Defining Your Passion

“She’s my idol.” We’ve all said it before. We are drawn to those who embody the things we desire to be, or dream we can become. Through the lens of living your muse, we often talk about getting in touch with your inner inspiration, your personal voice, and your individual identity, but looking to outside role models can help spark a personal vision with which to align. Stepping outside of ourselves and drawing inspiration from another can give us whole new ways to imagine our desired world, story, and goals.

When we hear the word “idol”, our minds usually go straight to celebrities, or the ultra-successful, in the most commonly accepted sense of the word. People who have reached fame, fortune, or influence on a broad scale. We see these figures as the ones who have “made it”. They’ve reached the pinnacle of success, and they live in their passion. This idea is particularly poignant when we look at an event like SXSW, currently running in Austin. It’s two weeks dedicated to bringing crowds together to experience the creations and influence of some of the most relevant artists, thinkers, and creators. We sit wide-eyed, bewildered by their ability to turn their passion into a successful life and career. This sense of amazement can be incredibly inspiring, reminding us that greatness is possible and pushing us to reach beyond what we’ve ever imagine is possible. But the key here is to let that feeling of inspiration give us drive and determination, rather than trying to model our lives after the lives of others. We won’t all be rockstars, CEOs or billionaires, but we can apply that same fire of passion that great influencers have ignited in themselves to get where they want to go. To live your muse is not to seek the same path as another; it’s to create your own, with passion and authenticity at the core of it all. 

There is one thing that’s hard to recognize, and even harder to really believe: when you strip away the reach, the glamour, and the fame, there is nothing separating a star’s potential from your own potential. At your core, you are both human beings filled with raw passion and purpose. You might channel your passions into a different result from that of an artist, or scientist, or author, but passion is passion, all the same. What we need to know and believe in our hearts is that regardless of notoriety or reputation, our impact can be just as significant and powerful. I think this is why we have such a strong tendency to lean towards idolizing musicians, because their passion is so evident in their work - they pour their hearts out on stage, night after night, year after year. It’s such a tangible and clear expression of talent. It’s not always easy for the average person to identify what they're passionate about and express it to the world, but we know we have the desire to live fiercely, with passion.

When I was growing up, performers and artists who were “making it” were the first people I looked to as idols. I have a long history with theater and performance, and the fire it ignited in me was, at one time, the most powerful out of anything I had ever pursued. Something about the lights, the crowd, the colors, and creating something beautiful with my fellow performers gave me this indescribable sense of joy and happiness. But as I got older, I realized that this passion for performance didn’t necessarily mean I was destined for a life on the stage, but it was helping me learn the true, gritty meaning of passion. What it means to lead with passion and heart, and bring that authentic energy into everything you do. As I started exploring different career paths that strayed from the performance-focused one I had always imagined, I surrendered to the idea that I needed to create my own unique vision for my life, with passion at my core, rather than model my vision after those I idolized. This has set me on a path toward a fulfilling career and lifestyle that nourishes all of my passions, not just my love for creativity. So when you’re standing in the crowd, watching your favorite artist, speaker, or entrepreneur do what they do best, learn and become inspired by their expression of passion. Your projection of your own passion will look completely different from theirs, but it is just as valid, and just as important in leaving a positive influence on the world. 

Stars aside, we have the opportunity, every single day, to draw inspiration from the people we interact with in our normal lives. Unlike stars, everyday people are the troops on the ground - keeping each other going through long days of work, giving each other authentic moments of joy, and providing support and guidance during challenging times. While ultra-successful figures might fill our hearts with that indescribable sense of inspiration, the people in our daily lives are the ones that help us power through the realities of normal life. Everyday idols are more relatable, and we have the privilege of actually knowing them on a personal level - this is an incredible opportunity to draw inspiration from every connection we have. Let your closest confidante inspire you to be a better friend. Let the boldest member of your team inspire you to take risks and have confidence in the workplace. Let the family that has had their struggles but remains committed to each other inspire you to be a more connected mother, sister, aunt, or cousin. 

