Let’s start from the beginning. The name. The words, ‘turquoise heart’ came to me as a passing thought (but most likely through the gentle whispers of angels). I have always been fascinated with the magical stone turquoise, and its connection to Native American culture, but this was very much out-of-the-blue, err, turquoise.
Turquoise represents going deeper, seeking truth and innate goodness of self and others. It clears the mind and frees the soul. It acts as a spiritual bridge and urges its wearer to seek answers to life’s questions. It also brings about a free spirit. Who wouldn’t want some of that!?
The Turquoise Heart is about getting back to basics. Freeing your limitless light and greatness. Catching your dreams. Listening to your inner guidance. Living life on the free range. Being brave. Encouraging balance. Loving the true you. Reconnecting to the stirrings of your heart.
So, I’m Blair Shackle, the one with the turquoise heart (hey, maybe you have one too!).
Up until my late 20s, I spent most of my time trying to please everyone else but myself. I carefully pieced together four comfortable but boring walls that society handed me. I was happy in my “normal” box, sitting in a cubicle every day, plastering on a fake smile knowing I was doing what society “told me to do” and often wondering why I felt like there was a big hole in my soul. It wasn’t too long after when I started to feel that the box I created was closing in on me and big hints from the Universe began to show up. I lost my “perfect” job, I suffered a miscarriage, I experienced a chronic illness, and those were just the start. Then 2014 rolled around and I was blessed with an amazingly beautiful, beaming, wise baby boy. What also came with this perfect package was postpartum psychosis (a very serious case of postpartum anxiety and depression) where I needed to be hospitalized, move back in with my parents, and basically be reborn into a new person. Or, maybe be stripped down into the person I really was all along.
I had to lose control to gain clarity around my life. Letting go of my idea of “who I should be” allowed me to blossom into who I AM. It’s an everyday lesson, and one I’m
It took me a long time for me to be comfortable with being me and sharing it! But I am here now! I take stories from all aspects of my life (from deep places to fun, lighthearted areas!) and share them here in hopes that I will not only make my life better, but yours too.
Ultimately, this blog has taught me to be really here…present, engaged and ready to help people see the beauty of their unique hearts. I hope to encourage others to live brave and be bold. And I’m no guru — I’m completely on this journey with you — being authentic is something that I have to work on every day, but there’s no better investment!