I’m still amazed at how I manifested my dream career from Full-Time Finance Manager at photo agency to 📸 Freelancer & CEO of my conscious creative company @nature.intent - my dream job.
Some days I spend 10-12 hours working away on my laptop 💻 or a week of back to back photo shoots 📸 on location for amazing clients, and travel to see the 🌎. Some days are spent nourishing deeply through tea ceremonies, sacred self care practices, connecting with creative and compassionate people. Other days are just hanging out with my cat all day or eating yummy 🌱based food watching Netflix shows w/ my 👨🏻.
I was grateful when I had none of the above and it took YEARS of self-development (inner work) and a lot of perseverance to get to live the life I’ve always dreamed of today. 🙏🏼🌿✨
My intent for this share isn’t to humble brag. I share my experience to hopefully inspire you to continue to follow your passion and never give up! This is a reminder for myself too ☺️. Because when your current circumstance and opportunities feel limited, your “negative” situation is always there to serve you, so you can grow.
It might take years or weeks to create your dream life. But you can start today (this moment) just by tuning in to that inner voice (your intuition) and feeling gratitude for all that you currently have. It also helps to nourish yourself through meditation, free-writing, connecting in nature or any form of self care.
I know I don’t have all the answers and still working towards bigger dreams but I strive to always listen to my intuition/higher self and ask myself “What can I learn from today?” ”How can I grow to support my dreams?”
〰️ Keep on dreaming & co-creating your life because one day you’ll wake up living & having what you’ve always wanted. ✌🏼💫
A few months ago, I received this gorgeous vegan leather bag from @vonholzhausen and have used it a lot since. I’m always striving to be a conscious consumer and even though I regularly get emails for gifted products, it’s important that I receive products I actually like and wear!
This bag is perfect for travel because it can fit my 📸. Most importantly I love the functionality and elevated design details! I truly appreciate fashion brands that design beautiful pieces and choose conscious & ethical production practices. This bag is made of Technik-leather that doesn’t use animals and supports a low impact production. Highly recommend and so grateful for this gift from @vonholzhausen that’s beautiful and also good for the earth 🌎🙏🏼🌿✨
Original post via @kristine.lo
I set the intention over a year and a half ago to create a conscious company @nature.intent that can support brands and individuals in elevating their authentic essence and purpose to create a meaningful impact. 🙏🏼🌿
This intention has manifested through our work with brands offering creative services to elevate digital presence, share visual stories, and market authentically. But to truly create a meaningful impact is through nourishing offline experiences and creating opportunities to connect outside of our work.
I’m overfilled with so much gratitude from our first #LivingyourNatureandIntent Retreat this weekend in Ojai. So honored to curate a nourishing offline experience for an intimate group of women to disconnect from this app, be in nature, nourish within, and most importantly connect to our ‘nature and intent’.
Special thank you to @lightandspaceyoga for the beautiful space to hold our Tea ceremony & Conscious Creative Workshop and @plantascompass for leading a lovely nature walk & self-healing circle in the Valley of the Moon. Thank you to @amoderncrease for your event coordination and support to manifest this intention for others! Thank you to @darkhorseorganic for the delicious plant based meals and our conscious brand partners for the self-care gifts @simplestonics @oseamalibu@candthemoon @nuciferabody ! 💫
Original post on @kristine.lo
Living my Nature and Intent 🙏🏼🌿✨
My journey to heal and nourish myself has led me to guide others into nourishing their essence. I’ve received this insight into my purpose from many sits with her 🍵🍃. My dharma (my purpose) is manifested through my conscious company @nature.intentand has evolved from offering more than just creative services (branding, content creation, etc) but also curating opportunities to get off this app and connect offline.
After hundreds of tea ceremonies and serving my close friends & family, I’m honored to share this 🍵 practice to connect you to your authentic essence and experience a day of Living your Nature and Intent with an intimate group of women in Ojai!
