"Lack of revenue isn't your greatest problem, lack of reputation is"
New York Times best selling author of School of Greatness and his podcast of the same name is the top 100 ranked in the world, Lewis is a rags to riches (and not just money) story who inspires people to make a full time living doing what they love. He interviews the best in the biz and it's on my vision board to be one of those interviewed one day.
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Lewis and Rory chat about so many things including how important your personal branding is, what the difference between a business brand and a personal one is, your brand DNA, how to figure out what business you're actually in and oodles more.
I recently had another universe nudge nudge.
I’m currently about to launch my new website under the title of Personal Branding Coach and I feel so excited to do so, but still a shadow of a thought comes up from time to time telling me that “who am I to do this? What are my credentials? There are so many bigger people out there doing this and are probably way better than you”
I know I’m super qualified. Paired up with my experience of doing headshots for hundreds of people, a love for all design, high end taste, an unparalleled eye for detail and not to mention my marketing and merchandising business background and I’ve gone through this process several times for myself already – Like, c’mon ego, let’s take it down a notch. So I looked to some of my favorite people to follow for inspiration and to keep me on the path to awesomeness.
I knew who Lewis Howes was and he’s been on my radar for a few years, but I was never really that into him- I thought of him as being very masculine, something I’m not that drawn to, I had subscribed to his podcast, but only had listened to a few. Recently I felt a lean towards him more, I paid more attention to his Instagram and found myself really inspired by his posts. I screen shot a couple and shared in my stories, and… he replied with a heart. Wtf, this guy has like, 775k followers… I replied with a heart and “always”.. another heart appeared. So I thought, ahhhhh I get it… it’s a bot and wrote “Ya gotta wonder if it’s automated ;)” Ummmm wouldn’t you know it he replied with a selfie with “it’s me”
*insert pic of my jaw on the floor”
I was really impressed to say the least, that he takes this kind of time out for his followers. It meant a lot. (PS – this was right after I had a really bad first half of the day involving an ex visiting, nothing bad, just lots of sadness came up for me after our visit)
Wrapped up in these high vibe feels I was about to drive to work so, since I’m Lewis’s new biggest fan, looked up his podcast and the first to come up was Building an Influential Personal Brand with Rory Vaden
…Are you kidding me… Universe, I’m listening.
There are so many takeaways from this, I kept pausing to wrap my mind around what they were saying or take notes.
I can’t wait to start helping entrepreneurs with their personal brand!!! AHHH!!!
I mean... who wouldn't be...
I've been a fan of his for a looooong time.
He’s done a LOT
From Monk to Forbes 30 Under 30, has a BILLION views and 10 million followers
And though he has a great resume… it’s his message I’m in love with.
Jay's wisdom, sharpness and vision wrapped up in a millennial model look, with that Brit accent (and don't get me started on his eyes) is the perfect package for getting these messages across to many. Known as the Digital Monk, his viral videos are making an impact for the better, with age old ideas modernized and brought to the masses through video and memes. He definitely gets the right, and well deserved, attention.
I really, really wanted to attend Gabby Bernstein’s Spirit Junkie Masterclass in NYC for a third time (yep… three times) but when I saw that Jay Shetty was to be a guest speaker, I freaked out a little. Like a lot.
I manifested the shizzle out of attending and it totally happened. The universe wanted me to be there. I rarely had weekends off and I had it off. A friend invited me to share a hotel room. It timed perfectly around my parents vacay for watching my cat. My soul needed to be there so my human part made sure that it happened. And NYC, you never disappoint.
Sunday, our third day, rolled around and that morning, there he was. In the isle next to the stage with a line up of people waiting for a pic. I was shaking a bit as I squeeled into my IG story.
*side note* Guy’s… I’ve worked and have met MANY celebs. Seriously, I’m not shaken up and/nervous by just anyone. This hardly ever happens. But I was for reals shaking.
It was his turn, we heard him speak. He was AMAZING and then he sat with the other speakers to the side of the stage.
I knew I had to say something to him. I knew it since I heard he was speaking. I knew it would be speacial and not just a line up kinda thing. I felt that the right moment would come up and, for some reason after our break, I didn’t want to take my seat. I hung out on the stairs into the theatre watching everyone have a warm up dance party. I didn’t know what I was waiting for, but I felt I was to wait.
By sitting in the front row, I could have touched his sneaks...
The following is my journal entry from the day after
I waited for some reason. He was in the main room with everyone dancing and I waited on the stairs taking it all in. He was surrounded with people wanting photos, validation and to be seen by him. I waited.
