We had the good fortune of connecting with Bethany Webb and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bethany, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
To trust that life has my back. My career has taken some creative twists and turns over the past 15 years – from Advertising Executive to Yoga Therapist to Bodyworker to B&B Manager to Painter to Mindset Coach to Author…Some jobs were part of “the plan” and the majority just showed up when I was ready to meet them. A few examples…
– I burnt out in my advertising career, which led me to quit my job and buy a one-way ticket to Spain.
– I failed my first yoga training, which led me to launch my career as a private yoga instructor.
– I was at war with my parents, which led me to attend a Byron Katie event that forever changed my life (and my career).
– I found a bag of art supplies in the attic of my rental home, which led me to become a painter.
– I was evicted from my home, which led me to go after my dream job of managing a B&B retreat property.
– I became a Certified Facilitator for The Work of Byron Katie™, which led me to know exactly what to do to support myself in the biggest curveball yet: cancer.
– I learned how to enjoy cancer, which led me to write my first book and shift my entire career into supporting others in finding the same freedom.
And I have so many more examples of how when life appears to be “shitty” – it’s somehow leading me into a new direction. There are no failures – I’m just always learning and growing. My evolving career continues to teach me that life happens for me – and when I drop the story of how I think my career “should be” going, I can follow the flow to the badass places it takes me.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Holy moly I love my work. I’m a Mindset Coach, Yoga Therapist, and Author helping clients find freedom in everything life brings – especially those curveballs. Based in Boulder, I work with awesome humans all over the globe through online private coaching, classes, my community membership program, and retreats.
I love exploring the relationship between the mind & body – how our mental BS (belief systems) affect our emotions, physical sensations, and overall health and wellbeing.
In 2015, I was certified in a mindfulness practice called The Work of Byron Katie (Mindset Coaching) – it’s a way to identify and question thoughts that create stress, whether it be in health, relationships, work, self-judgments, anything…it was a practice that was beyond helpful in my own healing and the perfect compliment to my now 12-year career in Health & Wellness. I was set and ready to launch into a new phase of my career combining Yoga & The Work.
But life had different plans.
A few months later, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer at the age of 34. At first, I tossed aside every single peace tool I had ever learned and turned to the art of freaking out, ugly crying, and depression. My mind was stuck in only worse-case scenarios…thoughts like “My life is over,” “I failed at being healthy,” “Cancer is the worst thing that could ever happen to me.” Eventually, I hit a point of suffering where I had just had enough. I reached back into that healing toolbox; it was time to really practice what I preach.
Turns out, my background provided the perfect training and inner support system to meet cancer with an open mind, peace, and humor. As I questioned my stressful thoughts about cancer, it became a true gift and my greatest teacher. It taught me how to be present, slow down, deeply listen, ask for support, let go, and truly connect with myself and others. I can honestly say I have a better life BECAUSE of cancer. Becoming “free” from cancer has taken on a whole new meaning. And it led to my biggest accomplishment yet – the birth of my book baby:
My Guru Cancer: You don’t have to fight to find true freedom from the C Word
Ahhhh, I love her so much! It’s the book I wish I could have read when I was diagnosed. And you’ll often see me posting cheesy book baby photos all over the place – she’s now my best adventure buddy 🙂.
I truly believe that when the mind is open, the presence of inner peace is available to us in any moment. Yet sometimes the cray cray mind can get in the way of noticing this reality! For me, truly enjoying life is just a shift in mindset. And it’s an ongoing mental yoga practice. More than ever, I am inspired to share my experience and these healing tools with anyone who is ready to reconnect with their natural state of peace, joy, and clarity.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Soooo many ideas…I moved to Colorado 9 months before Covid hit and omg, I have never been so wildly in love with where I live! Everything on my itinerary is likely centered around food and adventure.
First up would be a play day in Boulder. We’d pack some fresh fruit and coffee, and start our day on one of my favorite local hikes called Skunk Canyon (it does not stink…at all). Sipping a warm cup of coffee on top of the quiet stillness of the mountains? Yes, please. Then we’d head down to Pearl Street and roam around without a plan, shopping, snacking, checking out the local musicians and performers. A rooftop late lunch at Avanti for more mountain views (I’m pretty obsessed with the margarita pizza). In the evening, we’d eat dinner at one of my favorites – River & Woods, definitely saving room for their caramel/chocolate churros. Another walk down Pearl Street to the St. Julien Hotel for live music and salsa dancing. (Note: you don’t have to know anything about salsa to salsa…plenty of talented locals are happy to teach you.)
We would also need to head out to the mountains. I’d stay in Vail and if it were winter, it would be skiing Vail mountain followed by apres-ski fun at The Red Lion. I also couldn’t miss my favorite tacos at Rocky Mountain Taco, a trailer attached to Vail Brewery in Eagle-Vail (get the Hippy Crack ones!).
For a relaxing day, we’d head out to Glenwood Springs for a soak in the Iron Mountain Hot Springs. I love going around sunset so you can see the sun dip under the mountains over the river.
And if it were summer, it’s on for white water kayaking on the Eagle River and follow the same hot spring + taco itinerary.
Also, camping! I’m new(ish) to all of the great camping spots, but Rocky Mountain National Park is mindblowing – so we’d definitely need to camp a few nights there under the stars.
As somewhat of a CO newbie, there are so many places in Colorado I haven’t explored yet – it’s so exciting to see the world opening again, I’m especially ready for live music and festivals. So Red Rocks….here I come!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Big shoutout to my awesome family! They have been by my side through every crazy decision, career move, and life curveball…they didn’t always jump on board right away with my choices, but they’ve always loved and supported me.
Soooo many friends, teachers, and mentors have also helped me along the way…I need to give a big shoutout to Byron Katie who is the founder of “The Work” – I think of it as “yoga for the mind.” As a student and facilitator of this practice, I can honestly say that it has changed my entire life in the most profound ways.
Other: Link to my book baby, My Guru Cancer: https://www.amazon.com/My-Guru-Cancer-Fight-Freedom-ebook/dp/B08GYP9PWP/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=my+guru+cancer&qid=1618335389&sr=8-1