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Podcast Interview with Rebekka Mars

Rebekka Mars is a yoga and embodiment coach, helping others feel more connected and turned up in the body/mind/soul and life! She's been immersed in yoga and mindfulness her whole life, and has been teaching yoga and personal training for over a decade. Now residing in Florida, Rebekka launched her online coaching business upon moving there in the quest to reach more people around the globe. Using a blend of exercise, yoga, mindset work, meditation and more, Rebekka strives to carry clients from feeling blah to ahhhh. 

  • CEO Hack: Constant support (e.g. mastermind, coach, community, safe space, mentor)
  • CEO Nugget: Stay in action, mindful action. Make sure to breathe. There are always moments of meditation.
  • CEO Defined: Self-care

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Intro 0:02

Do you want to learn effective ways to build relationships, generate sales and grow your business from successful entrepreneurs, startups, and CEOs without listening to a long, long, long interview? If so, you've come to the right place. Gresham Harkless values your time and is ready to share with you precisely the information you're in search of. This is the I AM CEO Podcast.

Gresham Harkless 0:27

Hello, hello, hello, this is Gresh from the I AM CEO Podcast and I have a very special guest on the show today. I have Rebekka Mars of RebekkaMars.com. Rebekka, it's awesome to have you on the show.

Rebekka Mars 0:36

Hey, it's awesome to be here.

Gresham Harkless 0:37

There we go, there we go. And what I want to do is read a little bit more about Rebekka, so you can hear about all the awesome things that she's doing. Rebekka Mars is a yoga and embodiment coach, helping others feel more connected and turned up in the body, mind, soul, and life. She has been immersed in yoga and mindfulness her whole life and has been teaching yoga and personal training for over a decade. Now residing in Florida, Rebekka launches her online coaching business upon moving there in the quest to reach more people around the globe.

Using a blend of exercise, yoga, mindset work, meditation, and more. Rebekka strives to carry clients from filling blah to ahhhh. Rebekka, are you ready to speak to the I AM CEO community?

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Rebekka Mars 1:16

Yes, I am.

Gresham Harkless 1:18

Awesome, awesome. So the first question I had was just to hear a little bit more about your CEO story. What led you to start your business?

Rebekka Mars 1:24

Yeah, so like you mentioned, I moved to Florida four years ago. And before that, I consider myself my own business and a CEO of my own business. But it got taken to the next level when I moved away from everything that I knew, and I was doing more in-person work than being in this place where I was starting over, essentially, especially in the work that I do, you can't really send your resume to a yoga studio or find new clients before you get to a place. So really, that move was a pivotal point for me to then realize, okay, I can take this to the next level if I'm ready to and I was.

So I worked with the business coach and my coaching business was birthed. And as you mentioned I just grew up immersed in yoga and mindfulness. Somewhere along the way, I got really into moving my body, my parents are not necessarily athletic, but I started running on my own during middle school and just fell in love with that syncopation of my breath, and my body, and then always practicing yoga throughout the years, it just all made sense. When I realized that I knew a lot of people that could use that. And that could use all of the secret tools I was using throughout my whole life to be grounded, be mindful, and people are always asking me how I stay so calm, and at the same time, so energized and get so much done.

And so that's really where I realized I had a lot to share. And even more specifically, when I was teaching yoga classes, yoga is so much more than just going to a yoga studio and getting on a yoga mat. There's so much philosophy behind it and a lot of conversations that can be had. And I was ending up staying after class talking to people and realizing that I just want to talk about this stuff. I love teaching yoga and making people move. But there's just something to be said for also having these conversations around ancient philosophy and yoga dates back 1000s of years, and the content is still we almost need it more now than perhaps they did back then. So anyway, that is my coaching and a little bit more about it.

Gresham Harkless 3:10

Yeah, that makes perfect sense, especially in sometimes when times can be so chaotic. We all need a little ability to kind of practice yoga so that we can kind of get away and be present and be cooled during those hectic times, which sometimes happen. So I wanted to drill a little bit deeper. And I know I probably butchered it from Blazar. But can you tell us how you're supporting and helping out those clients that you're working with?

Rebekka Mars 3:31

Yeah, I tend to attract people that are feeling a little frazzled, they might be I work with a lot of successful high-achiever types, and they tend to just go, go, go, go go. And that's really our culture anyhow, in speaking generally here, but I think we can all agree that that's what we're doing here in the US is just hustling. And so the whole blocks or things specifically to I was meeting these people and it's from the outside, everything looks great, they've got the job, they've got the hustle, but they're realizing that they really don't feel great internally at all.

