Head to RiSE Festival with Tifforelie: Enter to Win!

Win two tickets to the RiSE festival, and learn why blogger Tiffany Mitchell can’t wait to meet you there.

Soon to make its annual appearance in the Mojave Desert,  RiSE Festival unites a community while inspiring individual hopes and dreams. As their website states, RiSE embraces “a centuries-old idea that’s both simple and powerful. Thousands of lanterns, each representing a hope, a dream, a new leaf, or a forgotten wish coming together to form something beautiful.”


The festival’s significance, not to mention its beauty, captivated us immediately, which is why we’ve teamed up with RiSE and instagrammer and blogger Tiffany Mitchell to get you there. Scroll to the bottom of this post and enter your email for your chance to win 2 tickets, comped parking/shuttle (whichever you choose), a one-night stay in a Las Vegas hotel, as well as a RiSE festival merchandise package valued at $80.

But first, we’d like to share Tiffany’s story, her motivation for attending RiSE. We’re humbled, yet empowered, to share in her heartbreak, healing and eventual self-love. What would you like to achieve by visiting RiSE?

I’m about to open up a lot more than I ever have online. I’ve been wanting to for a while, but the final push came recently when I was invited to attend RiSE Festival in Mojave with Free People on October 10th. The timing was sort of miraculous…but I’ll get into all of those magical details in a bit. For now, here goes…

I grew up with a pretty positive outlook on life. I had good friends, played sports, got good grades and felt kind of invincible. That lasted until the end of high school, when I experienced real fear for the first time. I had become afraid to let people know me, which meant shallow relationships and seclusion. I crafted a socially acceptable version of myself that I sent out to deal with the world. I refused to take risks because they challenged me on levels I wasn’t comfortable with. I loved to create things, but only in secret because they threatened to reveal a part of the real me. Basically, I got really good at hiding.

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I was protecting myself from so many experiences that people actually started to know me as “the scared one.” I filled dozens of journals with the confusion of living outwardly as one person – neat, tidy and safe – but with another person trapped inside. That person was an adventurer. Someone who loved people so much that she couldn’t wait to take the next risk if it meant connecting with someone more deeply or inspiring them to live more fully. Someone who believed that dreams weren’t meant to remain as such. They were to be chased and tackled. Someone who saw creativity as a language that could communicate love and inspiration more beautifully than anything else. Someone who saw moments as gifts and grace as a foundation. I started to wonder if that person was even real because I had no idea how to let her out.

The years following high school were a roller coaster. I developed some very difficult health issues, got married, moved halfway across the country, experienced a miscarriage, went through a divorce and found myself moving to Nashville with a bag of very broken pieces…but also, some hope. I felt like a failure in almost every way, but my shell started to crack. What seemed like an irreparable mess had actually made me see that my self-protection and steel walls couldn’t shield me from the hard stuff. I couldn’t earn or force a painless life. So if I was going to get scraped up and bruised anyway, why not be laughing and running while it happened?

And then I found it – freedom.

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I’m here now, looking back on an ever unfolding journey of life and healing. I’m realizing that every forward step has been the result of learning to love more deeply or creating something true. Every backward step, fear and hiding. When I started my blog and joined the Instagram community a few years ago, my mission was to share the real parts of that journey along with simple glimpses into my daily life. I hoped all of it might inspire someone somewhere to realize how beautiful and creative he/she is — how precious and valuable life is, and that the big and little things are all worth sharing. I want to encourage people to try something new. Whether it’s learning how to make good coffee, picking up a paint brush, baking a batch of cookies, connecting with an old friend or flying to another part of the world. If any part of your heart has fluttered at the thought of doing it…it needs to happen. My most recent “new thing” was getting a motorcycle license. I finally got up the courage and now I can moto around with my mom who has been riding since I was tiny!

