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#SUPERWOMAN WILD HEARTS | FOUNDERS LINDSEY & LAUREN TALK TO HARNESS

Lin & Lou discuss the difficulties of running a business, their inspiration and the meaning of “wild heart.” Meet the founders of Wild Hearts Co., – a self-proclaimed place for the dream chasers, magic makers and action takers – Lindsey Eryn Clark and Lauren Palomares (also known as Lin and Lou). Wild Hearts builds sisterhoods and supplies women with the tools to achieve their dreams. It provides “Wknds,” a weekend getaway for entrepreneurs, and “Conferences,” a two-day event including panelists, speakers and women from all over the world. The company began as Coast to Coast Central, a way for Lin and Lou to stay in touch, revamp their closets and post it on Instagram. #CoastToCoastChallenge spread globally – and the two women partnered with Go International and hoste...

STOP SAYING YES WHEN YOU WANT TO SAY NO

“You are growing into consciousness, and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable.” -Ta-Nehisi Coates   I have always been a “yes person.” I would say yes to everything! Yes to the job I knew I didn’t want but thought I needed. Sure to every task or favor I was asked to do for others. Why not to a relationship when I wasn’t in the right place in my life. Yes to focusing on a regular career to ease the mind of my parents. Yes, because if I said no, then what? I was terrified of saying no because I didn’t want to disappoint anyone. I wanted to please those around me and make sure they were happy! This almost always led me to breaking under the pressure every single time. I’d be left wondering why ...

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR A STRUGGLING BLOGGER

Hi beauty lovers, So, I took a selfie the other day, noticed all my blogging equipment in the background and thought, “I hope I can do this as a career.” It made me reminisce on the day I decided to publish my first YouTube video. Fast forward three years later and here we are! Still blogging strong… When you get off your parents teet and have bills and real shit to deal with, you start to live the life that’s there instead of living the life you love. I was getting frustrated and tired of doing all this work without reaping rewards. I was starting to forget the whole reason I began my blogging journey and started to focus on free makeup and paid ads. Yet, what I am failing to realize is that I am passionate about something! In life, we get so caught up in the mundane daily tasks and...

PRACTICING NOWNESS

Your natural state is calm, content, and at peace. Not stressed. Not anxious. This is an affirmation I’ve repeated to myself a lot lately. To be completely transparent, I’m not very good at being present during each passing moment. I remember my first semester of college I was spacing out in a buzzing auditorium with over 2,000 other freshmen when I heard a guy over the microphone simply say, “Be where your feet are.” It’s been five years since that moment and it’s still some of the most influential and profound advice I’ve ever received. It’s so simple but it’s meaning is so complex; it requires complete awareness of self. We live in a distracted, anxious, busy world. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked up from my o...

LETTING GO: OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE… OLD?

The past few years have been, at times, challenging, but overall, were rewarding. I am finding who I want to be, and who I am from within is finally reflecting on the outside. I now have purpose, direction, and self-determination. Many of my dreams and visions of my future are coming to clarity, and this is primarily due to changing thought processes and patterns of behavior. This past year especially, I have learned to de-clutter, both around my home and within myself. I have let go of some past pattern of behaviors, changed my eating habits slightly, and exercised more. I cleaned out the closets in my home and donated a lot of clothes to Goodwill. I began journaling, too, about my thoughts and memories. Writing down memories that affect me in some way, and how I felt at that point in tim...

FIVE STEPS TO STOP FEELING STUCK AND EMPOWER YOURSELF

Are you feeling stuck and struggle? Do you feel helpless, disempowered and down? Do you feel that there is something more out there but you just can’t seem to get a hold of it? Are you hard on yourself and consistently put yourself down? We have all been there, and it can be so challenging! But you can stop feeling stuck and you can live the life of your dreams. You can feel confident, and you can accept yourself just as you are right now. Are you ready to live the life you truly deserve? I have 5 steps for you to un-stuck yourself: Self-awareness is an absolute key to every single change in your life. For instance, if you want to loose weight, you first need to be aware that you don’t like your wobbly bits right now. So when you are aware of it, you can make a decision about what you want...

