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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 Today, I was a #sunshinesoldier 🌞 marching alongside incredible, wo

  • 20.01.2018 23:02
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Today, I was a #sunshinesoldier 🌞 marching alongside incredible, women, men, children, and 4-leggeds. Feelings of unity and empowerment filled the air and I left feeling hopeful that we can make America kind again; that we can spread our light and shine out the darkness; and that we are entering a new phase, where we are all saying #timesup; now, it’s time that we #riseup and channel our energy for the collective good. 🌎💪🏼💖✨

Marina Braff I often tell my clients that their feelings will come in waves 🌊 re

Redondo Beach, California

  • 18.01.2018 00:50
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I often tell my clients that their feelings will come in waves 🌊 regardless of the issue- relationships, work stress, changes happening around them- ups and downs and all arounds are part of the process. 🌞 It’s easy to experience a feeling and think that this is it- we are going to feel this way forever. We may logically know this isn’t true, but it’s important to remind ourselves that feelings are like the waves and the tides. We will ride highs and lows. So when you are surfing a sweet pipeline 🏄🏼‍♀️ enjoy the view! Embrace the freedom and euphoria. ✨ When the wave crashes, take a moment to breathe, re-center 🧘🏼‍♀️, and know that while being down is less exciting, and you might be worried that a high won’t come again, remind yourself that your emotions are in constant flux. You’ll catch a great wave soon enough! 🙌🏼 Until then, hang loose 🌺

Marina Braff “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing

  • 16.01.2018 05:22
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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” -#martinlutherkingjr Yes, I am asking YOU. 👆🏼 When we give to one another, we are giving to the world. One gesture, small or big, can change someone’s day. Let this have a ripple effect and pay it forward to all souls you come across. Our universe needs some extra loving so let’s all do what we can to make MLK proud. ❤️👊🏼

Marina Braff Feeling so energized and motivated to get my year off and running afte

Manduka

  • 12.01.2018 01:32
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Feeling so energized and motivated to get my year off and running after presenting to the amazing people that work at @mandukayoga yesterday! 💪🏼 It was a great experience talking with employees from the sales department, the creatives like the lovely @ashleymaryart pictured, and those that help run the headquarters. All have a vital role in keeping the company moving and did a great job making me feel at OM. 🧘🏼‍♀️ Together, we talked about a phrase that is easy to say, but hard to do: Time Management. ⏰ Being a part of the 9-5 work world creates a list of demands and time constraints that we are all aware of, AND the good news is- we have the power to set boundaries for ourselves, prioritize tasks, communicate our needs, and ultimately rely on our co-workers for support. 🙌🏼 If you are interested in bringing the topic of Time Management or Work-Life Balance to your work place, let’s connect! 📷: @mandukayoga

Marina Braff As I woke up this morning, I found myself angry with the weather. “W

  • 08.01.2018 21:38
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As I woke up this morning, I found myself angry with the weather. “Why was it not raining on the weekend when I had nothing to do?!” 🌧 I don’t know about all of you, but when the clouds roll in and rain drops fall, all I think about is my blanket, a candle, and a good book. 💦 But then I took a step back and realized how silly it was for me to be bummed about something that was completely out of my control, like the weather 🙄, and I thought of what I could alter- my mood and mindset. ✨ Instead of walking around with metaphorical and literal clouds over my head, I decided to challenge myself to think about ways I could use this weather change to my advantage. 💙 As I responded to emails, crossed off things from my to-do list, and gotten organized on this Monday morning, I am keeping my windows open just a tad, my candles are burning, I am allowing myself to enjoy that fresh rain smell as I work. 🙌🏼 So ditch the umbrella, get some work done, and go dance in the rain. For us Californians, this is a rare thing- enjoy it! 📷: @pinterest • • • #rainydays #rain #california #californiacoast #danceintherain #cuddle #cozy #work #progressnotperfection #therapistsofinstagram #selfcare #motivationalmonday #redondobeach #hermosabeach #manhattanbeach #palosverdes #elsegundo #beachcities #southbayla

Marina Braff After having a headache that just wouldn’t quit for 2 days straight,

