Back when I was a single gal in my twenties, I took on the world. I left the stress-filled, ego-laden corporate atmosphere and fulfilled my dream of owning a yoga studio. I thrived as an entrepreneur, teacher, and wellness coach, and took the greatest amount of pride in helping the hundreds of students who walked through the doors of my studio each day find balance, flexibility, strength, and purpose. Seeing their faces light up when they had a breakthrough in a pose or were able to overcome a difficult obstacle in their lives was the most rewarding feeling in the world for me.
Now that I’m in my fourties, my life isn’t just about me and my students anymore. I have a family – a loving husband, adorable toddler, and a very busy baby girl, and I’m responsible for lighting up their lives, too. I’m proud beyond measure of the life and family I’ve created, but holding the flame high for others can sometimes leave me feeling a bit dim. I’ve certainly had moments when I’ve felt neither balanced nor strong, but rather frazzled and petered-out. Show me a mother who hasn’t felt this way, and I’ll give you a million bucks.
But just because I’ve taken on more roles and responsibilities doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped believing that I –or women all over just like me –can still take on the world. I’ve discovered how the challenges of life –all the juggling of work, friends, and family –can be amazing opportunities for growth. All my years of owning a business and teaching and coaching and being a wife and mother have taught me that we are all capable of truly amazing things if we support each other versus compete or judge each other. I believe we can change the world and ourselves if we let go of self-doubt and begin to truly love ourselves for who we are, flaws and all.