The story of becoMe has two beginnings. Though our second beginning is what got us to the page you’re currently reading, we are equally proud of both. It would be easy to use our launch in 2019 as our actual “beginning,” but that is not the whole truth and would be contrary to our mission of honest healing.
The foundation for becoMe was first built in 2016 and by early 2017 we were a registered 501c3. The idea was solid, theoretical support was strong, and I was excited about the mission. At the time, I was a software consultant and had the ability to keep my bills paid while slowly transitioning away from tech life into this new adventure. I was developing a career in personal training (slowly but surely) and helping women who could truly use all of the benefits of exercise that were so important to me. I had a plan to transition, and was happy with the direction in which I was headed.
And then… via email one morning while my husband and I were about to start a short vacation, my job vanished. The project was called off, all of the future work that I had lined up was canceled, and that moment in my life as I recognized it was done; all from a few lines of text in an email. Even though I knew the situation had nothing to do with my performance, it still felt weirdly personal and it was difficult to separate myself from it. Isn’t it funny how such small things can change everything? A few casual lines completely upended my life.
Strangely enough, my husband also happened to be on an entrepreneurial path after an unexpected departure from corporate America. Within those few months, day-to-day life changed pretty drastically for the both of us. I had two choices: to give up on training and go work for a “regular” company as an employee, or commit to my new path and passion. And so I committed. I was instantly a personal trainer, full-time.
It was then that becoMe moved to the back burner. My schedule had changed, I was now getting up at 3:30 in the morning, teaching multiple classes starting at 5:00am, then taking mid-day naps just do it all over again in the evening. Though I was plenty busy, my confidence was shaken and I questioned whether I even had anything worthwhile to share. I was struggling to find a footing in the very competitive market of fitness. There were days when my mental health was at an all-time low and I just couldn’t find the light.
But back to those small, little things that tend to change everything… after a few months of grueling days, I decided to try yoga and just like those few sentences in that email from my former job, it changed my whole outlook. Through living a more yogic life, I have found so many blessings, so much joy, and so much purpose. I finished my 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2018, and I knew it was time to get back to work; it was time to bring becoMe to the forefront, time to dig in, and time to help people.
As we move through 2019, I am encouraged, inspired, and so very ready to bring becoMe out of my head and into the world where she always belonged.