She’s the Goddess of the Year

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Gayela showing off her Shanghai-inspired look that we put together for her.

Have you heard the saying that “blondes have more fun”?  I’m beginning to think it’s true!  Especially for my dear friend Gayela Bynum, Founder and Chair of We Will Survive Cancer, who was recently honored as Copa Style Magazine’s 2016 “Woman of the Year.”

Gayela’s story is so inspiring to me, and familiar in many ways.  Not only is she a true feminine goddess with class and style, she is very open-minded, a great communicator, and super kind-hearted. She moved to the DC area in the early 1980’s from California, had a long-standing career with the Federal government, loves to host parties and fundraising events, and she even had her own fashion accessories business at one point in the 1990’s. Like me, her mother was her inspiration and role model. That is where she learned how to own her goddessly power and use it to her advantage for the good of others and to serve humanity.

In 2009, Gayela and friends founded We Will Survive Cancer, a nonprofit inspired by the warrior spirit of Michelle Bynum, her daughter in-law who passed away due to breast cancer. The organization assists patients and their families affected by cancer.  I’ve written before about this inspiring organization, and I’m proud that we can and have been able to support Gayela’s work.

Even though Gayela has suffered heartbreak and dissapointments over the years, she has never let that take away her warmth, her love, the light that surrounds her, and of course, her bold and sparkling sense of style. I love that she is never afraid to shine.  And although she is always polished and perfect, she doesn’t take herself too seriously – see the photos I took in our sanctuary below of Gayela showing off her blonde tresses!

I believe Gayela’s ambition and drive set a great example for young women.  I am proud to call her a good friend and fellow goddess fan.

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Gayela in one of our dresses with her handsome titan son, Blaine.

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She brings so much light when she enters the sanctuary.

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Gayela’s latest book full of inspirational Cancer survivor stories available for sale in our sanctuary.

The Power to Choose – The Third Chakra

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I love designing pretty feminine happy accessories.

Earlier this year while at the Pearl Laguna for a Yoga and Hiking Retreat, I discovered that my Solar Plexus (the third chakra) was a little out of balance, which explains some of the inconsistencies that I was seeing in my life and with my inner goddess confidence being questioned.

The third chakra is the center of willpower and the perception of who you are. When this chakra is balanced, you own your personal power and you are confident with who you are and what you want. It also helps you to take action and move your life forward responsibly, regardless of the challenges that may arise.

When this chakra is not balanced or is blocked, you are reactive rather than proactive, you may experience emotional outbursts, you may just sit back and let life pass you by, you may not be able to make decisions so easily and all this and bring your confidence level down as well. Does this sound familiar?

Just know that in life you have the power to choose what makes your heart sing, what gives you passion and joy, what fulfills you – and no one can do this but you. So all you have to do is CHOOSE. Choose to be happy, choose to be confident, choose to be open to receive, choose to be powerful, choose to be with the mate of your dreams, etc. Whatever you choose, you will have.

The color yellow is associated with the third chakra. In order to help strengthen and balance this chakra, I not only like to eat yellow foods, such as bananas, eggs, yellow peppers, etc., but I also like to wear yellow, too! (see below) It brightens my spirit and makes me feel like I have sunshine with me all the time.

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Not only wearing yellow brings me joy, but being kissed by a precious little pretty goddess makes me feel even more wonderful.

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Are they the cutest mother-daughter goddess pair that you have ever seen or what?

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I am convinced that blondes do have more fun, especially when they wear yellow, too. 🙂

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I love love Mexico and the color richness everywhere I go!

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Our goddess fan Gayela Bynum, founder of We Will Survive Cancer showing off her latest purchase of yellow.

You’re Invited: “Don’t Waste My Cancer” Book Signing

"Don't Waste My Cancer"

Every year, thousands of families are devastated when a parent is struck with cancer. Treatment becomes a totally consuming process, and family members, particularly the children, have to adapt to a completely new existence.  They often have to depend on family, friends, neighbors, or even strangers to assist in day-to-day living.

We Will Survive Cancer examines the needs of such families and steps in to assist; but to do so, they need donations of cash, services, equipment, and specialty items to make life slightly less all-consuming for both the cancer patients as well as their families. We know the patients have a better chance of a good recovery if they know their families are being taken care of.

If you are in the Washington DC Metro Area, please join my Style Goddesses and me this Wednesday, February 3 from 6pm-9pm at our sanctuary for a very special evening benefiting We Will Survive Cancer.

At this event you can meet Gayela Bynum, author and founder of We Will Survive Cancer, for a special book signing of her latest release, “Don’t Waste My Cancer,” dedicated to daughter-in-law Michelle Bynum, who lost her life to cancer. This inspirational book includes stories of Michelle along with many others affected by cancer, and tells how they courageously battled and survived this devastating disease.  Steven Gaffney, the #1 leading authority in Honest Communication – himself a cancer survivor – will be there to share his story along with other guest survivors featured in the book. One-hundred percent of the book sales will go to We Will Survive Cancer.  I hope to see you there.  You can go to our FB page for more details.