The Wise Women
of Yoke and Abundance
We are incredibly proud to have the privilege of highlighting these wise women. Here are some of their stories.
"Trust your gut and keep pursuing the things that make you happy."
"Calm down, NONE of this will matter a few years from now!"
I would tell my high school self not to worry, you’ll be just fine. I would tell my college self not to worry, you’ll be just fine. I’d tell my post-college self the same thing too. I tell myself every day!
"I would tell my younger self: “Your quietness, sensitivity, how you read a room and sense what’s happening around you is a tremendous gift. You know things others don’t. This is the skill to cultivate. We need it.” I’d also tell her how beautiful she is."
"Never doubt your intuition! Women, especially, have an incredibly powerful ability to tell when something feels off. Don’t question that feeling in your gut"
"I’m focusing each day on being in alignment with Spirit. To continuously open my heart, be of service and get myself out of the way!"
"Leaving my corporate job was very scary for me. I knew that I was leaving a place that could potentially open up many opportunities for me. But at the same tim, I was following my heart and listening to my gut."
"Success happens when preparation meets opportunity! Do the things now that will allow you take hold of an opportunity when it presents itself. You don’t want to say “No” because you weren’t prepared."
"I want to be doing everything and anything to create opportunities for my local community to grow, unite and thrive. I find myself in flow when I’m working with people or in teams – I love creating opportunities for collaboration and making people feel comfortable enough to be vulnerable."
"Abundance is not about money it's about what you carry inside you that makes you a resource of wealth."
"Go girl, you are doing it! And I’m so proud of you :). Don’t ever give up - those telling you how it’s supposed to be just can’t see how it can be - you are forging a path for them."
"To be honest, every so often old fears and low self-esteem resurface like bugs in software. Transformation is a life-long process. As I near sixty, I’m learning how to earn what I believe I am worth."
"You can do absolutely anything you want. Any limitations or “I can’t” isn't created by the universe — it is created by you. Break through those barriers otherwise you’re limiting yourself. I fully believe that someone can do anything they set their mind to."
"You'll never reach a point where you have life "figured out" - so save yourself some valuable energy and stop trying. The process IS the point. The journey IS the end result"
"The work I most want to be doing is leading and collaborating with other leaders to create change. By change I mean work to create a place where children can grow up to be who they are and have their basic needs met—education, shelter, healthcare—regardless of where they are from, what they look like, or how they identify."
"I’ve learned that transparency and vulnerability is rewarding, WITH the right people. Life is too short to surround yourself with people you can’t trust. Build your tribe with people who love you and accept you, but tell you the truth, even when you don’t want to hear it."
"Of the different mediums I’ve worked with, I’ve enjoyed audio the most so far for its intimate quality and ability to build connections through headphones."
"Don’t settle, whether it’s your career, your life or your mate. Settling is not living authentically, and sooner or later it will manifest unpleasantly and inconveniently, like too much Mexican on date night."
"Right now I am focusing on preserving community cohesiveness through supporting independent locally owned businesses. My work as Executive Director and now as a Board member of Triad Local First is my current vehicle for this work. “Think Local…Buy Local…Be Local.”"
"Have a healthy relationship with yourself FIRST so that every effort you make to connect with others, is sustainable and balanced."
"Everything we do serves a purpose, and we are presented with moments to make choices about our purpose every day"
"The pilgrimage I share in my book, Phenomenal, was transformational. It wasn't about finding myself or changing who I was; it was about trusting myself to become a deeper version of the person I'd always been"
"Breathe. Relax. Enjoy. Be in each chapter as it unfolds. Know you are enough."
"Bottom line is, I know better than anyone that all I need to do is write one sentence. If I can justsit down and write one sentence, I won’t be able to stop there and then I’ll gain the momentum I need to continue working the next night"
"Strive to make the most of every day. Get up early and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Be confident in who you are and who you are becoming!"
I feel like any transition in life is difficult in that you are in between and want to find more solid ground. I know that I love the core of my work, it’s more so how it will look moving forward that I am redefining.
"My biggest challenge right now is clearing space, preserving and directing my energy so my creativity can flow like a strong river towards the ocean not branching out in different directions."
"“No” is a complete sentence. Say it with me! I’m on a personal mission to teach the overworked, people-pleasing women I know how to get more comfortable with this."
"I don’t know exactly what the outcome should look like (kind of scary) but I trust that it will be perfect for me. So, every little baby step is a puzzle piece that I put together.. without really knowing what my puzzle will look like..."
Being vulnerable enough to share my dreams, fears, thoughts, and emotions with other woman required me to open up my heart and spirit. Sharing the thoughts that are most dear to me, opened me up to a different side of myself.