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Such Different Vixens: Brie-ann Boal

brianne_highresHold onto your hats. The whimsy, contemplation and sheer inner beauty of this incredible creature is about to blow you away.

Brie-ann Boal is luminous – there’s really no better word I can muster to describe her. With a big smile, and a joyful giggle, and a mind that mesmerises (just wait until you read her interview responses), she carries a scent of romance around with her.

She’s also been my personal trainer for close to six months now, and she is bah-rilliant at what she does! Intentional, creative and innovative – she’s out there transforming the way people approach wellness and movement- myself included.

What I love most about this interview, is that we’ve all been given the privilege of seeing what goes on behind the scenes of all that joyful luminosity. That sometimes, life is messy and uncomfortable and damn near unbearable, and that even when it is, could it be anything other than perfect?

Allow this chica’s word smithery and total charm to carry you somewhere else today. Let her sentences wrap you up and lift you up to some place far, far away.

And if you live in the Brisbane – Gold Coast – Byron region, hire her as your PT, pronto.

(You can read about my praise her here, and here.)

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Sum up your mission in one sentence.

Inner alchemy – turning dark to light, through movement and meditation.

Can you share with us one of your most vulnerable moments (and in hindsight, what made it so beautiful?).

I had to really stop and think about this one. Not for lack of vulnerable moments, but because a number of pictures flashed through my mind. Scenes from a shamanic de-armouring retreat / running bare-fleshed through the forest / anguish / despair / primal-sounds-I-didn’t-know-were-in-me / silent healing circles / midnight tears / a room full of strangers…

Rather public and (seemingly) dramatic however, if I’m to be truly honest, the most fear-felt moments have always been comparatively private / humble / just me and my ‘hunny’.

Moments between lovers hold that ‘vulnerability potential’ because there’s more at stake than dignity and public image. There’s the fear of losing someone (‘your world’) or irreparably altering the way they see you.

My most vulnerable moment was telling my boyfriend ‘everything’. Peeling back the layers – revealing all the things I’d kept in the shadows, out of view.

Secrets I’d thought to give away but swallowed back, last minute. Feeling them sink, into my throat, where they stayed – conveniently locked equal distance between head and heart.

We were at an outdoor amphitheatre, listening to The XX. Something about that sonic landscape coerced pure heart connection and made the ‘unspoken’ between us intolerable. There was no longer room for my secrets and that burning-background-question: ‘If he knew the truth would he still love me?’

All I could do was breathe, brace and throw it all up at his feet, pray he’d love the mess of me as much as the shadow projection.

What made it so beautiful?

The instant evaporation of fear / shame / secrecy…

The sudden expansion and space created for deeper loving and intimacy…

Realising the fallacy of my fears and beliefs…

Discovering that those that truly love you do, because they truly see you. They see right through the layers of where you’ve been and what you’ve done. They know one thing only. Who you are. Nothing else matters.

What turns you on?

Simple things… a sultry breeze, a balmy night, the smell of sandalwood + nag champa. Sunsets that paint us all golden. Sunrise. Seeing colours in the sky that don’t usually belong. Deep abiding presence. Lyrics. Words. Poetry. A goosebump-kind-of-grammar. The XX. Spanish guitar. Unbridled ecstasy. Dancing. ‘Music that melts the separate parts of the body together’ (Anais). The ocean – it’s serene brutality and the electric power of wet, briny air. The humble, honest, authentic and unassuming. The unapologetically eccentric and out-of-place. Smiley-eyes. First-thing-in-the-morning faces. Unkempt hair. Getting tea-tipsy. Long, meandering chats. Existential wisdom. Out-of-the-box thinkers. Silence. Wordless interactions. Contradictions. Distant faraway places. Mysteries.

What makes your blood boil?

These days, not much. You’ll be hard pressed getting me to a low simmer.

Things sadden before they enrage – cruelty; deliberate intent to hurt, harm, humiliate. The way we trash our planet.

Ignorant, narrow-minded, profit/power based decisions to tear down forests, rip up the ocean and maim defenseless wildlife. This has been close to my heart since I was really young, the journals of my ten-year-old self are full of heartache for the planet.

On a not-so-heavy note, phone companies have an amazing talent for ruffling feathers (mine included). It’s quite impressive.

How do you define confidence?

Unapologetically embracing your ‘self’ (light, dark and everything in between); radical acceptance; freedom from the anxiety of imperfection; deep peace; unshakable knowing; embodying truth; inner poise + grace.

When was the last time you experienced pure, unadulterated joy?  Can you give us the juicy details?

This morning, with him.

Bamboo sheets. Cool skin. Slow rotating fan blades

Looking back, how have you most GROWN?

Looking back, it’s the beautifully fucked up life experiences that have shaped me most. It’s the butterfly effect. Not in the common sense of the word but in the context of this story.