He walked by being escorted by a volunteer, bathroom break? Meeting? I thought. I followed and they went outside, was he leaving? I have huge boundaries and respect for people in high demand, I don’t ask for selfies when I work with celebrities, I try to make conversation as though they’re just a normal person, like a barista or neighbour. They are often a person with very little privacy and I honor that. But…..
I paced in the lobby feeling the pull in my gut of what to do, to stay inside and miss my chance or to run out, possibly get turned away, dismissed, let down.
A spirit junkie friend ran out to take a quick photo with him. I don’t even remember following. I said “Jay, I just have to say thank you so much for all of the work you do, I’ve been a fan since you started, I share your videos all of the time and got so many people into you and your message. You make me so proud to be half English *gushing on*…
He said Thank you about five times as I rambled on fanatically, I said “you inspire me, I have a message I’m nervous about sharing with so many spiritual and wellness workers, buying unicorns from Walmart being made by unfairly paid workers in China with the #highvibe or making themselves and the planet sick by using toxic over-priced products, or buying gemstones mined by children…”
He said “yes, this is so important, I wouldl say to keep it positive and share what’s going on. Don’t call anyone out or shame anyone. Where are you based?” “In Canada, Ottawa, but travel a bunch” (and now I’m wondering why the ef he asked that… damn it) I then asked “would you mind taking a photo?”
Then I said, “I know I have a strong voice and presence, I’m one of the ones in the audience who raised both hands when you asked “who’s funny?” He said “…To keep going…”
I offered an out by starting the “I don’t want to take up anymore of your time…” But he kept talking, very interested in my ideas, had suggestions and advice for me, was so caring and thoughtful, focused on me and not what was going on around him, like the girl waiting for a photo. We chatted for a couple more minutes and I offered to take the photo for the girl waiting. His car arrived, I said “thank you so much” as I shook his hand. And I walked (sure did feel like a girly skip) inside. I don’t remember getting back to my seat and I was shaking again when I got there.
The feeling of suggesting a topic to someone of this caliber and have them lit up and engaged felt incredible. To be seen by a hero of yours is unparalleled. The validation is great, but being on the same platform as them, even just for a few minutes, opens up that possibility for me to reach that level all of the time. Have these conversations many more times with thought leaders. My soul was singing.
‘Till next time Jay Shetty. I know there will be one.
Follow your gut. Get to those places your soul wants to go. Let it lead you.
Every time I'm in LA, it's one of the best. days. ever.
I’m so so lucky to have a friend like Brooke. We met… ummm…. 16 years ago and we seem to get more alike the older we get. The fun times just keep getting funner, the conversations deeper and the laughs harder. She moved to LA around 14 years ago and I’ve been able to get down to visit several times. She also loves clean healthy food, yoga, wellness and eco products – so you know it’s going to be a good day!
First we stopped at Moonjuice to nab some yummy drinks for our drive to Venice Beach. We saw this fantastic turquoise wall and impromtu PHOTOSHOOT!
We got some great shots on her phone with the app Hipstamatic (that vintage vibe) and though she is an incredible actress, she is also an amazing photographer. Agian… I’m very very lucky to have her be a cheerleader friend of mine.
We arrived to the canal with no plan, just to wander and see where the afternoon takes us. It was a beautiful day and yep… another photo op on the bridges 🙂
Around the corner we found this ridiculously cool door that looked like it lead to another world. A thick hedge wall with an antique door cut into it – we couldn’t NOT take pictures. Since my last name is Plant, it seemed like a perfect branding pairing. (So this trip is a write off… RIGHT?!)
Ok, ok… I HAD to take a wing pic!
I am in heaven when I’m in an eco beauty store and Credo did not disappoint. I restrained myself only to a few treats. I love Axiology lipsticks and Bad is my perfect fall shade, a warm dark brown, yes a bit of a ballsy colour but it’s uhmazing. So I scooped one of those as well as these gel under eye masks that I’ve been dying to try by Honest Hazel, Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty Powder and a sample of Innersense shampoo and conditioner – woohoo
I’ve been waiting to get my hands on one of these gemstone face rollers for a while now and finally got one! Rose quartz is perfect for feminine beauty and I’m slowly incorporating it into my routine. Great for puffy allergy eyes 😉
Though my visit was only a couple of days, it felt like a week with all of the fun, sunshine and good company. I ate the best ceviche. Twice. We had WAY too much fun renting Bird electric scooters and gah! I can’t wait to get back!
