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  • Pre-sale going on NOW on NEW Goddess Workout online Teacher Training Program

    Dear GoddessLife Community,

    Announcing ALL NEW online Teacher Training Certification.Watch video

    PRE-SALE discount going on NOW for ONE WEEK ONLY!

    Join The GoddessLife Family and make money while making a difference in the world one Goddess at a time.

    Blessings,

    Dolphina and everyone at GoddessLife HQ

    Click here to register

  • New Goddess Workout Teacher Training Certification GoddessLife Workshop Studio Opens

    I am thrilled to announce the New Goddess Workout Teacher Training Certification GoddessLife Workshop Studio Opened! It's decor is boho gypsy glam Moroccan chic. Here I am pictured teaching my first Certified Goddess Workout Bellydance and Burlesque Instructor, Juliana Crouch. Oh what fun we had!

     

     

  • Bucket Lists are Stupid

    The cops just pulled me over. Again. And I’ve been waiting in my car for over 20 minutes. But I’m not concerned - I haven’t committed a crime. Well, nothing serious, anyway.

    You see, I have only one name on my Driver’s License: Dolphina (which is also the solitary name on my Social Security Card and Passport – which leads to more exotic delays). Right now, the police officers are most likely stupefied on precisely how to find me in their system – or wondering if I exist at all.

    Then they return to my car and ask me what my ‘real’ or ‘last’ name is. To them, this is rare incident, but it happens to me all the time. Sometimes an impromptu bellydance performance or pulling my finger cymbals out of my glove compartment or dance bag suffices the average skeptic.

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  • Upcoming All NEW Online Goddess Workout Bellydance Teacher Training Videos

    Are you ready for the NEW Online Certification Goddess Workout Bellydance Teacher Training videos?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Goddess of the Month - Krystle Hope of Serenity Haven Studio

    Be prepared to be inspired! I adore ALL the women featured as Goddess of the Month – but I am very excited to share with you Krystle Hope’s story. She epitomizes everything I hope The Goddess Workout will do to transform your body, mind and spirit AND after she became a certified Goddess Workout instructor in April 2012 – she embodies everything I hope a GoddessLife instructor to be.

    Now I will let her tell you her SUCCESS story:

    Becoming a Goddess Workout belly dance instructor has transformed my life. Not too long ago, I was just like my students: battling with my body and myself. (Many of the women in my class have suffered from fibromyalgia, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, old injuries that never healed properly and severe back and joint pain.) I had gained 70 pounds with my pregnancy and I hated my postpartum body. I felt ashamed of it and disgusted with myself for looking this way. For a while, I honestly thought that I wouldn’t be able to belly dance again.

    Click here to read Krystle's entire inspiring story
    Click here to read her experience of teaching her first Goddess Workout Class
    Krystle’s website: www.SerenityHavenStudio.com
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  • GoddessLife Woman of the Week Wednesdays - Jane Fonda

    It's GoddessLife Woman of the Week Wednesday! Here at GoddessLife HQ, we feature a woman who embodies the highest possible expression of her nature. Honoring the brilliance in other women will help all of us on our path to living our own true potential.

    It was unlike anything that anyone had ever seen or done before. The video opens with a close-up shot of a dancer wearing leg warmers as she stretches her leg up on a dance barre and then pans out to show a typical scenario of dancers gathering for a class. Then the camera zooms across the room onto Jane Fonda wearing her infamous stripped leotard with a belt around her waist (what was that for?), tights and leg warmers. She comes up from touching her toes, tosses back her head and utters enthusiastically her now famous line, “ Are you ready to begin the workout?” towards the camera – as if she is talking to us – because she was. We were now taking a class with the famous Jane Fonda as our instructor in the privacy and convenience of our home.

    Click here to read entire blog and watch Jane Fonda doing The Jane Fonda

  • Have you done the Goddess Workout today?

    Who is doing The Goddess Workout today? I just did mine and I feel completely transformed! Remember...you are only one workout away from feeling like a Goddess. xxx

     

     

     

     

     

  • Goddess Serve: Volunteering for Step-Up Women’s Network

    I believe that the purpose of life isn't about what you have; it's about what you have to give. Because of this philosophy, I make it a priority to volunteer my time and resources, working closely with inspiring organizations. Step-Up Women's Network tops my list!

    The first photo is of me teaching bellydance at a "Goddess Day" at a Sephora store in Los Angeles for an under-resourced community of girls. The second is a Book-Signing Fundraising event held at The Goddess Center.

