Introducing Chicago Happsters Squad Leader, Julianne

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We’re so excited to welcome our newest Happsters Squad Leader, Julianne to the community! She is the Leader for the first Happsters Squad in Chicago.

Don’t know what Happsters Squads are? Here’s a brief overview:

Happsters Squads bring together women who live in the same city to practice the 4 G’s of happiness together: Gathering, Gratitude, Growth and Giving. You can learn all about it and join one near you here.

Here’s a Q&A with our Chicago Happsters Squad Leader Julianne, so you can get to know her:

1. What are 3 things that make you happy? 

Friends, Family and Pizza

2. What is your favorite book or podcast right now?

The Town Mile podcast

3. What is your dream job or are you currently doing it?

Event Planner or Personal Shopper

4. What are your favorite things to do in Chicago?

Go out on a boat! Running along the lake and eat hot dogs!

5. What’s your favorite quote?

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as much as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Where do you find you are most at peace?

On a long run.

Chicago Happsters Squad Group Photo!

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Interested in joining a Happsters Squad near you? Click here. We have new Squads popping up in San Diego, Portland, Los Angeles & more coming up soon!

You can find Julianne on Instagram at @jalshy

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Introducing Austin Happsters Squad Leader, Sarah

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We’re so excited to welcome our newest Happsters Squad Leader, Sarah to the community! She is the Leader for the first Happsters Squad in Austin.

Don’t know what Happsters Squads are? Here’s a brief overview:

Happsters Squads bring together women who live in the same city to practice the 4 G’s of happiness together: Gathering, Gratitude, Growth and Giving. You can learn all about it and join one near you here.

Here’s a Q&A with our Austin Happsters Squad Leader Sarah, so you can get to know her:

1. What are 3 things that make you happy? 

My Fiance, My dogs & Bubble Baths.

2. What is your favorite book or podcast right now?

So hard! I LOVE podcasts and books so much. I never miss an episode of The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast, but I love tons more too. Favorite Book – The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer & The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein, plus so many more.

3. What is your dream job or are you currently doing it?

To run my blog and to work as a healer. My ULTIMATE dream is to open a spiritual center in Austin similar to Four Moons/Soujorn in San Diego, with tons of different healing modalities.

4. What’s your go-to show on Netflix right now? 

I truly do not watch much TV much anymore, but we just started watching Last Chance U on Netflix and it’s AMAZING!

5. What are your favorite things to do in Austin?

Well, I just moved here a few months ago so I am really still exploring and getting to know the city. It’s SUCH a foodie place, with amazing restaurants and food trucks everywhere. Walking the trails on Lady Bird Lake is so peaceful and beautiful, I try to go daily if it isn’t too hot. Blues on The Green is a super fun outdoor music concert they have once a month, and of course I love the live music everywhere!

6. What is your favorite affirmation/quote?

“I have enough, I know enough, I am enough.”

“Travel Light, live light, spread light, be the light.” Yogi Bhajan

7. Where do you find you are most at peace?

I Find the most peace being near the water and being out in nature. I love to be on the water at dusk, it doesn’t get much better than that to me.

Here is the group photo from the first Austin Happsters Squad event:

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Interested in joining a Happsters Squad near you? Click here. We have new Squads popping up in San Diego, Portland, Los Angeles & more coming up soon!

You can find Sarah on Instagram at @sincerelyspiritual

Introducing Atlanta Happsters Squad Leader, Erika

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We’re so excited to welcome our newest Happsters Squad Leader, Erika to the community! She is the Leader for the first Happsters Squad in Atlanta.

Don’t know what Happsters Squads are? Here’s a brief overview:

Happsters Squads bring together women who live in the same city to practice the 4 G’s of happiness together: Gathering, Gratitude, Growth and Giving. You can learn all about it and join one near you here.

Here’s a Q&A with our Atlanta Happsters Squad Leader Erika, so you can get to know her:

1. What are 3 things that make you happy? 

My friends, family and boyfriend, the beach and graphic designing!

2. What is your favorite book or podcast right now?

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. Rachel is the mentor every woman needs to stop believing the lies about who you are so you can become who you were meant to be.

3. What is your dream job or are you currently doing it?

My dream job would be to own my own event planning company and do graphic design as an added value to customers.

4. What’s your go-to show on Netflix right now? 

I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I love Grace and Frankie on Netflix and am still one of the few dedicated fans of Grey’s Anatomy!

