YOUR CALL TO ADVENTURE series by Bettina M. Gordon
By all intents and purposes, many of us lead very successful lives. But what we feel inside does not necessarily match outside appearances. So often something feels off or missing. Like we are not fully ourselves.
We may be aware of a little voice inside that nudges us to go and explore. That calls us to adventure. That urges us to stop playing it safe, to confront our fears with courage and finally live according to who we are. Living our own truth and not somebody else´s.
Sometimes we just need a new perspective to see what is really possible. This interview series features women and men who answered their inner call to adventure. They now lead lives on their own terms and happily share their insights with us.
All of these amazing photos by: www.thatgirlproductions.com
Lisa Arie, founder and CEO of Vista Caballo, the Innovation Ranch
It is my GREAT pleasure to start the Your Call to Adventure series with Lisa Arie, innovator extraordinaire and woman with fire in her soul! Lisa and I lived in Manhattan for many years and actually engaged in the same passion, at the same time, with the same man (no,no, nooo it’s not what you think, check out part three of the interview) but never connected until about 1.5 years ago when a mutual friend introduced us.
I was instantly intrigued by Lisa’s story and how this advertising maven who started and ran two multi-million dollar companies, left a very big life behind to now live with a herd of horses in Colorado experiencing an even bigger life: Lisa discovered her gift for helping CEOs, entrepreneurs, pioneers and adventurers through their own personal and professional evolution – by engaging with her horses.
The results the participants generate are so remarkable that Fast magazine calls her the “CEO whisperer”. When scientists visited Vista Caballo, one of them made a surprising initial discovery: our brain waves actually change when we humans interact with horses. The delta brain waves – usually only active in deep sleep – became activated. Further research into this fascinating topic is planned and I, for one, am very curious about the results. Personally I think Lisa nails her innovative approach with Vista Caballo’s tagline already: There Are Retreats. And Then There Are Advances.
I caught Lisa upon her return from France, where she gave the keynote at the World Innovation Forum. We will discuss her transformational work at the innovation ranch in a later post, so please stay tuned. This time I wanted to know about her own evolution and how she became who she is today. So we dove right into the nitty-gritty of exes in Texas, break-downs in Manhattan and strange voices that say things like “Go to the horses”.
If you want to drop Lisa a note, do it at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect on facebook.
Enjoy what’s possible,
The Journey begins
First, Lisa Arie followed all the rules: get a degree, get a great job, pay your rent, become really good in what you do and create not one, but two highly successful advertisement companies. All this kept Lisa’s life very full until she realized that her work had become more of “a job” that was not fulfilling any longer.
She grew less happy and struggled with the question “am I even allowed to feel like this is not enough“? So she pushed the question aside and buried herself in even more work.
Interview Part 1
The Pivotal Moment
Building and running two multi-million dollar companies and jetting between New York, LA and Texas eventually took its toll. When Lisa had her break down on a street in Manhattan, she knew this is it. She could not kid herself one more day. Then she “heard” her calling – and, frankly, it did not make sense at all at first. As Lisa now puts it: “The more illogical the calling is at that pivotal moment, the more you know you are on the right track!”
Knowing you are on the right track is one thing – but leaving your “old life” behind completely is quite another. That’s when the medical wake-up call came.
Interview Part 2
Stop playing it safe
Once Lisa stopped playing it safe, her transformation jumped to another level. She gained confidence in her abilities and learned to navigate life with more understanding and ease, which is one of the skills she now teaches her clients who come to Vista Caballo for their own quantum transformation.
Lisa did not build Vista alone. Once she allowed herself to open up and really connect with another being – her horse – a man, who she had met years before, came back into her life. They met again and he immediately recognized her transformation. Jess took a look at Lisa and said: “Now you are ready.” “For what?” she asked. “For us.”
(Sorry, ladies, I forgot to ask Lisa if Jess has an unmarried brother who is as wise and cool as he is but if he does, we’ll let you know!)
Interview Part 3
The most surprising thing Lisa learned about herself on this Journey
Interview Part 4
I am going to dedicate another article to Lisa’s cutting-edge and innovative work, but for now here’s a sneak peak into Vista Caballo and the life changing transformation that is happening there. If you’d like information on Lisa’s programs, please inquire with her directly at email@example.com.