Happy Friday all you lovely people! I just sat down with a nice glass of Rose and some fresh homemade carrot summer soup and I’m feelin pretty unperturbable!

I’ve been missing for a minute because I was out of town for a week at Lightening In A Bottle. For those of you that have never heard of it, it’s is a 4 day music festival out in Bradley, California. This was my 5 year attending, and every year I go, something truly amazing happens! I meet a new friend, I discover a new artists, and I fill my heart with love and magic. There’s something about being out in nature, surrounded by beautiful people, music and art for 4 days that brings out something magnificent inside of you.

As I sat under a huge colorful canopy, to the sound of a big gong, and a soft voice. I softly breathed in, and breathed out in this wonderful morning yoga class with a couple hundred people. As the fabric blew in the wind, and as the harmonic sound touched my soul, my heart filled with so much joy and gratitude I started to cry and I could not stop. I cried because I was overwhelmed with the amount of beauty in this world, all that I have experienced, accomplished and that I get to get up everyday and do what I love, and make women feel beautiful. With every breath, I went deeper, and as the tears rolled off my face, I surrendered to the moment. I didn’t care what people thought and I smiled… I smiled with a peace that I wish I could carry with me everyday.

It’s so important to take time out, to be in nature, and to sit in silence. All the noise, and the daily traffic in our heads of what we need to do, where we need to be and how are we are going to get there, can keep us from the truth. The truth of who we are, why are we here, and what should we REALLY should be doing! The answers are always there, we just need to be able to hear them.

The more I listen, and the more I tune in, it’s amazing how clear things start to become. As I find myself surrendering to the pain, the shame and the blame that I have been so oblivious to until now, I can feel myself becoming lighter, more self aware, and I can feel my heart expanding.

Transformation is hard work, but anything worth anything in this world does not come easy and it definitely does not come to you sitting on your couch watching the latest episode of The Kardashians. Self awareness is the key to unlocking your dreams, and as I sit here and write this, I feel a strong sense of urgency. It seems slowly but surely my passion for changing women’s lives, is not just with a camera, there is something bigger in the works, and the more I write, the clearer it becomes.

This blog has been so healing for me and I really hope whoever you are out there reading this, is taking away something, and that my words are being heard and felt wherever you are in this world. You have the power to be who you want, you deserve to be happy, and if you don’t love what you do, I know in the depth of my soul, there is something better out there for you. You have to fight for what you want, with all your heart, because in doing what you love, you will find a deep happiness that is more important than any material thing you own! It’s never too late to catch your lightening in a bottle!

This year I collaborated with Ritual, a super sexy clothing brand I have been admiring for years! Just a little sneak peak of my shoot. More to come soon 🙂

With Love, Marisa

lightening in a bottle