Aloha! If you’re reading this, you’ve found your way to my newest creation, Island Radiance. I’m happy you’re here. I was inspired to create this blog as a canvas for creative expression, an archive for the amazing life and adventures that await me, and to share with you guys what I do in my own life to radiate as much love, beauty, and compassion that I can to the Universe.
Heres a quick introduction to how I got here. My name is Clare Evangelista and I will be 19 this coming January 2018. I was born in Fort Collins, Colorado and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia after my dad was stationed there as a Navy SEAL 17 years ago. I’ve had an amazing life so far and I believe my diverse experiences have shaped the woman I am today, and the things I love. I enjoy practicing yoga, eating vibrant foods, creating art, listening to music, connecting with the beautiful souls I encounter everyday, and promoting a more conscious community and world.
As I finished off my senior year (17′) I struggled with the pressures of not knowing what to do with my future. I wasn’t interested in attending more of the traditional schooling that everyone told me I should have been striving for. I wanted to make sure I did something that I would wake up everyday, and be happy, and have positive feelings about. I wanted to spread my goodness by helping people. I wanted to teach and demonstrate to others that transformation is always a possibility. I wanted to help people truly see the power they have over their lives and experiences.
Back one night in May 2017, a time a beautiful idea blossomed. My mama and I took a dip in the jacuzzi after a long day with some rejuvenating lemon water to relax and reflected on the past 18 years of my life and my tedious journey through the public education system. I would be graduating the following month and had vague plans to attend some type of Holistic Health Program. I knew I was procrastinating and needed to make some decisions.
After a good amount of research on my part, I talked with my mom about somehow synchronizing my lifelong dreams of living off the grid in Hawaii, and pursuing holistic arts for the betterment and healing of humanity. We figured out a “baby master plan” as I like to call it. I found a nine-month intensive Massage Therapist Program in Kailua, Hawaii called Hawaii Healing Arts and that leads us up to today. I’m stoked to be here learning the art of facilitating healing. I’m still trying to accept the fact that I’m really actually here for good. You cannot fathom how lovely living on beautiful Oahu is until you’ve been here. The air smells like plumerias and everywhere you look there is something natural, vibrant, and bright green. To put the cherry on top of my delicious cake, for graduation, my parents gifted me with a three-week Yoga Teacher Training Course in Costa Rica that I attended in August, and will definitely be sharing some of my experiences from via this blog!
So I’m starting off my holistic journey as a certified Vinyasa yoga teacher and a soon-to-be Licensed Massage Therapist, and I will see what happens from there. You never know what the future holds because the universe truly does work in mysterious ways.
What was so special about that day in the hot tub was that my mom talked to me in a way that gave me the confidence to believe I can move into this new phase of life and independence with grace and vitality. She believed in me more than anyone else did and even suggested that I propose the idea of moving to the islands to my boyfriend/bestfriend/love of over 16 months. It didn’t take much to convince him to come live with me in paradise. Thank god for mothers. Without my mom I never would have even asked, and I wouldn’t be living in the most beautiful place on earth with the love of my life! I will have to do another post on my man and our story because I could go on forever. All I want and need to say here is that I am beyond blessed to be embarking on this life-long journey with my love, Chase Hunter Boothe and the past two months have been the most amazing dream. I feel blessed to have this new space to create, express, share, and hopefully inspire. Thanks for reading and caring, please feel free to look around or leave me a message about anything. Welcome to Island Radiance.
Moral of the story:
- Life is too short! Go where your happiness grows!
- Never let go of your dreams because someone else convinced you that you should
- You are the creator of your life and you can create anything you can imagine!