The Journey of Self Discovery

 

“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long course of the rivers, at the cast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they bypass by themselves without wondering.”

-St. Augustine

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We know the famous American pioneers such as Daniel Boone and Davey Crokett from history class as those who left their homelands to discover unknown and unsettled territory. Pioneering is in our ancestral DNA discovering new lands and new places.

Lessor known or realized are the ordinary pioneers like you and I who garner the energy of the pioneer, called to discover not just external landscapes, but the internal landscape of our soul and sense of  purpose. As a kid, we think about the destination we are going and what we will conquer. As an adult, we begin to ask the questions, “Where do I journey? What path does it take me?” We begin to step into fresh new territory as we mature. There is always this sense of something that remains undiscovered, which can be more a curiosity than a burden. 

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The energy of the pioneer seeks to discover, not necessarily landing a certain outcome. There is a need and a calling to be walking in an undiscovered area. We say, “This is where I am compelled to walk. It’s less important where it goes.” We are embued by the qualities of exploration, curiosity, and humility, the need to start again. Every moment is a new initiation, new beginning, new breath.

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How often, however, do we allow ourselves to shift, change, float, and flow into something new? We have the should’s-“You should be settled by now. You should stick with one career, one person, one place, one idea.” Yet there is an unsettling feeling, a need for something else, something fresh, something new. We are inspired.

There comes a time when the journey stops being about the external and cerebral to becoming quiet, deep and internal. Instead of acting on thoughts and ideas, it means sitting with it, allowing it to percolate, and trust that something will emerge that in this moment we do not know what it actually looks like. If every single moment is a new opportunity to discover, the question then becomes, how is it then I can be more present?

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 As a pioneer on a quest to discover, even by doing nothing, I can in fact step into new and undiscovered territory. This is then the ultimate paradox: just by sitting in this state of quietude and complete presence, I am on undiscovered land.

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Kay Corpus MD leads her own yoga practice, The Yoga Loft Kentucky in Owensboro, Kay. 

 

Special Thanks to Maria Clark Photography for the images shot for Issue 14.  

Hott with Two T's // Summer Launch Party // Issue 14

It was hot in more than one way that night. The heat only added to our natural summer glow, so we didn't mind. Plus, the popsicles from Lollys Pops were the perfect way to cool down. But it was the people that added that second t. 

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Our guests showed up. They were dressed to kill, ready to party, and not afraid to be all over that space. Best dressed definitely goes to our founder, Kana Brown. That skirt added all the extra needed. 

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StaC Gallery had the perfect space for our summer bash. The backyard came complete with a patio aka DANCE FLOOR. And the art gallery inside was the perfect place to cool off and snack on the summer grilled kabobs. The owners of StaC were crazy accommodating, and made the entire night so easy. 

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DJ Flex brought the energy, and we literally could not stop dancing. We may or may not have had a little dance off. You'll have to watch the video to confirm.  

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It was really an epic night. New friends are always made, the laughter always continues, and the party almost didn't stop. Special thanks to MO's House for hosting the after party.  

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Daylily Events made sure this party was the bomb. We will be talking with Jamie in our next blog about the deets behind what she does to make these things epic.   

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Special thanks to Claire Wright Photography 

 Video by Moments Remembered  

Discover Nashville

Issue 14 is here, and we want to give you all the EXTRA. This issue is all about discovery, and one of our favorite pieces is an interview with Evansville natives that have moved out of their comfort zone and away from home. This is an exclusive addition to the interview in the magazine. Meet Hillory! 

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Why Nashville?  

Simply put, I fell in love. In 2011, I made two trips to Nashville; the first was for my 21st birthday, and the second was to see my favorite band, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, play at Exit/In. These two trips showed me a life that I wanted to live. I also discovered that there was music everywhere.  After both of my experiences, I came home to Evansville knowing that the moment I graduated from USI, I was moving to Nashville. When I moved in 2015, I decided go down the path less followed and chase my dreams. I’m currently pursuing a career in music. Nashville is great because this city is providing me with many more opportunities and possibilities then I could have ever imagined. While I learn about music, I’m also learning the skills I need to further my career in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry. If I ever decide to get a “grown up job”, there are many companies where I can put my public relations education, or even my theatre education, to use. Nashville is a magical place, and it has soul like no other city. Every day I wake up, I’m still amazed that I get to call this city home. 

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Take us on a tour...

