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Kirra Smith

 

Kirra 04Kirra Smith is a writer, photographer and writing coach living in one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Gold Coast Australia.

She works with passionate creatives and companies who want to make a difference in the world. Having begun her career in PR, Kirra has worked with some of the most inspiring names in the health and wellness industry and since then has built a career from the three things she loves most; words, beautiful photos and teaching others.

We talk to Kirra about creativity, flow and soul lessons we can all learn from.

SSC: Kirra, tell us about how you have come to be here today? Turning your back on creativity and finding it all over again.

Kirra:   As a little girl, I always knew I wanted to be a writer. I LOVED everything about magazines – the glossy pages (that smell), the sharp, sassy words, the fashion, I couldn’t get enough. Getting lost in a beautifully written story was, and is, my favourite thing to do. I didn’t know what I wanted to write about or even what I could write about, all I knew was that I wanted to make people feel the way I felt when I read stories. I had two incredible English teachers in high school who nurtured me and encouraged me to write (poetry mostly) and find my own voice and to this day, I credit them for my becoming a writer. When I was 14, one of my poems was chosen to be printed in a real life book. I was as excited as a 14 year old is about anything and not long after it arrived, I promptly put it on a shelf and went about my life. No-one in my family had ever had a career as a ‘creative’ and throughout high school I was unsure how that would actually work but, I enrolled in University to study journalism (as creative as I would allow myself to be) and away I went. Turns out studying journalism and becoming a writer aren’t the same thing and once I was done with my study (where not much about writing was learned) I was propelled into the real world and found out pretty quickly that writing jobs are few and far between. So I took one in PR and shelved my writing dream. After about four years, my deeply buried creative self came calling again. I submitted an article to a national literary journal and it was accepted. It was a dream come true and I figured that would be enough to bring me instant fame. Nope. Again, I put my creativity aside and continued to cruise along working in yes, creative roles, but none that gave me the deep fulfillment I craved. Fast forward to early 2017 and life gifted me some absolutely heart shattering pain (dramatic yes, true also yes,) and, another shot at my dream and the path that led me here to the love of my life, photography. I’ve been working as a writer and photographer for an online magazine since then and although last year was my hardest yet, it gave me more confidence and strength than I ever knew was possible and it showed me that living a creative life is what I was meant for. So many times in the past I have turned my back on creativity thinking a career doing the things I loved wasn’t possible and until I was absolutely stripped bare of all the stories I had been telling myself for well, my entire life, really, I couldn’t see that it really, really was. While I still do enjoy being a writer, it’s photography that I love with a burning, firey passion and I honestly believe that in many ways, discovering that love brought me back to life. It allowed me to experience the world in new ways, show me that I was good enough and most importantly that I absolutely can live the life I had always dreamed of, albeit a little differently that I ever imagined. So even though I did turn my back on creativity many, many times (I’m sorry I love you), today I get to do the two things that bring me the most happiness every day and that is pretty much the best life I can imagine.

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SSC: What are the greatest lessons you have learned from living a life that is not aligned with your soul?

Kirra:  Firstly, that it hurts and that’s how you’ll know. Maybe not at the time but eventually, no matter what, living a life that is not aligned with your soul will hurt. Whether it’s being in a career you no longer love, not being creative when, you know, you’re a creative, staying in a relationship with someone for the wrong reasons, whatever it may be for you. The pain though, shows you what’s not working and in turn, what needs to happen so you can become aligned with your soul again. I also learned that it’s never too late to change course and realign. I’ve found that life is always nudging us toward the right path and everything that happens is just part of the adventure, whether we go the long way around (guilty) or not. So don’t worry, if you don’t feel like you’re on the “right” track just yet because in truth you are, it’s just that maybe the path to where you want to go looks different than you thought it would. It always has for me. There are always, always chances to realign, just keep your eyes open, ask yourself the hard questions and take steps every day to get where you want to go.

 

SSC: Is there ever a time when you struggle to create?

Kirra :   Yes! Whenever I’m pushing myself too hard to make’ something work, if I’ve got too much happening and can’t properly focus on the task or if I’m too worried about the perfect outcome (which of course, isn’t a thing). It happens a bit but now I’ve become able to recognise when things aren’t flowing and can turn my attention to something else until I feel ready to tackle the task again. To me, as a very Scorpio-esque Scorpio, feelings and creativity (and feelings and life in general) go hand in hand so if I’m not feeling it, it’s not happening.  

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SSC: How can we find our flow and encourage more creativity in our daily lives?

