Art Journaling, my heart in technicolor!

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One of the most rewarding gifts through my season of being a full-time Mom, was tapping to my artist deep within. As a little girl, I would love to paint sunsets, little long hair monsters, and whatever I found in my doodles that needed to come out. My dear best friend was an art prodigy. Her skill, ability to illustrate with full precision, and just impeccable sense of design kept pulling me to that place of comparison. I was so in awe with her work that I humbly accepted that fine art was not part of my calling. Even though I truly enjoyed the process, I just chose to let it go, not for me.  Film became my form of creative expression from high school, college and 8 post-graduate years. Now fast forward to my next phase with paints and brushes, during my 30′s, which was my discovery of children books’ illustrators as I took my sons to the library like twice a week. When I saw Eric Carles’ Hungry Caterpillar, I was so excited because I heard myself say: you can do that!!!! From that point on I gave myself permission to paint half of the house. The front side of the Villa was literally a Caribbean Shack, with white corrugated ceilings over the kitchen area, red beams, turquoise walls, my kids were surrounded by hand painted furniture with stories, and so much color!!

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Then I dove into digital editing, learning photoshop elements to make all the kids birthday party invitations and annual christmas cards that were masterpieces for our family. They were a multimedia collage I would do by hand on a big format, and then I would scan them and print them for Christmas Cards. Each piece intended to translate the story of the year to a watercolor poster size piece.

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Ok now very fast forward…..I end up (please don’t ask me how) with a greeting card  bilingual company….very very fast forward again….even though it became my creative expression for a year or two, very quickly the burn out of the pressure to design high quantities crept in and the decision to release it all was a no-brainer!

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Which lead me to another paint & brush hiatus, until I found my art savior, JoAnn Stevens-Flores. My dear friend, client, and teacher. About 8 years ago, JoAnn was my client at Total Woman. She was one of my first clients ever!!! Wow! I was doing my greeting card business, she was in the film industry (more in the financial side of things), with an art degree, and we would always talk of developing our businesses (cute detail: Fitness Industry saved me from greeting card industry!!)….blah, blah, blah….fast forward again….5 years later I leave Equinox to focus on Coach2Edify and somehow, after not seeing each other for about 4 years, JoAnn and I end up doing art in the Villa!! She was with me from the very beginning of C2E, always ready to take the lead on doing art workshops. Everything I do at C2E is for my own groth, and this is what I share with others. I’m so grateful for JoAnn coming back into my life to take me by the hand and lead me to that joy of painting, playing with colors, and words, designing my feelings with sacred geometry!  Now I have been doing monthly art classes with her for more than a year, and I honor and protect that sacred space of my visual expression, which brings me so much joy. I love seeing the story of my own transformation. I love playing with my intuition, and giggle at the amazing results at times. I love seeing my courage to step out and embrace my artist within. When we do what inspires love, the activity becomes medicine for the body, mind and soul.

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 I see any type of art now as healing. I’m learning more and more that is absolutely necessary for my self expression. Being surrounded daily by these pieces around my home, feeds my soul, as well as my mind. They are reminders of who I am today, my truth, my shadows, my growth, and my chaos. There is not one I do not like, for they all bring me more compassion, admiration, understanding, reminders, and love towards myself and ultimately others.

Written by:

Mayra McCullough, C2E Founder & Body Integration Specialist

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C2E Does a Creative Expression Field Trip every month with JoAnn Stevens-Flores to her studio in Woodland Hills.  It’s the first Saturday of the month, so next one is this coming Saturday, September 5th 4-7. For more info got to:

 


Garbanzo Beans, Walnuts and Radiant Energies!

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This blog is brought to you by C2E’s Nutrition Arts Counselor, Maureen Cox, aka Chef Mo. She includes very rich information about key ingredients in her weekly menu, which for this week are garbanzo beans and walnuts. Her weekly menu is released on Thursdays and people can order by no later than Friday pm (more info below with this week’s menu!).

Here I leave you with one of her adorable Food Angels and more of her nutrition wisdom. She’s giving C2E’s quarterly Nutrition Intelligence Workshop at C2E’s Villa this coming Saturday, August 22 at 11:30am. For more information, please got here: Nutrition Intelligence w/ Chef Mo

Enjoy!

~Mayra

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Good Thursday morning on this lovely grey day on our cooling down slide. YAAY  Garden has struggled a bit in the heat, probably will make it thru with some still producing tomatoes and a couple of cucumber plants, some collards and chard so we are grateful for that. I am longing to do something with corn but it just hasn’t come into our farmers market as of yet but the moment it does I will be doing something corny. In the meantime this week just the herbs from the garden on  the menu. This week’s health tips about garbanzo beans, walnuts and another energy exercise to help radiate more joy and love .

Garbanzo beans contain phytochemicals called saponins, which can act as antioxidants. It could lower the risk of breast cancer, protect against osteoporosis and minimizes hot flushes in post-menopausal women.

