Compassion.

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So much gratitude for this week. For all the dreamy co-creations and abundance. And even for all the moments of stress and activated triggers. Each one is a chance to meet myself with compassion or hold space for the emotions to be expressed. I’m humbly re-learning to honor myself with self care practices and setting clear boundaries.

I hope you’re experiencing a beautiful Sunday spent honoring your needs with compassion. 🙏🏼🌿

3.13.19

This year has been filled with so much abundance. So much that I was feeling a bit overfilled and not going to lie.. stressed af! I’m so grateful for all of it but needed a reset. Because the Universe works in divine timing, I received this much needed nourishing creative retreat day in Ojai during the middle of a crazy busy week.

It was a dream to create and collaborate with the lovely Amber @plantascompass 🙏🏼🌿🕊✨ Yesterday was a beautiful reminder that living in alignment with your intention + authenticity creates your dream life of purpose. + Nature is truly the best medicine.

Thank you for the guidance + hospitality + creative collaboration @plantascompassand for your generous sister support @easytobreathe 📸👯‍♀️🍶🌿✨

Everyday Is International Women's Day

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I feel so fortunate that I get to work and connect with women 99% of the time. A few years ago, I realized I actually had no one I looked up to as a mentor or expander when I first attended an in-person manifestation workshop. I never realized how important it is to have people who you see to believe that it’s possible. Since then, I’ve manifested (and recognized already existing around me) women that inspire me so much and continually show me how to navigate the good and the messy parts of life.
〰️ So on this #internationalwomensday I wanted to dedicate this post to the women who have encouraged and expanded me to be a compassionate, strong and conscious human.

So grateful to:
1) My mother for birthing, raising me and my sister despite all the obstacles.🙏🏼🌿✨
2) Paula for holding space in circle for myself and others. For creating WMN Space nourishing and healing every wmn on their journey.⚪️
3) Lisa for being my magnetic parent✨, OG supporter/client Nature and Intent and leading the wellness revolution through the Lymphatic lens. 💆🏻‍♀️🌿
4) Lacy for making the inner work so accessible and normalized (shadows, triggers, and reprogramming childhood traumas) has never felt so normal until YOU made this work digestible for so many people. Thank you for being an all around expander in many aspects of my personal and professional life. ✨
5) Kalika + Jeany for guiding me as biz mentors and life expanders on how to be successful + strong Asian American Boss Lady. 💁🏻‍♀️🇵🇭🇹🇼

+ To the growing list of women who’ve impacted me in a meaningful way, I’m so grateful to you all 🙏🏼🌿💛

How I Edit my iPhone Photos

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Earlier this week, I had the lovely opportunity to teach a room full of female business owners how to create engaging and authentic content for @instagram. So grateful to Kalika @orangeandbergamot for hosting this mini @nature.intent workshop 〰️

The question I get asked often is how I edit my photos. As a photographer, I’ve spent years developing my editing skills but I’ve found there are amazing tools and apps that any brand owner and beginner content creator can use to create and tell their story. A picture tells a thousand words and through composition, color, and lighting you can share your authentic brand essence.

Shared one of my photo editing workflows in this workshop.. swipe left to see the before of this edited iPhone shot 🤳🏼✨

If you’re interested in learning how to use your phone to create elevated content and edit photos, sign up for the NATURE AND INTENT Digital Content Creation Course.

Content Creation Course

One of the reasons why I created the Nature and Intent Content Creation Course is that I found there was a lot of support for established and investor-backed startups with budgets to hire agencies and creative teams to produce their content and market their brands. There was a gap in support for the self-funded “lifestyle brands” I’ve come to love. I asked myself how can I support emerging and established businesses in the fashion, holistic, lifestyle and wellness space? To share their beautiful products and services to the world via the overly noisy digital space? 🌿✨

So, I manifested this step-by-step digital guide with knowledge and insight from a decade of building brands + bootstrapping my own companies, developing a holistic approach to photography + content creation, scaling e-commerce sales + developing authentic marketing strategies for my clients and community.