Kirra:   I usually find my flow when I give up on trying to find it (classic). I think the best plan of attack, which will also encourage more creativity, is to get out of your own way. Whether it’s work or pleasure related, sitting down at a desk and racking your brain for that piece of gold is just not going to work. Give yourself space to be inspired. I highly recommend reading a book (fiction or poetry), walking on the beach and laying on the floor staring at the ceiling while listening to music are pretty good ways for me to find get in the mood to make. Even watching a sunset or laughing with a friend brings on the sparks sometimes. I absolutely love the simple, beautiful things in life and, as corny as it may sound, I think if you just take a little bit of time out, do something you love and forget about what you want to create, the magic will find you. I know there are clients and deadlines and never ending adventures to be had but if you know when projects are due try to give yourself as much time as possible to get things done. You’ve heard it a million times but carve out time for to get inspired. Talk to people, ask questions, drink a margarita and do a little dance if that’s your jam. If nothing creative is happening for you I highly recommend not forcing it, put the work aside until a stroke of genius hits (even a short stint away from the desk will help). Once the creativity comes, use the time wisely and give it everything you’ve got, that’s your flow. .

SSC:  Nowadays, what is your greatest metric for success?

Kirra:  It’s pretty simple these days (and it took me a whole 32.5 years to get here on a long and bumpy road believe me) BUT to me, it’s about who I am and what I’m contributing to the world. Basically I measure success on the good vibes I’m (hopefully) bringing to the world whether that’s through my work or simply daily interactions with people. It’s an ongoing work in progress for sure. I think though, that if I’m doing creative work that makes me happy and always learning and growing, that energy will filter out to the people around me and maybe have a flow on effect. To me, being able to give back to the world that way is success. Also, having incredible people around me, keeping my eyes open to the tiny little moments that make up a beautiful life and of course, having as much fun as possible. I think that’s a good way to measure success too. Oh and getting to eat cheese whenever you want.  

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Alisha Lynch

Alisha Lynch is a Naturopath, creator and owner of the Naughty Naturopath Mum flower essence range, blogger and mum to two young scallywags.

Alisha loves to motivate and inspire people to keep healthy with her passion for gut health and encourages making good choices in life, especially in the areas of food and nutrition, emotional support like her flower essence remedies and keeping our stress levels down.

She also likes to remind us that no-one is perfect and we often need to make mistakes to learn and occasionally be a bit ‘naughty’! Her belief is that balance and having fun in life are the most important things to achieve for our emotional and physical health.

We talk to Alisha about being naughty, her beautifully blended flower essences and life.

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Amber Valdez

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Life Purpose Cheerleader

Amber Valdez is a former TV Personality and NFL Cheerleader turned Life Purpose Cheerleader, who is leading 1 million+ individuals to love themselves, own their worth so they can live their purpose and GET PAID to change the world.

She is the creator of #StickieAffirmations, the Team Live Your Purpose Movement, The Worthy Goddess Workshop, The Let Your Light Shine LIVE & Turn You’re Crazy Into Your Purpose online bootcamps, and the author of “Stickie Affirmations to Live Your Purpose” that went #1 on the Amazon’s Best-Seller list.

Amber serves as a life purpose coach, online bootcamp facilitator, International speaker and live stream queen! Amber creates deep trust and respect through her down to earth, real personality, no bull shit, spunky yet vulnerable coaching style that allows her students to feel, seen, heard, accepted and loved.

Amber is committed to being the cheerleader she never had by reminding Light Workers from around the world that they matter, they are worthy and their purpose matters.

In this Episode Amber shares

  • Her personal struggles growing up in an abusive home
  • Seeking validation and a sense of self in the wrong places
  • Healing from the past, re-writing the future and becoming her own cheerleader
  • The essential key to creating a real impact online (that most people are missing)
  • How to find your light, share your voice and start living your purpose
  • Why the world needs lightworkers now more than ever
  • How to get out of your own way and step into your greatness
  • Why support and a cheer squad of high vibing soul sisters is essential to your growth
  • Why its completely possible (and encouraged) to make money while living your purpose and making a difference

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Melissa Ambrosini

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Open Wide

Melissa Ambrosini is a bestselling author of Mastering Your Mean Girl, host of number one Podcast, The Melissa Ambrosini Show, a speaker, and self-love teacher. In her signature straight-talking style, Melissa teaches women how to unlock their full potential, master their inner Mean Girl, smash through limiting beliefs, and ditch the self-doubt so that they can start living the life of their dreams. Named a ‘self-help guru’ by Elle Magazine, her mission is to inspire women to create a heart-centred life that’s wildly wealthy, fabulously healthy and bursting with love.

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In this Podcast Melissa shares

  • What inspired her to write her brand new book Open Wide
  • The importance and power of taking personal responsibility for your energy
  • How everyone we meet is a reflection of us, and the valuable opportunity for grow that this provides
  • Cultivating self-love and self-knowing in order to move our relationships into greater alignment
  • Healing sexual shame
  • Soulful sex
  • And so much more (this one is juicy!)

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If you enjoyed listening to this Podcast then you will LOVE Mel’s books Mastering Your Mean Girl and Open Wide

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Aimee Wilson

Aimee Wilson is a Certified Beautiful You Life Coach, Certified EPI Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner, Speaker and Sacred Space Holder.

Aimee supports women who are wanting to develop a deeper connection to their intuition and Awareness. She helps her clients to explore  what might be blocking them and re-discover their own version of a successful + authentic life. She is passionate about educating people on the power of working with horses and helping women to say a huge YES to their true desires.

