It was really an honor to share the interview process for this blog with Jocelyn when she was still pregnant with her second child. The photos that were captured several months ago by Lyndsey are stunning and it's lovely to look back on them now - even more so since Opal Joy was born on just less than two weeks ago! I hope you enjoy the second part of our discussion below. It is honest and full of her heart.
Can you tell us a bit about your career journey? How did you become a small business owner?
I started offering the healing arts about 8 years ago. In retrospect, it was in direct response to experiencing a necessary and life-changing abortion. I knew I wanted healing with that and a slew of other tragedies that needed acute attention.
Around that time of grief I was led to massage therapy. I started practicing yoga 7 years before that, which transpired at the therapeutic boarding school I attended for 22 months in the Cascade Mountain range. (At around) age 16, I was exposed to a variety of holistic health, meditation, and I met my first Yoga instructor there, Rosemarie! I was removed from pop culture, currency exchange and most versions of free will. This helped to shape my will power and aligned me with my mindfulness path. After Massage Therapy school, I attended Cloud Nine Yoga teacher training where I met my daughter's father which led to Motherhood!
Motherhood is why I opened Sacred Roots.
I needed an office to practice out of, Lola (my daughter) claimed our home as her domain and there she was, effortlessly nudging me into professionalism. I teamed up with my partners and everything fell into place.
Where do you plan to take Sacred Roots Holistic Healing in the future?
I see Sacred Roots as a debut business, from it so many projects and ideas have been born - not just by me, also from all our practitioners and specialists. Last year I wrote the Sacred Self Care course- our signature class, with the help of SR Founders Jenny Ahn and Kailey Waite, we created this course to help integrate holistic wellness into everyday life. Launching this course bore one-on-one Self Care Coaching and the creation of our Self Care programs that combine meditation, private yoga, massage therapy and detoxification. Self Care Coaching is similar to a personal trainer of the Spirit, a mindfulness tutor, a gentle guide to promote the development of your own Self Care tools. This concept is exciting and gives me a venue to share the gifts my teachers have offered me.
Sacred Roots is a big part of the immediate community in Belmont Heights. What is your favorite thing about living here in Long Beach?
I love the variety of Long Beach and the "mom and pop-ness" of our communities. I feel like we have a lot of alternate education options for our children here and parents are consciously choosing to raise their own children rather than paying someone else to do a majority of the dirty work (which is sometimes necessary but not always).
The parents I meet in Long Beach are not trying to prove they have bred an award winning specimen, they are in celebration of the pure joy and love that their child IS. That perspective opens up the collective consciousness and evolution of our Children and our development as parents. Let's face it, our kids are here to teach us, the more we step out of their way, the more illumination we find.
What is your advice to Mothers that are new to Long Beach or are new to Motherhood and are looking for fresh ways to connect to the city?
There are so many ways to connect with like minded moms, it just takes the willingness to move outside some comfort zones and toward your highest joy. Connect with what inspires you and you will find your tribe.
That, my friends, is like drinking a cold glass of water. What a refreshing outlook on life! Many thanks to Jocelyn for her time and congratulations on your newest addition.