BETHANY PRASKA

Age: 27
City: Iowa City, IA
Career: lululemon Store Educator & Pearson Education Employee Service Center Representative
Dream Career: Visual Merchandiser/Coordinator at Anthropologie/lululemon/Free People
Instagram: @bepraska

MOTIVATION

Your favorite way to be active. Why do you love it?
Running. Anywhere and no matter the distance. Sometimes I have an awful run where my body aches, my mind is in a negative space, and I feel worse afterwards. But most often, at some point during my run, ‘it’ washes over me. I feel free, empowered, untouchable, away from reality, in touch with inner most self. It gifts me with clarity and a cloud 9 high. This can be a physical sensation, mental, or sometimes both which rocks my world.

Three ways you get inspired
Instagram. Music. Time spent in my own head while thrifting or crafting.

What advice do you have for dealing with stress?
Wine and chocolate. I’m horrific at dealing with stress, so let me know if you crack the code!

The best thing a woman can be is
Whatever the hell she wants

INSPIRATION

What advice would you give a young woman struggling with body image?
Your body is beautiful because it allows you to do the things that bring your soul joy. It is the most beautiful when it is strong and healthy, so that it can continue to let you live loudly and do what makes you happy. Furthermore, you are not alone. You have support, love, and great listeners. You deserve everything, you deserve help and to have people by your side through this.

I think in 2017 it’s important that women…because…
Speak our minds. Because it’s about time and it is THE time. Someone I look up to, Grace Bonney AKA Design Sponge, says it best: “[Let’s be brave.] Speaking up, speaking out and speaking with people who need our support is always important. It isn’t always easy or without consequence, but bravery, honesty and love are always things the world needs more of.”

What is the best way to bounce back from a failure/mistake?
The best encouragement I’ve received is being told I will fail and fail a lot. To go forward and fail 90% of the time, because it means I have set goals that are THAT audacious. This has allowed me to release more dreams and desires into the world that are more ambitious. If I fail- fine, good. Move forward. And if I actually achieve it- holy crap. Be strong and welcome those seemingly out of reach goals and embrace the failure because when I do accomplish one of them, it is magic.

What advice would you give a young woman about seeking a career?
Read “Finding Your Own North Star” by Martha Beck. It lit up my soul and uncovered my eyes. It doesn’t offer a universal answer for everyone. Instead it leads you and supports you to discover your own truth, already inside of you waiting to be acknowledged.

FOR FUN

List three things you love right now
Pepitas. RHOBH. The Rich Roll Podcast.

What is a goal you have in 2017? Why is it important?
To think less and do more. To stop overthinking and over planning and start diving in, grind, ‘do’ until I can’t do more, be exhausted, tap on every door. I tend to try and plan steps, stages, where those lead, and anticipate what that will put into motion. It can come in handy but can also be self-destructive. I want to put more energy into exploring and less into mapping it out.

I feel most confident when I’m wearing
Spandex/workout clothes.

What beauty product can you not live without?
Scratch Goods. It is a food-grade skincare shop in Chicago. If I accidentally get some of the Dark Matter coffee scrub in my mouth, it’s probably not an accident-yum.

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