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Goddess Rising: Giovanna Silvestre From Confused Girl In The City

Goddess Rising is our opportunity to connect with some of the amazing women from around the world who are working in the health, wellness and personal development community to empower and inspire. This week, we are happy to have Giovanna Silvestre from Confused Girl In The City!

Hi Everyone,

My name is Giovanna Silvestre and I am the founder of the brand “Confused Girl in the City”. “Confused Girl” started out as a blog 2 years ago. I was a bit lost at the time and wanted to share my feelings with others. I figured, I can’t be the only confused one out there. It’s funny how we feel we’re the only ones when every human being has either been there, is still there or is going to be there again! My blog took a life of it’s own and put me on a spiritual journey to find my true nature. Along this journey I met a healer who had a profound effect on me. He had a collection of crystals and told me to pick two to take home. I had these crystals in my room and felt so much joy when I walked past them. One day I was meditating and I had a vision of creating a line of women’s active-wear that are inspired by these crystals. So with no money and an idea, I started the journey. I had no idea how I was going to make it happen but I knew I had to do it. Now, a year later, I have a full collection, of women’s leggings, we are in select stores in LA, we were featured on VH1 and in Yoga Digest magazine. We are currently working on creating many more exciting products.

THE CRYSTALS:

How do we create the designs? I take high resolution photos of crystals that inspire me and work with an art team to print them onto fabric. Each pair of leggings represents a different stone. The healing crystals balance yin/yang energy and cultivate courage, creativity and healing. Our leggings are 4 way stretch, breathable and made in L.A. We pride ourselves in using the best quality fabric on the market. The leggings are great for working out or going out.

Why “Confused Girl”?

People ask me, “Why the name “Confused Girl”?”. My answer is simple, “It is really easy to accept yourself when you are feeling good and your life is the way you want it. But it isn’t so easy to accept yourself when things are tough and you are confused. We shame ourselves in times we need to be embracing ourselves.” Confused Girl is about accepting yourself just as you are at this moment. This acceptance will lead you to your TRUE NATURE.

For more information on Giovanna, you can visit her website, confusedgirlinthecity.com, and follow her on InstagramYouTube, and Facebook.


Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Giovanna Silvestre: I created my job! I brought the brand "Confused Girl" to life. So everyday I have to remember the intention behind my creation. The intention is to help myself and other find their true nature. A transformed person can transform the world. If enough people accept and love themselves, they can accept and love others. 

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Giovanna: My idea for my business came at a rock bottom point in my life. I was as low as I could be. So low that my ego left me and I no longer cared what anyone else thought. It was in that space I was able to create from the core of who I was. The ego has no place in creation.

Sometimes life has to crack you open. I am so grateful for that time in my life. 

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Giovanna: For me it's more of a feeling. The feeling of anxiety. I struggle with this. I wake up with a great sense of anxiety sometimes and do things carrying this anxiety. Now when I feel this, I embrace it but don't allow it to dictate my behavior. Yoga, meditation and an hour of physical activity everyday really helps with this. 

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Giovanna: Face yourself. Embrace not just the light in you but also embrace the darkness in you. We all have shadow sides to our personality. If you never face it, you will never truly move forward in life. Try to look at pain as an opportunity instead of a big scary monster. Face it, feel it and then let it go!

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Giovanna: 10 minutes of meditation in the morning. I write down 5 things I'm grateful for. I either do yoga or take a walk on the beach. When I do this activity I hold an intention with me. I also try to say a prayer before I fall asleep at night. Somedays I do all this and other days I only do a couple of things. It's like exercise the more you do the healthier you look. 

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Giovanna: I tend to be very judgmental of myself and others. This has recently come up in my consciousness very strongly. This shames me a bit because I don't want to be "that person who judges". However, instead of shaming myself, I try to be better. To step into the possibility of being accepting of self and others. Acceptance is everything. When you accept and appreciate, there is no room for judgement. 

PYS: Who inspires you?

Giovanna: Malala Yousafzai inspires me! She is the teenage girl who was shot for speaking out about education for women. She is a modern day hero. We should all step into that kind of bravery. 

Goddess Rising: Skye Gilkeson of The Fit Traveller

Every week, we are bringing you a new Goddess Rising interview, which focuses on women in the health, wellness and personal development community. Over the next several weeks, we are going to be bringing words of wisdom and advice to you from women around the world who inspire, empower and live a life full of passion.

This week, we have Skye Gilkeson from The Fit Traveller!