5. What are your favorite things to do in Atlanta?

My favorite thing to do in Atlanta is walk and explore the Beltline. There are so many good restaurants and shops to pop into. I love how Atlanta is supporting an active and creative community.

6. What is your favorite affirmation/quote?

“Not all those who wander are lost.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

7. Where do you find you are most at peace?

I feel most at peace at my parents home in Burlington, NC. There is such a comforting factor of being home, surrounded by all the things that made me who I am today and knowing that I am in a loving, supportive home. I hope to create that atmosphere for my family one day.

Check out some of the photos from the first Atlanta Happsters Squad event:

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Interested in joining a Happsters Squad near you? Click here. We have new Squads popping up in San Diego, Portland, Los Angeles & more coming up soon!

You can find Erika on Instagram at @erikawalker10

Introducing Sacramento Happsters Squad Leader, Janelle

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We’re so excited to welcome our newest Happsters Squad Leader, Janelle to the community! She is the Leader for the first Happsters Squad in Sacramento.

Don’t know what Happsters Squads are? Here’s a brief overview:

Happsters Squads bring together women who live in the same city to practice the 4 G’s of happiness together: Gathering, Gratitude, Growth and Giving. You can learn all about it and join one near you here.

Here’s a Q&A with our Sacramento Happsters Squad Leader Janelle, so you can get to know her:

1. What are 3 things that make you happy? 

3 things that make me happy are being around my family and friends, being outside in the sunshine and flat whites with non fat milk. I just love my flat whites and the little boost it gives me to start my day.

2. What is your favorite book or podcast right now?

My favorite book right now that I reread and highlight is the The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I love self development books and the principles have really resonated with me. I also love listening to Lewis Howes’ School of Greatness podcast. He always has inspiring and uplifting messages. I like to listen to podcasts while I’m getting ready in the morning, its a really great way to start the day.

3. What is your dream job or are you currently doing it?

My dream job is to have a thriving health coaching business and lifestyle blog. I’m passionate about helping others blossom and reach their fullest potential. I’m currently working on creating a side business for my coaching and I do have a blog called thegratitudediva that I launched last summer. My blog is a lifestyle blog where I share health and wellness tips, girl boss tips, and much more! I currently help manage an alternative medicine practice and I love working for a doctor where we both share a passion for helping people.

4. What’s your go-to show on Netflix right now? 

When I’m lounging on my day off I like to watch any health related documentary or cooking shows! I also watch old movies and comedies on Netflix. Breakfast at Tiffanys and Bridesmaids are a couple of my favorites.

5. What are your favorite things to do in Sacramento?

There are so many fun things to do here in Sacramento. I love food so I always go the newest restaurants and look for all the healthy meals, but I’m always a sucker for some in-n-out burger. Sacramento and the surrounding area is full of beautiful hiking trails and the American River bike trail is a great place to run on horse trails, bike or kayak. I feel like you can have great adventures here!

6. What is your favorite affirmation/quote?

“If you hang out with me for too long I’ll brainwash you into believing in yourself and knowing you can achieve anything.” I believe words of encouragement and support can go along way.

7. Where do you find you are most at peace?

I find my peace when I’m baking. I call it my zen time ,not a worry in the world when I’m in the kitchen, whisking away and listening to some good beats! John Legend, Frank Sinatra, Luke Bryan and Snoop Dogg are on the baking and beats place list 🙂 I also find peace at barre class or yoga I like to let it all go on my mat.

Check out some of the photos from the first Sacramento Happsters Squad event:

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Interested in joining a Happsters Squad near you? Click here. We have new Squads popping up in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, San Diego & more coming up soon!

You can find Janelle on Instagram at @jvperez00

Introducing Philadelphia Happsters Squad Leader, Colleen

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We’re so excited to welcome our newest Happsters Squad Leader, Colleen to the community! She is the Leader for the first Happsters Squad in Philadelphia.

Don’t know what Happsters Squads are? Here’s a brief overview:

Happsters Squads bring together women who live in the same city to practice the 4 G’s of happiness together: Gathering, Gratitude, Growth and Giving. You can learn all about it and join one near you here.

Here’s a Q&A with our Philadelphia Happsters Squad Leader Colleen, so you can get to know her:

1. What are 3 things that make you happy? 

Beach Sunsets, my adorable 5 year old niece, and teaching Yoga and connecting with so many wonderful yogis during and after class.

