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Joan Barnes Joan Barnes creator. truth seeker. jourrneyer.

Joan Barnes was the principal owner of YOGASTUDIO. She also founded and was CEO of Gymboree. She continues to be involved in creative recreation for all age groups.

What’s most meaningful to me now is to live really authentically and with equanimity – with calmness and mental composure. I spent so many years living inauthentically. Even though I had a tremendous amount of outward success and a lot of accolades, I felt as if I was a fraud.

In 1976, I moved to California, had kids, and started a company, Gymboree. It turned out to be slowly quite successful, though I was in over my head from the beginning. I was in the first wave of women entrepreneurs. I raised a bunch of money, gained a lot of momentum, was on all the talk shows, and started to believe my own press, yet I was killing myself trying to make the business work. There was a growing chasm between what I was creating in the outer world and how I felt inside. I had a nervous breakdown and developed an eating disorder and a cocaine habit. But nobody knew and I looked okay on the outside.

When I was 43, I left my business. I went away with one suitcase to what I thought would be a 30-day treatment program for the eating disorder and was gone four and a half years. I hadn’t realized how messed up I was. It took me a long time to grow new shoots.

Now I go to women’s conferences and that’s the story I tell. I’ve talked to thousands of women and everybody’s looking for the magic potion. But it’s not something we can package or buy. It’s not in a self-help book. There’s no recipe. What they’re looking for is not outside. It’s all inside. And everyone’s got it.

My equanimity is different from your equanimity. And it’s a moving target. Finding it is a very personal journey of diving inside to locate our own voice. That’s what makes our creations so uniquely our own.

When I line up to my own value system, what the world thinks doesn’t matter. I don’t do this or that to please the world. When we call upon ourselves to align with what’s right for our own value system, we start to really live. But we need to keep adjusting. What was true for me yesterday that worked so well isn’t working when I try it today. We’re always having to keep growing and learning how to live in this moment with this particular challenge. That’s the journey and the art of life.

– Joan Barnes

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