And a lot of times not even physically even if they are consistent with eating right or exercising, there's still something missing. And even just in a few minutes of a conversation with folks I can pretty much drill into what it is that's missing or what can help them feel more at ease and yeah, it's fun to chat with people and figure out blog can mean so many different things and then figuring out what the odd means as well but it's really going from the blog to the odd knowing that transfers I usually say that because it makes a ton of sense but it can really mean so many different things on so many different levels.

Gresham Harkless 4:32

Yeah, and that makes sense especially as you talked about high-performing people. People that are driven like you said they're always going to go so sometimes you don't take or make that time in order to look and see if am I really happy is this kind of in alignment with what it is that I'm hoping to do.

So it's great that you can be the kind of a person that helps support them and make sure they make that transition so that they can have what sounds like a more fulfilling life. Is that correct?

Rebekka Mars 4:54

Yeah, absolutely more fulfilling, and like in the bio that you read just turning it up a notch like turning it out. We're all at a certain vibration here as humans and living beings and it's kind of slang to like turn up, turn up turn. And just raising you to hear a high vibe all the time these days.

So it's becoming almost like, it's people want it. I feel like since we're hearing this stuff and good vibes only and that type of lingo, but that's literally what I do. And when you get to the science of us as humans, we're vibrating molecules of matter. And if we're feeling a little low and stagnant, I just want to help people turn it up, like, let's raise the vibe.

Gresham Harkless 5:28

Yeah, that makes sure that makes perfect sense. Yeah, this all gets turned up as much as possible. And now I want to ask you for what I call your secret sauce. And this is kind of like your differentiator, what do you feel kind of sets you or your organization apart? So could you give us an example?

Rebekka Mars 5:41

Yeah, I think my secret sauce, I thought about this, and my whole life, I've realized I'm a liaison, I'm this bridge. And it comes so easily. It's a lot of times I've worked with different business coaches, and I've done a lot of that work. And what's the skill set that you have, that you really don't even realize you have that other people are always commenting on or complimenting on and it's like, what, that's just who I am. And to me, that is the secret sauce, something that almost comes naturally.

And I found that the meaning of yoga, which is really at the root of all my work is to yoga or to connect to create a union. And I am that within so many groups of people. But specifically, I can take something like yoga that might seem so woo-woo or foreign, write down the concepts and apply it to someone that's not necessarily thinking that they're a yoga person or a yogi. And I can bridge that. And I do a lot of work, which I call modern mindfulness under the umbrella of modern mindfulness.

So I'm working to create this bridge or fill the gap from our modern ways with more mindful practices that are perhaps old. And that being said, still a liaison, just in many ways. So for my secret sauce, it is that it's being able to connect two totally different ends of the spectrum.

And realizing that there's really all the same when it gets comes down to it. As humans, we are dealing with problems, like we all are going through something. So just to be that bridge is something that's really helped me thrive as a business person.

Gresham Harkless 7:00

Yeah, definitely sounds like that. And as you you mentioned, like, if you break down everything, we're all molecules, and as you said, we're on vibration. So being able to kind of understand that and have a perspective to kind of make that instant connection that you're able to do is definitely something that kind of will set you apart. And I'm sure definitely brings to life, you know, all the clients that you're working with as well.

Rebekka Mars 7:18

Totally.

Gresham Harkless 7:19

Awesome, awesome, awesome. And now I wanted to switch gears a little bit and ask you for what I call a CEO hack. And this might be an app or book or a habit that you have, I know you mentioned some tools that you might have, but something that you feel makes you more effective and efficient as a business owner.

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Rebekka Mars 7:32

As a business owner, I have found that my hack is absolutely supportive. When I ventured into this some years ago, in terms of having coaching as something I offered. I got a coach right away. And I think that there's something to be said, for always having a community too. I've been in different masterminds and groups of people and having that safe space where I find that other coaches or business people I talked to, it can be a struggle to relate with, whether it's your spouse, or your partner, even your best friends like to have that community where you can go and it doesn't mean that your whole immediate world needs to know what you're doing.

