We all want to live passionately.
We all want to have an adventurous life.
We all want meaningful connections to the people and world around us.
But how do you do this? Well, you need to embrace orange.
My name is Victoria, and I’ve neglected the color orange for way too many years than I care to admit. While I’ve had several key moments of pure fearlessness, I’ve spent the majority of my life living in fear: Ignoring creativity, avoiding social interactions, denying myself pleasure, suppressing my sexuality, and completely disconnected from my body and emotions.
Life was anything but passionate and adventurous. In fact, it was pretty dull, rigid, and quite frankly – boring. Can you believe I ate the same exact 3 meals a day for over a decade!?
So how has this neglect manifested itself in my life? Well, like most people, through physical illness, broken relationships, and misguided career decisions. The most significant of these trials and tribulations? An undiagnosed eating disorder for over 12 years, which led to osteoporosis at the age of 25, severe digestive issues, and amenorrhea; an unsuccessful co-dependent marriage that eventually ended in divorce; and severe depression from years of being dissatisfied as I spun my wheels in a career that wasn’t in line with my passions.
I spent most of my life out of touch with my body, out of touch with my emotions, and out of touch with the people and world around me. My life was defined by the little bit of control I could gleam from monitoring my diet and exercise.
And as a result, I felt completely numb.
But I am a peaceful warrior, and have a relentless desire to fight for my well being.
Through years of personal work and growth, I came to realize that most of my heartache and pain stemmed from issues related to my Second Chakra – to my feminine energy center – my “orange” body. In fact, I spent most of my life pushing women away! To the extreme, my life was completely dominated by masculine energy.
Well, after what I like to refer to as my mini-quarter life crisis, I learned to “embrace orange” and all the awesomeness that it entails.
In the span of a week, I completely set my life on an entirely different course: I quit my high paying job, left a PhD program that no longer inspired me, filed for divorce, sold all my stuff, and bought a plane ticket to Brazil.
Ever since I flew off to South America, my life has become one big adventure. By embracing orange, I’ve found balance in my life.
I have worked very hard to heal my life, and I want to share my experience and help you heal yours. Whether you know it or not, you are a peaceful warrior as well. Let’s help you step on that battlefield and fight for your life!
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Victoria Gigante holds a double masters in Psychology and Psychological Counseling from Columbia University. She spent over six years as the director of an academic counseling center, and served over eight years as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve. Victoria is a 500-hour Registered Professional Yoga Therapist, as well as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). She has experience in personal, spiritual, academic, and career counseling. She is a master time manager, and is passionate about helping people uncover and live their truth. She is an avid traveler, ice cream connoisseur, and an adventurer.