So, what is it like living in a van for 3 months? Where did we go and what did we learn? Where are we off to next. And, how did our 1-year old daughter handle the #vanlife lifestyle? (amazingly well, but there’s more) We’re back in San Diego for a few weeks and are excited to share what we have learned thus far and hopefully inspire you to take a bold leap out of the mainstream path and create something uniquely your own. We have found that by following our highest excitement (often with no idea what awaits us down the path) that we are profoundly provided for, are supported in every way, and are called further and further into deeper union with our true “Self”. Indeed, what started as a journey into nature and the wild with the aim to cut all ties to our old lifestyle and inquire more deeply into how we truly wanted to live (a notion we call “repatterning”) evolved into a powerful spiritual adventure bringing us into greater connection with each other and, most importantly, to our selves. Now, after this wonderful time on the road, we are more clear than ever on how to serve, and are being steered towards a breathtaking future that we could not have possibly dreamed of prior to our van life journey. Ultimately, we have found remarkable clarity by leaping into the unknown and trust more than ever before, that the universe truly has our back…and yours too. Enjoy!
Anurag Gupta’s message is simple: discover & devote your life to your “calling”. From here, design an architecture and environment around you to support the further exploration and realization of your aim. This is a rather simple path, but one that could prove to be the most challenging – and possibly the most important one – you ever embark upon. For some (including us) the changes needed can be dramatic – leaving a job, selling your ‘stuff’, dropping friendships, finding your true voice and expressing that. It seems that fulfillment and true joy only when one steps fully into the space of one’s calling and lives FROM that place. Oh, and as Anurag so clearly states in this interview – it’s never about where you’re going (and the pictures and vision which accompany that). No, in fact, in many cases we must drop all attachment to what we want and allow our calling or truth to lead us. It will lead to many surprises perhaps, but ultimately a much better place than what we (and our programming) could design for us. In this conversation, Anurag lays out his vision for how to live a life of joyful fulfillment. It’s simple, but not easy. For us, his message has been one of the most inspiring we’ve ever heard. We hope you feel the same.
Many people want to change their lives, but few actually do – why is this? Perhaps it’s because they aren’t truly “all in”. What then separates those who succeed from those who don’t? Virtually everyone we have spoken with on the Ownstream Podcast, or just in the flow of life, who has pulled off of the mainstream path creating something truly their “own” have done what we call “burn the boats”. In other words, they have taken irrevocable, and often dramatic, action in the direction of their life’s calling. This sometimes means leaving a job, moving across the world, selling everything and traveling or some other radically different, out of the box, act. In this article, we discuss why this is so and break down the specific steps to successfully designing your own “burn the boats” (or “confirmation”, as we call it) moment.
Patrick Haize is a true renaissance man. He wears various hats, coaches people on an assortment of skills and practices, and leads adventures into sacred locations in nature around the world. More and more, people are breaking out of the cookie-cutter design of work and life by simply following their excitement, healing themselves, and helping others. So, in Patrick’s case, he does a variety of things, each though focused on one ultimate goal – raising consciousness. In this episode, we discuss his amazing recovery from heroin addiction, and the vitally important spiritual growth which has ensued, how he deprogrammed himself from the matrix plus the difference between the synthetic matrix and the Gaian matrix, his purpose and how he helps others find theirs & how music remains his passion. His life is a living testament to his calling of consciousness, and how layered and textured that path can appear. It stands in stark contrast to the many who need things to fit into boxes, obsessed with control, following the rules. For Patrick, and for many others like him, the new earth is here and he is showing the way. Are you willing to follow? Enjoy!
Stacie Malkus never saw herself in sales, much less network marketing. So, when an opportunity to become a rep with an essential oils business came her way, she balked. That is, until she saw how powerful the oils were when she used them to help her daughter’s sleep. After Brooklyn took a 3-hour nap, mommy became a believer. Now, she oversees a 40K member team, selling healthy essential oils to those craving an alternative to the mainstream path of medicine and drugs. This episode began as an exploration of these oils and how wide-ranging and beautifully effective they are in treating all manner of illness and injury. But, along the way, we realized that this episode was also about the return of network marketing as a viable, powerful business for those who’d rather not sit at a desk all day. In the last couple of years, Stacie has grown her business to becoming the lone bread winner in her family (she “retired her husband” a few years ago), and now their family enjoys more time together, enjoying the outdoors (surfing in particular), traveling and more. For those seeking ways to treat pain and illness more holistically AND for people who desire an elegant alternative to working 9-5, then this podcast is for you. Enjoy!