Weight Loss: Due to high fiber content and low glycemic index, chickpeas are excellent for weight loss diets. Garbanzos can also boost your energy because of their high iron content.

Did you know that walnuts are good for your brain? They  contain a number of neuroprotective compounds, including vitamin E, folate, melatonin, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants. Research shows walnut consumption may support brain health.One medical study found that consuming high-antioxidant foods like walnuts “can decrease the enhanced vulnerability to oxidative stress that occurs in aging,” “increase health span,” and also “enhance cognitive and motor function in aging.” If you need an afternoon snack eating a handful of walnuts could be just the boost you need.

Simple Radiant Circuit activating exercise by YogaMeli

1. Use your imagination to activate your Radiant Energies. Remember a time when you felt wonderful. Using as many of your senses as possible – see the scene, hear the sounds, fully feel the pleasant body sensations, possibly a sense of openness and warmth in your chest and belly, or a gentle breeze caressing your face. Breathe in and fully enjoy these sensations and notice what happens in your body and with your mood and level of energy.

2. Place your hands at your temples and smooth behind your ears and down your neck 3 or 4 times then let your hands rest on your shoulders. Take a nice big inhale. As you exhale pull your hands down off your shoulders and place them over your heart.

3. Breathe gratitude through your heart – for something that is good in your life, even if it is so very simple like having this moment of peace and breath. This simple exercise can do so much to shift our energies and help us feel better and more connected and alive!

All items on the menu are always Vegan, Organic and Gluten and Dairy free unless otherwise indicated.  If you have any special health concerns or questions please don’t hesitate to call (818-486-4672) or email me. Order deadline is  Friday evening Aug 21 at 9 pm.  I cook on Monday August 24 , and food will be available for pick up on Tuesday August 25from 3:30 – 6 :30pm. Happy to arrange an alternative time if you need one just contact me: maureen@rubberpi.com

Please note that while I strive to keep my pricing fair my costs have risen and therefore this menu reflects a small price increase.

CHEF MO TO GO MENU August 24, 2015 

Curried sweet potato soup with crushed walnuts    

Sprouted cooked garbanzo bean salad with zucchini & red onions and a cilantro lime dressing 

Quinoa salad with oven roasted beets, kale, celery , parsley & olives and a savory lemon dressing

Raw bok choy, carrot and apple slaw with sesame & ginger 

LiMITED SPECIAL OFFERING: Vegan gluten free mushroom & veggie pot pie 6” individual size 

Savory Organic Millet & non gmo pecan flour flatbread with herbs

Organic Millet and non gmo almond flour chocolate flatbread 

Raw energy truffles walnuts , dates, raw cacao, banana, ginger and hemp seeds rolled in sesame seeds.

PRICING:

Curried sweet potato soup                                                            $11.00 qt

Sprouted garbanzo salad                                                               $11.00 qt

Quinoa salad                                                                                   $11.00 qt       

Raw bok choy, carrot salad                                                           $11.00 qt

Vegan gluten free mushroom & veggie pot pie                           $11.00 ea 

Flatbreads ( 4  3”x 3” pcs per order)                                            $5.00 pkg 

Raw energy truffles                                                                        $3.00 ea or 2 for $5.00 


Chef Mo’s Food Angel and her angelic food wisdom!

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This blog is brought to you by C2E’s Nutrition Arts Counselor, Maureen Cox, aka Chef Mo. Here at C2E Chef Mo saves those who are kitchen challenged (like me!). She facilitates weekly an organic/vegetarian menu that we can order from via e-mail and go pick up every Tuesday with our recycled Mason Jars! She grows a great part of her menu’s ingredients with the help of genius gardener husband Thomas Cox. She also practices Mindful Cooking, which ensures our Mason Jars are not only filled with the most wholesome ingredients but all the love from Chef Mo’s heart, a heart filled with compassion for all people, and that is aligned with the science of how our thoughts and emotional states affect all matter around us.

Here I leave you with her weekly Food Angel and rich nutrition wisdom. She’s giving C2E’s quarterly Nutrition Intelligence Workshop at C2E’s Villa this coming Saturday, August 22 at 11:30am. For more information, please got here: Nutrition Intelligence w/ Chef Mo

Enjoy!~Mayra

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This weeks Food Angel was late and says Good evening to you all on this lovely day. The heat flared up again this weekend wouldn’t it be nice to have a chill pill?? Not to worry though we are in for a bit of a cool down this week and so far today is proving it to be so.

Lots of salads these days and a request from one of you for dressings so 2 choices on the menu for next for you to play around with. Garden has slowed down even more with the highs over 10 in our little corner of the world. This weeks health tips about broccoli and millet and some staying cool tips.

Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body of H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Of all the cruciferous vegetables, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of vitamin C, plus the flavonoids necessary for vitamin C to recycle effectively. Also concentrated in broccoli are the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene, other powerful antioxidants.

