BIO Chelsea is the co-founder and creator of MY OM, an interactive yoga study app. After graduating from Lafayette College with a dual major in Art History and French, she pursued her creative passions working first in New York as a gallery representative at a prestigious Madison Avenue gallery, and then as a rights administrator representing copyrights for various artists and artist’s estates. Her desire for a more direct relationship with her community and a vision of helping others find more contentment in their careers and personal lives, led her to leave the arts in 2012 to pursue her second passion, practicing and teaching yoga. In 2014, she found the opportunity to harness both her creativity as well as her desire to empower others through the philosophies of yoga. During her own advanced teacher training, she noticed a void in approachable and accessible learning tools for the 36 million yogis (and growing) in the U.S., many of whom are pursuing teacher certification. MY OM seeks to fill that void by providing access to knowledge in a place that is with most of us all of the time: our phones. Chelsea’s understanding of visual influence, the psychology of color and design, afforded her the ability to approach the development of the app with a discerning eye, while also contributing to much of the app’s content. She has overseen every step of the process from concept and development to launching and marketing of the app. Never one to back down from a challenge, she has embraced an ever-changing path that led her from the arts to yoga and now to the world of app development. She lives in Venice, California with her husband and baby daughter on the way.
WHAT BIG PROJECT ARE YOU WORKING ON? MY OM officially launched in the App Store in February 2016. We are thrilled with the positive reception that app has received thus far, and are looking forward to watching our community grow as we continue to market the app.
HOW HAS PREGNANCY AFFECTED YOUR PROFESSIONAL GOALS? Being pregnant with a baby girl, who will one day grow into a woman with her own dreams and desires, I feel a special responsibility to her and her future as a contributing member of society. I feel fortunate to see so many examples of women breaking boundaries and making gender gaps smaller and smaller every day. I hope that by the time she is an adult, she won’t have to pick and choose between her dreams based on the perceptions placed on her by society. With my own desire to become a mother, there was also always an underlying necessity to find a career that gave me the flexibility needed to be present with my child. For me, that meant becoming my own boss, and leaving the arts where I saw many colleagues unable to balance happy careers with motherhood. Even still, I felt (and still do feel sometimes) a certain amount of pressure to reach a particular level of personal success before becoming a mom. I am grateful to have an incredibly supportive partner who reminds me to feel proud of myself on even my most insecure days, and understands that parenting with respective careers and professional pursuits is a team effort.
ADVICE FOR OTHER CAREER-MINDED WOMEN WHO LOVE “THE HUSTLE” & WHO ARE ALSO THINKING ABOUT STARTING A FAMILY? When I finally decided I was “ready” to get pregnant it took quite some time, and money, and many fertility consultations in order to actually conceive. It was a roller coaster of emotions and with that came many moments of regret wondering if I had selfishly prioritized my own personal and professional goals ahead of motherhood, as well as worry that now it was too late. Thankfully, there are many ways to get pregnant and I will become a mother in 2016. I will say, as many have before me, you’re never “ready.” During the time I was trying to get pregnant two of my close girlfriends, both of whom are in the prime of their careers, got pregnant very unexpectedly and I’ve watched them each figure out the balance with grace and intelligence. So if you know becoming a mother is a part of your life plan but aren’t quite ready, you might want to consider freezing your eggs to take the pressure off, or just take the plunge!