#BEYOUROWN MEETS CORRINE LEE
Corrine Lee is a student of light, amateur writer, blogger, and spiritual sweetheart. Corrine is also the creator of The Loved Heart, a place to share her zing for all things the heart awakens and to honour her own journey from a broken childhood with deep-rooted, dark depression & anxiety to discovering the possibility of healing my inner child and chasing the peace she’d always longed for.
Hey, Corrine, can you introduce yourself to us?
I just Love to Love.
My name is Corrine and I am a student of light, amateur writer + blogger & spiritual sweetheart. I am a Vulnerability Coach, Holistic Energy Healer, Crystal Healing Practitioner & Mental Health Advocate.
I am often described as the glue that holds the pieces together, a cuddly care bear and compassionate with half my heart in this world and half my heart in another.
I believe I was put on this earth to help others show their vulnerability to the world instead of shy away from their light. Some of the toughest times spoken out loud help you become the epitome of strength.
My happy place is the simplest of things. My children’s pressed lips against mine, their arms around me wrapped so tight. A sultry breeze, the smell of lavender on my pillow, purple + peach sunsets, deep connections, love quotes, chakra cleansing, words that stir up the beating of my heart, an unbridled wild stallion galloping its heavy hooves into the ground, horses are the essence of beauty & free spirit. The ocean, it’s serene brutality and the sexiness of salty wet hair, the humble, honest & real, the unapologetically authentic, the uncontrollable laughs of my tickly bambinos, long chats with my soul sisters over champagne, cheese and wine. Silence + alone time, chasing rainbows, a stamped passport fresh with ink of faraway places, spirituality, a kindred heart.
Can you take us through your journey to where you are now?
The damaged beautiful me.
Round and round it goes. A broken record inside a churning head. Self-doubt creeping and crawling its way around my body like a familiar itch. The anger that can’t be tamed, my children the receiver of my mischief mind. At the age of 5, my father left and never returned. From then on, I almost always felt abandonment before love. For the next 30 years, he was either in jail or homeless and addicted to heroin.
I have taken on the role of the parent to both of the people that I so desperately needed to guide and nurture me. This has caused my inner child deep neglect of self-confidence, self-belief, and self-love – forever dispensing unsolicited advice and fear inside my head. Dizziness to be more like her and less like…me. To come down off my pretty little rainbow where I dream of happy endings and be less of this and more of that. To be all of everything that I’m not.
A life of ‘comparing & picking’ myself apart gets tiresome but yet I go back to that familiarity often. These limiting beliefs move me away from my centre, keep me obese with my toxic relationship with my body and show a dulled down shade of me and keep me living in the darkness of my past.
But my happiness is more important than my darkness and I truly honour both. Not long after my first baby was born, I went through an insanely challenging time but this was nothing compared to the pre-natal depression I experienced whilst pregnant, a stigma no one really discusses. I had this with all 3 pregnancies and have suffered debilitating mental illness since my teens. I knew that ‘deep down’ this angst was from my wounded inner child that desperately needed healing.
So off I went to chase the rainbow I always dreamed of finding, but never quite knew how to search for. I decided to get real (after having my babies) so instead of looking for the answers externally, I decided to go internally.
Today I practice meditation, self-inquiry and letting the love of my spirit guides pave the way. I have learned to try to live in the moment. Since then I have been fortunate to follow my passion and purpose. I am here to hold space for others so that they can feel supported, nurtured and held.
My true purpose and passion is vulnerability and truth-telling.
My life, in it, ’s most authentic form is one big vulnerability hangover. I have to gently remind myself to be patient towards all that is unresolved in my heart. I often lose the battle but still stand to fight the war.
How much research did you do on the market prior to launching The Loved Heart to understand your market?
In the beginning, I was led purely by the heart. I have a heart so big that I could heal the world with one swoop, a true gift for showing my vulnerability and giving to others. My desire is help heal the hearts of others. This was my driver at first. Nothing strategic at all.
Now I am taking it up another few notches. I want to grow and I want to make a bigger difference and impact on the world. My dream is to spread awareness on a much larger scale, have my memoir that I am currently writing published and become a New York Times best-selling book, do a TED Talk on the topic of vulnerability & Mental Health and become an international speaker and advocate for mental illness.
I am currently completing the B School. B School is a Global Online Business School. It creates a pathway that accelerates the transformation of your business. It teaches smart, effective online marketing strategies to business owners who want more sales and more impact from their online presence. Turning my idea into a real business that is a force for good.
Who is the team behind you at The Loved Heart?
The Loved Heart was created as an authentic space of intimacy & honesty so that I felt I had a ‘safe place’ to express the journey of my transformation that I have undertaken. It was also created so that fellow love warriors suffering debilitating mental illness can land and read my vulnerable, authentic and honest account of the battles we face on the daily.
I am the founder of The Loved Heart. I am a solo Blogger, Writer and Mental Health Advocate who is chipping away day by day at spreading awareness for all the silent sufferers of Mental illness.
How are you helping others show their vulnerability to the world instead of shy away from their light?