FOUR OFF-HANDED COMMENTS THAT BROUGHT ME HERE

Sometimes casual statements summarize unknown anxieties so perfectly that they echo in our hearts and horrify us for months or years. The words puncture a place we didn’t know was soft. They eventually become inspiration for change. These are some of my favorites. “Don’t forget to get all the bits.” – Duncan Duffy, my boss in a dilapidated British estate. Duffy was so enthusiastic as he rubbed the nozzle of a small vacuum over a lollypop stick on the carpet. He thought I should be enthusiastic too. This was my life after all. At 18, I went out into the world to make my own way. I got a UK visa and flew to London. I figured fate would help me. My intentions were so pure. I ended up in the north of England. It was always misting heavily. It was cold. I worked as a general assistant in ...

THIS IS 30.

“Don’t tell me our youth is running out It’s only just begun.” – Foxes “OMG, you’re turning 30… how do you feel about that?” I’m asked as though the moment I go from age 29 to age 30 that I’ll magically be transported into some state of infinite wisdom that I can bestow upon my younger friends. Or way less glamorous than that: I’ll be in complete and utter devastation. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but turning 30 has been oddly unceremonious. This could be due to the fact that, as I keep telling you guys, I feel like I’m still 17, and this denial tactic has served me perfectly well throughout my 20s. But the truth is that in my experience, there has been no grandiose moment. No marching band, no confetti falling from the sky. Just another day, a mild hangover and slight back pain. To...

WHAT ON EARTH IS EARTHING?

Summer is vast approaching and while half the world’s population are probably shopping or digging out their slip flops, sandals, and summer shoes, here’s me looking forward to bearing all walking shoeless! Walking barefooted on the earth is earthing. It’s not a modern thing and dates to prehistoric India where stamping barefooted on the ground was preparation for an ancient spiritual dance known as Bharatanatyam. The stamping on the earth known as ‘Adavus’ gave women blessings from Mother Earth, empowerment, and grounding. As a child, I used to love running around on the grass and mud barefooted. I felt free. Shoes can be restrictive, and earthing is reverting to nature.  It’s plain to see when children kick off their shoes and trainers when playing. Just as the sun showers us with Vitamin...

THE GLAMOROUS TRUTH ABOUT COURAGE

Hello everyone. My name is Nike, I am the owner of the fashion and lifestyle blog SpecsandBlazers. It is my pleasure to share with you the glamorous truth about courage. Truth is…it’s not. It’s not glamorous at all. My story starts on a farm in Abeokuta, Nigeria – my father was a professor but always had this passion for farming. It was by all counts a home that was full love and I recall that at every dinner we had to go outside and pick our own vegetables. (the real organic). Around the age of three I can remember my parents arguing about their daughter – me, my mom would say : “Oh that child she’s so stubborn, she only listens to herself what are we gonna do about her?” My dad would say : she’ll grow out of it. Well…I never did. My behavior continued all throughout pri...

WHY THE TERM “OVERCOME YOUR FEAR” NEEDS A SERIOUS RETHINK

I’ve been consumed by a sense of scarcity lately. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s as though my soul is choking on dust. It seems like this world has limited, depleting resources and I’m always running behind the candy train. My pulse races over the smallest of things slipping through my fingers: the last nacho on the shared plate going into someone else’s mouth, losing one earring from the set, the extra cash on restaurant meals (I can cook at home!). I feel smaller, contained, nervous, fearful that if don’t keep a beady eye on all parts of my life, the things that I hold dear will slip away, or be snatched, irrecoverably. I re-enforce boundaries, protect what I have, hoard my thoughts and my stuff. In my fluster of activity, I’m trying to achieve fullness and satisfaction, but...

PRETENDING STUPIDITY

It dawned on me today that I pretend I don’t know something in order to get out of not speaking, just in case someone counters what I have to say or asks me questions. I fear looking stupid to others because maybe I don’t ‘speak right’. I do struggle with pronouncing certain vowels, which I attempt to hide by speaking little or avoiding ‘big words’ with too many vowels. So, if someone asks me to elaborate on a topic, anxiety rises in me, and I choke up, stutter, and/or speak too fast. My thoughts either begin to race, and then my words are flipped around and what I wanted to say comes out jumbled, or too fast and I then have to repeat myself. I realized today this happens because as a kid I overheard my father telling my brother, “that’s stupid”. I was seven years old at the ti...

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