When the sisters and I decided that March is the month of taking good care of ourselves inside and out, it only seemed perfect to feature someone who exudes self love, inner peace and serenity for this month’s Sister of the Month. It was actually Michelle’s idea to reach out to the author of our favorite book, Om for the Mom and so I did as we agreed and emailed Vanessa to see if she would be interested in being featured, not sure what to expect as a reply. You don’t even know the excitement we had when she responded to our email saying she would love to be our Sister of the Month. We tweaked out. I personally couldn’t believe we were actually going to meet and chat with our favorite author and huge inspiration. We met her at Soho House and we can confirm that she is much more than the author of Om for the Mom, she is an incredible inspiration, a bright light with a contagious laugh and beautiful, inside and out. We basically love everything about her from her eyeliner to her lip gloss to her energy, which happens to be illuminating.
We kicked off our sit down with Vanessa with some girly drinks (she enjoyed a Moscow Mule in a copper mug) and once the conversation started, it didn’t stop. We learned that besides writing, she also has her own advertising agency and is a mom of two little ones. She told us about the calling she had to write Om, how so many signs were telling her it was time to share with others her knowledge of self love, meditation and how to live a life you love. Vanessa realized that thru her own journey she did in fact have a prescription for life. One that, if used correctly, could help her readers find love, peace and happiness. It’s her little OM PILL of life and I would like a life time prescription of it, please and thank you.
Vanessa shared a lot about how she has ended up where she is in her life today. Like many women, she has been thru both amazing times and some very difficult times, but what is so refreshing about her is the truth she shares about her experiences and how she chooses to learn and grow from them and share those lessons with others. When she decided to write the book, she was at a certain place in her life and marriage in which she knew she had to make a change, she knew in her heart she needed to end her marriage and was ready to create a new future for herself. So let’s get this straight, here we have a woman married with two children, extremely uncertain about the fate of her marriage and in the midst of being a mother and keeping it together, she decides to sit and write a book? And not just any book, my personal lady bible. I spoke with her before we met and she shared with me that after she completed her book, she picked up her copy and began to read it. It was at that moment while reading her own words of inspiration and motivation that she realized it was time to move on from her marriage. Without the direct intention to write her own self help book for herself, she ended up doing just that.
I asked her what advice would you give other women who perhaps were considering leaving an unhealthy relationship or job that doesn’t fulfill them and she said it as simply as could be put; “you have to do what makes you happy more than anything”. And it’s so true. We often do things or stay in uncomfortable yet familiar situations at times out of fear. She reminds her readers and her new blogging friends that you need to find your inner strength and make the change you need for a more fulfilling and happy life and to just go for it.
The book isn’t just helpful and packed with wisdom, it’s beautiful as well. The color of the cover reflects her love for the ocean and beach and throughout the entire book there are these super unique and cool images she designed. They could be turned into an adult coloring book. Didn’t know those existed, did ya? If you’re anything like TSP and love inspirational graphics then “like” Om’s Facebook page. Each day she puts up a new quote and I just can’t get enough of them. Obsessed.
We chatted a bit about meditation and she is obviously a huge practitioner and proponent of it. A good part of her book are guides to meditation. This topic of conversation came at the perfect time because it just so happens that Deepak and Oprah’s 21 Day Meditation Challenge started just yesterday. You’re only one day behind, so get on it, register and meditate with us! Oh and it’s FREE! Vanessa loves his app and thinks it’s the perfect introduction for anyone looking to start meditation. Count TSP in on the challenge, looking forward to the next 20 days!
As we sat with Vanessa we also found that she has a really fun sense of humor. Nicole said some crazy shit to her and with not a pretentious bone in her body she laughed hysterically. We all did. The sisters and I agree that doing TSP is something that brings us so much joy. As a family we have recently experienced some big changes and at times feel incredibly stressed and overwhelmed, but this blog is truly such an outlet for us to be creative, release some positive energy and it’s something that we get a HUGE amount of joy out of. Om helped me personally to deal with some things I had and still have going on in my life. I took some major lessons from this book and apply them when I need to. It’s my favorite book I’ve ever read (SPOILER ALERT) and will continue to give it as gifts to friends and family because it’s fucking awesome and you should read it.
It truly was so inspiring and such a gift to have been able to sit and chat with Vanessa. She is completely down to earth, giggles when I tell her I’m her biggest fan, has a great sense of style and loves to share her love and help heal where needed. She says it like it is and we are so grateful for our new friendship. We couldn’t be more excited to not only share our favorite book with you but now share with you the person behind the book that I truly feel changed my life and my way of thinking – she is insanely inspiring. Thank you Vanessa for writing Om for the Mom and for being TSP’s Sister of the Month! You frigging rule! Namaste beautiful lady.
Things about the author:
She loves 70’s music. Her being Aussie I really wanted her to love Abba like in Muriel’s Wedding, but not so much.
She loves Coldplay.
She thinks Mark Ruffalo is hot.
She is one of six siblings.
She’s a certified Kundalini yoga teacher.
The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama is her favorite book.
Notting Hill and Love Actually are two of her favorite films.
She believes in the power of positive thinking.
She’s at her happiest when laying in bed with her two children or being surrounded by good people with a good glass of wine.
She is from Brisbane, Australia.
She has a huge gay following.
She loves and lives by the quote: “Don’t let the behavior of others ruin your inner peace”.
She believes in love.
Click here to read my review of Om for the Mom.
Click here to get Om for the Mom. You’re welcome.
In October of this year she is planning a yoga and woman empowering retreat to Tulum Mexico…we’ll keep you posted on details and TSP’s travel plans….fingers crossed! xoxo