feel so incredibly grateful… This summer has been busy ~ to say the least. The wedding planning alone is way more work than ya think (it really does

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Indulging…the healthy way! (Crab Endive)

Good afternoon y’all- Skip is sick, it’s raining and it’s my day off……perfect timing to cook up some delicious things! I’ve been craving some not so healthy items this week. With the wedding coming up – I’ve really been trying

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“Get Coached” – Are You Ready?

I promised I would post more on Victor 1’s: GET COACHED…and here we are! These DVD’s offer some of the best NFL coaches, motivating you ~ in the various areas of your life. We all need guidance…we all need inspiration!

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Beach Workout 1

I really cannot remember back to when my ‘beach workout’ obsession began. I think it started due to the fact that after I quit competitive gymnastics, I was bored with the gym and regular workouts. 🙂 Embarrassing yes, but starting

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Detox Day 3 ~ Rejuvenate, Restore, Relax

Today is a complete chill out, relaxation day for me. After Hot Yoga last night (and it definitely kicked my butt), my body needs to ‘just be’ today. It’s a perfect day for this – as it’s incredibly nice outside

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Detox Breakfast, Day 2

Good morning y’all! Yesterday was a nice transition into this detox. I’m feelin good! I’ve done cleanses and detox programs before, but one thing to remember: everyone is different and therefore their needs, metabolism, sensitivities, etc. – are going to

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Back To Blogging…(and doing what I love)!

Well, hello WordPress and…..anyone…who’s still….out there?! I took a little hiatus. Life and work has been a bit challenging. Then again, I’ve had the pleasure of discovering a new island (yes, we’ve island hopped to Bainbridge!) and I’m a lucky

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Healthy Snacks

After taking some time off this summer, I’m officially back to work. And, what a transition! It’s interesting how quickly we can loose our self-care routine. After just two weeks, I’m feeling completely wiped out and exhausted. Time for a

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Quote of the day…

“Being truly here is very important — being here for yourself and for the ones you love. Fortunately, being here is not a difficult thing to accomplish. It is enough to breathe, and let go of thinking or planning. Just

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Hello, Fear.

A little friend who like’s to pop up from time to time ~ decided to stop in for an extended visit. So, I thought I would spend some more time on this… Fear can come in many shapes and sizes.

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Stop And Smell The Roses

I’m learning about all the ways to nourish yourself, find inner peace…and incorporate balance into your life. Sometimes you gotta just -stop- and smell the roses, so to speak. When we slow down, we create time and space for ourselves…to

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