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“From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.” 

– A E S C H Y L U S

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Ever since I could remember, I’ve been visualizing. As a young girl in elementary school, I used to be the last person to finish reading. I blame my creative mind, which would wander to exciting places mid-sentence (side note: still happens). The only spot I truly loved was the art room – probably because it was the only place I felt I belonged. The time I spent daydreaming and visualizing was welcomed here.

With anything in life, I realize it’s not all daydreams (although I wish it was). It’s vision combined with hard work that brings what you want into being. Strangely enough, with any accomplishment I’ve made, it’s through a balance of activity and inactivity. Many times what appears to be inactivity, is in fact is very active after all. Taoist refer to this as Wu Wei, and in this case, I call it active visualization. Let me explain…

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Whenever I feel stuck, I pause, reflect and visualize. I’ve always been an advocate for vision boards. Not strictly for its artistic nature, but because it focuses energy and attention on the passion at hand. Love, fitness, career, whatever it may be, it helps the mind ‘go there,’ thus stimulating that dreamer we all have within.

In the midst of all the moving pieces of my career right now, which I’m extremely grateful for, I’ve had little time for inactivity. Feeling more pressure than before, I began to think, what’s next? As a result, I’ve negatively begun to doubt my creativity and the future. As dreamers, we should welcome if not anticipate the thought of what could be. In truth, I was running from the very person I am. When I slowed down to realize this, I knew I needed to take time some time out. I did just that in a rather unconventional way; when things picked up, I slowed down.

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There’s a method to my madness. When you’re speeding ahead, you fail to catch the glimpse of the pretty house along the street you’ve never explored. You overlook the excerpt in a book that will inspire your next project. In slowing down, you find everything you need. You’re re-inspired. Thus I found a way to combine my work with my passions.

As I prepped for my Mane Addicts Instastory Takeover (<- click for a highlight), I applied my new found knowledge to social media. The weeks leading up the gig, I used my account to play and test new ideas. Not only was this personally fulfilling, it also left me reassured I could do my best when it came time to take over their account. In fact this methodology helped me successfully accomplish my immediate goal (hitting over 9,000 impressions) while I created a road map for future ones. One of those destined ventures being Hawaii. The idea: reconnecting to the source.

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When I initially dug up information on the Awapuhi Farm and Nature Retreat, my ears were ringing, “ready, set, location, shoot!” For years now, I’ve had the reoccurring vision of being on a remote island, sourcing ingredients and creating botanical/herbal products. One thing many people don’t know about me is that I turn to natural remedies and concoct my own beauty products.

Ayurveda or life science, has always been a secret passion of mine. It became more prevalent in my life when I was diagnosed with ADHD. After years of taking medication, I desired a more long term and natural solution. Thus, I begun to self-educate myself on nutrition and natural means of healing. When I realized this ‘ailment’ made me special not slow, I began to use it creatively to my benefit. That’s when the holistic healer kicked in and I hope one day to help others heal and reach total wellness too.

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When I learned Awapuhi Wild Ginger was born and sourced in Pa’auilo, Hawaii, I saw the initial blending of my two worlds; the muse meets the the healer. I saw myself there, exploring the nature, science and culture of this area. I saw me hosting, traveling, educating, and most of all, learning through personal experiences. Clearly, the passion alarm went off.

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking the first step in that direction. In attending the Paul Mitchell Innovation Center in Santa Clarita, I learned all about the Awapuhi line. It was invigorating to be educated on a product I use often and is rooted in Hawaiian culture. The herbalist in me enjoyed hearing about the ingredients and putting a face to the scientists in the lab. To see the work that goes into perfecting and delivering a product into the hands of the consumer was something special to experience.

Later that afternoon I left feeling all the hope in the world. In fact, I used the positive energy of the day as an opportunity to make my own slice of HI in CA. I made my way to Malibu and created an experience that one could equate to the Aloha State. The strange thing was, that weekend I truly believed a huge leap was made in the direction of that island. I felt one step closer towards actualizing that goal.

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I’ve always had this island dream and I always will. Who knows, maybe the dream is better than reality. What I do know is I will eventually realize this dream and find out one way or another for myself.

