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On to the next one

Like pretty well everyone else out there, the end of 2014/beginning of 2015 has me reflecting on the past year and looking towards the next.  I’ve never really been one for official new years’ resolutions, but I definitely have some goals for 2015.

A year and a half ago, I made a tough decision to leave what was a pretty good job that I was totally comfortable in to pursue one that I knew would have way more challenges and potential emotional difficulties, but that would help set me up for some future goals.  The most immediate of those was doing yoga teacher training, and I’m so happy that I ticked that one off this year.  Big decisions and changes and new people are hard for me so taking the leap was definitely, well….a leap! Ha.

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Going into the new year, I want to take on a few more private clients and by the summer have my schedule set up so that I can teach in a studio setting too.  I find private clients so fulfilling, and with my erratic schedule it’s much easier to make it work, but I really love the energy of a class and can’t wait to start doing that too!

Hand in hand with the teaching goal….I definitely want to make this the year that I start focusing my energy on what I love doing and start to phase out the things that I don’t.

I also want to organize and beautify my home.  Clutter stresses me out, yet I can’t seem to keep it away.  I feel a big purge coming, and afterwards I want to (finally) do some decorating.  I don’t have the innate eye like some people do, so I’m definitely planning on enlisting some friends’ help with this one!

And it wouldn’t be a new years’ post if I didn’t mention some health goals…..

The past few months haven’t been great for me, fitness and eating-wise.  I’m usually really good at motivating myself and keeping myself on track, but for some reason I’ve just totally gone off the rails this fall.  There are certain truths that I know: I feel best when I’m eating healthfully, staying hydrated, sleeping well and making exercise a priority.  Refined sugars give me an instant headache.  Dairy makes me bloated (aside from the fact that I also really hate supporting the industry as a whole).  Less than 8 hours of sleep makes me really grumpy.  Muscles don’t stick around if you’re not using them.

So for 2015, I’m not hoping to do anything revolutionary, simply go back to what my ideal looks like.  I’ll be tracking my workouts again (which I gave up on because it was getting embarrassing….) and maybe tracking my food for a week or two as well, just to create some accountability.  I may even dust off my fitbit – nothing motivates me like competition!  My plan is to start posting some sort of weekly recap on here.  Someone yell at me if you don’t see one around the 7th!

Oh, and another goal….some more advanced asanas.  I really need to work on both strength and flexibility, and there’s nothing like a little headstart!

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Here’s to 2015!!

SBC: Day 11 and 12

11) Make a wish

Like Gracie I don’t believe in sharing your wish, so I’m keeping this one to myself!

12) Favourite quote(s)

“If you don’t like how things are, change it.  You are not a tree.” – Jim Rohn

I actually have part of this (you are not a tree) tattooed on my left wrist.  I love it.  It’s a reminder every day that I’M in charge of my life.  I have a choice.  And as much as sometimes I may feel trapped in a situation, I can always change it.  It’s been two whole years since I got this tattoo, and I still smile every time I look at it.

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(getting inked)

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And pretty much everything else from Rumi.

I think I’m noticing a theme in these quotes…. Transformation, following your heart, taking the risk.  All things I aspire to.

And because sometimes my favourite quotes are lines from a song, I’ll leave you with this:

I believe in the good things coming, coming, coming….

Humble Beginnings

Finally.

I’ve been saying it forever.  I registered this web address almost a full year ago.  But master procrastinator that I am, this is the first “real” post.

April has this feel to it this year.  I can’t really explain it, other than that it feels like a shift. Something is changing.  Today, on the last day of March, I felt this intense surge of motivation.  I did things I’ve been meaning to do for months.  I bought a new pair of running shoes.  Shopped for a new bike.  Cleaned up my old rust bucket of a bike for the interim before said new bike is acquired.  Took on several cooking projects.  Cleaned out my fridge and my closets and the overcrowded cupboard under my bathroom sink. All of this could probably be attributed to the fact that it finally feels like spring in Toronto.  Except this last thing:

I submitted my application for yoga teacher training.

Another thing I’ve been saying I’m going to do since forever.  And it’s huge and it’s scary and exciting and all of those things it could possibly be all at once.  It’s just the first step.  I may not get accepted.  But I’ll apply again.  Because now that I’ve finally taken the leap, I know there’s no going back.  And that big thing inspired me to finally do this other big thing: write a post.

I hope this gets to be a space where I can document my journey from aspiring teacher to ohmygod I’m a yoga teacher.  If not, there will always be pictures of this little peanut

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