“It’s only when you have nothing to lose, that you finally have something to gain” – an Interview with Cordila Jochim

Cordila is one of the featured speakers at our upcoming Urban Campfire and she’s got quite the story.

During a season of profound loss that rendered her speechless, Cordila collected wisdom and insight from friends and family in what is now a collection of 21 journal in the course of a year.

Let’s get to know her a little better….

What are your top CRAVES?

1. BIG, Sexy Love

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2. Girlfriends: Wise and Wild

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3. Health: Stable, Able and Strong.

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4. A chance to love, a chance to be, a chance to change.

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5. Adventures to plan, a place of acceptance, a purpose to follow, and a life that feels fully and completely alive. 

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What has been one of your most memorable adventures?

Nature wows me daily. Particularly in the Pacific Northwest.

And I like surprises. Mix the two and it’s magic.

I just got back from a few weeks in New York. Mother Nature has been palpable in the heat and humidity she blanketed over the city. One sunny day, from seemingly nowhere, it started to pour monsoon style rain! Everyone on the sidewalks took cover and in an instant, we went from a city of strangers all living our own independent and oh-so-important lives to a huddled mass of humanity squished together under an awning laughing and talking and having a collective experience.

It happened in an instant! 

What are your thoughts on ‘letting go?’

I’ve been in a season – a decade really – where I have been asked to give up everything I believe about myself (and who I was), and everything I “have.”  I honestly thought I couldn’t do it.  

I thought I wouldn’t survive.

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But as those final pieces slipped from my fingers, I realized that it’s only when you have nothing to lose, that you finally have something to gain.

This notion of things belonging to us is such a fallacy.

We have nothing. We own nothing. We are nothing more than this very moment and in that way we are absolutely everything! And when you stand in that space, what you actually have is freedom, contentment, peace, and joy.

And that is all you’ll ever need. 


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Cordila PhotoCordila applies brand strategy to pretty much everything on the planet – person, place or thing.

Corporate Superwoman by day and Startup Junkie by night. Cor was once an award-winning luxury bag designer (Thickskin), actor and producer.

Cor speaks to women in leadership, corporate executives, and fellow start-up junkies on telling and claiming your story through the power of personal branding. 

Visit her at her website: www.corhouse.com

And capture, style and share your favorite quotes with her Oprah approved app: Quollective


Are You Coming to Urban Campfire in Seattle?

Urban Campfire LogoWe all have a story. We all have a vision for our life. How do the two collide? Well, the truth is they usually collide in breakdown… and then merge during breakthrough.

This year, we’ve asked female thought-leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the country to share a story about a moment in their life when everything changed in a big way.

Learn more about what we have planned this year.

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The Ultimate Urban Pre-funk. Prepare to be Silly.

We’ve been talking a lot about our upcoming Urban Campfire event in Seattle over the last several weeks, but did you know that we are also going to be holding a pre-funk the day before?

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Join Us on the Eve before our August 16th Urban Campfire

at Hotel Max at 7:30PM for

S’mores, Karaoke, and Synchronicity

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Let’s get real. 

We share one version of ourselves at fancy dinner parties/networking events, but what about the version that gets marshmallow and chocolate all over their face when biting into a GINORMOUS s’more. Or the version that sings a note ferociously out of tune, and loves it?

Our pre-funk is all about bonding over the silly. Come with your ‘inner child’ holding the reigns, and prepare to get ‘warmed up’ in style for our August 16th Main Event.

You’ll also have an opportunity to chat with some of the speakers and Melody (our founder), and get some fantastic Beyonce inspired metallic tattoos (courtesy of Luna). 

The pre-funk is included in your ticket, but you can buy a ticket to the pre-funk only for $29. 

Learn more about the main event by clicking here

Register

$129_ticket     $95_price     $29_price

 
> Register for our 6 week Online Program starting in September for our early bird price of $395 and get into Urban Campfire FREE (that’s a savings of $229!!)
 
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“Once you let go, you are open for new, for change, for anything!” – an interview with our Karaoke DJ Julie Armitage

Karaoke: The only place you will feel like a true rockstar!

Julie Armitage is the owner of the Experience Karaoke Project – the host of our Urban Campfire Pre-funk on July 15th. Meet her in person, and you’ll meet a beautiful listener. She’s an observer with a keen eye… for fun. 

