From LA>>>NY: Some Updates Fresh Off the Plane

LANY

I had a great two months in LA, but I am now back home in NYC for a few weeks before it will be time to leave again! I really love traveling and am working on some very exciting projects that wil keep me traveling and meeting amazing people! Until then… here are a few updates!

My boo MariMy best-friend, international model, DJ and humanitarian Mari Malek aka Dj Stiletto is competing for a HUGE Dj contest… Would you all be so kind to vote for her to support her!? The winners win some BIG prizes! One of which will include a summer long residency in one of Ibiza’s hottest clubs (who wants to go?!) Besides her being an amazing DJ, she is one of few women who are out doing their thing like she is! SUPPORT here! (FYI not avail on mobile devices!) She has great mix that you can listen to as well! 🙂

London1Also, did you hear? SERENE is officially launching in LONDON May 17th!! I am sooo proud of my team of amazing women, this really is a dream come true. Its fitting that SERENE is going international just after our 1 year anniversary and I hope you all can be apart of it as much as you have in NY! Will any of you be in London mid May? If so, would love to link while there and have you attend our kick off experience/events! If not, I know all you fabulous folks have fabulous Londoner female friends, so please share this link with them? I also encourage anyone interested in holistic wellness, women’s empowerment and purposeful and conscious living to sign up for our newsletter as well! In big cities like London and NY, it can be VERY difficult to find open, conscious and supportive women doing their thing, but SERENE is helping to bring this community of women together for amazing synergy in every area of their lives and society at large

Lastly, I am launching a THIRD #GetTHANKFUL 26 Day Gratitude Challenge April 13th and I would love to have you all apart of it! This has been a HUGE success thus far for myself as a participant and for those in the past two groups as well! For example, while on the challenge my good friend and SERENE member Tegan Bukowski was offered a job in London working for the world’s most famous female architect Zaha Hadid!! Tegan was the one tha took the leap, but has credited #GetTHANKFUL as the jumping off point and support that gave her that push… Check out her article HERE where she talks about her experience. A daily gratitude practice really does CHANGE YOUR LIFE. But add a weekly group call-in and specific mantra work to re-frame your focus with gratitude, I can legitimately say things will start to move for you! Men and women are welcome to join! Dont be scared… join me to try something new!
xo Millana

Skin Rehab Sessions: The diary of my journey from bad to beautiful skin

This past summer I went to rehab. Skin Rehab to be exact. I was looking for a holistic solution to my chronic problems with acne and scarring. I found one, and it worked. But it wasn’t at all what I imagined. Going into treatment I thought my skin was the one and only problem. I learned that it went far beyond that. To finally achieve clear, beautiful skin I had to heal my gut and digestive system, and deal with my emotional anxiety that was getting in my way. This is a diary of my journey……

Part 1 – My Skin Has Had It

I’ve always had problems with my skin: oily, enlarged pores and constant breakouts. As a model this is pretty much the worst thing. It’s painful and embarrassing, and has held me back in my work. I’ve tried everything from peels, to micro-dermabrasion, to Pro-active. But it wasn’t until I was given heavy doses of antibiotics for months at a time that I saw results. I knew that antibiotics would take a toll on my body but I didn’t care. I needed my skin to look better, and I didn’t think I had other options. I chose to sacrifice my health within so that I could be acceptable at the surface… that’s the honest truth and an interesting metaphor for me to understand as I later come to understand.

In the beginning they really worked. I’d never seen my skin look that good before. I had no scars and no blemishes anywhere. My pores were still big and I was still oily, but the breakouts stopped and that was what I cared about. After about 6 months of taking the antibiotics, I also started to explore a more holistic lifestyle. I changed my diet by spontaneously becoming pescatarian and even became super aware or the products I used. I started caring more about being sustainable, natural and more conscious and within months things really started to shift.

The crazy thing about antibiotics is that after being on them for a few months, they stopped working as effectively. So I went back to my dermatologist and she increased my dosage, plus added topical creams to my treatment – which if I didn’t have insurance would be expensive as hell(i.e. $900 a bottle). At one point I was on the highest daily dose of antibiotics that is considered safe. I took them consistently for over 4 months, which even I was aware is is a really long time.

I remember being in my kitchen one day looking at my bottle of antibiotics and I just couldn’t take them anymore. So I went cold turkey and threw them out. I started to look for a more holistic approach. My dermatologist was always telling me that my pores would never get smaller, that’s just the way they were. She insisted that antibiotics were the only way. She had no real long term answers. But I knew there had to be more than what she was telling me.

That’s when I reached out to Sandra Lanshin – an acupuncturist I met through SERENE. I emailed to ask her if she could treat acne and skin problems. Not only was her answer yes, absolutely – she had just launched a Skin Rehab program that was all about using acupuncture, herbs and other natural ways to heal skin from the inside out. Even within the first email, she suspected that something was off with my stress levels and digestion, which was throwing off my hormones. After all I had been through, this sounded the most on target of everything I had tried and I couldn’t wait to get started.

Here I was at the brink of making real changes inside and out, I hope you will join me on the journey to see that there is so much more to this than skin!

This is me the day I walked into Sandra's studio!

This is me the day I walked into Sandra’s studio!

This is AFTER I worked with Sandra for just a few weeks!

This is AFTER I worked with Sandra for just a few weeks!

 

Stay tuned for Part 2: When I check in to Skin Rehab…