Love for my Life

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When a part of your purpose is that there is no plan, it is easy to get caught up thinking that something is wrong, that something is off. “I should have a traditional career by now, I should have a mortgage by now, I should have children by now…” I don’t have any of that. I weave dreams into reality. That is what I do. Each new adventure, each new place, each new experience: I drive to my dreams and then create new dreams. I have love for my life now.

This life isn’t perfect. Shit breaks in the RV, I don’t make as much money as I used to and what I am trying to build is going to take a lot of patience. YouTube, the blog, the podcast – these things take time. Living the RV life is strange. Some days you are getting bit by a dog at the RV park and other days you are visiting the grand canyon. Rainy days are boring, but the sun reminds you why you chose this lifestyle. Without the lows, without the days you are pushed to your limits, the magical days on the beach, mountains and desert just wouldn’t be as sweet.

If anyone tries to tell you that living in an RV doesn’t have any cons then they are bull shitting you like the internet loves to do. You are dealing with a small space, your cat is playing around in the litter box presenting a lovely aroma throughout the RV, you find leaks, your slide floor is FUBAR, etc. BUT, I got to say, it’s better than officially being homeless…

I like my life. No, I love my life. And I don’t think that was the case a long time ago. I went from depression and confusion to having more certainty and joy in my life. There is more light than darkness. It’s not all light, but I own more of my personal space than I ever have. I’m good with that, but it does not mean I will stop. There are many mountains to climb. Each present challenges and lessons to be learned. Each mountaintop is a victory,  a milestone and a new perspective.

If I was handed it all in the beginning, I would not learn patience or gratitude. I would not truly know joy. I wouldn’t be learning commitment and connectivity. It is through pain and struggle I have learned my strength, a strength I don’t need to prove to others and a strength not harnessed in a gym.

Something that surprises me is when I see people who have it all; family, big dreams, money, travel – but something is still off. So off that you need to take time away from a dream career to get yourself back in order or so off that you end up committing suicide…. It’s heartbreaking and sad to see. I know depression. I know pain. It’s ugly. It’s an internal war that not everyone always notices. This is why I believe health is so important. Self-awareness is important. Taking risks and following your dreams – it’s all important. In the end though we are human. You can have it all, you can feel god like, but shit can still go south and I don’t mean south for the winter. Life isn’t perfect, but nowadays – I love mine.

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

3/29/19 | AZ

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Social Media

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I have experimented in the past with taking breaks from social media. It’s nice. I’m starting to feel it is time to do that again. But, um, Andrew… you are in the process of building your brand USING social media. 

This is very true. I won’t be really stepping away from social media, but I will be stepping away from my personal accounts. I will still be actively posting on our business accounts. It’s just too much having both. I catch myself just scrolling through the various platforms and wasting a lot of time. Time is important to me. That is time I could be resting, meditating, going for a walk, reading a book…

I love social media. It makes it easier to connect. But, it is also a lot of noise. Noise I just don’t have time for now. Teaching, making videos, photography, practicing vocals, setting up events for Souls Gone Wild, focusing on my health – that is where I need more of my energy at. 

I have created a new daily routine for myself and in some ways I am having success and in other ways I’m failing miserably – haha. I’m committed though. It’s going to take me some time to breakthrough and make this work and I’m okay with that. Most of my life I have been a night owl. I remember in college I got most of my writing done late at night when most people were out partying. As I get older though I like the idea of waking up early before most people and getting a bunch of tasks accomplished. I’ve noticed that if I push things off for later in the day, I usually won’t get to it. 

I have a love /  hate relationship with technology, the internet and social media. It can be very helpful but also time wasting and addictive. So as far as my personal accounts go, I’m stepping away. Phew! I feel better already. Souls Gone Wild will still be on social media. The blogs, the pictures, videos and events will still be shared 🙂

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

7.26.18 | IL

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Starting Yoga

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The first time I tried yoga was in college. I think I did it maybe one more time after and that was it. It just wasn’t really my thing. I did, however, get into meditation. I really enjoyed it and it seemed to come natural for me. Eventually I started teaching meditation and one of the places I taught a series at was a yoga studio. The owner was trying to get me to take a class and I just wasn’t having it. I already tried it and it just wasn’t for me.

Aside from the not feeling yoga the first time around, I’ve always had a strong resistance to it. If I was going to do something physical I preferred going for a run or throwing some gloves on and hitting a bag. Now that my wife is teaching yoga, I have seen how it has impacted her, not just physically, but her energy as well. I see a stronger woman, all around. Lately, she has been teaching me yoga and yesterday was the first day I felt strong. It felt good, but that is not how I was feeling the first few times she taught me. My body felt very uncomfortable and oddly enough I was getting really angry. Most of the time it would subside and I would feel more at peace at the end.