  • 06.01.2018 01:16
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After having a headache that just wouldn’t quit for 2 days straight, I sat myself down and started writing out all of my professional goals and ideas. It filled up a page bigger than the typical 8.5x11. 😱 And guess what? My headache is gone and now my mind is buzzing with thoughts and potential opportunities that lie ahead. So basically, I cured my body's ailments without any medication- pretty badass if you ask me. 👊🏼 Now I have an abundance of energy and my creative juices are flowing as I enter into the first full weekend of 2018. We are all equipped with what we need to succeed, sometimes we just need a little reminder of our power-and the fact that feeling lucky typically is a result of all the hard work that you are putting into your own life. ✨ I hope you all are having a #fabulousfriday and are starting to feel giddy from of all the possibilities 2018 will bring. 💖 • • • #badass #shondarhimes #girlpower #empoweredwomen #possibilty #opportunity #bossbabe #goalgetter #2018 #workgoals #therapist #therapistsofinstagram #privatepractice #hermosabeach #manhattanbeach #redondobeach #palosverdes #elsegundo #beachcities #southbayla

Marina Braff “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day...” 🎵Can’t help but sin

  • 04.01.2018 00:36
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“I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day...” 🎵 Can’t help but sing this lovely tune by #thetemptations as i admire these #sunflowers on this gloomy day. 🌻 As we all settle back into our routines after the holidays, sometimes the Monday blues might seem to last a little longer than usual. After so much excitement, we need to be patient with ourselves as we reset back to the typical rotation of the earth and our world. 🌎 My way of doing it? Treating myself to these beauties from the @farmersmarketmb and allowing myself to accomplish things in a slower manner this week. I have a feeling 2018 will be an incredible year- there’s no need to rush it- enjoy the cloudy days and create sunshine in whatever way feels right to you. ✨ • • • #farmersmarket #flowers #girasole #paceyourself #2018 #sunshine #mygirl #slowdown #progress #growth #mothernature #manhattanbeach #redondobeach #hermosabeach #palosverdes #elsegundo #beachcities #southbayla

Marina Braff Happy New Years to friends old and new 👋🏼 I am so excited to see

  • 02.01.2018 06:38
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Happy New Years to friends old and new 👋🏼 I am so excited to see what 2018 has to bring for us all- both professionally and personally. ✨ This year I will become a a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist- a goal I have had for myself since middle school- and that is no exaggeration. 👊🏼 I am looking forward to getting more involved in leadership programs and collaborating with local non-profits. I am going to continue to provide presentations for parents, students, and the corporate world on topics that the community is most interested in. And perhaps most important of all, I will continue to work with the people that I can be of most service to: teens and young adults navigating life’s transitions. 🙋🏼‍♀️ Ultimately, my goal for 2018 is to continue to grow- a theme that is mirrored in my beautiful logo created by the amazing @ashleysmaldino 💐 I could say more about how I want each of us to grow but I’m pretty sure @andygrammer nails it during one chorus: 🎵 “You gotta grow Love yourself and be kind, water your soul Celebrate, find your light It don't matter who you are, where you're going, you're not old We all know, yeah, we all know Gotta grow.” 🌱🌻 I am looking forward to growing alongside all of you! • • • #grow #progress #change #strength #blossom #bloom #logo #therapistsofinstagram #therapy #selfcare #motivationalmonday #2018 #andygrammer #hermosabeach #redondobeach #manhattanbeach #palosverdes #beachcities #elsegundo #southbayla

Marina Braff “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.

Sequoia National Park, California

  • 30.12.2017 08:35
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“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” -#johnmuir 🌱 After a year of tremendous growth, it only seemed fitting to end it in the #sequoianationalpark where these beautiful giants takes thousands of years to turn into the enchanting trees they become. 🌲 It reminds us that progress takes time- and sometimes a LONG time. It can be hard for many of us to appreciate during the process, but when we take a step back and realize just how far we’ve come, it seems amazingly unreal (kinda like my silhouette next to this sequoia tree). ✨ As we look toward 2018, take a step back and reflect on your growth. Think about how you have nurtured your soul and been a light for others. And most importantly- how you will continue to bloom in the new year. 🌷🌻 HAPPY ALMOST NEW YEARS, beautiful people. • • • #progress #reflection #growth #change #maturation #forest #sequoianationalpark #perspective #newyear #goals #resolutions #2018 #therapistsofinstagram #hermosabeach #redondobeach #manhattanbeach #palosverdes #elsegundo #beachcities #southbayla