2. What is your favorite book or podcast right now?

My Favorite podcast trending right now is “Rock your Bliss”. I always listen right before bed – it’s relaxing and a great way to unwind after a long day to re-center myself. I love listening to the powerful messages these 2 woman share!

3. What is your dream job or are you currently doing it?

A job that makes me love getting up every morning and doesn’t feel like work. Anything where I’m fulfilling my passion of having an impact on other peoples lives! Some days I feel like I have it already.

4. What’s your go-to show on Netflix right now? 

Old episodes of Parenthood.

5. What are your favorite things to do in Philadelphia?

Going running/biking on the Schuykill River trail and stopping for Lunch in Manayunk; Laying in the sunshine in Rittenhouse Square; Al fresco dining at one of the fabulous restaurants around Philly.

6. What is your favorite affirmation/quote?

“Where you invest your love you invest your life.”

7. Where do you find you are most at peace?

My yoga mat.

Check out some of the photos from the first Philadelphia Happsters Squad event:

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Interested in joining a Happsters Squad near you? Click here. We have new Squads popping up in Chicago, San Diego, NYC & more coming up soon!

You can find Colleen on Instagram at @mcenteec2

Introducing San Diego 4.0 Happsters Squad Leader, Jamie

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We’re so excited to welcome our newest Happsters Squad Leader, Jamie to the community! She is the Leader for the fourth Happsters Squad in San Diego.

Don’t know what Happsters Squads are? Here’s a brief overview:

Happsters Squads bring together women who live in the same city to practice the 4 G’s of happiness together: Gathering, Gratitude, Growth and Giving. You can learn all about it and join one near you here.

Here’s a Q&A with our San Diego 4.0 Happsters Squad Leader, Jamie, so you can get to know her:

1. What are 3 things that make you happy? 

My puppy, husband, and the non-stop beautiful weather of San Diego.

2. What is your favorite book or podcast right now?
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

3. What is your dream job or are you currently doing it?
Working part-time as a PA in an outpatient Women’s Health or Family Medicine clinic, part-time as a middle school Sex Ed teacher, part-time as an event planner! … and if I could just add on 20 more hours to the day, I would also want to go to culinary school and be a part-time chef! A girl can dream …

4. What’s your go-to show on Netflix right now?
Currently binging Queer Eye (tear jerker!), but also can’t wait for Handmaid’s Tale every week!

5. What are your favorite things to do in San Diego?
Rollerblading along the beach, jumping in the ocean, exploring Balboa Park, and eating fish tacos!

6. What is a secret special talent you have?
Self-taught calligrapher and amateur card maker.

7. What is your favorite affirmation/quote?
I want it all, I can have it all, and it’s mine for the taking!

8. Where do you find you are most at peace?
Laying on the beach on a weekday with my hubby! (rare peaceful occasion!)

Check out some of the photos from the first San Diego 4.0 Happsters Squad event:

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Interested in joining a Happsters Squad near you? Click here. We have new Squads popping up in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, San Diego & more coming up soon!

You can find Jamie on Instagram at @gimmemorrison

Introducing Seattle Happsters Squad Leader, Mary Ann

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We’re thrilled to welcome our newest Happsters Squad Leader, Mary Ann to the community! She is the Leader for the first Happsters Squad in Seattle.

Don’t know what Happsters Squads are? Here’s a brief overview:

Happsters Squads bring together women who live in the same city to practice the 4 G’s of happiness together: Gathering, Gratitude, Growth and Giving. You can learn all about it and join one near you here.

Here’s a Q&A with our Seattle Leader, Mary Ann, so you can get to know her:

1. What are 3 things that make you happy? 

1. The warm sunny weather. I love to be outside, and feel the warmth on my skin, since I’m usually so cold LOL. So I love traveling to warmer climates!

2. A good dark chocolate bite.

3. My dog;)

2. What is your favorite book or podcast right now?

If I’m not reading a fantasy book, I’m reading The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein and How to Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. (sorry just couldn’t narrow it down to 1!!) 

3. What is your dream job or are you currently doing it?

Like if I could do anything in the world? OH man, I have several passions….creating an app focused on fitness, mindfulness and intuitive eating. Making my own leggings brand. Traveling the world and sharing my experiences with people. Have an awesome coffee shop like place where you can bring your pet, do yoga or a sculpt class and drink and eat good food. 

4. What’s your go-to show on Netflix right now?

We just finished the crown (you have to watch it if you haven’t), and started up The Americans. But besides Netflix, I honestly can’t wait for West World and Game of Thrones to start up on HBO ;). 

