THE BEST QUOTE I EVER HEARD

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

This passage is commonly mis-attributed to Nelson Mandela’s 1994 Inaugural Address.
It actually comes from the book ‘A Return To Love’ (1992) by Marianne Williamson

SECRETS ABOUT FOOD AND HOW YOUR PLATE COLOR IS KILLING YOU

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It was 2004 I was laying on my boyfriends dorm bed watching “Super Size Me.” You weren’t expecting that now were you. There were a million things we could have been doing at that time but we were together watching a documentary about a guy named Spurlock who was consuming McDonald’s three times per day, eating every item on the chain’s menu at least once.

In essence that documentary was my personal tipping point. It opened my eyes to what was in the foods we were eating and from there it snowballed into my life now. Here is how my personal health journey  has looked.

RECAP TO WELLNESS
1. In 2003 I tasted Organic milk then started questioning why certain things were labeled organic and others were not. I then proceeded to become horrified by what was in my food. I questioned everything.

2. I started reading ingredient labels and shopping the perimeter of the stores. Have you ever noticed that the end aisle and inside aisle of the grocery stores are full of processed canned, bagged, or plasticized junk foods. Its best to steer clear. The first two ingredients to go were Hydrogenated Oils and High Fructose Corn Syrup and anything I could not pronounce. Which lead me to only eating things with 7 ingredients or less. Preferably only 5 ingredients on the label. 2004

3. I stopped drinking all carbonated drinks, sodas, pops, or any sugar drinks and stopped eating at fast food restaurants all together. 2004

4. I started shopping local, organic, and farmers markets became my best friend. 2005

5. 2007 I discovered Crazy Sexy Cancer (documentary) bought the book and started following here regimen.

6. 2007 I found Gillian McKeith and bought the book and started following her ideas which are amazing as well gillianmckeith.com/your-body/food/

7. I started questioning what was in my body products, if they were putting preservatives in my food what were they putting in my lotion, deodorant, and toothpaste? 2007

8. In 2011 I challenged myself to become a vegetarian for four days. I loved eating a plant based diet so much that it stuck. I felt like a feather and unintentionally lost 5 lbs it was magical. You just feel good.

9. 2012 I changed all of my body care products over to Simply Birgit and I even created our own brand line for our band THE BERGAMOT with Birgit here

10. 2014 I exercise 4 times a week for 1.5 hours and daily indulge in a plant based diet full of vibrant colors and foods on my plate. I pull recipes from the raw, vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian worlds. PS a pescatarian, occasionally used to describe those who abstain from eating all meat and animal flesh with the exception of fish. I also am the proud owner of a Hurom Slow Juicer and the Vitamix Professional 500 these have changed my life.

The most important lesson here is what color is the food on your plate? Check this out
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Can you see the difference? A good note to self,  if your plate is not bursting with natural colors than your not getting the good nutrients you need.

Eat a plate full of colors and you will feel great. If you eat foods that are Khaki colored that means you are not getting any nutrients, which for you = sad day for you.

The best part of life in America is we have free will to make our own decisions and have the power to choose. It took me a decade to get where I am at today and it is an ever changing evolving journey. I will continue to grow and expand and I invite you into the process too. It is so fulfilling and you will never regret feeling vibrant and full of energy everyday.

Please leave comments below I would love to hear from you.

Shine ON

LIFE IS FULL LETS DRINK IT UP

ImageI don’t know how I have done it but I am currently living on a farm for the summer.

It has kinda been a life dream of mine and has been on my bucket list for years.

It started when I was 10 and met an amish family. Also, think one time I saw a movie with Kristy Ally in it and she had to live on a farm and for what ever reason that really made me want to do the same. 

So yep thats right folks I am delighted to say that I am living on a full blown farm with barns, baby kittens, rusty old door knobs, chipping white paint, barns, and horses. We even set up an amazing studio here… lots of fruitful things coming from that too. 

It seems like yesterday that I was running around from photo shoot to Kickstarter meeting back in on my new turf in Brooklyn. Now that I think about it I have been on the road touring since May 19th and it is officially July 1st today. 

When you jump from the greatest city in the world to the road life it seems quite surreal. I mean I was waking up to the rattle of the subway and honking horns, now I wake up to birds chirping, crickets, and the sound of the very near rail road horn that wakes me up and puts me to sleep on these dewy nights.  life as a musician 

Life as a touring musician can feel like your living a life on the run. With minimal possessions to your name, a ring on your finger and a t-shirt with a pair of worn in blue jeans you begin to see life as it is, very simple.

When you don’t own much, and all you do is hustle the scene you find that learning to survive without the aid of major radio airplay and corporate financing becomes feasible. Well at least that is what the 40 days of our Kickstarter campaign taught me.

Day in and day out it felt like we were running a well oiled farm. There is always something to do and your job is never done even when you think it might be its not.

Navigating around such a technological lifestyle and fighting for what I believe in was the biggest hustle and statement piece I have ever made. Each day the campaign was being hustled.

If you were a fly on the wall you would have seen me sending out emails, messages, texts and more for 9 -15 hours straight each day everyday for 40 days. 

