Meet Vanessa Garduño, Co-founder of Branding for Writers, and Talent & Speaker Manager
I've known Vanessa since the moment I landed in Barcelona back in 2013. Not only has she been an amazing friend, but she's also been an incredible mentor for me over the years, and a source of motivation in publishing my first book. It was a joy to cycle my heart out with her today and help her ride inwards!
Follow your heart
Cycle your heart out and recharge!
Cave kayaking to hidden beaches, cycling to fishing villages, and of course, heart shaped riding! These were just some of the fun ways we decided to reboot our frazzled batteries this spring.
Wanting to spend more time with loved ones and my soul this year also made me cut down on all that was zapping my precious time and energy. I realised just how much I needed to stop social media scrolling and instead focus more on what makes my heart sing! More time for painting, spontaneous adventures, and uninterrupted time with loved ones!
It's also my debut book's 1 st Birthday next month so I wanted to offer your a FREE GIFT as a thank you for all your support! Keep reading to find out more ;-)
Tree trunks into the sky
Emerald green leaves
Golden sunlight slicing through
Kissing the earth
Soothing sounds of a nearby stream
Birds in a peaceful choir
The crunch of winter beneath my wheels
No one to guide me
Just the well trodden path
And the call from within
That whispers welcome home
Follow your heart
After reading 'Light Is The New Black' by Rebecca Campbell, my heart led me to the forest to spend more time listening to the call from within.
Cycle Your Heart Out for... your soul!
Next to the Montseny National Park. Located in the quiet town of Sant Esteve de Palautordera, only a 1 hour train and cycle from Barcelona, so no car necessary! Perfect for me as I still can't drive!
After picking up a map from tourist information, I sat down on the grass and started noticing all the beautiful paths that I'd hiked the previous 2 days. Within minutes my heart route had appeared, a great mix of the town, nature and forest! An easy 4.52km heart, all flat and mostly on bike paths.
Cycle Your Heart Out
Accomodation: Hotel Somlom ECO & Wellness Lodge
Bike Hire: Fesbici
Coffee break: Bar LANAU
Kalart Co-living and Co-Working: A unique space for remote workers and digital nomads with yoga, meditations and other holistic events on the weekends
Montseny National Park: A stunning natural park and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
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I stayed at the peaceful Hotel Somlom ECO & Wellness Lodge next to the Montseny National Park.
On my first night I danced my heart out in their belly dancing class, and they kindly lent me a yoga mat so I could practice in the comfort of my own room. I arrived with no clue of the area so I was really grateful for the kind staff who patiently showed me all the best cycling and hiking paths.
Thank you to Davinia and everyone who worked at Hotel Somlom! I gave the hotel a copy of my book so that anyone who visits can enjoy flicking through the pages while they wait for their yoga class or massage!
Longing for connection
With like minded souls
A shared ride
Closed my eyes
And rode inwards
Re-emerging in clarity
To those who read these words
My soul family
You are not alone
We ride through life together
Follow your heart
Cycle Your Heart Out for... Community!
Separated from loved ones, relocating to a new area, yearning for community. If you have experienced any of this recently and sensed a feeling of loneliness, then this heart route is for you.
I decided to create a heart route in the peaceful town of Gavà, 20 kilometers south of Barcelona, and only 10 minutes from the Airport. Gava is known for it’s beautiful 4km beach promenade, pine forests and sand dunes.
Length: 8.23km (mostly flat)
Click here to view the route on Strava.
Cycle Your Heart Out
- Ama Yoga Loft for beautiful heart centred classes
- Huertos De Ocio - Farm to grow your own organic fruits and vegetables
- Horse riding school (Gavamar Ecuestre) you can learn to ride a horse along the beach here
- Kauai Gavà Mar Restaurant for their amazing paella
- Gava beach for sunrise, siesta and sunset
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To help give back to my heartful community, I decided to give a copy of my book to
Ama’s Yoga Loft. Amarilis started the studio to help you connect with your essential nature and authentic wisdom, so your spirit is reborn with clarity and balance. A beautiful heart centred space directly on the heart route!
