I’m a little jealous of this week’s featured blogger, I wish I had the motivation to get into yoga like this lady… one day, maybe, one day…
Blog: YOGA WITH ME
Blogger: Shirley McLeod
Tell us a little about your blog.
Yoga With Me is about encouraging and inspiring people to give yoga a go, regardless of your starting point physically, mentally or spiritually. It’s documenting how I fit yoga into my busy life, and my journey to becoming a yoga teacher. I’m a mum to two gorgeous boys, I work full time as a project manager, and I use yoga to de-stress, unwind and keep fit. I want to demystify yoga, and show people that it’s not just for hippies or the really flexible.
What is the story behind how you came to be a blogger?
When I started Yoga With Me, I’d been practicing yoga seriously for about a year, and had been accepted into Yoga Teacher Training, starting May 2015. I knew I had to practice lots in 2015 so that I wasn’t the most un-co yogi in the class (I’m a bit of a perfectionist!)
On New Year’s Eve 2014, over a glass of bubbles, I was gently pushed into starting Yoga With Me by Makaia Carr from Motivate Me NZ (We’ve been friends for over 10 years). And by gentle I mean she basically wouldn’t let me have any more wine unless I agreed to set up a Facebook page and Instagram account by the end of the next day! I did a quick brainstorm, drafted my first post about my journey and put up a couple of pics. Thanks to Makaia’s prompts from the Motivate Me page, I had 1,500 likes within 48 hours.
From there I set out to make as many yoga, health and wellness connections I could, and try to get my page in front of as many people as possible.
Where do you go or what do you do to get inspiration for your blog?
I haven’t run out of ideas yet for my posts yet (touch wood), and have been able to post something every day since 1 January. I’ve signed up to some awesome online yoga groups, and follow a bunch of inspiring yogis – I get ideas from them about poses and photos that look awesome. I also like to post links to other yogis or articles that have inspired me. I get lovely messages from my followers as well that give me a hint about what might be useful for them to write about
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt and how has it shaped you?
You can’t beat me at being me. I am who I am, and if I reflect that in my blog then I think people will be drawn to it. If you are passionate about your topic, and can be yourself in what you portray to your readers, they will make a connection with you.
What one piece of advice would you give to new bloggers?
Scheduling is your friend. Yes, you might have a great post right now, but is that when all your followers are online to get the biggest reach?
Name some of the bloggers that you look up to and why?
The Leo Style – Why wouldn’t you love Larissa – firstly she’s beautiful (those brows!), and anyone who can make you look pretty gets tick in my book. She’s a mum and a lovely person too.
Clean Eatz NZ – Millie is genuinely a no bulls**t kinda chick. She’s finding her own way to being healthy and she’s got some great cooking ideas. I love the way she uses lots of flavourings/spices herbs in her cooking.
Clean Eats From a Filthy Mouth – This kiwi chick is a machine! You should see her amazing dedication to fitness and healthy eating – and she only gave birth a month ago and she looks fabulous! Plus she says all the swear words so i don’t have to.
What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
I’m either thinking about what song can i put on to get me going, or just enjoying the peace without my kids
What song is your personal anthem?
Power by Kanye West, and anything by Taylor Swift (she’s so addictive!)
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
If I had no time to think of something awesome, I’d fall back on my best ever roast chicken, with heaps of roast veggies, home-made gravy, peas, and broccoli with cheese sauce. Everything I know about roast chicken I learnt from my mum <3
If you gave me a heads up well in advance, I’d probably do Martin Bosley’s Twice-baked Whitebait souffle for entree, Jamie Oliver’s San Fran Blackened Chicken quinoa salad for main, and Julia & Libby’s raw banoffie pie for dessert.
In the movie of your life, who would play you?
Where is your happy place, and why?
I have a few happy places: my house (that my husband and I designed and built), at the beach (any beach will do as long as the sun is shining), up the mountain (snowboarding), or at my mum and dad’s place (it always feels ‘safe’ to be at their house).
How would you describe your personal style?
I have two quite different styles. My corporate style is very polished, tailored, slim fitting, with a bit of an edge. I don’t do floaty. I like Trelise Cooper Boardroom, Kate Sylvester, Cue, Veronica Maine, and Andrea Moore. I need the accessories to go with it: Marc Jacobs handbag, new 12″ gold Macbook, iPhone, MAC lipstick in Lady Danger, killer heels from Liam (Ruby).
Outside of work, I’ll probably be in my yoga gear (Lululemon, Nike, Flip Your Dog), or G-Star skinny jeans with a knit top and my Camilla & Marc leather jacket.
What is the last thing that made you say ‘wow’?
When my 4 1/2 year old son came into my room this week as said “Hey Mum, I can count to ten in Maori: tahi, rua, toru, wha, rima, ono, whetu, waru, iwa, tekau”. I was like “Wow! who taught you that?” (wasn’t me!)
What is your wish for the future?
That my children and wider family grow up healthy and happy. Oh, and that I open an AWESOME yoga studio somewhere, and lots more people get to enjoy yoga!