Wanna hear my “I’m a good person so read my stuff or hire me” pitch? Excellent. Here goes:
I am Abby McNab Crain, a native of Ohio USA, an English teacher by trade with 12 years of experience, a dancer, a practitioner of yoga.
I have a degree in Theatre from The Ohio State University.
My dance training was primarily at The DeWeese Academy of Dance Arts in Middletown, Ohio, but includes other courses from various locations.
I obtained my yoga-teaching certificate for Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga at Yoga Studio Pamplona.
Having closed the Poise studio, I am now working on designing my best life by moving on with a new vision for this website, by offering copywriting services, and publishing my work.
I am as multi-faceted as my degree, as living a bilingual life in a foreign country, as having been the owner and director of two businesses, as having spent a decade working for myself and wearing every hat required, as being a mother.
I take pride in my work and undertake it with integrity.
The principles behind making money must be win/win or no deal. If it hurts the planet or the people on it, no deal.
I cooperate best by working independently and collaborating with others who do the same. I ask lots of questions. I listen and clarify expectations regularly. Form without function (and vice versa) doesn’t interest me.
I work slow to go fast, get it done better the first time. Fun absolutely has a place in the workplace. Quality over quantity.
I offer my core values – Peace of Mind, Authenticity, Freedom, Poise, Kindness – to everything I do and everyone I encounter.
Peace of Mind – This means wealth to me, in every sense. It means knowing that my profession upholds my highest values. It is self-reliance, integrity, human dignity. It is comfort in your own skin and a calm sense of worth in your center. Being peaceful within yourself is true success.
Authenticity – This means having the courage to show up for real. All my favorite stories and favorite people have this defining characteristic. They have the courage to show up and be seen as they are. It is the courage to be disliked. (Seriously, read this book. Title: The Courage to Be Disliked)
Freedom – This means freedom to make work like play. I’m talking about that Ikigai interconnection that makes you the happiest kid on the playground. Mine may be different from yours and that’s what makes it so wonderful that we’re all different; the world needs all types to go round. But what makes us all the same is the freedom to be you and me.
Poise – This means health and balance and grace, that perfect flow of energy and creativity. Have you ever met someone who is so self-possessed and confident that they radiate humility and friendliness and their eyes just twinkle? Yeah, that’s poise.
Kindness – This means that there is no reason not to be compassionate in everything we say and do and earn and buy, with ourselves, others and the planet. This is the future of sustainable business. To quote Kurt Vonnegut : “Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. … There’s only one rule that I know of, babies-“God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” The future of sustainable business lies in soul-driven compassion, where having figured out the 84th answer, we can address the other 83 problems in earnest.