It’s a daily challenge. Things happen constantly that I’m afraid to do or open up about. I get discouraged and wonder if my own story is worth telling, or if maybe it’s safer to hide out for a season or two. I recently had a particularly discouraging day and was praying hard for some kind of affirmation, something to lift my spirit. Within 12 hours, an e-mail came through inviting me to attend RiSE Festival with Free People. I was stunned. I closed my eyes, let the tears fall and breathed deep. It was profoundly familiar — feeling so small and being loved so well, with such detail. RiSE Festival is all about togetherness, overcoming, letting go and celebrating dreams. I pondered how the picture of learning humility, sharing yourself with the world, becoming brave, creating true things, adventuring and loving fiercely looks to me like being lifted out of a dark and muddy place into beautiful light. Like rising.

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I’m so honored to be continuing my journey at RiSE…to be surrounded by so many people, together releasing beautiful pieces of themselves into a glowing night sky. Magic. And I might even see you there!

Free People is giving away two tickets to the festival + a night at a hotel, free shuttle or parking, and a bag of RiSE Festival swag. Please enter and share a piece of your journey with me in the comments below.

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about me. I would love to know more about you and hear your story of life, creating, relationship and healing.

The world is too big to stay in one place, life is too short to do just one thing, and you are too beautiful to stay hidden.


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  1. This is such a beautiful and honest post and I can’t express how much your words moved me. I can relate on so many aspects of your journey, as I’ve struggled with this internal view of who I see myself to be versus how I portray myself. I haven’t totally had a breakthrough to freedom yet, and so your post brought me hope that I need to keep going…that the freedom is possible! I too have had a long, tough journey the past year including an incredibly tough illness I had to work through. It’s amazing how many people can be touched and influenced by your boldness and transparency of your personal story. Your Instagram page is absolutely stunning and inspiring. Keep on doing what you’re doing Tiffany! You’re an inspiration. Enjoy RiSE, I’m sure it’s going to be magical ⭐️

  2. “If any part of your heart has fluttered at the thought of doing it… It needs to happen”. What a great way to think. Thanks for sharing

  3. Enjoy RiSE, Tiffany! You most definitely deserve it. Your story has inspired me and – I’m sure – so many others. I would love to be given the opportunity to attend RiSE. Prior to reading your blogpost, I didn’t know what RiSE was, but now I’m realizing, I need this more than ever and would be so honored to be able to share in this amazing experience with others from around the world!

  4. What a beautiful story, Tiffany.
    You’ve truly been an inspiration to be for the past year or so, and I can’t thank you enough. It’s pretty crazy how someone you’ve never met offline can have such an impact. It was really great learning more about you, and keep on being awesome!

  5. Ally – Thank YOU for taking the time to read it!! :D <3

    Samantha – I am SO glad! Thank you for your encouraging words! <3

    Annie – You have no idea how much that means to me! Thank you for being so open and for your beautiful words! The freedom IS possible and it sounds like you have an incredible story to tell! <3

    Madeleine – Thank you for reading! :D <3

    Stephanie – Thank you so much!! It would be amazing if you did!!! :D

    Jillian – Thank you so much for your kind words! It means the world to me that you've been inspired! :D I really love how such amazing connection is possible even without meeting face to face. But meeting *is* really the best haha! Come to RiSE!!! <3

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your journey Tiffany! I think you would be surprised to know just how many people feel like you (and hide it as well!) and how sharing your story can really help others feel less like a “freak” and get a sense of solidarity and courage. I’ve been through a similar life experience myself, except in my case it was a debilitating anxiety disorder from all kinds of ptsd. My own situation has required massive amounts of emdr therapy and working day in and out to undo the habits my mind has settled into. It’s hard and exhausting work. But the hard work pays off! I think we need to share these stories of recovery more, so others know that it’s possible to live a better life.
    Also, you’re a beautiful writer! I suspect it’s because you’re completely honest and sincere while writing. It just feels so good to read :) Good luck to you!

