What is the purpose of this life?
"I believe we are here through the grace of a higher power and therefore, our roles on this Earth are varied and individualized. In the big scheme of things, it is to take care of one another and elevate each other."- D.V.
What is your definition of the word soul?
"I believe the soul is the essence of our being - our personal compass and guide." - D.V.
What do you feel inclined to share with the world?
"Nourish to flourish!" - D.V.
Yay!!! I could read the line "to take care of one another and elevate each other" all day long and smile, every single time! The clarity, beauty and expansiveness of this insight shines through this week's soul feature- oh so much!
Please join together in sending an abundance of love to Donna Vella, the light and truth speaker on this week's Soul Stories feature.
We are blessed to be walking on this planet accompanied by this beautiful soul. Donna has already shared so much of her love and light with the world. There is no doubt that she will continue to do so, especially after her most recent life's transition ... Donna just announced her retirement from corporate America and is now, embracing life from a new perspective!
These are exciting times ahead for Donna, as she continues to embark on her journey as a positive psychology pioneer and overall, lover. Donna has her certification in Yoga Dance for the special needs population, helps others connect their nutritional well being to the health of the mind, body and soul and coordinates holistic living events, talks and workshops.
This is a woman that we NEED on this Earth. The community values what she does and what she will continue to do on her journey.
I would like to take us on a little journey, back in time before Donna and I knew that we were the soul sisters that we SO are!
I met Donna a few years ago on the yoga mat. I did not know her. I was not aware of her name, but I was drawn to her from her energy and presence. I felt her purity from the moment we first interacted.
While I was in coaching school, I was asked to create a list of people that inspired me. I created my list and Donna's name was one of the people at the top. As synchronicity would have it, Donna and I have created a beautiful relationship and now, here she is on the Soul Stories blog... divine timing?!
The universe really is THE BEST!
Donna is a mindfulness teacher. She is the Founder/President of the Positive Living Forum based in Stamford, CT. She is a coach. She is a speaker. She is a yogi. She is a mover & a shaker. She is a wife. She is a daughter. She is a sister. She is a friend.
Donna connects with her community directly, but she does even more than that. She gifts the space for the community to come together as a collective whole.
Through Positive Living Forum and her overall presence, she allows for us to collaborate, expand our thinking, expand our knowledge, expand the love around and within us and expand upon the number of souls touched by this practice.
In the eyes of the community she is a caring, dedicated, loving, bright, energetic and pure soul.
Donna is expansive and she shares the gift of expansiveness with the world around her. She is an explorer. She has the passion to love and carry out each day, with the mindfulness and the wisdom to allow her heart to lead the way- especially during times of transition and change.
Donna's full heart is embracing life on the road in the coming year, along with her beloved husband Mike. Donna and Mike (the raddest couple, for many- many reasons!!!) always have each others backs and encourage one another to dive into the excitement of life! Whether they are attending drumming classes, rock climbing, exploring Colorado or reading soulful books together, we can be sure that they are living their lives to the fullest.
Their next big adventure is just around the corner- as they are planning their journey to tour the world on a motorcycle called the Happy Camel!!!
Throughout this soulful adventure, they plan to continue to connect with souls from around the world, meet fellow motorcyclists, travelers and wanderers alike and share their stories - How amazing?!
Donna has let go of life in corporate America and is embracing life from her heart's center. We know this path is meant for her and she will not be left astray. She has a whole community behind her, supporting her and loving her through this amazingly-exciting time!
We so look forward to reading, hearing and feeling her experiences and interactions with the places, beings and happy events that will undoubtedly cross her path.
What is mindfulness?
"An overall sense of awareness. Not only where you are spatially, but also awareness of the energies coming towards you and around you - from the people you are engaging with and the people around you in a room - and how we navigate moving forward based on that energy/energetic feedback coming in." - Donna Vella
Who are you?
"My characteristic strengths are curiosity, creativity, humor, gratitude and love."- Donna Vella
"I am someone that cares deeply about the people that I love and for my tribe within the universe."- Donna Vella <3
"I am someone that tries to give forth my best self, everyday."- Donna Vella
Visit the Positive Living Forum's Facebook page for more information on Donna Vella and this group's soulful gatherings. The Positive Living Forum meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Le Pain Quotidien in Stamford, CT.
May we all continue to unfold on our individual journey. May we find solace in knowing that all is unfolding in divine time. May we know deep in our souls that we are here to "take care of one another and elevate each other".
Sending bundles of love, light & truth to you today and everyday,
Alexa Katherine O'Rourke
P.S. I would LOVE to feature you and your beautiful soul, body and mind on the Soul Stories series. We would like to hear from YOU. We would like to tell the community, tell the world about what YOU and what YOU are doing. YOU are important and YOU are valued and YOU are deserving, in every way. Let's allow your voice to shine together!
Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we shall discuss the next steps on this amazing journey.