Hello and welcome!
I am blessed beyond belief that I get to do exactly what I have been called to do- help people like you live the best life possible. Through sharing my story, opening up to the world about my lifestyle views and sharing my practice, everyday I wake up I get to simply work to be the best version of myself (and fall on my face) but share it all so we can all learn and experience the best life possible!
I get to connect with the most amazing people… from yoga students and studio owners, to recovering addicts and people just searching for a little hope to come into their lives.
And just to set the record straight, it wasn’t always like this. I didn’t come from riches, success or a privileged family. I didn’t live a life void of issues by any means. My years growing up were rough, and I had to work for everything I have achieved in life thus far. I spent most of my life just struggling to survive (literally) and then decided to open a business and life just hasn’t stopped since.
Now there is a whole lot I can tell you about me, so I’ve broken it down into separate sections below, according to your interests….
I am blessed beyond belief that I get to do exactly what I have been called to do. I get to connect with the most amazing people from yoga students, to studio owners, recovering addicts to people just searching for a little hope to come into their lives. But just to set the record straight, it wasn’t always like this, I didn’t come from riches, success or a privileged family, my growing up years were rough and I had to work for everything I have achieved in life thus far.
I was going to school a Marquette University studying to become a motivational and inspirational speaker (I know right). While I was still in and out of recovery, yoga just fell into my lap. With a prayer and a virgin internet search I found a yoga school tucked away in the Colorado mountains and off I went for a month intensive yoga training. This training forever changed the way I saw yoga, my calling, and myself.
I know it might sound crazy, but that first day in the mountains I heard what I was going do on my path in the coming years, I never wrote it down, but it was burned into my memory. Fast forward almost fifteen years and I have accomplished almost every single one of those stepping stones. I am now to the point of my next shift. I want you to know that knowing clearly what you are to do doesn’t mean that you have the means, total clarity or ease of doing them. Everything I have achieved, accomplished and gained in life has been through hard work, sacrifice, prayer and trust. I trust in God and the Universe that I am doing what I should be. If I’m not, then I trust God and the Universe to steer me otherwise.
For many years, most knew me as a wise beyond her years yoga teacher. That person that never finished college with high hopes to inspire millions still exists. She is doing so without a college degree- in a way that struggling girl never thought possible.
I share this with you all, because knowing your calling doesn’t mean that you will know what is waiting on your path. My husband and I didn’t want kids right way and we got pregnant, when I didn’t think I could after only three months of being married. Finally accepting the pregnancy, we get to hold our little girl briefly before she returns to her home in the sky. Three kids later, and a lot of blood, sweat and tears to keep a yoga studio up and running, a lot of learning lessons (and I mean A LOT), and growing my mission and spreading my message, nothing along my path was clear or exactly what I thought.
Most would throw in the towel and I almost did about 100 times over, but I feel too strongly about what has been laid before me to not share with you all.
As I write this I am at yet another cross roads as just a few months ago I heard a small voice deep in my heart say everything I have been building myself up to be is only what I do, not who I am. This rested very heavy on my heart as every other area of my life has been in constant flux and change even though on the surface I have been killing myself to keep the peace and everyone else happy.
So my now is to share my story, help people live the best damn life possible. I’m not a yoga teacher, but I do teach about living in your body and increasing your happiness both on and off the mat. My work often looks like yoga or some sort of fitness related exercise but what I am really teaching is how to live in your skin, self awareness, how to enhance the person you are physically, mentally, and spiritually. I guess I’m not your typical yoga teacher and I’m not your typical inspirational speaker. I spent years trying to be everyone else only to find that I can’t be them because I only know how to do me.
One thing you need to know about my teachings is what I do never looks quite the same. People will often say to me and to those who know me “how does Hope do it all”? And the truth is I have no fippen clue! I wake up each day and ask God and the Universe to help me use my gifts the way you have intended me to, so that means depending on who I meet, how hires me out and where I am in my life it going to be a bit different.
Looking for teachings on a functional yoga approach or how to discover your core, I can do that and rock your body! Interested in hearing my story and how you can find hope too, I’d love to share.
Want to hear how I found God on my yoga mat or how I am raising my kids in a very nontraditional way? I’d be happy to share. I am blessed to be the hands and feet of my Higher Power and I work to connect with all those who I cross paths with.
But more than anything I want that for all of you, no matter where you are in your life, on or off the mat, reading this, even if we never get to officially meet do me a favor and on the next steps of your journey never let your reasons why become your excuses. If I can go from a walking corpse stricken with a deadly eating disorder to mom of four and living my life calling, I can only imagine what is in store for you!
No day is the same in the life of Hope, but from a young age I knew I wasn’t a 9 to 5 gal. For my local followers you know me as a yoga studio owner, but my true life calling is writing, traveling, and speaking as I share my story and everything I have learned so far to help people live the best life possible. My daily schedule can be a challenge at times (ask my husband), but I get to be the one (alongside my husband) to raise my own kids, be with them, help them with their homework, help out at school and continue to be their greatest influence.
