Happiness Writers

Nancy Pickard

Nancy Pickard

 Nancy Pickard is a survivor, and she wants to share what she has learned in life with others. She has served on the board of Susan G. Komen Aspen and has been active as a significant fundraising chair for many years. And now with her work as a Debbie Ford Integrative Coach, Nancy is going deeper, helping people transform their lives. She has been an advocate for women, empowering them through physical challenges she applied in her training practice.  And now, as an integrative life coach, she is inspiring others to learn to live a life of integrity by moving in alignment with their goals and visions.  It is Nancy’s mission to help others, including Happiness Series readers, move towards personal empowerment with a strong mind and body in balance with a spiritual practice. She does this through her integrative coaching and her writing. To connect with Nancy and work with her, check out her website at NancyPickardLifeCoach.com

Veronica Perretti

Padmini Veronica Perretti teaches yoga classes, workshops, and teacher trainings in NYC, where she provides a bridge between the new age wisdom of A Course in Miraclesand the traditional teachings of theYoga Sutra of Patanjali. She is currently writes for Happiness Series about the Trials and Tribulations of a Curvaceous Yogini, an exploration of yoga philosophy and meditation through the lens of weight loss, body image, and self-love. You can learn more about Padmini and read her blog at mahapadmayoga.com.

Marlena Applebaum

Marlena Applebaum, M.A. in Counseling Psychology, offers astrological counseling for psycho-spiritual exploration, understanding, and transformation. Astrology utilized in this way can be a missing key for deep inner work and can shed light on the path towards greater harmony with the natural rhythms and cycles of ones unique life journey. Marlena’s approach to astrology is to share the potentials and opportunities she sees in the charts, while learning from everyone she works with, how the symbols and archetypes are manifesting for them. Though we all sometimes experience discord with a planetary energy or configuration, with understanding and compassion, we can begin to see our challenges differently and shift towards growth and fulfillment. Consultations for birth chart exploration, current transits and progressions, relationship analysis, and electional astrology are available in person, over the phone, or via Skype. For more information go to marlenaapplebaum.com.

Guramrit Khalsa:


Guramrit Khalsa lives, breathes and sleeps health and wellness. Her love for wellness fuels her passion for yoga, meditation and spirituality. Guramrit is a Holistic Health Counselor, certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a B.S. in Magazine Journalism.  She is currently a contributor for the Happiness Series, sharing tips on how to live holistically. You can learn more about Guramrit on her blog, No Beef Here.

Tania Van Pelt:

Tania Van Pelt is the creator of Happiness Series. After working in film, she realized that content for an online world, online TV and radio and web series were where the excitement and innovation were. Tania created Happiness Series because she wants to empower people to live healthier, longer, more joyful lives through fitness, nutrition, stress management and integrative wellness. After years of research and practical application, she is excited about the newest project, Ageless Diet™ -the book, supplement program, and the AgelessDietLife site are premiering in early 2015. Happiness Series and Ageless Diet are going in new directions, bringing people together with a book, cookbook, meal plans, supplements, and more! Tania also recently completed her sitcom web/TV series pilot Employees Only.

Natalie Magee:

Natalie Magee writes a regular column for Happiness Series about what motherhood and beyond – from pregnancy to postpartum. Her intention with her column, “Baby & Beyond – What No One Else Will Tell You” is to give practical advice and tips to the busy mom and mom-to-be. She also shares her experiences good, bad and ugly as a woman, wife, mom, flight attendant and fitness instructor. Natalie is also a regular fitness contributor on Happiness Series. Her 3rd trimester workout for Happiness Series is inching towards 500K plus views on YouTube! She will continue to create great, effective workouts for anyone – including the busy moms out there – who wants to get fit and stay in shape.

Ann Benjamin:

Ann Benjamin is a 30 year veteran of ABC NEWS where she was the director for programs such as World News, Nightline, 20/20, and major special events.  In the fall of 2010 she followed her heart and left that world to pursue her dream of teaching yoga. In July 2011 she was certified by Laughing Lotus NYC.  She now divides her time between her passion for yoga and  those media projects which she finds interesting and rewarding. Check out her website at www.inlightyoganyc.com.


Aqua Catlin:

Aqua Catlin is our fashion blogger on the west coast, is an Aussie-American Costume Designer, Wardrobe Head, as well as a Stylist on demand. She’s costumed actors like Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, Arye Gross, William Baldwin and has worked with Colleen Shannon, Sarina Williams and Oprah Winfrey in various capacities. She seeks beauty and happiness, a cushy job in TV and learning. You can find out more about Aqua on her website www.costumesdone.com or connect with her on Facebook

Peter Ferko:

Peter writes about finding Grace in everyday life for Happiness Series. He pursues happiness on several fronts. He has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and is a teacher at ISHTA Yoga in New York where he trains new teachers. He is an artist in several media, including writing, photography, music, and graphic design. His latest project is a novel in which the main characters are all looking for a way to gracefully negotiate their lives, and it’s no surprise they are turning to yoga as a path.

Lauren Harper:

Lauren Harper is an L.A. woman with East Coast blood. Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, she is an actress and writer residing in the heart of Hollywood, California. Lauren graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in French and Francophone Studies. Fast forward to 2012, she has continued to work, successfully carving a niche for herself in the entertainment industry. Lauren is excited to contribute to the Happiness Series with Lights, Camera…Happiness and her interview series, Lights, Camera…Interview. Lauren hopes to further enlighten herself and you with each entry. Find out more about Lauren: follow her on twitter | become a fan on facebook | visit her official site | contact@thelaurenharper.com

Jean Koerner:

Jean began practicing yoga in New York City in 1988 and is now a senior teacher of ISHTA (integrated sciences of hatha, tantra, and ayurveda) Yoga. Jean has used yoga to recover from a back injury, and avoided a second surgery in 1993 with the help of her daily yoga practice. Formerly a co-owner of Be Yoga Studios in Manhattan with her teacher Alan Finger, Jean developed and implemented a teacher training program for 2 major yoga studios in New York (Be Yoga and Yoga Works) which both gained a solid reputation among yoga teacher trainings. She is a teacher of teachers. Jean, considered a “Yoga authority” on iyoga Life, is currently director of the Workshop Program at ISHTA Yoga, teaches in NYC, and has been featured in many magazines highlighting her yoga career and in over 30 television episodes of “Yoga Zone” which were broadcast nationally and are currently available as retail dvds. Jean is featured in our Happiness Series videos and regularly blogs for us about yoga, life & happiness.

