If you are an active Instagram follower then you know #Renée very well, for those who don’t follow my Insta-Stories, let me introduce you to her. Renée is a sweet home located on the edge of our historic district in Riverside, CA. She is about 1,000 sqft. and was recently renovated by our team. Let me reel it back to the beginning and how this renovation came to fruition. Our client’s gave us a call and asked if we could help them renovate their income property, put it on the market and sell it for a profit. Oh and by the way the timeline was six weeks for completion. At this point we had no idea what the property’s condition was, all we knew was that it was occupied by renters for about a year.
Inspired by the stunning homes of Provence, south of France, French country design typically involves ruffles, distressed woodwork, stone walls, mixed patterns, and muted/subdued hues. Most often when I think of this style I think eclectic-simple-euro-comfort living. This week we are rounding up our top picks to create a French country kitchen.
Our #goodvibesunday guest this week is James Shelby.
James is a real estate agent based out of Temecula California, he’s a master at branding himself, he’s built an amazing team that’s ready to take care of all client’s real estate needs, and has he’s become a huge inspiration to Adam and I. Most people would think that realtors don’t support other realtors, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that there is enough of a market share out there for all of those who work their tails off to get after it. And surrounding ourselves with other like-minded folks is what Adam and I live for, James is definitely one of those people. We love watching him and his sweet girls through Instagram and enjoy the thrill of getting to know how his life practices propel him upward in business. Today we talk all about these practices, we probe into business, mindset, and dig deep into the impact meditation, gratitude, and affirmations have had in his life.
Our #goodvibesunday guest this week is an interior designer and friend, Whittney Parkinson. Inheriting a passion for design and architecture from her father, an architect, she discovered her life’s purpose early on. Growing up in the midwest, she combined her educational background in art and interior design to establish her company Whittney Parkinson Design in Indiana. From new build construction to whole home renovations, Whittney and her team have clients covered. If you see a space layered with modern and traditional styles, and a symphony of dusty hues, that most likely is our girl Whittney. We would describe her spaces as a fusion between sophisticated and timeless, but also functional and meant to be lived in.
As beautiful as her designs are she has a soul to match. Today we get to highlight it. I’m blessed to know Whittney and call her a friend, my intention is for all of you is to get to know the inspiration behind all her beautiful work, the reality of being a mama and wife running a business, what her advice is for new designers; but as always it’s Good Vibes Sunday so we dig a little deeper about the pressures that come from social media, and what kind of impact that has on designers. We also, get real about marriage, family and so much more.
I have to say out of all my #candidsundays , this one by far defines candid more than any I’ve done. I talk all about the highs and lows we all deal with, how this period of my life is really testing me and how it has all affected my mood. I also get raw about how overdoing is catching up to me and affecting my relationships.
Since I’ve started Good Vibes Sunday, our listener base has grown substantially. I was thinking the other day how I wish some of my new listeners could gain some insights from some of my favorite past episodes. Exactly one year ago I created the episode 12 Steps To Make Your Home A Sanctuary, and today I resurface that one. By now you all know that I live a holistic style of life and I bring the practices into fruition in my home. This episode is all about creating homes that serve our family and our souls.
How do you feel when you walk into your home? Happy? Calm? Overwhelmed by your 'to do' list? Or are you like me who used to feel anxious about wanting everything in my home to look perfect and untouched? In today's hectic world stress is always present, but your home shouldn't contribute to it. "Your home either nurtures and supports you or it depletes your energy and leaves you exhausted," says interior designer, conscious living expert and founder and CEO of Home and Harmony Lifestyle, Christa O'Leary. "In today's frenetic world it is more important than ever to create a calm and peaceful space that allows you to recharge."
Our Good Vibes Sunday Guest this week is Jason Motte. He’s a recently retired baseball player and founder of The Jason Motte Foundation. He started his career as a catcher then switched over to pitching. He’s played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves. He says that baseball was what he did and although he loved the game, it wasn’t who he was. His true purpose is to be of service through his and his wife Caitlin’s foundation. They’ve teamed up with 108 Stitches, a sports apparel company, to come up with a line that stands for striking out cancer. There is one ambassador for each team in major league baseball who helps bring awareness to cancer.
