Living in Full Color with Kiki!

A Soul to Soul Conversation with Rachel Awes Bravefull

From a human connection standpoint, wouldn't it be better if we all were more childish, just playing and showing up just the way we are? To our guest, the fabulous Rachel Awes, even if it sounds cliche, the world would be a much better place if all of us moved from the softness of our hearts. Rachel Awes is a Psychologist, Author, Art Playgroundist, Speaker, and Clothing Ambassador. She has a unique approach to life and a colorful philosophy to see things she gracefully shared in our conversation. Rachel is the author of three beautiful books, "All I did was listen," "The great green okayness," and "Diving in," which we discuss and take some valuable nuggets from them. Today, our conversation spins around Rachel's intoxicating view of the world, life, and human interaction. We delve into the powerful message of "Diving in," of how we can decide to live our lives from the edge, or we can dive into the water, blend in, and enjoy the uncertainty of taking our chances. Rachel shared some advice for those who feel they aren't ready yet to dive in, the crucial importance of active hearing, and much more. Some Questions I Ask:In your book "Diving in," you take the emotional, spiritual side of swimming. What gave you the idea to do that? (3:11)To somebody who doesn't dare to dive in? How do you provide them with that courage? (7:50)What does it feel like to do active listening? (11:34)In This Episode, You Will Learn:How powerful can it be to feel joy during the task rather than thinking about when it'll be over (4:37)Why do women have this tendency of being too hard on ourselves (14:55)What is "The Rachel Process" and how it helped Rachel create her art (16:43)How can we reach enough freedom to live in the field of ourselves (23:19)An invitation to magnificence. About the Great Green Okayness (27:16)Creating art that creates us (39:56)Resources:Rachel Awes websiteBook: Rachel Awes – Diving InBook: Rachel Awes – All I Did Was ListenBook: Rachel Awes – The Great Green OkaynessConnect with Rachel:LinkedInPinterestInstagramTwitterFacebookLet's Connect!WebsiteEmail: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
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Vanessa Kiki Johanning

Living In Full Color

Even before considering herself an artist, Vanessa Johanning was painting with flowers. She worked for more than 20 years as a garden designer, and her color palette was the thousands of flowers she learned to love and combine. Even in a gift store she had, where she would bring art from other artists, she would never have thought on offering some of her own artistic work. With time, Vanessa would embrace the idea she always had in the back of her mind, becoming an artist, even when she didn’t have an idea of how that was going to work.


Vanessa Kiki Johanning is an International Full Time Mixed Media Artist, Product Designer, Instructor, and Teacher. She decided to live her life to the fullest, the one life she has, the life she won. Vanessa lives a loudly colorful life, doing only the things that give her joy and happiness, nothing more, nothing less. She loves to teach and enjoys public speaking; she is a published Trendspotter, Designer, and Event Creator. She has three studios and writes on seven journals, perhaps in an attempt to contain the endless stream of creativity flowing through her.


In this episode, we have an inspiring conversation about art, joy, and embracing a colorful version of our lives. Vanessa shared the thinking process behind her decision to transition from gardening to art, the challenges she faced, and how this new approach to life changed her reality. We also talk about living our lives expressing our authentic self, her future projects, and the books that impacted her life.


Tune in to Episode 2 of the Second Season of Bravefull, open your mind, and let the colors in. 


Some Questions I Ask:

  • Who are you, and how did you become to be living in such full color? (4:18)
  • Do you still do gardening? Or is that kind of on the back burner? (7:37)
  • Have you thought of teaching classes for adults? Do you do that or not? (14:36)
  • Could you mention at least three books that have impacted your life? (37:08)


In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • A bit of Vanessa’s background and how she decided to embrace the artist inside of her (4:27)
  • About Vanessa’s three studios and their differences (13:12)
  • Vanessa talks about her seven journals (20:46)
  • From gardening to doing chairs (25:06)
  • The colorful truck. Vanessa talks about why she decided to customize her truck (29:12)




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