Meet Rosalyn Young! Rosalyn grew up in Vancouver, B.C, spent a few years finding her Aloha spirit in Hawaii and now calls the small town of Saratoga, Wyoming home. Roz works as the Activities and Marketing Coordinator at Brush Creek Ranch, a ranch resort set on 30,000 acres of gorgeous Wyoming wilderness where she loves helping guests unplug and connect with their loved ones while adventuring in the great outdoors. She also teaches yoga in her community and jokes she might be the only “cowboy boot wearin’, reggae listenin’ yogi in these parts".
What rocks your bliss?
Taking chances in life! I wouldn’t be where I am today or had half the adventures in my life if I didn’t take some of the leaps that I did. My family, my boyfriend, my best friends, and my pups most definitely rock my bliss. They keep me grounded, make me laugh, believe in me and make this whole adventure of life more fun. I love sharing my love for yoga with others! There were no yoga classes offered in Saratoga when I got here four years ago, so I did my training and now we have a thriving little yoga community that brings me so much joy. And I am beyond grateful to have a job that challenges me every day and combines my love of outdoor adventure and creative marketing. I LOVE helping our guests at the ranch get out of their daily routines, unplug and connect with their loved ones while adventuring in the wilderness. Everyone needs more summer camp in their life! It’s good for the soul.
Describe your perfect day.
I had one recently! I ran the Steamboat Springs half marathon and was greeted at the finish line by my man and our two pups, ate a gigantic breakfast burrito, took a nap, had celebratory margaritas and a sushi feast on a patio by the river with friends, took a sunset drive through the country, and finished the day with chocolate molten lava cake. One for the books for sure. I have to say, my perfect days often end up being the ones that are spontaneous.
When do you feel most creative and alive?
Writing, getting a good sweat on via running, hiking or yoga, spending time in nature and connecting on a deeper level with another human are the ticket for me every time. I’ve kept an online blog for five or six years now and I joke that it’s mostly for my 92 year old self, but getting crafty with words has always been that “Big Magic” creative outlet for me that I really just love doing for the pure fun of it. My ideas for writing often come when I’m running or hiking (Endorphins are legit yo!) and when something I write resonates with another human, it is the best feeling in the world.
Share a huge goal you are rocking.
1. To go easy on myself in 2016. My dad passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer, and it was a rough, emotional start to the year. Most prominently, in the face of so much uncertainty after his death, I felt an immediate and urgent pressure to “figure my life out.” Are my man and I getting married? Do we want kids? Will we stay in Wyoming? It was overwhelming to say the least, to try to force the answers when I didn’t have them, particularly during a very devastating time. So I have an ongoing goal to go easy on myself this year; to laugh, to cry, to allow whatever I need to feel in the moment, but not to force anything. The answers will come when the time is right. As my Dad always said, “You’ll know when you know.” Until then, I know he would want me to just be me and enjoy doing the things I love.
2. I complete another yoga training by December 2017! I did my 200 hour yoga training over two years ago and am feeling ready to deepen my knowledge in that kind of setting again.
If you could get on a plane right now, where are you going?
Phoenix to meet my niece! I am a first time auntie and I can’t wait to snuggle that adorable little peanut!
How do you handle setbacks?
More gracefully than I did in my twenties, that’s for sure. I can be a stubborn Taurus and in my younger years I reacted, was defensive, would take things way too personally and then I’d allow a setback to define my day/week/month. I’ve come to realize that challenges are usually presented in my life for a reason, and now I ask myself, ‘what am I meant to learn from this situation?’ I allow for breath and space and remind myself that it’s all unfolding as it should. Talking things out with my boyfriend, mom or girlfriends or writing is usually a huge help too.
How do you come home to yourself?
In recent months, I think of my Dad. I take a deep breath and feel his love in my heart. The thought of what he had to endure for the last two years of his life, and how he did it with so much courage and without complaint, brings me home every time to the things that truly matter in life. My dad found pleasure in the simple things, he didn't care about material stuff, he was kind to everyone he met, was always happy to lend a hand and he loved his family more than anything. He set the best example of how to live a beautiful, honest life. It can be an extremely superficial and stressful world out there amidst the barrage of technology and it’s easy to get caught up in the silly drama and the comparison game. I am big on gratitude lists and I make it a point to unplug. So huge. I rarely feel connected to myself when I’m connected to any sort of device. Ya feel me? My breath, my yoga mat and being in nature always bring me home to myself.
What are 3 ways you rock the self LOVE?
1. Pedicures, lavender bubble baths and monthly acupuncture are my go-to pamper routines.
2. Gardening. This is new for me! I’ve found it to be very relaxing and meditative.
3. Alone time with a cup of tea and a good book. (Or a rom com with a glass of red wine and some stinky cheese!)