    Women who volunteer are Awesome. Fresh. Epic. Fabulous. THE BEST!

    Giving back is an essential part of GoddessLife. I call it Goddess Serve. Not only do you make a difference in others lives, but also NOTHING will lift your spirits more!  And I swear that this is something you will not regret doing. Money-back guarantee!

    Click here to find out more about Step-Up Women's Network.

    Click here to read entire blogpost about Goddess Serve and Step-Up

  • Two Valentine's Day Music Playlists: Valentine's mix sexuelle and L'amour Romantique

    Playlist One: Valentine's mix sexuelle
    In my quest to squeeze sexy back into Valentine's Day, I created this mix.  What are your favorite sexy songs?

    Playlist Two: L'amour Romantique Valentine

    While I was on my mission of making Valentine's more sexy, my darn heart got in the way. The next thing I knew, I making a romantic playlist, too. Cie la vie! What are your favorite love songs?

    Click here to read entire blog & listen/download playlist . Enjoy xo

  • My Secrets to Get Back into Shape after the Holidays

    *** I’ll admit it. I took the chocolate road to happiness this Fall. After a series of personal traumatic events, I let myself go and my buns of steel turned to buns of marshmallows. I stopped exercising and was breathless after a 15 second lap dance for my boyfriend. It was perfectly normal for me to eat a cupcake for breakfast. I never thought it would happen to me, but it did. I was out of control and completely out of shape.

     

     

    Click here to read entire blog: My Secrets to getting back into shape after the holidays

  • Teaching Conan O'Brien to bellydance on live TV

    I was at the US Embassy in Kuwait when a producer from the Conan O’Brien TV show called early one Tuesday morning. She asked, “Would I fly 6384 miles to appear on his late night show that Thursday?” “Absolutely,” I answered and packed my suitcase. I have appeared on literally hundreds of TV shows to promote my fitness, bellydance and women’s empowerment books and workout DVDs. I’ve shimmied with Regis, undulated with the women on The View and taught Carrie and Miranda on Sex and the City to awaken their Goddess within.

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  • Pay Women Compliments

    Years ago, a pretty woman in her twenties, approached me after I finished a bellydance show and asked me if she could ask me an unusual question. I must interject here that after I perform, I consistently receive an unbelievable assortment of questions and compliments: hilarious, flattering, way-too-personal, rude, and repetitive—you name it, I’ve heard it. I try my darndest to be polite and utter a quick thank-you but I often use one of my worn-out comebacks that I should really retire. I am aware that bellydance is provocative and some people are unsure of an appropriate response. But I digress…

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  • Fasten your seatbelts -Mercury goes retrograde today. Btw, what does that mean???

    Fasten your seatbelts; it’s going be a bumpy ride from November 24th through December 14. Mercury will be going into retrograde starting tomorrow, taking us for a wild ride for the next three weeks. Be prepared to get lost, run out of gas, arrive at your appointment late, spill coffee on your favorite skirt, misplace your files, fight with your boyfriend and leave with a parking ticket. Sound like oodles of fun? It’s unfortunate that you cannot stop Mercury from going retrograde, but there are some tricks to help you survive during this time and possibly even learn some things!

    Dare you ask, what does Mercury in retrograde mean?

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  • Tell me what you want...your wish is my command!

    Darlings! It occurred to me last night that I've been a terrible hostess – I invited you to the GoddessLife party and then dashed into the other room, distracted by upcoming projects and now here I am just returning to the revelry. Where are my manners!? Fortunately for all of us, the gala has just begun and it is going to be the greatest bash you have ever seen, one that you will never want to leave. 

    My wish is to give you more of what you desire and need as a Goddess living in this ordinary world.  I was thinking of all your provocative questions, clever suggestions and willingness to share your deepest desires and personal experiences that contribute to the newsletters. I am pleased as punch when I’m writing the eGoddess news, that I long to give you more. Sending it out each month has made the world seem a smaller, more loving place. And all you Goddesses? I feel like we're all kindred spirits, spread all over the world.

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  • Lunar Lover's Delight: September's Harvest Full Moon is Coming!

    Over the next few nights, the moon will be well placed for observation as it moves towards full moon on Sunday night (Sept. 12). This month's full moon is special, because it is the Harvest Moon in the Northern Hemisphere. Because of the location of the sun, Earth, and moon this month, the nearly full moon will appear low in the southeastern sky for several nights in a row, which traditionally has allowed farmers an extension of daylight during the critical time of year when they are harvesting their crops - which is how it was named.

