We had the good fortune of connecting with Michaela Maselli and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michaela, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk can look like starting over as many times as you need to. Life has a way of showing you when you’re moving in a direction that isn’t serving you. When I find myself here, I course-correct. Noticing when I’m not living in integrity has been confronting. It has challenged me to take an honest look at myself and redefine some important areas of my life like spirituality, partnership, and career. I think risk can look like being willing, to be honest with ourselves and others. To start over moment by moment.
“What if?” is a question I keep in mind whenever I find myself turning away from what is familiar to honor what is aligned. It keeps me open to exploring new ideas and concepts outside of my comfort zone enabling me to think creatively about what is possible. Not always knowing what the next step is before taking that leap has been challenging, but honoring my intuition has led to tremendous healing and a deeper sense of alignment, peace, and contentment in my life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
For as long as I can remember, writing has been a place for me to explore and process how I experience the world. In 2017, it became a lifeline and carried me through most days. I was in the middle of a major life transition, and it afforded me a space to unpack my deepest pain without the need to censor or validate my experience to an outside source. While I am infinitely grateful for the compassion my therapists have shown me over the years, writing offered me the freedom to explore parts of myself that felt too threatening to talk about at the time. It empowered me to see my story as something I experience, not who I am. So, I began rewriting it. In 2020, it took on a life of its own and became a creative outlet that I now share as part of my healing journey.
My work as a certified holistic coach and reiki master was born out of this process. I offer space for those looking to explore the “what if?” A space to heal their nervous system, rewrite old stories, and reconnect to their authentic self– to remember. I provide a compassion-focused approach working with the breath, energy healing, creative expression, and mindfulness.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’d spend a day exploring La Jolla Cove, then head to Trilogy Sanctuary for dinner and a yin yoga/sound healing class. I’d take them to Balboa Park to explore the botanical gardens and museums followed by lunch at Barrio Star. Then an early morning surf in Encinitas, breakfast at Nectarine Grove, and a visit to Landmark Plant Co. Next on the list would be a bike ride to the OB Farmer’s market for food and some live music before heading to the pier to watch the sunset. We’d spend a day in South Park, starting with breakfast at Communal Coffee before checking out Vinyl Junkies Record Shack, the local murals and boutiques, and Kindred for lunch. I’d also try to fit in some climbing and a couple of local hikes.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am incredibly grateful to Posada Natura and Circle of Sacred Nature for providing a safe space for me to meet my depths. And, to the therapists, healers, loved ones, and strangers along my path who hold the light as a reminder. Their courage, honesty, and compassion inspire me to keep going.