Author, Speaker, Artist. Writing a book about Choosing Wonder Over Worry. Brooklyn-based + around the world.
I made this for you:
Here I come, Baliiiiiii! This is where I wrote the first version of the Choose Wonder Over Worry talk, and now I return, full circle, to complete the book. See you in the fall, New York! I'll be back once the manuscript is submitted... 🔮✨
On this Father's Day, I'm grateful to all the men who love well, and love fiercely. I'm also reminded that today is the 19th year anniversary of my Dad's death, which, every few years, happens to fall on Father's Day. It's always a time for me to pause and think about the legacy he wanted to leave, and would have left, had he had the courage to face his demons. It reminds me why I do what I do, and why the book I'm writing right now matters. For all of you out there who are fatherless or who have lost a father, I'm with you and sending 💓💓💓. We can't control what happens in our lives, but we can control what we do with it. This is a poem I wrote a few months ago, and one that I feel called to repost today... ✨
LOVELY ONES! I would LOVE your thoughts + comments below.
How has a belief that you're not "good enough" (or thin enough, smart enough, doing enough) played out in your life, and how does it impact you today?
BIG question. I get it. And, your shares will help inspire my very special book project, which will support a lot of people who need us. I appreciate you! Xoxoxo ❤
In the words of my favorite poet @inqlife: "You will always find the evidence for what you CHOOSE to believe." Key word there: choose. The view we look through, the lens we wear, and the beliefs we create become the filters through which we see ourselves, our situations, and what's possible. What are you choosing to believe? And, is that choice serving you? ✨ #wonderoverworry
When your emotional world is on fire, when uncomfortable emotions are raging through you, repeat after me: FEEL AND RELEASE.
I know what it's like to judge and make emotions wrong. I get the pain that can come along with over-intellectualizing and analyzing every feeling.
Rather than repress, avoid, numb, or overthink, I've learned to feel it and let it go. To let the emotion wash over and through me, and then to allow it to fade away. To see and observe my emotions like a weather pattern, watching the storm but not becoming it. To collect these feelings like data points and clues for my journey and unfolding.
To FEEL and RELEASE.
Your mind, body, and soul will thank you. 💓
LOVED keynoting #WonderOverWorry to a room of creatives and entrepreneurs at Newcastle Startup Week today, and testing new material for the book! Thank you Paul for showing me how special your community is. I'm feeling SO energized from the wonder stories I'm hearing since giving the talk, like the entrepreneur who started a company with three kids and a mortgage, and the woman who channeled her media adventures into creating raw videos that went viral. I. Love. This. Stuff. To Wonder! ❤🔮✨ (Thanks @email@example.com for the photos!)
When we are all playing the same game, in pursuit of the same goal, there are no winners or losers. Each of us contributes our unique story and gifts to serve our souls and enhance humanity.
While I can say this with a full heart today, I didn't always know this truth. Envy and jealousy would light my emotional world on fire as I witnessed other people pursuing the dreams that were still swirling around inside of me.
I worried that if they could it, it meant I couldn't. I created a story that I was behind. I was not worthy. Or I wasn't doing enough, fast enough.
When I learned to look at my limiting stories through curious and wondrous eyes, I realized that the success in others that evokes emotion in me is a clue. It's a clue of unrealized potential within me, and it's a signal that if they can do it, I can too.
And in case you need the reminder: so can you.
Thank you, Dubrovnik, for the space to pause, tune inward, and envision the strategy and plan for the year ahead. I've been moving fiercely forward since committing to the book in November, and I hadn't realized how much I craved space to breathe and be. On my flight to London, thousands of words came pouring through my fingers — words that, up until that moment, felt just beyond my reach — and all the insights from #yearofthex in Germany and Austria synthesized into a new evolution of my keynote talk, which I'm THRILLED to be giving in England at Newcastle Start-up Week on May 13. In this moment, I'm reminded of the importance of finding spaces that allow us to close our eyes so we can truly see. 🔮👁✨
The sun sets
And my desire
I can almost
The mystery of
A figment that I
Can't yet see
And I am
My heart is
On fire. ✨
DREAMS DO COME TRUE. I've dreamt of this moment since I was a little girl, and I can now officially say:
I GOT A BOOK DEAL. !!! More details to come, though for now I'll say this: Getting here has been a WILD ride filled with unimaginable twists and turns, breakdowns and breakthroughs, late nights and early mornings. I've danced between deep doubt and complete trust, and have experienced EVERY emotion along the way.
The roller coaster taught me this: The pursuit of anything worthwhile can be TERRIFYING and lonely. The point is not to escape fear, avoid discomfort, or make uneasy feelings go away. It's to feel it, embrace it, release it, and keep moving WITH it. When I stopped trying to reject and numb my discomfort, and when I learned to welcome all of who I am, I tapped into a well of creativity and a space of stillness that I didn't know existed. From that place of acceptance, I arrived here.
So, if there's an idea you can't stop thinking about, and a vision that turns the light on in your eyes and heart, STAY TRUE TO YOUR DREAM. The path might not look as you planned, and as a result, may be filled with unimaginable wisdom and treasure.
I could not have done this alone, so THANK YOU for all of you who have inspired me, challenged me, and encouraged me. You know who you are, and I love you.
Xoxoxo (photo by @brandenharvey)
#HappyEarthDay // Reminiscing on that time when we rode camels into the desert, sipped rosé at sunset, talked aspirations with our guide Barack, found the turquoise box from my dreams buried in the sand, and danced under the stars to moroccan drum beats. Oh Morocco, what a wonderland you are. 🇲🇦