So as you may already know, I just promoted my #Liveyourblisscall giveaway from 1/5-1/8 on Instagram, and I will be announcing the winners in my next blog post, BUT before that, I want to take some time to highlight the amazing women who have so graciously donated prizes from their awesome companies. I just know they'll inspire you too! Read Below.
--Up first, Chriztina or Tina, owner of @werkshop fitness apparel. Let me preface this by saying that this woman is truly so kind, and I am reminded of this every time I speak with her. She loves her designs, her customers, and despite some setbacks last year, she rocked 2014! You'll see top yogis sporting her leggings proudly. Not to mention that her leggings are freaking artwork! Here is our interview:
1) What did you do before making awesome yoga leggings? I was the design director for a men's denim brand.
2) When/why did you decide to finally follow your bliss and start @werkshop? I decided to go to New Zealand alone for 3 weeks in 2013 for my birthday. It was the best 3 weeks of my life, and I decided to start developing werkshop as soon as I got back.
3) What's been the biggest accomplishment and what's been the biggest struggle in following your bliss? How have you handled them? Biggest accomplishment would be to see the brand come to fruition. Biggest struggle has been finding reliable and honest factories to work with for production. The struggles are ongoing, but I handle each speed bump by keeping focus on the goal.
4) Where do you see @werkshop going in the future? Continue growing the brand; both through awareness and expanding the product line. I am set to release tops, select outerwear, and some menswear in the next few months. 2015 will be very exciting!
--Now we have come to Brooke, owner of @Yogatraveltree yoga retreat company. Although Brooke lives out west, I had the opportunity to not only take a yoga class with Brooke (in a brewery!), but more importantly, I got to sit down and have an insightful conversation with her about startups and dreams. She is one inspiring lady, and here is her heart felt story as written by her:
"I became a global nomad completely by accident. Literally. When I was a poor, 16-year-old, Kansas farm kid, my accident-prone grandpa crashed into my car with a tractor. It created a large and ugly dent in the door, but otherwise the car was fully functional. All I could think was, "great, now I have an OLD and UGLY car! How can I afford to fix this?!?
But about a month later when a check from the insurance company arrived in the mail, it was one of the biggest turning points in my life. The week before, my Spanish teacher announced that she'd be taking a group of students to Europe over the summer and the cost would be $900. Wow. Serendipity.
Instead of using that $900 to fix my car door, I signed up for the trip to Europe and the rest, as they say, is history.
I've always been passionate about the transformative power of travel - it was the central focus of my education in college and grad school and in my career in international education and youth travel. Later in my life, as I was traveling the world for work, I found yoga. Or maybe it found me. But it became another layer of transformation for me - physically, emotionally, spiritually.
When I came up with the idea for Yoga Travel Tree - a global yoga adventure travel and training company - I knew I had to pursue it and that it would become a central story in my life's work.
With just a little over a year in business, we have our first cohort of yoga teaching students traveling with us to Mexico in May. I can't tell you how powerful it is to see your own passion and vision become reality...and getting to help others pursue their own passion in yoga and have a transformative travel experience at the same time. Dreams do come true, people. It takes faith, hard work, and a whole lot of hustle. But it does happen."
--Finally, we have Jackie, owner of @solshinestrands jewelry. Not only is Jackie from my hometown Pittsburgh, but she also trained and teaches at the same studio that I am going to. I knew that through our yoga connection, and after seeing her beautiful, handmade jewelry close up, that I just had to ask her to participate in my giveaway! Here's the beautiful journey of how her jewelry is made:
"Solshine Strands are unique, handmade bracelets infused with the energy of the elements. Every strand is made up of gemstones that carry energies that heal, calm, bring peace, serenity, and energize. The stones are cleansed in natural, flowing water and then placed outside, on the ground, for 24 hours where they soak up the energy of the sun, the moon, and the earth before being made into the bracelets you receive. Each gemstone carries a different energy so you're bound to find the right strand to fit your needs in this season of life. Every strand comes with a description of the specific energy of the gemstone it is made of, tucked away in an eco-friendly, reusable muslin bag."
That's all, friends! Check out my NEXT blog post for who won the giveaway!