1. What is your full name?
Allyson Ames Josephs
2. What was your favorite activity as a child?
This one is hard. I passed it and answered the others first. I thought about lying and saying soccer or dance. But then I considered being truthful. Sometimes when we share our vulnerabilities it helps others and ourselves heal. My favorite activity as a child was surviving. And I killed at it.
3. What job did you have in high school?
My first job was at the public library. To say I worked would be a stretch. My friend and I would hide under the shelves and take naps. Maybe afterwards put a book or two away. The Dewey Decimal system really freaked me out.
4. What is your most embarrassing memory?
How long do you have? Maybe the time I wiped out in the street in front of the N Judah in SF while it waited for me to get back up. Or could have been the time I lost my footing in front of Penn Station during rush hour and pulled down the 4’6” girl in front of me to catch myself. Or could be the time I split my yoga pants during a class and only realized after a friend told me, at the end of class.
5. What is the best vacation you have ever taken?
Two years ago we went back to “live” for the summer in London after having lived there for 5 years starting in 2005. We went to Paris, Spain and Morocco, as well as the 5 weeks in London. Could have also been getting engaged in Santorini, Greece after having lived in Madrid for a year. (brag much?) I LOVE traveling. Love it!
6. What makes you laugh out loud?
Sadly anything that would make a 14 year old boy laugh out loud. And my whole family. My daughters are hilarious. If you’re not funny in my family, you can look for another.
7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
My 3 lovely, amazingly kind daughters
8. What advice would you give to your younger self?
It gets better, it’s not your fault and love yourself. Love yourself as much as you can!
9. What would you like people to remember about you?
Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I want to be remembered how I made a person feel. And how I made them laugh.
10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?
Not sucking up at all – Grace’s dance class is my happy place. I have thought about wrapping her in bubble wrap so she doesn’t get hurt so she continues teaching for as long as my body will allow. Which I’m thinking is at least another 13 months. And of course the sense of community MPY gives.
Thanks Jaime and Amy! Keep on going please.