Meet Liz

Dear lil omm,

You may not know this, but I worked for lil omm briefly more than a year ago, just after moving to DC. I was hunting for a full-time job in the policy world after teaching Gender Studies in Colorado. I applied to lil omm, thinking simply that I might work at a front desk and enjoy the perks of free yoga in the meantime. Pleasance had a bigger vision, and as you all know, her enthusiasm is magnetic, and I wanted to be a part of her world. After only a few weeks of getting my feet wet behind the scenes at lil omm, I was offered a full-time job in the professional world and felt that working in an office was the adult choice to make. Pleasance didn’t know this, but I spent the night before my first day at the law firm crying on my bed being gently comforted by my husband who reassured me that I could keep working at lil omm if that was what I wanted to do. But I woke up the next day, hiked up my business-appropriate pants, and walked to the office with a cup of coffee and half-hearted hope for my new life.

Over the next seven months, I spent just about every morning meditating before I dragged myself to the office, a strained, tense, closed in workspace, for a job that did not challenge me intellectually or creatively. The guided meditations were accompanied by journaling prompts, and I often found myself writing about Pleasance and her creative, engaged, whole-hearted, and AWAKE approach to life. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that lil omm was the community I desired and Pleasance the role model I needed. As my own business, Catalyst Wed Co., grew, I felt that I had reason enough to take my life back. I hesitantly reached out to Pleasance on a Friday, asking if there was still space for me. She welcomed me with open arms, and I gave my notice that Monday.

lil omm is more than a job to me. lil omm represents the intentional community I seek to cultivate in my own life. lil omm reminds me that mindfulness is the simplest investment I can make with the greatest return. lil omm reaffirms my belief that work should be a meaningful extension of one’s purpose, integrated into a full and spacious day. A year or so ago, I was lamenting to Pleasance about my unmet desire to have a “real” job that would do justice to my higher degree and more importantly, make my family proud. She smiled knowingly and warned me that “once you’re awake, you can’t go back to sleep.” Now, more than a job title, I want to wake up each day feeling spacious, feeling hopeful, feeling whole; and that’s the gift of lil omm.

In gratitude,
liz

Lil Omm Team: Sarah

Our lil omm team admin members are doing short videos to give you a behind the scenes look at the people who make the magic happen at our studio. Here’s Sarah with her son, Hardy, talking about why she’s part of the lil omm community:

wild & precious life

many times a week I ask myself, ” what is it you plan to do with your one wild &precious life?”

I stop & breathe.

Do I want to increase my commitments?

Do I want to start a new business? Open another studio?

Do I want to write a book?

What will I do NEXT?

Right now, this is what I know to be true.

with this wild & precious life I want to LIVE with joy & laughter.

I want millions of snuggles with my two insanely wonderful children.

I want to pet my dog without feeling like I should be anywhere else.

I want to do GOOD WORK in this world. I want to make a difference, in my community. I want to share my story & here yours.

I want deep connections, meaningful relationships & to not feel alone.

I want love. love, every.damn.day.

I want healthy food, delicious wine & kisses from my husband.

I NEED to stretch & breathe& sweat daily…

I want to inspire freedom in others, to be creative, to hold a hand, to listen.

I want to learn, to ask, to not know, to feel.

And I want to keep asking the question..until my last breath- ” What is it you plan to do with your one wild & precious life?”

A reminder..

The Summer Day

Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

The days are long, but the year(s) are short…

Hi lil omm life friends and followers! I’m Sarah, a LO admin team member and a wife/mama/yogini. I was honored when Pleasance asked a few of us to guest post on lil omm life. Here goes nothing…

I used to consider “reminisce” a verb for older people. Something I could do when I had more experiences under my belt. As my son approaches his 1st birthday, I’m finally feeling ready for that verb.

I’ve begun to think more and more about the last 10.5 months, particularly those first few weeks of new parenthood. The weeks after my parents left, the Facebook messages stopped, and the emails and phone calls became less frequent. With my husband’s busy work schedule, it often felt like it was Hardy and me against the world. I wasn’t cleared to work out yet, but the late spring sunshine beckoned me to put the little one in his car seat stroller and start walking. It was on one of those walks that I discovered the Longest Shortest Time.

The Longest Shortest Time is a podcast started by a radio producer/new mom looking for an outlet to express her feelings about new parenthood. From her own birth story (and her process of finding peace within it) to stories of moms whose babies hated lullabies to breastfeeding and sleep sagas, I listened as I walked and looked with wonder at this little person my husband and I made. For the first time, I like I wasn’t alone. That maybe there were other moms walking with their babies in same boat.

Just a couple of weeks later, Hardy took his first Itsy Bitsy Yoga class at lil omm. Pleasance shared a great saying with us: “The days are long, but the years are short.” That saying immediately reminded me of the podcast and more importantly, how quickly those first few weeks really went.

So, if you’re days are feeling long, take a listen or reach out to one of us. We’re in this together.

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You

Its up to you to show up in your life.
To put on your shoes and get on the trail.

To get a broom and clean out the dust bunnies and the cobwebs.
( inside & out)

In each of these moments, your choice is here. Sign up for that class, pick up the phone, put down the remote.

At no other time is now. You are now. You feel now. It is now.

What are you wanting to do? to be? to see? to hear?

Jump into your life with your whole heart.