Monica: To be inspired is to listen to that intuitive inner voice and take action. For me, inspiration comes from many places: a beautiful landscape, a song or written passage that stirs up an emotion, a dream, a trip to enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of the city, a great yoga class. Oftentimes, being with a person who is passionately fulfilled by her life inspires me -- picking up the energy of someone living out her dreams in the present moment always ignites passion in me and brings my personal goals to the forefront. Too many times, we put our dreams on hold for whatever reason, whether it's the demands of motherhood and work or letting the doubts of others cloud our vision. Lately, I'm all about living while I'm young and giving myself permission to do all the things that make my heart sing.
Where is your dream vacation and what would you do there?
Monica: Bali. I would visit ancient temples, swim in the warm ocean, hike, smell flowers, ride bikes, laugh with the locals, and practice lots of yoga.
What was the advice you were given?
Monica: Two things: My mom once said, "If you don't do it now, you'll always wonder 'what if.' " That is something I repeat to myself often, and I am grateful to her for supporting me through new adventures. When I'm feeling stuck on a decision or worried about something, I think of my husband's grandfather who was a WWII veteran, POW, and an amazing businessman and community activist. He always asked, "Will it matter in five years?" Usually the answer is 'no' and it makes day-to-day decisions much easier when I get stuck in an analytical thought pattern.
What is one message you want to convey to women?
Monica: Go easy on yourself. It doesn't have to be perfect as long as you're creating something. And you are more appreciated than you'll ever know, so keep on bringing your unique gifts to the world every day.
What do you hope to see in the future?
Monica: Every day I pray that all beings are able to know perfect peace. I want to see a future where kindness is a way of life and we interact like we know that there is enough for everyone. And hey, Earth is my favorite planet so I really would like to see all of us work together to take care of this beautiful place where we live.
What does your average day look like?
Monica: I wake up at 5:20 to practice yoga, mantra, and meditation. When my boys wake up it's a hustle to make breakfasts and lunches and get everyone out the door to school. After that I sometimes spend time on our farm, attend or teach a yoga class, or head up to Indian Gardens to work. The great thing about my work is that no two days are the same and I never know who I will see while I'm there. After school, I'm in mom-mode again coaching soccer, taking the kids to play at the park or to piano lessons, or hanging out at home preparing for dinner. After dinner we'll walk in the neighborhood, give the boys a bath and read to them, and then my husband and I get some time to ourselves. We talk about business, tie up loose ends or just relax. Working together is something we both enjoy, and creating something together for the business brings us happiness and fulfillment.
How do you inspire yourself?
Selfless service. Doing something kind with someone else in mind is a great way to get my creativity flowing, like creating a particular yoga sequence for a pregnant mama or a friend in need. When I feel like my actions have the potential to really influence someone for the better, I am able to tap into a particularly fertile creative ground.
What is your favorite thing about your profession?
Monica: Which profession? Haha... my favorite thing is connecting with people in a meaningful way. At Indian Gardens our aim from the start was to create a community gathering place, and when I'm there chatting with locals I feel like we've accomplished that. We love for locals and visitors alike to feel welcome, like part of the family there and our staff does a great job of conveying that message. I love to see people gathering over a meal or a coffee in the garden, enjoying their time together, knowing they're enjoying quality foods, some of which we've grown ourselves.
What’s your favorite quote?
Monica: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
Whats your favorite way to “move?”
Monica: Yoga and kitchen dancing
Describe yourself in three words
Monica: Thoughtful, witty, strong
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