Below is a journal entry from the day I graduated from my Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training and I smile every time I read it. Just a little reminder that we can do anything we put our mind too. Give yourself more credit. Breathe through your fears….and love yourself.
February 15, 2015: I have never in my life worked harder at anything then this. It was not just about physical strength on a mat doing fancy poses. It was the chain of events that brought me to this moment. Moving, leaving my career for the unknown, facing fears of going to a far away place away from all of my loved ones. Can I really do this physically and mentally? I’m older I should be thinking about settling down and most importantly facing the same question everyday…WTF am I doing with my life. Well it was worth it. I have pushed my body physically when it would not move, mentally when I could not think and embraced the unknown with open arms. I would not have been able to do this without the love of my family, friends, yogi family here in Bali and all my amazing yoga teachers in my life. Most importantly I realized here none of this would be possible without the love I have given myself for being brave and taking the biggest leap of faith to follow dreams..not ideas. Thank you to my teachers for bringing that out in me.
Chrissy will always hold a special place in my heart. You will definitely be seeing her name on my blog a lot so I just wanted to share with you why she’s the best…. AND what better day to do it then on her birthday! Not only is she the sweetest person ever, she introduced me to the love of my life….Italy.
“So grateful you have come into my life. With you in it, life has been brighter, fears have been overcome and dreams have come true. We have laughed until we cry, stared death in the face, and ate until we can barley move. Thank you for being you, taking me to the most romantic places on earth and supplying me with endless amounts of the best surprises. Also thank you got putting up with my bad Italian and horrible spelling. ” – Something I wrote after our last trip together in September which pretty much sums up my feelings for her.
Happy Birthday my love! Cheers to continuing to top “The Best Years” of our lives.
To be exact, this is the most important quote I have ever read because after I read this quote on May 28th 2014, I finally made up my mind after two years of heavy thinking. I decided I would be leaving my NYC life for something scary but ” hopefully ” better. Last August, I packed up my life that took me 6 years to build and moved back home with mom (love you). I only had three plans at the time: travel, spend all my money and obtain my yoga teacher training certificate…Oh and maybe meet a cute guy abroad during my travels. I left a posh apartment in a city people dream to visit let alone get the chance to live in, a sought after job in the fashion industry, amazing friends and family, the list goes on and on. On the outside life looked glorious. On the inside I was screaming. I could not take the energy around me. This city and career I though I was in love with wound up being a fraud….or maybe I just changed.
I had a health scare a few years ago and it changed my life. I sat back and thought to myself, for being 25 what have I accomplished, what have I done for me, what have I done for others and have I checked off any goals or dreams. Yes some were fulfilled…but not enough. The world was a different place. Do I stay, do I go. I went. I left. I was scared. I’m happy.
You have ONE life to live. You never know when obsticales will be thrown your way. Make your life count. Don’t let fear or money hold you back. Be kind and be happy and love a lot. While your able to, live your life to the fullest. You never know when your health will be taken from you. ” From the moment you loose your health, it is too late”.
Your health is something that can not be predicted or bought. It’s a gift. It’s fragile. It’s a ticking time bomb.
Unfortunately I do not know where this article came from…I think I stumbled across it on Facebook, but I do wish I could quote it.