Today marks my first post for #Findyourinspiration, a campaign YJ has invited me to launch, wherein I share with YOU the things that inspire me. That’s right folks, from my favorite poses to the places I go to the wonderful people I meet, I will strive to find the juiciest nugget from these different experiences, and pass them along. Each week join me here or on to find out what’s moving me. May these moments, people, and places, serve to inspire you, as well.
Something that always lights a fire under my tush is meeting and talking with empowered women. I absolutely love a woman who is sitting fully in her truth, rocking the world with her message, and down with supporting and elevating her peers. Author embodies this with gusto. She’s been a friend for years, and I knew she’d be the perfect inspiration to get us rocking.
Gabrielle Bernstein: The Backstory
Kathryn Budig: I’ve admired your work as a life coach and symbol of inspiration for years. Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you keep inspired in your line of work?
Gabrielle Bernstein: In my early twenties I ran a nightlife PR firm in New York City. On the outside everything looked great, but on the inside I was a mess. I regularly stayed up till 5 or 6 a.m. partying, and thanks to cocaine I weighed about 98 pounds. My friends had tried an intervention, but it didn’t work. Then, one night, I finally let it go. I wrote in my journal, “I need help. God, Universe, whoever is out there … I need a miracle.” The next morning, October 2, 2005, I woke up to a loud inner voice that said, “Get clean and you’ll live a life beyond your wildest dreams.” I knew I had no other choice than to listen.
I am happy it happened the way it did. I found God in my own way. I got clean. My conscious surrender was when I asked for help in my journal. I received an answer right away, and I have been sober since that day.