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Marina Braff
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Registered MFT Intern • Holistically Oriented • Teen Transitions • Twenty-Somethings Advocate • Coffee Enthusiast ☕️ • Sunflower Seeker 🌻

Marina Braff To all my beautifies out there, light it up this weekend. Shine on and

  • 18.11.2017 01:45
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To all my beautifies out there, light it up this weekend. Shine on and make the world glow from your warmth, gratitude, and beauty. Have a #fabulousfriday and gorgeous weekend, friends! 😘💐

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  • 15.11.2017 20:20
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"After women, flowers are the most divine creation." - Christian Dior ✨💐 Today is not only #wisewordswednesday it's also #womencrushwednesday. So today is all about us ladies -because there's too many amazing women in the world to just pick one today. 💃🏼💃🏼 As women, we care, we nurture, we heal, we love, we laugh, we work, we wonder, we question, we advocate, and we empower those in our #tribe. 🙌🏼👊🏼 In our most grounded and real state, we can do this without competition. We recognize we may not be a rose, so instead we embrace our yellow-y goodness as a sunflower 🌻. Let's take a lesson from these flowers and be all of the amazing-ness us divine creatures can be. 🙏🏼💫 • • • #women #womenempowerment #flowers #flowerpower #squad #saynotocomparison #empoweredwomenempowerwomen #buildeachotherup #therapistsofinstagram #hermosabeach #redondobeach #manhattanbeach #palosverdes #elsegundo #beachcities #southbayla

Marina Braff As I sat down today and looked at what was coming up this week and the

  • 14.11.2017 04:12
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As I sat down today and looked at what was coming up this week and the weeks ahead, I was struck by how fast this month and year is going by. 📅😱 As we get closer to the end of the month and I begin to look forward to birthday celebrations, Thanksgiving, and the holidays approaching, I can't help but feel thankful and grateful. 🙏🏼💖 It's hard to think about all of the amazing-ness 2017 has brought, but when I stop, slow down, and reflect back on the months and weeks, I feel truly blessed to be living in such a beautiful place, to have incredible friends and family, my health, and the ability to have a meaningful and fulfilling career. ✨🙌🏼 It is a tradition for my family to go around the table at Thanksgiving and say what you're grateful for, but I'm challenging all of you to think ahead of time and name 3️⃣ things in your world that you couldn't live without TODAY. 👊🏼👍🏼 And if feeling happy now isn't enough motivation, tell yourself it will move the food line that much faster on Thanksgiving day! 🍗🌽 • • • #thankful #grateful #blessed #thanksgiving #gratitudechallenge #countyourblessings #family #friendshipgoals #therapistsofinstagram #hermosabeach #redondobeach #manhattanbeach #palosverdes #elsegundo #beachcities #southbayla

Marina Braff Physically, I'm in the South Bay. Mentally, I'm already frolicking thr

  • 10.11.2017 23:53
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Physically, I'm in the South Bay. Mentally, I'm already frolicking through the vineyards and enjoying the crisp fall air in my favorite get-away spot: #losolivos 🍷🌞 I love my job, my home and my life here in this beautiful bubble and will never take the ocean breeze and incredible views for granted. I understand how fortunate I am AND, even still, there is something so wonderfully rejuvenating about a weekend away. 🚘🍇 Bring on the grapes, cheese, and sunshine. So excited to unwind, move slowly, and stop to smell the rosé! 🌹😍 Have a fabulous Friday, everyone! • • • #fabulousfriday #weekendgetaway #weekendretreat #fridayfeels #friyay #santaynez #santaynezvalley #wine #country #selfcare #therapistsofinstagram #outofoffice #manhattanbeach #redondobeach #hermosabeach #palosverdes #beachcities #southbayla @epiphanywineco @zinkewines @carharttvineyard @refugioranch @saarloosandsons

Marina Braff Having a goal is one thing. Accomplishing it is another. We can map ou