Gabriella Fry Chesneau:

Gabriella Fry Chesneau, Ph.D., LMSW, is a licenced therapist working to facilitate change for clients all over the world via skype and phone coaching sessions. She also facilitates in-person sessions in Westchester County, NY using principles of energy psychology and vibrational work, and teaches an energy modality called the Access Consciousness Bars. She can be reached at gabches@aol.com.

Tony LeRoy:

Tony LeRoy (www.tonyleroy.com) is a psychic with over 17 years of experience, whose gifts have found their most resonant expression in what he calls “intuitive counseling.” Tony is a healer and a guide who works to help clients discover their own power to create their own life. Tony has been based in both New York and Los Angeles for several years. He was drawn at an early age to the life and legacy of Edgar Cayce and first became aware of his own psychic abilities in adolescence. He’s interested in the work of healers like Marianne Williamson, Dan Millman and Caroline Myss. He feels a strong kinship to the deep spiritual investigation of Joseph Campbell and Andrew Harvey. Recently, he’s taken that spiritual investigation and healing quest further by offering workshops with people such as therapist and shamanic counselor Nancy Arann. Tony is a frequent guest star on Happiness Series and regularly blogs for us. He was recently on Dr. Oz discussing intuition and how to tap into it.

Courtney Edson Abrams:


Courtney Abrams is a Health Coach and Founder of Roslyn Wellness. Trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she helps clients work within the realities of their day to day lives to find ways to make small and manageable changes to their health that can maintained over time.  Her clients include people trying to lose weight, beat sugar, increase their energy, cook simple healthful food and reduce stress to name a few.  She also shares a passion for food policy and educating people about the foods they are eating and the governmental role behind much of it.  You can learn more about Courtney and Roslyn Wellness at www.RoslynWellness.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RoslynWellness.

Zaira Zafra:

Once upon a time, two Haitian immigrants found each and made a girl
child. That girl child watched her parents talk, fight, live and love in
a way that was open, ferocious, honest and sometimes incredibly
funny…. and so a sh*t-talker was born. She joins this blog community
fully understanding that the blog audience expects nothing less but
complete fashion, gossip and celebrity candor. And a whole lotta sh*t
talking. I’m Zaira Zafra, and that’s my story.

Laura Schreffler:
Laura Schreffler is a former New York Daily News columnist who left the world of celebrity behind to focus on what makes her happiest — love and travel. She is the creator of LoveTrekker.com — a website devoted to these two passions that she fondly calls “looking for love in all the right places.” In her spare time she likes to play matchmaker for her friends, dream about her next vacation and gaze at photographs of Taylor Kitsch. For more advice on love, relationships, and happiness, check out her site & her book Internet Dating 101. And follow her here at Happiness Series with her weekly blog about love, life & relationships.

Andrea Carrese

Andrea Carrese is a psychic with over 20 years of experience, and her reputation as a gifted psychic counselor has brought her recognition around the country and abroad. Andrea is often a guest star on WPLR in Connecticut, as Psychic Andrea. She continues to enjoy a thriving practice in the greater New York area. She has a strong spiritual practice and is well-equipped to guide people through the vagaries of life. Andrea writes a blog for Happiness Series about her “Insights” into life and finding happiness.


Bob Mulligan:

Bob Mulligan, an astrologer with clients and students all over the world, is a celebrated astrologer, since 1974. Bob sees clients and operates THE MASTERY OF ASTROLOGY™ correspondence school. Both his chart interpretation program INDRA, and book, “BETWEEN ASTROLOGERS AND CLIENTS” receive praises. He is available for personal appointments, astrology classes, and astrological material. Bob writes an astrological forecast for the day, week, and month for Happiness Series, find his blog “Astrology 101” on our site. Click here to visit his website.

Kathryn Bratslavsky:

Kathryn Bratslavsky, originally from Moscow, Russia, moved to the States in 1990. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English. Kathryn is an avid reader with a variety of favorite authors, like Gibran, Thoreau, Chekhov, Lahiri, Maupassant, Satrapi, and Tolstoy. Kathryn’s mission is to provide Happiness Series visitors with an extensive compilation of HS worthy books. Her hope is that the recommended books will inspire and contribute to one’s happiness.

Armand Diaz:

Armand Diaz

Armand M. Diaz, Ph.D., writes for Happiness Series about astrology. Armand has studied divination and oracles for more than thirty years, working primarily with the I Ching and Tarot in addition to astrology. His interests are in the areas of Jungian psychology, consciousness evolution, and the healing power of nonordinary states of consciousness. He has published articles on the astrology of politics and social phenomena inGeocosmic Journal, The Astrological Journal, and The Mountain Astrologer. Since 2006, he has written the astrological forecast in Wisdom Magazine. Armand earned a bachelor’s degree (in psychology) from Columbia, and a master’s at Hofstra. His doctorate is in Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he won an Esalen Scholarship for his study the lives of psychic-mediums. His book, Integral Astrology: Understanding the Ancient Discipline in the Contemporary World, was published in May 2012.