I have always known I was here to connect. A connection is the deepest part of me. I am sensitive beyond words and have a fathomless level of empathy for the human experience.
Its a journey to ‘chasing rainbows’ and I knows I will always have a far way to go, but the journey of a new life begins with a single step. So one foot in front of the other and sometimes two steps back I began my journey from fear to love.
I am a Momma, dreamer & no bullshit seeker, writer, love hustler, mental health stigma slasher, a vulnerability vixen & spiritual sweetheart.
I am helping others be Vulnerable by being as Vulnerable as I can be. By sharing the raw and unapologetically honest and by being a #stigmaslasher
Can you give us 3 tips on how we can live a connected yet vulnerable existence?
- Start each day with an ‘attitude of gratitude.’ Interrupt expectation with appreciation. Instead of expectation and using the word ‘should’ – (the ugliest word in the human dictionary) I can snuggle up to the idea that everything is happening for me and not to me and just because others tell you what you ‘should’ be doing just let that word fall away.
- Let life live you. Throughout this journey called life, I have tried to seek the answers, manipulate the natural course of progression and force an outcome. But through the practice of meditation, self-inquiry and letting the love of my spirit guides pave the way, I have learned to try to live in the moment.
- Become a Spirit Junkie. I have replaced wild nights of partying and drinking excessively with study and personal development. I see a therapist, read books, blog, study, meditate, follow women who build me up in life and inspire greatness. I know that I will be a spiritual student for life. Being a spirit junkie is my healthiest addiction thus far.
Where can you see yourself within the next 5 years?
Become a fully certified Holistic Counsellor and Psychotherapist and accredited with PACFA, Vulnerability Thought Leader, Public Speaker, Author, Holistic Healer, Ted X speaker and so much more. But most importantly I hope for peace of mind and a tender and happy heart.
My mental illness takes over so much of my life. It really has so much control and often I don’t want to get out of bed or have the energy to fight so I do pray that I can achieve all my dreams in the wake of my illness. One step in front of the other as day by day is too challenging for me. I just try and do the next best thing.
What outlets do use to promote The Loved Heart?
Instagram and my website.
What gives you ultimate career satisfaction?
If I can be me, the good, the bad and the ugly and if I can be a Vulnerable foot soldier who is willing to share her story to help others and if I can heal my childhood by writing my memoir and at least one person in this universe reads and enjoys my writing this is the ultimate dream.
Everything else is a bonus.I can’t wait to become a Holistic Counsellor and Psychotherapist on top of this to be able to not only help others from an honest and authentic standpoint but to be able to hold space and help others professionally also. Nothing would give me greater career satisfaction than that.
What challenges have you seen to have been presented during the growth of The Loved Heart?
My family thinks I overshare and I get a lot of online bullying about the honest encounter of my daily struggles. I am deeply sensitive so I find the constant pulling apart of my purpose slightly annoying but I use it as a driver to keep going. I have a growing following on Instagram and most people enjoy their following because it makes them feel better. The more followers they have but mine saddens me. The more followers I get the more people I know are suffering mentally. This breaks my heart and they say whatever breaks your heart is where you should offer your services to the world. So I keep on going. I will never stop.
Which other leading entrepreneurs and pioneering game changers do you also admire and why?
Glennon Doyle, Glennon is the most captivating and honest woman of our time. Glennon is a writer and love warrior and as vulnerable as they come. Glennon is my hero.
Marie Forleo, Marie is the founder of B School and ‘Marie TV’ and is a boss bitch. Marie interviews some of the most influential thought leaders and entrepreneurs of our time. I love her hustle and drive and business mind. She is just remarkable.
Gabby Bernstein, Gabby is a spirit junkie, writer, and healing guru. Gabby is vulnerable and kind and heart centred and a fully fledged business mogul. I love all that she stands for and represents. Lastly, Oprah Winfrey.No words needed. She is everything.
Top 3 go-to Podcast channels?
I am more a youtube channel kind of girl so I prefer ‘Marie TV,’ Glennon Doyle and Tedx.
How do you define your own success?
By spreading the love. Nothing more, nothing less. Love is our universal medicine. It’s the worlds multivitamin.
What does #BEYOUROWN mean to you?
#BEYOUROWN means so much to me. My best guess is that I was born with an extra dose of sensitivity to love and pain. I didn’t want to walk through the minefield of life feeling exposed and often hid in addiction to alcohol and drugs and hiding away. I always cared way too much what people thought and it used to rule my life. #BEYOUROWN means that I can now be synthetic in whatever I do. I feel safe now exposing my mental illness and inner child trauma. No one can touch me as I now am married to myself.
Finally, what are you working on throughout 2019?
I am a full-time mum of three small babies under 5 but in the small amount of spare time I have, I hustle hard. I am a hustler to my purpose. I am currently studying with Marie Forleo in B School which is an amazing business school for heart centred entrepreneurs and passionate business minded souls.
I am also about to embark on a career change and will be starting professional training to become a Holistic Counsellor and Psychotherapist at the Metavision Institute to receive my Graduate Diploma. I am a Mental Health Blogger and Public Speaker and I am currently writing my memoir – Vulnerability Vixen.