  7. I keep running into self discoveries of divine truth today. I woke up this morning feeling over whelmed. I have chosen a new path just recently. And the only way i was able to do that was to believe in myself, believe in my spirit and believe in my divine truth. I’m reminded by the intentions that i make how deeply connected we all are.

    Earlier this morning I started to feel those walls, you speak of, going right up. My ego was trying to put them back up, it felt safe because i’m was feeling scared and powerless. So trying not to give into fear, I went to a inspiring site, (mysticmamma.com) i visit often. I read a beautiful piece of an author by the name of Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. He was one of the answer to my fears that have tried to rush over me in the past week and this morning. Reminding me to stay awaken to my trueself.

    We all have those days and we all can be inspired by one another. After listening to his audio book for a couple hours, after the gym i decide to hop on some social media. On the left of the screen i saw a poncho that was super cute and decided to click on the link. The site said it was only $15 and I’ve been ripped off before so i decided to search for an endless ponchos online that was better quality and search came up with Freepeople.com.

    So I clicked right in and found some amazing pieces with higher prices for my budget, right now. But i knew i was window shopping and yet this is still only the beginning of my successful career and i knew this would just inspire me to work hard so i can buy some of these beautiful pieces, quicker.

    Then I see a ad. to enter to win free tickets to Rise festival. Talk about coincidence, but knowing it wasn’t i proceeded to read. I knew as i kept reading this was only yet another divine placement for my journey. Reading your inspiring words reminds that me none of us are alone. We are all here for purpose. We are all here with similar stories and wishes, hope and truth. I just wanted to say thank you and i thank my divine for never failing to put the right things and people in my path to inspire every moment in my awakened life.

    So much love to you Tiffany and the people at FreePeople. I’m most humbled. And i hope you enjoy the beautiful festival that you absolutely deserve. <3

    Light and Love,

  8. Tiffany there aren’t specific words to describe exactly how I felt while reading your post. I was a transplant to Nashville four years ago from California, my then husband moved our two children and myself here to be close to his family with promise of a “better life”. Well now I stand at a fork in the road of my life as a single mother surrounded by what used to be an extension of my family. For the past year I had no idea what I was doing or going to do just living each day in fear. By chance or accident or divine intervention on Instagram came across this passage by John Krakauer Into The Wild “You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living. My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.” Then today, again by chance read your blog post with a similar type of message. I think the universe is trying to tell me something! Rise Festival seems like the perfect experience to bring both beauty, hope and inspiration. Cheers to you Tiffany!

  9. Thank you for being brave enough to give us some of your courage. I feel like that everyday when it comes to my career and putting myself out there especially as a blogger. Thank you thank you for always inspiring me since the first day I stumbled upon your instagram. Thanks for your positive look on life despite the hard stuff that comes with it, keep doing you, we’re all with you a 100% of the way!


  10. Awe I enjoyed reading this wish it didn’t have to end so beautifully written! I would love to join rise sounds life a great place to grow and get inspired! I started my blog few years ago writing about our family, products I’ve loved trying, things I am feeling at the moment learning to live in greatful mindset. Meeting and building women, inspiring them is my calling. But there is always those moments where u wish someone would tell u the steps to get that reasurents that’s it’s all not just a waist of time.

  11. What’s that line in the Fugees’ song? ”Singing my life with his words…” Through your words, I felt hope and can identify with so much of what you write. I signed up to volunteer at RISE Festival this year because of your post, and anxiously look forward that night to be surrounded by so many like-minded people who are ready to turn their dreams into something more tangible. Thank you so much for your post. It truly resonated with me.