Completing this course will elevate your brand with the knowledge, inspiration, tips, tools, and action steps to create content that aligns with your digital presence to organically attract your ideal client, customer, and community. My own personal journey and digital platform is a case study for how to successfully build a business that doesn’t involve obsessing over the “vanity metrics”(how many followers, likes, or comments you have on this app). It’s shining a light on your authentic essence and purpose through your offerings that extends outside the digital space. I call this elevating your “nature and intent”.

Source: https://natureandintent.com/digital-conten...

Three Hindrances: Envy

2.19.19

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I’ve been wanting to share something very vulnerable about some not-so positive aspects of myself that no longer serves me. After sharing these shadowy aspects of myself out loud to others at a women’s moon circle last month, I felt lighter for voicing these hindrances that has cause me so much unnecessary suffering. I know it sounds dramatic to say that envy causes me so much suffering. But as a highly sensitive being, I feel every experience so deeply. 

I’ve done several things that used to scare me this year:

1) Lead a creative workshop on my own.

2) Shared my biggest fear surround money + worth. 

I’m working through my perceived limiting blocks that I’m releasing by sharing them in my digital diary.

Even though I’m generally comfortable sharing about myself openly in-person, sharing my insecurities online is another level of vulnerability for me.

I’ve done a lot of inner work. It’s a constant work in progress. Continually shifting my perspective, cultivating self-love, and transforming from past traumas and triggers. In the past two years, I’ve been living my life like I’m on a daily meditation retreat. Constantly shifting and shedding what no longer serves me. Living a conscious and mindful life to me means being aware of all thoughts, actions, and perceived reality. Seeing where I can grow and being compassionate with the process.

On this Full Moon in Virgo, it felt like the perfect opportunity to share some vulnerable bits on my digital platform. My intention for shedding light on my personal shadow is to lovingly surrender and accept with grace that I am not perfect. That these messy, imperfect feelings are normal and part of my human experience.

ENVY.

I don’t think anyone wants to admit they are a jealous or envious type, especially me. 

I’ve learned that there is a slight difference between envy and jealousy. Envy is a desire to have a possession, quality, or someone else’s desirable attribute. Jealousy is fearing that someone will take away your possession, quality, or desirable attribute.

Personally, there is so much pain and shame associated with these feelings because at a dark point in my life, I was extremely depressed. I had no friends, no purpose, no abundant mindset and lacked self-love and worth. I was deeply insecure, negative, and felt unloveable. I was jealous of everyone else who had things that I didn’t have, who had friends and a positive direction (career or outlook in life).

My current life is the complete opposite of those dark years and it manifested from years of inner work. What I was envious of were things I desired for myself. I’ve worked through my depression and healed past experiences in childhood and adolescence that caused these feelings of insecurity. Took years to build that inner self love and compassion to transform my life and experience. But subconsciously, I still dissociated from those memories of my past self and lingering shadow. I would resist and resent any feelings of envy, jealousy, and insecurity I personally experienced or witnessed in others.

In my mind, I am a confident and perfect person with little to no insecurities.

My thoughts would be like “How could I feel these negative feelings again if I’ve already worked through it?” “I’ve grown out of those insecurities and if people are envious or jealous of me, that’s their own problem.” “Why do I have to dim my light because someone else can’t see their light”

Writing these out makes me feel guilty, selfish, and arrogant. More things I don’t really love or accept about myself. But the main point here is that when I recognize envy or jealousy in others, I get very uncomfortable. Memories of my past self would project onto others as an uncomfortable mirror for me to witness.

With social media constantly showing us everyone’s highlight reels, these feelings get amplified. 

As a highly sensitive being, the feeling of receiving an energy of envy or jealousy is much more complicated. I’ve interpreted these as others wanting me to dim my light. But it’s not a fight between someone else’s insecurity and myself. It’s a conflict between my own perfect version of self resenting my projected past shadow self. In the western spiritual perspective, this is called the light and the shadow.

I’m really good at psychoanalyzing myself and gained the self-awareness to source the root causes to my suffering. Transformation and inner knowing has been a karmic theme for me. 

