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Conversations with the Inspiring Skyla Teel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Skyla Teel.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Skyla . So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am the oldest of four kids (my siblings are all amazing, funny, and successful) and was raised in Tucson in a fairly western way by parents who expected the best, but who were very supportive. My family, including my in-laws, are the most important part of my life and I thank God for them with each beat of my heart. I’ve loved animals, especially horses, my whole life and still find peace in my barnyard. I married the love of my life in 2001 and we have two amazingly spirited (and different) daughters who keep us on our toes and teach us about life daily! I love being married and am blessed with a great husband. I also love being a girl mom!

I say bad words. Kind of a lot. I’m not proud of this, but it’s who I am and dammit, it’s hard to stop! Haha!

I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Bilingual and Multicultural Education with endorsements in Adult Education, ESL, and Reading. I am College Professor (Reading & Education) and a Rodeo Coach for a Nationally ranked College Rodeo Team. I love my career and especially enjoy my students! I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to do some amazing things in my life like carrying flags at the WNFR, interviewing people at the Tucson Rodeo, judging and emceeing various events, creating workshops, and assist in producing rodeos.

I am an author of a college student day planner called “Positively Organized” which is a current pet project of mine. It will debut in July 2019 and my screams of excitement will be able to be heard throughout the county!

My friends are a wildly important part of my life; They’re the people outside of my family who keep me true to myself and who remind me what loyalty and integrity are each day of my life. Whenever life gets to be a bit too much, I can count on them to provide the rest, relaxation, and the laughs I need in order to be myself. I am truly lucky. I love all things funny and don’t spend time doing things that don’t bring joy to my life in some way (don’t ask me to watch a sad movie)!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I don’t think things are “easy” for anyone. Obstacles are part of life and I’ve faced quite a few from loss of my dad, financial struggles, betrayal by friends, and workplace drama… I know a lot of people whose struggles make mine look easy, but the point is, we all get knocked down from time to time. The important thing is that you don’t stay there. GET UP and get back in the fight. If you want something, work hard for it. I’ve learned that the world doesn’t owe us anything so looking out for yourself is the best thing you can do. That’s not permission to be unkind or step on others to get what you want, just a reminder that we are responsible for our success.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go story. Tell us more about the business.
I’m a habitual “fixer” and try to help how I can. I enjoy teaching my students course curriculum (I teach education and reading) as well as life skills. Time management and organization are also things I enjoy. In addition, I’m a college rodeo coach for a nationally ranked team and producing rodeos and events has become something I really enjoy. While I love what I do, it had been on my heart to do something I’m passionate about and something that helps other people for a long time.

My business has evolved over the years and will probably always continue to do so because being stagnant bores the hell out of me. My dad was an entrepreneur and I inherited a lot of that spirit from him. I like being creative and finding new ways to do things and I also like helping other people figure out how to do that in their own lives. Some people call what I do “life coaching” but I like “consulting” better – it’s not as cliché to me and while I am happy to coach people, I find that most people just need some direction and a gentle push to help get moving.

Whether people get motivation from my social media, blog, website, or private sessions, I truly hope it’s helpful and meaningful.

Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
My mom is truly the most phenomenal mother on the planet! I have learned a lot from her so I have to say she has been my number one inspiration in that area.

I have been very fortunate to have many amazing female mentors throughout my life and each has taught me more than I could ever write here! Some of my biggest influences have come from my friends and family, Molly M, Julie T, Donna M, Lori Jean W, Loralee W, Bobbi Jeen O, Mary K, Tracy A, Julie H, and Karen G! I owe each of them a huge thank you for always showing me the way and looking out for me.

My daughters inspire me all the time because I know they’re always watching and learning, so I hold myself to the standard I expect of them and would never want to disappoint them.

My husband is the most loving, honest, and hardest working man I’ve ever met; I am always in awe of his drive and motivation. I wish I could be half as tough as he is and am thankful for the constant inspiration he gives me.

Lastly, Dolly Parton is pretty much a goddess in my eyes, so I’m listing her! Dolly, if you’re reading this, do you want to be best friends?!

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  • Instagram: Skyla_teel
  • Facebook: @skylaTeelLoveLife

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