Create. Take Risks. Live Your Passion.

Happy Friday!! Most of you are probably jumping for joy that it is the end of the “work week” and have been looking forward to it since Monday.

I remember feeling the same way towards the end of my career in the car business. Waking up every morning repeatedly saying “ugh, I don’t want to go, I wish I could work for myself”. “I wish I could just start my own business”. “I wish I was my own boss”. “I wish I had flexibility”. “I wish I could pick my kids up from school”.” I wish they would take my suggestions”. “ I wish I didn’t feel like a caged animal”. TRAPPED!!! For life.

I wish. I wish. I wish.

My wish came true with hard work, dedication, motivation and not giving up.

I did it. I did it. I did it.

And I f’in love it. Being a small business owner and a Wellness Advocate is the most gratifying career I have ever had. I truly love helping others. I love to use my creative mind and putting the ideas into place without approval. If it works, it works. If not, oh well. I will try again.

The best part is I am able to do what I want to do. Pick my kids up from school, attend games, cook dinner calmly, not relying on others to help and making my own schedule.

Most of you know that know me are fully aware that I do not sugar coat anything.

Being a small business owner is not easy. Being a small yoga studio owner is not all bare feet, pretty leggings and peace love and happiness. That’s for f’in sure.

But one thing is for certain, when people leave the studio smiling, laughing or crying with tears of joy, that is what makes me keep going everyday. That is what motivates me. It’s obviously and definitely not the money because in this business, it is very tough to make a profit. (at least at my very reasonable prices) But guess what? I am HAPPY.

I took a chance to do what I love. I broke free from the cage and put my creative mind, passion and heart to work and jumped in. I am no longer trapped and that feeling of being stuck is gone.

A few people this past week sent me messages or told me personally that they finally broke free from their cage!!! I am so proud of you ladies for following your heart. Congratulations!!

How many of you have that fear? Not the money fear but the fear of being stuck. TRAPPED. If you are feeling this way you need to think about that maybe feeling this way is a sign that your current job is a very TOXIC environment.

Ask yourself these questions, write them down in your journal:

  1. Do you get anxiety and sad every night thinking about going to work?

  2. Do you suffer from stress?

  3. Are you taking your stress and anger on others at home?

  4. Do you feel unappreciated?

  5. Are you lacking motivation?

  6. Do you dislike being told what to do?

  7. Are you mentally and physically exhausted?

  8. How long is your commute?

  9. Are you using all of your talents and creative abilities?

One of my main goals in this lifetime is to help others through yoga, learning, practicing, sharing and teaching how to live a natural, healthy, authentic lifestyle.

If you are feeling “stuck” in any way; practice yoga. If you are feeling stuck and looking to break free; send me a message either way.

Two years ago, I became a wholesale customer with doterra Essential Oils. I began using essential oils daily in many different ways. Then one day about 9 months ago, it dawned on me. How selfish can you be not sharing these life changing oils with people. So, I began to learn more, practice more, share more and teach more. And now I am building a team of people who are looking to do the same. Authentically. On their terms.

I am looking for two enthusiastic and motivated people to join my team to help share these gifts from nature so we can heal everyday. Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. One drop at a time.

Are you passionate about healing and living a natural lifestyle? Are you motivated and driven? Do you love to help others and want to see others succeed?

I love being my own boss and so will you!!

Baby steps. Crawl. Walk. Run. Learn. Practice. Share. Teach.

Xoxoxox

Email: maribethwoodford@gmail.com


You have Gifts, Talents and a Purpose. LIVE IT!

I felt the need to write tonight as a "week in review". It will not be poetic, or maybe some of you may think its pointless. There are certain times I feel selfish not sharing. Sharing is caring and when we hold ourselves back from sharing, we are holding back love from ourselves and others.

