New Yorker Gabrielle Bernstein is a motivational speaker, life coach and author. Bernstein, who has been featured on “Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday” as a next-generation thought leader, has also made regular expert appearances on NBC’s “Today Show” and was recently named “a new role model” by The New York Times. In 2008 Bernstein founded HerFuture.com, a social networking site for women to inspire, empower and connect. She is the author of “May Cause Miracles,” “Add More ~ing to Your Life,” “Spirit Junkie,” and her forthcoming book, “Miracles Now,” out now.
At the beginning of 2013, I watched Bernstein for the first time on TV, then had the pleasure of meeting her while covering Claudia Chan’s S.H.E. Summit Week last summer for BELLA. It was refreshing to listen to Gabby – as she is known to her friends – speak about God, self-love and sharing our gifts with the world. Better yet, her message comes with contagious laughter and fabulous shoes – a true BELLA, indeed!
What makes Bernstein most inspiring is how she openly gives of herself; in a sense, she exudes transparency. Since our first meeting, I have followed her online, which made sitting down for this interview like getting together with an old girlfriend.
Bernstein opened the doors of her home to our BELLA Glam Team, and after hair and makeup were in place, we quickly delved into a deep spiritual conversation. Thanks to her witty sense of humor and vintage fashion sense, it was a memorable glimpse into a unique New York Life …
How did it all happen … transitioning from a New York City public relations professional to a now world-renowned spiritual leader?
Through my own personal experiences, I teach what I have learned and taught myself. When I was in my 20s, [I was so busy] running a PR business, representing nightclubs, partying and burning myself out really quickly. I was addicted to drugs, alcohol, relationships and work. I was stuck in a self-destructive cycle. I had to find a path that would save me.
I am a firm believer that your greatest traumas are your greatest catalysts for change and that was a blessing for me. At such an early age, I realized that I had to redirect myself. I made the commitment to shift gears, so at 25, I got sober, rooting on the spiritual teachings my mother had taught me and I found my way in my own accord. Then it became clear to me there was a huge empty space in this new generation of seekers who weren’t being guided. This became my job – lecturing, giving workshops and serving.
You describe yourself as a “soulful” businessperson. What do you mean by that?
I don’t do things for money, I do them because they feel good. I run an intuitive business – everything I do is based on intuition. It has to feel right. I am about creating experiences for people to feel connected otherwise I don’t do it.
I’ve seen bits of your vintage collection online. When you’re not wearing yoga pants, you look fabulous! How would you describe your style and where do you source from? (Laughs.) I would definitely describe it as “80s Boho Chic.” I lean toward wearing a worn tee, jeans with great jewelry and high-heeled sneakers. My favorite designer is Isabel Marant, which is laid back and tailored, yet artfully placed.
What are your must-have beauty products? I love the Dr. Hauschka Day Cream and Under Eye Cream, the Tata Harper Primer, and I couldn’t live without my curling wand (laughs, looking up at BELLA’s hair stylist, whom she had armed with her curling wand).
What is your favorite part of living in New York? Convenience. I love how everything is right here.
You post a lot of your meals on social media. Do you like to cook or are there any favorite spots we should check out?
I love to cook. I cook about three to four full meals a week for my husband and myself. My favorite restaurants are all healthy spots like Angelica’s Kitchen and Ginger Snaps Organic.
What can we expect from your new book “Miracles Now”?
The book contains 108 short do-them-now exercises that people can do anywhere and anytime to reduce stress and anxiety, shift their energy or mood and really tap into their purpose. It’s written with the intention of serving people of this day and age. Our attention span is limited yet we are really hungry for tools we can use at any time and access instantly. It’s very digestible deep spiritual work and meditation.
There’s also a really cool social media element that comes with the book. Every exercise has been boiled down to a 140-character tweet, so if you’re on your e-reader you can Tweet it out or Instagram a picture of it. I am going to create an artistic campaign around all of it. I think it’s brilliant. If you visit GabbyB.tv/Miracles and buy the book, you will get a free meditation with me, a live lecture video and tons of other gifts too … so go order it (laughs)!
What advice would give to someone in search of living a more beautiful life?
The first step is that you have to want it. You can’t kind of want to change, you have to really want to change.
Bernstein teaches primarily from the metaphysical text “A Course In Miracles.” Her holistic approach to spirituality is practical and one that emphasizes self-love and forgiveness. For more information, visit GabbyB.tv.