We had the good fortune of connecting with Mimi Marie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mimi, how do you think about risk?
I believe that every passion or dream that we feel called to pursue newly is going to involve a certain level of risk and conquering our own fears. Every step outside of our comfort zone is a risk and we never know the result or the reward until we take the leap. The first time I taught a Nia class was a risk. What if I’m really bad and people don’t have fun? The first time I ran a cleanse program was a risk. What if it doesn’t work for everyone? What if I fail at it ALL? The problem is we never know until we take the risk and try. Those risks have always led me to greater experiences than I could have ever imagined in my own mind. The reward for helping people to live more healthfully and fully embodied lives is worth every risk in my book.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am many things. which is why it was difficult for me to pick a category for this interview. However, the one overarching message that I aspire to encompass in my work is that we all have the power to overcome life’s tragedies and challenges. That our story and our path don’t have to look like anyone else’s, and that the source of it all is directly related to our level of health and connection to our bodies. Of course, I’ve had to discover all of that on my own journey to be able to share that with others. I have overcome my own share of life’s struggles from being raised by a drug addict mother, losing my father at a young age, raising 5 children, going through a divorce, and finally rediscovering and redefining myself as a woman. The work that I do with women is to help them reconnect with the power that lies within them, beginning with their own health and their relationship to their bodies. This begins with becoming aware of their current levels of health and happiness, making changes where they can, and then growing from there. It is a personalized, gentle, and self-loving process. Working to empower women is of the greatest fulfillment for me and I believe will ultimately change our world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would definitely do a drive up Coast Highway 101 from Oceanside all the way to La Jolla, stopping along the way to hike Torrey Pines State Reserve and eat at places like Eve Encinitas and Flower Child in Del Mar. We would walk and site see at Seaport Village and Balboa Park. Assuming things would be open again, we could see shows at The Shout House downtown and Balboa Park.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have a long list of programs, books, and people that have supported and empowered my path, but I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my kids. Would you believe that I have 5 of them, as well as 2 grandbabies? They are my #1 reasons and support system for everything that I do and pursue in life. They are each the most incredible and brave human beings in their own unique ways. Whenever I question how I’m doing in life, I look at them to remember that I’ve done something right.
Vera V and Fred Bass