Intentional Living with Britt Deanda and Tara Schulenberg

Britt Deanda and Tara Schulenberg are founders of Elevate the Globe. Their mission is to raise the vibration of the planet, one person at a time, creating a ripple effect that elevates families, communities and ultimately, the globe.

What time do you wake up?

Britt: 4-5 a.m. I aim for 7-8 hours of sleep.
Tara: 5 a.m. and I aim for 7-8 hours of sleep.

How do you start your day?

Britt: Our RISE UP 15 Min Magic Morning Ritual that includes tuning in, breathwork, meditation, gratitude and mantra and then do additional meditations and Kundalini yoga followed by a cold shower. When Everest our 1½ year old wakes up around 6 a.m I breastfeed her and then my husband Justin and I make tea and breakfast. Some mornings we do a family walk with our dog Iris.
Tara: The minute I open my eyes, I start chanting the mantra Waheguru for a couple minutes in bed (which means I am in ecstasy when I experience going from the darkness to the light). While I’m still in bed, I visualise my day and anything that I’m manifesting into my experience for 10-15 minutes. I then roll onto my yoga mat and do our RISE UP 15 Min Magic Morning Ritual and a couple other meditations I’m currently practicing for 40 days.

What do you eat for breakfast?

Britt: Some sort of vegan breakfast bowl, normally it is a smoothie or oatmeal with toppings. I always put in superfoods like maca, matcha, cacao or ashwagandha in the smoothie part and our toppings are goji berries, granola, coconut flakes, nuts like walnuts, pecans, almonds, fresh berries and almond butter!
Tara: Most days it’s a smoothie of some sort. My favorite right now is an almond milk, spinach, banana, blueberry and cauliflower smoothie. I love cauliflower in my smoothies – it gives it a thicker consistency. I always add some hemp protein powder, ashwagandha and flaxseed to my smoothies too.

What do you do with your morning?

Britt: I use my morning to align with my higher self, God and get in the highest vibration possible so that I am attracting and taking inspired action from that place.
Tara: My morning is my personal sacred time. It’s the time I know that I have to myself and I use it to spend time with myself, get aligned for the day and talk to my guides. I always finish my mornings telling my guides that I will show up 100% for whatever and whoever you need me today. Whatever it is, I’m there so please guide me.

What daily rituals are important to you?

Britt: Grounding – I take my shoes off and walk on sand, grass or dirt once a day. Saging- I sage myself at least once a day and love to sage the house and use palo santo and incense for cleansing as well. Protecting my Energy- I call on Archangel Michael for protection and to cut any energetic cords and I visualise a mirror or white light bubble around myself. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation is a ritual I do every morning first thing and I couldn’t live without it.
Tara: My kundalini morning yoga set is a non-negotiable for me. It’s so important to my soul and for me to set the day up in a positive place and vibrating high. I always, always take a bath before bed too with bath salts and oils to wash away the energy of the day – my bath is one of my most favorite times of the day.

Do you exercise?

Britt: I do Kundalini yoga first thing and walk most mornings. I go to the gym on average 2-3 times a week and do a cardio workout, fun yoga or barre class. I run outside 1-2 times a week and am chasing my toddler around all the time which is a workout in itself! I plan out my week on Sundays and schedule in my exercise but it varies from week to week and I allow for flexibility to make sure I am feeling good and able to enjoy my workout!
Tara: I love to be outside so I’m always out either on a run or walk almost every day of the week on the strand by my house in Manhattan Beach. It’s like my medicine and it’s usually around sunset. I also love the Tone it Up girls online daily workouts so do those at home a couple of times a week.

What do you eat for lunch?

Britt: Avocado Toast variations, buddha bowl, salads full of toppings, fruit and veggie combinations.
Tara: Toasts! I love all the toast variations. Avocado toast with pumpkin seeds and almond butter toast with banana are a favorite but so are salads and veggie sandwiches. Sometimes I have all three. Being a Vata-Pitta, lunch is always my biggest meal of the day.

Do you have a set of tasks/ responsibilities to handle every day?

