The Superhero Pose + Yoga by Brea Persing

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I read a statement in a little book of sayings and advice a while ago that said to strike a superhero pose before an interview or something big. A superhero post is where your chin is up, chest is out, hands are on your hips and your legs are hip length apart on the ground. We’ve seen that pose hit multiple times in movies and TV shoes like “The Incredibles” and, according to others, “Grey’s Anatomy”. Harvard even did a study about it! Ok, so it may look silly, but it helps you feel more powerful and more confident in yourself. I can attribute…it works. 

Well, initially I was doing it for big things like a big meeting, interview, etc., however I decided to add it into my daily yoga practice. I really like yoga as it helps me stay stretched out, helps my back, helps with strength and balance and it also helps keep me calm and relieve stress. It wasn’t hard to add the superhero post into my daily practice, though I don’t hold it for 5 minutes like some say to do. I do, however smile when I do it. Smiling every morning helps put or keep me in a better mood, helps me to be happy with where I am at, and reminds me that my body, curves and all, were made by God and to be embraced and celebrated. Doing the superhero pose daily reminds me that I am a strong woman and can approach the day with confidence.

Talking about strength…doesn’t the above yoga photo just emit strength?! I have a friend who started a yoga business, Yoga for Athletic Performance, and she asked me to take photos of her that she could use in marketing. We had such a great time! Here are some of my favorite shots.

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Yoga may not be for everyone, and I understand that, but I promise, if you start striking the superhero pose daily for a minute to two minutes, it will change how you view yourself and the world! Go ahead…try it…I dare you! :) 

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Getting Back on Track by Brea Persing

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Life is messy. It just is. We all have dreams, hopes and goals and some of us are doing what we can go reach them. But many times in the middle of it, life gets really messier and we vier off track. Sometimes getting off track is good and helps us to see things in a different way. Other times it serves to give us a breath of fresh air and to notice our surroundings more. In other cases, it’s just a distraction and a pot hole in the road we’re headed on.

It happens…to everyone. The key is not beating ourselves us, to place guilt or shame on ourselves, but to get back on track when we can. We may not be able to jump back in where we were, but at least we’re farther along than we had been when we first started. Don’t let it frustrate you, don’t let it get you down, but get back up and keep walking forward.

I had gotten off track in a few areas of my life and business, my consistency has lacked, but I am getting back on track and choosing to walk forward one step at a time and to learn from the setback rather than shift the blame. Life happens. The question is, what are you going to do when it gets messier? Because I promise,

"Vibrant People of Elkhart County" Article by Brea Persing

I am honored and humbled to say that I was nominated and chosen to be one of Elkhart County’s Vibrant Women of Nappanee last week. On May 27, Memorial Day, an article was published about me through 365 Vibrant People of Elkhart County recognizing me, and my mom on May 23, as Vibrant Women doing good in the community. I am proud of my mother and all she has accomplished and I am proud to be following in her footsteps in being a hardworking and proud member of our community.

You can find the original article on Vibrant Communities.

Here is the article below, posted on May 27, 2019.

Brea Persing

For the past week, we have written about some of Nappanee’s Vibrant Women. We end our series with Brea Persing. Brea is a Vibrant Person who has lived in Europe and Asia. She has found herself back in Elkhart County.

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Brea Persing is home. For a while, at least. Nappanee is where she is from and where she is now, but for much of her adult life, Brea has been elsewhere.

After getting her degree in Visual Communication from the University of Indianapolis, Brea spent almost seven years based in Europe and Asia. She worked for a not-for-profit organization as a photographer and graphic designer. She would travel to places near and far to capture images that, not only told a story but made a visual impact.

Looking at Brea’s work you can see her interest in the details. Whether it is a field of lavender, a Moroccan woman in a kitchen, or the family’s Goldendoodle, Radar with a face full of snow, the images Brea produces will catch your eye and hold your attention. 

Brea also produces websites and hers is worth a visit. At breapersing.com, you will find photos and stories. Her blog is informative, often amusing and always readable. Brea is an adept storyteller. She can leave you satisfied or make you hungry to hear more.

Now that she is back in Elkhart County, Brea wants to use her talents to help other non-profit organizations tell their stories. She is offering her professional skills to help them create awareness and inspire people to support them. This August, Brea will be a featured speaker at a conference for the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Brea has seen much of the world in her young life. There remain places to go and there are things she wants to someday do. Brea is also happy to be here, with her family, doing good work. We’re glad she is.