The massive success that we had came from  a combination of global networking in inviting fine folks from around the world to join us in making our campaign goal and them responding to our music by supporting us. From tears to laughter to jumping for joy when we not only reached our goal of 30K but exceeded the goal by almost 5K. 

The whole process re-emphasized the point that I was put on this earth to create. Create love, music, art, and even my new found scientific creation of crafting all natural deodorant in my kitchen ( yes it actually works, I know shocker right? I will share that with you soon). 

But back to the point I do all of this because I love being able to create things that help make people’s lives better and more enjoyable. Which now that I think about it is the point of pursuing ones passion.

We were all put here to do good and make the world a better place and what better way to do that than to use the gifts you have for cultivating a better world via using your talents and sharing them with anyone who is willing to try it, listen, watch, or use whatever it is you are doing. 

You can do it. Yes, it is scary, yes your risking a lot, and yes it is not the easy road to take yet their is something so gratifying and fulfilling from choosing to live the life you have dreamed of and yes you can do it. 

Shine ON from the farm 

4 THINGS PEOPLE WHO LOVE LIFE DO DIFFERENTLY

 

 

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  “The world would be a much happier place if everyone pursued their passions and followed their hearts rather then letting money and others decide their path.”

Every time I am on tour somewhere around the fourteenth hour inspiration hits, well at least that is what I think it is it could be cabin fever but either way I am glad for it. Lucky for me I am back on tour doing what I do best performing for beautiful folks all over the world. So somewhere around the fourteenth hour mark this thought came to me, “what if finding happiness is easier than we think, what if happiness is the fulfillment of a few desires, if so what are these desires?
From this question I came up with “4 things people who love life do differently”
1. STRIVE TO LOVE  
My powerful desire for staying connected to God and Love as I know it to be has lead me to tremendous joy in my life. This joy comes from a yearning to know and love this higher being more fully. I learn more about love as I love my husband, family, friends, fans, and earth in new and continual ways. This desire to love spurs me to create  to be a loving and selfless being, evolving into a more soft graceful human who is kinds and compassionate. I strive to connect daily to the spiritual which brings great happiness. I am forever bound to seek out more of this great Love while tapping into the absolute and infinite realities.
2. GIVE TO LIVE  
To give of oneself, talents, possessions, and love is the greatest way to use your life. Think about what your good at, and don’t give me this ” oh, I am not good or talented at anything” because thats bull$*it.
Every person has something they can give from something as large as your beautiful painting, time shared helping an elderly person collect leaves, or to something as small as a friendly smile. As long as you build your life around giving not only will you feel better as a person but you will be receiving so much more than you give. Its a felling you can not manufacture nor is it a feeling that you can buy it is a feeling that only comes when you generously and authentically give without wanting in return.
This is the of true essence of giving and it will transform your life. Consider giving to someone who you know can not return the favor, perhaps someone less fortunate as you or someone who is lonely. Plant seeds of kindness that are hidden from anyone other than you, for example bake your elderly neighbor cookies and drop them off at their house with a nice note and if you get invited in talk with them for a while I bet you will make their day. There are so many ways to give just think of something you would enjoy giving and give it all way.
3. DISCOVER AND LIVE OUT YOUR PASSION 
When I was five years old I used to sit under this big old Oak Tree in my childhood backyard. As I sat I would sing loud and proud I would sing songs I imagined up and right there my love for songwriting and singing began  beneath the old Oak Tree. Fast forward 21 years later and I live in New York, touring all over the world, performing on stage to the songs I have written. It is an incredible feeling and the amount of hard work that has gone into getting this far into living my dream and pursuing this passion is more than I would have ever imagined.
Yet, I love what I do and the work that I must do to continue on this path I do with full knowledge that I have been very blessed, so their is no complaining its kinda a policy of mine. Once in a while on a really low day you might hear me squeak out a complaint but I try to pull myself up by my bootstraps and journey on. Living out my passion is the best most fulfilling thing I have ever chosen to do with my life. Sure the lows suck but the highs make the lows and the in between hustle all worth it. Its liberating, joyous, and full. I would not trade this route for the world. Consider what your passion is and how your life would look if you only pursued that?
“The world would be a much happier place if everyone pursued their passions and followed their hearts rather then letting money and others decide their path.”
4. ALOW SIMPLICITY TO LEAD TO NEW HEIGHTS 
Last October (2013) when we were in our New York recording studio I realized that finding the essence of who you are only can only occur when you give up everything your not. Let me repeat, “finding the essence of who you are can only occur when you give up everything your not.” Your surroundings, possessions, people you hang out with, what you eat or don’t eat, shape your identity. So lets just say God forbid but your house burns down, all of your friends and family move away, and your left with the shoes on your feet and the t-shirt on your back what would your new identity look like?
How would having nothing make you feel? Part of becoming a minimalist is questioning all of the possessions you have from things you own to people you rely on. What if you gave away all you owned and started again with nothing but the point of you starting over was to some how foster having fewer things that bring joy or beauty to your life.
In the words of my dear friend David Dixon,
“Life simply so you can be agile and spontaneous, don’t be owned by your stuff. Think about all the hours and dollars spent maintaing, fixing, cleaning, organizing, insuring, and worrying about all your stuff? Stuff costs far more than just the price tag. You’re literally give your life to stuff. It’s insane. I just needed the permission to no longer need as much stuff. The more you eliminate, the more you can focus on what remains; what you leave out is as important as what you leave in. ” 
After all of your stuff is sorted, donated, sold you are left with you and the space you need to do what you love. Instead of collecting things try collecting experiences through living around like minded people and pursuing your passion. Inadvertently during the process of simplifying what happens is you become a “Meaningfulist” // a person who would rather collect meaningful joyous experiences than live in fear and collect things.
When my husband and I sold all of our belongings in 2013 we were able to packed up our  2002 Volvo with what was left and start again in New York City. What a liberating experience it was and still is. Now we spend every waking hour working on pursuing our passion together and have no desire for collecting things for we know they will just weigh us down and make it hard for us to do what we love.

