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Spirit Junkie Masterclass Level 2

By Adventures, Manifesting, Self Development, Self Love, Uncategorized

It took me three years, but in Oct '18 I finally made it.

I can’t imagine my life without it

Actually I can... but I don't want to. I look back on my past self with so much love, but also with a "oh, you still have so much to learn". And this is just the beginning, I will never stop learning, progressing, falling and getting back up again. I'm so blessed to have been able to do this training and to have met so many people who are like family now.

Left: I geeked out and brought my light letter box...they all LOVED it 🙂

The entire place is magical, the grounds, services and even the food.

I drove down and allowed myself a full day to get there to enjoy the trip, it was in late fall and absolutely gorgeous.  New York state through country roads and small towns with planned playlists = awesomeness.  I arrived at Kripalu and though parking everywhere was packed, I scooped one of the closest spots in long term parking. *thank you universe*.

I was actually quite nervous.  Excited but, nervous for, I don’t know what.  I immediately felt better when I saw a few fellow Spirit Junkie friends.  We caught up and chatted over coffee while our rooms got ready for us.  The rooms were basic and perfect.  Just what we needed.   I of course brought my diffuser with my favorite scents 😉  Which, thankfully my roomie was very into it.

Having our first evening of intros we got our first taste of the amazing food….. omg the food!  So clean, so many options… incredible.  Then off to bed as early as I could.

The girls and I got up extra early to nab our seats, I needed to be in the front row.  Not to be too much of a keener, but when I sat front row and SJM1 this year, magical things happened, Gabby noticed from the stage and mentioned it to me later AND in a facebook live.  I felt on fire (in a good way) so if it helped me there, damn right I’m doing it again.  The power in that room was so strong.  This was the first year that it ended up being all women.  I felt accepted, loved and haven’t felt so at home with a group of people in my whole life.  Everyone deserves this feeling at least once in their lifetime.

But above it all…it’s about

the people you meet

Sure, we covered a lot on personal growth, got into marketing and business, public speaking (which I was super excited for) writing our first book.  We had several guest speakers (aka badasses) and we learned and got inspired by so much.  Some we were looking for, some hit us in a big AHA moment… but the people you end up meeting and connection with on such an incredible deep level, very quickly.  Some knew things about me in two days that I never told anyone.  Ever.  It’s just that kind of vibe.

I had a group of girls, who are like family to me now.  We are a core group of four who still have group calls all the time, we support and call each other when we need to, I also have several more women who I feel deeply connected to and we support and keep in touch all of the time.  To have running buddies, to have people who “get it” and understand what you’re going through and, love them, but not all of our regular friends and family get it.  Not all of it.  So this…this makes it worth a million.  The connections and freedom to be the real you, scratch that, all sides of you and be loved for it, is priceless.

 

Below : Can you spot me?  Front row baby!

Summit of Greatness

By Adventures, Business, Manifesting, Self Development
The Manifested Trip

This trip meant a lot to me.

For so many reasons:

It seemed incredible, all of those fantastic people from all over the world

Great speakers, getting inspired in the same room always beats a video

Travel, sign me up to anywhere, I love travel.

But really, how it came about, is what really meant everything to me.  I had been a fan of Lewis Howes and followed his Instagram and Podcast, but not obsessively or anything, kinda on the back burner… hold that in your thoughts for a sec…

I was having a great morning, it was a gorgeous hot and sunny day out and was hanging loads of laundry on the line.  I looked at my phone and my heart sunk, a message from my ex boyfriend asking if I was home and he could bring the rest of my stuff off.  It had been about ten months, but it still really hurt and this would be the first time I would see him since we were a couple.  I was in a bit of a panic, trying to compose myself and I don’t think he noticed how off I really was.  I tried to act cool and my joyful self.  He drove away as we laughed about a joke or something and I immediately went inside to cry.  Everything came flooding back and I felt all of those nasty broken up with feelings all over again.  After an hour or so I said to myself… no.  This isn’t a sad day, I can choose again, it’s still early, this day can be something else still.

Looking for inspiration to get myself out I turned to my Pinterest Pages for quotes, and the screen shots I take when something pops up on Instagram I like.  I posted some on my own Instagram stories if only to inspire others who may be having a tough day…  I always tag where they come from and a couple were of Lewis Howes.  I felt a little better, probably swapped out some laundry, in a bit I checked my phone and Lewis had written to me.  I messaged how bad my day had been, mentioned the story in short and he wrote again in support.  Just being seen by someone who influences me at such a terrible time meant the world. I did a 180, felt incredible and had so many little signs after that, you know the ones where you know you’re on the right track?

I didn’t think I would be able to swing it, but through a random group posting (in a completely other business group) someone was selling their ticket.  For half the price I was expecting to pay…I declared to myself “if I make an unexpected $500 by this weekend, I’m going” and no joke the next morning I had a last minute wedding inquiry totaling $497 (!) and day of with tip and lashes it was more like $800 AND that wedding ended up being published in three magazines… it kept on giving!

I scooped an incredible hotel rate by sharing with two girls (we were besties from the start, I still love them and hope to stay with them again this year) I *kinda* got a cheap flight (spoiler, I was due to fly out Sat aft missing the closing session and party but my wedding back home cancelled and it would have cost $800 just to change the flight and through the facebook group I got a ride most of the way home in no time and caught a $100 train home.  boom.) Everything just came together.

 

So this happened…

 

Confession… I’m in love with Jay Shetty

By Adventures, Manifesting, Self Development, Self Love, Uncategorized

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.

My adventures in NYC

By Adventures

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.

XOXO