The Good Life
with a Southern Drawl

Woman Of Style: Meet Virginia

By Amy Bailey — September 28, 2016

Virginia Bunting came into my life as a doula for my daughter’s birth. It was her soothing voice and calm demeanor that brought about one of the most incredible experiences of my life. It is no surprise that a person so in tune with the mind and body would go on to become a life coach, energy healer, and Kundalini yoga instructor. Starting her day off at dawn with meditation and living mindfully, Virginia continues to be a mentor and inspiration to me and so many others. For more information on Virginia’s classes, seminars, and programs click here.

What inspires you about waking up each morning? To see what God has in store for me that day! Each morning I rise early and try to creep down the stairs (so I don’t wake my girls…they seem to have a sixth sense about when I wake up) to watch the sunrise from my meditation spot. I clarify my purpose and set my intention for how I want to move through my day and how I want to feel. Every morning is a chance to get back on track. I have my morning routine that I do and it varies a little bit from day to day but I always end it with this simple yet profound prayer:

Lord, take me where You want me to go;
Let me meet who You want me to meet;
Tell me what You want me to say; and
Keep me out of your way.

What inspires your work? I get to live my life purpose through my work every day and I can’t imagine anything more inspiring than that! Let’s face it, being human can be hard. It can also be incredibly magical and joyful. We are each struggling in our own unique way and through my work as a life coach and energy healer I get to help people get down to the core of what really matters. My clients are amazing! They are willing to do the work they need to do in order to live the lives they want to live, and feel the way they want to feel! They open themselves up at the seams to see what’s inside. They pull themselves apart in order to put themselves back together. They brush the cobwebs in the corners of their shadows. This is not easy. Some folks choose to go their whole lives without being brave enough to do this work. I’m lucky and so, so blessed that my job is working with brave, bold people who refuse to play the victim and instead reach with both hands and an open heart for the life they desire. They know that true peace comes from within. This is so inspiring to me and in fact I’m getting choked up writing this. I have so much love and respect for my clients and it is such an honor and privilege to be invited as a witness to their unfolding. Guiding people to lives that are joyful, calm, healthy and peaceful *regardless* of what’s going on around them lights me up and never gets old.

How does your family inspire you? My three young daughters are my greatest gift and inspiration. They are watching (and learning from) my every move! They see how I act inside and outside of our home, how I relate to and treat others, whether or not I’m taking good care of myself, how I talk about my body, what kind of friend I am, if I’m honest and living in integrity…everything! They inspire me to be the best person I can be. Watching them figure out who they are and discover their special talents and gifts it inspires me to remember some of my own. They help me remember to laugh and to take time to smell the roses.

What is your favorite place in the world? 30A! When I’m driving down and starting to get close I feel the energy shift in my body. I am fully in the present when I’m there. Time doesn’t seem to exist and it magically becomes easy to deeply connect to myself, my family and nature. I’m not sure it gets any better than sitting on the beaches of 30A at sunset?! I’ve had many wonderful travel experiences around the world whether it be cooking school in Florence, jungle hikes and playing in waterfalls in Maui, gazing at the Eiffel Tower at night…but 30A is my happy place.

What advice would you give women going through life’s trials and tribulations? A very wise woman (my mom!) once told me that “this too shall pass”… and it does. Keep breathing and hold on… it’s not as real as it seems.

How do we begin to seek a better life? Get still every morning. Plain and simple.

Describe your personal style? I would describe my style as effortless and earthy with a little Bohemia thrown in. My wardrobe is made up of clothes that I feel comfortable and good in at the same time. I have key pieces in my wardrobe that are super easy to wear and don’t require much thought in having to put together. As a mom of 3 and business owner I choose to put my energy into other areas instead of thinking a lot about what I’m going to wear every morning. So I invest in items that are effortless, easy and classic.

I think good personal style starts with a glow that comes from within. And if you have great hair, skin, nails and make up, your clothes are just an accessory and anything you put on will look amazing! While flipping through a fashion magazine, I’m much more likely to be looking for which OPI shade is in for that season or how to create the perfect nude lip rather than seeking out current clothing trends.

What did you wear as a child? Anything I could comfortably climb trees in! I remember a pair of bedazzled overalls and how I felt in them; confident, fun and free. I get the same feeling today when I wear my Old Gringo embroidered cowboy boots.

What is your favorite quote? “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

Who have played mentor roles in your life? My dad is definitely my greatest mentor. There is a quote by Clarence Beddington Kelland that says “My father didn’t tell me how the live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” And that’s exactly what my father did. Anyone that knows him will tell you that he was the hardest worker they’ve ever known, kind, generous, smart as a whip, funny a hell, goal oriented and loved his family more than anything. He has so many traits that I respect and admire and have always tried to emulate. He always believed in me and gave me confidence, support and constant encouragement to be myself; to find something that makes me happy and to do it with passion. Even though today he struggles with Alzheimer’s, he is still teaching me. The lessons are a little different now, though, and are focused on my learning about grace and acceptance in the face of hard times.

Advice to women in their 20s. Cultivate female friendships. And by this I mean do more than “like” her social media posts and meet her for lunch or drinks after work on occasion. Sit with her. Listen to her. Look into her eyes and connect. Take her soup when she is sick. Fold her laundry when she is overwhelmed. Speak about your deepest fears and desires. Lift her up. Tell her when the panties she’s wearing just aren’t right for under those trousers. Let her know that you see her and love her for exactly who she is. Our partners and spouses( if we have them) are wonderful, but you will find as you get older that it is your female friends you want by your side when you or someone you love is sick, when your parents are aging or die, when you just don’t know what to do with your strong willed child….and all of the other hardships that will inevitably come your way. Your girlfriends will save your life.​​​​

That… And don’t wear being busy as a badge of honor. Busy is overrated.