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Ozora Festival on Film - 2017

I didn't share these photos of my time at Ozora Festival last summer last year. It was such an intense 10 days and I just didn't have the words to describe it, and even this will be brief - I'll let the photos tell the story.

A year has now passed and I've been thinking about it, so finally am sharing the festival through my eyes. I do love these photographs - being immersed and capturing the story of a place and time, the people and the culture is one of my faaavourite things in the world!!

There were so many absolutely beautiful, alienating, magical, terrifying, weird and wonderful moments which I journaled about a lot about at the time... I learnt a lot (mostly that I just cannot handle any length of psytrance), had new perspectives, met some amazing people, some I am still friends with and who I see as real Earth angels.

All photos were shot on my Nikon F100. It was mostly 35mm Portra 400 and some 35mm Revlog Kolor film, which you can buy here (these are the ones with the funky colours going on). I prefer the Portra shots because it's just my favourite film type, and the ones on Revlog came out a bit muddy and I don't love the tonal quality of them. In some ways they add to the effect though, and it was definitely cool to try it out anyway.

You can see more of my personal work here, images taken on 35mm film here and more blog posts from my travels here.

March For Our Lives - San Diego - 24th March 2018

As you might know if you follow me on Instagram, I've been in the states for a few weeks. I was in San Diego during the time of the March For Our Lives demonstration, and had to be there to support this important movement and do my best to document it. Here are some of my thoughts and photographs from the day. To find out more, sign to show your support for March For Our Lives or donate here.


As a young person from the UK, I personally never went to school in fear of mass shootings or this kind of terror in my daily life. It’s easy from afar to be heartbroken about the loss of young lives when we hear about yet another US shooting, to be amazed that such outdated gun control laws are still in effect, to be horrified that anyone can get their hands on military weapons without comprehensive background checks (and from ages far less than you need to be to drive a vehicle or drink alcohol), and to be astonished that more hasn’t been done to finally put an end to this… but to actually be here in the midst of thousands of people who’s lives this literally affects every day, and as a fellow human being, I shared the anger and devastation that this has caused, and was privileged to be a part of this powerful global demonstration.

On Saturday 24th March, I heard such brave young children and teens speak out to the crowds for their right to an education free of the threat of open gun fire, about how their lives are more valuable than the right to bear firearms, about how it is time for this crazy law and culture to change, for school children, teachers and all citizens. It was also important that they brought close attention to the fact that these terrible crimes are called ‘shootings’ when white people are to blame, but ‘terrorism’ when a person of colour, and how so much still needs to change around how language is used when it comes to violence and racism. Beyond the placards and in the eyes of all who who listened, cheered, chanted and marched, I saw passion, determination, hope and solidarity. This generation inspires me, as they demand for change now.

This was one of the most poignant moments... the message had been spoken, the march was complete and the crowds dispersed while many of us stayed to hear the following speeches... and these children sat high above us on climbing frames in the playground with their message in silence.

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Awesome things from 2016 + end of year Love to you!

You know that feeling of giddy excitement when you see or hear something that resonates so deeply with you and is so perfect, you almost feel that your work here is done!?! And at the same time it gets you so fired up, you go straight into your work with more love, passion and dedication than ever before?!

There have been some seriously awesome books and podcast episodes that have touched me this year in so many ways, and it's been so nice reflecting on what really stuck with me and added to my life. There's also gorgeous music that was new to me this year I so enjoyed listening to while painting and working! I wanted to share the best bits with you here and pass it on... This is such a gorgeous time of year for revisiting podcast episodes, dipping back into favourite reads and music.

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I hope 2016 has been full of magic and wonder for you in your life and business... What have been the highlights for you?

Sometimes we can take for granted the achievements we have made, opportunities we said YES to and created for others... Times we were kind to ourselves when it would have been easy to get down on ourselves, when we went deeper into truth instead of denial, when we chose to show up and embrace our fullness instead of hiding or playing small. I'm going to my heart (and through my diary!) to look back on my own year and celebrate all of those successes.

I'm grateful to say this year has seen me massively stepping up in my business, traveling joyfully in Australia for two months, flying out to destinations such as Paris, Florence, Miami, Philly, Cyprus and around the UK for shoots with amazing, brave, soulful clients(!), moving to London (and now down to Brighton), embracing more expansion through investing in my own coaching and a personal branding shoot, and attracting the most amazing romantic relationship, which has certainly brought an incredible new level of self-discovery and beauty to my world!!

I hope it's been an amazing year for you too... And if we've worked together this year, I trust your photography is serving you delightfully and continuing to enrich your experience of your business and the kinds of clients that are flowing to you!!