Yes, there’s something brewing underneath Julie’s ‘quiet’ demeanor.

Let’s get to know her a little better….

What are your top 5 CRAVES?

1. Some type of creative outlet every day; music, dance, art, crafts, gardening, etc.

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2. Laughter, every day… mine, my family, strangers…

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3. Quiet, alone time; multi x’s a day…even 5 mins…in nature, outside

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4. Give. Everyday. To someone other than yourself (like through singing).

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5. My partner in business, life and crime: Alán

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What has been one of your most memorable adventures?

Singing/performing since 2003 with the Seattle Women’s Chorus and Sensible Shoes.

What are your thoughts on ‘letting go?’

I’ve had to let go of many things, people and situations in my life. Letting go is sometimes the hardest thing I will ever do. But it’s true. Once you let go, you are open for new, for change, for anything! I am now open to receive. All the good, all the love that I can take in. 

 


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Julia PhotoJulie Armitage is the brains and the soul behind the Experience Karaoke Project.

With top-of-the-line, professional audio equipment; props, lights, fog, lasers, disco balls; and one of the largest song list in Seattle, they are basically the best hosts ever. 

“We have everything you need to get you singing, whether you’re a home user or a beginning professional.” 

Bring your best singing voice to our Urban Campfire pre-funk on July 15th.

You can contact them about rates by visiting them on Facebook at Experience Karaoke Project

 


Are You Coming to Urban Campfire in Seattle?

Urban Campfire LogoWe all have a story. We all have a vision for our life. How do the two collide? Well, the truth is they usually collide in breakdown… and then merge during breakthrough.

This year, we’ve asked female thought-leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the country to share a story about a moment in their life when everything changed in a big way.

Learn more about what we have planned this year.

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“I had to give up what I thought I was, to become what I am today.” – an interview with Heather Blankinship

“If you feel ‘the call’ to wake-up to your best life, I can help,” says Heather Blankinship, the founder of MindBodyBeing.com

Heather speaks from experience. A series of traumatic events (including illness, car accidents, and the divorce of her parents) led to her own wake-up call. In 1997 she left for Hawaii to study sports-massage, and didn’t return for 15 years.

Now, a mind, body, and being coach, Heather’s goal is to shine a light at the end of the tunnel for those having trouble finding their way out. She supports and encourages her clients in the discovery of their own inner wisdom, and facilitates their own personal journey toward a life “full of passion, vitality, and purpose.”

Heather will be speaking at Urban Campfire on August 16th.

Let’s get to know her a little better….

What are your top 5 CRAVES?

1.Moments of Meditation – “dropping inside”, quieting the mind, inner reflection, my zen happy place

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I was the 77th person to climb to the top of an ancient rock formation north of Page, Arizona…and first to meditate there!

2. One with Nature – sunsets, or time surrounded by trees, mountains, lakes, rivers

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3. Sacred Connection – deep & meaningful conversations and cuddles with my man

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4. High Vibrational Foods – healthy, live, whole, delicious, nutritious foods

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5. Inspiration – speaking, sharing, teaching, and empowering others to heal and live their best life

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Loved inspiring and uplifting these kids outside of Angkor Wat Temple,  I love seeing the big hearts and smiles of our youth!

What has been one of your most memorable adventures?

One of my most memorable adventures was a trip to Cambodia.

I was living in SE Asia at the time, developing luxury spas and wellness centers internationally, and one of my spas was in a 5* resort called Amansara in Siam Reap.

I was there to research and develop a holistic and spiritually focused retreat for the guests, infused with meditation, culture, local spa treatments and rituals. During my research I would explore various temple sites, experience local healing therapies, meet with monks for blessings, astrological readings and mingle with the locals.

One morning, I woke up a few hours before sunrise on the autumn equinox full moon, to go to Angkor Wat temple and meditate at the top as the moon set and sun arose. I was the only person on at the 12th century B.C. temple site. I climbed over a ledge (that is there to keep tourists out) and sat on the top of the old stairway that led into the temple… It was truly magical.

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What have you had to let go of to bring you to where you are today?

I had my own wake-up call nearly two decades ago.

