Your life and your work present opportunities to learn constantly. Some of those lessons can change the trajectory of our lives. We asked some of the brightest stars of our community to share the most important lesson they’ve learned along their journey.

Ria Ray | Spiritual Artist & Teacher

The most important thing feel have learned through my journey is that uncertainty is certain. When you connect into who you are, you become fearless. you become one with the unknown. the unknown is where the magic to create lives. When you become perfectly comfortable with the unknown , you learn to enjoy the ride of uncertainty. you begin to allow each moment to unfold as a divine surprise. You become less attached to what happens and know deep down it’s exactly what you need to experience you. Read more>>

Jim Donnelly | Photographer & Content Designer

I’ve learned a number of different lessons through my time pursuing photography, One of the most impactful lessons is about authenticity, to be authentic to who you are in your pursuits. There are a lot of paths toward success, and you might see others doing things differently with more success. But its a marathon, not a sprint. just because others are successful now, doesnt mean that you arent laying a foundation for future success. We often times see what others have but don’t recognize the effort and time it took for them to get there. Read more>>

Christina Kirkman | Actress

You only need 1 yes. In my experience as an actress in Los Angeles, I have found there to be a lot of comradery surrounding artists in this city. I believe this is largely due to the fact that many people who move to Hollywood to pursue their dreams are also the same people who grew up in smaller towns where those ‘dreams’ weren’t as acceptable. “We” (meaning those chasing the non-9 to 5 careers) are typically the outcasts. Hollywood (or any other entertainment hub) is packed with talent, drive & hard-work. Read more>>

Samantha Strom | CEO

Today marks Chasin’ Unicorns, LLC 3rd birthday! 3 years ago we launched as a spiritual lifestyle blog. Now have a full product line and we are one of the only crystal-infused, pampering subscription box companies on the market. We just passed our future major goal in subscriber count! What started out as a one-man team, is now expanding and it has been so fun growing my business and bringing on team players who share my vision and believe in our mission. The most important lesson I have learned along my journey so far, is consistency and authenticity. Read more>>

Monica Lawson | Creative Spirit, Buddhist & Public Servant

I’ve learned that pursuing your creative endeavors with an entrepreneurial spirit is incredibly important because it is ultimately up to me whether I’m working or not. Not an agent, or a manager, or anyone else who professes to have influence over my career. It doesn’t matter whether you want to work in theater or run a major studio or production company. Creatives who know how to collaborate and build their own projects from the ground up have a stronger grasp of what it takes to make things happen, and develop skills that can be useful across multiple platforms. Read more>>

Colin Hornett | Wizard of Yoggx

Pick just one?!?!?! I don’t think I can label any lesson as the most important, because all lessons contain such valuable learnings. But, one I often remind myself of during the creative process is….separate yourself from the outcome and seldom will you be disappointed. Do your thing as well as you can with what you have and release it to the world. If you focus on the outcome before the journey of creation, then you miss the best parts, CREATING! People will come and go and have opinions, but none of it matters. Read more>>

Marcella Kroll | Artist, Author, & Spiritual Advisor

The most important lesson in my journey is that there will always be an opportunity for learning in every mistake, and a chance for growth when you can see the value in those lessons. Read more>>

Jeffrey Thompson | Actor, Psychology Professor, Tax Preparer & Writer

It’s really important to keep trying to improve yourself. Now, I’ve definitely been on the other side where I’m so concerned with improvement that I can never appreciate when I’ve done a good job, and that’s a whole ‘nother thing, but… I think it’s important to have little goals for yourself. For example, with taxes I judge myself by how quickly I can answer a client’s question without having to check any reference material. My goal for this year is to memorize all of the tax brackets. It’s something small, but I’ll be able to say that I am more knowledgeable than I was last year. Read more>>

Harmonie Krieger | Founder

I’ve learned so many vital lessons along the way! One of the most important things to always remember…is that life is a beautiful journey and not a destination. We are growing and evolving every day and continued learning is the true key to being happy. Just when we think we have one thing figured out, something else will ‘pop up’ and challenge us. I say, take on those challenges with grace and strength. Treat them as opportunities to push through and level up! All lessons show up for a reason and for me, I believe all of mine were right on time. Read more>>

Josh Ravetch | Playwright & Director

Very few careers are linear. Some people graduate high school, go to college for pre-law or pre-med, go to law school or med school and climb a very linear path where the rules and demands are clear. But if you start your own business, or if you are a writer as I am, there is no roadmap, no established way to get from here to there, so you’re on your own. There’s no career counselor, no handbook, and no rules. The most important thing to remember is that you can’t look outside yourself for answers. You have to plot your own course, make your own choices, find your own way and marshal all your qualities to contribute to success. Read more>>