Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in Houston?
My husband and I are originally from Wichita, Kansas, but we moved here in 2010. So, Houston is home now! We actually lived in Sugar Land for about 10 years, and moved to West U in 2020.
Child(ren) and Age(s)?
Kollin – 11 (Fifth Grade)
Charlotte – 6 (Kindergarten)
Chocolate Chip – 5-Month-Old Corgi Pup!
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
While owning, operating, and teaching at the yoga studio is my main full-time job, I have a real estate solo-prenuer side hustle! I own a few rental properties that I manage. It’s a lot of fun and running two businesses definitely keeps me busy!
Favorite local activities to do in Houston?
OMG there are so many things to do! Our favorite is stopping by Tiny Milk & Cookies for ice cream or coffee and then heading to the park to play. Some other big favorites are the zoo and Hermann Park Train, and we love taking friends and family to The Natural Science Museum and checking out the dinosaurs – it’s good for kids and gives adults that sense of childlike curiosity. Also, happy hour at State of Grace or Montrose Cheese and Wine are always a good time, and we always love trying the new menu at Le Jardinier.
Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!
I own YESyoga, a luxury yoga studio located in Sugar Land Town Square. We are coming up on 5 years in business. We’ve done some really cool stuff with the studio as far as programming goes, including launch a digital magazine for members at the end of this past year. My focus continues to evolve and grow the studio, but I’m excited to add to my empire of purpose a published book!
The Possiblity Project, a guided journal for creating what’s possible through productivity, creativity, movement, and purpose, launched last month with The Collective Book Studio. It’s currently in lots of indie bookstores and Barnes and Noble nationwide, as well as Amazon!
I’m also really involved in my alma mater, Wichita State University (WSU), through a few councils that I am on, including being President of WSU’s F. Barton School of Business Alumni Council. Through WSU, my husband and I have set up two different funds to help impact students and future business owners and leaders.
What is the best advice for juggling mommyhood and running a business (or volunteering, working, etc)?
Your time is the most valuable resource you have, so outsource what you can. You cannot have it all, it’s impossible. That whole work-life balance thing is total bullsh*t. However, what’s possible is focusing on what works for you and pouring your time into that.
What would you tell the old “You” before you had kids?
I would tell myself to stop trying so hard to impress people who won’t ever actually care, and just do what works for you and your family!
Funniest shortcut/routine for helping you through parenthood?
Ha! This one is a good one. With yoga studio hours, including some nights that I teach per week, I’ve gotten my family to start eating out at the restaurants that I don’t like on those days. So, when I’m working on those nights they order in those meals and I get to now avoid them completely. I feel like that’s a pretty good setup for myself.