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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 Trust the wait.Embrace the uncertainty.Enjoy the beauty of becoming.

Redondo Beach, California

  • 21.05.2018 23:28
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Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible. - Mandy Hale ✨ It is normal for us to want to know what is going to happen. Uncertainty and ambiguity can be a scary land for us to live in. The flip side of that, is the excitement that the unknown brings. ✨ We have NO idea what is going to happen to us. We can control what we can control, and then we have to let go and see what the universe has in mind and THIS is exciting if you trust that the universe has your back. ✨ The beautiful thing about this world is that sometimes we get surprised by even more amazing goodness than we planned for. ✨ Call it what you want: hope, faith, trust- whatever it is, have it. When you approach the world with open eyes and an open heart, you will be blown away with the opportunities and people that come knocking at your door. 🚪 Happy Monday, everyone! 📸: @nataliecasso1126

Marina Braff #truthbomb This says it all. Being kind is simple. And yet, the ripple

  • 17.05.2018 23:02
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#truthbomb This says it all. Being kind is simple. And yet, the ripple effect it has on people, and the world 🌎, is immeasurable. So today, be like the #helpfulhonda guys and gals, and show a random act of kindness to a loved one, someone you’ve never met, or even yourself. Bonus: Even if your soul is struggling, being kind will brighten your heart and lift your spirit. 💖 I would love to hear what all of you do to show kindness ⬇️ ✨

Marina Braff #tossbacktuesday to #medalmonday to that celebrates #selfcaresaturday

Solvang, California

  • 16.05.2018 01:19
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#tossbacktuesday to #medalmonday to that celebrates #selfcaresaturday and a 5 minute #PR at #sbwinehalf 🏃🏼‍♀️ These last few months have been madness and I still have quite a few milestones to crush- AND crushing this one truly gave me a major dose of confidence that I needed as I take on the next few weeks. ✨ Believing in yourself is a notion that seems easy, and based off all the quotes, tanks, and words of encouragement, can often come across as trite and lose it’s power. The truth is, being self-confident is one of the most important (and often times, overlooked), tools we possess. 🔨 So here’s my question for you- what makes you feel confident and empowered on a daily basis? How can you tap into these feelings and funnel them into different areas of your life that could use a little more umph? ✨ And remember, even on days that seem particularly challenging and your confidence levels aren’t as high, do me one favor: don’t stop believing (in yourself) and hold on to that feeling 🎼

Marina Braff Thank you to @bymariandrew for creating this piece of beautiful honest

  • 13.05.2018 22:40
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Thank you to @bymariandrew for creating this piece of beautiful honesty, displaying the complexities of today’s holiday. I hope all of you out there are doing what you need to do today and celebrating in whatever way feels right to you. 💐 As beautiful as this holiday is, it’s not always a perfect Hallmark card and many of you may be dealing with some heavier emotions. Just know that you are not alone. 💐 For those of you celebrating your mothers, enjoying time with your kids, and grandchildren, count your blessings and reflect on the beautiful souls you have raised and surrounded yourself with. 💐 For me, I am counting my blessings for having my amazing mom and fabulous bonus mom. They say it takes a village- these two are two fundamental players in mine. 💐 Love you both and Happy Mother’s Day to all.

Marina Braff #tbt to this time last year, when I was picking up my race bib for my

  • 11.05.2018 00:16
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#tbt to this time last year, when I was picking up my race bib for my first ever half marathon. I remember feeling excited, nervous, and about a million other things as I drove the course with my coach, aka dad, as we talked pacing. 🏃🏼‍♀️ This event was a major MILEStone for me (pun obviously intended). I have never felt more strong or proud of my body than I did that day. And being able to share that with the guy that walked me through a training schedule months ahead of time meant so much. 💖 This year, I’m at it again! I’ll be back up in #losolivos this weekend running the #sbwinehalf with my boyfriend and champion dad, as he recovers from hip surgery, while they cheer me on as I run through my favorite town. 🍷 This morning I hit the strand for my last short run and was watching the Manhattan Beach pier get closer and closer- that was my finish line. As I ran, I visualized myself crossing the finish line on Saturday and the immense pride, big smile, and lovely glasses of wine I’ll be able to share with some of the people I love the most. 💖 Anyone else use visualization to accomplish goals?! I’d love to hear! ⬇️

Marina Braff You know who your people are. Chances are, certain faces popped in you

  • 09.05.2018 00:17
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You know who your people are. Chances are, certain faces popped in your mind as soon as you read this lovely sentiment. 🌞 These are the people that can turn your gray skies blue. They are the ones who know you better than you know yourself. And the friends that remind you of where you are going on days you feel lost. 🤷‍♀️ Keep your tribe close to you. Let their rays of light brighten your soul and warm your heart. 💛 Happy Tuesday, you bright and shiny people! Tag the people in your sunshine crew to show them some early-week love! ✨

Marina Braff And just like that, my flower child dreams came true. I’m spending m

  • 06.05.2018 09:02
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And just like that, my flower child dreams came true. I’m spending my weekend amongst the flowers, celebrating an early Mother’s Day, and relinquishing in a relaxing weekend getaway with my boyfriend. 💐 Sunshine, blue skies, new coffee shops, and time with my people is my idea of true self-care. ✨ What are all of you doing to show yourself some self-love this weekend?

