093 Lessons and Mistakes, Interview with Ysmay Walsh

Diagnosed with a rare health condition, Ysmay was home schooled. Finishing her high school curriculum at age 12, she moved on to college classes. Ysmay moved out on her own at 17. Ysmay soon found herself in an abusive relationship. In her interview with Just Stay Curious, she describes her journey out of the relationship, subsequent mistakes, and lessons learned from the experience.

Q & A

Why is self love so important?

I kind of pick all the wrong people. I’ve discovered that if I don’t put my self care first, that it doesn’t happen. This is nobody’s fault but my own when I put myself at the bottom of the priority list. . .

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love?

I felt like I must somehow be deeply flawed or broken to make someone I love beat the crap out of me. . .

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better?

It’s a tie between my grandparents. My grandfather drove across the country and rescued me. My grandmother took care of me after my heart surgery.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

You are not a tree. If you are unhappy, move. Do something about it. Make a change.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

I like to dance around in the kitchen when I’m cooking.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Create an ideal story of your future. And tell it to yourself over and over again.” Danielle LePorte.

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow?

Brain.fm. It’s a paid app, but it has all these really amazing audios. You can meditate, there are different soundscapes, it uses the science of brain entrainment, so the audio you are hearing, . . . on the lower levels of what we can consciously perceive, there are frequencies that help you get into a certain mood. It’s really powerful.

What book are you reading right now?

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert.

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about?

Yoga. Yoga has changed everything for me. I’ve become more aware of what my body needs. I’ve become more aware of the situations I find myself in. It is a practice that you live on and off the mat.

Guest Bio

Ysmay is a digital strategist and business coach who got her start building websites back in 1999. She grew up with a rare nervous system disorder called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, and underwent heart surgery that ultimately failed. Ysmay is also a domestic violence survivor, entrepreneur, and yoga teacher.





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