Empowered Women 004: Danielle Warford

Danielle Warford of The Wild Feminine is a yogi, a Reiki Master, a yoga teacher, a crystal collector, a student, wife, mother, thinker, learner, and a friend. She is deeply passionate about the earth, crystals, yoga, her own sacred feminine, personal growth, and spiritual growth. She helps people reach their fullest potentials as well. You can find her on Instagram and check out her website. Read about this amazing and empowered woman below!

What does a typical day look like for you?
I tend to wake up early before my three children, sneak my way quietly downstairs, and have some coffee. After I am more alert and awake, I head to my bed room (or “sacred space”) and run through a short yoga practice, typically a yin practice to prepare for the day. After that, I wake my children up, have breakfast with them, and spend some time playing. Usually, they like to sneak their way into my bedroom and my youngest will bang on my drum, and the older two will play with my crystals.

The rest of the day depends on what project I have planned. It may be blogging at The Wild Feminine, reviewing small businesses, or teaching a yoga class. Or it could be that I am heading to school- as I love to learn, I am still immersing myself in classes to help me grow as a yoga teacher.
In the evening, I have dinner with my family, and once the children are in bed I will take a bath. Sometimes, I love to add herbs and crystals or bubbles. It’s my nightly “me” time. Some evenings I will paint with some watercolors or read a book, until I fall asleep.

What make you become your most empowered self?
My children and husband make me become my more empowered self. A few years ago, I didn't have a direction whatsoever on who or what I wanted to be. I knew that I wasn’t content- I knew something more called to me, but I wasn't sure what. I wasn't living to my highest potential and knew that it was in my hands to learn to grow and flourish. I wanted to show my children what a woman could do when she put her mind to something. I wanted to show them that hard work and determination pays off. I decided to go back to school to become a yoga teacher, and that’s when things began to change. It wasn’t just the asanas for me, it was the deeper spiritual connection I began to feel. I felt a deep connection to myself, as a woman. I wanted to empower the Wild Feminine within me, and then share what I have learned with others. I feel my most empowered self when I am inspiring others, helping others grow, or in some way making a difference in someone else’s life.

How did you become the woman that you are now?
The short story: marriage at 18, divorced at 23. The long story: Making choices as a child of 18, thinking that I knew what was best for me, and then living through a toxic marriage before I even knew who I was. It took a lot of learning who I was and who I wasn’t- and allowing that to lead me along the path that I needed to travel to become who I am now. I needed to learn most importantly self respect. No one would respect me if I couldn’t respect myself, and that meant no one could love me if I didn't love myself. It took me a long journey of learning how to love myself in order to be who I am today- and to be the kind of mother I want my children to one day say “thats my mom, and she did everything she could to be her best self.”

What did you have to leave in the past during your journey to becoming the truest version yourself?
For me, the number one thing I needed to leave behind was old conditioning and judgement. I grew up in a very religious household, and that sort of life didn’t work for me. Upon leaving that, I had to slowly release all of the conditioning and guilt that I felt, and it wasn’t an easy process. I had to let go of the judgement that may come with my new life and beliefs where I dive into spirituality in my own way. It’s still a process, where I am learning to open up my true authentic self without fear of judgement. As they say, life is short, and we shouldn’t be spending it being someone we are not.

Do you have any role models?
I can’t say that I have any role models in particular, but I do try and find something that I admire in all people that I come in contact with- especially other women. Finding something beautiful in another, something that I want to embody for myself, and allowing that to inspire and motivate me into growing as a person. There is something to love in everyone.

What is your biggest piece of advice?
Don’t limit yourself and allow yourself to be small. Find your grounding, root yourself, and allow yourself to bloom into the person you are meant to become. Playing small, playing safe, and staying stagnant all make for a boring life. If you want to reach your highest potential, you need to work for it and take some risks. And remember that you are worth living to your highest potential.

What are you looking forward to?
Im looking forward to increasing my small business, blog, and influence on other women. I look forward to competing my 600 hour yoga teacher training and feeling complete.

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