Since you need to know who you're dealing with...
1. I'm a float and halotherapy center owner.
I co-own Sukhino Float Center & Salt Cave with my husband, Graham. (If you're in the float industry, he's "the other Graham".) As soon as I read about the benefits of floating, I felt called to open a center before my first float. I fixated, learned everything I could about floating, and took my time making it happen.
2. My hair changes a lot.
I love change. The "new and fresh" is exciting. I honestly don't care about my hair, it's just an easy thing to update. In my professional life, change comes in the form of new skills and projects, new clients and processes. I am constantly reinventing myself. If you've never met a "multipotentialite", now you have. (Google it. I'll wait.)
3. I'm a yoga and meditation student and teacher.
I've been practicing since 2004, teaching meditation since 2009, and teaching yoga since 2015. I'm currently an RYT200, and am in progress with an additional 300 hours to become an RYT500. Finding yoga absolutely altered the course of my life, back to the path I was meant to follow. My yoga isn't about bendy poses and selfies (except this one - ask for the story sometime!); it's about introspection, self-acceptance, and spirtual growth.
4. I'm not a fan of public speaking.
But I do it anyway. It pushes me beyond my comfort zone, forces me to consolidate my thoughts, and allows me to share information in a way that helps or inspires others. I also apparently keep my poker face on at all times. This mug o' mine is like a statue. You'll never know what I'm thinking. <---- That's my sarcasm font.
5. I'm a co-host on Art of the Float Podcast.
I was a loyal listener for a long time (see #1), and jumped at the chance to start writing the show notes when they needed someone to help. I later joined to write the notes live, and they keep turning my mic on, so I keep sputtering my thoughts. If I know something, my soul drives me to share that knowlege. It's not mine to keep.
6. I'm a Float Conference Board Member.
When I'm in, I'm alllllllll in. I love the float industry and its people, so I give back by volunteering my time to help plan the annual conference through our industry-owned nonprofit organization. I get to be a part of something, offer my creativity and marketing skills, and hang out with amazing people.
7. I have ADHD, anxiety, and other gifts.
These are my superpowers. I've lived through some stuff, my brain was rewired during some of it, and some of it is genetic. I could see these conditions as a curse, but they're my magic. They allow me to see the world differently, empathize, and be mindful of the impact we all have on each other. And I can hyper-focus like nobody's business.
8. I take serious things seriously.
Graham and I were married on the beach in Jamaica with almost 40 friends and family there with us. I dug myself down into the sand during our ceremony so he'd [finally] be taller than me. We jumped on the trampoline, and I ran into the ocean wearing a ballgown. I really like that guy. We laugh a lot, even after 20 years together.
9. I live by the Four Agreements.
The concepts in this short little book impacted me in a profound way. In fact, I have them tattooed on my shoulder. They're so simple, and yet so hard, but they provide me with a simple checklist by which to gauge my thoughts and actions. I re-read the book at least once a year, and often incorporate them into my yoga teachings.
10. I'm a big ol' introvert.
Yep. If I don't have time in silence or alone to recharge, I crumble. I LOVE helping people, I LOVE getting involved. I'm great at doing nothing physically, but my brain is always running a million miles per hour. I have to force myself to turn it off at times. Ideas and projects and things to learn and do! This is why I offer "mind FULL" solutions.
errific at couch karaoke, especially if 90s pop or Disney songs are involved.
ntroverted. Really, really introverted. I love connecting with people and napping HARD afterward.
reaked out by public speaking, but I will rock a workshop to help business owners who help people.
lipping fortunate to get to turn my eclectic background (military logistician, musician, corporate event planner, instructional designer, and college professor) into work that I love.
n advocate for animals. I regularly foster dogs and cats in need and I live to help the misfits.
ormally pretty laid back, but I will go downright bananas in a theme park. Give me ALL the roller coasters!!!
ntentional about continuous growth. I'm always looking for ways to level up my skills and knowledge.
ternally exploring the natural world. If you need me, you can find me digging in the dirt.
1. My family is everything.
I was born and raised in the same small town in southern Indiana. I always thought I would leave but now I can’t imagine being anywhere else. My parents are my best friends, my brother and his family live in my neighborhood, and my husband grew up here, too. We have three children. Sam who was born still in 2015, Norah who we welcomed earthside in 2018, and I’m currently pregnant with another little girl we’re expecting in the fall of 2021!
2. My baby died and I will never not talk about it.
I was 38 weeks pregnant when I unexpectedly lost my first pregnancy due to what my OB thinks was a hyper coiled umbilical cord. It’s not something that can be detected or prevented; “just something that happens”. Losing Sam shapes every part of who I am today. Before May of 2015, I was blissfully unaware of how many babies pass away. I do everything I can to raise awareness around stillbirth and miscarriage and support mothers in their own grief journey. #thinkingofsam
3. I’m a lover of coffee.
One of my first jobs during high school, throughout college and a little beyond was as a Barista at several local coffee shops. I’m addicted to all things coffee and it’s arguably one of my favorite things. I pay for a sitter to come once a week for three hours and I usually take the time to sit quietly somewhere in a coffee shop nearby.
4. I met my husband while working the drive-thru at a local coffee shop.
It’s true. And the story is ridiculous. We had an unforgettable conversation about bagels and he didn’t tip me! (haha!!) Me being me – I thought he was cute, so I found his name on his credit card slip, looked him up on Facebook, said ‘hello’, and he asked me out for dinner and drinks! We’re two homes and four pregnancies into our seven-year marriage and life is so good.
