Working with Owls: Balancing Being and Doing

You might remember my trip to The Owl Cafe Asakusa in Japan this time last year, or my love for owls.

January 2017, I began volunteering in the Birds of Prey Program at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg, Florida. It has been one of the most beautiful projects I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of.

Here’s what I’ve learned thus far:

We spend so much of our lives trying to fill a void.
We’re afraid of silence.
Afraid of being alone.
Afraid of nothingness.

We’re especially afraid of not being enough for another person.

All these fears cause anxiety, sadness, and overwhelm.

So what do we do?
We fill our days with tasks.
We fill our days doing so that we don’t ever have to confront ourselves.

Working in and with nature causes you to be present, to observe, and to just be.
It really reminds you of who you are at your core.
To go with the flow and trust that you’re okay.
That you’re enough.

Balancing being and doing.
That’s really where the magic is.

Find ways which you can add more silence and more nature into your life.
Go out into the world and see how you can help the world through your passions and your interests.
What you’ll find may surprise you.




 

 

1 year anniversary

I’M NEARING MY 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SOBRIETY.
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Over a year ago, I decided to transform my life.
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Since then I:
Graduated with a Master’s from Brown University.
Moved across the country.
Started my coaching business.
Make my money with my business.
Show up for myself and my clients everyday.
Became a healthier, happier person.
Most importantly, I allowed myself to be the powerful leader that I am.
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Here’s what sobriety has taught me about life and business.
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YOU have to be willing to ask for help.
YOU have to decide that enough is enough and that you will have control over your actions and your decisions.
AND, that it’s literally impossible to please people — don’t try.
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It’s bizarre as hell because I never fully realized that I had a problem with prescription drugs and alcohol.
SO many people around me dealt with the same thing, so I thought it was normal.
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I thought it was normal to depend on those things.
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See, I’ve always been a happy person.
Happiness was not the issue.
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I know you know what I mean because you’re also a high-achiever.
You’re also a pretty happy person.
But somewhere along the line, you started depending on things to maintain your high vibes.
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THE ONLY time I allowed my personality to truly shine was when I was drinking.
I THOUGHT that it was alcohol that gave me permission to be me.
I THOUGHT I needed permission to be me.
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I learned that I could be me without drugs and alcohol.
That my clients needed me to be me.
That I needed me to be me.
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Sobriety has taught me that you will NEVER be ready to transform your life.
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>>We are creatures of habit.<<
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I ask you today:
What negative habits do you need to get rid of?
What is holding you back?
Why are so afraid to take action on your life?
Who are you afraid to disappoint?
Where is this fear coming from?
When will you decide to be your own rescue?
Why are you still people pleasing?
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>>So I ask you, when will you breakthrough your limiting beliefs and patterns, and start living your life fully??<<

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Welcome Readers!

It really throws me off when people ask me “where are you from?” or “what do you do?” Every.single. time. These are completely viable questions, but you see, it’s complicated. I was born in Venezuela, spent a lot of time in the East Coast + Florida, and have moved around a few times as an adult. And, I do a lot of things!

So, instead of telling you “what I do” or “where I’m from” I am going to share with you my “why”. Why I do what I do.

I love that inspiring feeling. You know, that moment when you read or watch something that gets you fired up! That feeling that you can do anything. Write that book, travel to that country, get that degree, ask that person out. I love that feeling. I love helping others create that feeling for themselves. I love seeing people in my community and the world around me pursue their dreams, passions, and overall interests. I love that entrepreneurship is messy but at the end of the day you know you were 100% true to yourself and your beliefs.

I love helping others feel inspired. I love helping people achieve their goals and helping them feel beautiful in the meantime. Whether that’s with health coaching, storytelling, photography,  or styling services. To me, it’s more of the why that matters. It’s helping people feel excited about another day. Excited about being here NOW.

I realize that it’s messy, frustrating, and confusing at times. I get that. But, to know that I did my best at whatever I did using the skills I have, is truly what drives me.