And they may or may not understand when you have a celebration. How to celebrate that with you. So I really have found that my hack is to have constant support to have those people that I can go to even if my more immediate friends don't totally understand what I'm even doing with myself to have that coach/that group has really helped carry me forward. I can't imagine where I'd be without having some mentor, some group, or really a consistent coach, whether it's a business coach or a mindset coach, I've dabbled in all sorts. I worked with a confidence coach a couple of years ago. Yeah,

Gresham Harkless 7:33

Yeah, that makes perfect sense. Yeah, I always feel like your environment can sometimes determine how successful you are. And I think that anybody has kind of like from that entrepreneurial kind of ilk or DNA, there's sometimes gonna have issues like being able to relate with the kind of everybody so being able to have that tribe have that community kind of lean on is definitely huge. And determining you're successful, we're probably all also helping out with other relationships you have with your loved ones or your friends as well, too.

Rebekka Mars 8:58

Oh, yeah. If you can have that outlet, then there's much less pressure. Were you putting it on them? You got to do you, you know. And so yeah, I totally agree with you on that.

Gresham Harkless 9:07

Yeah, that makes sense. And now I want to ask you for what I call a CEO nugget. And this is a word of wisdom or piece of advice. Or if you can happen to be a time machine, what would you tell your younger business self?

Rebekka Mars 9:17

So I'm really great at taking my time, which sounds in certain a certain way, like calm and cool. And yeah, that's smart. But it also helped me back a lot. So if I could tell my old self/people that are just getting into business, or an important step it is to stay in action and actual action, I would and still do get caught in the trap of thinking I'm an action because I'm thinking about, thinking about it, thinking about it.

And so to actually take action, but I also there's like this other side of it, where take mindful action take action that you feel in your gut instinct with your intuition is the next action step because there's also a ton of strategy out there.

And this happened with a business coach I worked with at the beginning when it became really mental for me to take action and then I was just doing what she was saying and she didn't truly understand what I wanted, because only I knew in my heart what I wanted in terms of how to create my business.

So I was taking action that wasn't necessarily helping me. So I feel like there's this fine line. And I've realized that it really is taking more mindful action, taking some action with the next level of awareness.

Gresham Harkless 10:14

Yeah. And I love that mindful action, because as you said, you can take action, doing something that's completely out of alignment with what you're trying to do. So that's not really good action either. But you never want to get caught in that kind of analysis by paralysis, where you're like, Ready, aim, aim, aim, aim, and he never actually takes action. So you have to be able to balance both. So I love that CEO nugget.

And now I want to ask you my absolute favorite question, which is the definition of what it means to be a CEO. And we're hoping to have different, quote-unquote, CEOs on the show. But I want to ask you, Rebekka, what does being a CEO mean to you?

Rebekka Mars 10:42

I believe that it means self-care which freedom comes to mind, and all sorts of other words, but at the root of that, I feel like if I imagined myself and I've had jobs where I have a boss, and I'm a manager, and I have a 9 to 5, I've been there. So I do know the other side of it. And of course, there are so many different ways that can look but to me, it's being able to not only have the freedom but within that freedom, then being able to take care of myself.

And when I think of self-care, it's not just like getting massages and doing things like that. And it's another buzzword that I know and what I'm immersing myself in daily, I see the word and hear about self-care, nonstop, but really at the core of it, it sometimes means doing dirty work to really check in with myself. But without having my business, be my business and have the time and the space to do that. I don't believe that I would be as connected to myself at a self-soul level.

So it really does mean that that ability to care for myself and the other stuff that the 9 to 5 type environment, I always need. I thought I needed stability. And I thought I needed these benefits. But when I can have this time, and I can have this freedom to stay on myself care. I mean, I knock on wood, but I don't necessarily go to the doctor. I mean, those things, I still have insurance.

And it's just a way to step away from really what I got brainwashed into thinking when I was getting, you know, quote-unquote, real job years ago. So anyway, being a CEO, I think at the core of it to me is really allowing me to be my work from a place of honoring my highest self and knowing that the highest self needs the utmost care in so many different ways.

Gresham Harkless 12:12

Yeah, I think that makes sense. Especially what you were talking about before when you sometimes are operating in alignment with what you feel like you shouldn't be doing that in and of itself can be self-care because you are caring for yourself. And all of a sudden, you don't have to worry about the stresses that you might have had before because you're so much in alignment that all those things kind of just fresh off your shoulder, so to speak.

So I think that's an incredible definition. And a good reminder. And I truly appreciate you for taking some time out of your schedule, what I wanted to do is pass you the mic so to speak, just to see if there's anything additional you want to let our readers and listeners know and how best they can get a hold of you.

