Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ready to make your happiness a priority? Jump-Start Your Joy is open for registration!

Registration for the May edition of this course is now closed. If you're interested in a future run and want dibs on exclusive pre-registration, please enter your info here

I know you.

You are a professional, butt-kicking bundle of awesome 21st century woman.

You’re a girlfriend. A wife. A best friend. A daughter, a mother, a sister, a teacher.

You’re an overachiever, a 4.0-er, a list maker. A “don’t leave til tomorrow what can be done today”-er.

You’re a family supporter, a dinner maker, a laundry doer, a “sure, I can do that” and jam-packed agenda-er.

You’re a Sunday morning yogi, a curled up in an armchair reader, an “I’ve always wanted to learn how to do that” junkie ... or at least you would be if you didn’t have that big-butt list of things that had to get done first.

I am you. I was the straight-A student, the valedictorian, the “yes to everything” club joiner, the finish-third-in-my-college-class student who was so amazingly overachieving that I got my diploma … and was too dang burned out to even enjoy it.

I’ve been there. But, thank the universe, I learned how to turn things around and make my go-getter personality work for my happiness, not against it. And now I’m looking for other busy, gutsy women who are ready to make space for joy in their hectic lives, too. I'm combining that passion with my professional background (bachelor's in education from Susquehanna University, experienced teacher and online course designer, Master's degree in Online Teaching from Wilkes University) to start making a difference in the world, one radiantly joyful woman at a time.

Registration is now open for the May edition of Jump-Start Your Joy (previously called the Happiness Experiment).

Check out the deets below, and if they get you all hot and bothered, sign up here to reserve your spot. (registration now closed)

Who: Women who don’t want life to pass them by, but are not willing to throw away the crazy, hectic life that they LOVE. Women who want it all: family, career, interests, and inner peace, love, and happiness. Straight-talkers who want some practical solutions, not just fluffy feel-good. Chronic list-makers welcome.

What: A four-week crash course on presence, prioritizing, and upping your JOY, led by me, Elizabeth Guerrero. You'll learn strategies to practice presence, make your happiness a priority, and organize your time and mind to facilitate joy and contentment. We cover a lot and at a fast pace, so the course is ideal for trying on a wide variety of outlooks and approaches to see what you want to focus on more deeply as you go forward in your happiness journey. 

How: Daily emails with small, do-able thoughts/challenges, a closed (private) Facebook group for discussion, and weekly “awesome hours” when I’m available to live chat online about whatever your radiant heart desires. Worried about getting behind or missing a few days of emails? No problem, at the end of the course you'll receive a PDF with all of the materials so you can go back and reread at your convenience.

Where: On the interwebs (read: online).

When: May 6-June 2.

Why: Because the scary, scary truth is that this life is beautifully fragile and fleeting, and you cannot let your inner joy play second fiddle for one more freaking second. You owe yourself deep happiness and peace - and I’m going to lead you there, babycakes.


Cost: $28 (That’s a dollar a day invested in your own authentic joy. You are worth it.)

Ready to de-stress, simplify, and clear the clutter to make room for everyday joy and peace? Reserve your spot here.  (registration now closed)

Here's what past Jump-Start Your Joy participants are saying:

"Elizabeth's fresh approach to happiness, punchy blog posts, and raw honesty in reflecting on her own journey showed me that people of all ages and backgrounds don't think it's a bad thing to want a relatively fair trade of happiness for the hard day we put in. What I've gotten most out of this course is a great reason to reflect and be introspective without feeling guilty. It has also helped tremendously to hear other women talk about issues we sometimes feel alone in (crazy family, anyone?)." 
- Patty P : mom, wife, high school teacher

"This course helped me by teaching me to be present and to not let mental clutter from the past and worrying about the future keep my attention from the now. I've embraced Elizabeth's "Happiness is a journey" mantra instead of focusing on some endpoint or "what-ifs." Becoming more present takes a lot of practice and will be an ongoing process for me, and I'm glad that Elizabeth and her course gave me the kick-start I needed!"

- Nicole P : college student

"I feel as though I have really reconnected with some priorities in my life - and although I feel guilty at times for putting myself in a position of priority, I am realizing that unless I take time to prioritize myself, I'm really not able to care and give my authentic and true self to others. I feel blessed to have been included in this group – and to have had the honor to collaborate in this community of sharing, growing and learning!"
- Sunny W : college professor, wife, mother

"I enjoyed having a planned moment to myself each morning ... I believe just the action of taking 5-10 minutes to myself each morning to think about ME is helping me feel a bit more peaceful in the craziness!"

- Michelle B : chiropractic assistant, wife, mom of four

Registration is open no
w and will close Monday, April 29th at 11:59 pm (Eastern time)

After you complete your payment, you'll automatically be taken to a short questionnaire. Within 24 hours, you’ll receive a welcome email with info and instructions on how to get ready for the course. 


A few last reasons to sign up now 
 (registration now closed):
  • In order to keep the group intimate and allow me to give you all the attention you deserve, spaces are limited.
  • The price for this course will definitely be going up for the next round. 
  • You deserve this, now. I said it above and I’ll say it again, and again: you (and your happiness) are worth it.