Care Messer knew her newly born infant daughter Finnley was in trouble, and the doctors agreed. After 6 miscarriages though, Care was determined for her beautiful baby to know the feeling of love, so she simply held her – for days, and days. Eventually, it became clear that Finn was going nowhere and that Care had a new mission in life – to empower parents to make healthy choices regarding their birth experiences, and to reframe birth from a painful, traumatic event to one filled with beauty, grace and love. Care runs the Birth Education Center of San Diego, but speaks powerfully for all around the world exploring alternatives to the mainstream, prescribed birth experience. Does birthing have to be painful? Must it be traumatic? Must it take place in a hospital? Are moms and dads to be seen as “patients”, or simply, parents? We discuss all of these topics and more on this episode of the Ownstream podcast. For those who are expecting a child, or who are considering having a child, this episode could radically change your view of the birth process. Plus, hear Care describe her very emotional and moving journey to motherhood, and the remarkable grace that has awakened in her along her path. Enjoy!
What happens when you decide to change EVERYTHING about your life? What fears and other challenges arise, and how do you deal with them? This forms the bulk of this podcast episode, where we as co-hosts (Theresa & Stephen) delve into the inner reality of making massive changes in life and how we are successfully managing these challenges and maintaining peace, joy & love through the process. Also, we discuss our general route through the western US from late July ’17 thru Oct ’17 (& beyond) and how you can connect with us in person along the way! This episode was a bit scary for us, as we delve into the intimacies of our inner (and outer) journey. We hope you will listen with an open mind, and see a bit of yourself in our challenges and triumphs. Enjoy!
So, what’s it like living full-time in a van? Scan the hashtag #vanlife on Instagram, and prepare to ooh and aah and the majesty of the earth through the eyes of van dwellers worldwide. You would probably stumble across some of the breathtaking imagery of professional photographer Andy Austin, who for the past year has lived full-time in his 2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500. Traveling throughout the west, and mostly back and forth across his beloved home state of Montana, Andy has built quite the following online and has amassed some amazing stories from his time on the road. We discuss many specifics, namely how does he: eat, poop, sleep, work, relax and make coffee? Where does he park at night? What are some of his favorite places to boondock? What are some of his favorite memories from the last year? What challenges has he stared down and gotten through? We discuss all facets of #vanlife with the very candid, eloquent and adventurous Andy Austin in this episode of the Ownstream Podcast. Enjoy!
Cara Thomas was stuck. She was tired of her day job, her relationship had just ended, New York was wearing her out. She knew that life could be more than this, so like more and more people, she dropped it all and headed to Asia. She purchased a 1-way ticket to Mumbai, and did not look back. Prior to her departure, inspiration struck – ask her closest friends to give her small challenges to do along the way, enabling her to both pursue adventure but also invite serendipity and spontaneity into her daily experience. Since she loosely planned to be away for 90 days, she asked for (and received) 90 cards. These actions ranged from paying it forward by purchasing a treat for someone behind you in line to asking a stranger for a mantra. So, of course one of these led her to meeting Steven Tyler in a Bangkok hotel and the other…to connecting with us in a cafe in Ubud, Bali. We’ve been pals ever since, and we’re honored to share her wonderfully organic entrepreneurial journey with you. She shares here how “Serenflipity” has naturally grown into a full-blown business, how travel helped her get unstuck in her life, her 90-day structure to life experiments and how serendipity is less “magic” and more a state of mind, available to anyone, anytime. Enjoy!
Fierce determination. This describes the look on Theresa’s face after watching the documentary, “Forks Over Knives”. Having always suspected that her diet was “off” & while currently watching her father suffer from cancer (which, as she learned in the film, is directly connected to eating meat and dairy), Theresa’s mission became clear: transition to the whole food, plant-based (WFPB) diet and, then, help others do the same. The result has been a dramatic transition across virtually every area of her life – weight loss, sleep, fitness, focus, feeling connected with nature, even the birth of her daughter – all directly helped by her diet. On this episode of the Ownstream Podcast, she discusses the 4 steps to effectively transition from any diet to the WFPB diet, the myths surrounding protein and calcium, she reveals her dramatic history with food, health, body image and healing and so much more, plus how you can work with her to help enact these dramatic changes in your life too. Enjoy!