Rebekka Mars 12:43

Yeah, I love that. Thank you. Well, I will keep it short. But the big message and I ran a summit a few years ago, and this came up with at least half of my guests like the big nugget to share is to breathe, to breathe, to take deeper breaths to pause and breathe. Because I'm guilty too. I go through my day, and I don't even think about breathing. And without it, we're dead. And, within that deep breaths, like getting into your lungs, they can do so many wondrous things for your body.

And it's there like 24/7 we can have this medicine and it really just again with the culture and what I work to help people with just the frazzled pneus and the hustle hole mentality we have going. Deep breaths can just do wonders for the mind for that overall feeling for the body, we can help mean what cancer cells hate is oxygen. So just getting some deep breaths into your blood flow can even I don't want to say it's going to help cancer but it will fight stuff at that level. So just don't forget to breathe. And I also like to point out that we have moments of meditation and mindfulness all the time.

So I think as people are what I find in my clients, they think they need to carve out like 20 minutes a day, or even five minutes a day. And sometimes that seems unreal. But when I like to show people, there are moments even just in the grocery store line on the way to wherever you're going every few seconds where you can catch yourself in that spaciousness of like, ah, yeah, I feel really good in these few seconds that matter and to keep building those is key.

So I do actually have a really great ebook that I wrote, that's short, but it's all about modern meditation specifically, and it's not necessarily about sitting still and breathing with your eyes closed. It's about smelling your coffee in the morning even just for a few seconds like getting that smell of your nose or whatever you love the most sensory-wise what are some things we love to look at? I'm outside right now and I'm looking up to the clouds and even if I can do that for a few breaths today, trusting that that's actually helping every cell in your body.

So that book I will get you the link to that and people can also find it on my website but I would love for people to connect with me there. I'm all over Instagram @bekkablue. I have my website with all my points of connection and my Facebook too. I'm a big Facebook or so. You can find me under my name. It is spelled with two K's Rebekka Mars and also my Facebook business is Rebekka Mars Yoga. So yeah,

Gresham Harkless 14:55

Awesome, awesome, awesome. I will make sure to have those links in the show notes. But I think that's a great reminder to kind of be appreciative of all this that we have around us sometimes we can always think that we lack but we have a tremendous amount of abundance whether it be you know, breathing or like you said looking up at the clouds so there's a lot to be appreciative and grateful for and I thank you for taking some time out. I truly appreciate you and I hope you have a phenomenal rest of the day.

Rebekka Mars 15:17

Thanks so much, Gresh. You too. Thank you, thank you.

Outro 15:19

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Intro 0:02

Do you want to learn effective ways to build relationships, generate sales and grow your business from successful entrepreneurs, startups, and CEOs without listening to a long, long, long interview? If so, you've come to the right place. Gresham Harkless values your time and is ready to share with you precisely the information you're in search of. This is the I AM CEO Podcast.

Gresham Harkless 0:27

Hello, hello, hello, this is Gresh from the I AM CEO Podcast and I have a very special guest on the show today. I have Rebekka Mars of RebekkaMars.com. Rebekka, it's awesome to have you on the show.

Rebekka Mars 0:36

Hey, it's awesome to be here.

Gresham Harkless 0:37

There we go, there we go. And what I want to do which is read a little bit more about Rebekka, so you can hear about all the awesome things that she's doing. Rebekka Mars is a yoga and embodiment coach, helping others feel more connected and turned up in the body, mind, soul and life. She has been immersed in yoga and mindfulness her whole life has been teaching yoga and personal training for over a decade. Now residing in Florida, Rebekka launch her online coaching business upon moving there in the quest to reach more people around the globe. Using a blend of exercise, yoga, mindset work, and meditation and more. Rebekka, strives to carry clients from filling blah to ahhhh. Rebekka, are you ready to speak to the I AM CEO community?

Rebekka Mars 1:16

Yes, I am.

Gresham Harkless 1:18

Awesome, awesome. So the first question I had was just to hear a little bit more about your CEO story. What led you to start your business?

