For the soulful, the gypsy, the nomad,
and the wild at heart.
Lynn Cosyn shares from her heart about what it takes to encounter and overcome fear to live in cosyness, vibrancy, connection and present-moment-awareness. Her light-hearted tone and affirmation remind everyone of us that our dreams are possible with a little courage! Enjoy inspiring illustrations and useful resources from this Luxembourg lady.
Caroline Mauro shares about finding the light during a dark time that illuminated her life path from which INDA creations was born. Now she creates healing products, inspired by Mama Earth. Be captivated by beauty, soul, and the incredibly rich sense of style and purpose that Caroline brings to her work.
My purpose in life is to thrive in creativity, to explore different versions of what happiness can mean and to give back and/or to have somebody to share this with. Luckily, I already have the perfect person to do this with: my husband, partner and soulmate David which I have known through 8 years of evolving together as human beings.
I believe that the braver route is to spend some quality time with ourselves. We need to get in touch with who we really are and what we really want--not simply a Christmas list of things that can be bought, but the things that are going to truly satisfy our souls. We need to spend time with those uncomfortable thoughts and emotions that we keep locked away; let them emerge without judgment or fear. When I reflect on Ghandi’s wisdom, “Be the change you want to see in the world” I’m reminded that we cannot create or manifest something outside of ourselves that we don’t first internally possess. We must learn how to be gentle and kind to ourselves so we can then offer that same kindness and graciousness to our neighbor. We must journey inward in order to see change reflected outward.
One of my hardest moments came about 6 months after I quit my job and sold everything (the very romantic story I shared above). My reserve savings was drying up, and in the same week I lost my part time job, my car was towed twice (a $1000 price tag) and my rent doubled unexpectedly. I literally found a quarter on the sidewalk and deposited it into my bank account and ate my roommates stale tortillas (thank you Julie Ordonez). I was that broke. I remember walking around Los Feliz (no car remember), where I was living at the time, and praying, begging, for the trials to stop. I was at the end of what I could handle and I needed help, a break. I wanted to quit. But something happened, and I didn't. I chose to stay in it. And things slowly, in teeny tiny steps, started coming together. A kind person picked me out of the audience at a game show and I won the exact amount I needed to pay for my tow tickets. A friend got me a job at a restaurant. Family members bought my jewelry. People took risks on me and introduced me to others who would ultimately build into the story that I'm living now. And today, 7 years later, I'm just dipping my toes into the dreams I've had forever. I think the journey can be a slow one that is built on the kindness of others, and made up of a bunch of times saying yes when you feel like you want to give up.
I don’t think I have ONE most difficult moment. I think I have a collection of crazy difficult moments, that were only there to help break me open. The difficultly comes in waves. It ebbs and flows with its qualities of intensity. When we unplug ourselves from the structure that’s been in place since before we were born, there’s bound to be an unraveling process.
Remembering our power as sovereign beings.
A crazy journey back to the HEART…
As a 22 years old female my loving (and very wise) mother encouraged me to do some sort of exchange work for the first months to help me acclimate. I listened, surprisingly, and landed on a small palm-lined beach in tropical South Goa at a yoga retreat. My mind and heart was blown open. I lived in a plywood hut with a sand floor, alongside the 6 Nepali boys who worked with me, 10 meters from the ocean with about 20 pieces of clothing — and had never felt so fulfilled in my entire life.
I love, love, love people. I love dreaming together, I love encouraging one another, I love seeing life from someone else’s eyes, I love moving toward goodness together.
But that’s not always what my daily work life entailed. Starting out as an architect, I designed high-rise buildings for big-time corporations. I loved the work, but after many years in the field I discovered my soul longed for human connection. So, I took a risk, left my job, and began a meaningful search for what was next. Fortunately, 3 beautiful friends - a jewelry designer, a stylist, and a founder of a nonprofit - asked me to help design some of their brand assets. After three successful deliveries, I was hooked. I discovered that working one-on-one with passionate individuals was so my jam.
Being a student of life and yoga - to me - is continually finding comfort and conviction within myself. Before yoga came into my life, I felt like I constantly being taken on the ride with life, unable to choose my own experience or thoughts to that matter. Once yoga revealed itself to me, happiness, contentment, positivity and inspiration showed me another way of living my life, of LOVING my LIFE! One of the deepest scars that put me on this path, was not talking to my father for 3 years, for their own reasons at that time in my life. With commitment to yoga, the anger began to transform into forgiveness, inspiring a large tattoo on my back, forever being a reminder to keep the heart open, no matter what hardship arises! It is a true gift to wake up into how we can be of service to one another and practice compassion for others in this lifetime.
What supports me being a soul-preneur is surrounding myself with the right people and with the world the way it is. My team is globally hand picked. I am so grateful for this accessibility and the great collective mix of influencers that I collaborate with. I love how the world is so available as I am able to have brand designers based out of Stockholm and L.A., my label artist lives in the countryside of Europe, and my business coach and marketing gals are in New York City.
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