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 Real Talk, a while back, I was blissfully unaware of the impact my perspectives and choices were having on my mind, body and soul.  It wasn't till my youngest son was born, where I was hit by the truth.  I was 29, a stay at home Mom and I had spent 7 years in school. I was in a massive amount debt and was awakening to my traumas, my fear, my anger and my pain. 

 

It was then that I finally admitted to myself that I was in an abusive relationship. Leaving the only home I had ever known, to make a new life for myself, the odds seemed to be against me. I had next to no resources but even still, I cracked open under the pressure.

 

Little did I know that this would be the path to my wildest dreams. 

 

I was tired of being depressed, stressed, struggling with anxiety, struggling with chronic pain. The final straw was the weekend I was assaulted. I had my arm fractured and lost my home, my children, and my dogs. This is when I decided to take responsibility for myself, to take hold of my life. I decided to take care of "me", knowing that numbing myself was no longer an answer. So, I decided to get to work. I showed up every day and it has sucked. It was hard, emotionally, mentally and physically. I can't count the number of times I wanted to give up. I can't count the amount of times people doubted me and my ability to succeed.    

 

Yoga is practice I used to "saved myself".  Yoga was where fell in love with who I was and for the first time in a long time, I felt at peace, I felt strong, connected, and so fired up. I broke free, no longer needing approval from the people who doubted me. It was through my own dedicated yoga practice that I learnt to rise from the ashes and turn everything around.  I realized that my adversity made me stronger and wiser. I learned to accept the lesser than perfect parts of myself, to find beauty in them, and to know my strength. To observe my own patterns and biases, my life began to grow in new and beautiful ways,  being perfect in its own imperfection. 

 

This is how I took my power back. 

 

After getting my 200hr yoga training March 17, 2017 with Happy Jack Yoga in the Muskokas. I was a registered yoga instructor with the Yoga Alliance and am insured to teach across Canada.  I am proud to say I have been teaching yoga for over 3 years now, logging over 200 hrs in classes and counting, but yoga was just the beginning,

 

I studied art and design for 7 years at the Helen and Arches Center for Art, graduating from Interior Design, Jewellery & Metals and Goldsmithing in 2012, the same year my 1st baby was born.  Now, I wake up every day excited to create, happy to share my love of art, yoga, and magic with the world.  My strengths have always been in creative expression. Being able to help people tap into their own creativity, expression, and power is a blessing.  It is what I love to do.  I was told that if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life and I have to say that this is true. I have so much excitement for the adventure. 

A big thank you to those who make my heart work: Everett, Eli, Sean and Pickles. To my family, I wouldn't be where I am without you. Thank you and I love you. 

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