A few weeks ago we launched Conversation Starters: A Desire Map App. You can download it from the App Store right HERE.
Meet Jessica Smith — a fierce but flexible yogi, happiness chaser, and angel whisperer. This summer Jess participated in one of the very first conversation groups fueled by the app. In the spirit of good conversation, here’s a Q&A with Jess, on everything from unconditional love to ‘Happy Playlists’ to letting go of fear.
I’m now able to answer the questions from my heart rather than my head. For now, at this moment, I’m feeling out Illuminated, Truth, Connection, Nourished and Ease.
How I learned about The Desire Map:
I unintentionally attended a couple of events Danielle did here in Vancouver and after hearing her speak both live and at an online event, I thought “this chick is cool, I dig her vibe and like what she stands for. She’s real and I can relate.” So I bought The Firestarter Sessions, joined the mailing list and started following her online. She started speaking of the Desire Map and I began hearing more and more about it all over the place. Feeling intrigued and like the Universe was slowly pushing me in that direction, I decided to buy the first edition, give it a go and haven’t looked back.
How Desire Mapping has changed my life:
I’ve gone from a rigid, controlling, A-type goal setter to finding a happy, juicy feel good place where both my analytical left brain and my creative, visually inclined right brain have joined forces. It has inspired me to get out of my own way and give myself permission to feel whatever I want to feel.
It’s taught me to listen to my body, check in with myself and make decisions based on whether it feels good…or whether it’s just me trying to control and force things. It’s helped me to think with my heart instead of my head.
And right now, it’s teaching me to trust myself, to trust the feelings that I feel and to let go of everything else. I’m learning that I don’t have to figure it all out…I just need to allow myself to feel what I want to feel. Start there. Nothing else matters and everything that does will follow.
Fav daily way to feel my CDFs:
I’ve had a vision board since I can remember, but it was always filled with images that represented the house, the car, the dog, the travel destination etc. Now I’ve made collages online with PicMonkey, based on my CDFs. They’re filled with beautiful moments, people, animals, words, phrases, images, colors and objects that represent my CDFs. It’s inspiring to look at, it’s a great reminder and I’ve even taken a photo and set it to my phone so I see it all day every day.
Music I’m listening to that inspires my CDFs:
I decided I would forego my standard meditation practice and instead, in an attempt to raise my vibration, I would dance every day to a “happy playlist.” There were a few great songs on it but there was one in particular that I had never even heard before and am still unsure how I even stumbled upon it, “Happy” by Natasha Beddingfield. It’s an older song from 2008 but as soon as I listened to the words I balled my eyes out. It resonated with my deeply and it’s the only song I listen to on the whole playlist and remains my theme song for Summer 2014.
My current mantra:
It’s Ok. You don’t have to figure it all out. Enjoy the Process… choose happiness.
One place/activity where I feel most alive in my CDFs:
When I move my body…whether it’s getting a good sweat on at the gym, going for a walk in nature, dancing in front of the mirror or going to a Yoga/Pilates class. That’s when I feel strongest and most free. It also feels sooo good to be in the company of those who have the same values as me, people who get me, people I can talk to about everything and anything with no judgement; just love, understanding and compassion.
My life passion:
This is a work in progress for me at the moment. I have many passions that tend to revolve around the health and wellness industries and ultimately would like to find a way to pursue them in a way that helps others…I just haven’t quite figured it out yet. I’m saying my mantra A LOT when it comes to this aspect of my life. Trying to take a step back, stop “figuring it out” and let it happen naturally. I know I have some amazing gifts to one day share with the world, I just have some more soul searching to do and when it’s my turn, I know it’ll be amazing.
What I’m reading right now:
One thing I’ve stopped doing:
Second guessing and NOT trusting my intuition, my body and myself. I’ve stopped looking to others for the answers, the guidance, the acknowledgement, the recognition and have started to turn inward more.
At least once a week I do this to feel my CDFs:
A “check in.” It’s kind of a meditative sit down with myself, my journal and my angels. It’s a time to reflect on my CDFs, how I feel about them, what activities, people, jobs etc. brought me closer to them and which ones took me further away. Do they still resonate? Would I make changes? How do I feel about Jess? You know, those kinds of deep, self- reflection questions that help keep you in the flow of your desires.
Fav sites for inspiration:
I follow a woman named Nadya Andreeva and her blog spinachandyoga.com for health/wellness inspiration. I enjoy fellow Vancouverite Bec Robbins’ stuff, Marie Forleo’s Videos, Angelic assistance and guidance by Doreen Virtue, and I cruise Pinterest a lot for the words, quotes and images that inspire me every day.
Fav quote from Danielle, or The Desire Map:
Can’t live without:
My angel cards. They have followed me all over the world for the past decade. They’re my go-to, my shrink, my best friend and my confidante all wrapped up in a pretty little box.
When I feel most like myself:
I’m around the people that love me unconditionally, who get me and give me the space I need to be the most authentic version of myself. Also, when it’s just me and my angels in a room having a pow wow.
Please share your musings, a-ha’s, or love for Jess, below!