AT THE SEPTEMBER CO YOGA + LIFE™ EVENT IN DENVER, YOU SPOKE ON THE “ZEN OF BALANCE.” WHAT ARE A FEW TOOLS YOU USE TO CREATE BALANCE FOR YOURSELF EVERY DAY AS A MOTHER, WIFE AND BUSINESS OWNER?
Oh the elusive language of balance — first things first, I give myself a permission slip to define balance my own way. Not the way it looks for that business owner or that mama and that wife — but rooted in my own core values and connected to what is real and true for me in my life. This allows me the space to actually be honest when my balance is off and also respect how balance can look totally different to someone else.
The tools I use to create my balance are knowing my core values and checking in daily to see if I am living aligned to them or where I could tune in and tune up my actions. Also, I set goals in different domains of my life. I have family goals, financial goals and sweat goals that create a diversity in my time and intentions I set to making these goals happen. Last, I lean lean lean on my husband and favorite humans. If I am off, they will feel it and I love when they can tell me straight up to shape up. Of course, I have given them permission and truly invited them to be these check points in my life for me!
Make shift happen
WHAT IS ROCK YOUR BLISS AND WHY DID YOU AND MARY BETH LARUE START THIS MOVEMENT TOGETHER?
Bringing together transformational coaching, yoga and conscious community connection, Mary Beth LaRue and I co-founded Rock Your Bliss as a way to provide an inclusive space (online and offline) for women to experience transformational change, find their true purpose, and tap into the mind body connection. We found that the both of us had such vast experiences and trainings in the yoga and coaching world, as well as in our friendship, and we really wanted to provide the same tools and strategies we use to truly rock our own bliss with the world. We truly believe that we all have such amazing gifts to offer and the ability to tap into the space inside to “make shift happen.” And when that choice is available, bliss rides right along with it.
Learning is a major motivator for me.
WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOU FIND INSPIRATION AND/OR MOTIVATION EVERY DAY?
I am super clear that I am super nerdy. I love getting lost in a book, be it Brene Brown, Liz Gilbert or Pema Chodron sprinkled in with Harry Potter, 50 Shades and Hunger Games. I have an online book club called Novel Grapes where we read books and chat about them weekly.
I love being a student, be it in the book or on a yoga mat, learning is a major motivator for me. Additionally, as a mama, I am beyond inspired by my daughter. Her growth, her curiosity about the world, her dance moves and the way she loves so unconditionally. We think as mamas we are teaching them and yet it is so reciprocal and she teaches me daily about humility, laughter and truly being so open. In the family world, I married a wise man on purpose as I learn from my husband daily. I am truly inspired by our communication and how we have grown together. I could go all day here. My parents are badass human beings and they are slaying their vision in life. And I cannot finish this inspiration rant without including Mama Earth, oh how I love nature and truly fill my soul cup being outdoors, seeing the huge trees, the ever-changing mountain ranges and seasons. Another great teacher. Okay, Ill stop there.
WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU AND WHAT IS NEXT FOR ROCK YOUR BLISS?
Coming up for me is truly embracing my Rocky Mountain life. We recently moved to Evergreen, Colorado, and the transition has been beautiful and challenging, as most transitions are. I am learning to trail run, I am learning a lot about wildlife and I am loving the hikes with my family and great friends! I find that nature will continue to inspire my coaching and I am excited to explore programming that really embraces our own human nature. More on that. for Rock Your Bliss, we have launched the Rock Your Bliss podcast and are really excited for upcoming seasons. Additionally, we launch our online program called “7 Weeks to Bliss” every season and it is a vibrant community that shows up to create, learn and inquire about their own bliss. And our retreats in California and Colorado are annual and we will be always adding more events each year as we want to share this work with the world! Hope to see you there!