Have any questions before you sign up? That's cool; feel free to email me at elizabeth@kissmeawake.com.

I can’t wait to meet you and help you shine!

Friday, March 15, 2013

ready to simplify, de-stress, and take life by the cojones? join me for a free happiness experiment.

Update 3/16: I am so overjoyed and super excited about the amazing response I've already had to this offer. I now have more than enough volunteers, but if you want to stay updated on future opportunities, please enter your info here. I may want to run a 2.0 version before turning this into a paid service, so I'll be sure to keep you informed!
*~*~*~*~*
I know you.

You are a professional, butt-kicking bundle of awesome 21st century woman.

You’re a girlfriend. A wife. A best friend. A daughter, a mother, a sister, a teacher.

You’re an overachiever, a 4.0-er, a list maker. A “don’t leave til tomorrow what can be done today”-er.

You’re a family supporter, a dinner maker, a laundry doer, a “sure, I can do that” and jam-packed agenda-er.

You’re a Sunday morning yogi, a curled up in an armchair reader, an “I’ve always wanted to learn how to do that” junkie ... or at least you would be if you didn’t have that big-butt list of things that had to get done first.

I am you. I was the straight-A student, the valedictorian, the “yes to everything” club joiner, the finish-third-in-my-college-class student who was so amazingly overachieving that I got my diploma … and was too dang burned out to even enjoy it.

I’ve been there. But, thank the universe, I learned how to turn things around and make my go-getter personality work for my happiness, not against it. And now I’m looking for other busy, gutsy women who are ready to make space for joy in their hectic lives, too.

I’m looking for 5-10 volunteers to participate in a free happiness experiment this April.

Check out the deets below, and if they get you all hot and bothered, sign up here to get crackin’.

Who: Women who don’t want life to pass them by, but are not willing to throw away the crazy, hectic life that they LOVE. Women who want it all: family, career, interests, and inner peace, love, and happiness. Straight-talkers who want some practical solutions, not just fluffy feel-good. Chronic list-makers welcome.

What: A 30-day presence, peace, and happiness experiment led by me, Elizabeth Guerrero. You'll learn strategies for cleaning out mental and emotional clutter, reducing daily stress, focusing on what really matters, and prioritizing your own happiness.

How: Daily emails with small, do-able thoughts/challenges, a closed (private) Facebook group for discussion, and weekly one-on-one chats with moi.

Where: On the interwebs (read: online).

When: April 1-30 (ish).

Why: Because the scary, scary truth is that this life is beautifully fragile and fleeting, and you cannot let your inner joy play second fiddle for one more freaking second. You owe yourself deep happiness and peace - and I’m going to lead you there, babycakes.

Ready to de-stress, simplify, clear the clutter to make room for everyday joy and peace? Sign up here.

Have any questions before you sign up? That's cool; feel free to email me at elizabeth@kissmeawake.com.

I can’t wait to meet you and help you shine!

*** The “dang girl, you fine!” print (did that joke come off well? no? darn.): 

Volunteers will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. This is a trial run of a course that will later be offered for a fee, so if you’re interested, don’t wait! Your happiness is worth the risk NOW, not a vague “someday.”



Check out Chris Guillebeau's post How Can You Help Someone for Free? A Social Experiment to read more about how different people are using their skills and talents to help other -- for free.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

quick and easy vegan pizza recipe

In my family, Friday night has always been pizza night. Pizza is without a doubt my favorite food, and missing out on its cheesy amazingness has been the part about going vegan that has worried me the most.

This past week was my first one completely plant-based, and despite my extreme love for pizza, I was determined to not let our Friday night ritual ruin the pride I had in my success so far. Enter: Operation Attempt at Vegan Pizza.

I looked at a lot of recipes for vegan pizza in search of something simple that wouldn't require a bunch of ingredients or extra time. I decided to go with Angela Liddon's Low-Fat Vegan Cheeze Sauce and premade dough as my main ingredients.

food photographer i am not, but you get the delicious, cheezy idea!

My vegan pizza adventure was a HUGE success! I didn't expect the cheeze sauce to thicken and even crisp up a bit in the oven, which made the pizza look and feel a lot more like a regular pie. It tasted great; and if I make this every Friday, I seriously won't miss the greasy, digestion-sabotaging fare I'm used to.

Ready for the recipe? Here you go!

Ingredients:

*Whole wheat pizza dough (I bought a 13.8 oz. Pillsbury can and used half of it)
*1/3 cup of Oh She Glows 5-Ingredient Vegan Cheeze Sauce (her recipe yields 2/3 cup)
*Tomato/pizza sauce of your choice
*Oregano
*Toppings as you please (I chopped up some onion and garlic)

Gettin' busy:
  1. Make the cheeze sauce according to the Oh She Glows recipe. It's really quick and easy to whip up!
  2. Prepare the pizza dough according to the package directions. I baked mine for about 8 minutes.
  3. Spread the cheeze sauce over the dough, then put the tomato sauce on top. It's okay if they get all mixed together as you spread.
  4. Sprinkle oregano and add your toppings.
  5. Bake according to dough directions or until it's got the crispiness you desire.
  6. Eat, and be amazed at how incredible vegan pizza can be!
So, will you give it a go? If you do, let me know how it went in the comments section!