    Click here to read entire blog about the upcoming skyshow!

  • Treat yourself to a delicious, fun and fabulous class you always wanted to take!

    Sign-up for a class you’ve always wanted to take

    While I was at my favorite coffee shop this morning, I read an inspirational story about a woman who simultaneously turned 100 years old, graduated college and crossed the last thing off her bucket list. A bucket list is the 100 things you want to do before you “kick the bucket”. Her story and my second cup motivated me to want to write my own list. However, the copious amount of different things that I desire to do and accomplish in my lifetime flooded my mind all at once and I nearly imploded. I mindlessly grabbed a Community Center class schedule from a stack of newspapers and magazines and thumbed through the classes that ranged from photography to massage to knitting. I noticed that I kept thinking page after page, I’ve always wanted to learn that. But then my mind resisted with the typical excuses: I don’t have time (it will get in the way of procrastinating), I will be terrible at it (and everyone will laugh at me) and its too extravagant to take a class that serves only one silly purpose (because I want to).

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  • Tips to Surviving a Break-Up

    I’ve been on both sides of a break up. I’ve been dumped, cheated on, neglected, ripped-off, lied to and longed for someone to change. I also have been unavailable, a total dork, immature, angry, stupid, possessed by PMS and completely rude. I’ve been in relationships that endured years and infatuations that lasted 10 minutes. The fact remains the same, regardless of the circumstances: Break-ups. Are. Painful.

    Goddess knows I don’t have all the answers, but these are my Top-10 ways I have survived a break-up.

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  • Dream Jobs - Do what you love for a living and be a cubicle refugee!

    I love my job! It’s crazy, but I adore it more than breakfast in bed. And that’s saying a lot! GoddessLife headquarters is an unconventional workplace that I created by doing what I love to do: dancing, dressing up and empowering women to discover their own path. I found my purpose in life, but it wasn’t always this way.

    I was fired from my last job of six years.  My boss sat me down over his 18th espresso of his day and started on his tirade by telling me I was a "wild pony".  I was about to say, "thank-you" when he interrupted me with his thick Greek accent to yell at me dramatically, "You are ruining my life" and proceeded to let me go.  Yes, I was bellydancing and technically doing what I loved to do. 

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  • Enter this month's Goddess Giveaway to win a FREE DVD & CD & Congrats June's winner

    Enter THE GODDESS GIVEAWAY  to win a free GoddessLife gift. Join the GoddessLife Community email-list and you will be automatically entered into our Goddess Giveaway to win a FREE GoddessLife gift. (We will honor your privacy by NOT selling or giving your personal information to anyone! You may also unsubscribe at anytime). Our Newsletter's are not your ordinary newsletters - click here to read past newsletters.

    Congratulations to June's winner: Carolyn Podescu of Cumberland, Maryland

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  • Bloom where you are planted - How to find a career mentor

    Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, I knew how to do everything included in my job description. I was a bellydancing at a Moroccan restaurant and teaching bellydance classes. My days were filled with obsessively making bellydance costumes, searching for new Middle-Eastern music and rehearsing.  I made some extra money by selling my Goddess Workout video to my dance students that I recently produced. Then, a student, who was a writer for Sex and the City wrote about The Goddess Workout into an episode. Suddenly my life changed. I was in business. I mean business, as in becoming incorporated with stockholders, officers, lawyers, accountants, spreadsheets and an account at Staples. I was thrown into an alternate universe with aliens who spoke a bizarre language. I needed a guide to navigate the new strange world…I needed a mentor.

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  • Happy Hour

    Happy Hour. The literal phrase is delightful. The concept is brilliant. The saying is a completely American invention created during the 1920’s prohibition era. The slogan was used at speakeasies (another great phrase) to denote drinking before dinner.

    Yes, it is true that the idiom is usually associated with cocktails after a stressful day of work. However, this fact doesn’t mean that you must become inebriated in order to create a happy hour for yourself.

    There are millions of other things you could do with that time that would bring you joy.  I have listed 10 ideas below, but I would love to hear your ideas.  Write me and tell me what you would do with your happy hour. The point is to carve out an hour to let your hair down and devote it to your own happiness.

    Click here to read entire blog. Click here to watch "How to make a cupcake martini" vlog.