Marina Braff As Christmas approaches, schedules get lighter, and the holiday madnes

  • 21.12.2017 22:14
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As Christmas approaches, schedules get lighter, and the holiday madness starts to die down, I can finally start to think about how I am going to spend the remainder of my year: relaxing, reading, and resetting. I am determined to make 2018 a year filled with new knowledge, honing new skills, and tackling professional milestones. Until then, I’m planning on enjoying the glows of Christmas trees, the company of the ones I love, and reading about things that blow my mind. How will all of you spend the next 10 days of 2017? Comment below! ⬇️ 🎄❤️

Marina Braff May your days be merry and bright, and may all of your holidays be fil

  • 19.12.2017 00:12
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May your days be merry and bright, and may all of your holidays be filled with dancing, fun outfits, incredible people, and wondrous sights. ❤️🎄 Pretty solid song rendition if you ask me! Had a wonderful time yesterday with the @cancerwarriorfoundation and @theflybuddha as we spread holiday cheer and all the deets about the amazing #cwfheartofgoldgala throughout #elsegundo! ✨🤶🏼 We can’t wait to see you all there! 🔗 for tickets is in the bio! Be there or be ⏹. • • • #cwf #getlit #fcancer #holidaypubcrawl #festivity #holidaycheer #tribe #southbayla #beachcities #hermosabeach #manhattanbeach #palosverdes

Marina Braff As the fires continue to grow, the sky continues to glow. It’s an ir

  • 12.12.2017 04:25
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As the fires continue to grow, the sky continues to glow. It’s an ironic experience that something so beautiful could be the result of something that’s causing such destruction. Part of me feels guilty for soaking up this beauty, while the other part of me is thinking about how this discrepancy is analogous to life. 💫 There is beauty in darkness. We must be the light- two phrases that have been on my mind since the #thomasfire #skirballfire #libertyfire and #lilacfire have ignited. And reminds me that we must carry hope and think wind-less thoughts for our people. 🔥 Even though I am I’m miles and miles away from all of these fires, my heart goes out to each person and animal that has been affected by these blazes. 💖 Time for these winds to stop and for all of our loved ones to get home. • • • #ventura #camarillo #carpinteria #santabarbara #montecito #santaynezvalley #fallbrook #bonsall #oceanside #murrieta #temecula #mothernature #sunset #skyonfire #therapistsofinstagram #redondobeach #hermosabeach #manhattanbeach #palosverdes #elsegundo #beachcities #southbayla

Marina Braff During the last two days, I’ve woken up to headlines that fires are

  • 06.12.2017 19:50
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During the last two days, I’ve woken up to headlines that fires are “out of control, with “0% containment.” I am seeing images of homes destroyed, people separated from their families, and a thick layer of smoke, fear, and uncertainty permeates the air. 🔥 In times like this, I often feel helpless and wish that there was more that I could do. But, I know that I am no firefighter 👩🏼‍🚒 I am able to recognize the incredible 4,000+ helpers that are working fearlessly to combat the fierce Santa Ana winds- and the saintly humans that are taking in families (people and animals alike), many of whom were complete strangers prior to the #thomasfire 🙏🏼 So as the flames rage on, I encourage each and every one of you to look for the helpers, applaud the helpers, and be a helper. ✨ My heart goes out to everyone affected. 💖

Marina Braff We all have expectations- expectations for ourselves, for others, for

  • 05.12.2017 00:00
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We all have expectations- expectations for ourselves, for others, for how situations will play out. And as we enter in the holiday season, I know expectations are on peoples’ minds. Expectations of gifts given and received, who will show up to the holiday party, how family time will be spent, or even something as simple as how your decorations will turn out. We all have an idea of how we want things to be. And that’s not a bad thing. But we need to be mindful of how much pressure we are putting on a situation or a person who may or may not even know what our expectation is! 🤦🏼‍♀️ So as we approach the new year, let’s all try to approach expectations in a new way- either by communicating what we’re hoping will happen or by simply allowing and appreciating what IS. ✨ A simple mind shift can do the world (and your tribe) a whole lot of good! • • #expectations #tonyrobbins #appreciation #gratitude #reframe #mindshift #holiday #tistheseason #therapistsofinstagram #hermosabeach #manhattanbeach #redondobeach #elsegundo #palosverdes #beachcities #southbayla

Marina Braff Happy December! Not really sure how we got here...but here we are!