Whilst part of me cringes to reference the oh-so-cliché caterpillar, it stands to reason. The story describes the process of butter-pillar squeezing itself through a pin-size hole. Effectively, forcing fluid from it’s body and wiping mucous from its wings. Without this (divinely designed) struggle, the butterfly remains stunted. It will never be airborne. Heartache, addiction, depression, disorders – they’re why I fly life on free wings today. These experiences guided me to live closer to my heart; taught me empathy and self-expression; gave me a deeper knowing + understanding of myself and a compulsion to help others. To me, these mars are golden.

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Combining my passions with a business I love makes me feel … all shades of amazing!

Few people know this about me, but I … was kept down in preschool – ‘painfully shy’ and ‘socially maladjusted’.

I secretly wish I could … be a slow loris.

To me, the words ‘Such Different Skies’ mean …

More than this space (or your attention span) could hold. I tend to get lost in interpretations. The two that stand out most…

‘Celebrating shifts in perception’ and ‘embracing transience’.

To me, ‘Skies’ is poetic reference to life (transient and ever-changing). It’s a gentle reminder: ‘Don’t get attached to one set of conditions.’ There is grace in appreciating ‘summer-sun’, ‘winter-grey’ + all seasonal shades between.

‘Perception’ wise, Anais Nin said it well:  ‘We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.’

We all gaze up at the same sky, though we see it through different filters.  ‘Serene, sentient moon?’ or ‘fear-filled, black?’ Perception is projection – not fixed – it’s interchangeable choice.

In the context of this ever-inspiring site, Such Different Skies is a wake-up call:

Crack open a fresh set of eyes, smile at your new life and then, in the words of Ms Strayed… ‘tackle the mother fucking shit out of it!’

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Curious mind. Health hunter-gatherer. Lover of tea, typewriters and pretty words. Brieann holds a degree in Creative Industries and journalism with certifications in yoga, personal training, holistic fitness, massage and Reiki.

Creator of Wabi-sabi Well – movement towards inner-alchemy – her unique workouts offer an infusion of fitness, massage, meditation and healing in harmony with nature. When she’s not helping people with their health and fitness, you’ll find her sipping oolong tea + lying in the green.

You can follow her bliss at [FACEBOOK ] &  [PINTEREST]. And here’s where she gets WabiSabi Well.

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Okay. Can we all deep sigh together now? What.a.babe. I don’t know about you, but I’m completely in love with Brieann’s brain right now. I feel like I’ve been serenaded 🙂 Let’s show her some love in the comments.

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57 Responses to Such Different Vixens: Brie-ann Boal

  1. Ashley January 16, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    WOW – stunning. you ladies are beautiful <3

    xo Ashley

    • BB January 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

      Thanks lovely x

  2. Kylie January 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    Great interview and amazing words! Made me smile 🙂 x

    • BB January 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

      So glad to hear it Kylie :)!!!
      x

  3. Alana January 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    Gorgeous words – she’s luminous 🙂

    • BB January 17, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

      Right back at ya Alana x

  4. Jenna January 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Oh I understand why you love Brie-ann to bits! What a gorgeous interview. I wish I had more words, but the random weather/long week/full moon is getting to me. Bits that struck me: “Things sadden before they enrage” – this is more and more how I react too, and its a beautiful thing. I love the Anais Nin quote: ’We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.’ Hints of shadow work there. And last but not least – “it’s the beautifully fucked up life experiences that have shaped me most”. Ah Brie-ann, how perfectly you worded this. Couldn’t agree more!

    Thanks for sharing this Tara!

    • Brieann Boal January 17, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

      You wish you had more words? These are just perfect Jenna. Thank you for leaving them here for me. Sending you heart felt thanks
      kindred spirit
      x

  5. Shae January 16, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    Wonderful, what a breath of fresh air! What an absolutely stunning person, inside & out 🙂 xx

    • Brieann Boal January 17, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

      Shae
      You. Are. Wonderful
      Thank you for the warm heart-hug
      x

  6. Cara January 16, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    Without a doubt that is one of the most incredibly beautiful interviews I’ve ever had the privilege of reading. Totally inspired + wowed by your heart-stirring words of wisdom Brie-ann, thanks beautiful ladies! xx

    • Tara January 16, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

      I so hope Brieann sees this comment Cara. Thank you so much for leaving it here x

      • BB January 17, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

        Te he you hoping to inflate my head a little honey badger? x

    • BB January 17, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

      All rosy-cheeked over your words Cara. Such a gorgeously generous compliment. Thank you so much x

  7. Kylie January 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    What a gorgeous soul!

  8. Hayley Richardson || life and blog coach January 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    Wow! Word-smithery indeed! What a beautiful, soul-stirring interview. You have a lot of talent Brie-Ann! Thanks for sharing.
    xx

    • Brieann Boal January 17, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

      Instant ‘Awwwww’ Can’t say thank you enough Hayley
      x

  9. Emma January 16, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    Mesmerised and breathless after reading this. Love XOX

    • Tara January 16, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

      🙂 Totally

    • Brieann Boal January 17, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

      Emma you just made my heart smile so big. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts
      x

  10. Tara January 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    Wow. Out of this world! I wish I could read those words again for the first time. Totally serenaded!

