We had the good fortune of connecting with Margaret James and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Margaret, what should our readers know about your business?
I’m an ayurvedic wellness coach and restorative yoga teacher who combines ancient wisdom with modern science to help people heal their guts, manage their stress, and align with their purpose. I’m most proud to support women in healing their relationship with food, sleep, and sex so they can experience radical self love and belonging. Through the practices of Ayurveda, my clients have learned how to nourish themselves physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually and it’s such an honor to see them reclaim their power and feel at home in their bodies. I’ve learned that being a new entrepreneur requires wearing all the hats to make things happen. It’s been really fun and exciting but it also requires that I set firm boundaries with myself to make sure I have the ability to show up fully resourced and prepared for my clients. I want to give from my overflow, not from my reserves.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m a tree hugger through and through so my husband and I do a lot of camping. He’s in the fly fishing industry so we can often be found floating and fishing down the Colorado River too. Overnight river trips is one of my favorite things to do. No service, the sounds of nature, and time to just be. I grew up in Houston so most of the people who come to visit are coming from sea level, which means I love making them go on a solid acclimation hike, usually at Elk Meadow or Three Sisters. We finish it off with a stop at Muddy Buck in Evergreen. Other places we are sure to visit are: Alameda Burrito and down the street from that is my favorite pizza spot Pizzeria Lui. We love taking friends to Adelita’s, Thai Diamond, Post Oak BBQ, and Sera’s Ramen Enclave as well. We tend to do a lot of cooking and hanging out at home as well because our chickens and dogs provide some fun entertainment that can’t be found anywhere else. Plus we have a big yard to play games like Can Jam!
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?
My husband Davis deserves the biggest, loudest shoutout. He stood by me as I had many breakdowns and struggles, especially the year and a half before leaving my job. He’s believed in me, supported me, and reminded me of what I’m committed to. He’s been my photographer and filmer for the online courses I’ve created. He’s been my guinea pig for recipes and lets me practice restorative yoga on him. He’s taught me how to not take myself so seriously and to still have fun along the way. I also have to give my friend and coach Jacki Carr a major shoutout too. She’s given me so many opportunities to share my work and I’m forever grateful for her support. She helped me envision the business I have today and am working to have tomorrow. And she’s also been a major source of inspiration for me. To see her juggling so many roles while keeping it real, raw, and honest has helped me ease up on myself too.