From Make Up Artist to Meditation Guide

I met Mandy online through her business partner, Theresa. As I began to learn about her and her work, I couldn’t help but be drawn to her. I absolutely love what she’s doing! Mandy is a former makeup artist and beauty consultant. She’s now a yoga and meditation instructor as well as the co-founder of the online meditation business Rest & Be. When I asked her about her own meditation journey, she shared that she didn’t grow up meditating. It’s something she discovered in her early 20’s and immediately fell in love with.

Mandy recently wrote an article busting five meditation myths that I’ll link to at the end of this post. She also confided that before she took her first meditation class, she believed all of the myths she busts in her article. Even so, she thinks it’s good to have a healthy sense of skepticism and question things and welcomes others to do the same. Mandy says that many people who come to her classes are skeptical at first and most are converted after their own personal experience with meditation.

One of the things Mandy personally enjoys most about meditation is the insight she gets. Meditation is something she utilizes to get clarity on what direction to take in her life when she’s confused around decisions she needs to make. She also sees it as an act of self-care. When she meditates, she’s making time to connect with herself. She sets an intention to put everything aside during that time and tend to herself. Mandy shares that nothing is rejected or avoided during this practice. She’s willing to examine and feel anything that has been neglected or pushed aside. She finds this to be extremely nourishing and nurturing.

Creating time for themselves is something many women struggle to do. For some, it’s about making it a priority while others have a hard time overcoming the feelings of guilt that arise at the thought of dedicating time to themselves. While it can be difficult, it’s incredibly important. I really love how Mandy not only makes it a priority and puts it into practice but that she’s so dedicated to supporting women to do it for themselves. If you don’t have a self-care plan in place, I encourage you to explore meditation as an option. Guided meditation is a great way to start your journey or give it another try if you’ve struggled with meditation in the past. Whatever you do, make sure it’s something you do for yourself. It doesn’t have to take long but it should be consistent.

Thank you, Mandy for opening up and sharing this with us. I love the work you’re doing and wish you all the best in 2018. I’d love to hear if meditation is currently part of your daily practice. If so what do you love most about it? If not, have you ever tried it before? Let me know in the comments! Sending lots of love your way and wishing you all that you need to support you in making time to connect with yourself on a regular basis.
-Niki Meadows

© Michael Wharley Photography 2015You can check out the meditation myth buster article here. Mandy and Theresa have a great variety of guided meditations available on their app. They range from 2 to 45 minutes to support you in dedicating the time you need to yourself each day. They’ve generously gifted you with a 2-month free trial of the app. Just download and enter the promo code below!

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Promo code: SELF-LOVE

*Code is valid until May 31, 2018



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