Aside from flexibility, strength and balance, I see yoga as a way of moving out pain and foreign energy to bring your own energy in to replace it. Essentially you are going deeper into your body. As I am getting more accustom to yoga I am able to use my clairvoyance with it. It will be interesting to see what chakras are impacted by certain poses that we do.

Starting yoga was not something I expected, but that seems to be a theme in my life as of lately. It’s nice to be able to not only surprise others, but surprise yourself. I just want to continue to become more healthy and to get better at being present.

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6.19.18 | NJ

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Living Healthy

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What does it mean to live healthy? When I was younger, it wasn’t something I thought about. Fast food, soda, junk food, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs – I knew exactly what it meant to live unhealthy. As I got older I slowly purged the poisons that I put in my body. It wasn’t until about a year ago when I took my health much more serious. I’m far from perfect and I don’t even believe in perfection, but I do believe I can always improve. I need to be more consistent with my workouts, stretching and water intake. 

As I continue to take my health more seriously, I do ponder on what it really means to live a healthy life. I don’t have the answer for others, but I do have an idea what may work for me. I think health is more than just your physical health. I think living a  healthy life encompasses all aspects of your life. How does working a job you despise affect your body, mind, emotions and relationships? How does being in a negative relationship or non supportive community affect your overall wellness? What if you struggle expressing yourself and end up suppressing everything? How does a negative perspective on your identity, body image, society and the world impact your health? How does not knowing you truth affect your health and your life?

So yes, I do think health goes beyond the physical. For me, I think working a job you enjoy is important. If you are dedicating most of your time to earning money, then you might as well enjoy it, right? I think that being happy is apart of being healthy. When you are happy, there is permission for spirit. Your body runs best on your energy. When you are happy, you tend to be more present. I think health is all about being present and aware; knowing the right food to eat, the best exercise regiment for you, the right amount of sleep, etc. 

The more present I become the less tolerant I am of toxicity. I don’t have time for negative people or negative environments. What I do have time for is love and purpose. It sounds like some hippy shit, but it can be difficult to maintain a healthy body and push for your dreams. Sometimes you have to eliminate what isn’t working so you can focus your energy on what is best for you. 

Getting grounded, developing a stronger relationship with my body and connecting more to my purpose is what is best for me. That is how I continue to become more aware and more healthy. 

What does living healthy mean for you?

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#NotGettingHigh

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I might as well just start off by saying, if you do get high, it doesn’t bother me at all. This isn’t a blog post about why people shouldn’t do drugs or alcohol, it’s a post about why I don’t.

I’ve spent a good part of my life, out of my body. The culprits: drugs, alcohol, depression, boredom, etc. Now, what does it mean to be out of your body? Well, when we sleep we are out of are bodies. When we get drunk, we are typically out of our bodies. Even when we are day dreaming, we are out of our bodies. You ever see someone with the thousand yard stare? That is what it looks like when someone is out of there body. Now, there is nothing wrong with being out of your body. I enjoy dreaming, but I don’t want to be out of my body all the time.

So, what does it mean to be in your body? Well it’s different for everyone, but I know when I experience the following, I am moving back in my body; being in nature, falling in love, having new experiences, exercise, practicing singing, etc. Your physical body is always in present time. When you are with someone you love or are doing something that you are passionate about, your spirit and body meet. To me, that is magic; when all the bullshit fades away, your senses are heightened and you feel alive. My drug is feeling my own energy flowing through my body. It never gets old.

What did get old for me were the hangovers, the clouded mind and the way my body felt after smoking a cigarette. I started to realize that if my body could have a dream, it would be better health. If I could make that happen, it would make it easier to fuel MY dreams; traveling, teaching, creating, performing, etc.

I’m a very spiritual individual and often when people think about spirituality the topic of out of body experiences arise. When I got into spirituality, that was my primary interest too, but over time I quickly learned that having an in the body experience was where its at. Sometimes I wish I could find the words to describe what it is like after leaving a meditation class or what it is like to just have received a healing. It’s just something you would have to experience for yourself to understand, but being in my body, being present – that in itself is a dream of mine. To sink into my skin, to be in my heart, to feel my energy flowing, to be grounded and starting out my eyes at this beautiful and fucked up world we live in… yeah, thats a dream of mine.

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