There are so many places in Nashville that are quite delightful. Obviously, whenever you have a chance to see a show, go to the mother church, aka the Ryman. If you appreciate  music at all, a show at the Ryman will shake you to your bones. Centennial Park and Exit/In are my two favorite places in Nashville hands down! Exit/In is a live music venue that has been in Nashville since 1971; it has hosted everyone from Etta James, Johnny Cash, The Ramones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gwar, Cage the Elephant, and even Steve Martin. This music venue is what helped this city capture my heart. Every time I got to see Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s play, it was always at Exit/In, and many of my interactions with locals has always been around the neighborhood of Exit/In. This venue has continued to be a big part of my life in Nashville, and I have been able to watch a lot of talented musicians give their heart on Exit/In’s stage. There are many other venues to check out:  The End, Spring Water, Marathon Music Works, The High Watt, Mercury Lounge, 5 Spot, The Cannery Ballroom, and Station Inn.

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Centennial Park is 132 acres of beauty and serenity in a fast paced city. I love to take a recharging stroll around the lake to watch the ducks, and on occasion, ducklings, swim around. The sunken garden is always lovely, and it's fun to walk around the replica of the Parthenon and daydream about hanging out with Athena. There are so many awesome city and state parks in and around Nashville to relax or go on an epic adventure. Less than four hours East of Nashville is probably the one of the coolest parks, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I have not only fallen in love with Nashville, but I have wholeheartedly fallen in love with Tennessee! 

Where I eat: Rolf and Daughters, Vui’s Kitchen, Korea House, The Smiling Elephant, Burger Republic, Gabby’s Burgers, Sunflower Cafe, Edley’s, Martin’s, or Peg Leg Porker BBQ, Tenn Sixteen Food and Co, Samuri Sushi, Nama Sushi, Saint Anejo, Marche Artisan Foods, The Flipside, 1808 Grille, Mas Taco, and so many more! Sometimes I’m overwhelmed with the amount of quality restaurants that I’m lucky enough to choose from.

Where I drink: Santa’s Pub, Printer’s Alley, Bar Sovereign, Hurry Back, 1808 Grille, Three Crow, Red Door East/Midtown, 5 Spot, Spring Water, Tin Dog, Broadway Brewhouse in Midtown, Old Glory, Melrose, Crying Wolf, Mickey’s, and Gold Rush. I like my dive bars, and occasionally, I enjoy a well made drink.

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What did you discover about yourself since you've moved away?  

That I’m a lot stronger than I thought I was; to always have encouraging, loving, and positive people surrounding yourself;  and to be easy, give time, and take care of oneself (body, mind, and soul). I think the biggest lesson that I’m learning through this move is patience, which is something that I’ve never been good at. I don’t like waiting. Every aspect of my life right now is about learning patience. We’ll see in 10 years if I’ve learned the lesson, or I’m still learning.

What values did you cultivate while living in Evansville that have helped you in your new city?

Always be true to yourself and be proud of who you are. What you see is what you get with me. I’ve always considered myself to be a rare breed; a misfit if you will. I’ve been like this all my life. I’m going to be, do, say, and wear whatever I want. We live in a world where a lot of people are trying to be someone else. Sometimes because they think they have to, other times because they don’t truly know themselves. Why would I want to be someone else when I can be the badass woman that I am? I also gained an awesome work ethic. From my studies at USI to slinging booze at Lamasco, I learned that by working hard I can achieve anything!

What are your favorite memories from Evansville? 

There are so many: Roster McCabe nights at Lamasco, being in college and hanging out on Franklin Street, the ice storm that shut the entire city down my freshman year at USI, walking the river front and midnight bike rides, hanging out with friends driving around the countryside blaring music and singing at the top of our lungs, and walking around downtown Evansville talking about life to name a few. I also really enjoy all the memories I have from The Old Town Market.

What do you hope to see when your visit your hometown again? 

I hope to see a lot of friends! I’m ready to explore the growth that Evansville has experienced in the almost two years that I have been gone. I know that there are new bars, boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, and many other business, and I can’t wait to check them out!

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Seek. Wander. Find. // A note from the Editor // Discovery Issue

“I tried to run it away


Thought then my head be feeling clearer

I traveled 70 states

Thought movin’ round make me feel better…”

-Solange, Cranes in the Sky

We all SEEK something. Whether it be peace of mind, love, more money, the list is endless. Most of us believe we have to search outside of ourselves to find what we're looking for.

