Movement Expert and Creator of be.come
How would you describe your athletic / movement / fitness practice(s)?
I love to move much more than I like to workout. My movement is all about being fluid, getting that “flushed” feeling from the inside out, letting the blood flow and the body explore. I don’t think you need to be the strongest, the most advanced or the fittest person, you just need to be willing to work hard and mentally engage. I teach people how to move beautifully.
When people ask you what you do for a living, what do you say?
This isn’t an easy question to answer…it often depends on who I’m talking to. At the end of the day, I inspire people (primarily women) to be confident. I teach people how to walk taller, how to enjoy working out, and how acknowledge and praise their progress. I instruct classes but that seems like such a small piece of my work. I influence lifestyle and athleisure fashion and work with brands who are committed to health and overall wellness.
What are the top three most important investments you’ve made in yourself?
OH MAN!!! You guys are getting me! Okay, I’m going to answer this honest as possible.
1) not being confined to a specific location / allowing myself to move across the country. Many people said I need to live in the city for longer to get established, but I followed my heart and now I have fans / followers / clients in every part of the country.
2) Being open about my sexuality as a queer woman. For a long time I kept that part of me hidden to please my family and others but at some point that facade became exhausting and living happy, free and honest took priority.
3) Quitting smoking. Even though I was healthy workout girl, I was a smoker for 10 years and honestly I thought I was chained to it for life. But through an exploration of learning to love myself, I gained a desire to quit smoking that had never been there before.
From where do you draw your sense of inner strength?
I am strong because I am determined. When I begin to feel like I can’t do something I start talking to myself and it sounds like this “you can do it, you are almost there, this is temporary, I believe I can do it, you’re a bad bitch, the baddest bitch, come on baby you got this” I’m not even kidding. I tell my clients to do it too. You’d be surprised at what happens when you tell yourself nice things.
What do you love to do when no one is around?
Handstands in my underwear. I mean, I’ve also definitely done them when people are around. But really, I’m in my underwear all the time. I’m in them now! I honestly don’t think people understand how much dancing, yoga and flips I do half naked in my living room. You should really come over sometime.
Do you think of yourself as a role model? Does that factor into the way you live your life?
I do think of myself as a role model or at least an influencer, but I don’t think it plays into how I live. I’m a role model because I live my life honestly. I’m not afraid to talk about my flaws and things I struggle with. I’m authentic and human. My job isn’t live a perfect life, it’s to talk about the life I live.
Favorite daily ritual?
Every morning, when I just start to wake up, I move my legs around in my bed and find my pup with my feet (his name is Papa and you say it with a French accent) and when he feels me he belly crawls up and we have a ridiculous cuddle session even if just for a minute or two. It’s the best part of the day. Also, skin care. I throughly love to wash, tone, make, scrub, steam, polish anything to my face.
Favorite space in your home?
I have a living room with a lofted ceiling and in the middle sits a picnic table. I ordered it raw in pieces, sanded and stained it all by myself. The top of the table is the perfect size of a yoga mat and directly across from my picnic table is a full length mirror. You do the math.
Favorite space to be by yourself?
Shower / Bath. Not only do I like to take a shower or bath (I love them both) to decompress, think, settle, restore, wake up etc I also prefer them alone. Whoever deemed bathing with your partner sexy, I’m really not a fan of your work. And to my future girlfriend, I’m sorry babe, no bubblebaths are on the agenda.