06/20/14

It’s quite an amazing feeling when you become proud of yourself. Proud of where you are now, and excited to see where you’ll be in 5 years. Today I finally nailed my downward dog pike to handstand. Arm Balances are easier. Transitions are more fun. I feel great. I feel happy. I feel gratitude.

maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.

Why I Created an Inspiring Movement

I recently launched a project called one red lipstick. I created ORL simply from the root of being inspired. My Mom, Fay Chapple was a big piece to launching this project. When I was 17 my dad had a brain stem stroke – that has now left him fully disabled. I had to watch my mom start a new life, a new career, a new business and a new daily routine. Through all the life change, fear, sadness and anger towards the world, she never showed weakness; she never gave up.

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Through my personal journey, i have met so many incredibly talented women. And guess what? They all had challenges too. Maybe not exactly the same as mine – but they have all faced struggle. It was very comforting when I learnt their stories, where they came from, and how they moved forward to achieve success in their lives and businesses. I thought to myself, I am so lucky to have all these amazing role models to look up to – but a lot of women don’t.

We all need role models, women who have gone before us and yes, faced their share of struggles, but followed their dreams and created success. We all have 1 person we look up to, whoever that may be. But there is no community. You need people. Everyone needs people. The world is a scary and confusing place at times. No one can make it through life entirely on their own. Sometimes we all need a little help. And it’s not until women come together when you notice a change.

You may ask ‘how did you have the confidence to start this project at the age of 22?’. Well the answer is exactly that. I met a group of women that believed in me. Of course there was so much fear and nerves that no one would be willing to support me – but those few women did; and that is exactly why I created this project, so every women out there that is going through a tough time can understand that they’re not alone.

I wanted to create an inspiring movement. A community, a family, a group of women who could talk to one another and be inspired by each other. I want One Red Lipstick to be a global movement. A place where women can connect with each other even when they are half way across the world. Because at the end of the day, sometimes life just sucks. It really just sucks. But once we become inspired by one another and work together – thats when big things can happen.

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The Happy Place Inside

“Stay Strong. You got this” Is exactly what was going through my head during this moment. I post a lot of pictures of handstands, because, well, I love handstands. People like to say that there are certain places that are their “happy place”. Whether it be a place in the world, being outside, or a room in their house. Well my happy place is being upside down.

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There is no other greater feeling then feeling great and I think Everyone can agree with me on that one. I always express to my handstand students that handstand is not just about the physical strength of the pose. It’s not about how strong your body is and how long you can stay up there. In fact, that is a very small portion of it (at least that is what I like to think and that is what I teach).

Handstand is about the mind and the soul. It’s about flipping your perspective. Seeing the world in a different view just for a moment. There is an endless amount of overwhelming emotions.

So why is the Handstand my Happy Place? Well, it’s my therapy. It’s the one place I have where I feel invincible. The only place that lets go of my stress, brings me peace, and helps me understand that i am capable of doing things i never would have imagined. Of course the physical strength is a nice thing to think about-but recognizing that the fearless mind overpowers the physical body is the most amazing thing.

One of the biggest reasons I love about Handstand is the possibilities are endless. There is always more to do. And Like anything else in life- the battles, the downfalls, the rough roads.. You never give up. Especially if it makes you Happy.

21 things I’ve learned in 21 years

I am dedicating this to myself and to those who need a little loving reminder that life IS amazing.  To always see beauty in life…even if it’s not pretty every day.

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1.  Laughter cures almost all of lifes ills.  – suffering can be overcome with laughter and love. Find the things that make you happy, the people that make you happy, the places.. anything. The secret to happiness is the acceptance of yourself.

2. Yoga Kicks Ass. – It cures the soul. Yoga teaches us that we are perfect just the way we are.  Yoga is a journey & the study of ourselves.  It is one of the most beautiful things I have ever discovered in my life and I can 100% say it has changed my life.

 3. Pain is a part of life whether it be bumps and bruises as a baby, broken bones as a kid, heartbreak as a teenager, loss of a loved one, or sad tragedy in the family… we all experience it in one form or another. It’s a part of life. Why does it happen? I don’t know. I do know that Life is an uphill battle – but it is beautiful. It is okay to be sad. It is okay to cry. It is okay to be afraid of being afraid. Feeling pain just shows that you are alive.

 4. Have that Best Friend. – But don’t have so many. Find those few who you cherish. If you’re lucky enough to find one… they can be your soul mate, your struggle and strength, the reason you don’t feel so alone in the world. Thank you to my 2 best friends who inspire me every day to be the best I can be. You know who you are and I love you both.

5. Get Outside once a day. For however long the time may be.. It is quite inspiring to be out with nature.

6. Pilsbury Cookies are a religion. Eat the dough. Bake a full batch of cookies. You really only live once.

 7. Family doesn’t have to be blood. Family are the people who are there for you through thick and thin. The people who make you wake up each day and be happy about life. Surround yourself with these people – and forget the ones who don’t. But be thankful for everyone you encounter – as hard as it is – some people teach you & some people use you but there are others who bring out the best in you – keep those people around.

8. Handstands help the soul. – Plain and simple. Get upside down today.

 9.  Play an Instrument, sing or dance. – no words can describe the feeling of being able to pick up an instrument and make a tune or play your favourite song. Sing and Dance every day – music is the universal language.

 10. Breakfast food is good at any time of the day. Period.

 11. Take Thousands of Pictures.  You will look back on these and be thankful. Pictures are memories frozen in time – and things change in the blink of an eye – it is nice to have photos to look back on.

 12. Get a Dog. – Have a pet dog once in your life. The Love from a dog is indescribable and you can always count on them. They will never let you down.

 13. Look Good and Show Up No matter how tired you are. – My mom always taught me to put the make up on, do your hair, show up looking good and feeling good and it will make a drastic change in your day.

 14. Get to know a lot about your Grandparents. – Whether you’ve met them or not. Whether they are on this earth or not. Find out stories about them. How was their childhood, their life, their career. Find out where you’re from. They will teach you so many lessons that will be valuable to you.

 15. School is not for everyone. You can be very successful without having a sheet of paper saying congratulations. But finish high school.

 16. Sleep. – get enough hours of sleep and you will feel good. No need for “I don’t have time” yes you do. Put the computer and the phone down and sleep. Naps – take them. 20-30 minutes. My dad taught me about power naps – life changing.

 17. Watch your Health. – Just monitor it. Being your healthiest and happiest you is the best you.

 18. Teach.  – Teach something. Fitness, Business, Personal, Kids, Elderly… whatever and whoever it may be teach somebody something once a day. Learning is such a big key to life. Knowledge isn’t power but communicating and sharing is.

 19. Spend the money on the stuff you use the most.  – For me the most expensive stuff I buy is my makeup, skin care, shoes and food. Other then that I’m cheap. But do spend the money on the things you use in your daily life.

 20.  Accept Life just the way it is.  Every day wake up feeling grateful and tell yourself “I’m ok. I’ll always be ok.”

 21.  Never underestimate the power of love. I have this tattooed on my wrist and it reminds me every day that love is the most powerful force there is. It comes in all forms. Love Challenges you, strengthens you, hurts you, betrays you, teaches you, motivates you, and loves you. Whether it be the love of your pet, your best friend, your family, a place, or the love you have within and for yourself it is the most beautiful thing in life.