As a self-help writer and essayist, one of my favorite genres to read is the self-help (spiritual) section in the bookstore. I remember when I found my first self-help book that hit home, I became hooked to reading more. As a previous model and actress during the 90’s, trust me, these books helped me  discover more peace in the jungle concrete of La-La Land. So when I received a call from a great friend that an author/actor from Los Angeles would be coming to San Diego, I was thrilled. Why? Because SPIRITUAL GANGSTA has the chance to infuse someone’s soul with new perception they hadn’t discovered on their own.  This book could be the grounding element for a reader out there ‘searching for their own truth.’ This book, SPIRITUAL GANGSTA looks like a definite win.  If you miss this book signing chance, here is a link to order book here, too: Order book now. 

For me personally, reading books like Bailey Chase has written have become like a beacon of light when I needed it the most. What were a few of my books that helped me?

  • A Return to Love by Marrianne Williamson
  • As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
  • The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
  • Mental Fitness by Michiko Jane Rolek.

SAN DIEGO – BAILEY CHASE’S book signing details (happening at the family owned bookstore in the


United States):

Warwick’s is hosting author Bailey Chase on Thursday, June 22nd at 7:30pm to discuss and sign his new book Spiritual Gangsta. Bailey Chase is a highly-acclaimed actor who starred in Saving Grace, Longmire, As the World Turns, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the soon to be released remake of Twin Peaks and 24: Legacy on Fox. He attended Duke University on a football scholarship and graduated in 1995 with a BA in Psychology. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick’s for the event. Only books purchased from Warwick’s will be signed. Please call the Warwick’s Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

Spiritual Gangsta is part memoir and part self-help book ensconced in a search for the truth. Bailey not only pulls from his 20 plus years of experience navigating the waters of Hollywood as a professional actor but shares heartfelt stories about his spiritual journey across the globe to finally settling down and becoming a new father to twins and a toddler.

Bailey will teach you how to rise above our self-defeating emotions and see things for how they truly are. He also shares some very spectacular personal failures and how he has used them to increase the level of happiness and meaning in his life.

Bailey Chase is a highly-acclaimed actor who starred in Saving Grace, Longmire, As the World Turns, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the soon to be released remake of Twin Peaks and 24: Legacy on Fox. He attended Duke University on a football scholarship and graduated in 1995 with a BA in Psychology.

Bailey was compelled to write Spiritual Gangsta because he was tired of seeing others suffer from common, fixable frustrations and how disenfranchised our society has become. He not only shares the gems he has learned from studying psychology, meditation, parenthood, acting and sports but explains how you can find the truth in any situation and make that human connection as well.


Event date:
Thursday, June 22, 2017 – 7:30pm
Event address:
7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
information from Warrick’s books signing events.

Morning Routine Suggestions for a Better Day Every Day

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The 15-Minute Morning Routine That Keeps Me From Hitting The Snooze Button

Mornings are often a challenge. The alarm goes off. You roll over and hit the snooze button. The tendency for most of us, including myself, is to then take those extra 15 minutes of “snooze time” for exactly that—more sleep. But what if instead of closing your eyes to avoid that early morning hour, you spent those extra 15 minutes on yourself?

When you don’t create time for yourself, your attitude and your overall sense of well-being suffers. You inner light dims. Your daily schedule begins to feel like a chore, and that snooze button seems like the obvious choice.

I used to struggle with early mornings too. As a busy working mom, I always felt one step behind. I was constantly rushing out the door, trying to make it to school and work on time. But I discovered a few years ago that if I went to sleep a little earlier at night and took those extra 15 minutes of snoozing and applied it to my morning routine instead, my day improved immensely.

Here’s how I conquered my snooze blues by using those 15 minutes for three key morning moments:

The first 5 minutes: Connect with your body

When you first wake up in the morning, take some time to stretch. When your feet hit the floor beside your bed, stretch your hands upward and greet the morning by acknowledging your body first. If you can, just take that moment to fully stretch up with your hands above your head and take a deep breath in. Then release with a nice long breath out as you reach down for your toes. Take another nice deep breath in and release it out as you rise and place your hands on your hips.