I’ve since learned to be more compassionate and less judgmental when I witness envy or jealous in myself and others. Because when I resent something about someone, it’s only a reflection of my own denied aspects of my shadow self.

More recently, my own personal growth has really catapulted me into being a conscious guide and space holder. To be a compassionate leader, I know I have to shed all the layers of envy and jealousy that has blocked me. It takes up too much energy and unnecessary suffering.

What I’m also shining a light on is our human experience versus what is perceived in the digital space. It’s difficult to truly understand someone’s life with a holistic perspective through social media because it’s normal to compare someone’s highlight reels with our everyday. I’ve shares a lot of my positive experiences because I see life with an optimistic point of view. But I’m learning to balance my positive experiences and recognizing the shadowy parts.

My life was not always this purposeful. There is still a lot of learning and growing.

My professional line of work and my platform makes me very visible. Naturally, I’m very open and honest in real life, so this space I’ve created mirrors that. Being myself may be prone to judgements, comparison and receiving negative energies of envy and jealousy. It’s a practice of compassion and creating boundaries.

I’m no longer putting energy into judging that within myself or resenting others who experience similar feelings. I’m only accountable to my own perceived experiences. It’s all normal and part of the human experience. 

If you’ve read through this much, I’m honored you find interest in my conscious perspective. I invite you to consciously consume these digital constructs of our lives (the highlight reels and all) without comparing it to yours.

We all have a unique journey. If you’re not convinced, trust me that my life is not perfect. I’m writing this out as a reminder for myself. As much as my Ego and ‘Higher Self’ would rather not admit it.. I’m not prone to envy or jealousy. I’m learning to see it as an opportunity to learn, grow, and respond with compassion.

I’m grateful to you for taking the time to witness my openness and honesty. I hope I have inspired insight or mirrored something within you and transform within.

Will continue to share my hindrances in future diary posts.

With Gratitude,

Kristine

Conscious Guide.

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It’s only February and this year has been filled with so many amazing aligned projects. 3 years ago, I quit my last 9-6pm day job at an agency for 24/7 FREELANCE life as a Photographer, Consultant, and Producer 📸👩🏻‍💻🙏🏼🌿✨.

Elevating into a new role this year as a Conscious Guide that includes more impactful creative projects + experiences and hiring other creatives to execute the work.

Thank you @madebygoogle for my brand new #Pixelbook that I can take to my shoots, meetings, one-on-one consultations, creative productions, travels, and events! Won’t feel like I’m carrying my desk with me with the beautiful 4 in 1 minimal design💁🏻‍♀️📓💻🖊🧾📷✨ (a laptop that’s skinnier than my planner!) #grateful#giftfromgoogle

Self Love.

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Today I’m celebrating LOVE.

Love that I have gifted myself and continually to cultivate within, the love I’ve received from close connections (partner, friends, healers) and the experiences that guided me to nourish that SELF LOVE within. To gift that love back to YOU and this amazing community, I’ve commited to be more in service this year by creating experiences and supporting the individuals that support others.

This month through @nature.intent, I’m supporting my friend/healer/tea sister @andreapenagos.acu who will share her knowledge and healing presence from over a decade of study + practice + service as a Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Energy Healer, and Women’s Wellness Expert. She’s too humble to share ALL her credentials but TRUST me that she is the REAL DEAL! 🦄✨

Please join us on Sunday 2/24 @_ay.am_ for a wellness workshop + group acupuncture circle to nourish longevity and integrate self-care in a sacred space.🌿

Learn about the Chinese medicine and Taoist practice of cultivation of the three treasures - jing (essence), qi (energy), and shen (spirit) - is a central component to promoting vitality, nourishing longevity, and deepening our spiritual practice. You may also join us for a tea ceremony after this workshop + acupuncture circle. 🍵

Watch my stories for more info about this offline offering and link in bio to RSVP 〰️

2.4.19

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Two years ago, I experienced my first spiritual retreat traveling solo thousands of miles from home to a lush island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It was the first time I experienced Tea 🙏🏼🍵✨Within the first or second sip, I cried into my bowl in front of 15+ women I just met. Being held in sacred circle around women is a beautiful and deeply healing experience.

