TO LIVING AUTHENTICALLY, COURAGEOUSLY AND WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART.

Selfie of life: Me at the Great Wall of China. My second of the seven wonders of the world down. 
#thewholehearted #travelnoire #sevenwondersoftheworld #china #beijing #twhd  (at 慕田峪长城 Great Wall at Mutianyu)

Selfie of life: Me at the Great Wall of China. My second of the seven wonders of the world down.
#thewholehearted #travelnoire #sevenwondersoftheworld #china #beijing #twhd (at 慕田峪长城 Great Wall at Mutianyu)

iG cut my gratitude video short but I’m about to hop this 13hr flight to Shanghai Pudong. I won’t be able to access American online platforms like iG and Facebook but I’ll latergram my adventures when I’m in Paris.

Sending so much love to family, friends and the Whole-Hearted!
😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘 (at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA))

To forever getting my Anaïs Nin on.

To forever getting my Anaïs Nin on.

I caught the last flight to Atlanta Saturday night. My ride bailed on me and I was forced to talk what totaled up to a $90 taxi ride home. I got in and on my bed, I found a USPS envelope from Chimene Jackson aka @vagabroadjournals and I lit up with excitement. It was the package my creative spirit had been waiting for: a custom Vagabroad journal, first of the PARADESI BANJARA collection. In Sri Lanka it means Foreigner and Wanderer. I subscribe to both titles. Being born in Atlanta, growing up in Canada and having lived thoroughout the US and in France, and traveling often from a young age - I’ve always being a foreigner and a wanderer. This year is no different. I discussed with Chimene the theme of my year: self-love, and this is what she came up with:

A 70-page journal with hand painted cover, a beautiful love note from the woman herself, lovely handmade envelopes for me to send to my loves while abroad, a ribbon bookmark and the original sketch of the cover.

Thank you @vagabroadjournals - I can’t wait to begin journaling and journeying soulfully.

I caught the last flight to Atlanta Saturday night. My ride bailed on me and I was forced to talk what totaled up to a $90 taxi ride home. I got in and on my bed, I found a USPS envelope from Chimene Jackson aka @vagabroadjournals and I lit up with excitement. It was the package my creative spirit had been waiting for: a custom Vagabroad journal, first of the PARADESI BANJARA collection. In Sri Lanka it means Foreigner and Wanderer. I subscribe to both titles. Being born in Atlanta, growing up in Canada and having lived thoroughout the US and in France, and traveling often from a young age - I’ve always being a foreigner and a wanderer. This year is no different. I discussed with Chimene the theme of my year: self-love, and this is what she came up with:

A 70-page journal with hand painted cover, a beautiful love note from the woman herself, lovely handmade envelopes for me to send to my loves while abroad, a ribbon bookmark and the original sketch of the cover.

Thank you @vagabroadjournals - I can’t wait to begin journaling and journeying soulfully.

A great shot of this Brazilian lovechild and I playing in Rocinha.

We stopped at one of the peaks of Rocinha to catch a view of the boundless spread of shanty homes. Upon looking out, I made a dua - the specific words I don’t remember - but it was one of gratitude that left me resounding with humility. It was then that I felt little hands grasping my calves, and when I looked down I found her. This beautiful lovechild full of joy at my feet. I bent down to meet her eye to eye and she smiled at me, shining with her two front teeth missing, and started patting my hair. I returned the favor and started patting hers and we both broke out in laughter. She started bouncing with joy, so I grab both of her hands to bounce her higher - as captured in this picture. We shared so many laughs and for that moment brought joy to one another’s lives. My group had to leave so I walked her back to her family - her mother and two brothers; one naked, the other barely clothed, sitting under a tree with a styrofoam cooler of bottles water to sell. 
When I kissed her bye, it hit me how different our worlds were. And how we never anyone like one another before. However we shared a moment full of laughs, love and divine joy. And for that I will never forget her.

#tbt #lovechildren #thewholeheartedlovesthekids #TWHDkids #rocinha #brazil #gpmba #TWHD (at Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

A great shot of this Brazilian lovechild and I playing in Rocinha.

We stopped at one of the peaks of Rocinha to catch a view of the boundless spread of shanty homes. Upon looking out, I made a dua - the specific words I don’t remember - but it was one of gratitude that left me resounding with humility. It was then that I felt little hands grasping my calves, and when I looked down I found her. This beautiful lovechild full of joy at my feet. I bent down to meet her eye to eye and she smiled at me, shining with her two front teeth missing, and started patting my hair. I returned the favor and started patting hers and we both broke out in laughter. She started bouncing with joy, so I grab both of her hands to bounce her higher - as captured in this picture. We shared so many laughs and for that moment brought joy to one another’s lives. My group had to leave so I walked her back to her family - her mother and two brothers; one naked, the other barely clothed, sitting under a tree with a styrofoam cooler of bottles water to sell.
When I kissed her bye, it hit me how different our worlds were. And how we never anyone like one another before. However we shared a moment full of laughs, love and divine joy. And for that I will never forget her.