  • Guilty Pleasures

    As my phone rang tonight, I found myself saying those nasty four little words, “ I really shouldn’t, but…”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Fasten your seatbelts -Mercury goes retrograde today. Btw, what does that mean???

    Fasten your seatbelts; it’s going be a bumpy ride from March 30 through April 23rd. Mercury will be going into retrograde starting today, taking us for a wild ride for the next three weeks. Be prepared to get lost, run out of gas, arrive at your appointment late, spill coffee on your favorite skirt, misplace your files, fight with your boyfriend and leave with a parking ticket. Sound like oodles of fun? It’s unfortunate that you cannot stop Mercury from going retrograde, but there are some tricks to help you survive during this time and possibly even learn some things!

    ***NOTE: while I was copying this blog post from a blog post from 2008 - my computer crashed! Mercury in retrograde is a trickster and has officially begun.

    Dare you ask, what does Mercury in retrograde mean?

    Click here to read entire blog

  • Super Moon - Magical Moonlight

    Have you been reading all about tonight's special Super Moon? In celebration of the bodacious, beautiful, bright, silvery Goddess, I am re-posting my "Magical Moonlight" blog from May 2008.

    While I was driving home tonight from my bellydance gig in Malibu, I was so enchanted by the glow of the Full Moon and the illuminated path it created on the ocean that I nearly drove off a cliff! I began to think about how staggering the influence the Moon has on Earth: twice a day, it makes the waters of the oceans ebb and flow.  It takes about 1,500,000,000 horsepower for the Moon to drag the tides across the Earth each day. Sheesh, that's a lot of power! Scientists (those cuties with the white coats and coke-bottle glasses) say that our body is made up of 95% water. With all this power, the Moon (also known as Luna) must affect us, too, no doubt.  Perhaps which is why we attribute craziness and wild behavior to the Full Moon with the term: lunatic.

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  • Do you have Spring Fever?

    Feeling friskier than usual? Do men and women, even that awkward, gangly barista at Starbucks seem to be getting sexier? Have you been daydreaming about going away somewhere sunny and tropical and dancing ‘till dawn? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then, take it from an expert (yours truly) - you are infected with the highly contagious Spring Fever.

     

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  • Goddess Gatherings - Why they are Important

    Goddess Gatherings fulfill a very important need we have as women to honor all that is feminine within us. When we connect on this deep level, we become connected to the legacy of great women that have gathered together in supportive, positive and dynamic environments.

    My first Goddess Gathering took place when I was living in New York City almost by chance.

     

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    Click here to sign-up for the latest Dolphina's Goddess Gathering.

  • The Goddess of Pampering: Elizabeth Arden - Pioneer of the Beauty Industry & Yoga!

    I am deeply grateful for the woman that gave us the gift and tools for pampering!

    Her name is Elizabeth Arden & positively every woman in the United States used her creams, perfumes and cosmetics, including Marilyn Monroe. Elizabeth was an unstoppable powerhouse created absolutely everything what we know today as the $150 billion global health and beauty industry.

    She was divinely inspired (obviously) when she opened the first modern day spa and beauty salon. In 1915 she began franchising these temples to beauty called The Red Door that are still in fashion today! She also formulated and manufactured her own cosmetic line and used modern mass marketing techniques to bring her products to the public. Additionally, she introduced the concept of the "makeover" in her salons. A true visionary, she also pioneered restorative exercises based on yoga – nearly 100 years ago!

    What a woman! She was a true luminous visionary whose products are still relevant today. Click here to read her entire inspiring story.

  • Enter this month's Goddess Giveaway to win a FREE DVD & CD & Congrats Dec's winner

    Enter THE GODDESS GIVEAWAY  to win a free GoddessLife gift. Join the GoddessLife Community email-list and you will be entered into our Goddess Giveaway to win a FREE GoddessLife gift. (We will honor your privacy by NOT selling or giving your personal information to anyone! You may also unsubscribe at anytime). Our Newsletter's are not your ordinary newsletters - click here to read past newsletters.

    Congratulations December's winner: Jennifer Neskovic from Kamuela, Hawaii

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  • Happy Winter Solstice – This celestial dance shows us how to re-ignite your inner-light

    “What’s the big deal going on in the sky?” you ask. News articles all over the web have been reporting the rare celestial paring of the Winter Solstice (longest night of the year) and a full lunar eclipse tonight. It’s so exceptional that NASA reports it hasn’t happened in 456 years and the next one won't come around again until 2094.

