How are you doing today? Big breath… what emotions are filtering your experience at this moment?

Thanks for taking this moment to check in with yourself. YOU are up to big things; don’t forget it. This week’s Illuminate encourages you to build a daily routine that starts with YOUR values. (Because, to do big things, we have to start with intention).

Illuminate: Start Your Day on PURPOSE: Choose A Morning Ritual


Depending on who you are, you love them or you hate them. Some of you thrive knowing what will be coming each and every day. Some of you feel itchy knowing what will be coming each and every day.

Depending on your preference, you can choose to throw unexpected spice or comforting rituals into your daily life. This week, you’ll identify a ritual, first thing in the morning, to help ground and focus your day.

A recent study suggests that people who have a daily routine feel like their life is more meaningful. Taking the time to start your day with one little thing that focuses you on YOUR values and YOUR intentions sets the scene for a day of greatness and meaning.

What is one thing you could do in the morning to set the stage for the day?

It could be big or small, but try to link it to a bigger goal in your life.

For example, I am trying to focus on my wellbeing right now, so I start the day by drinking a big glass of water. That’s it! It takes less than 30 seconds, but it reminds me that taking care of my body and health is a priority. So easy, yet so powerful.

So what ritual would you like to try this week? Test it out and let me know how it goes!


The choices we make throughout the day add up to make our life what it is.

How can a morning ritual contribute to your bigger picture? Are you prioritizing making daily choices that contribute to your bigger-picture dreams and goals? Or are your daily choices needing some re-alignment?

Speaking of alignment…In April, CEO of Six Seconds, Josh Freedman, and I are holding a group coaching session on refining or defining your Noble Goal. This is your purpose. Your BIGness. Your alignment. We’d love for you to join us.

Upcoming Virtual Events with Maria:

A Workshop for Perfectionists
Monday, April 8 | ​​​​​​5-7pm San Francisco time
$40/ $70 for two​​​​​​
More Here

Living on Purpose: What Is Your Noble Goal?
Wednesday, April 17 | 8-9:30am San Francisco time
Pay What You Can Afford
More Here

Loving Inward: A Self-Compassion Workshop
Tuesday, May 7 | 8-10am San Francisco time
$40/$70 for two
More Here

Illuminate is a weekly e-mail series that provides practical tips + galvanizing inspirations for practicing an emotionally intelligent life. In our time together, we’ll operate from the assumption that you have all the wisdom you need inside of yourself + that you have a purpose the world needs to see. We will explore the tools + techniques to illuminate your own inner wisdom and purpose. If you’d like to receive this free gift of goodness in your inbox every week, subscribe here.

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