  12. Your story hits close to home. I recently got out of a 18 year relationship. I have two kids 17 and 14. I had my first son at the age of 17 and have been with my children’s father since then. Right before I turned 34 I realized that my relationship was over and that we were spiraling down a very bad road as a couple. We grew apart and I saw it coming when I was doing things that were out of my nature and he was trying to keep me happy with a life that i yearned for by trying to make it his. It wasn’t easy to get use to being on my own. Not having companionship to talk to when you felt sad or you felt happy. or have the warmth of a body next to you at night. There were tears, anxiety, and sleepless night each day. And every day was a challenge to even going to the store alone to shop for food. My children stayed with their father and it was a mutual decision and not having them in the same vicinity was extremely hard. I see them almost everyday but its been an adjustment. There was good and bad days.But mostly bad in the beginning. Things have gotten better and I’m looking forward for things to just come together for me soon. I’m taking one day at a time. through this new journey of mine of being on my own I realized i’m not alone. Old friends have surfaced and kept me positive. My current friends have been so supportive and there for me even financially when i needed them. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for most of my family. I’m a very forgiving person and I find it that i can’t hold to grudges because i need peace in my heart, mind, and soul. I want to live life to the fullest from enjoying the smallest things to the biggest things. I want to embrace this new chapter in life with peace and love in my heart. I wrote this quick insert “She stopped searching for a light and took darkness in in order to free her soul” Its how I felt about my 18 year relationship I tried saving it by finding the brighter side of things but I knew that ending it would bring me pain but also freedom for my soul. I folllow free people on instagram and saw the picture of you running in the field with your beautiful dress and learned about rise festival through that. I found it to be something amazing to attend on my own and embrace for the first time in my life. Thank you for sharing your story and for it helped me realized that i’m not alone. that they’re other journeys similar like mines out there. I’m excited to embrace freedom at rise festival. Much Love -Lo

  13. I would love for the opportunity to be able to attend the RiSE Festival this year. I was able to go last year scoring some last minute tickets and I have to say it was the best night of the year and quite possibly my life. I know some will say the event was “a disaster” and this and that, and I can admit when my shuttle finally arrived to the event no mats were left and we were without lanterns. My boyfriend and I split up to try and find supplies right before the first launching of the lanterns and we almost lost each other in the enormous crowd. We found one another and were in each other’s arms the second before the first release. What were tears of disappointment and frustration about the supplies turned into tears of joy- for I was with my boyfriend witnessing the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. The RiSE festival is something I will never ever forget. It was life changing. I would love to be able to experience the festival again this year. This year has been particularly a tough one with dealing with a yet to be diagnosed possible autoimmune disease that seems to strike whenever it fancies, even when traveling in Europe. I’ve seen countless doctors and been in and out of the hospital for the last 2 years with chronic pain and random difficult symptoms causing me to miss a lot of work and be let go from my job. I remain positive for answers and doctors to do their job to get to the bottom of it all. In the meantime I have learned I truly must cherish everyday,…the good with the “bad.” I get goosebumps thinking of the RiSE festival again and would be beyond grateful for the chance to set off another lantern for more dreams to come true. Life is art and this festival is truly a celebration of that.

  14. I love your story and that you want to inspire others.

    This part of my journey is a very painful mess. My marriage is currently broken and I pray for it to be restored and saved from the threat of divorce everyday. I have two children in preschool, ages 3&4, the younger of which was diagnosed with Autism just this past April. I attend my local MOPS group with fierce dedication. I am a habitual crafter and love creating things. My half time job is about an hour away from where I live. Depression has been a personal battle for about 5 years and have recently started the journey of getting help and healing. To say that my life is a hot mess would be a gross understatement, but I have hope that Jesus will hold me and make good of my mess.

