Ok, I am going on week 2 of the program my naturopath put me on, and I have to say that I’m finding some things a bit challenging. I’ve decided that I will lightly saute my greens (mostly collards and kale) that I eat for dinner and/or lunch. I seriously need warm food during the winter!! And if I’m still eating the appropriate foods, but slightly cooking them and this doesn’t work…then my opinion is that it wouldn’t have worked in the 1st place. I’ve had a few bumps in the road: Like borrowing a juicer from a friend, being uber excited to juice the fresh veggies I stocked up on by cutting them up to place in the juicer and then the juicer never starting. (Womp, Womp). Trying a little smorgasbord of raw foods from Karyn’s raw food restaurant here in Chicago and then getting sick. I was so excited to try all my samplers that I ate too fast and too much! LOL  Some of it was REALLY good…like the deep dish pizza (I need the recipe for the tasty marinara sauce) and the Not Tuna salad! YUM!! I also had bad heartburn on Saturday night and had a lightheaded moment in which I almost fainted on Sunday. Then yesterday I started having some intense stomach issues right after taking my morning supplements….so I stopped taking the supplements. I think I may be doing too much?? Perhaps all the physical activity I’ve been doing is not being supported by my new diet? Sometimes if I’m out working or hanging with friends I only have trailmix or nothing at all till I get home. Not to worry, I will just take it easy for this week as I have a doctor’s appointment next Monday the 14th!

In my continued research regarding fibroids I have found that stress is a huge contributor. {Exhale}

As I think back about how I usually handle stress I realize that I am very good at internalizing pretty much everything and seeming as though “all is good”.  This is apparently not a good thing to do.

One major thing that I tend to do is take on other people’s energy and problems as my own. I also try to solve and fix them. I think one reason is because it allows me to detach from my own issues and create a “project” for me to fix. I’m mostly like this in relationships and with certain family members. I also have a tendency to take things way too personal which causes me to be depressed and defensive toward others.  I once read an amazing book called The Four Agreements. It is a very good book that I was re-introduced to this past weekend. I thought about the four agreements:

1. Be Impeccable with your word.

2. Don’t make assumptions

3. Don’t take things personal

4. Always do your best

I truly believe that if you followed these agreements your life would truly be stress-free. I know mine would!!  The most difficult one for me is #3. What about you? This work is hard, but it doesn’t have to be!! Right? I mean if you are willing to take the steps needed to improve your life and become a better person inside and out…the path will begin to lay out in front of you. We have all the tools we need, and if we don’t the universe will provide someone  or something to assist you. I’m not sure exactly how to overcome this particular hurdle but I await an answer.

In the meantime, some of the steps I’ve made toward being stress-free, with the help of my new therapy sessions, is yoga. I can do yoga right here in the privacy of my own home by streaming videos from You can choose from various lengths of time to forms of yoga. (my fave is kundalini). My therapists practices a type of therapy called Mind-Body, which I love and now incorporate into my meditation sessions. I feel like I am really reaping the benefits of meditation now!! I’ve also been doing things I have been putting off for one reason or another. For example, I’ve always wanted to stay in a log cabin and hike, ski, fish on a lake…just do outdoor activities. Well, I finally did it!! YAY! I also found a new sport that I want to do more often…SKI!! I had so much fun skiing!! I started the day on the smallest hill with all the 3-5 year olds scared out of my mind that I would fall, crash into a toddler, and hurt myself, but I kept going till my lesson started. After the lesson I did the bunny slope, then the next big one which involved the ski lift. The fear was completely gone and I found it exhilarating and I didn’t fall not once which I announced to my entire group!! Then of course as we slowly made our way back to return our ski equipment on the flat ground, I fell trying to get out of the of way of people taking a group shot. Too Funny!! I fell one more time on flat ground just standing around before going tubing: Flat on my face and I didn’t have any ski’s on at all…now that was pure comedy!!!

I’ve also cleaned house and removed myself from stress-causing people and things. This one can be tricky, but you just have to learn how to set boundaries with certain people or just bless them and remove them from your life completely! You have to learn to put yourself first, no matter how selfish others may think of you. I am learning to nurture myself by making me the project. Another release is writing out my feelings on paper. You can do a stream of conscious type writing as well as write a letter to someone whom you feel causes stress in your life….then you can decide whether to mail, burn it, or just put it away.  The thing is people can’t cause you to do anything…it’s all in your reaction. You make the choices, so choose healthy, choose love!!



