Candlelight Conversations Volume 5: Xoe Xapoian
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU! WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?
I'm Xoe Xapoian. I'm passionate about my new life, sharing myself with other people and getting to know their stories. I love traveling, making things, working out, dancing and sometimes curling up with a good book along with the perfect candle.
WE BELIEVE THAT JUST LIKE BROKEN POTTERY PUT BACK TOGETHER WITH GOLD, WE ARE MADE WHOLE AGAIN IN SPITE OF OUR TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS AND ARE MORE BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE HAVING BEEN BROKEN. WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR KINTSUGI STORY!
A little over a year ago I was involved in a car accident where I lost part of my left leg, and almost my life. At the time I was a professional bellydancer working in Los Angeles. Since then I have been rehabilitated and have learned to walk with a prosthetic leg. This experience made me appreciate life so much more and opened my heart in ways I never thought imaginable. Now, my focus is on helping people and using my experience to create positive opportunities for sharing. Every day I wake up so grateful that I get to be alive, do the things I love, and that I get to be me. The pain for me translated into authentic happiness on a deeper level.
“Every day I wake up so grateful that I get to be alive, do the things I love, and that I get to be me. The pain for me translated into authentic happiness on a deeper level.”
YOUR STORY IS ONE THAT PERSONIFIES COURAGE AND RESILIENCE. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHERS WHO ARE STRIVING TO OVERCOME AN OBSTACLE OR FIND BEAUTY IN THEIR BROKENNESS?
My message to those who are struggling is to never give up. No matter how bad something may seem, things could always be worse, and things always seem to turn out so much better than we think. There's a reason you made it this far; just keep moving.
SHARING YOUR STORY AND OWNING YOUR TRUTH IS SO IMPORTANT! HOW DO YOU PROMOTE AUTHENTICITY?
Now, I can't help but be authentic. The experience of losing something that had until then been such a close part of me made me determined to always live in a way that rings true to who I am. I almost lost my life and the knowledge of what that feels like makes me not want to miss a single day of being as involved in what I'm doing as possible. I try to share my new world with my followers on Instagram and enjoy expressing myself in front of them.
HOW DO YOU PRACTICE SELF-CARE AND SELF-LOVE?
I try to stick to the basics. I drink plenty of water. I (somehow) always make time for a good night's sleep because I know how important that is. I try to love openly and without expectations. I take time to pause and I listen. I eat healthy, beautiful, sustaining food. I accept and love myself totally. I have balance between work, time with friends and family, and time taken for myself. I love frequently and I love big.
NEEDLESS TO SAY, WE ARE BIG PROPONENTS OF AROMATHERAPY. WHAT ARE YOU FAVORITE SCENTS?
For scents I am really into tuberose, vanilla, violet, rose, iris, sandalwood, jasmine, orchid and lychee.
WHO DOESN’T NEED AN INSPIRATION? WHAT INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS DO YOU TURN TO FOR YOUR DAILY DOSE OF INSPO?
I like anything with bellydance, or feeds from my fellow amputee friends whether it be cool prosthetics or getting excited for someone to walk for the first time.
WE WOULD LOVE TO CONTINUE TO FOLLOW YOUR JOURNEY! HOW CAN WE STAY CONNECTED WITH YOU?
You can keep up with me on Instagram @xoexxapoian or at facebook.com/xoexx or on Pinterest as Xoe Xapoian.