    It was refreshing to read your story and see your willingness to be vulnerable. Thank you for sharing and encouraging others to do the same. It was very nice to meet you. From a kindered spirit to yours, I hope that you enjoy a magical night at Rise! Leanna

  15. I can relate to this in my own way too. I left Canada and moved to LA after a bad breakup and lots of negativity around me to start again from a clean slate. But you can’t really start a clean slate when your past experiences you hold to yourself continue to wash itself on your slate. I came to LA with no job, no family, no place to stay, no car, and no friends – and not American. You can imagine I was kinda…terrified. What if my past held me back and what if I was too scared to start again and fail? The first year was the hardest. But I continued to try to remain positive and hopeful and…it might sound a bit strange…. but my close friend was visiting me from Canada who was also going through a rough patch. And we wrote on a baloon whatever negative experience was holding us back or we wanted to let go of, and we went and watched our “troubles” float away. It might sound weird, but it really helped. And now with Rise, I want to put the positive wishes and hopes on that and watch that float away. Going from negative to positive takes work, but I feel so free and happy here now.

  16. You are brave and courageous for putting your unique story out there for so many people to read. You are such an inspiration to many! Wish you nothing but happiness while you continue through your journey! I have not yet got to experience RiSE, but I look forward to the day I do!

  17. Beautiful story. Tiffany enjoy Rise. I went last year and I’m going again this year. What an emotional and beautiful night it was. I felt so different after that I just can’t explain. I was cleansed from all the stress and anxiety that was going on in my life. That when I left the festival I felt like a new woman. So enjoy yourself on this magical night.

  18. “What seemed like an irreparable mess had actually made me see that my self-protection and steel walls couldn’t shield me from the hard stuff. I couldn’t earn or force a painless life. So if I was going to get scraped up and bruised anyway, why not be laughing and running while it happened?”

    Just like the movie tangled, I’ve pined over seeing the lanterns in person rather than photos. And going from a happily planned pregnancy to being a single mother, I, MORE THAN EVER, would like to be able to experience, not only the beauty of this festival, but the means of letting go of the hurt and anger I have. To forgive and just be free from all the toxic energy/people in my life. To be able to start a new, move on with life and happily experience every second of it with my daughter.

  19. Love your story! Glad you shared it. You’re beautiful by the way (: I’ll pray for you if you need it and I would love to meet you at RiSE. Your pictures are amazing, hope you have fun and go on adventures on your motorcycle.

  20. Hi Tiffany,

    Thank you for sharing your journey. I believe in the concept that everything/everyone is infinite. Reading your soul written on paper, that to me is an infinite moment. So much of what you have felt and overcame is what I’ve gone through and see so many people go through. Your concept of life, the process of growing through the bad is inspiring. I’m planning on going to the rise festival with my boyfriend. He does not understand what this means to me, I don’t think anyone does. For so long, I’ve kept myself in this small box. Hidden behind this drape, afraid. I’ve felt trapped within my own thoughts, my own insecurities. It’s an ongoing challenge, but as you have overcame and seen the light..risen above and challenged yourself to see beyond the darkness..I too, want to feel that exhilarating feeling. The concept of everything/everyone being infinite,… You are infinite in the way you love and live…the people around you feel that energy…together we rise above and create this rare bond…that to me, is truly infinite.
    Thanks again for your post! I’m so inspired by you. I hope to see you at the festival!

  21. Inspiration at its best… “And then I found it – freedom.” Those words struck a personal chord. “Freedom” is powerful and it is how I too have healed. I was not in search of freedom. I was in search of a better life. I had reached a point in my life where I knew my past had caught up to me and I knew it was time to deal with it and that is how my journey into the path of freedom began. I started the slow and painful process of dealing with the shame, guilt, pain, hate and anger I felt for so many years. I shed tears, honored the little girl that was hurt, felt the pain that I refused to feel before and gradually I regained joy, peace and love in my heart – inner peace is what I refer to it as. What ultimately sealed the deal to my freedom was when I was able to forgive, forgive those who caused me so much pain and forgiving myself for holding on to the anger and hatred for so many years.

    Peace & Love to you!

  22. Your story is so inspiring. I started to tear up because I can relate in my own way. I struggle with paralyzing anxiety, and I’ve been on a long, freeing prayer journey to overcome it. I’ve had to really search inward to get to the root of my anxiety and conquer it once and for all. I know I can’t do it on my own strength, so I feel like I’m stuck in darkness sometimes.