Aloha,

M

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I ascend in delight

where the heaviness looms,

and spirits they lift

atop a misty cliff

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An inverted fog

you engulf me in,

a view so unclear

as I watch you disappear

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In the golden valley below

the skies open up,

to taste your sweet tear

oh, the melody I’ll hear

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I followed where you led

upon water cast thy bread,

a vision crystal clear,

in the reflections of my fear

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Waited a long time

to have you by my side,

it was a hell of a ride

though we’ve reached the end of our tide

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There’s something so majestic

about a biblical sky,

to pierce velvet skin

and harden the bone within

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Where thoughts of you lead

 the layers reveal,

indigo hillsides

 so pure and wide

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In a technicolor dream

we ignite with desire

 where greenery’s on fire,

and you are my rectifier.

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So why do I love a moment alone?

Why do I love each moment, my friend?

The solitude comforts,

the connections add fuel. 

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I’m in love with the world and all its wonders,

I’m sorry I so often get lost in its splendors,

but I’m here now,

let’s keep our moment burnin’.

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We may choose to walk alone

but all is very true,

momentarily we are our best,

when we come t o g e t h e r.

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| THE C E L E B R A T I O N |

 

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“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

– O P R A H WINFREY

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March has been a bit of a whirlwind in the best way possible. I’m not saying it was because it’s my birthday month but there was definitely some magic in the air. From exploring the Island of Catalina with my Mom, producing my first professional studio shoot for a global client, to winning my second Lookbook contest, there definitely wasn’t a shortage of things to celebrate. I want to wrap up this month by reflecting on this month’s #MavHave: C E L E B R A T E. So jump on board as I explore Catalina Island and dive into a conversation about miracles, creating the life of your dreams, and the importance of stopping to celebrate along the way!

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|| DO YOU BELIEVE IN M A G I C ||

I believe in miracles and celebrating magic moments. When goals I had been working toward began to take shape this month I was reminded of this belief. I finally understood the importance of sitting back to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

I think when we embrace the so called “magical impossible” with an “im-possible” mentality, we begin to open up and trust that we can in fact attain what we desire. Miracles are everywhere and I think when you surround yourself with positivity, it keeps you sailing towards that magic. Having supportive people in my life has been essential in my quest to live an authentic life. My only wish is that I return the same energy to those who have helped keep me on track. Thanks for being you, Ashley, Evan, Mom and Dad, Sean, Ang, Colin, Austin, Nat Sin, Giuseppe, Lookbook, Paul Mitchell and Twenty20.

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|| WORK HARD P L A Y HARD ||

“Discipline is the backbone of progress. Make something important to you and you will get it done.” It’s no surprise that discipline brings about amazing results. What’s most rewarding is when you find a nice little groove in which you actually enjoy accomplishing tasks.

Sometimes in turning our passion into our profession we lose sight of the very magic we once knew and loved. What we once enjoyed doing for fun becomes a “have to” instead of “want to.” When we begin to regard our passion as “work” instead of “play,” we flip a switch in our mind. By reconnecting to that childlike essence, we can find playful ways to bring excitement back to our “work.” In return, we enhance our creativity and find inspiration in unlikely places.

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|| Y O U ARE THE CREATOR ||

“You are your only limit.” This is an amazing reminder that the only thing holding you back from achieving the life of your dreams is yourself. Whether that shows up in your life as doubt, playing it safe, negative self-talk or bad habits, just know you’re in control of how your story unfolds. Whoever said magic doesn’t exist clearly forgot that we ourselves are magic.

            Let’s pretend for a moment that your mind is a tape recorder and your life is the cassette tape. All your thoughts, beliefs, words and reactions create the sounds you record onto that tape. Now if you were to hit the playback what would you hear, a beautiful love song or an uninspired tune? Just like a tape recorder, the only way to create a new story is to record over the old with something new.

So the next time you’re being hard on yourself, look in the mirror and give  compliment, because we all should celebrate and love who we are right here right now. Make your life the most beautiful mix-tape ever and share it with the world!

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