Recent research has indicated that the regular consumption of millet is associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus. This is mainly due to the fact that whole grains like millet are a rich source of magnesium, which helps regulate the secretion of glucose and insulin. In addition an essential phytonutrient present in millet,lignans, are very beneficial to the human body as they have been known to help reduce the risk of heart disease and hormone dependent cancers.

To stay cool Just Add Water the relief is almost immediate, and will last for up to one hour or more.

Drink water frequently. Your body will feel cooler if you are hydrated. Adding mint leaves, or orange, lemon or cucumber slices to your water makes it more refreshing and encourages us to drink more.

Get a spray bottle – fill it with water, adjust it to fine mist and spray it on your exposed skin for an instant chill-zing cooling effect. Run cold water over your wrists for 10 seconds on each hand. This will reduce your temperature for roughly an hour.

Fill your bathtub with cool water and get in. Once you are used to the temperature, let some water out and refill with cold water. Keep doing this until you are sufficiently cold. Your body will stay cool for a long time after you get out. For a fast cool-down, add ice. So some of these suggestions you can do at work others like the bathtub are probably best suited to your home environment and these are just a few suggestions to get you started. So keep it cool.

All items on the menu are always Vegan, Organic and Gluten and Dairy free unless otherwise indicated for Woodland HIlls Local pickup.

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Chef Mo to Go August 17, 2015 (This menu already expired to order this week, but if you like what you see and would like to be included in Chef Mo’s e-mail list, please e-mail maureen@rubberpi.com and let her know you learned about her through C2E’s website.)

Mixed Squash soup with honey and sage

Millet salad greek style with olives & cabbage

Rice & kale salad with a tomato ginger dressing

Raw broccoli and apple slaw with a honey mustard dressing

Savory Organic Lentil & millet flour flatbread with herbs

Organic Millet and chestnut flour chocolate flatbread

Tomato Ginger vinaigrette Dressing

Lemon Honey Mustard Dressing

Raw energy truffles no nuts, sunflower seeds, dates, raw cacao, banana, ginger and hemp seeds rolled in sesame seeds.


Embracing our youth and their visions with TONES: The Art of Night & Music

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My 20 year old son, Yalan McCullough, had a mission when landing on planet earth. This old soul landed in my arms with eyes wide open looking at me straight in the eyes, illuminating me with love. My life has been enriched by his immense capacity to love, care, and create ever since.

We have been collaborating and co-creating together since my first home based/heart centered business venture, Camp Work-N-Fun in 2004. He was always my star camper, so willing to help out, invite his friends and take on every aspect of my wild ideas (this one was a Financial Stewardship camp designed to have campers earn beads through their active participation in various roles, such as Art Teacher, Basketball Coach, Documentary Director, etc..). Yalan’s favorite job was Art Teacher and his enthusiasm always made my day.

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Then I took a little detour to the greeting card industry back in 2006 and Yalan would do art work that I would use for some of my greeting cards!

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Fast forward to me in the fitness industry, inspired to start C2E’s first Pilot Program in 2012 to explore some concepts in the wellness field. Yalan, then a sophomore in High School, was ready to participate, and take in all that I was sharing about body-mind-spirit integration. All his friends were my first group of participants taking it all in and taking a very defined path of creative expression.

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As he gets ready to start his higher education path in a couple of weeks at Moorpark College while working part time, he has taken on a wonderful initiative. Along some of the same kids that I know since elementary, such as Bryan Gelfound, Claudio Renyer, and Ben Gottlieb, Easy Living Productions was born to feature events dedicated to promote our community’s youth art and music. The first one of these events, Tones, is happening at C2E’s Villa this coming Saturday, August 15th at 6pm. I felt compelled to step back and appreciate, celebrate, and share the beautiful journey this has been for me as a Mom, but most importantly to encourage all who read this to support your youth in their art and passions, to get creative in propelling them into opportunities where they feel safe to take the courage, the leap, to actually LIVE the DREAM, which these days is more of an urgent calling than the luxury it used to be when I was growing up.

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My life and career are all enmeshed together. When I became a widow in 2002 and became a single mother when my two boys where 4 and 6, I felt I had to get very creative on how to develop career paths that would enhance ALL of our lives. Working from home has allowed me to do that, but most importantly, it has given my children the chance to have me available in their lives and give them the opportunity to explore their interests through different aspects of my entrepreneurial path.

I’m so proud of all these young men claiming Easy Living for their lives and doing so in such a creative and productive way. Easy Living Productions is not about being lazy, it’s about joyful, peaceful, healthy living. They are intentionally creating the life they desire by DOING it NOW, learning Supernatural Production, and flowing to the beat of their own drum.

When we release control of our young adults, let them BE, and support them whole heartedly along the way, we are giving them wings to fly!

Looking forward to this Saturday with great anticipation. For more information about TONES please click here.

Much love to all!

Mayra