She has been featured in online publications Inspired Coach and Soulful Living Magazine.

We talk to Aimee and learn about her beautiful work as an Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner.

SSC: Aimee, I understand you use equine assisted learning with your coaching – can you tell me how you came to be working in this area and why you are so passionate about it ?

Aimee: I was watching a documentary and one part was about equine assisted learning. I thought it seemed like a really interesting way to work with people. I started riding horses when I was quite young and loved being around them. Looking back on it I can recognise what I learnt from being around them and the impact that it had on my life. How to be assertive, have good boundaries, emotional intelligence and how to be a good leader.  When I started studying life coaching, I found the Equine Psychotherapy Institute (EPI) and applied. I just fell more in love with equine assisted learning and it combined so nicely with my coaching.

I think what makes me so passionate about it is that it is such a powerful  way to work with people. It is a really effective way of helping people and it reaches across so many age groups, cultural backgrounds and abilities. From kids with trauma, to people with PTSD, people recovering from addiction to high functioning adults and team building there are just so many groups where equine assisted learning or equine assisted psychotherapy works. It is really supportive and gentle, the focus is on getting curious and exploring with the client.

The horses model for us a way of being – living in awareness and being fully present and they are authentic in how they interact. They are experts at reading body language and all this combines to give the client feedback which is unique to them. What I really love about the EPI model is that we work with our horses and their wellbeing is really important too. They are our partners and teachers, not a tool in our coaching kit.

SSC: What are the greatest lessons you have learned from working in this space?

Aimee: Get comfortable with being uncomfortable! In EAL, all emotions are welcome and sometimes that means sitting with or exploring things that aren’t easy or comfortable. It is also being able to recognise patterns of behaviour without judgment and trying new behaviours.

Trust has been a big lesson for me. I’m working with two beings with their own mind and personalities so each time I step into session is an exercise in trust. Trust in the process, trust in my abilities and that my client will get what they need from the session. You need to step in without an agenda and just be willing to explore what comes up.

SSC: What did you do to change from having a ‘nice’ life, to following your passion – can you share some tips about how others may be able to start implementing this change?

Aimee : I knew that I wanted to do something more with my life, but for years I didn’t know what that was. I just started exploring things that interested me, following the bread crumbs so to speak  and that eventually led me to life coaching and working with horses. Which seems like the obvious answer looking back, but at the time it wasn’t. So my first tip would be to just explore what interests you. What is calling you to have a look? It doesn’t need to become a business or career, but you never know where that interest or idea might lead you.

Then look at how you can explore that. You don’t need to overhaul your life or quit your job straight away (or at all), it can be as simple as finding a local class or group at your community center or online. It might just be creating an hour on your day off to write or draw or bake or whatever. Take small steps. Get comfortable with being a little uncomfortable.

Find support. This is where working with a coach can be really beneficial, but just finding like minded people who get it or can cheer you on makes a huge difference. There is no way I would be where I am without the support of some pretty amazing women. The main thing is you need people who are going to lift you up, not shut down your ideas or make you feel like your crazy. Gathering your support crew is so so important. It really makes the difference on tough days.

Finally, have fun with it. I think we can make “finding our passion” so serious. Try having fun. Invite your inner child to come to the table. What did they enjoy doing or want to do? Explore and play. Be curious. Be open.

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SSC: Can you tell me how you balance the feminine and the masculine within your business?

Aimee: By being aware of how I’m feeling and working with that. Am I feeling like powering through things? Am I feeling in need of a slower day? Do I need to kick my butt into gear? Do i need to be a bit gentler with myself today? Once I know that then I can tap into the energy I need.

On another note, my two beautiful horses. One has a beautiful soft feminine energy and the other is much more masculine. I don’t know how intentional that was, but it’s a very interesting dynamic to have.

SSC:  What are the lessons you can share with others about owning your skills/special gifts?

Aimee: I used to think that I actually didn’t have any special skills or gifts, but I think that’s because when you do something so often it becomes natural, you forget that it doesn’t always come naturally to other people. So take a moment to list the things you do well. What are your strengths? If you are really struggling with that, ask a friend to tell you what they think your strengths are. You absolutely have them.

Keep showing up. It can be really scary to start sharing your skills, but if you keep showing up it will get easier. Showing up is actually the hard part. Anyone can say they are writing a book for example, but how many people actually show up everyday and write that book? Or take the steps to put it out there? If you are putting yourself out there and showing up for yourself, you are doing more than most people.

Don’t compare your journey to some one else. This is by far the hardest thing to do. You are on your own journey. There is no point comparing yourself to someone else, it will just make you feel shitty. Focus on what you need to do and where you are headed. There is room for everyone, you won’t miss out. Plus it’s worth remembering that on where social media is concerned you are only seeing the highlights, not the full story.

The other thing to remember is that not everyone is going to get what you do or connect with it and that’s ok. What you have to offer is amazing and the people who need it or you will find and love you!!

 

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