  • 06.11.2017 20:49
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Having a goal is one thing. Accomplishing it is another. We can map out our course and visualize what it will feel like at the finish line, but to actually MAKE IT HAPPEN, requires discipline. It means getting out of bed a little earlier to get your run in, it means staying late at the office to meet a deadline, or having to say no to friends and family so you can accomplish your tasks. ✅✅ The Latin root of Discipline is disciple, meaning to learn. Having discipline teaches us things about ourselves and the world around us. ☝🏼🙋🏼 So today, as you look at your to do list, ask yourself, what have I learned during the process of trying to reach my goal? And what will make me feel most accomplished? Then, put on your productive pants 👖and get to it! • • • #motivationalmonday #goals #goalgetter #discipline #accomplished #success #gogetter #therapy #therapistsofinstagram #hermosabeach #redondobeach #manhattanbeach #palosverdes #elsegundo #beachcities #southbayla

Marina Braff Feeling all gold and shiny after the first planning committee for @can

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  • 04.11.2017 04:10
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Feeling all gold and shiny after the first planning committee for @cancerwarriorfoundation Heart of Gold Gala 💛 so happy to be involved with such an amazing force of goodness and inspiration 💖✨ #Repost @theflybuddha (@get_repost) ・・・ Surrounded by a badass #warrior tribe! First Heart of Gold Gala committee meeting in the books! Mark 2/17/18 friends! It's a #getlit party you won't want to miss!! #cwfheartofgoldgala #cancerwarrior #elsegundo #unita #theflybuddha #community #empowered #hermosabeach #redondobeach #manhattanbeach

Marina Braff I was recently listening to #natashabedingfield and was jamming out to

  • 02.11.2017 06:20
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I was recently listening to #natashabedingfield and was jamming out to #unwritten during my run 🏃🏼‍♀️. Not only did that song pump me up to hit my pace on my last mile, but it got me thinking about living using the metaphor of a story. I remember learning about Narrative Therapy during grad school and thinking what a cool and empowering concept it is- the idea that you can write your own story- the pens in your hand 🖋 ending unplanned 📖. ✨ We all have chapters in our book that leave us feeling ashamed, unworthy, angry, scared, or a combination of all of the above. And while it is tempting to tear these chapters out and pretend they don't exist, we end up giving it a power over us. 🤦🏼‍♀️ If we own it and recognize how it's impacted us, we have the power to write an ending any way we want. We define the terms. So, be brave, grab that pen, and get to writing (and living) on your terms! • • • #brenebrown #newending #bebrave #risingstrong #ownyourstory #narrativetherapy #therapy #therapistsofinstagram #empowered #selflove #hermosabeach #manhattanbeach #redondobeach #palosverdes #beachcities #southbayla

Marina Braff With Halloween happening  tomorrow and seeing pictures of people's cos

  • 30.10.2017 19:52
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With Halloween happening tomorrow and seeing pictures of people's costumes, it's got me thinking about playing dress up. As kids, we pretended to be astronauts, ballerinas, or firefighters. As we get older, we continue to use this holiday as an opportunity to go as someone else. 👻 I enthusiastically take part in the costumes and excitement around not being myself for a night. But then I got to thinking about this idea of wearing a mask- and how many people feel like they need to cover their true selves up on the other 364 days in a year. 🤔 The shame in all of this is that most people don't talk about it. We see messages all the time about being your true, authentic self. It sounds like something that should be easy to do, but for many, it's not. They hide behind a mask, stay in a job that they're unhappy in, a relationship they're afraid to leave, or live in a body that feels foreign to them. 💀 We all want to feel like we have something in common with the people we're around so we amp up certain parts of our personality or change the way we dress or behave. What we don't realize, is that on a fundamental level we are all the same: we are all human. And just like these squash- we all come from the same larger family and still, we are uniquely ourselves and there is beauty in that. 🎃 So throw on the make up, the masks, and everything you need for your costumes tomorrow. My hope is that when you take it off, you are also removing any superficial layers you were hiding hide before and you let the world see you as you are. 🙋🏼🙋🏽‍♂️ • • • #motivationalmonday #halloween #halloweencostume #mask #dressup #authentic #self #selflove #selfcare #therapistsofinstagram #redondobeach #hermosabeach #manhattanbeach #elsegundo #palosverdes #beachcities #southbayla

Marina Braff Fridays make me happy. Being happy makes me think of parties. Parties