Rebekka Mars 1:24

Yeah, so like you mentioned, I moved to Florida four years ago. And before that, I consider myself my own business and a CEO of my own business. But it got taken to the next level, when I moved away from everything that I knew, and I was doing more in person work to then being in this place where I was starting over, essentially, especially in the work that I do, you can't really send your resume to a yoga studio or find new clients before you get to a place. So really, that move was a pivotal point for me to then realize, okay, I can take this to the next level if I'm ready to and I was. So I worked with the business coach and my coaching business was birthed. And like you mentioned to I just grew up immersed in yoga and mindfulness. Somewhere along the way, I got really into moving my body, my parents who are not necessarily athletic, but I started running on my own during middle school and just fell in love with that syncopation of my breath, and my body, and then always practicing yoga throughout the years, it just all made sense. When I realized that I knew a lot of people that could use that. And that could use all of the the secret tools I was using throughout my whole life to be grounded, be mindful, and people are always asking me how I stay so calm, and at the same time, so energized and get so much done. And so that's really where I realized I had a lot to share. And even more specifically, when I was teaching yoga classes, yoga is so much more than just going to a yoga studio and getting on a yoga mat. There's so much philosophy behind it and a lot of conversations that can be had. And I was ending up staying after class talking to people and realizing like I just want to talk about this stuff. I love teaching yoga and making people move. But there's just something to be said for also having these conversations around ancient ancient philosophy and yoga dates back 1000s of years, and the content is still we almost need it more now than perhaps they did back then. So anyway, that is my coaching and a little bit more about it.

Gresham Harkless 3:10

Yeah, that makes perfect sense, especially in sometimes how times can be so chaotic. We all need a little ability to kind of practice yoga so that we can kind of get away and be present and be cooled during those hectic times, which sometimes happen. So I wanted to drill a little bit deeper. And I know I probably butchered it from blazar. But can you tell us how you're supporting and helping out those clients that you're working with?

Rebekka Mars 3:31

Yeah, I tend to attract people that are feeling a little frazzled, they might be I work with a lot of successful high achiever types, and they tend to just go, go, go, go go. And that's really our culture anyhow, in speaking generally here, but I think we can all agree that that's what we're doing here in the US is just hustling. And so the whole blocks or things specifically to I was meeting these people and it's from the outside, everything looks great, they've got the job, they've got the hustle, but they're realizing that they really don't feel great internally at all. And a lot of times not even physically even if they are consistent with eating right or exercising, there's still something missing. And even just in a few minutes of a conversation within folks I can pretty much drill into what it is that's missing or what can help them feel more ease and yeah, it's fun to chat with people and and figure out blog can mean so many different things and then figuring out what the odd means as well but it's really going from the blog to the odd knowing that that transfers I usually say that because it makes it makes a ton of sense but it can really mean so many different things on so many different levels.

Gresham Harkless 4:32

Yeah, and that makes sense especially as you talked about like high performing people. People that are driven like you said they're always go go go so sometimes you don't take or make that time in order to look and see are am I really happy is this kind of in alignment with what it is that I'm hoping to do. So it's great that you can be kind of a person that helps support them and making sure they make that transition so that they can have what sounds like a more fulfilling life. Is that correct?

Rebekka Mars 4:54

Yeah, absolutely more fulfilling and like in the bio that you read just turning it up a notch like turning it out. We're all at a certain vibration here as humans and living beings and it's kind of slang to like turn up, turn up turn. And just raising you hear high vibe all the time these days. So it's becoming almost like, it's people want it. I feel like since we're hearing this stuff and good vibes only and that type of lingo, but that's literally what I do. And when you get to the science of us as humans, we're vibrating molecules of matter. And if we're feeling a little low and stagnant, I just want to help people like turn it up, like, let's raise the vibe.

Gresham Harkless 5:28

Yeah, that makes sure that makes perfect sense. Yeah, this all get turned up as much as possible. And now I want to ask you for what I call your secret sauce. And this is kind of like your differentiator, what do you feel kind of sets you or your organization apart? So could you give us an example.

Rebekka Mars 5:41

Yeah, I think my secret sauce, I thought about this, and my whole life, I've realized I'm a liaison, I'm this bridge. And it comes so easily. It's a lot of times I've worked with different business coaches, and I've done a lot of that work. And what's what's the skill set that you have, that you really don't even realize you have that other people are always commenting on or complimenting on and it's like, what, that's just who I am. And to me, that is secret sauce, something that almost comes naturally. And I found that the meaning of yoga, which is really at the root of all my work it is to yoga or to connect to create a union. And I am that within so many groups of people. But specifically, I can take something like yoga that might seem so woowoo or foreign, write down the concepts and apply it to someone that's not necessarily thinking that they're a yoga person or a yogi. And I can bridge that. And I do a lot of work, where I call it modern mindfulness are under the umbrella of modern mindfulness. So I'm working to create this bridge or fill the gap from our modern ways with more mindful practices that are perhaps old. And that being said, still a liaison, just in many ways. So for my secret sauce, it is that it's being able to connect two totally different ends of the spectrum. And realizing that there's really all the same when it gets comes down to it. Us as humans, us is dealing with problems, like we all are going through something. So just to be that bridge is something that's really helped me thrive as a business person.

