In July I was at my best friend’s bachelorette weekend in Niagara on the Lake. We had so many girly adventures,including high tea, a wine tour and a yoga class in our rental home. We had a super fun yoga instructor come in to teach the class, she was full of awesome energy and guided us through a relaxing yoga class. Little did I know until after she was gone that not only is she a yoga instructor, but an owner of an event planning company, Elev8 Events and author to her book ‘Dramatically Zen’,
Meet Angela Urquhart, a very inspiring lady who has lots of tips and wisdom to share when it comes to staying stress-free and organized as she runs her own business.
Q: Angela, you juggle your event planning business, instructing yoga and your blog/book. How do you stay organized?
A: I typically have a list of weekly activities I need to accomplish that include some big, overarching items I need to take care of (can be business, can be personal, etc) , then break that down into days as well (which I typically come up with my to-do list the night before). I try to block out my time so I know there is an end point and that I don’t get distracted as well. Lately, the focus has been on the event planning company, as I try to put together new and exciting offerings for 2017, so the blogging/writing part has been on the back burner for now. Prioritizing based on timelines/previous goals set helps tremendously!
Q: What’s the story behind the name ‘Dramatically Zen’?
A: Well, to me Dramatically Zen is an honest juxtaposition of the way life tends to work out. Life is a mix that typically teeters between the dramatic loop-di-loops, twists, some crappy things, wild and crazy things, and other things that we have no control over, and then balanced with choices that we can make that are intended to bring the Zen and the peace. This pretty much summed up my travels that are described in my book – some crazy, stress-inducing thing would happen, and most times I would initially respond in a dramatic way – that is, until I learned to harness the Zen and calmness, realizing that this was probably the wisest way to respond.
Q: I love that you mix yoga with wine at your classes. What made you decided to incorporate wine with yoga?
A: When I started my events company, I decided that I wanted to create events that me and my friends would want to go to, want to share about on social media, and feel really good about. A social time to just have fun all while incorporating a little self-care. Since I live in Niagara, wine was a natural element to include. Yoga and wine are also two of my favourite things 🙂 One of my favourite wineries, Ravine Vineyard, was open to my idea of hosting a Yoga & Wine night – it was the first event I hosted under my company, Elev8 Events – and the response from the community was incredible! Since the first year the event has grown on an exponential level, and this year it topped off with 200 yogi/wine-os and had the absolute BEST energy you could ever imagine! I LOVE teaching this class so much!
Q: What’s your favourite yoga pose?
A: I’m a big fan of Pigeon Pose – it releases so much tension/stress! It allows you to let go, put your head down, close your eyes and just BE in the pose in a somewhat passive way. It’s restorative, so you can hold it longer than usual, and really lets you get into the nitty gritty of the physicality behind it. Then when you release from the pose and get back into Downward Dog – BEST. FEELING. EVER!
Q: If there was one lesson you’d like people to take from your book, what would it be?
A: I think one important lesson is that you are never, ever stuck in the circumstances you are in. There is always the opportunity to make positive change! It’s usually fear of the unknown that holds us back from striving to pursue our passions. But there is something amazingly magical that happens the moment you make the decision to chase your dreams – new energy somehow finds you and supports you and, incredibly, doors start opening and creativity begins to flourish. You may hit bumps in the winding, dramatic road along the way, but KEEP GOING. There are so many times where I have questioned myself and what the H I was doing – writing a book, starting my own business- who did I think I was? Times have been hard, but I keep going and pushed through the struggle, consistently reminding myself of my end goal and the reason WHY I started. Persistence, positivity, and hard work and I am in a new place – so far from the previous place of “Stuck” I felt a few years ago. I am motivated to keep creating new and inspiring events, situations, and meeting new people who enhance this journey! I truly feel blessed and I hone in on that gratitude!
Q: What’s your favourite way to de-stress?
A: Yoga is clearly a big factor in my life, and attending a yoga class that has some super chill music and dim lighting leaves me feeling completely nourished!
Q: What’s your go-to comfort food?
A: Comfort Food – I gotta go with mashed potatoes on this one haha. Also, nachos. Always nachos.
Q: What’s your favourite room in your home?
A: Right now its the nursery room! Baby Oz is due on December 26th, and we are getting the room ready for our little one’s arrival! Its just so bright, clean, and cute with lots of Boho vibes – dreamcatchers, feathers, and of course stuffed animals of MY spirit animal – llamas. Its white, silver-grey, with little touches of gold, blue, and other soothing colours! I walk in and feel the most excitement ever knowing that our little baby will be arriving so soon!!
Check out Angela’s blog and book to learn more about this amazing lady!