The Native Society
About a month ago, I answered some deeply personal and thought provoking questions as part of an interview for The Native Society. It took me a long time to even engage with the questions because this sort of vulnerability is usually the thing I reserve for private and personal conversations. And then I listened to my own advice. Sometimes the things that are incredibly hard for us are the things that we need to encounter. Learn a bit more about me, where I come from, and why I do what I do.
A big thank you to the Native Society for reaching out and giving me this opportunity to couragouesly share my truth.
What do I do best?
The thing that I do best is take care of others. It’s part of my make up. If I'm not, in some way, taking care of another person or thing or idea, I don’t feel like me. That being said, taking care of house plants is not my strong suit; I’m better at taking care of people. That happens in so many different ways. Sometimes it’s really seeing someone. Sometimes it’s listening. Sometimes it’s making soup and tea. Many times it’s teaching yoga from a place of openness, honesty, and authenticity. Whatever the method, the intention is the same: show up for people in a way that reminds them they matter.
What makes me the best version of myself?
Empathy and vulnerability. We all want to be seen. We all want to be understood. We all want to feel safe. These are all derivatives of the same experience: connection. Empathy and vulnerability are at the root of connection. How do we connect? As a yoga teacher, I interact with hundreds of people every week. The substantial, deep-rooted, authentic connection that we experience in real-life interactions feels hard to find in an increasingly digital world. I have spent most of my adult life cultivating empathy and vulnerability. I find that when I am able to show up as my full self, I act from a place of compassion and am my best self.
What are my aspirations?
My personal and career aspirations are tied up in one another. The truest version of me is here to help as many people as possible realize that they matter. So, my both my personal and career ambitions revolve around just that. In my business, I aim to travel the world, build community, and create a space where other people feel empowered to make bold choices and find the truest version of themselves. My personal goals include building a community of diverse humans that, no matter where we end up living in the world, are there to offer feedback, encouragement, and support.
My Biggest Success?
Last year, I set an intention for 2017: to travel the most I ever have and fully experience the diversity and complexity of people. This year, I traveled around the world and across the country soaking in completely new experiences and cultures, combining my work with my inquisitive nature. While inside those journeys there have been any success, the largest one is traveling, and then coming back home with more perspective and compassion. It has made me a better person.
Interested in my answers to my most challenging moment, my mantra, people who inspire me? You can read the whole Q&A here.