Women Who Inspire: Bryana

 
Bryana: Photos and Makeup by Christine Aguiling

Bryana: Photos and Makeup by Christine Aguiling

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
Bryana

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.

Bryana

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. 

Bryana

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.

Bryana

“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.”

-Bryana

 

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Women Who Inspire: Yasmine

 
Yasmine: Photos and Makeup by Christine Aguiling

Yasmine: Photos and Makeup by Christine Aguiling

During my recent travels up the West Coast, I eventually made my way up to my home of origin, Seattle, WA.  Much of my family and friends are still there, but many have left in pursuit of career, adventure and personal exploration.  Yasmine is one of my oldest, most dear friends who did just that.  Due to eventual geographical challenges, regular visits became a bigger challenge for the two of us.  But after two years without seeing each other we realized were both in Seattle at the same time without realizing it, no advance notice - and when we are in the same city at the same time I consider it a serendipitous blessing.  We quickly made plans to meet up for a coffee date in the heart of downtown to do our best to catch up on life in a short window of time.  And as always, it was made clear that no matter how much time passes or where we are in our separate lives, we are always able to pick up where we last left off, sharing as if we were together just yesterday.  It was a stereotypical, chilly, gray day in the city we spent our growing years, but capturing my beautiful friend’s light with a little makeup and photo session was an incredible opportunity, regardless of the weather.

Yasmine
yasmine

Yasmine and I grew up together in the Pacific North West and our history runs deep – complete with humble beginnings, teenage angst, bad wardrobe choices, relationship woes…you name it, we experienced it.  But she always seemed to be able to see outside the bubble we existed in, thinking about what she wanted beyond what was easily attainable.  It was always clear, even in youth, that she was unique, strong-willed, destined for bigger things.  And despite the ever-present temptation to stay where things are comfortable and friendships are fruitful, it didn’t take long for her to realize her potential needed to be met elsewhere. 

In our younger years, she made no secret of her desire to move in the direction of the fashion world – her juvenile fashion design sketches so telling of her talents.  I will always remember the day she called to say she was moving to New York for an incredible career opportunity; one day she was a college graduate, pondering her next steps in life, the next she was moving across the country to make the goals she had long worked towards a reality - and with little to no advance notice.  Despite the fact that I was left feeling completely stunned, trying to absorb the fact that she was leaving so quickly, deep down I knew that moment would come eventually.  And if she was nervous, you wouldn’t have known it – she was ready to seize the day.  Since then she has called multiple incredible cities “home”, stretching herself to experience all she can in order to be sure she where she is meant to be.

Yasmine

So many years have passed yet that phone call remains seared into my memory.  It was such a defining time in life, and so telling of the person Yasmine has always been.  She has since built a career in the world we could only dream about as teenagers, living a lifestyle that is so completely right for her.  But even with the success she has found in the career she has worked so hard for, she cannot be defined by her achievements.  She relentlessly pushes forward towards new goals and aspirations, all the while she remains the humble, kind, down-to-earth person she has always been.  Strong, motivated, she does things on her own terms and she is a woman of her word.  You may not always be able to anticipate her next move, but you can be sure she is moving in the direction of her choosing with wholehearted commitment.  And when she realizes she must move on in search of her next adventure in a new city, she doesn’t hesitate to take the necessary steps to make that change happen. 

There is a special beauty that can be found in a woman who works from the ground up, knows what she wants and goes for it against all odds, knowing that all that can be relied upon is the will and drive found inside ourselves.  In a world where we question the path we must take, the person we must be, the luck we wish we could have - Yasmine is living, breathing proof that you can have a goal or dream and literally reach out and touch it, live it, with hard work and sheer determination.  Knowing that the only way to achieve the things she wanted out of life was to work incredibly hard without compromising who she is as a woman or forgetting where she came from.  I can't count the amount of times I struggled to see beyond the only life I knew, wanting to take the leap I wasn't yet ready to.  But in those moments I was able to find a bit of that adventure, inspiration and strength through her.  I will always be grateful for that.

As the Universe would have it, our serendipitous coffee date in Seattle was happening just as Yasmine was in the midst of another life transition.  I was beyond excited to be able to catch her just as she was on the brink of her next chapter.  As I sat and listened to her speak about her next steps, I couldn’t help but feel the familiar awe I have always felt in her presence.  The admiration, the love, the gratitude I will always feel for our friendship.  The comfort of knowing that regardless of time and distance, this beautiful, dear friend and our special little catch-up dates will always be one of the constants life will allow.  With all the things in life that undeniably must change, I am thankful some things continue to remain the same.  I look forward to seeing where her adventure takes her next.