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.
“Balance is a good thing, and harder to achieve than it seems like it should be! Be disciplined and do your best, but not to the point of isolating yourself from the world or people around you. In the end, it’s your experiences and the people you meet that will impact you more…”
“I’m Kennedy Briane Currie, born and raised in Greensboro, NC, a believer, aspiring relationship coach, and founder of Herelationship–the networking platform devoted to early-career women looking to grow and incorporate faith into their personal and professional relationships.”
“if I had such an opportunity to pass on wisdom, I’d tell her to stop worrying so much about hurting other people’s feelings and to be true to herself above all else”
“To be yourself and own it with fearless confidence! Never listen to what that kid on the bus had to say to you and never force yourself to do something you never wanted to.”
Trust the process. Every day since those days had a purpose, a deeper meaning. Everything is a stepping stone. Something I still have to remind myself daily.
“Stand up for what you know is right. Read more, pray more, learn more, lay your worries down, and always be kind – even when you don’t want to.”
“sometimes the most beneficial way to love someone is to say no. Both my parents taught me the value of healthy boundaries to protect my energy and creativity and how to be bright and beautiful in a world hell bent on attempting to control our minds and spirits.”
“Everything you need is already within you.” Continue breathing life to the light that is within you. Even when that light goes dim inside of you, you always have the chance to make it brighter, warmer and extend that light to all of those around you.
“I’m so glad you were too stubborn and too curious to quit! I’m so proud of you! “
“I am excited about coming to the shop each day. I have a good host of regulars and I meet new people every day. I love connecting people, and have a habit of introducing people. I’ve even done some successful romantic match-making!”
“By helping people understand themselves, we begin to foster more effective communication and a deeper understanding of one another. I love helping people learn to leverage their strengths for success both in the workplace and in their personal lives.”
“Never allow anyone or anything to stand in the way of your dreams.”
“I’m all for practicing maximum enthusiasm! Not taking myself too seriously and getting jazzed about the little things truly helps me be a better person. Some of my favorite little things to get excited about are dance parties, bacon egg and cheese biscuits, giving people high fives, funny animal videos on Instagram, woodland creatures in general, and everything Taylor Swift.”
“When in doubt put your #teethout. Smile because it's the easiest thing to do with your mouth”
“Performance is your God-given strength. USE IT! When your not accepted, USE IT. When your dad try’s to talk you out of it. DO IT! When it comes to choosing World History over improv— CHOOSE IMPROV YOUR CRAZYNUT!!!!!”
“Momentum breeds momentum. And it all starts with you showing up – creating success, going to it, not waiting for it to come to you. Dreams are built one day at a time.”
Remember to continue doing well to others, but never forget to be good to yourself. I was in my early 40’s before I began the process of learning to my ‘inner me’.
“You are A-Awesome, you are Loved, you are Enough, you are NOT less than, and NEVER let yourself believe otherwise! Don’t care what other people think, own it and you got this!”
“Always listen to your inner voice, your guides. This voice is with us from birth and women, especially, from an early age, are shamed into not listening. The patriarchy has labeled it ‘women’s intuition’ in an attempt to belittle it so we deny this powerful voice coming to us from the Universe, from whatever word you use for God.”
“I'm the first in my family to do a lot of things so I have to keep pushing no matter what because its necessary that I pave the way to success for my family. But, perhaps my biggest source of fuel is my mom. I've seen her overcome so many obstacles in her life in pursuit of her dreams.”
“Please stop flat-ironing your hair. You are beautiful as you are.
I cannot express to you how skinny you are right now, nor how little that matters.
Your dad loves you. So does your mom. They show this to you by creating opportunities for you, keeping you safe, and reminding you that you can do anything. Thank them more often.”
Things will work out. You’re a people pleaser, so be careful with that. Everyone isn’t going to like you. That’s ok as long as you stay true, own up to your mistakes, and never stop striving to be better. You were never intended to fit in with the crowd, so stop trying to force it.
“If my 18-year-old self bumped into 30-year-old me, I think she’d be stoked. If I could reach back in time and give her one piece of advice, it would be: “take more science classes in college”
“Don’t worry about things not happening fast enough. Learn as much as you can while pursuing and creating opportunities for yourself and others.”
“Stop whatever you’re doing. Pause. Pay attention. Follow your story. Listen for the call. When it comes, go. Take your soul for a stroll.”
Wise words, wise women, and a strong beautiful community. Thankful for everyone who was there, we missed you if you couldn’t make it, but you can catch the replay here!
“Practice listening to you intuition – it always knows the way – and don’t allow self-doubt or imposter syndrome to hold you back.”
“I have an obligation to create, share and communicate on behalf of the challenges I have seen in my local and global community because if not me, then who? “
“Creativity is definitely a muscle that has to be explored, stretched, and rested. When I feel drained creatively, I often change my scenery by going on walks or sitting outside.”
“We all have something that makes us unique, so let yours shine.”