Bodylove in Maternity Wear on Today Show:)

It was an honor to strut my 9 months pregnant self on the Today Show this July. Pregnancy is a powerful beauty!



a new yet old vision

Happy 2018 to you!


2018, spiritually speaking, is set out to be the year of illumination. This comes as no surprise to me, as the year is already illuminating a path towards my new yet old vision. 


As you may know, Shine On Movement's original intention was to create a youth empowerment program designed to inspire young people through nourishment, body positivity and self-acceptance. The last five years have led me to my next step to making that vision a reality. I started as a teaching artist, then coach, then found my home at Fusion Academy where I am the Director of Homework Cafe (aka Student Life) and Wellness Lead. And now, I have recently been accepted to CUNY Graduate Center's Master's in Youth Studies program. 


This program is part adolescent psychology & development, part practicum. Essentially, this degree will provide me with the knowledge necessary to create youth programming designed to boost confidence, build social-emotional skills and aid in understanding one's infinite worth.


So what does a full-time job and grad-school mean for Shine On Movement? Well, I see it has my next cocooning stage. A time for study, brainstorming and growth which will inevitably result in action and creation. That said, I will still be keeping an intimate client base, sharing the bodylove on tv and keeping in touch via newsletters and social media. I'll be around, just a bit quieter whilst in the process of butterflying. 


Be well and happiest of New Year's wishes to you and yours!


Shine On,
Founder of SoM


Bodylove in Denim on Today.

Jeans can be stressful. However, have no fear because Lilliana Vasquez has all the tips we need to feel amazing in denim. 


Recent Today Show Appearance: Fall Fashion is coming!

Had a blast on Today for Instyle recently! Let's hear it for body positive fashion!



Putting feelers out for a few questions and some upcoming news...

1) I will be running a Fall Kick-Off Whole 30 coaching & support group starting Monday, September 18th. Would you be interested in joining? I like whole 30 because it's all about cooking your own food, developing routine and exploring how you feel minus the main food allergens. If you are curious to learn more email me at

2) Also coming in September is an 6 month group coaching program. I am looking for 3-4 women who are looking to dive into topics like: body image, shattering limitations, worth, acceptance, realistic routine creation, big feels unpacking and all that good ole self-discovery jazz. If this feels like a big "Holy Shit! Me, me,me!" Goodness, I want to connect with you about it... Let's discuss.

3) Self-care Soirees: Once per month self-care gatherings filled with connection, intention setting, deep conversation, nourishing snacks, vision boarding and delicious skin care treatments from EVER Skin. If you want to come, I would love to have you. First one is September 17th at my place:)

Enjoy these delish last days of summer.

in loving and abundant service.
Shine On,


Summer ready backside...

Summer ready backside.
For me, body image monster voices tend to come hard after vacations and around holidays. Can you relate? 
As I was getting dressed today I caught a glimpse of my back and belly and I was like okay, here's where we are at. Soft, fleshy, beautiful. It's my summer ready backside. And it's perfectly imperfect and I choose to accept that. It's a choice.
An offering to share on this weekend dedicated to BBQs, Beer and Bathing Suits... if you get taken out of the present moment because of body image rabbit hole thoughts here's a tool I use... I ask myself --- "In this moment, what perspective can I choose to feel about my body/myself that would best serve me?" Follow that by "What do I need to do right now in order to help me make that choice."
Let your heart space be your guide. Lots of love, acceptance and compassion to be found there. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
Here's to Summer honoring body acceptance.


Shine On Cabaret 2017

Shine On Cabaret was a total HIT! Huge thank you to everyone who shared their Shine and all who came out to celebrate the arts and wellness! We earned so much for DMF Youth, Inc. which will go such a long way!

Lastly, a gignamous shout our to our sponsors NibMor & Beanfields Snacks Snacks as well as TADA! Youth Theater for having us.

We will see you next year for #5! Shine On!

Check out link to photos HERE.


Facing a fear to fly: A flight mantra

Adam and I got back from New Orleans last weekend. 

As I mentioned this time last year in a blog post, my anxiety around flying has gotten worse as I have gotten older. It's super annoying as I am sure those who commiserate can attest. However, deep down I know it's not about the plane, but more about my discomfort with the unknown and loss of control.

This said, I am determined to heal myself from the fear and I wanted the healing to start with my most recent flight. So, I created a pre-flight ritual this go around and I am elated to say it truly helped me kick-ass on the flights. 

Here's what I did....


15 minute meditation where I ground myself and send positive vibrations to the pilots and flight crew.

Repeat my "I'm Flying Prayer"
I recognize and acknowledge my anxiety.
I breathe through the feeling
I release the tension through my long exhales
I trust the expertise of the pilots & flight crew as well as the ways of the universe
I free myself from control as I know that is the root cause of the fear.
I invite myself to enjoy the blessing of being able to FLY.

So here's to being able to fly and explore the world. It's such a gift and the more I can trust and free myself from control the more I can embrace that gift.

What are your thoughts?

In loving and abundant service.

Shine On,


Saturday, May 20th
7:00- 10ish pm
Tada! Youth Theater

What is the Shine On Cabaret?
A one night only celebration of arts & wellness where brilliant performers/wellness dreamers take the stage to SHARE their SHINE!

The night celebrates self-expression, well-being and self-love. I guarantee you will leave feeling joyful and inspired to live in your own Shine. Plus, 50% of all ticket sales will go to DMF Youth, a non-profit educational service company whose mission is to empower. underserved youth through dance, fitness & life skill development.

What wellness vendors can you expect?
BodyTalk Readings with Allison Lebrun
Angel Card Readings & Life Coaching with Stephanie Virchaux
Massage by Justin Talkington
Younique Beauty Bar with Jasmine Ladiner
Bracelet Creation with Crafty & Bright founder Katie Dunne
And much more...
Other FYIs about the night...
This year, the Cabaret is sponsored by NibMor Chocolate and Beanfield Snacks, two incredible & delicious food companies. Plus, there will be nutrition shake samples provided by Arbonne consultant, Alexis Di Gregorio. And like all past cabarets, there will be an epic raffle and wine!

Wine, healthy snacks, theater and a whole lot of LOVE?! What could be better? Tickets tend to go fast so save your seat by purchasing a ticket HERE!!!


Thoughts on yoga belly rolls

Tonight I went to yoga.
First time in a long time.
I felt my skin move, mold, and morph as I twisted, stretched and bent.
I noticed the feeling of my rolls. -
I've been taught to condemn them. And I like my gold star. So my first reaction is to adjust, suck in, don't be seen, shrink yourself. Yell at the rolls and do what you can to iron them out.
But then I remember, I'm a piece of art. And there is no one way to be beautiful. I'm unique in my detail and my sculpture shifts as I shift. How beautiful is that?
My journey with accepting my body ebbs and flows. Entering a new decade has welcomed a new chapter to the journey. I'd be lying to say that it's something I have completely figured out, but I stay woke and aware of where to find the light.
So today I choose to honor my roll. Thanks for moving with me buddy, you are beautiful and are/ always have been worthy.
More to come on this. Big love to you and your f*cking miracle of a body????