Marina Braff “For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come complet

  • 03.05.2018 01:05
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“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, it’s insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” 🌱- Cynthia Occelli And for me, seeing these seedlings pop out is so gratifying that I want to tell everyone I know, in that moment, that I created life. 🌻 I have witnessed real, tangible growth. For many of us, growth and progress is not seen in such a measurable way. It happens slowly and steadily until all of a sudden, there you are, a beautiful flower. 🌷 It is with the right conditions that growth takes place. Sunshine, water, and good soil, allow this total destruction to occur and is proof that you can grow through the dark. ✨ As we all continue our journey through spring, think about what your growing requirements are and make sure you’re gettin’ them each day. 🌞

Marina Braff Happy Monday, everyone! As we approach a new month, I am filled with e

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  • 30.04.2018 23:47
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Happy Monday, everyone! As we approach a new month, I am filled with excitement thinking about all of the amazing projects ahead. Milestones will be accomplished and summer will be a happy one, filled doing the things I love, with the people that I love. ✨ At the end of each month, I try to take time and reflect back on the changes that have happened and the growth that has occurred. Doing this gives me some much needed perspective on where I’ve been and where I’m heading. 🚙 For those of you just joining me on this ride, W E L C O M E! I’m a psychotherapist practicing in Hermosa Beach. I specialize in working with teen girls and young adults that are working through transitions and doing their best to stay true to who they are, despite stressors they are dealing with. ✨ I also provide presentations to schools, companies, and host workshops in the community. ✨ When I’m not in the office or giving a presentation, you can find me at a coffee shop ☕️, running on the strand 🏃🏼‍♀️, picking up some flowers 🌻, or spending time with my people 👭👬. I’m thrilled to have you here and I am looking forward to learning more about all of you and what I can do to make this world a happier and more loving place. 📸 cred: @nataliecasso1126

Marina Braff As many of you know, I planted seeds this past weekend in honor of Ear

  • 26.04.2018 23:39
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As many of you know, I planted seeds this past weekend in honor of Earth Day, and in typical Marina style, I got to thinking about this idea of planting seeds and how this metaphor can be used in so many different situations. 🌱 Today, I’m spreading seeds through kindness and growing good vibes. 🌻 There are plenty of obstacles in life- some that we have control over and some that are completely out of our hands. BUT one thing that we can control is how we show up. 🙋🏼‍♀️ I do my best to leave each situation better than when I found it and to leave each person feeling brighter than when I arrived. 🌷 How will you sprinkle seeds of kindness and plant good vibes? I would love to hear! ⬇️ ✨

Marina Braff Happy Earth Day, everyone! I challenge all of you to plant something t

  • 22.04.2018 22:58
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Happy Earth Day, everyone! I challenge all of you to plant something today and give back to Mother Earth. We are all so fortunate to live in such a beautiful world filled with the trees, flowers, and succulents alike. The landscape refuels all of us and gives us much-needed perspective of our current moment and what we are growing towards. 🌱 So today, ground yourself. Bury your roots and bloom upwards. Shine your light and water your soul. The beauty will radiate from your patio or your garden and grow outwards. 🌻 Together, we can make the world even more beautiful than it already is. 🌞

Marina Braff Spring Cleaning: Mind, Body, and Soul ✅✅✅Thank you to everyone

  • 22.04.2018 03:30
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Spring Cleaning: Mind, Body, and Soul ✅✅✅ Thank you to everyone who showed up ready to clean out and clear out. ✨ Spring is a time for new beginnings, innovations, and creativity. So thankful to all of you beauties who came ready to grow something beautiful. 🌷 For those of you that missed out, no worries. Be on the look out for more opportunities to grow and expand into the blossoming beauties that you are. 💐 And to everyone at @commonspacela, you guys are rad. Thanks for hosting us! More pics to come, stay tuned 📸 and Happy Saturday!

Marina Braff “Food is not calories, it is information. It talks to your DNA and t

  • 19.04.2018 02:45
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“Food is not calories, it is information. It talks to your DNA and tells it what to do. The most powerful tool to change your health, environment, and entire world is your fork.” - Dr. Mark Hymand 🍴 So often we think about food about one more thing we need to make happen. We try to sneak in a meal between meetings, scarf down power bars in the car, and often forget to drink water until we are so thirsty our body is screaming for hydration. 🍴 Typically, this food isn’t all that nutritious. When in reality, food will help with our meetings, commutes, and relationships with ourself and others. 🍴 As I prepare to take my licensing exam, juggle work, workshops, and you know, having a life, I have been doing my best to be tuned into what my body needs. 🍴 Lately, all I’ve been craving are green smoothies, salmon, and avocados. And thanks to my beautiful genius friend @katiebressack , she has informed me that all of my cravings are directing me to consume more brain food. Makes sense, given that my brain seems to be going non-stop. 🤯 I challenge all of you today to think about what your cravings are telling you. AND how you can feed your body so that it can help you live your best life. 🥑 For more info on how to eat for your body so you can grow and nourish, join myself, @katiebressack, and @shachayogini THIS Saturday for some Spring Cleaning at @commonspacela. 🔗 Link in bio ✨

