Beautiful Voices is our ongoing blog series that highlights inspiring, empowering women. Our most recent Beautiful Voice is Evita Ochel. See what she says when Annmarie asks her some questions about her own personal beauty…
Evita Ochel, B.Sc., B.Ed., CHN – is a writer and speaker in the areas of natural health and nutrition, as well as a consciousness expansion teacher to help others attain meaning, peace and joy in their life. She is the author of the newly released book ‘Healing & Prevention Through Nutrition’, and editor of EvolvingBeings.com and EvolvingWellness.com.
Who do you feel you are today? What event has defined your life?
Good question Annmarie. I guess quite simply it would be, an agent of change. I could put forth various titles and labels that I have “acquired” to date, but none of those are really who I feel I am at the essence of my being. To understand myself and life on this broader level there wasn’t one event, but rather a set of events that defined how I live today and who I consider myself to be. These events equated to a major spiritual awakening and personal shift within, that awoke a passion to live by being the change I wish to see.
And so today in my life on every level, from where I live or what I eat, to what I consider entertainment or what I support with my money is in alignment with being the change I wish to see in the world. This is therefore why I feel I am an agent of change—positive change—to inspire others and help expand the personal and collective consciousness on our planet.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
People who dedicate their lives, not from a space of self-sacrifice, but passion to be of service to others and our world. Whether it is a teen who starts a vegetable garden growing operation in their local town, or a famous spiritual teacher who helps people understand the power of their mind, I find many sources of inspiration.
My biggest source of inspiration though, is nature. In her, I know that I have the most trusted, reliable and wise teacher whose landscape overflows with inspiration for every moment of my life.
If money was no object what would you be doing (or, would it be exactly what you are already doing?)
Yes. Almost three years ago I left a career that I loved—as a high school science teacher, but one which I had in many ways outgrown, to pursue a different kind of life. I knew the teacher within me would always be there, and I also wanted to follow my passions of writing and teaching on a broader scale. And so rather than thinking about money and taking the safe route of a well paying career in which I was very comfortable, I released it all. Personal freedom and expression was more important to me and I wanted to be of service to the world in unrestricted ways.
And so today I get to do what I love—writing, speaking, teaching and living from a space of personal freedom—knowing that when we follow our passions, everything always falls into place.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t worry for the future.
We waste so much of our time and effort (and health) worrying about what will be, or may be, or could be at some future moment—a moment which is completely illusory and constantly changing. Things have a way of falling into place and nothing ever happens that isn’t for the best of our growth and personal evoltuion. Worrying does nothing but deplete our life force. Instead, get proactive in the present by making conscious choices to move you in the direction of your desired future outcomes. Worrying is completely disempowering, as it leaves us feeling we are at the mercy of external forces. To get empowered we need to be conscious in the moment of now. This is the only place where we have the ability to truly affect change and realize that it is never about what happens, but how we perceive and deal with what happens.
Where and when do you feel most at peace?
In nature—always. Words cannot describe the healing and rejuvenating power of nature. It is something that needs to be experienced, not described.
In fact nature holds such a strong value in my life that a year after I left my formal career, I also left life in the “cities” and moved into a natural landscape. It has done wonders for me, to say the least.
What does beauty mean to you?
Taking care of yourself on a mind, body and spirit level to radiate forth your unique light. When we take care of our mind, our body and our spirit, we are saying that we are worth it. We are expressing self-love, self-respect and honoring self-care. And that is perhaps the most beautiful thing!
What’s your favorite beauty secret or tip?
Wholesome, natural, living foods!
With quality sleep, regular movement, ample hydration and moments of stillness all coming in as important seconds, as beauty truly does start from the inside out.
What are your words of wisdom to other beauties out there?
Love yourself as you are. This is the first place to start. As long as we reject ourselves or want to change ourselves, or mask ourselves, or be someone who we are not, we are unable to live in a space of deep joy and inner peace. Don’t get me wrong, personal change and improvement can be a great thing, but we have to accept where we are first and find all of who we are—inside and out—worthy of love.
Don’t be afraid to stand out or go against the status quo. This is your life, your path and your journey. Living life for others and sabotaging your soul’s needs robs you of the most amazing gift you will ever receive.
Happiness lies within. No person, place, title, event or external thing is to blame for your unhappiness, nor will it ever quench your thirst for true happiness. Happiness starts with you—what you make of life, and how you choose to live it.
“Teaching People About Beauty From the Inside Out”
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