Things They Don’t Tell You About Following Your Dreams

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Since embarking on this amazing journey I have had lot of time to think of what I want and how I want it to be. 

I want to be an EPIC yoga teacher. 

I want to be an EPIC yoga teacher all over the world.

That is one of my dreams. Now the hard part is getting those things to happen. I am already an epic yoga teacher. BUT I still want to be better. I want to learn more, do more, and overall, be more of an epic yogi. I want to see that when people leave my classes they are satisfied with the experience they just had or get a message from someone online that they loved my video and that it has helped them boost their self confidence. 

But HOW do I make these dreams a reality.

Well the quick and easy answer is TIME and WORK. Seems simple right? However, there is so much more to it than that. No one tells you how it FEELS. 

I woke up today with at realization that what I want is going to take a very long time. Not just to get people to notice my epic-ness online but for my expertise to grow. The old saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” is hitting home here. The people who find success in their dreams are the ones who never quit. That is not to say they never felt discouraged. 

It’s easy to say “follow your dreams” but what does it really mean?

If you go after your dreams you might experience these side affects

– impatience

– rejection

– success for a day, rejection the next day

-discouragement

-you screw up

-get laughed at

-get judged

-feel shameful for not being as successful as you want

-the unknown will drive you mad sometimes

-bank account may get low

This list sounds pretty scary. I have, am, and could experience some of these side affects. You might be thinking. Why in the hell would I go after my dreams if its going to be so hard and take so long???? Well that is for you to decide. 

I know that I will be a success because I refuse to throw in the towel. I refuse to let this list get the better of me. I am determined to keep going and that mindset is half the battle.

-Heather

6.12.18 | NJ

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What picture would you paint?

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It has almost been a month and a half since we have been in New Jersey and I must say I am ready to move on. I think two weeks is my ideal time to stay in one place, but a month is the max for me. What can I say, I like to keep moving. For example, I worked a seasonal job in Colorado and it was amazing. The place and the people were great, but by the time we left, I was ready to move on. 

We have a few more things lined up here in NJ such as another Cape May visit, Stone Harbor and more yoga videos to shoot. After that we hit the road. To be honest I am excited to get out west. I have always been drawn towards it and really like the energy. I also like warm weather.

This experience has been great so far, but it is also very bizarre. I can feel everyones energy. When are you going to settle down? When are you going to get “real jobs?” When are you going to buy a house? When are you going to have children? I feel the demands and expectations for someone who is married and in their early 30’s. 

I would be deeply sad if I did not see the world. You see I’m not afraid of the world. I think it is incredible. I like the idea of exploring others cultures because I have an affinity for new experiences, but also to really see what a place is like. Sometimes I think the television paints fear over certain countries, cultures and groups of people and I just don’t buy it. 

I’m going to travel this world; one state a time, one country at a time, one continent at at time. I’m going to document it through writing, film and music. I don’t care if it takes my entire life.

Life to me is not what my parents say it is. It’s not what the church says, nor is it what my teachers have told me. It is not written in a book. My friends all over the country don’t have the answer. I hold the paint brush, I paint the pictures. This is my life. 

My words may be disappointing, but also may be inspiring. I have to ask though, do you have control of your paint brush? What colors would you paint with? What picture would you paint? What would your life look like?

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Andrew

6.11.18 | NJ

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Standing in your Truth

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Sometimes standing in your truth takes courage. People may not understand or accept what you are doing, but that is okay. Standing in your truth takes strength. The judgment and invalidation will always be there, but will you? 

“You talk too much,” “You are weird,” “You create too much,” “Sorry pal, big dreams aren’t real.” The list goes on and on. Whatever you handle, will you let it bring you down, or will you laugh it all away? You might not think you are, but you’re stronger than it. What if you stood your ground and continued on your journey? Where would you end up? Would your vision come to life? 

Standing in your truth takes commitment. The way you take care of your body with a good diet and exercise, you have to do the same with living your truth. You have to be loyal to your cause. Remaining loyal will provide a payout better than winning the lottery. Huh? How could anything be better than winning the lottery? Well, in my opinion, experiencing your dreams is worth more than any lottery payout. The peace, the fulfillment and happiness that comes with a dream are priceless. 

