Every week, we are bringing you a new Goddess Rising interview, which focuses on women in the health, wellness and personal development community. Over the next several weeks, we are going to be bringing words of wisdom and advice to you from women around the world who inspire, empower and live a life full of passion.
This week, we have Katie Dalebout!
Through her blog, podcasts, and videos, millennial blogger, speaker, and podcast host Katie Dalebout curates inspired wisdom that guides people to go deep and sift through the thoughts clouding their minds. She’s a contributor to Refinery29, Mind Body Green, and her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Yahoo Health, and The Daily Mail.
In 2013 she launched the weekly interview podcast WWRadio, which attracted wellness and lifestyle celebrities such as Gabrielle Bernstein, Tara Stiles, and Joe Cross in its first few episodes. She’s the author of the forthcoming book Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling (Hay House, 2016). She helps people develop a positive image of their bodies by embracing their personality outside of their physicality.
Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?
Katie Dalebout: My work involves listening to other people and being generous with my time which is always a spiritual practice. I also curate a blog and podcast which means I have to keep myself inspired to be able to share inspiration with others. As a writer I constantly feel like that's a spiritual tool since it's what connects me to my feelings and emotions since I don't really know how I'm feeling unless I'm writing since that's the why I process the world.
PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.
Katie: I always hated my body growing up. I had a lot of really negative beliefs about myself as I kid for some reason. I grew up thinking I wasn't good enough, cool enough, smart enough or pretty enough and the main one that really had me in a headlock was that my body wasn't good enough. I though that my body and my weight was something that I could control and change easier than all those other things so I decided to focus there. I thought our body's natural size and shape could be manipulated with force so that's what I did. I had an eating disorder and got my body to a really scary weight through force. When I was at that unhealthy weight I wasn't healthy but I was finally confident. I couldn't say at that weight though so I had to figure out how to be confident when my weight was higher than I wanted it to be and that's where I had to learn spiritual tools to help heal that crack and 'let the light in.'
PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?
Katie: My worst habit is staying up late watching youtube videos on my phone and I'm trying to change it by leaving my phone out of the room but I'm doing a terrible job at it.
Another bad habit I have is pressing snooze on my alarm and just not getting up out of bed when my alarm goes off in the early morning. What I'm doing to change that is actually working well. I schedule a workout class for 5:30 am and I sign up the night before so I can't cancel or I have to pay money also I really like the class so it forces me out of bed at 5:15 because I have somewhere to be and then that way I'm up and moving.
PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?
Katie: Just be as raw and real as you can be. Genuine people are the best people. People fall in love with realness.
Stop thinking that anything is wrong with you. You are enough, try your best to believe that you are enough exactly as you are and you don't need to change you body, your hair, your weight, your job, or anything about yourself to be enough.
Lastly, do something creative every single day. It will make you feel proud, useful, and happy just for trying.
PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?
Katie: Journaling and processing my experiences. Doing something creative. Breathing and meditating as much as I can. Walking in nature as often as I can. And listening to or reading inspiring spiritual content.
PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?
Katie: I hid for a long time that I hated my body. I hid from people that knew me well that I was trying so hard to lose weight.
No one knew that I constantly thought about food and what I had eaten that day or that I constantly was comparing myself and my body to other people and feeling bad about myself. Now that I am open about this and constantly sharing my feelings and shame about it I feel more open and authentically me. The cool thing about sharing my shame is that it goes away when you share it because usually you're not the only one that has felt that way.
PYS: 7. Who inspires you?
Katie: Elizabeth Gilbert, Beth Stelling, Simi Botic, Christy Harrison, Isabel Foxen Duke, Heather Waxman, Carly Gross, Alex Beadon, Gabby Bernstein, Haley Night, Stephanie Kylrich