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.
"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.
"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