I often read about people giving themselves only a certain amount of time to pursue their dream and if it doesn’t work they close up shop. That doesn’t resonate with me. I’m willing to spend my entire life fulfilling my dreams. So, all the invalidation that comes my way, it doesn’t matter. What matters is my courage, my strength and my commitment. A silly judgment from the sideline doesn’t stand a chance with that kind of defense. 

I’m an unusual person, I know, but I’m willing to let things fall apart in order for my truth to sprout. I’m willing to be patient. I’m willing to be criticized. I willing to endure all the growing pains. I’m willing to fail. I’m willing to succeed. I’m willing…

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Andrew

6.4.18 | NJ

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Souls Gone Wild

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Poetry is clairvoyance
Poetry is clairaudience
Poetry is claircognizance 
Poetry is claircentience 
Poetry is psychic 
To see, to hear, to know, to feel
Poetry is real
Praise your favorite rapper, but poetry is gay
Don’t you realize their song is a poem that they made?
Born in a world where men use saws and hammers
But the tools I have are in my mind
The creative spirit I struggled to find
Here I am, no better or worse than the next man
I just stand here different, playing with different cards in my hand
Please don’t fault me for following my dream
Because in my heart I do believe
This is my identity, this is the real me
The walls are coming down
So will shame, could I be proud?
This is my voice, I’m going to be loud
It was inevitable I would be letting people down
But if you could feel the way I feel now
Maybe you would do the same
Feeling your power, feeling untamed 
No longer plain, no longer mild
Here we are, Souls Gone Wild

-Andrew

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Stand Out

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I know the more I speak, the more I will stand out

And so the world will finally see

the courage I have to build and sustain within me

So, I must move on with it, step closer to it

The spotlight my soul wants to reach

May judgment come and I will release

the chains that hold me back

I can’t hide, I can’t be discreet

In the unknown I will become known

the growing pains for the emerging soul

What purpose drives you mad?

To get up everyday, to inch closer to a dream that must be had

What makes you unique? Would you let it shine?

Do you feel the rush when you visualize?

Do you feel the dream stimulate your inner being?

This clear seeing leads me to believe 

The only thing in between me and my dream

Is me…

Could I forgive myself for the resistance?

Can I wake up every day with persistence?

the courage I have to build and sustain within me

And so the world will finally see

I know the more I speak, the more I will stand out

I stand out…

-Andrew

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Dream On

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Dreaming have always been a fascination of mine. There are many forms of dreams; day dreams, sleeping dreams and the dreams you want to achieve. When I look at day dreaming, it is kind of like spacing out or resting on the couch, but not falling completely to sleep. We can experience anxiety in our day dreams, but can also gain inspiration from our day dreams. Sometimes when I have a creative block, I allow myself to day dream. Images and ideas eventually come to me which I end up using in my art.

I have an affinity for sleeping. When my body is at rest, I am able to travel the astral. Most of the time I am not conscious while sleeping, but I have experienced lucid dreaming a few times. When I was younger I became aware that I was dreaming and started to control my dreams. I recall wanting to go to a music concert and just with that thought, I altered my dreams and a rock concert appeared. There was another time where I was living in Chicago and I was asleep. Again, I woke up in my dreams and found myself in the house I grew up in, which was in a completely different part of the country. I remember looking at my astral body hands and then trying to walk through walls. I didn’t make it all the way through the wall because it felt very weird and I ended up waking up from my sleep. 

I think all the different forms of dreams are all connected. What I day dream and dream at night about are usually related to the dreams I want to achieve. My dreams are filled with music, writing, comedy, teaching, energy work, etc. Sure I’ve had my fair share of nightmares. They have surfaced in my waking life, day dreams and sleeping dreams. I look at nightmares as energy, energy from someone or somewhere else that I have resisted and allowed to enter my space. I’ve learned that blaming and complaining won’t do anything. It is simply a matter of making a choice to move it out and to embrace your truth. 

When I first got into spirituality I was all about astral projection. I wanted to have these amazing out of body experiences. Over time what I have learned is that what makes me the most happy is when I am experiencing a dream in the body. What does that even mean? From my perspective, what it looks like for someone to be experiencing a dream in their waking life is when their astral body and physical body are synced up. In addition to that, a person is grounded (connected to the earth) and aligned with their higher-self (purpose). Their energy is in movement and they are present. That scenario is what I call – MAGIC. 

What do you day dream about? Have you ever had a lucid dream? What dreams do you want to achieve this life-time?

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Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

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