Marina Braff It’s Monday and I feel myself trying to rush through certain parts o

  • 16.04.2018 23:54
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It’s Monday and I feel myself trying to rush through certain parts of the day. I’m anxiously yearning to check off items on my to-do list so I can have that sense of accomplishment. 👊🏼 This morning, my boyfriend went into work late and we had the chance to sit by the ocean and drink coffee for a bit. I caught myself checking emails and responding to messages instead of just B E I N G. 🤦🏼‍♀️ This Sunday is Earth Day and it’s got me thinking about Mother Earth. Nature has its own clock, but it is not a slave to it. Flowers bloom on their own time. The Earth keeps spinning. 🌎 So, I am going to take a lesson from the wisest Mother of all and consciously S L O W D O W N today. And celebrate nature as much as possible. 🌷 For those of you that want to celebrate over the weekend, we have a great party going on over at @commonspacela on Saturday! ✨ Spring cleaning is happening with myself, @katiebressack, and @shachayogini! 🔗 in bio 💖

Marina Braff Good Seeds Grow Together- my tank couldn’t be more spot on.🌱It

  • 13.04.2018 18:57
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Good Seeds Grow Together- my tank couldn’t be more spot on. 🌱 It’s been an amazing 6 months watching these ladies grow since our last event held at @athleta at @thepoint_sb and I am BEYOND excited for our upcoming workshop: Spring Cleaning For Your Mind, Body, and Soul. 🌷 We will be wringing out the old on our yoga mats, talking about how to nourish our bodies through food, and begin planting the seeds with what we want to bring into this world and how we want to blossom in the coming months. 🌻 Join us at @commonspacela- an amazing, new brewery that is dedicated to bringing people together. And that is just what we will do. 🌸 Stick around after the workshop and enjoy a deliciously discounted beer (included in registration) courtesy of the rad guys behind the bar. 🍻 NEXT Saturday April 21st, 11:30-1 we will all bloom into spring and clean out anything that needs to go. Can’t wait to see you there! ✨ Register with link in bio. 💖

Marina Braff In the midst of all my projects I am trying to juggle, there are certa

  • 11.04.2018 23:30
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In the midst of all my projects I am trying to juggle, there are certain themes are being called to attention, the main one being C O L O R. Ever since I was a little girl, shades of pinks, purples, and blues followed me around. And now, as I begin to think about things like branding colors, websites, and logos, I’m finding that what I’m most attracted to are sunset hues. 🌅 The combination of the colors both relax and energize me and I find myself at equilibrium as I watch the sun go down. 🧘🏼‍♀️ Often times, we set intentions for what we want to accomplish. Today, I am setting an intention for the color(s) I want to be for the remainder of the week. ✨ Blues, pinks, oranges and yellows will follow me through the weekend to keep me grounded and motivated. 🙏🏼 Drop me a 💙 and show off what color you’re bringing with you this week!

Marina Braff Happy Monday, beautiful friends ✨ This quote often comes to mind on

  • 09.04.2018 21:03
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Happy Monday, beautiful friends ✨ This quote often comes to mind on days when I’m feeling challenged. It’s a powerful reminder that beyond the hurdle, there is sure to be a gorgeous view and plenty of growth. 💖 While I agree that we often get stuck thinking off into future and spend less time in the present, I also believe it’s important to take a moment and think about where you are going and get excited for what will unfold. ✨ This weekend was a productive one for me and got me thinking about all kinds of goodness I want to make happen in the upcoming months. ✨ Take that, along with this gorgeous weather that is reminding me summer right is around the corner, and I am one happy girl. ☀️ I hope you all can look past your current struggles and look ahead to how this will help you in the long run AND how much you will appreciate the end result knowing what you did to get there. 💫 The best is yet to come. I pinky promise.

Marina Braff It’s FriYAY! So obviously I’m excited about all the weekend thangs

  • 06.04.2018 18:56
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It’s FriYAY! So obviously I’m excited about all the weekend thangs. And watching this video from last weekend taught me a valuable lesson. ✨ We all have our strengths (one of mine being Jenga). And we can be skilled in these areas and still make mistakes. We are often yearning for perfectionism, but the truth is, it’s our imperfections that make us real and authentic. ✨ For some, this is a hard pill to swallow. And to those people out there looking to make it easier on themselves, I have some advice for you: Laugh At Yourself 😂 Doing so will instantly reduce any uncomfortable emotions (I.e. shame, frustration, anguish). All feelings I had when the tower collapsed. Laughing can help ground yourself and shake things off. 🤣 So, I hope you all remember this as you go through this weekend AND if you want to come laugh with me @commonspacela and play a game of Jenga or two, join myself, @katiebressack and @shachayogini for our Spring Cleaning: Mind, Body, Soul on April 21st. 🔗 in bio. 👯‍♀️ There will be plenty of laughs to be had! See you there. 💖