I had to give up what I thought I was, to become what I am today. I had to let go of what I had, to receive what I needed…

After a series of traumatic events, illness, car accidents, and the divorce of my parents, I not only changed my hobbies, friends and life focus, I also changed my location. I went from hanging out with the “in crowd” partying, dancing and going on wild crazy adventures, to doing yoga, practicing meditation, detoxing my body and mind and starting to learn healing practices that both supported my own healing as well as the healing of those around me.

In 1997 I went to Hawaii on a three day vacation to learn sports massage for the Ironman and didn’t look back. I left behind all that I had known and all of my possessions. That was the beginning of a 15-year incredible journey that led me to live in and explore various countries around the world as I continued to give up more of “what I was” to discover what I might become. My life has been in a state of sweet surrender ever since.

My mantra is “Guide me, use me, and show me how I am being called to Serve”. I have learned to both listen and act upon the guidance I receive.


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Heather Blankinship is a Whole Health Lifestyle Coach passionate about helping people break free from confusion and limitations to finally lead a life they love. She has traveled the world and is a speaker, workshop facilitator and advocate for all things related to human potential, healthy living, healing and spirituality. Just being around her Zen-like nature makes you breathe a little deeper…

You can follow her at her website: www.mindbodybeing.com


 


Are You Coming to Urban Campfire in Seattle?

Urban Campfire LogoWe all have a story. We all have a vision for our life. How do the two collide? Well, the truth is they usually collide in breakdown… and then merge during breakthrough.

This year, we’ve asked female thought-leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the country to share a story about a moment in their life when everything changed in a big way. 

Learn more about what we have planned this year.

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Toni Burbridge Shares her CRAVES – an Urban Campfire Interview

We’ve asked our Urban Campfire speakers, sponsors, and participants to get vulnerable and share a little bit about who they are. Why? Because it is exactly this sort of clarity that has helped them to get to where they are today. 

Toni Burbridge is a Health and Wellness Coach, Artist, and Music Enthusiast.

Let’s get to know her a little better….

What are your top 5 CRAVES?

1. REAL Deep Authentic Connections with Family and Friends.

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2. Relationship with God, Prayer, Worship, and Meditation.

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3. Affirming and Empowering Words ~ Artistic Expression and Creativity.

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4. Fishing and Being on the Water

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5. Speaking life into and inspiring women to live healthier lifestyles.

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What has been one of your most memorable adventures?

My first fishing trip down the road to one of the local rivers was AMAZING.  Learning to feel the line bumping in the water when a Salmon would hit was incredible. 

The most memorable part of the trip was when I was almost pulled into the water by the fish.  The salmon, when hooked in the tail, can take you for a ride down the river – I think I snapped my pole that day!

What have you had to let go of to bring you to where you are today?

 I have come to the understanding in my life that people are people and we all have our issues.  I cannot change you and you cannot change me.  People have to be willing to change and grow and move forward. 

For me, I am going to continue to grow and develop and reach the highest potential.  I have had to let go of people who are unwilling to let go of victim mentality, past anger and hurt.  I grew up with so much drama and victims in my own life, I had to let go of my past and not let it consume the God given gifts and potential He placed in me. 

I was never going to stagnate in the childhood drama and become a “basement dweller” (Iyanla Vanzant) as I know I have too much to offer the world.  I may not be able to change anyone, but I can be the change that inspires others.  And if all I am is a seed planter or the tiny pebble that hits the water and ripples outward, then I have impacted a life, even if it’s only one.


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Toni Burbridge true passions lie within her artistry – helping women beyond their issues with food and body image while coaching them towards a healthy lifestyle. She has the ability to see the beauty in others and the world around her. She attended her first Urban Campfire last year, and since then has set an intention to live with 100% authenticity. 

She took our CRAVE your Life Program in May, and will be making a special appearance at this year’s Urban Campfire.

 


Are You Coming to Urban Campfire in Seattle?

Urban Campfire LogoWe all have a story. We all have a vision for our life. How do the two collide? Well, the truth is they usually collide in breakdown… and then merge during breakthrough.

This year, we’ve asked female thought-leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the country to share a story about a moment in their life when everything changed in a big way. 

Learn more about what we have planned this year.

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