MEET sindy warren                      

I am a lawyer, yoga teacher, author, life coach, mom, wife and friend. I love working with people to elevate their lives, manage their stress, dream big, and find more daily happiness and peace.   

 Tell us about a GRITTY MOMENT in your life that has forced you to learn what you are truly made of…
In my mid-20s, shortly after graduating from Stanford Law School and starting work at a big law firm in San Francisco, I developed a binge eating disorder. I felt scared, confused, ashamed, and angry at myself for my behavior and my seeming inability to willpower my way out of it.  
GUTS: How did you “grow guts” and be brave enough to get through your “gritty moment”? Were you afraid? Where did you find your courage? How did facing that moment affect your confidence? Did you feel more confident afterward?
Seeking the help of a therapist was scary for me, as I thought it meant there was something irredeemably wrong with me. I knew I was stuck, though, so I took that step. At first I felt more insecure, as if needing help was somehow weak. I came to know, though, that being vulnerable made me stronger. I learned skills to call upon my own inner strength, and this ultimately gave me more confidence.
 RESILIENCE: What did you learn from pushing through your “gritty moment”? What helped you “not give up” and persevere?
I had an ideal in my mind that I stuck to. I wanted to be healthy, not just look healthy on the outside. I wanted an inside-out kind of wellness that I knew would serve me in all areas of my life: in relationships, professionally, and personally. My commitment to this vision of wellness helped build my resilience and kept me going when things were really hard.
 IMPERFECTION: How do you deal with failure and making mistakes? Did your “gritty moment” force you to learn and grow?
I experience a TON of imperfection. I would binge, swear to myself I would never do it again, and then within a few day’s time, be back in that same self-destructive loop. Through that, I learned that I had to soften my mental attitude towards myself. “Hating” on myself was not working. So I tried the opposite: to love myself, failures and all. This was absolutely critical to my growth and healing.
TEAM: What role did your support system play in helping you through this challenging time? What role has this “team” had in your life?
For a long time I was too ashamed to share what I was going through with friends and family. When I finally did, though, I found support, unconditional love, and encouragement. I learned that surrounding myself with loving people who cheered me on in times of success and also defeat was so important to my own sense of self and ability to grow.
How has playing sports and/or participating in athletics positively affected your life?
I was never much of an athlete in school. I found yoga later in life and feel like my fellow yogis (both students and teachers) are my “team” and lift me up on a daily basis. I try to do the same for them, too. Even without any kind of physical endeavor, though, I believe we all need to build our own friend “teams” – those who we turn to in times of need or just to laugh.
And just for fun… What advice would you give to your younger “GRITTY GIRL” self?
Don’t be so hard on yourself! You are worthy, you are loveable, and it will all be ok. Surround yourself with the right people, cultivate a meaningful vision for your life that includes your highest values, and keep moving forward, one step at a time.

“Thank you Sindy for sharing your GRIT!” 

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