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Empowering the next generation of girls – one classroom at a time!

I am so thrilled to be able to share a project with you that has been over a year in the making!

Helping young women step into their power and embrace their unique gifts is a passion and mission of mine! This past school year, my twin sister Sarah and I collaborated on a pilot project with the staff and students of Nativity Miguel’s St. Monica’s Campus to share in a year-long Empowerment and Leadership program with their grade 7 girls.

This project is near and dear to both our hearts as we both keenly remember that vital time in our childhood. 7th grade was the time that I started to veer down a different path and venture into unknown territory, and somewhat unhealthy behavior. I had a hard time relating to my parents, people at school, and sometimes even my twin sister. It was a time when I could have used extra support, guidance, mentorship and a sense that even though I was exploring things that a lot of my peers weren’t exploring, that that was ok, that I was ok.

Sarah and I developed a program to give Saint Monica’s 7th grade girls the tools and space to discover who they are while receiving the support they need to become powerful and empowered young women. We taught mindfulness practices, body-centered awareness, verbalization and communication tools, journal writing, how to express yourself in healthy ways through movement and visual art forms, and several simple, but powerful tools they can carry with them into the world as they claim their power and chart their own journey and path!

We also worked with the 7th Grade girls’ teachers during a handful of workshops throughout the school year so that the work that we were doing with the girls could be experienced by the teachers themselves. It was a powerful year for all of us! And truly amazing to watch the girls and teachers open up and transform before our eyes.

Here is a short piece about our work with the 7th Grade girls and Teachers at Saint Monica’s. Sarah and I continue exploring different ways of bringing this to more schools and classrooms around the country and the world! If you are touched or inspired, please leave a comment and share this blog 🙂

Sarah and I work with both adult and youth. For more info on how to bring Sarah and I to your school, community center, or organization, please contact Sarah Haykel at sarah@sarahhaykel.com

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Drowning in boring? Get ready to Ignite… your love life!

Every day is an opportunity to love and be loved, however there is something that feels extra special about February. Not only is it the shortest month in all the year (and a leap year this year.. how cool!!), but it also means that spring is ever closer to warming our souls and uplifting our senses with the rebirth of everything (at least in the northern hemisphere)! Can I get a Woo Woo?!! Recently, I had the pleasure of chatting with two powerhouse execs in Buffalo, NY, who have a podcast for women, by women. Julia and Anne are a frickin’ hoot and I was thrilled to sit down with them for their Valentine’s day episode and get jiggy talking about relational intimacy on the Snyder on Call Podcast! Click here to check out their Facebook page and share your support! I’m passionate and curious about the variety of intimate relationships that exist in our world, what makes them wax and wane or last through the ages, and was thrilled to receive an invitation to dive into the topic on how to “reignite” love and intimacy in long-term romantic partnerships with Julia and Anne. What a timely topic in this season … Continue reading

Little $ BIG Impact – The Power of Community

You may not know this about me, but I’ve long had a dream of being a philanthropist. I used think that I’d need millions of dollars to make an impact, thankful now I know differently. Over the last several years I’ve supported projects with as little as $1, and guess what…. those $1, $5, $25 donations made an impact and helped projects get funded. I am continuously awed and blessed by the power of our community! We are greater together, and the impact we make can move mountains…AND EXPAND SCHOOLS!! As many of you know, I’ve been passionate about Africa, African culture and playing a role in increasing the peace and goodness on the continent of Africa. I started traveling to Africa 5 years ago and have been aching to pay it forward to organizations and projects that are making a direct impact on the lives of Africans in the Motherland. So I’ve been invited to join 29 other change-makers, entrepreneurs and colleagues in the Misfit Inc. community to raise $500 each between now and the end of August to improve a school for children in Uganda! The “Send Me to School” program doesn’t just build buildings (although with 190 … Continue reading

Reawaken Your Divine Feminine at Spring Clean You

It’s FINALLY spring! Hallelujah!!! I cannot even begin to express my JOY at finally seeing my DRIVEWAY! Seems so simple, and it is soooo real after the winter we’ve had. It’s most certainly time to give thanks and celebrate the glorious sunshine! For me, this is also a time to take notice of the rebirth and renewal both inside ourselves and all around us. Spring deserves a celebration, and what better way to celebrate the change of season than by renewing your relationship with the divine feminine?   Sarah Haykel, Sue Morreale, Sarah Nasca, and I are sooo excited to present Spring Clean You, an event exclusively FOR women BY women! We have gathered some of Western New York’s creative Goddess Powerhouses for an evening of artistic expression and storytelling. Spring cleaning isn’t just for your house! Come join us as we celebrate the feminine inside ourselves and our community!   See below for all the details: “Four female entrepreneurs have come together to honor the Divine Feminine in You. Renew your relationship with the Feminine: within you, in your relationships and in your life! We invite you to join us in celebrating the birth of spring and the final days … Continue reading