    • Tara January 16, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

      What a beautiful comment !

    • Brieann Boal January 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

      lady, you’ve just played my heart strings a magic melody. Thank you so much for leaving some love
      x

  11. lucent imagery January 16, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Wow. What a beautiful woman, inside and out. The images of her draw you in also. The one of her sitting against the blue background, has me thinking of former supermodel… Christie Brinkley I think? Or something like that. I just adore her openness.

    • Tara January 16, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

      100% model material all the way 🙂 And a heart of gold.

    • Brieann Boal January 17, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

      Thank you lucent imagery – i’m guessing that’s your cyber stage name 😉
      The wildly talented shutterbugs behind these images are Bayleigh Vedelago (www.bayleighvedelago.com) and Nat Lyn. Creative wizards!!
      Thank you sharing such a lovely compliment. Muchos love to you my friend
      x

  12. Claire January 16, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    This sentence: Secrets I’d thought to give away but swallowed back, last minute. Feeling them sink, into my throat, where they stayed – conveniently locked equal distance between head and heart.

    Gulp.

    I want to hug this woman.

    Thank you.

    Cx

    • Tara January 16, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

      Awww so much love for her right now, right? How lucky are we to have witnessed that bloody awesome outpouring ! 🙂

    • Brieann Boal January 17, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

      Awwww thanks for the cyber hug Claire. Sending one right back at ya
      x

  13. Saara January 16, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    Absolutely amazing. I need her in my life.

  14. Bec January 16, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    So beautiful!! What a magical and inspiring soul! Thank you! xxx

    • Tara January 16, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

      Tell me about it. So glad she put a smile on your face x

    • Brieann Boal January 17, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

      All smiles over this comment Bec. Thanks for gifting it to me x

  15. Tess Willcox January 16, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    Brieann, what a beautiful soul. Your pen to paper is magic! I was transfixed and instantly wanted to be in your presence (and yours Tara) xx

  16. Leah January 16, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    By far my favorite Such Different Vixen piece to date. You woman are spectacular. So inspiring. I’m going to read it again, just because. When I am in Byron Bay next, I’ll be teeing up a beautiful PT session with you. So much love xxx

    • Brieann Boal January 17, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

      All smiles over you Leah. Would love to connect when your next in the Bay. Thank you for leaving a little hello x

  17. Jacky January 16, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    Yup. Girl crush central. As a word nerd, reading this was amazing. Brie-ann – your words are magic. I can’t love the term “inner alchemy” enough. Thanks, Tara, for another brilliant post xx

    • Brieann Boal January 17, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

      Isn’t it sublime… The term ‘inner alchemy’. I’m head over heels for it to. Nice to find a kindred word nerd to lust over letters with. Thanks for connecting Jacky. Hope to see/read more of you
      x

  18. Kristen January 16, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    Dayum! The way Brieann’s words intertwined and melted together That was sexy! Seriously, seriously sexy!

    • Brieann Boal January 17, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

      And that was seriously so lovely!! Thank you Kristen.

      I think you’re pretty great
      x

  19. Vari @ Buttercup Ink January 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    This is so beautiful. Brie-ann’s words are infectious. Feeling so centred and inspired after reading!

    Vari x

  20. Sarah January 16, 2014 at 11:01 pm #

    Oh my…that was really something else. Beautiful. Thank-you x

    • Brieann Boal January 17, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

      Stoked to hear you enjoyed it Sarah. Thanks you very very much x

  21. Amy January 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    I have just fallen even more in LOVE! If that’s possible. Wowzers BB xx

    • Brieann Boal January 17, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

      Stoked to hear it lady. Thanks for dropping by the comments section x

    • Brieann Boal January 17, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

      Amy-Amy-apple-of-my-eye, love you to infinity and a lightyear. Can’t wait to give you a squishy x

  22. Amy January 17, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    Oh my! Breathtaking! x

  23. Bronte January 17, 2014 at 10:01 pm #

    I read this post twice & I’m speechless. Have been crushing on Brieann on IG & am now totally in love with this amazing woman. Thank you, thank you xxxxx

  24. Tessa January 17, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    What a beautifully poetic and inspiring woman. It was such a pleasure to read through her thoughtful and wonderfully crafted words.. I need this lovely lady in my life!
    Thank you for such a delicious read…
    Big hugs and love to you both x

  25. Meg January 20, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Confidence – freedom from the anxiety of imperfection.
    Never have I heard it more amazingly incapsulated.
    This lady is DIVINE!

  26. Heba | The Lumenesque January 21, 2014 at 2:28 am #

    Agh! Yes! Total girl crush(es)!.

    Brie-ann, you are one shining star reminding us all to breathe deeper and sink into the incredibility of this existence. I love how you GET it all and I adore how you express it.

    Your being is gorgeous! Wish I were closer so I could train with you + your magic!

    Tara – you are amazing. I love love love you.

    xxoxoxo

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