I believe that the victory lies in the small moments.

Like the moments of a great conversation, or quiet time to yourself, during a haircut… but the final result is just an effect of something great.

Like the moments where you cook a new healthy recipe… but the final result is just something you get to enjoy. The satisfaction of learning something new and knowing that you did something good for your health is the ultimate reward.

Like the moments when I’m interviewing a business owner and they remember why they started and are excited beyond belief that I asked them. That they get to have photos of the brick-and-mortar they created. That is the satisfying moment for me. The final blog post and nice photos are just an effect of something great.

That’s how I see it. That the magic is in the process. The moments while you’re working towards that thing. The thing itself is great, but not the point. I believe our sadness and frustration lies when we focus on that thing. Because it’s never about that. It’s about the people, moments, and life that happens between now and getting it. It’s about the person we become in the process.

Now it’s your turn! What are your thoughts?

I love hearing from you and learning about you. Instead of asking you what you do, or where you’re from, here are my questions to you:

1- what are you most excited about in your life right now?

2- what are you most thankful in your life right now?

3- where you are writing from?

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much love to you all,
Olivia

The Path of Least Resistance: The Secret Chinese Tea House

Have you ever noticed what happens when you feel inspired? It’s wonderful isn’t it? The adventures you go on, the things you discover, the people you meet.

I encourage you to become aware of the beautiful things that happen and unfold in your life when you’re in a place of joy, inspiration, and happiness. When you act out of those feelings, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see the beauty around you.

One cloudy-rainy day my husband and I went on an adventure to the Marble House Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. This seemingly uneventful day turned into the most beautiful adventure. We discovered a beautiful historic Chinese Tea House next to the Ocean that we had no idea existed. We’d never heard of it and it still feels like the best kept secret of the area.

It’s beautiful what you’ll discover when you’re curious and willing to step out into the world, even when it doesn’t seem like it’ll be awesome.

I encourage you. When you’re in that good place, seek what is calling you, what you’re curious about, and I am certain you’ll be excited to see what you find.

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stay curious my friends.

xo!

P.S. If you’re in Rhode Island, here is the address to the Tea House:

596 Bellevue Ave. Newport, RI. 02840

Baby Goats and Remembering Our Truth

It’s so important that we don’t forget who we are. what we love. where we came from.

I wasn’t raised on my grandmother’s farm in Venezuela but it continues to be a place of comfort. I can remember how happy I was as a little girl running around after baby goats, not caring how dirty I got, or how silly I looked.

Remembering what you used to love can be helpful for finding what your passions in life are now. I am an advocate of living in the now, but looking back and remembering how far you’ve made it in life will give you so much hope and inspiration to keep moving forward. Like Steve Jobs said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” 

I reminisced the other day about where I came from. How lucky I’ve been in life to even just have the basics: full stomach, warm safe place to sleep, and the ability to learn and grow. You know, these simple pleasures are not a guarantee for many people around the world.

It made me realize that gratitude is a choice we need to make everyday. We should be grateful for the simple things, because isn’t that all there is? So, I am grateful for my dad’s love of photography which caused him to take this photo. I am grateful for my grandparent’s goat farm for they gave me such lovely memories. I am grateful for you, readers, for allowing me to share who I am with you.

I have come far in life, and so have you. I say, let’s make our time on this planet count.

Let’s make the things, and write the words, and speak our truth. Let’s be grateful for what we’ve been given and start from there. Let’s forget our excuses and leave our insecurities and fears aside. They don’t serve us. That’s not who we were as children and not who we should be as adults.

Today, I tell you the same thing I would tell the little girl in the photos below:

Do your thing kid. Run around with goats, wear your snoopy shirt, and smile proudly, for happiness is being true to who you are.

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P.S. If you’ve been looking for a sign from the Universe, this is it. Don’t give up on yourself or your dreams. xo!