I mean... who wouldn't be...
I've been a fan of his for a looooong time.
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.
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 HERO'S, MENTORS AND FRIENDS
These are my go-to’s for inspiration, for learning, for keeping me aligned. Some I consider mentors, some I’ve met, some I’ve taken courses from and some I want to take courses from. This list will of course evolve. But these are my top recommended people right now.
None of these are affiliated, I just wanted to share this with you 🙂
NY TIMES BESTSELLER, SPIRIT JUNKIE MAMA
What can I say about my mentor Gabby... she has taught me so much and I know that my life wouldn't be nearly as fantastic without her and her lessons in it. Her books and especially Spirit Junkie Masterclass have helped me and so many immensely. She focuses on recognizing your blocks to your truth and how to release them safely. Bringing your light out to the world as bright as you can. The world needs so much of this right now.MEET GABBY
Creator of B School
B School is the most taken online marketing course for entrepreneurs that is launched once a year. Marie also gives out content like candy through Marie TV, she interviews amazing guests and answers fan's questions in a talk show setting with inserts of hilarious skits. Oh and dancing. There's always dancing. I've taken B school and LOVE ITMEET MARIE
Monk turned digital wisdom disher outter
I'm so in love with Jay Shetty. He is just pure light, passion and good. He takes his lessons from being a monk and brings them to the world through social media. He's always smiling, is always positive and is a inspiration to many (like, millions) Everyone needs some Jay in their lives.MEET JAY
Life and business coach
Hayley has been my coach and I can't wait for more of her. Her style is inspirational and in a world of selling and pitches, she's very anti that. She's here to serve you the best way she can and she is such a delight. I love her to pieces.MEET HAYLEY
Coach, Master Manifester and online course queen
I've taken three of Amanda's courses and every time I re watch a video I up level myself more. She also hosts masterminds now and then at different locations around the world (it's up on the vision board) she breaks the stigma of what a coach should be. Money is her thing and she's great at it.MEET AMANDA
Stylist and course creator of social media
I've taken a couple of Hilary's courses on social media and it's insane how much content there is - TONS of information and not a crazy price. I highly recommend her. If I weren't from a fashion background I would totally hit her up for styling advice too.MEET HILARY
Yoga Instructor, Podcaster and Foodie
I've had a girl crush on Kathryn for a few years now. She's one of my favorite yoga instructors and has a great sense of humor and realness when she teaches, often on YogaGlo. Her mantra is aim true and has a book of that name filled wish yogi reco's, yummy recipe's and self love rituals. She co-hosts her podcast Free Cookies with her partner Kate Fagan.MEET KATHRYN
Podcast King and Author encouraging you to live your best biz life
Lewis's podcasts are one of my favorites, always the best guests and insights, tons of valuable information for business and life, I constantly have to pause to take notes. I'm just about to start reading his book The School of Greatness... I'll let you know how it goes 😉MEET LEWIS
Yoga instructor and inner beauty goddess
Lovely is the one word I would use to describe Elena. I had the pleasure of meeting her and chatting for a while at SJM and she's just incredibly inspiring, sincere and warm. I cried when I first met and hugged her, she just has that connection so quickly with people to open up.MEET ELENA
Brains behind the globally renowned Female Entrepreneurship Association (FEA)
I've been a member of the FEA for YEARS! It's the one thing I kept up from when I owned my store because of it's incredible value and I knew I'd be using these tools again. Every month there's a new bundle with a guest and tons of info. And all past bundles are available all the time. The private Facebook group alone is worth the monthly price.MEET CARRIE AND THE FEA
bestselling author of You Are A Badass and it's sequel You Are A Badass At Making Money
I'm just started reading these books a second time and they're two of my all time faves. Hilarious lessons are to the point and I recommend these books to many, a perfect intro into the world of law of attraction, damn they're good. And her writing style is my inspiration.MEET JEN
Online biz entrepreneur, founder of Freedom Hackers
Welfare to millionaire, Kimra is a truly unapologetic. Very honest, straight to the point, no bs. Her site is where she hosts webinars, courses, a podcast and members area. She's very giving in her freebies which include intros to branding, webinars, course creation and facebook ads. She's done it all. And she's super nice.MEET KIMRA
You heard me.
I freaking manifested peeing with THE Gabby Bernstein…
I had been a fan of Gabby for about a year, getting more into yoga and my spiritual development (or should I say return as I had been very involved when I was quite young) I found her through online sources – it started out as a mention here and there and at a point I said to myself – that’s IT! “Who is the Gabby Bernstein person?!” And I was hooked very quickly.
I frequented her online live video’s, blog posts and podcast interviews and loved her message. Her ideas and teachings elevated my own mind and energy. From mindset, to manifesting, releasing blocks and self love healing… I was so in.
Some of my summer reading including Gabby’s books. The Universe Has Your Back and Judgement Detox have been added since.