What does this do for us? This one little moment gives our inner self an awareness of “being inside our body” by being fully present in those two stretches. Instead of hopping out of bed and going on the run, I’ve now started the day with a simple stretch that connects my body to my mind and myself. I am setting a slower pace and taking a moment just for me.

I then continue this feeling for a few more minutes, while I make my coffee downstairs. I open all of my curtains to let the light into my kitchen. I take a moment to just connect to my breath as I listen to the sound of my coffee brewing, which warms my soul instantly. No rushing. Just relaxing and being with just myself in the early morning hours.

The next 5 minutes: Focus on affirmations

Get ready for your morning hug. Greet yourself and say, “Hey, I like you; you matter.” I take this time to create positive moments of love and affirmations for myself. I take my arms and squeeze them tightly around myself. I squeeze gently and say, “I am excited about today! Life is beautiful. I will have a great day!”

In the beginning, I used to say this in the mirror in my bathroom. That really helped to develop the habit. Then, once it became a natural part of my morning, I started taking these five minutes downstairs with my coffee in hand. Before the rush, before the grind, I could reflect on my morning time and how lovely it felt just to be quiet and centered. The kind words and extra time of reflection were mine and mine alone.

The final 5 minutes: Tidy your space

Before taking a shower and getting dressed, I spend a little time tidying my home. I make my bed, fluff pillows, or even just clean up my coffee area. I found that these simple actions send a signal to my inner self that says, “Hey, I care about you, so let’s keep the house tidy.” This time may seem like a task, but trust me, it feels like a little gift when you come home later to a clean room and fluffed pillows on the couch.

After you start incorporating practices like this early in your day, you actually start enjoying your mornings. So forget the snooze button. Take that secret gift of time for a better day and a happier you!

Tulum, Mexico: Machel Shull shares inside secrets on traveling to Tulum, Mexico
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Yoga Retreats in Tulum, Mexico


It is 2017 and if you are a yogi or yogini, there is a high probability that you are online looking at yoga retreats to add to your calendar of events for this year. In addition, if you have been in the yoga community for a while, you know that taking a yoga retreat anywhere — even nearby where you live can be costly for your wallet. Not to mention, space availability goes quickly.YogaShala-Tulum-Yoga

I know that self-care and self-love is number one for us and good to keep in the forefront in terms of health and well-being. However, it can be a little depressing when, just as you’re about to sign on the dotted line for your next yoga retreat, you realize airfare and transportation are not always included.

After researching online, I was shocked at how much the total bill would be if I add up the retreat cost – which usually ranges from $1500 to $4500 – with travel and food expenses. I have good news, though! There are options out there and other ways to take a retreat by yourself or with a friend. After visiting Tulum last fall and seeing some of the yoga retreats in person, I discovered ways you can go to this wonderful place and enjoy a week of yoga practice right near the beach, without breaking your pocket book.


Yoga Shala


This yoga spot is just on the other side of the road from the turquoise water and the white sands in Mexico. Nearby are many other hotels and a few restaurants.

I checked with Yoga Shala, and found out that you can buy a one-week pass for $50. You can check room and other rates on their website. But keep in mind that this popular yoga spot in Tulum gets fully booked pretty quickly. If you book in advance, you can reserve a single room for under $50 a night, or share a room with a friend for under $80.00.

Why stay here? Besides the excellent pricing, the tropical atmosphere surrounding the yoga studio, which is made with a thatched, bamboo roof, will make you feel like you are in paradise, and the beach is within walking distance to the studio. Location, location, location.

Air Travel

Check Volaris Airlines. If you live in Southern California or nearby Arizona, you can fly out of Tijuana, Mexico and book a red-eye to Cancun for a direct flight. Sleep on the plane and wake up in paradise. Go on their website and sign up for their emails. This is how I found out about their lower airfare prices to Cancun and their monthly specials. I have purchased a round trip ticket for under $300.

You can book Volaris out of the U.S.A., too. You simply need to check their route map on their website. For economical airplane travel, they are similar to US-based Southwest Airlines.



You can ride a bus from the ADO line from Cancun to Tulum for under $20 one way, depending on the time you arrive. We averaged about $15 a ticket one way.  This bus is like a charter bus, with air conditioning and comfortable seats. Travel time is about two hours with a couple of stops along the way.

