LACEY LIVES UNSCRIPTED
You may be curious about the person behind Unscripted Heart and learn a little more about why I have created this community for wholehearted living...
Life is a gift and it is short and we each have unique gifts and talents that want to be created in and through us. “This, I believe, is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?” Elizabeth Gilbert
I have been on a creative healing journey for the past 15 years and as a deeply spiritual person I have been a seeker of the answers to the deepest questions in my mind, body, and soul. Unscripted Heart wanted to be created and it was born from a dream that began when I was a little girl, a dream to change the world. I was born a highly sensitive person who felt everything to the core, the world often felt overwhelming and harsh. I desired a deeper sense of love and connection in a world I didn't quite understand. I looked everywhere outside of myself, always feeling different like I did not belong. I realized that certain patterns in my life kept repeating, patterns I did not want to repeat. Moving to Austin as a newly married woman I had the freedom to explore life through a different lens and stumbled upon a path of healing that helped me to realize that we have the power to write the scripts for our own lives, and I began to do just that. I have learned that love is an inside job and it is what we are all created from. We belong within our own hearts and only from that place can stories be rewritten. No matter what we are given in life, no matter what our circumstances, families of origin, race, religion, traumas bring us, we are stronger and more powerful than we can imagine.
We can heal our own lives and we can use our voices to make the world a better place, even if that is just our own world. Every moment is a gift and it all comes back to love.
I have always been an incredibly intuitive person with interesting spiritual gifts. I also suffered from perfectionism and trauma. I desperately needed to heal my heart, God was leading the way and Spirit was taking me on a journey of self discovery that I did not always understand. I met interesting people, ideas, and knowledge along the way, all an invitation to meet myself. I am a big dreamer who dreams of a world where we all can hear the voice within and connect with that voice living from love instead of fear, I was learning to trust that voice deeply. Seeing a world where we are each guided by the unique passions within, I was beginning to create that world for myself. I believe this world would be a much kinder and easier place to live in if we each were allowed the freedom to create our lives from the joy that lives within our own hearts and the peace that lives within our own heads when our minds are calm. My own world has drastically changed and I am much kinder and easier with myself as I have stepped out of fear to create and be present to the joy that lives within my heart and the peace that I now feel as I have witnessed massive healing take place in my life. I have learned to live unscripted, and with each breath I take I have the power to write my own script with intention from a place of love. We all have that inner power, but we need one another which is why I created this community.
The human journey is ripe with suffering, but we were made for peace. Our very nature is peaceful but most of us have forgotten.
I forgot who I was, I believed the scripts that were given for me and learned, as so many of us do to live from my head, my mind was not trained; no one taught me to do that. I believed the stories in my head instead of my heart, learned to do instead of to be. I never thought to ask myself if those stories were actually true because I was too busy doing and measuring my value on external measurements. Slowly things began to shift, to change and to evolve over time.
Everything changed after I became a mother. Little did I know in birthing my children, something far greater would begin to birth within me.
Gifts that I didn't know were there began to arise in the simplest of moments and I was forced to look within and EVOLve (love spelled backwards). I had to sit with the uncertainty and recognize the gift of not knowing and let go of any outcomes; allowing life to be my canvas. Creating with each thought and brushstroke of intention, transforming fear into love. I had to go back and rewrite the stories that I had believed to be true. Stories written not in love, but from fear.
I had to rewire my brain and create new stories. This felt scary and overwhelming at times but living the rest of my life in fear and passing those stories on to my children unconsciously felt like much too large a price to pay. So I sat. I noticed. I didn't always like what I saw or what I felt, but I always had my breath.
I would just breathe and not run away from a moment that life was giving me just because it was uncomfortable. I learned to be quiet, and ask myself if the stories in my head were true and I practiced self compassion with myself so I could give it more freely to my children and everyone else around me.
Life is a practice and I am learning to practice everyday.
Using everything from each moment as a gift, especially the things that are challenging and hard without trying to change them until I feel empowered to make the change and take peaceful action in divine timing, trusting more deeply that the Universe is a friendly place. Creating that space has allowed me to heal deeply broken places that were created from fear and empowered me to begin to rewrite the script of my own life and live from the deepest parts of my heart and soul. I have come to believe that we are spiritual beings having a human experience.