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So we WANDER...sometimes to different states, countries, or in the arms of a different lover. I've wandered all over the place in hopes that I'll find whatever it is my soul needs to find. I'm currently writing this from Tampa, FL, where the scenery is a feast for the eyes, and all the different cultures are feeding my curiosity for fresh and exciting knowledge.

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I also found something else I was supposed to discover. It is the most cliche thing ever...everything you've ever needed, you can FIND inside of you.

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You can see that throughout this issue of Love IT! EVV. Every page is filled with people who have taken off their “training wheels”. They've broken free from the crutch of someone else's approval, or the idea of thinking they couldn't do the very thing they love in their home town, or even the fear that they could rock shit out on their own elsewhere. I am so proud of every single person who has contributed to this issue and has ultimately contributed to discovering more of who they are.

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Don't Worry Be-yoncé // Beyoncé Style Quiz // Launch Party Looks

Every launch party we get the same question. What are we supposed to wear? It never gets old, because it is the one thing we rack our brains over too. This launch party, because of the extreme hotness that is about to be in the backyard of StaC Art Gallery, we are referring to the only person that knows how to bring all the heat...BEYONCÉ. 

Take our Beyoncé Style Quiz to see which Beyoncé you are channeling. Apricot Lane Evansville helped us style outfits for each Beyonce profile. So once you have your results, check out our style translation below. 

 

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Hold up...You keep a smile on your face and go with the flow. Not much ruffles your feathers, but when it does, watch out. You can kill them with kindness but also be a little scary when you've reached your limit. You are faithful and loyal, but don't let anyone take you for granted. Style Translation: You prefer flowy, boho styles that make a statement. You aren't afraid to hike up that dress and walk in the street or jump in a puddle. You like earthy palettes and the occasional ruffle and lace.

Hold up...You keep a smile on your face and go with the flow. Not much ruffles your feathers, but when it does, watch out. You can kill them with kindness but also be a little scary when you've reached your limit. You are faithful and loyal, but don't let anyone take you for granted.

Style Translation: You prefer flowy, boho styles that make a statement. You aren't afraid to hike up that dress and walk in the street or jump in a puddle. You like earthy palettes and the occasional ruffle and lace.

Crazy in Love...You are a down to earth girl. Some may even call you a tomboy. But that doesn't stop you from being a little flashy here and there. You do everything with your whole heart. You love hard and expect a lot out of people. You are honest about your feelings, and you don't care what people think about you. Style Translation: You love denim! It is your go to. Throw a comfy tee with it, and you are in heaven. You make it your by adding just the right accessories. You love pairing some bling with a casual look to spice it up. And even though you sport that tomboy look, you love to wear a great pair of stilettos.

Crazy in Love...You are a down to earth girl. Some may even call you a tomboy. But that doesn't stop you from being a little flashy here and there. You do everything with your whole heart. You love hard and expect a lot out of people. You are honest about your feelings, and you don't care what people think about you.

Style Translation: You love denim! It is your go to. Throw a comfy tee with it, and you are in heaven. You make it your by adding just the right accessories. You love pairing some bling with a casual look to spice it up. And even though you sport that tomboy look, you love to wear a great pair of stilettos.

Deja Vu...You never let your surroundings stop you from expressing yourself. You know what you want out of life, and not much will stop you from getting it. You have a flair for making a scene, and life really is your runway. Style Translation: You wear your mood. If you feel like wearing a sequin dress to brunch, you are going to do it. The more attention the better. You are more fashion forward and set trends.

Deja Vu...You never let your surroundings stop you from expressing yourself. You know what you want out of life, and not much will stop you from getting it. You have a flair for making a scene, and life really is your runway.

Style Translation: You wear your mood. If you feel like wearing a sequin dress to brunch, you are going to do it. The more attention the better. You are more fashion forward and set trends.

Check on it...You are a girly girl. You love romance, and you wear your heart on your sleeve. You have a subtle confidence to which people are naturally attracted. You mind your manners, but certainly know how to have a good time when you want. Style Translation: You often take the preppy path to fashion. You like structure to your wardrobe, and many see your style as sweet. You aren't necessarily modest, and you know how to flatter your figure.

Check on it...You are a girly girl. You love romance, and you wear your heart on your sleeve. You have a subtle confidence to which people are naturally attracted. You mind your manners, but certainly know how to have a good time when you want.

Style Translation: You often take the preppy path to fashion. You like structure to your wardrobe, and many see your style as sweet. You aren't necessarily modest, and you know how to flatter your figure.