Tulum, Mexico, Yoga

Maya Tulum, Mexico

Cab to Hotel

Taxi fares cost roughly under $15 when you hail one from the beach. Some accommodations in Tulum that are near bus stops typically offer you the option of renting a bike. I just took cabs when I traveled or walked, because a bike rental, if not included with place is about $12.00 a day. This amount still isn’t too much if you consider your own personal budget and what works for you. It does get humid, so consider that, too.

Total Price

If you booked a 4-night/5-day stay, you could do a trip with yourself alone or friend for under $900 to Tulum—including airfare, transportation, breakfast and yoga included. You could make it less, too if you decide to share expenses and living quarters.

Other Options


Tulum has many choices for yoga retreats, ranging from different pricing and experiences.  If Yoga Shala is sold-out for accommodations, you can still buy a yoga pass to practice yoga for the week and book at other nearby options on the map. There are hostels, bed and breakfast spots within two miles and biking distance with good reviews.

You could also stay on the beach in a cool camping Bed and Breakfast place at Turquesa Tulum Jungle Camping. This lovely spot is within walking distance to Yoga Shala. It’s under a 9-minute walk on a street in paradise that will inspire your soul right before you begin your yoga practice.

Tribal Yoga Tulum, offers budget yoga retreats, too. It is very close to the beach and the pictures look stunning inside the yoga space. They have a yoga retreat for $353 to under $850, based on days of stay.

Another wonderful option for those who prefer to stay on the beach is Play Esperanza which is about 3.5 km away from Yoga Shala. It’s located along one of the most beautiful streets in Tulum, with a view of the Mayan Ruins.

Two other hotel properties that I also saw were Shambala Petite to Maya Tulum. Thesare right on the beach, so expect these prices to be higher.

This year in 2017, I look forward to my return so I can try out these retreats, too.

I hope these tips helped you discover a few new retreats and ways to enjoy yoga. From a midlife yogini still working on her yoga groove, cheers to you and your new goals in 2017.

Keep dreaming.

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Which Book Cover?

Which Book Cover?

Hard Knock, Easy Answers “How to Win at Life” is my fourth book and my second book in the HAPPY SERIES BOOKS.

This book is based on universal laws mentioned in Florence Scovel Shinn’s book, “The Game of Life and How to Play It.”

Everyone needs their own arsenal of supplies to help them win at their own dreams, goals and life’s wishes. I hope this book helps the reader stay in-tune with their road map of dreams, while encouraging the reader to believe in their self-worth and inner confidence. This book will be available to buy this summer!

Life has hard knocks always. But the question is, what do we do with hard circumstances presented to us on our journey? How do we continue on when life can knock level us and blindsiding us? I hope this book helps you conquer your fears, remain on your path and you continue to take a ‘win’ for your own life’s story.

Which cover do you like? Thanks for your input! In the meantime, I hope you are having a fabulous day and taking a win for you, yourself and your loved ones today.

Sincerely, Machel



HARD KNOCKS, Easy Answers "How to Win at Life" is the follow up book to Happy Soul in the Happy Series books. Tentative release date: December 1 2016.

Thank you so much for taking time to help me decide on my next book cover. This is always an exciting part of the process as an author. I have come to realize though as a reader myself, it’s great to just go right to the source and ask for advice from those that read your books! Thank you in advance for taking time to check these out. I appreciate our connection on social media.

Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Thank you, again, M


Middle Age Beauty

Middle Age Beauty

Inspire your weekly routine by finding out tips and easy tricks to feeling and looking great. While society, ads and plastic surgeons to even your friends might have you feeling ‘middle-aged,’ This book reveals the ‘beauty trinity’ that is key to unleashing your vibrant, and beautiful true ‘self.’

Written in a memoir style by sharing her own personal struggles as a woman, Middle Age Beauty is a book many will want to read, share and find inspiration that they can apply to their own personal growth and discovery. You will  read personal interviews top experts in the world of health, soul, beauty and holistic healing that share their advice on important actions one can take to enhance, heath and connect deeper with ones wishes and dreams. Find out WHY to avoid BOTOX and avoid the popular trends that promote face fillers as a glamorous option to combat wrinkles. She uncovers the hidden dangers and facts that you should know before ever injecting your face with a foreign substance.