    So?      This rare occurrence signifies an opportunity for BIG personal transformation. The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year and marks the darkest point of the sun, after which the light begins to return and the days become longer. Add the full lunar eclipse to this picture and now the sun and moon are both at their darkest point – making for an extremely long and dark night.

    What does that mean to me?     Basically, the idea is that when things seem really bleak and dark, it is often our biggest opportunity for personal transformation.

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  • My Secrets to Get Back into Shape

    I’ll admit it. I took the chocolate road to happiness this spring. After a series of personal losses, I let myself go and my buns of steel turned to buns of marshmallows. I stopped exercising and was breathless after a 15 second lap dance for my boyfriend. It was perfectly normal for me to eat a cupcake for breakfast. I never thought it would happen to me, but it did. I was out of control and completely out of shape.

     

    Click here to read entire blog: My Secrets to getting back into shape

  • GoddessLife Panty X-Change - BURLESQUE Style!

    Today was my 6th annual GoddessLife Panty X-Change and we did it Burlesque style! What you ask is a GoddessLife Panty X-Change? And how do you do it Burlesque Style? Well, relax, pour yourself a delicious beverage and let me tell you the entire ridiculously fabulous story.

    It all began 6 years ago when 4 of my dearest girlfriends and I desperately longed for more panties. We are all burlesque dancers, bellydancers, hula dancers, cheerleaders and addicted to lingerie. We wore panties while we performed, in classes at my dance studio (The Goddess Center) and for fun. We actually needed them. Once you feel nice knickers on your body, its impossible to return to ordinary undies. Trust me. It was a problem of the highest magnitude; it was a thirst we could not quench. Something must be done! After much research, concentration and meditation, the idea was born that would solve all of our problems and fill our drawers with adorable drawers. For the Winter Holidays, the gift that we would give each other would be panties. AKA: The GoddessLife Panty X-Change.

    Click here to read how the Panty X-change works, my review of BURLESQUE and more unmentionables!

  • Woman uses dance to heal child prositutes

    Using dance as psychotherapy, Sohini Chakraborty is helping former child prostitutes regain their sense of self.

    In 1996, Sohini Chakraborty was walking in Kolkata when she came across a wrenching poster: a photo of a child prostitute staring listlessly at the camera, with the caption "I am no more bride-to-be, no more mother-to-be, no more future-to-be." The poster, which was outside the office of a local nongovernmental organization (NGO), was part of an antitrafficking campaign in India, where about 1.2 million children are believed to be involved in prostitution.

    Click here to read Sohini's full inspiring story.

  • Win a FREE Spa Goddess CD - Enter the Goddess Giveaway

    Here is the ideal accompaniment for yoga, massage, and relaxing in your own private sanctuary.

    Click here to listen to sample tracks of this CD.

    I have been on a journey of healing and extreme self care. My friend treated me to a wonderful gift of going to a spa. While deep in relaxation during a hot stone massage, I heard Sea Siren (the first track of Spa Goddess). I did not realize immediately that this was the CD that I produced. Just as I described this music years before, I was transported to a world of divine luxury, tranquility and rejuvenation by the subtle melodies infused with ocean sounds, soothing flutes, strings, and light percussion!

    Click "Enter the Goddess Giveaway" above in pink to read entire post & to enter to WIN!

  • Help Step Up Women's Network win $250K for at risk teens

    Dearest Goddesses,

    Step Up Women's Network is very dear to my heart. I am an ambassador of this fabulous non-profit that connects you to the professional women you need & underserved teen girls who need you. Step-Up has a chance to win $250K and I would love for you to help them win a grant from Pespi for after-school programs that help teen girls become confident, college-bound & career-ready.

    Please vote as often as possible through October 31:
    http://www.refresheverything.com/stepupwomensnetwork/stepupwomensnetwork.
    Text Step Up’s number 103315 to PEPSI (73774)
    Facebook: login and then visit this link: http://bit.ly/9PrCyZ
    -Use the “search” field to find Step Up Women’s Network and vote!

    There is no charge to vote (other than your standard text rates) & it takes just a moment. One minute of your time could add up to $250k for teen girls nationwide! A sincere thanks for support of this important cause I am backing. Let’s help Step Up break into the top-50 this week en route to the top-2!

    Happy voting!
    Dolphina

  • Have you been tempted by The Apple?