5. What are your favorite things to do in Seattle?

Take our dog to the dog park, catch up with a friend, walk around on a nice sunny day, go to fun coffee shops, ski, biking, going to exercises classes, eat at my favorite restaurants, drink my matcha, go to my favorite vegan ice cream shop (Frankie and Jo’s) and restaurant (Plum Bistro). 

6. What is a secret special talent you have?

Some call me a dog whisperer, but I think I just love dogs so much they know!! Or maybe it is because I have treats on hand. 

7. What is your favorite affirmation/quote?

“You have the power to create the world you want to see” – Gabrielle Bernstein 

8. Where do you find you are most at peace? 

With nature. When I’m at the beach or outside on a sunny day walking around with my dog, I love it. It feels so calming and I just zone out. 

Check out some of the photos from the first Seattle event:

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Interested in joining a Happsters Squad near you? Click here. We have new Squads popping up in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, San Diego & more coming up soon!

You can find Mary Ann on Instagram at @healthysoulfitnut

Introducing: San Diego (North County) 3.0 Happsters Squad Leader, Alisha Phipps

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We’re so excited to add another San Diego Happsters Squad to the mix! This one is based out of Carlsbad (North County San Diego) and we’re thrilled to have 20 amazing women join leader Alisha Phipps for the start of their squad.

If you’re new to the party and haven’t heard about Happsters Squads, here’s a little bit about them: Happsters Squads bring together women who live in the same city to practice the 4 G’s of happiness together: Gathering, Gratitude, Growth and Giving. You can learn all about it and join one near you here.

Here’s a Q&A with our San Diego 3.0 Happsters Squad Leader, Alisha, so you can get to know her a bit:

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1. What are 3 things that make you happy?
Horseback riding, dancing to live music and flowers.

2. What is your favorite book or podcast right now?
I’ve been totally obsessed with @Almost30Podcast. I think I’ve turned every one of my friends onto it! Lindsay, Krista and all their amazing guests have taught me so many tricks to navigate all of life’s transitions but especially from 20s to 30s, health, wellness and self-development.

3. What is your dream job or are you currently doing it?
I’m currently doing it! – working in Patient Engagement at a leading medical device company.

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4. What’s your go-to show on Netflix right now?
I don’t watch TV very much but I love a good Netflix documentary (need some new suggestions) and I’m obsessed with ‘This is Us’ and ‘Big Little Lies’.

5. What are your favorite things to do in your city?
There is SO much to do in San Diego. I love a Saturday morning stroll through Little Italy farmers market, followed by brunch at Queenstown Public House. In North County, I can’t get enough of LTH (Local Tap House) or Campfire, fun night with friends dancing and singing at Belly Up and the beautiful beaches that somehow remain fairly uncrowded during the touristy seasons.

6. What is a secret special talent you have?
This is really hard one! It’s not really a secret but I’m pretty really creative and artistic – I love doing craft projects, home improvement design work, making and designing things from scratch. One of my 2018 intentions was to make something creative/crafty each month to more fully tap into this talent.

7. What is your favorite affirmation/quote?
“Accept what is, let go of what was, believe in what will be.” This affirmation lifted me up during a really difficult time in my life. I still recite it and appreciate its applicability to many different situations.

8. Where do you find you are most at peace?
At the beach, listening to the waves, soaking up the sun.

Check out some of the photos from the first San Diego 3.0 (North County) event:

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Interested in joining a Happsters Squad near you? Click here.

You can find Alisha on Instagram at @lushiousliiish

Introducing: Orange County Happsters Squad Leader, Jenna Stahnke

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The first Orange County Happsters Squad has officially launched with Jenna Stahnke as its fearless leader!

If you’re new to the party and haven’t heard about Happsters Squads, here’s a little bit about them:

Happsters Squads bring together women who live in the same city to practice the 4 G’s of happiness together: Gathering, Gratitude, Growth and Giving. You can learn all about it and join one near you here.

Here’s a Q&A with our Orange County Leader, Jenna, so you can get to know her a bit:

1. What are 3 things that make you happy?
I’m a pretty simple and laid back person so the 3 things that make me the happiest are my fiancé, the beach, and puppies! We don’t have a dog yet but if there’s one in sight, I will be petting it!

