I remember the first time I saw a Monet… It felt like a slow motion scene in a movie when I moved toward the canvas until I was centimeters away. My eye danced from color to color and something inside of me clicked. I had never felt that present. I wanted to give people that feeling I got from his work but didn’t have the courage to try to paint.
After college, I started getting cluster migraines (described to me by my neurologist as a series of small strokes) that left me with double vision and debilitated. The condition is known as ‘suicide headaches’ because the pain is so intense that people contemplate suicide. I started making my bucket list and at the top: be an artist. Because I thought my time was limited, fear was no longer an obstacle and I felt fully free to follow the creative impulse and play with oil paints without editing any decisions or questioning myself. Remarkably, after a period of time, I was able to see clearly and take care of myself again. The creative process healed me.
Soon after I was well, I found yoga and realized the creative process I was using in yoga was the same process I used in making art. I went all-in, becoming a yoga teacher so I could support my art habit. Over the course of my career, I taught over 4,000 meditation and yoga classes. I became known for my voice, playlists, and practical philosophy lectures while I taught at the best yoga studios and colleges in and around Dallas.
In 2010, I created and co-founded a 200-hour yoga teacher training program and in 2012, I co-created a 500-hour program. My passion was to teach people how to find their own authentic voice using the creative process.
In 2013, I gained weight on purpose to prove a point. I thought it would be fun to let loose and eat alllll my feelings, but instead I made myself depressed and worried I would die alone, probably from choking on a potato chip. I did a photoshoot at the end and wrote a piece called “The Fat Yoga Teacher”. That got national attention and started a conversation that made me realize I wanted to be having bigger conversations with more people than what the yoga studio could provide. I’m still trying to figure out how.
Fun fact, I am a native Texan and my family founded The City of Dallas… I imagine that just means some asshole I’m related to kicked Native Americans off their land and set up a trading post.
In 2016, I moved to New York City where I spend most of my time fantasizing about chips and salsa, writing scripts, taking yoga classes, and watching rehearsals for a secret musical opening on Broadway in 2020.
One day, I hope to win an Academy Award so I can thank manchego cheese for changing my life.