wild soul stories

Wild Soul Movement stories and experiences told by the women.

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Kate Marolt| Completed Wild Soul Movement Summer Session

Occupation: Runs women's retreats for movement and embodiment practices

Lives: Denver, CO

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT:

Liz:
Liz DiAlto here, creator of Wild Soul Movement and IShineYouShine, and we are here for another Wil Soul Story.

I’m very excited to introduce you today to Kate Marolt, who is 26, living in Denver.
Kate does work with women. She runs retreats, she does a lot of yoga, movement and embodiment practices with women. So Kate, thank you so much for being willing to share your Wild Soul Story with us today.

Kate:
Absolutely, thank you for having me!

Liz:
No problem.
So if you are tuning into this, you don’t know who I am, you don’t know who Kate is, you don’t know what Wild Soul Movement is – the purpose of Wild Soul Movement is to help women develop self love, self trust and self acceptance. And we do this through a movement practice that combines mantras, meditations and sensual movement through things like bodyweight exercises, yoga, stretching, circling and other stuff that I like to throw in here and there. It’s really about building an intimate relationship with yourself, and discovering how everything you’ve ever needed really has always been inside of you – whether or not you’ve experienced that in life before.

The purpose of these Wild Soul Stories is to show how every woman’s journey is unique, as are their results. And because Wild Soul Movement isn’t a work-out, or a fitness program, there aren’t before and after pictures – because we can’t take pictures of people’s insides, and that’s really what shifts.

So Kate, I actually know your answer and I love your answer to the question I’m about to ask you. I just like to ask everyone: “Why did you join Wild Soul Movement?” I remember in the beginning you saying something about wanting to take this summer, the way you put it was so beautiful, “for exquisite self care.” That was it, right?

Kate:
Yes, yeah.
I had just gotten back from travelling pretty much all over the world for the past nine months and while it was fun and beautiful and amazing, I really felt this desire to take care of myself on a new level and to honor myself and my body in a way that I really hadn’t before.
The term “exquisite self care” came to me during a meditation, and I said, “YES! That’s what I’m dedicating my summer to.” Your Wild Soul Movement came up in my newsfeed on Facebook right as I was kind of declaring this for myself, and I saw that and was like, “That is the message I want to get behind, that is the gift I want to give myself, whatever I can do to be a part of it – let’s do it!”

Liz:
Cool! Aw! I love that!
What were the gifts, and probably some struggles too? How did WSM help you this summer with that exquisite self-care piece?

Kate:
Yeah, it was so great because I used to teach yoga and fitness classes full time, kind of similar to you, I would train people. It was so focused on the fitness and nutrition industry and it never felt right to me. When I went and travelled I took pretty much the year off from training and moving the way I had – because before, I used to spend 20 hours a week at the gym teaching and working out. I needed a different way to move, and I was doing it by myself.

But you know when you do things by yourself or your trying out things for yourself and you think, “Is this even a thing? Can I even do this?” One of the gifts was that you were such an amazing guide, because the way that you talk is kind of the way I talk. I love mantras, I love spirituality, and I love these practices. But I fucking swear, and I drink whisky, and I do all this crazy shit, and people are like “Who are you?”

It was so perfect to have this gift of somebody who I could listen to and be like, “You’re my people and you get it!” And I had to have that in my body and experience it from the outside. It really helped me through re-integrating back into my community in Denver and making some decisions that I wasn’t really clear on when I started off the summer.”

Liz:
Cool! I love to hear that, ‘cause I feel like that’s another really important piece of Wild Soul Movement, giving people permission to just be themselves and even discover what that means. You know, it’s funny, so many women in the Facebook group, and you were pretty active in the group, which I really appreciate – so many women sharing how they were disconnected from who they are. Like they didn’t even know, “What’s mine and what have I been clinging to because I’ve been told I should?”

Kate:
Yes, oh my god, so much.

Liz:
And it’s been cool to see people come into their self trust and self expression. So do you mind sharing, and if you do you can absolutely say no, what were some of the big decisions that you said it helped make?

