RYAN DRAKE | Empowerment Coach @ryanxdrake
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"One fine day, it will be your turn. You will leave homes, cities and countries to pursue grander ambitions. You will leave friends, lovers and possibilities for the chance to roam the world and make deeper connections. You will defy your fear of change, hold your head high and do what you once thought was unthinkable: walk away. And it will be scary. At first. But what I hope you’ll find in the end is that in leaving, you don’t just find love, adventure or freedom. More than anything, you find you.” - Jake Ducey
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What if we went on a journey together? Would you trust me to guide you? To lead you? Even if you might not know exactly where you’d be going? Would you allow me to open your heart to the expansiveness that would come? Could you surrender more fully to me in the process? I can’t promise that it’d be a smooth flight. Expect turbulence. The journey together will sure take you through some storms and also to new places you never even knew existed. You’ll surprise yourself with how much you grow. Would you be willing to take my hand? To follow me into the unknown? I promise to always be by your side. We will reach our destination together. - The Universe
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Sometimes, you’ve got to learn to ride the way. To stand up. Even if it terrifies you. Even if you’re unsure of where it might take you. Even if you don’t know if you’ll get knocked back down again. A surfboard on the beach never made a good surfer. It’s only when the waves are present, when the seas of life ebb and flow, where we experience the ups and downs, that we learn to grow. To ride the waves and stand up talk. It’s not always an easy ride. But I promise you that you’ll grow more from choosing to catch the wave than sit on the shoreline and simply watch and study and debate what to do. Sometimes, you just have to say “Kowabunga”, throw your hands in the air 🤙🏻 and just enjoy the ride.
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This is an unfinished product. Cacao in the making. I haven’t even mixed it all together yet; or added the milk; or stirred the pot; or blended it up or served it piping hot in a mug. These are just the ingredients. It’s not perfect yet. It’s not ‘gram worthy - yet. It’s a lil’ unfinished. It’s still forming. Still coming together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just like me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So this year, I’d like to speak from the bridge, the gap, the “middle”. The in-between. The transition from A on my way to B, with a few speed bumps, dead ends and false starts on the way. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ya know, like life itself? 🤷🏻‍♂️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Most of the time, I don’t know. And I certainly don’t have the answers to all the big questions. Das cool, though 😎 The beautiful thing about life is there is no rule book - we’re all just winging it as we go. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So here I am. In my kitchen on a Friday night making cacao. Life gives us all these beautiful ingredients and it’s up to us to mix them however we please. But I no longer subscribe to the perfectly edited, finished product that tries to portray anything else beyond just me. In this moment. Which is me mixing together some cacao. And the profundity of this moment is Spirit just calling me to be more of a human being and less of a human doing. “Mmmmm,” I breathe. That feels fucking good. Namaste, bitches. 🧘🏻‍♂️
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Yes, you can stand out of frame. You can be the one holding the camera. Directing the scene. You can hide out in the shadows. You can turn the spotlight onto your friends, partner, loved ones. Maybe you’re terrified of speaking, so you pass the mic to someone else. You can choose to never take the credit; to never put your hand in the air and smile and proudly exclaim, “I did that!” Sometimes, you don’t want the attention. You might not desire the chitter chatter to be about you. But by hiding out in the dark all the time means the world never gets a chance to see, to hear, to celebrate who you are in your fullest expression - even if only for a moment; for a day. If you turn the spotlight onto all those around you, is it not at least only fair that it eventually falls back upon you? And maybe, just maybe, by having the light shone on yourself, even just once, gives people to finally fall in love with all that you and all that you have to offer and all of your gifts? In the chance the light shines on you, YOU get a glimpse of who you are and what you’re truly made of. Now, that’s worth stepping out of the shadows to experience.
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A bird in a cage isn’t free. Even when the cage door is open. So please don’t invite me into your home if you wish to ensnare and confine me by control; or subtle manipulation. I will not put up with passive aggression; or back-handed comments and will not make a nest where my spirit is held back and my wings are clipped. For I was born to soar, to roam. To be loved for my wild and untamed nature. So if you want to love me, set me free. Love, after all, is freedom. Freedom to trust you. Freedom to honour and respect you. And to wish you to do the same for me. Let me roam and set me free and you’ll find me making a home within your arms, because I will know how to find my way back to your heartbeat.
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Sometimes, self care is disconnecting. Unplugging. Unsubscribing. Switching off and shutting down. Exiting group conversations and declining invites. Not responding to emails that serve no value. Saying ‘no’ to work that doesn’t align with your soul. But it can also be about plugging in, tuning in and turning on the soul within. Sometimes, self-care is just about being human rather than doing human. Like checking things off a list. Or running around with an anxious head and a beating heart. Sometimes, it looks like stillness. Like softness. The gentle flow of warm water over your skin as the bath immerses you in its depths. Or the way freshly laid sheets call your name after a long day. A gentle stroll in the crisp, evening air. Sometimes, it’s a lounge set in Spotify or season 6 of Game of Thrones on Netflix. Sometimes, self-care is caring about self first before doing the caring for others. Whatever that looks like for you and feels like for your heart. Self-care is selfless. When you care about self and recharge the soul, revitalise those vital signs, re-energise those internal cells, rest the mind and body, rejuvinate the spirit, restore your wellbeing, it is then - and only then - where your expressions of care flow from the absolute abundance of your soul offering and the overflow and outpouring of your soul can truly bless and benefit all those around you. Self-care is selfless and deserved and needed and a priority.
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How can you shine if you remain in the dark? How can anyone celebrate you, if they can’t see you? You’re waiting for the perfect moment, the perfect opportunity, for your turn. But I’m here to say: Your moment is right now. The stage is yours to stand in the middle of. Not to the side. Not behind the curtains. Front and centre, baby. It’s showtime. Lights, camera, action. The audience is here. The stage is set. It is your time to shine ✨
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