    Just like Eve, I have eaten from The Apple
    …and now there is NO turning back!

    This phenomenon is happening to millions of Americans and it can happen to you, too. I have taken a bite of The Apple and now I am thoroughly smitten with their technology and products. I am tempted by every new release. I am holding their latest irresistible fruit: the iphone 3GS. I never have regrets, though. It is surprising how much more attached I become to each new product or latest generation. My life has become utterly dependent on its technology.

     

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  • Win FREE panties! (Not an April Fool's Joke - I PROMISE!)

    Win Free Panties in GoddessLife's free Goddess Giveaway!

    Each month a winner is selected at random to win FREE GoddessLife merchandise. These items are exclusive and are not sold anywhere. This month's winner will receive a FREE pair of limited edition GoddessWear Panties.

    The panties are available in red, baby pink, black and heather grey (with white lettering) and white with red lettering. Each has a diamond rhinestone in the center of the "o". They are available in hotpants/boyshort (pictured) or thongs.

    Click Here to Enter Giveaway >>

  • Do you love your job? - Do what you love and love what you do. March 2010 Newsletter

    Dear eGoddess Community,

    I love my job! It’s crazy, but I adore it more than breakfast in bed. And that’s saying a lot! GoddessLife headquarters is an unconventional workplace that I created by doing what I love to do: dancing, dressing up and empowering women to discover their own path. I found my purpose in life, but it wasn’t always this way.

    Today I was reminded of the zany and unbelievable events that led to me to the creation of my company. This morning began with squeals of delight as I entered my office to find it revamped into a showgirl’s dream. I hired a designer to add some simple shelves while I was away for a week teaching a workshop. I returned to find she painted the shelves with opalescent paint and covered the sides with rhinestones. She draped fabric from the ceiling and removed all filing cabinets. All files, documents and books were placed on the gorgeous shelves. I couldn’t help but rediscover all my diaries that had been tucked out of sight for years, like the journals I kept when I lived at the infamous Chelsea Hotel in NYC. I pulled them off the shelf and began to read. I was brought back to the time in my life when I was lost and looking for direction. The following paragraph is the paragraph I wrote in my diary the night I discovered my career path:

    Click here to read entire "Do what you love and love what you do" March 2010 Newsletter

  • The Cairo Chronicles - An American Bellydancer who Moves to Egypt to Pursue her Dream

    Aleya is a phenomenal bellydancer in Cairo. She tells fantastic stories of rubbing rhinestones with famous Egyptian bellydancers and having snake charmers serenading outside her apartment because they think she is a wealthy Saudi. But the most amazing part of her life’s story is that she is an American bellydancer who decided to live her dream and move to the heart of the bellydance world.

     

    Aleya and I go “way back” as dancers. I had the honor of dancing with her when we were both performing in the restaurants and clubs of Los Angeles.  As a bellydancer, it is one thing to be respected by Middle-Easterners living in the United States, but it is entirely different story to perform in the Middle-East.

    I believe that dreams should not be just dreams. The way I see it is that dreams aren't made for sleeping on. They visit with purpose. And yet, I know how difficult it is to follow our dreams.

    I am so inspired by Aleya pursuing such a bold dream, that I asked her to tell her to write her story and share it with us. Enjoy The Cairo Chronicles and let her motivate you to do what you love and love what you do.

    Click "The Cairo Chronicles" above in pink to read entire blog.

  • Bloom Where you are Planted – How to Find a Career Mentor

    Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, I knew how to do everything included in my job description. I was a bellydancing at a Moroccan restaurant and teaching bellydance classes. My days were filled with obsessively making bellydance costumes, searching for new Middle-Eastern music and rehearsing.  I made some extra money by selling my Goddess Workout video to my dance students that I recently produced. Then, a student, who was a writer for Sex and the City wrote about The Goddess Workout into an episode. Suddenly my life changed. I was in business. I mean business, as in becoming incorporated with stockholders, officers, lawyers, accountants, spreadsheets and an account at Staples. I was thrown into an alternate universe with aliens who spoke a bizarre language. I needed a guide to navigate the new strange world…I needed a mentor.

    Patiently I waited for the equivalent of the 'Career Fairy' to come down and appoint me a divine mentor. But, as I came to find, these types of relationships take chemistry, synergy and trust, none of which happen overnight.

     

    Click "Plant where you bloom - How to Find a Career Mentor" up top in pink to read entire blog.

