Living my purpose is like my addiction to chocolate; I could never get enough, so I got addicted to living.
My name is Andria, I am an optimistic, bright eyed traveler in the search for soul quenching moments. I remember being asked as a child what I wanted to do when I grew up. I answered proudly and from the core of my being, TRAVEL EVERYWHERE.
I exchanged my optimistic dreams for the game of finance and Real Estate, a game that I was great at 80 hours a week. At the ripe age of 24, I bought my first property, had the car, the career and the man. I also had a hole of utter emptiness that permeated my entire being, despite having done everything right by society’s standards. The transformative catalyst for change began with the betrayal of my partner of 5 years. In the face of life collapse, I attempted to hide in the Bahamas for a week to seek solace and instead found a vision. A vision of a different life that involved yachting and a dream I had forgotten. Upon returning from the trip, I was filled with a renewed fire for life and pure gratitude. I had released the idea of my average life. I finally gave my playful heart and soul the voice they deserved and was on a plane with a massive smile across my face thinking; “I am so proud of you.”
With a newly awakened free spirit, I began working and travelling on yachts to some of the world’s most remote beaches and exotic countries. The greatest lesson I learned from some of the wealthiest people in the world is that money can’t buy everything. In the end, the most important element that everyone is searching for is happiness, through authentic love and connection. In my exploration of over 35 different countries as well as through yoga and the practice of non-judgment, raw truth and vulnerability, I am continuously discovering what it means to truly be me. One of my purposes in life is to help others find what it truly means to be them.
Some of my greatest transformations have been the result of volunteering with a social enterprise in Vancouver, becoming a certified yoga instructor in Guatemala and experiencing nearly a dozen conscious festivals within the last year. My highest accomplishment in life thus far is fundraising and building a school in Kenya. Meeting the children and community that it will affect has radically touched and forever changed me in profound ways.
The last two years have been an invaluable investment for my soul. I chose not to return to the work-world and instead created the freedom to travel and follow my heart’s intuition. I am continuously deepening my understanding of what it is to be truly awake and alive.
This brings me to NOW and the Evoke Passion Project. It encompasses everything I am and believe in – a balance of yoga, travel, a conscious festival and giving back. With the heart of the company aiming to build 1,000 schools to educate 1 million children. Each Evoke Passion participant will educate 100 children at no additional cost to them. We are the generation of connection and together we are shifting our mindset from ME into WE.