My CD release party ~ Rave reviews! ;)

Well it’s been over a month since my CD Release party and my heart and mind are still buzzing with excitement, energy, and possibilities from this magical event!! This was one of the most amazing highly blessed nights of my LIFE!! GIVE THANKS to my Buffalo community for bringin’ it and showing up for the celebration. It was frickin’ amazing to say the least!!! Wow!!!!!! I’m so honored and humbled to have co-created and shared this night with some of the most incredibly talented people I know in Western New York. Some of my supporters have provided their reflections on this event, and I’m thrilled to share these perspectives with you. Even if you weren’t there, you can get a glimpse of the energy and all the possibilities yet to come in my flourishing creative journey!! Read on… ‘Buffalo native, world traveler, twin and skyrocket Laura Haykel blasted off with her debut ‘I Am’ at her recent CD Release Party! Laura’s spiritually-minded music bears witness to her personal growth and invites fellow travelers to tread along on the path of self-evocation, exploration, and expression. The songs performed from the stage matched the songs on her debut CD.  Both start with … Continue reading

Giving thanks for all of it => 2013

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU 2013 and all of the years before that and all of the lifetimes before that! It is my belief that it is so valuable to honor and acknowledge all that we’ve been, seen, done (or not done) and experienced… and New Years is a perfect day to do this! Here is a partial list of what I’m shouting from the rooftops with gratitude for experiencing in 2013: Stepping way outside of my comfort zone in too many ways to list right here.. see below and you’ll get the point! Stepping into my sacred and bold YES especially when it felt scary and brought up anxiety or any other types of discomfort Hosting a V-Day One Billion Rising event with 4 other co~creators with minimal planning and a HUGE turn out on a cold rainy Valentine’s day in Buffalo, NY to take a stand for ending violence against women and girls around the world! Launching my second business Uplift 2 Uplevel Being in and letting go of the first conscious committed adult relationship I’ve been in as an adult.. my last committed long term relationship ended almost 8 years ago and it was not a … Continue reading

Giving Thanks

I often feel like the gratitude girl because to me, everyday is an opportunity for thanksgiving.  I’m not always consciously aware of how often I ‘Give Thanks’ however those around me definitely take notice.  For example, I recently spent a weekend in Austin TX with my business coach Sage Lavine and a handful of other women in the program.  I had to leave early for the airport on our final day together.  Upon my departure from the conference room all of the women said together ‘GIVE THANKS!’   It made me smile, knowing that this natural way of showing up is having an impact on those around me.       This practice of giving thanks stems from my love for and connection to reggae music.  One of the things that I’ve always loved most about roots reggae is the reverence for the ‘Most High’ or ‘Jah’ and giving thanks & praises for all that is.     I’m not a religious person however, I am highly spiritual in nature and have always felt a direct connect to ‘source’ energy. I’ve been this way since I was a small child, and used to fear that ‘God’ would call on me to be a nun! … Continue reading

Same old same old? I don't think so.. It's time to CELEBRATE!! Focus on your accomplishments large and small!

Being an eternal optimist, i’m not sure why took me so long to hop on the celebration band wagon.  The more conscious i’ve become of my own thought patterns, I realize that while I’ve thought for many years that I am a ‘positive’ person and an optimistic thinker, i’ve been spending waaaay too much time focusing on what isn’t happening, didn’t get done or what I haven’t done yet. Recently my twin sister and I have been exploring the world of celebration and i’ve got to say, it is completely expanding my experience in both my personal and professional life in the most incredible ways!  I realize that when I focus first on what I want to celebrate about the moment, day, week, month I feel more peace, connection, fulfillment and that undeniable ‘oh YES, i’m totally rocking this’ feeling. It is incredible to discover what new pathways open up when you begin with celebration.  It is so simple.. here are a few suggestions on where/how to begin: ~When you wake up in the morning think of one thing you’d like to celebrate from the day before (it can be  a n y t h i n g that feels … Continue reading

I am a Success now! Ignite gratitude.. Celebrate the little successes!

My twin sistar and I have been checking in every morning via phone or skype for the last few weeks in a commitment to show up fully each day and express what we desire to create and contribute, in alignment with our intentions and goals for 2012 and beyond.  It is an amazing practice and one that is absolutely holding me accountable and keeping me motivated on a daily basis! In my life I created a story about what I believe success is.. that I will be successful when I am making a lot of money, working on major projects which are receiving recognition worldwide, owning my own home, in a committed and thriving intimate partnership etc etc.. This story of what I ‘think’ success should look like has created many limitations to my life, caused me much grief and has also been an excuse to be very hard on myself for what I perceive to be ‘not making it yet.’ I was feeling triggered the other night before I went to bed.. old stories running through my head.. Wondering when my life will change?  When will it take on a whole new meaning?  When will I be doing what … Continue reading