It is such an amazing opportunity to be able to connect and collaborate with so many powerful and inspiring women from around the world as they follow their passion. The Goddess Rising series is our chance to share space with just a handful of the amazing ladies in the health, wellness and personal development community on a weekly basis and we couldn't be luckier to have Elle Griffin featured this week!
Elle Griffin the editor-in-chief of Over The Moon Magazine & the host of the annual Over The Moon Ball. She is a writer, speaker, and scholar of the Virgin Mary and spends her spare time writing young adult fiction novels.
Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?
Elle Griffin: Well my work IS spiritual. I write spiritual articles, I teach at a Catholic school, I am getting my graduate degree in Mariology from a Catholic University, and I run a spiritual magazine. God has me surrounded!!!!
But it is because I work with God on a daily basis that I feel so close to him. Before, when I used to work full-time in the tech industry, my spiritual life felt very segmented, like something I only did in the mornings and on weekends.
Now that I am forced to hangout with God non-stop, I can say for sure that it is because of my work that God and I are BFF.
PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.
Elle: To be honest, when things are cracked I have to stop working for awhile and focus on girls nights, watching the bachelor, and eating cake. Really there's nothing that trifecta can't cure.
But when I'm all cured up and it's time to get back to work, I suppose I am slightly more inspired than usual to write about cake...
PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?
Elle: I change my mind A LOT. Oh my goodness it's so annoying. There's just something I love so much about absolute destruction. It's like demoing a house: the best part is tearing the whole thing down and designing something new. But once the countertops are installed and the chandeliers are hung, the "living in it" part gets super boring hella fast. All I can do is dream about tearing it all down again.
So I'm trying to change the way I approach that destruction. Now that I've created a beautiful home, I want to focus my energy on remodeling the rooms, rather than tearing the whole thing down again.
PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?
Elle: I suppose it's different for everyone, but for me the biggest thing is to write. Everyday!! Without it I would never know what my potential was. I have so many feelings and emotions on a daily basis, but I don't even know what they are until I write them down. In fact, if I go a week or more without writing I'll start to feel disgruntled and generally unsatisfied with life until one day I remember that I never wrote anything down, and thus have no idea what emotions I've been bottling up!
PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?
Elle: I wake up, make myself a tea latte, then read that day's morning prayer and mass from the monthly Magnificat. Then I open up my laptop to journal with God (I use scrivener to organize the months and dates).
After eating breakfast, I turn on Adele or Taylor Swift to get pumped up for the day while I curl my hair and do my makeup. Sometimes I'll listen to a podcast (usually Rob Bell). And sometimes I'll go to morning mass if I played hookie on Sunday (as is usually the case).
PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?
Elle: It would probably be owning my Catholicism. BECAUSE, when you are Catholic, sometimes other Catholics have an opinion about your "Catholicness." And it can be painful. That's why, for a long time, I left the church and sought refuge in mainstream spirituality.
But that didn't work so well for me. I felt very ungrounded as far as what I should believe, what scriptures I should read, and what I should do on a Sunday. There were just too many different directions I could go and I needed to be grounded in a tradition.
Once I decided to come back to Catholicism, it became very important to me to find a specific church within that religion that worked for me. A place where I wouldn't be judged and could feel free to practice without negative repercussions. Now that I have found that, it is easy for me to live in my truth.
PYS: Who inspires you?
Elle: Basically my top three favorite things in life are speaking french, drinking champagne, and writing. Which is why Mireille Guilliano is my ultimate icon. She's French, she spent 20 years as president and CEO of Veuve Clicquot Champagne house, and her books are amazing. Obsessed.
You should definitely interview Jennifer Racioppi! She's the bomb.com.