Jumping for JOY!!
This year I am working on some things to focus on in my life. Creating some rituals to support those focuses and trying to build some more time for myself. I spent too much of the last 3.5 years just trying to survive through the day/week/month/years and I really want to get to THRIVING.. I haven't slept well in so long that many times the best sleep I get is from 6:30am-10am. Luckily I have a job that is flexible for my hours but it means I stay late in the day at work. Which in some cases is good, I can get work done when most people are gone and I am not dealing with interruptions. What that means however is that many times I am rushing to get ready and head out the door. I don't take the time to do my own yoga practice or to meditate, or read, or work on my passion project.
At the beginning of the year I answered a set of questions for the beginning of the year. These same questions I also now use many times during the closing of my yoga classes. Not meant to overthink, come up with one word answers or short sentences and to just drop in to the feelings...
What do I want to:
Be: as healthy as possible
Feel: joy & happiness
Do: be of service to others with my passion project and yoga
Have: receive abundance in all areas of my life
I realize that in order to do most of this I need to come up with some things to focus on and then work out some rituals/practices that support those four things. I came up with 5 things to focus on, decided to start with just two of those and then started thinking about ways to set up some practices that will help support those focuses. For now I am working on a daily practice of yoga and meditation and I am also wanting to work on my passion project. My personal yoga practice really helps in so many ways healthwise but it also makes me a better teacher (being of service). The mediation I started up again a few months back and it goes along with the yoga, but also gives me energy, provides stress relief, causes me to be more discerning in my thoughts and a whole lot less reactive to the speed bumps during the day. Some days I sit and listen to a specific song that helps me drop down in to the practice, others I lay in bed and listen to the Abraham Hicks Morning Rampage. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIH1XMhV2EM Some days it is a morning walk in nature or moving meditation.
The other set of practices I am working on is doing some reading in the morning and then doing 20 minutes of writing, either for my passion project, my blog, social media posts, or some short journal entries. Just 20 minutes seems to go by faster than I expected it would. I was worried I would have trouble making it work but so far it is going great. My reading is either in a book, on my Kindle app or listening to Audible. I love having the option to listen at times and there are so many things I want to gather info and learn about that I just can't read-read them all. Now I can listen in the car, at work, taking a walk.
Right now I am working hard to complete my 10 Day Unapologetically You Tune-Up to offer for free. Yes FREE.... Some things that I have found useful to help me find what I am really passionate about, answer questions around just what and where I want to go and how I can support myself and give myself room to be curious, find things out and make changes if needed and learn more about myself. I have gathered them all together to offer to all of you to help you on your own journey, whether that be reinvention, career change, finding your passion, asking yourself deep questions and listening to your heart, your deepest heart to find what brings you joy, happiness, growth, whatever it is that drives you. I should have everything ready to go in the next couple of weeks and making the big presentation out into the world. It has been a labor of love and vulnerability to think about birthing this new baby. I hope that you will join me on the path of creating an authentic, wholehearted, unapologetic life with as much joy as possible...
The picture above is my oldest niece Lily Bean and she truly is one of the coolest young women you will ever meet. She has the sass of all of the women in our family and a level of cool that is uniquely her. She's in her second year of college, playing basketball and finding her way on her path. She has a great attitude about life, smiles a lot, she's enjoying her life and taking the speed bumps in stride... All good things to aspire to..