I have come to understand that the greatest spiritual act that one can achieve is to completely embody our humaness.
The greatest story we can tell is an authentic one that brings us back to love. It all begins within us. No one can heal us or fix us, for we are not broken; we must take the time and the space to notice and sit with the light lives within us, and then it naturally grows. I am learning to have the vulnerability and courage to return to it, wholeheartedly with each breath that I take.
I am a constant student of life and feel honored and humbled to share the wisdom I have learned over the years in my own journey to empower others to do the same.
A little bit about my professional background. I began writing as a young girl, by the time I graduated from high school I had published two short stories and two poems. I wanted to make a difference in peoples lives and help them heal and was fascinated by the medical field. A happy accident landed me a job as a dental assistant when I was 18 years old. I really enjoyed dentistry and decided to pursue a career in dental hygiene. I graduated from the University of Houston Health Science Center with my degree in dental hygiene and served the community for 17 years educating and empowering patients towards wellness. In 2008 after my daughter was born I became a certified Usui Reiki practitioner, this healing modality shifted and healed so much and I pursued my Reiki mastership to help others heal within. After having children, I unexpectedly became the business owner of Photography by Laceymarie after falling in love with photography as a way to document my children's lives. Photography was poetry without words to me, and it was planting the seeds of mindful living long before I had my 'aha' that this was what I wanted to focus my career on. Other people began prompting me to capture their stories through my lens, so I took a leap of faith and decided to fake it until I made it, this was the the beginning of my journey living unscripted. I began listening more deeply to the creative whispers that my soul was wanting to create through my heart. I have had the honor of photographing and capturing countless love stories of couples and families over the last 9 years and been blessed by the community of artists and people that have inspired me in front of my lens. This community would not be here if it was not for the gift photography has given me. I soon realized I couldn't be the mother I wanted to be, practice dental hygiene and run my photography business; something had to give. I enjoyed all of it, but too much of a good thing is still too much. We decided again to take a leap of faith and Iisten to our hearts. I always dreamed of being a stay at home mom but we were not sure if we could afford it... another leap, listening to my intuition and praying a lot. It was a difficult decision for many reasons, I loved my patients and teaching them to own their own health holding their hands as they healed but my heart and intuition were loud and clear, it was time to say goodbye to practicing dental hygiene for this season. Little did I know that this journey I was on would lead me to where I am now, teaching mental hygiene. Children are only little for a short period of time and nurturing our children has and will always be the greatest calling of my heart and soul. Connecting with each moment through my lens, capturing my growing children, and documenting other people's love stories taught me to slow down and notice the magic of every moment. This lifestyle allowed us the freedom to pursue our dreams, traveling, homeschooling, and growing together as a family. I continued my education to keep up my RDH license and was fascinated with the brain so I began focusing all my state required continuing education on the science of the mind. This all was a catalyst to where I am now. The yearning to create Unscripted Heart and serve women, children, and families inspired me to further continue my education as well as to offer healing to others. In 2017, I became a graduate of Dakini Meditative Meditation Teacher Training Program, a 300 hour certified meditation program, as well as a 95 hour Certified Kids Life Mastery™coach. My intention is to teach children, parents, teachers and schools to connect back to our bodies, breaths, and hearts. Currently I serve as the Mindfulness Educator at Wholesome Generation teaching pre-K- 2nd graders using the MindUp® curriculum and the Mindful Words Challenge® that I helped to create in partnership with The GoodWords Dictionary ®. I also teach and coach children through the transformational Kids Life Mastery® program, lead mindful parenting workshops, and coach women through the 28 day Woman in the Moon® course I created. I have had the honor of speaking to teachers, children, and parents on how to bring these principles into their lives and classrooms in a fun and creative way with the intention of decreasing stress and making the learning environment a more enjoyable place to be where children and teachers feel more connected with greater ease. I am also available to speak to women on the practice of sacred self-care and the feminine wisdom of our cycles as well as health professionals on the power of mindfulness in the brain and body. My intention is to spread this message and empower others to heal their life and reclaim the innate gifts of the soul so that world can be a better place. I sincerely hope to meet you on this journey and inspire your light to shine bright, the world needs your light and you were born to shine. WE all are born to shine.