16 January 2014

Such Different Vixens: Brie-ann Boal

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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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    • 16 January 2014

      WOW - stunning. you ladies are beautiful <3

      xo Ashley

      • 17 January 2014

        Thanks lovely x

    • 16 January 2014

      Great interview and amazing words! Made me smile :) x

      • 17 January 2014

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

    • 16 January 2014

      Gorgeous words - she's luminous :)

      • 17 January 2014

        Right back at ya Alana x

    • 16 January 2014

      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!

      • 17 January 2014

        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

    • Shae
      16 January 2014

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

      • 17 January 2014

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

    • Cara
      16 January 2014

      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
        16 January 2014

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

      • 17 January 2014

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

      • 17 January 2014

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

    • 16 January 2014

      What a gorgeous soul!

    • 16 January 2014

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

      • 17 January 2014

        Instant 'Awwwww' Can't say thank you enough Hayley
        x

    • Emma
      16 January 2014

      Mesmerised and breathless after reading this. Love XOX

      • Tara
        16 January 2014

        :) Totally

      • 17 January 2014

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

    • 16 January 2014

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

      • Tara
        16 January 2014

        What a beautiful comment !

      • 17 January 2014

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

    • 16 January 2014

      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
        16 January 2014

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

      • 17 January 2014

        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

    • 16 January 2014

      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
        16 January 2014

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

      • 17 January 2014

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

    • Saara
      16 January 2014

      Absolutely amazing. I need her in my life.

      • Tara
        16 January 2014

        Haha! I don't blame you x

      • 17 January 2014

        Saara,
        you're welcome to drop by my online digs any time... http://www.facebook.com/wabisabiwell or follow the blog. Would love to see your avatar pop up in the comments box.
        x

    • Bec
      16 January 2014

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

      • Tara
        16 January 2014

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

      • 17 January 2014

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

    • 16 January 2014

      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

      • Tara
        16 January 2014

        Isn't she just exquisite? :)

      • 17 January 2014

        Would love to connect Tess. One day in the flesh. Until then you're welcome to pop by my blog, facey or insta pads anytime you like http://www.facebook.com/wabisabiwell
        x

    • 16 January 2014

      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

      • 17 January 2014

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

    • Jacky
      16 January 2014

      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

      • 17 January 2014

        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

    • 16 January 2014

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

      • 17 January 2014

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

        I think you're pretty great
        x

    • 16 January 2014

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

      Vari x

    • Sarah
      16 January 2014

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

      • 17 January 2014

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

    • 17 January 2014

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

      • 17 January 2014

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

      • 17 January 2014

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

    • 17 January 2014

      Oh my! Breathtaking! x

    • Bronte
      17 January 2014

      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

    • Tessa
      17 January 2014

      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

    • Meg
      20 January 2014

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

    • Heba | The Lumenesque
      21 January 2014

      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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