Took 2 and 1/2 days off from editing only to find that when I returned I had to start from scratch. It was a blow to the heart as I realized that all that time was gone. Something happened in the first round of editing that distorted the voices too much so I made a choice to go back to the beginning because what I had was not an option. And it went swiftly until it didn't and then I stepped away again to focus on tomorrow's solo cast. I'm happy with that choice and will use tomorrow to enjoy more R & R than work and will go back to it when it feels better. And for now we rest. Tomorrow is another day. Looking forward to sharing tomorrow's show. #EmptyCanReceive #vibesfirst #thequietbrave #chooseanotherlens
Sayonara 2017. Welcoming this new year with open arms and an open mind. I want to start with kindness, i want to expand my sight, I want to see more of this beautiful place I live in. I want to share it with you friends. I want to cherish friendships. And I want to thank you all for the support and thank the people who have come to me for photos and jewelry. It Truly means so much to me, I've been workin hard but don't give myself the credit I should, I am going to be patient with myself and look at my success and how far I've come instead of looking at myself and think "I'm not doing enough" this new year brings new vibes and I'm stoked to be here to see what it brings. Let's rock and roll🤘🏻
Your best work can't be forced, it must be set free -Marie Forleo
And just like that an intention to spend the weekend offline turned into a week and a half. * I kicked off my Summer celebrating love and fucking magic. * Got to (unexpectedly ) see and squeeze my little cousin aka twin flame because of airport delays. * Came home to an open schedule and a deep desire to simplify. * Gave my house a gooooood cleaning. * Which led to BIG decisions. * Because breaks replenish the spirit. Take what you need. When you need. For as long as it's needed.💕
I was introduced to Julia Cameron's Morning Pages a few years ago. The practice was immensely valuable but didn't stick for a myriad of reasons. * In October of last year, I set the intention to try (once more ) to work through The Artist Way (the book where the practice comes from ) and its 12-week curriculum. My first act was to begin and maintain a morning pages practice. * Fast forward to now, I'm on my fifth notebook and my pages are, hands down, my most essential conscious living practice * Little do we ever know where the first step will lead and yet for as sometimes scary as it can be, it can only ever be your first step that starts a journey. * Sometimes practice don't stick the first time. And that's ok. Sometimes they "fail" to show you they aren't meant for you. Others time to show you how much they matter to you. * Just begin Brave, anywhere will do. Trust me 👌 Ps. Any one else out there experience that Magic of Morning Pages? 💓
How I aspire to feel everyday...
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. * Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. - Steve Jobs
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. * The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. * You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. * Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. * Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. ~Rob Siltanen Here's to YOU♡
This check in has made me realize that I've done more to move my life forward in the last 3 months than I have in the last 3 years. * And yet it isn't "the more" that's bringing me the joy I feel. * It's the knowing the I am allowing my alignment. * It's knowing that it's unfolding this way because I have healed some of the real deep, underneath the surface, shit. * Because the foundations we build on matter. They impact the integrity of our creations, in this case, our lives. * Lives we can never rewind. Lives we can never relive. * Lives we can choose to recreate from the ground up, over and over and over again.
