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.
"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.
"it is only in the risk and willingness to put oneself in the position of vulnerability that true growth occurs."
"I absolutely love my work! As a Regional Planner for the Portland metropolitan area, my job is to manage the Urban Growth Boundary. This UGB keeps the area within the boundary compact and bikeable while preserving the farmlands and forests on the outside of the line."
"I am in a constant process of evaluating all the work I want to do with my life (it's a lot!). I believe that meaningful work takes time. I believe that I don't have to do everything I want to do, to the full extent that I want to do it, immediately."
"I hold space for people. I help people remember who they are in the deep essence of their being so that they can go out into the world and do the things they need to and do some good."
"remember that one plus one equals THREE. If you put two things together a third can be created. If I connect to Spirit and try not to focus on anything else a third thing, a destined thing, will be able to form. Me plus Spirit equals Divine Order. That is all it takes. Then I can get a clear vision of what I should create."
"Water and the ocean waves, with their relentless creative energy have proven lifesaving. Whether I’m surfing them or just staring at them, waves, as both fact and metaphor, are deeply instructive. Each one is unique and leaves a change in its wake but that change is on the cusp of alteration by the next wave. There is no “between” when it comes to being alive. It’s all the thing itself, all in flux, all beautiful and powerful."
Do your best to find out what your passion is then do everything in your power to make that dream come true.
In the past year I've opened myself so much more to my instincts. Not acting out of them, necessarily, but listening to what they're telling me. It's been revolutionary.
If you want a bold and adventurous life, you must take bold and adventurous action. Thinking about what you want and planning is necessary, but it won’t change a thing - you must take action. You must jump!
"Follow the rules a little less and care what other people think of you a lot less"
"I'm thankful that my parents gave me the freedom to make tough decisions at a young age, I believe it allowed me to learn to be independent and be a good judge of character."