We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Wolf and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When you’re running your own business it’s easy for all hours to become work hours. I’ve had to set pretty clear parameters for when I engage in work, otherwise I could find myself Meal Planning or responding to a client’s email at 5AM. But I am responsible for setting the expectations for my availability and I have to strike that balance between my work and my life. Even with as personal as this work is to me, it cannot be all of me. I believe a life of balance is more sustainable than a life of rigidity. Pushing too hard and not finding balance, even with the best of intentions, only leads to burn out and resentment of the work, and that’s true for anything: a diet, a workout plan, etc. — nothing is black and white, we have to embrace the balance. But I’ll be honest, it’s hard to put the work down when you love it so much!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’ve held a number of seemingly random jobs over the years and gathered a range of diverse skills in the pursuit of finding exactly where my talents best fit and how I can be of service to others. When the pandemic hit and I was thinking about next career moves it became clear to me how the best parts of my past jobs are connected and I used that to inform what I want to do with my life: work one-on-one with others to find empowerment through: yoga, mindful movement and breath connection, learned skills in the kitchen and heightened awareness of nutritional intake, and intuitive eating; essentially acting as a coach and guide for others to embody and embrace their best selves. There wasn’t a company that I could think of that created a space for all of these services in hopes for a deeper mind-body connection, so I decided to make it and put all of this past experience together! We Root to Rise is a unique business that offers personalized wellness services that uplift and empower people to commit body, mind, and soul to a lifestyle rooted in self-worth so they can focus their energy on achieving their personal goals. It’s taken a lot of courage to get to where I am, but I believe taking risks is a necessary part of growth. I feel like people so often live in the space between the fear of growth and the fear of staying exactly the same, and for me the fear of staying the same drives me towards taking a risk and part of risk taking is inherently being okay with the idea that it may not pay off how you thought it would. Choosing to start a business in the middle of a global pandemic was definitely taking a risk, but the thought of returning to an unfulfilling day job that left me feeling empty was a big catalyst for taking the leap, doing the work, and ultimately being okay with where I land. Because wherever that is it will be greater than where I was and I’ve stayed true to myself in the process.
I guess I really do want to change the world for the better. The “pay-it-forward” method. See good. Be good. Do good. I want to continue to create a space, community, or platform in which people find deeper connection to themselves, others, and the world around them and feel damn good about themselves in the process!
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?
Ruh Roh! I live in Detroit….
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my husband for being my hype man, recipe taste tester, yoga student, shoulder to cry on, ugly truth teller, emotional and physical wound kisser, and number one motivator! To my many female mentors, leaders, and friends who inspire me every single day to show up and take up space — thank you.