The seed for the Jason Motte Foundation was planted in the fall of 2010 when Jason and Caitlin Motte asked, “what can we do to help?” At the time, Caitlin’s grandfather, Lynn Doyle, was a cancer patient at The West Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee. Jason and Caitlin saw a sign that mentioned a need for blankets and wondered what more they could do to help. That question led to the formation of the Strike Out Cancer with Jason Motte Foundation and several projects including the annual Strike Out Cancer with Jason Motte.
The Motte family uses the money raised towards research all while providing comfort and care where there is a need for those affected, either directly or indirectly, by cancers of all kinds.
So many people avoid talking about heavy subjects like cancer, but what if for once we stop trying to pretend like it doesn’t exist? What if we open that dialog and learn from cancer? I heard this quote once, “ When you learn how to die, you’ll learn how to live.” Which translates to the question “ If you were told you had one month to live would you spend it complaining or doing something meaningful?”
Today we talk to Jason about his foundation but as always it’s good vibes Sunday so we dive a little deeper into the idea that we can learn how to live purposeful lives through the lens of cancer. Jason explains that although money, status, and fame are all blessings and signposts along the way,they aren’t the answer behind fulfilling our lives purpose on earth. That when cancer strikes, none of those things matter. I don’t think we could have had a better guest on to help us bring in the holidays and fill our hearts and minds with perceptive.
On today’s #candidsunday I talk all about something Adam and I are going through in this chapter of our lives, and that most people go through at some point in their lives, judgment. Everyone has either judged or been judged, today we dive deep into the reasons people point fingers and throw stones. We go further in by revealing our personal experiences with judgment to support the idea that people who judge come from a place of lack. Even more so that the lacking begins within, and is defined by not enough confidence, self-love, courage and so on. We also juggle with the reasons why those closest to us, family and friends, judge us when we most need their support.
Our #goodvibesguest this week is Brandi Milloy. Brandi is a TV Host, Producer, Food Reporter, and a Lifestyle/Parenting Expert. Fans have come to rely on her popular blog ( brandimilloy.com ) for easy pantry staple meals and crowd-pleasing recipes. You may recognize her from starring in the new Food Network series: “Let’s Eat” where, along with her co-hosts Chef Stuart O’Keeffe and Jamika Pessoa, she shares her favorite delicious and easy to make at home recipes. She’s also is best known for the YouTube series POPSUGAR Food: Eat the Trend and Get the Dish with Brandi Milloy. On a regular, Brandi brings her expertise to the Today Show as a contributor. She has also appeared on Cooking Channel's Eat. This. Now. and Food Network's Guy's Grocery Games, Food Network Star and Chopped Junior. When this new mom isn’t food reporting, cooking/baking or hosting backyard bbq's with family and friends, Brandi is enjoying life in Los Angeles with her daughter Milly (@LittleAmazing) and her husband Chris (@MrAMeals).
Today we probe at Brandi’s mind about food and it’s connection to the soul. We also talk all about parenting and marriage; but as always it’s Good Vibes Sunday so we dig a little deeper and get her thoughts on a recurring situation where strangers come up to her sweet girl Milly and comment on her weight but not without squeezing or touching her. To quote Brandi after her most recent incident where a stranger came up and commented on Milly in front of a little girl who understood, “ I hate the idea that the thought of weight is even going through our girl’s minds and receiving comments about their bodies. This creates a culture of other people commenting on others body’s when it’s none of their business. It’s not a healthy way to speak to each other. I don’t believe every person who comments means ill will but they do need to be responsible for what comes out of their mouth.” - Brandi Milloy
She says that we are responsible for who we show up as in our lives, and that our words are contagious to those around us. Today Brandi shares an insight into her life and the practices that empower her to show up as the best version of herself for her daughter and her husband.
