Fortitude, kindness, humanity . Audrey Holst joins The Brave Files Podcast to share how nothing in life has gone as planned and how to make it work anyway!

Bold Endurance

With Featured Guest

Audrey Holst


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Fortitude, kindness, humanity . Audrey Holst joins The Brave Files Podcast to share how nothing in life has gone as planned and how to make it work anyway!

Bold Endurance

With Featured Guest

Audrey Holst


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Top Takeaways From This Episode

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for support. People want to be there for you and giving them the opportunity to do so is a gift
  • Movement and dance are wonderful ways to lift your spirits 
  • Practice gratitude – because it will change your life!

Audrey Holt has a history of things not going her way.

Through a life of trial and error, she has learned to make brave decisions and pivot when life’s plans start to fall apart. Fortitude, defined as courage in pain or adversity, is certainly what Audrey is all about.

Audrey describes herself as sensitive but energetic. These traits, she says, when combined, can be tricky. They are especially difficult during times of isolation and when the weight of the world is heavy (hello – COVID-19 and Shelter in Place!). 

Audrey shared that, as a child, she cried a lot, but also required plenty of time outside to run and play. It seems this sadness and need for nature and fresh air is something we can all relate to right now.

Taking A Different Path

After college, Audrey went from working in the equestrian world to the corporate one, as suggested by her father. She quickly realized that being behind a desk all day was not what she wanted. She was simply not content and began practicing yoga to deal with daily stress. Eventually, she mustered up some serious courage and left corporate life to teach yoga full time. To her surprise, when a timely opportunity arose, she co-opened a yoga studio with her friend.

Trying Something New, Again

It didn’t take long for Audrey to see that, although she loved yoga, owning the studio not fulfilling her. So, yet again, she did something brave. She “peacefully dissolved” the business partnership with her friend, realizing her calling was elsewhere – although she wasn’t sure what it was. At a crossroads, Audrey remembered a yoga student mentioning that she’d make a great life coach. This is why her business, Fortitude and Flow, came to life. It’s Audrey’s truest joy to take her lived experiences and help others live bold, brave lives when the plans they set in place dissolve.

Ongoing Advice

Aubrey explains how her journey through career changes was full of “brave making” moments. These moments, she suggests, are often found in failure. Remarkably, they can often be overcome with the support of community and through the collective sense of safety. This is a priceless bit of knowledge to possess right now, as we all redefine what community and support look like! This episode also offers listeners tips on facing fear and serving others while finding ourselves. 


Success and Leadership Coach, Heather Vickery author's New book. Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus

Start your own gratitude practice today with Heather Vickery's Gratitude journals ‘Shift Your Focus‘ and ‘Grow Grateful.' You can read more about the power of gratitude here.

Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families, Heather Vickery

Giving is Good

Audrey’s favorite charity is The Loveland Foundation. Established in 2018 by Rachel Cargle, the organization was the result of a successful fundraiser to make therapy accessible to black women and girls. Through fellowships, residency programs and listening tours, The Love Foundation is empowering its communities to make brave choices towards healing.

"That's a good way to normalize something different. Expose yourself to the things you want to be true."

- Audrey Holst

Meet your Host, <em style="color:teal">Heather Vickery<em>

Meet your Host, Heather Vickery

Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner and global leader with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment by helping them leverage their fear into intentional bravery. Heather says “When we choose bravely, on purpose, we choose bigger, have bigger successes and it’s contagious” A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, mindfulness, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. She’s the author of Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus and Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.

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