Kate:
Yeah, I was making decisions around where I wanted to live. I was coming to terms with the fact that while it’s really fun for me to be nomadic and travel everywhere, I really like having a home-base. I really like having a community I can physically be present in. It’s great to have online friends and people I go and visit. I really needed that, but it’s hard for me to admit, because in a way I thought that I was a failure. Because I fought so hard to create this life and this business for myself. And I was like, “Fuck, is it ok for me to just come back?” and say, “Yeah, I want to be here.”

That was big.
The first week around it being safe to let go, I was letting go of so much stuff around expectations for who I was supposed to be, and my own perceived expectations of what I thought other people needed from me – we do these crazy things, right? (laughter).

The week around, “Is it safe for me to trust?” – the safety ones were really powerful for me. Being safe to trust, I realized I talk about trust, and I’ve felt it before in my life, but at that moment, I wasn’t feeling safe. I didn’t know where I was going to live, I didn’t know what I was doing, I didn’t even know who I was being for a while there, and that week really – I resisted it, but it opened me up to knowing, “I don’t have to trust, but it’s ok for me to trust.” And that was so big, so big.

Liz:
You bring up such a great point, because I didn’t travel around the world, but this summer I went nomad too. I haven’t been on a leave since July 4th, but I will be somewhere in October – and I learned. It was such a cool experience to bounce around and practice receiving, like staying with people, asking for help, but I really felt myself craving a root, and a foundation.

I think it’s important, because I do know I have a lot of entrepreneurs in my audience by nature of being in the B-School community for so many years now. So if you’re an entrepreneur and you’re listening to this, this is something I’d like to share with people – it looks really sexy from the outside when people want a business where they can work from where-ever and they’re constantly travelling, but it can be draining, and it’s not for everyone, and it’s not always as glamorous as it looks. And in fact, it can be lonely, because you almost want to ask, “What are you running from?”

There’s both sides to it – it can be amazing to be exposed and to be in all these different cultures and really practice home not being a place, because the only consistent home you have is you and your body, but it’s not for everyone, and I think some people judge themselves for having a regular 9-5 job and not having that wanderlust spirit, not having the freedom and flexibility. It’s just not for everyone, and it’s certainly not a standard that everyone needs to aspire to or feel less than if they’re not into it.

Kate:
It’s so fascinating, ‘cause I needed this year to really practice what I’ve been preaching about feeling at home within yourself and really loving yourself – even if you’re in this, for example, bawling your eyes out in your bed in paradise in Bali and wondering why the hell you’re crying in paradise.

But then still having this idea like, “I want to be me”, even in this moment. It’s kind of crazy, it is, but Wild Soul Movement was such a great thing for me to bring with me as I was coming home and really realizing, “I need to be home.” It let me move so much energy through my body without feeling that I had to go to the gym, without feeling like I have to do my rigorous yoga practice or my gymnastics practice. I could just move slow and feel my body and be like open to whatever was showing up.

Liz:
Yeah, and that’s been huge for so many of our women – is dropping from the head into the body and feeling some things instead of just analyzing them. You were just saying something and I wanted to ask you a question related to it … ah, this has happened to me a couple of times, I think I lost it. That’s ok, we’ll come back to it.

Oh! I got it! Here’s what it was! There are three main components to WSM.

There’s the movement practice, I sent out the video every week.
There’s mantra – so each week there’s a different mantra that we move through.
There’s also a journal to support it and a Facebook group.

I find there are some women who just got everything out of all three pieces, the Facebook group, the videos, and the journal. But I always like to ask, was there any piece of it that you used the most, or was there one you didn’t use as much? How did you integrate the different pieces?

Kate:
Yeah, absolutely.

Every week without fail I was in the mantras. There were a couple weeks, like I was leading a retreat and I was at a conference, where I couldn’t really…well, I didn’t really prioritize (I guess I should put it that way) doing the movement or being part of the community, but it was really nice to have that mantra and it was something to come back to. Honestly, as a yoga teacher, my mantras tend to be in Sanskrit, and it was nice to just have something to be like, “Nope, I’m just going to have this sentence be in the back of my head,” instead of like “Om Nama Shivaya,” which I totally love, but sometimes it’s like, “English Please!” (laughter)

That was amazing. I didn’t use the journal as much as I would have liked to. I’m kind of looking forward to going back through it and seeing. I love writing, I write everything – so that was really cool, and I’m still using the videos.