 

ETERNAL INVESTMENT

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Photographer: Evan Perigo

Eternal Investment // occurs when one shares their (time, talents, and resources ) generously to those in need and to those not in need. (pretty much to everyone) 

Attention // This investment can not be stolen like a thief sealing precious jewels in the darkness of night nor can it be bought and stashed away in gold piles off some foreign coast.

An Eternal Investment thrives on giving to others in need and flourishes as the kindness is passed forth. This investment deepens as you give and grows as you live.

Death // When you die it it overcomes death’s dark clutch as it becomes eternal. For when you were living this investment like seeds scattered among rich soil grows and grows and grows it lives on through the people you gave to. 

Fear eats the soul // love sets you free. So, lets be courageously generous people who radically give and have faith that we will be richer for giving then for keeping or receiving. 

Fear eats the soul, love sets you free

 

Shine ON

J

 

 

A MUSICAL TREASURE CHEST STARTS WITH?

Photographer Jonica Moore

Being a songwriter is a challenging yet fulfilling craft. I have been privileged enough to have my occupation on my government taxes say : Musician.

It took me a long time to get to this point. However, If you work hard and long enough any thing is possible. I have been full time musician since 2010.

Once I grabbed that college diploma I dipped out. I was well on my way, but to what? All the details of my life I was not sure about but I knew one thing that it would all  involve love, writing, singing, and performing.

I suppose that means my time living in a basement, eating a lot of oatmeal, writing, touring, performing, recording, scheduling, marketing, branding, saving all the green paper I came across, and above all singing everyday lead me to where I am right now.

A musical treasure chest of ideas always starts with “desire”, thats right you heard me correctly it starts with desire. A will to be great, a desire to create, a want, serge of passion, and heart.

In the words of a very wise women Danielle Laporte What if, first, we got clear on how we actually wanted to feel in our life, and then we laid out our intentions? What if your most desired feelings consciously informed how you plan your day, your year, your career, your holidays — your life?

You know, when I look forward I see love, music, projects, recordings, dancing, light, beauty, laugher, passion, friendship, abundance, freedom, community, and I sense this is to come for my desire to create, transform, and evolve is strong.

So what do you desire darling? Feel free to leave your comments below I love hearing from you.

Shine ON

 

PS Photographer // Jonica Moore & Makeup Artist // Tara S.

 

HEY MOM! YOUR KINDA A BIG DEAL

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I love my Mom, there I professed it even though its not from a mountain top in the Alps… I suppose my apartment kitchen table will have to do.
You see we share so many things from our laugh, our singing voice (thanks for teaching me to sing when I was a little girl), to our playful demeanor, love of people, our shared horoscope the infamous and cherished Taurus sign, our love of knowledge, family, friends, food, hospitality, rescuing animals, and so much more.
Sometimes we are so similar that we do not even recognize how similar we are. Yet, today on your birthday I want you to know that I am so blessed to call you Mom.
Your a ray of light and kindness and your heart is so beautiful it bursts at the seems with goodness. You are my blessing, I thank God for you. Keep an eye out in the mail. 

As always with a heart full of love, Shine ON Mom
I love you xo Jillian

 

MY VERY BEST FURRY SUPERHERO FRIEND

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Hey there, so this is Wilco and he is my very best furry superhero friend. My parents found him in Fort Wayne, IN in 2009

When they brought him over to my college apartment he was in really bad shape… yet I kid you not it was love at first sight. 

I have never had that moment with a furry creature they way I fell for this little guy.

He was in need of help, a bath, a hair cut (which I happily gave him), and he was hungry and all I had at the moment was bread so he was a happy little guy every time he saw the bread bag. 

It has been five years and I think of him pretty much every day. 

Since I am a full time touring artist I was not exactly in the position to keep him. So he ended up landing a home at my Mother and Father in- laws house. Good deal right?

He has a big brother Eli who is a beautiful golden doodle and gets plenty of love, belly scratches, and fresh air.

And the best part is I know I can always see him when I am home with all of that said It is a very bitter sweet story for me, because in my dream world I would have had enough time to be his full time care taker.

So I carry on thinking about how much I love him and knowing that he is so happy. He pretty much is my furry superhero and for this I am very blessed indeed. 

 

In the comments below I would love to hear about your furry superhero