In goes the sunshine. Out pours the good stuff.

Prepare your virtual baskets to fill some goodies with. No one leaves this page empty-handed.

In a month-old post, I talked about The Desire Map by the divinely awesome Danielle LaPorte. In a sentence, the book is about answering the question WHAT DO YOU MOST WANT TO FEEL? It taught me that deciding on a feeling is as crucial as deciding what to be. To lay it out simply, for so many years, we've been taught to fill this in, "What do you want to be 10 years from now"? I want to be a successful entrepreneur. How about successful AND happy? Its rally: go for a feeling. Your core desired feelings.

The Desire Map workbook that came along with it was supreme. But it was deliberate. It was uncomfortable. Daring. But did set something in me free. It first helped me realize what I want to do more of. My answer: to create, to give, and to give some more. It then asked me to identify a feeling to go with it by selecting a word I feel very much at one with. The instruction - reflect on it. Use it everyday. Put it on your wall. Speak it. I looked up words, tried them on for size. I want to feel this. I want to feel that. This didn't work. That didn't roll of the tongue nicely. I listed them all. Until finally I chunked it down to four core desired feelings with one being the word I resonated with entirely - flourish.

definition from

to grow well : to be healthy
a sudden smooth movement that is likely to be noticed
to hold up and show (something) in an excited or proud way
Synonyms: bloom, be alive with, thrive, curl, sweep, design, pour out
Light was shed in an instant. Yes, I told me, yes, I want to flourish.
Below is an excerpt from my answered The Desire Map workbook (and another Instagrammable):

Super glad you read all the way through because I have something for ya! If you like the vibe of this entry or have found a connection with my core desired feeling - flourish - here is a FREE HEADER you can use on your blog, your Facebook cover, your Twitter header, etc. along with a FREE WALLPAPER for your phone. May you instill and allow yourself to feel it everyday.

This item is for personal use only.
You may use them on your web pages and gadgets, whenever you'd like.
Please do not sell of redistribute.

I do not say this lightly, the discovery of Danielle LaPorte and her diamond of a book The Desire Map did wonders for me. Heart, re-aligned. Soul, fed. Mind, wired. Creativity, fluid. So (are you ready?) I'm giving away my $100 gift certificate I received from her last week  to one (1) lucky giftee. You can use it to buy anything from her shop. I heard The Fire Starter Sessions is an equally inspiring piece. I'm just about to start on it. Maybe add to your purchase The Desire Map Day Planner too. Or the e-card. Go wild. It's 100 freakin' dollars, honey. All yours.
To win this is SO simple:
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3.Answer this uber quick survey. Include your contact details. That's it!

The winner will be announced in this post in the next two weeks. She will receive an e-mail containing the prize and how to use it to purchase her desired products.

P.S. I've moved to a new host so the comment sections are empty. Sadly, the comments from the old host are not transferable but please know they are lovingly backed up on my Google Drive. :)

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Update (5/15/2014): Contest is closed. We've got a winner! But to everyone who joined this giveaway, you will take home something from my soon-to-open design shop. I can't tell you yet (sorry, I love surprises!) but they will be delivered to you via e-mail first week of June. I appreciate you all sharing your thoughts about this blog and your own endeavors. Now, without further ado, the $100 gift card from Danielle LaPorte goes to Trisha Aguilar! I will be sending you an e-mail soon, love. Thank you all. To know more about upcoming giveaways, subscribe to our newsletter.


  1. Everything you do is so beautiful :')

    1. Thank you so much, Myla! :') I don't think I live up to that 100% 'cause I'm just doing my job empowering creative hearts. But still, thank you.

  2. OMG! I have so much feels for this word too and I live by it since 2012. Such a coincidence! Signed up for your newsletter. Keep on spreading beauty Af ;)

    1. Hi Erika! I can imagine. As creative entrepreneurs I think it's natural for our kind to want to constantly bloom. Thank you so much for signing up! Will make it a point that to spread more of the good stuff to fellow dreamers and doers.


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