Britt: Yes, we are growing our business and have recently hired a lot of vendors and people to support our growing movement but we are still in a growth phase and there is a lot to manage and a lot of people to engage with. We always leave time for meditation and yoga because everything we create and the actions we take are channelled and the most important thing is for our awareness to be high and our connection to the universe strong! Beyond that we just launched a podcast, The Elevator so we are recording episodes, shooting videos, working with our RISE UP Course members and Mastermind members, and creating content for Instagram, our blog and events we have coming up!
Tara: Always and no day is ever the same which is so amazing. We are growing and creating so much that each day we have new actions and new programs and new ideas that are channelled through to move forward on. We’re always creating content for Instagram, working with and coaching our members in our courses, recording videos and podcast episodes, researching, reading and learning more and more. We like to work efficiently though and when get to our computers we like to get in the zone and get it done in a couple hours.

What does your afternoon look like?

Britt: It is different everyday. I meditate and then work when Everest goes down for her nap at around 12 p.m. and then I take her to do an activity the days I am with her. We prioritise our days and weeks depending on what is most important and will help the most people so it never looks the same!
Tara: It’s so different each day but I’m usually in our shared workspace diving into work for a couple hours or Britt and I are at an event connecting with others or shooting Instagram content.

Do you spend time with friends daily?

Britt: Tara and I are together a lot and then I try to do something else with friends at least once a week. We have made so many more blogger friends who are in the wellness community so it is always fun to be able to be “working” and connecting with them! I connect with other mamas a lot right now which is great since I am taking Everest to the park or different classes like My Gym, Music class and swim class. I try to combine activities I have to do with friend time so a yoga hangout, juice bar, nail salon or play date are my go-to’s right now.
Tara: Well does Britt count? She is my bestie and I love that we get to spend so much time together but I try to make plans with my other friends at least once a week. If I can’t meet up with anyone I at least call or text my friends to connect. It’s so important to me to keep up the friendships and relationship with friends that are like my family.

How do you begin your evening?

Britt: I start prepping dinner if I’m making it pretty early. I always go outside and do a walk or try to catch the sunset when I can. I always listen to mantras or music that makes me calm to wind down and you can often find me with tea in my hand in the evening. Then it’s feeding Everest, cleaning up the house, bathtime and Evie’s bedtime ritual. Then Justin and I talk and eat normally after and hangout and sometimes watch a show and sometimes I have some work to catch up on!
Tara: The sunset. I am always down by the water watching the sunset these days either walking or running. I make dinner at home almost always and take my beloved bath. I get really sad if I miss a bath so almost never do.

Does the day feel like one period to you or do you segment it?

Britt: I try to segment it out but sometimes it all runs together with my lifestyle and having a child it is more intuitive as far as when I shift to something else and how my time is segmented. I normally have morning, afternoon and evening segmented energetically and try to knock out priorities and what I can in the mornings.
Tara: It feels like a lot of little segments and each day is never really the same. I leave a lot of flexibility in my schedule and usually hop around from coffee shop, to event, to our workspace, to the beach, to my house, etc. I like to keep it interesting, it keeps me in a creative and connected space.

What do you eat for dinner?

Britt: We do a variety of things but some of our go-to’s are vegan tacos, buddha bowls, veggies burgers, vegetables and pasta and sometimes it’s a breakfast bowl haha.
Tara: Usually a buddha bowl variation or sometimes it’s just a bunch of roasted veggies. I’m currently trying to bring in more creativity to my dinners so it’s a work in progress.

How do you spend your time before bed?

Britt: With my husband cuddling and if he falls asleep early sometimes I get some work in or finish up anything I didn’t get to during the day.
Tara: I like to watch documentaries with tea or read in bed after I have a bath. Sometimes I practice automatic writing where I’m channelling through messages from my guides or I’m writing in my journal. It’s my time to disconnect and spend learning.

Do you have a night time routine?

Britt: I do baths most night or at least wash my feet in cold water and I have to put on oil and I do Anhyanga which is self massage. I do sesame oil which is best for me as a Vata. I listen to mantras and read when I can and sometimes I do a meditation or at least some breathwork before bed. I always say affirmations and list out what I am grateful for to go to sleep in the highest vibration possible.
Tara: Bath always.

What are the last things you focus on before you go to sleep?

Britt: I am very conscious of my thoughts before I go to sleep and if they are not good I do something to raise my vibration before I doze off. I always end my thoughts with affirmations and gratitude and we sleep with Kundalini mantras on very low every night.
Tara: I always put on mantras for the night to play while I’m sleeping. I always talk to my guides and say thank you for the day and ask Archangel Michael to please stand on each corner of my house and protect me while I sleep. I also sleep with a selenite wand for protection and fill my house with light and love before I doze off.