You will also uncover the ‘Three Dos’ that all women should follow in order to stay in sync with their health, beauty, and soul. In a world that is encouraging women to feel insecure about their looks and age, “Middle Age Beauty” promotes and empowers women to embrace their natural self first by seeking a more soulful, meaningful experience. 
Also find out:
  • Why you should avoid BOTOX and other synthetic face fillers
  • Do you know what your Persona is?
  • Find out how to overcome personal defeats and how to stay inspired each week.
  • What is the $1.00 wrinkle reducer that you need to know about?
  • How to overcome discouragement and defeat and create a new space to develop your dreams.
  • Also, which Hollywood fictional character from a legendary movie can motivate you to find three moments of glory each week?

A quick read with three easy sections to navigate through, Middle Age Beauty can help you reach your resolutions for 2014 for peace of mind, health and over all sense of well-being.


Live Love Soul: A Soul’s Guide to Happy

Live Love Soul: A Soul’s Guide to Happy,

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LIVE LOVE SOUL “A Soul’s Guide to Happy” out September 25th, 2015 published by AYNI BOOKS

invites you to explore habits and exercises that can help you discover your own inner joy. Machel shares personal interviews with successful individuals who are achieving their soul’s dream. Find out what their secrets are and how you can apply their advice to empower your own journey. This book is dedicated to helping the reader cultivate real self-love, release negative thought patterns, and to live a more balanced, exciting life. Get ready to take the journey within and discover what makes your soul happy.


LIVE LOVE SOUL, Machel’s second book, was named by “Small Press Watch” for 2016 by The MIDWEST REVIEW – “If you only buy one self-help book in 2016, make it Machel Shull’s LIVE LOVE SOUL.”
HAPPY SOUL hit the hot new releases Internationally in the UK and in the US in the first week it was released in November 2016.

Some say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” With Machel, what you’ll find is that what’s soul deep on the inside is just as beautiful as the cover. Read on and see for yourself. And most importantly, let Machel inspire you to reach inward to be the superhero of your own story. ~ Michiko Jane Rolek,

International Bestselling Amazon Author, Machel Shull

author, teacher, lecturer and life coach

Machel’s beautiful, honest and easy-to-use guide shows you exact steps to infuse happiness into your daily life. Machel proves you don’t have to go to India and sit on a mountaintop somewhere to find your bliss. You can find it right here, right now. Her book is an invaluable resource for women ready to reclaim their happy! (Rosemond Perdue Cranner, Former Entertainment Executive, Producer of Web Content The Discovery Channel, HGTV, MTV and Animal Planet)

Machel has written a very liberating book which acts as a roadmap for tapping into the wellspring of peace, joy and happiness. Though written in a light-hearted manner, this book has the power to totally transform your life. (Mary Elizabeth Coen, International bestselling Irish author Love and the Goddess)


HAPPY SOUL New Cover Reveal

I am excited to finally share my third book in it’s updated make-over that captures

the essence of this book.

HAPPY SOUL “10 Simple Steps to Happiness” Discover 10 steps that will help you become the master of your thoughts and the inspiration to your dreams. Also discover: • Powerful words that can help reshape your thinking • What difference is between ‘faking it until you make it’ and the ‘Act as if’ Principle • What is Right Thinking? • Easy to learn affirmations and prayers • Suggestions on dealing with grief and loss • Find out what your yearly Mini-Purpose is • Why should you strive to be happy? • Why relationships matter What others have said about Machel Shull Books: “LIVE LOVE SOUL is a riveting read from first page to last. If you only have time for one self-help book this year, make it Machel Shull’s LIVE LOVE SOUL.” ~Midwest Book Review I am adding Middle Age Beauty to my selected few bedside books. With Machel’s light to guide us home to our true beautiful selves, we can celebrate being the hero of our own story.” ~Michiko Jane Rolek, Bestselling Author of Mental Fitness, Complete Workouts for the Mind, Body and Sou l About Machel Shull:

Her first book, MIDDLE AGE BEAUTY gained world-wide media attention for its soulful approach on aging naturally. Featured in the New York Post, Daily UK Mail, Mind Body Green, World Beauty News and the Midwest Book Reviews, Mrs. Shull inspires readers to take daily action on implementing easy steps toward cultivating a happier life. Happy Soul is her first book in THE HAPPY BOOK SERIES. She lives in Cardiff by the Sea, California with her husband and son, two dogs and two cats.