Last week was hectic. My calendar was full of classes, football, cheer,  a fundraiser, preparing for High School, writing dharmas, posting blogs, playlists, laundry, bills, scheduling, bike repairs, food shopping, cleaning and grey removal!!( I needed to fit some self care in)

Two amazing blogs were posted written by two amazing, brave, perfectly imperfect women. Michelle Amy wrote about her relationship with her yoga mat and Krissy-Jo poured her heart out about her weight loss journey, self-love and acceptance. Continue to write, to heal and share your work. Water it with compassion, kindness and light. It deserves to be seen by everyone. You ladies have a purpose. You ladies have a gift. You ladies have a talent. LIVE IT. SHARE IT.

It was a week of running around. One to cheer and work, and the other to football. I don't want to get into the football experience, because I am still trying to figure out how I am going to be able to sit through a season without cringing and coming pretty close to passing out. A football blog will soon follow. I would like to share with you a great movie I watched Saturday night on Amazon that is for everyone to watch. Parents and kids. ATHLETES!! It's a must. "Peaceful Warrior" staring Nick Nolte. "A warrior does not give up what he loves, he find the love in what he does".

Friday  early evening I decided to meet up with two good friends for a couple of hours. It was great catching up, sharing stories, thinking, creating, laughing and enjoying the moment. WE have a purpose. WE are living it and we WILL SHARE IT.

How do you find people that inspire you? Do your friends inspire you or do they bring you down? When you find people that help you find the best version of yourself, KEEP THEM.

Find people who want to learn, grow, share, raise their vibration and live authentically.. Men and women who want to be grow, transform and have the same interest in personal development.

As you continue to lift yourself up by learning and growing you start to attract the same. Shine bright, SMILE, be full of energy and you will find the same. You will lift them and they will lift you. Stay clear from the ones who bring you down. I have had many the last few years.

We all have the desire to want those around them on the same level they are. )At least good people do).

When a person makes s decision that they are going to improve their life, lift themselves up, those around them (the nay-sayers) instinctively try to pull them down. They will make fun of your efforts, work and success or try to minimize it. They will belittle your abilities to reach new levels. Bottom line? Those peeps are no good. (I am being very kind)

What is the reality? They are bringing you down to lift themselves up. 

Stop accepting the advice of people who you would never want to be like. Take a VERY close look.  It may take you days, months or a year. That's okay.

Begin to slowly remove the trash talkers, the downers, the nay-sayers. Anyone who keeps you from growing, and reaching new heights. Hang on tightly to the ones who help you grow. Be the one who shines bright and has the energy to pull others up. Be that beautiful, smiling, energetic, compassionate soul that encourages others who are actively working to improve their own life.

I will conclude this blog giving a shout out to a group of women who I have witnessed lifting each other up, supporting their dreams, who are looking to improve their circumstances, and are glowing, alive and want to raise their vibration and bring others along for the ride. It has been so refreshing to meet Jenn, Debra, Lauren, Lindsey, Ellen, Alexis and Viki. These amazing women I was blessed to meet a few months ago through yoga. We flowed Thursday night for Debra and her son River. There were tears, smiles, and lots of hugs. These women are a TRIBE. A Perfectly Imperfect, Good Vibe Tribe who lifts each other up personally and professionally.

These amazing women are members of The Bloom Foundation. The Vision of this foundation is to create a world where every mother has access to a new standard of care for maternal mental health and wellness. Viki has been holding Akashic Record Readings at SUKHA and will be holding a breath work circle at SUKHA 9/25. 

Ladies, you have gifts, talents, and a purpose!! Continue to LIVE IT and SHARE IT. 

 

 

 

Bloom Foundation

Two Years, Two Months Community Love

SUKHA Squan is coming on the two year anniversary and SUKHA South just hit the two month mark in July.

New faces walking through the door everyday. First time yogis, some that have not practiced in years and some that have been practicing but could not find a place where they were comfortable.

Men and Women. All ages. All sizes.

I asked a few of the SUKHA men and women to write a short testimonial on how yoga has changed their lives. And I am going to share their responses with you.

