This picture above SCREAMS confidence.
I can shout at the top of my lungs “This is Heidi!” Yoga pants and all!
And it’s taken me a very long time to get here. I’ve been here before…and I’ve fled from this place. It’s hard to find a place in my heart where I can say and feel and BE…CONFIDENT.
But I am. I am confident. And I’m confident where I’m at. I am not in the best shape of my life (that was Spring and Summer of 2014!) I fail every day at least 100 times. BUT, I am confident. I feel insecure, but I am confident.
Yoga has helped me be more accepting of who I am. And it’s helped me to learn how to handle the joys and the struggles, the twists and ups and downs that life can throw my way.
Therapy has helped me dig deeper and heal, whether it be through creating or teaching art and using art as therapy, and incorporating essential oils throughout the day as aroma therapy to help my amygdala associate scents with positive emotions (hello Psychology and Art degrees!)
Beauty as a way to let what I feel inside shine BRIGHT AND VIBRANTLY for those around me to see. I allow myself the creativity of dressing to feel good about myself. I wear makeup and use skincare products that are healthy and safer using Beautycounter. I try to shop second hand or thrift as much as possible to create less waste and find a unique style all my own. How we feel about our outward appearance has a huge effect on our confidence…and I believe or belief of how beautiful we are on the outside plays an important role on how we feel on the inside.
These three modalities- Yoga, Therapy, Beauty- are a trio to finding holistic wellness. I have been reflecting and praying lately on what the heck am I supposed to do with my life? What is my purpose other than being a wife and mother? These are beautiful gifts I have been given…but how do I serve those around me, my friends and family, community, maybe even people I’ve never even met?
The answer has been shown to me through my experiences. I love how God works. When we feel like we’ve been wasting our time, spending thousands on an education we believe we’re not using to the fullest, when we experience something that seems so far left field we can’t even comprehend why we have to go through it (open heart surgery in my case)…God is good to give us circumstances to build our character, to reveal His purpose for us.
And my purpose is to teach others to become wholly self-confident through yoga, therapy, and beauty. Yoga was the first class I took in college and here I am teaching it 15 years later. Art therapy and art education were what I went to school for and have become pivotal to my self discovery and expression. Essential oils have helped me keep a sense of calm throughout my day. And spending time on taking care of my skin, giving myself permission to LOOK beautiful, has carried my journey full circle.
This is my purpose. I ache to help women feel confident right where they are. No excuses, just be right where you are…and own it. NO apologizing. NO what ifs. Just be the beautiful woman you are right now. You’ll never get to be her again.
Holy Yoga has planned a tremendous role in me discovering this purpose. And although I focus on these three modalities- Yoga, Therapy, Beauty- God is at the center of it all.
I am planning a 4 week Open Heart Wellness Lifestyle course, beginning in late March, early April. I would love to have you join me. We will be using yoga (Facebook Live once a week, Art Therapy Projects (this can be any medium of art such as poetry, singing/music, visual art, cooking, whatever gets your creative juices flowing and a medium that can be SEEN or heard by others), incorporating essential oils into your every day routine, and using beauty prompts to motivate you to feel beautiful throughout the week (makeup, fashion, self care).
This will be a Beta group. So you will be my first lucky souls to be a part of this dream that has been placed on my heart. More to come on the outline of the course and pricing. Would love to get an idea of how many would be interested in joining me (yes, I’ll be doing the course right a long with you). Comment here or on Facebook and let me know if you’re interested. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lets help one another find confidence, lift each other up, and enjoy the journey. Nothing is ever wasted.