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Lessons from the Plane (Taking Risks!)

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Lessons from the Plane (Taking Risks!)

One of my favorite feelings in the world is that moment when you’re taking off on a flight and the wheels are no longer touching the ground. For a split second, I feel this panic like “what if the plane just hits the ground and explodes?” But there’s also this calming feeling where I’ve accepted the risk of flying and I’m sticking to it.

I think I can really learn a lot from this idea. I spend much of my time dreaming (and pretty big I might add). I constantly am thinking about where I could be and what’s holding me back, but I think as much as I love the idea of taking risks I’m scared of it. The idea of something not going the right way can be crippling at times and it is really hard to take a risk and fully commit to it. When I’m flying I think about the chance that this could all crash and burn but once I’ve made that decision to fly I can’t really go back. I have to stick with it and so far, it’s been working for me (knocks on wood).

I want to encourage myself (and maybe you too) to take more risks, acknowledge that you’re partaking in some risky business, but stand behind it. If you’re planning to drop everything and move away, don’t be apologetic about it. Own it. Don’t allow those seeds of doubt to creep in. I don’t want to tie this post up in a neat little bow like I typically do. I just wanted to let you know where my head is at and hopefully provoke a little thought for you.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it 

Dev Doe

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AnimaBellaInc - The Woman Behind the Camera

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AnimaBellaInc - The Woman Behind the Camera

So you may have noticed that I participated in a photoshoot a few weeks ago because I’ve been posting photos from it at least once a week at this point! Well this photoshoot all came as a result of Aurelia Michael’s program, the Daniel Planner’s Experience, where you start your year off right and focus on evolving in quite a few ways. This was my second time participating in this program and I was fortunate to have Gabrielle Goodman as my accountability partner. This meant that at least once a week we would facetime and talk about our goals, our failures, and just anything else. Little did I know I had found a new friend and talented photographer. Gabrielle is such an amazing photographer because she is such a great person. She is able to make you feel so comfortable and empowered in front of her camera that you literally won’t want to stop. I decided to interview her because you all need to know how great she is both as a person, dancer, and photographer! Enjoy!!

Tell us a little about yourself! 

My name is Gabrielle. I am 20 years old living in the DMV area. I come from an extremely large family whom I love SO much. I am passion driven and love centered. My passions are dance (first love), photography and film. Lastly, I am the founder of Anima Bella INC 

How did you get started in photography?

Photography is something that is so valuable to everyone and such a great gift. I actually got interested in photography when I was about 14 years old. My grandfather was turning 60 and my family had planned a HUGE party for him. I wanted to give him something special along with something he could keep until the end of time. So I had this Cool idea to take photos and videos at his party which I later turned into a DVD. I remember using this little, extremely low quality Kodak camera and windows photo editor (the very basic version). What really got me hooked was sharing those images and videos with my loved ones. Seeing their face light up and seeing them happy meant everything to me. Those photos and videos got people talking and then reminiscing. Exchanging memories and stories. It instantly became my second love (dance being my first) and I haven't stopped since.

What inspires you as an artist? 

Feeling inspires me. Energy inspires me. Every idea starts with an energy and a feeling. Whether it comes from within or from someone else. It all stems from an energy or a feeling, sometimes even both. 

How can people contact you for photoshoots? 

DM me on Instagram @missanimabella or @animabellainc

Email me! Animabellainc@gmail.com

Anything else you want to tell us? 

Spend time alone. Get to know you. Be your own best friend. Be truly and unapologetically you... a part of this world is set up for us to fail. And parts of it gleams from us not being ourselves and working so hard to be something/somebody that we are not. This world can trick us into thinking that our true being isn't good enough for the universe & believe me it's so damn easy to get stuck in that part of the world. But truth is…there is greatness instilled within each and every single one of us. It's what you choose to do with that greatness that determines your destiny and most importantly your true happiness. It starts with love...Not one single soul on this earth can love you the way YOU can. Nurture your body mind and soul with greatness from those who inspire you. Read books. Be selfish. Research. Explore the world. Find your likes and your dislikes. Find strength within yourself. Make mistakes. Truly LIVE. The sooner in your life that you realize that this life is YOURS, the closer you will be to achieving Anima Bella...your Beautiful Soul... 


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I MEAN COME ON! Is she not the most amazing person ever? Reach out to her and shoot with her because she’s the best. Follow her here and here!

Lots of love,

Devvvvy

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

Today I took a dance class that was centered around the idea of being the person that you know you truly are deep down. The instructor eloquently spoke of the idea that we limit ourselves into being someone who does not truly encompass our full potential. He used a metaphor where the person that we really want to be is on the other side of a door that we prevent ourselves from passing through. I visualized a person who is confident in who they are and in their abilities. A person who did not care if others appreciated their skills and talents because this person is not only was aware of his talents, but he also enjoys them. I so desperately wanted to pass through that door and fully become that person.

There rarely are times in my life in which there is someone else holding me back from reaching a goal or making a dream a reality. It is always my mind and my fears that hold me back. It is all too easy to speak about what I want to do: "I want to move to New York" "I want to be a famous actor, singer, dancer" " I want work for GQ" Where it gets difficult is in the preparation and the pursuing of these dreams. The "what I will do." Because we artist tend to be so visionary, it is very difficult to make a vision a reality. These visions start to fade into doubts. I start to doubt myself and hold myself back from realizing my true potential. The worst part for me is that I am aware of my gifts and talents, but that idea of failure haunts me. At times it is just easier to give up and not take the risk of truly failing. I know deep down that I would rather fail at pursuing a lifelong dream of mine, than to cower in fear living a life overflowing with regret. And even deeper down, I know that if I really allow myself to commit to being the best me that I can be, failure is not an option. I know that I will succeed. I just need to allow myself to give in to that side of my consciousness.

A few months ago I was elected to be the president of my team. Now I legitimately LOVE this team. Even before I was the president, I would constantly think of what the team needs and how we can improve. I always found myself talking to the past president about the team and it is one of the main reasons she became one of my best friends. Naturally, I envisioned myself one day leading this team like the many other leaders who did before me. I looked up to all of the past presidents and I wanted to be just like them. When election time started to come up, I found myself doubting my abilities and my passion for the team. People would suggest that I should run for president, and I would very quickly shoot them down. I would say that I'm not good enough or I'm not ready. This was that fear that I spoke of earlier. I feared that I wouldn't win and I feared that I could not lead the team as well as the previous leaders. I did not want to let everyone down after such a stellar year for the team. I got to a point where I did not even think I deserved to be on the team anymore because I was shooting myself down. Eventually, I came to my senses when a former team president spoke about how all you need to do is care about the team. I knew that I 100% cared about the team and its growth.

Here I am now pursuing that short-term goal of being the president. The executive board and I have already made huge steps toward being a successful team simply because I allowed myself to be that person on the other side of the door. I chose to mute my doubts and insecurities and allow the leader that I am shine. Classes like this past one remind me of these times where I was able to quiet my doubts and show the awesome person that I really am. I challenge each of you to be that person that you know you can be. Don't listen to the external or internal forces that hold you back. You can do it. We can do it.

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