We had the good fortune of connecting with Jean M Wilbert and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jean M, how does your business help the community?
I am a Yoga Teacher, Owner of Our Sister Tribe 1.2 Women’s Group, and author of Under the Dryer. How does my business/titles help the community….

Being a yoga teacher first and foremost my purpose each time I teach is that I inspire them with my words more than the poses. That I leave something on their hearts to feel. It takes grit , determination and passion to empower people and I that is my purpose.

It took me over twenty years to finish my book Under the Dryer. I had grit and determination as a yoga teacher but I had to take a risk at something I am not good at or thought I wasn’t great at and that was writing. I went to Oprah’s 2020 vision tour and that very next week I started writing again because I knew I am a great story teller as a yoga teacher and I knew I could share my story’s from my old job of being a Hair Salon owner. The book is about a single mother, running a business in a man’s world and had obstacle after obstacles but I kept pushing forward. I knew the book would inspire other women to do the same.

My women’s group is a private group on Facebook. I started it 2020. I thought it was time to take what I teach to my students to a bigger platform. Plus I started a Our Sister Tribe 1.2 Podcast 2021 . It is a mix of yoga, and interview’s of strong women in business.

At the end of the day my mission is to rise others up , encourage them to live their best life and believe in themselves.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Yoga Teacher – I have been teaching for 15 years and it was hard to make your mark in this business. I knew I had to be different and definitely find my “WHY”. I read book after book. I took classes from popular teachers. Took notes on what people said about their classes.I took workshops and training’s to improve my skill but to have knowledge.

It was not easy. A lot of back stabbing in this business ( doesn’t make sense right?) I knew I had to build trust with my students and most of all connection things changed.

Connection is everything in this business. I created workshop’s, did yoga retreats, special events. Then everything clicked.

There is a famous saying by Maya Angelou “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how how you made them feel”.

My goal each day is to leave this…. Feel – better. Feel – hope. Feel – love. Feel – encouraged. Feel – supported. Feel – strong. Feel – gritty. Feel – peace.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I had a friend visiting for a week my home is a place of solitude and peace. We would hang on my deck ( we live on two acres in the country) I would cook a Italian meal ( i am Italian) serve wine and make my favorite gluten free and dairy free chocolate cake and eat it around the camp fire. I would take them to the lake and go Kayaking ( we have two man kayak) and maybe even go camping for a few days in our camper.

I love the little towns in Texas. Take them to lunch in Downtown Denton and dinner at downtown Grapevine and find some live music in a park.

We would take walks in my neighborhood and feed the horses and lamas’s.

We would hit the farmers market in Denton because they have lots of fun vendors.

I would end the week with a gathering at my house so everyone could me them.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My journey began with Oprah. Her show and book recommendations led me to a better me.

In the Meantime – by Iyanla Vanzant . That book was the very first book I read and knew I could heal myself.

The Four Agreements – Eye opening

Other Books that led me to a healed Jean – Your Body Speaks Your Mind Deb Shaprio

Breaking the Habits of Being you by Dr. Joe Dispenza

Grit – by Angela Buckworth Made me realize I wasn’t weak ,I was gritty!

Man Search for Meaning – by Viktor Frankl This book is all about courage, vision and your why you get up everyday. This is all time favorite.

My three kids have taught me many things, my oldest Melissa taught me unconditional love and gentleness, my son Blayne taught me grit and determination because he was born with brachial plexus and we had to go through it together and to overcome it. My youngest daughter, Saige taught me focus and discipline. She grew up in my hair salon and took on these work ethics from a early age.

Lastly my husband, Terry . He has always supported my dreams, from my hair salon to teaching yoga and always pushed me to finish my book and when I told him I wanted to start this women’s group he thought it was a great idea!

Website: www.oursistertribe1.2.com

Instagram: yogajeanmarie or oursistertribe1.2

Linkedin: yogajeanmarie ( don’t use it much)

Facebook: Jean Zarcone Wilbert

Youtube: yogajeanmarie ( but don’t use it)

Other: Face Book Private Our Sister Tribe 1.2 page Women only.

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