As a life coach and retreat leader, Yota works with women seeking clarity, inspiration, and purpose in the midst of life changes. Her approach is intuitive and deeply influenced by her cultural roots, work and life experience, and her long-term practice of mindfulness meditation.


  • Twink McKenney

    I am looking forward to thinking about this more. It brings up a lot! I think I have been scrambling to make it all work for so many years that I may neglect some very important parts of myself.

  • Kathleen Lauterbach

    Interesting quote. ‘Knowing what we want” – It seems that what we want is always shifting a little. Right now I have been marveling at how in my 20’s-40’s it seemed important to be able to afford certain things- a home, home furnishings, collectibles, books, good cars, nice clothing, vacations. What a shift now that I am 70 what seems to be the task is getting rid of all the things we have amassed. Finding a value in the things and letting them go. Covid sure has thrown the need for nice clothing right out the window. It also has put a real focus on what is home.

    “Where our boundaries are”. This part of the quote jumped out at me. I think this is something I need to explore more.

  • Linda Samuels

    “Being able to genuinely be ourselves.” Leaning into who we are and why we are in the world so that we CAN be our genuine selves is a continual process. I’ve always felt like myself, yet that self has evolved over time and it will continue to. The biggest lesson has been learning when to say yes or no to opportunities, people, and situations in as honest and kind a way as possible.

  • Yota Schneider

    When I came across this quote, I felt I had to include it here. The more I read it the more it reveals itself. Self-care is not simple. There are many layers to it.

    Getting to know what we want and where our boundaries are means we have to put our genuine self out there, in the open, for all to see. Doing so leaves someone vulnerable and wide open. We have all experienced how that goes sometimes. Being authentic can be a blessing but it can also be a curse.

    Being our genuine self is ever evolving because we grow and change. I suppose, being genuine to me means that I live my life from a place of inner authority and value system.

    Being ourselves does not mean instant acceptance and affirmation but if we’re willing and able to accept who we are and stay firm in our truth, we come to know where our boundaries are, because these boundaries will be tested and we’ll come to the point of having to make a choice.

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