We had the good fortune of connecting with Sharon Ng and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sharon, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I always dream pretty big, one of my biggest visions was to lead Yoga Retreats around the world. After living in a few different locations around the world, I got to see and feel what it was like to “work to live” rather than “live to work,” I also was surrounded by individuals who were very transient..this all just showed me that I too, could create a living based on a lifestyle that looked different than that societal “9-5 norm” and one that I loved. So the thought process? It was big and scary, but I knew I wanted it bad enough and just had to take the first step, no matter what the outcome was!
After doing that, the rest was history. Being able to literally be the creator of my own life is one of the most beautiful and powerful experiences one can have and I am grateful for it all.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
When something is your passion, it honestly doesn’t even feel like a business, and I am grateful that leading Yoga Retreats is something that fills me up so much, it doesn’t feel like work! PineappleYogi Retreats was born in 2016. The entire focus of a Reset Retreat is to help provide a safe space that empowers ALL women to learn, grow and evolve.
These are seasonal yoga retreats with very specific focuses to guide your in becoming your most whole, embodied self. By shedding layers of resistance through yoga, breathwork, meditation, mindful eating, open conversation and so much more. Reset Retreats offers a balance of adventure, learning, self exploration and evolving into more of yourself. Each retreat charters on a new theme to fit the season at hand and drops insight on the correlation between seasonal transitions in the external world and how it directly relates to the internal mapping (think our bodies and our mind) of our lives.
What makes us different is the inclusivity aspect of our Reset Retreats. It is unfortunately not seen enough out here in the Retreat or even Yoga world.
We focus on having diversity in age, ethnicity, experience levels, and more.
Getting to where I am today business wise took a lot of hard work, patience, perseverance and just staying with things.
I realize now that it just simply takes time. It takes time for even friends and family members to believe sometimes and so, because of that, I had to really believe and trust in myself and the process. Having your own business and running it on every level will always have it’s ebbs and flows, but that’s what makes it so beautiful and rewarding! I’ve learned SO much on so many levels about running my own business, about myself and about others. There are far too many lessons to share but here’s one hurdle I conquered very early on.
I planned my first ever Yoga Retreat with a Yoga Friend and in the USVI. It turned out that she ended up not Co-Leading it with me and it put me in a very hard spot, as I had to make a big decision of wether to lead the retreat still or cancel it. It was my first retreat so of course I was also nervous and I also didn’t think I could pull it off or get the right amount of people to join on my own. But here we are today, I tell this story because I decided to go ahead and lead the retreat regardless of the outcome. Knowing wasn’t going to profit and was at a loss didn’t even matter in the grand scheme of things. I showed up for those who believed in me and wanted to show up at this retreat. In that moment where it could have been seen as negative or a loss, I turned it around and made it positive. If I had decided to call it off, I probably would have never started and stopped before I even tried. This is to say, get out there and follow your dreams and passion projects because they matter and you won’t regret doing them, ever. And no matter what, at the end of the day, these are all amazing learning experiences.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
(NYC?) If my best friend was visiting the city or my area for the first time, I would want to show them/her how quaint and charming where I live is and the surrounding area. I live in Downtown Brooklyn which has really taken off. Here’s what a day might look like!
We’d begin the day with a walk to the near by park and grab a cup of coffee at any of the amazing cafe’s near by and walk through the side streets to explore the brownstone houses. We’d head to DUMBO and walk around looking at Manhattan from Brooklyn.
I would pick a couple of must see attractions or something that is new. Maybe Hudson Yards, The Edge. And highly likely to take them to some of the best and most diverse restaurants NYC offers. A few favorites – If pizza- Juliana’s, brunch- Cafe LuLuc, Mexican, grab and go is great at Fast and Fresh.
I’d see if any fun events, concerts, or shows were happening for us to explore at night time!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Honestly, the love is sent out to all of my teachers near and far at every different stage in my journey. All taught me insurmountable lessons which have helped me to be who I am and where I am today!
Terria Clay Kai Ng