What is the biggest thing you’ve learned along the way?
(Alex) To be kind to myself.
Before I was pregnant I was body shamed for being too skinny. People would tell me I needed to “eat a steak,” that I was “disgusting,” and spread rumors that I had an eating disorder. Honestly, I had a very fast metabolism and I’m tall. When I got pregnant I gained 40 pounds and I was considered healthy but with it came loose skin, new curves and an unfamiliar shape. Naturally I assumed I’d be met with the
same harsh criticism and began to pick myself to pieces. Through yoga I was able to start internally changing the narrative and really focused on listening to my heart. My intention now is to be thankful that I have the ability to move, to change and to create life. I want to inspire others to continue their journey despite how others perceive them. You’ll always have someone trying to drag you down but if you follow your heart and stay true to yourself, nothing else matters.
(Sarah) Be true to yourself I’m a people pleaser. Sometimes it’s not a bad thing because I do like to make people happy, but too often I would compromise my own happiness or put myself in an uncomfortable position just to please someone else. I’ve learned to speak up for myself more, speak my truth and stand my ground.
How do you manage your work-life balance?
(Alex) Let me paint you a picture; My toddler is currently in my lap jamming to 'Footloose,' he's head bobbing and mumbling the tune, I’ve got toddler snot on my sleeve and banana in my hair. Although I love and appreciate my time as a stay at home mom, it can be hectic. The balance of my practice and work comes with patience and flexibility. I find small opportunities to be on the mat during our play routine, nap time and bed time. This question kind of correlates with what keeps me motivated ... even when I’m busy or tired I get on the mat because it not only feels good but it makes me stronger internally and externally.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
(Alex) Practice, practice, practice. You can’t grow without consistency and hard work. This is one of the reasons we created Sunshine Intention, to track growth and have accountability.
(Sarah) Visualization. During meditation I visualize myself manifesting my dreams, whatever they may be. Instead of setting goals like “I will do…” or “I want to…” My mantra would be “I am…”. There is no past and there is no future, there is only now.
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
(Sarah & Alex) Opening our own Bed & Breakfast with a yoga studio attached. It’s our dream. Maybe we should start visualizing and manifesting it!
What is something on your bucket list?
(Sarah) Complete Yoga Teacher Training and teach my first class. I need to overcome the fear of speaking in public. Breaking through that fear is how you grow.
(Alex) We'd both like to take a trip to Aruba and take a @Yoga_Girl class.
What are your biggest passions?
(Sarah) Yoga (sorry, it’s like word vomit). Yoga saved me. It saved me from myself and from allowing negativity to build up inside. Yoga helped me become more self-aware and in tune with what is going on externally but more importantly internally. We hold everything that has ever happened to us in our bodies. What the mind forgets the body remembers. I think that negativity is the thing that causes cancer. Through yoga I believe I was able to heal parts of myself I didn’t realize needed healing. Me and Alex call Sunshine Intention our “passion project”.