My husband and I are making a life in a modest home on several acres of property in the country where my kids can run, climb, explore, and play until the sun goes down; our two dogs can run free, and my husband can play with all his favorite outdoor toys.
Growing and raising my own food is very important to me and partly fuels my beliefs of living the way I do, teaching our kids about where food comes from, a true respect to life, and what it takes to keep a family going. We currently have about 35 laying chickens, and in the summer months a few livestock roam our tall grassy acres. My kids have a huge involvement in the daily chores and are gaining a continual understanding of the cycle of life and what it means to respect another life no matter how small.
Spending time at home is one of my most prized ways to spend my time, I am inspired to write when I am at home and I often hear God speak in places like my chicken coop when I’m shoveling poop. So much of what people do to advertise who they are and what they do is on a professional level. But sharing myself is what I do and I try to do it in the most honest raw ways possible. I have a crazy, messy life one day, organized the next day.
I deeply I value my family, and teaching my kids how to explore and be creative without the need for organized activities at every turn. I have never in my life lived inside the box and I strive to guide my kids to confidently do the same.
Want to know more about me? Here’s a fun list of my likes and loves!
What I love:
-Going for walks outside, no headphones, with our without my kids in tow
-Hikes with my kids
-Cleaning my chicken coop and caring for my livestock
-Kayaking and camping
-Playing with my kids and discovering new places with them
-Working on our land with my entire family
-Running errands with my husband
-Family parties of any kind
-Writing and reading
-Going in my sauna
-Singing (and secretly singing karaoke)
-Anything fitness: yoga, light weights, resistance work
-Being outside as much as possible
For many of us we spend our lives trying to be someone, but in the last several years I have discovered that the more I simply try to just be me and do me, the more I realize that this “someone” we are trying to be, we already are, we just have to see it as value and of value. I spent a big portion of my growing up not feeling enough and that landed me a laundry list of addictions and depression, I was one of the lucky ones who made it out on the other side to a a life worth living, one of my greatest joys is sharing with people how I made it and how there is hope for them too.
My husband Brian and I were high school sweethearts that have tossed back and fourth cupids arrow since we were twelve years old. Now believe it or not, I knew I was going to marry him when I was first struck with cupids arrow back in the seventh grade.
If you ever talk to him he’ll argue that we first met in chorus class but it was really seventh grade social studies. Finally officially connecting our junior year of high school, he has been my biggest supporter and someone I can say that has truly loved me- for me. We bring out the best in each other, am so glad we get to walk this life together.
My husband works with his father, as a third generation carpenter, but his real passion and developing future is property development and management. On the side he is an elected official on the county level in our area. My handy man extraordinaire and biggest supporter, that without him I wouldn’t be possible.
My son Harper is our oldest boy, I joke with people he flew into this world in 59 minutes flat. To this day that is exactly how he is, ready for anything, super confident and wanting to do it all. But on the flip side he is my listener, super teachable and one that takes things to heart when you talk to him with love and logic. If you ever see him you most likely will have to double take because he will most likely be climbing a tree, fence or light pole, driving the side-by-side or building something amazing with our many sets of blocks.
Pic of HARPER- coming soon
Meredith is my little girl who is ultra independent and has no problem playing on her own. If she is among others she is a kind leader and is always willing to make another feel better by sharing what she has to accommodate their needs or sadness. We joked that Meredith was stubborn and wanted things her way from the moment she was born as decided she would hold her breath-just because. Well she isn’t holding her breath anymore, but she does hold strong to what she wants and knows she needs. A sweet little mini mamma you will most likely find her doing something as it relates to art, drawing or painting. Out and about she often carries a notebook to write words she sees and is constantly asking how to spell this or that and create her own homework. She loves being my side kick and going with me wherever I go.
PICTURE OF MEREDITH COMING SOON
Ivan is my youngest with a four year space between him and Meredith. He is the completion of our amazing family. My husband and I joke he has his own agenda. His personality is very pleasant and always happy. Ivan being a boy was a shock to me as I was convinced he was a girl. If you happen to see Ivan in passing or in a picture circulating social media, you will probably see him smiling or laughing and that is his him-all day. Ivan was my life shifting baby, he brought more clarity to my direction and purpose, he truly is a blessing.
PICTURE OF IVAN COMING SOON
My husband and I care for three children, but we have four. Our oldest daughter Faith died shortly after birth, a story you will hear about if we ever cross paths and you get to hear me speak about my life. God’s plan for her life was not our plan for her’s. She is truly one of my greatest learning lessons and blessings in this lifetime. And it is true good things really do come in small packages, just don’t get too attached to what you plan to do with the package before you receive it.
My kids are my greatest teachers and I can honestly say doing what I do would probably be easier without kids, but when you have a family you get a rare opportunity to view life in a different lens that you wouldn’t otherwise. Having kids for me takes what I do and why I do it to an entirely different level of crazy awesomeness, and I love that I get to share all of that and more with you.