Our Good Vibes Sunday guest this week is Joel Contreras. Joel is a real estate agent turned developer and interior designer based out of Phoenix AZ. Adam and I first discovered him on instagram through a friend’s profile. Being modern architecture fanatics, we instantly were mesmerized by Joel’s modern designs. However we became even more impressed when we realized that he was doing in Phoenix, exactly what Adam and I have planned to do in our hometown here in Cali. That is transforming neglected homes by preserving the architectural integrity and melding it into modern additions and finishes; all while keeping a sustainable budget. In a nutshell, this guy has created a design movement in his city and continues to shift the paradigm. Design can sometimes feel unrealistic to middle class america, but Joel proves that with proper education and an eye for design, everyone can own a one of a kind home. It’s no wonder that he’s caught the attention of publishers such as Dwell Magazine, Phoenix Home & Garden and more. Today we probe at Joel’s mind and discuss what inspires him, how he got his start, his wife’s life changing experience with cancer, his advice for aspiring designers and developers and so much more.
Last time I did a Candid Sunday, I talked about how I felt as though I was drifting through life and I discussed the reasons I thought I was feeling that way. I explained that I was doing more than I was being, that is being in the moment, giving myself time and love. During this time a question I kept going back to was “ Why am I not aware of listening to what the universe is telling me?” ; if I was feeling so out of alignment what was I supposed to stop and pay attention to? What complaints was I having? I know for sure that one of them was that I wanted to feel as though more was happening for us faster. But why is it that everytime we try to listen to god and the universe, when we blatantly see the signs and we know what they mean, why is that we place judgment on them because they don’t necessarily fit our plan? Or feel good?
We’re so good at saying If it doesn’t go as I planned well it must be bad, if it’s uncomfortable it must not be teaching me anything. What I’ve come to realize is that maybe if it’s uncomfortable that’s because it’s pushing us, maybe if it doesn’t go as planned that’s because we are not surrendering to the power that is higher than us, and maybe just maybe, if it doesn’t feel good because it’s expanding us.
Three years ago tomorrow, marks the day I lost my mother figure to cancer. I’ve proclaimed this day, many times on Good Vibes Sunday, as the the reset button. Better yet, it was the best and worst day of my life. It was the day my entire life would take an unexpected change forever. How can death be the best day and worst day of anyone’s life you ask? It was the worst day because the pain that comes from losing a mother so early on is unlike anything anyone should have to endure. However, although it wasn’t clear to me at the time, I now know it was also the best day of my life because my foundation was revealed and I didn’t like what I saw. I learned that times of crisis reveal the foundations our lives sit on, and after her passing I began to discover how to rebuild mine. I wanted a solid foundation, I wanted one that could last through any crisis and I wanted one built on love. As god would have it, it wasn’t a one and done, the journey began the day of her death and carries me through each day. Today I stand on higher ground because of her, her life and her death taught me more about myself than I ever dreamt could be possible. On today’s Good Vibes Sunday I recap the episode I recorded this time last year in attempt to surface my journey.
Today we sat down with Dryden Mitchell at his studio in Huntington Beach CA. Dryden is the lead singer of the rock band Alien Ant Farm. They were formed in 1996 in Riverside CA, and are most famous for their Michael Jackson cover of Smooth Criminal which topped the billboard alternative songs in 2001. This single was a huge hit and appeared on the first season of WWE Tough Enough, and the movie American Pie 2. They also had songs featured in video games such as Tony Hawk, Madden NFL, NHL and more. One of my favorites from Dryden was when he went solo and released a song called Friday I’m In Love which appeared on the soundtrack of the movie 50 First Dates starring: Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. I can go on and on, but you get the idea. Dryden and his band have since been touring the world performing for fans, and today we talk all about his career, but as always we dig a little deeper, and open fun conversations about life, family and so much more.
I posted a photo of my husband wearing a white t-shirt with the word feminism with the definition written on it. I did this to see what kind of response I would get from people and what I found was that people felt the shirt was a political stand. I also felt as though some people felt that liking the photo meant taking a side, I got a lot of new likes and I lost some; none of which matters to me since I did it for this episode of Good Vibes Sunday. To me and to my husband the word feminism means one thing, equal rights to all humans. Everything else that’s been added to the word, the hate, all the piling on of definitions and political stands, to us are just extra. We don’t stand behind the extra, we stand behind equality, period. Today I explain that my husband and I are not huge into politics, that our support for equality comes from my own personal experiences with gender discrimination in the corporate world, and I also highlight the beauty that comes from having the kind of husband who puts all his energy behind my dreams of success.
