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Meet Katie B Happyy of b_inspired in Global Self-Venture Retreats

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie B Happyy.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
There’s always a drop in my stomach when my GPS says “rerouting.” My final destination is the same, but somehow without my control, I’ve been told to change course. There are few people in this life that are as lucky as I am to have two moments that completely rerouted my course.

Before high school, school always felt easy for me. I remember in 7th grade, I couldn’t wait for the next reading selection in Ms. Stein’s English class or the rush of debate of Bush/Gore in Mr. Polinski’s class. I set my GPS to Valedictorian and went full steam ahead. Somehow when you have a course set, it’s easy for you to forget to see the road work or construction around you.

Kathy Burke, Vice President of the Camera Shop Inc, valued her job almost as much as she valued her two kids. She worked her way up from a store clerk to headquarters and taught me the importance of women in leadership. Sadly, she also taught me what it was to lose a mother to breast cancer.

That Valedictorian course was inputted, but somehow I was rerouted when my mother, 43 years old, was brought to my graduation speech in a stretcher. My fourteen-year-old heart knew that life was more than GPA’s two days later when I watched her take her last breath.

Mom’s last expiration, exhalation, gave me the inspiration to move forward like it was my very own last day. Fueled by the abruptness of her death, I immediately inputted a new destination, “help the world.” I became the Governor of NJ Key Club governing over 12,000 students in an effort to help raise thousands of dollars for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a charity for kids with Leukemia.

I continued towards my goal destination throughout my college years at SDSU in Circle K and studied abroad three different times just because I wanted to help. Twice I taught English in Jiangxi Province in China and finished my college in only seven semesters so I could spend more time at a battered women’s shelter in Cusco, Peru.

The GPS continued to read “help the world” with clear steps to move forward. I worked at United Way of San Diego County, followed by Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, with an unsuspecting twist. I didn’t see that in order to “help the world” I needed to help myself first. Yoga brought me back to me, and self-work becomes critical in order to have anything to give to others.

Yoga became a saving grace that instead of selling the dream of change, as fundraising campaign account rep for United Way, I got to see instant relief from minute 1 to minute 60 when I offered a yoga class. From 2011 forward, the GPS destination was set to “yoga teacher to save the world.” If my mom’s death was the unsuspecting first life-altering reroute, Bells Palsy, the second, took me way off course.

I was fresh back from traveling the world leading personal development retreats for my business b_inspired retreats, when Monday morning, August 27th, 2015 I woke up with what I thought was a puffy face. Tuesday morning, still puffy, I went to the ER. The crass doctor told me curtly I had “Bells Palsy” and the entire right side of my face was paralyzed. My eye was frozen open, my eyebrow/nose frozen in space, and my lips couldn’t close without assistance from my hand.

The doctor told me to not stress because 80% of people eventually heal from it. If you’ve ever been ill, you don’t hear the 80%, you hear the 20% that don’t. His lack of bedside manner sent me on a non-stop healing search. I went to acupuncture and chiropractic, I took out all inflammatory foods, and I took on any healing reiki/massage/cranial energy work that floated my way.

At this point in my teaching career at CorePower Yoga, I was full-time teaching. That means I saw over 600 faces in a week. As much as I had a vision, a goal for who I was at the time, this rerouted my every sense of self. I had to re-learn what it was like to show up in the literal face of my adversity. My mentors at the time wanted me to “slow down, stop teaching, go heal” which is what most people do (many celebrities including George Clooney and Angelina Jolie have had it.) I knew my dharma, my purpose in this new GPS route was to show up for people even though my face was deformed.

With my new pirate eye tape, I kept teaching. I held my lips together with my fingers when I would cue things like “forward fold or press forward into frog pose” so that my students could understand me. I wanted people to stare me in the face and not take their smile for granted. To really be seen when you’re broken is one of the most challenging and heart opening thing you can do.

Lucky for me after 4 weeks my eyelid started blinking again, and slowly over the course of 4 months my eyebrow started to move, my lips would lift and close to hold food in, and my smile returned. Now, where I stand in 2018, I set my GPS coordinates in a flow state. I have an expectation of where I’d love to go, but I know deep down that it’s not in my control.

Each of us has a Gut Powered Source (GPS) that guides a certain way, only to take the most unexpected routes to get there. As long as you always know where your center is, no waves of change can disturb your peace.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the b_inspired story. Tell us more about the business.
b_inspired: to empower you to believe anything is possible.

b_inspired helps you rediscover your power. Adventure into self-development seminars (Self-Ventures) around the world that give you tools to better show up for yourself, give up what doesn’t serve you, and align up with your purpose. We value your self-love, fun movement, and giving back. We like to cry it out, dance it out, and celebrate like it’s 1999. We host 1, 3, 5 or 7-day trips around the world that ask you to open up in new ways.

b_inspired goes beyond your normal yoga retreat or fitness adventure asking you to do the deep dive into self-inquiry. There are leadership and self-empowerment workshops each day, ending each trip with a 7 day online follow up course to implement the tools and techniques you learned on the trip.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in luck. Of the trillions upon trillions of combinations of people you could meet and interactions you could have on a daily basis, I like to lead my life as if there’s a reason I landed in that experience or conversation. Life can either be full of meaning you create or meaningless.

I chose to see everything I’m given as a gift. We’ll never fully know what happens after this life, so why not narrate in your head a fun one to live in? I love when Tony Robbins says, “fear is imagination undirected. Faith is imagination DIRECTED.”


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