"I started yoga after a serious bike injury to increase flexibility by stretching, but also enjoyed an increase in core strength which has helped my tennis and golf game. There have been many additional benefits from every instructor such as stress relief, open mindfulness and a sense of being more connected to oneself and others."-RF

"SUKHA is my first yoga experience. EVER. Not only do I feel better physically; a stronger core, great stretching and better balance, but the class and the people make me feel better mentally. The music is great and the workout is perfect. I leave the class every morning with a great outlook on the day and living"-KS

"Yoga has helped me so much with strengthening my core, increasing my flexibility and my balance has gotten much better. I can feel the difference with other workouts and playing soccer"-GF

"Yoga at SUKHA is no joke. It is a full-body workout unlike anything I have ever experienced before. Attending class is a great way to start each day and makes me feel strong and ready for anything"-RF

"Yoga is for women. That is the common perception. I have now been taking classes at SUKHA with Maribeth and her amazing teachers for two years and I have never felt better. I had suffered with chronic back pain issues for years and mostly because of yoga those issues no longer exist. My flexibility and y strength have improved greatly.  Maribeth makes everyone feel so comfortable and relaxed with her non-intimidating approach to teaching and there is definitely an incredible sense of friendship and family the minute you walk into her non-intimidating studio. I have encouraged many friends to try yoga with Maribeth and SUKHA and those who have also have become hooked. Yoga is not only for women. A true life changer!"-RB


"Yoga started because of the gym. Folks kept telling me I should try it. Of course it was
not until the class moved to a little space a mile or so from the gym that I started to go.

But at first it was about the exercise, the sweat-- -getting back into shape. And yoga is
great for that. I had already been going to the gym for almost two years. Lost 30 pounds. I lost
20 more pounds in the first 4 months of yoga.

But it wasn’t just the sweat. I was reminded of other parts of life long forgotten. Mindful
relaxation, mediation, faith that there is some joyous purpose to life, and we are all going to get there together. A focus on what you can do for yourself to enhance life, yours and those around you. A return to spirituality as a balance to the workday world of task after task after task. And because there are so many of us now on this journey a shared sense of purpose,
shared history, and shared yearnings has developed into a sense of family."-KR

"Sukha makes me feel like I've hit the reset button..physically, emotionally and mentally. And it's always good for a ton of laughs"-SB

"Sukha makes me feel like I am part of a non-judgmental community of acceptance and growth, both spiritually and physically, and to hear cool ass tunes"-CH

"Yoga makes me feel more connected to myself and to my yoga friends at SUKHA"-MD

"Sukha makes me feel happy and accomplished"-MGS

"Sukha makes me feel comfortable and strong"-MS

 

FAMILY.

FRIENDSHIPS.

FUN.

All of these three words above make me smile. My favorite "F" words. Minus one that I will only say in class! ha ha

Most of these men and women have been coming to SUKHA since day 1! Not one day a week, Not two, but three to four days a week. I am so proud of everyone of them.

Is it only about the physical practice. There is so much more. 

These men and women connected. Here. On their yoga mats for the first time.

It's amazing how contagious building a community can be. The Brick location is following down the same path. Not many knew each other. Some were so scared to even walk in. A few trembling. 

I greet them at the front desk, we chat, and connect. Then they open the curtain to make their way into the studio. Not knowing what to expect.

Well; as you all know, I hear and see everything. What is it that I hear behind the curtain?

"Hi, I am "xyz" and you are? Welcome. "Don't be nervous". "You will do great". The chatter. The welcome wagon! It is truly amazing. 

We have built a warm, loving community.

I am looking to share this with everyone.

Clients, local business owners, kids, seniors and families.

"Community over Competition". Not just in yoga. Everywhere.

What does this mean?

Community over Competition reminds us that our community is our family. They help you through tough times, give advice, have coffee or a beer and support you every step of the way. 

I think adults in our society need to hit the reset button and reprogram their thoughts and mentality. Maybe they should try yoga! ha ha. Oh shit, but wait.......

As kids, we received trophies for sports. We picked teams. Some were picked last. How heart breaking is that? These feelings carry with us forever. We were raised to compete and it has been embedded in us.

Let's hit ctrl alt del

Creating a community feels so good. The energy, the lightness, the smiles, the compassion. We are all connected and we need to continue to  embrace, love and support each other.

 

xoxoxoxo

MB