It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions. These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.
Q. Who are you?
A. My name is Sheri Rae Vettel. I was born in Illinois but have spent most of my life growing up among the beauty of North Carolina. My childhood was quiet and carefree, and I was extremely driven to work hard in school. In college, I studied foods and nutrition and later on pursued my Master of Public Health. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we are raising a free-spirited, wise beyond his years, toddler who absolutely rocks our world.
I am also a writer, a day dreamer, a foodie, yogi, and pun enthusiast. I have a kind, emotional heart and a gypsy soul, wavering constantly between wanting to sell my belongings to travel the World and rooting down to live more sustainably.
Q.What is your work?
My work is teaching others how to enhance their health and well being.
My full-time job is working as a Registered Dietitian at a local non-profit organization. Here I helped start a food pantry, stocked with nutritious food, to assist low-income individuals in my community manage chronic health conditions. You can often find me collaborating with local food councils, whipping up tasty recipes at a farmers market, or teaching a nutrition class in the community.
I also run a small food-inspired t-shirt business (Living on the Veg Tees), write for a natural mothering magazine, and am dabbling in teaching yoga classes.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. There are a few projects that come to mind, one I cannot take much credit for! My husband has started an amazing permaculture design in our backyard and I am excited to be helping him as much as I can
( I have especially fallen in love with taking care of our chickens!). Second, I am collaborating with my husband on a drum (djembe) and yoga workshop series. The chance to merge two of our passions together is pretty sweet.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. Even though I have always loved yoga, the fact that I am naturally quite inflexible, discouraged me from deepening my practice. I was also injured in a car accident several years ago that has left me with additional limitations. I told myself that I would never be “good enough” to become a yoga teacher.
One day I decided that this was non-sense. Yoga is not just for flexible bodies but EVERYBODY. Yoga is a journey, on and off the mat, and I knew that I was ready to turn my dream into reality.
I was extremely nervous the first day I went to yoga teacher training. Since that first day, I have never looked back. An incredible group of teachers and fellow trainees surrounded me, and I know I have made lifelong connections. I feel confident and “at home” teaching yoga even though I may never attain hanumanasana (splits). I'm perfectly imperfect and I think that is a beautiful lesson for my yoga students.
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not what's stopping you?
A. To be honest, I am THISCLOSE to doing the work that I want to be doing the most. The pieces are in place and I must take another leap of faith to put them together. I dream of working entirely for myself teaching, writing about, and sharing the benefits of good nutrition, sustainable living, and yoga. I feel as if I am slowly moving in this direction.
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. Go for it. Do it. Don’t wait.
Travel, travel, travel.
Allow yourself to soak up the beauty of every moment………slowly.
The jobs, the bills, the “have to haves,” and what society expects from you can wait.
It will all unfold just as it is supposed to.
Your fear is unnecessary and is holding you back from being unstoppable.
Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. 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.
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
My son. I take one look at him and am inspired to write, dance, and design. He gives me new life and I am beyond grateful for how much he has inspired me to create and live life more fully since he arrived. I want to create so he will too.
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. Garundasana (Eagle Pose). My creative mind often dances around (let's just say I often lack focus) and this pose helps me find the present moment. It also feels absolutely amazing in my upper body, within the nooks and crannies that I tend to hold onto tension.
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. By planting seeds. Literally and figuratively! When I bring life to something new, I find so much abundance. Usually this involves stepping outside of my comfort zone (which takes "planting a seed"---a fearless decision or a leap of faith). This has been easiest for me to do when I travel, and when it happens I receive an abundance of life lessons, new friends, and breathtaking memories.