This morning, I sat in a beautiful container of women to experience her loving presence again. I shared what she 🍃 taught me over 25 🌙 new moons ago. What I reflected on today is that I’ve cultivated so much love for myself I didn’t gift myself then. Living almost 3 decades with self-inflicted suffering and doing the work to transform all that into self-love is not as pretty or easy as it may seem on this digital app.

The nourishing retreats, women’s circles, tea ceremonies, daily practices, lessons and challenges supported me. But the one who support the deep healing and created the gift of my life and purpose is myself. I am a healer for myself, my lineage, and my community. What the real shamans and authentic guides say is true. That we are our own best healer. That what we perceive to be our biggest weakness is our strength. Mine is sensitivity, compassion, and open vulnerability.

I’m grateful for the experiences, tea sisters, and sacred spaces like Ay Am that have sparked + supported me in my journey. I’m filled with so much love, inspiration, presence, creativity, and purpose. Today and every day I’m honored to gift myself what will always be accessible to all of us and completely free - self-compassion.


I am so honored to continually share my experiences on this platform to inspire and influence cultivating lovingkindness, self-healing and living in alignment to your nature and intent. 🙏🏼🌿✨

NATURE AND INTENT

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Last year, I launched NATURE AND INTENT to house the creative, marketing, and production services I offer to support conscious brands and individuals. The intention for Nature and Intent is to create a meaningful impact through business and living our authentic essence and purpose.

Years of conscious self-inquiry, following my passions, practicing sacred rituals, navigating challenges, shifting my mindset, investing in myself and being open to receive all the lessons from the divine has gifted me with a life of living my nature and intent.

The message I received from yesterday’s tea ceremony was a nod from the universe that I’m perfectly on my path. That all the suffering was necessary on my journey so that I could better relate with compassion to the people and community I’m serving as a conscious guide.

This year, I’m offering more than just creative services but also creating opportunities to inspire living your nature and intent. Because the real healing is in following your passions, daily practices, immersing in elevated experiences and creating conscious connections in real life.

So grateful to share all the seeds of intentions that is blooming this year via #natureandintent and to consciously create for the highest good. 🙏🏼🌿✨

Conscious Creative Workshop

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So honored and grateful to have manifested my intention to create meaningful opportunities to connect and create via Nature and Intent 🙏🏼🌿✨

Lovely captures from yesterday’s #ConsciousCreative workshop where we gathered for a conscious morning co-creating and designing our year to align with our nature and intent.

Special thanks to Simple Tonics for the nourishing tonics and to my fellow projector ladies for the 📸 + moral support @jladishand @andreapenagos.acu 👯‍♀️

〰️ 2019 is off to an amazing start ✨ only 12 days in and already did 2 things that used to scare me:
1. Shared my worst fear surrounding money.
2. Lead a workshop on my own.

Here’s to moving through perceived limiting beliefs to consciously live my authentic essence + purpose 🙏🏼🌿✨

2019 Intention.

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Setting intentions is a beautiful practice. It moves you into the motion of action and manifesting your desires to create your dream life. I didn’t realize it over the years that every time I set an intention whether it’s for the day, the month, or the year that I was designing my life to align with my passions + purpose. I’m excited to share my holistic perspective, road map, and tools I’ve learned to support you in your journey.

It’s always been my intention to be of service + guide others to be the best version of themselves (as cheesy as that may sound) 😁

So honored and grateful that the Nature and Intent Conscious Creative workshop is almost sold out. Sign up here for the last few tickets available! Looking forward to connect offline and I encourage you to always grow, learn, and transform whatever your circumstance. 🙏🏼🌿✨

12.30.18

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I love the practice of reflecting at the end of the year looking at the past 12 months of accomplishments, lessons, growth, and spiritual insights. It’s a privilege to be able to look at your past and set intentions for growth into the future. For me it’s a gift I do daily and try to practice with presence. Sometimes I share my insights on this amazing app but most of the time I keep it private and sacred.

