Today we’d like to introduce you to Monique M. Sadarangani.
Monique, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My mother passed away suddenly when I was five years old from an aneurysm, leaving my father, my grandparents, and my three sisters in a state of chaotic sadness. With no will or advance directives in place, my mother was artificially kept alive on ventilators while my family fought over what to do. In addition, with no will, her assets were tied up in the probate court system, leaving my sisters and me with strangers appointed to make decisions on our behalf. Reflecting on this experience from my childhood, and experiencing first hand what my family and I went through during this period, I believe this is what led me to the path I have chosen as an adult. My career as a trust and estate attorney has given me the opportunity to assist families while they are capable in their planning to: (1) make sure their wishes are properly documented and (2) to protect minor children from being placed in the hands of strangers as decision makers or caregivers. My goal is to help as many families as possible to achieve their goals and feeling secure knowing that their families are being taken care of, even after they pass.
In addition to being an attorney, I am an avid yoga practitioner and instructor. My husband and I launched our yoga business this year, Kalei Yoga, which incorporates my love and passion for yoga and healing with bringing yoga to the corporate world. Understanding that the corporate world is full of stress, poor diet, and lack of sleep, I bring yoga to the office in order to assist with minimizing the negative effects that stress brings to the body and mind.
As someone who suffers from Crohn’s Disease, I have seen first hand the effects that stress can have on the body and mind. Yoga and meditation have assisted me in recovering through a near-death experience and putting myself on a path to healing.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I always knew that I wanted to work for myself and be my own boss. Even as a young girl, I had the drive to succeed. I never needed parents, teachers, or a boss to tell me what needed to be done. I have always been self-driven.
Getting to this point in my life, where I am following my true path and doing what I truly love–bringing these gifts to the rest of the world–has not come easy. There were many instances where I knew what I wanted to do and where I was headed, but because of fear and doubt, I put these dreams on hold. During these periods where I was not following my true path, life became even more difficult, money did not come as easily, and my home and love life struggled. It was in the instant when I made the decision to put fears aside and follow my true path that everything fell into place.
My advice to all young women out there who have a dream they wish to pursue, but are holding back due to fear, is to put those fears aside. Trust in yourself and allow yourself to manifest your true desires.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a trusts and estates attorney, with a focus on helping families put plans in place to protect their children and assets. My practice also focuses on probate administration and guardianship administration. I just launched my own solo practice: Monique M. Sadarangani, PLLC, with my office located in Brickell. This is also extremely important to me, as I am the mother of a young son. With everything I dealt with as a child, being present for my son as he grows and develops means everything to me. I am also grateful to be able to assist young families with the type of work that I do.
I am also the co-owner with my partner, Santiago Garces, of Kalei Yoga. Kalei is Hawaiian for “happiness,” and it is also the middle name of my son. Our yoga brand is all about bringing healing, well-being, and happiness to individuals of all ages, ailments, and abilities. The year 2018 was a very difficult year for me. I had to take a medical leave from practicing law as I struggled with Crohn’s, which I was diagnosed within 2014. My goal through the yoga is to help provide the healing properties of the yoga and meditation practices that I myself have experienced.
Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
My mother’s passing when I was five played a huge part in my becoming an attorney in the field I am in.
In addition, my father is Indian. Prior to going to law school, I studied Asian religions and lived in India for a period of time to do research for my master’s thesis. I believe my Indian heritage and studies led me to the path of studying and teaching yoga, as well.
- Website: www.estateandfamilylawyer.com; www.kaleiyoga.com
- Email: email@example.com; Skaleiyoga@gmail.com
- Phone: 305.423.7016; 305.409.0897
- Instagram: Kalei Yoga
- Facebook: @KaleiYoga