Next, we have…..
Ingrid Huffman, founder of Blue Winds Dancing Ranch. After serving in both the US Navy and Army Nurse Corps, ingrid came to a point where her life just didn't work anymore. She experienced PTSD and felt like she was “flapping in the wind”. All she knew was that she had a desire for something different...something more. As she followed her yes's, she was guided to become a shaman and start a non profit Ranch where she helps veterans reconnect with themselves by connecting through nature.
Today she happily lives on a ranch with happy horses, goats, cows, ducks….and spends her time running programs to help veterans “re-member “ themselves. All Ingrid knew when she was younger was that she was called to be a nurse. Now she runs three separate businesses…or when it comes to Blue Winds Dancing Ranch, in her words “I’m not just starting a business, I’m starting a movement”.
In this episode, Ingrid shares the story of how she made this vision a success. One of the takeaways that most resonates with me is that she clearly sees how every single experience of her life has guided her to where she is now; and how she also got here by heeding to the yes’s that her intuition called out for.
Plug in those earbuds and listen in!
PS. If you’re just joining in, this is an episode of the special mini series,The Hustle Series. September is like a second new year where we get to establish new routines, refresh goals and create new dreams. Taking full advantage of this new energy, fresh start vibe, I’ve collected stories of amazing individuals who took the courage and leaped for their heart calling. As a result, they're now making riveting impact on positive change around the world.
They tell us about what it really took to make their vision a success - triumphs, trials and everything in between. They share candidly about how they figured out their heart calling was in the first place and what they leaned on to get this far. We especially dive deep and get real about the challenges they’ve faced. Oftentimes, we hear success stories about how there was a challenge and then ta-da! they made it….but what happened in the middle? It’s the sticky part that’s the thick of it and where we can use the most support when going for these endeavors.
The times when things seem hopeless and we’re about to throw in the towel. Maybe you run out of money and you literally can’t pay the bills. How do you know if you should keep trying? How do you manage when you wake up feeling like everything is a complete wash?
I’m so grateful to these individuals who graciously share the sticky parts of their journey with us. We learn so much from hearing about their passion, will and deep sense of resolve to follow their heart calling. Of course, we celebrate their triumphs with them cheer them on as they keep on going!
For you, I hope that these stories can be your anchor and inspiration as you daringly go for your dreams!
If you haven’t caught the first episode yet, go and listen to it now! Episode 83 with Lyndsay Morris who has started a movement to get mindfulness into schools across America.
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Challenges Along The Way And How You Got Through It
The hardest part about starting Bluewinds Dancing Ranch was to keep going. In the first ranch, Ingrid found herself cold, without heat and wondering why in the world she was doing this. The thing that kept her going was the strong anchor to her why, which you can hear the passion behind when she talks about it.
Lessons To Share
Everyone’s story brings them to where they are now
If you’re going through a challenging time, remember that “this too shall pass”
When she felt lost, she found herself seeking answers.. She didn’t know where home was and when she realized home was where her soul was, this energized and anchored her reason for doing what she does
When she sees the recovery of her clients.
What are 3 things you can share with people who are ready to go after their vision?
Get to know your story (because your story has brought you to where you are now)
Have a solid Why for doing what you’re doing
Say Yes to your yes’s!
Your biggest lesson along the way:
Embracing her shadows and realizing that she can be the alchemist that can turn the shadows into gold.
What is one nugget of advice you would share with fellow seekers who are also on this journey of self discovery?
You are a divine miracle and you can become a cosmic collaborator so that you can live out your perfect vision of health and wealth
If you have any questions for Mandy or want to learn more, connect with her through:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, blueheronwarrior@gmail, bluewindsdancing3@gmai