I actually had an experience where I went back to the one, “I’m worthy of wild success” earlier this week, because I’m putting something out there and I really needed to feel that. I wasn’t present for a second, and I realized what came up was that I was saying outloud, “I’m worried of wild success.” I stopped for a second and was like, “What? interesting!” Using both of those together I was getting lost in the movement and all of the sudden my subconscious put me into this weird thing where I realized like, “Oh my god, that happened!” It was crazy to see that.

Liz:
That is! I love this, I love your story, because I feel like it really brought you to your own attention. And of course, you’re very self aware and it’s really cool to hear your reflections of how you got to experience yourself and observe yourself over the course of the process.

Was there any part of it, or any particular week, or mantra, that you were just like…
I know women posted in the Facebook group a lot like, “Man Liz, you got me this week.”
Love me or punch me in the face, right? One or the other!

(laughter)

Was there one that you were like, “God, this b*tch is killing me!”

Kate:
Was there one that was like, “It is safe to be powerful?” Was that one of them?

Liz:
Yeah, yeah!

Kate:
That week!
I actually never got through the video. I was like, “eff this,” you know?

(laughter)

It was hard, because that’s something I’ve let myself get stopped by, is that I don’t trust my own power. It’s been amazing to watch that journey instead of judging myself like, “Uh, God, there you go again, sabotaging yourself!” Just being like, “Ok, this is something that has come up before.” Instead of sitting there and stewing in it, why not move through it? Which is hilarious, ‘cause that’s what I teach. That’s my whole thing. But I need somebody else to tell me my own method so that it sinks in. That week was really rough for me.

Liz:
You know what I observed too? When you’re in a position, a person who holds space for others, we have to have someone who is going to hold space for us.

Kate:
Oh my god, yes!

Liz:
Whether it’s a partner, whether it’s like a community of people – like a mastermind, or whether it’s a coach, or a program or something. I think it’s really important, because we don’t always see our own blindspots.

Kate:
Yeah!

Liz:
It was so lovely and really absolute fun to speak with someone who…you do similar work! This is your practice too, it was just a different form. Is there anything that you wish I would have asked you that I didn’t that you wanted to share about your story?

Kate:
Hmm… no I dont think so.

The only thing I was going to bring up was that I’ve had a couple people ask me, when I told them what I was doing WSM, “Doesn’t she do what you do?”
And I was like, “Well yes, but no. But yes, but no.” And I loved to be able to come to it – and you bring this up a lot – there’s no competition. There’s no competition for anything.

Everyone has their own message, and the more we can support each other in putting out similar experiences and messages for people, the better. It’s so important.

Liz:
And it’s just like when you go to a personal trainer. When I was a personal trainer, the last workout I wanted to plan was my own.

Kate:
Oh my god, yeah!

Liz:
When you’re in it all the time, sometimes you’re like, “Cool, who’s gonna teach me, who’s gonna lead me?” So that’s great, and I love that, ‘cause you know one of the things I say all the time, “We can rage against the things that we don’t want, or we can create more of what we want in the world.” And I feel that way about competition as well. There’s just more than enough for everyone. I love the collaborative nature. So that’s great, thank you, thank you for that.

Kate:
Yeah!

Liz:
If you’re listening to this and you’re curious about WSM, you can check out all the details at WildSoulMovement.com. If you have any questions, you can email us at hello@wildsoulmovement.com

Kate, you are so fantastic. Thank you so much for this. I am excited for you, and I feel honored. Thank you for letting me be part of your exquisite self care this summer. So glad we were able to help you and support you in your transition back from traveling the world.

Kate:
Yeah, thank you, it’s been amazing!

Liz:
Alright, I’ll talk to you later! Bye!

Kate:
Bye!

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