#tbt #lovechildren #thewholeheartedlovesthekids #TWHDkids #rocinha #brazil #gpmba #TWHD (at Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

The type of words that cause you to pull over while driving just to open up any app available to jot them down while they’re still potent. 
Wise words from my mentor whom at that moment was telling me to dispel the words, “I don’t know” from my vocabulary because they connote inaction and insecurity. Instead he says, opt for “I’m working on it/a plan” which signifies confidence, action and progressive movement. To whom you’re telling but most importantly yourself. 
An even more apparent post-convo is that it’s in our most vulnerable times of inaction, insecurity and the unknown that we can pull on courage the most.

#mentor #wisewords #Slew #thewholeheartedambassador #TWHD #lifelessons

The type of words that cause you to pull over while driving just to open up any app available to jot them down while they’re still potent.
Wise words from my mentor whom at that moment was telling me to dispel the words, “I don’t know” from my vocabulary because they connote inaction and insecurity. Instead he says, opt for “I’m working on it/a plan” which signifies confidence, action and progressive movement. To whom you’re telling but most importantly yourself.
An even more apparent post-convo is that it’s in our most vulnerable times of inaction, insecurity and the unknown that we can pull on courage the most.

#mentor #wisewords #Slew #thewholeheartedambassador #TWHD #lifelessons

gratitude. travel. love. free. humility. strength. grace. integrity. compassion. connection. creativity = the whole-hearts.

gratitude. travel. love. free. humility. strength. grace. integrity. compassion. connection. creativity = the whole-hearts.

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS! 

The UN x @pharrell is such a good duo, especially on the first day of Spring. 

Happiness = Common denominator of humanity


#happiness #UN #pharrell #TWHD

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS!

The UN x @pharrell is such a good duo, especially on the first day of Spring.

Happiness = Common denominator of humanity


#happiness #UN #pharrell #TWHD

lettilove asked:
I'm quite interested in yoga teacher training and would love to hear more about your experience. How did you go about choosing what program to do? What type of yoga you wanted to specialize in etc. Can you do a little blurb about that sometime?

Hi!

Really, I happened upon my yoga teacher training. I joined a local yoga studio and after an incredible class with this light beaming black female instructor (who I now know and love named Jaina), I went to thank her for the class and asked when and where else she taught. It was then that she mentioned the yoga teacher training she was running independently with her husband, Matt.

I honestly will say that it so much more of a rewarding experience to learn under a local and independent school then doing a box YTT (yoga teacher training) from a chain studio. My training was very holistic and focused on all aspects of spirituality - from the foods I ingested to the words and aura I exude. I blogged my experience doing my YTT at radiantlifeyogaexperience.tumblr.com if you want to check it out.

What city are you based in? I don’t mind asking if my gurus know anybody there.

xo

Ayan

Hi, i just had to message you to let you know how much i love your blog! i find your whole message and ideology so refreshing and it something the i whole-hearted believe (no pun intended!!), best of luck for the future and i can't wait to see your next post. lots of lots, maryam x

Maryam,

I’m back and better than ever. Thank you for your support and love. It’s for the Whole-Hearted like you that I have this blog. Check out the new post: Le Renaissance - and please stay in touch!

Love with my whole heart,

Ayan Zado.

Le Renaissance.

“It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you” –Rakim

Much like Rakim, in one of the most referenced couplet in rap (for a reason) I must apologize for this hiatus, and leaving my dearest Whole-Hearts deserted. But, (and I’m sure Rakim would agree in his circumstance) it was for forgivable reason.

When I look at this time last year when I left the Whole-Hearted up for reconstruction, I can say that I was deeply unsatisfied and unfulfilled – with The Whole-Hearted superficially, but more deeply, with myself. I was frustrated because I, and those that I shared my vision and passion with, saw the grand potential of The Whole-Hearted, but I was suffering with a blockage in expression and creation. And I know now say that blockage was within me.

Throughout my year hiatus, I faced a flood of firsts (My first time moving out my house, my first time living away from my family in the US, my first apartment, my first live-in boyfriend, my first graduation - Bachelor’s degree, my first real full-time job) and for the first time I fully felt vulnerable, insecure and uncomfortable: The beginnings of Whole-Heartedness.

