say yes to your inner voice

Image: Olaiya Land

Hello from Lisbon!

I’m currently shooting the final images for a Lisbon city guide I’m making for you. (Details coming v soon.)

As I crisscross the city revisiting all my favorite spots and discovering new ones, I’ve been thinking about how I first started coming here 5 years ago and how I fell in love with Portugal.

Image: Olaiya Land
Image: Olaiya Land

I was going through a teensy rough patch. (Lololol. JK. My business had just imploded and I had no idea what I was going to do next. I was crying myself to sleep every night.)

On a whim, I signed up for a workshop in Portugal. I had a vague idea I wanted to start a blog. Or, you know, something. So I had bought myself a fancypants camera for all the amazing food photos I was going to start taking aaaaannnny minute now. (Which I let it sit in its box in the back of my closet for 6 months.) I had no idea how to take a decent photo. Or design a blog. I barely knew what Instagram was.

But a little voice inside me kept telling me I needed to do this. So I packed my bags and headed to Portugal.

Image: Olaiya Land
Image: Olaiya Land

That workshop changed everything.

It sparked my passion for photography. It gave me the confidence to finally build my blog. It inspired me to start leading my own creative workshops and retreats. It was the first step on the path to a life that’s so much richer than I ever could have imagined 5 years ago.

Image: Olaiya Land
Image: Olaiya Land

Today, I want to remind you that sometimes you need to say yes to that inner voice.

The one you maybe feel like you shouldn’t be listening to. The one that’s telling you to live big. To do something you might not think you deserve. To say fuck it and take that leap.

Image: Olaiya Land
Image: Olaiya Land

So many women (myself included) shove that inner voice down. We’re too busy. Too tired. Too afraid to look at what we really want and go after it.

But guess what? That inner voice will guide you more surely than anyone else can. It knows every last corner of your phenomenal self. Your vulnerabilities and dreams and desires. And it knows what you need. You just have to trust it.

Because big, beautiful things are on the other side.

Image: Olaiya Land

I want you to live big and tune in to what your inner voice is telling you. I’ve created a brand new Paris workshop to help you get clarity on your vision and start making it reality.

If you’ve been feeling the pull to a more creative way of being. If your inner voice is telling you something is missing in your life. If you feel like there’s more to you than how you’re living right now, you need to join me In Paris!

Click here to find your next yes.