Golden milk by my side
Loved ones competing to win
Just the odd passing car
Content, cosy, happy
Surrounded by family
Soaked in love
Follow your heart:
A heart route to celebrate my long awaited family reunion!
Loughton, a cute ancient village in Milton Keynes England, and the city where I first gave birth to Cycle Your Heart Out over a decade ago! It's also one of my favourite areas in the city to find some peace and walk the dog.
It was thanks to my amazing sister's that we managed to come up with this short but beautiful 4.78km ride in Loughton! The route is also part of the 12km Millennium cycle route around Milton Keynes, a quiet picturesque ride that takes you past the river Ouzel, the Grand Union Canal, ancient villages and the famous concrete cows!
Cycle Your Heart Out:
Meet my mum, she hadn't rode a bike in ages, and had pretty much lost all confidence. She would stop and walk the bike to cross a small road, avoid adjusting the seat to the correct height in case she fell off, and rode the same speed as someone walking.
But little by little with the help of me and my sister, her confidence bloomed as we rode along peaceful paths, canals and lakes. No rush, nowhere to be, just us and our bikes. We stopped to pick freshly fallen plums, pick juicy blackberries, and to simply admire the horses. The more we rode, the more her fear faded and her smile grew! We celebrated our ride with some delicious Victoria sponge cake and tea at the Grumpy Cook.
If you have someone you love who is a little hesitant to get back on their bike, here are 2 tips from my mum that helped her get over her fear of cycling:
1. Walk and cycle... Like when you start running, you walk/jog/build up a few mins at a time...
2. Avoid cycling on hills or in bad weather until more confident
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To help spread the love around Milton Keynes I gifted a copy of my new book to the wonderful Alchemise Yoga Studio in Newport Pagnell. Ran by the lovely Wendy, it was thanks to her amazing classes that I first fell in love with yoga over a decade ago. Thanks Nicole for reading my poems in your relaxing cello classes.
"Building community, bringing art from the heart, a perfect offering.
Thank you so much for bringing your wonderful poetry into the world and sharing your book with us!"
- Wendy Loughlan - Founder of Alchemise Yoga Studio
Celebrating 10 years of Cycle Your Heart Out, and the birth of my new book with loved ones in the beautiful Jardin de Hara in Barcelona. I couldn't have wished for better way to celebrate. Reading my poetry to an audience is only something I've started to do recently, and I've just discovered how much I enjoy it!
To be able to share my heart & help you feel less alone in this crazy world was the reason I decided to publish this poetry book. If you're tired of people pleasing, toxic relationships, ashamed of your sensitivity, & sick to death of not following your own heart, I hope my words can help comfort you and ride you back down the right path.
Thanks so much to all of you who've supported me and my project over the last 10 yrs, and everyone I’ve had the pleasure of cycling my heart out with! All my family and friends for always supporting & reminding me to never give up on my dreams, regardless of how crazy and unrealistic they seemed. Thank you also to those who knowingly, and unknowingly shaped some of my poems! To David and Maya, my beautiful poem that came true. Thank you for all the days and nights you took care of me while I was drowning in a sea of writers block and procrastination, I love you.
My editors Jacqueline Suskin, Katia Ariel, and poet Tanya Markul I’m so happy I found you all. Thank you for helping me bring this book into the world, and making me believe it was worth publishing.
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"Beautiful poetry, I love the concept of heart shaped cycling and its therapeutic and mindful effect! I absolutely recommend the book to anyone who is sensitive, observant, and in search of inner world expressions."
- Magdalena Grucza
Psychologist & Career consultant
“I highly recommend this book, even if you have never been or intend to get on a bicycle the journey through the poems will inspire and touch your heart”.
- Kathy Ward
WHO Mindfulness Consultant, TEDx Speaker