Gresham Harkless 7:00

Yeah, definitely sounds like that. And as you you mentioned, like, if you break down everything down, we're all molecules, and like you said, we're on vibration. So being able to kind of understand that and have a perspective to kind of make that instant connection that you're able to do is definitely something that kind of will set you apart. And I'm sure definitely brings to life, you know, all the clients that you're working with as well.

Rebekka Mars 7:18

Totally.

Gresham Harkless 7:19

Awesome, awesome, awesome. And now I wanted to switch gears a little bit and ask you for what I call a CEO hack. And this might be an app or book or a habit that you have, I know you mentioned some tools that you might have, but something that you feel makes you more effective and efficient as a business owner.

Rebekka Mars 7:32

As a business owner, I have found that my hack is absolutely support. When I ventured in to this some years ago, in terms of having coaching as something I offered. I got a coach right away. And I think that there's something to be said, for always having a community too. I've been in different masterminds and groups of people and having that safe space where I find that other coaches or business people I talked to, it can be a struggle to relate with, whether it's your spouse, or your partner, even your best friends like to have that community where you can go and it doesn't mean that your whole immediate world needs to know what you're doing. And they may or may not understand when you have a celebration. How to celebrate that with you. So I really have found that my hack is to have constant support to have those people that I can go to even if my more immediate friends don't totally understand what I'm even doing with myself to have that coach/that group has really helped carry me forward. I can't imagine where I'd be without having some mentor, some group or really a consistent coach, whether it's a business coach, a mindset coach, I've dabbled in all sorts. I worked with a confidence coach a couple years ago. Yeah,

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Gresham Harkless 7:33

Yeah, that makes perfect sense. Yeah, I always feel like your environment can sometimes determine like how successful you are. And I think that anybody has kind of like from that entrepreneurial kind of ilk, or DNA, there's sometimes gonna have issues like being able to relate with the kind of everybody so being able to have that tribe have that community kind of lean on is definitely huge. And determining you're successful, we're probably all also helps out with other relationships you have with your loved ones or your friends as well, too.

Rebekka Mars 8:58

Oh, yeah. If you can have that outlet, then there's much less pressure. Were you putting it on them? You got to do you, you know. And so yeah, I totally agree with you on that.

Gresham Harkless 9:07

Yeah, that makes sense. And now I want to ask you for what I call a CEO nugget. And this is a word of wisdom or piece of advice. Or if you can happen to a time machine, what would you tell your younger business self?

Rebekka Mars 9:17

So I'm really great at taking my time, which sounds in certain a certain way, like calm and cool. And yeah, that's smart. But it also helped me back a lot. So if I could tell my old self/people that are just getting into business, or an important step it is to stay in action and actual action, I would and still do get caught in the trap of thinking I'm an action because I'm thinking about, thinking about it, thinking about it. And so to actually take action, but I also there's like this other side of it, where take mindful action take action that you feel in your gut instinct with your intuition is the next action step because there's also a ton of strategy out there. And this happened with a business coach I worked with at the beginning where it became really mental for me to take action and then I was just doing what she was saying and she didn't truly understand what I wanted, because only I knew in my heart what I wanted in terms of how to create my business. So I was taking action that wasn't necessarily helping me. So I feel like there's this fine line. And I've realized that it really is taking more mindful action, taking some action with the next level awareness.

Gresham Harkless 10:14

Yeah. And I love that that mindful action, because like you said, you can take action, doing something that's completely out of alignment with what you're trying to do. So that's not really good action either. But you never want to get caught in that kind of analysis by paralysis, where you're like, Ready, aim, aim, aim, aim, and he never actually take action. So you have to be able to balance both. So I love that CEO nugget. And now I want to ask you my absolute favorite question, which is the definition for what it means to be a CEO. And we're hoping to have different, quote-unquote, CEOs on the show. But I want to ask you, Rebekka, what does being a CEO mean to you?