Spirit Junkie Masterclass dates were announced, it’s a weekend event in June attracting high vibers, mostly women, who come together in a theatre holding 300 in downtown NYC. Coming from all over the world to learn, expand, turn inward, understand and love. I immediately felt a huge tug from my insides. I had to be there.
I’m a makeup artist who has weddings booked pretty much every weekend, especially in the summer and often a year in advance. I actually had that very weekend off (and this was only about six weeks until show time) Cra-Z. But what’s a girl to do who is broke AF, especially with the Canadian dollar – this just wasn’t gonna happen in a usual way… it couldn’t.
Pining away and trying my little heart out in the manifest teachings of trust, faith and visualizing over a weeks time, a mini miracle happened – the price was discounted for a weekend. All weekend I meditated on going, I was picturing myself there, front and center, meeting so many like minded people all at once, traveling to NYC… my mantra for the weekend was “money comes to me in unexpected ways”. Sunday rolled around and as I kept refreshing the sales page, finally, the discount was gone. “Well”, I thought to myself, “I guess it’s not happening now”. And I let it go.
Letting go is the best thing
The next day while in the middle of my own yoga practice at home, a thought hit my brain so hard while I was in down dog, I jumped up and don’t even remember running to my computer. F it! I’m recording and sending a video to Gabby Bernstein’s people asking if they need any help with volunteers or if they offer any scholarships. I recorded a short video in my Lulu tank in a full on sweat – I just had to get this out there. Due to some techy difficulty my video wouldn’t upload properly and I decided to wait until the next day to send it so it wasn’t in the middle of a pile of morning emails (I’m so sneaky and thoughtful 😉
Early the next morning, I checked up on Gabby’s Instagram while waiting for my video to upload to YouTube and…. omfg….. OMG – it’s a post announcing they’re accepting videos for scholarships for Spirit Junkie Masterclass – are you kidding me?!?! AHHHHH!!!! So you bet your boots I ran into my room to record an intro telling of the crazy awesomeness and sent that video in asap.
I waited and paced, feeling such a buzz through my body. Even if I didn’t get the scholarship, I was so proud of myself for being open and listening to my inner self for knowing, a day early, to get the video done. Don’t mess with me, I was on FIRE! I called my mum (obvs) and declared “I could do a thousand, I could figure out my budget if it was discounted to one thousand dollars to go”
You know what happened a couple of days later?
I got it.
I got exactly what I asked for.
An email from Gabby’s assistant (and now a friend Ali) telling me that they would love to offer me a scholarship at JUST UNDER the amount I declared out loud. For realz. And yep – there were tears of joy.
The word manifest hasn’t been the same since for me.
I’m going to effing NYC.
Staying with my dear friend who lives in Harlem, I was so excited to get downtown, the SJM alum bunch is the most kind and supportive and had arranged a late lunch spot down the street from the venue for anyone who wanted to join and we all walked (skipped or pranced would be a more fitting word – we were all BEAMING with anticipation)
I didn’t try to get this very spiritual number seat – meant to be
Lining up outside and pouring into the venue, we were the keeners and bee lined to get as close to a front row center seat as we could. Then took turns going to the lobby to check stuff out, several vendors with gorgeous things to support us including Satya Jewlery, Love Bomb and Muse headbands were my faves.
Gabby’s Love Bomb mug on stage “Today I will manifest some cool ass shit”
On our way in!
The theatre filled up, I was making friends all around us and I decided to run to the bathroom really quick before it started. I darted into the stall, peed super quick and bolted out only to have Gabby standing right in front of me. She was adjusting her outfit (if memory serves me it was a very cool white pant onesie) and her friend and show producer was there helping her, I helped out a bit (post washing hands I promise) stumbling over words including “I used to be a stylist” or something like that and I’m sure made some more weird awkward comments before “break a leg” and ran back to my seat telling my neighbours “she’s about to come out!”. The house lights dimmed, the stage lights came up and there she was, starting a dance party for us all. We all were on our feet and didn’t stop the celebration all weekend. There were so many tears, laughs, realizations, journaling, aha moments – I honestly can’t even describe it fully… what I can say that it was life changing, I would do it again in a heartbeat. It’s a mission of mine to go to SJM2 this year. I can’t wait.
She takes the stage
Thank you Gabby for holding space for 300 of us in prayer, making sure we had tons of tissues, honesty, love and dancing up a storm. I’m so happy you didn’t have a wardrobe malfunction up there… #yourewelcome 😉
Below are some more pics of my Spirit Junkie manifesting.
See the rainbow – I caught magic everywhere, my eyes were open to it all after the weekend. Tattooed foot, same subway ride as the rainbow “Strength”, green heart on the ground (Magic EVERYWHERE I tells ya!), Fake wrist tat with my necklace. This necklace was a gift from my one of my best friends when I was going through a difficult time. I wore it as a sign to anyone who needed it at SJM and then I found this fake tattoo in our lobby. PERFECT. The universe totally has my back. And my miracles bracelet from our gift bag. I still wear it every time I go out.