I’m sharing a reflection of my year publicly because it’s been the most potent year of expansion. I’ve released a lot of blocks that did not serve me and continue to learn and purify from my ego-based hindrances.

Grateful I have the resources to nourish myself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Forever grateful and humbled to create for a living, connect to the divine + nature, and live a life aligned to my passions + purpose.

To manifest my intention of being more in service to become a conscious guide and space holder scares me but fear has never really stopped me from designing my dream life and creating a meaningful impact. My intuitive creative gift is to see life, people, and experiences with a holistic perspective. I would be honored to share this gift, connect with you and support others in more than a fleeting social media connection or superficial influence into 2019.

I hope your last days of 2018 is a beautiful opportunity to see how your experiences whether it’s ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is for your expansion and wherever you are in your journey is perfectly beautiful. 🙏🏼🌿✨


Daily Practice.

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Daily practice is a gift to myself. An expression of deep gratitude for a life filled with purpose. 
Sometimes I spend half a day immersed in my Sadhana and sometimes I can only spend 30 seconds being grateful. 

Even on days when I don’t create space for self care or spiritual practice and attach to negativity... triggered by what everyone else is doing via social media or whatever external circumstance is happening ‘to me’... I know that I can always come back to my whole authentic self through my sacred practices. 📓🍵🍃🧘‍♀️✨ I’m excited to share some of these beautiful spiritual + self care tools to navigate the roller coaster of life and how you can design your dream year to align with your passions and purpose.

Please sign up here to attend the Conscious Creative Workshop on January 11th at WMN Space.

BALI WELLNESS DIARY.

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I first visited Bali in 2016 and it continues to inspire me as my favorite dream destination to connect with nature, spirit, and nourish my wellness. This recent visit was amazing and the experience reflected to me how much I’ve grown since then.

Just like the western expats that live in Bali, I’ve created a life that is consciously driven and spiritual. A few years ago, I would have never dreamed that I would manifest this life and redefine my version of success finding purpose as a digital nomad living an intentional life immersing in meaningful experiences.

After several weeks of saying I’d share this diary, but have prioritized lots of other projects and client shoots this year, I finally have carved out the time to write and share this short but sweet visit to Bali. My journey started way before the 20+ hour flight from LAX. You can read this experience on How I Made it To Bali without a Passport 10 hours Before My Flight.


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One of the reasons for this trip to Bali was to attend our friends Martine and Cliff’s wedding. It was the most magical and perfect wedding set in the stunning Alila Villas Uluwatu Resort. The resort sits atop limestone cliffs overlooking a beautiful vast blue ocean. Literally the perfect backdrop for a destination wedding. The resort was impeccably designed with stunning hallways leading to the main infinity pool to each private villa with a personal pool. You can reach a private beach down a thousand step path. Before the very exhausting hike back up, I spent time soaking up the sun. It was definitely worth it for the views and knowing there was a spa session waiting for me also helped.

 

 

 

Laying out on the sand wearing sustainable swimsuit by Peony Swimwear.



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My spa session included a lemon grass herbal steam, followed by an oil massage. It was the perfect treat after what felt like the thousand steps of death for me. Also before we departed, I took a private yoga class in the most stunning outdoor studio space overlooking the ocean. This was one of my favorite yoga experiences!


BINGIN BEACH

I’ve always wanted to explore the southern Balinese beaches since I didn’t make it to this region during my first trip. I found this little slice of heaven called Bingin Beach, a dream destination for surfers and dreamers. I worked with a California based swim brand, SEGARA SWIM, shooting their look book in this dreamy escape.

Perfectly framed palm leaves is my kind of paradise, but besides the picture perfect views, our room was only steps away from the pool. I have a gift of finding perfect boutique hotels and curating experiences which I’m finally excited to offer.

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This beach location, boutique hotel, and my travel tips are listed in my BALI TRAVEL GUIDE available on 12/12.


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I traveled with my sister on this trip, so this was the perfect opportunity for some sister time. I wanted to share my way of traveling which is very mindful and wellness-oriented. So I planned most of the itinerary of this trip and booked us an authentic Ayurvedic wellness experience at Sukhavati Bali.