Greatness does not have a universal definition. When you look to a “superstar” and feel that swell of inspiration and determination in your chest, allow that feeling to drive you closer to your vision for your life. Whether you want to be a keynote speaker at SXSW, or you want to be a vibrant, happy mom, it will take work, focus, and fire to get you there. And whether you’re reaching millions or you’re reaching one, you have the star power the world needs. Lead with your muse, and fulfill your vision for your life. 

Shannon Pike
COO & Executive Brand Curator
Moderna Muse

You're My Muse.

You’re my Muse…

…my worst distraction, my rhythm and blues.  

In love, we have felt this.  The dichotomy of being completely taken off course, while also completely inspired by the one we love.  Many of us have also been this muse for someone else.  A mirror, a voice, a piece of inspiration for another.

In my most intense relationship, I was moved by the idea of “MUSE”.  To be the inspiration for creativity, expression, a work of art, in another person’s soul.  What a compliment!  Yet what responsibility to be held in such high regard.

This concept takes on a new meaning when we apply it to ourselves.  Through self-love, we can find and honor our inner muse. We no longer need to rely solely on others to ignite our fire of inspiration.  The closer we come to being the ideal version of ourselves, the more self-love we have.  

Consider the times you’ve told yourself you are going to elevate your health, but kept slipping back to old habits - and in turn, you beat yourself up over your setbacks.  Consider the impact of the negative self-talk you inflict on yourself while in that state. There is not enough room in your soul for this negative energy. The decline in your self worth just leads to more drinking, more cheetos, and more time engaging in the vicious cycle of sabotage.  

Now compare that to the times when you set clear health goals and took the personal responsibility to actually get there.  The process becomes fun, your setbacks become few and far between, and your internal dialogue becomes one of self-love. You now enjoy how you feel, your confidence increases and you love yourself more.

You are riding this high because you are “living your muse” - our term for aligning with who you are meant to be and showing up as your highest expression of self. You are meant to be powerful, healthy, and strong. There is an immense amount of responsibility that comes with living your muse.  It takes attention, work and accountability, but when we are aligned, we know it.  We feel it.  And it translates to self-love, which in turn emanates into the world around you.  Be that light and live your muse.

Rashanna Moss
Executive Visionary, Moderna Muse

Why Moderna Muse?

For well over a year, I was feeling a pull toward something more.  It had been six years since I opened my first Pure Barre studio – an unparalleled experience that I never regret.  But my personal experiences in the years before and during my time with Pure Barre led me to create  a deeper bond with the Austin community – one that I wasn’t expecting.  I didn’t realize that through experiencing my own awakening and aligning with my personal truth, I would also align with a powerful community that was doing the same. I wove myself into this network of strong, grounded women, and realized that their power extends far beyond that of a workout routine.

It was the recognition of this powerful community of women that initiated the internal pull…the pull to do more, to give more, and to allow truth to shine through from every fiber of our being. To deliver a message and serve a community that is seeking a higher level of awareness, achievement, performance and power by stepping into the highest expression of self.

Easier said than done! What the heck does all of that mean and how in the world do we achieve it? I sat in a space of confusion and frustration for a very long time, struggling to bring this concept of truthful self expression to fruition. After a year or more of being frustrated by being frustrated, and not knowing what to create or how to create it, I let go and got back to my day job.

And then it happened at 11pm (I always have my best creative thoughts at night) when I was trying to go to bed.  When you close your eyes and imagine everything you want to be, what do you see? Your highest expression of self. What guides you toward this vision? Your inner muse.   My vision was clear and my heart knew that this was it.  MODERNA MUSE was born. 
    
Our mission: Inspire women to walk boldly toward their muse.  

From this day forward, we promise to tell the truth and live the truth in hopes of inspiring you toward your greatness…your highest expression of self…your MUSE.

Rashanna Moss
Founder, Moderna Muse