We had the good fortune of connecting with Drew Muse and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Drew, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I love taking “risks”, I love that you used the word risk. It seems as thought people often operate from a place of fear so a risk can sound like a bad thing. What if we replaced risk with chance, how would our perspective change? It’s really the same thing. I take risks because one day I’m going to die and when my life is flashing before my eyes I don’t want to regret not having lived my life to the fullest, and done everything I can to live a life of passion and purpose. I still have fears but I no longer allow fears to control me or my actions. There is always a chance of failure and judgement from others, but we get to decide how and if we allow outside forces to effect us. The chances/ risks iv taken have ultimately given me the life Iv always dreamed of because I always do what I want. That takes a lot of courage and vulnerability. I am not always confident in my decisions but I trust myself and the support of my community. I am very proud of the person I have become because of it.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My work I don’t actually have a job. I just go around showing up for myself and my community. If its a profession IDK what its called. What sets me apart is that no one else is named Drew Muse. I am most proud of who i have become, I am not a rich person yet but I am a very happy person. I prioritize happiness over everything that may set me apart from what I have observed. I got where I am today by learning who I am and what I truly want outside of what we are conditioned to believe bases on our upbringing. Also by learning to be honest with myself. Looking back, yea it was easy, life is not hard in my opinion you either show up or make excuses as to why you don’t. I overcame challenges by changing my perspective, challenges are opportunities to learn who we are or who we want to be. Iv learned that everything is a choice, who we show up, how we react, how we respond. It’s up to us as individuals to take responsibility for our lives, if you’re not living the life you want its up to you to make the changes if you want to. I want the world to know do whatever you want because one day you’re going to die, but also always be prepared to face whatever consequences come with those decisions.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oakland. First by backyard its the place to be. Then probably one of the many lush forests, open the alltrails app and pick something! Of course we have to go to Mandela Co-Op in West Oakland my favorite grocery store in the world! Ill be cooking most likely. But if we eat out were going to this cute Tapas bar that opened Sobre Mesa. We will ride bikes through Golden Gate park and take shrooms. Palace of Fine arts, and walk over to the beach just in time to watch the sun set over the Golden Gate Bridge. We will visit Lake Merritt on a Sunday to buy things from the random venders and dance at the Sunday drum circle. We will end the day laying on the grass surrounded by the hundreds of people that came also to enjoy the day. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Thank you to my mother for being a portal. Thank you Sayyas for allowing me to create and leading me on a path to finding out who I am and how I can serve. Thank you to Black Women’s Yoga Collective for creating space and community. Thank you to People of Culture Retreats for guiding me on my first solo exploration outside of the country where I found out who I was on a deeper level. Very special Thank you to Negus in Nature for changing my life for the better and giving me a sense of purpose and community where I am allowed to be myself and loved very deeply because of it.

Website: musemushrooms.com

Instagram: bodybendyoga

Youtube: black womens yoga collevtive

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