Go Easy on Yourself

By Wes Annac, Openhearted Rebellion

To engage in openhearted rebellion means treating people with kindness and empathy, with the understanding that we are all in this together.

The idea is to live for and encourage love, compassion, and basic human decency as an effective rebellion against the horrific things hate is responsible for. This compassion extends to everyone regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or anything we have thoughtlessly let divide us.

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How Becoming a Teen Parent Changed My Life

By Wes Annac, Openhearted Rebellion

When I was 16, I found out my girlfriend was pregnant.

I will never forget how it felt to get the news. We decided we would look at the pregnancy test together and, sure enough, it was positive. I’d never been more terrified. I crossed a line I had no business being anywhere near, and there were real consequences.

I was an immature teenager who didn’t know the first thing about parenting or the real world, and I was going to be a father. How would we tell our parents? What would the kids at school think? I can’t recall another time that I felt so lost and unprepared for what was happening.

We made our first prenatal appointment without our parents’ knowledge, hoping the doctor’s test would come back negative and we could avoid telling them about this little scare. We got a ride to the appointment from a friend, only to run into someone in my family who happened to work at that doctor’s office as a nurse.

You’ll never guess the patient she was assigned to.

I can still remember hearing my girlfriend’s name called, then hearing, “WESLEY!” I looked up to see my sister-in-law standing there holding a clipboard. I was busted. She took us back to a room where we told her everything. Then, she administered the test that confirmed the pregnancy.

After that, we knew it was time to come clean. We were having a baby, and we couldn’t hide it for long. We had to own up to it and prepare for our new life as young parents. Continue reading

Heightened Life Podcast – The Power of Love-Centered Living, and Music: with Wes Annac

I had a blast chatting with my friend Amanda Goins on her podcast, Heightened Life. We had a fun conversation that included our thoughts on simplicity, love, and of course, music. Check it out at the link below. If you enjoy it, share far and wide!


“My guest, Wes Annac, and myself, discuss ways that stripping away spiritual complications, and labels, and living a love-centered life has been freeing for us. As well as the impact that music has had in this journey of spiritual and personal evolution.”

While you’re here: I also had a chat this week with Harmony Lorraine Fronterhouse on her YouTube show, Tea Time With Harmony. If you like that video, subscribe to her channel (WildcraftWellness) and check out the other awesome interviews she’s done over there.

Tune In Tomorrow: Wes Annac on Heightened Life Podcast

Tomorrow, I’ll be on the Heightened Life podcast with Amanda Goins. Tune in for a great conversation!

“Music, has continually been one of the most powerful, and transformative aspects of my life. My first memories are filled with song. Join me tomorrow, for the premiere of a new podcast, with special guest Wes Annac, where we will be discussing living a love-centered lifestyle, the impact that music has had in our lives, and other fun topics. It’s going to be fun!

“If you have missed any of the previous podcasts, you can check them out here: http://heightenedlife.buzzsprout.com

“Have a great Monday!” ~ Amanda

While you’re here: I also had a chat this week with Harmony Lorraine Fronterhouse on her YouTube show, Tea Time With Harmony. If you like that video, subscribe to her channel (WildcraftWellness) and check out the other awesome interviews she’s done over there.

TEA TIME with Harmony | THE GREAT AWAKENING | Wes Annac | Episode 41

I had a lot of fun sipping tea and chatting with Harmony Lorraine Fronterhouse on her awesome YouTube show!! Check it out below for some fun conscious conversation. Be sure to have your tea ready! 🙂

If you like this show, subscribe to WildcraftWellness on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWQYylizcJLBn3H8SsPbyJA

You can also find Harmony at her website: http://wildcraftwellness.net/

Check out Harmony’s book: Birthing a New Paradigm: A Journey of Ascension. Available now on Amazon!!

Featured image by Lorri Lang from Pixabay

Respect the Process

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebellion


Since I’m home all day and have a lot more time to write, I’ve been thinking about the kind of dedication and respect the craft demands. It does not seem to be a talent you can develop easily. Even if you have a knack for it, the journey from writing poorly to writing well is long and sometimes painful.

These days, I see the creative process in a different light than when I first started. I used to shudder at the thought of writer’s block, but now, I understand that writing is supposed to be hard. It is meant to make you struggle and strive for improvement.

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Staying Active at Home (Follow-Up)

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebellion

This is a follow-up to my previous post, “Coronavirus: Tips for Coping If You’re Stuck at Home”.

I hope everyone at home is doing well. It can be unnerving to be stuck home unsure when you’ll return to work, and with every day that passes, it can get a little easier to go stir-crazy. If you feel anxious, depressed, or generally awful, you’re not alone.

I hope everyone still working is having an easy time, too. If you’re scared to go to the grocery store, imagine how the workers feel showing up every day knowing they could be exposed to this virus. Not to mention all the medical professionals, as well as the truckers traveling across the country to keep our stores stocked with the food and supplies we all need.

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