We had the good fortune of connecting with Kacey Kingry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kacey, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
The single most important decision I’ve ever made for myself was the decision to stop drinking just over two years ago. Alcohol is regarded as such an integral part of everything we do in life, and it is a substance that had plagued me personally for decades. Now, having removed alcohol from my everyday life, I am clearer, stronger, and more present for my whole life, especially my business. I have so much more energy and bandwidth to devote to growth and forward motion and showing up wholeheartedly for my students and clients. Liberating myself from alcohol has freed me to be more powerful, present, and intentional in every single area of my life. Our culture tends to believe that alcohol is just a part of everyday events, and if it doesn’t serve you, you must be doing it wrong. I love living my life with the belief that life can be overflowing and wonderful without ever consuming alcohol.
What should our readers know about your business?
I chose the name Lotus Life Coaching for my business, because I feel that the lotus flower so accurately represents the process of growth and transformation, and really just living in general. No mud, no lotus. You cannot experience the beauty of the flower without the murky mud. My life coaching approach is that everyone is going to get dirty in life: we are all going to face obstacles, challenges, and pain, no matter what decisions we make. That’s just how life is. So, you can choose to just get dirty, or you can choose to use the mud, obstacles, etc., to change you, to make you better, to help you grow into something even more beautiful. I use this philosophy along with other yoga-based philosophies like non-attachment to coach my clients through their obstacles into a life of their creation. I love helping my clients to use these ancient concepts for healing and living in their modern-day lives. In building my business, I have been very strategic about integrating my whole life into/around the business, so that my entire life is balanced and sustainable. The process has not been easy; it has taken much longer than anticipated, and it has not been nearly as glamorous as I had imagined. I have learned to strengthen my resilience in that I have chosen to see each small forward step as success, and I have built each small step upon the last, until eventually it all started to add up to something special. It has been a lesson in deep trust and perseverance.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to all my favorite spots: Ohana Yoga + Barre on Tennyson, where I teach on a fabulous team of incredibly skilled and special yoga and barre teachers. We would go for a salt water float at Samana in RiNo to get restored and replenished (floating is one of my favorite mindfulness and self-care practices ever!!!). Finally, we would head to Sushi Sasa in LoHi, where everything is fresh and tasty and delicious!!!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The book This Naked Mind by Annie Grace completely changed the way my brain views/interacts with alcohol. I believe this is a book that everyone should read in order to make an informed decision about the role they wish alcohol to play in their lives. It changed the way I look at things completely. https://thisnakedmind.com/this-naked-mind/
Sara Ford (personal photo with red top) Preston Slaughter (winter photos)