Monday, February 1, 2016

I'll be BACK!

Hello friends!

I'm making a quick post to let you know that I am writing a book!

In order for me to do this everything else in my work life is on HOLD. We're talkin' serious focus here for me as a mulit-passionate woman this is a big deal! That means I'm pushing pause on all of the other work stuff that I love (coaching, interview shows, creating products, blogging, social media etc) so I can bring this baby to LIFE!

Please know that I'm thinking about you and will be back in full effect once my book is off to the publisher. I'm so excited to share share it with you hopefully soon- EEK!

On a personal note if you want to see what I'm up please do reach out and connect with me via Facebook...I pop on time to time to check in along the way and I'd love to say hello!

Big Smiles + Love,

*Yes! That's me holding my mom's typewriter. I'm imagining my words flowing freely one letter at a time. ;) I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Her name is Lilly.

I was sitting in a coffee shop yesterday right in front of the window looking out.There was a homeless woman and her dog across the street holding a sign that said, "Hungry...anything will help." 
As much as I hate to see people on the street. I by no means respond to every sign I see but something about this woman kept drawing me in. The more I watched her and her dog I felt like I wanted to say hello. 
Hi! What's your dog's name? 
Bailey! Well, hi Bailey aren't you the cutest!
Her boxer wiggled up to greet me and jumped up for more pets.
We both smiled and laughed at her cute dog. 
What's your name?
She looks at me kind of skeptical. I wonder when the last time was that someone asked her, her name.
I'm gia.
I say hoping to not make her uncomfortable.
I'm Lilly.
She says and we share a smile.
Nice to meet you Lilly.
Can I get you a drink? Or would you like a banana to eat?
Yes, please. 
I walk back inside and place her order. While I stood in line I started to wonder... Where does she sleep at night? When was the last time she took a warm shower? Will she eat tonight? Does Bailey have any food? 
And I wonder what her story is...
I walk back outside. Give her a mini token of warmth.
You know. The basics so many of us take for granted. 
She takes the drink and food with her dirty hands and cut fingers.
She says thank you and smiles once more.
I pet Bailey one last time.
And we part ways. 
I know some people watching me might think I'm only enabling her situation. And maybe for a moment I am. Or they might think she's a con artist or that it's her own fault. And honestly...we'll never know. But today something told me to reach out to her. So I did. And for a moment we connected. As two women, who share the same city and a love for dogs. 
I've heard that a lot of (mentally well) homeless people, just want to be seen. (franky...don't' we all) And to not have everyone turn the other way when they walk by. Although it's not much I do my best to remember that. And every once in awhile I do a little bit more. 
I'll never know what Lilly's story is.
But I do know that we all have one.
And I believe with everything I go that we all are deserve love + kindness no matter what our story is.
And I know that if I was ever in her shoes I'd hope that people would notice me. 
I share this as a reminder to myself and maybe it will help you to...that life really is amazing + simplified when we take a moment to care about one another. And that it's not about what I did to help her. It's what about we did to connect with each other. 
Wherever you are today Lilly + Bailey thank you for your smiles

Friday, December 18, 2015


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Tis the season for joy, happiness and family as well as the time of year when people also struggle the most. I know I'm not alone in having friends or loved ones that are having a really hard time right now and I thought maybe we could help a little. 
What do you say to joining me by posting some love / hope / positive thoughts or kind words for anyone that might need to hear exactly what you have to share right now...join me? ...ready, set, GO! 
We all need reminders that we're not alone and that we can get through anything together...Thank YOU!
Much Love + Hugs, 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Write On.

I get asked quite a bit lately about my writing process since I'm working on a book. And to be honest...I always thought I hated writing. I'm not a writer, I'd say in fact, I SUCK at writing. And whenever I wrote something I thought I needed ten people to read it and edit it for me before I even shared. Can you relate? 
So the idea of writing a book seemed crazy until now because something finally shifted for me... it's what I was telling myself. 
I just found this little ditty I wrote a few years ago and thought I'd share it here (unedited) in case it inspires you to share your stories or to start writing your book that you've always dreamed about. Are you a writer? Ever been in my shoes? I'd love to hear what you think....

I used to say "I hate writing!"
I’m SO not a writer. Give me ANY task but not writing. 
Until one day I realized it was the editing, the spelling, the grammar or trying to please a teachers style or structure for an assignment. "Write it my way or it’s wrong" they’d say. Or mark it up with that dreaded red pen. 
And now, I write for me.
And I write from the heart.
I write what I want.
I write when I’m inspired or need to let something out or to peek in. 
I write in my own voice. In my own style.
And with lots of !!!!!! if I want to. 
I say Fuck Yeah or Fuck You if it fits.
Because it’s just me.
Expressing myself.
I write like I talk.
I don’t worry about sentence structure and I don’t care if my words make an English teacher cringe anymore. 
If I decide to share what I write it's because I want to.
And maybe my words will speak to you or someone you know.
And what “THEY” say is up to them.
And you know what? 
It feels good to write now.
In my own way. 
So many people stop writing or don't even start...because they’re told by someone that it sucks.
And they believe it. 
To me, writing is about voice.
It’s about story.
It’s about expression. Or an outlet.
It’s about courage.
It’s a place where you get to be you. 
And that alone is perfect. 
So WRITE ON my friend.
Let it out. 
Tell your stories.
Share your soul.
Whatever feels good to you.
Do that. 
And guess what? 
Now I say I love writing.
I am a writer. 
And so are you.
So what's my process right now some might ask? Just WRITE.
The rest will unfold....

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Notice the lil' ones.

With so much heavy right now in the world...take a minute to look around and notice little kids doing what they do...playing, skipping, jumping in puddles, singing songs at the top of their lungs in public, or hangin' 10 with a broom paddle like my cutie pie nephew Crusoe and for at least a moment things won't seem so big. 

Much Love,
:) gia

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Perfect Path

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When you're not sure which way to go or what to do...always follow Love 

Smiles, gia
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