Guys! It's been ONE YEAR since I launched Vagabond et Virtuosa! Man, it's almost hard to believe. Since July 16th, 2018 I've accomplished more within myself, discovering my mind, body, and spirit on a deeper level, and have pushed myself towards what I really want through who I am, and I owe a good majority of it to the concept of this platform and to those I've met and conversed with along the way. This idea was burning inside of me for about two years prior to actually putting it out there, and since I have, I've found myself near the same happiness and at peace with myself, as I did as a child. I find that to be such incredible progress in this life. Through what I've learned after taking a leap, it's the ability to find ways to enjoy the fall, before you fly.
Though it's taken time and moments of confusion regarding what path to take, writing each week through this platform and sharing my work and mind helped me to further discover what I wanted in life. Whether it had been putting my thoughts down on paper, or to have a discussion with my mom, dad, friend, loved one or stranger of any kind, putting my thoughts and true desires out into the universe helped to bring them to fruition, and truly understand how I felt about them.
You continuously let things go from your life that aren't necessary to hold onto, to become who you're supposed to be, and allow more time for the things that make your soul shine.
In understanding this fact in each and every day that passes, I've come to understand if I want something - if it sets my heart and soul on fire with desire and passion, that's my intuition telling me that, that thing is meant to be a part of me and my story - therefore, I've learned to just go out and make those things happen. After I launched this blog, I found a part of myself that had been hiding for so long. Seeing my website live, my words written on several articles, my photos, my videos, etc., it expanded my confidence and knowledge that if I put myself out there in the avenue that I desired, I could obtain anything I ever wanted, and so I did.
I have been working on my book for the last half year called, "The Art of Flying and Falling," that I am publishing on my birthday this year. I've written two pilot scripts and sent them to festivals, and have contacted and discussed with literary agents. I've discovered new strategies to get my work out into the world the way I want to. I've been able to be with my family and spend more time with them. I've found myself again with acting, and want to put my singing out there more often. I've began living a life practicing yoga, spirituality, ayurveda, and meditation, and am on my way to getting my yoga teaching certificate. On top of this, I launched Mary's Spell Shop, which lives out the mission of Vagabond et Virtuosa - connecting women from all over the world through our art, and sharing our gifts on our own terms. Through this, I've made incredible relationships with new friends - which accomplishes so much of what I've always wanted.
This is to inspire those around the world to go after their dreams without any limitations, and to see just how beautiful of a gift we have been given by being alive on this Earth. I will aspire to continue to do this through my blog and through my work, and make it my life's purpose furthermore.
This goes to show, your dreams and discovering yourself take time, but as long as you have faith in yourself and in what you do, anything is possible. Just go out there and do it, because, why not? It's better to either fail at something you love than something you hate, and this way, you'll have tried, and possibly (will) make your dreams come true. And along the way, you'll discover yourself in new and deeper ways, and may even find yourself with new dreams.
All that matters is that you go after them.
This is my final from my junior year in college - where the concept for Vagabond et Virtuosa was born. I couldn't be more thankful for this moment in time.
Mary Gabrielle Strause