Too many weeks have passed since my last post… I started 2015 with the goal of writing more often but I will be the first to admit at times I allow life to get in the way of my own expression. I am also working towards giving myself the time and emotional space to quiet the noise in my own head. More meditation, more peace. But more on that in future posts…
I last spoke of serendipitous reunions… would you believe it happened twice in Seattle during the same short visit? Maybe not the same exact spontaneous circumstance, but exciting none the less. And considering the distances that keep many of us far apart, a reuniting of any sort is such a blessing. The beautiful Bryana and I planned to visit our hometown at the same time and it was exciting to be able to finally connect in person after so long. We have known each other for many years with much distance and time between reunions, but as we have evolved it has become clear we are connected by our shared love of active lifestyle and healthy hearts and minds. As luck would have it, the weather was a little gray, cold and started raining just as we began to shoot but I suppose that is the true essence of the PNW. And in truth it only helped us capture the surroundings in the rawest form. I was grateful for the chance to bond with this Cancerian soul sister on that cool, drizzly day over tea.
Bryana was born and raised in the Pacific North West, and for a time period of time during our childhood we attended the same school. I’ll always remember seeing this cute little girl, a Hapa just like me who shared the same Winnie Cooper-esque haircut as I. I think it's only natural that we identify with something that feels familiar, and especially for us multi-cultural kids, I think it's an unspoken connection we share. Many years came and went and we continued to run into each other in passing, sharing life through shared friendships. Eventually she traveled to Hawaii for what was intended to be temporary period of time, but the moment she set foot on the beautiful islands, life was never really the same. The islands took her in and the beauty and spirit of the surroundings embraced her; it was clear it was where she belonged. Upon first opportunity to return, she did just that and made Oahu her home away from home.
Bryana has always been a devoted athlete, passionate about living an active lifestyle. As she seized the opportunity to grow new roots, she's taken full advantage of the amazing environment that surrounds her each day and elevated her love of health and active lifestyle to a whole new level. Rather than nurturing just one passion, she wears many hats in order to fully embrace the life she wants to live. She is a nurse, personal trainer, athlete and fitness instructor among many other passions. She has also become a Purium athlete and distributor, adding another layer to her ability to promote wellness from the inside out. Embodying it all allows the opportunity to commit herself to proactively loving and caring for her mind, body and soul, whether it is through physical activity, spirituality or the fuel she feeds her body -- and encouraging others to do the same. As we decided on the most ideal environment for our makeup and shoot, she said “I am most myself when I am in the outdoors”, a testament to what moves her. It is her desire to empower and inspire by being an authentic teacher as well as constant student and she is passionate about connecting with others who seek healing in the most holistic ways possible.
Over the years I’ve found myself in complete awe as I’ve watched Bryana’s life unfold. And from a deeper place, I’ve felt connected to her cause and understood what she was trying to share. What makes her so special is that while she is undeniably beautiful on the outside, it is her inner beauty and kind heart that moves those around her, and she inspires simply by the way she lives her life and how she treats others. And that sentiment is really the key to having it all, the hardest thing for us to do in the midst of our stressful chaotic lives; she lives. She lives through the ebb and flow of life with humility and grace. Working to accept the ups and downs we inevitably must face to continue to grow and become healthier, stronger beings. She moves and touches hearts simply by being; by doing the things that make her heart and soul happy. She inspires us all to get out and show our earth a little love each and every day. I have been so grateful to be able to see a bit of my own reflection in her.
This beautiful soul has recently taken on a new role, a very special and perhaps the most sacred blessing of them all – mother-to-be. I can only imagine the incredible ways motherhood will evolve her life path. My heart is full of love and excitement for her and I cannot wait to see what’s in store. I eagerly look forward to the day I can finally get myself back to the beautiful islands for a little adventure in nature together.
“It is my ultimate goal to empower others to take charge of their health. I choose to inspire others to lead a healthy lifestyle to heal and help themselves.”
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