Renee Blodgett is the Co-Founder of Blue Soul Earth, a company that helps to accelerate spiritual awakening and global consciousness through events, content and annual summit, and the founder of We Blog the World, an online travel and culture site and magazine that focuses on transformative travel and Magic Sauce Media, a global strategic communications consultancy. She is also a prolific writer and social media influencer.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

For the most part, I grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York but also spent some of my childhood years in Arizona, southern California, and Florida. We also had a summer camp on a lake nestled in the mountains, one of the dozens in the same part of the Northeast that Richard Russo wrote so vividly about. Childhood was rooted in nature, from the snails, fish and the night fireflies we marveled at to local Mohawk indigenous brothers and sisters from the region who left their wisdom behind about how to respect the Earth. I also taught canoeing and waterskiing to younger children and was heavily involved in groups that helped humanity, including a French group, 4H, and the Arts.

As a teenager, I went abroad on a scholarship program to South Africa, which changed my perspective on culture and history. I realized how much our western conditioning created divisive and separate ways of viewing each other and yet living in Africa first as a teenager and two other times in my twenties and thirties, allowed me to see the beauty in diversity, simple living, and understand the importance of being present.

When I returned to the states, I turned my car into living space while holding down 3 jobs to save enough money to explore the world. Dreams turn into reality when our intention is focused enough. It led me around the world, which included living in dynamic communities. From picking greengages on a farm in New Zealand, cooking on a yacht off the coast of Turkey, teaching dance in Greece, living on a kibbutz in western Israel and tending a milk bar in Australia, to selling art in Holland and England, teaching English in Kenya and waiting on tables in London, the journey continued.

All of these experiences combined and individually not only dramatically shaped my adult life but transformed my perspective on entrepreneurship, travel, and of course values of life itself. It should be no coincidence and surprise that despite my earlier career as a global publicist, photographer, and writer, I now teach about gnostic spirituality and consciousness together with my partner as my life work.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

The main two things I would add here are the importance of being present and breaking things down into smaller bites. In other words: simplicity. In our youth, we tend to overcomplicate things and live in our heads too much. We often overanalyze things and allow others to influence the canvas of our own life. It’s up to us to paint our own canvas and only us alone. It doesn’t mean we can’t be inspired or even influenced by great masters, teachers, and friends, but not in a way that overrides our own intuition.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

I wouldn’t necessarily use the word ‘recommendations’ however I would say this: if you work with a spiritual teacher, coach, or entrepreneur who has a political or other ‘worldly’ agenda that feels, looks, and smells like the Egoic Self, then the advice isn’t coming from the heart of the Divine Self. In other words, back to Goethe’s quote about trusting your own intuition. Go within and then explore without.

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?

Almost always, I turn to the bigger picture of a negative incident or trauma that enters my life so I can see what the Universe is trying to teach me at that moment. That said, all of us have hiccups along our path that derail us from time to time. Losing my mother from cancer as a teenager was deeply sad for me and I always longed for a strong feminine force in my life after she passed. Later, I realized her spirit was always with me and still is. I subscribe to the notion that we are energy beings having a physical experience and from that lens, there truly is no loss. It’s Maya in action. It’s grace in action. It’s love in action.
A second incident was over money and betrayal. A client during my days as a global publicist tried to get out of paying me my retainer over a period of many months. Although the situation had me spinning for months and I sought professional legal and business assistance, it wasn’t until I made peace with it and distanced myself from it that the issue was resolved and my heart became still again. Again, go within and get to that still point to resolve the conflict, for the latter is always an illusion if we could only realize it. It’s inner peace in action. It’s detachment in action. It’s surrender in action.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

Tuning into a person or situation from the heart. In other words, listening from the heart, hearing from the heart, and being present from the heart. If you had to sum up the above into ‘one thing’, it would be subscribing to heart-centered living and showing up from that place in both my personal and business life. From an entrepreneurial vantage point: getting aligned with your product, service, or business which is integral to one of my taglines, is about showing up in an authentic and heart-centered way, allowing your soul to lead your vision, rather than your Egoic Mind.

What is your morning routine?

I start my day with a big mug of tea and herbal supplements, including a green drink and a shot of omega oil. As often as I can, I read in the morning for half an hour or so, and from Spring until Fall, I head out on the paddleboard and meditate for half an hour. After that, my work begins. The timing of the above can shift a little if I have morning meetings or calls with Europe however.

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

Eating an alkaline diet has been transformational. Most people do not realize how much acidic foods can contribute to inflammation, fatigue, and energy blockages in our bodies.

Another one is visualization combined with manifestation boards/posters. I have been doing visualization techniques for years and they work. So do gratitude journals and manifestation boards which can be in poster form or you can also create them inside a large notebook. We teach this in our programs of course, but we also live it.

Lastly, I would add breaks for stillness and pranayama breathing. Slowing down the breath helps us stay connected to our Higher Self. This can come through meditation or yoga, or a soft martial art such as Qigong or Tai Chi. I combine the stillness and meditation with nature, hence getting out on a paddleboard. Taking a walk in nature and being present with her beauty also helps to ignite the soul’s journey and I have done this often in my life as well, whether I am on the road for We Blog the World, our online travel magazine, teaching for Blue Soul Earth or at home.

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

Getting micro-focused on quarterly goals. I break these down into weekly goals and monitor what gets moved to the subsequent week and so on. It isn’t exactly a science but I make sure that top priorities don’t get pushed out for weeks or months. In order to manifest, you need to feel into those goals, seeing them as already done. This tends to accelerate your progress and of course, yield a more successful outcome.

What book (s) have influenced your life the most and why?

As an avid reader, I’ve read hundreds of books over the years across a wide range of topics, from anthropology, political science, the environment and climate change, personal growth, wellness, alternative healing, and medicine to the arts, history, religion, and esoteric mysteries, the classics, riveting novels across cultures and as a founder of an online travel magazine, of course, travel.

It’s easier for me to throw out some of my favorite authors since it is their approach to the world that has impacted me most, rather than one of their books alone with a few exceptions. They include V.S. Naipaul (In a Free State – wow, although have read nearly every one of his books), Pema Chodron, Milan Kundera, Maya Angelou, Henry David Thoreau, Doris Lessing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Isabel Allende, Andre Brink (read every one of his books at least twice), Breyten Breytenbach, Tolstoy, Graham Greene, Oscar Wilde, Ian McEwan, Barbara Kingsolver, and Sinclair Lewis.

A few call-outs go to The Red Tent, The Lemon Tree, Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Atonement, Flight Behavior, and the legendary Picture of Dorian Gray.

I have also self-published five photo books and in the process of publishing a new book, that combines both science and esoteric wisdom.

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

I tend to live by these three the most:

“Those who see the Invisible Can Do the Impossible.” (Source unknown)
“The World surrenders to a Silent Mind.” (it’s a variation of a quote by Lao Tzu)
“The destination matters not, for the journey itself is the ultimate prize. Go forward & embrace the unknown and your blueprint for life will never be the same.” – Renee Blodgett (this is one of my own quotes)

These are worth mentioning as well.

“The age of the heart is the age of what you love.” Marcel Prevost
“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Carl W. Buechner
“Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” Lao-Tzu