  • 27.10.2017 23:18
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Fridays make me happy. Being happy makes me think of parties. Parties make me think of confetti- and alas, we land here. 💖💖 We can spread the happiness that comes along with #fabulousfriday and festive celebrations that are sure to happen this weekend 🎃by thinking of spreading your feel good vibes in a way that makes even the most serious of person smile- with CONFETTI 🎉🎊 Throw it everywhere and make a trail leading it back to you. That way, if people are having a hard time finding joy, they will know that you are a source of happiness. ✨😀 HAPPY Friday, everyone! Here's to all of us having a confetti-filled weekend! • • • #bekind #randomactsofkindness #spreadthelove #spreadthejoy #happiness #friyay #fridayfeels #hermosabeach #manhattanbeach #redondobeach #palosverdes #elsegundo #beachcities #southbayla

Marina Braff ✨ She's Bright Like Glitter and Bubbly Like Champagne 🥂💖Ther

  • 25.10.2017 23:09
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✨ She's Bright Like Glitter and Bubbly Like Champagne 🥂 💖 There is a part of all of us that is bright and bubbly. Some days we wake up with an extra bounce in our step and feel all kinds of shiny. Other days, it's a little harder to find that glow. 💫 Rest assured, the light is still there and is waiting to shine through. Have an image, an activity, or a person that reminds you of your glittery-champagne self- and will encourage you to shine your heart out! 👯🌟 • • • #shine #light #bubbly #glow #tribe #squad #spreadthelove #spreadthelight #spreadthejoy #sparkle #girlpower #selfcare #friendshipgoals #hermosabeach #manhattanbeach #redondobeach #palosverdes #beachcities #southbayla

Marina Braff When we decide what we want and own it, there is nothing that can stan

  • 23.10.2017 23:43
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When we decide what we want and own it, there is nothing that can stand in our way. 👊🏼💪🏼 There are few things in life that I feel certain of, but this is one of them. This concept is something I tell myself, my friends and family, and my clients ALL THE TIME. And it still gives me goosebumps when they land the job they want, enter into a healthy relationship they have been yearning for, or make a risky move that they initially felt unsure about and are met with rewards. ✨✨ Knowing where we are heading makes us powerful- a force to be reckoned with- and we then put ourselves in situations that will help us get closer to that want. From there, there is no way that change WONT happen. We are acting differently so different results are sure to follow. 🙌🏼🙏🏼 A dear friend of mine, @sophievenable212, always reminds me that the universe has our back- we just have to meet it half way and have our own! 🌎💫

Marina Braff Last weekend I was in New Orleans, aka The Big Easy, and soaked up all

  • 20.10.2017 18:40
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Last weekend I was in New Orleans, aka The Big Easy, and soaked up all the yumminess of beignets, Jazz music, gumbo, and all other Southern goodies. I was ready for this. What I wasn't prepared for was seeing the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago. 🌬🌊 As I made my way down the Mississippi River, I saw demolished docks, crumpled bridges, and buildings, like the one pictured, that have water stains from Katrina and Betsy (1965). And despite the water stains and the less than ideal environment, the building read, "You Are Beautiful." 💖✨ Rain or shine, happy or sad, angry or scared, we are all beautiful. The water stains, wrinkles, scars, and bruises make us who we are today. It's time that we embrace our imperfections and remind one another that You Are B E A U T I F U L 💚💜

Marina Braff So often we look for happiness in people, possessions, or places. And

  • 18.10.2017 18:58
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So often we look for happiness in people, possessions, or places. And that is not to say that we can't find happiness there- for many of us we can and we do. Even still, it's important to note that if your person isn't around, if you can't be in your safe space, or your new goody from Amazon hasn't arrived yet, you can still create happiness on your own. 🙌🏼✨ Our brain is a powerful tool and one that we have total control over- even though sometimes it feels like it has a mind of its own. 🤦🏼‍♀️🤷‍♀️ We can tell ourselves how we want to feel, which influences what we want to think, which ultimately impacts what we do. So, if you want to be happy, feel happy, think happy, and do happy. The power is in your hands 👐🏼👏🏼

Marina Braff May your Monday be short and your coffee be strong- my wish for all of

  • 16.10.2017 22:06
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May your Monday be short and your coffee be strong- my wish for all of you and for myself ☕️🙋🏼 After a weekend of traveling, I will be the first to admit that Sunday scaries and Monday blues hit me a little harder while I'm traveling in cars and planes. 🚘✈️ Seeing how other people live is always such a fun experience for me AND it gives me perspective on how blessed I am to live where I live and do what I do. 💖🙌🏼 So even on Mondays when it seems like there's a long week ahead of you, take a minute and think about how fortunate you are. Write it down, say it out loud, or meditate on the thought and POOF, your Monday won't seem so hard (especially if you're equipped with a yummy cup of Joe). ✨👊🏼