  • 02.12.2017 04:43
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Happy December! Not really sure how we got here...but here we are! 📆🤷‍♀️ It’s time for joy, merriment, Christmas Cookies, Latkes, twinkly lights, cozy nights, days spent with loved ones, and 3️⃣0️⃣ more days to crush your goals and reflect back on your growth that happened in 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣7️⃣ 👊🏼✨🎄💙🌟 #happydecember #2017 #reflection #growth #progress #goals #goalgetter #holidays #christmas #hanukkah #tistheseason #merryeverything #hermosabeach #manhattanbeach #redondobeach #palosverdes #elsegundo #beachcities #southbayla

Marina Braff Wednesdays are hard. Riddles are fun, so read on, everyone!🤗What'

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  • 30.11.2017 00:44
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Wednesdays are hard. Riddles are fun, so read on, everyone! 🤗 What's gold and shiny and fun all over? ✨ YOU! at the #cwfheartofgoldgala February 17th! 💛 Come join us as we deck ourselves out in golden attire, toast to the cancer warriors, shake it on the dance floor, and raise awareness and funds to allow this beautiful organization to continue to grow and thrive. 🌟 Grab your tickets before Friday to snag that Early Bird discount! 🏷 We cant wait to see the room lit up with our beautiful warriors and supporters alike!! 🔗 in bio #getlit #cwfheartofgoldgala #cancerwarrior #fcancer #gala #gold #elsegundo #manhattanbeach #hermosabeach #redondobeach #palosverdes #beachcities #southbayla

Marina Braff The birthday balloons have popped, the leftovers have been consumed, a

  • 27.11.2017 20:44
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The birthday balloons have popped, the leftovers have been consumed, and holiday decorations are almoooost all up. So now, it's time to reset and get balanced as we enter into a new week. ✨ As wonderful as it is to have time off, be with family, and enjoy the luxury of relaxation and indulgence, many of us, (myself included), thrive on routine and structure- two things that are not present during the holiday season. 🍁🍗 So as drink my coffee this morning, look at my @passionplanner and list of things to do this week, I have decided to embrace the reset. 🙏🏼 I challenge all of you lovelies to think about your intentions for the remaining weeks of 2017 and let them guide your actions. 🙌🏼💖 'Tis the season to treat yourself- mind, body, and soul! • • #reset #recenter #getbalanced #goalgetter #holiday #thanksgiving #christmas #hanukkah #kwanzaa #tistheseason #selfcare #priorities #therapistsofinstagram #hermosabeach #manhattanbeach #redondobeach #palosverdes #elsegundo #beachcities #southbayla

Marina Braff

Shade Hotel Redondo Beach

  • 23.11.2017 10:23
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"Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated." 🎉🎂 For this birthday, I get to celebrate many things: my health, my career, my people, my home, and my overall happiness with the way my life is turning out. This year hasn't been a piece of cake (pun intended)- I've taken many scary leaps, faced ambiguity and uncertainty, but ultimately, I proved my own fears wrong. 👊🏼💪🏼 I am stronger and more resilient than I believed myself to be. And now, knowing that, I wouldn't take any of those struggles back. 🙏🏼🙌🏼 Here's to another year of staying bright and crushing goals, one milestone at a time! ✨🎊 • • #birthdaygirl #birthday #celebrate #victory #accomplished #empowerment #reflection #motivation #wisewordwednesday #therapists #selfcare #hermosabeach #redondobeach #palosverdes #manhattanbeach #elsegundo #beachcities #southbayla #shadehotelrb