     

  • Bask in the Goddess Glow - Blissed out Night of Dance & Music on March 16th

    A blissed-out night of cosmic performances of music, bellydance, burlesque, circus & other surprises!  Be prepared to be brought to your knees to worship The Goddess! The Goddess is ready to shower Her love and affection on any who cares to turn their gaze toward Her fiery heart.

    Audience is encouraged to drop into (or out of) the night - PLEASE enjoy, break free of self-imposed limitations, dress in costume and bask in the glow of the Goddess!

    My performance is not to missed! I am seriously serious. I will be revealing a new costume (and some other things!)

    Please click "Bask in the Goddess Glow" above in pink for all the deets.  Hope to see you there!

     

  • I am inviting in my house a Couch-Surfer in honor of Practice Random Acts of Kindness Week (Feb15-21

    I know this week has been full of Holidays: Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday, but do you know that it is also Random Acts of Kindness Week? From February 15-21 a little kindness can go a long way toward making someone's day and celebrating the week is a good way to remind ourselves that we can make a difference in someone’s life. Here are some ideas, and even if you haven't any extra cash, a smile and a greeting are always free.

    To read entire blog, click "Practice Random Acts of Kindness" above in pink

  • The GoddessLife Challenge is Working! A budding business is born!

    I am proud to announce: The GoddessLife Challenge is Working! Sarah, from our community, is tasting success from the goals she set in January for The Goddess Challenge. How darling is this knitted hip scarf!

    To refresh your memory in Jan-blink and its gone-uary, I introduced The GoddessLife Challenge as a fresh new way to help each other on our paths to make our dreams come true.

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  • Contribute to Your Community with GoddessService

    GoddessService is a Non-profit organization of GoddessLife that will begin in 2010. GoddessService's mission is to sustain a nationwide grassroots network of socially conscious dance studios and dance instructors to implement dance-based empowerment programs in underserved settings like women’s shelters, teenage mentoring programs and nursing homes.

    I am so grateful for the opportunity to share the beauty of dance with so many, and I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the profound interconnectedness we can feel through this great ancient tradition and help spread the empowerment and fun!

    If you are interested in participating in GoddessService, please contact us.

  • Guilty Pleasures

    As my phone rang tonight, I found myself saying those nasty four little words, “ I really shouldn’t, but…”

    You see, I have a vintage pink rotary phone that’s cord only reaches the fake fur rug on the floor next to it.  To speak on the phone, I have to lie on the rug. It’s decadent in The Valley of the Dolls kind of way. I knew it was my best girlfriend calling and with all the work I had to do, I really shouldn’t have, but… I indulged in one of my favorite guilty pleasures and talked to my friend, on the rug (meaning, no multitasking) for two hours!

    Afterwards, I didn’t care how behind I was on my spreadsheets I was supposed to have prepared for tomorrow. “So what” I said to myself, I can stay up late, or get up early, or, even *gasp* not finish them.  Indulging in my guilty pleasure made me feel so bad, I felt good.

    We all have guilty pleasures – some that would embarrass us to admit – but should we feel compunction about them? If watching trashy TV shows, eating at fast food restaurants or googling your ex can bring us so much pleasure, then why should it create remorse?

    Isn’t it tiring trying to be perfect and to always do the right thing? Isn’t there something to be said for the occasional dash of depravity? There is! Not everything we do needs to be productive, lead to a cleaner house or the betterment of humanity. In actually, doing something for the sheer amusement of it is reason enough.

    So, go ahead, eat a gram or two of saturated fat, crank up that cheesy love ballad on your car radio and splurge on something ridiculously expensive.  And remember, sometimes, tabletops are for dancing.

  • Magical Moonlight

    While I was driving home tonight from my bellydance gig in Malibu, I was so enchanted by the glow of the Full Moon and the illuminated path it created on the ocean that I nearly drove off a cliff! I began to think about how staggering the influence the Moon has on Earth: twice a day, it makes the waters of the oceans ebb and flow.  It takes about 1,500,000,000 horsepower for the Moon to drag the tides across the Earth each day. Sheesh, that's a lot of power! Scientists (those cuties with the white coats and coke-bottle glasses) say that our body is made up of 95% water. With all this power, the Moon (also known as Luna) must affect us, too, no doubt.  Perhaps which is why we attribute craziness and wild behavior to the Full Moon with the term: lunatic.

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