2022 Holiday Gift Guide

The December issue of HABIBI LIFE magazine is available for download! In it, we’ve curated a list of gifts that we think beautifully suit a wide range of interests and activities. If you’re not interested in downloading the issue just to get your hands on the gift guide, no worries! You can simply click the link below and peruse the guide all on its own at your convenience.

RESOLUTIONS vs. GOALS

The end of the year may often conjure feelings of panic about how much time is left, and how much we still haven’t done despite our best laid hopes and dreams. From both a personal and a professional standpoint, it can be tough to take a look at how much you have, or haven’t done in the last 11 months.

The typical remedy for this feeling is to ‘self soothe’ with the proverbial list of New Year’s resolutions. But even as we make that wish list, we know in our heart of hearts that there’s little chance that we’ll make the time or an actual plan to cross those things off that list. Millions of people perpetuate this cycle of paralysis and indecision year after year. If you’re one of the people who’s interested in breaking that cycle, keep reading.

RESOLUTION vs GOALS

The reason most resolutions don’t work is because they are often confused with goals. Resolutions are wishes… typically listed to make us feel like we’re doing something good for ourselves. Goals are wishes that come with a plan… and most importantly, a timeline. In order for a goal to be viable, it has to be realistic and relevant to who we are and what we wish to accomplish.

The first thing a goal has to be is specific. Goals also differ from resolutions in this way. Resolutions tend to be vague, and full of passive phrases like ‘try’ and ‘do what I can.’ Goals should also align with your passions. On the most basic level, you have to believe that you are worthy of setting and going after your goals (because of course you are). If you lack the desire to take the steps to achieve a certain result, then you are less likely to achieve that goal. Your goals should reflect what you want, and realistically align with what you’re willing to do to get it.

The journey to reach your goal should be segmented into measurable milestones. This helps you keep track of your progress, and can also motivate you to keep going.

Your goal should be realistic and attainable. So if your goal is to grow wings and fly to the moon… well, we love that dream for you.

Your goal should be time-bound. And the time should be relative to the goal. Setting a long timeline for a simple goal is just as imbalanced as setting a short timeline for a complicated goal. Set your deadlines in realistic accordance to your goal, and you’ll be more likely to achieve them.

We outline 10 major steps on how to set and achieve your goals in the season 1 finale (Episode 12) of the HABIBI LIFE Podcast. You can can find it (and a full transcript if you were so inclined to take notes), on the home page of this site, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Here’s to a prosperous and productive future in 2023… and beyond!

You, Me & Boundaries

Understanding boundaries means opening to the idea that boundaries don’t just protect us from others… it sometimes protects others from us. Taking a dispassionate look at boundaries, including how to establish and enforce them, can help each of us grow into our highest and healthiest potential.

Check out episode 10 from the podcast, and find out if some… or maybe all of it… applies in some way.

Here’s to a happy and HEALTHY Holiday Season… with beauty and boundaries to boot!

Help for the Holidays

We have officially entered the Holiday Season. With Halloween out of the way, millions of inboxes are already being flooded with ‘early’ Black Friday deals to shore up those Christmas lists. Everyone is out to get your attention (and get your money) before you have the chance to gather your wits and step away from the madness.

It’s normal to feel like you’re being pulled in more directions than you’d like, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by it all and just want to run away.

Tune into Episode 9: Surviving The Holidays on our podcast as we break down the three likely categories that describe any (or all) of us at any given time during this season. And in the meantime, try these actionable tips to help make things a bit more bearable.

MAKE A LIST: Lists aren’t just for groceries and household chores. They’re also a great way to lay out exactly what you’d like to accomplish – and what you’d like to avoid – over the course of the season. Post it somewhere where you can see it everyday as a reminder of how to navigate this time of year with less angst and more authentic joy. Your list doesn’t have to be complicated… it just has to make sense to you. If you’re more receptive to visuals, consider creating a vision board with sights and textures to help you stay on track.

OUTLINE PRACTICAL OBLIGATIONS: Where do you have to be this season? Some things are unavoidable (there’s probably no way you’re going to be able to get out of certain visits or appearances). Take a look at your obligations and set them up in a way that is most beneficial to you (not those who have expectations of you) and your well-being. That might mean timing your visits to preserve and protect your peace of mind, or stacking them on days when you can knock out several at a time.