On Deck: My first 90 day check in. Journaling has always been a part of my life. * A place for me to work through my demons and disappointments. * To make note of how I'm making progress (because celebration matters ) and to voice what things I'm still keen on changing. * My journaling practice has taught me how to spill my heart. To be as broken up as I need to be in order to work my way through to the other side. * Where the sun shines and I remember it all has a reason and purpose. * I am grateful for empty pages in ways I can't explain. I was also ready for something else, so I decided to be guided by the @dailygreatness journal too. * So far. So fucking good. Excited to see the rest of my year unfold inside these pages. #DeliberateDecisions
All the kinds of things I've been asking for, are showing up. I'm having the juiciest conversations, making some high vibe connections. I am blessed. * On the very same side of the coin I have felt a bit frazzled. After 2 weeks of being sick, I jumped into work and haven't really come up for air. * I've got this really push and pull feeling going on in my heart. Because I know Im still taking care of myself in really good ways. Thumbs up. * I also know that I've been bending some of my own rules, to get stuff done. Thumbs down. * The gusto and guilt have been gaining momentum side by side until I hit a wall yesterday. * And upon tucking myself into bed I remembered that contrast is such important part of the equation. * And by giving one action a Thumbs up and another a Thumbs down I'm judging it, rather than inviting it ALL in, to teach me. * Most importantly, I remembered that the practice of living consciously, is permanent. * Never mastered. Only ever meant to grow deeper. * And with that shift in perspective came a sense of peace. * And I walk away from this lesson filled month ready to keep practicing. ♡ * Photo lovingly borrowed from @Danikacolucci
On deck: Final tweaks to to March/April edition of #TheBraveBeat * Inside: a brand new #PausePlanPursue using the lens of our values to create April's aspirational actions. P.S. it's only 8 minutes long 😉 * (NEW )👉 An exclusive (Digital ) Art Print. One of my poems with one of my paintings as the backdrop. * To find out more about it visit bit.ly/TheBraveBeat
Don't dig up in doubt what you planted in faith -Elisabeth Elliot
I had a beautiful conversation with a friend yesterday. We were talking about mindsets. * How ultimately no action you take, ever reaps the deepest benefits, without changing the mindset behind it. FIRST. * To unearth the reason for the outlook you have. To heal it at the root from which it grows. * That kind of heart work has a tendency to look messy. But that doesn't mean it isn't beautiful, in the process as well as when the work is complete. #TailorYourThoughts
- Hug the people I love - Call the people I miss - Honor where I am - Listen well - Prioritize play - Tell my boy he's amazing - Let contrast teach me - Feed my joy - Kiss my man like I mean it - Take care of myself, first - Savor the silence - Be willing - Compliment others - Choose compassion - Unplug - Laugh - Let go * What's on your to-do list Brave?
Last night I cried as I fell asleep. Quiet tears as I listened to slow jams (to block out beau's snoring😑 ) * I thought about how good it felt to bare so openly about my relationship to earning. * I thought about my little grandma who is now gone, but never fails to make me smile when I think of her. * Which made me think about my mom, how much I miss her and want to see her sooner than October. * I thought about how happy I am to be alive. To be as safe as I am as often as I am. To be loved and supported. * And I offered my new dreams to the New Moon and drifted into slumber. * Knowing in my heart I've begun to write a new story. My tears fell because I am being transformed. * #DeliberateDecisions * photo lovingly borrowed from @lifebutterflyeffect
Look and you will find it --- what is unsought will go undetected - Sophocles * As this morning unfolds, I am reminded of the power of perspective. * How whatever we're choosing to see as true is what becomes true in our lives. * It's very easy to see the negative in things, to give into fear and frustration. All it does though, is feed that mindset. * If we don't actively looking for where joy, adventure, ease, gratitude, love and peace are living, how'll we ever see it? * The answer is we won't. So pay attention to what you're looking for. Because you will find it ♡ #DeliberateDecisions
Love rewards the Brave -Danielle Laporte Hi, I'm Vana. Im a digital girl with an analog heart who craves exploring #consciousliving likes it's candy. * My mission (in life and business ) is to stay connected to my Soul. * And from that space, aim my aspirations at being a better (i.e. kinder, deliberate and compassionate ) being of this planet. * My lifestyle community #TheQuietBrave and my podcast #QuietBraveRadio is for women who believe in #CommunityOverCriticism and more than one way to live a conscious life. * My insta-squares are filled with encouragement, and empowerment, with a dash of education. * If your new, welcome, it's nice to meet you. If you've been hanging out for some time, thank you, I really appreciate having you here. * With love and gratitude, Vana * #FridayIntroductions
