lessons from wanderlust
Before last weekend, Wanderlust had still been a place I had never visited. In case you are not familiar with it, I am referring to the popular wellness space in Hollywood. After taking over the spot that was once the Kundalini mecca known as Golden Bridge, Wanderlust aims to bring a fusion of yoga, nutrition, meditation, music and art to the community. With back to back classes from morning until night and a large selection of workshops, they definitely have a lot to offer.
A friend of mine began working for them a few months ago and kindly gifted me with a ticket to an all day conference. The event featured a handful of speakers, ranging from top fitness influencers to artists to high profile life coaches. While I still have yet to try out a class, I thought I would share what I took away from the seven hour day. Lewis Howes, the man who organized the event, shared his must haves for a good year.
GROWTH - We must be in constant growth, even in the subtlest of ways. Tiny changes over time add up to big changes. While set backs and steps backwards are guaranteed, the goal is to avoid stagnancy.
GRATITUDE - This is a definitely a buzz word these days, but with good reason. Being appreciative of everything that comes your way, the good and the bad, is crucial for a high vibe experience.
GAME PLAN - A plan is essential for maximizing growth. By setting up goals, we can stay accountable and on track. The structure of a plan gives us something to work with, since entrepreneurial and/or creative paths can feel chaotic.
GROUP - Surround yourself with people who elevate you. Find those who you admire and learn from them. Have good close friends and let go of drama and gossip. And lastly, support those who do well. Someone else's success is everyone's success, even when it doesn't feel like it.
GIVING - Another obvious one, generosity is one of the most attractive qualities in a person. The more we give, the more we get. The act of service is so fulfilling and will help change our world.
Tim Storey, life coach to Oprah, Robert Downey Jr. etc, stressed this point- your vision must always come first. Behind every successful person are a ton of sacrifices.
Natalie Jill, fitness blogger, offered tips for those interested in blogging and/or gaining visibility for their brand online. Here are her suggested questions to ask yourself.
- How does each post make your reader feel?
- Who is your target audience? Are your posts in line with this group?
- What does the photo say on it's own, without a caption?
- What problem can you solve for your readers/clients?
Katherine Woodward Thomas, the New York Times bestselling author of Calling In “The One.”, spoke about sacrifice. She suggested we ask ourselves this question- what do I need to give up and who do I need to become to have what I want?
She also talked about victimhood. It's so easy to blame the outside world or other people for our problems. But instead, for every challenging situation, ask yourself if you (covertly) co-created this. Take responsibility and get back into your personal power.
The last and most valuable part of what she shared was around belief systems. She talked about the discovering the consciousness driving your reality. For her, it was a hidden belief of "I don't belong." As a result of this, she held herself back from being an active participant of communities. In order to shift this, she began getting involved. Through committing and being a consistent member of a group, that feeling/belief began to change.
My favorite part of the day was definitely running into Brit Marling. I LOVE the OA and had just posted about her on FB, so crossing paths was a beautiful synchronicity.