Many years ago, I felt as though my life was "missing something." Don't get me wrong... I had just gotten married, purchased my first home, and was surrounded by an abundance of love. I knew I wanted children, but I was not quite there yet. I wanted to shape my life and career in to something that I cared about. Something that, as Marie Kondo would say, "sparks joy". In the corporate world, I was quite frankly working for the weekend. In the midst of the daily grind, I attended a party at a dear friend's house that had recently been diagnosed with cancer. (She is a warrior princess, btw. She has been in remission for years and has a beautiful family). A few of us got to talking about yoga as it was and still is a part of our lives. She had to take a pause with her yoga teacher training due to her diagnosis, and I got to thinking... What the HELL am I doing? What am I waiting for? I am going to do that.I did not necessarily think anything would come of it, but I knew I was in to it. That very day, I called and reserved my spot in yoga teacher training, drained my bank account, and it lit a fire inside of me. After going through a 9 month long program, I was more about it than I had ever been. If I am being honest, I felt like I found my adult self. As a kid and through high school, cheerleading was my identity. After it was over, there was a definite empty space and a feeling of "ok, I worked for that my whole life. What now?".
I ended up getting pregnant half way through teacher training. Even though the mommy part of my life was beginning, I was not ready to let go of my newfound passion to teach yoga. I went through a few scenerios. I may teach for my neighborhood clubhouse, maybe at a gym or two, and if I am super lucky, a studio. Never could I have imagined the rollercoaster ride that had awaited me.
Ok. No more boring details... Opportunity arose. Studio opened. Studio closed... A lot of lessons learned. My patience and my strength were tested. New studio opened. REBEL STUDIO. This was it. THIS feels right. MORE lessons learned. I was tested again. And again.
Present day: I am still being tested and learning new lessons on the regular. Being in business for yourself is hard. "They" said it gets easier. It does not. Think mommy guilt but for a business. If you leave it for the day, you think to yourself "There was more that I should have done today", or "I hope this works", or "Am I doing this right?". However, every single day matters. Every single day sparks joy. Every single day is a new lesson learned. This life is the best rollercoaster ride I could have ever hoped for, and I can not wait to be first in line to ride it. Every. Single. Day.
I love that the name of the studio represents our tribe.
A true rebel stands up for what they believe is right, not against what's right. It's all about being an individual and refusing to follow a crowd that forces you to think the same way they do. True rebels know who they are and do not compromise their individuality or personal opinion for anything. They're straightforward and honest and loyal to the core.