Here's my list of recommendations from 2016...

 1.  Podcast: How to Ride the Wave of Transformation That's Occurring in 2016 by Samantha Nolan Smith

This podcast episode made me cry on the train in such a good way! Samantha shares such a powerful and beautiful message about reclaiming our divine feminine power, rising above victimhood as women... the age of the Feminine is here, the world has evolved. it is our time now to really be seen and honour our gifts and inner wisdom... I have listened to this episode many times because I found it so much shifted me into my greatness, it is moving and powerful and I highly recommend. Listen to it here (and all of Samanthas other amazing episodes!!). (17 mins)

2. Book: Pussy by Mama Gena.

This book also radiates with feminine power! I found Regenas personal story and learnings fascinating and beautiful. It helped me to relate to the world as a powerful woman (as we all are) and look at the beliefs I have around what it is to be a female in this world, lovingly challenge ideas I have blindly accepted about what that means... Like the episode mentioned above, this book really got me tapping in to divine femininity in myself and all, and my personal learnings through reflecting on everything echoes throughout my life and work. So so powerful and beautiful. ALSO made me cry on the train!...

http://fourhourworkweek.com/2016/12/07/testing-the-impossible-17-questions-that-changed-my-life/

3.  Podcast: Testing The “Impossible”: 17 Questions That Changed My Life

I listened to this in the car the other day on my way into London and OMG, it was so funny, so insightful, so inspiring and thought provoking... I love Tim Ferriss's work and this was an awesome compilation of very powerful questions to ponder and journal on. I highly recommend listening to the episode, and the questions can be found here too! I'm so looking forward to reading his new book Tools of Titans which just came in the post! Even though it's the biggest book I now have on my shelf!! (52 mins)

 4. Music: Positive Force by Delicate Steve

I have listened to this album hundreds of times - it's so good!! Loved putting this on while I was painting and drawing, processing photos, writing (no words in this music to distract me!), dancing, road tripping... So good. It's not new but I only found it through Spotify this Summer, and so glad I did.

5. Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell
 
I was a little slow to pick this one up, and it was the most incredible book that I started the year with with while away in Australia. It gave me goosebumps with every page I turned, and inspired so much connection in me. I believe that the new depths I went to as I soaked in Rebeccas channelled words enhanced the way I saw the world this year, I found even deeper connection to myself, divinity + purpose. So much serendipity was occurring all around as I read this too, in the places I was being called to go, the people I was meeting, timing working out in perfection! (hello 11:11, 22:22!) I'm excited to read her new book Rise Sister Rise!

6. Podcast: "You Have a Screaming, Not a Calling." Featuring Sarah Jones

I love Elizabeth Gilberts work and message, and so enjoyed reading Big Magic last year. When I heard that she was doing another series of her podcast Magic Lessons I couldn't wait to check it out. She interviews and coaches a guest who's experiencing blocks around their creative work in each episode, and has a friend join in to share their advice too. In this episode she has the HILARIOUS Sarah Jones on the line, and the transformation she facilitated was awesome to feel unraveling. I particularly loved this episode for its huge humour and compassion. (75 mins of WORTH IT)

7. Music: At Ease by Dharma Moon (Various Artists)

Such a beautiful selection of calming and devotional music, so gorgeous. Love this for starting the day, writing with, practicing yoga or just creating a cosy and peaceful atmosphere in my home or in the car!


I'm sure you'll really enjoy these...

What were your favourite tools and resources of 2016? I would love to know what you'd recommend!

I hope you and your loved ones are enjoying the most beautiful, joyful and sparkly time over Christmas and New Years, and that you take some time to celebrate all you have been, all you have felt, all you have achieved this year <3

And if you're thinking about starting 2017 with beautiful new photography for your website, emails, Instagramming, Facebook ads, sales pages, book launch, or just for your gorgeous self, I have ONE SPACE LEFT for a January shoot.

If this calls to you, email me at becky@beckyrui.com or book in a call here and we'll get joyfully clear on your personal brand, the kinds of photographs that will best serve you in your business this year, and make magic together!

With so much love and hugs!!

Becky xx

Little note from Sydney + travel rampage!

Hello from sunny Sydney! Hope I’m not making you too jel with all the pics I’m sharing on Instagram! ;)

Gotta say, a part of me is slightly missing the crisp, dazzlingly frosty mornings of an English winter, but I’m also loving how sun soaked and sandy my life is right now. Seriously, sand EVERYWHERE.

I’ve had a beautiful time here so far, meeting up with friends and making new ones, enjoying the change of scene, the beach, shops, cafes and lifestyle.

