What inspired you to start your business?
My relationship with Krista was the catalyst for the podcast. I truly feel as though we knew each other in a past life, like we are soul sisters in this one. We were inspired by the big move across the country we had both made before we met each other, by the conversations we would get lost in about wellness, spirituality, relationships, and our own energetic shifts, by our drive to do what we love and follow our bliss, and the rad tribe we had begun to attract around us. It was exciting and terrifying that we had no idea what we were doing. But I suppose that leap of faith was inspiring in itself. Ego aside, I inspired myself at times.
How do you stay motivated through the ups and downs of your business?
Understanding that there is an ebb and flow to literally EVERYTHING gives me perspective. When things are SO GREAT, I make sure to stay humble and literally at the end of my day, say out loud, everything that just rocked my socks off in the last 24 hours. And when things are challenging, I practice staying really hopeful. It's not easy to find the joy in the challenge, but it's there. That possibility keeps me going.
What advice would you give the younger you?
You are on your path. Not everyone is going to approve or understand or even cheer you on. Don't wait for that, keep moving forward. You're going to be okay.
How does your spirituality impact your business?
My journey to more deeply connect with my spirituality has given all aspects of my career new life and new purpose. In being more in tune with a greater power/God, whatever you choose to call it, I am consistently leaning into that faith that I'm being guided and taken care of daily. I find myself jumping into challenges without a lot of fear, but more excitement. Do I get frustrated? OH HELL YES. Do I revert back to fear-based decision making? YES. But I've also learned to quickly forgive those bad habits and move forward, so that good energy can flow again. I'm human. And I love to see the human in others. It helps me step into an audition room, for example, and connect rather than get caught up in what I think they want from me and what I think they think of me. Faith in the process helps me to release my grip on how I think it's going to turn out. It might take longer. The path might be WEIRD. It will probably be different than I planned, and that's okay. In fact, in so many instances, it has turned out better. Wow, that was all over the place. But all over the place is how I feel sometimes. I feel like I'm being spiritually stimulated in so many different ways. It's fun to take it in, receive it, to let it go, to make it my own.
How do you balance all of your commitments personally and professionally?
I'm learning how to say no. I'm trying not to glorify my BUSY. I do need down time, I do need to be by myself occasionally (actually, a lot). I am becoming more clear on what I need in order to take my career to the next level. I'm asking for help, I'm asking for advice, I'm asking to pick people's brains. I don't know if I'm mastering the balance. I am certainly more career focused right now. But I'm happy with that. The people in my life who are really important to me understand that. My obsession with my vision, my dreams allows me to tune out what and who doesn't serve me. In terms of scheduling, it tends to be a huge juggling act. But I kind of love the game that is MAKING IT ALL WORK. It always works out. Auditions, gigs, meetings, teaching SoulCycle, recording The Almost 30 Podcast, writing, training....I couldn't succeed at one without the others. So I let them play all together.
What has been your biggest challenge along the way and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge is always the voice in my head that says, "You can't do it", "You're not good enough". I think for a while, I was caught up in the fact that I didn't have certain things or connections or talents that other people in my line of work had, so that meant I couldn't achieve what they had achieved. I had so many stories that did not support my vision. They were loud and constantly playing in my head. I believed every word. So I called myself out on my own sh*t. There was a small part of me begging to be heard. UH, HEY GIRL, THAT'S NOT TRUE. So I quite literally changed the stories in my head by repeating new stories that aligned with my vision OUT LOUD every day. I'd say them in my car, in the shower, when I wake up in the morning. Some days I don't believe it but I say it over and over anyway, because eventually it breaks up the negative thoughts so they can't stand on their own anymore. It's a practice. You have to make it a habit.
In what ways do you feel like you are impacting the world by doing the work that you do?
I think that my commitment to creating a career doing what I LOVE is inspiring. It takes courage, it takes a healthy "I don't give a damn" attitude, it takes time, it takes faith, it takes love, it takes connection. If you do what you love, you will attract a special tribe around you. You will feed off of each other's light and energy. I KNOW, I KNOW. It sounds hippy-dippy woo woo, but it's true.