Skye Gilkeson is a journalist and a health, wellness and luxury travel expert. She is the Founder and Editor of The Fit Traveller (www.thefittraveller.com.au), an online hub that showcases the best in wellness, gastronomy, fashion and luxury travel from around the globe. Follow her on Instagram (@thefittraveller, @skyegilkeson), Twitter (@thefittravellr), and Facebook for more tips, tricks and healthy travel inspiration.

Passion Yoga School: Hi Skye! Thanks so much for joining us! First off, how do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Skye Gilkeson: I really believe you need to pursue what you love to really lead a fulfilling professional and personal life. When you truly take a chance on creating a career out of a passion; something that motivates you to jump out of bed in the morning, something you want to share with others and something that helps you grow and become a happier human, there's nothing more spiritually fulfilling than that. For me, travel and wellness have always made me feel like the best version of myself. They both push my mental and physical limits, boost my confidence and help me to thrive. The Fit Traveller combines those passions so my work has now become a way for me to stay spiritually connected to something in a very authentic way. 

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Skye: I became quite ill in my late 20s. I had been pushing myself with consistent full time study alongside full time work, long hours and overnight shift work for many years and it finally caught up with me. Falling ill forced me to re-evaluate what I was doing and more importantly why I was doing it.

As an A-type personality and perfectionist, losing control of my health, my body and effectively my life for a time was one of the most challenging things I've ever faced, emotionally and physically. It made me angry. It made me sad and I felt like a failure in many ways. But ultimately it made me put my health and wellbeing first again and that lead me back to a place where I wanted to inspire others to do the same.


If I hadn't have fallen sick I may not have launched The Fit Traveller and be cultivating a life that benefits my body, mind and spirit as well as others I hope.

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Skye: I am very self deprecating and critical. I try to watch my self-talk and the way I talk about myself in front of other people. It is definitely something that takes constant conscious attention, but I think being aware of the impact of it in the first place is a great step towards changing it.

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Skye: Back yourself. If there is something that you really love to do, something that you would regret not doing if your life were cut short, it is probably something that you should pursue.

Be patient. Particularly when you are pursuing the road less travelled in terms of growing a business, undertaking a creative endeavour or something very unique and personal to you, it won't necessarily come easily, nor will the income. But hopefully the process is one that is enjoyable enough to keep you motivated beyond those initial humps.

Don't believe everything you read/hear. When you are chasing a dream, particularly not in the mainstream, you will find many people have advice for you. Take all of it with a grain of salt. Be grateful, be thankful but ultimately follow your own intuition.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Skye: Unfortunately, it changes daily as I am travelling full time and I have been now for 10 months.


My ideal day will begin with some kind of exercise; a run, a walk, a HIIT session and often a coffee. I love coffee and it's a morning ritual that my husband and I share together. We talk about the day, our travels, our goals over a morning cuppa.


I try to get some kind of writing or photo editing done everyday. Anything creative is spiritual to me.


I am working at nurturing a meditation practice. It is something I haven't developed consistently yet, but I am working on it.


I also experiment with journalling. It's something I used to do for many years and a habit I want to rekindle.

PYS: Who inspires you? Who should we interview next?

Skye: I have a lot of strong, inspirational women in my life, from my mother to my sister and great friends. They have all followed different paths in life but in one way or another they have inspired me in my own life.


I am inspired by the compassion and positivity my husband shows to me and everyone he meets everyday.


My family has always inspired me to work hard for what I want. They are some of the hardest working people I have met.


I am inspired by female business leaders like Arianna Huffington and people promoting accessible health and wellness like Sarah Wilson. Anyone who has overcome adversity inspires me and reminds me how amazing my life is. 

Goddess Rising: Rima Danielle Jomaa

We are so excited to be launching our new series today, Goddess Rising, which focuses on women in the health, wellness and personal development community. Over the next several weeks, we are going to be bringing interviews to you from women around the world who inspire, empower and live a life full of passion.

This week, we are so happy to introduce our first guest, Rima Danielle Jomaa.

Rima is from Los Angeles, and now lives and works between sunny San Clemente, California & Santa Teresa, Costa Rica (where she hosts/organizes yoga & wellness retreats). She is a Marriage and Family Therapist, a certified yoga instructor, a healthy lifestyle blogger & an entrepreneur. In her private practice, Rima also practices Reiki energy healing, utilizes hypnotherapy, and guides others through mindfulness and meditation in combination with traditional therapeutic methods. Rima gives clients the tools and skills to reclaim their health, happiness, and freedom.

Visit Rima on Instagram & Twitter at @rima_danielle or check out her blog to learn more: www.RimaTheJungleGirl.com. Her complete list of social media links can be found on her blog.

Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Rima: My work emanates from the path on which I myself am following, and so it is an extension of what I learn & experience, and that can be transformed into teachings for others to apply to their life.

What that means is that as I evolve, so does my work. We all have the capacity to be effective teachers or healers for others at any stage in our spiritual development because there's always someone at a similar level as us that can benefit from what we can offer. As we evolve, we attract different kinds of people that need what we can provide.

Similarly, I learn so much from my students and clients that it's a constant reciprocation of energy that's expanding and changing. It's very spiritually influenced because the safe space we create therapists & yoga teachers gives our clients & students the space & tools to explore their own spirituality.

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Rima: My core wounds span back centuries, as we are constantly reincarnating and playing out our karmic debts. We've all experienced lifetimes of pain and suffering in one way or another, and our work on this Earth, in terms of our soul's evolution, is to find the joy, the fun, and the freedom in life regardless of all of our perceived difficulties and limitations. Otherwise, we spend our time here repetitively cycling the same thoughts and anxieties, creating fear, until we die and reborn working out the same issues.

We are here to play, and I truly believe that. I've been able to use various forms of therapy (I'm a marriage and family therapist myself), such as hypnotherapy, Past Life Regression therapy, and group therapy to help me understand why I chose this particular life is and what my role is within it.

"To change my tribe" - that manifests differently in each moment. From a cultural standpoint, I've faced many challenges as a woman (overcoming deep-rooted feelings of guilt, shame, and fear) and I've started remembering my power and strength as a divine feminine being, with abilities to effect change within myself and my community. I hope to inspire this "remembering of Self" in others as we all come into our True Power to live happy and free and to afford that for others humans & sentient beings.

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Rima: My worst habit is not sticking to a daily routine. As an entrepreneur, I am constantly buzzing from this task to that and I often forget to take care of myself in ways I should. That might look like skipping meals, not drinking enough water, or getting too hyper focused on certain tasks and neglecting others. To fix this tendency, I've been setting intentions to sleep early and rise early. First thing I do when I wake up is a daily health routine which includes tongue scraping, flossing, drinking lemon water, face yoga (to get my face muscles toned!), and cleaning up the house. This way, I start my day refreshed, with a clear space, and in the right direction.

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Rima: "Get clear on your intentions so the Universe can hear, understand, & manifest them into form. Then work hard & show up. The Universe will align Itself for you in the most magnificent of ways."

Also, be fearless.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Rima: It is constantly evolving and as I mentioned above, lack of a routine is my worst habit. This doesn't mean I'm not spiritual, it just means that I don't have a typical "Day-In-The-Life-of-Rima" scenario. My morning routine is what I mentioned above and then I set out my schedule and agenda for the day. Yoga is usually a part of that and a great way to practice spirituality, however, I work to take yoga off the mat and find presence in each moment. That's the way I truly connect to spirit - in each moment, when I breathe air, when I feel (anything), when I am - I feel blessed and grateful. As I prepare my food each day, I feel gratitude for the organic food we have access to and for the vegan lifestyle that's changed my life. I'm constantly aware of all of the good and beauty that's around me as I work hard to change the things that aren't in line with my highest Self. That balance is where I try to reside, and where I can feel spirit within me.

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Rima: Through therapy, I've learned to live an authentic life that's honest and pure. I stopped playing different roles in different places and tuned in to who RIMA is. Finding that has enabled me to be honest and open in every situation, even if I perceive it to be scary or difficult. This practice over the last couple of years has led to very specific and divine opportunities appearing in my life. I don't always say what I feel as there's a dark tendency within me to be angry and afraid at the state of the world and the actions of those around me, but I have learned to embrace and use my darkness rather than hide from it or try to tuck it away. We all have within us darkness and light and we have the ability to choose how we act. One of my favorite song lyrics is "My bright is too slight to hold back all my dark". While I don't feel that way specifically, I do feel like most people fool themselves into believing they're "good" people without allowing space to realize we all have the capacity to lean towards good or evil and we must make conscious decisions each moment of the day that are good. It's not inevitable that we're one or the other and it's not black and white.

PYS: Who inspires you? Who should we interview next?

Rima: My best friend and soul sister - Alexis Franklin - THE Yoga Warrior Goddess. Not only is she kind, beautiful & talented, but she's extremely hard working and organized. Though we live physically far from one another, her and I have formed a strong bond - both an emotional one and a professional one - which I'm so grateful for because each day, she inspires me to work harder and continue following my passions.