We’ve all got different definitions of making magic happen. What’s yours?
It starts with dreaming and digging deep for what it is we truly want to create. Then it’s moving toward that in our thoughts, our conversations, our goals, etc. If it’s meant to be the Universe steps in and you see synchronicity and magic everywhere. But you gotta hustle. It’s not just wishing and dreaming and visionboarding. It takes work to create.
Of the things that you’ve accomplished in your life, what are you most proud of?
Making my passions my career. I could’ve easily stayed in a job that didn’t feed me creatively and honestly bored me to tears but I knew I wanted more. I’ve truly created the work of my dreams – teaching yoga, coaching, writing and now my baby Rock Your Bliss, my yoga and coaching company with my friend Jacki Carr (jackicarr.com). I’m honestly proud of myself for sticking it out when times were tough and continuing to create and innvoate.
When you’re taking on a big new project, or you’ve set your eyes on a new goal, how do you actually, you know, make it happen?
Turtle steps. Move toward it every day in some way. Whether that’s picking out the template for your new website, or Pintresting retreat locations. Keep moving toward it. At the same time, you’ve gotta have a plan. Work on that plan and be sure that what you’ve created lights you up. Then there will be no problem wanting to work toward it every single day.
What books/tools/products/apps have helped you on your journey?
I absolutely love my iPad. I’ve loaded it up with all of my favorite books (I’m a bit of a “self help” junkie) which includes anything and everything by Danielle LaPorte, Brooke Castillo, Martha Beck and Donna Farhi, plus all of my music (I absolutely love music as my yoga students know!). I blog, I take notes, I keep track of my classes and my coaching clients. It’s a creative Virgo’s dream invention but it will never replace the beauty of a brand new Moleskine notebook. I’ve filled at least 30 in the past few years which I’ve kept.
Most of us living big, challenging, magical lives have met our fair share of naysayers. How have you dealt with that?
I grew up in a small farm town and with many, many naysayers. For years my spirit was pretty wounded from that, but after I left and began to unfurl my wings and discover what it was that I loved, what it was that I was passionate about, I’ve been able to let go of that. I still get my feelings hurt from time to time but I never let it take me off of my path. Oh, and I also deleted my personal Facebook account this year and just kept my business one. That has been a tremendous freedom and I highly doubt I’ll ever go back to it.
When you have moments of doubt or get distracted, how do you refocus on your goals?
Oh, I certainly get distracted or have bad days when I’m ready to give up. I give myself one day to wallow if need be, then I go back to my values. In Rock Your Bliss, we refer to this as your inner GPS. If my goals and my days aren’t incorporating my core values (radiant health, community, creativity) then of course, I’m feeling bad. I hit reset and design from the space of my values.
What’s the most magical thing going on in your life right now?
My community. And that community starts with my home – my husband, our English bulldog Rosy, our beautiful backyard where we host our friends. My family – this incorporates not only my given family but our tribe of amazing friends who truly are our bedrock. And my students – I feel so blessed to have the people I do in my life and in my classes, and their smiles, their willingness to be playful and to learn, truly fills me up.
If you could build a perfect day from scratch, what would it look like? (Where would you be? When would you wake up and go to sleep? Who would be with you? What would you eat/drink/do?)
It would most certainly be a Sunday. We’re in an oceanfront cabin somewhere up the Central Coast of California with many of our friends. We’ve just made a huge meal and are sitting outside listening to music, drinking Sangria and laughing after spending the morning in town at the farmers’ market on bikes. There are dogs and kids running around. The air is warm and smells like the sea. We stay outside til we can see the stars and it’s one of those rare warm California nights and we all head inside for a movie then bed.
Mary Beth LaRue is a yoga teacher, life coach and co-founder of Rock Your Bliss. She’s a lover of avocados, homemade chai tea, and hip hop. She’s an Iowa girl living blissfully in Venice Beach with her husband and their lovable English bulldog, Rosy. You’ll find her riding her bike, going to the farmers’ market, and taking roadtrips with her fam. Whether it’s through a sweaty yoga practice, a gratitude meditation, or a conversation over coffee about life goals, her mission is to lead people toward their bliss. Sustainable, fulfilling, ohmygodilovemylife bliss.