Original post on @kristine.lo
I used to share #wellnesswednesday posts. Even though I appreciate the spectrum of wellness from superficial to spiritual, I’m grateful that wellness is now considered a standard rather than luxury. Wellness is more than the products that we purchase but also the lifestyle and experiences we chose. I believe that to be able to create a positive and meaningful impact, it starts by nourishing yourself. 🙏🏼🌿✨
If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know I share more than my creative work on this digital diary. My intention is to promote conscious living and investing in nourishing offline experiences. I’ve shared this many times... Gifting myself with the experience of travel and retreat is the ultimate act of self-care 💆🏻♀️🌿✨Connecting to my creativity, practicing mindfulness, communing in nature, and connecting with others has transformed me in so many ways. I’m so grateful to be able to offer this gift for others.
In 10 days, I’ll be leading the Living your Nature and Intent Retreat in Ojai. We will gather to connect offline in nature, nourish our essence, and cultivate creativity. The retreat will start with a morning hike in Ojai Valley led by @plantascompass, nourishing plant based lunch, and creative and mindfulness workshop. We’ve also curated a self care gift bag in partnership with @oseamalibu and herbal tonics will be provided by @simplestonics.
Yesterday we did an impromptu road trip with @danielschuck & mama 🐻 jo up north! Every trip to Ojai since my first visit has been magical. 🙏🏼🌿✨ There is a subtle stillness in this magical place and peace I feel in the air. Who knew that an hour and a half north from LA can feel like a different world?!
Explored the beautiful Ojai Valley where @plantascompass and I will guide a group of women for a nourishing @nature.intent day retreat on Saturday July 27th.
Magical moment was when I found a white feather as I walked into our car to head back home 🕊✨So grateful to receive this unexpected sign from the Universe that I’m aligned on my path. If you’re interested in joining this elevated experience, please sign up via the link in my bio. Limited spots available! 〰️
Happy birthday to my Gemini Twin Lover, Spiritual Partner, and Best Friend 💛 So grateful to have the most loving, supportive, and dorky man to share this conscious, awakened, and perfectly imperfect life with 💑 ❣️LOVE YOU so much 😽❣️
Last year, I went on a road trip with my love from Los Angeles to Portland. We’ve been planning this trip for years but the timing was never right…until this past winter. This trip was one of my favorites and past road trips have taught me to leave room for surprises and not plan every hour on an itinerary.
A few days in Portland, we experienced all the amazing things everyone has said about this city. My boyfriend is Vegan and I eat mostly plant based. So this was Vegan food heaven for us both. Not to mention, there was an abundance of nature, tea, creative shops, and culture. I couldn’t help but sing “She’s making jewelry now, She’s making jewelry now” from Portlandia. If you’ve been wanting to visit Portland, I’ve curated a list of must-visit nature, tea, shopping and wellness spots.
PORTLAND JAPANESE GARDEN
Nothing more magical than roaming around a beautiful zen garden while it’s raining.
NOURISH | SHOP | NATURE
Lisi of other amazing food, shopping, and wellness spots in Portland.
Loyly Portland - affordable day sauna with multiple locations around the city.
Virtous Pie - the most delicious vegan pizzas!
Off the Griddle Portland - all vegan breakfasts
Fatsquatch PDX - The most delicious vegan ‘chicken’
Qi Fine Teas - traditional Chinese tea shop and gorgeous teaware
Monograph Bookwerks - limited edition art and contemporary book shop
Spartan Shop - beautiful products for elevated minimal living
Frances May - take advantage of Portland’s no sales tax at this beautifully curated boutique
Mt Tabor Park - beautiful park and view of the city
Immerse in more of my travel diaries to inspire your next elevated experience.
This is the second of a three part diary post sharing three hindrances that no longer serves me.
Photo by Caleb Thal
I initially wrote out this post in March. Since then, I have experienced a really triggering episode related to being emulated or copied in my business offerings. I was particularly triggered in April, when I found out someone I knew ripped-off my business model. They literally copied and pasted from my website. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the first time I’ve experienced plagiarism of my work and offerings. I formerly owned a Fashion Brand and I’ve lost count how many times my designs were ripped-off. In only a little over a year since launching my conscious company, Nature and Intent, it has expanded with a wider net of visibility online.
Before being ‘conscious’ was mainstream, I set the intention over a decade ago to always lead with integrity in all my professional pursuits. What frustrated me the most is the fact that running a business is already a deeply challenging endeavor. To create a brand with the intention to be different from other established businesses with similar offerings is even harder. The irony of it all is that through Nature and Intent (the brand that is being emulated), we promote authenticity. To elevate your true nature and purpose is our motto.