And to be honest, I didn’t know how to handle it – I didn’t know how to find comfort in the vulnerability, and authenticity through the change. I lost my spark, lost my passion, lost my motivation: I was lost.

So I stepped away from the blog. I stepped away from tea making. I stepped away from it all to re-center and re-focus. In that light, I found myself applying to an international MBA program (that would take me to Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Shanghai, Brussels and Paris) so I could turn this blog into a company. I found myself, in an act of selflessness, abandoning the independence I so long sought in Atlanta to move to Minneapolis and help my family establish themselves in their new city. I found myself alone and deeply lonely. I found myself heartbreakingly ending my long-distance serious relationship. I found myself in a three month long 200-hundred hour yoga teacher training while simultaneously fasting during Ramadan (which I blogged about here). And ultimately, I found myself accepted into the Global Partners MBA class of 2014; where I would travel to three continents and get two MBAs in one year (one from my alma mater, GSU, the other from La Sorbonne in Paris, a university I used to dream of attending last time I lived in Paris). It was profoundly transformational year: difficult, unrelenting and unexpected. I made my way through not knowing what to expect next, but knowing regardless of what’s next I would be better for it.

It’s a year later and I feel more whole-hearted than ever. As a Whole-Heart, I’m still trying to find the balance between how much I give of myself to myself and to others: self-love and selfless love. But what became fundamentally and truthfully salient as a lesson this year is this:

  I AM THE WHOLE-HEARTED.

This blog, this brand, this company, this movement, is so inextricably intertwined with my being. I, in an effort to spread the glory of The Whole-Hearted, find that to accomplish this, I must become whole-hearted. And for you all, I must become a Whole-Hearted ambassador, and share this journey to Whole-Heartedness with you. So you can see yourselves in my plight, so I can find more Whole-Hearts like you while I pave this path where we connect; sharing compassion and creativity wherever we go. 

This blog is my act of selfless love to the world – to find refuge in realizing that you are not alone, and even more that you have a global family of Whole-Hearts who believe in courageous authenticity just like you. 

And so from now, I promise you this:

-       A more personal blog, with photos and posts that I will also share on Instagram and Facebook, of Whole-Heartedness that I find along my way across the globe down my path of The Whole-Hearted.

-       Features on projects and people that are spreading Whole-Heartedness around the world.

-       My most recent passion as a business student: socially-responsible businesses that are operating whole-heartedly to benefit all their stakeholders.

Thank you for believing, thank you for inspiring, and thank you for authentically being Whole-Hearted.

Love you with my whole heart,

xo AYAN ZADO

Lion Lady + The Infinite Desire:: the vehicle and the message. 

Rio has been the setting of profound self-discovery for me. Upon wandering throughout the city I found incredible street art that spoke to my path. The most symbolic has been this of the Ouroboros: the ancient symbol depicting the snake biting it’s own tail. I’ve encountered Ouroboros several times before - even considered toting it as my only tattoo. Ouroboros symbolizes self-reflexivity, cyclicality/wholeness and life’s greatest lesson: power via humility. In my words - Whole-Heartedness and Fruition in Full-Circles. Seeing it on the streets of the city that has been teaching me that very lesson has been profoundly soul stirring and evident that the Universe speaks loudly when I am tuned in.

Thank you, Rio. 

xo,
AZ 

 #ouroboros #self-reflexivity #theeternalreturn #phoenixmode #carljung #wholeness #thewholehearted #primamateria (at Espírito Santa)

Lion Lady + The Infinite Desire:: the vehicle and the message.

Rio has been the setting of profound self-discovery for me. Upon wandering throughout the city I found incredible street art that spoke to my path. The most symbolic has been this of the Ouroboros: the ancient symbol depicting the snake biting it’s own tail. I’ve encountered Ouroboros several times before - even considered toting it as my only tattoo. Ouroboros symbolizes self-reflexivity, cyclicality/wholeness and life’s greatest lesson: power via humility. In my words - Whole-Heartedness and Fruition in Full-Circles. Seeing it on the streets of the city that has been teaching me that very lesson has been profoundly soul stirring and evident that the Universe speaks loudly when I am tuned in.

Thank you, Rio.

xo,
AZ

#ouroboros #self-reflexivity #theeternalreturn #phoenixmode #carljung #wholeness #thewholehearted #primamateria (at Espírito Santa)

e.e.cummings + mimosa. (at French Meadow Bakery)

e.e.cummings + mimosa. (at French Meadow Bakery)