Happy Holidays! I hope everyone is having a beautiful and blessed holiday season!! I need to blog about the fact that I am going RAW vegan, yes RAW!! vegan…

About a month ago my doctor found two large fibroids on my uterus. One is a 15 cm pedunculated fibroid and the other is 5cm (about the size of an apple or orange). It’s pretty gross, but this is what a 15cm pedunculated fibroid looks like:

15cm Fibroid

My doctor strongly suggests that I have a laparoscopic Myomectomy and wants to put me on a medication called Lupron. Not so eager to go under the knife and be doped up on meds,especially one that will cause menopause symptoms, I decided to consult with a naturopath as well as another physician to get a second opinion. I’ve located a doctor that has an integrative medicine practice, and I will begin seeing her next month.  In the meantime, the naturopath I found gave me a fibroid shrinking program to follow in which I would take various supplements and change my diet. With this diet I would still be able to eat fish as well as chicken (organic/grass-fed/hormone free).  I would have to avoid green black and white tea, caffeine, pork, beef, and cow’s milk. When I asked her how long it would take to shrink the fibroids, she answered me in a freakin riddle…which was highly annoying. Be that as it may, the end result to the riddle was as follows:

If you go 100% raw vegan.

Attend weekly counseling sessions or stress management/empowerment session which brings your stress level to a 1.

Drink half your body weight in ounces of water, juiced vegetables or raw fruit smoothies

Exercise 5 – 6 times a week for a minimum of 1 hour

Take the herbs as suggested

She stated that by following the aforementioned program the fibroids will be gone in two months. Initially I was annoyed that she didn’t send this program in the first place and the riddle definitely got under my skin and I personally think it is a bit extreme!! But wait,  did she REALLY say that I would get rid of my fibroids in two months if I follow this program. Hmmm!?!? After some prayer and meditation I decided “Why Not?”  Why not give it a chance…it can’t hurt. I will do the program and if it doesn’t work, then I will have the surgery.

Today is my 1st day and it’s going pretty good so far. I’ve mostly had fresh fruit and nuts so far. I put a post on Facebook asking for some recipes and I’ve been doing a lot of research about the raw vegan way of living and I must say this is going to be quite a journey. I mean I love to cook and I like warm dishes, especially in the winter! I also love going out to restaurants too!! But I am going to make the best of it and by looking at some of the recipes…this could actually be pretty fun. I have to make it fun, because pulling up carrots out of the back yard to eat every day would get pretty boring, pretty fast!

Anywho, I will be sharing the recipes and my experience with everything this program entails. The raw vegan is new to me, but so is working out 5-6 days a week and drinking half my body in ounces of water. OMG!!! It’s like I am living a whole new life…starting today. I hope that you will tune in and offer some advice and maybe even join me. If so, please share your stories, recipes, workout routine, tips and whatever else for everyone to see!!

Here are a couple of recipes I found and will be making in the near future:

Artichoke, Onion, and Sun-dried Tomato Pizza with Herbed Crust

Artichoke, Onion, and Sun-dried Tomato Pizza with Herbed Crust

High-Raw, Vegan Eggnog

High-Raw, Vegan Eggnog

Marianne Williamson & The Ego

I went to hear Marianne Williamson speak on Tuesday evening.  BTW…she is here in LA every Tuesday evening!! You should check it out…

Anywho…she was speaking on several topics, but one of the things that resonated with me was the stories we create. She spoke about how our egos create these elaborate stories about “what this person is doing to us” or “how everyone in “the biz'” is out to sabotage me”,  “Why does she/he not listen to me” [insert your own thought here], etc.  We start out with one thought and then the next thing you know we have a full length film being played in our heads starring us as the victim.

It’s funny because before I came there I was thinking of a friend of mine and how that person had hurt my feelings. I then created some crazy dialogue interaction in my mind that caused me to feel really irritated…and for what? A conversation or feeling that has yet to happen? Seriously, Nikki? I even felt like I should not attend the event because I was too worked up and claimed I wasn’t in the mood to be around people.  But then I remembered that I am living a FEARLESS life so I got my booty up and went. I am so glad that I did, and I even ran into a friend that I had lost contact with several years ago. Look what I would have missed out on had I stayed my scary butt in the house!

I once heard a story about a man who was on a flight with really bad turbulence.  It was so bad that he filled his mind with thoughts of the plane crashing and in his mind created film he died. The man became so worked up that he began to have a heart attack.  The plane landed safely yet unfortunately the man died of a heart attack.

I try my very best to remember this story when I feel myself playing the victim. I have my good days and my bad as I am truly a work in progress!!

The Fearless Adventures of Riveting Nikki!!

Welcome Beautiful People!

This is my first blog and well I am here to talk about my fearless journey as an Actor, Singer, Producer Extraordinaire in LaLa Land while juggling being spiritually conscious, a proud advocate of women empowerment, friendships, dating…sheesh, the list goes on and on…AND all of the daily experiences that come along with it. 

I am actually not as fearless as I claim to be…I am actually scared shitless…but like they say “Fake it till you make it” Riiight?

Take this blog for example…I have been contemplating on doing this since the beginning of the year. I  have had the domain name for…hmmm, let’s say over a month now and uh here I am finally writing it.  I am thinking that if I broadcast to the world, errr…cyber space what I intend to do then I will have to follow through with it. Riiight? I mean I have to do some exciting and fearless things to keep all of you engaged, Don’t I?

Well…get ready folks we are headed for an exhilarating journey!!!