About me...

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“With creativity, following through becomes an act of courage. The courage to face a lifetime of conditioning becomes a way to honour your soul and express your uniqueness. This courage defies all of the voices, internally and externally, that continuously tell you that you “can’t” or “shouldn’t” fully engage with the blossoming of your own creative ritual.”

For the first 18 years of my life I lived in a tiny remote village in the mountains of British Columbia. It was there that I first developed my love of nature, and my curiosity for all things creative and wild. I started writing my own songs and poetry when I was in my early teens, which eventually led me to study music and sound engineering in college. Music has always been a way to express, and transform, feelings or emotions that were too complex for me to articulate. I truly believe that the expression of creativity is one of the most powerful ways to metabolize and release emotion. 

Through my own path as a musician and songwriter (to listen to my music, visit the ANILAH website), I have walked along side the many different aspects of self that either help or hinder the creative process. It is through this ongoing conversation that the elements of Live Your Own Ritual finally emerged. Creativity is a fascinating thing, and for some of us, it's a necessity.  Sometimes it takes us a long time to realize this, and to give ourselves permission to do the thing we know we need to do (write, paint, dance, sing...). 

I see my own relationship with the creative process as a continual and changing ritual, a series of habits that act to serve one goal: to allow myself to get out of my own way, so that the essence of what wants to be expressed comes through. The creative soul always knows what it needs. To respond to that need day after day in the form of expression, is something that nothing else can replace. But first, you have to show up...

“A ritual is a series of symbolic acts focused toward fulfilling a certain intention. Ritual provides a way for us to take responsibility for our lives through the use of a metaphoric process.” - Renee Beck

 

Being any kind of creative takes courage and discipline, but it also takes a willingness to look at your daily rituals with a discerning and compassionate eye. Just being aware of your blockages to creativity isn't enough, there is a real need for kindness, compassion, and patience. This is where our work together begins; with an open, honest, and transparent conversation.

-Andrea

P.S. - If you're feeling uncertain about whether a mentorship is the right thing for you, you can book a 30 minute intro call below to ask questions and learn more... OR, scroll to the bottom of this page to send me a message :) 

I look forward to speaking with you, and hearing your story... 

 


“Certainly there is within each of us a self that is neither a child, nor a servant of the hours. It is a third self, occasional in some of us, tyrant in others. This self is out of love with the ordinary; it is out of love with time. It has a hunger for eternity.
— Mary Oliver

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