Hey, it’s Arianna Lynne.
I’m Arianna Lynne, the creator of Yoga With Mimosas. I am a second-generation immigrant and first-generation college student. This is my story.
Watching my grandparents work hard to lay the foundation down for our family impacted the way I saw life. My grandma would walk to the cannery every morning to work for over 10 hours a day. My grandpa was an auto shop worker by day and retail worker by night.
These humble but demanding jobs were definitely a step down from their jobs in their home country, my grandpa being a former chief-of-police and my grandma an accountant in the making. They gathered the courage to drop everything and go to a foreign land to ensure that their children, grandchildren, and future generations would not have to ever worry about having food on the table as they did. Because of their sacrifices, my mom could focus on school and chase the career she wanted. I was able to grow up with a roof over my head, food in my stomach, and a blanket to keep me warm at night.
Their story set the tone for the way I approach life, humbly and with everything I have, but their story was not mine. I am my own person.
I was the “weird” kid.
Being the soft-spoken, nerdy kid made me an easy target for bullying. Having interests in things no one else did also set me apart from others, and not in a good way. I used to constantly have notes left in my desk saying things like, “Arianna Lynne is a FREAK!” and worse. (Ironically, one of the reasons I was bullied was because I liked to listen to KPOP, which is now starting to become extremely popular in the US.) On top of that, I wasn’t good at sports.
I hated PE as a kid. I am the most uncoordinated person in the world when you hand me a ball or a bat. Unfortunately, that meant that I was pretty bad at every PE activity ever. That also meant I was forced to do something I hated up until 8th grade.
I was the kid tagging along the end of the line at the mile run. The person who was always chosen last for dodgeball? Yup, that’s me. Basketballs, dodgeballs, and wall balls hit my face more times than I’d like to admit. All was well after class was over… Until I got to do it all over again the next week at PE until the end of 8th grade. Not much of a confidence booster, is it?
But I wanted to change that.
Going into high school, I didn’t have confidence in my body or interest in any physical activity. The fact that I was still an introvert didn’t help. After my experience throughout elementary school and middle school, I was extremely self-conscious about how people perceived me.
Despite all the harsh words that felt like they were seared into my brain at this point, there was no way I was going to change who I am to be liked by others. Being proud of who I am was not up for compromise. I did want to at least change how I saw my body.
The gym wasn’t an option for me. My anxiety wouldn’t let me expose myself to the possibility of being watched and embarrassing myself. I started out by doing workouts and learning dances at home instead.
Eventually, I found my path.
Long story short, I wasn’t good at physical activity involving things like bats, but I realized I was good at things that involved music and movement. It took a while for me to get started, but I eventually began taking dance classes and doing POP Pilates. I participated in dance recitals and theater. My confidence soared. How people saw me no longer affected the way I saw myself.
I eventually became a certified POP Pilates instructor and PIIT28 instructor. Today along with Yoga With Mimosas, I’m working on creating live online POP Pilates and PIIT28 classes. I love my mind and body as it is, but I still continue to grow each day. The next step for me is becoming a certified life coach.
A couple of years ago, I was reflecting on my own journey and had this light bulb moment. I spent years feeling bad that I wasn’t good at this one thing that I was only doing because I had to do it. It’s a feeling that follows us no matter how old we are because society does it all the time, make you feel like you HAVE to be or look a certain way. There’s absolutely no reason for someone to feel distraught over one thing they’re bad at when they’re good at 100 other things. It got me thinking, “Maybe people just haven’t found those 100 things, just like me a few years ago.”
And so Yoga With Mimosas was born.
The truth is, when you find that balance that works for you, you will succeed. Today, I’m the strongest I have ever been in my life, physically and mentally, because I found out what works for me. I want to help you do the same through Yoga With Mimosas.
My goal is to create a variety of lifestyle and fitness content you can use in YOUR everyday life. It doesn’t stop there. I want to create a community of like-minded people who want to build each other up. I want to create classes and services that will help you reach your goals.
Yoga With Mimosas is more than just a blog. It’s the start of a community. No matter how old a person is or where they are in life, no one should ever have to feel like they’re worthless because they can’t do this or they don’t look like that. The cycle ends now.