Check out my Pinterest Page for more info on my fave LA spots!
High Vibe : A naturally high state. The state of joy one achieves when a persons actions and beliefs are aligned and all the pieces of their life have integrity and love at it’s core. The state of bliss experienced when at full health as a result of being substance free.
– Urban Dictionary
Being high vibe, a boss, gypsy or badass etc to me means taking responsibility, doing the research, asking questions, not being a sheep, doing your part, standing up for what you believe in, even if you’re the first voice saying it. Sign that petition. Bring attention to that cause you love. Write a letter to that company. If you don’t like something, do something about it. Stand up. Standing up for what’s right. With much love and respect for our Mother Earth.
Imagine if everyone cared and voted with their money. The world could be such a different place. If we bought local, took care in our buying power to not have mass amounts of cheapness from overseas but rather quality made with local designers or vintage and using what’s already here. Research where things are made and what you are supporting with your purchase.
Doing things not for vanity, or because an influencer says it’s cool, but because you’re aligned with it, it’s healthy for you and makes you happy. Breaking down what society tells us and deciding for ourselves what’s good.
I sometimes hear of people in my field of wellness or spirituality dishing on healthy food, #highvibe, but then mentioning a great boho dress they got at a fast fashion store, or a lipstick they got at a drug store that was so cheap (don’t get me started as to what the ingredients are for those… what you’re eating… *shudder*) .They need to keep going, keep reaching for that next level, that next frontier on what it means to be a light worker in this beautiful life we have. We’re literally consuming and shrouding ourselves in a vibe of goods. That boho dress was made in terrible working conditions overseas and no love energy was put into the making of it and the dye is the cheapest and pollutes the planet, that lipstick is just filler, bad for you shizzle in there. Read the ingredients, look into where things are mades and investigate.
In Kundalini yoga, we use our fingers as antennas for energy, is your nail polish made with formaldehyde and other baddy things that are blocking your energy stream? That lotion we put on, those ingredients are getting in our bloodstream and are they blocking our energy points throughout our body?
Little things like if everyone stopped buying products with animal parts unnecessarily (the animal abuse that happens often for just trim on a coat to makeup brushes is disgusting) Also, are you working in wellness with “high vibe” people, ask where the gemstones are mined, where the farming happens for the essential oils your buying, ask the questions, are they supporting child labour? Paying farmers fairly?
Our buying power is effing huge and you can make an impact by where we shop. We can do so much good in the world, simply by making more informed, educated choices for ourselves, the earth and future generations.
“Every dollar is a vote for the world you want to live in”
I’ve heard and have used the above quote before numerous times, but I would like to take it a step further by saying, every like and every view as well, especially online. Imagine if nobody liked, watched or shared a particular viral family… our attention is so powerful and shapes the world we’re in, which then becomes the norm and snowballs in a particular direction. It’s all relative, we compare ourselves to what’s around us and that becomes our environment. I invite you to think about what you see in your everyday, because that’s something we can change easily, if any account or person you follow makes you feel small in ANY way, unfollow them. Follow and engage with ones who inspire and encourage the right things for you. For example, I don’t follow many makeup or fashion accounts other than eco ones or friends, Barely any celebrities, I follow a lot of animal rescues, life and biz coaches and indie artists around the world. I want them to have the attention, my likes, my views, they deserve it. And I see those and as a result makes me happy, inspired and feeling high vibe.
Check in with local Facebook groups and see what markets are around, clothes swaps etc
Etsy, Do a search for shops near you.
When you give gifts, give a wellness/experience gift, like a yoga pass, massage, skydiving session, a day planned of your favorite things, you’re creating an amazing memory for them as well as supporting a local business.
Let’s make this world a badass place for everyone
THE CITY SO NICE THEY NAMED IT TWICE
Beginning of June, 2018. I had the best time yet and Spirit Junkie Masterclass. It was like the city wanted me there. Everything felt familiar and incredible. I was buzzing the entire time.
I just wanted to share some of my favorite pics and experiences below.
All the feels in Brooklyn with that oh so famous bridge, walking around and going to a comedy club in jogging pants, sitting in the same chair as Deepak and a lot of other freakin awesome people at the Deepak Homebase, a meditation session is the best space for it – Inscape, beautiful street art, product shopping, Carrie’s front steps and fantastic new friends.
Oh NYC, you get me everytime.