SET BOUNDARIES: Learn the art of saying “I’m not available” without adding an explanation. Everyone is not entitled to your time or efforts, especially when their requirements run counter to your health and well-being. In lieu of time, consider recommending (paid or unpaid) help from other sources.

CARVE OUT TIME FOR YOURSELF EACH DAY: It doesn’t have to be hours of alone time to make a difference. Making time and space for yourself to get grounded and centered can make the difference between an effortless day, and one loaded with unnecessary stress. Take a walk, take a bath, meditate, turn off your phone, read a book, take yourself to a movie… the possibilities are endless. While this practice won’t eliminate stress entirely, it may help you gain perspective on any given problem, and help you sold the issue instead of becoming overwhelmed it.

Small steps can make a big difference in how your approach this season, and help you thrive in spite of the trappings that come with it.

Welcome to the Podcast!

HABIBI LIFE is joining the world of podcasts, to help you truly reach your highest, healthiest potential. We endeavor to share information, inspiration and actionable advice to help you truly reach your highest and healthiest potential.

The first episode is up!

Protect your Peace

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness month. Although mental health is a concern across the nationality/ethnicity spectrum… it’s important to acknowledge the intersection of mental health awareness among traditionally minority populations.

In this month’s issue of HABIBI LIFE Magazine, we talk to Clinical Therapist Jackie Benavente about the importance of mental health practices among minority communities. She also highlights actionable tips, and resources to help those in need access vital mental health and wellness services. We hope you download the issue to learn from her, and learn new ways to help you feel your very best from the inside out.

In Season: Summer Faire

It’s always a good idea to eat fruits and vegetables that are abundant in their natural season. You get the highest nutrient load this way, and the practice keeps you in harmony with nature’s order. Summer is one of the most delicious and abundant seasons of the year, so dive in and experience all of the textures and flavors!

A full rundown of seasonal produce is outlined in the June issue of HABIBI LIFE, along with information and ideas to help you look and feel your very best from the inside out! In the meantime, enjoy a page from the back of the issue, and try your hand at a Dragonfruit Smoothie:

FROM THE MAT: Charlotte Munn

“My body is a tool to remember I am more than a body. I am a spirit manifesting as a body.”

Here’s the official rundown on Charlotte Munn (from LinkedIn):

Charlotte is a Yoga Educator of body, brain and spirit solutions for human beings. She has been a full-time teacher since 2009. Awakening the Truth through Yoga is her greatest joy! Charlotte is a master facilitator of both the heart and science of Yoga, and is skilled at simplifying complex concepts for the modern practitioner with depth and playfulness. She facilitates;

– Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainings
– Continued Education Workshops
– Private and Public Classes
– The Thinking Body Feeling Mind Movement Modality
– Power, Yin, Vinyasa, Yoga Sculpt, and Hot Yoga
– Coaching and Personal Development
– Tools for peace and joy

Here’s the unofficial:

The first thing you notice about Charlotte is her smile. It occupies her entire body. When she smiles it comes from her heart, and when she tells you that she loves you, you believe it. Charlotte is as excited about making sure you are loved as she is about human anatomy… and that’s saying something. Because she LOVES anatomy… like, LOVES IT. When I first got the opportunity to learn from her (she who studied with Paul Grilley), she bounced around the room with that smile, in a skeleton tank top and muscle tights, and excitedly shared her knowledge of bones and fascia and muscles like it was the best thing ever… because it was.

I am happy, honored and humbled by Charlotte’s participation in this campaign. May we all work to uplift, encourage and love each other. We are not alone… not now… not ever. Smile.

FROM THE MAT: Lonni Hawkins Rivera

“I show up to my mat because the ancient practice has always held me accountable.”

“Yoga has made me a better human being. Life is always richer and sweeter after yoga. I love the challenge of bringing my mind, body and spirit in alignment. Everyday is different and new. I show up to my mat each day open to growth and discovery.”

Although Lonni is in love with all the movement associated with yoga, she leans into inversions the most.

“I love inversions because I used to be afraid of them. I love the physical rush, because the circulation wakes me up.”

“I love twisty poses because they help to detox the body. Obviously, I love hitting my mat outdoors because I feel connected to nature. It calms me.”

In addition to working as a television journalist and entertainment host, Lonni also teaches yoga. With studios closed around the country, she’s taken her practice online. You can find out all about it on her Instagram, where she shares video and pictures of poses, and tips to help make the most of your practice.