"Truth is a pathless land, if you're following someone else, you'll never find it." ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
Hi there! I'm Vana. Most days you can find me savoring 3 things: a quiet morning, cuddles with my Frenchie, and laughter with my man.
At my core, I'm an idealist almost to the point of idiocy and a dreamer, of the most daring and diligent kind.
A digital girl with an analog heart who cares deeply about people, purpose, and our planet.
I'm a born and raised Latina Brooklynite who grew up on Boy Meets World and Walkmans. I loved my Trolls more than my Barbies and I’ve always appreciated solitude. I am an INFJ, a Virgo, and a creative through and through. Paint, dance, fashion, words, the medium has never mattered as much time with my Muse. I currently live in Vermont with my man (Joe), our son (Liam) and our pup, (Vada).
Through my work, I create, encourage, listen and guide. Technical title? I'm a Mindful Maker.
I am mostly known for being an encourager and my ability to offer people new perspectives. I’m also known for my belief in starting where you are with what you have, and letting everything be progress because fumbles and fuck ups are what build the fairytale.
I believe in...
What lights me up most is exploring the countless ways to live a conscious life and how to make it your own. I feel most alive when I share, almost always in real time, the lessons of my own journey. I choose to practice and I propose versus preach. What you do with my offerings is yours to decide. Which is my favorite part. Your map. Your road. Your rules.
My journey began over 10 years ago,
when I started to explore what it meant to live a life that was kind(er) to the planet. I sought for answers inside my diet, my closet, my wallet, my heart and my mind. From nutrition school to Environmental Conservation drop out. From motherhood to auto-immune disease, to launching this platform, my life has been one experiment after the other, all in search of how to live as consciously as I can.
Along the way, I've learned,
there’s more than one way to live out this lifestyle. I deeply value choice, made through discernment and deliberate thought. I want to live in a world of women who are wildly aware of their role as conscious creators and step up, in way that's all their own. They honor their individual inquiries and the collective conversation, through the lens of community over criticism. Because that holier than thou shit that exists in the “conscious communities” is so ass backwards and helps no one.
Through This platform I guide women,
who want a lifestyle that's mindful and meaningful. And by that I mean, it puts you back in the drivers seat and helps you create a life that feels purposeful and practical, while leaving room for possibility.
I help these, perfect as they are women, learn how to explore this kind of living as a courageous, lifelong practice.
My work helps them feel supported, encouraged and downright in love with their evolving conscious lifestyle and journey.
I am not here to change anyone;
I couldn’t if I tried, because nothing changes without you. I am here to deepen my own practice and share my insights, in the hopes that doing so helps you remember you can do it too. There’s nothing special about me, that isn’t also special about you. I just happen to have chosen to create a public platform, which still baffles me, because I’m a total introvert.
But here’s the truth,
the world is waking up. I know you know it, you wouldn’t be here with me if you thought otherwise. And despite being completely petrified of putting myself out there for all the world to formulate their opinions of me, my mission is much larger than all that jazz. I am here to uplift humanity as a whole by learning how to be the very best version of myself. Even and especially when it’s messy, unclear, complex, and down right hard.
There are many of us out there doing this great work, and I am proud to be among the Brave who’ve chosen to rise and meet this challenge.
The question is, will you join the good fight?
Will you set aside what you think you know and instead choose to have a beginners mind? Will you accept that living consciously is a journey that happens from the inside, out? Will you choose to believe that you can overcome the overwhelm, create with courage and consume with care, and in doing so, join me in inspiring other women to do the same? In their very own way.
The choice is yours Brave. And the invitation is always there.
Because being conscious and courageous happens once choice at a time.
All my love xx