Andrea Isabelle Lucas is a powerhouse of emotional honesty and entrepreneurial wisdom. She was a teenage mother, a domestic violence survivor, and is now the founder of Barre & Soul, a 7-figure company with over 50 employees that offers signature barre classes, yoga, aerial yoga, and teacher training in the Boston area.
Andrea is also a writer, and she uses her blog, Fit Feminist, to share her story and raise awareness about women's issues, gender equality, and the importance of mind-body wellness.
As an entertainer, her background includes stripping, circus arts, and performing with a burlesque troupe - all things she has explored in order to cultivate positive body image and get in touch with her own sexuality, which is something she empowers women to do to help them feel fully alive and present in their bodies and themselves.
In this episode (which is one of my very favorite to date), Andrea owns her past and her story in a beautifully empowering way while fully opening up about having a child at 19, working as a stripper, leaving an abusive relationship, putting herself through college and spending 10 years earning her degree, and now being the proud (and wildly successful) owner of multiple yoga and barre studios in the Boston area. We talk about everything from compassion and forgiveness to anger and even the challenges of aging gracefully as a woman in the US. Through it all, Andrea is honest, self-aware, and kind, and it was a true delight to have her on the show. I hope you end this episode feeling as uplifted as I did!
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Books, Resources & People Mentioned
- MAC gel eyeliner
- Isabel Foxen Duke (season 3 guest!)
- Sarah Von Bargen (season 4 guest!)
- Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper, by Diablo Cody
- Amanda Palmer
- Carrie Tyler
- The Fire Starter Sessions, by Danielle LaPorte
- Exhale Spa
- The Lotte Burke Method
- @hozier on Instagram
- @thewalkingdead on Instagram
- The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield
- The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter S Thompson
- How To Be A Woman, by Caitlin Moran
- Yes, Please, by Amy Poehler
- Brené Brown
- Maya Angelou
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