We had the good fortune of connecting with Niki Gonzales and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Niki, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking has divinely guided me on my journey. Last year the husband and I jumped in our motorhome and traveled the US.
Initially I was terrified. Traveling during a pandemic felt surreal. I soon realized I was pushing through the boundaries and layers of fear and grew to love our experience.
After we arrived back home to Washington state, after living on the road for 40 days, we decided to sell a lot of our belongings, sold our home, quit our jobs and made several trips to Arizona.
We lived in our motorhome at a KOA and began the daunting task of finding a home in the hottest housing market.
We had no real plan, no jobs, no home. We risked it all to relocate and start over in the land of the sun.
We found a charming home and made an offer.
However, so did 8 other possible home buyers. 2 of which, over bid us by almost $30,000!
The home owners chose us based on our story and wanted to see a family in their home versus rental investors.
We were beyond grateful!
We truly believe the desert called us here and we followed the call to action.
Had we not taken these risks, we may not be able to live the life of our dreams right now.
We were divinely guided.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I feel that I am able to deliver an experience everytime my students walk through the doors of the yoga studio.
Being a trauma Informed yoga teacher and being able to play the Crystal quartz singing bowls and Buffalo drums is an incredible asset that sets me a part.
I’d say I’m most proud, to help facilitate healing to others. Using the modalities I’ve learned and mixing in my intuitive gifts has become my most passionate work.
I got where I’m at because I was severely broken hearted. Conventional therapy wasn’t helping the ache inside my soul. I found a Reiki master and a Shamen and began healing almost immediately. I was able to find hope again.
It was a difficult but beautiful road to get here. I had to learn to integrate my shadow parts with my light parts and meet myself somewhere in the middle.
The lessons I’ve learned along the way are “fear is not real, only love is real” that fear is a choice and right on the other side of discomfort is growth.
The only way out of the painful situations in life, is to walk through it and to remember it’s ok to be strong and it’s ok to break. Tacos break all the time and we still love them:)
I think what I’d like the world to know about my story is, I’ve been through so much in my life from being adopted, being divorced, experiencing parental alienation, trauma, 9/11 PTSD and suffering from often times debilitating anxiety.
I truly get pain and suffering. I’ve lived it and studied the darkness. I believe I’m still here, to help others who are suffering, find healing and HOPE. Never give up on hope and faith. Faith can move mountains!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh, we are definitely hiking at Superstition Mountains! The energy out there is palpable. Then I’d take my best friend to Canyon Lake for either a swim or paddle board session. I’d say in April would be the best time of year.
After that it would be fun to dry off and head to Tortilla Flats for lunch and a drink with live outdoor music. The last time we went there was a slide guitarist and it was so soulful!
The ghost town would be a fun place to end up at. Hopefully we’d run into a local and be blessed to hear some good ole story telling, of times long ago.
We’d have to go to Sedona! Hike and maybe do some woo-woo and wine tasting.
Scottsdale and old Scottsdale would be a must for shopping and sight seeing.
I’d love to go explore Cave Creek and Carefree and go visit the teepee at Free Spririt.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Huge shoutout to my partner in crime, the husband. After 17 years we keep choosing each other and leading each other to the next great adventure.
Shout out to the book, The Secret. The Law of Attraction is available to us all.
Vision boards become your reality. Manifest!
I’d love to shoutout to the yoga communities in WA state and AZ. Getting on my mat feels like hOMe.
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