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Amanda Smear baudier

My story (so far)

My story starts out like most typical overachievers: 3 sport athlete getting a 4.0 while starring in all the school musicals. Getting accepted Early Decision to Columbia University, double majoring, then graduating early because I just couldn't *wait* to enter the work force (you snooze you lose).

I plowed forward in my career, working with Tao Group starting in 2005 when they were still a tiny startup, learning the ropes of the Hospitality industry and making partner at the age of 27. My nose forever to the proverbial grindstone, and my nights spent in the VIP section of NYC's hottest clubs took a toll on me emotionally and physically but there was no slowing me down. I was on a mission to succeed and it was working. I was working shoulder to shoulder with the titans of the industry and getting to manage big, exciting projects. It wasn't until 2013 when a fateful visit to my gynecologist revealed a cardiac abnormality that I had to truly step back and revisit my life.

Heart surgery in May 2013 led me to  an 18 month sabbatical during which time I furthered my yoga education (I had already become a  yoga instructor during my "free time"), became a Certified Holistic Health Coach, an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist, and traveled to (where else)  India for an extended soul-searching adventure. I taught yoga & meditation and counseled clients one on one while living in the actual capital of taking it easy, New Orleans. During this time I felt my soul begin to heal and blossom, like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon but something was missing. I missed the hustle and bustle of NYC. I missed closing deals and leading a team. In short, I missed ME.

With the knowledge and practices I had gained during my deep immersion into self-care and mindfulness, I was ready to return to NYC and to my career, rejoining Tao Group as we navigated our partial sale to Madison Square Garden Corp. and teaching yoga part time. Soon after becoming a mother, I realized that after 12 years of proudly grinding and growing my company,  in practice my work life and my passion had become quite disparate. 

Knowing that my heart - literally and figuratively - yearned to share the knowledge that I had used to heal myself, I set out to find the perfect new professional home. Almost as if by magic, I joined the leadership team of Sakara Life - a lifestyle wellness brand anchored in food as medicine - and focused at the intersection of spirituality & science: the same intersection that healed my heart and soul and is my soul's true passion.

I am currently on a mission to make Sakara Life into a household name and powerhouse business, while using my  remaining energy to spread the gospel of health & happiness to all those who come into my orbit. I use my blog to present an unpretentious view from inside the often woo-woo and unrelatable world of wellness. I use speaking and teaching engagements to present actionable tools that allow busy parents, professionals & people in general to live the Full Plate. Full Cup lifestyle. Because as Oprah would say, if there's one thing I know for sure it's that you must fill your own cup in order to have anything leftover to give to the world.

After many years of running on empty, I proudly proclaim: My cup runneth over. 

Speaking on the EmpowHerNY Panel.

Speaking on the EmpowHerNY Panel.

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