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.
"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.
"Whether it’s making time for learning and enrichment or clearing my schedule to do nothing but watch Netflix, to me, an abundant life is one that makes time for rest as well as hustle."
"My bout with cancer made one thing abundantly clear and that is, life and time are chugging along and it is up to us how we spend the precious moments we are living."
"Relax. Don't be afraid to say what you need. Trust yourself more and take more risks."
The secret to abundance is gratitude. I cannot be grateful and fearful at the same time. I cannot be grateful and angry at the same time. I cannot be grateful and frustrated at the same time.
through it all I discovered two things: One, the need to reconnect with my friends and to bring more joy and people into my life; and Two, that this precious life can be very short.
Do not be afraid to go after what you want, follow you instincts and keep working hard! You will be ok.
A. You are worthy. You can take up space. You can demand to be heard. You can say no. Let go of the guilt. Don’t look back. Pain isn’t forever. You, my dear girl, are made of star stuff.
"stop worrying about boys, take risks, be more confident, travel, and don’t accrue credit card debt unless it was for travel!"
"I want to empower women through fashion. With that said, I am so proud of my team. We work every day to remind women of all ages to love their TODAY body, not the body they used to have, are working towards, or dream of."
"Show up and shine. Be you. The world needs your gifts, your quirks, your passions and when you can show up fully as yourself, you create the change you wish to see."
An abundant life is about not being fearful to do whatever it is you want to do. Whether it is big or small.
You REALLY can do or be whatever you want to! Don’t wait for anything or anyone. You have all the power you need.
A. I never stop feeling like I am lazy. I always feel like there is more to do. Please remember that if you feel like that, to make a list of all the stuff you did today. Most likely, you kicked ass too. <3
One day at a time. I literally say this to myself daily. There is SO much that can be done in any given day that if you list it all out it can become overwhelming. Setting small goals and taking it one day at a time really helps me to keep perspective and feel like I’m moving forward in life, rather than stuck and overwhelmed.
My new motto for life (and one of my t-shirt designs) is “Grow with the Flow.” I cannot control anything that happens to me, other than how I react to it. If I learn to grow from my experiences---the blessings, the heartaches, and the missteps---I will become the best person that I can be.
"Every bit of self-doubt, disappointment, and insecurity; every flubbed line, failed test, and hurt feeling is a teacher. As is every bit of joy and delight. Embrace it all."
When you have desires in your heart and you meditate on those things daily, you have no choice but to take some sort of action to help you move even further on that goal and desire
"I truly feel like the work I’m doing is bigger than me, AND that every time we, any of us, anywhere are together and practicing yoga - clearing out the junk in our heads and getting real - we are making the world outside of the yoga studio a better place to live!"
I am constantly telling myself to take risks and to embrace challenges and failures.
"Most women won’t leave the house without makeup and their phone. I don’t leave mine without work gloves, a head lamp and crowbar!"
"Fear almost excites me a little now because I’ve learned it can mean that something amazing is going to happen, if I just move through and toward the fear, one moment/breath at a time."
"Keep your eyes on truth. Stop clinging to the "what-if's" and fear, and pursue truth."
I don’t need to let the opinion of others keep me bound
Let there never be a question of whether you are worthy. Of course you are worthy, Child of God. Also, in this world life is working itself out.
"Don't stop creating. When you feel lost, head into nature. You will wander so far from home, this will scare the hell out of your parents so please check in with them more often."
Sometimes it takes more courage to walk away from something that isn’t working than to start something new.
There’s a certain practical, no-nonsense part of me that comes from being an Iowan. I’ve been living in North Carolina for nine years, but there is a Midwestern straightforwardness that I have no interest in abandoning.
Trust that everything is as it should be. This is a constant reminder that even when it feels like things are going awry, there is a bigger picture and challenges lead to greater learning and new opportunities.