I’m so content it is ridiculous. I contemplated writing to you about lifestyle planning this morning, but instead I just want to be thankful. I’m sitting here right now looking over my balcony at a gorgeous view watching my husband make himself a milkshake since he doesn’t know how to cook himself breakfast. We are listening to the Jack Johnson Pandora station and working on our laptops. And we are sooooo happy. In a few hours I’m going to head to a job I love and then I’m going to come home and work on another job I love. This one. Happy Yogis. I love writing this blog. I love teaching yoga and am stoked that I get to do it again. I am really excited about wellness coaching and to begin working with clients to help them with their health and happiness. I am so fortunate that I can do all of these things at once.
Chris Guillebeau was right when he said “Personally, I like work. I believe in a 168-hour workweek that is filled with activities I love. A few hours of sleep can be thrown in if necessary.” I totally subscribe to this philosophy. I used to think that I wanted to work less. It turns out what I really want is to work more. I want to work on things I am passionate about. I want to fulfill a calling in my life. I want to serve others, volunteer, be the change I wish to see in the world. I believe all that! And I have the ability to do all of it! How amazing is that?
I am loving in a world (I meant to say “living” but the typo sounds better) where I get to say “I’m a marketing executive, wellness coach, yoga instructor, & youth minister.” My life is full, but well lived. Sure I have dreams, and I am a crazy planner so goodness knows that my life will change in many radical ways along its course, but I’m also living dreams. Right now. I’m both pursuing and living my passions. I’m no longer one of those people who says “I always wanted to…” I’m a person that does! I love that about myself. And I love that my husband is right there with me for every adventure. He listens as I play the harp in the morning, runs with me when we are training for a race, goes to church with me when I need some spiritual guidance, and dreams enough about Sportsmobiles for the both of us.
Tomorrow we get to leave together for the adventure of a lifetime. Along with my sister and brother-in-law we are running the Lululemon SeaWheeze Half-Marathon in Vancouver B.C. The run itself will be amazing, Lulu has so many fun activities planned. But afterward my husband and I are going to trip it around to Vancouver Island, Squamish, and ultimately Whistler. We are going to kayak with the whales, sleep in a tree-house, stay at a Bed n’ Brewery, and take the famous gondola in the Olympic Village. I’m going to annoy my husband by talking about future vacations while on a vacation (I can’t help myself) and we are going to dream about our lives even more. However, while we do all of these things, I am going to realize that we have it made. We are living the dream.
When I come back from my trip I will be surrounded by some of the most beautiful people on earth. I will get to see every one of my family members in the next couple months (including some much-needed lil sis and bro time), I will get to attend fabulous lunch dates with the best girlfriends I have ever had in my life, and husband and I will get to enjoy paradise with the gorgeous and adventurous friends we have met in our beautiful hometown. At this moment in my life, I truly couldn’t ask for more. I can’t even think of one request that I have for God. I’m all requested out. I have everything I could ever want or need and I am so grateful for that!
So finally, I want to thank you: for reading my blog which is yet another outlet of my own energy. Sometimes I come here and write about my frustration or confusion. Sometimes I write about my plans or dreams. No matter where my mind wanders when I’m writing this blog, I’m grateful that you listen. It is a good life. Thank you for being apart of it!
How often have I heard my yoga instructor say that?? Slowly make your way into downward facing dog. Gently roll out of your shoulder stand one vertebrae at a time. Be mindful of your breath as you lift into bridge. Such subtle reminders that I have been missing all this time! Well I guess the adage is true, the more you learn the more you need to learn. My yoga has always been about moving from this pose to that pose. I never paid much attention to how I got there! Ahhh and then I guess its true for life too, it always is…
Rush rush rush…
I have been in major rush mode in my life lately. There are so many things I want to do!! I want to learn to play the harp. I want to study a language. I want to travel to a foreign country. I really want to spend more time with my Young Lifers who I love! I want to soak in every minute that I’m with Garret or my family- and I want to see them all more! I love my job and I want to work hard at it. I love my friends and I want to have tons of fun girls nights with them! But what happens in between all of these things? When I’m rushing straight from work to girls night or Young Life, or my hair appointment. What is going on when I get home at 9 then write a blog or watch New Girl? How about when I’m hurriedly showering after yoga so I can make it to work on time; or when I’m changing fast as lightning to get a run in before darkness hits. It’s a really weird sort of burn out. I guess I would call it happily exhausted. Each one of these activities are things that I ABSOLUTELY love doing. I’m truly living out my passions right now. But I have SO MANY passions and I WANT to keep doing them!
Slowly, Gently, Mindfully
In between all of these things I have hours of commuting, minutes of enjoying a meal, blissful seconds when I can take a deep breath. These are the moments when I wear myself out. I can handle all of the amazing things going on in my life, but not when I’m moving quickly from one thing to the next. There is an in-between, just like in yoga, where transitioning from one thing to the next can be slower, gentler, and more mindful. Simply clearing my mind to spend a drive in prayer or watching the sunrise when I’m eating breakfast in the morning can mean the difference between frayed nerves or peaceful bliss.
At yoga this week, I heard my instructor’s gentle reminders for the in-between moments. Slowly rolling up one vertebrae at a time can heal your back. Allowing a second to bend your knees can add years on to your precious joints. Listening to your breath with every inhale and exhale can ease anxiety and clear clutter from your mind. Savoring a moment to set an intention is medicine for your soul. Doing the same in life can bring happiness, joy, peace, and a chance to soak-in all of that life you’ve been living.
Imagine Having a Savasana Whenever you Want It!
Whenever I want I can look up from my work and gaze out the window and take a few deep breaths. I can put my to-do list aside when I’m blow drying my hair and think of all the things I am grateful for. I can take a second to savor the aroma of my coffee beans before I grind them. I can enjoy a silent drive on the way to my next destination. I can look at the stars before going to bed. I can even take a look at Pinterest whenever I need a second to see some beauty. All of these things are available to me and you. EVERYDAY! I suppose this is all part of enjoying the small things in life, but enjoying them can make a big difference in my day. Maybe instead of happily exhausted, I can strive for happily living.
I hope that you can too! Have a beautiful weekend!Read More