Little do we know. So this is me in March of 2015 at @txsc Waking up to the mountains and camping out with some of the best women I've ever encountered. * I spent the entire day after I got home crying because of how clear I was on the change I wanted and the choices needed to get there. * In April I broke in hives and was diagnosed with Hashimotos. * That same month, after a recommendation from a friend (who knew I wanted to move ) I visited Vermont for a weekend. * We left knowing it would become home. * We were gone the morning of July 1st. Because little do we (ever ) know. And guess what? That's totally ok ♡
Time really does fly when you're having fun. I can't believe we are 3 weeks away. * There's so much left to do and yet I feel a big sense of ease. A sense of ease no project has ever given me and thats why I know I'm creating something special. * And I'm so excited for any and all who decide to share in this magic with me. * Thank for you for all your love and support so far. It means a lot to me. Sincerely. * #CommunityOverCriticism #QuietBraveRadio
One of the most defining choices you can make in your entire life is deciding to control the quality of person you will be on an everyday basis. * What will you stand for? What kind of positive values, standards, and beliefs will you demonstrate each day how much honesty, integrity, fairness and kindness will you insist upon when meeting the world? - Brendon Burchard
I think what I love most about any practice, including yoga, is the coming back part. * Allowing myself to understand whole heartedly that it isn't about perfection or even progress, but the willingness to come back to whatever it is that nourishes us from the heart inside out. * Not metrics. Just decisions made with a mindful heart, giving way to the most meaningful (aligned ) actions. #DeliberateDecisions
First comes the pause, then comes the plan, then you pursue, with your heart in command. * Creating your to-do's from the inside out gets easier with practice. * And luckily for you, I created a monthly (goal setting ) audio class designed to do just that. * It's called #PausePlanPursue and February's Edition: ..... drops on the 24th. * Ready to be a different kinda goal digger? Check out bit.ly/TheBraveBeat
Make good. with your heart. with your mind. with your body. with your soul. * Make good. with your past. with your regrets. with the chances you lost. * Make good. with the now. with where you are. with what you have. * Make good. with what you've learned. with what you're learning. with what you want to learn. * Make good, Brave. because it helps. because the heals. * Photo lovingly borrowed from the beautiful @botcomm
Every brush stroke is a lesson in learning to savor the moment as it is AND as it becomes the next.
I am a dreamer of the most diligent kind and an idealist to the point of idiocy. * I also understand all too well that this will never be a perfect world, solved all of its problems. * I accept contrast as a potent teacher even when it hurts to acknowledge her. * I can not help but believe in the potential of the human heart. * I refuse to see the world through anything but explorative eyes. And though I'm not here to tell you how to live, I will lovingly nudge you do the same 😉 * Because the world needs us. Now more than ever, Brave. * Let's stand together 🙏
After some heart deep reflection that began just before Xmas, I am in the final stages of naming by goals for the New Year. I am very excited that most of them are personal as opposed to business focused. Because 2016 taught me that taking care of myself first is the key that unlocks the success of all other endeavors. I'm setting myself to face some my greatest fears and release my most limiting beliefs. I believe that I am capable of this change. And yet I can also feel my resistance staying by, waiting for the perfect moment to pounce. And so I'm arming myself with these 4 words. I'll repeat them until my soul knows them like her favorite song. Because it's true. We're braver than we know or dare give ourselves credit for. And just in case you forget I'll be here all year to remind you of that greatness. Because being Brave is better together. Stand with me. Image by the lovely @emmakateco
Winding down after a day of cleaning with the beau and feeling a bit nostalgic. 2016 was our first full calendar year here in Vermont. And today I remembered a time when moving out of New York felt like it was never going to happen. Like. Ever. And yet. Here. We. Are. Because I believed in its possibility. And for that I'm so grateful. I don't know what's going on in your world. Maybe shit is hitting the fan and you're doing your best to weather the storm. But I do know that I've been there. I also know things change. You need only believe in the possibility that it can.