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.
Alyssa McKim is an earth mama to the core, she fascinates me with the lotions and potions and she creates. She's traveled to and lived in Peru, she walks through life with a heart toward the spiritual and I'm sure you'll like what she has to share. Enjoy!
Q. Who are you?
A. Well isn’t that the age old question! The simple answer is that my name is Alyssa, I am from New England, born on the sea. I am a lover of this earth and all its sacredness.
Q. How do we know each other?
A.We met at the City Market a few years ago. We bonded over Astanga yoga.
Q. What is your work?
A. I am a Permaculture educator. I want to share my love and knowledge of farming, gardening and regenerative, holistic food systems with others to cultivate informed and inspired agents of change. I am especially interested in encouraging the understanding of the interconnectedness of all living things. My hope is that students bring that understanding to their work and their lives, which will foster more appreciation for collaboration and diversity. Additionally, I grow food and medicine where ever I can.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I am working with Dudley High school to revitalize their greenhouse and build an interdisciplinary garden based curriculum. Based on food security, this program engages the students in garden activities while teaching them how to build and run a food based business.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. Well, I haven’t done it yet, but I signed up and will be running my first ½ marathon on October 22nd. It is in the mountains I am excited but a bit nervous about it as well.
(she did it and she rocked it!)
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not why not what's stopping you?
A. The work I most want to be doing is healing relationships with ourselves, each other and the natural environment through collaborative endeavors. I want to teach, and I want to grow a massive herb garden and provide herbal medicine to the surrounding community. I am doing the work, it’s the getting paid part that is tricky. The thing stopping me now is the last class I am taking for graduation and making the commitment to a place.
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. Any boy that asks you to compromise yourself is not worth it. You are beautiful as is. And for heaven’s sake SMOKING IS NOT COOL!
Q. What's one piece of advice or moto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. If you are open, everyone you meet has the potential to be teacher, to guide you in the right direction, to open your heart and mind to things you previously didn’t realize existed.
I also saw a meme the other day, I just love it. It went something along the lines of: Love openly- Do no harm- But take no shit!
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. My mental health is what keeps me going, the vitality of my being depends on co-creating… something. If I am feeling a blocked, I go to the woods, the mountains, I run, I garden, I practice more Yoga until I am full again, until I am open to receive the beauty and inspiration needed to share myself with others.
Q. How do you live a life of Abundance?
A. I strive to live a life of abundance. For me an abundant life is about relationships, deep connections with others and gratitude for the life I was given. I find abundance when I am a conscious participant in the magic of the moment, when I love fully, listen to the wind, to my lovers, to my elders and our children. And what better reflection of abundance is there, then laughter? Yes, there is lots of laughter in an abundant life.
Q. What is your favorite Yoga Pose?
A. Chandrdasana- Half-moon Pose
Q. anything else you'd like to share?
A. I am nothing without my family and tribe. I am forever grateful to have such amazing people in my life.
You can catch Alyssa selling her lotions and salves at this year's hand to hand market.