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The Universe Wants to Guide Us; We Just Have to Listen

The Universe Wants to Guide Us; We Just Have to Listen

Over the past couple weeks I've been going through one of those phases where I just don't feel inspired to post on social media or write. These happen every once in awhile, and I know I'm not the only one who experiences these phases as I see other people post on social media about their feelings of burnout pretty regularly. 

Normally, when I feel burnout like this my reaction is to fight back with it. "Keep on schedule." "Keep posting every day. You can find something interesting to share." "You have to keep this up if you want followers." It's a never ending battle, one that's pretty exhausting and feels really disconnected. 

But, something changed during this most recent episode of stepping back. Instead of fighting with the lack of desire to share, I started asking myself why I wanted to share in the first place. What was my initial goal anyways, and did that goal need to be met with a constant flood of content?

One Year Later - Lessons from a Yoga Instructor

One Year Later - Lessons from a Yoga Instructor

Hello Beautiful Souls,

It's hard to believe, but today marks one year since I graduated from 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training! This past year has been quite the whirlwind with so many changes, new insights, and tons of growth. For those new to my journey, I decided to do a 200-hour YTT during the spring of 2016 and began looking for the program I thought would be a good fit. I was super fortunate to have my best friend decide to join me for the training, and she not only helped give me the confidence to make good on my decision but was by my side throughout the crazy, challenging, and life-changing experience. Having gotten so many recommendations and loving their classes, we decided to go with the program offered by South Boston Yoga and started the training that fall. David and Todd were amazing in giving us a well-rounded training, pushing us to explore and grow while remaining supportive and understanding. We also had a cohort of trainees who are amazing, diverse, and inspirational individuals. Overall, it was an experience that's hard to put down into words, and I'm so happy I decided to take the leap into this new life.

In celebration of the first anniversary post-training, I thought it was be good to spend a little bit of time to reflect on this past year and share with you all. 

But, I Don't Speak Icelandic! Letting Go of Fear

But, I Don't Speak Icelandic! Letting Go of Fear

Hello from Reykjavik!

If you have not been following along on Instagram or know me personally, I recently packed up my life in Boston and moved it over 2,000 miles to Reykjavik, Iceland. Surprise! You might be asking yourself, "Why?" to which I would respond, "Why not?" But, I can go into more details in a later conversation, as I'd like to share an experience I had shortly after moving here with you all.

During our move, which lasted for about a month between packing everything up in Boston, transporting it all to Indiana to store with my parents, fly to Reykjavik, and get settled in our new home, I didn't really have the chance to practice much yoga. 

Journey of a Yoga Instructor

Journey of a Yoga Instructor

Hello again.

First off, thank you so much to all those who reached out and shared words of love and encouragement in response to my first post. Your support means so much and really reinforces my willingness to be open about my story and share my journey. I love you all and am truly grateful for the compassion and love you shared with me.

For the second post, I thought I would share a bit about my training in becoming a yoga instructor. I had been thinking about doing a 200-hour level training for several months and contemplating the right time. With graduation from graduate school approaching, I figured the months following would be a good time to take on something big like a training.