To read my interview with the ever inspiring Tara Bliss (yes, that’s her last name) over on her blog Such Different Skies, click here. Thank you Tara for helping me open my heart. x
SUCH DIFFERENT VIXENS: MIANN SCANLAN
Stunning. Captivating. Vulnerable in the softest and most surprising of ways.
It’s likely that you already follow Miann and the beautiful work that she shares with the world: The imagery. The finer details. The way she so beautifully curates and collaborates. The delicate blend of fashion and wellness, of the ‘x-factor’ with her unmistakable earthiness.
But what you may not know about this social media maven, is that she has an incredibly tender heart. The emails that we have exchanged have left me tingling with a smidge of privilege that I always feel when someone has opened up to me.
I so very much enjoy that sensation of one person reaching, and the other person reaching right back out, even if it is through the channels of cyber space.
Anyway, this isn’t about me.
I want more, more, more of Miann Scanlan. And I bet you do too. Stick around for a few minutes, and get to know this angel a little better…
SHARE YOUR SOUL
Sum up your mission in one sentence.
I want to inspire self-love, gratitude and connectedness in young women. (I tweeted that once, and it kind of stuck).
Can you share with us one of your most vulnerable moments (and in hindsight, what made it so beautiful?).
I landed in New York last year to spend a month in the city traveling around on my own. On the first night (after visiting an ATM and withdrawing a lot of cash) I had my wallet stolen out of my handbag. I woke up the next morning without realising. A little hungover, hungry and totally lost with not a cent to my name in the country. It really rattled me, I felt so alone, so vulnerable and hurt by humanity.
Over the next two weeks I walked around feeling scared and I thought that everyone was out to get me. I couldn’t strike up a conversation with a barista, people on the street shoved me out of the way. It’s a strange feeling being so deeply lonely in a city of nine million people. I decided that I needed to get on my mat and connect with some yogis. I found a class in Central Park which finished off with a savasana under the trees. I walked all the way home with my head held high and heart open once again. I even found people to be perfectly chatty and warm. I realised that I was feeling disconnected from others because I was just disconnected from myself.
What turns you on – cranks your dial right the way UP?
When women come together and support each other. In Australia there is such a prevalent culture of tearing each other down, something that I’ve never really been able to identify with. When I travelled through America I really got a taste of their collaborative attitude. I’m all about coming together with creatives to achieve great things rather than competing. It’s a waste of emotional energy and time.
What makes your blood boil? (Honestly)
When people can’t be truthful – further to that, when people spin their lives based on a lie. I see it happen a lot on social media and I guess that’s the downside to the beautiful web that connects us all.
How do you define ‘peace’?
It’s that sense of contentment you find only when being deeply present.
Belly laughs. Outbursts of ecstasy – the kind that leave you crippling over in agony from the sheer joy of it… What’s one of these memories that stand out for you?
When my friends and I were hanging on the Sydney harbour and decided to take the boat over to Manly for lunch. We anchored just off the shore and took the little inflatable boat to the sand, but the real fun started when we had to make it back to the boat after lunch. We jumped into the rubber duckie trying not to get our boots wet. Then we couldn’t quite push the boat off the sand. Then the tiny motor burnt out about 3 metres from the shore. So I grabbed a two foot long broken oar and tried to paddle us toward the boat in high wind, light rain, and all while wearing a ridiculous big fluffy jacket and cowboy boots (standard). My girlfriend had on an equally over the top outfit for a day on the boat. We were going in circles, about to sink only to look up and find everyone in the fancy restaurant on the pier filming, laughing and waving at us. We eventually made it to the boat and thought the embarrassment was over, until we heard well over a hundred people on the Manly ferry as they started cheering and clapping. I haven’t laughed that hard since I can remember. I hope that one day the footage surfaces on YouTube.
Looking back, how have you most GROWN?
I can pinpoint the moment my life changed, the moment my third eye literally opened and I truly began to SEE. I can see how differently I walk the earth. I can see truth in it’s beautiful form, and my sense of truth has changed. My priorities are different, they involve less narcissism and more love. I’ve grown in the way I approach situations and react to things. I am more calm, collected and understanding.
If we all looked up your name in a dictionary, what 5 words would we find to describe you?
Contemplative, dreamer, hermit, tender, bohemian.
QUICK & SLICK
Combining my passions with a business I love makes me feel … complete, steady and sure.
Few people know this about me, but I … am really afraid of flying – even for someone who travels so much my stomach still turns when it’s time for take off.
I secretly wish I could … stand up for myself. When it comes to friends I’m a loud and loyal bulldog, but when the attention is turned on me I’m quiet as a mouse. I never have been able to stand up to bullies, when I try it’s like my voice is stolen from my mouth and carried away with the wind. It’s something that I’m still working on.
To me, the words ‘Such Different Skies’ mean … the way I look upon the world now with a warm and grateful gaze. The skies literally look different. They’re so much bluer than I remember, but now I also see the beauty within the grey days too.
Tara Bliss is a spirit-stoked writer, mentor, yogini and inspirational speaker. She’s helped Party Girls find peace, been a lighthouse for Spirited seekers finding their way home to themselves, and even teamed up with her chef hubby to share radical, real food recipes with the world.
Her mission? To kick-start an avalanche of gutsy, fear-busting confidence and love (all with a side serve of swagger)! Think of her as your crystal-toting, skateboard-riding, raw-dessert-loving lumière, unveiling the path to peace and freedom, using Fierce and curious vulnerability as her compass. It’s time to embrace self-love. Seize adventure. Revel in unconventionality.