Hello, Soul Seeker!

Between ideas of right doing, and wrong doing,
there is a field.
I will meet you there.
And when the soul lies down in that grass,
the world will be to big to talk about.
~Rumi

 

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I’m glad you made it here!
My name is Sophie, and at the time I am writing this, I’m 21 years old, living in my hometown of Southern Pines, and I’m absolutely loving life.  I’m here to share my world, in hopes that you can find a little inspiration, creativity, love, or just to know your not alone in this crazy, beautiful, endless universe.

Whats my story? Why am I here? Why should you read about me?

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Born in 1994, to my Jersey Boy father who was a Combat Controller in the Air Force, and my Texan Mom, a writer and proofreader with her own business. I grew up right in downtown Southern Pines, North Carolina. My sister came along a few years after I did.

Skip ahead, skip ahead…

I went to school through 1st grade, and from that point on my mom home schooled me and my sister. Naturally, we spent a lot of time together. I however, wasn’t very happy. I missed the feeling of being around my friends, people my age. Birthday parties and recess, lunchtime jokes, and trading pencils/pens/erasers. I felt very left out.

However, being home schooled had its advantages. I was exposed to more adults than other humans my age, more real life experiences, (like making my own meals, being sent to pay the bills, go to the post office for my parents, etc…) and I was able to enter the workforce earlier and I worked more often than people in regular school could. That set me up to be a boss at life, when adulthood came knocking on my door. In addition, at a very young age I decided what I was NOT going to settle for in life. And that has driven me to be a hard worker, ready to jump at any adventure, try new things, face my fears and KNOW that I am deserving of happiness and fulfilling my dreams.
My spiritual journey started around the age of 13. Having always been a reader, certain beautiful words that were strung together, that later became my favorite quotes, started to speak to me very loudly. Here is just a few I keep close. You’ve already read my #1 at the beginning of this post!

“When the rain falls you just let it fall and you grin like a madman and you dance with it because if you can make yourself happy in the rain, then you’imagere doing pretty alright in life.”  ― David Levithan, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

“Be Yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”-Oscar Wilde

 

At the time, I didn’t fully understand how “things” worked. Things like belief or faith, energy or vibes, karma,  why my mind thought different than my heart, and why these quotes made my heart sing and my mind rest.  Insert my fist yoga practice, around the age of 15.
It was at the time where yoga was juuuuust starting to become BIG. Treimagendy and hard to avoid was the Hot Yoga scene. My sister had been going a couple times a week, and I decided to go along one Wednesday night. My intention was to become healthy again, as I had been eating nothing but crap (oreos and Coca Cola, to be exact) thinking I could get away with it and not gain weight. Well, sooner or later, that does catch up with you.  I wanted to drop my bit of flab, because one of those things I wasn’t going to settle for, was letting myself go. Hell, to the no.

 

90 minutes later, something beautiful had begun to blossom.

I continued  to attend the Teen Hot Yoga classes every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday night. I felt SO good after each class, so much stronger, stable, and happy to be a part of something, included in a way. My flab was gone in no time, and back into my beloved pair of 7 for all Mankind jeans I was.  My mind was also at peace!  All the quotes about being yourself, following your dreams, being connected with others, and believing your are deserving of happiness, begun to click! It was like a light switch was turned on, and my understanding of this beautiful life expanded, and my happiness was my choice to find. Happiness is what I chose, and happiness is what I continue to choose today.

Being such a regular at the studio, I was ecstatic when the owner called me and offered me a desk job. My first real JOB! I still remember that feeling today.  About a year later, at the age of 17, these super cool brothers, Chris and John Yax of Yax Yoga Concepts, came down from Virginia Beach and held the first 200 hour teacher training in that studio. Being a desk worker, I saw many happy faces come and go, connecting with each other through their learning process. I decided right then, I could do that. I could teach the teen classes one day. I could help people my age, discover the choice of true happiness early, like me! Because BOY did it help me! Through the age of being homeschooled through high school, breakups, rejection, remaining true to myself, and family issues, I was able remain true to myself. To feel, and let go. Live in the moment, realize whats important. And have faith that things get better. I was OK.

After confirming that being underage, I could still take a training, I was signed up for my 200 hour teacher training, with Yax Yoga Concepts, starting May of 2012.  What a wonderful experience!  I graduated with many new friends, so much knowledge and joy, and a great sense of accomplishment at the age of 18.
And here I am. Still teaching, still learning, still enjoying this ride of life.

With my power of writing, and not-half-bad iPhone photos, I will share a multitude of things on this blog! From yoga, books, spiritual discussions, baking and cooking, crystals, essential oils, my experiences and transitions, travel, how-tos for living life and more! Whatever I’m into that day, will be here.

My dreams for this blog are as follows: I want you to feel included. I want you to find something that could help change a part of your life. I feel like I am here to share with the world the same peace and contentment I have found in this lifetime.
I want to create a community of love.

And I’m going to be real with you.
Being 21, there are SO many things I am learning, discovering, dealing with, SO many transitions I’m going through, so many moods, experiences, laughs, tears, and breakthroughs.
I feel, without learning what I have through my yoga practice, this transition from teenager to adulthood, would have taken me down a darker path. I know there are people out there who are struggling with this transition. I see it every day. People who don’t believe in themselves, trying to fit into certain molds, settle with doing things we don’t love, or even scarier, careers we don’t love. We millennials are under SO much pressure, so yeah, I understand. And you are OK.
While this blog is for everyone, of all ages, race, religion, I especially want to reach out to you younger beings, and tell you it’s OK. You are OK. You may be confused, lost, stressed, anxious, and not sure where to turn or who to trust. This is a time of many ups and downs, just trying to figure out who you are. And you will. Until that day comes, I hope the experiences that I share here will help you find your way, and live to embracimagee each moment as it comes. I dream that I can help you find contentment, now.

The topics I will share on this platform will be honest, authentic, and raw. I’m not going to paint a pretty picture, if at that moment, its not. I feel that if more people were straight up about their feelings, and the health of their mind, body and soul, we would all have such a deeper understanding of this world, of each other, and the fact that we are all indeed, connected. Here’s to YOU and the path we’re on, you beautiful being!

Thank you for stopping by, and I look forward to this new chapter!

Namaste, Sophie

 

4 Replies to “Hello, Soul Seeker!”

  1. You are a gifted writer Sophie! I am proud of you. Rock on sista! I look forward to your words.

    With love and admiration,
    Sarah Palmer🙏💕

    1. sophiepoppele@icloud.com says: Reply

      Thank you Sarah! Lots of love! 💗

  2. Sophie, I want to shout from the rooftops how much I LOVE this blog so I shared it with my 1100 friends on Facebook. So wonderful and your writing is absolutely wonderful and if you ever need to speak to me as an editor or fellow writer, I’m always here for you.

    1. sophiepoppele@icloud.com says: Reply

      Thank you for the kind words Gabby! You rock! <3

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