We had the good fortune of connecting with Heaven Vrana and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heaven, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
My upbringing is the complete and utter reason why I do what I do today, and who I am.
I would never say I had the worst childhood in the world, they are so many that have had it worse, needless to say it was bumpy.
I was 13 years old when I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, back then it was “manic depressive.”
The doctors wanted me on medications, which made me feel disconnected and disassociated from everyday life, some would give me rashes, others dry mouth, it was a constant feeling in my life that no one knows how to make me feel better.
Back then and still today psychology is a new science. One that is needed and necessary, but is still in the stages of being experimental. I don’t hold resentment over this anymore, it’s just part of my story, and so many others.
My parents divorced that same year, and my world felt like it was falling apart. Home was a nightmare and my mind was out to get me, I felt like there was no one around who truly understood or even could,
By the time I turned 16, these feelings started my on the path of substance abuse.
Drinking on the weekends, pills for the week, I fell into a crowd of people that I thought understood, because they were in as much pain as I was.
For the first time since I was a child I didn’t feel so misunderstood.I thought I had found the cure.
What I didn’t know was that the price of that ‘cure’ was my soul.
Drug addiction left stains on me, the shame, the guilt, I was losing connections with the things I loved, I stopped hanging out with people that didn’t use, and eventually dropped out of my senior year of High School.
The next few years to follow were a blur, rehab trips, violent relationships, trouble with the law, bruised sense of worth, lack of confidence, trauma, and a complete disconnection of my spirit.
At the age of 19, I had an almost fatal overdose. A dramatic wake up call, of sorts. It’s when I finally gave in to the fact that I needed help figuring out this thing called life.
Hitting a complete rock bottom allowed me to find a solid foundation to build my life upon.
I decided to take myself off the path I was headed and be completely open minded, and try anything, and I mean anything.
I started searching for truth, not the worlds truth but my own. What works for me, what doesn’t work for me, what do I like, and the real question of who am I.
I found healing in the approach of yogic philosophy that it is all connected, not just a disease of the mind, but also of the emotions, the body, and the spirit.
Through this exploration I took control of my life and started to accept the world around me for how it was.
That I can’t control it, but I can control myself, and how I choose to live my life.
I also found a community and network of supportive people who are trying to do the same, a collective of honest, raw friends who have had similar experiences or know the emotions of these lessons.
People who want to be better and do better with their short time on this earth. Not everyone believed the same, nor were they devoid of issues entirely, but had found what was working for them, and had made a commitment to themselves of sovereignty, belief in oneself, and to never turn away from that.
I started to see how we are all each on our own unique pathes, using our experiences and our hardships to light the way for the ones who come after.
Today I am grateful for the lost young girl I once was, her trials and tribulations made me a woman full of empathy and compassion.
I am standing here today with 7 years clean off of hard drugs, 4 years clean off of pharmacotherapies, and am in the works of building a business teaching others how to do the same thing, find healing in their pain by becoming their own healer
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business was built on a wimp, I’m not a business person, nor I do I claim to be, but it seemed like there was a demand for the things that I had. It started with friends reaching out, then acquaintances, finally random strangers were hitting me up for services. Eventually I started to host events in our local downtown lounge, and it just took off from there,
My business is different in the sense, that it was never my dream nor goal, it was just organic, and naturally happened over time.
Like a seed sprout out the soil, one moment I’m learning about energy, and holistic healing, then boom. I’m a business owner.
That was the easiest part, the hard part has been all the foundational work, I’m kind of a control freak myself and I want to do EVERYTHiNG on my own. Graphic design, website building, bookkeeping, customer service, social media, you name it, it was all me.
I figured I am smart enough I can figure it out. I mean, I take care of my own finances I can surely do this.
What I didn’t know back then is that building a business could be compared to raising a dog, you have to be prepared to give a lot of love, energy, time, and attention, on top of taking care of yourself.
I think this was my biggest hurdle or challenge over the last year., balancing home and work life,
Some days I would work 18 plus hours on all the things I need done, skipping most of my meals, and not showering, Burn out creeped up my first 6 months in business and I seriously thought I had made a mistake starting all this in the first place. I had to get real with myself, I had some up-leveling to do in my inner world first, before I could move forward with this.
This honest raw assessment helped me realize A) I don’t want to nor should I do this all on my own, B) I don’t know everything, and C) the foundation work is SO important.
I learned to start asking for help, from other business owners, mentors, business podcasts, and books. Also, delegation and collaborating, that others not only can help me, they want too.
The last 6 months I have been working on structure and strategy, coming up with ideas, different systems to utilize, and have more flow with the business and work life balance.
If you have been thinking about starting your own business my biggest advice is to start with the outline FIRST! Look up the laws in your state, county, look up the different business practices you need, licenses, insurance, everything! If you don’t want too? hire someone to do it!
Solid foundations are necessary for sturdy empires!
AFTER this foundational work, booking keeping, accountant, etc., then I can work on the fun stuff.
I am excited to announce I will be rebranding and relaunching in June of 2022! I will be adding all new services, some brand new events, new collaborations with other, new youtube videos, group workshops and a monthly subscription with bonus content, discounted prices, and personalized material!!
This business isn’t all about me, it’s about community, and building a network of people trying to do great things in their lives, it’s about lighting the path for Recovering Addicts and Women to see someone like them welding power, It’s about changing the perception and values of what it means to be a business owner in this day and age.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Definitely some hiking in Estes, Boulder, devils back bone. Carter and Horsetooh Lake, Storm and Round Mountain as well. Drive up to Red Feather or Nederland.
Stopped to eat at all the local joints, Doug’s Diner, Pourhouse, Durbar Indian food, Baitong for Thai, and the cream cheese jalapeño burger from Sports stations.
The Cherry Company in Windsor, and the small random landmarks around town, like the spaceship.
Quick trip to Denver for the Science Museum, Meow Wolf, and Look Out Point right outside of Golden, CO. Then stop at Awake for a nonalcoholic cocktail.
If it’s summer some water rafting down the Thompson River, and a trip down south to the Sand Dunes, if it’s winter the ice castle in Breckinridge.
And of course Live Music and Poetry at Black & Blues Music & Brews. Stop in at Flip Side for some arcade fun.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many wonderful people who have helped support my growing business, given me inspiration, or just encouraging words,
Braydon Peterson of Braydon Peterson Music and Ain’t From Here Band was and still is my biggest supporter. He got me gigs, lit the fire to get the LLC started, and has been nothing but full of encouraging words.
Three wonderful yoga communities in Oklahoma, The Sheltering Tree Yoga & Retreats, Every Women Beautiful and Big Om have all allowed my new small business space at their Yoga Retreats they hosted last summer. Instilling me with confidence and trust that I am on the right path.
Great local venues such as Black & Blues, Music & Brews, Willow Shaper, and West End Lounge for letting me host different events in their locations.
And other great businesses and people who have collaborated with me in hopes to build a supportive community, the Pampered Chakra, Hot Sauce Daddy, and LoveZen Apothecary,
Also, my friends and family for putting up with me while I learn and transition.
Other: My website is currently under construction; www.theheavenlyenergy.com re- launching in June of 2022
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