I don’t like sharing anything that I use unless: 1) I’ve used it consistently for a while 2) I’ve seen RESULTS that are not just worth sharing, but have made a difference in my life. Many of you have asked me to do more beauty, wellness and yoga/fitness posts (videos soon to come !!), so I wanted to start by sharing my favorite beauty and wellness products.

It’s been almost a week since I’ve been back from my ski trip and usually my hair, skin and overall health would have reacted in one way or another by now. When you go from a freezing (and incredibly dry) environment back to a humid, smoggy (hi Los Angeles!), by-the-beach climate, everything kind of goes haywire for a bit until it adjusts.

Not this time.

How? Why??

I have these beauty and wellness products to thank.

Here are 15 must-have beauty & wellness products that I currently have on solid rotation:

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We all want to find love, acceptance, security, meaning, connection & an understanding in our relationships that we can TRUST. For most of my adult life, I carried the burden of a past that had seemingly robbed me of the ability to attract and feel worthy of such an impossibility. The result? Stagnation. I could never evolve because I held onto grudges, memories, details, moments, words, pain and experiences from my past that had reduced the present moment into what felt like a never ending prison sentence. I wanted to love again, feel again, LIVE again and emotionally exhale once and for all – without the anchor of what was and the ghost of f*cktards past weighing me down. 

What I learned the hard way:

Until you let go of the past (and the heartbreak, angst, grief & unfinished business associated with it), you will never be able to fully love and trust (yourself & others). You’ll also never be truly loved and trusted the way that you want and deserve to be.

& because we ultimately attract relationships that reflect the one we have with ourselves, you’ll become a relationsh*t magnet.

By continuing to allow the heaviness of the past to weight down the bar that you’ve consistently decided to set for yourself, you’ll never be able to attract anything that remotely deviates from the how low that bar has become.

I can’t tell you how much time I’ve wasted trying to outsmart and negate the above statements. For years, I engaged in a pattern of gravitating toward “project” lovers and friends that I had to be “good enough” for so that they’d choose me, change for me and I could be the exception to their rule.

Why I stayed on this wash-rinse-repeat cycle for so long:

My low self esteem, society, school, friends, family, etc., had me convinced that I just needed to get “stronger,” so that I could better carry the burden of a heavy past. The majority of my life was thus occupied with trying to “build the strength,” to carry the past on my emotional back… as opposed to taking off that way-too-heavy, out of date backpack for good.

That heavy backpack had become my adult pacifier. Yeah, I guess could have gone without it for a minute, but I always had to know that it was within reach.

I couldn’t recognize the badassness & STRENGTH that the pain of my past had birthed and therefore, never had the courage to let go of it, trust and love again.

Although it was painful, I was more comfortable “telling my story” to anyone that I thought could potentially rescue me and remaining a victim to events that had ALREADY come and GONE.

And as much as I didn’t like to be in pain, there was a certain level of comfort that carrying the pain of my past provided. Continuing to subscribe to the pain (and the self-limiting beliefs it bred), soon gave me the one thing I was never able to constructively give myself: an identity.

The past (and my pain/beliefs associated with it), became my identity and thus, ultimately detracted everything that I claimed to want and become in life. The more abandoned and alone I felt, the more I’d hang onto the past (and a corresponding identity), that did nothing more than and solidify the pain of my reality.

When I finally learned how to let go, I started to live a life in spite of a painful past, as opposed to one that was sabatoged and plagued by it.

Here are 5 steps to letting go of the past (once & for all), so that you can live, trust & love again:

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Happy New Year from Park City, Utah! I’m having so much fun even though I haven’t gone a day without working at some point in the day… but I also haven’t gone a day without skiing, eating gluten free s’mores with homemade marshmallows or having hot chocolate, so no complaints. I’ve been skiing for 23 years and Park City is by far, my favorite place to ski. This town is magical – everywhere you turn theres a roaring fireplace with hot chocolate being served (makes you want to curl up with a blanket, a good man & a good book), the town is covered in twinkle lights & the people are super laid back, engaging, friendly & down to earth.

So why am I writing a blog post on my phone during a ski break instead of eating lunch?

I HAD to announce….

The third of my 3 holiday giveaways is here!

Since you guys are loving the giveaways , I’m definitely going to keep them coming. It’s the least I can do to express my love & appreciation.

