Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Jasper.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Samantha. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My serious journey into the world of yoga, healing, and peer support began after the loss of my mom to suicide in June of 2017.
What this initially looked like was reaching out to the local rehabilitation center in my town with hopes of volunteering, and resulted in the honor of being a guest speaker for their family dynamics class. Here I was given the space to share my family’s story of addiction, trauma, and loss as it pertained to the topic of family dynamics.
It was shortly after this experience that I welcomed a yoga practice into my life. This led to an opportunity to become a Peer Support Specialist at our local Peer Run Respite. Three months of working one on one with guests and providing peer support prepared me for the next role that I stepped into, which was the House Coordinator of the Respite. This role opened up opportunities to attend networking events in our state capitol, attend a “suicide prevention facilitator” training, connect with community members, instruct a volunteer yoga class, and so much more! It was during this time that I realized my next step was to become a certified yoga instructor. I attended Marianne Wells Yoga School in Nosara, Costa Rica during the month of July 2018; the experience was life-changing, to say the least!
Upon my return to the states, I moved from Wisconsin to Colorado in pursuit of beginning a career in the wellness industry.
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?
The road that got me to where I’m at now had it all; blind-spots, stop signs, smooth paths, and bumpy paths. It was mainly having a lot of heavy situations that were out of my control both growing up and as a young adult that caused many of the struggles that I’ve dealt with.
After graduating high school in 2015, it was during my sophomore year of college in the year of 2016-2017 that I was faced with two harsh losses; the first being the murder of my partner’s college roommate, an amazing man and friend, Hussain. The other was the suicide of my Mom roughly eight months later. Despite the gaping hole that took form in my heart, I made a point to focus on both the learning and growth opportunities that presented themselves in the aftermath of both a murder and suicide.
These unique events prompted my family, friends, and I to see life in new perspectives. We processed an excess of emotions rapidly and had to make the choice to rise above the pain or to let it consume us. This has impacted my maturity greatly and has helped me progress towards my soul purpose in ways that I don’t imagine would have been possible without these events happening. Every experience whether it be good or bad is a learning opportunity, you just have to open your heart and mind to see it that way.
My advice for young women who are just beginning their journey is to learn as much as they can about mindfulness. Work towards becoming more self-aware and life will begin to change (for the better!) as you broaden your horizon. Remain calm, listen more, have good intentions, and ALWAYS choose to be a victor vs a victim through the pain that shows up in your world.
Oh yeah, most importantly… don’t forget to follow your intuition. You know you best, and you’ve got this.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
As far as work goes, I’m utilizing my yoga instructing certification and am also taking action towards becoming a certified barre instructor with goals of leading fun, mindful, and effective workout classes in the near future.
Another main focus of mine right now is training for dance audition season, which is quite the feat! Some of what this includes is combined rock climbing + gym sessions, speech practice, resume writing, networking, and a whole lot of confidence exercises. One of my other core interests is sharing lifestyle inspiration, wellness tips, happiness hacks, and my thoughts regarding a plethora of other topics through the use of social media (specifically Instagram).
I’m proud to be someone who “plants a seed” and is ready to help others water it if they so choose to… I’m proud to be a peer, an advocate, a yoga practitioner, and a LIGHT!
For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
There is an audiobook that I listened to titled, “Influencer”, by Brittany Hennessy. In one of the chapters, it is mentioned how women are leading the influencer marketing industry! I do feel that opportunities relating to influencing, communications, and networking are ones that women are particularly well positioned for.
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