Welcome to my new interview series featuring some of the brightest and most hard-working women I know. My goal for this series is to collect stories from women in all levels of their career. The hope is that their journey and their advice will trigger something in you, and help you take the jump you need to achieve your personal level of success. Whether they are freelancers, founders of their own business, corporate employees, or students, this #LadiesWhoHustle series will showcase their unique talents and help you unveil yours.
Abbi Miller is a yoga teacher turned productivity preacher, meeting you at the intersection between wellness and business. When she's not taking selfies at the grocery store with inanimate produce, she helps hustling honey's get "hecka healthy", in body-mind-biz (and bank). Abbi runs a holistic nutrition and yoga business for 11 years and she knows the self-employment juggle of feeling exhausted, hangry and face-palming every time you look at your to-do list. Abbi believes our wellness habits fuel our biz-mojo and learning how to self-boss is a big part of actually feeling like a "biz kween", instead of just playing one on Instagram.
It's Abbi's mission to help you dodge burnout and get the good shit done. Through private coaching, public speaking, transformational events and luxury yoga retreats, she helps babes like you optimize your life so your health and biz basically flourish like a well-watered-chia-pet.
Holistic Nutrition + Biz Coach, aka Kween.
Why do you do what you do?
Ultimately because I want more people to access their potential. And to see how they have everything that they need inside of them to be a super badass and healthy babe. I spent so much of my life hating my body and being totally broke. It's my mission to help you elevate what you think is possible and get outta your own way to manifest your dream life.
What was your dream job at 10 years old?
Broadway Star! Fun fact, I was cast in a Broadway tour at age 19! Only took me 9 years to manifest!
If you could have anyone's job, whose job would you choose and why?
Honestly, my own. I've really cultivated the job of my dreams! That said, I wouldn't mind a collaboration with Ellen Degeneres, Dan Levy or Jen Gotch.
What is one thing people outside of your industry get wrong about your job?
They think I spend my life on sandy beaches and get my tan on. I mean, I do that, but beforehand there are a shit ton of spreadsheets!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Running my empire! I see myself continuing to lead a movement that guides women towards their dream life. I see myself erasing boundaries between what I want and what I fully embody. I see a thriving team, sunshine-soaked offices, and clients changing their lives after we co-facilitate a mega spark.
What has been your biggest career struggle so far?
Feeling appreciated. So much of entrepreneurship is sitting on your own, typing into your laptop. When I'm leading my yoga retreat in Greece, standing on stage speaking at an event, or leading a Biz Babe Ceremony, I feel lit up. In that moment, all the preparation is worth it. I crave even more of those moments.
And what about your biggest career win?
Just feeling like my work is working! I'm honoured to be so supported by return clients, my yoga retreats and Biz Babe events selling out, and getting to meet such incredible humans on the daily. Some days I wake up and am like, "this is my WORK!?!". Yup, feels damn good to live in my truth.
What's the best piece of career advice you've received?
Consistency is key. We all wanna be "discovered", but most over night successes have been at it for 10+ years. Keep showing up.
What about the worst piece of career advice?
My branding is too girly, or that I'm too diverse - I need to focus. The very nature of my work is about a holistic integration of all the ways we as humans are fed, nourished and inspired. When we look at the whole picture, and make changes from that perspective, real change happens!
What are you the most proud of?
What I've built. I've overcome trauma and deep depression from an assault. 10 years ago, I was sharing a futon with a best friend in our 1 bedroom to save money. I was run down and didn't know what to do. The thought of traveling and creating experiences for a living was such a dream. I didn't know how, but I knew I wanted it. I feel so grateful to all the people who have shown up when I've created. I feel proud of the courage it takes to truly act on the seeds planted inside of you - nobody can plant them but YOU. I've become quite the soul-gardener!
What motivates you the most?
Everything! People's stories. I cry most every time I listen to the Moth, or anyone sharing stories of their resilience. I'm in awe of our human family.
What advice do you have for those looking for a career in your field?
What other people do is interesting, but it doesn't matter. Your essence cannot be replicated. Your truth and story are what make you special, share them. Create from this place, and people will feel safe. When people feel safe, they trust you, and your career will grow. Integrity matters more than your resume.
When do you feel the most confident?
Post-savasana or anytime I'm speaking or leading an event.
How do you relax?
Yoga, massages, reading, meditation, nature, and laughing with my man.
Any final words of advice?
Dr. Seuss said, "those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind". Tattoo that on your forehead.
Currently coveting: slow, sun-drenched mornings reading Mary Oliver. Meditations when I really feel things shifted. Skyping my niece.
Favourite way to sweat: tie between yoga and a hardcore HIIT/TRX class.
Favourite book: The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte. It changed my life.
Morning person or night owl? Morning! But if I don't guard it, I creep into night owl territory, which is just a sign that I'm not prioritizing self-care!
Favourite '90s jam: anything by Alanis Morrisette.
Favourite city: NYC.
Spirit animal: Cheetah.
Get in touch with Abbi!
Facebook: Abbi Miller Holistic Nutrition Yoga
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