Hi. I’m Willamarie Moore. I’m here to help you bring balance back to your life. I used to pride myself on being a “successful professional.” I was an award-winning educator in the museum world. I also wrote award-winning children’s books. I had the privilege of studying yoga with one of the top teachers in the country and eventually taught at the same studio. I lived in a beautiful neighborhood of a hip big city and drove a Mini Cooper. On the surface, I was successful.
I’d grown accustomed to the non-profit M.O. of being “overworked and underpaid.” Somehow, it made me feel noble. I was constantly rushing from one thing to the next, impatient with anyone who got in my way. I was “eating” meals on the subway or in the car. I had little time for friendships or romantic relationships. I no longer read novels, played music, made things by hand—activities I loved as a child. I had no downtime. I was spinning in a whirlwind of action but had no life.
In my early 40s, I contracted shingles. I ignored the initial signs and refused to see a doctor. By the time I was diagnosed, it was too late to take medicines that would have mitigated the condition. The virus struck a cranial nerve. Even the slightest movement of any single hair on my head was excruciating. I had never experienced such pain before. I had no choice but to stay in bed, as still as possible, and let the virus run its course. For the first time in my life, I was forced to stop.