Women of Charlottesville

Highlighting the unique and diverse amazing women of Charlottesville, VA.

Allie Redshaw

This is Allie Redshaw. Allie is a beautiful and true example of resilience, strength, overcoming and positivity! She has a sparkle to her that shines so brightly. Aside from being a mother of two and yoga teacher, she is also chef who loves to prepare locally sourced dishes that are both healthy and delicious! She was such a joy to work with! Enjoy her interview.

Allie, tell us a little bit about you…

I am 30 years young and the living is just beginning- the amount we have to learn is vast and the number of times we will stumble is ever-growing but each day we are given a beautiful opportunity to grow in love in being a better human this is my task, my work. I love Jesus- He taught me to love and have heart, but not to lose my voice. Animals warm my soul-All of them. My spirit animal is a white wolf with golden eyes, and she sleeps in the breaks of ocean waves- this is my happy place. My kids are my heart. I am married to an incredible human who is my college sweetheart. Cooking is my joy, Yoga is my energy-source. I am Grateful to be alive, in this body, exactly how she is!

us: What did you have for breakfast this morning?

her: Coffee and an omlette

us: Does pineapple belong on pizza?

her: Heck yeah!

us: Do you sleep in your socks?

her: No way- free feet always. I wear flip-flops year round. 

us: What’s your go-to midnight snack?

her: Dark Chocolate chips or a mango.

us: Mountains or beach?

her: BEACH all day!

us: Current favorite song?

her: “Pretty Lady” by Tash Sultana

us: Salty or sweet?

her: Salty

us: Pet peeve?

her: Dirty shoes in the house.

us: Room entrance song:

her: “Move On Up” by Curtis Mayfield

us: Favorite place you’ve traveled to?

her: Hawaii

us: What’s your favorite room in your house?

her: Bedroom- almost all  windows so natural light and ALL THE PLANTS (plus that’s where my apothecary cabinet lives.)

us: Who has been the most influential woman in your life?

her: Christielee Biase – She has been my best friend since childhood. She is my age but ages me in wisdom beyond my fathomability. Her heart is for the Lord and her soul is the purest I know. She loves always and lives with open ears.

us: What accomplishment are you most proud of?

her: Being a mom- every day we fail as parents, but our waking up again and again,  giving it our best effort, to teach them, nurture and love them, guide them into loving kindness and awareness. It becomes a more important job with every day that passes; they are what the world will soon be.   

us: If you could give your younger self a single piece of advice, what would it be?

her: Stop worrying about others thoughts of you; form your own educated thoughts & opinions of yourself and the world, hold true to them, be honest with yourself when you need work, and continue to grow in passion with each day.

us: Can you tell me about a challenge that you’ve overcome?

her: Losing my hand while pregnant; carrying a life through a traumatic experience and finding a way out of the trauma to bring new light and energy into both of our lives. 

us: Favorite Quote?

her: “The body is the shore on the ocean of being.” -Sufi

us: Where do you find your inspiration?

her: In meditation.

us: Any funny or embarrassing nicknames we should know about?

her: My nickname growing up was “Cindy-Lou Who” because when I was a baby my mom would put my hair up in a palm tree shape, and I greatly resembled the tiniest who.

us: Any hidden talents we should know about?

her: Diaper-changing one handed 😉

us: What are you most thankful for?

her: Jesus giving His life for mine.

us: What is your favorite thing about living in Charlottesville?

her: The connection to nature that forms living in this area. 

Quarantine Specific Additions:

us: Tell us one lesson you’ve learned during your quarantine experience?

her: Let go of perfect outcomes.

us: Favorite show to binge watch?

her: No series currently- been trying to reach for a book instead. 

us: Favorite local business(es) to support during quarantine?

her: Splendora’s, Petit pois- (the Land and Sea Chef Baskets supports various local farmer/artisans), Marie-Bette, The Farm Virginia- epic local produce.

us: Have you taken on new hobbies or discovered a new talent during this time indoors?

her: We have been loving family reading time. We all get our current reads and snuggle up!

us: What one thing you can’t live without right now?

her: Hot lemon water every morning, first thing.

Thank you for sharing Allie!