Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Carry.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jessica. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After graduating from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia I took a sales position with a major pharmaceutical company. I’d always been fascinated with the human body and the training we received in anatomy and physiology was right up my alley. Although I learned a lot about how things work in the corporate world, the healthcare system, and medical insurance – I was disenchanted by the many gaps in the system. In fact, the experience solidified my belief in creating vitality through holistic health and wellness practices such as exercise, yoga, and nutrition so as to minimize the need for medical interventions.
After leaving my corporate job, I took the professional experiences I had and cultivated my passion for the wellness industry. I took countless courses on whole-food nutrition and studied exercise science, meditation, and health promotion. I trained both nationally and internationally in the Baptiste Power Yoga Methodology – including training with Baron Baptiste himself and spending time in Kenya with the Africa Yoga Project. I continued the work that I had always done in personal and professional leadership development.
My work in the yoga industry informed my approach to leadership. A strong belief in compassion and integrity are primary in my role as a Lead Facilitator for the LeaderShape® Institute™ where I co-facilitate in-depth leadership experiences with a focus on community, integrity, self-awareness, equity, and inclusion. I also serve as the Director of Speaker Curation for TEDxPasadena, assisting speakers in their process of self-exploration as they prepare to give a TEDx Talk that will spark conversations that matter.
My passion for Wellness and Leadership lead me to create SoulSpeak Wellness, which allows me to aid in the development of mental and physical health as well as assist others in nurturing their own voice to be of service to their communities both on a local and global scale.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
After I gave birth to my daughter, I developed an autoimmune disease that affected my thyroid – and seemingly many other areas of my life. I developed a huge goiter in my throat, my weight was all over the place, and I was exhausted. I was so weak, I could barely hold my baby without breaking a sweat. This, coupled with the usual mommy brain fog, sleepless nights, and general post-baby malaise, created the perfect storm for a truly difficult mental and physical state. Over time I felt as if I’d gotten so disconnected from myself that I’d become someone I barely recognized. I began the habit of putting myself last on the “to do” list and putting everyone else’s needs and dreams before my own.
However, at many points along my journey, I had the opportunity to make choices. I realized that the moments I stifled my needs left me feeling sick and disconnected.
Conversely, when I spoke my truth and ventured to have difficult conversations in order to advocate for myself – healing came. For me, yoga, meditation, and wholesome nutrition provided clarity to begin deeper inner work. When I’m honest, the habits, messaging, and thought processes that contributed to my breakdown started many years before I became a mom. Through all of this, I learned that women need support in prioritizing ourselves and creating the life we want. My goal is to utilize health and wellness practices to aid leadership development — in order to think about who we want to be and what we want to create. This really became the foundation of SoulSpeak Wellness.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the SoulSpeak Wellness story. Tell us more about the business.
After co-founding a yoga studio in Auburn, Alabama years ago, my family ended up relocating to Los Angeles. I left the studio I co-founded and settled into our new life on the west coast, I completed the advanced professional yoga teacher training program at Yogaworks™.
I knew after I completed this program, I was at a point in my career where I wanted to create something different. I have a wealth of experiences inside of me and I wanted to use them to create impact. I was tired of yoga for the sake of yoga, or business for the sake of business. What if we utilize yoga and wellness practices to create space for deeper self-connection, therefore expanding one’s ability to create change for the good of all?
SoulSpeak Wellness combines leadership development experiences with health and wellness practices. These practices serve as a powerful catalyst and provide a rich foundation for exploration and learning. Combining the physical aspect of wellness practices with the mental work of leadership development creates a greater capacity for personal growth.
We provide workshops that begin with a meditation and yoga practice specifically designed to connect with the leadership development exercises that follow. These workshops are ideal for women in business who are looking for a new experience in professional development. Although, anyone with a desire to strengthen their self-connection and increase effectiveness would find value in our offerings. We also support women by offering a Women’s Leadership Development Yoga Retreat. This is a weeklong immersive experience for women to come together in the spirit of empowerment, connection, and transformation.
As I stated before, I know from experience that women need support in prioritizing ourselves and creating the life we want. One of my fears is to leave this life not having lived in a way that truly expresses who I am. My hope is that SoulSpeak Wellness will be a place where we can finally slow down and connect to our inner voice, listen, and live our unique truth to the service of all.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’m not really a person that believes in luck. I tend to believe in preparation and opportunity. That being said, I recognize that opportunities are not always available in an equitable fashion. If anything, perhaps it can be said that I’ve had some level of luck in the access to opportunities that I have had. This fuels me to always be mindful to create access to opportunities for others that might not otherwise have them.
I’ve always been a person who daydreams about what I want in life. Translating those dreams into action so that I am ready when opportunities arise is my version of “luck.”
I’ve had many opportunities come that I did not capitalize on because I simply was not ready. I believe the magic in life comes from taking action – any action in honor of what you want to create moves the needle closer to reality. It is in the process of “doing” that gets you ready when the opportunity arises.
- Website: www.soulspeakwellness.com
- Instagram: @soulspeakwellness
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