Today we’d like to introduce you to Melanie Holst-Collins.
Melanie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have always been in a “helping role” throughout my professional career. I began as a mental health counselor and family case manager in the mental health and chemical dependency field. That was a very heavy although fulfilling experience. After being intuitively led to Austin, I had a desire to support and empower others to reacquaint with themselves, their humanness and their healing by creating safe and sacred spaces for them to do so. It began with 1 -on-1 life coaching and has developed into healing community spaces that foster vulnerability, transformation and growth; it became Grow Your Lovespace.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This road has not been smooth but it has evoked a wealth of self-awareness, personal and spiritual growth and development. There have been (and are) struggles with self-doubt, self-worth, feeling isolated from others when you are focusing on developing your vision, fear of failure, sometimes fear of success… the list of struggles could go on. But in the midst of it all, that is not only a part of the entrepreneurship journey but also the every day human journey, my advice would be to acknowledge it all as necessary stepping blocks lifting you to the best version of yourself and your business.
Please tell us about Grow Your Lovespace.
Grow Your Lovespace is a platform for intentional living, spiritual growth and personal growth that offers healing, transformative community and individual experiences, physical products and online content that empower, encourage and challenge individuals to live with intention, presence and embrace their human experience.
As a Sacred Space Facilitator, I have become known for creating sacred, transformative spaces for people to experience presence, healing, good vibes and humanness without shame. Most people know about or have experienced Yoga In Color, which is a mindful movement sacred space for people of color, and Sacred Feminine Yoga, a sensual movement sacred space for self-identifying women. Beyond the physical sacred spaces, I created the Rooted + Growing Card Deck, which is an oracle deck of loving insights and affirmations for personal and spiritual growth. In addition to that deck, I began the #FullAssHuman t-shirt and movement which is a campaign that encourages people to declare, in their daily lives, that being human, fully, is imperative to our wellbeing.
Truly, I am most proud of how these sacred spaces have genuinely affected, impacted and transformed the people who have participated. These sacred spaces have literally turned into little communities! I am so very proud of how Grow Your Lovespace has grown and continues to grow! What started as ‘just Yoga classes’ are now healing, transformative sacred spaces in addition to tangible products that also serve to spread the Grow Your Lovespace message! The expansion has simply been incredible to watch and move through!
Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
In full transparency, my experience with having severe eczema on my face and body as a young child, which caused extreme, brutal teasing/bullying from about 7yrs old to my young adult years, is what led me here. The inner turmoil, self-hate, identity and spiritual crisis that arose from those experiences catapulted me on this journey of self-healing. Had I not experienced the deep pain and suffering from that era of my life. Had I not had the nudge from the Universe to utilize that pain as a catalyst for growth versus a reason to give up on myself, I may have not been here today. Grow Your Lovespace may not have existed. So, I attest my entire path through my professional career and wellness entrepreneur path, to the pain I endured and triumphed as a young child/young adult. I am here because I was there.
- Rooted + Growing Card Deck $32
- Full Ass Human T-Shirt $27.50
- Website: growyourlovespace.com
- Instagram: @growyourlovespace
ICBO Photography (@icbophotography) – photo with crochet hat on, Cristina Fisher (@crissyfish) – outside group circle