2. What is your favorite book or podcast right now?
I just finished reading “You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero (I highly recommend that one) and I’m now reading “Resilient” by Rick Hanson. I love reading books that lift me up and pattern interrupt the everyday stuff going on! Also, Jordan Younger’s, aka The Balanced Blonde on Instagram, “Soul on Fire” podcast is AMAZING. She’s constantly trying new wellness tips + tricks, sharing other’s experiences, and is pro at keeping it real.

3. What is your dream job or are you currently doing it?
My dream job is something I’m already doing actually! I’ve always wanted my own time + freedom to be on my terms and be able to explore whatever passions I want; so right after college I jumped into the freelance marketing world and have been loving it! I currently work remote for an amazing startup in San Francisco. We are building a tool that integrates into Instagram and helps influencers build their business. It’s been such a creative passion of mine to work in the Instagram space and help others as well. This type of work allows me to travel with my fiancé, who is an entrepreneur, speaker, and author. We are always on-the-go and I love it!
I’m really big into fitness and nutrition so I think eventually I will move more into that space. It would be amazing to become a health coach one day and help others!

4. What’s your go-to show on Netflix right now?
I’m a really diverse Netflix watcher! I’m either binging on mystery / murder shows or Say Yes to the Dress. I’m a sucker for really bad tv too lol.

5. What are your favorite things to do in Orange County?
Since moving to OC about a year ago, I’ve been obsessed with trying out all the new fitness and wellness places! That is such a popping trend right now and I’m loving it. From finding new juice places and cryotherapy spots to sweating at a new studio, there is endless spots for me to try!

6. What is a secret special talent you have?
I secretly do calligraphy for fun / sometimes for business. I taught myself a few years ago and find it so fascinating. I created an Etsy shop just for fun and have even sold a few pieces on there! I plan to do all my wedding with DIY calligraphy pieces that I create.

7. What is your favorite affirmation/quote?
“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” – Tony Robbins
I love this quote because it embodies everything that is important. The only way to impact more people and give back is by becoming more, becoming the best version of ourselves.

8. Where do you find you are most at peace?
I just moved into a new home with my fiancé and it is my favorite place to relax and find peace. We call it our sanctuary! We have held many family gatherings, game nights, and out-of-towners. It truly holds so many memories and I’m excited to make more in it with the OC Happsters Squad!

Check out some of the photos from the first OC event:

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Interested in joining a Happsters Squad near you? Click here.

You can find Jenna on Instagram at @jennastahnke

Introducing: San Francisco Happsters Squad Leader, Gieselle Allen

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Please help me welcome, Gieselle Allen, the new San Francisco Happsters Squad Leader!

Happsters Squads bring together women who live in the same city to practice the 4 G’s of happiness together: Gathering, Gratitude, Growth and Giving. You can learn all about it and join one near you here.

Gieselle is a life coach and all-around amazing woman! Here’s a glimpse into what makes her tick:

1. What are 3 things that make you happy?
Exploring the city in gorgeous weather, spending time with my family, and intentional, delicious naps.

2. What is your favorite book or podcast right now?
I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite, but I’m reading The Wisdom of the Enneagram to learn more about Enneagram for my personal development, and to decide if I want to integrate it into my coaching practice.

3. What is your dream job or are you currently doing it?
I am currently doing my dream jobs! I am a coach and working on building up a career as a freelance writer. I think dream jobs are constantly evolving, however, so I know there’s more for me on the horizon.

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4. What’s your go-to show on Netflix right now?
I just finished “Imposters”, I’m currently working through “Downton Abbey” (I know, I’m so 2000 and late), and I always love The Great British Bake-Off. I used to work in TV, though, so it’s taking all of my willpower to not list off about 20 other shows on Netflix people need to watch. (Okay, just two more…watch Atypical and The Good Place!!!!!)

5. What are your favorite things to do in San Francisco?
I love walking to the Ferry Building on Saturday mornings for the farmers market. Being able to walk anywhere I want is also my favorite thing…I love walks outside (when it’s nice out!)

6. What is a secret special talent you have?
I can do really accurate tarot readings….I’m also really good at connecting to and “reading” people’s energy…as weird as that sounds, haha.

7. What is your favorite affirmation/quote?
A new inquiry I’m trying to explore every day is “What would make today the best day of my life?”

8. Where do you find you are most at peace?
In bed, in my husband’s arms (cue a chorus of fourth graders screaming “ew!!!!”)

Here’s the first of many group photos for the  San Francisco Happsters Squad!

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Lots more good times to come for this Happsters Squad!

Interested in joining a Happsters Squad near you? Click here.

You can find Gieselle on Instagram at @giesellemabelle