Kevin Kouzmanoff became the 1st player in the history of baseball to hit a grand slam on his very first major league pitch. His glove from the 2009 season with the Oakland A’s, is in the Hall of Fame because he held the highest fielding percentage of all third basemen, of all time. he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians and went on to play for teams such as; the San Diego Padres, Oakland A's, Colorado Rockies, Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers. My husband, Adam Reifer, first met Kouz when they played ball together with the Miami Marlins Triple-A team. Their lockers were side by side, so they really got to know each other. Adam says that Kouz is one of the nicest, funniest, most fun guy to be around that he’s ever played with. Today we talk to him about his years in and life after baseball, his family; and we probe into life principles like working hard, ridding yourself of excuses, finding gratitude, knowing when to say no, and so much more.
Every so often, between having guest on and between following a topic for the week, I will be having a "candid Sunday" where I will openly just talk about where I am in the moment. With no true structure, I am hoping just to have an honest conversation about what I am feeling, what is going on in my life, home and marriage.
Hi my name is Astrid Gagliardi Reifer and I Fu*ken love myself…also it took a lot of huevos for me to post such a vulnerable photo of me, out there for people to decide for themselves what it means. But it serves my topic today about self love, this isn’t something that came easy to me, I had to work really hard to grow into a place where I discovered my purpose, what I was placed here to do and who I really am. After discovering that revelation about myself, I began to fall more and more in love with the person I was becoming, I began to feel less pressured to have to constantly defend or explain myself to people that didn’t matter, and really began to honor myself for who I am, just as I am. Self love doesn’t mean you are self absorbed, full of yourself or selfish, no, it means that you are tuning into your inner, most truest self. It means that you give yourself the love that only you can give yourself so that you can be the best version of yourself and have more of that to share with those you love. It means not latching to others to make you happy, but going within to find that the key to your genuine happiness has always been inside you . Loving yourself means you stop saying yes when that voice inside of you says no, it means that you stop listening to the chatter that goes on outside of yourself and you begin to dial in to your inner callings. You stop paying attention to “them”…. and you reach higher and higher levels of self love through the lessons you learn along your journey on this earth. Today I talk all about mine in hopes to help you discover all the love that lives inside of you.
This week’s Good Vibes Sunday guest is Nate Hughes. Nate is a pastor for young adults at The Grove a Christian worship house in Arizona. He says his ethos behind his teachings is to simply “do life with us”, that he’s on this path of life with us and is learning his own way. Nate brings a very human element to the manner in which he preaches, he relates principles of life and his personal experiences to every sermon. Adam and I both went to high school with Nate and his identical twin Nick, we’ve followed these two closely on social. After gaining daily inspiration from Nate’s, I finally mustered the courage to ask him to come on the air with us. Join us as we probed Nate’s mind about his relationship with change, and as he explains the difference between us choosing change or letting change choose us.
On today’s Good Vibes Sunday, we had the pleasure of chatting it up with an incredible friend and inspiration to us, Landon Mondragon. Landon is a self proclaimed man of many hats ( no pun intended since he’s always wearing stylish hats) he’s a contractor turned investor, designer, builder and has recently began diving into developing. He’s even trying his hand at photography which must I say his work is amazing. He even stared in his own television show, Cutting Edge Reno which aired on HGTV. This talented guy is not only well versed, but he shares with us the wisdom he’s gain from lessons only learned through trial and failure. He says that one must learn to crawl before they can walk and today we learn exactly what that means.
Last week I turned 29 years old, and so naturally the topic of aging has been on my mind these days. On this week's Good Vibes Sunday I have a candid conversation about what age has brought me over the years, all the lessons I have learned, and whether or not I'm afraid of growing older. I also dive into a controversial topic based on the idea of beauty. Going against the many beautiful women who are too modest to admit they are beautiful, I openly admit that beauty has it's advantages and those advantages have created a beauty obsessed, prevailing, culture that is terrified of losing their value with age.