I put a lot of thought into each giveaway that I did this holiday season (& every giveaway that I do). I like to keep them fresh, different, fun, unique and “how-have-I-lived-without-these-products?!” USEFUL.

Every product that I choose to include is something that I not only use, but that I swear by. This one is no exception.

Here’s what I’m giving away…

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What a year it has been, FULL of life changing decisions.

This year was by far, the best year of my life but also the most difficult, painful and challenging. Last New Year’s Eve was a day that I will never forget – it was the worst day of my life (more about what happened here). There were many times that I didn’t think I could continue blogging and building my brand, let alone put one (emotional & physical), foot in front of the other. I was being pulled in so many directions, but because of YOU, I kept at it.

Looking back now, as I type this post in the same bed I was completely hopeless & inconsolable in just 365 days ago…

I made it. I’m still standing (and so are YOU), & I am so fearlessly and incredibly grateful.

Even though the lows were seemingly impossible at times, 2016 was very good to Post Male Syndrome. What started as a personal outlet in a time of emotional, financial & spiritual broke as a joke-ness, has turned into something beyond what I could have ever imagined. I am honored to have personally coached many of you this last year, from 19 different countries and counting. I’ve been fortunate enough to speak all over the country, where I’ve gotten to hug some of you in person. I’m finally able to afford it and in 2017, will be introducing video, podcasts & so much more. All because of each and every one of you. So thank YOU for creating this tribe and thank you for being the reason that I never gave up this year.

Not only did you give me a reason everyday to get up and focus on the bigger picture, you gave me the greatest gift of all:

You guys provided me with an avenue OUT of my own suffering by giving me the honor and pleasure of helping you out of your own.

Thank you. I am forever indebted, appreciative and in complete awe of the warriors, survivors & beautiful souls that you all are, all over the world.

So, here it is – a new year. I’ve never really warmed up to the idea of New Year’s resolutions. The whole concept kind of bores me honestly. Although it’s a clean slate and a new calendar, I feel like most of the time, we do it just because everyone else does (& eventually abandon it because of the pressure the entire concept inadvertently imposes). The truth is, you can decide to change at any given moment.

And who wants to play follow the follower? 

Been there, done that. No thx. I’m hungry for something LASTING (& I know you are too or you wouldn’t be reading this).

So instead, for 2017, let’s make INTENTIONS; life changing decisions that we can all decide and ACT upon NOW (instead of hopelessly hanging onto the threads of something that will wear off as quickly as the nostalgia of the holiday).

Let’s use the clean slate of time not as a tool that we’re in need of for resolution actualization, but as a motivational launching pad to propel us into life changing decisions that are executed the moment they are decided.

That moment is now.

Here are 15 Life Changing Decisions to make for 2017 (& beyond)

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Finally announcing the $1800 PMS Holiday Giveaway winner!

Thank you SO MUCH to all who entered. I read all of your Instagram comments this morning with a hot cup of calm, a box of tissues and a very full heart.

Words will always fail in expressing my gratitude, love and appreciation for each and every one of you, all over the world.

Thank you for being a part of this tribe. Thank you for your sisterhood, support & love for each other and this community.

I have another ( amazing !!!) giveaway coming up in a week for the New Year 🙂 stay tuned.

SO… I wrote down everyone’s username that commented, put them in a fishbowl…

& the winner of the HUGE PMS Holiday Giveaway is:

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Holiday blues happen to everyone. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, the holidays have a way of triggering anxiety, stress & the kind of pain contractions that initiate feelings of abandonment, “I’ll-never-get-what-I-want-my-ship-has-sailed” hopelessness, pain from the past, heartbreak & insecurity.

This time of year is magical, yet difficult for so many because the holidays are based upon a foundation of miracles happening through elevated hope, connectivity & belief.

But what if all hope is lost?

Just like starting to date again right after a breakup, if you have unresolved trauma and pain, the holidays will do nothing more than highlight the lack that you feel in your life. This will then lead to feelings of guilt for being the self-imposed, emotional scrooge during a time of year that’s fundamentally geared toward joy and selflessness. Thus, the holiday blues.

Here are 3 ways to kick the holiday blues and turn your hopelessness into hope.

The kind of hope that this time of year is all about. 

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