Bestselling Author Machel Shull


Must Read Self-Help Books of 2016: LIVE LOVE SOUL

Must Read Self-Help Books of 2016: LIVE LOVE SOUL

LIVE LOVE SOUL only $.99 cents on E book October 15-November 2016- One year celebration of book publication.

Dearest Reader, 

Must-read-self-help-books of 2016-LIVE LOVE SOUL

Must-read-self-help-books of 2016-LIVE LOVE SOUL by Bestselling Author of MIDDLE AGE BEAUTY.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am excited to share with you my second book, LIVE LOVE SOUL will be only .99 Cents for one whole month to celebrate the one year anniversary of LIVE LOVE SOUL by O Books/Ayni Books Imprint UK/US. machel shull

  • THIS BOOK was originally titled: Where is the Soul? I ended up switching it to LIVE LOVE SOUL because the book is told in three parts:
  • LIVE
  • LOVE
  • SOUL
  • Now if  Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert comes to mind, I did draw upon my own life in such a way where this is also a memoir of my soul searching-through the good times and not so good. This is a vulnerable share of sorts on how I made it through some scarier times, you know the shifting type where the ground feels like it’s quivering beneath you.
  • What do you do?

  • What do you do when fear is so petrifying you feel stuck in your life and unable to make a right choice?
  • Also, what can you do to ENJOY your every day more and feel more alive when maybe it’s not all in the order you were hoping for?
  • How do you still find happiness when something feels missing? This is my memoir/essay journey with a some fun exercise in between for the reader to help them discover how to unlock their own secrets to their soul nourishing time. I am also honored by sharing some important interviews with rock star soul Machel-Shullicons like:





~Dr. Doris Lee McCoy

~Author Mary E. Coen

These are just a few names of interviews inside LIVE LOVE SOUL from Soul Icons that share their own secrets to success when it comes to their own inner happiness.

If I could describe it to you as two other books it would be EAT PRAY LOVE meets CARE OF THE SOUL with a feminine touch. InspirationalQuotes-Machel-Shull.jpg

Please spread the word! Only .99 cents for one month on E book, Kindle, Nook. This is an easy book to read chapter to chapter and have at the touch of your phone.

I hope you enjoy my stories and my interviews. I have found the true magic in life is the ‘gift in sharing stories’ and be honest and real about your own inner struggles.  Please feel free to reach out any time. I am here, just like you counting on a better day by taking tiny measures each step to make that happen. Life is a gift and worth making our very own. And from the words of my father, William Ray Penn, Vietnam Veteran/former marine and rock star dad:

“You energy may fail you, but your soul will make you win.” ~William Ray Penn. 

Best Selling Author Machel Shull LIVE LOVE SOUL is only .99 Cents October 15-November 15 in celebration of the one year publication date.

Bestselling Author Machel Shull LIVE LOVE SOUL is only $.99 Cents October 15-November 15 in celebration of the one year publication date of her second book.

P.S. That quote is from a man experienced tragedy and war deep inside the jungle in Vietnam in the early parts of the war. Only twenty years old or so, my dad would recount stories of how he slept upright during the monsoon rain season in the mud so deep for days..He lived in the thick of a jungle for over one year on foreign land watching others he knew die around him, dropping from the bullets grazing by his own body.

My dad shared with me on the day he flew out he cried on the plane for hours, wondering why he made it out and others didn’t.

I grew up with his war stories, the tragedies and the hope and the spirit of trying to still enjoy life though the midst of my own father’s past experiences of hurt and pain. He always wanted me to ‘have fun and enjoy life.’ And coming from a man that went through so much like so many other veterans and current military men, I felt so blessed to have his deep wisdom teach me a darker side to life early on. In knowing there will be dark days and life can be hard, it has encouraged me to always strive to find the light and keep my head toward the shining sun. I hope my book LIVE LOVE SOUL gives you that over all message. That is the mission in when I wrote it.

Thank you so much for your time and stopping by. Wishing you a happy week. Life can be gift if we see it that way.