Rebekka Mars 10:42

I believe that it means self care which freedom comes to mind, and all sorts of other words, but at the root of that, I feel like if I imagined myself and I've had the jobs where I have a boss, and I'm a manager, and I have a 9 to 5, I've been there. So I do know the other side of it. And of course, there's so many different ways that can look but to me, it's being able to not only have the freedom, but within that freedom, then being able to take care of myself. And when I think of self care, it's not just like getting massages, and doing things like that. And it's another buzzword that I know and what I'm immersing myself in daily, I see the word and hear about self care, like non stop, but really at the core of it, it sometimes means doing like the dirty work to really check in with myself. But without having my business, be my business and have the time and the space to do that. I don't believe that I would be as connected to myself at a self soul level. So it really does mean that that ability to care for myself and the other stuff that the 9 to 5 type environment, I always need. I thought I needed stability. And I thought I needed these benefits. But when I can have this time, and I can have this freedom to stay on myself care. I mean, I knock on wood, but I don't necessarily go to the doctor. I mean, those things, I'm still I have insurance. And it's just a way to step away from really what I got brainwashed into thinking when I was getting, you know, quote-unquote, real job years ago. So anyway, being a CEO, I think at the core of it to me is really allowing me to be my work from a place of honoring my highest self and knowing that that highest self needs the utmost care in so many different ways.

Gresham Harkless 12:12

Yeah, I think that makes sense. Especially what you were talking about before, when you sometimes are operating in alignment with what you feel like you shouldn't be doing that in and of itself can be self care, because you are caring for yourself. And all of a sudden, you don't have to worry about the stresses that you might have had before because you're so much in alignment that all those things kind of just fresh off your shoulder, so to speak. So I think that's a incredible definition. And a good reminder. And I truly appreciate you for taking some time out of your schedule, what I wanted to do is pass you the mic so to speak, just to see if there's anything additional you want to let our readers and listeners know and how best they can get ahold of you.

Rebekka Mars 12:43

Yeah, I love that. Thank you. Well, I will keep it short. But the big message and I ran a summit a few years ago, and this came up with at least half of my guests, like the big nugget to share is to breathe, to breathe, to take deeper breaths to pause and breathe. Because I'm guilty too. I go through my day, and I don't even think about breathing. And without it, we're dead. And, and within that deep breaths, like getting into your lungs, they can do so many wondrous things for your body. And it's there like 24/7 we can have this medicine and it really just again with the culture and what I work to help people with just the the frazzled pneus and the hustle hole mentality we have going deep breaths can just do wonders for the mind for that overall feeling for the body, we can help mean what cancer cells hate is oxygen. So just getting some deep breaths into your blood flow can can even I don't want to say it's going to help cancer but it will fight stuff at that level. So just don't forget to breathe. And I also like to point out that we have moments of meditation and mindfulness all the time. So I think as people are what I find in my clients, they think they need to carve out like 20 minutes a day, or even five minutes a day. And sometimes that seems unreal. But when I like to show people, there are moments even just in the grocery store line on the way to wherever you're going every few seconds where you can catch yourself in that spaciousness of like, ah, yeah, I feel really good in these few seconds that that matters and to keep building those is key. So I do actually have a really great ebook that I wrote, that's short, but it's all about modern meditation specifically, and it's not necessarily about sitting still and breathing with your eyes closed. It's about smelling your coffee in the morning even just for a few seconds like getting that smell of your nose or whatever you love the most sensory wise and what are some things we love to look at? I'm outside right now and I'm looking up to the clouds and even if I can do that for a few breaths today, trusting that that's actually helping every cell in your body. So that book I will get you the link to that and people can also find it on my website but I would love for people to connect with me there. I'm all over Instagram @bekkablue. I have my website with all my points of connection and my Facebook too. I'm a big Facebook or so. You can find me under my name. It is spelled with two K's Rebekka Mars and also my Facebook business is Rebekka Mars Yoga. So yeah,

Gresham Harkless 14:55

Awesome, awesome, awesome. I will make sure to have those links in the show notes. But I think that's a great reminder to kind of be appreciative of all this that we have around us sometimes we can always think that we have lack but we have a tremendous amount of abundance whether it be you know, breathing or like you said looking up at the clouds so there's a lot to be appreciative and grateful for and I thank you for taking some time out. I truly appreciate you and I hope you have a phenomenal rest of the day.

Rebekka Mars 15:17

Thanks so much, Gresh. You too. Thank you, thank you.

Outro 15:19

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