I have honestly found myself laughing out-loud and sighing with joy at the reality of being here - my heart bursting with gratitude. I'M HERE. I made it happen! Right now I’m typing from the balcony of my third Airbnb apartment in North Bondi and I can see and hear the sea!!!! Yay!

Like you, travel has always inspired me, and while I’ve been thrilled to take many short trips to different destinations for work or holidays, I have wanted to experience destinations for longer, to really settle in and feel it out.  It's only now that I've given myself permission to do that.

When I finally acknowledged the flower of my true desire, and allowed it to blossom, it dawned on me that there would never be a ‘right’ time to follow that curiosity, and if anything I could totally imagine my future self saying ‘I wish I’d done it sooner! Why did she hold herself back?’.

So here I am. For the excitement of it. It does feel good.

Sunrise vibes on Bondi Beach, from a 6am meditation with one of my amazing Airbnb hosts!

Sunrise vibes on Bondi Beach, from a 6am meditation with one of my amazing Airbnb hosts!

Having said that, I’ve noticed a few ups and downs since I arrived. Honestly, there is an old voice that has niggled from time to time with unhelpful thoughts like ‘yeah, but who do you think you are to be here in Sydney? You should be working harder!’.  I've always had a strong work ethic that has been more of a hindrance than a help a lot of the time, and I think when you're on an adventure that breaks the flow of normal life it can really challenge the beliefs you've made about how life is 'supposed' to be lived (for YOU, anyway), and how business is 'supposed' to be done.  But I know that we all have a choice, as the creators of our own realities, so breathing in some love and letting go of those limiting thoughts is really important.

One of the things that has helped me to realign is to read a rampage (an Abraham-Hicks term) I wrote a few months ago. It came to me one morning in November as was doing my daily journaling.  It was soon after I’d returned from the Abe cruise and I was opening up... Connecting with myself in a way, deeper than ever before. I was starting to envision my dream life with real possibility, and bravely choosing to own that desire.

As I wrote, this rampage started to flow. The reality of travel and expansion and living-life-on-my-own-terms was alive. I read this rampage out loud with a huuuge smile on my face most days leading up to my trip, to get into alignment with my dream, to rise above the negative self talk. I thought I'd share it with you here! Hope this inspires you too!


TRAVEL feels so good and so fun and
SO expansive to me,
That when I get in the energy of it
and feel so in the vortex about it
and so believing in its coming to me,
Ways are shown to me.
And I know that
The laws of the Universe are guiding and supporting me
in whatever I am thinking and feeling about.
And wonderful occurrences surprise and delight me along the way
as I realise on my path of least resistance,
with more and more clarity,
that Life is supposed to be fun,
and that Life feels good when I stay in alignment with what I desire,
and that things are always working out for me, and that
Everything I desire and
Everything I get excited about is manifesting in ways that are perfect, beautiful and quite frankly epic!
I remember that when I stop wondering ‘how’ it’s going to happen
and when I cease to muddle up my vibration with trying to plan everything
(and trying to control everything)
The Universe is effortlessly providing for me in a steady flow
that mirrors my inner state of being.
All I have to do is relax and enjoy the unfolding.
I feel excited when I think about traveling.
I feel excited when I imagine myself in new places,
meeting new people, breathing new air, in awe of new views, walking new ground, making new friends, exploring new streets, swimming in new waters, photographing the beauty that is all around.
I feel excited when I imagine myself working with new clients in beautiful new destinations around the world,
I feel excited about the idea of making money as I travel, knowing that I will naturally take inspired action and make connections as I go, with ease, that will lead to
The manifestation of photo shoots with ideal clients in the most perfect timing.
Trusting in the powers of this beautiful Universe and
Feeling so deeply grateful for my being here.

 

Have you written or been inspired lately by anything that simply felt channeled around your own desires? I would LOVE to see it! Comment below or email me at becky@beckyrui.com!

I have some availability left for photo-shoots here in Sydney through to the 3rd March - so who do you know here that would benefit from a conversation with me about their personal branding and photography? I would be delighted for you to connect us. Send me an email at becky@beckyrui.com! Or why not join me over here!?

Look at me in my fancy new sun hat!!

Look at me in my fancy new sun hat!!

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Beaming love and light and wishing you a wonderful rest of your week.

Life lessons from making art + travel news!!

I got back into drawing in the last month. I've always loved drawing, but apart from now-and-then, realised I had pretty much stopped making time for it when I started my business four and a half years ago.

If I'm honest, I had felt like if I wasn't going to do it totally wholeheartedly and invest a lot of time in making something absolutely AMAZING then I would just wait till 'later' when I had more time.  LOL.