When someone misses the point and does the complete opposite of authentic, that truly frustrates me.
I’m not claiming I’ve never copied or emulated someone. With so much inspiration and content consumed online, we as a collective can have overlapping content and offerings. Being original is nearly impossible. I only know for a fact that someone has infringed on my work when 1) They follow me on social media 2) When it happens more than once 3) I ask for a 2nd opinion and it’s blatantly obvious to someone else that it’s not a coincidence.
Personally, I’ve been inspired by others and emulate people who are truly in their worth and authenticity. That has inspired me to nourish my own. I’m not original. I’m not the first photographer nor the first conscious business owner offering creative, marketing, and production services.
What is unique to me is the years that I invested in developing my conscious perspective and my holistic approach to providing elevated branding, content creation, and marketing.
What is unique to my offerings is how I provide my services and the way I execute them.
I’ve learned that someone copying something external (similar content, layout of a website, marketing messaging) is harmless even if it’s initially irritating. What matters the most is what clients say about working with me and what people closest to me have mirrored to me.
No one can copy your essence and the actions behind your intentions.
Even after years of resisting being labeled an “Influencer”, I’ve become comfortable sharing on my platforms my authentic story and essence to inspire conscious living. I find joy in sharing the brands I love, my travels and destinations, wellness journey, and spiritual experiences. I also get to express all the above through my passion of photography, content creation, and writing.
To clarify, I promote finding inspiration in conscious individuals. There is always room to find be inspired but express that inspiration in a way that is uniquely you not a knock-off of someone else.
I would not be writing this if my intention was not to influence people to live authentically and invest in meaningful experiences.
When friends and acquaintances travel to the places I recommend, purchase from the brands I love, and is inspired to be a freelancer or start a conscious business, that shows me I’m manifesting my intention to create a meaningful impact. I also interview brands and individuals via Nature and Intent Journal to create a resource of inspiration of individuals who live their nature and intent.
What I’m mostly concerned about is copying someone’s BUSINESS and OFFERINGS.
Copy and pasting someone else’s words or taking too many elements of ‘inspiration’ as your own is manipulating potential clients and diluting what makes you and your unique gifts. It’s so easy to start a website on Squarespace site, add photos sourced via Pinterest, then copy and paste web copy and messaging that someone else crafted. Plagiarism is not as thoroughly monitored on the world wide web as it was in college. Regram culture also doesn’t help artists and creatives and has created less personal accountability & integrity. But to truly embody what you promote and preach will not be so easy to ‘copy and paste’ IRL. Sooner or later, catfishing someone leads to being caught.
I have discussed these matters with lawyers on how to deal with people who infringe on my intellectual property. My options are to send a cease and desist letters or sue someone for not having integrity. The process would be energetically draining.
I am fully aware that my moral code, awareness, sensitivity, or experiences may differ from others. I’m only sharing my personal perspective. At some point, mentors and trusted advisors have shared that it’s out of my control and that being copied is ‘proof of concept’. I’ve resisted seeing emulation as flattery because I personally felt attacked. I know I could quietly pretend to not get bothered because it can come off as ‘petty’ or ‘negative’. That I should be more positive and just focus my energy on elevating my brand.
But I’ve learned to communicate when my boundaries are crossed. The way I process something challenging will differ from your process. I appreciate the few individuals who’ve held space for me to express these triggers and frustrations fully. My share is not an open invitation for unsolicited advice. If anything this ‘negative’ experience is more motivation to elevating my brand and offerings even more.
What I’ve learned is to listen to my inner voice (intuition) by allowing the full expression of my frustration and only seek the advice of people who have my best interest and understand my perspective fully with compassion. If you’re read through this far, I’m grateful to have your attention for a matter that is so sensitive to me.
The key point and main takeaway I share is that whether you consider yourself a conscious business owner or conscious individual, honoring your unique essence is the gift that will create purpose and direction. It’s not looking outside yourself and emulating what everyone else is doing.
If I’m truly living and preaching consciously, I know that I can always chose to reframe these experiences and find compassion in myself and those I perceive to purposely disrespect me.
