Yellow Co. Mag Product of the Month:
Abbi Miller Coaching + Biz Babe Workbook
Intro + Interview by Rachel Neal
Abbi Miller is a holistic creative — and a little bit
of a chameleon. Her work encompasses so many
essential areas, it’s hard to know which aspect of her
business to dive into first! Not only is she a speaker
and businesses coach, she’s also a yoga instructor,
wellness expert, badass workbook creator, and
Biz Babe event host. All this, and she still manages
to radiate joy and tranquility in her work all
while keeping her blog updated. She’s a self-love
powerhouse, and we’re honored to introduce you
to her! We had the chance to hear from Abbi about
the women she wants to serve through her work, some
major businesses moments she’s had thus far, and
her hopes for the future. Hint: The future holds all
the good things!
RACHEL: WHEN YOU FIRST BEGAN YOUR WORK IN THE NUTRITION/YOGA/BIZ WORLDS, WHO DID YOU CREATE YOUR PROGRAMS FOR? WHO ARE THE MAIN WOMEN YOU’D LIKE TO SERVE WITH YOUR TALENTS, RESOURCES, AND PASSIONS?
This is a funny question to me, because like so many entrepreneurs, when I started my business, I was just excited that anyone wanted to pay me to teach or coach them. Selecting my ‘niche’ was always a hilarious thought. My focus was on making my rent first, and then changing the world second (or 30th). That said, with a background in dance, I fell in love with yoga quickly, because of my love of synthesizing emotion through movement. As a student, I craved a space to go deeper, to explore my inner world, and yoga provided that intimacy with my body’s capabilities. I wanted to facilitate a safe and playful class that was accessible for my community.
I got into nutrition for its function first, perhaps it’s the idealist in me that always wants to know, “How can life get one step better?” After using myself as a guinea pig and transforming my health, I became so inspired to share this with others through my nutrition coaching. With business coaching, it’s my goal to create the support that I wish I’d had at age 23 when I was starting my first business. It honestly gives a deeper meaning to all the hours I’ve put into research and mistake-making when I get to talk to a new business owner and help smooth over a problem or give them a shortcut. It feels a bit like time traveling and helping myself out; it’s full circle. Now, my favorite clients are those seeking to elevate what they think is possible for their lives. Women who want to look into systems and habits, but also into their deepest essence and motivation of why they do what they do. I love open minds and eager hearts. This is all we need to activate major changes in our lives. I’ve seen it, and I believe in it.
RACHEL: WHAT’S BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING AND MOST DIFFICULT MOMENT SINCE LAUNCHING YOUR COACHING PROGRAMS?
The most rewarding moment this year was meeting with a business client who is a designer while at my yoga retreat on an island in Greece. I’d just taught yoga with angelic, live harp music in our open-air studio overlooking our private bay, and there we sat, drinking our almond milk matcha lattes, talking about the next steps she could take towards her dream life. In that moment, I just thought: “Yes, life, yes.” Another was my client who has lost 35 pounds and feels empowered by our lifestyle coaching (I don’t believe in diets) and is now seeking to be a wellness coach herself. It’s an honor to witness these transformations. The more I give in my work, I get twice as much back.
The most difficult moment has been knowing what is enough. I’m ambitious and have such passion for my work and its mission, that it’s easy to burn the candle on both ends. I had a few moments last year where everything had been mind blowingly good and I just wanted to break down crying. It’s been important to sit down and acknowledge how far I’ve come. Of course, the more things I create, the more I want to see birthed from my creativity. The target keeps moving, keeps elevating. This can bring great joy, and it’s also hugely necessary to stop and give ourselves a high-five, y’know?
It can be easy to give give give, and forget to fill our own cups. The thing people never tell you is that success can be as exhausting as failure. 99% of the time it’s really magical and I feel powerful and self-expressed, and then that 1% of the time I’m feeling like a hypocrite because I have to skip my own yoga practice to get through my booked work day (often planning yoga retreats, oh the irony!) and have a full night’s sleep so I can stay healthy! Thank god my boyfriend is hilarious and keeps me laughing when I feel like I might cry.
That said, success does not transcend needing support! The more decisions I am presented with in my work, the more capable and nimble I get at making them; all the while, there are those times when I just want a supervisor (or cheerleader?) following me around affirming everything I do, saying that it matters. At the end of the day as a self-employed lady, I crave more acknowledgment, not less work. I think we all just want to be seen! I think that’s why I love coaching so much, because I see how much it impacts others and I love and need it in my own life. When you are starting out you are just bootstrapping it, and stoked that you’ve made rent. Now that my business is doing well, I’ve taken time to look up and realize I want and can have support! I’ve assembled a team to help me out and hired a few coaches for myself as well, and it’s the best thing I could ever spend my money on!
RACHEL: WE NOTICED THAT YOU GIVE A PORTION OF YOUR PROCEEDS TO MOCSA AND IJM — WHERE DID THE INSPIRATION TO SUPPORT THEM ARISE FROM?
Yes! Standing up for those whose voices are marginalized, and keeping women safe in this world is so important to me. I had an experience 7 years ago when I was traveling to India, where I was scouted for sex trafficking, and ended up escaping. This trauma was such an eye opener to me of the dark industry of selling people for sex and slavery that is currently happening. It’s easy to see a Liam Neeson movie and think, “That could never happen to me.” After India, I was shattered. It took years to get back to myself, and I’m healing every day. I feel beyond grateful to be alive here right now, and I recognize there is a certain level of privilege to be able to work with people whose birth location, socio-economic status and history, and support network has allowed them to start businesses, to join my yoga retreats, etc. Giving back financially to organizations who are literally on the ground saving the lives of women who haven’t had this privilege is the best way I know to serve others in ways that are outside of my regular realm of work and expertise.
RACHEL: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THE CREATIVE LADY WHO WANTS TO INVEST IN HER HEALTH AND BUSINESS GOALS, BUT FEELS LIKE SHE DOESN’T HAVE THE TIME, MONEY, OR RESOURCES TO DO SO?
Start where you are! Also, you don’t have to know all the answers! Doctor Google is your BFF. Done is better than perfect. Ideas are free. There are sparkly degrees and fancy business plans, but they don’t work if you don’t have a great idea and passion to fuel it. Making a business is like making a baby; all you need is a spark of love to get started! Self-doubt is a part of self-employment, but don’t wait for it to dissipate because it often doesn’t; we must learn to dance with the unknown and keep doing the work.
RACHEL: IN YOUR WILDEST DREAMS, WHAT EFFECT WILL YOUR WORK HAVE ON THE WORLD? ANY FUTURE GOALS YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?
This is just an awesome question!
Body Love: My yoga retreats would become healing seminars for those seeking solace and a safe space to pause and play and get to know themselves more fully. My dream is that after even one class with me, I can challenge my students’ negative self-beliefs and affect the ways that they think about their bodies. I want my students to truly know body positivity, not just fake it on good day, y’know?
Food Friendship: My nutrition work would include regular TV appearances and magazine columns, a non-conventional cookbook deal to bring healthy eats to the homes of friends globally, as well as grants to work with those who can’t afford coaching.
Biz Badassery: My Biz work would inspire women who feel stuck and unseen in their jobs to follow their hearts and water the seeds of brilliance within them. To express and become who they truly are, all while changing lives and making bank. I kinda want a Biz Babe girl posse that can just hang out and cheerlead the world to be kinder and believe in miracles.
Connect with Abbi at www.abbimiller.com and on Instagram @abbimillerholistic!