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I used to think that if I couldn't get a drawing 'perfect' then I sort-of might as well not have bothered, and I knew it was a totally irrelevant thought, but still, the perfectionist in me cringed a lil bit...  So, recognising the importance of making art just for YOURSELF, and wanting to reconnect with another avenue for aligning with myself I went into making drawings this time with the intention to not have any specific goal or vision in mind, just to enjoy the experience...  To go slowly and do it as long as it felt fun, as an exercise in itself.

Drawing often brings me into alignment...  For me it's about making space, letting go...  Thoughts settling.  Inspiration springing up.  Peace found.

Last weekend as I was sitting in the window of my favourite local coffee shop, taking some time out for myself I considered how so many of the lessons that come from making art really apply to the rest of our lives.

I'd been noticing mandalas coming up EVERYWHERE! and those amazing colouring books for 'grown ups' that you can get. I felt like drawing mandalas would be a nice way to start getting back into it, so... Here are some of my lessons from drawing mandalas!


The possibilities are unlimited!
You don't know how this is going to turn out.
You don't need to know how it's going to turn out.
It wouldn't be so much fun if you knew how it was going to turn out.
 
There are no wrong moves, it can all work
You can make any shape work into the pattern.
There are no rules.  This is your page.
You’re free.  You are free to enjoy the creating!
You can balance things up later if you want to.  Or not.
You can just let it be as it is.
Who said it has to be symmetrical or even-sided anyway?
 
Sometimes when I am drawing, I don’t know what bit to draw next, or where to take it.  So then I stop.
And when I come back to the drawing with new eyes, I immediately see which bit I’d like work on next that will enhance the picture further.  But my first thought is, wow! Look how pretty that is! Where did that come from!? Look what I made!!

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There is no need to rush.
Work slowly, at your own pace, be kind to the artist within you and be patient.
Be mindful, smile, do it for the love, do it for the moment.
Be with the moment.
Enjoy it for the experience of creating.
Let go of any outcomes.

Drawing can be like meditating, or exercising, or praying, or taking a shower!
It helps you to focus on just one simple task or exercise for a little while, let everything dissolve into the background. In that place of stillness, I find fresh inspiration flowing to me. New, exciting thoughts and ideas unravel, stretch-out and play.  Old, limiting thoughts sit down and shut up, or they wander off altogether.  This is the mode of living where exciting things start to HAPPEN!
 
So give it a go!  See how you feel.  Take your time.  I hope this inspires you to do some drawing if you fancy it.


And the news! You might have seen that I was in Sydney last month - I absolutely LOVED being there, what a cool place.

I'm so excited to say that I'm going to be returning to Sydney/Melbourne in January through to early March (ahhhh yay!) and am available for photo-shoots!

If you are interested in having your session in Australia, or have friends or clients based there that would benefit from having a personal branding photo-shoot to up-level their business (or would be a great person to know!), I'd be so grateful if you could connect us!
 
I have a couple of spots available for shoots in the UK before I head off next month, so if you are eager to update your photographs and start off 2016 with beautiful shiny new photography in YOUR marketing, do get in touch asap to secure your date!

Email me now at becky@beckyrui.com. Or come meet me in Australia?

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Have Faith in Yourself and Your Desires

I loved hearing about a couple last week who sailed around the world for 16 years together.

When the presenter of the TV show they were on said what a brave thing it was for them to do, the husband replied that the brave part was actually MAKING the decision to go, not really the sailing part (although it seems pretty courageous and amazing to me!).

He continued by saying it's the same kind of bravery you'd have if you were deciding to leave your job and set up your own business.

Taking the first step to making it happen is the bravest piece.

Whatever your dream, know that when you say yes to it, you've already overcome one of the bravest parts. Big decisions and changes bring up new challenges as you grow, which test you and then bring even more clarity on your next moves, but I know that the hardest part can be just saying yes to what you REALLY want.

In my experience, when I've stepped WAY out of my comfort zone and taken a risk, even if I had no idea how I was going to make it happen once I'd made the decision, it has been an incredible journey. Things become clearer when you reach the other side.

You automatically get into a state of having a burning desire to make it work out, and you find a way. Your mindset shifts to seeing what IS possible and how you CAN make it happen, and I stopped thinking about the things that could go wrong. It's the best and most exciting place to be! This is a lesson that I have to remind myself - but I know that it is so true.

Choose to have faith in yourself and your desires. It will shape the person you are and teach you so much to give to the world. Just take the next step.

What is your big dream? What would you love to have happen?

Heres the story about this awesome couple: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-28775102

Seen in Santa Monica. Shot on Ektar film.

Seen in Santa Monica. Shot on Ektar film.