Back in 2018, I was sitting in the office of my divorce attorney, talking about our favorite meditation practices. (Yes, he really does meditate regularly, and yes, we talked about it often). He then asked if he could give my name to someone he knew that was working on a meditation app. He had a feeling she needed to meet me. It took a few more months before our paths crossed, standing in line at a farmer's market one weekend. My attorney turned around, and saw that I was standing right next to the person he wanted me to meet. Fate has a way of bringing people together at the right time.
Meeting Kim Stanley that day and Kelly Asper later that week (co-founders of Veraki) was like talking to long-time friends. We connected on many levels with our similar vision, our complimentary skill-sets, and our desire to help others. We knew we wanted to create an app that could help people everywhere with tools and techniques usually offered in workshops, coaching seminars, and private practices. We agreed that visualization and mindfulness, coupled with emotional awareness are the key ingredients to changing how the brain sees and perceives.
Since then, we've partnered up to nurture this exciting start-up company. Together, along with some extremely talented and patient programers, we've created a personal growth app that's ready to launch this month. I'm elated to share these tools with you in one convenient place so you can start living the life you desire.
Upon entering the app, you are lead to create a digital vision board that reflects what you want to experience in your life. Most people tell me when they try to use a vision board, nothing happens. With the articles and exercises in the Veraki app, you'll learn the most effective way to create your vision. It starts with clarity. You don't need to include every single thing you want to change, do, or create in life on your board. The exercises encourage you to start with just one thought. Name what's important to you now. Work with that thought and the emotion it evokes and build from there.
Daily practice includes looking at your vision board, reading the articles, taking action steps towards what you want, and connecting with others through the app. You can see the features outlined in the attached video.
I've been using these tools throughout my adult life. And I relied on them heavily when I was ending my marriage. At that time, it felt like life as I had known it was a vase shattered in a thousand pieces beyond repair. I kept looking at the shards, wondering what life would look like if I got them back together again. I had a choice to feel into what I really wanted, visualize the future I desired, and open myself up to new possibilities. I had to retrain my brain to see opportunities instead of dead-ends and dark alleys.
Every morning, I wrote down what I was grateful for in that moment. Then I looked at my vision board filled with images that helped me feel free and strong. Then I did my meditation practice. Throughout the day, I connected with my desired feelings of freedom and strength. And every night, I reviewed what actions I took that helped me solidify those feelings.
This was my main-stay practice - every day. Little by little, something shifted inside. New connections were made with a community of strong women, friends, and family. And each day, my brain saw new opportunities to live the way my heart desired.
Veraki came into my life during this time. It has challenged me to keep growing, keep dreaming, and keep practicing using all the tools we've included in the app. And now I get to share it with you. How will you use Veraki? I'm excited to hear your story.
Continue the journey with me. I'll use my blogs to share where my visualization work takes me next. In the meantime, keep practicing your favorite tools and I'll meet you in the Veraki app!
Download the Veraki Personal Growth App on your mobile device via the Apple Store and the Google Play Store.