Growth.

I promise I haven't completely fallen off the face of the earth, I've just been living.
 

This past month has been crazy. Learning how to balance working with yoga teacher training, along with trying to have some fun and self care in the midst has been, well, interesting. 

If I had to describe it in one word, I would say it's been about GROWTH. We have a lot to catch up on so let's get to it.

Planning.

I knew this journey I was about to embark on would be time consuming but man I've become a planner like no other. I'm definitely to the point where I have to mentally pencil in when I'll eat dinner or evencall my mother. 

I recently moved up and took on more responsibility at the lab, still working at the studio, and I'm 1/3 of the way through yoga teacher training!

 

YTT.

You guys this program has been everything I've wanted and more. I was a little worried about my weekends being gone but it's been totally worth it. Plus there's only 5 people in my class so just about everyday we've been getting out early whoop!

I've learned so much about both yoga and myself. I feel that I've grown tremendously in my practice and it's only been a month.

I taught my first sun salutation flow this past weekend to the class and nerves were high. By the time I finished I was reassured that this is what I'm meant to do and I can't wait until I'm teaching full hour long classes!

 

Biggest lesson this far? Definitely slowing down.
 

One of the many books I'm currently reading for the training is Where Ever You Go, There you Are. It's about mindful meditation for everyday and all about being present.

For example, just last week I got pulled over for the first time in my life and got handed a speeding ticket! I wasn't even in a rush, yet I'm so consumed with being on the go that I completely forgot to slow down. (Not so) gentle reminder :)

 

Challenge.

Lastly I have to give you an update on my challenge. In case you're new, my challenge for 2017 is to do at least one thing each month that scares me.
 

For march I did a few.
 

1. I gave up alcohol.

No, not forever but I did decide to give it up for 40 days of lent. Why would this scare me? Well to be honest the dependency. Could I really give it up completely? Prior to this I could barely make it a week much less 6.

But guess what I did it! It's called discipline. Learning to break that habit of grabbing a glass of wine just because it Wednesday or enjoying a few beers because I had a long stressful week.

I needed to learn to find other ways to relieve stress, and honestly I couldn't have picked a more challenging time.

It also helped that my guy doesn't drink so his positive influence on me helped me not to give into temptation.

My fast is officially over and I take pride in the growth I've achieved.


2. Trusting myself.

"Perhaps we could experiment with trusting the present moment, accepting whatever we feel or think or see in this moment because this is what is present now. If we can take a stand here, and let go into the full texture of now, we may find that this very moment is worthy of our trust"

This may come as a surprise to you, but I often struggle with trusting my own decisions. As a way to combat it, I put up strict boundaries. This past month I applied the lesson from YTT of being present and trusting myself with a tough decision. I'm living yall, I'm living!
 

3. Rock climbing.

Lastly I went indoor rock climbing. This somewhat gave me a bit of anxiety because of the height of the walls. Yes, this is coming from the girl who's been skydiving but heights still take my breath away. I went, did it, and had a blast!
 

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Whew. I know that was a lot but I hope my journey has inspired you in some way! #JustBecauseItsTuesday


Vanessa.Michele | Christian. Writer. Content Creator. Giver of Love. Collector of Quotes. Yoga Enthusiast. Forensic Scientist by day. Welcome to my life!

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