Combining both of her passions, photography and yoga, this mom of two is a force to be reckoned with - meet this week's #wingwoman, Rikki Mae! Rikki has been a photographer for nearly 11 years, specializing in baby, newborn, and family photography, and she also is the creator behind Our Community Yoga, a virtual yoga studio. In our interview, Rikki shares how important it is to fall in love with yourself first, how she surrounds herself with people who feel like a breath of fresh air, and how she holds a great appreciation for deep instrumental music. Continue reading to learn all about Rikki!
1. What makes you happy?
I find the most joy in my life when I’m being creative. Whether it’s through photography or body movement (I’m a photographer & a yoga instructor), I am my happiest when I’m creating.
2. What advice would you give your younger self?
Love is a two-way street. You will get back as much as you give. But before you can truly give and receive love from another, you must first fall in love with yourself. Truly fall in love with all parts of yourself without judgement. Give yourself patience and understanding. Do the things you love and that bring you joy. Speak your truth. Stop worrying what anyone else thinks! The only opinion that matters is your own. And above all else, allow your true self to shine – the real you.
And once you do this, everything else will just seem to “fall into place”.
3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?
I’m sure many of the Wing Women over this past year would answer the same – end the covid-19 pandemic! In a heartbeat I would love to give us all back the life we used to have. Or at least a new, slower paced version of it. Good health and happiness to all!
4. How did you find your purpose?
Through self-discovery. It wasn’t something I set out to “find”, sometimes I feel like my purpose found me though opening myself up to the freedom of self-expression and trying new things! Once I found things that really set me on fire creatively, I stuck with them and they led me to my purpose.
Find the things that ignite your soul and then do them as often as you can.
5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?
Time! Time is limited and as life goes on, you realized that you sometimes have to stop putting in effort with people who aren’t reciprocating. So, I spend my time on the people who bring love and joy to my life, the ones whose company feels like a breath of fresh air.
6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?
Not everyone is meant to be in your life forever! Some people come into your life for a short while, who show up to test or teach you, to help you grow. There are only a select few who are meant to stand the tests of time. The ones who connect with you on soul level, the ones who get you, support you and help you reach your full potential. These are the ones who stick with you for life. Learning quality over quantity and when to walk away.
7. Who are your SHEros (AKA female heroes)?
My female heroes are strong women who aren’t afraid to be themselves and who stand up for the things they are passionate about. The ones who follow their dreams and live an authentic life they love.
8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?
I am a huge music buff! I don’t listen to many podcasts as I always have some kind of music playing. In my yoga classes, I’ve been playing a lot of piano music and have really grown a fond appreciation for the feelings and emotions that deep instrumental music can evoke.
9. Where can we find you?