5. I’m a yoga teacher.
I am a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance after completing my 200-hour training in November, 2020. I started my own small business, Abby Newton Yoga, and feel honored to teach hatha yoga around town. #abbynewtonyoga I’m currently continuing my education and working on my 300-hour certification.
6. Quiet time is my favorite time.
I have a big personality but oddly enough, I enjoy quiet activities the most. Yoga, sitting at coffee shops, reading (SO MUCH READING), hiking, just sitting and day dreaming. Those sweet moments of stillness are necessary for me to show up as the best version of me every single day.
7. Glennon Doyle Melton’s book Untamed changed my life.
And I refer to it often. She put words to how I’ve been trying to live since Sam died. “By design instead of default. From my imagination instead of my indoctrination. From my wild instead of from my training.” How lucky are we that we get to keep becoming better versions of ourselves? That we get to create the life we really want.
8. I’m an Independent Team Beachbody Coach.
And I love it! I’ve built a team of almost 300 incredible humans. It has simplified at-home fitness and nutrition for me. From 2019 – 2020, I lost 50 pounds. I’m on my way to happily gaining it all back during this pregnancy and it’s okay! It’s never been about weight for me – but how I feel and it’s my desire for myself and my team to always feel their best. #bewellwithabby
9. I hate cooking but I LOVE to eat.
Sooooo I’ll bring a bag of ice if you invite me to your party but I PROMISE to eat all the food! Every year we host an annual crawfish boil and it’s just the best. Beer, crawfish and friends. All food is my favorite food!
10. I have a lifetime goal of owning an RV and traveling around the United States with my husband going nowhere fast.
I LOVE to travel but I hate to fly. It’s going to be a great day when Ted retires and we get an RV. I just want to drive around with all our things, lots of coffee and see the States!
I graduated in August of 2020 with a degree in Video and Film Production. Being in a pandemic, I was forced to broaden my scopes and leave my comfort zone, which I am now thankful for.
Professionally, my goal is to help entertain and engage audiences through producing quality promotional content for companies and individuals (that means you). My background is all over the place, from the music industry to the financial industry and now to Mindfull!
In my personal life, I love plane tickets, music festivals, and anything that invokes a sense of wonder and sparks some exploration. I try to embrace every day as it comes, and I'm thrilled to be on this journey!
1. Love is love.
When I met my (now) husband in 2007, he didn’t speak English and I didn’t speak Spanish. Our first several dates were sat over a computer typing into Google Translate. After months of studying, I can still remember our first conversation without Google. We discussed, in broken sentences, our hopes and dreams. It was a glorious beginning that taught us a lot about communication, patience, and trust.
2. Working in Communication helps me learn.
As a Communications Manager in my corporate role, I spend a lot of time writing, editing, and planning communications - blogs, social media, videos, and emails. But I don’t specialize in, say, just one type of function; one minute I am involved in technical or IT-related processes, the next diversity, equity and inclusion. I love taking deep dives into the subject material to bring out the best communication possible and I learn new stuff all the time!
3. I’m an accomplished marathon & triathlon athlete.
Beginning with my first marathon in 2017, I fell in love with training, group runs, team camaraderie, and crossing the finish line. But I didn’t think I would enjoy it. The big moment for me, as someone who has struggled with fitness and body image, was a coach telling me: “If you run, you’re a runner. Doesn’t matter how fast you go or your body type.” And that’s a cool lesson in all things: whatever you can do, you can be.
4. I look to the future.
A while back, I took one of those personality/trait tests and was told I have a “futuristic” bent. Now, while I think that’s true, since I’m always looking ahead and planning the future, it was my inner nerd that was truly pleased. Science fiction, whether it is reading, goofing around, or watching a movie, is how I have fun. Give me spaceships, alien worlds, or dystopian societies any day.
5. Be Yourself, Be Kind.
I value authenticity and kindness. When you can be yourself, live with an open heart, and practice empathy, you find happiness.
6. If you hear me say “my boys” they’re my fur babies.
Yep, I am doting fur-dad to Kevin and Diego, a mini-poodle and shih tzu, respectively. And they are definitely mine: Kevin shares my anxiety disorder, often in need of comfort or contact, and Diego is my independent, little dude, who, like me, often wants to be left alone.
7. Project Management gives me life.
“Project Management” is a bit stuffy isn’t it? So let’s just say that I have a passion for planning, organizing and strategically designing a vision. Whether that’s a small event, communication campaign, large fundraiser, or just balancing my checkbook, I enjoy the process of controlled chaos.
8. I’m passionate about HIV/AIDS education and support.
We may have come a long way since the HIV/AIDS crisis from the 80’s, but health disparities remain, particularly with regards to access to healthcare and wellness. I partner with the AIDS Foundation Chicago and the Team to End AIDS to support underserved and historically excluded communities in my city. Moreover, with new education and breakthroughs regarding prevention, our generation has a chance to reduce new infections to zero.
9. Socrates is my hero.
I thought I was going to be an astrophysicist in college, but after one Philosophy elective, I changed my major. And although some of the ancient Greeks' ideas about the natural world wouldn’t pan out, Socrates questioned everything and his method still holds up today: it is important to live an examined life and realize how much one truly does not know.
10. I’m scared of bees.
Nope, not allergic. Yes, they are a magnificent and beautiful species that must be protected. Do I scream in terror and run away when one comes close? Every. Single. Time.