The property is located just outside of Ubud and beautifully integrated the natural surroundings. Upon check-in, we were greeted with a warm welcome by the staff and given our scheduled itinerary. We stayed in a beautiful villa with an outdoor shower and private pool.

Our itinerary included:

  • Ayurvedic Doctor Consultation

  • Lifestyle recommendations post-retreat

  • Ayurvedic facial & foot massage

  • Ayurvedic Session (Abhyanga and Shirodhara)

  • Customized Ayurvedic Session

  • Vegetarian Meals

  • Car Transfer

  • Yoga Class

AYURVEDIC WELLNESS

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I’ve been integrating a deeper sense of wellness and holistic approach to living for a few years now. Ayurveda is an ancient science rooted in India which has always resonated with me. I wanted a deeper experience and this trip was an opportunity to immerse in Ayurvedic healing.

We received an individualized consultation from the resident Ayurvedic doctor. The doctor reviewed my overall health background and used pulse reading. From this one session he was able to diagnose a health condition I’ve had for over two years! It was amazing and more than I can ever expect from a Western doctor. With an individualized recommendation of dinacharya (daily routine), pranayama (breathing exercises), and custom herbs, I’ve seen a shift in my condition and overall health for the better. Unlike my first trip, I did not get sick towards the end of my travels.

The first treatment we received was a full Abhyanga oil massage and Shirodhara treatment with two therapists. In the afternoon we received simultaneous Ayurvedic facial and foot massage which was pure heaven. It was really amazing being so taken cared of at Sukhavati. Felt a deep inner peace and happiness that can only translate with experience.

MOVEMENT + NOURISHMENT

In the morning, we participated in a gentle yoga class. The property is situated in multiple levels with lots of steps. You’re forced to get some exercise, but you won’t mind it too much in such a beautiful sacred natural setting. We had breakfast in the common area and met another retreat guest doing a full Panchakarma. She was the owner of Spring Spa and generously invited us to get a treatment while we were in Bali.

NATURE + HEALING

I believe there is so much nourishing medicine when you are immersed in nature. Each treatment room overlooked a river and jungle. The natural soundtrack during my session elevated my healing and sensory experience. I’ve been fortunate to receive so many healing sessions in my adult life, but the most nourishing ones last weeks after the session. This was one of those experiences.

Sukhavati is really a slice of Ayurvedic heaven in the middle of Bali. The beauty of Ayurveda is that it is an individualized holistic approach to health and healing which includes nourishing your mind, body, and spirit. It’s not a one pill, quick fix-all that many wellness brands and products promise, but an integrated lifestyle. So grateful for the opportunity to receive such an elevated experience from the warm staff at Sukhavati Bali. Highly recommend you experience for yourself.

Book your Sukhavati Bali Ayurvedic Wellness experience here.


UBUD

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I ended the trip in UBUD which was where I previously spent the most time during my last visit. On my last full day to explore Bali, I hired a guide and learned a lot more about the culture, customs, and history. Visited Pura Tirta Temple, a sacred holy water spring where people come with the intention to purify themselves. Community and ceremony plays a huge role in Balinese people’s daily lives. A majority of the native Balinese people are Hindu and gift daily offerings to their gods. Their practices are so beautiful and cultivate a sense of purpose and connection to nature and the divine daily.

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I’ve been on a deep spiritual journey and it was fitting to perform this for myself as a ceremony for washing away hindrances. I am in no way perfect or fully ‘healed’, but am much closer to an awakened consciousness than I’ve ever been since this trip. There is so much significance when you visit a place you’ve visited previously. You can reflect back on how much you’ve changed and grown. It was less about going to all the cool spots to check-off and humble brag on social media. It was about learning, nourishing, healing, connecting, and trusting in the divine.

On my way to the airport, I received a download to step into leadership and finally offer curated experiences for people to nourish within. This is an intention that has evolved from the first time I announced I want to offer more than superficial influence in 2016. I’ve produced a lot of beautiful offline gatherings and retreats in the past few years and honored to be of service and gift you an experience you deserve.


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