Category Archives: Dreams and Inspiration

Lesson No. 42: Be Bold

Happy Halloween! I love this time of year because it gives us all permission to be a bit more daring than we normally would be. Dress as someone we wouldn’t consider being in our everyday life, believe in the unseen worlds that we usually don’t admit we believe in, be louder and more enthusiastic than we typically are.

It’s all fun and games because it’s safe. It’s just this one night of the year, and everyone else is doing it too. Tomorrow we get to crawl back into our shells again.

But when I look at something like this tree, it makes me realize that we don’t need our shells. Perhaps we should choose a shell-less existence and just be free to be who we want to be. Every day of the year.

Look at this tree!

Fire. Burning bright. Strong and relentless. Proud, but humble. Passion.

Nature knows.

Just look at her glow!

Bold.

I think we should all be as bold as this tree. Bold in our decisions. Bold in our convictions. Bold in our ownership of all that we are and all that we choose to become.

This is our life. We should light it up just like these flaming autumn leaves.

Be unequivocally who we are. Not because we have no choice in the matter, but precisely because we DO!

We are who we decide to be.

Sometimes we lose sight of this because there are so many external forces pushing and pulling us every which way.

But there is an element of choice in everything. Even if it’s simply the choice of attitude—the small things sometimes make all the difference.

Lesson No. 42: Be Bold

This is our secret superpower. Our internal freedom. We should embrace it and let it glow! Our fire from within.

with truth and elegance,
Vanessa

PS–To witness my journey on a daily basis (pictures included!), be sure to follow me on Instagram @Vanessa_Bork

Lesson No. 40: Cultivate Inner Strength

How about some Monday morning existential musings? That’s what people do on their way to work, right? Just me?

So here’s the thing. We are all alone in this life. Yes, we may walk side by side with those we love. But no one truly lives our life with us. Our human experience is ours alone.

Our life is our own entirely. It is our responsibility to make out of it what we will—and to ascribe whatever meaning to it that we see fit.

No one is coming to save us or make our decisions for us or tell us if what we’re doing is right or wrong. We’re on our own.

Some people find this depressing—even frightening. I, however, find it to be strangely liberating.

No one can ever truly break me because my life belongs to me. My life is what I say it is, and not what anyone else tries to make it. My life is my personal work of art—the living expression of who I am and what I believe in.

If I choose to take this responsibility, I can make my life my masterpiece. But I have to be strong—self-reliant and self-aware.

Lesson No. 40: Cultivate Inner Strength.

I am not alone. I am with myself. I am strong (even when I’m weak) and I can love myself. I will be okay despite whatever may happen around me. People and circumstances are constantly changing. But I can always count on myself.

I am one tiny little creature in a gargantuan universe. I am here for only a short time. And there are all sorts of limitations to what I can accomplish while I’m here.

But I choose to see this as a good thing. As a gift, really!

It would be so easy to feel defeated by these ominous facts. To be completely overwhelmed and essentially give up. It’s too hard. It’s meaningless. Why bother?

Remember this: restrictions force us to be creative. If you were instructed to make a meal, given a limitless budget and limitless access to different ingredients you’d probably come up with something really nice—but unoriginal. Because you’re not being tested or stretched. But if you were given only a handful of uninspiring ingredients to use, you’d have to put your thinking cap on. And if you genuinely got creative with it, you’d end up cooking something pretty memorable.

In this vast and crazy universe, you can create a life that is deeply meaningful. If you choose to do so. All it takes is a little inner strength, darling.😜

That’s where all the magic happens. Cease this beautiful opportunity.💕

with truth and elegance,
Vanessa

PS–To witness my journey on a daily basis (pictures included!), be sure to follow me on Instagram @Vanessa_Bork

Lesson No. 37: True Beauty is the Colour Grey

Tom Waits once said, “I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.” And I couldn’t agree more with this sentiment!

Because it just can’t be truly beautiful unless it’s at least touched by a hint of ugliness.

Just a whisper of pain or struggle or imperfection.

Anything that is pure beauty is too easy—it’s not real.

Things that appear perfect are not beautiful at all. They are superficial. Incomplete. They have no true meaning.

The hard things, the complicated things, the hurtful things—these are the beautiful things. They have deep value.

Because they hold profound potential. Potential for insight and for growth. Those who have struggled have often found answers. Answers that people who have not struggled will never know anything about.

The terrible things are what foster real beauty.

Life is comprised of dualities. Good and bad. Light and darkness. Beauty and ugliness. And none of these things are truly black and white. They exist on a scale of grey.

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful grey.

Lesson No. 37: True Beauty is the Colour Grey.

Where the awful meets the wonderful we find beauty.

And it’s called honesty.

with truth and elegance,
Vanessa

PS–To witness my journey on a daily basis (pictures included!), be sure to follow me on Instagram @Vanessa_Bork