In Part I you listened to sir Tony Robbins cover what depression and anxiety is, why it affects us, and steps to rise above it. During Part II, relate Tony's principles to our personal experiences with depression and anxiety.
Millions of people suffer from anxiety, depression or both and no one wants to talk much about it. Peoples favorite celeb commits suicide and everyone reacts for a moment then never talks about it again. The truth is more people suffer from this disorder than they want to admit to the world. With social media pressures of living a perfect life, it's hard for folks to open up about the issues they face especially when the pressures only make it worse. It's no longer okay to say only those people suffer from this disorder, and it's time that I spoke up about my story. As a two part series, part one is a speech by Tony Robins where he covers how to deal with anxiety and depression.
Many of our believes as adults stem from childhood. Kids are like moist clay, they can be molded and shaped by their surroundings with relative ease. If we can successfully influence their subconscious minds with ideas of confidence, success and self love, there is no limit to what they can achieve in their life. This week I'm going to give you a list of powerful affirmations that should be played for your little ones as they sleep or play. Repetition is a sure way to impact the subconscious mind, play this on repeat at a low comfortable volume . Do this for 21 days or more for best results.
Perfection, what defines it? Who’s to say what is and what isn’t perfect and why is it though that so many of us give up our sovereignty to it? On this week’s Good Vibes Sunday I discuss what my thoughts on the matter are, and what my life experiences have taught me about it.
Alex Banayan dropped out of college to seek out and ask legends like Lady Gaga, rapper Pitbull, Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, Maya Angelou and more how they accomplished their dreams so he could share it with his generation. All of their stories as told in the best-selling book, The Third Door, reframe what most consider “secrets” to success into human journeys of failure and persistence. I merge the lessons Alex learned during his journey with my personal experiences in today’s episode
As women the expectations that are placed on us by others and by our own selves are unrealistic. When we don’t feel as though we measure up to them, we feel inadequate and therefore work harder to do more and more for others rather than to give our selves the time and love our souls crave in order to be filled with more to give to the world.
Often Adam and I are told that we “work too much”, other times we are asked how do we gain the energy to push forward daily with our business; the truth is it takes waking up everyday with the right mindset. Do you ever wonder what separates successful athletes, mothers, fathers, business people, and just about anyone from the non-successful ones? The answer is: perception, mindset and vision; it’s not without saying that their actions must align with the perception/mindset and vision they set for themselves every single day. Tune in to know what Adam and I do daily and how it can help you start off your mornings everyday.
Gio Alonso, entrepreneur and philanthropist, co-owner of Lift Coffee Roasters and other small businesses in Riverside & Whittier CA, comes on Good Vibes Sunday to address the homeless issue both cities face. He dig deep into helping us all understand the reality behind the faces who find themselves in these circumstances, how him and his team have gotten involved, how small businesses can do the same, how the cause directly relates to his family's living conditions growing up and how you too can help make a big difference in a small way.
The power of intention is something I live by day in and day out, tune in to learn what it means, how this principle has changed the way I live my life, how it's changed the direction of it and how it can do the same for you.
As a designer I feel like our job is to guide/ translate and that the real designing begins after we leave our clients with a space that has been layout for them. I believe as a homeowner you all are the true designers of your home and we designers are just here to lay the foundation of what can be the most beautiful expression of our client's stories. With that I cover some guidelines to help homeowners take charge of designing their own spaces.
As a parent there is no bigger joy or greater achievement than watching your little ones unfold and blossom. Today I interview my 10 year old son Aryyan in hopes of leaving behind this recording among others I intend to make every year until he reaches the age of adulthood. With the intention that one day he'll listen back and hear how his answers have evolved, also to rember conversations with mama and daddy and know that even after we pass on he'll always have them to cherish.
As of lately, two weeks to be exact, I've been stuck in a funk that has affected my mood, my business and my home. This episode of Good Vibes Sunday I discuss how social media has been playing a huge role in this funk I find myself in, now I know you're thinking "wait a sec" since Adam and I always advocate how important it is to be on social media especially if you're a business owner...I'm confident to say this is still the case! When it comes to matters of letting that side of one's business affect them personally is where I will further discuss how to find the balance in using social media as a tool vs. allowing it to affect you in a negative way.