    I’m a sucker for hands-on symbolism. I love throwing stones in a pond with my prayers written on them, writing down my problems and throwing them in a fire, and doing things that visually represent what’s happening in my heart.

    When I heard about RiSE Phoenix, I just about lost my mind. My number one dream on my bucket list is to see a floating lantern festival with my own eyes, and the timing of it all happening right as I started to battle my anxiety was just perfect. I started preparing all of the things I want to write on my lantern that I can let go of and watch float away from me. I started thinking about the things that make me anxious, and how I can symbolically make them fly far away from me.

    I was signed up for immediate updates on the dates, location, and ticket information for the Phoenix event. I emailed the RiSE team twice asking if they had any information for me. I waited and waited, only for an email informing me that the Phoenix event won’t be happening this year.

    Oh man. I lost it again. But this time I lost it in a bad way. I was heart broken.

    I would love to go to RiSE Mohave, but that requires money for the drive and the hotel. Extra money is a foreign concept to college kids.

    When I saw the email saying I could win tickets, I jumped right to it. I’m praying that this works out.

    I hope to see you at the festival!
    If not, I’ll be saving up for next year. :)

  23. All I can say guys is that the RISE festival is breathtaking and magical!!! :D It is one of the beautiful experiences I have had. I attended the first one ever in 2014 and although I will not be able to attend this year’s for will be in another spiritual event as well, I definitely advise that if you can go GO! ^_^ Allow your dreams to be goals which will come true for you plan dor them rather than dreams which will stay as coild

  24. Allow your dreams to be goals which will come true for you plan for them rather than dreams which will only stay as could have beens. Coming from someone that has been there planned it and lived it. :D Carpe diem!!!

    Sorry guys quote was cut off.

  25. “So if I was going to get scraped up and bruised anyway, why not be laughing and running while it happened?”

    I have been the girl laughing and running my whole life, until I graduated high school. Growing up in Utah as a Mormon, things were always very simple. People could only run and laugh because we were so shielded from worldly things and had no idea what existed outside of our bubble, literally called “Happy Valley.”
    Of all the people in my graduating class I was one of only a small handful to move away from home. Now living in Texas, things are blatantly different. Partying goes on every night, people sleep around, things that are considered quite normal are stunning my once-shielded eyes. Because of that, I have become somewhat introverted: I spend all my time in my dorm room sleeping, studying, and crafting.
    Making pretty things has been my means of escape. My inner wild-child, free-spirited, youthful girl comes out through my painting, photography and making decoration out of anything I can find lying around campus: sticks, feathers, rocks.
    Your story struck a match inside me. You led me to the realization that it is okay to be different and to do exactly what I want and be who I want to be – in front of people. I will try to embrace my inner positivity, spirituality, and creativity… And the fact that I am completely different than most people here will hopefully no longer matter, as I will embrace their differences as well.
    Thank you for your help <3

  26. This is beautiful and amazing. You are such an inspiration. I’ve been battling with thoughts of who I am inside and who I project myself to be a lot lately and to see that you have been able to move forward, to own who you are and to be happy is insanely inspiring. Thank you for sharing <3


  27. Rise has a special place in my heart. Last year when I went to Rise I never knew how good it would feel to release those lanterns. When I saw my lanterns ascending I felt like they were my dreams being ignited. I got to share the night with my boyfriend of six years, which made it even more special. Lanterns have kind of been our thing. It started after seeing a movie that had an amazing lantern scene. For our next anniversary my boyfriend surprised me with ten lanterns that we could release. Once I heard about Rise I knew we had to go. We live in Las Vegas so it couldn’t be more perfect. Unfortunately times are a little different this year and we can’t afford to go. I’ve been undergoing several medical tests and going to tons of appointments because I’ve been sick. Rise is coming at a darker time in my life this year and I can’t imagine the positive impact it would have. I hold Rise so dear to my heart, as it means so much to both me and my boyfriend. I would love to get a chance to go to it again.