Marina Braff So often we come across hardships and our knee jerk reaction is to com

  • 12.10.2017 00:14
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So often we come across hardships and our knee jerk reaction is to complain, blame, or wallow. You can't blame us- this way of dealing has been modeled through our primary relationships, media, and brief interactions we see and hear during our day to day. 🤷‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ What's harder is to step back and look at the bigger picture and realize how these challenges are in fact turning us into better and stronger people. If we can GROW through what we GO through we are on the path of least resistance. We are adapting our sails ⛵️and taking in the views, even if they are a little scary in the beginning. 🌊😱 There's a notion to grow where you are planted. There is no changing your roots but you can change the direction that you bloom. Grow into strength and in the direction of open-heartedness. 💖💐 • • • #wisewordswednesday #inspirationalquotes #growth #bloom #evolve #change #adapting #resilience #selfcare #selfawareness #manhattanbeach #hermosabeach #redondobeach #palosverdes #elsegundo #beachcities #southbayla

Marina Braff I took this picture last December when I first got my #passionplanner.

  • 04.10.2017 18:50
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I took this picture last December when I first got my #passionplanner. I remember spending 2 hours filling out the roadmap, envisioning my life in the upcoming 3 months, one year, three years, and lifetime. This process allowed me to dream big and feeeeel what I wanted to happen instead of always thinking of what "should," happen. 🤗👍🏼 Fast forward ten months down the line and I accomplished everything that I wrote down for my 3 month goals and can even check off four out of six things I wanted to accomplish by January of 2018! #crushedit #goalgetter 👊🏼🙌🏼 As you all know by now, I am huge believer that what you put out to the universe, you will get. And as I flip through my pages of the last year, I see that what I selected as my weekly focuses, I accomplished. I have successfully managed to stay organized as I juggled numerous jobs and credit this beauty to helping me maintain my sanity. 💫🙏🏼 And now, the great news- I am a Fall 🍂 Rep for the #pashfam so you can get your hands on this magic! Use my code MBRAFF10 to receive 10% off and feel free to reach out to me if you want some extra tips and tricks for how I use mine. 📒💖 Holidays are coming and what's a better gift than that of organization and goal-getting?! Happy Planning! #planner #goals #gogetter #envisionyourlife #createyourworld #theuniverseisonyourside #therapy #mentalhealth #selfcare #organize #hermosabeach #redondobeach #manhattanbeach #palosverdes #elsegundo #beachcities #southbayLA

Marina Braff This morning I woke up to the heartbreaking news of the shooting in Ve

  • 02.10.2017 20:04
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This morning I woke up to the heartbreaking news of the shooting in Vegas. In the past few hours I have gone through waves of sadness, anger, and shock- all of which I am allowing myself to feel. In order to heal, I think we all need to move forward and #givelove to all. Let's spread the light and come together as a collection of humans that have the same goal: to rid the world of evil and senseless violence. There is strength in numbers and power in love. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that has been affected by this devastating tragedy. 🙏🏼💖✨

Marina Braff On Wednesday I had the pleasure of presenting to the staff of @thepain

  • 30.09.2017 00:24
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On Wednesday I had the pleasure of presenting to the staff of @thepaintedturtlecamp, which hosts year round camps to children with serious illnesses. Hello, every day angels 🙇🏼‍♀️🙇 After reading up on the symbolism of turtles 🐢 I learned that not only are they believe to bring good fortune, but they are also an example of persistence, determination, and endurance. 👊🏼💪🏼 And what better way to pass on this message to those that come to camp than with this adorable @wishfulfillingturtle ✨🌟 Because I believe in wishing out loud, here is mine: I will be finished with my 3️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ hours by January of 2018. ✅🙌🏼 And I believe that the traits of the turtle will help me get there. What are all of your wishes on this #fabulousfriday? • • • #wish #wishoutloud #dream #believe #achieve #mfti #lmft #thepaintedturtle #wishfulfillingturtle #southbayla #beachcities #hermosabeach #redondobeach #manhattanbeach #palosverdes #elsegundo