my story

I believe I’m a balance of gentleness as well as power.
However, for a long time, I didn’t know how to tap into and balance the two. After Sadie, my second child, was born, I experienced a HUGE shift within my core and became aware of a few key things:

FACT: Jack and Sadie came into my world and my heart burst open (seriously – sparks flew!) in a way I had never experienced before.
CORE DESIRE: I wanted and needed to be the most strong, healthy, radiant version of me for my kids and my life.
TRUTH: I felt scared and alone. I had become an expert at hiding my unhappiness, emotional eating and harsh self-talk behind my smile, perfectionism and athletic perseverance.

As that mom with two young kids, in an unhappy marriage, I was caught in a cycle of punishing and pushing my body. I was in survival mode and needed to shift my focus. I started concentrating on nourishment—what really fed my body, energy, soul and in doing so, new sparks began to fly. I discovered my inner voice and tapped into my authentic self, which I came to think of as my CORE ESSENCE. I prioritized movement and mindfulness again and was excited to see that the strength and power that I felt while running, doing yoga, meditating, climbing, and burpee-ing, began to permeate the rest of my life. I started to speak truths, even uncomfortable and scary ones, and the result was that I found I was FUELING my life:

“I started concentrating on nourishment—what really fed my body, energy, soul, and in doing so, new sparks began to fly.”


Annie Wagoner