  28. I am from Nashville, TN. I understand what if means to ” hide ” I have hidden my whole life ..I have always run away from everything and everyone who has ever loved me. I live in Los Angeles now with my husband and 13 year old son ..we have had a rough few years and I think we all feel like we are fighting a losing battle sometimes. The one thing that we have is hope. It is constant and dreams that keep us alive..I love your story it makes me feel so good to know that love and passion are alive and young women are living their dreams..I am middle aged but so young still..I have lots to conquer ..thank you for the inspiration.

  29. I think its amazing how humans can be so different and from so many eclectic backgrounds, yet share similar fears and loves. A beautiful lady named Cynthia Occelli inspired me once when describing the destruction of a seed. “For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” I had to hit rock bottom before I could begin to realize my potential for life. I also had to understand the concept of being mindfully present. I can relate to you hiding your inner self as I was/am still also that way. I constantly worried what others would think of me, if I would embarrass or shame my family, if I would end up alone. I was scared that I would make the wrong decisions and how that would affect my future. Learning to be mindfully present and allow myself to enjoy today, right now, and accept that I can only control myself and thus my happiness gave me freedom to love and live. Growth is constant and its beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story! <3

  30. thank you for sharing your story. for years I kept myself under the radar, always worried about what others might think, always afraid of not succeeding, i was playing it safe in my journey through life. Until 2 years ago when I faced death, 3 months in a hospital, ready to say goodbye to my loved ones. That fact that I was never going to do the things I wanted to do, the experiences I would never have, weighed heavily on me. and then I beat the odds that were stacked against me, I lived. from that moment I vowed to try new things, even small things, experiences that make me happy. I’ve been doing just that. I may not ever be able to do everything I’ve always wanted to do, so I focus on the things that are achievable, the things that bring me peace and joy. I wish you lots of Happiness on your journey. Live love laugh.

  31. Wow. Such a beautiful story. I never thought of myself as ‘hiding’ until I read this. I totally see it now. Damn, I too want to be freeeeeee!!!!! Thank you for inspiring me to do so. I hope I win tickets to Rise, I’m in Chicago, but a very avid Free People fan. Also a fan of life and beautiful things… and your article!

  32. Your story resonates so strongly with me.

    I’m a freelance dance artist living in NYC .. and have currently been experiencing a heavy period of rejection. It’s forced me to look inward harder than ever before, sensing this feeling that there is so much more to me that I know I want to let out, need to let out, need to share. But it leaks out only to a few people on some special occasions, or to random strangers I unconsciously impart something onto..

    We seldom hear the pain playing by the rules can set us up for.. a fear of failure and vulnerability, that eventually leads to risking so little your own spirit is desperately trapped inside. We eventually become far too good at filtering ourselves, even if it means stifling that loud, ambitious, and worthy voice inside of us. And it is so much like hiding. And it’s painful, not knowing how to let those rich part of your soul be seen + heard.

    After much introspection and examination of my own past, I’ve currently began to wonder if I’ve denied myself of useful experience by following the “formula of should” too closely, instead of listening to my intuition – even if that crossed what would be acceptable or liked or praised. It’s scary to walk away from things you love, it’s scary to keep going, it’s scary to know if you have enough to offer. Thanks for taking the leap, because your story has touched countless other individuals besides myself. It’s ridiculously encouraging to see that every obstacle we encounter or sense within ourselves is valid. I think this is incredibly important, because we don’t always feel like we can talk about them. Or that they will acknowledged or felt by other individuals.

    Your journey is beautiful. I can’t thank you enough for sharing, and the universe for leading me here. Keep fighting and finding the essence of your happiness, what makes you fulfilled, and what helps you keep going when the shitty stuff INEVITABLY shows up. RiSE sounds amazing. I can’t wait to learn more about it. I hope you have a fantastic time!!