I’ve been asking myself:
How can I be more compassionate?
What lesson(s) can I learn from this?
My intention is to not allow my fear of emulation and judgement to my reaction of being copied to cause me anymore unnecessary suffering nor stop me from continuing to expand my brand and offerings. When I say suffering, its not caused by physical pain but the self-inflicted mental anguish, obsessive internal dialogue, and emotional reactions. What has supported this intention to share more online is doing Shadow work, journaling, meditation, and sharing publicly on my platform.
Writing this is out is equally cathartic and therapeutic.
Leading up to this Full Moon in Scorpio has brought me closure into this recurring frustration.
I’ve learned that it is in my choice of response that I can truly release this hindrance. Looking outside of myself is a constant cause of unnecessary suffering.
What someone does that is out of alignment with my moral code is out of my control and not my issue. In the grand scheme of things, these micro-triggering experiences are unimportant. There’s so much more unfair pain and suffering in the world. This is minuscule compared to the current state of things.
What I hope is that by sharing honestly and vulnerably, you find insight and inspiration to live in your authenticity and find compassion in whatever human experience you are currently having.
My biggest lesson from this is learning to lessen my judgement of my own negative reactions for these occurrences and always choose compassion.
On Thursday, I received a nourishing healing session after a week of feeling super jet lagged, physical fatigued, and imbalanced.
Thank you @poppyandsomeday and @jamie_bones for a dreamy CBD infused 🌿 Four Hand Ayurvedic massage ending with a dreamy rose filled bath soak, and infrared sauna session.✨
Literally felt like butter during the session and inspired to continue living life like a retreat. Even slept 12 hours after 💆🏻✨. Such a gift to receive this special treatment in a dreamy healing nature haven in Laurel Canyon. Highly recommend! To book this special treatment, email Kari firstname.lastname@example.org 〰️
Capture from a lovely day @kayumanisresort 🌴Also on this day, I got confirmation from a Balinese local that heightened intuitive and spiritual experiences in Ubud are common. Cherishing the moments communing with nature and receiving the gift of elevated experiences. 🙏🏼🌿✨
Every visit to Bali since my first has presented opportunities to meet all my internal challenges with compassion. Travel has always been a form of spiritual self care. The journey is more than the 20+ hours transit and ever changing itinerary. The journey is removing from your comfortable surroundings and routines, navigating expectations, and then seeing all the experiences as opportunities to center back to the present and self compassion.
The images I capture and share are just moments that tell 0.0001% of the journey. I write to share more in depth what it means to have a meaningful experience outside of the pretty, curated Instagram posts.
I am grateful for this platform and the opportunity to share my conscious perspective. You don’t need to travel 20+ hours to experience something meaningful. Being in nature 🌴. Turning your phone to ✈️ mode. Knowing who you are even if your external surroundings change. 🧘🏻♀️These are simple practices I’ve done to align and live more in my authenticity. My intention is and always to share my experiences to inspire living more in your true nature and consciously seeing your experiences have profound meaning in your life. 🙏🏼🌿✨
So grateful for a day spent nourishing my wellness. Yesterday was just ‘one of those days’. When my moon in Aries 🔥 is activated, it can take some time to center back to compassion and neutrality. But it’s continual learning for me to allow my full honest expression of my human experience regardless of what it looks like to others... real life isn’t all curated, perfect filtered squares 💁🏻♀️✨
Instead of another post with a laundry list of things I’ve done or haven’t done to be more supportive of 🌎, here’s a moment in nature that captures pure joy of living connected to my authenticity, creativity, and purpose.
So grateful to live life in alignment with my definition of conscious living. My definition has extending outside of just trying to be zero waste, plant based, wellness-obsessed, and minimal (I’m definitely not perfect at any of the above).
Honoring the Earth can be as simple as mindful presence and gratitude to the ☀️, 💨, 🐦 ,🌼🌿. Today and everyday I honor nature through my work and presence.
Grateful to celebrate on this lovely Monday starting with a morning tea ceremony to connect with her🍃loving spirit 🍵🙏🏼, a nature hike with @nature.intent community, and creating for a living while elevating others to live more aligned with their nature and intent. 🌎🌿✨