  33. Wow. Very brave of you to share your story. Thank you! I hope and pray to get to have the opportunity to go to rise and win this contest. My husband and I were planning to go because it has been a dream of mine to experience something so visually, spiritually, and emotionally moving, but we’ve had a lot of changes recently that made us postpone going to Rise. In the last six months we’ve realized how much isn’t working in our lives. My husband and I moved across the country almost 6 years ago. He started a his own chiropractic practice and I opened my own wedding photography company. We’ve been really invested in starting up our companies. Thankfully, we’ve been successful, but it hasn’t come without learning about boundaries and priorities the hard way. I developed autoimmune issues and was sick for a couple years, our marriage hasn’t been the priority it should have which has caused strain in the relationship, and overall our happiness has suffered. Even though it’s “comfortable” we can’t imagine ourselves staying on this path. So, on faith and by taking a calculated risk we are going to change everything and pursue a life of freedom and adventure through chasing new dreams. Dreams for a simpler life and more rich experiences. We want to help people live healthier, more authentic lives, and help creatives create businesses that allow freedom. My husband sold his practice and I am in the final stages of selling my business. We are selling our too-big house and moving from a small town to a tiny studio in Chicago to be closer to family and more culturally-rich experiences. We are starting a new phase of our relationship and guess what day the Rise festival is on? Our 6th wedding anniversary. We’d love to have this magical and moving experience to mark the end of an era and the beginning of our new lives together. We were planning to buy tickets, but since making these big leaps toward our dreams we’ve decided it’s wiser financially to hold off, so when I received your email I felt it was meant to be! Plus, if you need great photos at Rise I’d be a great candidate to select since I’ve been a pro photographer for 9 years! Bonus!:) Hope to meet you at Rise! Xo! Sarah DeShaw (Email: sarah@sarahdeshaw.com, Instagram: @sarahdeshaw)

  34. Tiffany, reading your story makes me want to be myself with strangers all the time. I’ve always been the kind of person who needs to feel comfortable around people to be myself. Now that I’ve read your story, I think life is too short to not project who I really am. I’m glad you shared it with everyone. :)

  35. My name is Dominique. Im 19 years old and This would be my first year attending RiSE and you have no idea how much these tickets would help me make this dream of mine come true. Every since a large paper lantern landed outside of my front porch I knew I needed to go to a festival. I researched and found out about RiSE. The videos look magical and I was planning on going to the November 11th 2015 (2 days away from my birthday) but it was sadly canceled. Last minute preparations are being made for me and my friend to attend this one in Nevada but I hope we are not too late!! I love experiencing the joys that life has to offer and regularly hike Arizona enjoying it’s beauty. I know that RiSE would be a festival that I would never forget and if it’s to late for me this year, I know next year is still coming. :) Thank you for the opportunity to win this chance it’s truly an amazing gift for anyone.

  36. Amazing story, I hardly ever leave comments but similar feelings resonant in your story, so I’ve got nothing to loose but everything to gain :) sounds like an incredible experience that I hope I get to be apart of!

  37. I’m Kim and I loved your story. I hope that with all those feelings of love and support that if I ever make it out to RiSE I could shed some of this burden and send a wish out into the universe for growth and happiness. It is so nice and uplifting to know that people do move past things and become better in spite of it.

  38. This is such an amazing event. I’m so glad I stumbled across this, I hope I get to go at least once in my lifetime. The idea that so many hopeful people are coming together makes me feel like it’s a man made miracle. Visuals are so important to me and I can’t wait to experience this!

  39. Truly an amazing event, I hope I can see this in my lifetime too. There is nothing more scary then reading another person’s words that express your own life, how you feel, the deep isolation of one’s personal space that you shield from everyone else. An outgoing person, who slowly drifts away because of weight gain and insecurities… thank you for sharing your story, for sharing hope!

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